Windows 10 on ARM on Raspberry Pi is off to a good

first_imgJust look at that lovely Windows ARM64 desktop (on the same old RPi3)… ♥️— NTAuthority (@NTAuthority) February 7, 2018 Windows 10 is popping up in some odd places, like old phones and ARM boards. It’s all unofficial, of course, but it might still serve to spark some interest in taking Microsoft’s operating system to places where Microsoft itself might have given up on. We’ve seen both Windows RT and a smidgen of Windows 10 on ARM running on Lumia phones. Now Dutch developer Bas Timmer, a.k.a. @NTAuthority, has brought Windows 10, again its ARM version, to a device that Microsoft already half supports: the Raspberry Pi 3. The Raspberry Pi, or RPi to its fans, has become the go-to single-board computer or SBC for many a DIY project, mod, or hack. Its meager hardware, not to mention its ARM processor, doesn’t exactly lend itself well to running a heavyweight operating system like Windows 10 on it. Or does it?Things might have changed a bit when Microsoft started its Windows 10 on ARM thrust. While practically focusing on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, it still opened the door for running a more or less desktop version of Windows 10 on ARM devices, like the said Raspberry Pi. That’s more or less the same desktop experience you’d get on any x86 computer, save for the limitation of running only Windows Store apps that are compiled for ARM as well.center_img It’s not perfect, mind. Not even close. Currently, it only uses one of the four Cortex-A53 cores on the Raspberry Pi 3, which means it’s painfully slow. And, as mentioned, your software choices are limited, but Windows 10 on ARM does x86 emulation, but you’ll probably not want to try that yet given its performance.Microsoft actually does already have an officially supported version of Windows 10 for the RPi, but Windows 10 IoT Core, as it is called, is a streamlined and simplified version meant for, as its name says, IoT projects. Definitely not for running a full-blown desktop. How far this little RPi project will go, only Timmer will be able to say. But it definitely has Windows fans talking.last_img read more

Canon EOS M50 gives MSeries mirrorless its first 4K camera

first_imgStory TimelineCanon EOS M6 digital release date, pricing, and hands-onCanon EOS Rebel T7i, 77D put the focus on the AutofocusCanon EOS M100 targets those who are tired of smartphone cameras With the rise of smartphones, we’ve seen a lot of people spark an interest in photography, which has been a nice side effect of putting a halfway decent camera in the pocket of pretty much everyone. What happens when you’re ready to graduate to something a little more advanced? Taking the plunge into the world of DSLR cameras can be a little intimidating, but Canon is hoping to make that transition smoother for a lot of people with its new EOS M50. While Canon designates this mirrorless camera as an entry-level shooter, it also thinks the M50 might have some intriguing features for veterans, too. This is the first M-series camera capable of shooting 4K video, and though it doesn’t mention frame rates in today’s announcement, it does say that it can capture HD video at 120 frames per second. That implies that it can shoot 720p videos in slow motion, so we can probably expect 24 frames per second for 4K.The M50 is outfitted with a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor and uses Canon’s new DIGIC 8 Image Processor. In terms of the image processor, this is a step up from the M5, while the CMOS sensor represents an ever so slight downgrade in total megapixels. Still, there should be a lot to like with the M50, as it’s also sporting an OLED viewfinder and a “vari-angle” LCD touchscreen.The M50 isn’t the only entry-level product Canon is launching today, as it has also announced the EOS Rebel T7. From a price standpoint, this is an even safer bet if you’re just dipping your toe into the DSLR scene for the first time, but the trade-off is that it doesn’t have as many nifty features as the M50. Sporting a 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, a nine-point autofocus system, and the ability to continuously shoot at up to 3 frames per second, though, this should still be quite a bit more capable than your smartphone camera.AdChoices广告Both the M50 and the Rebel T7 will be launching in April 2018. The M50 will be available in a body-only package for $779.99, though you can also bundle it with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $899.99. Just as well, the Rebel T7 will be available in a lens-and-body kit with the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS II for $549.99.last_img read more

Were all over this Amazon Echo Spot doubledeal Heres why

first_imgBuy two Amazon Echo Spot units, and you’ll get $40 off the total price. You can have two black, or two white, or mix the units and have one of each. If you’re a Prime subscriber, too, you get free shipping of course. Why would you want a pair? The most obvious application is video calling. There are plenty of ways to make a video call these days, but Amazon makes it particularly straightforward. As long as you’ve given its Alexa app access to your contacts, you can make the Echo Spot start a video call just by asking for the right person. If they’ve got a voice-only Echo, you’ll get a voice call instead. Even those without an Echo at all can get involved, using the Alexa app.AdChoices广告Still, there’s nothing quite like seeing your contact show up on the Echo Dot’s circular screen. Amazon Drop In, meanwhile, takes things one step further. Assuming your contact trusts you enough, you can have Alexa start a video call automatically – without waiting for them to actively accept the incoming call. It’s obviously not something you’d probably want to do if the Echo Spot is in your bedroom, but it does make impromptu chats between households a lot more streamlined. Of course, for that to work both parties will need an Echo Spot, and that’s where this double-deal comes in. Amazon will even make getting one of the devices to a friend simple. In fact, while you might not have used it before, Amazon even has the option to ship products from the same order to multiple addresses. So, even if you’re buying two Echo Spots and taking advantage of the $40 saving, you can still have one sent to yourself and the other to someone else. That could be a parent elsewhere in the country, or your best friend, or your kid at college. Amazon says the promotion is only going to be valid for a limited time, though unsurprisingly it’s not saying quite how long that time will be. Meanwhile, if you see an Echo in your future but not necessarily an Echo Spot, there are other twin-pack deals going on. Buy two Echo Dot, for instance, and you can save $20 on your order. It’s Alexa’s cutest device, but Amazon’s Echo Spot needn’t break the bank courtesy of a deal the retailer is running on the spherical smart speaker. Launched in December, the touchscreen-fronted gadget is more than just an alarm clock: it’s a full Alexa smart home device. Usually it’s $130, but Amazon is offering a way to save $40 on your order. Story Timeline5 must-have accessories for your new Amazon Echo100+ Alexa skills every Echo owner should know aboutAlexa Announcements make Echo a home PA system [Updated]center_img SlashGear uses affiliate links, and sometimes if you order a product we’ll get a small cut of the sale.last_img read more

Apples headphones Lets look at plans at the USPTO

first_imgRemember when Apple acquired Beats by Dre, and they suddenly cornered the headphones market worldwide? Since that happened, the company released a pair of wireless earbuds – not Beats earbuds, but Apple-branded. It’s not as though Beats was ever the biggest brand in earbuds, but still – now Apple sells their own earbuds in the same store as Beats brand audio equipment. Now it would seem that Apple’s readying themselves to release their own version of the Beats flagship: over-ear headphones. Story TimelineApple audiophile headphones tipped with AirPods magicApple headphones would confirm Beats aren’t enough for everyoneApple plots noise-cancelling AirPods and smarter headphones for 2019AirPods 2 are almost here, trademark suggests wellness features Maybe they’ve just seen Microsoft’s announcement of a pair of Surface Headphones and decided it was time. Maybe Apple’s had a pair of headphones in the making for decades, and only now found a reason to give them a go. Maybe – and this is probably the most likely situation – Apple’s just keeping their patents up to date with the USPTO, and doesn’t plan on releasing headphones any time soon.Regardless, we’ve gotten a peek at the plans via patent of the tech idea Apple calls “system and method for automatic right-left ear detection for headphones.” So it’s not really the headphones themselves, but the most interesting feature they might well have onboard.Much like the AirPods you’ve seen at the Apple Store or on commercials on TV, Apple’s headphones – if they ever see the light of day – won’t go without their unique features. If this patent is any indication, these headphones won’t have a proper left or right cup, they’ll both have the ability to be the left or the right.Automatic detection of which ear each cup is covering is something I wish every pair of headphones was capable of. Here I am using my eyes and my hands to put the right cup on the right ear, like a real sucker. Some day I’ll be as happy as the lady in the patent drawings. Someday I will have her smile! You can find more Patent Application Publication information (ALL the information) yourself by searching for Pub. No. US2018.0324514 A1, publication date November 8th, 2018. That’s Application Number 15/588,258, filed on May 5th, 2017. As noted by Patently Apple, this system has the following in a pair of headphones: earcups, an earcup detector, a voice activity detector (VAD), and a microphone selector (beamformer). Amongst other smaller components, this device would also contain a noise suppressor #133, and an AGC controller. All that’s besides the Bluetooth hardware it’ll inevitably sport – and the mobile device it’ll require to function.last_img read more

Watch the Tesla Model 3 crash tests that won the EV five

first_imgIt isn’t a completely clean sweep, mind. Euro NCAP flags some missing safety equipment from the Model 3, like knee airbags, Isofix support for a child seat in the front passenger seat, and no active hood that would pop up in the case of a pedestrian collision. Mitigating that last point somewhat, the testing suggested that the Model 3’s automatic emergency braking system “performed well” in reacting to pedestrians in the roadway. “Its performance in the Safety Assist tests particularly impressed,” the testing organization says, “thanks to its superb driver assistance systems like lane support, speed assist and autonomous emergency braking. The Tesla’s 94 percent score in 2019 Safety Assist tests is the best yet under Euro NCAP’s most recent protocol.”All in all, it’s another vote of confidence for Tesla. Four new cars have been granted the maximum five stars from Euro NCAP today, with the Model 3 joining the Skoda Scala, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE. Two further cars – the Kia Need and DS 3 Crossback – achieved four stars with their standard safety package, rising to five when options were added. The Skoda – not available in the US – actually beat the Tesla in overall crash performance, scoring 97-percent in adult occupant and 87-percent in child occupant testing. It also beat the Model 3 when it comes to vulnerable road users, with a score of 81-percent. Only in tech did Elon Musk’s car pull ahead, with the Scala scoring 76-percent. Not bad, when you consider the version of the Skoda that Euro NCAP tested was priced at just over 20,000 euro, less than half the price of the Model 3. The Tesla Model 3 has aced European crash safety testing, with the most affordable car in the EV automaker’s line-up grabbing five stars out of five after Euro NCAP put it through its trials. The 2019 Model 3 scored a whopping 96-percent in adult occupant testing, while Tesla’s safety assistance systems like automatic emergency braking came in only shortly behind that, with a score of 94-percent. Story Timeline2018 Tesla Model 3 gets 5-star side crash ratingNHTSA Tesla Model 3 crash test videos will make you wincecenter_img The Model 3’s child occupant rating was 86-percent, while the testing organization scored the electric sedan 74-percent for vulnerable road users like pedestrians. The car tested was the standard Model 3, with no extra safety tech added. It puts the Model 3 in ninth place in Euro NCAP’s 2019 ratings for driver protection, fourteenth place for child protection, eleventh place for pedestrian protection, and first place for safety systems. So far, Euro NCAP has only tested one other all-electric 2019 model year car, the Audi e-tron. That scored 91-percent in driver protection, 85-percent in child protection, 71-percent in pedestrian protection, and 76-percent in safety systems. Although most people associate crash testing with a car being propelled at speed – and coming off worse for wear – into a concrete block, in reality the process consists of a number of trials. To get a good Euro NCAP rating, for example, there are four main crash tests that a car needs to do well in. First is the frontal impact test, with the car hitting a rigid barrier. The offset frontal impact test, where 40-percent of the width of the car strikes a deformable barrier, is arguably more representative of typical crashes, some experts say. That’s because it more closely replicates what happens when two cars have a glancing collision. Then there’s the pole test, where the vehicle being tested is propelled sideways into a rigid pole. Finally, the side impact test sees a mobile deformable barrier impacting the driver’s door. Euro NCAP then runs a series of pedestrian tests with different sizes and shapes of impactors, body part forms designed to replicate adult and child bodies, and whiplash testing. last_img read more

Hospitals are being bombarded with robocalls putting patients at risk

first_imgStory TimelineShuffle PrivateLine: putting robocalls on notice [#sponsored]Verizon Call Filter goes free to fight robocallsHere’s how to block robocalls and spam on your iPhone with iOS 13 Robocalls have become such a significant issue that the FCC recently ruled wireless carriers can start blocking these calls by default. The decision came amid growing frustration over the huge number of robocalls consumers are receiving, with some people reporting more than a dozen calls a day. As it turns out, this problem is impacting hospitals, too. Robocalls are exactly what they sound like — automatic calls that often spoof the recipient’s local area code. The entities behind these calls usually peddle all varieties of scams, including impersonating official agencies and banks, potentially scamming the public out of money, identity information, or both.A new report from the Washington Post reveals that hospitals are facing this same influx of robocalls, putting patients at risk. The issue was more than just a nuisance in April when Tufts Medical Center in Boston experienced thousands of robocalls that disrupted the hospital’s communications network for hours.In cases like this, hospital workers are unable to communicate with each other and the outside world, effectively bringing the facility to a halt — and potentially putting both doctors and patients at risk as the transmission of vital information slows to a crawl. AdChoices广告In the case of the Tufts Medical Center incident, more than 4500 calls were received over the duration of three hours, all of them in Mandarin, and all of them demanding personal information under threat of deportation. The problem has appeared at other hospitals and medical institutions, as well, prompting criticism directed at regulators and service providers for what many view as a slow, ineffective effort to stop the calls.last_img read more

Obama Administration Worried Over Paper Applications When Healthcaregov Problems Persisted

first_imgObama Administration Worried Over Paper Applications When Problems Persisted This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A myriad of issues related to enrolling people in the health law’s insurance marketplaces include new revelations that officials worried that allowing people to fill out paper applications for coverage on the federal marketplace would bring its own problems. Other issues examined include the roles of exchange call centers, “navigators,” and other paid or volunteer workers.The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Obamacare Notes Show Worries About Pushing Paper ApplicationsTop health officials worried that encouraging people to fill out paper applications for insurance after they couldn’t sign up through the troubled website wouldn’t get them coverage any faster, but they gave in as the site’s troubles persisted, internal meeting notes released Monday show (Radnofsky, 11/4).CBS News: WH Docs: Paper Application For Obamacare Were Problematic, TooWhile the Obama administration last month worked on resolving issues with, it had concerns that it was misleading consumers by suggesting they’d make more progress signing up for an Obamacare insurance plan with a paper application, documents recently turned over to Congress show. “The paper applications allow people to feel like they are moving forward in the process and provides another option; at the end of the day, we are all stuck in the same queue,” the notes from an Obama administration meeting on Oct. 11 say. The notes were turned over to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, one of the multiple congressional committees investigating the botched rollout and the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Condon, 11/4).McClatchy: White House Defends Use Of Alternatives For HealthCare.GovThe Obama administration on Monday defended its request that consumers frustrated with the malfunctioning website apply for coverage by phone after it emerged that customer service operators must still use the troubled website to assist callers. The issue flared up at Monday’s White House news briefing after ABC News reported that an Oct. 11 memo from the Department of Health and Human Services claimed that all applications — whether submitted by phone, paper or online — are processed through the website, which serves as the entry portal for the federal health insurance marketplace (Pugh and Kumar, 11/4).Kaiser Health News: Call Centers Got Big Contracts From Health Law, But How Big Is UnclearBefore the Affordable Care Act was even open for enrollment, Viviana Alvarado was already taking calls from people who wanted to know more. She and about 40 of her colleagues are answering the phones for Maximus, the company Connecticut contracted to run its call center. The contractors running the troubled federal website have been under intense scrutiny in the past month, but those businesses aren’t the only ones being paid to roll out Obamacare (Cohen, 11/5).The New York Times: For Uninsured, Clearing A Way To EnrollmentKnown as “navigators” or “assisters,” people like Ms. Cauley are going to work across the country, searching for the uninsured and walking them through the enrollment process. Under the Affordable Care Act, these trained, paid counselors typically work for community groups or government agencies, with a mandate to provide impartial guidance. Given the problems plaguing the federal online insurance exchange used by 36 states, the workers have become even more important in helping people understand their insurance options. But in Kentucky and some of the 13 other states that have their own exchanges, which in general are running more smoothly than the federal site, watching navigators on the job also provides the clearest view yet of how enrollment could work once the technical problems of are resolved (Goodnough, 11/4).The San Jose Mercury News: Health Care Law’s Ground Game: Armies Of Paid Workers, Volunteers Fan Out Throughout StateAlthough media attention on the implementation of the health law has focused primarily on buggy websites that debuted on Oct. 1, a large part of the effort to enroll tens of millions of uninsured people is on display on neighborhood stoops and at health fairs, town hall meetings and cultural centers. The stakes are enormous because the success of the new health care law, officially the Affordable Care Act, depends greatly on its success in the nation’s most populous state (Seipel, 11/4).last_img read more

Research Roundup Hospital DNR Orders Medicare Home Visits Consumer CostSharing

first_img Employer spending on premiums is currently excluded from income and payroll taxes. Economists argue that this encourages overconsumption of health care, favors high-income workers, and reduces federal revenue. This issue brief suggests that the Cadillac tax is a “blunt instrument” for addressing these concerns because it will affect workers on a rolling timetable, does relatively little to address the regressive nature of the current exclusion, and may penalize firms and workers for cost variation that is outside their control. Replacing the current exclusion with tax credits for employer coverage that scale inversely with income might allow for regional adjustments in health care costs and eliminate aspects of the tax exclusion that favor high-income over low-income workers. (Nowak and Eibner, 12/18) Health Affairs: Medicare Home Visit Program Associated With Fewer Hospital And Nursing Home Admissions, Increased Office Visits Urban Institute/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: How Much Do Marketplace And Other Nongroup Enrollees Spend On Health Care Relative To Their Incomes? Reuters: Delayed Prescription Strategy Can Reduce Antibiotic Use Clinical home visit programs for Medicare beneficiaries are a promising approach to supporting aging in place and avoiding high-cost institutional care. … We evaluated UnitedHealth Group’s HouseCalls program, which has been offered to Medicare Advantage plan members in Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas since January 2008. We found that, compared to non-HouseCalls Medicare Advantage plan members and fee-for-service beneficiaries, HouseCalls participants had reductions in admissions to hospitals (1 percent and 14 percent, respectively) and lower risk of nursing home admission (0.67 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively). In addition, participants’ numbers of office visits—chiefly to specialists—increased 2–6 percent (depending on the comparison group). The program’s effects on emergency department use were mixed. (Mattke, Han, Wilks and Sloss, 12/7) Many patients with advanced cancer may still want to work, but symptoms from their disease or related treatment prevent them from doing so, a U.S. study suggests. The study focused on almost 700 adults aged 65 and under with metastatic cancer, meaning tumors had already spread to other parts of the body, and found that more than one-third of them continued to work after their diagnosis. But 58 percent of the patients in the study reported some change in employment due to illness, whether they scaled back hours or stopped working entirely. (Rapaport, 12/21) Using data from 49 states and Washington, D.C., we analyzed changes in cost-sharing under health plans offered to individuals and families through state and federal exchanges from 2014 to 2015. … We found cost-sharing under marketplace plans remained essentially unchanged from 2014 to 2015. Stable premiums during that period do not reflect greater costs borne by enrollees. Further, 56 percent of enrollees in marketplace plans attained cost-sharing reductions in 2015. However, for people without cost-sharing reductions, average copayments, deductibles, and out-of-pocket limits under catastrophic, bronze, and silver plans are considerably higher than under employer-based plans on average, while cost-sharing under gold plans is similar employer-based plans on average. (Gabel et al., 12/22) For uncomplicated respiratory infections, strategies that delay the patient’s pick-up or use of antibiotics can result in less antibiotic use with equal satisfaction, according to a new study. Patients who had to go pick up their prescriptions from the primary care office or who delayed taking the antibiotics experienced slightly greater symptoms for a slightly longer time during their illness than people who got antibiotics immediately, but all groups had similar satisfaction levels. (Doyle, 12/22) [W]e examine premiums and out-of-pocket costs, as well as total financial burdens for individuals with different characteristics enrolled in ACA-compliant nongroup coverage. … individuals across the income distribution who are ineligible for Medicaid can still face very high expenditures. … As medical care needs increase, however, financial burdens grow appreciably across the income distribution. Even with federal financial assistance, 10 percent of 2016 nongroup marketplace enrollees with incomes below 200 percent of FPL will pay at least 18.5 percent of their income toward premiums and out-of-pocket medical costs. Ten percent of marketplace enrollees with incomes between 200 and 500 percent of FPL will spend more than 21 percent of their income on health care costs. (Blumberg, Holahan and Buettgens, 12/21) Here is a selection of news coverage of other recent research: Reuters: Even With Advanced Cancer, Many Patients Still Want To Work After Bob Garraty’s annual PSA blood test led to the diagnosis of a tiny, slow-growing prostate tumor, he opted to do something almost as stressful as getting treatment. He postponed it. Like a growing number of men, he chose “active surveillance” of his cancer. He had PSA blood tests plus physical exams every three months, and biopsies every year, in hopes that he would never need surgery or radiation — and never risk treatment-related urinary and sexual problems. It didn’t turn out quite that way. In October, after four years of surveillance, his biopsy revealed the cancer was turning more aggressive. To be safe, the 69-year-old workforce training consultant from the Harrisburg suburb of Hummelstown had prostate-removal surgery. (McCullough, 12/14) Research Roundup: Hospital DNR Orders; Medicare Home Visits; Consumer Cost-Sharing Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. Hospital quality measures that do not account for patient do-not-resuscitate (DNR) status may penalize hospitals admitting a greater proportion of patients with limits on life-sustaining treatments. … A retrospective, population-based cohort study was conducted among adults hospitalized with pneumonia in 303 California hospitals between January 1 and December 31, 2011. … Without accounting for patient DNR status, higher hospital-level DNR rates were associated with increased patient mortality …, corresponding to worse hospital mortality rankings. In contrast, after accounting for patient DNR status and between-hospital variation in the association between DNR status and mortality, hospitals with higher DNR rates had lower mortality … with reversal of associations between hospital mortality rankings and DNR rates. (Walkey et al., 12/14) NORC at University of Chicago/Commonwealth Fund: Consumer Cost-Sharing In Marketplace Vs. Employer Health Insurance Plans, 2015 JAMA Internal Medicine: Association Of Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders And Hospital Mortality Rate Among Patients With Pneumonia Many medications can cause birth defects. That includes medicines that many teen girls take for conditions such as acne, seizures and migraines. Researchers at Children’s Mercy Hospital wondered if girls 14 and older who are prescribed medicines that can cause birth defects get counseling from their health care providers about preventing pregnancy and get prescriptions for contraceptives. The researchers found that in many cases, they don’t. At least there was no documentation of that. That means these teens could be at higher risk of pregnancy and having babies with birth defects. (McKean, 12/16) The Philadelphia Inquirer: More With Early-Stage Prostate Cancers Choosing To Wait And See Before Surgery Fox4KC (Kansas City, Mo.): Many Teen Girls Who Are Prescribed Medicines That Can Cause Birth Defects May Not Get Birth Control Counseling Rand Corp./Commonwealth Fund: Rethinking The Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac Tax”: A More Equitable Way To Encourage “Chevy” Consumption 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

Georgia Nursing Home Company Faces Long List Of Troubles

first_img Georgia Health News: Nursing Home Company’s Problems Pile Up In Georgia  San Francisco Chronicle: Nursing Home Chain Accused Of Providing Unneeded Therapy  Residents of Eastman Healthcare & Rehab, in south-central Georgia, have dealt with sewage backups, unsafe hot water, insect problems, toilets leaking or not flushing, and dietary mix-ups since January 2015, state and federal regulatory documents show. Regulators also found facility mismanagement of residents’ money at the Eastman facility. At one point, some residents’ Social Security checks were deposited, “in error, into the facility’s general operating account instead of the resident trust account.” (Miller, 9/19) A chain of 35 nursing homes, including three in the Bay Area, and its executives will pay $30 million to settle claims that they billed the government for therapy that their patients didn’t need. The Justice Department announced the settlement Monday with North American Health Care, headquartered in Dana Point (Orange County). Most of the company’s nursing homes are in California, including Petaluma Post-Acute Rehab, Apple Valley Post-Acute Rehab in Sebastopol and Linda Mar Care Center in Pacifica. (Egelko, 9/19) An administrative law judge Friday upheld a decision by the state Agency for Health Care Administration to approve a new 103-bed nursing home in Alachua County, rejecting a challenge from a competing nursing home firm. The dispute stemmed from a preliminary AHCA decision to award what is known as a “certificate of need” for a nursing home proposed by Alachua County HRC, LLC. Obtaining certificates of need are critical regulatory steps in building nursing homes and hospitals. (9/19) center_img Health News Florida: Judge Sides With AHCA On Alachua County Nursing Home  Georgia Nursing Home Company Faces Long List Of Troubles Meanwhile, a California nursing home chain will pay $30 million to settle claims that it billed the federal government for unnecessary care and, in Florida, an administrative law judge upheld a state decision to approve a new 103-bed facility. 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

Administration To Overhaul Payment System For Dialysis Shifting Focus From Clinics To

first_img The Trump administration is working on a new payment approach for treating kidney disease that favors lower cost care at home and transplants, a change that would upend a dialysis industry that provides care in thousands of clinics nationwide. The goal is to reduce the $114 billion paid by the U.S. government each year to treat chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, a top area of spending. (3/4) Modern Healthcare: Kidney Dialysis Should Move To Patients’ Homes CMS Administrator Seema Verma gave her first update on a major overhaul to the Stark law, saying that a key part of the regulation will remove a barrier to doctors participating in value-based arrangements. A major part of the agency’s updates to the anti-kickback law is clarifying areas of noncompliance for doctors and updating the decades-old rules to reflect the shift from a fee-for-service model to value-based care, Verma said during the Federation of American Hospitals’ policy conference in Washington Monday. (King, 3/4) Reuters: U.S. Seeks To Cut Dialysis Costs With More Home Care Versus Clinics In other news from CMS — Modern Healthcare: Medicare Test Of House Calls At Northwell Saves Money Modern Healthcare: Stark Law Changes Outlined By CMS’ Seema Verma It has been two years since Rose Katz, 83, came home after an extended stay at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. Back in December 2016, she was rushed to the emergency room after her heartbeat slowed and her body temperature dropped to 91 degrees. Her heart stopped twice while at the hospital, where physicians discovered a blockage and implanted a pacemaker. (LaMantia, 3/4) HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Monday told a crowd of kidney disease patients and advocates the Trump administration is overhauling Medicare’s payment system to move the bulk of dialysis treatments from clinics to the home. He touted an existing payment demonstration launched by the CMS Innovation Center under the Obama administration in 2015, which has the backing of the dialysis industry: the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Seamless Care Organizations. (Luthi, 3/4) Administration To Overhaul Payment System For Dialysis, Shifting Focus From Clinics To Home Care The goal is to reduce the $114 billion paid by the U.S. government each year to treat chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, a top area of spending, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said. The move could rock the highly profitably dialysis industry–shares of the largest companies who operate such clinics fell at the news. 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

Huaweis first 5G smartphone sacrifices battery life for super speed

first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. 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. 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. Huawei has officially launched its first ever 5G smartphone: the Mate 20 X 5G. And you’ll be able to get your hands on it next month.The Mate 20 X 5G is essentially a Mate 20 X that can take advantage of the faster internet speeds 5G networks will offer when they’re switched on later this year (more on this further down the page).You’ll be able to pre-order the Mate 20 X 5G in a rather alluring Emerald colour scheme at an as-yet-unspecified date in late May, and it will start shipping to buyers in June.It will be available on EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three, and has a starting price of £999 (the non-5G version costs £799).Read more: What is 5G?Unfortunately, it has a significantly smaller battery than the non-5G version of the phone. That’s a potential problem.The Mate 20 X 5G comes loaded with a 4200mAh cell instead of the 5000mAh battery that powers the original (which scored 4/5 stars in our review).Why? While we weren’t blown away by the Mate 20 X’s gaming credentials, we found that one of the best things about it is its incredible battery life. The 4200mAh cell inside the 5G version of the Mate 20 X’s battery isn’t exactly tiny, but it definitely won’t have the same stamina.And at 7.2-inches, there’s a whole lot of screen to power.Earlier this month, OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau warned that the first wave of 5G phones will either have to be hefty or sacrifice battery life, due to complications with antenna configuration.And sure enough, in the case of the Mate 20 X 5G, Huawei has had to reduce the size of the battery in order to free up room for the Balong 5000 5G modem. According to Huawei, the Balong 5000 5G modem will allow for theoretical 5G speeds of 4.5Gbps.In the past, Huawei has claimed you’ll be able to download a 1GB movie in three seconds. However this will, of course, vary wildly depending on what kind of 5G network you’re on and where. This figure is just theoretical.EE will activate limited 5G networks in 16 UK cities before the end of 2019, but they won’t cover the entirety of these cities. Instead, the mobile network says it has adopted a “demand-led” strategy, focusing on very specific areas “where the need is greatest”.Vodafone, meanwhile, will send its 5G network live on July 3, and it will initially be available in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London.The Mate X is just around the cornerAnd you won’t have to wait much longer for the 5G version of the foldable Huawei Mate X. Huawei’s UK MD, Anson Zhang, has revealed that the 5G Mate X will go on sale in the UK in Q3.It’s a folding phone, which features a 6.6-inch, 2480 x 1148 front display and another 6.38-inch, 2480 x 892 display around the back. When unfurled, these combine to form an 8-inch, 2480 x 2200 screen.Unsurprisingly, it will be very very expensive. The Mate X will cost a staggering €2299 (~£1995) for the 8GB RAM/512GB storage model. There’s currently no UK or US price, however we do know EE and Vodafone will stock the phone in the UK.Read more: 5G phonesEarlier this week, Samsung announced that the Galaxy S10 5G will be available from June 7 in the UK, though price details have not yet been revealed.center_img 5G 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 Editorlast_img read more

Cyberpunk 2077 wont limit characters by gender identity says CD Projekt Red

first_img 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 Editor Redesiuk said: “To be honest, I did expect the advertisement to be moving people. I didn’t think this would be the first one to be spotted.”“Sex sells and that’s how they do it. In our team, we thought this is gonna happen to men, this is gonna happen to women, this is gonna happen to transgender people.” Cyberpunk 2077 clearly wants players to think, shocking them with imagery that will cause them to take action and ponder the ideas of transphobia, racism and general bigotry it will potentially present in the full experience. However, Redesiuk told me that offense was not the intention of the poster at all, and the expression of identity in Cyberpunk 2077 is completely fluid, as expected of a futuristic setting. “I read the comments and realised that’s the case. Obviously people want representation and good representation, and it’s very unfortunate this was the first thing to be shown. However, I think with Cyberpunk, yeah you do need context. For one – we’re in the future. You can change your body however you want. So, being non-binary is normal, it’s accepted, it’s perfectly fine. Non-binary people are normal, so nobody really cares whose working with who and what relationship they have. In Cyberpunk, you can actually play a character put together with elements usually assigned to male and female. For instance, stereotypically female hair-styles and male voice, you can put together someone you want to play.I like the confidence, and sexy pose. We were actually talking about making them a celebrity within the universe. But you can play as your own Cyberpunk, and as you want.”Transgender characters in AAA experiences, especially ones where you create your own avatar, are almost unheard of. While preferred pronouns and other options in the character creator aren’t confirmed for Cyberpunk 2077, Redesiuk said “By using the elements that we provide, you can create a character that represents you.”Related: Gears 5 PreviewI’m still not completely sold on Cyberpunk 2077 pulling this off, but it has clearly understood what’s happened and responding to its community accordingly. It’s a good start, and we’ll see what happens from here. For now, here’s what I thought of the E3 2019 demo I had a chance to see:‘Cyberpunk 2077 continues to look like a phenomenal RPG experience, with CD Projekt Red keen to push forward benchmarks in open-world design, storytelling and the importance of creating your own character.Night City is V’s to help grow, destroy or eventually come to call their own, all through decisions the player makes. Of course, it’s all bark and no bite at the moment – but we know CDPR has the chops to pull this off.’Are you excited for Cyberpunk 2077? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter @trustedreviews 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. 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. During E3 2019, a controversial poster emerged in Cyberpunk 2077 which appeared to depict a transgender woman used as a sex object to sell futuristic soft drinks. Given the company’s questionable history across social media regarding transgender people, this immediately raised a red flag amongst members of the community and blew into a full-blown controversy. As a trangender woman myself who voiced concern over this, CD Projekt Red invited me to interview Kasia Redesiuk, one of the game’s art directors and designer of the poster you can find below. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. E3 2019last_img read more

Rayvolt Bikes combines high tech ebike components with classy retro styling

Among the many new electric vehicles on display here at the Paris Motor Show, we stumbled upon a series of vintage and eye-catching electric bicycles developed by Barcelona-based Rayvolt bikes.The bikes are an interesting fusion of retro styling with custom developed electric bicycle components. more…The post Rayvolt Bikes combines high tech e-bike components with classy retro styling appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward

Nissan Reveals US Pricing For LEAF ePlus Costs More Than Model 3

first_img Nissan LEAF e-Plus Orders Pouring In: Europe Source: Electric Vehicle News There’s a lot to like with this new LEAF. Its 62-kWh battery provides a range of up to 226 miles. Had it not been for Tesla shocking the world last night with the Model 3 base price announcement, we’d be rather excited for the LEAF.However, all versions of the LEAF e-Plus check in at a higher price than $35,000. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS are: LEAF S PLUS $36,550 USD LEAF SV PLUS $38,510 USD LEAF SL PLUS $42,550 USD Destination and Handling is $895 USDLet’s not assume the LEAF e-Plus will flop due to pricing though. It does have benefits over Teslas. For example, Nissan can sell and service its EVs in all 50 states. Furthermore, the LEAF is a hatchback, which brings with it more versatility than the Model 3’s sedan body style.With pricing now known, will you be buying the LEAF e-Plus or perhaps opting for the Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric or Kia Niro EV instead? Sales of the LEAF e-Plus start nationwide later this month.The 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS is offered in three well-equipped grade levels: S PLUS, SV PLUS and SL PLUS. The 2019 Nissan LEAF is also available in three 40 kWh grades – S, SV and SL.Full press blast from Nissan below:Maker of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle announces pricing for the new longer-range Nissan LEAF PLUS LEAF S PLUS starting price is $36,5501 with up to 226 miles of range The Nissan LEAF, with the 40kWh battery and up to 150 miles of range,3 is available at a starting price of under $30,000 Nissan continues to offer 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on lithium-ion battery pack which also includes battery capacity loss protection for the customer4 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 1, 2019) – The new Nissan LEAF PLUS pricing starts at $36,550 and goes on sale at Nissan retailers nationwide this month. The “PLUS” designation refers to the increased energy density of the model’s 62 kWh battery pack and the higher 214-horsepower output of its powertrain versus the 40 kWh option. The new Nissan LEAF S PLUS powertrain adds to the car’s range by approximately 50 percent with an EPA range of up to 226 miles2 (versus the standard 2019 Nissan LEAF 150 mile range3), ensuring that there’s a Nissan LEAF to meet the driving needs of a wider range of customers. The new powertrain also allows faster acceleration when driving at high speeds. Accelerating nearly 13 percent quicker than the standard Nissan LEAF. In addition, thanks to a standard new 100kW capacity quick charging system, the 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS can charge more efficiently. “With the addition of LEAF PLUS, the Nissan LEAF is now available with two battery options and a choice of six trim levels – each featuring the many advanced technologies offered under the banner of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” said Brian Marango, director, EV Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices1 (MSRP) for the 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS are: LEAF S PLUS $36,550 USD LEAF SV PLUS $38,510 USD LEAF SL PLUS $42,550 USD Destination and Handling $895 USD The Nissan LEAF embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. The three key aspects of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, exemplified by the 2019 Nissan LEAF, are Nissan Intelligent Driving, Nissan Intelligent Power and Nissan Intelligent Integration. Offering a dynamic design and advanced technologies such as ProPILOT Assist and ePedal, the LEAF PLUS also features standard Rear Door Alert (RDA) 6, a system that can help remind customers of items that may be forgotten in the rear seat. There are also subtle clues to the LEAF’s PLUS designation, including a revised front fascia with blue highlights and an e+ logo plate on the underside of the charge port lid. Also included is rear trim level badges designating the grade levels as S PLUS, SV PLUS and SL PLUS. Boasting a spacious, highly functional interior with a quality, high-tech feel, the combination of premium materials throughout the cabin befits a luxury vehicle. Vibrant blue contrast stitching for the steering wheel, seats and instrument panel accentuate the car as a Nissan electric vehicle. The cabin’s interior dimensions comfortably accommodate five people, while the rear cargo area is designed to provide ample luggage space, offering 23.6 cubic feet of available stowage. It also allows for easy charging cable storage. Every 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS is offered with a limited warranty4 covering defects in materials or workmanship for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, for the lithium-ion battery pack. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge for the first eight years or 100,000 miles for all models. The 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS is offered in three well-equipped grade levels: S PLUS, SV PLUS and SL PLUS. The 2019 Nissan LEAF is also available in three 40 kWh grades – S, SV and SL. The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric vehicle in the world5 with more than 390,000 global sales and over 130,000 U.S. sales since its 2010 debut. For more information on the 2019 LEAF and the complete Nissan vehicle lineup, please visit Nissan LEAF e-Plus Test Drive: Add It To Your EV Buying Shortlist LEAF e-Plus pricing revealed.Nissan has just revealed U.S. pricing for the 62-kWh version of the LEAF.Unfortunately, pricing seems a bit too high following yesterday’s $35,000 Tesla Model 3 announcement.More Nissan LEAF News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 1, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Nissan LEAF Sales Bottom Out In U.S. In February 2019last_img read more

FCPA Reform And The Olympics

first_img FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available. This recent Wall Street Journal article titled “A Corporate Giant Lurks Behind the Winter Olympics” chronicles Samsung’s role in the Olympics. According to the article “never before have an Olympics, a host country, and a major company been so closely intertwined” and the article largely focuses on the dual role of Lee Kun-hee “as Chairman of a major Olympic sponsor [Samsung] and an International Olympic Committee member.”According to the article, Lee (after being released from prison for breach of trust and tax evasion) spent 170 days on 11 separate trips marketing Pyeongchange to IOC voters and that some of the meetings “were arranged with the help of Europe-based Samsung staff and conducted at the company’s local offices.”Although not a perfect parallel, the article mentions that “after Salt Lake City officials were suspected of making payments to IOC members to help win the Winter Olympics, the IOC created new rules aimed at removing any hint of influencing peddling.”In connection with the Salt Lake City Olympic scandal (see here and here), certain bills were introduced in Congress seeking to curb Olympic bribery and corruption.In April 1999, Representative Henry Waxman introduced H.R. 1370, Senator John McCain introduced S. 803, and Senator John Ashcroft introduced S. 797. As stated in the preambles of certain bills:“The IOC has been beset by allegations of illegal and improper gifts made to IOC members during the bid process in which cities compete to host the Olympic games. In order to maintain the integrity of the Olympic games, reforms are necessary to ensure that future Olympic games are awarded to host cities in an impartial manner.”These bills sought to amend the FCPA by restricting American corporate sponsorship of the IOC and/or amend the “foreign official” element to expressly include IOC officials.Specifically, H.R. 1370 sought to “amend the FCPA to prevent persons doing business in interstate commerce from providing financial support to the International Olympic Committee until the International Olympic Committee adopts institutional reforms.”Specifically, S. 803 sought “to make the International Olympic Committee subject to the FCPA” by amending the “foreign official” definition – specifically the “public international organization” prong to include the International Olympic Committee.Specifically, S. 797 sought “to apply the FCPA to the International Olympic Committee” by amending the term “‘foreign official’ [to] include[] any member of, employee of, or any person acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of, the International Olympic Committee.’” Learn More & Registerlast_img read more

Former Equity Holders Of Africo Resources Seek Designation As Victims Of OchZiffs

first_img“Bribery is not a victimless crime.”It is a common sentence in DOJ FCPA talking points (see here for instance).If bribery is not a victimless crime, then why do FCPA fines and penalties simply go directly into the U.S. Treasury? Why are there generally no efforts to identify the victims of FCPA violations and to allow those victims to pursue legal remedies? As highlighted in this post, the U.S. government actually identified certain victims of Och-Ziff’s bribery schemes, but later backed off this determination perhaps because it complicated the DOJ’s efforts to resolve the matter.This 26 page letter from Morris Fodeman and Michael Sommer (Wilson Sonsini) was recently placed on the docket in the Och-Ziff enforcement action. In pertinent part, the letter states (internal citations omitted):“We represent more than fifty former equity holders of Africo Resources Limited, (the “Africo Owners”), victims of the extensive bribery scheme to which defendant OZ Africa Management GP, LLC (“Och-Ziff Africa”) pled guilty. As the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) previously acknowledged, the Africo Owners were harmed by the defendant’s outrageous criminal conduct and are entitled to restitution under the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act. Unfortunately, at the urging of OchZiff Africa’s team of lawyers, and fearful that the plea bargain and the $213,055,689 fine it secured would be jeopardized should it pursue restitution on our clients’ behalf, the DOJ has reversed course and informed us for the first time on January 30, 2018 that it has “preliminarily” concluded that our clients are not victims of the defendant’s crimes. The DOJ has abdicated its legal obligations under the MVRA, and instead puts its own interests – and those of the defendant – ahead of victims. We are thus forced to write to Your Honor directly so that the Court can assure that the mandate of the MVRA is met – to make our clients whole through an Order of Restitution, and hold the defendant accountable for the significant harms caused by its crimes when it is sentenced.”As highlighted in this prior post, the Och-Ziff enforcement action included (on the DOJ side) a plea agreement by OZ Africa Management GP LLC (OZ Africa – a wholly-owned subsidiary of OZ Management LP, which is a subsidiary of Och-Ziff) to a one-count criminal information charging conspiracy to violate the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions and a deferred prosecution agreement with Och-Ziff to resolve two counts of conspiracy to violate the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions, one count of falsifying books and records and one count of failing to implement adequate internal controls. As to this resolution, the letter states:“In reality, however, the agreements the government struck did not come close to holding Och-Ziff accountable. Indeed, despite the fact that Och-Ziff had used its economic might to pay more than $100 million in bribes to judges and other government officials so that it could exploit economically challenged third-world countries and victimize the Africo Owners, Och-Ziff astonishingly faced no meaningful consequences at all. First, Och-Ziff was allowed to serve up an empty, business-irrelevant shell subsidiary, OchZiff Africa, to plead guilty. Neither Och-Ziff itself, nor a single officer, director, or employee, were ever charged with any crime, despite the fact that the illegal conduct at issue was carried out by, and with the knowledge of, some of the highest ranking executives at the company over the course of many years.[…]Despite the fact that according to the DPA, the “value of the benefit” received by Och-Ziff through its illegal schemes was $221,993,010, inexplicably, Och-Ziff was not required to forfeit its ill-gotten gains. The $213 million “monetary penalty” the DOJ agreed to accept (and promised would be held in escrow to be applied toward any eventual fine this Court imposed against Och-Ziff Africa at its sentencing) was well below the low-end of the $266,319,612 to $532,639,224 fine called for by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, equal to about 12 weeks’ worth of Och-Ziff’s revenue, and, perhaps most shockingly, significantly less than a single 33-year old Och-Ziff executive’s compensation package.As for Och-Ziff Africa, the government agreed to recommend to Your Honor that it should face no punishment at all. Under the terms of a plea agreement made pursuant to Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 11(c)(1)(C), the government promised to recommend that, in exchange for its guilty plea to a single count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA, waiver of its right to appeal, and continued cooperation, Och-Ziff Africa should pay zero fine, forfeit none of its ill-gotten gains, and suffer no further penalty so long as Och-Ziff paid the $213 million “monetary penalty” called for under its DPA. While Och-Ziff Africa did agree that “any fine or restitution imposed by the Court would be due and payable within ten (10) business days of sentencing,” no specific restitution amount is called for under either agreement. Needless to say, none of the Africo Owners were consulted or informed about the DOJ’s plea bargain with Och-Ziff or Och-Ziff Africa, as required under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act. In fact, the Africo Owners learned there was an investigation related to Kalukundi only when they read about Och-Ziff’s guilty plea and settlement in the press when they were publicly announced by the DOJ on September 29, 2016.”The letter next discusses how the government notified certain Africo Owners that they may be victims of Och-Ziff’s bribery schemes.“Despite failing to confer with the victims before entering into its plea bargains with Och-Ziff and Och-Ziff Africa, the government eventually did notify the Africo Owners of their status as victims of Och-Ziff’s crimes on repeated occasions in the months that followed. First, in December 2016, three months after Och-Ziff Africa’s guilty plea, Special Agent Jeff Grove of the FBI, the lead case agent on the Och-Ziff investigation, emailed Dr. Anthony Harwood, an Africo Owner and its former President and CEO. Agent Grove explained in his email that he was investigating allegations of corrupt payments to government officials in the DRC surrounding mining deals, and that he “under[stood] that you [Dr. Harwood] and your company at the time, Africo, may have been a victim regarding some of those corrupt payments.” Agent Grove requested that Dr. Harwood meet with him to discuss the case, and his experiences with those involved in the DRC court case. Dr. Harwood made himself available and was interviewed by Agent Grove on January 11, 2017 at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. Shortly after Dr. Harwood met with the FBI to discuss this case and to confirm the FBI’s understanding of how he and the other owners of Africo had been victimized, the undersigned counsel was retained by Dr. Harwood and the other Africo Owners. In multiple ensuing conversations, the lead Eastern District of New York Assistant United States Attorney (“AUSA”) handling the Och-Ziff case confirmed that, at least in his view, the Africo Owners certainly appeared to be victims under the MVRA, and invited further submissions on the subject. On March 24, 2017, the undersigned counsel wrote to the EDNY AUSA and the DOJ Trial Attorney assigned to the prosecution to confirm our understanding that the Africo Owners were victims and would be afforded all of the rights to which they are entitled under the MVRA and CVRA.  In response, on April 25, 2017, the undersigned received the attached Victim Notification Notice (“VNN”) from the Victim Witness Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office, prepared at the direction of the EDNY AUSA.[…]Thereafter, the undersigned learned from discussions with the government that Och-Ziff and its lawyers were taking the position that the parties’ Rule 11(c)(1)(C) plea bargain did not contemplate Och-Ziff Africa’s payment of restitution and that the defendant was not properly advised of that possibility during its allocution. For these reasons, we understand that Och-Ziff’s counsel argued to the government that Och-Ziff Africa should be relieved of any restitution payment obligation, and if the Court disagreed and ordered restitution beyond the amount of the fine Och-Ziff had paid (which fine must first be applied to restitution), Och-Ziff Africa would then have the right to withdraw its guilty plea. Emphasizing the DOJ’s failure to include restitution in the plea agreement and the prospect of the DOJ being required to relinquish its $213 million penalty payment to the victims of Och-Ziff Africa’s crime, Och-Ziff began lobbying the DOJ to reverse course and conclude that the Africo Owners were now not victims after all. At the government’s request, the Africo Owners provided the government with well-established legal precedent and the factual bases to support the government’s initial and repeated conclusion that the Africo Owners were victims of Och-Ziff Africa’s crime and that they had suffered a significant, compensable loss. At the DOJ’s request, we also provided it with the report of a mining valuation expert, Dr. Neal Rigby, which formed the basis for the Africo Owners’ restitution claim. At the same time, we understand from the DOJ that Och-Ziff’s counsel advanced to the DOJ a laundry list of additional arguments as to why the Africo Owners should not be treated as victims. According to Och-Ziff, if the DOJ embraced any of these arguments, it would allow the DOJ to preserve the plea deal it had struck and keep the $213 million penalty exclusively for the government, with no restitution in any amount being paid to the Africo Owners or any other victim of Och-Ziff’s crimes. In other words, Och-Ziff advocated that its conduct should be viewed by the DOJ as a “victimless crime,” and the benefit to the DOJ would be both to allow the DOJ to save face in connection with its failure to include a specific restitution amount in the plea agreement and keep all the money for itself that would otherwise go to victims. The “victimless crime” theory advanced by Och-Ziff had an additional benefit to the DOJ: in both the DPA and Plea Agreement, the DOJ represented to the Court that the $213 million penalty would be held in escrow pending the sentencing of Och-Ziff Africo by Your Honor. Notwithstanding that representation, we have learned that the money is not in the escrow account and has instead been deposited with the Treasury for the government’s use. By embracing Och-Ziff’s “victimless crime” theory, the added benefit was that the DOJ might avoid scrutiny for its failure to abide by its escrow representations to the Court. Over the course of the next nine months, the DOJ repeatedly advised us that it was assessing its position. Finally, after seemingly endless urging from the undersigned, the DOJ informed us on  January 30, 2018, that its new “preliminary conclusion” was that the Africo Owners were not victims and thus were not entitled to restitution under the MVRA. The DOJ refused to put the basis for its conclusion in writing, instead reading to the undersigned a statement purportedly explaining the reasons for the government’s about face. For the many reasons set forth below, the government’s newfound position is completely inconsistent with the law, a complete abdication of its responsibilities under the MVRA, and flies in the face of the facts of this case, not to mention the positions the DOJ has consistently taken in countless other cases.”In conclusion, the letter states:“To say that we are dismayed at the DOJ’s reversal of its position that the Africo Owners are victims under the MVRA would be an understatement of significant dimension. But more troubling than the about-face itself are the arguments the DOJ has adopted from Och-Ziff and the obvious motivation the DOJ had to adopt those arguments. As set forth above, these arguments are insincere, at odds with the facts, and repugnant to the law.” Learn More & Register FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available.last_img read more

Should I Have Collision Comprehensive Insurance on My Auto Policy

first_imgShould I Have Collision & Comprehensive Insurance on My Auto Policy?March 21, 2019 By Administrator Whether you are searching for car insurance, shopping for a lower car insurance rate or just need a new plan, you’ve come to the right insurance agency.Our agents will shop to find the best insurance rate & coverage for your specific needs. Plus, we can search for many discounts, particularly if you are bundling multiple policies like an auto & home or renters insurance together.When it comes to shopping for car insurance, there are many options for coverage. You could get the bare minimum for car insurance or you could have full coverage for your policy. Each state varies with what is required for minimum car insurance coverage but the minimum will include bodily injury liability & property damage coverage, it is up to you to decide how much of it.What about collision & comprehensive coverage for your auto insurance policy?Collision insurance coverage will cover your vehicle if it is damaged when it collides with something. Examples: colliding into another vehicle, a tree or a guard rail. Your insurance coverage will pay for repairs or even replacement of your vehicle in the event of a total loss.Comprehensive insurance coverage covers most other damages besides collision that could happen to your vehicle. Example: your car catches on fire, something falls on your car like a tree, collisions with an animal, your car gets vandalized or you experience car theft. There are a few exclusions, so be sure to discuss with your agent what those might be.When it comes to deciding if this coverage is worth it, a few things to ask yourself:If I didn’t have this coverage, do I have the finances to pay out of pocket for the repairs or replacement of my vehicle?Do I have a loan? If so, comprehensive and collision coverage will be required by your finance company.How valuable is my car? Would it be possible to replace your car if you didn’t have the insurance to pay for it?Do I live in an area where car theft is common?It is important to understand that all coverage and policy questions are specific to the policy that you purchase. This article has been provided to help you understand how insurance works and does not imply every policy is the same or that coverage will exist. If you have more questions about your auto insurance policy talk to one of the licensed agents at City Insurance Center. We understand that insurance can be confusing, so we always want to make sure you fully understand what you are or are not covered for.Filed Under: Bloglast_img read more

Salford Royal and Medopad launch new mobile digital solution for kidney patients

first_img Source: Dr Jim Ritchie As a Global Digital Exemplar (GDE), Salford Royal has partnered with Medopad to empower patients with kidney conditions to digitally take care of their conditions.Related StoriesArtificial intelligence can help accurately predict acute kidney injury in burn patientsLow dose of endotoxin could have protective effect on men at risk of acute kidney injuryResearchers investigate whether hypertension poses health risk to older kidney donorsMedopad has developed a mobile digital solution for Salford Royal patients to remotely inform clinicians of their blood pressure, weight, and medication usage. Patients can also access a wealth of digital resources via an online portal, helping them to better understand their disease and care.The clinical team will then use this information to make decisions on how to progress patient care, giving them a clear picture of their patients’ progress, at any time.The project is currently being tested with a subgroup of 50 patients. Initial responses have been extremely positive, with many patients already using it on a daily basis. Indeed, 75% of all patients approaching the clinic were happy to use the digital tool.Consultant Kidney Doctor Jim Ritchie said: Jul 11 2018A new mobile digital solution for kidney patients to remotely communicate with clinicians has been launched at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. We think this is an amazing opportunity to work with a truly innovative healthcare provider as well as engage patients to try and assist connected care. Salford Royal has been a truly forward thinking collaborator during this project and we hope that it is the beginning of a long and stable partnership” Alex Gilbert, Partnerships at Medopad, mentioned: This innovative way of working with our patients is not only empowering the patients to take control of their own healthcare, but it means they can spend more time with their clinician when they visit the unit. It makes it much easier for both patient and our clinical team and we have vital information at our finger tips.”last_img read more