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Google Pixel 2 XL leaked with new Android

first_imgStory TimelineAre these the first real photos of the Google Pixel 2?A new leak of Google Pixel 2 confirms our deepest fearGoogle Pixel 2 is shaping up to be a mixed bagThe Google Pixel 2 launch date just got confirmed [UPDATE]Google Pixel 2 will be ‘just Android’ – and that’s good Today the Google Pixel 2 XL appeared in an image that included a bit of new software to boot. This image includes a case, part of the supply-line source that’s often called upon for leaks of this nature. This leak shows the Google Pixel 2 XL, the larger of the two devices set to be revealed at the official Google event on Wednesday of this week. The device leaked by @Evleaks includes some relatively major design changes for the smartphone’s operating system. With a set of curved edges, this device looks a lot more like the LG G6 than it does the first Pixel. Such a design necessitates at least a small set of changes in the way Android looks. As such, the version of Android shown here keeps the notifications bar at the top of the display completely transparent. The time and battery (and connectivity) indicators are still there, but no dock is shown besides what’s implied. There’s a new widget at the top as well, one that seems to pull from Google Calendar to pick up an appointment. This widget also shows the weather in about as tiny a spot as any widget in the history of widgets.Down near the bottom is an upward-facing carrot, showing the user that they’re able to pull upward with their finger to reveal the app dock. A set of round apps is shown next, followed by the Google search bar. This new Google Search bar is similar to what we saw earlier this week – without the Google Lens icon. It’s possible this means that Google Lens will either be opt-in or it’ll be revealed in full later than this week’s event. This event will likely show off not only the Google Pixel 2 XL, but the smaller Google Pixel 2, as well. These devices will have similar internal components, but the larger device (at least) will also have a squeeze-button edge, courtesy of the hardware design of HTC. LG is also in the mix this time around. last_img read more

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Photoshop AI feature automates image subject selection

first_imgThe AI-based selection feature Adobe introduced back in November is now available to users. The feature arrived in Photoshop version 19.1 and it is called “Select Subject.” With this — and thanks to Adobe Sensei — Photoshop is now capable of isolating the main subject in an image from its background automatically, saving users time. Select Subject is joined by several other features. Adobe Sensei is the company’s artificial intelligence, deep learning, and machine learning system. With this, Adobe has packed a new smart feature into Photoshop that helps users finish their projects faster by performing some of the basic tasks itself. Select Subject is the perfect example of this ability, using advanced machine learning technology to identify the most prominent subject in an image. The system is trained to identify all manner of objects, including toys, people, animals, cars, and others. When the feature is used, the system automatically selects that subject, though the user can then further refine the selection if necessary. For example, if the automatic selection feature accidentally selects a small portion of the background, the user can use the “Subtract from Selection” tool to get rid of that part of the selection.The new ability arrives at a time when Adobe faces growing competition in the image-editing software market. Notably, Pixelmator recently released an image editor called Pixelmator Pro that packs multiple AI-powered features, including object removal, automatic horizon identification, and layer naming.In addition to its new Select Subject feature, Photoshop 19.1 adds Windows High-Density Monitor support, improvements to Select and Mask, as well as better support for the Microsoft Surface Dial. Those aside, Adobe says there’s also a “long list” of bug fixes.SOURCE: Adobelast_img read more

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Huawei CEO makes defiant US commitment

first_imgHuawei has no plans to give up on the US market, the Chinese phone-maker insists, despite political pressure attempting to squeeze it out of the country. 2018 has not been a great year for Huawei when it comes to deals with American carriers and retailers, with several high-profile partnerships coming to a stuttering end after regulators apparently got involved. In January, for instance, Huawei was all ready to announce a deal with AT&T that would see the Mate 10 Pro officially offered through the carrier. At the last minute, however, AT&T backed out of the agreement, after what’s believed to have included warnings against the deal by government officials. Later in the quarter, retailer Best Buy – which has been offering Huawei’s smartphones SIM-free and unlocked, along with Amazon and other companies in the US – reportedly decided to cease stocking the devices. The move wasn’t just a blow to Huawei’s Android phones, either, also encompassing the firm’s laptops and wearables. Best Buy is yet to confirm the decision publicly. You might think, therefore, that Huawei would have little inclination to focus on the US market moving forward. That, though, is not the case. “We are committed to the US market and to earning the trust of US consumers by staying focused on delivering world-class products and innovation,” Richard You, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, told CNET. “We would never compromise that trust.”Ironically, while carrier support is usually essential to making any sort of significant splash in the US phone market, Huawei is still holding strong globally. The company released its 2017 financial results today, reporting total annual revenue had climbed almost 16-percent year-on-year to $92.5bn. Net profit was up more than 28-percent, to $7.3bn. If it wants to gain traction in the US, though, it’ll need to somehow pacify the skepticism of the government and regulators. Their concern has typically been around Huawei’s potential ties to the China’s administration, and the potential for hardware – whether consumer devices like phones and laptops, or networking infrastructure for carriers and telecoms – to give the government there a backdoor into US businesses. Earlier this month, the possibility of the FCC blocking carriers that use Huawei equipment from accessing government subsidies was raised.“The security risk concerns are based on groundless suspicions and are quite frankly unfair,” Huawei’s Yu argues. “We work with 46 of the 50 global operators … and have maintained a very strong security record because security is one of our top priorities.”It’s likely to be an uphill battle for the firm, nonetheless. Recent high-profile devices, like the new flagship Huawei P20 Pro with its triple-camera system, are expected to skip the US market altogether.last_img read more

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Samsung still wants in on AR and VR market but vague on

first_imgThat “teaser” came from Farshid Fallah, Samsung’s head of XR and gaming developer relations so, of course, he gives it a positive spin. Fallah recounts to the Augmented World Expo crowd how Samsung’s journey started with the smartphone-powered Gear VR headset but that the market have moved on away from that.This could imply that, like Google, Samsung may be exiting the mobile VR market. It usually announces a new Gear VR headset every year or at least some compatibility considerations between a new Galaxy phone and existing headsets. None of that this year though.Samsung has also released VR headsets for the Windows Mixed Reality platform but has also gone silent after launching the HMD Odyssey+ headset last year. Other OEMs like Lenovo and HP are also likewise mum and Microsoft itself seems more focused on its HoloLens AR experience than its MR.In that context, Samsung’s AR and VR plans sound ambitious but amorphous, unless it decides to strike off on its own in typical Samsung fashion. Fallah notes that “Gear”, the brand that Samsung has retired for its wearable devices, will live on in AR and VR “in some fashion”. True believers will just have to wait if Samsung, who will have its hands busy with the Galaxy Fold debacle and the already unpopular Galaxy Note 10, will have room to spare for mobile VR. Oculus and Vive may be competing head to head in the VR space but, outside of those two, not much else is happening with other companies. Google has not mentioned Daydream even once at I/O last month and OEMs that have made the first batch of Windows Mixed Reality headsets have mostly fallen silent as well. Despite that, Samsung isn’t yet calling it quits and suggests multiple AR and VR products are coming this year, whether you like it or not.last_img read more

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2020 Lincoln Aviator makes sleek luxe SUV a plugin hybrid

first_img 2020 Lincoln Aviator Gallery As we’ve seen already on the Navigator, Lincoln’s grille looks particularly good when it’s big and bold. For LA, the car is outfitted in iridescent Flight Blue, with a contrasting high-gloss black grille, and chrome accents. The windshield in particular is unusual, with a wraparound design. Inside, there’ll be a number of Lincoln Black Label options. Flight, new on the 2020 Aviator, will combine Luggage Tan and Ebony, with engine turn appliqés and minimal processing to the leather for a more natural look. Story TimelineLincoln Aviator is a 3-row SUV previewing brand’s futureLincoln Aviator first look: This plug-in hybrid luxury SUV nails it2020 Lincoln Aviator sings with orchestral luxury for the ears The midsize luxury SUV segment just got an impressive new competitor, with the 2020 Lincoln Aviator promising Navigator-style road presence with Continental luxury. Unveiled at the LA Auto Show 2018, the all-new SUV packs a number of firsts for the automaker, including a fresh hybrid drivetrain and smartphone integration. Chalet, meanwhile, pairs Espresso and Alpine Venetian leathers with Silverwood appliqués. Finally, Destination joins Mahogany Red Venetial leather with a diamond weave with Khama wood appliqués. The standard engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, hooked up to a 10-speed SelectShift automatic. Lincoln expects it to muster 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive will be optional. The Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, meanwhile, is the automaker’s new plug-in hybrid. It combines a 3.0-liter V6 with electrification, the result being a predicted 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. There’ll be a Pure EV battery-only mode, but Lincoln isn’t talking about electric-only range yet. Air Glide Suspension with Dynamic Lower Entry will be optional, and can lower the SUV automatically for easier entry when at a standstill but also better aerodynamics above 70mph. Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview, meanwhile, uses a forward-facing camera to analyze the road surface and adjust the suspension settings proactively so as to deal with potholes and bumps. As for the luxury tech, that should satisfy demanding 3-row SUV buyers, too. There’s an available Revel Ultima 3D Audio System, with a full 28 speakers, for instance. Perfect Position seats are another option, with 30-way adjustability, massage, and extra limb support in the front row. The second row seats recline along with adjusting fore and aft. They also slide forward for third row access. In the Grand Touring, the battery is under the floor so was not to intrude on either cabin or cargo space. Lincoln will include WiFi hotspot functionality as standard, along with multiple power outlets. A wireless phone charger is optional. There’s also Phone As A Key, which uses a smartphone app to control door locking, lift gate opening, and remote start. Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus will package together adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane centering, while evasive steering assist will allow the Aviator to steer out of the way of a potential collision. There’s also reverse brake assist and auto-park. Blind-spot detection with cross traffic alerts and pre-collision assistance, plus lane-keeping assistance, are all standard. As for how much all this might cost you, so far Lincoln isn’t saying. Pricing and availability for the 2020 Aviator are yet to be confirmed. last_img read more

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Pokemon manga ebooks arrive on OverDrive for libraries and schools

first_imgOverDrive offers free apps for library patrons and students that enable them to sign in with their school or library credentials to access content. These digital items are ‘borrowed’ in a similar manner to renting books and DVDs from a library, meaning there may be a wait if the available copies are claimed, but the big advantage is that everything is free.In an announcement on Tuesday, Rakuten OverDrive said that Pokemon manga graphic novels will be available digitally worldwide through its platform. The ebooks will include Pokemon movie adaptions in manga format that were published in English, as well as the English language Pokemon Adventures digital books.The digital titles are provided by VIZ Media, which partnered with Rakuten OverDrive to provide its catalog through schools and libraries. The company’s Senior Director of Publishing Sales Kevin Hamric said, “We are pleased to partner with Rakuten OverDrive to provide our ebooks to libraries and schools — especially our Pokemon manga.”OverDrive offers a vast catalog of content, including more than 31,000 graphic novels and comic books from DC Comics, Marvel Entertainment, and more. Schools and libraries on the platform have the option of choosing content from the OverDrive catalog to offer a curated digital collection to students and patrons. Story TimelineA closer look at today’s Pokemon Sword and Shield DirectPokemon GO Shiny Eevee boost: Another chance!Pokemon GO Adventure Week Sync broken: The 50km fix is in For the first time, Pokemon graphic novels will be available through schools and public libraries around the world as ebooks. The content will be made available through the Rakuten OverDrive platform, the popular platform used by many facilities to provide free access to ebooks, audiobooks, and videos. The digital Pokemon content will be available through schools and libraries that support the service.last_img read more

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Three Galaxy Watch Active 2 models rumored for reveal alongside Note 10

first_imgWhen Samsung pulls the veil back on the Galaxy Note 10 next month, it’s expected to announce the Galaxy Watch Active 2 alongside it. Make no mistake, the Galaxy Note 10 will be the star of Samsung’s Unpacked event on August 7th, but that isn’t stopping the rumor mill from churning out fresh reports on that incoming smartwatch. Today, a new report is claiming that Samsung is gearing up to launch three different models for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in all. Story TimelineGalaxy Watch Active 2 spotted without rotating bezelGalaxy Watch Active 2 will do an Apple Watch 4 with health featuresGalaxy Watch Active 2 leaked official renders confirm design changes That report comes from the folks over at Wareable, who spoke to sources with knowledge with Samsung’s Unpacked plans. Those who are familiar with smartwatches have probably already guessed that two of the three rumored Active 2 models include a Bluetooth-only model and an LTE-capable one. The third model, however, will be a Bluetooth-only watch that sports Under Armor branding.Wareable’s report says that the Under Armor watch will ship with its own special “sporty strap” along with a six month subscription to MapMyRun. All three watches will apparently be offered in 40mm and 44mm sizes as well.So far, we’ve heard mostly unsurprising things from this report, but here’s where it gets a little weird: Samsung plans to announce electrocardiogram support for these smartwatches during Unpacked, though thanks to a hang up with the FDA approval process, that feature won’t be available in the Galaxy Watch Active 2 until some point next year. Wareable’s sources also anticipate that LTE functionality in watches that support it will initially only be available when paired with Android phones. Eventually we’ll see LTE functionality come to iOS as well, but those sources don’t give any indication of when that will happen.So, it sounds like the Galaxy Watch Active 2 reveal will come with at least a couple of caveats next month. As always, take what you read here with a grain of salt, as nothing will be concrete until Samsung gets up on stage and makes it so. We’ll be covering Samsung’s Unpacked event on August 7th, so be sure to keep it here at SlashGear for everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2. last_img read more

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How The Republicans Might Reshape Medicaid If They Win The White House

first_imgThe Los Angeles Times reports on how the GOP is readying a push to scale back the health insurance program for the poor if it takes control of the White House and Congress next year. Meanwhile, the insurance industry is paying $1.1 billion in rebates to consumers under the health care law and eyeing congressional efforts to overhaul the tax code next year as its best chance to roll back a new health insurance tax.Los Angeles Times: Medicaid Could Be Scaled Back Sharply Under GOP PlansNearly half a century after President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicaid into law, conservative critics of the massive government health insurance program for the poor are readying a new push to dramatically scale it back if Republicans control the White House and Congress next year (Levey, 7/30).Reuters: Obama Administration States Will Join Medicaid ExpansionThe Obama administration on Monday said it expects that U.S. states will eventually join its planned expansion of the Medicaid healthcare program as they evaluate the benefits of providing health coverage to more low-income people. U.S. Medicaid director Cindy Mann said states will likely spend the next several months analyzing the plan, which under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, would extend health coverage to about 16 million uninsured people based on new criteria that broadens eligibility to people with incomes of up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line (Morgan, 7/30).The New York Times: Insurance Rebates Seen As Selling Point For Health LawThe law requires insurers to give out annual rebates by Aug. 1, starting this year, if less than 80 percent of the premium dollars they collect go toward medical care. For insurers covering large employers, the threshold is 85 percent. As a result, insurers will pay out $1.1 billion this year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, although most of it will not go to individuals. The average rebate will be $151 per household, with the highest in Vermont ($807 per family), Alaska ($622) and Alabama ($518). No rebates will be issued in New Mexico or Rhode Island, because insurers there met the 80/20 requirement (Goodnough, 7/30).Los Angeles Times: In-Store Clinics Look To Be A Remedy For Healthcare Law InfluxIf you thought it was hard getting a doctor’s appointment now, just wait until 30 million more Americans join the line. Nearly 3 in 4 California counties already lack a sufficient number of family physicians, and by 2020 the U.S. faces an estimated shortage of 40,000 primary-care doctors with no way to remedy that in just a few years (Terhune, 7/30).Politico: Insurers Eye Tax Reform To Nix FeesWith GOP repeal efforts stalled out this year, health insurers are eyeing an expected effort to overhaul the nation’s Tax Code next year as their best shot to get rid of a tax they’ll have to pay under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Lobbyists for the health insurance industry are calling on lawmakers to make repeal of the “health insurance tax” a priority during those discussions, arguing that a rewrite of the Tax Code is the best time to re-examine the tax that is expected to help pay for health care reform (DoBias, 7/30).CQ HealthBeat: Hash Elaborates On Exchange Effort At Bipartisan Policy CenterMichael Hash, the top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official in charge of implementing health insurance exchanges, elaborated on that effort Monday, telling a Washington, D.C., forum that within a few weeks virtually all states will be getting money to set up the new marketplaces. Hash addressed a meeting sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center on the health care law; the center also announced a new effort to control health care costs. Former Senate Majority Leader Democrat Tom Daschle, who co-chairs the Center along with former Senate Majority Leader Republican Bill Frist, called the new project “an urgent and absolutely essential endeavor” (Reichard, 7/30).Also in the news – CQ HealthBeat: Health Law Birth Control Coverage To Launch Wednesday As Legal Battle ContinuesNew attention was focused Monday on a federal rule requiring employers to provide free coverage for birth control in their employee health insurance policies following a federal court ruling that temporarily barred enforcement of the rule for a business in Colorado. Religious leaders who back the rule warned that a preliminary injunction that a federal district judge granted on Friday may be applied to other pending lawsuits and the leaders said that women’s rights to use contraceptives should not be restricted (Norman, 7/30). How The Republicans Might Reshape Medicaid If They Win The White House And Congress This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Health Law Enrollment Hits Approximately 3 Million In January

first_imgThough this number is shy of earlier projections, it is getting closer to hitting monthly expectations. The administration, though, did not provided data about payment.  Los Angeles Times: Obamacare Enrollment Continues To Rise In JanuaryApproximately 3 million people have now enrolled in health insurance plans sold through marketplaces created by President Obama’s health law, the administration announced Friday. The milestone indicates nearly a million additional people have signed up since the end of December. It also suggests that the marketplaces are continuing to recover from a disastrous launch on Oct. 1 (Levey, 1/24). The Washington Post: Don’t Look Now, But Obamacare Numbers Might Just Hit A Sign-Up ProjectionThree million people have signed up for private insurance coverage through the health law marketplaces, according to Health and Human Services. That still leaves the Obama administration lagging behind its initial projections for overall health law enrollment–but also closer to hitting monthly sign-up expectations it set back in September (Kliff, 1/24). Reuters: Obamacare Coverage Enrollment Hits Three Million: OfficialMarilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the preliminary tally in a blog posting. She forecast that enrollment through new federal and state health insurance marketplaces would continue to grow in coming weeks as a public outreach campaign accelerates(Morgan, 1/24). Huffington Post: Obamacare Signups For Private Plans Surpass 3 MillionThe numbers are reassuring for supporters of the Affordable Care Act, who were worried that the pace of sign-ups for private plans would slow in January and February, before picking up again as the March 31 enrollment deadline for 2014 coverage approached. But they are still shy of initial projections from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which originally expected 4.4 million people to sign up for a plan by the end of January. Moreover, the administration has not provided data on how many of the people who have signed up for plans through the exchanges have actually made a payment, which is required to ensure coverage (Stein, 1/24). Fox News: 3 Million People Have Now Enrolled In ObamacareDevon Herrick, senior analyst at the National Center for Policy Analysis, says the report continues to leave out two key statistics: premium payments and demographics. … But fears of adverse selection, which is when older and sicker people making up the majority of enrollees, remains (Rogers, 1/24). Health Law Enrollment Hits Approximately 3 Million In January This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Obama Administration Will Extend Healthcaregov SignUp Period Beyond March 31 Deadline

first_imgPeople who began the enrollment process but were not able to finish it because of technical problems will be given additional time to enroll in a health plan. In recent weeks, some of the states operating their own health exchanges have taken similar steps.  The Washington Post: Obama Administration Will Allow More Time To Enroll In Health Care On Federal MarketplaceThe Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline. … Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth (Goldstein, 3/25).The New York Times: U.S. To Extend Sign-Up Period For InsuranceWith less than a week left for people to sign up for health insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that it would allow more time for those who had tried to apply but were blocked by technical problems with the federal exchange. Several states running their own exchanges, including Maryland, Minnesota and Nevada, have taken similar steps in the last two weeks (Pear, 3/25).Los Angeles Times: White House Offers Extension On Completing Obamacare EnrollmentOfficials said they were making the move now in anticipation of a last-minute rush of consumers seeking health insurance ahead of the March 31 deadline. On Monday, more than 1.1 million people visited HealthCare.gov, the second-largest traffic day on the site, the White House said (Levey, 3/25).The Associated Press/Washington Post: HHS Grants Extra Time To Enroll For Health CareThe White House is scrambling to meet a goal of 6 million signed up through new online markets that offer subsidized private health insurance to people without access to coverage on the job. The HealthCare.gov website got more that 1 million visitors Monday, and the administration also wants to prevent a repeat of website problems that soured consumers last fall (3/26).The Wall Street Journal: Obama Administration To Give Insurance-Enrollment ExtensionA handful of states that run their own exchanges have also decided to extend enrollment for those who haven’t finished their applications. One concern is the fact that users could flood the national and state exchanges in the final days before the deadline, hampering their ability to function. … HHS said it would allow individuals with special circumstances and complex cases to receive help completing the enrollment process beyond the March 31 deadline for most Americans to sign up (Radnofsky, 3/25).USA Today: Administration Extending Health Care Officials recommend setting aside some time for enrollment to gather family information, investigate whether a doctor is within a plan’s network, and ensuring that those new to the insurance world understand basic terms like “deductible” and “premium,” which are explained at www.HealthCare.gov. As the deadline looms closer, HHS has sent out emails to everyone who has begun the process encouraging them to complete their forms. To complete enrollment, people must also send their first month’s premium payment to the insurer. In January, the administration encouraged insurers to backdate enrollment to when people completed their applications (Kennedy, 3/26).Politico: Extra Time Granted For Some On ObamacareThe deadline for individuals to start the sign-up process remains March 31, but they will get extra time and assistance to complete it if they’ve encountered problems. It was not immediately clear how many people this could affect, or how much extra time they would get. Details are expected to be announced Wednesday (Kenen, 3/26).Politico: A Brief History Of Obamacare DelaysDid anyone really doubt that the final Obamacare enrollment deadline would slip, too? It’s not like the Obama administration is setting a new precedent with its latest move — giving customers more time to enroll after next Monday’s deadline if they’re already in line (Nather and Levine, 3/25).NBC News: As Deadline Nears, Obamacare Enrollees Can Get More TimePeople who have been trying to sign up for health insurance on the new Obamacare exchanges may be able to buy themselves some time beyond the looming March 31 deadline, administration officials said Tuesday night. But White House officials balked at calling the move an extension, saying it was more like letting people vote past the time the polls close if they were already in line. “If you are in line when March 31 deadline passes, you will be helped,” White House spokeswoman Tara McGuinness said on Twitter (Fox, 3/25).Fox News: Obama Administration Extends Health Care Enrollment DeadlineAll consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension, federal officials told the Washington Post. The Washington Post reported that users will have a chance to check a box on the website indicating they tried to enroll before the deadline, though the government will not try to determine whether the person actually made an effort to sign up (3/25). The Associated Press/Washington Post: Bungling Mars Health Care Deadline In Some StatesMany states and the federal government experienced technical problems with the enrollment websites, but implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act has been a relative disaster in Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Vermont. Rather than focusing on meeting enrollment targets, officials in those states find themselves consumed with replacing top officials, cancelling contracts with software companies, dealing with state or federal investigations, and spending tens of millions of dollars on fixes and new contractors (3/25). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Obama Administration Will Extend Healthcare.gov Sign-Up Period Beyond March 31 Deadlinelast_img read more

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Mergers And Acquisitions Have Been Flourishing Across Health Landscape But What If

first_img Hospitals in Michigan and across the country rang in the New Year with a federal mandate to reveal their once-secret master price lists, although it’s unclear whether this new requirement will assist many patients or contain ever-rising health care costs. Starting Jan. 1, hospitals must publish online the starting price tags for every service or procedure. These detailed lists, known as chargemasters, include thousands of entries, from $791,790 for a heart transplant at Henry Ford Hospital to $2 for a syphilis test at Detroit Receiving Hospital. (Reindl, 1/3) The Trump administration last fall proposed allowing employers to use HRAs to help their workers purchase individual market coverage. The health groups said the new policy should only help people buy Obamacare plans and not skimpier coverage options, including some the Trump administration has promoted like short-term plans. (Demko, 1/3) Mergers And Acquisitions Have Been Flourishing Across Health Landscape. But What If There’s No One For Hospitals To Make A Deal With? The solution for the oldest orthopedic hospital in the U.S.? Simply multiply. Hospital for Special Surgery is launching an expansion strategy that its leaders say is designed to match the demand of a population with a more active lifestyle. In other hospital news: master price lists, HRAs, and outpatient revenue. Modern Healthcare: AHA Data Show Hospitals’ Outpatient Revenue Nearing Inpatient  As of Jan. 1, in the name of transparency, the Trump administration required that all hospitals post their list prices online. But what is popping up on medical center websites is a dog’s breakfast of medical codes, abbreviations and dollar signs — in little discernible order — that may initially serve to confuse more than illuminate. Anyone who has ever tried to find out in advance how much a hospital test, procedure or stay will cost knows the frustration: “Nope, can’t tell you” or “It depends” are common replies from insurers and medical centers. (Appleby, 1/4) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Politico Pro: Insurers, Hospitals Say Trump’s HRA Expansion Should Be Limited center_img Kaiser Health News: As Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online, Most Patients Will Remain Befuddled The Wall Street Journal: Hospitals See Opportunity In Bringing Care Facilities To Patients For most hospital systems, growth comes through mergers or an acquisition. But when there isn’t another system to acquire, one answer is to multiply. Hospital for Special Surgery, the oldest orthopedic hospital in the U.S., is multiplying rapidly. In the coming year, it will open two locations on Manhattan’s West Side, including a sports-medicine focused office in Hudson Yards and a larger outpatient facility in the Columbus Circle area. In addition, outposts and collaborations are in development for locations in Midtown Manhattan, the New York City borough of Brooklyn, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Aspen, Colo. (West, 1/3) The gap between U.S. hospitals’ outpatient and inpatient revenue continued to shrink in 2017 as more patients elect to get care in cheaper outpatient settings, and some believe a flip is inevitable in the coming years. The American Hospital Association’s 2019 Hospital Statistics report showed hospitals’ net outpatient revenue was $472 billion and inpatient revenue totaled nearly $498 billion in 2017, the latest year for which the report covers, creating a ratio of 95%, up from 83% in 2013. (Bannow, 1/3) Detroit Free Press: Michigan Hospitals Now Required To List Prices Online last_img read more

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Glow Up Your Home with Amazons New Low Price on the Philips

first_imgYou’ve likely heard of Philips Hue bulbs, but have you heard of the Play range? Proof in the name, the Philips Hue Play bundle offers a more creative and fun way for you to add smart bulbs to your home.With two of the oblong white lights included, the compact shape allows for it to be attached behind screens, backlighting entertainment set-ups. From TVs to computer monitors, thanks to their sleek design, the Play bulbs can be both discreetly hidden away, or shown in plain view with their cool look.Related: Amazon Prime Day Smart Home Deals.Able to adapt to what’s showing on screen too, achieve a more immersive experience whether you’re gaming or having a movie marathon. All can be controlled via the Philips Hue app, from colour portfolios to syncing up colours to what you’re seeing on screen. Much like the standard Philips Hue bulbs, there are an impressive 16 million colour variations for you to choose from, as well as 50,000 different shades of white light alone.Connect to a Hue Bridge or Alexa product (both sold separately), and you’ll be able to even change your Philips Hue bulbs by voice command. Other than that, the best thing about this Philips Play bundle is it includes everything else you could need to attach and style your smart lighting. Philips Hue Play Deal – Lowest Price YetPhilips Hue Play Colour Wall Entertainment Light, Double Pack, WhiteWant to upgrade your Philips Hue setup on the cheap? This Play Colour bundle is now going for its lowest price ever on Amazon while stocks last.Amazon|Save £20|Now £109.95View DealNow £109.95|Save £20|Amazon Related: Amazon Prime Day 2019.Now with £20 off, the Philips Hue Play bundle is at its lowest price yet on Amazon. Buy now and snatch it up for only £99.99.For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Sneaking beneath the £100 price tag, you can now save £20 on customising the lighting and colour scheme in your home.Evolve your home into the world of smart lighting and have some fun with the Philips Hue Play bundle, introducing unique and ever-changing ways to accent areas in your home. At its lowest price yet, the Philips Hue Play Colour Wall Entertainment double pack is now reduced to £99.99, down from its RRP of £119.99. Philips Hue Play Deal – Lowest Price YetPhilips Hue Play Colour Wall Entertainment Light, Double Pack, WhiteWant to upgrade your Philips Hue setup on the cheap? This Play Colour bundle is now going for its lowest price ever on Amazon while stocks last.Amazon|Save £20|Now £109.95View DealNow £109.95|Save £20|Amazon Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorcenter_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Dealslast_img read more

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Watch Tesla Model S Race Dodge Demon Video

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 7, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model S P100D Versus Roaring Dodge Demon Watch Tesla Model S P100D Smoke Pair Of Dodge Demonscenter_img Finally, a Demon that hooks up.We’ve seen the Tesla Model S crush countless other cars at the strip. Its advantage often boils down to traction from AWD and instant full torque. Though don’t get to thinking the Model S isn’t a drag-worthy machine on the power side.However, there are more powerful cars out there. And, more specifically, cars built for the track. Remember, the Model S is a big and heavy family sedan.Regardless, the Model S usually wins in races against cars that seemingly should beat it. Oftentimes, the win comes due to lack of proper hookup and traction from the gasser. That’s not the case here though, as this Dodge Demon really hooks up and flies off the line.Earlier today we posted on a Tesla Model 3 racing against a tuned Audi RS7. That particular race ended with the Model 3 losing slightly.Can the Demon win this race against the Model S though? Click play on the video above to find out.Just for fun some balance though, hit up a few of these link to see how Teslas often fares against the likes of the Demon and various Hellcats:More Demons & Hellcats Watch Tesla Model X P100D Destroy Dodge Hellcat 1/8-Mile Drag Striplast_img read more

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Pick up 16 dimmable LED light bulbs for 20 and more in

first_imgAmazon offers a 16-pack of its A19 40W Dimmable LED Light Bulbs for $19.99 Prime shipped. Regularly around $35, today’s offer is a new Amazon all-time low price. This works out to just over $1 per bulb, marking one of the best dimmable bulb prices we’ve seen to date. Grab this bundle and easily outfit your entire home with LED light bulbs. Made for 15,000 hours of use with a 13-year lifespan, you’ll be covered for years to come. Rated 3.8/5 stars. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Pick up 16 dimmable LED light bulbs for $20 and more in today’s Green Deals appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img read more

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Carnegie Mellon researchers develop semiliquid lithium metal anode to pair with solid

first_imgResearchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a semi-liquid lithium metal-based anode that could lead to higher capacity and better safety than typical lithium metal-based batteries that use lithium foil as anodes. The research team published their findings in the June 2019 issue of Joule.“Incorporating a mewtallic lithium anode intolithium-ion batteries has the theoretical potential to create a battery withmuch more capacity than a battery with a graphite anode,” said KrzysztofMatyjaszewski, Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon. “But, themost important thing we need to do is make sure that the battery we create issafe.”After a lithium-based battery has been charged anddischarged repeatedly, strands of lithium called dendrites can grow on thesurface of the electrode. The dendrites can pierce through the membrane thatseparates the two electrodes. This allows contact between the anode andcathode, which can cause the battery to short circuit and, in the worst case,catch fire.One proposed solution to the volatile liquid electrolytesused in current batteries is to replace them with solid ceramic electrolytes.These electrolytes are highly conductive, non-combustible and strong enough toresist dendrites. However, researchers have found that the contact between theceramic electrolyte and a solid lithium anode is insufficient for storing andsupplying the amount of power needed for most electronics.Carnegie Mellon doctoral students Sipei Li and Han Wang wereable to surmount this shortcoming by creating a new class of material that canbe used as a semi-liquid metal anode.Working with Matyjaszewski and engineering professor JayWhitacre, Li and Wang created a dual-conductive polymer/carbon composite matrixthat has lithium microparticles evenly distributed throughout. The matrixremains flowable at room temperatures, which allows it to create a sufficientlevel of contact with the solid electrolyte. By combining the semi-liquid metalanode with a garnet-basedsolid ceramic electrolyte, they were able to cycle the cell at 10 timeshigher current density than cells with a solid electrolyte and a traditionallithium foil anode. This cell also had a much longer cycle-life thantraditional cells.The researchers believe that their method could have farreaching impacts. It could be used to create high capacity batteries for EVsand flexible batteries for wearable devices. They also believe that theirmethods could be extended beyond lithium to other rechargeable battery systems,including sodium metal batteries and potassium metal batteries.“This new processing route leads to a lithium metal-based battery anode that is flowable and has very appealing safety and performance compared to ordinary lithium metal,” said Whitacre. “Implementing new material like this could lead to step change in lithium-based rechargeable batteries, and we are working hard to see how this works in a range of battery architectures.”Source: Carnegie Mellon University Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on June 19, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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The Importance Of The FCPAs Legislative History

first_imgTo some, the legislative history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is not important.However, there is one category of persons who rightly care about the motivations of Congress in passing the FCPA, the competing bills Congress considered in enacting the FCPA, and Congress’s intent as to various elements of the FCPA.That group is federal court judges.As readers no doubt know, judicial scrutiny of FCPA enforcement theories is sparse.  Yet when it does occur, a common thread in most FCPA judicial decisions is discussion and analysis of the FCPA’s legislative history, often but not exclusively because the judge found various provisions of the FCPA ambiguous.The recent decision (see here for the prior post) by  Judge Janet Bond Arterton (D. Conn.) trimming the DOJ’s FCPA enforcement action against Lawrence Hoskins by granting in part his motion to dismiss and denying a DOJ motion in limine was based primarily on the FCPA’s legislative history and what it revealed about Congress’s intent in capturing a certain category of defendant.Likewise, although the 11th Circuit completely bungled its analysis of the FCPA’s legislative history relevant to the “foreign official” element in its 2014 U.S. v. Esquenazi opinion (see this article at pgs. 24-42 for a detailed analysis), the opinion nevertheless contained much discussion of the FCPA’s legislative history.Several FCPA commentators object to the notion that the FCPA is ambiguous or that resort to legislative history is important. This Forbes article titled “Top 5 Misconceptions About The FCPA” set out to “clear up a few misconceptions about the FCPA.”  Number one on the list of misconceptions was that ‘the FCPA is a vague statute.”  The FCPA Blog has long maintained (see here and here for examples) that FCPA lawyers say that the law is “complicated, technically challenging, obscure, poorly drafted and badly organized” but warns,” don’t believe it. There’s no evidence in the record that judges or juries have any trouble understanding the FCPA.”The above protestations and observations are just plain wrong.  There is abundant ”evidence in the record” that the FCPA is an ambiguous statute and/or that the FCPA’s legislative history is important.In addition, to the recent Hoskins and Esquenazi cases, this post summarizes the many other instances in which federal court judges have found various provisions of the FCPA to be ambiguous and/or have consulted the FCPA’s legislative history.In SEC v. Straub,  921 F.Supp.2d 244 (S.D.N.Y. 2013) Judge Richard Sullivan (see here for the prior post) found the FCPA’s jurisdictional element ambiguous and thus consulted the legislative history.In SEC v. Jackson, 908 F.Supp.2d 834 (S.D.Tex. 2012), Judge Keith Ellison consulted the FCPA’s legislative history regarding: the need to identify the “foreign official,” the facilitation payments exception, and the corrupt intent element.In U.S. v. Jensen, 532 F.Supp.2d 1187 (N.D. Cal. 2008), Judge Charles Breyer stated as follows regarding  § 78m(b)(5) which makes “knowing” violations of the FCPA books and records and internal control provisions a crime.  “Because the plain language of § 78m(b)(5) is not unambiguous, the Court turns to legislative history.”In U.S. v. Kozeny, 582 F.Supp.2d 535 (S.D.N.Y. 2008), Judge Shira Scheindlin consulted the legislative history in a decision concerning the FCPA’s local law affirmative defense.In U.S. v. Kozeny, 493 F.Supp.2d 693 (S.D.N.Y. 2007), Judge Scheindlin stated as follows concerning the statute of limitations applicable to FCPA criminal violations.  “I find that [18 U.S.C. § 3282] is ambiguous, and turn to its legislative history for guidance on its proper interpretation.”In U.S. v. Bodmer, 342 F.Supp.2d 176 (S.D.N.Y. 2004), Judge Scheindlin addressed the question “whether prior to the 1998 amendments, foreign nationals who acted as agents of domestic concerns, and who were not residents of the United States, could be criminally prosecuted under the FCPA.”  Judge Scheindlin concluded that the FCPA’s language, as it existed prior to the 1998 amendments, was ambiguous and she thus resorted to legislative history.  Judge Scheindlin further commented in dismissing the FCPA charges against Bodmer as follows.  “After consideration of the statutory language, legislative history, and judicial interpretations of the FCPA, the jurisdictional scope of the statute’s criminal penalties is still unclear.”In Stichting v. Schreiber, 327 F.3d 173 (2d Cir. 2003), the Court stated as follows.  “It is difficult to determine the meaning of the word “corruptly” simply by reading it in context. We therefore look outside the text of the statute to determine its intended meaning. […]  (“Legislative history and other tools of interpretation may be relied upon only if the terms of the statute are ambiguous.”In U.S. v. Kay, 200 F.Supp.2d 681 (S.D. Tex. 2002), Judge David Hittner concluded that the FCPA’s “obtain or retain business” element was ambiguous and thus turned to an analysis of the legislative history.  On appeal, the Fifth Circuit (see 359 F.3d 738 (5th Cir. 2004)) likewise stated as follows prior to an extensive review of the FCPA’s legislative history.“[T]he district court concluded that the FCPA’s language is ambiguous, and proceeded to review the statute’s legislative history.  We agree with the court’s finding of ambiguity for several reasons. Perhaps our most significant statutory construction problem results from the failure of the language of the FCPA to give a clear indication of the exact scope of the business nexus element; that is, the proximity of the required nexus between, on the one hand, the anticipated results of the foreign official’s bargained-for action or inaction, and, on the other hand, the assistance provided by or expected from those results in helping the briber to obtain or retain business. Stated differently, how attenuated can the linkage be between the effects of that which is sought from the foreign official in consideration of a bribe (here, tax minimization) and the briber’s goal of finding assistance or obtaining or retaining foreign business with or for some person, and still satisfy the business nexus element of the FCPA?”In U.S. v. Blondek, 741 F.Supp. 116 (N.D.Tex 1990), Judge Harold Sanders consulted the FCPA’s legislative history in concluding that “foreign officials” can not be charged with conspiracy to violate the FCPA.To some, the FCPA’s legislative history is nothing more than a history lesson.However, federal court judges who interpret the FCPA in the rare occasions they are given an opportunity to do have consistently reminded us otherwise.This is why the Story of the FCPA (see here for the article) remains important today.last_img read more

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Scrutiny Alerts And Updates

first_img View INGNetherlands-based ING NV, a company with shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange, recently disclosed:“ING Bank is the subject of criminal investigations by Dutch authorities regarding various requirements related to the on-boarding of clients, money laundering and corrupt practices. ING Groep has also received related information requests from U.S. authorities. ING Groep and ING Bank are cooperating with such ongoing investigations and requests. It is currently not feasible to determine how the ongoing investigations and requests may be resolved or the timing of any such resolution, nor to estimate reliably the possible timing, scope or amounts of any resulting fines, penalties and/or other outcome, which could be significant.”According to this report, quoting a spokesperson from the Dutch prosecutors office, “The subject of the investigation is, among others, unusual payments by VimpelCom to the company of an Uzbek government official.” The report further states:“ING’s involvement was disclosed publicly in documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in February 2016. U.S. prosecutors said $800 million in bribes were paid to shell companies owned by a high-ranking official in Uzbekistan related to late President Islam Karimov. The U.S. court documents showed that $184 million of the payments originated from ING Bank.”See here and here for prior posts regarding VimpelCom’s FCPA enforcement action.CardnoAccording to this report, Australia-based engineering company Cardno is under investigation for allegations “of bribery in up to five bids, including a hydro-electric project, in a scheme using US banks” and that the company “had notified Australian and US authorities, and the firm noted some kind of sanction was “probable”.”U.K. SFO-RelatedAccording to this Wall Street Journal Risk & Compliance Journal report:“There’s a renewed urgency at the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office to resolve the various investigations of bribery and corruption at large global companies on its books over the next year, before David Green hands in his security badge in April 2018. The agency’s director since 2012, Mr. Green will leave the SFO next April and he is keen to have the bulk of the major cases under investigation by the SFO–which include Airbus Group SE, Barclays Bank PLC, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Tesco PLC, and Unaoil–well on their way to some resolution. “I’d like certainly to resolve the big investigations that I’ve started…to bring them to the point where a charging decision has been made,” Mr. Green said in an interview with Risk & Compliance Journal. Airbus and Tesco have said they are cooperating with the investigations; the SFO is expected to charge Barclays in coming weeks; Unaoil is legally challenging the SFO’s case; Glaxo said in its annual report that it has responded to the SFO’s investigation.”SiriwanRegarding the long-standing legal proceedings against Juthamas Siriwan, the “foreign official” implicated in the Gerald and Patricia Green Thai Film Festival FCPA enforcement actions (see numerous priors posts under this subject matter tag), the Bangkok post reports:“The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has decided to seize the assets of Juthamas Siriwan, a former Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), for being unusually rich. The seizure came long after a film festival bribery case in the US in which she was accused of taking bribes from a Los Angeles film-making couple who were awarded a 60-million-baht contract to host the annual Bangkok International Film Festival between 2003 and 2006. Hollywood producers Gerald and Patricia Green allegedly paid her about 8 million (63.3 million baht) to help secure the film festival. The Greens were convicted in 2009 and sentenced to six months in jail. Mrs Juthamas was indicted by the Office of the Attorney-General in August 2015, and the Criminal Court will rule on the case next Wednesday. Nitiphan Prachuabmoh, the NACC official in charge of foreign affairs, said on Friday a panel had found her unusually rich by using her position to gain wealth. Her assets will be confiscated including those she had allegedly transferred to her daughter Jittisopha, the official said. The NACC has contacted US authorities to freeze the assets and will ask the US to transfer them to Thai state coffers under the United Nations Convention against Corruption in 2004 and other agreements, according to Mr Nittiphan.” Free 90 Minute 2017 FCPA Year In Review Video A summary of every corporate enforcement action; notable statistics and issues to consider; compliance take-away points; and enforcement agency and related developments. Click below to view the engaging video tutorial.last_img read more

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Andrews Kurth Partner Selected to 2015 Class of LCLD Fellows

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PRIVATE BLOG – Whats Wrong with Silver

first_img Categories: Silver PRIVATE BLOG – What’s Wrong with Silver Private blog posts are exclusively available to Socrates subscribers. To sign-up for Socrates or to learn more, please visit Ask-Socrates.com.https://ask-socrates.com/ « Why Silver & Barter Could Become the Alternative to Cryptocurrencylast_img

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Rt Hon Baroness Boothroyd launches Fight for Sight campaign to raise awareness

first_imgThe former Speaker of the House of Commons will kick off the campaign by appearing in a BBC Radio 4 appeal which will be broadcast on Sunday 5 August 2018.She will be raising awareness of sight loss and highlighting the impact that it has on over two million people in the UK, a figure that is set to double by 2050.Despite this, eye disease is a desperately under-funded area of research in the UK.  Fight for Sight figures show that eye research only received 1% of overall public grant spending in 2016/17. I remember my mother living with macular degeneration and how it robbed her of the ability to perform everyday tasks like embroidery and preparing meals.I now have difficulty with things like reading and sewing and I worry about my independence as my eyesight deteriorates.Recently my daughter has been diagnosed too. My worry is for the future and for my granddaughters. I fully support more research being done so that they won’t be affected by this disease.”Rosemary Hallsworth Rosemary Hallsworth, who is eighty years old, also features in the broadcast.Three generations of her family have lived with age-related macular degeneration, a condition that is the leading cause of sight loss in the UK. Aug 1 2018The Rt Hon Baroness Boothroyd is launching a Fight for Sight campaign to raise awareness of eye health and the need for vital eye research. Source:https://www.fightforsight.org.uk/news-and-views/articles/news/rt-hon-baroness-betty-boothroyd-raises-awareness-of-eye-research-underfunding/ Michele Acton, Chief Executive of Fight for Sight said: Fight for Sight research has so far resulted in breakthroughs including the identification of new genes responsible for glaucoma, the world’s first clinical trial of a gene therapy for choroideremia and the design of a new test that can detect the early stages of sight loss in age-related macular degeneration. I’m supporting Fight for Sight because this is an issue close to my heart and I know the impact that sight loss can have on people and their families.The answer lies in research – research breakthroughs have already led to pioneering treatments that have changed lives and yet this remains a desperately underfunded area.Most people will know someone affected by sight loss so I hope as many people as possible will hear the appeal and feel able to donate towards much needed research.”Rt Hon Baroness Boothroyd Fight for Sight’s vision is simple.  We believe in a future everyone can see and we want to stop sight loss. Our main way of achieving this is through funding pioneering research.We currently have eight million pounds invested in over 160 research projects but still can only fund one in every eight research applications.Gene therapy, stem cells, drug treatments and technology offer hope for the future – but there is much more work to be done.”last_img read more

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