The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headset has a striking appearance that deviates from what has become the headset norm. The front of the headset has an angular, geometric design; the company says it has been weight-balanced and features anti-bacterial cushions.No external sensors are needed for the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset, according to the company. The initial setup process is said to take less than 10 minutes, after which point users get access to more than 20,000 Windows app as well as over 2,000 Steam VR titles.The headset can be used for playing supported games, watching 360-degree videos, working on projects, and more. You won’t need to break the bank to use this model, as the company says it is compatible with many “affordable PCs.”The headset has design considerations that allow for convenient long-term use. For example, the Windows Mixed Reality Headset has a visor that can be easily lifted so that the user can rapidly take a look at the real world before going back to the virtual one. The headset has a total weight of less than 400 grams, and the majority of the weight is designed to fall on the back of the skull and forehead.Other features include the use of a 3K 2880 x 1440 display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 6DoF, as well as materials that allow for airflow to keep the user from overheating. The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset will be available to purchase in North America in the first quarter of this year. Pricing hasn’t yet been revealed. Joining ASUS’s slew of new gaming products is its Windows Mixed Reality Headset, the company’s headset for immersing users into various virtual worlds. The headset was announced amongst ASUS’s CES 2018 wares, joining the mass of gaming laptops and other products. With the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset comes a unique, angular 3D pattern and the promise of very simple setup.
Like the original Mac mini, this new 2018 version is a “bring your own display, keyboard, and mouse” affair. However there’s no $499 entry-level model this time around, with pricing kicking off from $799 for an Intel Core i3. That climbs up to $1,099 for the Core i5 version. Still, reviewers seem happy that what you’re getting justifies the price. Rather than trying to coax PC users into a cheap macOS alternative, like the original Mac mini was intended to do, it’s professionals that are now the target audience. They have different needs, and it’s those needs the 2018 Mac mini addresses. That audience of existing Mac mini users should definitely upgrade, Macworld says. “If you use apps that can take advantage of multiple cores, you’ll see a huge improvement that’s well worth the cost,” the site writes. “Even if you don’t use multi-core apps and use only consumer-level software, you’ll see a marked improvement in speed.”AdChoices广告The new Thunderbolt 3 ports now sported on the rear of the Mac mini help there, too. “Today the Mac mini is about flexibility and filling niches,” SixColors writes, pointing out that the high-speed connector allows a variety of pro-level peripherals to be hooked up. Happily, you don’t lose out on legacy connections like HDMI and USB Type-A in the process, either. CNET points to the upgradable RAM as another advantage, highlighting that Apple has used DDR4 SO-DIMMs still. However, they’re not particularly easy to access, it points out, which slightly undermines the upgrade path. If there’s a big downside, though, it’s the GPU. While the processor options – which can be bumped up to an Intel Core i7 – are fine, Intel’s GPUs aren’t so impressive. According to Marco Arment “if your workload benefits from a strong GPU, you’re better off going for an iMac or a 15-inch MacBook Pro, or considering an eGPU setup.”In all, though, opinions are pretty consistent: Apple has given the Mac mini just what it needed. Yes, it might be more expensive than before, but it’s actually competitive with Windows-based mini PC workstations. A selection of ports that doesn’t demand shedding old peripherals – as a new MacBook Air would – and a familiar form-factor make this one of the easiest new Macs to upgrade to. After years out in the cold, the Mac mini has finally been updated, and the first batch of reviews are in ahead of the compact computer showing up in stores at the end of the week. Of course, since the last update to the Mac mini – all the way back in 2014 – things in the PC space have changed considerably. Story TimelineMac Mini 2018 revealed with modern specsMac mini 2018 hands on: Big charm in small packageA maxed-out Mac mini is kinda ridiculous Mac mini (late 2018) Gallery
That’s because SAM is based on technology from none other than NASA. In basic terms, you can think of SAM as an autonomous system that’s backed by human support. It addresses the problem of situations that can’t be – or shouldn’t be, as Nissan stresses – handled by autonomous systems alone.One of the examples Nissan gives is that of an autonomous car at an intersection where a police officer is directing traffic. An autonomous system on its own may not be able to recognize that it needs to stop, change lanes, or wait for the officer to allow the car through the intersection. If the car is equipped with SAM, however, it won’t attempt to make the decision of what to do on its own. Instead, it will make a safe stop and then ping a command center, where a human is waiting to help.That person working behind the scenes can see what the car sees and make a decision on how best to proceed. In this scenario, the person would draw a path on the road, and then when they see that the police officer is signaling for the car to go through the intersection, release the car to follow the path.Using human guidance for situations that are tough for autonomous systems isn’t where SAM’s functionality ends, however. With other cars in the area communicating through SAM, our car that has already made it through the intersection can then share the solution with them. As time goes on, the systems within these cars learn from the situations that humans help them through, decreasing the amount of assistance they need as more tricky situations are encountered.SAM is based on NASA’s Visual Environment for Remote Virtual Exploration (VERVE) software, which it uses to direct robots who are scouring the surface of celestial bodies in our solar system, such as the Curiosity rover that’s currently on Mars. What’s perhaps most interesting about SAM’s implementation is that it doesn’t look to cut humans out of the mix entirely – at a time when so much focus is on making fully autonomous vehicles, the decision to use a system like SAM might make it seem like Nissan is going against the grain.However, assuming a system like SAM sees widespread implementation, there could be a number of benefits. Obviously, the first is that it could help improve AI in our self-driving vehicles, while the second is that it could allow for self-driving cars to be rolled out on a wider scale faster. With humans only a ping away and ready to assist, SAM may help address some of the unknowns when it comes to unleashing a bunch of self-driving cars on the roads.Unveiling SAM wasn’t the only thing on Nissan’s docket when it came to autonomous driving. Nissan also announced a partnership with DeNA to begin testing that will help develop self-driving vehicles for commercial applications. This is part of a larger Nissan-Renault Alliance plan to develop driverless systems, and the tests begin later this year in Japan.Testing will be broken up into four stages. The first one is autonomous driving in single-lane highways. The technology that will be at the center of this test is Nissan’s ProPILOT system, which made its debut in Japanese models of the Serena. Once stage one is complete, Nissan and DeNA will move on to multi-lane highways in 2018, allowing the cars to merge and change lanes without any input from the driver.Then, in 2020, stage three is expected to kick off with autonomous city driving. Beyond that is the fourth stage of testing, which is presumably when these cars will gain fully autonomous functionality. We’ll almost certainly be hearing more of this testing and of Nissan’s SAM system in the coming months and even years, so stay tuned for more and check out our CES 2017 hub for full coverage from the show floor. Like many car companies, Nissan’s focus at CES 2017 this year is autonomous driving technology. Nissan Chariman and CEO Carlos Ghosn took the stage at the trade show this evening to announce a new driverless system called Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM). SAM will be one component of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility system, but it will likely be the most noteworthy one as well.
The Model 3 just took pole position in its segmentFor all the talk of production holdups, it’d be easy to think that there are very few Tesla Model 3 on the roads. Not so, says the automaker. It’s been looking at the official sales figures in the mid-sized premium sedan segment in the US, and reckons its car has taken the top spot. In May 2018, Tesla claims, the Model 3 outsold Mercedes’ C Class, Audi’s A4, BMW’s 3 Series, and the Lexus IS. Indeed, The Model 3 apparently has just north of 30-percent of the total market share in the segment, which is more than a little impressive. Meanwhile, Musk said that Tesla is trying to get the cost of Model 3 insurance lower, with the automaker apparently working with insurance companies to get prices significantly under what you’d pay for one of those competing gasoline sedans. The $35,000 Model 3 is coming… soonishOf all of Elon Musk’s promises that have come to haunt him, announcing the Model 3 would start at $35,000 must rank among the top few. So far – by design, Musk has said previously – Tesla has focused on more expensive configurations of the EV. However, that hasn’t stopped demand from would-be Model 3 buyers who want to spend the bare minimum. According to Musk, their day is in sight. Production of the $35k car is expected to start by the end of 2018, the chief exec promised. Meanwhile, Tesla is working toward a realistic target of building 3,500 Model 3 every week by the end of June 2018. The Supercharger V3 is coming, tooTesla’s allure has never just been its cars – its Supercharger network has always been a wildcard in the EV game. Now, the third-generation Superchargers are fast incoming, with Musk saying they were expected to deploy by the end of the year. It’ll involve a significant infrastructure change, Musk says. Among the improvements will be solar panels for the chargers. That, it’s suggested, will help keep them up and running even if the infrastructure itself isn’t necessarily reliable. Right now, there are almost 10,000 Superchargers around the world. You’ll soon be able to test drive the Model 3If the Model 3 proved anything, it’s that Tesla fans were willing to sign up for a new car without having driven it – or even sat in it. In most cases, reservation holders staked their place in line back in 2016 having only seen Tesla’s most affordable car on a livestream. Even now, more than two years on, it’s not unreasonable to think that there could be Model 3 reservation holders who still haven’t even seen the car in the metal on the roads.Happily, that’s changing. Tesla says it plans to start Model 3 test drives by the end of this month, finally giving people a chance to get behind the unusual dashboard of the electric car. The goal is to have all Tesla stores offering the chance to take a test drive by the end of July, though it’s likely that demand will be significant and you may have to wait a while to get your turn. There’s a free Autopilot trial comingIt’d be easy to assume that every Tesla buyer automatically checks the option box for Autopilot, but with the driver assistance system a $5,000 premium on the Model 3, not everybody is going to cough up the cash for it. However, just as on the Model S and Model X, the car has the Autopilot hardware whether or not you pay for the system. All that changes is software. So, Tesla is planning to offer a free Autopilot trial, to give those who initially opted not to add the system the chance to change their mind. It’s something it tried back in 2016 with Autopilot on the Model S and Model X, though it’s unclear how many conversions from trial to full upgrade actually happened. If this new trial goes anything like that, there’ll be a slight price premium for unlocking Autopilot permanently compared to opting for it on the original order. Tesla just held its annual shareholder meeting, and it was an opportunity for Elon Musk to talk Model 3, new Superchargers, and Autopilot. As well as a fresh vote of confidence in the outspoken company founder and chief executive, the event saw some new details on some of Tesla’s most hotly-anticipated hardware – both on wheels and otherwise. Story TimelineTesla Model 3 AWD and Performance orders open next weekTesla Model 3 Performance and AWD specs, price, and Musk’s big boastTesla Model 3 brake update wows as test complaint fixed
The redline for the 2019 version of the car is moving up to 7,500 rpm and Mazda is reportedly adding a telescoping steering wheel. That telescoping wheel is a big deal for drivers that like to have legs close to the pedals but want the seat to recline and have the steering wheel still close at hand. This is a position many track day hounds and autocrossers are familiar with if its wet or cold and you want to run with the top up on the car and not bash your helmet on the roof with each bump.The updated MX-5 is reportedly launching in Japan and looks exactly like the 2018 version of the car looked. At least one publication did get to test the car last week and since it was a Japanese version of the car, some of the features might change before the car hits Stateside. That said the power bump won’t be something that changes.Prior to this bump, the MX-5 had 155hp and the engine redline was 6,800 rpm. The key to the boosted redline is said to be new valve spring rate giving more tension and lighter pistons with a lower dome. The connecting rods are 41 grams lighter with a more compact shape and shorter and thinner bolts. The crankshaft was also optimized all in an effort for faster spin.The car also gets a low-inertia dual mass flywheel that absorbs vibrations. The higher redline allows the driver to shift less says the tester. The steering wheel can telescope over a range of 30mm. We have no idea if all this will make it to the US spec car, but the power bump is a sure bet since the same rating was spied in the NHTSA filing a few months back.SOURCE: Road & Track We heard a while back that the next MX-5 would get a power bump up to 181hp. That rumor first started circulating in March, now the power bump is official for Japan and will indeed mean that the lithe little MX-5 has 181 hp. There are some other tidbits that the 2019 MX-5 will get along with the extra power.
Toyota and Uber have announced that they are extending their collaboration agreement in the autonomous auto realm. The deal will see Toyota invest $500 million into Uber. Uber plans to integrate its self-driving tech alongside the Toyota Guardian technology in vehicles built specifically for the Uber ride-sharing network. Toyota and Uber want to bring autonomous ride-sharing to the masses at scale. Toyota and Uber have agreed that the vehicles using the tech in the collaboration will be owned and operated by mutually agreed on third party autonomous fleet operators. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says that the goal of the collaboration is to deploy the “world’s safest” self-driving cars on the Uber network.To begin the so-called “Autono-MaaS” (autonomous-mobility as a service) fleet will be based on the Toyota Sienna minivan. Uber’s tech and the Toyota Guardian automated safety support system will be integrated into the vehicles. Toyota will also integrate its Mobility Services Platform information infrastructure for connected vehicles into the rides.Toyota says that the Mobility Services Platform, the core information infrastructure for connected vehicles, will kick off pilot-scale deployments starting on the Uber network in 2021. Uber plans to use Toyota’s Guardian system to independently monitor vehicle environment and situation in real-time.That safety system monitors the automated driver and vehicle in real-time. The investment in Uber by Toyota and collaboration on autonomous vehicles are subject to regulatory approvals.SOURCE: Toyota
“The automotive industry is undergoing a steep transformation,” Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development, said of the deal. “We see collaboration as a key for success, also in the field of electrification. With Jaguar Land Rover, we found a partner whose requirements for the future generation of electric drive units significantly match ours. Together, we have the opportunity to cater more effectively for customer needs by shortening development time and bringing vehicles and state-of-the-art technologies more rapidly to market.”Neither automaker is unfamiliar with either EVs or indeed designing its own electric motors. For BMW, that in-house development began ahead of the BMW i3 back in 2013. Jaguar Land Rover, meanwhile, designed its own motors for the I-PACE electric SUV, which are shaped to wrap around the car’s front and rear axles. Even with that background, developing competitive, timely drivetrains in an increasingly crowded market is tough. “We’ve proven we can build world beating electric cars but now we need to scale the technology to support the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover products,” Nick Rogers, Engineering Director at Jaguar Land Rover explains. “It was clear from discussions with BMW Group that both companies’ requirements for next generation EDUs to support this transition have significant overlap making for a mutually beneficial collaboration.”At the core of the collaboration will be BMW’s upcoming Gen 5 eDrive electric drive unit. The fifth generation of the automaker’s motors, it will launch in the upcoming BMW iX3, an electric crossover. As well as the motor, it also includes the transmission and power electronics in a single housing. Importantly, it also requires no rare earths. That’s become politically topical of late, as supplies of the materials face potential bottlenecks in the ongoing global trade war. The Gen 5 electric drive unit will be the basis of BMW and Jaguar Land Rover’s future iterations, with a joint team from the two companies based in Munich working on the system. As for production, though, each automaker will be responsible for that independently, at their own manufacturing facilities. For Jaguar Land Rover, that will be at its Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton, UK. Joint procurement will allow both companies to benefit from economy of scale, as they buy the necessary components for their systems. What each is trying to avoid, meanwhile, are EVs that feel or drive too much like the others. “Both companies will seek to adhere to their own brand-specific propositions in any project,” BMW says. That, JLR adds, will allow for “the specific characteristics required for their respective range of products” using the shared technology. At the same time, though, each automaker will be at liberty to continue alternative propulsion and drivetrain projects. In BMW’s case, for example, it will continue to work on its combustion engines, and experimenting with fully-electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel-cell options. BMW and Jaguar Land Rover are teaming up on electric vehicle tech, combining forces to develop next-generation EV motors and make the cars using them more affordable along the way. The deal is part of both automakers’ push for electrification that also makes economic sense, along with a motivation to reduce reliance on rare earth materials among other things.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Raising Medicare’s Eligibility Age Would Bring Trade-Offs The Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press examine the implications of one option being considered in the federal deficit talks and discover some surprising consequences, including higher premiums for those already covered by Medicare.Los Angeles Times: Q&A: What Would It Mean To Raise Medicare’s Eligibility Age?As they debate ways to control the federal deficit, President Obama and congressional Republicans have both acknowledged the need to rein in federal spending on healthcare programs such as Medicare, which provides health insurance to about 50 million elderly and disabled Americans. Among the leading proposals to slow Medicare spending — a key ingredient of a budget deal — is to raise the eligibility age for the program, an option frequently championed by conservatives. Here are answers to some basic questions about the concept and its potential effects (Levey, 12/7).The Associated Press: Fiscal Cliff: Trade-Offs In Raising Medicare Eligibility AgeAmericans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of any deal to reduce the government’s huge deficits. But what sounds like a prudent sacrifice for an aging society that must watch its budget could have surprising consequences, including higher premiums for people on Medicare (Alonso-Zaldivar, 12/7).
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 announcement says people getting subsidies will be allowed to renew for 2015 without filing an application or going back on healthcare.gov. But consumer advocates caution that may not be the best option for those customers.The New York Times: Most Will Be Able To Automatically Renew Coverage Under Health LawThe Obama administration announced Thursday that most people would be able to renew subsidized health insurance coverage without filing an application and without going back to HealthCare.gov, the website that frustrated millions of consumers last fall. But some people will have to go into the marketplace again — if, for example, their income has changed or they want to shop for a better deal in 2015 (Pear, 6/26). The Washington Post: HHS Sets Enrollment Rules For Year Two Of ObamacareThe Obama administration on Thursday plans to issue much-anticipated instructions for Americans to reenroll for next year in the new federal health insurance marketplace — a set of rules intended to make it easy for consumers but that nevertheless will require some people to reapply through HealthCare.gov to preserve their subsidies or coverage. … A fraction of the people in the federal insurance exchange will need to reapply for one or more reasons: their incomes are rising or falling significantly, they did not give permission for their tax records to be checked automatically, or the health plans they joined this year disappear as of January (Goldstein, 6/26). The Wall Street Journal: Federal Health-Exchange Plans To Automatically RenewThe Obama administration plans to automatically renew for next year the health plans and premium subsidies that consumers obtained through the Affordable Care Act’s federal insurance exchange. The move, which will apply to most of the five million people who selected insurance through HealthCare.gov for 2014, will make it easier for consumers to stay in their plans and retain tax credits lowering the cost of coverage. It also will relieve pressure on the federal exchange, which was crippled during parts of its first enrollment period (Radnofsky, 6/26). The Hill: Obamacare Year Two Will Include Auto-Enrollment The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a rule on Thursday that would allow people already enrolled in health plans under ObamaCare to auto-enroll during future enrollment periods. The auto-enrollment could make it easier for people to stay on their health plans and make it easier for the administration to avoid hiccups in year two of the exchanges after an initial enrollment period plagued by delays (Al-Faruque, 6/26). USA Today: Most Can Auto-Enroll For Insurance, But Should They?About 95% of those who bought health insurance on the federal exchange will be able to re-enroll automatically for 2015, the Obama administration said Thursday, but a new study suggests the move is unwise unless consumers shop around (O’Donnell, 6/26). Kaiser Health News: Premiums For Many In The Individual Market May Change Next Year Health insurance premiums for people with subsidies could increase substantially in some markets – but consumers who shop around may not end up paying more, a new report out Thursday says. As insurers battle for a share of the individual market, some plans that were the low-priced leaders this year are not among the least expensive options next year, according to an analysis of rates filed in nine states by consulting firm Avalere Health (Appleby, 6/26). HHS Says Marketplace Customers Can Automatically Renew Plans
And from WBUR, a look at increased availability of health benefits for same-sex couples – You know how it goes: You have the great joy of the wedding — or of the gay pride celebrations that followed the Supreme Court’s marriage decision — and then the honeymoon’s over and it’s time to talk about the mundanities of stuff like (sigh) health insurance. (Goldberg, 6/29) In all, major employers have about 400,000 union workers whose contracts are up for negotiation this year. They include the Detroit auto makers, whose workforces have a combined 140,000 members of the United Auto Workers; a group of railroad operators including CSX Corp., with 142,000 union employees; and telecom companies like Verizon Communications Inc., which is in talks with about 40,000 wireline workers. Most labor talks involve some head-butting over benefits. But what’s different this time, corporate finance chiefs say, are a looming “Cadillac tax” on health-care plans and pension burdens that are dragging down profits. At New York-based Verizon, executives want to “redesign and reshape” health plans in a bid to cut overall cost, said Fran Shammo, chief financial officer. (Monga and Johnson, 6/30) Looming ‘Cadillac Tax’ Adds To Pressure To Cut Employee Health Benefits Also in the news, the Society of Human Resource Management finds in its annual survey of employee perks that wellness programs are becoming more common. The Wall Street Journal’s CFO Journal: Pressure To Cut Employee Benefits Threatens Labor Peace WBUR: More Health Coverage, And Perhaps More Health, For Same-Sex Couples The Washington Post: The Workplace Perks That Are In — And Out In its latest annual survey of what’s in and what’s out in the world of employee perks, the Society of Human Resource Management found that wellness benefits are only increasing in prevalence. For years, companies have been doing things like offering smoking cessation programs and rewarding employees with discounts for taking health assessments. But Evren Esen, director of survey programs for SHRM, said this year’s data show that a greater range of benefits are quickly “becoming more integrated into the organizational fabric of companies.” (McGregor, 6/29) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Administration’s Global Health Cuts Could Lead To ‘Catastrophic Loss Of Life’ The White House proposes reducing funding to major programs including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, help for aid organizations that provide family planning and other health services and contributions to the United Nations Population Fund. Meanwhile, experts are “very concerned” that the Trump administration is not prepared to deal with a pandemic outbreak, and an idea that all research should serve a national purpose sparks debate. A musical called “The Great Immensity” made its New York premiere in 2014, the product of nearly $700,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation. Aimed at increasing awareness of the widespread impacts of climate change, the musical featured one song that explained the emergence of the global economy and another on the extinction of the passenger pigeon. It was widely panned. The production, however, made a brief comeback earlier this year — not on stage, but in an outline of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s authorization and oversight plan. According to the committee, grant awards like the ones used to fund the musical necessitated a crackdown: Lawmakers must ensure that all grants serve “the national interest.” (Facher, 4/10) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Los Angeles Times: Trump Pushes Historic Cuts In Global Health Aid, Stoking Fears Of New Disease Outbreaks And Diminished U.S. Clout And in other news — The Washington Post: The Trump Administration Is Ill-Prepared For A Global Pandemic Half a century after the United States led a global expansion of international efforts to combat infectious disease and promote family planning, the Trump administration has embarked on a historic retrenchment that many fear threatens the health of millions and jeopardizes America’s standing in the world. Since taking office, President Trump has proposed dramatic cuts to the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has historically spearheaded U.S. efforts to improve women’s and children’s health. (Levey, 4/10) The Wall Street Journal: Impact Of Federal Hiring Freeze Seen At Veterans Affairs, Prisons, Social Security The Trump administration has failed to fill crucial public health positions across the government, leaving the nation ill-prepared to face one of its greatest potential threats: a pandemic outbreak of a deadly infectious disease, according to experts in health and national security. No one knows where or when the next outbreak will occur, but health security experts say it is inevitable. Every president since Ronald Reagan has faced threats from infectious diseases, and the number of outbreaks is on the rise. (Sun, 4/8) Stat: Push For Science In The ‘National Interest’ Puts Some On Edge The hiring freeze President Donald Trump ordered on his first full working day in the White House is threatening to compromise the safety of correctional officers, delay payments to veterans and prevent disabled and retired Americans from getting their Social Security checks on time, union officials and government workers say. (Reinhard and Ballhaus, 4/9)
It wasn’t just the disproportionate number of pregnancy-related deaths among black women in the United States that alarmed Darline Turner when the crisis first hit the headlines. It was the seeming nonchalance surrounding the issue. Why hadn’t the federal government declared this phenomenon a public health emergency, professed it a pressing human rights concern, or ordered a nationwide investigation, wondered Turner, a physician’s assistant and certified doula — a person trained to help women through childbirth and serve as their advocate. (Simmons, 10/26) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Three weeks after Cassaundra Lynn Perkins gave birth to premature twins, she returned to the hospital, feeling unwell. She phoned her mother from her hospital bed at 3:30 in the morning. “I’m just not feeling good,” she said. Surely it was just another bout of the mysterious illness her daughter had been suffering from for most of her pregnancy, Cheryl Givens-Perkins thought as she rushed over to San Antonio’s North Central Baptist Hospital. (Simmons, 10/26) Los Angeles Times: Black Doulas, Midwives And Reproductive Health Advocates Step Up In Response To Rising Black Maternal Deaths ‘This Is A Crisis’: African-American Women Dying Due To Pregnancy-Related Causes At Stunningly High Rates There’s not one factor that experts can point fingers at–rather it’s a host of issues, including bias from doctors and less care in early trimesters. Los Angeles Times: The Quiet Crisis Among African Americans: Pregnancy And Childbirth Are Killing Women At Inexplicable Rates
“With healthcare costs rising, vigilant antitrust enforcement is an essential tool for protecting consumers,” Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim said in a news release announcing the settlement. “By eliminating restrictions that curb comparison shopping and interfere with competition among healthcare providers, today’s resolution of our antitrust action allows consumers in the Charlotte area to benefit from competition when making critically important healthcare choices.” (Livingston, 11/15) Licensed practical nurses at the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics walked off the job Thursday, striking after nearly a year of unsuccessful contract negotiations. The 35 nurses say they’re fighting for job protections and fair wages, among other things. In all, the health system has more than 1,000 nurses, including registered nurses, who are not part of the group that is striking. (Schencker, 11/15) A major hospital system based in North Carolina agreed to settle a closely watched Justice Department lawsuit, promising to change practices that antitrust enforcers alleged thwarted competition. The antitrust suit against Atrium Health focused on language in its agreements with health insurers that had restricted the insurers from creating plans that steered patients to competitors offering lower prices, according to the Justice Department. Under the settlement, Atrium said it would stop enforcing such clauses and not seek them in future contracts in the Charlotte area, where it has a large market share. (Wilde Mathews, 11/15) Boston Globe: NFL Awards Boston Children’s Hospital $14.7M To Study Brain Injury Chicago Tribune: University Of Illinois Hospital’s Licensed Practical Nurses Go On Strike Dallas Morning News: Arlington Mental Hospital Faces Charges That It Illegally Detained Patients A North Texas hospital company violated state mental-health codes when one of its facilities illegally held patients, authorities say. A Tarrant County grand jury indicted SAS Healthcare Inc., also known as Sundance Behavioral Healthcare System, on nine charges Wednesday. Between March 2017 and July 2018, Sundance Hospital in Arlington held patients involuntarily past the 48-hour maximum without mandatory court orders necessary to do so, the indictment says. One patient who was admitted for preliminary examination was held for a week in March 2017, it says. (Sarder, 11/15) Boston Children’s Hospital has won a $14.7 million grant from the National Football League to study how hits to the head affect neurological health over time — and to identify potential treatments for brain injuries. The money enables Children’s and four collaborating institutions to study thousands of former NFL players and to investigate ways of mitigating the damage from head impacts. The grant to Children’s is the largest of five awards totaling $35 million that the NFL announced Thursday, as part of its commitment to support medical research. The grants included $1.5 million for a project of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School to study the short- and long-term effects of concussions on high school athletes. (Freyer, 11/15) Modern Healthcare: Atrium Health Settles Anti-Steering Contract Suit With Feds North Carolina-Based Hospital System Atrium Health Settles Antitrust Lawsuit With Justice Department The suit is part of a broader trend of regulators more carefully scrutinizing contracts between hospital systems and health insurers to prevent insurers from steering patients to certain health care providers. Hospital news comes out of Texas, Illinois and Massachusetts, as well. The Wall Street Journal: Hospital Chain Settles U.S. Suit Over Stifled Competition This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
More BMO creates financial crimes unit with cybersecurity, fraud capabilities The creation of the unit comes after the bank said last May that hackers claimed to be in possession of the personal data of fewer than 50,000 customers Email advertisement Share this storyBMO creates financial crimes unit with cybersecurity, fraud capabilities Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit Twitter What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation January 7, 20191:50 PM EST Filed under News FP Street The Canadian Press Comment Facebook 0 Comments Join the conversation → Featured Stories ← Previous Next → Sponsored By: The Bank of Montreal is creating a financial crimes unit.Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press TORONTO — The Bank of Montreal is creating a financial crimes unit bringing together existing capabilities around cybersecurity, fraud and physical security.The new unit will be led by Larry Zelvin, who joins the bank on Jan. 14. He has been CitiGroup Inc.’s managing director and global head of cybersecurity.BMO’s financial crimes unit will work together with the bank’s anti-money laundering group. Banking regulator hiking ‘domestic stability buffer’ to protect banks from elevated risks Bank of Montreal sees U.S. earnings growth continuing to outstrip bank as a whole Banks hire their own hackers to get ahead of criminal infiltrators BMO chief executive Darryl White says the financial industry is faced with more sophisticated criminal activities and it’s critical to invest in data protection.The creation of the unit comes after the bank said last May that hackers contacted the bank claiming to be in possession of the personal data of fewer than 50,000 customers.At the same time, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s Simplii Financial digital banking brand said “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and account information for about 40,000 clients.
Audi e-tron Configurator Now Live: Build Yours Today Source: Electric Vehicle News When the German carmaker first released the information and concept images for its new sports car, it stated how this was to be the purely electric high-performance machine, underlining the Audi fully-electric EV range. The German carmaker also revealed where the vehicle is to be produced: the Audi factory in Böllinger Höfe near Neckarsulm.“The four-door prototype Audi e-tron GT concept interprets sportiness in a new, progressive way. With its fascinating design and a purely electric drive, it leads our Audi Sport performance brand confidently into the future. The sporty four-seater will be manufactured at Böllinger Höfe near Neckarsulm as of 2020. It proves that high performance and electromobility do not have to be mutually exclusive.”The news about the Audi e-tron GT using the Porsche Taycan architecture isn’t really a huge surprise. With the Porsche Taycan platform already in an advanced stage, it makes sense to use it for Audi’s new electric vehicle.Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo, GT SportWith the already revealed powertrain for the Taycan, providing a combined power output of over 600 hp (440 kW) between two electric motors, joined by a battery pack that, according to Porsche, will allow the vehicle to travel “over 500 kilometers” (310 miles) of range on a single charge, the Audi e-tron GT (likely cheaper than the Porsche Taycan) should definitely be a fun and rather impressive car to drive.Furthermore, the vehicle is set to benefit from the Taycan architecture in another way: it’ll be the first production passenger car able to use the 800-volt battery system that will enable it to use up to 350 kW charging.Source: Electrek Audi plans to reveal the previously announced electric Sport e-tron GT in 2020.Audi is on the move. After the already revealed Audi e-tron electric SUV, the Ingolstadt based carmaker is set to reveal the e-tron Sportsback and finally, the electric Sport e-tron GT sometime in 2020. While we previously knew only a little bit about the e-tron GT, we now know the vehicle is to be underpinned by the Porsche Taycan vehicle platform.More about the Audi e-tron and Porsche Taycan Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 23, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News EV Boss Says Taycan Is A True Porsche Inside & Out Porsche Taycan Caught Aggressively Lapping Nurburgring
See What Tesla Autopilot Sees In Downtown Paris Drive Tesla Model 3 Autopilot Versus Bikers & Pedestrians Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 24, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News The new software update finally allows Tesla’s neural net work with all cameras. While we can’t say definitively how much Tesla Autopilot has improved as a result of the update, you can clearly see that the cameras are taking in an impressive amount of the environment surrounding the car, and the technology seems to “see” and identify what it’s supposed to. Now, it’s just a matter of time before all of this valuable data can be processed to a level that assures vastly improved results.If you’ve used Tesla Autopilot with the new Software Version 9, we’d love to read your impressions in the comment section.Video Description via greentheonly on YouTube:Seeing the world in autopilot v9This is running 18.39.6 firmware. All autopilot cameras are utilized.This video does not show “narrow” stream because it’s somewhat redundant with main.You may notice certain choppiness on all the cameras other than “main” – this is because while main camera is captured at 36fps and is therefore very smooth, the “fisheye” is only captured at 6fps and the sides are at 9fps (the car captures all cameras at 36fps and backup camera at 30fps) – I needed to limit the rate of the intake to not overwhelm my storage device (it is still struggling a bit and that’s why sometimes framerate drops on some cams).Source: Electrek This Video Reveals What Tesla Autopilot Actually Sees What does the world look like in Tesla Autopilot Version 9?We’ve seen many different videos showing what Tesla Autopilot “sees.” This is due to the work of people in the Tesla community with the know-how to hack into the system and capture the camera feeds. This newest video is not only unique since it’s the first to show Software Version 9, but it also lets us see six feeds all at the same time.Additional Tesla Autopilot Content:
Source: Electric Vehicle News Renault news Ghosn Confirms Plug-In Hybrid Clio, Megane, Captur For Europe In 10 months of 2018, Renault sold about 36,000 plug-ins (comparable to the full 12 months of 2017) and over 97% of those were sold in Europe.Renault electric car sales – October 2018Separately, in South Korea, Renault – through Renault Samsung Motors – is also selling all-electric cars, the SM3 Z.E. So far this year, 1,192 SM3 Z.E. were sold (down 24%). Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 15, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Fully Charged Talks With Renault EV Execs In Paris: Video 2nd Generation Renault ZOE Spied In The Wild Renault EV sales speed up.In October, Renault sold over 5,017 electric cars – according to the preliminary report – which is just over 100 less than in its best month ever (March 2018).Year-over-year growth amounted to 67% and EVs now account for nearly 3% of passenger car sales for the brand (in Europe, where most of EVs were sold, the share was 6%).Sales results in October and after the first 10-months of this year (excluding Twizy) are:Renault ZOE – 4,259 (up 84%) and 29,524 YTD (up 11.8%)Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 742 (up 7%) and 6,529 YTD (up 94%)Renault Master Z.E. – 15 and 31 YTD (new)
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Scratch Premier League 16 Aug 2008 17:00 Reason (optional) Share Share Share on Facebook | Pick RedBlood Share on Facebook comments (43)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Reply Facebook Reply Twitter Show 25 Share on Twitter I’ll be fkn lucky if I get up for any of it. That’s the problem with living in South America. Nights are so late that quiet ones finish at 5am, drunk and with little chance of waking up in 3 hours time for the first match. Or even 8 hours time for the last one. Still…Good luck everybody, let’s hope this season is a belter. I’m not too excited but slightly. I want a surprise team to finish top 8 and I’m looking forward to seeing Spurs playing some top quality football especially if they get Arshavin. Consistency won’t be there though, so top four will be the same. One of the wannabes will surely implode, with both Newcastle and City looking good for the comedy role. No big surprise but should be fun to watch. A promoted team being well out of the relegation battle would mix things up nicely too. Predictions:Chelsea – win league with no Brazilian flair whatsoever. United – top goalscorers in second Spurs – good fight for 4th but finish 5th Newcastle – lose Keegan and fight relegation until April City – Can’t pay the bills by Christmas Sunderland – 8th Top scorer – Adebayor Relegated – Stoke, Hull, FulhamEnjoy! Share on Twitter Football: Rooney reaches watershed moment in new age of restraint Share Share on Pinterest 16 Aug 2008 20:27 | Pick 50 newest Share on Twitter Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook buckgoons 16 Aug 2008 14:29 100 Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Sportblog | Pick expanded Share on Facebook Twitter 2 | Pick miroljub Premier League | Pick Share Share on Facebook Reply Share Reuse this content,View all comments > 2 Share Share on Twitter Twitter Report Facebook Report Twitter Loading comments… Trouble loading? Reply Report Facebook Facebook Facebook Share via Email 16 Aug 2008 11:51 0 1 Share on Twitter A. The headline writers were desperate to use the word watershed OR B. They just coudnt get to McCarra goes on rambling 0 1 Reply chelseaexile 16 Aug 2008 22:46 Share Share on Twitter Facebook recommendations ‘sinecure’-nice. poohbcarrot GerryCarvalho Share Facebook | Pick All Share Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter All that is missing here now is, Johnathon Ross and the piano. Share 1 0 1 My predictions:1 Sandwich for lunch2 Decorating the Dining Room this afternoon3 Steak & Chips for dinnerRelegated: Hull and Stoke and 1 other. Report Report 0 1 Share on Twitter | Pick 0 1 Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Threads collapsed | Pick GarsSilencieux | Pick 16 Aug 2008 9:23 Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Reply Twitter Twitter 25 16 Aug 2008 20:27 | Pick 0 1 extraordinaryrvanp 16 Aug 2008 19:51 Share on Facebook Twitter First published on Fri 15 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT 0 1 Twitter Share on Facebook Report BombedOutCathedral Share on Facebook Twitter @vomittingmeerkat I’ll agree that Rooney’s not the finished article, but as neither a Manure nor an Ingerland supporter, I still can see the potential greatness there, if only his Premier League and his national coach would decide to give him a chance to shine. That is in fact the bizarre thing about the Rooney phenomenon: they don’t want to play him where he’s obviously best, which is astonishing with a manager like Ferguson. Maybe now Queiroz is gone that might change: what we know and love 🙂 about Sir Alex is that he’s no tactician, but he knows his football inside out and he knows a player when he sees one (Viz perhaps the fact that the current ManU side have no real tactical shape, they just all happen to be brilliant footballers, although this could also be a criticism of Queiroz). Anyway, I hope (vainly most probably) that Liverpool win the league, but I fervently hope that Wayne Rooney can start to become what he certainly has the potential to be, because I’m a football fan, and I like to watch good football,and he is certainly capable of becoming one of the best. And I really hope that Berbatov doesn’t go to United!!!!!!!! Share 16 Aug 2008 14:22 Share on Twitter Rooney definitely needs to improve his finishing. The amount of one on ones he missed last season was ridiculous for a player of his calibre. To be fair though he did pick up a few injuries over the course of the season that cannot have helped him, but its a question of composure. Its great to have the football season back!http://www.just-football.com/ 16 Aug 2008 18:58 Facebook | Pick Report Facebook Share on Messenger 16 Aug 2008 15:42 The likely saddest or the most hilarious paragraph Kevin McCarra ever wrote:”The arrival of Jose Bosingwa had been anticipated and Deco, who turns 31 this month, is a latecomer to the Premier League. It is hard to tell whether buying Kaka from Milan is a pipedream or a practical objective, Acquiring Robinho from Real Madrid is feaseable, but the Brazilian has underachieved to some extent at the Bernabeu and his arrival in London would be more of a fresh start than a triumphant entrance”. Report Flo; we’re not allowed to talk to you-know-who.Keep Tuesday under your hat, I think trudie’s getting a bit jealous. Unless you fancy a menage a trois…? MouthoftheMersey Facebook Twitter 16 Aug 2008 10:10 | Pick Sportblog Reply Twitter 0 1 Twitter Reply | Pick bwianI think that Trudie will have other things on her mind right now, I’m watching Everton’s game on-line. They are 1-0 down and being out-played and bossed out of the game at home by Blackburn. I sense a difficult 24 hours ahead for Trudie and Mouth’s dog and cat, if either has one.That, by the way, is my very favourite kind of menage. How on earth did you know? 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Report Close report comment form chelseaexile I know this is from the big paper, but after a fortnight of detailed, witty, insightful previews of each team in the Premier League (supported by some excellent comments below the line), this reads like the work of a Year 10 schoolkid.The difference in quality and depth between the online writing and the big paper writing is big and growing. Report 0 1 Report Facebook Topics Facebook Reply vomittingmeerkat Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Everton have just stole a goal against the run of play right on the stroke of half-time. Great goal from a free-kick wide on the right from Arteta. That should make home crowd’s half-time cups of tea taste better but their team have been out-played and out-fought, and they all know it. OK, I agree, Rooney had plenty of work to do pre-season…http://manu.theoffside.com/files/2008/07/roon.jpgBut one cannot argue that he’s at the best club, with the best manager, in Europe and therefore his chance to fulfil his observed potential are at their maximum. I, for one, hope he becomes the best English player in the PL and makes all of Liverpool very proud. Share Wayne Rooney Reply Shares00 Share on LinkedIn Glory can look like a beautifully appointed dead end. It truly is a cul-de-sac for many clubs, who then go into reverse to get out. Sir Alex Ferguson, of course, understands how to keep his team moving onwards no matter how far they have already come. When Manchester United last won the European Cup and Premier League title in the same campaign, the defence of the former trophy got to the quarter-final but they remained champions of England with a rampaging campaign. There were 97 goals in 2000, 17 more than their admired team piled up in the league last season.United do not look likely to set new standards for themselves this time around. Once Chelsea had been beaten in Moscow three months ago, Ferguson commented that his veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes would have to be utilised more sparingly in future. It will be hard to make the club better. As the line-up alters it will, nonetheless, be intriguing to see more of the potentially devastating Anderson, who at present is busy with Brazil at the Olympics.This, too, has become an important moment for Wayne Rooney. He is popular with the crowd for his tirelessness as much as talent, but to outsiders a striker who was an explosive device at Euro 2004 can seem to have been defused. No wonder Ferguson has spoken about getting Rooney away from semi-exile in wide midfield. Literally and figuratively, United could do with him at the heart of events.Dimitar Berbatov, with his touch and goals, might also assist in the development of the side, but the manager knew he would not be bringing in a whole series of newcomers. Whatever is said about the credit crunch, the main challenge is locating someone superior to those already on the books. Others face the same problem. For all Roman Abramovich’s billions, Chelsea’s reaction to a trophyless season has been restrained.The arrival of Jose Bosingwa had been anticipated and Deco, who turns 31 this month, is a latecomer to the Premier League. It is hard to tell whether buying Kaka from Milan is a pipedream or a practical objective. Acquiring Robinho from Real Madrid is feasible, but the Brazilian has underachieved to some extent at the Bernabeu and his arrival in London would be more of a fresh start than a triumphant entrance.There are no quick fixes this year. The new Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari must deal with what he has and some of the employees should make him uneasy. For all the hullabaloo that commonly surrounds Didier Drogba and his career plans, he netted a mere eight goals in the Premier League last season. Nicolas Anelka, bought from Bolton for £15m as a matter of urgency in January, struck twice in total. He and Drogba, dicky knee permitting, could do far better, but the pressure is also on Scolari to get much more out of the team in attack.The emphasis on managers is particularly intense this summer, when ready-made solutions are denied them. At Liverpool, Robbie Keane was purchased but the club’s owners shrank from the notion of letting Rafael Benítez bring in Gareth Barry for £18m. The manager has to think his way around limitations that include a lack of dynamism on the wings.Benítez may curse, but in the top echelon, there is one person who has an aversion to the extravagant areas of the market. Arsène Wenger has the status to insist on a bigger budget at Arsenal, despite the complexities of clearing the debt on the Emirates, but he has never been the type to hold a board to ransom. As usual he will be counting on rapid progress from the fresh faces on the payroll. A gentle opening to the programme works in his favour, but he does not seem to have means to last the pace in the Premier League. Knock-out competitions, including the Champions League, may hold more promise.The top four, in any case, are unlikely to be thrown out of their cushy residences. While ambitious Tottenham, for instance, now have panache in Luka Modric and David Bentley, Berbatov could be gone shortly. A lively and rejigged Middlesbrough line-up will be a stiff test for them today. David Moyes, whose Everton team came fifth last season, would appreciate the treacherous task of fitting in new faces, having been unable to buy anyone yet.There can be no argument, however, over the site of the greatest tribulations. West Bromwich, Stoke and Hull entered the top flight together and may keep one another company on the way out of it. Compared to Tony Mowbray, Tony Pulis and Phil Brown, Ferguson’s job is a sinecure. All Premier League club managers will be instructed to demonstrate their ingenuity, but none more so than those three. Share oldest Order by oldest 16 Aug 2008 16:20 Share Share Dongshow Report Report Facebook 16 Aug 2008 8:08 BrazilBranch Twitter Report Share on Twitter 16 Aug 2008 15:17 Facebook STOKE CITY NIL AITCHEE HUMBLEPIE etc etcIf you want to join the forum old boys Pick the score league (marmoset, red wedgewood, rafas reds, mikejapan, jamiecule, chazzer) email firstname.lastname@example.org MarkUtd Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Benitez to win the title, then resign and take over at the Bernabeu!Scolari to win the FA Cup, be fourth in the Prem; possibly replaced next summer depending on who’s available to Abramovich!Wenger to win the Champions League, then sell the whole lot and start from scratch next season!Ferguson to implode without an assistant, be fourth in December and then climb to second in after Mark Hughes joins him after City are docked points for administration mid-season!Ramos, fifth again successfully defending the Carling Cup and maybe netting Spurs the Uefa Cup (Ramos’ third) to earn another £50m to spend next season from a very happy (and panting) Daniel Levy! Facebook Share Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook jakebrother Share on Facebook 0 1 Share on Facebook shallowasapuddle Twitter Reply Twitter Report Share on Facebook Facebook Report Facebook 0 1 0 1 Reply collapsed Predictions….Champs, Arsenal Runners Up, Chelsea Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick 0 1 16 Aug 2008 16:56 | Pick Reply Twitter Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 16 Aug 2008 19:12 0 1 Share on Facebook Share via Email Share I agree. Rooney is so over-hyped, he’s just a bumbling-oaf with a big-shot : think Shearer without the brain, and that says everything. Oh yeah, and he’s a petulant, whining, little-baby man as well. Apart from that he’s ok. Reply 0 1 Report 0 1 0 1 Reply Share on Twitter Share Report | Pick Report 0 1 MarcelaProust Reply For Utd it will be how much Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Ronaldo, Hargreaves, and Tevez can improve on last season. At their young ages you undoubtedly expect that there is much room for improvement in Anderson, Nani, Tevez, Rooney and yes, even Ronaldo. This is especially true for Anderson and Nani who were settling into a new country and new league last season – they should be even better this season.Because Hargreaves plays for England, people seem to forget that after playing his whole career for Bayern, he too was settling into a new country and a new league. Like Nani and Anderson, Hargreaves should be a far more settled and better player if he can stay relatively injury-free.Utd’s title chances depend on whether Berbatov comes and whether the above five players can improve on last season. If both happen, then Utd will be even better this season and will win the title. Reply Share Share on Facebook …………Relegation, Bolton, Stoke, Hull Share on Facebook Reply | Pick RedBloodAnd you’ve kindly written Wossy’s crap joke for him too. Perfect. Report Share on WhatsApp Rooney has 2 or 3 more levels to go to. “Shearer was a very talented finisher but has none of the natural ability of Rooney.”Arf.Prime Shearer was flawless, one of the world’s great strikers. Comments 43 0 1 Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter Reply Email (optional) Share HeebeeJeebees Share on Twitter Reply Fri 15 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT ‘think Shearer without the brain’I take it meerchat that you don’t watch too much football out there in the frozen wastes. Stick to ice-hockey. Shearer was a very talented finisher but has none of the natural ability of Rooney. WR has many years to develop and will get better and better without any doubt. His intuitive football brain is best appreciated in a sharp, United team and wasted in a leadfooted England team. At club level Fergie has already stated that Rooney’s progress is an imperative and I’d trust his judgement not that of an over-opinionated hack nor the kings of championship manager. As for international football will this particular manager do anything about it, I doubt it somehow, unless he has the guts to rid the midfield of either Gerrard or Lampard or both. We’ll see. Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Bentley…panache? Modric- yes, DB – er, not really. That’s not to sya that he’s not a good player, mind. Report 0 1 16 Aug 2008 20:16 Share on Twitter Share Share 16 Aug 2008 10:04 RedRedDevil Share on Twitter 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter I’m really excited for the start of the season too, but strangely nothing really seems to have changed for me. ManU is identical to the team from last year. I agree Rooney hasn’t progressed in years, but I can’t see him having a break out year. If the refs insist on the respect campaign (what a joke) he’ll more likely get sent off. Chelsea may be new and interesting, but Scolari and Deco are so familiar it hasn’t sunk in yet, especially with the core of the team still around. Liverpool seem the same in the fact that they change radically match to match so no addition or loss of players is going to have the same major effect. Arsenal will continue with the youth and entertainment, but that’s nothing new. Tottenham, reloaded offensively, is a continuation of years past, I still expect collapse. Actually I’m just excited to have the familiarity of it all back, knowing I can be a complete sloth and either be entertained or put to bed. Thank you football, I can’t wait. http://www.dongshow-productions.com Kevin McCarra 0 1 Report 1 Share Share on Twitter 0 1 Facebook Premier League 2008-09 | Pick 16 Aug 2008 21:43 MarcelaProust MarcelaProust Report Facebook Facebook 16 Aug 2008 9:00 bwianYou call your dinner, ‘lunch, your tea, ‘dinner’ AND you have a dining room. You’re dead posh you aren’t yer? 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Even if your company is not an issuer subject to SEC jurisdiction, all business organizations should ask the above questions given that the SEC also charged BNY Mellon with FCPA anti-bribery violations – provisions which apply to all forms of business organization.In short, the compliance message from the BNY Mellon enforcement action is that FCPA compliance is not just a legal function, not just a finance, accounting and auditing function, but now also a human resources function. Does the company’s anti-corruption policy “explicitly address the hiring of government officials’ relatives”?Does the company require “that every application for a full-time hire or an internship be routed through a centralized HR application process”?Does the company’s Code of Conduct “require that every year each employee certify that he or she is not responsible for hiring through a non-centralized channel”?Does the company’s application process require “that each applicant indicate whether he/she is a close personal associate of a government official or has recently been a government official?” As highlighted several times on FCPA Professor, there are two distinct questions that can be asked in connection with many instances of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act scrutiny and enforcement.The first is whether, given the DOJ’s and/or SEC’s enforcement theories, the conduct at issue can expose a company to FCPA scrutiny and an FCPA enforcement action?The second is whether Congress in passing the FCPA intended to capture the alleged conduct at issue and whether a court would find the alleged conduct in violation of the FCPA?In a legal system based on the rule of law, the second question of course is more important, but as a practical matter risk averse business organizations care more about the first question.Previous posts (here and here) highlighted critical questions concerning last week’s SEC enforcement action against BNY Mellon based on the company’s alleged internship hiring practices – an enforcement action that is expected to be the first of similar actions expected in coming months.Now that the dust has settled, and until a business organization stands up to the SEC (small chance that will happen as the SEC has never been put to its burden of proof in a corporate FCPA enforcement action in history), issuers would be wise to ask whether its hiring practices live up to the SEC’s new expectations.Those expectations, articulated by the SEC in the BNY Mellon action, are phrased below in the form of questions.