The battery pack in the new Model 3 variant is the same pack used in the Long Range car, but it doesn’t house as many cells. According to the source, it has a 62-kWh capacity. Electrek reports that this is 12 kWh less than the Long Range model, which the publication estimates at 74 kWh. However, we provided an EPA document back in 2017 that shows an 80.5-kWh pack. Perhaps the usable energy density falls somewhere in between?Again, we have no way of officially confirming any of this information since Tesla doesn’t provide it. Electrek’s report simply says that a source familiar with the matter shared the number. The source also claims that a handful of Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range vehicles have already been built. Tesla’s website states that customers can expect delivery of the new variant in six to 10 weeks.TESLA MODEL 3 Tesla Launches $45,000 Model 3 With 260-Mile Range Source: Electrek Tesla Increases Price Of New Mid-Range Model 3 Source: Electric Vehicle News 34 photos An inside source reveals information about the Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range battery pack.Just a week ago, Tesla made a surprise announcement that it was offering a new Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range model, with a 260-mile range due to fewer cells in its battery pack. Pricing for the model is now set at $46,000. The effort by the electric automaker was not only to offer a less expensive Model 3, but also to speed up production, so that more people may be able to partake in the U.S. federal EV tax credit. Tesla doesn’t share the energy density of its Model 3 battery packs, but a report by Electrek claims a source has leaked the specifics.Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range Content: Another Look At Tesla Model 3 Mid Range Powertrain And Gross Margin Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News
Furthermore, Scaring is determined that Rivian will be careful to avoid some of the problems that were faced by other carmakers. Naturally, this mostly concerns Tesla and everything the Fremont-based carmaker went through. Most notably, these items revolve around the production and delivery hells experienced by the carmaker. And those are what Rivian aims to avoid altogether.In The Words Of Rivian CEO“We do recognize the complexity of assembling and putting vehicles together, of managing a very complex supply chain and logistics network, and we’re very [cognizant] of the nuts and bolts, and of the need to follow a proper process to ensure that, when we launch the vehicle, it can be launched with as few problems, errors and challenges as possible,” Scaringe said during a fireside chat at the Automotive News World Congress.Rivian, according to its CEO, plans to begin delivering copies of its R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV beginning in 2020. Furthermore, the carmaker also aims to produce four other vehicles. Each are slated to share the same battery and powertrain “skateboard” as the R1T and R1S. All four will be part of the pickup and SUV vehicle segments.“I think any great brand … to build a brand that customers are going to be excited about and that customers are going to want to be part of, it has to fundamentally reset expectations. It has to disprove untruths,” Scaringe said. Tesla took the untruth that electric cars were boring and slow — that they were glorified golf carts — and they disproved that. They showed people that an electric car can be exciting and fun.”For the most part, Rivian aims to focus on trucks and off-road-capable SUV. The market for rather capable electric offroaders and heavy-duty trucks is lucrative.Best In The World Because It Has To Be“What we need to disprove is that an electric vehicle [can’t] get dirty, and that an electric vehicle [can’t] be rugged, and an electric vehicle [can’t] go off-road and take your family places, and that an off-road vehicle [can’t] be good on-road.We want to get the guy who already has a Range Rover sitting next to a Tesla [in the garage], or the [Jeep] Wrangler sitting next to the [BMW] i3, and grab them with something that was just completely different than what they thought was possible. It will be the best-driving truck or SUV in the world. It must be, because if it’s not, why would somebody pick us over a Ford or over a BMW?”If Rivian manages to deliver on their promises, they could become a force to be reckoned with in the automotive world rather fast. And there’s nothing wrong with that.Source: Autonews Rivian R1T Is A Real Electric Pickup Truck, But Atlis XT Is Not Source: Electric Vehicle News Rivian R1S & R1T Electric SUV & Truck Featured In Fully Charged: Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 18, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News The hardest part of being a carmaker awaits Rivian. Actually making automobilesFor Rivian, it’s been an exciting year. After all, the automotive startup revealed two rather interesting models: a battery-electric concept pickup and full-size SUV. However, with orders on the books, Rivian is now faced with the hardest part of becoming a full-fledged car maker. That would be actually building the ordered vehicles.However, according to Rivian CEO, RJ Scaringe, this shouldn’t be a problem for this carmaker. After all, his 10-year old company features management sourced from the more experienced parts of the industry. Additionally, there’s a well-capitalized plan, complete with a dedicated factory in Normal, Illinois, ready to kick ass.More From Rivian Here’s How To Gift A Rivian R1T & R1S Pre-Order
The FCPA Flash podcast provides in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related topics as readers have come to expect from written posts on FCPA Professor.This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with Claudius Sokenu. Sokenu is among a small number of individuals who has experienced the FCPA from three different vantage points. First, Sokenu was Senior Counsel at the SEC’s Enforcement Division where he worked on FCPA matters. Second, Sokenu was a partner at various leading law firms where his practiced focused on the FCPA. Currently, Sokenu is Deputy General Counsel, Global Head of Litigation, Global Head of Compliance, and Global Head of Legal-Supply Chain at Andeavor (a Texas-based refining, marketing and logistics company).During the podcast, Sokenu responds to the following questions: (i) what specific vantage point of a SEC FCPA enforcement attorney do in-house FCPA counsel and outside FCPA counsel fail to understand or appreciate; (ii) what specific vantage point of an in-house FCPA counsel do SEC FCPA enforcement attorneys and outside FCPA counsel fail to understand or appreciate; (iii) what specific vantage point of an outside FCPA counsel do SEC FCPA enforcement attorneys and in-house FCPA counsel fail to understand or appreciate; (iv) which job category of the three is the most difficult and why: (v) which job category of the three can best advance the objectives of the FCPA?I highly recommend the podcast as well as this previous FCPA Professor post in which William Jacobson (another individual who has experienced the FCPA from three different vantage points) responds to the same questions.FCPA Flash is sponsored by Kroll. Kroll is trusted by companies and compliance officers worldwide to help prevent, detect, and remediate FCPA challenges with scalable, end-to-end compliance solutions: from high-volume third party screening and automated monitoring, to risk-based due diligence, to complex investigations and monitorships.
FCPA Professor has been described as “the Wall Street Journal concerning all things FCPA-related,” and “the most authoritative source for those seeking to understand and apply the FCPA.”Set forth below are the topics discussed this week on FCPA Professor.This FCPA Flash podcast episode is a conversation with Joseph Moreno regarding the limits of an FCPA compliance program.As highlighted here, Vantage drilling resolved a rather unusual $5 million FCPA enforcement action.As highlighted here, the DOJ recently charged well-known Venezuelan billionaire Raul Gorrin with FCPA and related offenses.This post rounds up other FCPA developments. How much do you know about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? Let’s find out in this week’s FCPA challenge.Elevate your FCPA knowledge and practical skills at the FCPA Institute – Phoenix on January 17-18, 2019. Click here to learn more and register.
May 3 2018By studying a rare liver disease called Alagille syndrome, scientists from Cincinnati Children’s and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have discovered the mechanism behind an unusual form of tissue regeneration that may someday reduce the need for expensive and difficult-to-obtain organ transplants.The team’s findings, published in the journal Nature, show that when disease or injury causes a shortage in one critical type of liver cell, the organ can instruct another type of liver cell to change identities to provide replacement supplies.This discovery was made in mice but in years to come may lead to a viable treatment for human disease. If ongoing follow-up studies succeed, the medical world may gain an alternative method for repairing tissue damage that does not require manipulating stem cells to grow organs from scratch in a lab dish.”We have known for a long time that the liver has more ability to regenerate than other organs. Only recently have we had the tools to study this ability in depth. Now we have a high-level understanding,” says Stacey Huppert, PhD, a developmental biologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s, and one of two leading co-authors of the paper.”Our study shows that the form and function of hepatocytes-;the cell type that provides most of the liver’s functions-;are remarkably flexible. This flexibility provides an opportunity for therapy for a large group of liver diseases,” says Holger Willenbring, MD, PhD, the study’s other senior co-author and a member of the Department of Surgery, the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, and the Liver Center at UCSF.What is Alagille syndrome?Alagille syndrome (ALGS) is a rare, inherited genetic disorder due to deficiencies in the Notch pathway, which plays an important role in cell development. ALGS is best known for disrupting the liver’s plumbing system, which consists of tubes called bile ducts that deliver bile made in the liver to the intestine. The disorder occurs in about 1 in 30,000 people, and in most cases, the problems caused by the condition emerge during infancy or early childhood.The extent of the condition can range from having too few or too narrow bile ducts to missing all bile ducts in the liver. As a result, the bile that normally helps the body digest fat and carry away toxins backs up inside the liver where it causes severe damage. In many patients with ALGS, bile duct function can be managed and sustained. However, up to 50 percent of patients eventually need a liver transplant, often during childhood.Related StoriesComprehensive cell atlas of the human liverLiving-donor liver transplant offers advantages over deceased-donor, research findsMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseA Quicker Method of Self-RepairEvery day, the liver takes a beating as it processes everything from medications to alcohol consumption. All these “insults” have prompted the liver to develop a rapid healing ability that does not rely on stem cells, the co-authors say.”In addition to making more of themselves, liver cells can switch their identity to produce a liver cell type that is lost or, in the case of severe ALGS, never formed,” Willenbring says.”Previous research has detected adaptive reprogramming in other organs, but it typically involves only a few cells at a time. Our study shows that cells switch their identity at a massive rate in the liver,” Huppert says.Discovering this phenomenon and learning how it works took nearly five years. The team included co-first authors Johanna Schaub and Simone Kurial from UCSF and Kari Huppert from Cincinnati Children’s.The researchers generated mice that lack cholangiocytes, the type of liver cell that forms bile ducts. Like patients with severe ALGS, these mice quickly developed signs of liver injury. However, over time the mice’s symptoms improved because hepatocytes converted into cholangiocytes and formed fully functional bile ducts.In July 2017, another study published in Nature reported that cholangiocytes can become hepatocytes if their ability to regenerate is impaired. Viewed together, the two studies suggest that switching of cell identity is the main backup mechanism for liver repair.The new study further shows that the Notch pathway, which is essential for forming bile ducts but defective in patients with ALGS, can be replaced by another pathway. This process is regulated in the injured liver by transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ), a protein that controls cell growth. This discovery is a vital step in identifying targets for therapies that might control this process.Next StepsNow the research team is working to determine the precise set of proteins, called transcription factors, that work together to carry out the identity-switching process.”Using transcription factors to make bile ducts from hepatocytes has potential as a safe and effective therapy,” Willenbring says. “With our finding that an entire biliary system can be ‘retrofitted’ in the mouse liver, I am encouraged that this eventually will work in patients.”In addition to developing a therapy for ALGS, the team hopes to determine whether liver cell switching can benefit other types of liver disease. Source:https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/news/release/2018/tissue-regeneration
Jun 5 2018Medicare’s financial condition has taken a turn for the worse following higher-than-expected hospital spending and reduced payroll taxes that fund the program, the federal government reported Tuesday.In its annual report to Congress, the Medicare board of trustees said the program’s hospital insurance trust fund could run out of money by 2026 — three years earlier than projected last year.In a separate report, the government reported that Social Security will be able to pay full benefits until 2034, the same estimate as last year.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin downplayed any pending crisis, although he acknowledged Medicare faces many long-standing economic and demographic challenges.”Lackluster economic growth in previous years, coupled with an aging population, has contributed to projected shortages for both Social Security and Medicare,” he said in a statement.Mnuchin vowed the Trump administration’s efforts to cut taxes, ease federal regulations and improve trade deals would help both programs survive long term. “Robust economic growth will help to ensure their lasting stability,” he said.The Medicare Part A hospital trust fund is financed mostly through payroll taxes. It helps pay hospital, home health services, nursing home costs and hospice costs. The report said lower payroll taxes are being paid as a result of lower wages and reduced income from taxation of Social Security benefits.Related StoriesSocial Security error jeopardizes Medicare coverage for 250,000 seniorsMedicare Advantage overbills taxpayers by billions a year as feds struggle to stop itHow Obamacare, Medicare and ‘Medicare for All’ muddy the campaign trailMedicare Part B premiums — which cover visits to physicians and other outpatient costs — should remain stable next year, the trustees said. About a quarter of Part B costs are paid for by beneficiary premiums with the rest from the federal budget.The Medicare trustees said the trust fund will be able to pay full benefits until 2026 but then it will gradually decline to be able to cover 78 percent of expenses in 2042.Medicare provides health coverage to more than 58 million people, including seniors and people with disabilities. It has added 7 million people since 2013. Phil Galewitz: firstname.lastname@example.org, @philgalewitz This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
Jun 7 2018Narcissistic children blush when they do not receive the praise they think they deserve. They feel depreciated but are unwilling to admit this feeling to others, perhaps to hide their vulnerabilities. ‘It shows just how much they are attached to their grandiose image’, said UvA developmental psychologist Eddie Brummelman. The results of the study, which he conducted with fellow researchers Milica Nikolic and Susan Bögels, were published in the scientific journal Psychophysiology.Narcissists have deep-seated feelings of grandiosity and self-importance. Narcissism is a normal personality trait that can emerge around the age of seven, when children are capable of making global evaluations of the self. Children with narcissistic traits feel superior to others, believe that they are entitled to privileges, and crave admiration. Brummelman: ‘Consequently, it is not surprising that they expect to be showered with extremely positive praise, such as “You did incredibly well!”. We were curious what would happen when narcissistic children do not receive the praise they think they deserve’.GrandiosityBrummelman and his colleagues studied what blushing reveals about the emotional states of narcissistic children. Narcissistic children have deep-seated feelings of grandiosity and self-importance. The researchers hypothesized that narcissistic children are so consumed by their sense of grandiosity that even modest praise can make them feel depreciated. Because narcissistic children may not admit this feeling to others, the researchers measured their physiological blushing: the involuntary reddening of the face, which occurs when people are afraid of making a negative impression on others. Unlike other expressions of emotion, blushing cannot be faked.Sing a songRelated StoriesGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesThe researchers invited more than 100 children between the ages of seven and 12 (and their parents) to the laboratory. First, the children filled in a questionnaire about their narcissistic personality traits; next, they took the stage to sing a song. Afterwards, they received inflated praise (‘You sang incredibly well!’), most praise (‘You sang well!’), or no praise for their performance. Meanwhile, Brummelman and his colleagues recorded the children’s blushing using photoplethysmography(a technique for measuring the volume of blood in the vessels in the skin) and temperature sensing. Afterwards, the children were asked how much they thought they had blushed.As expected, narcissistic children – unlike non-narcissistic children – blushed when they received modest praise. In particular, they showed an elevated blood volume pulse (rapid changes in blood volume with each heartbeat). ‘What stood out was that narcissistic children denied having blushed. The more they had actually blushed, the more fiercely they denied having blushed. It seems that they were trying to hide their vulnerabilities’, said Brummelman.InterventionsAn important question for follow-up research is how we can help narcissistic children acknowledge and regulate their feelings more effectively. Interventions such as mindfulness could help narcissistic children acknowledge their negative feelings non-judgmentally, so that they can better understand and regulate these feelings. Recent research by Brummelman and Bögels, together with their UvA colleagues Anna Ridderinkhof and Esther de Bruin, suggests that mindfulness interventions must be long lasting and focused on teaching self-compassion in order to be effective for narcissists. Source:http://www.uva.nl/en/content/news/press-releases/2018/06/blushing-reveals-narcissistic-childrens-concerns-about-their-social-image.html?origin=kUP%2Byx6UTZqvuJiCJKnnEQ
Considering the rapid and substantial increase of diabetes prevalence in Canada and worldwide, identifying modifiable risk factors such as long work hours is of major importance to improve prevention and orient policy making, as it could prevent numerous cases of diabetes and diabetes related chronic diseases.” By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Jul 3 2018A study conducted by researchers at the Institute of Work and Health, Toronto has shown that women who work 45 hours or more per week are at an increased risk of diabetes.Image Credit: Anutr Yossundara / ShutterstockThe study showed no such increased risk for diabetes among women who worked 30 to 40 hours per week, leading the authors to suggest that limiting work hours to this amount might help reduce the disease risk.Related StoriesAADE’s comprehensive guidance on care of children, young adults with diabetes releasedUranium toxicity might have caused obesity and diabetes in Kuwait, finds new studyMetformin use linked to lower risk of dementia in African Americans with type 2 diabetesPrevious research has indicated an association between long working hours and increased diabetes risk. However, the majority of that research has been focused on men.In the current study, national health survey data was used to monitor the health of 7,065 men and women (aged 35 to 74 years) over the course of 12 years (between 2003 and 2015).The team divided the participants into those who worked 15 to 34 hours; 35 to 40 hours; 41 to 44 hours and 45 hours or more.They adjusted for multiple factors including age, gender, lifestyle, weight, ethnicity, long-term health conditions and workplace factors such as whether the job was sedentary or active.As reported in the journal BMJ Diabetes Research and Care, the team found that among women, those who worked 45 hours or more had a significantly greater risk of developing diabetes than those who worked between 35 to 40 hours.No such association was observed among men; in fact, the diabetes rate tended to decline, the longer the hours that men worked per week.The researchers say there is no clear explanation for the difference in diabetes risk between men and women, but suggest that women effectively work even longer hours, once household chores and childcare are taken into consideration.Furthermore, longer working hours may trigger a chronic stress response that increases the risk of hormonal abnormalities and insulin resistance. Source:https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/b-cu4062818.ph
Aug 14 2018Researchers have found a surprising new explanation of how young brains are shaped for sexual behavior later in life.Immune cells usually ignored by neuroscientists appear to play an important role in determining whether an animal’s sexual behavior will be more typical of a male or female, according to research led by Kathryn Lenz, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at The Ohio State University.The study, which was done in rats, appears in the Journal of Neuroscience.To better understand the role of the mast cells in sexual behavior, Lenz and her colleagues silenced the cells in male fetal rats and then observed the rats’ development later in life.The researchers paired one of these male animals with a female that was receptive to mating and watched to see whether the male sexually pursued the female – basically, whether he chased her and mounted her.The experimental males were far less interested than typical males, acting almost like females.The researchers also manipulated female newborn rats, activating the mast cells with a stimulating chemical.As adults, they acted like males.”It’s fascinating to watch, because these masculine females don’t have the hardware to engage in male reproductive behavior, but you wouldn’t know it from the way they act,” said Lenz, a researcher in Ohio State’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research. “They appear to be strongly motivated to try to engage in male sexual behavior with other females.”The researchers found that estrogen (which plays a major role in development of masculine traits in rats) activates mast cells in the brain and that those mast cells drive the animal’s sexual development.Though scientists know that sex differences are programmed by hormones during early development, they have limited information about the cellular-level changes that contribute to the manner in which the brain and behavior are formed.”We’re really interested in the fundamental mechanisms that drive brain development and sex-specific brain development, and this study found that mast cells – immune cells involved in allergic responses – play a key role,” Lenz said.Related StoriesMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaIf human development mirrors what was seen in this animal study, it’s possible that relatively minor influences – such as an allergic reaction, injury or inflammation during pregnancy – could steer sexual behavior development in offspring, Lenz said. It’s even conceivable that taking antihistamines or pain relievers during pregnancy could play a role, she said.Furthermore, this discovery could help explain risks for psychiatric and neurological disorders that are more common in males, including autism, she said.”These mast cells in the brain appear crucial for life-long brain development, even though there are relatively few of them, and this should really open our eyes to the potential role of different immune cells in the human brain. There’s so much we don’t know, and we need to pay attention to all the cells in the brain and how they talk to each other,” she said.The study focused on the pre-optic area of the brain, which is part of the hypothalamus.”This is the most sexually dynamic area of the brain – we know that it’s highly important for male-type reproductive and social behaviors such as mounting and for initiating maternal behavior in female animals,” Lenz said.Previous work by the researchers uncovered the role of another type of brain cell, microglia, in directing sexual behavior. In the new study, they found that mast cells activate the microglia.”This new mast cell discovery is really one of those accidents of science,” Lenz said, explaining that another researcher was conducting some unrelated work on sex differences in gene expression and noticed that there appeared to be some differences in mast cell genes depending on whether the brains were from a male or female.In addition to the behavioral changes documented in the study, the researchers examined cellular-level changes as well. Female newborn rats exposed to a dose of the masculinizing hormone estrogen had an increase in mast cells in the brain. Those cells released histamine, which stimulated other brain cells (the microglia) to activate male-typical brain patterning. Source:https://news.osu.edu/immune-cells-in-the-brain-have-surprising-influence-on-sexual-behavior/
Liz Szabo: email@example.com, @LizSzaboJoNel Aleccia: firstname.lastname@example.org, @JoNel_Aleccia Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Sep 12 2018Perhaps no other population is as vulnerable during a hurricane as frail, older adults, especially those who are homebound or living in nursing homes. With Hurricane Florence predicted to slam the North Carolina coast Friday, health officials are already scrambling to keep older residents safe.Seniors “are not only the most likely to die in hurricanes, but in wildfires and other disasters,” said Dr. Karen DeSalvo, a New Orleans native who served as health commissioner in that city after Hurricane Katrina and went on to be named acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services for the Obama administration. “The seniors always seem to bear a big brunt of the storms.”Older people may have a harder time evacuating because they don’t have their own cars or are homebound, said Lauren Sauer, director of operations at the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response in Baltimore.In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, an analysis of 986 Louisiana residents who died showed the mean age of victims was 69 and nearly two-thirds were older than 65, DeSalvo said. The dead included 70 people who died in nursing facilities during the storm or just after the storm made landfall.And last year, 12 residents overheated and died at a facility in Hollywood Hills, Fla., in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which knocked out the facility’s air conditioning and the temperature climbed to over 95 degrees. The tragedy led Florida to pass legislation requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have backup generators capable of keeping residents cool.”Unfortunately, the best wake-up call is when a tragedy occurs,” said Dara Lieberman, senior government relations manager at the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit. “Hopefully, nursing facilities and emergency managers paid attention to the loss of life in the long-term care facility in Florida last year and realize the risks they face by not preparing. Every facility should have a plan.”Some studies suggest communities aren’t much better prepared than in the past, however.A 2018 study from the National Academy of Sciences found that “we are only marginally more prepared to evacuate vulnerable populations now than we were during Hurricane Katrina,” Sauer said.Deciding whether to stay or go can be more complicated than it sounds, said J.T. Clark of the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance, a coalition of hospitals and other public health services in southwestern Virginia.”There is a risk of moving people and there is a risk of staying in place, and you have to weigh those risks,” Clark said.Evacuations pose a number of dangers for fragile patients, some of whom may need oxygen or intravenous medications, said Sauer. She pointed to a 2017 study that found a sharp increase in mortality among nursing home residents who evacuated because of an emergency, compared with those who sheltered in place.She noted that leaving a facility is only part of the challenge; it can be equally difficult to find a safe place prepared to house evacuated nursing home residents for days at a time, she said. Clark said that nursing homes once commonly assumed they could simply transfer their residents to local hospitals. But that can impair a hospital’s ability to care for people who need emergency and urgent care, he said.Many nursing homes in the Carolinas are evacuating residents to areas outside the storm’s direct path.South Carolina had evacuated 32 nursing homes and assisted-living facilities by Wednesday afternoon, said Randy Lee, president of the South Carolina Health Care Association.On the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Sentara Healthcare evacuated 65 residents from a nursing home in Currituck to the company’s medical centers in Hampton Roads, Va., spokesman Dale Gauding said.Hurricane Florence poses risks beyond the coasts, however. Sentara also moved five intensive care patients out of a medical center on the Pasquotank River in Elizabeth City, N.C., because of the risk of flooding. Those patients also went to hospitals in Hampton Roads, Gauding said.With Norfolk, Va., now expected to escape the brunt of the storm, the 88 residents at the Sentara Nursing Center there are sheltering in place, Gauding said.Nursing homes in Charleston, S.C., complied with mandatory evacuation orders, said Kimberly Borts, director of communications and charitable giving for Bishop Gadsden retirement community on Charleston’s James Island.She said the facility conducts annual evacuation drills to continually improve its capability to safely relocate residents and coordinate with the company that provides ambulances.However, Hurricane Florence’s expected landfall caused a slight change in evacuation plans, which were to be completed by Monday, Borts said. The evacuation had to be delayed until Tuesday because the ambulances were diverted to Myrtle Beach, which remained in Hurricane Florence’s sights.Related StoriesOptimism, wisdom and loneliness associated with physical, mental functioning of older personsPayroll tax is one state’s bold solution to help seniors age at homeSubclinical cardiovascular disease linked to higher risk of falling in older adultsAs of Wednesday afternoon, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C., was directly in the storm’s path. But hospital officials view the building as strong enough to withstand the storm, said spokeswoman Carolyn Fisher. They were less confident about a building housing a skilled nursing facility in Pender County, N.C., whose residents are being moved away from the hurricane’s projected course.Senior citizens who live at home are also at risk, especially if they lose electricity.More than 2.5 million Medicare recipients — including 204,000 people in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina — rely on home ventilators, oxygen concentrators, intravenous infusion pumps and other electrically powered devices, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The agency has created a tool called emPOWER 3.0 to help states check up on them.Patients who lose electricity may need to go to their local emergency room to power their medical equipment, said Mary Blunt, senior vice president at Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Va., and interim president of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Patients with kidney failure also may need to receive dialysis at the ER if their regular dialysis center is closed, she said.Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina will open emergency shelters for people with special medical needs. These facilities provide “limited support,” but not medical care, for people with special needs, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Residents must bring an adult caregiver to remain with them at all times, according to the South Carolina agency.Residents should register for these shelters in advance, said DeSalvo, who said that getting people to go can be difficult.”People do not want to leave their homes,” she said.Bert Kilpatrick said she’s not concerned about Hurricane Florence and was planning to stay in her house on Charleston’s James Island, where she is just a stone’s throw from the Stono River, a huge tidal estuary that runs to the Atlantic Ocean.”I’ve been here since 1949. I’m used to these hurricanes,” the 87-year-old said. “Me and my cat, Maybank, we’re staying.”She even stayed during Hugo, a giant, Category 4 hurricane that devastated Charleston in September 1989. She worked at a downtown hospital then and was there when the storm hit; but her husband, who died recently, rode out Hugo in the house, which was undamaged except for one broken storm window.Kilpatrick said that as far as she knows all of her nearby neighbors also were staying put. One of those, Patsy Cather, 75, said she and her husband, Joe, were planning to remain. “I’m staying here because he won’t leave.”She said they might decide to leave later if the storm reports look worse for Charleston. “It’s a no-win situation. You leave, you stay safe; but your home may be gone.”Databases and registries can help with another challenge: the aftermath of the storm.”When the wind passes and the water starts going down, they really need to mine the data: Who has ambulatory challenges? Who’s on chemotherapy? Who’s got an opioid dependency?” DeSalvo said.DeSalvo said she believes the states in the path of Hurricane Florence are in good hands.”I think the good news is, for a state like South Carolina or North Carolina, they have strong, seasoned leadership in place who are capable of not only managing a complex logistical challenge, but who are good humans,” she said. “It takes both.”KHN’s coverage related to aging and improving care of older adults is supported in part by The John A. Hartford Foundation. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
In the rainforests of Borneo, the smallest land snail known to science ekes out a secret existence in limestone cracks. At least, that’s where researchers think they live. Scientists have only ever found their shells, translucent granules 0.60 to 0.79 mm high scattered at the base of cliffs. The team behind the discovery has named the minute gastropod Acmella nana (pictured, next to 12-point font), and described it—along with 47 other new Bornean snail species—in an article published online today in ZooKeys. Unlike insects, snails don’t specialize on particular food sources. Instead, they separate into different species based on the chemical and physical properties of their habitats. Thanks to its tiny size, A. nana can probably fit into crevices other snails can’t reach, vacuuming up bacteria and fungi that grow on wet limestone. The species is a few tenths of a millimeter smaller than the previous minisnail record holder, a Chinese species called Angustopila dominikae that debuted a month ago in the same journal.
95 Photos Of Black People Marching For Our Lives Behar quizzed, “Do you know a scandal, can you name a scandal?”Meghan McCain replied with, “I don’t want to do this with you this morning.” Behar pushed her co-host to name a scandal and she babbled about the Iran deal, which was a stretch.“That’s not a scandal,” Behar clapped back. “That was their money, wasn’t it? That was their money.”Meghan McCain, knowing she made a nonsensical point, started rambling about socialism and was eventually booed by the audience.Watch below at the 1:45 mark:Nonetheless, maybe the McCain family’s endorsement will get more Republicans to support candidates other than Trump.SEE ALSO:Meet Jogger Joe, The Man Who Took Racist Cue From BBQ Becky In Tossing Homeless Man’s ClothesTrump-Supporting DA Calls ‘Ghetto’ Maxine Waters A ‘Bitch,’ Can’t Believe She Hasn’t Been ShotThis Colin Kaepernick Retweet Says Everything You Need To Know About The NFL Players’ Anthem Grievance “The late GOP Sen. John McCain’s family plans to support ex-Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential bid — a stunning rebuke of President Trump, who enraged the family with his repeated attacks on the former POW both before and after his death,” the New York Post reported.See Also: Ilhan Omar Reacts To Meghan McCain’s White TearsSen. McCain has been attacked by Trump in life and during his death, well after he died from cancer at the age of 81 in August of 2017. In 2015, Trump famously criticized the Arizona senator for being captured in Vietnam, insulting every POW in U.S. history“He’s a war hero because he was captured…I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said at the time. Those words were uttered by the same person who dodged the draft and refused to serve his country during the war in Vietnam.Sen. McCain openly criticized Trump on several occasions and voted against the president’s plan to repeal Obamacare, which outraged 45. When he died, Trump, who apparently continues to hold a grudge, allegedly rejected a statement drafted by his staff that praised McCain for his heroism, the Washington Post reported.That said, Meghan McCain would clearly only be supporting Biden because of her personal issues with Trump. That should all but definitely lead to several more awkward moments on “The View,” considering she constantly attacks the Obama administration, where Biden was the vice president.For example, she and 76-year-old Joy Behar, the OG of the TV show’s panel, had a spat earlier this month over Obama. In that instance, while Behar was reflecting on the excellence of President Obama, Meghan McCain tried to imply there were scandals during his time in office. The famously entitled Meghan McCain is known for her disrespectful attitude every day on “The View.” However, the lifelong Republican might finally make a sound political decision — she and her family will reportedly support Joe Biden, who announced on Thursday morning that he was officially running for president. More By NewsOne Staff A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ Joe Biden , Meghan McCain , The View The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy…everything that has made America — America –is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019 Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Family
Black Wealth , building black wealth , LegacyProd Also On News One: So what’s your money worth? When you break it down, $100 in Hawaii is actually just only $85.60, compared to the national average. But in Mississippi, that same $100 will buy you $115.30 worth of goods and services based on the national average. Here are more $100 values per state: Arkansas ($114.30), Alabama ($113.90), South Dakota ($113.60), and Kentucky ($112.70).So where does your dollar equal the least? Well $100 in DC buys you just $84.70 worth of stuff, followed by Hawaii, New York ($86.40), New Jersey ($87.30), California ($89), and Maryland ($90.70).In general, experts say incomes correlate to prices, but of course, that’s not always true. “Some states are home to high incomes and low prices, a valuable combination for working residents,” reported the Times, and vice versa. The Bureau also released a list of places where incomes are most valuable. At the top of the list is North Dakota where, per capita, incomes have the most purchasing power–roughly $56,000. That state is followed by D.C., at $54,000; Wyoming, $52,000; Massachusetts, $50,000; and Nebraska at $48,000. According to the Times, “The states where incomes fall shortest are Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, and Hawaii, all of them home to real per capita personal incomes of $36,000, give or take a few hundred dollars.”SEE ALSO:How To Save Kids From Being Broke AdultsWhy Black People Were Wealthier 30 Years Ago Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on MadameNoire August 10, 2016.A dollar isn’t always a dollar. In fact, it can equal a lot less depending on where you’re spending it, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.The Bureau recently revealed what $100 can buy, state by state because prices–even for a cup of coffee — can fluctuate vastly between and within state borders. For example, buying a gallon of regular gas will cost you $2.74 in Hawaii, versus $1.82 in South Carolina. And if you’re living in Connecticut, you are probably paying twice more for electricity than a person living in Tennessee. According to the report, “a dollar can swing by more than 30 percent in terms of what it can buy,” reported The New York Times. Looking at rent, the “real value” of $100 for housing ranges from about $63 in Hawaii to $160 in Arkansas. 20 Tweets Dragging Roseanne Barr To A White Privilege Hell
Attempting to imprison Vlad the Impaler might seem an awfully risky move, but in the 15th century that is exactly what one Hungarian leader is believed to have done, keeping Vlad in the chambers beneath his palace. Or at least that’s what new research using radar scans of the ground beneath Castelul Corvinilor suggest.The scan findings were presented on December 12th at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.Ambras Castle portrait of Vlad III (c. 1560), reputedly a copy of an original made during his lifetime.Castelul Corvinilor — also called Corvin Castle as well as Hunedoara Castle and Hunyadi Castle — began as an outpost built in what was then Transylvania, now Romania.The structure’s oldest mill fortifications date to the 14th century, and a shift from outpost to palace was taking place in the 15th century, according to lead researcher Isabel Morris, a doctoral claimant with a Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University.Illustration of a John Hunyadi, Hatzeg Castle, Hunedoara, Transylvania, Romania.Corvin Castle is now considered one of the seven wonders of Romania and one of the largest castles in Europe.In the 15th century, Vlad III, king of Wallachia, aka Vlad the Impaler, was reportedly detained in Castle Corvin by a leading Hungarian noble, John Hunyadi (Ioan de Hunedoara). The powerful Hungarian had tangled with Vlad’s family. Vlad’s father and eldest brother were murdered after Hunyadi, regent-governor of Hungary, invaded Wallachia in 1447.During this time Hunyadi installed Vlad’s second cousin, Vladislav II, as the new ruler. It is thought probable that Vlad was held in the castle’s underground chambers, and there is even a legend that he went insane while captive. (He was also a hostage in Turkey while he was young.)Little is known about Vlad III’s whereabouts between 1448 and 1456, and this could have been the time when he was held underground in the castle.Hunedoara, Romania – June 1, 2014: Towers of the Hunedoara Castle in Romania.Later Vlad was freed from the castle and was able to hold control of his father’s domains; he had many people murdered who he believed were his enemies. He was also a fierce opponent of the Ottoman sultan. His actions would be called genocide, or war crimes, by today’s standards.Vlad the Impaler is sometimes referred to as the real-life inspiration for Count Dracula, invented by Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel and depicted countless times since.Hunedoara, Transylvania/Romania – October 02 2018: Corvin Castle or Corvinilor or Hunyad Castle in Hunedoara, town in beautiful Transylvania, Romania.The connection between Vlad and Dracula comes from the word “dracul.” Vlad’s father was inducted into a knightly order, the Order of the Dragon. This designation earned him a new surname: Dracul. The name came from the old Romanian word for dragon, “drac.”His son, Vlad III the Impaler, would later be known as the “son of Dracul,” or in old Romanian, Drăculea, hence Dracula. In modern Romanian, the word “drac” refers to the devil too.Hunyad or Corvin Castle seen at the golden hour, in Hunedoara, Transylvania, Romania. Photo taken on October 20, 2018.It is possible that Vlad’s first wife was the illegitimate daughter of the man who imprisoned him, John Hunyadi.Bram Stoker never explicitly said that his vampire creation was Vlad the Impaler, only that he was from an old noble family. The connection was made more directly in Francis Ford Coppola’s film Dracula and in such novels as Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.Because of centuries of rebuilding and additions, archaeologists weren’t certain where Corvin Castle’s substructure was located. Radar scans have helped them pinpoint rooms that were in use during that time. Hard evidence of Vlad’s presence is lacking, however.Read another story from us: New Findings Reveal the Books that Inspired Bram Stoker’s Creation of Dracula“The research has uncovered a previously unknown torture chamber but no evidence – physical or paranormal – of whether Vlad spent time there in it during an alleged 7-year imprisonment at the castle in the 1400s,” according to Mysterious Universe.Vlad III died in battle in 1476 or 1477. His body was cut into pieces and his head was sent to Mehmed II, the Ottoman sultan.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com
By Reuters |Manila, Philippines | Published: July 15, 2019 12:34:01 pm Missouri may become only US state with no legal abortion provider Delhi HC asks AIIMS to examine woman’s plea for abortion of ‘abnormal’ foetus Rights groups, which hailed the U.N. vote as a step towards accountability, point out that the bloody anti-narcotics campaign is marked by systematic cover-ups, planted evidence and impunity. (File Photo)The Philippines’ highest-ranking lawmaker Vicente Sotto said on Monday a UN resolution to probe the country’s bloody war on drugs should be ignored, and its chief backer Iceland be investigated instead for human rights abuses in allowing abortion. The president’s spokesman on Monday warned countries not to meddle with the state’s affairs.“All incidents in the war on drugs are tallied, recorded. All they have to do is ask us, not to pre-judge us,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo told a regular news conference. “It behoves them to render respect to a sovereign state.”Duterte on Friday mocked Iceland as an ice-eating nation without an understanding of his country’s problems. Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post Advertising Advertising Related News Salve hails verdict, says ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed Post Comment(s) Best Of Express Joe Biden: Congress should protect abortion rights, if necessary Police have killed more than 6,600 suspected drug dealers in sting operations since Duterte took office in 2016. Critics and rights group said authorities summarily execute suspects, which the police deny.“The criminals can fight back, the babies cannot. What human rights are they talking about?” Sotto said, adding that drug dealers that fight back and destroy families lose their human rights.His comments about abortion echoed those made by incoming Senator Imee Marcos, the daughter of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.Rights groups, which hailed the U.N. vote as a step towards accountability, point out that the bloody anti-narcotics campaign is marked by systematic cover-ups, planted evidence and impunity. ‘Truth, justice have prevailed’: PM Modi on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict “They have more unborn babies that they have aborted or killed. There are more killings in abortion than the drug pushers who are fighting the police,” Senate President Vicente Sotto told ANC news channel.The Nordic nation lacks moral grounds to lecture the Philippines on human rights, Sotto said. “So we should disregard that resolution.”His remarks are the latest in a series of comments from lawmakers urging the government to not cooperate after the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted Iceland’s resolution to investigate thousands of deaths under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drugs campaign.
Maharashtra govt plans to use sugar mill’s model to fight infestation across state “We were paid in three installments during 2017-18, which is also the case this season. But last year’s FRP was Rs 2,922.52 per tonne (net of harvesting and transport expenses from the field charged by the factory) and we got Rs 200 on top of that. This time, we only got the FRP of Rs 2,978.19 per tonne and even that has come in three installments,” points out Abhinandan Patil, who farms sugarcane on eight and vegetables in the rest of his 10-acre holding at Tambave village of Sangli district’s Walwa taluka. “There’s little we can do because the mill has technically paid what is due to us. It’s another thing that the price is lower than last year’s, despite our cost of fertiliser, diesel, labour and other inputs rising,” sighs the 26-year-old, who has supplied about 500 tonnes of cane to the Rajarambapu Patil cooperative sugar factory.This mill, controlled by former Maharashtra minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jayantrao Patil, has a history of paying its farmers at leastRs 150-200 per tonne more than the government’s statutory minimum rate. The normal practice by factories, especially the ones relatively well-managed, has been to give the FRP as first installment within 14 days of taking cane delivery, followed by another by around April (after the end of crushing operations) and a third one close to Diwali (just before the next season’s start). These additional installments are dependent on profits, including from sale of byproducts such as molasses/alcohol and bagasse/co-generated power.However, this time round, only 10 out of Maharashtra’s 195 mills have paid marginally higher than the FRP, which varies across factories and is linked to their individual sugar recovery from cane. Most have made even the FRP payments in installments, in violation of the mandatory 14-day rule. Major FRP defaulters include the Tatyasaheb Kore Warana cooperative in Kolhapur, the Vaidyanath cooperative in Beed (linked to the current BJP state rural development minister Pankaja Munde) and the Lokmangal group’s three mills in Solapur and Osmanabad (belonging to the minister for cooperation and textiles Subhash Deshmukh). Eye on polls, Uttar Pradesh makes mills in east crush cane though season long gone ‘Truth, justice have prevailed’: PM Modi on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict Best Of Express While the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra can claim satisfaction for doing everything possible to ensure payment by mills — and before state polls, hardly three months away — that sentiment isn’t really echoed on the ground. (Express photo by Pavan Khengre)Maharashtra’s Assembly elections are due in October, which is also when the next 2019-20 sugar season takes off. “The current unpaid dues to our cane growers will be cleared well before that,” says Shekhar Gaikwad, the state’s sugar commissioner, who has issued 74 recovery orders against 58 mills this year. Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post That threat — of auctioning the properties of the defaulting mills and recovering their cane dues as arrears of land revenue — has seemingly worked. As on July 15, Maharashtra’s mills had paid Rs 22,367.53 crore out of the Rs 23,173.29 crore of dues to growers, based on the fair and remunerative price (FRP) of cane fixed by the Centre for the 2018-19 sugar year (October-September). It translates into arrears of Rs 805.76 crore or 3.5 per cent.These figures are much better compared with the other big sugar state, Uttar Pradesh. Mills there had, until July 12, made payments of Rs 23,819.98 crore, as against the Rs 33,036.54 crore value of cane at the state government’s “advised” price for 2018-19. The arrears, thus, worked out to a whopping Rs 9,216.56 crore or 27.9 per cent, with very little signs of their being discharged before the coming crushing season.While the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra can claim satisfaction for doing everything possible to ensure payment by mills — and before state polls, hardly three months away — that sentiment isn’t really echoed on the ground. Advertising Advertising Post Comment(s) Related News Sugarcane farming: Maharashtra govt plans to replace flood irrigation with drip for cane Salve hails verdict, says ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed Written by Parthasarathi Biswas | Pune | Published: July 18, 2019 12:34:54 am Millers attribute their faltering in cane payments to a supply glut in sugar and associated liquidity crunch. Maharashtra factories crushed 952.11 lakh tonnes (lt) of cane in 2018-19 and produced a record 107.21 lt sugar, over and above the previous year’s 107.10 lt. “Last season, we paid Rs 200 more than our FRP. This year, we could give just the FRP, that too, in installments and after availing the Centre’s soft loan scheme,” admits Balasaheb Patil, NCP legislator and chairman of the Sahyadri cooperative sugar factory at Karad in Satara district.The Narendra Modi government had, on February 28, approved a scheme of soft loans from banks of up to Rs 10,540 crore for mills to clear their FRP dues. The Centre would bear the interest cost to the extent of 10 per cent on these loans for one year. 172 mills in Maharashtra, which had discharged a minimum 25 per cent of their outstanding dues for 2018-19, were found eligible to borrow a total of Rs 3,382.06 crore. Banks have disbursed Rs 2,510.64 crore out of that to 119 mills.But the soft loan has provided only temporary respite to Patil’s mill that is now saddled with unsold sugar stocks of 2.5 lt, including from last year’s production. “I am yet to sell anything from this season’s output of 1.65 lt. Also, banks aren’t extending working capital, as we have already exhausted our credit limits. There’s no money to even carry out maintenance work of the plant or pre-book the harvesting labour for the coming season,” he notes.Patil’s predicament is shared by Madhavrao Ghatge, chairman of Shri Gurudatt Sugars Ltd. His factory at Kolhapur’s Shirol taluka, too, paid Rs 200 per tonne more than its FRP for 2017-18, but not in the current season. “We can only pay from sugar sales. How are we to do that today, when the Centre has fixed maximum monthly sale quotas for each mill, along with a minimum ex-factory price of Rs 31,000 per tonne?,” he asks. Ghatge claims many factories have defaulted on salary payments as well, while demanding that the government provide a Rs 500 per tonne subsidy for cane to be crushed in the 2019-20 season.The only saving grace, ironically, is that Maharashtra’s sugar production in 2019-20 is forecast to dip to 70 lt or so, thanks to drought-induced cane area and yield reductions. However, with the output in other states relatively unaffected, the Indian Sugar Mills Association sees the country’s overall production touching 282 lt, against the current year’s 329.5 lt. And with all-time-high opening stocks of 145 lt and domestic consumption of 260-270 lt, the industry’s problems aren’t going away even after the October state elections.
CHT and Common Sense will kick off the campaign Wednesday at a Washington conference called “The Truth About Tech: How Tech Has Kids Hooked.”Social media companies — Facebook, Twitter, Google, Snapchat, YouTube and others — have been microtargeting users with millions of specific advertisements, images, videos and other elements that are aimed at driving engagement, argue the campaign’s backers, led by CHT Executive Director Tristan Harris, former design ethicist at Google.Social media organizations aim to satisfy the goals of their advertisers, maintain support from investors, and create a model to monetize the information they gather, according to the campaign.CHT hopes to encourage changes in mobile phone design that will help minimize screen time, unhook users from their devices, and get customers to spend more time interacting with real people instead of constantly checking for the next post. They also will push for better consumer protection policies that protect users from abuses.Along with Harris, the CHT leadership team includes Founding Advisor Roger McNamee, cofounder of Elevation Partners and an advisor to Mark Zuckerberg in Facebook’s early days; Chief Strategy Officer Aza Raskin, former head of user experience at Mozilla; and COO Randy Fernando, former executive director of Mindful Schools. Campaign Launch A group of former Facebook, Google and Mozilla executives have joined forces with the Time Well Spent advocacy group to establish the Center for Humane Technology (CHT), a new organization dedicated to combating the growing problem of addictive behavior among social media users.The new center, along with the children’s advocacy group Common Sense, on Monday announced a campaign to help change the social media model. Its goal is to lessen the negative impact of automation and other technologies on the development of children and young adults, who are considered highly vulnerable to the most damaging aspects of social media.”Tech companies are conducting a massive, real time experiment on our kids, and at present, no one is really holding them accountable,” James Steyer, CEO of Common Sense.Teenagers polled in a 2015 survey used social media for an average of nine hours of per day, Common Sense found. Half of the teens admitted to feeling addicted to their mobile devices, and 60 percent of parents felt that their kids were addicted. Capitol Hill Reaction Growing Concerns Social media abuse has become an increasingly serious problem for children, who typically have trouble controlling their impulses, said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.This is not a brand new issue, as smartphones underwent design changes back when distracted driving became a major concern, he told TechNewsWorld, and when online activities fueled violent behavior in society.”We desperately need to moderate this behavior, as it is having an adverse impact on virtually everything we see and touch, ranging from personal priorities to who runs our government,” Enderle told TechNewsWorld.”We are currently largely unable to tell bad actors from good, or fake from real news,” he added, “and the very young and old are most vulnerable.”The move toward advanced automation and robotics makes addressing this issue even more urgent, Enderle said.On the other hand, the center’s concerns appear a bit misguided to Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, who argued that social media has been blamed for human behavioral issues.”I believe CHT’s argument misses the boat in a couple of key ways,” he told TechNewsWorld. “The first is blaming and then agitating to ‘fix’ technologies for apparently related cultural and behavioral changes.”It’s unrealistic to expect companies to change or abandon qualities that make them successful, King said.However, CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week acknowledged that some of the changes Facebook had made, particularly to the News Feed, were designed to help improve users’ overall emotional well being. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., has been working to address the impact of social media on children. He is the cosponsor of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a communications constitution, of sorts, for protecting children who use the Web.Markey also has given his support to the Do Not Track Kids Act, a bipartisan bill that bans Internet companies from using behavioral targeting methods for tracking children and teens. It also would require parental permission for collecting personal information and location data.”Sen. Markey recognizes that children are immersed in a digital world that may detrimentally impact their health, development and emotional well-being,” said Giselle Barry, a spokesperson for Markey.Markey intends to sponsor legislation to fund a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, examining the role of electronic media on the growth of children, she told TechNewsWorld. David Jones is a freelance writer based in Essex County, New Jersey. He has written for Reuters, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times.
Qualcomm vs. Intel Things are happening fast, because it was only a few months ago that I got my first Always Connected PCs to test. I looked at both the Asus and Lenovo units. I preferred the Asus, because it was more like a laptop and less like a Microsoft Surface clone.I travel a lot, and the tablet-forward Surface design with the kickstand tends to fall off airplane tables in both coach and business class with annoying regularity, so I prefer the more laptop like 2-in-1 designs where the keyboard folds over.I don’t use these as tablets (typically too large and heavy), so I prefer a design optimized for my laptop-forward use. My issue with the Asus was that it looked and felt cheap to me, and I think the laptop I carry reflects on my taste.Lenovo must have heard me, because this new Lenovo Yoga C630 is not only a laptop-forward 2-in-1 design, which I favor, and it looks like an expensive laptop.This is a fan free design, so it is dead quiet, and the biggest and best feature is battery life. I forgot to plug it into the charger last night, and unlike most laptops — which would be on vapors after such a mistake — this still showed nine hours of battery life, suggesting that I likely could have gone three days, given that I only had about five hours a day to work with it. Microsoft vs. Apple US vs. China Microsoft passed Apple in valuation not by focusing on Apple, as it did so horribly with Zune, but by focusing on making customers happier. Yes, it did roll out the Surface hardware, but Surface isn’t hurting the iPad Pro as much as Apple’s inability to pick and support one platform.Apple has signaled that it will kill off the Mac, but it seems unable to actually pull the trigger, which isn’t exactly helping sales of either platform. It has doubled down on the lock-in strategy, which it believes will keep users from escaping increasingly inferior offerings. However, rather than focusing on making its users happy, it has focused on cutting costs while raising prices.That never ends well. A similar strategy almost killed IBM in the 1980s and Microsoft in the 1990s. (It did effectively kill both AT&T and RCA.)Microsoft last week announced that rather than lock customers into Edge or work to destroy Google Chrome, it would embrace Chromium. This strategy will allow Microsoft to focus on things like better security, performance, and user experience, rather than carrying on a pointless standards war with Google.In effect, Microsoft is beating Apple by ignoring Apple and instead focusing on making its users happier. I’m pretty sure that is Business 101, and I remain shocked that it seems to be more an exception than a rule in the tech segment. Apple’s latest “brilliant” move is to stop reporting unit sales, which conceals how badly it has been doing.If you look at the annual performance of both firms, Microsoft has been kicking Apple’s butt, and that is because it really don’t care about Apple anymore. Microsoft has been focusing on doing the right thing for users.There is a Zen aspect to this that I find elegant. I wish more companies would get that the path to winning doesn’t come from effectively enslaving your customers and then mining them, or cheating to win, but from building the best product and focusing on making your users love it.At the beginning of this decade Apple was ahead in this, thanks largely to Steve Jobs. Now Microsoft is ahead, thanks to Satya Nadella. Nadella and Jobs are/were right. Winning over the customer is the goal — but you want to focus on making the best product from their perspective, not mining them for the most money. Ironically, if you do the former, you’ll likely get the latter — and rather than eventually hating you, they’ll love you for it. Yoga C630 The U.S. government is seeking extradition of Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the founder of Huawei and the firm’s CFO, arrested last week in Canada for violating U.S. sanctions. The Dow Jones, which was already nervous, dropped 400 points (it had dropped a whopping 800 points the day before). I’m pretty sure a lot of Republican supporters started thinking maybe it was time to support Democrats — or, at least, politicians who actually understand math.Now putting this in context, China isn’t exactly known for promoting women’s rights. However, the U.S. has entered a pro-woman #metoo era. Arresting someone’s daughter, regardless of age, isn’t going to play well, particularly given President Trump’s reputation. To say the optics are bad with this would be a colossal understatement.The timing — coming right during a major Chinese renegotiation to eliminate tariffs — couldn’t be worse. I’m sure some wondered if the administration had pumped the stock market illegally to print wealth for the wealthy in-the-know. Were I in the SEC, I’d immediately look at the large trades of those close to the president — and nobody likes that kind of attention.Now China’s obvious response would be to arrest Hillary Clinton. Yes, lock her up — but there would be method behind that madness.Were China to arrest one of Trump’s kids, it could lead to war. Arresting one of the top U.S. CEOs would make China look petty. However, arresting Hillary Clinton would make Trump look weak (because mister “lock her up” didn’t). China could use Trump’s false statements as the basis for its action. Once released, Hillary would be a hero while appearing anti-China — although she actually would be indebted to the Chinese for making her a viable presidential candidate again.If the State Department argued for her release, it would have to argue that Trump either was dishonest or unhinged. If it didn’t, her being incarcerated (likely in a luxury hotel) would serve to provide a “Remember the Alamo” type of slogan for both women and Democrats, ensuring not only the fall of Trump, but also the purge of many Republicans.This has to be one of the most colossally stupid things I’ve seen a government do, and I doubt it will end well. One final comment: The CFO in a company is responsible for compliance, but arresting that official in a case of violating sanctions (when the decisions likely were made by sales or operations management) is like arresting a police officer who is under-resourced for not stopping a crime. In this case, the action is particularly inflammatory for targeting one of the few women in the job.This administration has to get that attacking women isn’t a viable course of action right now, particularly given the optics that surround the president, and failing to understand that most certainly will ensure that a re-election effort will fail — and for very good reason. Wrapping Up: Stupid Wars Performance is adequate. This is no gaming box by any stretch of the imagination, but Office, Edge and Chrome work well. I noted that the Chrome browser seemed to be particularly power hungry, though, suggesting it wasn’t yet tuned for this unique ARM/Windows platform.Speakers are decent for a laptop with good range. Like most laptops, they’re lacking in the low range, but because they flank the keyboard, you get decent separation if you are working on the laptop.At around US$850, it isn’t cheap (probably less than you paid for that recent iPhone though). At around two and a half pounds, this thing actually feels lighter than it is.It’s big strength, thanks to the Qualcomm 850 processor, is its connectivity. I found that at an event, when the WiFi got saturated, I generally could connect to the Verizon network and get adequate bandwidth (that solution did vary in effectiveness, because a ton of people apparently were on that network as well). For most, assuming folks didn’t saturate the cell tower, you’d see more impressive bandwidth.I’ve also noticed that when landing in a plane, when GoGo inflight stops working, the 4G modem is a godsend, allowing me to finish the email or paper I’m writing while the pilot tries to find the gate.It displays movies well, but the annoying fact that you can stream but not download Amazon Prime content, even content you’ve purchased, keeps this from becoming my go-to tablet replacement for movies on planes.I’d understood that Amazon’s requirements were met, but Amazon apparently is in no rush to fix this annoying problem (bandwidth on planes simply isn’t good enough to stream anything). Fortunately, Netflix downloads work fine, and you can buy movies on the Microsoft store (but I have a ton of bought movies on Amazon, making this incredibly annoying).I really like the Lenovo C630, it is a challenger for my favorite PC of the year and for those that want massive battery life, low carry weight, and are focused mostly on productivity apps and browsing the web, this could be the laptop for you. As a result, the Lenovo C630 is my product of the week. One unpleasant aspect of my job is that I get really sick of watching companies repeat mistakes. I think I should publish a book of mistakes and number them, and then I could save myself a lot of words by just saying I’m going to talk about mistake No. 42, and then move on to something new and interesting.I’m writing this from Hawaii, where Qualcomm held a brilliant December event, showcasing its 5G progress and launching its 855 5G platform, which easily overwhelms anything Intel is capable of in 2019 in mobile.I can say this because we already know Intel is more than a year out with its competing solution and is showcasing benchmarks with its next solution, which is only marginally competitive with what Qualcomm is shipping today.Even with this event, Qualcomm is out-executing Intel. By choosing Hawaii, the company attracted the folks it wants to influence, drawing them away from the other conferences going on this same week. At the end of the year, most of us are sick of travel, so another trip to New York or some other freeze-your-butt-off location doesn’t appeal to us.Further, Hawaii is between Asia and the U.S., making it convenient for both markets. Also, because we can bring our families (at our own cost), this becomes a forced vacation, allowing our significant others to escape the cold. This makes them appreciate Qualcomm and turns us into heroes.This is something Intel just doesn’t get, having killed IDF, its event designed to focus people on its products. At its event next week, a tiny subset of this group will show up already primed to be skeptical of anything the company showcases.At the same time, Intel’s board has been unable to select a new CEO, being torn between hiring an ex-Qualcomm executive and someone who actually knows something about the market the company is in, rather than the one it continues to fail to penetrate. (To be fair, Qualcomm doesn’t get servers either, but it wisely backed away from that effort.)I’m coming around to the idea that the “I” in Intel stands for “idiot.” Apple’s favor is the only reason Intel even has any presence in mobile, and we know Apple is both planning to move away from Intel’s core x86 platform and hiring its own modem people, with the clear intent of separating from Intel entirely. Yes, the “I” in Intel stands for “idiots.” December has become consistent with the Chinese curse, “May You Be Born In Interesting Times.” We are up to our armpits in wars, and each is very different. Qualcomm and Intel are fighting for 5G control, and Intel is tearing itself apart. Microsoft passed Apple in valuation, largely because it has not been focusing on Apple.Canadian authorities just arrested the daughter of the Huawei founder, at the request of the United States, cratering the stock market again, and setting up a chain of events that could ensure that President Trump might lose not only the next election, but everything.I’ll share my thoughts about those things and close with my product of the week: the Always Connected Lenovo Yoga C630, the laptop that showcases our coming always-connected 5G future. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network. I’ve come to the conclusion that even though the rank and file at Intel have been executing, the company’s board has too many idiots. The person who should be chairman, and who is the most qualified, is Tzu-Jae King Liu. She should take over and reconstitute the board, involving people who understand Intel’s business.If Intel really wants to support women, then putting the most qualified person in charge — who also happens to be a woman — would be a critical first step. The company’s war with Qualcomm, particularly given that Apple clearly plans to stab Intel in the back, is just incredibly stupid — or “I” for idiotic.Speaking of Apple, Microsoft has showcased an almost Zen-like strategy of ignoring Apple and focusing on the user as a way to compete. The Zen is “to win don’t focus on your opponent, focus on the goal” (I think I may be channeling Bruce Lee in that statement).Microsoft’s moves to embrace open source further with Chromium (it also likes Linux now) and focus on doing what users/customers want is its best path to success, and the one we want the company on. Impressive work.Finally, if you are being accused of being a massive misogynist, then taking steps to arrest the daughter of a Chinese government-connected CEO (particularly when your own daughter is active in government and business) is incredibly stupid. It opens the door to an orthogonal response from China. I suggested one that I would choose, which would ensure Trump’s re-election loss.Meng Wanzhou’s arrest is certain to personally piss off the country that may soon be the most powerful in the world. Were positions reversed — if Steve Jobs’ daughter were arrested China, for example — the Chinese certainly wouldn’t enjoy the U.S. response.This move will hurt efforts to resolve the tariff issues. It already cratered the stock market, and it sets up the potential for a devastating response on an issue (say, Iran sanctions) that doesn’t have broad support in or out of the U.S.In short, there are a lot of lessons here, but the core theme is that unnecessary conflict should be avoided. Microsoft is actually the best example of how to compete and thrive by focusing on doing the right thing. Doing what the customer wants, regardless of ego, generally ensures a better outcome than focusing on anything else. Rob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, a consultancy that serves the technology industry. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob.
DHS failed to share critical information with states about specific threat information that needed to be acted upon, such as the Russian hackers’ targeting of 21 states, said Kay Stimson, spokesperson for the NASS.”The general feedback we received from today’s hearing,” she told the E-Commerce Times, “is that state officials are very interested in receiving documented threat intelligence information from DHS so they can use that to protect their systems.”The lesson from the 2016 election is that even though there have been past attempts to hack into election systems, the latest activities are not the work of “run of the mill” adversaries, said Ken Menzel, general counsel at the Illinois State Board of Elections.Local officials will have to work with the federal government to step up their game, he told the E-Commerce Times.”We’re certainly concerned with all the attention on this that [Russia] or somebody else is going to want to get in [to U.S. voting systems] in the future,” Menzel said.In terms of the mechanics of a democratic voting infrastructure, there is always a balance to be struck between using automation versus manual efforts, according to Mark Nunnikhoven, vice president of cloud research at Trend Micro.”The automation is there to speed up the counts and increase accuracy, while manual efforts provide verification against mass manipulation and increase voter confidence in the system,” he told the E-Commerce Times.The biggest step that can be taken is to establish national cybersecurity standards for elections and election-related systems, Nunnikhoven argued.That approach is partially in place through the National Institute for Standards and Technology, a physical science lab inside the U.S. Department of Commerce, he said, but there’s a need for additional verification and educational efforts at the district level. David Jones is a freelance writer based in Essex County, New Jersey. He has written for Reuters, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times. The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday also conducted a hearing focusing on the impact of Russian hacking on the 2016 elections.Members of that committee heard testimony from former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson (pictured above), who was in charge of the department when the actual hacking took place during the final months of the Obama administration.During that hearing, Johnson reiterated that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered the hacking with the intent of influencing the outcome of the U.S. elections. However, he said that no hard votes actually were manipulated at the ballot box level.When Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., asked why the Obama administration had not put out a more forceful warning about potential Russian hacking of the election, Johnson said there were concerns about revealing sources and methods, and that the administration did not want to appear to be taking sides in the November election.One of then-candidate Donald Trump’s constant themes was that the election was “rigged,” he noted.State officials have serious concerns about the federal government’s lack of information-sharing about potential threats to state and local voting systems, said Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State, in testimony before the Senate hearing.Those concerns were heightened by threats referenced in a leaked NSA report, she said. Review and Warning A Department of Homeland Security official on Wednesday told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russian government-backed hackers targeted as many as 21 states during the 2016 presidential election.Hackers attempted to penetrate Internet-connected systems related to the elections in up to 21 states, but they were successful only in a small number of them, said Samuel Liles, acting director of the cyber division of the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis.The targeted states were not named, but Arizona and Pennsylvania previously had been identified as states where hackers successfully accessed election systems.The Russians are continuing to probe state and local systems, and there are persistent vulnerabilities that could lead to some of those systems being compromised, DHS and other officials warned.Due to the disparate methods of voting and cybersecurity enforcement in different parts of the U.S., the risk to computer-related systems varies from county-to-county. A variety of devices are used to cast votes, and there is little uniformity of processes across polling stations. Local Risks