Rahul Sonia Pawar Mayawati Akhilesh Kejriwal 48 Hrs in Chandrababu Naidus Appointment

first_img akhilesh yadavcongressCPI(M)gathbandhan First Published: May 19, 2019, 2:51 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Sengupta New Delhi: To say that Nara Chandrababu Naidu is a busy man these days would be a gross understatement. After adhering to a hectic campaigning schedule in his state Andhra Pradesh, the CM is now leading efforts to cobble up an alliance of 21 parties with one common goal – to keep Narendra Modi and the BJP from coming back to power.With other leaders, including NCP leader Sharad Pawar too trying to assume the role of convener, Naidu lost no time after elections in Andhra Pradesh and rushed to Delhi on May 16. He went straight to the Election Commission office and registered strong objection to the re-polling ordered in a few seats in his state. Immediately after stepping out of the EC office, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief began his political tour. Naidu started with the CPM first and met Sitaram Yechury at the party’s Gol Market office. In a meeting that lasted over an hour, discussions ranged from EVM issues, poll code violation and what the opposition needs to do to keep ahead. Yechury reportedly gave Naidu his word that he would personally be present for any meeting on government formation.Naidu’s next pit stop was the residence of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Apart from the AAP chief, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh were present in the meeting wherein Kejriwal is said to have agreed that an alliance in Delhi with the Congress would have helped the Mahagathbandhan. However, he was still hopeful for decent outing in the national capital. Sources said discussions also ranged from AAP prospects in Haryana and Punjab, and Kejriwal further reiterated his support for the larger cause of opposition unity.Saturday also started on a busy note. CPI leader Sudhakar Reddy made a quick visit to Naidu at AP Bhawan. Naidu then called on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence. At the meeting that lasted for about an hour, discussion focussed mostly on the strategy ahead and how to swiftly stake claim to government formation should the numbers appear favourable.Naidu’s next meeting was with NCP chief Sharad Pawar who flew down from Maharashtra. Detailed discussion on the meetings held so far and expectations from other parties topped the agenda.Naidu also met Sharad Yadav who welcomed the initiative taken to unite the opposition.A break for lunch and around 3pm Naidu set off on the most important part of his political yatra. He landed in Lucknow at 4pm and headed straight to the Samajwadi Party office to meet party chief Akhilesh Yadav. A meeting that lasted for about an hour, the duo discussed poll violence and “partial approach” of the EC. Akhilesh was confident that the alliance would get 50 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh. He also said his party would support any effort of the opposition aimed at keeping Modi out. Sources in SP said Akhilesh confirmed his attendance for the meeting in Delhi scheduled next week.The TDP chief next went to meet BSP supremo Mayawati. A rarity for ‘Behenji’ to meet any opposition politician in recent times, Naidu and Mayawati held a one-on-one meet for around 90 minutes. Sources privy to the meeting said that not only did Mayawati agree that all parties need to come together to keep the BJP away, she also confirmed to Naidu that she would be present for an opposition gathering in Delhi next week. A highly confident Mayawati said the Gathbandhan would get 60 out of 80 seats in UP, sources said.Naidu returned to Delhi from UP on Saturday night, happy after a good meeting with the BSP and SP leadership. On Sunday morning, he met both Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar, sharing his feedback from the UP visit. He also met Yechury again, their second meeting in 24 hours. A crucial meeting with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Sunday evening is also on Naidu’s agenda.While TRS chief and Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao has made attempts to reach out to parties in the opposition camp to stitch together a non-Congress, non BJP front, he hasn’t had a headway so far with parties like the DMK whose chief MK Stalin he met last week and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan whom he met before that.Issues upfront for the Mahagathbandhan are to pick a PM candidate. They would also like to see the numbers they can add up to their tally and act swiftly to stake claim to form the government should the situation be favourable. Meetings lined up for May 22 and 23 will assume significance only if the BJP and the NDA take a hit in numbers. last_img read more

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NDA Could Win Crucial Rajya Sabha Majority in 2020 Congress May Lose

first_img article 35AArticle 370Bharatiya Janata PartyBJP First Published: June 8, 2019, 11:54 AM IST New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance could achieve a crucial majority in the Rajya Sabha next year if some small regional parties join the bloc that recently won a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha, according to a projection by an independent research firm.Dominating both houses is essential to pass controversial legislations that the BJP has promised, such as granting citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh and Pakistan. The prediction by PRS Legislative Research, which tracks the functioning of Parliament, shows that the BJP alone could secure 83 seats in the upper house by next year — 10 more than it currently holds.The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) could control 107 seats, seven more than its current tally and just 15 short of a majority in the 243-member chamber, PRS said.Most members of the Rajya Sabha are elected by lawmakers from state assemblies, while a dozen are nominated by the central government. All of them enjoy a full-term lasting six years, with a third of the House retiring after every second year.The increases in the NDA numbers in the projection come from states like Uttar Pradesh that the BJP resoundingly won in the 2017 state election.PRS projection shows that to get to the 122 seats needed for a majority, the NDA would need the support of regional parties from eastern and southern India. Some of the key parties have supported the NDA in the past. Modi and the BJP already have an iron grip over the Lok Sabha after they won a general election last month with a landslide mandate, improving on his massive win in 2014. During his first term, though, the government’s legislative agenda was often thwarted by opposition parties who hold sway in the Rajya Sabha.”There are several unfinished items from the first term because the NDA did not have a majority in the Rajya Sabha, and we are looking forward to the time when some of these items can get passed and legislated,” BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda said.The government’s legislative pipeline could include a bill to stop Muslim men seeking instant divorce, or triple talaq, and pushing key economic reforms, such as changing labour regulations and rules for land acquisition that have long been demanded by Indian industry.A senior BJP leader, who declined to be named, told Reuters the party is looking to stitch up a two-thirds majority in both houses.That would allow it to pass constitutional amendments such as ending the decades-old special rights for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim-majority state, parts of which are also claimed by neighbouring Pakistan.Such a move would be regarded as highly inflammatory by separatists in Kashmir and by Pakistan as they argue it could lead to many more Hindus moving into the state from other parts of India, changing the religious balance of the region.The BJP’s election manifesto also mentioned its intention to create a uniform civil code that would apply to all Indians, replacing different laws for major religious communities that apply to family matters such as marriage, divorce and succession.The Congress, on the other hand, is set to lose 12 seats in Rajya Sabha by 2020, bringing its total tally down to 38.In the Lok Sabha, Congress controls only 52 seats, compared to the BJP’s record 303 members, rendering it unable to block any legislation in that chamber. last_img read more

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Ask Banks… Trolled for Chris Gayle Pic Mallya Tells Netizens to Check

first_imgNew Delhi: Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is facing extradition proceedings in UK, on Saturday told social media users to “get their facts right” before calling him a “chor” (thief). Mallya’s fierce reaction came soon after he was subjected to heavy trolling when West Indies batsman Chris Gayle posted a photo with him on Twitter. “Great to catch up with Big Boss,” tweeted Gayle, who has been part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore owned by Mallya.Great to catch up with Big Boss @TheVijayMallya cheers #RockStar #F1 pic.twitter.com/cdi5X9XZ2I— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) July 13, 2019 chris gayleTwiterVijay Mallya First Published: July 14, 2019, 11:19 AM IST Gayle’s tweet was met with witty responses and a flurry of memes by the Twitter users, who reminded Mallya of the fraud and money laundering charges against him.Reacting to the tweets, Mallya told people to ask banks to take their full money back. For all those who saw my photo with the universe boss and my dear friend @henrygayle and commented, please pause and get your facts right about my being your CHOR. Ask your Banks why they are not taking 100 percent of the money I have been offering.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) July 13, 2019He followed it up with another tweet. Great to catch up with the Universe Boss and my dear friend. For all those of you losers who call me CHOR, ask your own Banks to take their full money that I am offering for the past one year. Then decide on who is CHOR.— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) July 13, 2019The 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss is wanted in India on fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crores.He was heckled by Cricket fans and met with ‘chor hai chants’ as he attended India’s match against Australia at the Kennington Oval in London on June 9. In a video of the incident, Mallya was seen surrounded a small crowd of people pushing and shoving as cries of “chor hai (you are a thief)” grow louder. At one point, a shout of “Be a man, apologise to your country” was heard, to which Mallya’s response was inaudible.last_img read more

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Imgur hack exposes 17m accounts What you need to know

first_imgAnother day, another security breach: Imgur has confirmed reports of a breach affected around 1.7 million users. While Imgur has a vast user base and that’s a comparatively small chunk of it, that’s still a whole lot of affected users, making this a hugely important issue for the company. Even though security breaches like this one seem all too common these days, there are a few things about this Imgur breach that make it stand out from the rest. The first item of note is that Imgur was actually hacked way back in 2014. Up until this weekend, Imgur wasn’t aware that a breach had actually happened. It didn’t know of the problem until November 23, when Imgur was notified of the potential breach by security researcher and creator of Have I Been Pwned Troy Hunt.Hunt was sent data relating to the breach and emailed the company on the afternoon of November 23, according to an Imgur blog post describing the situation. Imgur then launched an investigation into the breach and found that around 1.7 million users were involved, with their email addresses and passwords being compromised. While Imgur says that it’s still investigating the nature of the breach, it seems the hashing algorithm it used in 2014 may have been to blame. Imgur theorizes that the hacker may have been able to brute force algorithm SHA-256, which the company stopped using last year.The second surprising thing about this whole breach is how quickly Imgur got to work on alerting users. Emails began going out to affected users on the morning of November 24, less than 24 hours after Hunt first brought attention to the breach. On Twitter, Hunt praised Imgur for taking quick action, noting that it was a mere 25 hours and 10 minutes between the time that he sent his initial email and the the time Imgur published a press release detailing the breach on its blog.Even more impressive is the fact that this fast response was carried out over a holiday weekend, when many Imgur employees would be off work and with their families. That certainly isn’t something most of us will be used to, as some companies seem to sit on this information and try to keep it quiet as long as possible.If you had one of those Imgur emails land in your inbox, it’s a good idea to change your password as soon as you can. As always, using unique logins for each of your online accounts and identities is the best way to limit your risk when it comes to security breaches like this, so if you haven’t yet, it might be a good time to invest in a password manager like LastPass or 1Password. We’ll see if Imgur has any more information to share about this breach soon enough, but for now, kudos to it for organizing such a fast response.last_img read more

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Magic Leap Lumin OS interface is thankfully familiar

first_imgForget the sci-fi hype, Magic Leap’s Lumin OS is going flat where it makes more sense. Not everything will be three-dimensional though they will look like they have a bit of depth, like picture frames floating in the air. According to TechCrunch’s report, these will mostly be “landscape apps” that live in a “Prism” box that can be placed anywhere in your 3D environment. One of the problems with new computing platforms is the danger to go overboard in trying to present a novel experience. Nowhere is that truer than with virtual and augmented reality where user interfaces are already split into two almost diametrically opposed camps. As one of the most popular proponents of controller-less AR experience, Magic Leap runs the risk of overloading its UI with novel and fancy gizmos and controls. Fortunately, based on images going rounds over the Internet, the startup has exercised some caution and common sense. Of course, there are also fully 3D “Immersive apps” that mostly take the form of games or interactive content. Given input methods available, these are probably not going to be apps you will use all the time. At least not compared to galleries, contacts, and the like.AdChoices广告Speaking of input, there will also be different methods for the Magic Leap, including Bluetooth keyboards, smartphone app, and an on-screen keyboard with voice recognition. The Magic Leap will supposedly also have a “Cast” option to share your view with others, though how that works is still uncertain at the moment.center_img Magic Leap has yet to make good on its promise to launch its headset commercially this summer. These images, which are more likely mockups rather than screenshots, show they’re getting there but might still not be completely ready. That said, it’s definitely reassuring that Magic Leap decided to launch with more familiar UI idioms that will be more immediately useful rather than opting for novel interfaces for novelty’s sake.last_img read more

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2020 BMW X5 M50i and X7 M50i give SUVs a 530hp twinturbo

first_img 2020 BMW X5 M50i and X7 M50i Gallery Your SUV needs more power, and BMW wants to give it too you. The latest chess move in the German automaker’s strategy of M-all-the-things, the 2020 BMW X5 M50i and X7 M50i answer the age-old question of “why doesn’t my luxury truck do 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds like the new Toyota Supra?” To make sure you’re never embarrassed in a straight line dash at the lights by a Japanese sports car, BMW slots the new version of the N63 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 under the hood of its M50i variants. In the 2020 X5 M50i it grants that 4.1 second time; the larger, heavier 2020 X7 M50i follows on shortly after, at 4.5 seconds. Considering just how big these SUVs are, no small amount of power is required from the V8. 530 horsepower arrives between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm, while the peak 553 lb-ft of torque drops from just 1,800 rpm. That’s 67 hp and 74 lb-ft more than the regular xDrive50i versions of each. Off the lot, and on all-season tires, top speed is an electronically-limited 130 mph. Opt for summer performance rubber, meanwhile, and that rises to 155 mph. BMW has paired the V8 with an eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission, with new shift programing and steering wheel paddles. There’s Launch Control for getting away without delay from the school drop-off, and if you spec the Active Cruise Control system the transmission will preemptively shift according to the trajectory of the upcoming road. AdChoices广告Going around corners is just as important, of course, and so there’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled rear M Sport differential. The 2020 X5 M50i and X7 M50i are rear-biased in normal driving, indeed the SUVs can push all of the power to the back wheels if needed. Meanwhile, the differential can push power left to right at the rear, depending on traction conditions. Double-wishbone front and five-link rear suspension has been fettled by the M team, with the X5 M50i combining it with Adaptive M Suspension. The X7 M50i goes for two-axle air suspension as standard; it’s an option on the smaller SUV. The air suspension allows for almost an inch lower ride height in Sport mode, or at speeds above 85 mph; alternately, it can be lifted up to 1.6-inches for better clearance. M Sport Brakes get two-piece, lightweight compound brake disks. The 2020 X5 M50i combines them with 20-inch M Star-spoke light alloy wheels with 275/45R20 run-flat all-season tires as standard; you can have up to 22-inch wheels if you’d prefer. The 2020 X7 M50i goes for 22-inch cerium grey M V-spoke wheels as standard, though you can get smaller 21-inch versions if you’d prefer. Inside, there’s BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional and a Harman Kardon Surround Sound system. Apple CarPlay is supported, and there’s wireless charging, multi-contour sports seats, and WiFi hotspot. Options include glass controls and a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Audio System, together with driver assistance features like the Dynamic Handling Package, 3D parking assistance, and adaptive cruise. Production of the two feistier SUVs is set to kick off in August of this year. They’ll join the BMW line-up in US dealerships come the fall. Pricing starts at $82,150 (plus $995 destination) for the 2020 X5 M50i, and at $99,600 (plus $995 destination) for the 2020 X7 M50i.center_img Story Timeline2019 BMW X5 first drive: The Boss is Back with a Vengeance2019 BMW X7 First Drive: Unexpected agility in a 7-seat luxury SUVlast_img read more

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The Galaxy Note 10 might not be equipped with Qualcomms most powerful

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Samsung teases Note 10 feature as invites go out for its next Galaxy Unpacked The $1,300 Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is here: What you need to know Rumored Samsung A90 phone may make 5G more affordable for everyone Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10 5G, and S10e: Everything you need to know The best Samsung Galaxy smartphone deals before Prime Day ends Julian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsAlthough the Samsung Galaxy S10 range and the Samsung Galaxy Fold have already been revealed this year, Samsung still has a new Note series phone to come, and a picture of what the phone will be like is beginning to form through leaks and rumors. Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy Note 10.SpecsThe Galaxy Note 10 will almost certainly be a powerhouse, as it’s designed for productivity and media. However, rumors say it won’t be supporting Qualcomm’s newest and most powerful processor — the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.No, Samsung will not go for the Snapdragon 855 Plus with the #GalaxyNote10 US models: https://t.co/EX7WbSrtUS— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) July 16, 2019However, it’s unlikely to be a sluggard. We’re expecting to see the same Snapdragon 855 chip as the Galaxy S10 range, probably enhanced by even more advanced cooling systems. It’s safe to say the Note 10 will be a blisteringly fast device with plenty of power.There are rumors the Note 10 range will see a boost in battery size and charging speed. The cell capacity may increase to 4,500mAh on the so-called Pro edition, while the basic Note 10 will only have a 3,400mAh battery, according to FCC documents Nashville Chatter has claimed to have seen.Another rumor states the Note 10’s charging speed will be a “significant upgrade.” Current rumors from Ice Universe say the Note 10 will support 25W charging, which is much faster than the Galaxy S10’s 18 watts. The Note 10 Pro/Plus will support an even higher charging speed of 45W.Design and displayThe Galaxy Note 10 is beginning to take shape through leaks and rumors. The most recent rumor suggests that Samsung will finally do away with the headphone jack, after years of resisting the trend. According to photos published by the Federal Communications Commission, showing the top and bottom of the phone, the headphone jack won’t appear on the device. It seems as though the FCC shared these photos by mistake, as it has since removed them, but not before outlets like Slashleaks picked them up.Another recent leak seemingly shows off the design of the device in all its glory, confirming previous looks at the device. The leaked render shows a device with an edge-to-edge display and a hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera. The images were published by WinFuture.It seems the front of Samsung’s latest device will be almost all screen, with leaker Ice Universe showing off screen protectors for the Note 10, and stating the device will have an extremely narrow “chin” bezel. This slim bezel will apparently be on a similar level to the iPhone XS — and when paired with the expected hole-punch display and curved edges, that could mean the Note 10 has barely any bezel at all.Note 10's "chin" is very narrow, the same level as the iPhone, no speaker grooves on the forehead, which means that the flagship Sound on Display(SoD) technology will replace the traditional speaker. The forehead will be narrower. pic.twitter.com/6aRGQIG0ee— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 19, 2019Even more interestingly, the screen protector lacks a space for the front-facing speaker earpiece. This could mean Samsung has introduced a sound-on-display (SOD) speaker instead of a more traditional earpiece. This technology uses piezoelectric transducers behind the screen to send audio waves through the display, turning the display into a speaker, and removing the need for an additional earpiece.The physical buttons may not be on the final version, according to a previous rumor which stated the Note 10 may use capacitive, or pressure-sensitive, buttons with textures to indicate position on the body for power, volume, and Bixby duties. This has been rumored before, and used (with varying levels of success) on phones including the HTC U12 Plus, HTC U11 and the Pixel 2.Previously, this leak offered a look at the Note 10, complete with a centered selfie camera and a vertically stacked triple-lens camera setup around the back. According to a report from iGeekphone.com, the standard Galaxy Note 10 will feature a massive 6.66-inch display, which would make the phone’s display far larger than the current Galaxy Note 9, and similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro. The report also notes that the phone is currently code-named “Da Vinci.”Release date and priceWhen it comes to a release date, the Galaxy series is usually released toward the end of the summer — and we now know when it’ll show up.Time to level up. Galaxy Unpacked on August 7, 2019. #SamsungEvent pic.twitter.com/2CtFPjFCAr— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) July 2, 2019Samsung has confirmed in a tweet that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will launch at a Samsung Galaxy Unpacked on August 7. This is the date alleged by a report from CNET, and eventually verified by Samsung to Digital Trends. While the tweet doesn’t explicitly mention the Note 10 will be in attendance, the inclusion of the S Pen and a single camera lens — likely the single front-facing hole-punch selfie camera — make it fairly clear what’s coming.We expected the Galaxy Note 10 to come at a price of around $1,000, and the most recent leaks haven’t disappointed. According to a report from Russian website Hi-tech, the phone will cost more than a thousand dollars, and will likely start in the region of $1,100 to $1,200. Of course, it’s not clear which version of the phone this will be, and it’s likely this refers to the expected Note 10 Pro — so you can expect a smaller Note 10 to come at a lower price. Still, price rises are never welcome news.Tesla Special EditionFor a hot moment, it seemed Samsung could be pairing up with a car company to create a special edition of the Note 10 — the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Tesla Edition. Unfortunately, it was just concept render created by YouTuber Arun Maini.Credit: WeiboThe fictitious rumor came from Chinese social media site Weibo, and it’s a credit to Maini that the render is as convincing as it is. The phone shown is largely in line with general expectations for the Note 10’s design, including the vertically stacked triple-lens camera array on the rear of the phone. The combination of red and brushed metal is also quite attractive, so it’s a shame we won’t be seeing this model when the Note 10 is revealed on August 7.CameraWhat will Samsung do with the Galaxy Note 10’s camera? Samsung’s flagship phones have had a main lens with a “variable aperture” — meaning they can switch between two apertures — since the Galaxy S9, but the Note 10 could be taking that feature even further. According to leaker Ice Universe, the Galaxy Note 10 will be the first phone to come with a triple-state variable aperture.Samsung China engineers said that the Note10 camera will use a three-stage variable aperture: F1.5/F1.8/F2.4— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 20, 2019Being able to intelligently swap between these three apertures will mean the Note 10 will be able to choose the aperture that’s best for the available light, shrinking down to f/2.4 in bright light, or opening wide to f/1.5 in low lighting. The f/1.8 aperture would work as a strong middle-ground option. Of course, this is just a rumor for the moment, but it’s worth keeping in mind, as Samsung is always looking to improve its camera systems.But how many camera lenses will it have? The recently released Galaxy S10 and S10 came with three rear-facing lenses, but the Galaxy Note 10 may be set to follow in the footsteps of the 5G S10 though, as whispers say it will pack four lenses on the back of the phone.For the selfie camera, Samsung may turn to a patent discovered by Android Police for the Note 10, where the camera is inside the S Pen stylus. This would enable a true all-screen experience, without the need for a pop-up camera.That’s not all. The long shape of the S Pen may also make it the perfect place to hide an optical zoom lens. Being able to squeeze an optical zoom into the S Pen would be a real win for Samsung, but we imagine it wouldn’t be a simple goal to accomplish.Two Galaxy Note 10 models?According to recent rumors, Samsung might do something it’s never done before for the Note series: Release two different-sized Galaxy Note 10 models.Leaks are casually dropping the name “Note 10 Pro,” fueling speculation that we’ll see two Note models for the first time ever. According to South Korean site The Bell, Samsung is considering launching a standard Galaxy Note 10, and a smaller Note 10 that will get a limited launch. The site notes that the smaller device will only be available in some select European markets, but it still highlights that Samsung could expand the Note lineup further in the future. Which of these is meant to be the “Pro” version is currently unknown, but it being the larger model would make sense.Will it have 5G connectivity?Be prepared to ask this question of every phone released this year — but there’s a very real possibility the Note 10 might release with 5G connectivity built in, much like the Galaxy S10 5G model.Credit: XDA DevelopersWe’re still a while away from launch, so there’s no solid information yet. However, rumors about 5G are persisting. The latest news concerns the kernel source code for the Exynos chipset released by Samsung alongside the Galaxy S10 range.  The code makes mention of a “davinci5g” — and since the current assumed code name of the Note 10 is “Da Vinci,” this seems to point to a 5G model of the Note 10, or even that the standard Note 10 will support 5G connectivity.Previous to this, a leak from Sammobile gives the Note 10’s model number as “SM-N975F.” While this may not seem strange, it’s more usual for the Note range’s model to end with a “0,” not a “5.” Could this errant 5 indicate 5G connectivity? It’s certainly worth keeping in mind.We’ll update this article as we hear more about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10.Updated on July 17, 2019: The Galaxy Note 10 might not use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.last_img read more

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Insurance Warrior Wages Battle Over Expensive Treatments

first_img Meanwhile, a desperate woman allegedly turns to crime to keep her mother in a nursing home — STAT: An ‘Insurance Warrior’ Fights To Get Pricey Therapies Covered Insurance Warrior Wages Battle Over Expensive Treatments Laurie Todd, a 66-year-old former massage therapist, has become a crusader for patients whose insurance companies refuse to pay for a medical treatment. “I’m sitting here in my pajamas making decision-makers who get $20 million a year do the right thing,” she says. Her name is passed from one desperate family to another like an amulet. In phone conversations and online chat rooms, she’s mentioned at moments when the devout might call on a patron saint. A baby born with a deformed skull? “Call Laurie.” An impossibly expensive cancer treatment? “Call Laurie.” Laurie Todd isn’t a doctor, or a lawyer, or a hospital chaplain. She’s a 66-year-old former massage therapist. Most of the time, she sounds cheerful and efficient. But if someone tries to pull the wool over her eyes, her voice gets low and a little bit threatening. “Do you know what I do for a living?” she asks. “I’m known as the Insurance Warrior.” (Boodman, 4/25) The Washington Post: ‘She Didn’t Know What Else To Do’: To Keep Mother In Nursing Home, Accomplished Kentucky Woman Turned To Bank Robbery This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Melinda Belleville stood outside a courtroom at Fayette District Court in Lexington, Ky., in 2012, shocked by what had just transpired. It seemed like something off television, a plot similar to that of “Breaking Bad.” One of her closest friends — one to whom she felt like a surrogate mother — was in jail, being held on $30,000 bond. “I could never believe in a million years that she would be involved in something like this,” Belleville told the Herald-Leader. “I want everyone to know this is not Crystal Little.” But it was Crystal Little, the same woman who worked for the University of Kentucky’s Office of Research Integrity, an organization obsessed with rules and guidelines in the pursuit of “support[ing] the institution in promoting ethical conduct of research.” The same woman who served as the primary caretaker for her mother, who suffered from multiple sclerosis. (Andrews, 4/27) last_img read more

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Viewpoints The Last Happy Doctor The Controversial Notion The Government Should Boost

first_img The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health last week declared an outbreak of hepatitis A, citing 12 cases as of Monday. Only four are cases in which people acquired the disease locally, but that’s enough for officials to sound the alarm. And few populations are more vulnerable to acquiring it — and suffering more severe cases of it — than the homeless community. More than three-quarters of the cases identified here have been among homeless people. (9/27) Los Angeles Times: Americans Have Been Fighting Over Government’s Role In Medical Care For Decades. That Fight Will Continue The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 is perhaps the most wide-ranging civil rights act in the world. After decades of political struggle by disability rights activists and their allies, the ADA gave new rights to one-fifth of the population. It was a proud bipartisan accomplishment, passed by huge majorities in a Democratic-led Congress and signed by a Republican president. (Lennard Davis and David Perry, 9/26) The Charlotte Observer: Why I’m The Last Happy Doctor Chicago Tribune: Rauner Should Veto The Abortion Bill We reached Carol Bollacker on Tuesday afternoon at her place of business: Boz Hot Dogs on Ridge Road in Lansing, about 2 miles from the Indiana border. She and her husband also own a Boz Hot Dogs in Dyer, Ind. Which location pays less in taxes? No need to strike up the “Jeopardy” trivia music. You know the answer. (9/26) So, how did I end up as the “Last Happy Doctor”? It was a series of responses I made as the insurance industry began to reshape health care as a for-profit efficiency driven business. The first choice was to resist reducing the time spent with my patients. When I refused to schedule less than one half hour per patient, it became obvious that I would need to start and manage my own practice. Because of my choice to focus primarily on caring for older patients, my revenue stream was approximately 96 percent Medicare funded. Unaware, I had wandered into a “Medicare for All” financed healthcare practice. (Marsha Fretwell, 9/26) On the campaign trail, Gov. Bruce Rauner assured voters he had “no social agenda.” So why is he now considering expanding taxpayer-funded abortion access in Illinois? It was never any secret that Gov. Rauner and his wife, Diana, are longtime supporters of the abortions-rights lobby. (Brittany Clingen Carl, 9/26) Los Angeles Times: If The Hepatitis A Outbreak Doesn’t Convince You To Wash Your Hands After Using The Toilet, Nothing Will Los Angeles Times: Why Replacing L.A. County’s Health Director Won’t Be Easy center_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Some Iowa lawmakers have a creepy obsession with women’s reproductive choices. Elected officials craft misguided laws to target abortion that result in limiting access to health care. And they never seem to learn anything from their mistakes. In the latest example, UnityPoint Health, one of Iowa’s biggest health systems, says the state is barring its hospitals and clinics from participating in a new family planning program because a few occasionally perform abortions in cases of severe fetal abnormalities. The state says the ban applies to all clinics and practices affiliated with UnityPoint, even those not owned by the health system. (9/26) The Des Moines Register: Anti-Choice Lawmakers’ Crusade Defunds UnityPoint And Limits Women’s Health Options The Washington Post: Protecting The Rights Of People With Disabilities Is Not Optional In 1978, I was on overnight duty in the pediatric emergency room at Los Angeles County Hospital. It had been a busy night and I was looking forward to the end of shift. At about 4 a.m., a man with a frantic expression came rushing into the ER carrying what looked like a small log wrapped in a blanket. His 4-year-old son had suffered an asthma attack and the man had bypassed several private-hospital ERs on the way to the public hospital. He’d previously been refused emergency care at the private hospitals due to lack of insurance. On this occasion, the father did not want to waste time and took the much longer drive to Big County. I took the bundle from his arms and rushed into the treatment room. (Steve Tarzynski, 9/27) Chicago Tribune: How Campaign Donations Could Sway The Soda Tax Repeal Vote When Los Angeles County supervisors describe the kind of person they want for a top department post, they often say something along the lines of, “We want a Mitch Katz type. “That certainly speaks volumes about Dr. Mitchell H. Katz, who on Friday told the supervisors he’d be leaving the county at the end of the year. His departure culminates a stunningly successful run as leader, first of the massive Department of Health Services and then of the new and even more massive county Health Agency, which takes in the formerly stand-alone departments of mental health and public health. Katz turned about a third of the county’s operation and budget into a nimble human services organization that not only runs hospitals and coordinates clinical care, but also provides housing for the homeless and diverts the addicted and mentally ill from jails to clinics. (9/26) Viewpoints: The Last Happy Doctor; The Controversial Notion The Government Should Boost It’s Citizens’ Wellbeing A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.last_img read more

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first_img CQ: CBO Projects Three Million More Uninsured People In 2019 In other news related to the health law — The seven major Democrats running for Maryland governor have all signed a pledge to support a plan to shore up Obamacare if they are elected, health care advocates said Wednesday. Representatives from the campaigns are expected to announce their support for the plan at an 11 a.m. event Wednesday at the Episcopal Diocesan Center in Baltimore, according to Vincent DeMarco, president of Health Care for All. (Cox, 5/23) An additional three million people will be uninsured next year largely because the requirement for most Americans to have health insurance coverage was effectively repealed, the Congressional Budget Office projected. A new report released Wednesday by the nonpartisan analysts estimates that premiums for benchmark plans sold on the marketplaces set up by the 2010 health care law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152) will increase an average of 15 percent next year. Still, the analysts expect the individual insurance market to be stable in most parts of the country in 2019. (McIntire, 5/23) ObamaCare premiums are expected to rise an average of 15 percent next year, an increase largely due to the GOP’s repeal of the law’s individual mandate, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis released Wednesday. The CBO estimates that gutting the requirement that Americans have health insurance or face a tax penalty will contribute to about a 10 percent rise in premiums for 2019, with insurers expected to see healthier people dropping out of the marketplaces, leaving sicker enrollees on the plans. (Roubein, 5/23) The Price Tag To Help Make Health Insurance Affordable For Americans? Nearly $700 Billion A Year In total, the federal subsidies to help Americans pay for coverage under the Affordable Care Act and other government programs are equivalent to about 3.4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. Meanwhile, premiums are expected to rise an average of 15 percent next year and an additional three million will be uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The Hill: CBO: ObamaCare Premiums To Rise 15 Percent In 2019  It will cost the U.S. government almost $700 billion in subsidies this year help provide Americans under age 65 with health insurance through their jobs or in government-sponsored health programs, according to a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The subsidies come from four main categories. About $296 billion is federal spending on programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which help insure low-income people. Almost as big are the tax write-offs that employers take for providing coverage to their workers. Medicare-eligible people, such as the disabled, account for $82 billion. Subsidies for Obamacare and for other individual coverage are the smallest segment, at $55 billion. (Ockerman, 5/23) The Baltimore Sun: Democrats Running For Maryland Governor Pledging To Support A State Individual Mandate For Health Care Bloomberg: It Costs $685 Billion A Year To Subsidize U.S. Health Insurance This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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