There’s a new sort of LEGO set in town, and it’s all about the brand’s new label: BrickHeadz. This is the “Go Brick Me” box set, and it’s as entertaining as it is challenging to wrap one’s mind around. What on earth is such a strange collection of odd pieces doing presenting itself as a LEGO make-it-your-own set? And why didn’t LEGO think of this a long, long time ago? In the first Go Brick Me set, the user gets one massive number of bricks compiled in order to give you a variety of options. These options apply to the LEGO BrickHeadz universe of custom-made collectable figurines. You might recognize the scale of these figures as sort-of similar to that of Funko POP.Unlike Funko’s figures, one does not need to feel obligated to keep their toys in the box. This isn’t just about collecting and storing in stacks on a shelf. This is about creating characters inside a loose set of construction rules. In the box are 700+ LEGO bricks, more than enough pieces to construct 2 full LEGO BrickHeadz construction characters. In addition to flat bricks, blocks, and smooth-sided pieces meant to represent hair, there’s an array of Minifigure-scale accessories that fit the bill in the BrickHeadz universe. That means a surf board, a trophy, a guitar, and a magic wand. AdChoices广告This box also contains two rather unique pieces that work as glasses for BrickHeadz. One pair of glasses is square-rimmed, the other is circle-rimmed. A whole bunch of stickers are included in the box as well, enabling you to customize the sorts of clothing and accessories you’re aiming for.Inside the box is an instructions booklet to show the user how to make the basic BrickHeadz base model as well as a number of unique styles of hair. Outside that, it’s all up to you. For the photos we’ve got here, we’ve made a couple of lesser-known comic book characters for your perusal. Let us know if you’ve got an idea of who we meant them to be. Or just pretend they’re nobody, and enjoy!This LEGO BrickHeadz “Go Brick Me” set was fun for everyone from my 6-year-old assistant to myself, a several-decades-old adult fan of LEGO. This set is LEGO item number 41597, and it’s recommended for ages 10+. Inside the box you’ll find 708 pieces, and pricing at the start is set at around $30 USD. Story TimelineWonder Woman Warrior Battle LEGO Review : Mega Movie Miniatures!LEGO Ninjago Movie Destiny’s Bounty LEGO Review (behold the golden banana)Classic rainbow box of LEGO Review (Bricks on a Roll)
The LG V40 ThinQ is one step closer to reality with a leak of the rendering kind. This leak comes from the user known as OnLeaks, a notoriously accurate renderer of CAD files. These files come to case-makers and accessory makers in the weeks before the launch of a smartphone, and are ocassionally acquired by people like OnLeaks in the process. What you see is a set of renderings made using those CAD plans. CAD files are not fully realized 3D renderings of smartphones. Instead, they’re like skeletons. What OnLeaks does is flesh these skeletons out, making them super shiny and finalized-looking in the process. With the LG V40 ThinQ, OnLeaks made a set of images and a video, too. Story TimelineLG V40 reportedly goes off the deep end with five camerasLG V40 ThinQ is still coming in three monthsLG V40 leaks, but is it legit? The video you see here shows the LG V40 ThinQ from all angles. This smartphones looks a whole lot like the LG G7 ThinQ, a device released earlier this year. The LG G7 ThinQ was released very close to the LG V35 ThinQ, a device with a display that was slightly smaller than its brethren. It was a strange release in that LG, in the past, released the G-series phone first, then the V-series a few weeks or months later – this came all at once.Now VIA OnLeaks on SlashLeaks we’re seeing the LG V40, a device that’ll probably come out at a time that makes more immediately obvious sense with relation to the release date of the LG G7. Weeks and months in-between rather than just days. AdChoices广告The LG V40 looks every bit a flagship of the over-the-top variety. By the looks of this set of renderings and the sound of previous leaks, this smartphone will have a display at least as large as the LG G7 ThinQ, with just as interesting an array of cameras/sensors in its forehead notch. This smartphone will also likely have a set of THREE cameras on its back rather than just two, or one. This device looks here to have an interesting array of buttons, too. Like the LG G7 ThinQ, this device has a power button on its right side and volume buttons on its left. Also on the left is a button that launches AI functions. Per the LG G7’s original description, what’s probably also true of the LG V40: “A single tap of this button will launch the Google Assistant while two quick taps will launch Google Lens, a first on any phone. Users can also hold down the button to start talking to the Google Assistant.”The LG V40 will likely launch in November – previous leaks suggested November 16th might be the day to watch out for. This device will likely cost about the same as the LG V35 at launc. That’ll mean somewhere between $700 and $900, depending on sale prices and internal storage.
Story TimelineGalaxy Note 10 5G at release: Now pretty much a lockThis may be the Galaxy Note 10 in specsIf this is the Galaxy Note 10, consider me soldGalaxy Note 10 might ditch all the buttons The Samsung Galaxy Note 10’s rumored to roll with a camera embedded in its stylus – which in turn is embedded in its body. But does Samsung really need to go to this extent just to keep the front-facing camera in play? When it comes to persisting reasons for the existence of the front-facing camera on the Galaxy Note, could it be that Samsung’s ready to just do away with the camera altogether? The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was pictured this week with a conspicuously placed camera – right in the tail end of the S Pen. This is consistent with a patent or two filed by Samsung in the past – they’ve got the legal rights to make the tech locked down. But having a patent and executing a final product are two very, very different things. They might never make such a thing at all.On the back of the Galaxy Note 10 are a tipped 4x lenses, one each of each of its various high-powered cameras. Three of the cameras are rumored to be relatively traditional – wide-angle, standard, etcetera. The fourth unit was tipped last week to be a 3D scanning ToF sensor. That stands for Time of Flight, and it’s the way of the Augmented Reality future.Assuming what Samsung’s done with its most expensive S family model to date – the Galaxy S10 5G – it would appear that both the front and the back-facing cameras are here to stay. But is the Galaxy Note 10 a different creature? Could this be prime time to deliver a Galaxy Note that breaks the mold, as the Note family’s done several times before?Or could it all be as simple as including a display on the back of the phone, turning the back-facing cameras into front-facing cameras for double duty? That’d certainly make way for the 3D ToF sensor to be a prime-time face scanner, wouldn’t it? Cross your fingers Samsung continues to get weird with it this August.
Not all memory is created equal. Falling a bit behind their PC counterparts,Low Power DDR mobile RAM has only recently caught up to the next fastest DDR5 spec (the fastest is DDR5X). And unsurprisingly, Samsung is boasting that it’s at the forefront of that advancement.Last year it boasted about the industry’s first LPDDR5 RAM but its capacities were in smaller 8 Gigabit rates. This time, it’s going after higher capacities in the same amount of physical space with 12 Gigabit (Gb) modules. While this doesn’t immediately mean it has 12 GB RAM packages, it is also producing that product for mobile phones.With LPDDR5 DRAM, Samsung is promising a theoretical and ideal data transfer rate of 5,500 MB/s, faster than the previous LPDDR4X generation’s 4,266 Mb/s. In practical terms, that means it can transfer twelve 3.7 GB-sized Full HD in a second. Of course, that’s all in-memory and not from NAND storage to another storage.Samsung does mention that it’s making 12 GB packages of 12 Gb LPDDR5 RAM. That could mean that the Galaxy Note 10 will indeed have 12 GB of RAM at long last. Or at least one of them will, with the Galaxy Note 10+ the likely recipient of the high-end memory module. As per Samsung’s tradition, it has started the slow dropping of teasers for its upcoming flagship. Its first hint focused on the S Pen and what may either be a camera on the pen or a tiny punch-hole camera on its face. Although this latest piece of news isn’t directly linked to the Galaxy Note 10, it could at least give hope that next phablet won’t disappoint when it comes to getting the fastest RAM available for mobile devices.
A selection of health policy news from Georgia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Idaho, Alaska, California, Connecticut and North Carolina.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia’s AIDS Drug Program Trims Wait List To ZeroThe state has eliminated a waiting list for a program that provides lifesaving medications to thousands of low-income, uninsured Georgians with HIV/AIDS more than two years after the list was first started. Established in July 2010, the wait list for Georgia’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program rapidly ballooned to more than 1,600 — at one time becoming the largest in the country. A spike in the need for the program was largely fueled by the economic downturn as people lost their jobs and health insurance. Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Public Health ramped up efforts to get more people tested (Williams, 8/24).The Boston Globe: State Signs On To Health Program For Disabled AdultsMassachusetts on Thursday became the first state to sign on to a program that will change the way it pays for the complex and costly health care of up to 110,000 adults with disabilities. At least 25 other states are considering the program, created under the federal Affordable Care Act. But disability advocates and policy analysts have expressed concern that the program is being rolled out too quickly (Conaboy, 8/24).The Lund Report: Regence Refuses To Publicly Share Information On Rate HikeA proposed 9.6 percent rate increase by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon looks like it will be decided behind closed doors. That increase would impact nearly 53,000 Oregonians who purchase their own coverage starting in December. Following a public hearing held last month, Division officials have repeatedly asked Regence for more details about the increased costs from its five provider networks — Providence Health System, Oregon Health & Science University, Legacy Health, Tuality Health and Adventist Health (Lund-Muzikant, 8/24).Philadelphia Inquirer: With Contract Out To Bid, Prison Health Care Questioned”Trying to see a doctor is like trying to get out,” said Williams, 30, who needs a brace and a cane because his leg didn’t heal properly. According to a doctor’s review ordered by his attorney, Williams’ injuries are “both serious and permanent.” Williams is one of many who have filed suit against Corizon — a Tennessee-based firm formerly known as Prison Health Services — over the years. But city officials say they are satisfied with the service. And Corizon is looking to keep its multimillion-dollar contract, which recently expired, with the city (Lucey, 8/27). The Associated Press: LSU Health Care Leader Who Clashed With Jindal Administration Removed From Hospital OversightAfter clashing with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration over budget cuts, the LSU System’s top health care leader was ousted Friday from his role overseeing the university’s network of public hospitals and clinics. Fred Cerise disagreed with Jindal administration cuts that stripped hundreds of millions of dollars from the LSU safety-net health care system that cares for the poor and uninsured and repeatedly defended a hospital system the governor says needs modernizing (Deslatte, 8/24).The Associated Press: Idaho Gets $40K For Medical Home ProjectNine health care-related organizations gave some $40,000 to a state-led effort that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter hopes boosts the quality of care and reduces costs, especially for low-income Medicaid recipients. Contributors to Otter’s Medical Home pilot project included St. Luke’s Health System and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, which gave $5,000 apiece, and Cambia Health Foundation, which gave $10,000. The two-year pilot project aims to refocus health care in Idaho from responding to acute situations to a model where patients develop a relationship with their doctors to coordinate preventative care — before emergencies arise (8/24).Reuters: Alaska, Concerned About Gold Miners’ Health, To Test Them For MercuryAlaska health officials, concerned about amateur miners seeking riches in a modern-day mini gold rush, plan to test prospectors in the town of Nome for mercury exposure for fear that archaic mining techniques may be inadvertently harming their bodies. The Bering Sea port town of Nome has been a magnet this summer for gold prospectors, some of them with little experience, in a boom that state officials attribute in part to publicity from Discovery Channel’s reality TV show “Bering Sea Gold” and other mining shows set in Alaska (Rosen, 8/25).California Healthline: New Attempt At Rate Regulation On BallotOne of the most contentious health-related bills before the Legislature in the past two years was a proposal to regulate health insurance rates, AB 52 by Assembly member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles). After it failed to clear the Legislature in September last year, a consumer rights organization decided to take the baton and make it a state initiative. Almost a full year later, Consumer Watchdog has officially collected 549,380 signatures and the secretary of state on Thursday verified the measure will be on the November 2014 ballot. Voters now will decide the rate regulation question. It also means the rhetoric is likely to get more heated than it did in Sacramento at the height of the rate regulation debate (Gorn, 8/27).The Connecticut Mirror: Wall Street Agency Poses Tougher Test For State Pensions’ HealthJust as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to bolster the state’s cash-starved employee pension fund kicks in, a leading Wall Street credit-rating agency is posing a new way to test the pension system’s fiscal health. Moody’s Investors Service has proposed a new methodology that would offer a much grimmer assessment of public employee pension plans in Connecticut, many other states, and most municipalities (Phaneuf, 8/24).North Carolina Health News: Mental Health Agency Managers Struggle To Cope With Deep Budget CutsLeaders at mental health management entities are struggling this month with the realities of more cuts to their budgets, and how to distribute them throughout their agencies’ services. Local managers received the news from the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services last month that funds from the Social Services Block Grant, and from the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grants would be cut for a total of almost $20 million. These cuts come on top of $20 million in additional budget cuts ordered by the General Assembly (Hoban, 8/27). San Jose Mercury: State’s Non-Profit Hospitals Under Fire Over Government BenefitsThree-fourths of California’s nonprofit hospitals harvested $1.8 billion in government benefits in excess of what they returned in charity care in 2010, according to a new study. Most of California’s hospitals have nonprofit status. 2010 was the most recent year for which data was publicly available, according to the recently released study from the research arm of California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The union-backed study found that for Kaiser Permanente, 17.5 percent of net income went to charity, while 43.08 percent of net income went to charitable care at the Adventist Health System in California, which includes Loma Linda University Medical Center (Steinberg, 8/26).Detroit Free Press: Early Patient Return Trigger Fines Up To $2.23 Million For 7 Metro Detroit HospitalsSeven metro Detroit hospitals are among 2,000 nationwide that will begin paying the biggest federal penalties — some as much as $2.23 million — because too many of their heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients needed to be readmitted within 30 days. Forty-seven other Michigan hospitals will pay smaller fines through a provision of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act that kicks in for the first time Oct. 1. Each of the seven metro hospitals, along with many others, already has programs in place to reduce readmissions, to improve the care of patients and to avoid future penalties (Anstett, 8/27). State Roundup: Ga. AIDS Drug Assistance Waiting List At Zero This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: February 1, 2013 Today’s headlines include reports about state level action regarding health law and consumer protections.Kaiser Health News: NYU Langone Has Reopened, But Can It Regain Market Share? Kaiser Health News staff writer Jenny Gold, working in collaboration with NPR, reports: “As of mid-January, most of NYU is up and running again, including the labor and delivery unit. But the question still looms whether NYU will lose some of the patients and even doctors who sought refuge at NYU’s biggest competitors after the storm. If that happens, the storm could end up having a long term impact on NYU’s valuable share of the fiercely competitive health care market in New York City” (Gold, 2/1). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Tick, Tock: Administration Misses Some Health Law DeadlinesKaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz reports: “The programs, slated to take effect Jan. 1, were supposed to increase fees to primary care doctors who treat Medicaid patients, give states more federal funding if they eliminate Medicaid co-pays for preventive services and experiment with changes to how doctors and hospitals are paid by Medicare. The administration also has delayed giving states guidance on a new coverage option known as the ‘basic health program,’ designed to help low and moderate-income people who don’t qualify for Medicaid” (Galewitz, 1/31). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: State Action Needed To Guarantee Health Law Protections, Says ReportNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Julie Appleby reports: “Lawmakers in most states better get busy if they want authority to enforce key provisions of the federal health law that go into effect next year. That’s the takeaway message from a report by the Commonwealth Fund showing that only 11 states and the District of Columbia have passed rules needed to implement the law” (Appleby, 2/1). Check out what else is on the blog.The New York Times: Report Faults High Fees For Out-Of-Network CareA health insurance industry report to be released on Friday highlights the exorbitant fees charged by some doctors to out-of-network patients like Mr. Gonzalez. The report, by America’s Health Insurance Plans, or AHIP, contrasts some of the highest bills charged by non-network providers in 30 states with Medicare rates for the same services. Some of the charges, the insurers assert, are 30, 40 or nearly 100 times greater than Medicare rates (Rabin, 1/31).Los Angeles Times: Small Surgeries, Huge MarkupsNationwide, some insurers have begun to challenge these bills from outpatient centers. Last year, a unit of insurance giant Aetna Inc. sued several surgery centers in Northern California and accused them of overbilling the insurer more than $20 million. It has pursued similar actions against providers in New Jersey and Texas. Other insurers such as UnitedHealth Group Inc. have filed similar suits in California (Terhune, 1/31).Politico: The New Campaign: Obamacare For AmericaSeveral former White House staffers have found a new way to promote Obamacare: They’re spending millions of dollars in secret corporate and union cash, and they’re harnessing grass-roots tactics to some of the biggest names in the health care industry. Organizing for Action, the successor to President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and Enroll America, a group led by two former Obama staffers that features several insurance company bigwigs on its board, are planning to unleash the same grass-roots mobilization and sophisticated micro-targeting tactics seen in the 2012 campaign (Haberkorn and Vogel, 2/1).The New York Times: Focus On Mental Health Laws To Curb Violence Is Unfair, Some SayLegislation to revise existing mental health laws is under consideration in at least a half-dozen states, including Colorado, Oregon and Ohio. A New York bill requiring mental health practitioners to warn the authorities about potentially dangerous patients was signed into law on Jan. 15. In Washington, President Obama has ordered “a national dialogue” on mental health, and a variety of bills addressing mental health issues are percolating on Capitol Hill. But critics say that this focus unfairly singles out people with serious mental illness, who studies indicate are involved in only about 4 percent of violent crimes and are 11 or more times as likely than the general population to be the victims of violent crime (Goode and Healy, 1/31).The Wall Street Journal: Aetna’s Profit Is Halved On Charges, Higher CostsThis will be something of a transition year for managed-care firms as they gear up for major changes under the health-care overhaul law that start in 2014, such as expanded coverage to millions of Americans through state-based exchanges and an extended Medicaid program. Aetna is also working toward closing on the purchase of Coventry Health Care Inc. through a cash-and-stock deal that was valued at $5.7 billion when it was announced in August (Kamp, 1/31).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Health Insurer Aetna’s 4th-Quarter Profit Sinks 49 Pct As Medical Costs, Charges Pile UpAetna’s fourth-quarter net income sank 49 percent as higher medical costs squeezed profitability for the insurer’s commercial health coverage, and several one-time expenses chipped away at the bottom line (1/31).Politico: McDermott Won’t Retreat On Health CareIn Jim McDermott’s ideal world, health reform would have meant a single-payer health care system. But in Jim McDermott’s real world, he’ll happily defend President Barack Obama’s health care law — and defend is precisely what he expects to do in his new post as the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee (Cunningham, 2/1).Los Angeles Times: Survey Finds Strong Support For Gun Control, More Mental HealthcareNew survey results published Thursday by the New England Journal of Medicine show that a majority of Americans — gun owners and non-owners alike — support stricter measures to keep handguns from people under 21 and to block ownership of any guns for 10 years by those who have perpetrated domestic violence, brandished a weapon in a threatening manner, or committed two or more drug- or alcohol-related crimes. But a murkier picture emerged when Americans were asked about keeping guns out of the hands of those with mental illness (Healy, 1/31).Los Angeles Times: Most States Lack Healthcare Consumer Protection LawsNearly 4 out of 5 states have not enacted laws essential to enforcing new consumer protections in President Obama’s healthcare law, less than a year before it is supposed to be fully implemented, a new survey indicates. Millions of Americans still stand to benefit in 2014 from protections in the Affordable Care Act, such as a new guarantee that consumers with preexisting medical conditions cannot be denied coverage (Levey, 1/31).Los Angeles Times: Support for Healthcare Overhaul Reaches All-Time High In New PollSupport for President Obama’s healthcare overhaul is at an all-time high in California, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California. The survey, released Wednesday, found that 55% of Californians back the changes to the nation’s healthcare system under the federal Affordable Care Act, up 8 percentage points since last March (Mishak, 1/31).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Democrats Criticize Cuccinelli For Comments In His Book On Medicare, Social SecurityDemocratic lawmakers on Thursday denounced Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s remarks in his new book about government programs like Medicare and Social Security. The gubernatorial candidate’s book, “The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty,” will be released Feb. 12. But according to media reports on excerpts from the book, Cuccinelli writes that politicians bolster their power by creating benefits that make people dependent on the government (1/31).NPR: Should Medicare Pay For Alzheimer’s Scans? Researchers have embraced the drug as a tool to gauge these so-called amyloid plaques in the brain. They’ve already found that amyloid shows up years before people start having problems with memory or thinking. But is the test appropriate for widespread clinical use? A panel of advisers grappled with that question Wednesday at a public meeting to consider whether Medicare should pay for the test (Hensley, 1/31).The Wall Street Journal: AstraZenaca, Bristol-Myers Deepen Diabetes AllianceAstraZeneca PLC and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. have deepened their diabetes-drug partnership by merging their diabetes marketing teams and moving them to a new U.S. headquarters separate from either company, AstraZeneca’s new chief executive, Pascal Soriot, said in an interview (Whalen and Hodgson, 1/31).The Washington Post: Republican Bolling Makes Case For Expanding Medicaid In Va. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling on Thursday came out in favor of expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program, carving out another position that sets him apart from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and a Republican rival for governor (Vozzella, 1/31).Los Angeles Times: Glendale Memorial Hospital Employees Protest Planned LayoffsNurses, technicians and other employees gathered outside Glendale Memorial Hospital on Thursday morning to protest planned layoffs. The hospital last week announced plans to lay off an undetermined number of employees, citing an increase in the number of uninsured patients caused by the lengthy economic recession and cuts in government insurance programs (Wells, 1/31).Politico: Abortion Coverage: The New Battleground For StatesConservative states may have lost their bid to kill Obamacare, but they’re winning the battle on another front: abortion coverage. At least 20 states have banned or restricted the coverage of abortion procedures — including coverage in private insurance plans — revealing a new battleground in the arduous task of carrying out the controversial national health care law (Smith, 1/31).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Arkansas Senate Passes Legislation That Would Ban Abortions As Early As 6 Weeks Into PregnancyThe Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to prohibit most abortions if a heartbeat is detected, ignoring warnings from opponents that banning the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy would invite lawsuits. If enacted, the ban would be the most stringent in the nation. The Ohio House passed a similar ban in 2011, but it was sidelined in the Senate last year over concerns that it might be found unconstitutional. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe told reporters Thursday that’s the same concern that he’s researching (1/31). 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This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The legislation would expand health, education and other benefits for vets and would cost $21 billion over 10 years.The Associated Press: Vets Benefits Bill Should Win Initial Senate VoteA sprawling Democratic bill expanding health, education and other benefits for veterans seems ready to clear an initial hurdle in the Senate. Yet the election-year measure faces an uncertain fate as Republicans try to make it smaller and find ways to pay for it. The legislation, which sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., says would cost $21 billion over the coming decade, could confront GOP lawmakers with an uncomfortable campaign-season test over curbing spending for the nation’s 22 million veterans and their families (Fram, 2/25). Politico Pro: Senate To Debate Veterans’ Health Care BillA massive veterans bill the Senate will consider this week would greatly increase their access to health care, through more than two dozen new facilities across the country, greater rehabilitation for men and women who have returned from deployments with traumatic brain injuries and other services. The omnibus legislation would be the largest package of veterans’ benefits passed in decades. Veterans groups are championing the multibillion-dollar bill not only because of its focus on expanded medical and dental care but also its array of provisions aimed at helping veterans obtain education and find jobs (Cunningham, 2/24). Meanwhile, the budget request for the Defense Department next year also calls for some health benefit cuts for active duty military.The Washington Post: Pentagon Budget Would Cut Military Health Benefits And Commissary FundsThe Pentagon’s 2015 budget proposal would raise health-care costs for certain members of the military community and drastically trim subsidies for the commissaries that provide discounted groceries to troops and their families (Hicks, 2/24). The Washington Post: Little Uniformity In Military Health CareA new series of critical reports highlights the need to speed up unification of the military services’ separate approaches to health care, which is one of the fastest-growing budget items but still lacks common standards for dealing with some medical issues (Pincus, 2/24). Senate To Consider Massive Bill To Revamp Veterans’ Benefits
State-Based Marketplaces Want Feds To Decide Who Is Exempted From Mandate This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. At least seven states have criticized an administration proposal to make state-run marketplaces responsible for determining eligibility for mandate exemptions. Meanwhile, Oregon’s Legislative Counsel’s Office says the exchange board does not have authority to scrap the state exchange in favor of the federal one. The legal opinion is not binding.The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: The Obamacare Change That’s Unpopular In Blue StatesState-run health insurance exchanges are squabbling with the Obama administration over who should be responsible for deciding who deserves a free pass from Obamacare’s unpopular individual mandate. At least seven state exchanges have sharply criticized an administration proposal that would shift responsibility for determining eligibility for mandate exemptions onto the state-run marketplaces in the 2015 enrollment period, scheduled to open Nov. 15. The states warn they don’t have the technical ability or funding to handle requests from people seeking a pass from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to obtain insurance coverage or pay a fine. Some states have urged the Department of Health and Human Services to dump the proposal, while others are asking to delay its implementation by at least a year (Millman, 4/30).The Oregonian: Cover Oregon: Legal Opinion Could Toss Exchange Into More TurmoilIn the latest wrinkle for the state’s problem-plagued health care exchange, a new legal opinion says the Cover Oregon board does not have the authority to dump the state exchange and switch to the federal one, as the board said Friday that it plans to do. The opinion from Oregon’s Legislative Counsel Office, issued Tuesday, is not binding. But it threatens to throw the exchange, with a website that has never fully worked despite a cost of $248 million, into more turmoil (Zheng, 4/30). Minnesota Public Radio: MNsure Names Leitz Its Permanent CEOMNsure’s board of directors has decided to give interim CEO Scott Leitz the job permanently. Credited with improving the operation of the online health insurance marketplace, Leitz will lead the organization through a critical time. He and MNsure leaders must decide whether MNsure’s technical infrastructure can be salvaged or scrapped (Stawicki, 4/30). The Star Tribune: Interim CEO Leitz Gets Nod To Lead MNsure Long TermThe MNsure board of directors on Wednesday gave its full support to Scott Leitz to run the agency for the future. Leitz has been serving as interim CEO since mid-December, when former director April Todd-Malmlov resigned over technical problems with the online health insurance exchange. “Scott’s created some positive momentum, and I’d like to remove doubt about the leadership of the organization and remove the ‘interim’ from his title,” MNsure board Chairman Brian Beutner told members. The board discussed instituting a national search, but decided to put that off (Crosby, 5/1).
Texas, Ariz., Va. Among States That Saw 11th-Hour Rush This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Many states saw a doubling of residents signing up for private plans through the federal exchanges in the final weeks of open enrollment for 2014. Most enrollees received federal subsidies.The Richmond Times-Dispatch: More Than 216,000 Virginians Enroll In Health PlansMore than 216,000 Virginians have enrolled in health insurance plans on the new federal marketplace, more than twice as many as the government’s initial target and more than doubling the number who had signed up through March 1. Since then, almost 113,000 people selected health plans in the marketplace in Virginia in the final month and a half of enrollment, including those who were in line for coverage when the sign-up period ended officially March 31, according to enrollment figures federal officials released Thursday. The increase in enrollment in Virginia was part of a surge nationally that boosted the total number of sign-ups to 8 million people (Martz, 5/2). The Associated Press: Data Show Most In NY Health Exchange Get SubsidiesA federal report shows nearly three-fourths of those insured through New York’s new health exchange are getting financial assistance. Applicants with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible for tax credits to help offset premium payments (5/1). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Almost 140,000 Wisconsin Residents Enrolled In ObamacareAbout 140,000 people in Wisconsin have enrolled in health plans sold on the federal marketplace set up through the Affordable Care Act, figures released Thursday show, with enrollment soaring in the state and nationwide as the law’s first open-enrollment period came to a close. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said 139,815 people in Wisconsin had enrolled in plans sold on the marketplace as of April 19, with 91% of those individuals or families eligible for subsidies to help offset the cost of their plans. Nationally, 8 million people enrolled in plans sold on the federal and state marketplaces, and 85% of those were eligible for subsidized coverage (Boulton, 5/1). The Texas Tribune: In Texas, Obamacare Enrollment Spiked Before Deadline Total Texas enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act more than doubled in the month leading up to the deadline, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to March 1, 295,000 Texans had enrolled for health coverage under the federal health law, which requires most people to sign up for an insurance plan this year or face financial penalties. By April 19 — a deadline the federal government extended in part to account for technological troubles — that number had grown to 733,757, the highest enrollment jump in the nation (Sementelli and Ura, 5/1).The Dallas Morning News: Surge Of Texans Signed Up For Health Care In Final WeeksNew numbers out show that 734,000 Texans bought health insurance through the federal marketplace from last October to April 19, 2014, a report released by Health and Human Services shows. Prior to March 1, an anemic 295,000 people had signed up, but in the final stretch of the Affordable Care Act first-year sign-up, another 439,000 obtained private insurance through the exchange. Health care advocates applauded the new sign-up numbers and said the results are impressive, especially in the face of strong opposition from virtually every state Republican leader (Hoppe, 5/1). The Associated Press: Maryland Falls Short Of Insurance Enrollment GoalNewly released figures show that Maryland fell far short of projections [for] enrolling residents in private insurance through its troubled health exchange, even as national enrollment figures exceed expectations. Numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services show that through April 19, 67,757 Marylanders have signed up for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Last year, federal officials had projected that 150,000 Marylanders would enroll (5/1).The Detroit Free Press: More Than 250,000 In Michigan Signed Up For Plans Under Health Care ReformMore than a quarter-million Michiganders chose health care plans under federal health reform — more than expected, according to the government’s own estimates — despite the law’s troubled six-month roll-out (Erb, 5/1). The Des Moines Register: 29,163 Iowans Signed Up For Insurance On Healthcare.govMore than 29,000 Iowans selected private health-insurance plans on the government’s new online marketplace before last month’s deadline, federal officials said. Most of those who signed up for plans via healthcare.gov had low enough incomes to qualify for public subsidies to help pay premiums. The Department of Health and Human Services said 84 percent of the 29,163 Iowans who signed up for plans qualified for subsidies (Leys, 5/1). Georgia Health News: State’s Final Exchange Sign-Ups Surprisingly HighMore than 316,000 Georgians signed up for a health plan in the insurance exchange by the end of the enrollment period — more than doubling the state’s figure at the end of February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday. Georgia’s 127 percent enrollment growth since March 1 was rivaled by surges in several other states, including Texas’ 149 percent and Florida’s 123 percent, federal officials said. “The good burst of enrollees at the last minute reflects the number of uninsured in those states,’’ said Bill Custer, a health insurance expert at Georgia State University (Miller, 5/1). The Chicago Sun-Times: Exceeding Predictions, 217,000 Illinoisans Sign Up For Obamacare InsuranceSo far, more than 217,000 people in Illinois have bought private health insurance created under the Affordable Care Act in its first year of open enrollment. Pushed by last-minute sign-ups, Illinois, like most states, exceeded the expectations set by the federal government. But the number of Hispanics who bought a plan — both in Illinois and nationally — fell short compared to the number of eligible Hispanics who lacked insurance, the federal government reported Thursday. And nationally, the percentage of young and theoretically healthy enrollees didn’t budge much (Thomas, 5/1). The Arizona Republic: State Health Officials Happy With Surge Of Late Sign-UpsNearly a quarter million Arizona residents have secured private health insurance or Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act as a late surge during the final weeks of enrollment more than doubled marketplace sign-ups. An eleventh-hour blitz by community groups assisting enrollees contributed to the surge, with 62,460 Arizonans signing up during the final six weeks to bring the enrollment total to 120,071. The six-month enrollment period was scheduled to run through March 31, but the federal government added two weeks to allow people who started the process to finish by mid-April (Alltucker, 5/1).
There’s a growing – and troubling – body of evidence that hospital mergers lead to higher prices. In other words, insurers, employers — we all tend to pay more for C-sections, heart surgery and hip replacements as hospitals get bigger and more powerful. (Gorenstein, 3/21) Mass. Community Hospitals Struggle With Low Payments In other Massachusetts hospital news, a heated debate is taking place in the statehouse regarding how hospitals can press insurers to cover virtual visits. Elsewhere, Marketplace reports that hospital mergers within state borders may drive up treatment prices and the CEO of Chicago’s Presence has diagnosed the hospital chain’s financial ills. In Dallas, Parkland Hospital is experimenting with how patients with complex conditions can care for themselves at home. The Chicago Tribune: Presence Health CEO Tending To Ailing Hospital Chain The Boston Globe: Health Costs May Rise As Small Hospitals Struggle STAT: As Virtual Doctor Visit Takes Off, Debate Over Who Should Pay Heats Up Massachusetts community hospitals are losing business to larger urban teaching hospitals, a trend that threatens to undermine the state’s campaign to curb health care spending. In its first report on the issue, the state’s Health Policy Commission said Monday that community hospitals are being squeezed by lower payments from insurers and the choice of many patients to be treated at big Boston hospitals, even for routine medical care. (Dayal McCluksey, 3/21) When is a video chat with a doctor equivalent to an office visit? State legislators across the US have been grappling with that question as hospitals press for insurance companies to fully cover virtual appointments — and insurers balk at those demands. But the political wrangling, including a heated debate now at the Massachusetts statehouse, hasn’t stopped the growth of telemedicine. (Bailey, 3/22) Marketplace: Hospital Mergers Within State Borders Drive Up Costs Michael Englehart, president and CEO of Presence Health, is not a doctor. But he’s caring for a sick patient — his hospital chain. In an unusually frank discussion Wednesday, Englehart said he’s surprised at what he has uncovered since starting Oct. 1. His diagnosis is ugly. Billing and collection failures. Weak internal accounting controls. Outdated technology. (Sachdev, 3/18) Marketplace: Study Says Patients Can Manage Complex Care At Home — And Cut Costs The Holy Grail in health care is finding a way to cut costs and improve outcomes. Researchers at Parkland Hospital in Dallas say they’ve uncovered a way to do both — so that patients who typically have to stay in the hospital for more than a month can go home and care for themselves. (Silverman, 3/21) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Source: Electric Vehicle News Is it a bazooka? Is it a missile? Is it a bicycle rack? SOL calls it a “noped”—not quite a motorcycle, not quite a moped. Its name: the Pocket Rocket. Despite its weapon-y design, the Pocket Rocket is a proper e-bike.The tubular aluminum frame is mounted on two wheels with a fork suspension at the front and a coil spring at the back. The seat almost looks like an afterthought, awkwardly set on top of the main cannon. The wheels are fitted with hydraulic brakes with regenerative capability. The Rocket weighs in at 121 lb and in case the name of the e-bike and its shape aren’t rocket-y enough, the taillight is made to look like an afterburner. The Grom Reaper Takes You to E-Bike Heaven Meet the Sur-Ron Light Bee Long-Range E-Bike The countdown to the launch has startedWith so many new competitors joining in the electric motorcycle race, we get to see e-bikes of all shapes and sizes, but none quite as explosive as the SOL Motors Pocket Rocket.More E-Bikes Indian Startup Ultraviolette Announces E-Bike for 2019 The Pocket Rocket is propelled by a 220V battery and an 8.5 horsepower electric motor, which is enough firepower for the top-of-the-line S variant to reach a top speed of 50 miles per hour—the smaller entry-level model is rated at 30 mph. Not exactly torpedo fast, but fast enough to cruise about town. The range isn’t exactly ballistic but varies between a respectable 30 and 50 miles. The rider has a choice of three riding modes: Eco, Sport, and Wheelie because why wouldn’t you want the front wheel to shoot right up!Pricing starts roughly around $6,000 for the entry-level model and skyrockets to $7,500 for the S version. There is now say whether the German-built rocket will be fired across the ocean, so we won’t jump the gun, however, we’re pretty sure it would create a shock wave on the North American market. One thing is for sure, we’d all get to feel like Major Kongs. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 8, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Goes Dark With Black S Appearance Package A possible issue that could cause the minivan to stall or increase its potential for fire moves FCA to recall over 10,000 Pacifica Hybrids. The issue involves the gas engine not starting correctly after the van switches out of electric-only mode, which can cause the van to stall and leave unused gas in the exhaust system with potential to ignite. This is just one of many recalls involving the plug-in van, including another that could render the van inoperable due to a faulty diode. The recall applies to 2017 and 2018 Pacifica Hybrids that were produced between August 16, 2016 and August 7, 2018.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) via Green Car Reports, the engine can get out of phase and:… the electric motor will continue to spin the engine in this condition causing significant amounts of unburned fuel to enter the catalyst and potentially ignite.Chrysler plans to start servicing this recall on December 8, 2018. The technicians will run an update on the van’s powertrain software and check the catalytic converter. If there are concerns with the converter, it will be replaced. Contact Chrysler customer service for more details (1-800-853-1403).Source: Green Car Reports Chrysler has issued recent recalls impacting millions of vehicles, including several for the Pacifica Hybrid.Not long ago, Chrysler recalled nearly five million vehicles for an issue that could cause the cruise control to stay locked on. This newest recall for the Pacifica Hybrid is related to the latter. It’s important to note that even if you had the cruise control issue fixed, the automaker still wants your plug-in hybrid minivan back in for another check.Additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid News: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Named Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year Up To 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivans Will Join Waymo Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 6, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News
As Tesla transitions from free Supercharging to a paid model, it looks like the automaker is still trying to tune its approach.The company has now ended its free Supercharger credit program for Model S and Model X vehicles. more…The post Tesla ends free Supercharger credit program for Model S and Model X appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward
Source: Electric Vehicle News Hyundai Kona Electric Vs Kia Niro EV, The Autobahn Efficiency Edition Hyundai Kona Electric Range Test In Winter (-17°C): Video According to the EPA, the 2019 Kona Electric has an estimated range of 258 miles. So, clearly 270 miles is pushing it, especially when factoring in the hills. However, there are many other factors that impact range. Fisher says he plans to perform additional tests to get a better idea of the Kona Electric’s range.Check out the video and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.Video Description via Mr. Mobile (Michael Fisher) on YouTube:Kona Electric Road Trip: LA To Vegas In Hyundai’s Long-Range EVThe last time I got behind the wheel of a Hyundai it was the NEXO – a fuel-cell SUV that took me 900 miles on the power of hydrogen. The Hyundai Kona Electric is similar, from the number of seats to the preponderance of buttons in the cockpit – but where the Nexo confines you to a handful of hydrogen stations across California, the Hyundai Kona Electric has a battery big enough to go from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on one charge (or it would, if there weren’t so many mountains in between). In my latest road trip I take the 64 kWh Ultimate Trim of the Kona Electric from LA to LV to see just how close it comes to the promise of a true Tesla Model 3 competitor.MrMobile’s Hyundai Kona Electric Road Trip was produced following five days in a Hyundai Kona Electric test vehicle on loan from Hyundai. The review model was the Ultimate trim with 64 kWh battery. Electric charging during the trip was provided by Hyundai in the form of a prepaid electric charging card. Hyundai was not given copy approval rights and MrMobile received no compensation in exchange for producing this video.Further testing in 2019 may result in either a YouTube or Instagram followup to fully flesh out the question of range. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 12, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Can the Hyundai Kona Electric make the journey on a single charge?Michael Fisher (AKA Mr. Mobile) says the Kona Electric could make it, if there weren’t so many mountains. The trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is a popular one and especially useful for EV range tests.If you take the longer route past Joshua Tree National Park and through the middle of the Mojave National Preserve, you’re looking at some 326 miles and well over five hours. Fisher chose the more common, shorter route, which takes you 270 miles in about four hours.More Hyundai Kona Electric News: Hyundai Kona Electric Gets Priced In U.S: SEL, Limited, Ultimate
Let’s Look At CATL’s Numerous Battery Deals CATL Delivered China’s Largest 100 MWh Battery Energy Storage CATL Deepens Battery Tie With BAIC BJEV, Pride Power CATL said the net profit drop was mainly caused by the disposal of the transfer of Beijing Pride Power System Technology Limited’s equity in the same period a year ago.The battery provider ascribes the increase in gross revenues and non-recurring-excluded profits to the rising demand on domestic power battery market thanks to the fast development of new energy vehicle market. Besides, the NEV subsidy adjustment, the technical standard upgrade and more normalized industrial climate all propel CATL to strengthen its market development, thus both sales performance and market shares have been enlarged.Moreover, the output increase with the production capacity release and the lower expense-to-income ratio thanks to the optimized expense control and management all benefitted the revenue and non-recurring-excluded profit growth.CATL and the state-owned carmaker FAW Group set up a joint venture dubbed CATL-FAW Power Battery Company (CATL-FAW) at the end of January, according to tianyancha.com, a Chinese data search platform. In addition, it also builds joint ventures with Geely, SAIC Motor, GAC Group and Dongfeng Motor.Source: Gasgoo Source: Electric Vehicle News Growing battery maker reports net profit drop.In 2018, CATL gained RMB29.611 billion in gross revenues with a year-on-year leap of 48.08%, while its net profits attributable to shareholders of the listed company declined 7.71% from the previous year to RMB3.579 billion. Besides, the full-year non-recurring-excluded profits attributable to the listed company jumped 30.95% to RMB3.111 billion, the power battery maker announced on February 27.More CATL News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 6, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News
9 Feb 2009 13:47 Football tactics Share Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp MoscowVilla 9 Feb 2009 20:20 Facebook Report 9 Feb 2009 13:05 Share via Email Twitter Chicken100,Totally agree. But wtf do United know about clean sheets anyway!? ;o)I think we will be at our strongest once Arshavin is fitted somewhere into an attacking line that will be rotated and tweaked for every game. Our players will need to adapt and learn the importance of the team ethic, sitting out some games and coming off the bench. I mean, with Walcott and Eduardo returning, along with Cesc, I think we are in a position to maintain fresh legs for the run-in and push ourselves back into the top 4.It does feel like we are learning to defend again, it’s just that our creative juices aren;t flowing like they should. That’s where experience if often needed.Somebody mentioned Pires earlier and that is exactly the name that left my lips when Giggsy scored the winner yesterday. Hopefully Nasri will keep on doing what he does but I do wish Wenger would slot him into the centre a bit more – Denilson and Song played well but they are functional and we need a little bit more vision. 9 Feb 2009 20:13 Football tactics Topics Griffey Sportblog Share on Twitter Share on Twitter blogposts Share Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this content,View all comments > Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 0 1 Reply 50 Report Facebook Email (optional) BrazilBranch Facebook collapsed Facebook Share on Facebook oldest Arsenal Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook 9 Feb 2009 10:59 It really is interesting to watch the Gunners this season. 5th place is looking increasingly likely. Sure, they’re unbeaten in 10 league games, which sounds great, until you realise that they’ve only won four of those games. Seriously, 16 points from a possible 30, despite not being beaten, is still pathetic for a club of such aspirations.Were it not for Van Persie’s late equaliser at Goodison they’d only be 1pt up from Everton in 6th. What’s worse for Arsenal is that after Man U v Fulham next week, I fully expect them to be languishing 15pts behind Utd and it isn’t unreasonable for them to finish the season 15-20pts off top. True, no Rosicky, Fabregas, Eduardo (and now Adebayor), but nonetheless this is a massive regression for such a club.Will it take years to recover, especially if their playing stocks are raided by Europe’s more temporarily well-off/prestigious clubs and Arsene starts to consider his own future? Twitter Twitter Facebook David Pleat Twitter Share on Twitter I notice nobody mentioning the absolutely blatant penalty not given for the kick against Keane in the first few minutes, a far more clear cut decision than the disallowed goal. 1-0 spurs, the wind in their sails, Arsenal already looking rocky in the opening quarter, who knows what could’ve happened. Or what would’ve happened had the goal been allowed to stand. Pointless bickering, refs make mistakes, and both of these were understandable if wrong.They make far fewer and less important mistakes than players and coaches do, that’s for certain. Reply Report Report Share on Twitter 1 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Reply Report Threads collapsed Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook Report Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share 0 1 All Share on Twitter 0 1 | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share Dougsey Report 0 1 Pires wanted a 2 year deal, Wenger only offered him 1. And if you remember his last season, Bob’s legs had gone. I’d’ve gladly kept him, but the league was too quick for him. What talent, other than Diarra, has he not held on to that have gone on to bigger and better things?As for the the rest of the players you mention, 3 are in a plummeting Portsmouth side, Bentley can’t get in the Spurs team, and Upson is a good player in a middling side, if he’s really got it, where are the bids from Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool? Facebook recommendations Twitter Share on Facebook Up4GrabsNow;If I have one criticism of Wenger’s record at Arsenal, it’s that he’s too often failed to build on success.Not once has he won two premier league titles in a row. Ferguson’s Man Utd win one, and use it as a platform to then turn that into two or three. In fact, only once has Ferguson won a lone title – the rest are all part of a pair or trio.No doubt Utd’s enduring excellence has played a part, but as far as I’m concerned, if you can construct a team capable of winning one title, you should be able to ensure that you have a side as good, or better, next season.It’s a competition of fine margins, but that’s the difference in sport. It’s those extra points or that extra fraction’s worth of speed that gets a title or a gold medal, respectively.Sure enough, his Arsenal also won two domestic doubles, and had that unbeaten season (which, apart from being novel, was in my opinion less impressive than Chelsea’s record 95pt/+57GD haul the following season, or Man Utd in 99/00 for that matter), but for my mind he’s too often finished second, even in major cup tournaments (having lost finals in the Champ Lg, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup).The man changed the Premier League totally when he came in, and it’s far better off for his involvement, but everyone else has caught up and Arsene is getting left behind now. The master is looking more an apprentice these days. Or maybe we should just look back at him one days not as a triumphant manager, but as more of the visionary catalyst for the rest of the competition. Report | Pick Share go8gr7gxbhux 3 Share Share on LinkedIn 0 1 9 Feb 2009 16:09 If Villa beat Chelsea and Arsenal beat Sunderland at home on the same day then Arsenal are two points behind Chelsea. Hardly that far off fourth.I think most of Arsenal’s problems come from midfield – the defenders don’t trust them, neither do the attackers. Most of them will only pass sideways. On their own Song & Denilson are quite good and show promise but put in the same midfield with Eboue and there’s just too much laziness there.First team available, Arsenal are a pretty good team however I can’t remember the last time I saw that. Adebayor definitely wouldn’t make it into the 1st team on form.I also thought Bendtner played particularly well yesterday – came on and worked very hard and made things happen.its not all doom and gloom at Arsenal. For me only two sides have been impressive this season – Manchester United & Villa (in patches). Facebook Twitter Shares00 | Pick Report Twitter 9 Feb 2009 14:09 View more comments Facebook Reply Reply 1 Share on Facebook Emmanuel Eboue gets his second yellow card. Photograph: Sang Tan/AP Share | Pick Report Report 0 1 Reply Report Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Twitter 9 Feb 2009 20:30 Report Jonwoo Yeah but when bigger clubs with lots of money come in with offers for Arsenal players, then they have to accept in their financial situation. I mean, Bristol City offered half a million pounds for Andy Cole! What were they going to do, say ´No´? 0 1 LondonEye Facebook Report Share Reply Unluckily sent off? What luck are we talking about? The luck that he didn’t receive a straight red for violent conduct and so miss the next 3 games? Strange comment by David Pleat. Generally, I’m not sure about Wenger’s wonderful restructuring saving the game, I just thought Spurs were abject, and Arsenal not much better.I agree Arsenal’s injury list has a lot of wonderful players, and Arshavin is a little wizard, but how long it will take him to get fit and then adapt to the English game I don’t know, I hope not long, and I hope Arsenal do pip Chelsea for 4th. Chelsea look a bit flat at the moment. Of course, the next league game, Villa at home to Chelsea is a huge one. If we can keep our form and confidence going, and knock Chelsea’s another step back, that could be the knock-out blow for them mentally. They are looking a bit psychologically frail. Arsenal still have Chelsea to play as I remember. Reply Share on Twitter You’re right HighburyHero – I was going to add that Arsenal are in no position financially (and haven’t been for 3-4 years) to compete with Man Utd. However, you know what I mean. All successful teams are built on defensive organisation and consistency (even before huge money was required). It seems only now over half way through the season has Wenger realised the benefit of keeping a clean sheet. But this has only happened due to the injuries of key creative players and after the flimsy performances against Hull, Fulham, Spurs and Stoke etc… Too little too late, the damage has alrady been done. 0 1 Share on Facebook Comments 57 Eboue had to go but since when were players sent off by fourth officials?It’s something I’d like to see more in the game to be fair, but when countless players get away with things every week it seems a shame that Eboue is the victim of what is, essentially, a video replay. | Pick 100 MoscowVilla Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter paulfromhull2 Twitter Facebook | Pick Share Share Facebook Share on Twitter 9 Feb 2009 16:52 Twitter bigredtx Share on Facebook Fabregooner 9 Feb 2009 16:30 Twitter 0 1 Share Facebook Twitter 9 Feb 2009 19:04 0 1 Dunno about a lot of opinions on this blog so far – Arsenal have had terrible injury problems this season that would have stymied even Utds challenge : Toure had malaria, Fabregas was made captain one week and out for months a week later … Walcott was looking world beating then got injured long term, not to say anything of Rosicky and Eduardo, and now Adeybayors out. The only positive (touch wood) is that RvPs fit and in form.And take a look at Arsenals fixture list coming up – I suspect they will push on now and take 4th from Chelsea, who look totally without inspiration, while talent such as Arshavin and Eduardo wait to take part. They have shown they can battle and be resilient, despite a threadbare squad. Unbeaten for ages and still in the FA Cup and the Champions League. Its not too bad actually and will only get better … 0 1 | Pick Reply Share I thought it was a poor game for the most part, and Eboue going off didn’t help that. He wasn’t bad while he was on but his behaviour is a constant liability, and I didn’t feel any sympathy for him when he got sent off, just annoyance with him.I’m not too concerned that Adebayor is out for a few weeks either, he’s been pretty unimpressive lately and I hope his absence might result in more opportunities for Vela who has shown some promise. Unfortunately I think Bendtner will get more starts now but I’m not a big fan of his. Other than occasional flashes he just doesn’t seem good enough.It will be interesting to see if Arshavin makes a difference, but I’m not holding my breath. Report Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other | Pick Share on Facebook chicken100 Share 0 1 Reply Griffey Order by oldest Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick 0 1 Report Share 9 Feb 2009 13:47 comments (57)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. buffalo6 Report Facebook 2 Sun 8 Feb 2009 20.56 EST Share on Twitter 9 Feb 2009 17:00 Reply Share on Twitter newest 9 Feb 2009 17:28 They’re rich now, it won’t take that long.Would be amusing watching other clubs implode if Platini got his way somehow, also. Twitter go8gr7gxbhux Share via Email Share on Facebook 9 Feb 2009 17:30 kiwired Twitter Reply | Pick Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Report Report | Pick go8gr7gxbhux 9 Feb 2009 17:37 Reply Yaotzin | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 3 0 1 Share on Facebook | Pick 0 1 | Pick Share 2 Report 9 Feb 2009 14:40 Close report comment form Share on Pinterest Reply Eboue kicked out at Modric….in Shaun Wright Phillips style…it should probably have been a direct red!!! he got away with it, but stayed around to then get a 2nd yellow……not very smart.Wrong way round, PaulfromHull. Eboue got the first yellow for failing to go away when ordered to three times by card-happy ref. His second yellow was for the petulant kick. Sad because until then he was having the kind of game Wenger must know he is capable of. Strong driving runs into the heart of Spurs defence, a goal disallowed for very little (the push didn’t affect the Spurs player, it was Adebayor on the floor that caused him to fall).But the truth is Eboue does this kind of thing to often. It’s like he doesn’t see the bigger picture of the match and the significance of small incidents. He actually thought he had got away with the kick. Someone should tell him there are cameras at football matches, because he doesn’t seem to get that. A pity because when he plays as he did in the first 20minutes he can scare the life out of defenders.As for Arsene’s policy, I would have liked to have held on to PIres, Henry and Vieira, but the truth is they couldn’t hack it in the most demanding league in the world. For example, do you think Beckham could continue to play for Man U in the Prem? Then how is he doing so well in Italy? Because the tempo is much slower, as it is in Spain and this is why the players mentioned left.Wenger has been stymied by the stadium development and Arsenal’s wage and transfer policy. I wish that would change a bit, and maybe the arrival of Arhavin has signalled that.When Rosicky (hopefully), Fabregas, Eduardo and Walcott come back there will be some good options in attack, but we still need a dominant centre-half and a midfield general. Flamini was overrated though had a great work rate.But if Wenger’s famous stubbornness is allowed to affect his transfer policy, and he refuses to change it now Arsenal have moved into the stadium, then Arsenal will fall further, and once you are out of the top four it will be very difficult to get back in.Ferguson has proved himself time and again, but he has also had the money to do so. But, it has to be said, if Wenger had been given the same amount of money, I doubt he would have had the guts to bid £20m + for Rooney and pay an extra £3m or so for Berbatove once he realised that Man City were going to gazump him. That alone marks Fergie out as a manager with cojones!Fourth place must be the aim, and I think we can do it. But next year will be last chance saloon for Wenger so he must, finally, spend big and get two, maybe three world class players to boost the undoubted technical talent of this young team. It takes more than technique to win leagues! 9 Feb 2009 20:02 9 Feb 2009 14:17 Eboue kicked out at Modric….in Shaun Wright Phillips style…it should probably have been a direct red!!! he got away with it, but stayed around to then get a 2nd yellow……not very smart.Of course Mr selective vision probably didn’t see it that way Share on Facebook 9 Feb 2009 19:19 Sportblog @Chicken100,you forgot to mention “lots of money”. Reply Facebook | Pick | Pick 0 1 Report David Pleat’s chalkboard Twitter First off – to touch on the article – Wenger has the advantage of an excellent back four, particularly against the type of attack of Spurs. So Arsene has the capacity to leave players further forward than most managers in such a situation. RvP was certainly working back as well so the formation was more 4-3-1-1. Plus, Arsenal are desperate for the points – there is the very real prospect of battling Chelsea for 5th and 6th if their form and injuries continue.Still it does break up the big four. 9 Feb 2009 19:25 0 1 0 1 Show 25 Share Reply | Pick unthreaded Share on Twitter Twitter Report route22 Twitter | Pick “It’s two points dropped because we had the best chances and because we scored a regular goal that was cancelled for an illusionary foul seen only by the referee,” said Wenger, “I’ve watched it three times on television and I still don’t see what’s wrong.”The first yellow card was very harsh,” said Wenger. ” The second [booking] I haven’t seen but they told me he has retaliated”.Reckon Wenger got sick and tired of watching Eboue making a complete idiot of himself 🙂 0 1 Share Share expanded 25 Twitter Tottenham Hotspur Facebook chicken100 9 Feb 2009 19:56 Twitter Share on Facebook Lineman LoonyGoon Share on Facebook Arsenal are much poorer this season, but of the ex-Arse players, only Andy Cole, Henry (albeit marginally), and Diarra would have made Arsenal’s team against Spurs. The rest of the team are largely memories of great players, not necessarily players who can play at a high level today.Cole (for the money) and Henry (ego) had to go anyways. Too bad Diarra could not have had more patience. Facebook Share Share on Twitter | Pick Arsenal and Spurs are two poor teams… Remarkable that it was old man Giggs who unlocked W. Ham today yet Wenger saw fit to let Bobby Pires go because of age.A team of ex-Arse who still are plying their trade elsewhere to some effect:ManningerLauren Upson Sol Ashley ColeBentley Diarra Vieira PiresKanu HenryI’ll bet this XI would beat the 11 that started vs Spurs today. My point is Wenger does a piss poor job of retaining talent. It’s one thing to bring players into the first 11 but quite another to keep them happy.I can only hope the rumour that Eboue was wanted elsewhere during the transfer window was exactly that – a rumour. The man is a Championship player at best. The good news is that he will miss at least one game and we willnot be subjected to his horrorshows… Sad state of affairs. Twitter PaulfromhullThere’s probably a reason why Mr Selective Vision probably didn’t see it that way … Share 9 Feb 2009 19:36 | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook Share Share on Facebook 0 1 Reply Share 0 1 0 1 Share on Facebook 0 1 Facebook Share on Twitter Report Facebook vernier 0 1 Report Up4GrabsNow Share on Twitter Londoneye – it takes more than technique to win leagues.That sums it all up and you only have to look at ManUtd to see what it takes to win the league. Consistency and organisation is what Uniteds title bid is based on.And it wasn’t Wenger outsmarting Redknapp that earned the draw it was the fact that Redknapp had no ideas at all in how to defeat 10 men and Gallas played a blinder. “Arsène Wenger’s clever tactical rearrangement comfortably kept Spurs at bay “yeh and the chump lge.wow! the arse managed not to lose to a team battling relegation! what an achievement for a team of football purists and geniuses.isnt all bad tho – at least that donkey adebayor is injured. how many chances did he miss yesday????useless. Arsène Wenger’s clever tactical rearrangement comfortably kept Spurs at bay Reply Report Share on Facebook Despite losing Emmanuel Adebayor with a torn hamstring and having the immature Emmanuel Eboué unluckily sent off after only 35 minutes, Arsenal survived. Once again Arsène Wenger produced a tight tactical rearrangement to maximise his nine outfield players.Most managers faced with this dilemma would leave only one out-and-out front player and often giving unchallenged possession to the opposition’s defenders means a backs-to-the-wall battle. Here Arsenal rather than going to 4-4-1 went to 4-3-2, crucially retaining two front players. Wenger’s motive was to make sure Tottenham’s back four never had a completely free ride and to ensure his players more than one front target.Robin van Persie grafted hard to help his midfield threesome when Tottenham had possession. Samir Nasri, switched to the right of midfield from wide on the left where he had earlier troubled Vedran Corluka, combined with Alexandre Song, whose game improved dramatically in the second period, and Denilson, on the left, as the trio kept their shape and discipline during a difficult second half.It was disappointing for Spurs who had started brightly in a fast first period. But this promise faded and, as the game wore on, admirably for an away team in these circumstances, Arsenal’s confidence grew as did Tottenham’s frustration.Spurs failed to exploit their first-half ascendancy when Aaron Lennon had patrolled the right touchline and Luka Modric wandered inside from the left to help the impressive Wilson Palacios and Jermaine Jenas. Spurs kept the ball well and looked the more inventive side, with Modric, in particular, inspired – jigging infield, spreading passes and overloading in these areas.Robbie Keane looked capable of exploiting the space Modric vacated. In high left-sided advanced positions Keane enjoys taking on right-backs with his clever shift of balance and ability to manoeuvre the ball with either foot. But despite the promise and probing Spurs could not manufacture clear chances.Arsenal’s tactics encouraged Spurs to spread the ball wide, with Benoît Assou-Ekotto getting a big share of the ball. But confronted by Arsenal’s right midfielder Nasri (see diagram) the ball was ushered infield into Arsenal’s area of strength.Wenger’s bold reorganisation made sure Tottenham did not get into advanced wide positions where Lennon’s pace had troubled them in the first half. Their spirited resilience and clever team rearrangement ultimately kept Spurs at bay. Reply Facebook Share Reply Up for grabs now – add Flamini to that list of players. I think that his transfer (together with Hleb’s) was the start of a worrying problem for Arsene – players deciding to move at their peak and not when they are on the way down a la Petit, Vieria, Henry. Also, if Flamini had stayed it the Diarra issue wouldn’t feel as significant.Before then, I always thought players that Wenger had let go had always done worse elsewhere: Petit / Overmars were never as respected again, it took Anelka another decade to join the elite again after the Real calamity, Vieira has never been the force in Italy that he was in England, Pires got an injury that ruled him our for the whole next season (ok, not his fault) and Henry was quite ineffective until Pep took over. But now there is a real worry that players like Cesc, Adebayor and Van Persie will feel they need to move on to actually win something, just when all are approaching their best years.Still, the Prem will be poorer if Wenger ever changes his recruitment policy. His track record of unearthing all of the above indicates he will do it again, and as Arsenal fans say, Arsene knows. Twitter Harry has miracle job of changing Spurs’ pretty, effete, little girliestyle into today’s Premier success style of skill-power-passion-hard work-speed.Palacios is good start. Hope he will make others play around him.Modric – excellent and will get better.Spurs need an Essien to join midfield and a top goalgetterup front with Keane.Suggest take Lennon away to a boot camp for three months…teach him how to deliver final ball, pinpoint pass.He would then be world class.Next window, Jenas, Huddlestone, Bent, Taarabt, Gomez, Rochas out.In – an Essien type, Joe Hart or equivalent, a world class striker.Finally, sell club to a forward thinking new ownerwho will take a “Ten Year Brand” approach like Abu Dhabi has. 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May 17 2018Sleep deprivation can take a heavy toll on our ability to make sound decisions, with potentially disastrous outcomes. With support from a $2.8 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense, a team of researchers from Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center will embark on a new three-year research study to find out how exactly this works inside the brain.Funded through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, the project will lay the groundwork for the development of new countermeasures to reduce the harmful cognitive effects of sleep deprivation in military operations and other around-the-clock, safety-critical settings.Cognitive flexibility reduced by sleep lossThe research study deals with a function of the brain known as cognitive flexibility, the ability to change our thinking based on new information. Previous studies by members of the WSU research team have found that cognitive flexibility is particularly affected by sleep deprivation, much more so than most other cognitive processes involved in decision-making.They also identified a gene that predicts how well sleep-deprived people perform on tasks that require cognitive flexibility. This gene is involved in the regulation of dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain linked to the brain’s control of attention. It is found in a brain area known as the striatum, where its effects are intertwined with another gene, which regulates adenosine, a brain chemical that makes us feel sleepy.”Scientists have known that the striatum is involved in the regulation of sleep deprivation, but they haven’t previously recognized why it is so important for cognitive performance,” said the study’s lead investigator Hans Van Dongen, director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center and a professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. “Based on our earlier findings, we suspect that the striatum — where the systems that regulate dopamine and adenosine interact — causes these cognitive flexibility issues in people who are sleep deprived.”Experiments to pinpoint brain processesTo test this idea, the research team will conduct human and animal experiments. First, they will develop a task to measure cognitive flexibility in rodents. Subsequently, they will employ the task in a sleep-deprivation experiment in rats. The researchers also will use optogenetics, a technique that allows them to selectively activate neurons with laser light. They will do this to control the activity of neurons in the striatum, which will enable them to see where and how changes in the effects of sleep deprivation on the rats’ cognitive flexibility occur.Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentDuring the human study, 90 healthy adult volunteers will each spend three days in the sleep laboratory on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus. After a night of normal sleep, the participants will be kept awake the next night, followed by a night of recovery sleep. They will complete a cognitive flexibility task after the first night’s sleep and again 24 hours later while they are sleep deprived. Prior to their second cognitive test, they will take an existing drug that works inside the striatum to fight the effects of sleep loss in general — such as caffeine — or a placebo.”Based on their genes, we think people will respond differently to the sleep deprivation challenge and to the drug they’re given, which will provide important information about the brain processes involved.” Van Dongen said.Together, the two experiments will offer critical insight into how sleep loss results in cognitive flexibility deficits, which will provide researchers with a target for future drug development to specifically address cognitive flexibility impairment from sleep loss. This may ultimately benefit anyone working long hours and odd shifts in high-paced, safety-critical environments, such as military operations, emergency response, medical care, and energy production.”Conducting parallel studies with humans and animals is a powerful way to characterize the cognitive deficits due to sleep loss and identify the underlying brain processes,” said study co-investigator Marcos Frank, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. “This joint project will open up areas of basic and translational science that will generate new knowledge and improve people’s lives.” Source:https://news.wsu.edu/2018/05/17/sleep-study-identify-brain-processes-causing-poor-decision-making/
Jul 11 2018Senate Democrats, who are divided on abortion policy, are instead turning to health care as a rallying cry for opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.Specifically, they are sounding the alarm that confirming conservative District Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh could jeopardize one of the Affordable Care Act’s most popular provisions — its protections for people with preexisting health conditions.”Democrats believe the No. 1 issue in America is health care, and the ability of people to get good health care at prices they can afford,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).The Kavanaugh nomination, he added, “would put a dagger” through the heart of that belief.Democratic senators spent Tuesday trying to connect the dots between potential threats to health care and Trump’s high court pick.”President Trump as a candidate made it very clear that his priority was to put justices on the court who would correct for the fatal flaw of John Roberts,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on the Senate floor Tuesday. Chief Justice Roberts was the decisive fifth vote to uphold the ACA in a key case in 2012. “[Republicans’] new strategy is to use the court system to invalidate the protections in the law for people with preexisting conditions,” Murphy said.Murphy — and many of his Democratic colleagues — are referring to a case filed in Texas in February by 20 Republican state attorneys general. The AGs charge that because the tax bill passed by Congress last year eliminated the tax penalty for not having health insurance, it rendered the entire health law void.Their reasoning was that Roberts based his opinion upholding the ACA on Congress’ taxing power. Without the tax, the AGs argue, the law should be held unconstitutional.The Trump administration, which would typically defend the ACA because defending federal law is part of what the Justice Department is tasked to do, opted to follow a different course of action.In a response filed in June, political appointees in the department said eliminating the penalty should not invalidate the entire law. But it should nullify provisions that prevent insurers from refusing to sell insurance to people with preexisting conditions or charging them higher premiums.If this argument were to be upheld by a newly reconstituted Supreme Court, the health law would be dealt a serious blow.The lawsuit, however, is only in its earliest stages. And many legal scholars on both sides doubt it will get very far.Related StoriesMaternal proximity to oil and gas areas associated with congenital heart defects in babiesCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioIn an amicus brief filed with the court in June, five liberal and conservative legal experts who disagreed on previous ACA cases argued that both the Republican attorneys general and the Justice Department are wrong — that eliminating the mandate penalty should have no impact on the rest of the law.Their position is rooted in something called “congressional intent.” When a court wants to invalidate a portion of a law, it usually also has to determine whether Congress would have considered other aspects of the law unworkable without it.But that is not a problem in this case, the legal experts argued in their brief. “Here, Congress itself has essentially eliminated the provision in question and left the rest of a statute standing,” they wrote. “In such cases, congressional intent is clear.”The merits of the lawsuit notwithstanding, the issue works well for Democrats.For one thing, the health law’s preexisting condition protections are among its most popular parts, according to public opinion polls.And unlike abortion, defending the health law is something on which all Senate Democrats agree. That includes some vulnerable senators in states that voted for Trump in 2016, including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). None are strong supporters of abortion rights. But all have stood firm against GOP efforts to take apart the Affordable Care Act.Manchin, for example, said in a statement about the nomination, “The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if nearly 800,000 West Virginians with preexisting conditions will lose their health care.”Manchin’s opponent in November is Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. He is one of the officials who filed the suit against the health law. Julie Rovner: email@example.com, @jrovner This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.