Global Activists To Challenge Patents On Breakthrough Hep C Drugs Due to

first_img More than half of the top-selling probiotic supplements they analyzed contained gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye that is harmful to people with celiac disease. The authors of the study found gluten in probiotic supplements that carried “gluten-free” claims on their labels, and they discovered that the most expensive supplements were just as likely to contain gluten as the cheapest products. … The new findings are a symptom of what experts say is a larger problem in the $33-billion-a-year supplement industry. Several large studies and law enforcement investigations in the last two years have suggested that supplements often do not contain what their labels claim. The industry is loosely regulated, and the Food and Drug Administration has said that two thirds of companies do not comply with a basic set of good manufacturing practices. (O’Connor, 5/19) NPR: Dense Breasts Are Just One Part Of The Cancer Risk Calculus The New York Times: Many Probiotics Taken For Celiac Disease Contain Gluten Global Activists To Challenge Patents On Breakthrough Hep C Drugs Due to Price Other health reporters examine the cancer risks related to dense breasts, improper gluten-free labeling on probiotics and its risks to those with celiac disease, stablizing metabolic syndrome rates and the possible overuse of an asthma drug. Almost half the states now require doctors to tell women if they have dense breasts because they’re at higher risk of breast cancer, and those cancers are harder to find. But not all women with dense breasts have the same risks, a study says. Those differences need to be taken into account when figuring out each woman’s risk of breast cancer, the study says, and also weighed against other factors, including family history, age and ethnicity. (Shute, 5/19) About a third of U.S. adults have a collection of risk factors that increases their risk of heart disease and strokes, according to new research. While previous studies found an increasing prevalence of so-called metabolic syndrome among U.S. adults, researchers report in JAMA that rates remained mostly stable between 2008 and 2012. (Doyle, 5/19) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.center_img Millions of Americans use GlaxoSmithKline’s purple inhaler. But whether Advair poses a higher risk of asthma-related death remains uncertain 15 years after regulators approved the drug. (Gerth, 5/19) ProPublica: Overuse, Safety Questions Cloud Advair’s Ascent To Asthma Blockbuster Reuters: Metabolic Syndrome Common But Rates Stable Among U.S. Adults The New York Times: High Cost Of Hepatitis C Drug Prompts A Call To Void Its Patents Activists in several countries are seeking to void patents on the blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, saying that the price being sought by the manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, was prohibitive. … The actions are a sign that the controversy over Sovaldi is spreading beyond the United States, where the $84,000 charge for a course of treatment has strained Medicaid budgets, to middle-income countries. (Pollack, 5/19) last_img read more

Pfizers Road To Setting Breast Cancer Drug Price Reveals Factors That Are

first_img The ever-more public debate about the price of prescription drugs and healthcare overall is not the first such debate. But GlaxoSmithKline’s Jamey Millar, senior vice president for managed markets and government affairs, said Thursday in Philadelphia that this discussion feels different from the early-to-mid 1990s when then-First Lady Hillary Clinton led an effort to reform how America’s expensive, inefficient, gap-ridden, dysfunctional healthcare system operates. And the difference, Millar said, is only partially a function of Clinton running for president. (Sell, 12/5) The Wall Street Journal: How Pfizer Set The Cost Of Its New Drug At $9,850 A Month Pfizer’s Road To Setting Breast Cancer Drug Price Reveals Factors That Are Pushing Costs To New Heights The Wall Street Journal provides a rare look at a drug company’s process as three years of market research led Pfizer to settling on Ibrance’s $9,850-a-month price. In other pharmaceutical pricing news, a Senate panel opens hearings on the costs of generics and a GlaxoSmithKline executive talks about the difference in the debate tenor between now and the 1990s. Days before Pfizer Inc. was to set the price for a new breast-cancer drug called Ibrance, it got a surprise: A competitor raised the monthly cost of a rival treatment by nearly a thousand dollars. Three years of market research—a stretch that started almost as soon as the new treatment showed promise in the laboratory—was suddenly in doubt. After carefully calibrating the price to be close to rivals and to keep doctors and insurers happy, Pfizer was left wondering if its list price of $9,850 a month for the pills was too low. (Rockoff, 12/9) CQ Healthbeat: Senate Panel’s Opening Move On Drug Costs Picks Soft Target center_img The Philadelphia Inquirer: GSK Exec: More Voices Make Drug Healthcare Cost Debate Different From 1990s Lawmakers may be easing toward a serious discussion about containing rising drug costs, starting Wednesday with an easy target for the first major Senate hearing this year on generic pharmaceutical prices. The Senate Special Committee on Aging will delve into how small firms, including Martin Shkreli’s Turing Pharmaceuticals, can raise prices dramatically for generics. Turing boosted the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill for an antifungal drug used by AIDS patients. To his critics, Shkreli’s unrepentant position has made him the poster boy for greed on the part of sellers of medicines. (Young, 12/8) 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

Viewpoints President Obama On Curbing Opioid Abuse Is This The End Of

first_imgViewpoints: President Obama On Curbing Opioid Abuse; Is This The End Of Entitlement Reform? A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. In a political climate in which the two major parties don’t always see eye to eye, one issue is bringing them together: Republicans and Democrats agree that we must address the tragedy of prescription drug abuse. With 44 people dying every day from overdoses of oxycodone, hydrocodone, and similar opioid pain relievers, there is growing awareness that misuse of these drugs can affect almost anyone. (Cynthia Reilly, 2/3) The Wall Street Journal: A Farewell To Entitlement Reform The Wall Street Journal: Why I’m Becoming A Psychiatrist Last week, I reported on the problem of preventable harm in hospitals. It has been estimated that each year between 98,000 and 440,000 people die as a result of preventable errors in hospital. Many readers wrote in with comments about family members who were victims of flawed care. They revealed a sense of betrayal and hurt. How could hospitals — institutions we turn to for comfort when we are most vulnerable — so often increase pain and suffering? (David Bornstein, 2/2) A study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 1% of physicians accounted for 32% of paid malpractice claims over the past 10 years. Some may spin this as good news, since almost all doctors can be trusted to meet at least the lowest acceptable standard of care. But the ugly truth is that little is being done to hold the dangerous doctors accountable. (Lawrence B. Schlachter, 2/2) The Wall Street Journal: More Must Be Done To Expose Bad Doctors Los Angeles Times: California’s New Vaccine Law Is Already A Success The hot topic in economic policy discussions is inequality. Lots of kinds of inequality have been increasing in the U.S. — income, wealth, housing, longevity and almost everything else. New data has caused economists and the public to become more alarmed about the extent of the rise, and has allowed people to start having a productive discussion about causes and solutions. People on the political right, especially libertarians, are always asking why we should even care about inequality in the first place. That might sound insensitive, but it’s actually a very good question. We might worry about inequality because an unequal society grows more slowly, or is more politically unfair or corrupt, or even is less healthy. But one big reason is simply that we care about our fellow citizens, and about other human beings in general. When one person has much more than another, it just feels wrong to many people. (Smith, 2/2) The World Health Organization and its director general, Dr. Margaret Chan, were right to declare the Zika virus an international public health emergency, even if its suspected link to severe birth defects has not been proved. The mosquito-borne disease is a serious threat: It is usually so mild as to be undetectable in adults, yet as it has exploded across South and Central America it has been followed by a surge in babies born with underdeveloped heads, a condition called microcephaly. (2/3) The Des Moines Register: Lawmakers Should Pay For Own Health Insurance Which brings us to the meaning of Trumpism. One of his consistent bits of wisdom, voiced last April even before he launched his presidential campaign, goes like this: “I am actually disappointed with a lot of the Republican politicians. I am a conservative Republican. . . . Every Republican wants to do a big number on Social Security, they want to do it on Medicare, they want to do it on Medicaid. And we can’t do that. And it’s not fair to the people that have been paying in for years and now all of the sudden they want [it] to be cut.” Mr. Trump is a political harbinger here of a new strand of populist Republicanism, largely empowered by ObamaCare, in which the “conservative” position is to defend the existing entitlement programs from a perceived threat posed by a new-style Obama coalition of handout seekers that includes the chronically unemployed, students, immigrants, minorities and women. (Holman W. Jenkins Jr., 2/2) We’ve made great strides against mental-health stigma, largely due to the work of organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), as well as political efforts for mental-health parity. But too much stigma persists. And as I’ve learned in medical school, this stigma doesn’t just affect patients. It also affects providers. During my interviews for psychiatry residency, its pervasiveness has astonished me. Residency programs assure applicants that psychiatry is “respected” at their hospitals. It’s “just like any other department.” Yet the need to even say this speaks volumes. Do orthopedic surgery applicants worry about being “respected”? Do ophthalmologists’ friends and family suggest they do something else? (Nathaniel P. Morris, 2/1) center_img The New York Times’ Opinionator: Hospitals Focus On Doing No Harm The Des Moines Register: Let’s Stop The Opioid Overdose Epidemic Like every legislative session, Iowa lawmakers will again this year engage in debates over the state budget. Some will want to cut programs or refuse to provide adequate funding for education and natural resources. They’ll talk about the need for government to be more efficient and use tax dollars wisely. Amid all this, here is a nugget Iowans should remember: In 2016, health insurance coverage for each lawmaker will cost taxpayers between $7,400 and $10,300, depending on the plan he or she selected. (2/2) When a community hospital closes or is sold to a for-profit operator, there is a loss to the community. Despite protestations by for-profit operators, a community loses something of value by the conversion of a nonprofit hospital to a for-profit hospital. The mission statements are different. The question is how the loss gets valued and whether the community is compensated for the loss. Societal benefit played a role in the development of bankruptcy law in the U.S. And it should play a role in the allocation of proceeds from the sale of a nonprofit hospital. (Kenneth A. Rosen, 2/1) California’s new, more stringent law on childhood vaccinations, SB 277, doesn’t fully kick in until July 1. But it started protecting the public months ago when parents heard from schools and doctors that they would no longer be able to claim a “personal belief exemption” from immunizations if they wanted to enroll their children. (2/2) The Wall Street Journal’s Bankruptcy Beat: Put The ‘Community’ Back Into Community Hospital Bankruptcies Last fall, I listened as a mother named Cary Dixon told her family’s story at a forum I convened in West Virginia. It was heartbreaking. Cary’s adult son has struggled with a substance use disorder for years, and she described the pain that families like hers have gone through. “We dread the next phone call,” she said. “We don’t take vacations for fear of the next crisis. We come back from vacations because there’s a crisis.” (President Barack Obama, 2/2) The New York Times: Fighting The Zika Virus The Philadelphia Inquirer: Change In Medicare Can Help Stem Abuse Of Opioids Bloomberg: A Bad Feeling About Inequality 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

The Pixel 3 camera now knows when youre kissing

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 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. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. 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. It was pretty clear that Google understood the importance of selfies to phone buyers with the Pixel 3. Why else would it persist with a single lens on the back, while upgrading to two on the front?The results were great as ever, but now they’re getting even better thanks to a little help from the AI behind the now defunct Google Clips. Today, Google has announced a new mode for the Pixel camera: Photobooth. Related: Best camera phonesSimply, the mode will save you the trouble of lining everything up by taking its shot when it judges everything to be just right. Generally speaking, it’s looking for three things: a steady hand, open eyes and appealing expressions. When it gets all three, it’ll snap and the results should be the optimum selfie.You can see how the AI is working with a white bar on the left-hand side of the screen which reacts to your actions and shows you how close it is to snapping. So it’s not a complete black box.But because we humans have developed all kinds of strange and ridiculous poses we want recorded for posterity for some reason, Google’s AI has adapted too. Now it’ll recognise five different expressions on top of a nice toothy grin: “smiles, tongue-out, kissy/duck face, puffy-cheeks, and surprise.” Plus it’ll be on hand to capture kisses, too.Related: Best Android phones“We’re excited by the possibilities of automatic photography on camera phones,” Google’s engineers write in a blog post introducing the new mode. “As computer vision continues to improve, in the future we may generally trust smart cameras to select a great moment to capture.”Are you happy to entrust your selfies to artificial intelligence, or do you prefer the human touch? Let us know what you think on Twitter: @TrustedReviews.last_img read more

Fire Watch leaks Amazons Apple Watch rival will understand human emotion

first_img 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. Amazon’s working on a mysterious new ‘Fire Watch’ wearable to take on the Apple Watch , according to fresh reports.Bloomberg reported sources familiar confirmed the company is working on a “wrist worn gadget” on Thursday. The gadget is reportedly being developed by the team behind the company’s Fire Phone, Echo Smart Speaker and Alexa digital assistant.Details about its specific hardware and design were not included in the report, but it will reportedly target the same “wellness” segment of the market as the Apple Watch 4 and feature “voice activation” services that can understand and respond to human emotions.Related: Best smartwatchThe report doesn’t specify if the device will ever get a consumer release. But there have been rumblings Amazon’s planning on getting into the wearable market for quite a long time. The move would also make sense given Amazon’s current push to grow its Alexa platform, which acts an entry point into its shopping ecosystem.If it does get a consumer release, the fabled Fire Watch, will have some pretty stiff competition. The Apple Watch is currently listed by most analyst houses as the undisputed top seller in the wearable market. CCS Insights list it as a “halo” product that will continue to grow its market share for quite some time in its latest Optimistic Outlook for Wearables report in March.Related: Best fitness trackersThe company’s latest Apple Watch 4 is one of the best smartwatches money can buy. Highlights include its stellar fitness tracking features, which include fall detection, and robust app portfolio. As mobile editor Max Parker noted in his in-depth Apple Watch 4 review:“Apple Watch Series 4 is not only the most impressive Apple Watch yet, but is comfortably the most fully featured smartwatch I have ever tested. It’s Apple’s best, most thought-out release in years. It’s a masterful combination of design; genuinely useful features and an impressive ecosystem.” This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. 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. 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

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is here and you can get your first

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 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. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Ahead of Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate has been made available to all players across consoles and PC. The new subscription service combines the benefits of an Xbox Live Gold membership with Game Pass all in one payment, and the first month will only cost you £1. You can sign up on the Microsoft Store now to take advantage of that offer, otherwise it normally costs a beefier £10.99 a month. If you’re already subscribed to one of its services, joining Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will automatically roll them both into one, so no need to worry about cancelling things. Related: How to watch Xbox E3 2019 press conferenceIt’s also worth noting that Game Pass for Ultimate covers both Xbox One and Windows 10, providing you a big library of titles across both platforms. As for Game Pass on PC, it has launched with over 100 high-quality titles including State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. This is one of many teasers Microsoft has been dropping ahead of its E3 2019 press conference which kicks off at 9pm BST later tonight, and we’ll be there covering all the news. Judging by the teasing, we’ll see Xbox 2 finally unveiled in some form, with Microsoft dropping cheeky glimpses at ‘Scarlett’ across its social media platforms. We’re also expecting big gameplay presentations for Halo Infinite alongside the long-rumoured reveal for Fable 4, and a confirmation of Gears 5’s upcoming release date. Elden Ring, the new project by FromSoftware and the mind behind Game of Thrones is also expected to see a reveal at this year’s show. This will undoubtedly be the biggest show of E3 2019, with Microsoft taking advantage of Sony’s absence to showcase its new hardware, new games and vision of the next generation with absolutely no compromise. It’s going to be a big one.Are you excited for today’s Xbox E3 2019 conference? 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.last_img read more

This Fitbit Charge 3 deal brings the outstanding fitness tracker down to

first_img You can get the excellent Fitbit Charge 3 on the cheap right now, with the fitness tracker currently down to just £95.99 on Amazon for Prime Day. It would usually set you back £129.99 − which means you can save yourself £34 (26%).Buy now: Fitbit Charge 3 now just £95.99 (Save £34) at AmazonIt’s a brilliant wearable − one of the best on the market − which we awarded an outstanding 4.5 stars out of 5 in our review. It also earned the Trusted Reviews Recommended seal of approval, which only goes out to the best of the best. Massive savings available on the Fitbit Charge 3Get 26% off the Fitbit Charge 3The Fitbit Charge 3 is one of our favourite fitness trackers, and at for under £100 it’s an absolute steal.Amazon|Save £34|£95.99View Deal£95.99|Save £34|AmazonGet 27% off the Fitbit Charge 3 NFC Special EditionThe special edition Fitbit Charge 3 adds NFC to the mix, for contactless payments.Amazon|Save £40.99|£109.00View Deal£109.00|Save £40.99|Amazon 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. Want to stay up to date with Amazon Prime Day 2019? We’ve got you covered. 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. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. ——————————————————————————————————–Grab these great Prime Day savingsSave £40 on the Kindle Paperwhite£160 off the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think. “If your relationship with fitness doesn’t need the fancy bells and whistles of more expensive fitness trackers and running watches, you’ll feel right at home with the Charge 3. Even while Fitbit is pushing smartwatches like the Versa and Ionic, it knows there’s still a market for more approachable fitness trackers that do the basics, and do them well,” is what we wrote in our review of the Fitbit Charge 3.“In this regard, the Charge 3 is the most approachable of them all. It has a design that easily blends in and that is – dare I say it – actually quite attractive. The display has gotten bigger and richer in information, it’s now water-resistant and supports swim tracking, and the battery life has improved.”So what would you get for £95.99? One of the best-looking fitness trackers on the market, water-resistance to 50m, up to seven days of battery life, and sleep and continuous heart rate tracking. It can track a multitude of activities too, including running, swimming, and elliptical training.The special edition Fitbit Charge 3 with NFC is also available with a hefty discount. It’s down to £109 from £149.99 − a tidy £40.99 (27%) saving. Massive savings available on the Fitbit Charge 3Get 26% off the Fitbit Charge 3The Fitbit Charge 3 is one of our favourite fitness trackers, and at for under £100 it’s an absolute steal.Amazon|Save £34|£95.99View Deal£95.99|Save £34|AmazonGet 27% off the Fitbit Charge 3 NFC Special EditionThe special edition Fitbit Charge 3 adds NFC to the mix, for contactless payments.Amazon|Save £40.99|£109.00View Deal£109.00|Save £40.99|Amazon 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. Amazon Prime Day Dealslast_img read more

5 billion laundered through BC real estate last year — boosting cost

first_img$5 billion laundered through B.C. real estate last year — boosting cost of buying a home by 5% Report found thousands of high-risk properties British Columbia commissioned two reports last September to shed light on money laundering by organized crime in the province’s expensive real estate market.File Photo Sponsored By: What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Recommended For YouAre you on speaking terms with your old pensions? Ignoring them could cost youThe storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them throughTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016 Email advertisement Share this story$5 billion laundered through B.C. real estate last year — boosting cost of buying a home by 5% Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Join the conversation → VICTORIA — An independent report has found that $5 billion was laundered through British Columbia’s real estate market last year and increased the cost of buying a home by five per cent.The report by former B.C. deputy attorney general Maureen Maloney estimated that $7.4 billion overall was laundered in B.C. last year, a figure she says is conservative and added the total amount across Canada was about $47 billion.The provincial government commissioned two reports last September to shed light on money laundering by organized crime in the province’s expensive real estate market. Vancouver money laundering not just found in casinos. It’s fuelling a booming luxury car business, too B.C.’s dirty money crackdown puts a damper on Vancouver’s once-rollicking casinos Vancouver’s housing market is dismal — but you still need six-figure income to get your foot in the door Former deputy RCMP commissioner Peter German says in his report that the infusion of illicit money into the B.C. economy led to a frenzy of buying that raised the assessed values of homes throughout much of Metro Vancouver.German’s report says the aggregated declared value of cash buys in real estate transactions over the past 20 years is $84 billion to $212 billion.He says his report found thousands of specific properties worth billions at high risk for potential money laundering. The Canadian Press center_img 9 Comments Comment More May 9, 20193:34 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Featured Stories Facebook Reddit Twitter ← Previous Next →last_img read more

Merry Christmas Canada — It will be 22 years before Ottawa balances

first_img The federal Finance Department doesn’t expect to have a balanced budget until 2040.Postmedia Network Featured Stories Reddit Twitter Comment Facebook 0 Comments The Canadian Press Martin Pelletier: The Bank of Canada is still underestimating the risks to the economy Join the conversation → More Related Stories December 21, 201812:17 PM EST Filed under News Economy Merry Christmas Canada — It will be 22 years before Ottawa balances the budget, finance department reveals But that’s five years earlier than the federal government predicted last year What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation OTTAWA — The federal Finance Department doesn’t expect to have a balanced budget until 2040, but that’s five years earlier than the government predicted last year.Long-term budgetary projections released Friday morning estimate that by the end of fiscal year 2040-2041, federal books will be in surplus by $1.7 billion.The Trudeau Liberals promised during the 2015 election to balance the books by the end of their mandate — 2019 — after running small deficits.The government’s February budget predicted a deficit of $18.1 billion for the current 2018-19 fiscal year, which ends in March.Canada’s economy grows faster than expectedCanadian businesses trim sales expectations amid oil turmoilThe report says federal finances appear sustainable over the long term, with the government’s favoured fiscal number, the federal debt as a percentage of gross domestic product, expected to decline over time. That’s a way of measuring how heavy the debt burden is compared with the size of the national economy rather than just tallying the total the federal government owes.The government’s debt, which as of October stood at $669.5 billion, is expected to peak at almost $960 billion in the same year the budget reaches balance, the report says.But the Finance Department warns the projections are based on a number of assumptions about population and economic growth, making the projects “subject to a fair degree of uncertainty.” Nor do they take into account any new government spending or taxes over the coming years.Ottawa ran a small surplus of $92 million through the first seven months of its fiscal year, compared with a deficit of nearly $6.6 billion in the same period last year, as revenue has increased faster than spending.According to the monthly fiscal monitor report from the Department of Finance, revenue totalled nearly $186.1 billion between April and October, up about 8.3 per cent from $171.8 billion in the same period last year.The increase came due to rises in tax revenue, employment-insurance premiums and other revenues.Program spending has topped $171.8 billion, up about 3.7 per cent from $165.8 billion over the same stretch last year, while public debt charges so far this fiscal year totalled more than $14.1 billion, up 12.1 per cent from almost $12.6 billion.For the month of October, which is as far as the latest report goes, the federal government posted a deficit of $1.1 billion, compared with a deficit of about $400 million in the same month last year. Email What the Bank of Canada’s rate hold says about the economy advertisement Canadians’ household debt burden creeps higher Sponsored By: Share this storyMerry Christmas Canada — It will be 22 years before Ottawa balances the budget, finance department reveals Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn ← Previous Next →last_img read more

Walmart Canadas Commitment To Electrify Includes 30 More Tesla Semis

Above: Tesla Semi (Source: Tesla)Walmart Canada is targeting a transition to 100% clean transportation by 2028 — the company announced in a recent press release. The largest US retailer is aiming to electrify 20% of their Canadian transport operations by the year 2022 and Tesla Semi trucks may play a major role in Walmart’s shift to sustainability.“We are always looking for innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and lead the industry in the drive for sustainable change,” said John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain, Walmart Canada. “By converting 20 per cent of our fleet to electric vehicles by 2022 and committing to alternative power for all fleet vehicles by 2028, we are putting safety, innovation and sustainability at the forefront of our logistics network.”The first 20 trucks will be part of Walmart Canada’s fleet base in Mississauga, Ontario and the remainder of the 20 trucks will be assigned to the Surrey, British Columbia sustainable fulfillment center, which is set to open in 2022..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: Last year, Walmart’s CEO discussed the company’s initial Tesla Semi order in the U.S. (Source: The Street)Walmart’s sustainable fulfillment center in Surrey, British Columbia, will feature a 100% electric vehicle fleet, the first such facility for Walmart internationally.Recently a few videos by Tesla enthusiasts revealed that the electric semi truck currently has 26 cameras and a ‘sleeper’ feature could be in the works as well. Another intriguing video also showcases the whole Tesla Semi cabin from the inside for the first time.Tracking orders publicly announced (via press releases, social media, etc.), Tesla now has a total of 628 Semi truck pre-orders calculated to date. However, at Tesla’s 2018 Shareholder Meeting, Elon Musk announced the company had officially accumulated (as of June) an internal count of around 2,000 Semi truck reservations.===Written by: Iqtidar Ali via X Auto*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. *This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Iqtidar Ali. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. Walmart Canada Orders 30 More Tesla Semis WALMART CANADA ORDERS 30 TESLA SEMI TRUCKS AND COMMITS TO ELECTRIFY 20% OF ITS FLEET BY 2022Walmart Canada is showing a strong commitment to a sustainable future by ordering another fleet of 30 Tesla Semi trucks this month — this takes the total number of Tesla Semi trucks ordered by the retailer to 40.More Tesla Semi Content: Tesla Semi Spied Inside & Out: Plus See Its Motors New Tesla Semi Video Shows 26 Cameras, Sleeper Also Coming Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 18, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

How Much Does Cabin Overheat Protection Impact Tesla Model 3 Range

Tesla Release Notes And Media Overload For Software Version 9.0 Obviously, everyone’s situation is different. This is not scientific data and Alex admits that. The temperature and amount of time the car is parked come into play, as well as how much direct sunlight is reaching the Model 3, whether or not the car was accessing any other features, and the list goes on and on. Still, it’s nice to have a reasonable picture of what level of battery drain this type of feature might impose.For reference, Alex says he loses about three rated miles per day if the car is simply idle and parked in his garage. His garage doesn’t get hot enough to initiate Cabin Overheat Protection. During the eight-hour time period in the hot sun, his Model 3 loses about 12 rated miles.Do you own a Tesla? How has this feature impacted your range? Let us know in the comment section below.Video Description via Alex Venz on YouTube:Model 3 Cabin Overheat Protection: Range Impact?A less than scientific look at how much energy the Tesla Model 3’s cabin overheat protection feature uses when parked outside over the course of a warm 8 hour work day. Observations were made with software v8.1 (2018.36.2), results with other software versions may vary.Quick videos like this are what happens when more complex video projects aren’t going as planned… Then again, I don’t think I’ve really ever paid much attention to how much energy cabin overheat protection uses in my Model S. Summon Comes To Tesla Model 3 Via Latest Update Parking your Tesla Model 3 out in the hot sun for hours? How much range will you lose?Tesla recently added Cabin Overheat Protection to its Model 3. It assures that if the interior temperature of the Tesla Model 3, Model S, or Model X reaches an unsafe point, the feature will engage and cool it off. This happens when the car is parked in a warm area or in direct sunlight, etc. YouTuber Alex Venz left his Model 3 parked outside in the heat during his entire eight-hour workday to assess the range loss related to the feature.More Tesla-Related Update Content: Tesla Cabin Overheat Protection Put To The Test Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 11, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

Volvo to demonstrate electric trucks with an eye to commercialization in 2020

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Volvo Trucks plans to introduce all-electric truck demonstrators in California next year, and commercialize them in North America in 2020.The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $44.8 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project, which will involve 16 partners. The LIGHTS project aims to electrify freight operations at two major California trucking fleet facilities.Volvo Trucks will deploy eight multi-configuration Class 8 electric demonstration units (GVW 15+ tons), and an additional 15 pre-commercial and commercial units, throughout California’s South Coast Air Basin. The project will also integrate non-truck battery-electric equipment, non-proprietary chargers, and solar energy production equipment.The demonstration units will be based on the technology currently used in the Volvo FE Electric, which Volvo presented in May and will begin selling in Europe in 2019.A variety of smart technologies, including remote diagnostics, geofencing and Volvo’s web-based service management platform, will be used to monitor truck performance and maximize vehicle uptime.“This is an excellent opportunity to show the end-to-end potential of electrification,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks North America. “From solar energy harvesting at our customer locations, to electric vehicle uptime services, to potential second uses for batteries, this project will provide invaluable experience and data for the whole value chain.” Source: Volvo via Green Car Congress read more

A new Tesla shared Powerbank launches as a community alternative to individual

first_imgSource: Charge Forward The Tesla Powerwall can be a useful energy storage solution for homeowners with rooftop solar arrays. They can store excess power generated by their solar system, or use it when they need it or send it into the grid when it makes the most sense.Right now, it’s Tesla’s main energy storage solution at the residential level, but two energy companies have decided to use Tesla’s bigger solution generally reserved for commercial and utility applications, the Powerpack, to create a new ‘shared Powerbank’ as a community alternative to individual Powerwalls. more…The post A new Tesla ‘shared Powerbank’ launches as a community alternative to individual Powerwalls appeared first on Electrek.last_img

Tesla patents clamping system that could prevent panel gap problems

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicles Magazine Source: Electrek One of the most common complaints about Tesla vehicles has been inconsistent fit and finish, specifically abnormally large or irregular gaps between body panels. Now the company has applied for a patent on a new clamping system that it hopes will eliminate the issue once and for all.Tesla explains in its patent application (via Electrek) that, for some parts, “it is desirable to allow one or more degrees of freedom in movement between parts to allow for securing in a desirable way that increase the aesthetic appearance of the final assembly.”“For instance, the clamping of an electric vehicle’s front-trunk space (or ‘frunk’) formed from a plastic, to a fender or another adjacently located panel requires a degree of freedom to allow the panel and the frunk to move relative to one another in at least one direction during assembly. However, traditional designs of clamps are not well suited to this or similar applications.”Tesla’s clamping system apparently allows panels to be linked together while leaving some room for adjustment. Tesla hasn’t said whether it is already using the new clamping method, but Electrek notes that the panel gap issues that plagued early Model 3 production seem to have been fixed. The photos of yawning, crooked panel gaps that were once a common sight on Reddit and other online hangouts have mostly disappeared. In April, Tesla said that it had made major progress on the panel gap issue.“Since we began shipping Model 3 last year, we have been very focused on refining and tuning both part and body manufacturing processes. The result being that the standard deviation of all gaps and offsets across the entire car has improved, on average, by nearly 40%, with particular gap improvements visible in the area of the trunk, rear lamps and rear quarter panel. Today, Model 3 panel gaps are competitive with Audi, BMW, and Mercedes models, but in the spirit of relentless improvement, we are working to make them even tighter.”last_img read more

Green Deals Greenworks PRO 20inch 80V Snow Thrower 263 Reg 325 more

first_imgAmazon offers the Greenworks PRO 20-inch 80V Snow Thrower for $263.50 shipped. As a comparison, it originally sold for $449 and typically is listed around $325+ these days. This is the best price we’ve tracked in nearly a year at Amazon. Greenworks is known as one of the best electric outdoor tool brands. This 80V model sports up to 45-minutes of run-time with a 20-inch clearing path. The 180-degree chute lets you throw the snow right where you need to. Rated 4+ stars by over 55% of reviewers. more…The post Green Deals: Greenworks PRO 20-inch 80V Snow Thrower $263 (Reg. $325), more appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

Who Killed The Tesla Referral Program Video

first_imgOr what killed it? Or a combo of who and what?Let’s be honest here. The Tesla Referral Program is a nice idea. But, just as communism, socialism, building a wall that other people will pay for, plus a whole slew of other items we encounter, it simply doesn’t work in real life. And in the end, it’s us humans who mess it up.The idea with the referral program was simple: introduce friends and family into the world of Tesla, help them get perks, but also, earn perks yourself. And all of that is fine, really. But, like with most things that are nice and advantageous to us, we, as human beings, managed to find a way to screw it up. And with only a couple of weeks for the referral program left, Ben Sullins from Teslanomics dived into the reasons and culprits behind the end of the referral program.More about the Tesla referral program Tesla Model 3 Performance Added To Referral Program Free Tesla Supercharging Through Referral Ends September 16 Tesla Referral Program To End As Base Model 3 Comes Online In reality, the referral program is unsustainable. This became most apparent with the launch of the Model 3 when literally thousands of referrals were made. However, unlike the Model S and Model X, where Tesla has greater margins, with the Model 3, they are kinda slim.It’s just a matter of how things work in the business of making cars. BMW doesn’t earn a lot on their 1 Series. Nor does Mercedes-Benz earn a lot on their A-Class. The same principle can be applied to everything from the Audi A1 to the VW Polo. They all are cheap, entry-level models where the manufacturer has thin margins. In turn, that puts these entry-level models at a bigger disadvantage when compared to the higher priced ones.Too much was given to both to the person making the referral and to the ones using itWhen Tesla started handing out up to $5,000 worth of prizes for referrals, combined with the advent of the Model 3, it was apparent the model and the map of things wasn’t looking good. While free supercharging, smaller prizes like wall chargers, apparel and similar items may well be a thing that could be kept alive, other prizes – not so much.For example, back in 2017, Tesla was giving away a ludicrous powered Tesla Model S or Model X P100D to anyone that referred 20 people in their respective regions first. The winners of this race were given a fully loaded vehicle, costing in excess of $120,000. And this was before the Model 3 made its way into the EV mainstream of things.With the cheaper, more affordable and sold on a grander scale entry-level vehicle like that, the referral program became even more unsustainable, producing losses for the carmaker in general. But, if we’re being frank, not even that was the main culprit behind the death of the Tesla referral program. Sure, it was a big part of it, but it wasn’t the last nail in the coffin of it.For me and a lot of other journalists and general petrolheads, the way the referral program was being misused is the biggest, if not the only major contributor, to the death of the program. While first envisioned as a way of helping the Tesla community, bringing family and friends over to the battery-powered revolution, it landed someplace else. Because, we, as humans, tend to destroy anything that’s both nice and helpful to us. Thus, the idea morphed from that positive start into a rather negative aspect where commercialization of the whole program happened.In the end, the referral program isn’t going to work. Tesla may bring it back someday, but we’ll never see cars and similarly priced items being handed over. I’m betting there’s going to be free supercharging, apparel and similar items, but never something that cuts into the bottom line of the company on a grand scale like it happened here.As stated earlier, Ben Sullins gives a more in-depth look in the video you can view above. While the referral ends soon, you can still use it and get something nice out of it. But, you need to hurry up as the referral program ends on Feb 1st, so there’s not a lot of time left. Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 22, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

In January NIO Sold 1803 ES8 Electric SUVs In China

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Nio Sells Electric Cars, But Its Vision Is The Future of Mobility NIO Founder Pours Own Money Into Automaker To Show Support NIO’s 3rd Electric Vehicle Rumored To Be EP7 Sedan Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 28, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News NIO ES8 sales in the first year could exceed 20,000NIO, just like many other manufacturers, began the year 2019 with a moderate sales result of 1,803 ES8. Cumulatively, sales exceed 13,000 in eight months, which means more than 20,000 in the first year is achievable.It was totally expected and announced earlier as the first months of the year are usually slower in China. The question is when NIO will again reach its peak output of 3,000 or more ES8 per month.The second model, NIO ES6, is now just a few months from market launch in June, which also will be quite interesting, especially in comparison to the Tesla Model 3 progress in China.NIO news NIO ES8 sales in China – January 2019last_img read more

Thornhill gets his angles right to bring Forest in from the cold

first_imgCrystal Palace Share via Email First published on Tue 28 Oct 2008 20.34 EDT Nottingham Forest Mikey Stafford Share on Pinterest Championship Tue 28 Oct 2008 20.34 EDT Shares00 Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img Reuse this content Topics Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Nottingham Forest may feel Christmas has come early, with snow falling in South-west London as their coach pulled away, laden with three points from a Championship fixture for the first time since early August.Colin Calderwood is happy to be off the foot of the Championship table, a position he feels is unsuited to his team and the manner in which they play: “It’s nice to have the win off the back of a good performance. They’ve played solid with a lot of spirit and I think everyone could see it,” said the Forest manager.The home side drew level in the second half after going a goal down before half-time but the Forest substitute Matt Thornhill won the game with nine minutes to go after another substitute, Shefki Kuqi, had equalised for Palace.Having survived a second-minute scare from Robert Earnshaw thanks to a fine save by their goalkeeper, Julian Speroni, Palace slowly began to take control midway through the first half.However, the momentum of the first period changed when Forest went ahead against the run of play on 28 minutes. Chris Cohen’s sharply inswinging free-kick evaded everyone in the box and left Speroni rooted to the spot.Palace’s manager, Neil Warnock, introduced Kuqi at half-time and there was a renewed vigour from the Londoners, Nick Carle going close after superb wing play from Paul Ifill down the right.Palace’s sporadic pressure finally paid off with 15 minutes to go when Kuqi gathered the ball 20 yards out and, with his back to goal, turned and sent a powerful low shot to the right of Lee Camp.But Forest sealed the win and their ticket away from the foot of the table with nine minutes to go when James Perch’s shot was cleared off the line only to be turned in from an acute angle by Thornhill. Share on LinkedIn Championship match reports Thornhill gets his angles right to bring Forest in from the cold Share on WhatsApp Championship 2008-09last_img read more

Robinho finds his touch as Brazil ruin American dream

first_imgShare on Twitter Brazil USA Paul Radford in Pretoria Share on Pinterest Thu 18 Jun 2009 19.01 EDT Brazil 3-0 USA Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Shares00 match reports First published on Thu 18 Jun 2009 19.01 EDT Brazil Robinho Share via Email Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share on Facebook Topics Confederations Cup Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Robinho finds his touch as Brazil ruin American dream Brazil put in a much-improved performance against a hapless United States yesterday, turning on the style as they sauntered to a 3-0 win with goals from Felipe Melo, Robinho and Maicon. As storm clouds moved in during the second half of the Group B game, the Americans knew they had failed to weather it, finishing with 10 men after the midfielder Sacha Kljestan was sent off in the 56th minute.Brazil, who were lucky to beat Egypt 4-3 with a controversial late penalty in their first match, were back to their spectacular best, scoring two sublime goals.Having opened the scoring as early as the seventh minute when Felipe Melo, the midfielder who is rapidly emerging as one of the key men in coach Dunga’s team, rose at the far post to head home a Maicon free-kick, Brazil took charge.Their second goal in the 20th minute was a counterattack of breathtaking efficiency, coming after DaMarcus Beasley had failed to control a Landon Donovan corner in the Brazilian penalty area. The ball was pushed forward to Kaka, who turned and touched to Ramires as the Brazilians hared upfield.Ramires strode forward, drawing the lone American defender Jonathan Spector towards him, then slipped it through Spector’s legs to Robinho who calmly stroked it home past helpless US goalkeeper Tim Howard.The goal was surpassed as a spectacle only by their third in the 62nd minute. Maicon, Ramires and Felipe Melo combined in an intricate passing movement down the right before Kaka threaded the ball back to Maicon who chipped a delicate right-foot shot over Howard from an acute angle.Like the second, it sent the Loftus Versfeld Stadium crowd into delirium. The Americans had their share of bad luck though. Kljestan was harshly judged for a relatively mild foul on Ramires, reducing his team to 10 men for the second successive game.In the final eight minutes substitutes Benny Feilhaber and Conor Casey both struck the bar as they searched for a consolation goal. Brazil head Group B with six points and will be certain to reach the semi-finals unless Egypt beat Italy at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The United States, still without a point after losing their opening game 3-1 to Italy, face almost certain elimination.last_img read more

VE Represents PAA in 800 Million Pipeline JV

first_img Remember me Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline and Tulsa-based Magellan Midstream Partners have joined forces to construct a crude oil pipeline from the Denver-Julesburg Basin to Cushing, Oklahoma . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Username Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.center_img Lost your password? Passwordlast_img