Huawei Mate 10 Pro DxOMark camera rating challenges Pixel 2

first_imgStory TimelineHuawei Mate 10 Pro leak shows a rear fingerprint sensorHuawei Mate 10 specs, renders leak ahead of next week’s revealHuawei Mate 10, Pro aim for iPhone X release war Back when the Google Pixel 2 was announced, Google touted the high marks its camera received from DxOMark. In fact, the Pixel 2 became the highest-rated smartphone camera in DxOMark’s history. At the time, we assumed that it wouldn’t be long before that score was challenged, and even though Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro didn’t manage to surpass the Pixel 2 in terms of overall rating, it’s coming mighty close. Today DxOMark gave the Huawei Mate 10 Pro an overall rating of 97 – a single point lower than the Pixel 2. The Mate 10 Pro actually exceeds the Pixel 2 when it comes to photo sub-score, touting a 100 to the Pixel 2’s 99. It would seem, then, that the major deciding factor came in how the Mate 10 Pro handles video, as its video sub-score landed at 91.That’s still a great score all things considered, so the Huawei Mate 10 Pro might be the phone to think about if you take your smartphone photos seriously. The Mate 10 Pro’s excellent photo score is thanks to its RGB/Monochrome dual-camera, a setup which Huawei is rather fond of despite the fact that other phone manufacturers seem to opt for something different.DxOMark says that the Huawei Mate 10 Pro “excels” at still photography. Solid exposure is at the forefront of its high photography score, with DxOMark noting that the camera is particularly good at snapping photos in indoor conditions. The camera’s “outstanding” autofocus also received praise from DxOMark, as did its performance shooting photos in bright, outdoor settings.Even though the Mate 10 Pro managed to score a 100 in photography department, there are still some cons listed, such as “occasional exposure instabilities in consecutive shots” and artifacts that sometimes appear in outdoor shots. Still, the Mate 10 Pro certainly seems like it can hold its own against other flagships, at least as far as its camera is concerned. Be sure to read DxOMark’s full review, but keep in mind that right now it’s only being published in a concise format – we’ll see more test results and sample shots added soon.last_img read more

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Isnt Apples big secret obvious

first_imgApple’s holding an event in Chicago that’s not live-streamed and IS low key. Or as low key as a real Apple event is able to get. Apple’s session today will be largely visceral, centering in on the feeling educators get when they find a tool they can use, and afford, and have the opportunity to attain.Holding the event at a school makes Apple one of the people – a group of motivators for the buyers, but straight to the students. Apple’s doing what Google did with the Chromebook Tablet, but out in the open. They’re making a show of their visit to the education market, where their next big release will be. In the past few weeks we’ve seen some real crazy rumors about what Apple will present today at their big education event. They’ve included cheaper iPads, a new MacBook Air, and even a new iMac Pro. One wildly maniacal rumor suggested Apple was making a new iPad to fight the last vestiges of resistance in the Android tablet market. But what’s most obvious – and most likely – isn’t what Apple’s hiding. It’s what Apple’s already made plainly obvious. Above you’ll see the “What’s a computer” advertisement from Apple about the iPad Pro. It’s there that you’ll find your answer. It’s there that Apple’s already revealed what they’ll bring to schools in the near future. They already have the technology schools need to expand their horizons – now they just need to make the connection with the cash the schools in the USA just… don’t really have.Watch our coverage of the Apple event throughout the day today, or if you’re reading this later on, hit up our Apple Hub. There you’ll find Apple’s next big step into the education market, on a distribution tip, and at the connecting point. The iPad Pro is about to change – or at least SEEM to change – the way Apple works with students, teachers, and everyone in-between.center_img Story TimelineApple original programming is a year off giving Netflix a headacheApple Event March 27: Here’s what we expectCheaper iPads in schools will be a huge win for Applelast_img read more

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The RollsRoyce Black Badge Wraith is peak selfiemagnet

first_imgBlack Badge is, if you listen to Rolls-Royce, “a statement for those who dare to be different.” For the rest of us, it’s a limited edition of moody, modified cars that shed a little of the Rolls-Royce fussiness in favor of nightclubs and bar openings. In short, this is the Wraith you’d expect Angel from Buffy to be driving, had he been sensible and put his money into long-term bonds rather than gone around trying not to bite necks. It’s also a guaranteed selfie-magnet. Rolls-Royce brought the Black Badge Wraith along to its pre-NYIAS 2016 party in New York City, and the car was jam packed all evening with revelers keen to be snapped and Snapchatted inside its plush, leather-lined interior. To be fair, I can see the appeal. Traditionally, Rolls-Royce has always been the somewhat fussy, prepossessed car out of the Rolls/Bentley duo. The Bentley Boys got to be dashing gentlemen race drivers, whereas their counterparts in the more stately Rolls-Royce cars frequented boardrooms and golf courses instead.Black Badge reclaims some of that attitude. Even the famed Spirit of Ecstasy has had a makeover, getting a smoky finish atop of new, darkened chrome grille. Black paint is, unsurprisingly, standard, picked out with carbon fiber detailing. The automaker’s double-R badge, usually black on silver, is inverted to silver on black. The wheels are 22 layers of carbon fiber, individually laid in three axes, then folded at the outer edges for a total of 44 layers, before being bonded to a 3D forged aluminum hub.Inside, aluminum-threaded carbon fiber covers the dashboard, complete with six coats of lacquer finished by hand. Physical vapor deposition is used to darken the air vents to match the exterior chromework, while the leather seats get an “Unlimited” infinity logo.Up above, the headlining is picked out in thousands of LED stars. It’s not all show, either. Rolls-Royce says that the driving dynamics of its Black Badge cars are more in-tune with keen drivers, having coaxed a little more power out of the 6.6 liter V12 engine – now delivering 623 HP and 627 lb-ft. of torque – and matched to a speedier-shifting 8-speed auto transmission which holds lower gears longer.The air suspension is completely new, the driveshafts replaced, and the steering is speed-sensitive. Meanwhile, the brakes are an inch larger on the front wheels to bring the whole thing to a halt again. That’s important, after all, because the last thing you’d want to miss is a good photo opportunity. You might think that a regular Rolls-Royce would be the pinnacle of crowd-pleasing, but you’d be wrong. For that, you need to look to the automaker’s newest designer label, Black Badge, and the epitome of selfie motivation, the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith. last_img read more

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5 Things You Need to Know About the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR

first_imgStory Timeline2013 Nissan Sentra boosts economy with new CVTFacelifted 2016 Nissan Sentra Bows in at LA Auto ShowNissan unveils new Sentra SR Turbo for 2017 Nissan’s entry-level sedan – the Sentra – has been given a new weapon in its battle for budget conscious buyers. The 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo trim introduces the four-door’s very first forced-induction engine, and elevates its output to a level that makes it a serious contender alongside other turbocharged options like the Chevrolet Cruze and the Honda Civic. Is the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo a pocket rocket performance option or simply a better version of a car that was looking for a secret weapon to regain its place in the ranks of affordable daily drivers? Read on to discover 5 things you need to know about the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo. 1. The Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Delivers More Power, But Not ‘Mad’ PowerAdding the letters ‘S’ and ‘S’ after the Sentra name brings back memories of the sporty Sentra SER, a formidable contender on the street scene from the early 90s until it was phased out after the 2012 model year. The 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo is certainly mightier than the base model, but it is not an SER replacement. With 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque on tap, it handily bests the 130 ponies available from the standard Sentra, but it falls short of the 200 horsepower that the SER was able to offer. It’s much more in line with the grunt you’ll find from the Honda Civic (174 horses) or the Volkswagen Jetta (170 horses).center_img 2. The Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Isn’t Sporty – But That’s OKThe 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo gets more than a power bump, as it also benefits from somewhat stiffer springs as well as retuned shocks that are intended to work together with a stronger chassis and provide a more focused driving experience. While the overall effect is pleasing – the car isn’t any less comfortable than the softer base model – it would be a stretch to call the Sentra SR Turbo sporty to drive. There’s still more body roll in the corners than you would get with a car like the Volkswagen GTI, and while you can get a six-speed manual gearbox with the SR Turbo in place of its continuously-variable automatic transmission, the clutch and shift throw lend themselves to a more measured approach to acceleration.AdChoices广告3. The Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Looks The BusinessBefitting its spot as the mightiest Sentra money can buy, Nissan has afforded the SR Turbo with a host of upscale styling cues. It starts on the outside, where LED headlights and running lights match the LED brake light molded into the car’s rear spoiler, and front fog lights and LED turn signals in each side mirror are also standard. Unique 17-inch rims, nicely-upholstered cloth seats (with a sport-inspired pattern), and heaters for both the previously-mentioned mirrors and the front buckets are also included.4. The Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Is Enormous InsideIf you want to drive a small car but need a large interior, then the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo is a solid choice. The rear seat of this vehicle is one of the biggest in its class, and stands alongside the Volkswagen Jetta in terms of passenger room. The Sentra also enjoys a tall ceiling that improves the sensation of space, which helps to give it a mid-size feel despite its compact exterior proportions.5. The Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Lags When It Comes To Advanced Technology FeaturesSmall cars are increasingly packed to the gills with high tech features, and while the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo does offer a touchscreen navigation system, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, and the NissanConnect suite of mobile apps, the car’s infotainment package feels like it’s a step behind those offered by rivals from Ford, Chevrolet, or Hyundai. You won’t find Android Auto or Apple CarPlay inside the Sentra, nor will you be able add any active safety features other than blind spot monitoring to the equipment list.last_img read more

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Verizon adds Apple Music as free perk on two Unlimited plans

first_imgBack in August, Verizon brought Apple Music to its Unlimited subscribers as a free offering for six months. The company is back with an announcement about that perk, saying that Apple Music will now be included with a couple of its plans as a permanent free fixture. The change will take place on January 17, but it’ll only be applicable to Verizon customers who subscribe to one of two Unlimited plans. The free Apple Music perk will be available to Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited subscribers starting later this week, Verizon announced. With it, those Verizon customers will be able to access the Apple Music service ad-free, including over WiFi and on their various devices.Verizon isn’t getting rid of its free six-month Apple Music perk for Unlimited subscribers, however — those customers who aren’t on the Beyond or Above plans will still be able to sign up and use the service for half a year before the free period ends. Once that day comes, the customer will have the option to start paying the regular $9.99/month rate to continue using the service. Verizon has three different “unlimited” mobile plans, the basic one simply being Unlimited, followed by Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited. Customers with high data requirements would likely need to look at the Above option, which offers 75GB of 4G LTE high-speed data, after which point the customer faces potential throttling at times. In comparison, the Beyond plan only kicks in potential throttling at 22GB, and the regular Unlimited plan may throttle the user during congestion at any time. Story TimelineT-Mobile, Verizon take shots at AT&T’s bogus 5G logoCat S48c ultra-durable Android smartphone launches at VerizonVerizon Gaming streaming service appears in early testinglast_img read more

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This is the first production Tesla Model 3… guess who owns it

first_imgThe Tesla Model 3 has not only started production, but the first example of the California automaker’s newest all-electric car has rolled off the line. Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared a photo of the first production Model 3 on Twitter on Saturday evening. Roughly four hours earlier, the billionaire inventor had confirmed that the car, “production unit 1”, was off the assembly line and going through its final checkout. First Production Model 3 pic.twitter.com/TCa2NSUNI3— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2017 As for who gets this particular car, it turns out that Musk himself will hold the keys. It wasn’t always the case, however. On Twitter, Musk insisted that the “hard rule” was that the first person to pay the full price was the person who would own it. Musk, though, didn’t have the first spot in the reservations line. “Ira Ehrenpreis had rights to 1st car as he was 1st to place a full deposit,” the CEO tweeted, “but gave those rights to me as my 46th bday present. Tks Ira!” MORE: I tried the Model 3 prototype: What you should knowWhile today is certainly a milestone, there’s plenty more work ahead for Tesla. The company needs to demonstrate it can not only build an affordable car at scale, but do so with the sort of quality and reliability that is now expected from mass-market vehicles. It’s unintuitive, but the research suggests that well-heeled owners are actually less inclined to complain publicly when their luxury vehicle goes wrong. In contrast, those who own a more mainstream car are more likely to be vocal with their dissatisfaction should something displease them.Part of Tesla’s strategy to deal with that is keeping things simple in the beginning. Unlike with the Model X SUV, the early months of availability of which were punctuated with quality problems and electrical glitches, Tesla plans to prioritize the simplest versions of the Model 3 initially. Most frustrating to would-be owners is the fact that the all-wheel drive Model 3 won’t be available until Summer 2018. There also won’t be a Model 3 100kWh, though that’s because the battery pack simply won’t fit into the car’s architecture. It’s been quite a journey to this point. Musk & Co. unveiled the Model 3 back at the end of March in 2016, billing the electric car as the most affordable model in the automaker’s line-up. Smaller than the Model S, the EV would come in at around $35,000 Musk promised, with more than 200 miles of zero-emissions range and a 0-60 mph time of under six seconds.The promise proved enough to wake a huge demand among drivers. In the region of 400,000 put down refundable deposits to stake their place in line, despite not having final specifications for the car, any final pricing, or any solid idea of when, exactly, they’d take delivery. Since then Musk has stoked the enthusiasm regularly with updates. Last week, the CEO confirmed that the first production example of the car would be rolling off the line by the end of the week. Tesla has aggressive production goals before the end of the year – aiming to have 20,000 of the cars rolling off the line by December – though the first thirty Model 3 owners will be getting their car in a special handover ceremony at the Fremont, CA, factory later this month. pic.twitter.com/is6Hthjjoj— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2017 Story TimelineTesla Model 3 production starts July, but 2017 will be expensiveTesla plays Model 3 tax hardball with dealer-swayed statesTesla Model 3 prototype seen driving on California streetsTesla’s 22k car Q2 2017 paves way for Model 3last_img read more

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Intel plans 100 car selfdriving fleet to pitch Mobileye and 5G

first_imgIntel is readying a fleet of fully autonomous cars built on its Mobileye acquisition, with more than a hundred vehicles expected to be deployed across multiple countries. The cars will be capable of Level 4 “high autonomy” according to the SAE definition, thus able to handle almost any situation without human interaction. They’ll become a real-world test bed for Intel’s experiments in car-to-cloud communication, new sensors, and more. The first of the vehicles will roll out later in 2017, Intel says, and eventually the chip-maker envisages more than 100 being in the fleet. They’ll be tested in the US but also Europe and Israel, to take into account geographical differences in infrastructure. “Geographic diversity is very important,” Amnon Shashua, who will soon be CEO and CTO of Mobileye, “as different regions have very diverse driving styles as well as different road conditions and signage.”It’ll involve a combination of Intel’s chip and wireless technology, and Mobileye’s work on sensors. The cars will have computer vision, sensing, fusion, mapping, and “driving policy” tech from the newly acquired business, mixed with Intel’s 5G and data center strengths. Intel says it’ll be using a variety of donor vehicles from across multiple automakers, in an attempt to highlight how broadly applicable the autonomous hardware and software can be. Mobileye will continue to offer its own technologies to automakers, meanwhile, who have used the company’s camera systems and more for semi-autonomous driving systems. “Our customers will benefit from our ability to use this fleet to accelerate our technology development,” Shashua says. “We want to enable automakers to deliver driverless cars faster while reducing costs – data we collect will save our customers significant costs.”AdChoices广告Intel completed its tender offer for Mobileye earlier this week, having announced its intention to buy the business back in March of this year. The deal, which valued Mobileye at around $15bn, was pitched to shareholders as an obvious coming together of technologies. Mobileye has specialized in computer vision and sensor harmony, giving individual vehicles a real-time perception of the road around them. Intel, meanwhile, has the interconnectivity and processing side of the equation, with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) over low-latency 5G to allow autonomous vehicles to communicate with the cities they’re operating in and, by extension, each other.Unlike some driverless projects, such as GM-backed Cruise Automation’s Cruise Anywhere pilot which has been operating in San Francisco for its employees, Intel looks unlikely to run its own autonomous car service. Instead, it’ll be attempting to sell its hybrid technologies to automakers themselves, carving out a slice of the potentially lucrative Tier 1 supplier business. The chipmaker already announced a deal with the BMW group and parts heavyweight Delphi, that will aim to bring self-driving cars to market by 2021. NOW READ: Inside Intel’s plans for self-driving carsMeanwhile, earlier in 2017 Intel acquired an ownership stake in HERE, the mapping specialist that a consortium of German car companies bought from Nokia. HERE’s speciality is so-called HD mapping, high-resolution data about roadways including information down to lane-by-lane level. It’s expected to be a vital element of helping keep autonomous vehicles in the right spot on the road.last_img read more

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Instagram Direct Messages could be coming to desktop web soon

first_imgGiven Instagram’s history with non-mobile features, it’s almost too suspicious that it would suddenly be working on this. Especially when users have been clamoring for higher priority feature requests. While those users probably won’t complain about being given access to direct messages whatever device they’re own, they also shouldn’t be surprised if Facebook starts its unification campaign with this. Instagram’s Direct on Web will also be available on desktop pic.twitter.com/Y3iTIdDwKV— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 12, 2019 Mark Zuckerberg wants to unify the company’s separate messaging services. Not everyone agrees, especially considering the privacy nightmare it could lead to. The social networking giant, however, could be attacking the problem from a slightly different angle. There are now signs that Instagram is playing around with a version of its Direct messaging feature for web browsers on desktops. And while this might sound like a great standalone feature, it could also be just the opening salvo for a series of changes.center_img Despite its immense popularity, Instagram has been terribly slow to grow out of its mobile shell. On the one hand, it makes sense considering its primary use case is taking photos and instantly uploading them to the network. There are times and cases, however, that its limitations make it unbearable, reducing its potential to be used anywhere and everywhere.It wasn’t until recently that Instagram even got a web version but, even then, it’s only good for browsing and searching. Even its Windows desktop app only got the ability to upload photos last year or so. And while that might make little sense on the desktop, sending private messages to friends wouldn’t be out of place.Instagram has been toying around with separating its Direct Messaging feature into a standalone product much like Facebook and Messenger. It hasn’t completely divorced them yet, but this experimental feature could be the next big step in that direction. According to Jane Manchun Wong, popular for reverse engineering a lot of upcoming features, Instagram is testing Direct messages on web browsers, both for mobile web and desktops.last_img read more

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First Edition June 25 2014

first_imgToday’s headlines include a report about a recent analysis that finds new health plan enrollees are showing  high rates of serious health conditions.   Kaiser Health News: Shortage Of Saline Solution Has Hospitals On EdgeKQED’s April Dembosky, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “Hospitals across the country are struggling to deal with a shortage of one of their essential medical supplies. Manufacturers are rationing saline — a product used all over the hospital to clean wounds, mix medications and treat dehydration. Now drug companies say they won’t be able to catch up with demand until next year” (Dembosky, 6/25). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: ‘Right-To-Try’ Laws On Experimental Drugs Stir DebateNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, watch a discussion in which KHN’s Julie Rovner participated in a Google Hangout with PBS NewsHour on state “right-to-try” laws, first approved in Colorado, which allow terminally ill patients to try potentially life-saving, but unapproved drugs to treat their conditions (6/24). Watch and listen to the discussion.The Wall Street Journal: Sick Drawn To New Coverage In Health-Law PlansPeople enrolled in new plans under the health law are showing higher rates of serious health conditions than other insurance customers, according to an early analysis of medical claims, putting pressure on insurers around the country as they prepare to propose rates for next year (Wilde Mathews and Weaver, 6/24).The Wall Street Journal: Ruling Could Settle Health-Care Act’s Contraception DilemmaThe Supreme Court in coming days is expected to decide on a challenge to an Affordable Care Act requirement in a ruling that could shape how much leeway the owners of for-profit enterprises have in exercising their religious beliefs. The high court by Monday will decide whether Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.—owned by evangelical Christian and Mennonite families, respectively—must abide by the health law’s requirement to cover all contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration in workers’ health plans without charging copayments. The firms say the requirement violates their religious rights because it includes the so-called morning-after pill and certain intrauterine devices, which the owners liken to abortion (Radnofsky, 6/24).The Washington Post: As Health-Care Law’s Employer Mandate Nears, Firms Cut Worker Hours, Struggle With LogisticsBut unlike Settles’s other experiments, this one hasn’t been great for his business. He put raises and expansion plans on hold as he figured out the cost and logistics of making the changes. To his surprise, his employees have not leaped at the chance to get health insurance. And he is still trying to figure some things out — for example, how to safeguard employee information that must now be reported to the Internal Revenue Service, such as the Social Security numbers of children who are covered under their parents’ health plans (Somashekhar, 6/23).The Washington Post: D.C. Health Insurers Propose Rate Hikes For 2015In its second year offering coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the District’s largest health insurer hopes to hike rates on most of its plans for individuals and small businesses by more than 10 percent — far outstripping the increases its competitors are seeking (DeBonis, 6/23).The New York Times: Consumers Will Spend More On Health Care In 2015, Report PredictsGrowth in health care spending is expected to tick upward next year, in part because consumers who delayed treatment during the economic downturn are now seeking care they postponed, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report, from PricewaterhouseCoopers’s Health Research Institute, forecasts medical cost growth of 6.8 percent over all in 2015, compared with the institute’s estimate of 6.5 percent for this year (Carrns, 6/24).The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics: After A Lull, Health-Care Spending Is Poised To Pick Up, Study SaysHealth-care spending will accelerate next year for the first time since the recession ended, a reversal of a trend that could have broad implications for employers and the economy, a new study says. Spending for identical employee health coverage as this year will rise by 6.8% in in 2015, a study the PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute released Tuesday found. The gain is only modestly higher than the institute’s 2014 forecast of 6.5% growth, but marks the first acceleration in medical outlays since 2007—when costs were estimated to increase 11.9% (Morath, 6/24).The Wall Street Journal: Study: 3-D Scans More Accurate Than Standard MammogramsWhile some radiologists hail 3-D mammography as more accurate, other experts say it isn’t yet clear that the advantages outweigh the extra cost and the additional radiation exposure. The technology was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011 for use along with regular 2-D mammography, so women get a double dose of radiation, although it is still below safe levels (Beck, 6/24).Los Angeles Times: Preemie Baby And Toothless Adults Urge Smokers To Quit In New CDC AdsYou probably know that smoking causes lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease. But former smokers want you to know that cigarettes can give you a stroke, make your teeth fall out and cause your baby to be born dangerously early. These are some of the stories featured in the latest batch of “Tips From Former Smokers” ads from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. … Other ads highlight stories of former smokers who developed lung cancer and throat cancer. The ads will direct smokers to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to find local resources to help them quit. The Affordable Care Act requires health insurance plans to cover smoking-cessation services, usually without any extra fees (Kaplan, 6/24).The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal: Fitness Tracking Programs Enter The Big Data ChallengeHealth-care providers and insurers are hoping that a new generation of connected devices can help improve patient outcomes and lower treatment costs and premiums. But those organizations are still unsure of how to use the data those devices help collect, and whether that data can consistently deliver on those lofty promises. While the upside is obvious, the downside is a ton of investment in technology that generates just “another data silo,” said Lynne Dunbrack, a health care analyst with IDC (Boulton, 6/24).Los Angeles Times: Country Moves To Trim Retiree Healthcare Benefits For New EmployeesLos Angeles County supervisors finalized reforms to health benefits for future employees Tuesday, in a move that is projected to save the county as much as $840 million over the next 30 years. Retiree health benefits became a sticking point in contentious labor negotiations last year. Although not technically part of the contract talks, unions objected to the proposal to reduce retiree benefits (Sewell, 6/24).The New York Times: Shift In Law On Disability And Students Shows LapsesFewer than a third of states and territories now comply with federal disability law under a change announced Tuesday in the way the Department of Education evaluates how well public schools educate students with disabilities. Under the old system, nearly three-quarters of states and territories met the standards (rich, 6/24).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Effort To Stop Washington’s Yoga Tax FailsOpponents of the levy, who have styled themselves the “Don’t Tax Wellness Coalition”, have been leading a charge over the past three weeks to remove a proposed 5.75% sales tax on gym memberships and fitness classes, one component of a larger effort to expand the city’s sales tax to cover more services (Hackman, 6/24). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: June 25, 2014last_img read more

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Two Months And Counting Concerns Turn To Enrollment Outreach Marketplace Readiness

first_imgTwo Months And Counting: Concerns Turn To Enrollment Outreach, Marketplace Readiness This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. As the health law’s open enrollment period nears, challenges include getting the message out to people who may qualify for new coverage and making sure the online insurance marketplaces are functioning.  The Hill: New Challenges For Obamacare’s Second YearThe Obama administration is facing new challenges in ObamaCare’s second year. The health insurance exchanges are set to re-open for enrollment in just two months. This countdown has the White House and federal health officials bracing to see if the system encounters any fresh technical problems. The whole team is focused on avoiding the chaos of last year, when HealthCare.gov, unable to handle even a small number of users, floundered for months.  Now, after a full recovery for the site, the administration has much to boast about the healthcare law. The exchanges surpassed 8 million enrollments, bringing down the rate of uninsured Americans (Viebeck, 9/8). Kaiser Health News: Rural Enrollment Presents Continuing Health Law ChallengesAmericans living in rural areas will be a key target as states and nonprofit groups strategize how to enroll more people in health law insurance plans this fall. Though millions of people signed up for private insurance or Medicaid in the first year of the Affordable Care Act, millions of others did not. Many live in rural areas where people “face more barriers,” said Laurie Martin, a RAND Corp. senior policy researcher. Brock Slabach, a senior vice president at the National Rural Health Association, said “the feds are particularly concerned about this” (Luthra, 9/8).  Atlanta Journal-Constitution: UGA Forced To Shutter Health Insurance Navigator ProgramA new state law has forced the University of Georgia to shutter its health insurance navigator program that helped more than 33,000 Georgians — many of them from rural areas — buy coverage on the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance marketplace (Anderson, 9/7).In related news, how health law grants have boosted access to care in Miami as well as continuing issues with Oregon’s exchange.  Miami Herald: ACA Grants For Innovative Programs Boost Medical Care In Nine Miami Area SchoolsSitting in a small clinic at North Miami Beach Senior High School, Nick Contreras, a 15-year-old student, waited in front of a closed-circuit, high-definition television camera while a dermatologist examined his forehead, chest and back on a screen in her office — 13 miles away. The Skype-like system, which connects nine schools in North Miami Beach, North Miami and Overtown and is known as telemedicine, has been in use for almost five years for remote appointments in dermatology and endocrinology. Now the system is being expanded with a $4 million award to the University of Miami from an Affordable Care Act grant program for “innovative” programs (Madigan, 9/5). Oregonian: Thousands Of Oregonians Could Owe Money At Tax Time Under New Cover Oregon ErrorThousands of Oregonians may owe money or see their tax refunds reduced by the Internal Revenue Service next year thanks to Cover Oregon errors that resulted in inaccurate tax credits awarded by the health insurance exchange to reduce individuals’ premiums. According to one internal estimate, more than 10,000 Oregonians likely are affected, out of more than 50,000 receiving tax credits through the exchange, according to an informed source who was not authorized to comment on the issue (Budnick, 9/5).last_img read more

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Government Officials Desperately Scour Country To Find Somewhere To Hold Detained Immigrants

first_img Kaiser Health News: Sparse Treatment Options Complicate Cancer Care For Immigrants In South Texas Federal immigration authorities faced with overburdened detention centers are scouring the country to find space to house migrants as the crush of asylum seekers that has overwhelmed the Southwest border spreads deep into the nation’s interior. With mounting federal initiatives to hold more and more migrants in custody, officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which oversees long-term detention centers for migrants, are looking for additional space that can be rented inside existing jails, as well as fast-tracking the deportations of current detainees and releasing as many migrants as possible into the country to make room for newcomers. (Dickerson, 4/22) In other news on immigrants and health care — Edgar carries a red folder bulging with paperwork, bills and medical records. Before his lung cancer diagnosis in September, he had about $11,000, he said, money he was saving to purchase a used truck and to pay an immigration attorney to pursue legal residency. By February, it was gone, and Edgar was relying on friends and family to cover doctor appointments, food and other basics. His treatment had been complicated by a collapsed lung. “I’m not able to work — I’m breathing with just one lung,” said the 50-year-old painter, who asked to be identified by only his first name because he’s an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. (Huff, 4/23) Some migrants arrive in need of medical care. Others become sick while they’re in government custody. Volunteer medics are stepping in to provide care once those families are released. (Falk, 4/23) WBUR: At The U.S.-Mexico Border, Volunteer Medics Step In To Care For Migrants Government Officials Desperately Scour Country To Find Somewhere To Hold Detained Immigrants A national spotlight has been on the health and care of immigrants who are in U.S. custody, even as facilities face mounting pressure of an influx of detainees. In one initiative examined earlier this year, Department of Homeland Security officials looked at housing migrant children at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The New York Times: ICE Faces Migrant Detention Crunch As Border Chaos Spills Into Interior Of The Country 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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Alberta finance minister reveals Scotiabanks interest in buying provinces ATB Financial

first_img CALGARY – Bank of Nova Scotia previously offered to buy, and may still be interested in, Alberta’s provincially owned ATB Financial, finance minister Joe Ceci said Thursday.Ceci, whose NDP government has called an election for next month, said in a news release aimed at United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney that Scotiabank is interested in purchasing ATB Financial from the Alberta government.Neither Scotiabank or ATB Financial have confirmed the existence of such a proposal.In an interview, Ceci said that when he was appointed finance minister in Rachel Notley’s NDP government he turned down a “detailed proposal” submitted by Scotiabank to purchase ATB, which provides small business loans in the province and operates a network of banking branches, offering personal banking and business banking accounts.“The previous government said this (proposal) is something that is there, do you want to follow up with it?” Ceci said. Jobs and pipelines: Notley and Kenney fight over economy as Alberta set for April election ATB Financial’s new CEO to continue technological push Why even Alberta’s NDP should support privatizing the ATB Ceci, as finance minister, “is accountable to the legislature for ATB” according to ATB’s own roles and mandate documents. He is also able to issue ministerial orders requiring ATB to maintain specific capital requirements.Ceci’s release said that Scotiabank is “sitting on a detailed proposal to privatize ATB” but did not indicate whether that was a new proposal, which would indicate the bank is still interested in an acquisition, or the four-year-old proposal.He could not provide the offer price from Scotiabank for ATB Financial. He couldn’t say whether he or the finance department was bound by a confidentiality agreement with Scotiabank over the proposal.He said the offer was made before the NDP took power from the previous Progressive Conservative government. Alberta’s economy has seen multiple years of recession since that offer was allegedly made.“As a Crown corporation, ATB Financial does not comment on the government, its decisions or the platform of any political party,” ATB spokesperson Karin Poldaas said in an email. She did not confirm or deny whether a proposal had been received.“Whether ATB remains a Crown corporation is up to the government of Alberta,” she said, adding ATB is the only financial institution in over 100 communities in the province.UCP leader Jason Kenney said on Thursday that ATB Financial would remain a Crown corporation if the UCP formed government. Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci.Shaughn Butts/Postmedia/File What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation ← Previous Next → Comment Recommended For YouBrazil soybeans lose protein, China sales at riskAmericas Silver Corporation Announces US$10 Million Investment by Eric SprottBad weather unexpectedly hits Canada retail trade, setback seen as temporaryICE Futures Canada quotes and cash pricesC$ hits 9-day low on surprise decline in retail sales Scotiabank did not respond to a request for comment on the proposal or if it was still interested in buying ATB. Scotiabank already has most exposure to the province’s energy sector of all the big banks.“We’ll be open to consulting with Albertans on how to grow ATB in the future,” Kenney said Thursday adding that he “wouldn’t be the least bit surprised that Canadian chartered banks were interested in ATB” but it would remain a Crown corporation if the UCP formed government.He called Ceci’s assertion that he would privatize ATB an attempt to draw banks into the election campaign.A former Alberta government minister, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it’s unusual but not unprecedented for a minister like Ceci “to reveal policies that were reviewed but never pursued.”The person said that ministers aren’t normally bound by confidentiality agreements — so Ceci likely didn’t breach one — because they have too many other obligations, including to cabinet.The person said that previous governments at various times had considered privatizing ATB Financial, which was founded in the Depression of the 1930s and has grown into one of the province’s largest Crown corporations, but had decided it was an important asset for maintaining capital availability in the province’s business sector.“Alberta has a long history of not trusting the central Canadian banks,” they said.ATB Financial’s last annual report, released March 2018, shows its net income increased 82 per cent to $275 million in 2018 from $151 million in 2017.The bank’s assets increased 7 per cent over the same period, rising to $51.9 billion in 2019 from $48.5 billion in 2017.• Email: gmorgan@nationalpost.com | Twitter: @ geoffreymorganCorrection: Updated to show ATB’s assets rose rather than declined. Twitter More Email Share this storyAlberta finance minister reveals Scotiabank’s interest in buying province’s ATB Financial Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Geoffrey Morgan center_img Featured Stories Reddit 15 Comments Join the conversation → Gavin Young/Postmedia Facebook advertisement Sponsored By: Alberta finance minister reveals Scotiabank’s interest in buying province’s ATB Financial The Crown corporation is the only bank in over 100 communities in Alberta March 21, 20196:34 PM EDTLast UpdatedMarch 22, 201912:47 PM EDT Filed under News last_img read more

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Fully Charged Presents Powervault Energy Storage Systems

New Tesla Video Showcases World’s Largest Virtual Power Plant Renault Launches “Biggest” Stationary ESS With Car Batteries Powervault energy storage.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%; } Tesla Adds Storm Watch Mode To Powerwall “Robert is joined by Maddie Moate (@maddiemoate) to visit the offices of an exciting startup, Powervault.The company is already busy installing batteries in houses to help regulate and reduce peak demands on the UK grid.Using both new and second life batteries from Renault electric vehicles, this is yet another example of the rapid changes taking place beneath the regular news radar.” Source: Electric Vehicle News Powervault offers second-life EV battery energy storage.Fully Charged, this time with a new co-host, visited British company Powervault, which develops battery energy storage systems, built from new or used EV batteries.The products evolve and are getting more mature compared to the system introduced in 2017. The wallboxes are offered in versions from 4 to 20 kWh (power output is 5.5 kW, while charging is 3.6 kW).2nd life batteries comes from the Renault ZOE, after Powervault first checks their conditions on a sophisticated and expensive machine. Big part of the product is the software system that enables to integrate all those batteries and use in way to help maximize renewable energy production or reduce peak demand from the grid.Energy storage systems Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 11, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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Porsche Plans To Cut Costs To Account For Lower Profitability Of EVs

first_imgPorsche looks for an additional €6 billions in savingsAccording to Bloomberg, Porsche is working on a plan to improve overall efficiency of the company to compensate for the lower profitability of new electric models.The idea is to improve operating profit by €6 billion (about $6.8 billion) over eight years by 2025, which is about €750 million annually on average. Savings are expected in:streamlining operationsincreasing efficienciescutting costsboost contribution from new business such as digital offerings Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Watch Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Charge At 250 kW High profitability of Porsche is very important not only for the brand in its transitional period from ICE to EVs, but in general for Volkswagen Group (Porsche is the most profitable brand in the group), especially since Volkswagen recently struggles with falling sales.According to the article, the all-electric Porsche Taycan will cost from €6,000 to €10,000 euro more to produce than a comparable conventional model, but the German manufacturer will not increase the price because of that, which means that the margin will be lower.After 2025 Porsche hopes to increase efficiency and savings to €2 billion annually when half of car sales will be electrified. For comparison, Porsche noted €23.5 billion of revenues in 2017 and operating profit of €4.1 billion at operating margin of 17%.Source: Bloomberg Watch As Porsche Taycan Brings Fake Exhaust To The Nurburgringcenter_img Source: Electric Vehicle News Porsche Taycan Head Discusses Car’s Virtues: Cooling, Range, Charging More from Porschelast_img read more

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Ice On Fire Is An All Hands On Deck WakeUp Call Climate

first_imgHBO’s Ice On Fire is a vicious wake-up call to the sleeping million around the world. It sends the message that climate change is here, now and we must take action today, not to save our children or to ensure a viable planet for some far off future generation, but to fight to save our planet for ourselvesSource: CleanTechnica Car Reviews RSS Feedlast_img

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Further To JPMorgan Representing A Trifecta Of OffTheRails FCPA Enforcement

first_img Learn More & Register This prior post highlighted the recent article “JPMorgan – A Trifecta of Off-The-Rails FCPA Enforcement” (the article can be downloaded here).A recent Federal Reserve Board enforcement action against Fang Fang (the former Managing Director and head of China Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited (JPMSAP)) and Timothy Fletcher (the former Managing Director and Head of the Junior Resources Management Group at JPMSAP – the group responsible for recruiting, hiring, staffing, and compensation and reviews for junior employees) further highlights how the JPMorgan Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement (see prior posts here and here) represents a trifecta of off-the-rails enforcement and why anyone who values the rule of law should be alarmed.In addition, this post highlights how the recent Federal Reserve action against Fang and Fletcher was not the first Federal Reserve action against an individual in the FCPA context.As highlighted in the above-linked article, the SEC found that JPMorgan violated the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions, books and records provisions, and internal controls provisions in connection with a client referral hiring program run by JPMSAP.This recent Federal Reserve Board enforcement action against Fang and Fletcher further demonstrates how the JPMorgan enforcement action represented off-the-rails FCPA enforcement particularly as to the SEC’s finding that JPMorgan violated the FCPA’s internal controls provisions which requires issuers to “devise and maintain a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurances that” various statutory financial objectives are met.As to Fang, the Federal Reserve alleges in pertinent part:“From at least September 2007 to the present, JPMC incorporated the FCPA’s antibribery provisions into a firm-wide Anti-Corruption Policy which prohibited offers of anything of value to public officials to secure improper business advantages. The Anti-Corruption Policy identified the offering of internships and training to the relatives of public officials as a potential bribery risk pursuant to federal law and other anti-corruption statutes.From at least June 2011 to the present, JPMC’s firm-wide Anti-Corruption Policy prohibited offers of anything of value to existing or prospective commercial clients to secure improper business advantages. JPMC identified the offering of internships and training to the relatives of existing or prospective commercial clients as a potential bribery risk pursuant to applicable anti-corruption statutes.Fang knew that Offering Internships in Exchange for Business Violated Applicable Anti-Bribery Laws and JPMC PoliciesIn March 2006, the Head of the Junior Resources Management Group emailed all APAC bankers, including Fang, stating that “the firm does not condone the hiring of the children or other relatives of clients or potential clients of the Firm . . . for the purpose of securing or potentially securing business for the Firm. In fact, the firm’s policies expressly forbid this. There are no exceptions.”In September 2007, Fang participated in a training course on the Firm’s Anti-Corruption Policy. The training stated that:It is improper and illegal to make an offer to secure an advantage by causing a non-U.S. public official to misuse his or her position as result of the offer. * * * The [prohibited] expenditure is not limited to gifts and entertainment. It also includes items of ‘value’ like an offer of an internship or training for relatives of a non-U.S. public official.To ensure adherence to the Firm’s policies regarding anti-bribery, bankers were required to complete a questionnaire for each referral hire that was designed to identify potential anti-bribery and corruption-related issues. During this process, Fang was instructed that referred candidates could not be hired as part of an agreement to secure business for the Firm.In October 2009, Fang participated in a training course on the Firm’s Anti-Corruption Policy. The training explained that employees were prohibited from offering things of value to public officials to secure improper business advantages. The training stated, “[p]lease note that ‘value’ does not just include gifts and entertainment; it can also include such things as the offer of internships or training for relatives of a public official.”In November 2009, Fang distributed to the China Investment Bank an article about a banker at a competitor who was prosecuted for violations of the FCPA. Fang noted, “China anti-bribery laws as well as FCPA may apply in the following situations . . . any proposed hiring of close relatives of Public Officials or candidates (including interns) recommended by any Public official.” Subsequently, an APAC banker emailed Fang highlighting a section in the article “about the hiring of the daughter and how chinese and US investigators and seeking to find whether it was for a quid pro quo,” and suggesting that the case “may have broader implications for our relationship hires.”In June 2010, the head of the APAC investment banking group emailed APAC bankers advising them of the restrictions under the FCPA. The guidelines stated that expenses such as “internships and training for family members” would need to be pre-cleared by compliance.In September 2011, Fang participated in a training course on the Firm’s Anti-Corruption Policy. The training explained that JPMC employees must pre-clear “[a]ny offer of JPMorgan Chase employment or internship (whether paid or unpaid) to any person upon the recommendation of friends, relatives or associates of a non-U.S. government official.”In March 2012, the Firm distributed an Asia Compliance Reminder regarding anti-corruption policies. Fang’s secretary forwarded an excerpt to him, “What needs to be precleared? Expenses valued at over US$ 100 (e.g., meals, entertainment, gifts), offers of employment for family or associates of the official, or charitable contributions requested by the official.”Similarly, as to Fletcher the Federal Reserve alleges in pertinent part:“From at least September 2007 to the present, JPMC incorporated the FCPA’s antibribery provisions into a firm-wide Anti-Corruption Policy which prohibited offers of anything of value to public officials to secure improper business advantages. The Anti-Corruption Policy identified the offering of internships and training to the relatives of public officials as a potential bribery risk pursuant to federal law and other anti-corruption statutes.From at least June 2011 to the present, JPMC’s firm-wide Anti-Corruption Policy prohibited offers of anything of value to existing or prospective commercial clients to secure improper business advantages. JPMC identified the offering of internships and training to the relatives of existing or prospective commercial clients as a potential bribery risk pursuant to applicable anti-corruption statutes.Fletcher knew that Offering Internships in Exchange for Business Violated Applicable Anti-Bribery Laws and JPMC PoliciesIn March 2006, Fletcher’s predecessor, the Head of JRM, emailed all APAC bankers, including Fletcher, stating that “the firm does not condone the hiring of the children or other relatives of clients or potential clients of the Firm . . . for the purpose of securing or potentially securing business for the Firm. In fact, the firm’s policies expressly forbid this. There are no exceptions.”In October 2007, Fletcher participated in a training course on the Firm’s Anti-Corruption Policy. The training stated that:It is improper and illegal to make an offer to secure an advantage by causing a non-U.S. public official to misuse his or her position as result of the offer. * * * The [prohibited] expenditure is not limited to gifts and entertainment. It also includes items of ‘value’ like an offer of an internship or training for relatives of a non-U.S. public official.To ensure adherence to the Firm’s policies regarding anti-bribery, bankers were required to complete a questionnaire for each referral hire that was designed to identify potential anti-bribery and corruption-related issues. During this process, Fletcher was instructed that referred candidates could not be hired as part of an agreement to secure business for the Firm.In October 2009, Fletcher participated in a training course on the Firm’s Anti-Corruption Policy. The training explained that employees were prohibited from offering things of value to public officials to secure improper business advantages. The training stated, “[p]lease note that ‘value’ does not just include gifts and entertainment; it can also include such things as the offer of internships or training for relatives of a public official.”In November 2009, the Head of China Investment Banking distributed an article about a banker at a competitor who was prosecuted for violations of the FCPA. He noted, “China anti-bribery laws as well as FCPA may apply in the following situations . . . any proposed hiring of close relatives of Public Officials or candidates (including interns) recommended by any Public official.” Subsequently, an APAC banker forwarded that article to Fletcher and the JRM staffer highlighting a section in the article “about the hiring of the daughter and how chinese and US investigators and seeking to find whether it was for a quid pro quo,” and suggesting that the case “may have broader implications for our relationship hires.” The JRM staffer re-forwarded the article to Fletcher in June 2010.In June 2010, the head of the APAC investment banking group emailed APAC bankers advising them of the restrictions under the FCPA. The guidelines stated that expenses such as “internships and training for family members” would need to be pre-cleared by compliance.In September 2011, Fletcher participated in a training course on the Firm’s Anti-Corruption Policy. The training explained that JPMC employees must pre-clear “[a]ny offer of JPMorgan Chase employment or internship (whether paid or unpaid) to any person upon the recommendation of friends, relatives or associates of a non-U.S. government official.”In March 2012, the Firm distributed an Asia Compliance Reminder regarding anti-corruption policies. The reminder highlighted offers of employment for family or associates of the official as potential bribery risks.”Numerous times, the Federal Reserve states that Fang and Fletcher:engaged in conduct “involving personal dishonesty or a willful or continuing disregard for the safety and soundness of [JPMorgan]”;“violated [JPMorgan’s] internal policies” by running the referral hiring program;“engaged in unsafe and unsound practicing by failing to follow policies and procedures aimed at preventing violations of applicable anti-bribery law;” and“breached their fiduciary duties” to their employer.According to the Federal Reserve, because of Fang and Fletcher’s conduct, JPMorgan:“suffered financial loss or other damage;”“suffered reputational losses in the form of negative news stories regarding [JPMSAP’s] referral hiring program;” and“suffer[ed] financial loss and posed legal and reputational risks to the firm.”*****The Federal Reserve of course does not have authority to enforce the FCPA, but like in the Fang and Fletcher action, can use underlying conduct which may implicate the FCPA to pursue its own remedies.Historically, there have not been many FCPA enforcement actions against the financial services industry, however the Fang and Fletcher action was not the first Federal Reserve action against an individual in the FCPA context.In the aftermath of the 2012 FCPA enforcement action against Garth Peterson (a former managing director for Morgan Stanley’s real estate business in China) (see here for the prior post), the Federal Reserve issued this 2013 letter prohibiting Peterson from having various roles in the banking industry. 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Dallas Think Tank Sues Law Firm

first_img Remember me Lost your password? Username Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.center_img Password The National Center for Policy Analysis has sued Winstead and its chairman emeritus Mike Baggett, claiming legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content.last_img

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AppleSox Take Weekend Series against LeftiesSeattle Man Killed in Fall on Mt

first_imgDown by five runs after five innings, the Wenatchee AppleSox (7-10) rallied to defeat the Port Angeles Lefties (10-11) 8-7 and win two of three in the series.Mason Marenco went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run. Marenco drove in three runs and his two-run homer to left field in the eighth was the difference.Five different AppleSox players recorded multi-hit games and Curtis Bafus (2-2) tossed six innings of relief to pick up the victory. Five of the Sox’ eight runs came with two outs.Bafus entered in the fourth inning and allowed three of his four runs in that inning, but retired 13 of the final 16 batters that he faced. Of Bafus’s final 12 outs, seven came via strikeouts.For the third straight game, the AppleSox scored at least eight runs on 12-or-more hits. Six of those runs and six of those hits came in the four innings as the Sox scored four runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth.After the Lefties scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second, the AppleSox took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. Evan Williams began the inning with a walk and went to third after two wild pitches. Jacob Prater followed with a singled and then Connor McCord doubled in Prater.Port Angeles took the lead with two in the bottom of the inning. The Lefties followed with three in the fourth and their seventh run came in the fifth inning.After that, the Sox went to work. Eight men came to the plate and four runs scored to draw Wenatchee within one run.Cory Meyer led off with a single, Josh Taylor walked and both scored on Jordan Rathbone’s first home run of the season. With two outs, Joey Magro reached on an error and Marenco doubled him in.Two innings later, the Sox took the lead on a dramatic two-run home run by Marenco. After Magro reached on a fielder’s choice, Marenco hit his second home run over the wall in left field to give the Sox the lead.With the win, the Sox have won their second West Coast League series victory of the season. They now return home to take on the Bend Elks for the first of three games that begins on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.From a release by the Wenatchee AppleSoxlast_img read more

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2019 Season Countdown 59 German Green

first_imgBoy, in retrospect that 59 seems a little harsh, but here we are going into 2019 and I still have yet to hear much about German Green. I don’t mean that in a harsh way, but injury and a lack of film prevented him from being scouted much in high school. Other than a vague rumor that the Michigan coaches thought German was a better player than his more highly regarded brother, Gemon, there’s not much to go on. German Green Prediction: Backup safety, special teamer 0 0You need to login in order to vote Going into the 2019 season, the safety position seems pretty solid. Josh Metellus returns as a starter, and the other safety starter will probably be junior Brad Hawkins…or junior J’Marick Woods…or freshman 5-star Daxton Hill. Add in 4-star freshman Quinten Johnson, junior utility man Jaylen Kelly-Powell, and redshirt freshman Sammy Faustin…well, this is a pretty deep position. I don’t think there will be any leftover snaps for Green on defense, but as a redshirt freshman safety, he should be spending some time running down the field on kickoff, at the very least. Name: German GreenHeight: 6’2″Weight: 175 lbs.High school: DeSoto (TX) DeSotoPosition: SafetyClass: Redshirt freshmanJersey number: #13Last year: I ranked Green #88 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He redshirted.TTB Rating: 59last_img read more

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