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Liberals to create national drug agency as building block of pharmacare plan

first_imgOTTAWA — The Trudeau Liberals’ new budget promises a new agency to buy drugs in bulk and cut Canadian medication costs, the first step toward a national drug plan.In a sign of just how expensive pharmacare could be, the government is also promising to spend $500 million a year, starting in 2022, just on subsidizing drugs that treat rare diseases, which have few patients to split huge research and development costs.The government said it intends to work with provinces, territories and other partners to develop the mandate for the national drug agency, with Health Canada to receive $35 million over four years starting in 2019-2020 to create an office to support the plan.National pharmacare wasn’t a promise Justin Trudeau made before he became prime minister back in 2015, but he did promise the Liberal government would work harder to bring down medication costs.This new agency is expected to help negotiate better drug prices and eventually reduce national costs by as much as $3 billion.UBC Professor Steve Morgan has been one of the driving forces behind national pharmacare. He says while the feds are investing in the infrastructure of such a program, they are ignoring the operative side.“We’re being told we need to wait another few months — possibly, even a few years — before they’re ready to start that program. That’s the part that’s frustrating, because we’ve been waiting a long time for a program like this.”“If you look at this budget, it has a promise of a rare disease fund of about $500 million ongoing, starting in 2022. It would appear to me that their target for launching at least the rare disease drug program is 2022 and it may be that their target for launching something of a legitimate, bonafide pharmacare program would be 2022, as well,” he added.Morgan says it’s frustrating that national pharmacase is “being punted to essentially an election campaign promise.”“Now we have to wait and see what will be the result for the 2019 campaign in order to know whether or not that promise will be fulfilled.”RELATED: BUDGET 2019: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentivesThe budget also includes plans to create a national formulary, a list of drugs that have been evaluated for both efficacy and cost-effectiveness. Lower-tier governments now assess drugs on their own, duplicating much of the work.Despite clear language in the budget on how the government eventually intends to move ahead on a pharmacare plan, a central question remains: how to pay for it.A universal pharmacare plan does not appear affordable for Canada right now, said Rebekah Young, the director of fiscal and provincial economics for Scotiabank. She said adding such a plan to the government’s books without major tax hikes would require stronger growth than Canada sees even in the best of times.Provinces do not have a lot of capacity to take on substantial new costs, she said, noting the parliamentary budget office has estimated the cost of a pharmacare plan at about $20 billion a year.“The big question then becomes who is going to pay and how much?” she said. “That will definitely be a key feature of the summer debate when we head into the election.”RELATED: Federal deficit grows as Liberals spend on pharmacare, job retrainingThe federal New Democrats have promised that if elected, they would follow through on a universal pharmacare plan to respond to dramatic increases in prescription drug costs.Over the past three decades, Canadians’ spending on medication has soared from $2.6 billion in 1985 to $33.7 billion in 2018. People take more drugs to manage more conditions than they used to — living longer, and better, but at considerable cost.The Canadian Institute for Health Information says drugs are the fastest-growing component in health spending but that most people’s medication needs aren’t covered by public health insurance, unlike care provided in hospitals and through visits to the doctor.Canada’s current patchwork of drug coverage — including more than 100 public programs and 100,000 private insurance plans — is not well equipped to handle the increasingly expensive drugs now coming to market, the government said in its budget document.“Absorbing these rising costs is difficult for individual Canadians and their families — and poses challenges to the long-term sustainability of government- and employer-sponsored drug plans,” it said.The steps toward pharmacare contained in Tuesday’s budget follow interim findings issued by a federal expert panel led by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins.It recently issued a report on the “building blocks” of pharmacare, including a recommendation that Ottawa oversee an agency to roll out a national drug plan.The interim report said drug spending in Canada is expected to surpass $50 billion by 2028.At the time of its release, British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix described the panel’s interim report as encouraging, but said the federal government would need to “step up.”“It’s very positive to see the interim report, but ultimately this issue will be about whether the federal government is prepared to cost-share or not,” he said.Hoskins’ advisory council is set to issue a final report on the issue of access to drug coverage this spring, with the findings to be tabled in the House of Commons.—Follow @kkirkup on TwitterKristy Kirkup, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Akhannouch to Paris to chair FrenchMoroccan agricultural joint commission

first_imgParis – Minister of agriculture and fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch began on Monday a two-day working visit to France during which he will chair, along with French counterpart, Stéphane Le Foll, the first French-Moroccan agricultural joint commission.                          The two officials will chair the signing ceremony of agreements on partnership and cooperation especially in the fields of agriculture, rural development and agri-business. Akhannouch, who is accompanied by a large delegation, will also have a working lunch with  Le Foll.The Moroccan official will also take part, with French deputy minister for food, Guillaume Garot, in the opening of the French-Moroccan food meeting.last_img read more

Teen reported missing returns home OPP

A Haldimand County teen reported missing has returned home. In a news release issued Monday morning, Haldimand County OPP said Evangelina McKenzie-Ferreira, 14, returned home safely. No further information was provided. On Sunday, police said the teen was last seen last Tuesday leaving her home near Regional Road 22 in Haldimand County.

Stanfords Wilson hurt in Cardinals win over Hawaii

HONOLULU — Alanna Smith scored a season-high 30 points before No. 8 Stanford’s game against Hawaii was called with 48.2 seconds left when Cardinal guard Anna Wilson got hurt Sunday.The junior guard, who is the sister of NFL star Russell Wilson, fell backward and hit a chair while playing defence according to Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. Wilson remained down on the court for about 20 minutes after getting hurt while medical personnel attended to her. They stabilized her neck before being taken away to a hospital.While she was being treated on the court, the officials and coaches decided to end the game. The Cardinal won the game 81-59 in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.Stanford (6-0) trailed for just 24 seconds early on in the contest and led by as many as 25 late.Smith finished three points shy of her career high in points scored. The 6-foot-4 forward made 12 of her 15 shots from the field, including 3 of 6 on 3-pointers.Hawaii made 13 of its 22 attempts from beyond the arc, but attempted just two free throws.Makenna Woodfolk scored 16 points and Courtney Middap added 11 for the Rainbow Wahine (1-6).Stanford held a 40-22 lead at halftime.BIG PICTUREStanford: The Cardinal played their third consecutive game without freshman forward Lexie Hull (leg injury), who has recorded the team’s only double-double this year. Wilson has started the last three games in Hull’s place.Hawaii: Turnovers continue to be a thorn in the side for the Rainbow Wahine, who entered Sunday’s game averaging 17 per game and minus 2.1 in turnover margin. They turned it over 19 times against the Cardinal, who returned the favour 13 times.UP NEXTStanford will return to the mainland after three games in the islands in three days and visit Gonzaga next Sunday.Hawaii will go a span of nine days without playing a game before it hosts former Western Athletic Conference-foe Idaho on Dec. 5.Kalani Takase, The Associated Press read more

Motorist loses his childrens £30k inheritance money fighting a £100 speeding fine

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Keedwell said a "seriously flawed" legal system meant fighting the fine had taken nearly three years and used up his sons' inheritance money After spending an estimated £30,000 of his children’s inheritance unsuccessfully fighting a £100 speeding fine, retired engineer Richard Keedwell has lost a lot. But little did he expect that his quest to challenge the “unfair” fine may have helped uncover an error in the system that could save thousands of unlucky motorists hundreds of pounds.Mr Keedwell, 71, from Yate in Bristol was accused of driving 35.4mph in a 30mph zone while out Christmas shopping with his wife in Worcester in November 2016. However he was so convinced that he was not speeding at the time that he spent two and a half years attending seven court appearances to fight the fine issued by West Mercia Police. Mr Keedwell, a father of three sons, hired an expert witness in electronics and radar, Tim Farrow, who analysed the images of him allegedly speeding and said that he could have been caught out by a malfunction with a speeding camera known as the “double doppler” effect. This occurs when the camera’s radar measuring the speed of a passing car accidentally deflects onto a second vehicle travelling in the same direction. As the distance between the two cars changes the “doppler shift” is created, which makes the camera record the second vehicle as travelling faster than it is. Physicists commonly explain the doppler effect by how it causes the sudden change in pitch in a passing ambulance siren.  Mr Farrow, a former RAF electronics specialist who has worked as an expert witness in court cases since 2006, believes the case “should never have gotten off the ground” because the double doppler error could have caused the machine to receive a false reading of Mr Keedwell’s speed. Mr Farrow claims that he successfully used the argument in a speeding case in 2015, when a van driver was wrongly recorded as driving 85mph in a 30mph speed limit. Mr Farrow managed to prove that he was actually driving 29.08mph and attributed the error to the double doppler effect. Instead of paying his £100 fine three years ago, Mr Keedwell instructed barristers for his first appeal hearing in June 2017 up to his last hearing in August this year, which he estimates cost him £22,000. He has since paid the fine but is facing heavy legal fees of more than £6,700 after losing three hearings and is now deciding whether to appeal for the third time.  “I never saw the flash of the camera and I certainly didn’t feel like I was doing faster than 30 mph,” Mr Keedwell said. “I was incredibly annoyed when I got the fine through the post. I am convinced that Tim knows what he is on about and that there was a misreading. If he told me to just pay the fine, nothing has happened here then I would have accepted it and paid it.“But when you start looking into this, you realise that it’s more about them getting money than road safety. Ordinary working people like me are getting done over by the system. I have not been listened to and there has not been any justice in this case. “I obviously regret losing that amount of money and I have often woken up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat because I am so panicked. But I couldn’t let them get away with it. The system is flawed and it needed challenging.”Mr Keedwell’s three sons, 42-year-old Alex and 39-year-old twins Daniel and Jonathan, will now miss out on £30,000 worth of inheritance. “They, like most people, think I am absolutely mad for challenging it. But it was an injustice and I wanted to air it.”A spokeswoman for West Mercia Police said: “All of our speed enforcement cameras are calibrated regularly and are Home Office approved. This particular offence was dealt with by the Courts, who after hearing all the evidence found the defendant guilty.” Mr Keedwell said a “seriously flawed” legal system meant fighting the fine had taken nearly three years and used up his sons’ inheritance moneyCredit: SWNS/ Jake McPherson / SWNS read more

ABP sells Silvercrest plant mired in horsemeat controversy

first_imgMEAT PROCESSING COMPANY ABP has sold its Silvercrest Foods plant in Monaghan which was embroiled in the horsemeat controversy.In a statement, ABP said it had taken the decision to exit the frozen burger business in Ireland completely in order to focus instead on its core business.Chief executive Paul Finnerty said that ABP was “only one of a large number” of companies in Europe which had been affected by the “equine issue.”“Our decision to sell the Ballybay facility allows the [ABP] Group to move forward positively with our core chilled beef business and other developing businesses,” he said.Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the announcement was good news for the companies involved and for the Irish food industry.The Monaghan facility is to be sold to the Kepak Group, subject to approval from the Competition Authority.The 122 staff currently employed at Silvercrest Foods will continue to be employed at the meat processing facility under its new owners as part of the deal. All staff have been on full pay while the future of the plant was under discussion since the outbreak of the horse meat coontroversy.ABP, which is one of the biggest processors of meat in Europe, suspended all production at its Silvercrest Foods plant in January after horse DNA was found in frozen beef burgers.Last month is said it had been the victim of a “wide-scale European equine fraud” which had led to “considerable” costs.“The announcement today is good news for the companies concerned and for the Irish food industry generally,” Minister Coveney said.“This is also very good news for the employees at the Silvercrest plant and local economy at Ballybay, Co Monaghan.”ABP did not reveal how much Kepak paid for the facility.Horsemeat scandal: Dept refuses to release over 200 pages of emails with FSAI > Read: Second set of horsemeat tests published by FSAI > Read: ‘We have a right to expect better’ – Coveney on the horsemeat saga >last_img read more

50 years on justice for Delta Company

first_imgThis week ten veterans from the battle of Long Tan finally received official recognition for their gallantry, 50 years after the events of 18 August, 1966.
For half a century, many of the soldiers of Delta Company 6 RAR who were in the thick of the Long Tan action received little or no official recognition, despite a tireless campaign from their commander, retired Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith.
In 2015, former army chief David Morrison declined to recommend gallantry awards for 13 of the soldiers who had fought at Long Tan, which prompted Mr Smith to make an appeal to the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal. This week that appeal bore fruit with Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan confirming on Wednesday that he would be writing to the Governor-General to ask him to endorse the ­tribunal’s recommendations.Mr Smith recommended 13 of his men to receive military honours or have existing honours upgraded in his submission. A recommendation for one soldier – Company Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer Jack Kirby, was that he should receive a Victoria Cross, but the tribunal did not uphold that recommendation.As commanding officer of 6 RAR’s D Company, Smith witnessed Kirby run under fire around the battlefield restocking his fellow diggers’ ammunition supplies. Mr Kirby died in February 1967 in Vietnam after being hit by misdirected shells from a New Zealand artillery unit.Despite the VC recommendation being knocked back, 83-year-old Mr Smith told reporters he was pleased with the outcome. ‘I am very happy that I’ve been able to achieve justice for my soldiers,” he said. Quota systems for gallantry awards in the Australian military in the 1960s, meant in any six-month period, only one medal for gallantry could be given for every 250 serving soldiers.The army tried to expand the quota towards the end of the Vietnam War, in which only 298 army personnel ­received a medal for their service: 1.74 per cent of the total number of soldiers who served. 2.29 per cent of Australian soldiers who served in the Second World War received medals.521 Australian troops were killed during the Vietnam War and over 3000 wounded. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Activision Patents Matchmaking Algorithm to Make Players Spend Money

first_imgStay on target ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ Trailer Steps Out of the ShadowsNext ‘Call of Duty’ Is Probably ‘Modern Warfare’ Microtransactions get included into more and more games these days. Despite vocal gamer’s disdain for them, this is a form of revenue stream that generates billions of dollars annually for game companies. As such, publishers are always coming up with ways to get players to purchase in-game items with real-world money. Now, it appears Activision has created the ultimate method for getting people to plunk down cash for digital wares.As reported by Rolling Stone, Activision was granted a patent yesterday for an algorithm designed to entice players to spend money on microtransactions. This “System and method for driving microtransactions in multiplayer video games” was originally filed back in 2015 according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.The system itself is rather ingenious/insidious. It can pair players of low skill level with more advanced players. This is done in the hopes that players of modest level would look at the gear of higher-level players and be enticed into purchasing said items for themselves.“For example, in one implementation, the system may include a microtransaction engine that arranges matches to influence game-related purchases,” according to the patent. “For instance, the microtransaction engine may match a more expert/marquee player with a junior player to encourage the junior player to make game-related purchases of items possessed/used by the marquee player. A junior player may wish to emulate the marquee player by obtaining weapons or other items used by the marquee player.”The system looks at players’ profiles to determine their specific playstyles. One example given by the patent is that a player who has shown a proclivity towards sniper rifles will be paired with a player who is proficient with this type of weapon. The novice player may then be influenced to purchase the sniper rifle (and gear) used by the expert player. After this purchase, the player would then be placed in a match where sniper rifles are advantageous, thus encouraging future purchases.Responding to Kotaku, an Activision spokesperson said: “This was an exploratory patent filed in 2015 by an R&D team working independently from our game studios. It has not been implemented in-game.”Additionally, Bungie community manager David Dague went on Twitter to say that Destiny 2 does not use this matchmaking system.None of this functionality appears in Destiny. https://t.co/IXlR05tZ1c— DeeJ (@DeeJ_BNG) October 17, 2017This patent isn’t all about driving players towards microtransactions. It has applications like generating NPCs to fill certain roles in teams or placing players in maps that favor their playstyles. Players who prefer to face off against difficult opponents can also be dropped into maps that facilitate this.Since this patent was just approved yesterday, it’s doubtful current Activision games are using it. However, this could start popping up in future releases. Personally, I think this sort of system preys on gamers’ already addictive nature. This report is just gaining traction so it will be interesting to see how Activision responds to all of this. We’ll update this story as necessary.last_img read more

JAMAICA Special provision for disabled persons under NIDS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 17, 2017 – Kingston – Special provisions will be made for persons with disabilities and the indigent under the National Identification System (NIDS).  This was disclosed by Programme Director for NIDS, Warren Vernon, during a press conference at Jamaica House on Tuesday (November 14).“We intend to have 43 enrolment centres across the island (and) those centres will be configured in such a way that will cater for the entire population (including) persons with disabilities,” he said.He noted that to enroll in the system, persons will be required to give their full name, date of birth, and biometric information, which includes fingerprint, facial image and a manual signature.   However, for persons with disabilities who are unable to give some of the core biometric information required, Mr. Vernon noted that “we will use other biometric attributes in order to register the individual”.In the meantime, Director of Communications and Public Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister, Robert Morgan, noted that there will be static and mobile registration facilities set up for enrolment.“The static facilities (will be at) a government office where… you can register.   The mobile (is for) persons who are indigent, shut-ins, persons (with disabilities) and (those) within the penal institutions,” he noted.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in a statement expressed full support of NIDS, especially in terms of its facilitation of the disabled.   She noted that it is imperative that persons with disabilities be empowered and feel that they are a part of what is happening in the society “and NIDS is now an additional arm to facilitate this process”.“To this end, the registration of all citizens, particularly those living with disabilities, is encouraged, to enable the Government to properly identify and plan for these persons,” she said.Implementation of NIDS is supported by the National Identification and Registration Bill, which was passed in the Senate on Monday (November 13) with 168 amendments and has been returned to the House of Representatives for approval.With anticipated funding of US$68 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government intends to put the NIDS infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months, beginning with a pilot project.   This is expected to be followed by the national roll-out in September 2019, over a period of three to four years.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Military to Support Request to House up to 20000 Unaccompanied Minors

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Trump administration is planning to house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on military installations, following a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to have facilities available as early as July. “HHS and DOD are working closely to determine the requirements and timing for support,” said DOD spokesman Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis. “While four bases (three in Texas and one in Arkansas) have been visited by HHS for possible housing, it doesn’t mean any or all children would be housed there,” Davis said. HHS has inspected Goodfellow AFB, Dyess AFB and Fort Bliss in Texas, and Little Rock AFB, Ark.The children would be unaccompanied minors who crossed the Mexican border, not children separated from their parents, reported Stars and Stripes. The administration also is considering the possibility of housing families detained at the border on military installations.Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protectionlast_img read more

36 dead as tank battle rocks Yemens Aden

first_imgPositions of armed forces in Yemen on 29 January, with location of clashes in Aden. AFPAt least 36 people have been killed and 185 wounded in two days of heavy fighting between separatists and government troops in Yemen’s interim capital of Aden, the Red Cross said.Heavy fighting intensified at night after the two sides used tank and artillery on the second day of an attempted “coup” in the southern port city, military sources said.The Saudi-led military coalition which supports the government called Tuesday for an immediate ceasefire and an end to “all forms of armed conflict”, in a statement cited by Saudi state news agency SPA.It said it would take “all necessary measures to restore security and stability” after earlier calls for restraint went unheeded.The flare-up has added yet another dimension to one of the world’s most complicated conflicts, a civil war that has left thousands dead and millions on the brink of starvation.The head of the International Committee for the Red Cross mission in Yemen, Carlos Batallas, said on Twitter on Monday that the clashes in Aden had killed 36 people and wounded 185.The ICRC did not provide figures on civilian casualties.Residents were hunkered down at home as five separatist fighters were killed by snipers and four soldiers died in clashes, military sources said, with tanks and heavy artillery entering the fray.The clashes came after separatist forces seized government buildings in what Yemen’s prime minister called an attempted coup.At night, pro-separatist security forces advanced in some areas and were just one kilometre (mile) away from the presidential palace in Aden, security and military sources told AFP.They also seized two military camps near Aden international airport which remained closed for the second day, the sources said.Aden has served as the headquarters of Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s government since it was forced out of the capital Sanaa by Huthi rebels three years ago.The separatists-who want the return of the independent South Yemen that existed before 1990 — supported Hadi’s forces against the Shiite rebels, but tensions between them have risen in recent months.‘Shooting’ all nightFighters from both sides have been deployed in most areas of Aden, paralysed for a second day after 15 people were killed and dozens wounded on Sunday.Universities, schools and shops stayed closed, an AFP photographer said.The hostilities erupted early Sunday when pro-government troops prevented supporters of the separatist Southern Transitional Council from entering Aden for a rally.Separatists have dispatched additional forces from the central province of Marib and the southern province of Abyan, security sources said.The forces from Abyan marched on Aden after clashes with loyalists on the way.After the separatists seized the government headquarters on Sunday, Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher denounced a “coup… in Aden against legitimacy and the country’s unity”.He urged the Saudi-led coalition to intervene in its defence.The coalition launched air strikes against the Iran-backed Huthi rebels in March 2015 and sent troops to support Hadi’s forces, fearing that Tehran would gain a foothold in the country on Saudi Arabia’s southern border.On Sunday, security sources said pro-separatist units trained and supported by the UAE had taken over the government headquarters after clashes.The International Committee of the Red Cross said fighting continued overnight.“All night shooting in Aden #Yemen, including heavy weapons,” Alexandre Faite, the head of the ICRC delegation in the country based in Sanaa, said on Twitter.“Those in southern part of city, including (ICRC staff) still unable to get out.”UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed urged all parties to return to “calm and dialogue”.The negotiator is to step down in April after three years overseeing UN-brokered negotiations between the government and rebels, none of which have stemmed the violence.More than 9,200 people have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led coalition intervened.The separatists joined forces with Hadi’s government to oust the rebels from southern provinces in 2015, but tensions have soared since a secessionist governor’s sacking last year.‘Outlaws’Three civilians were among the 15 people killed on Sunday, hospital sources said, after separatist protesters were prevented from entering Aden for an anti-government rally.The separatists accused the premier of ordering his troops to open fire on the protesters.Sunday’s rally was called by the Southern Transitional Council, an autonomous body not recognised by the government and aimed at overseeing self-governance in southern provinces.Former Aden governor Aidarous al-Zoubeidi formed the council in May last year after Hadi fired him.The council had asked Hadi to make changes in the government, accusing it of corruption and mismanagement, and gave him a week to do so-a deadline that expired on Sunday.It had warned that if Hadi did not accept the demand, its supporters would begin a protest campaign to oust Dagher’s government.South Yemen was independent-with former British colony Aden as its capital-from its formation in 1967 until 1990, when it was unified with North Yemen.last_img read more

5 Big Laptop Trends to Watch in 2019

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Freedman, Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on Tom’s Hardware.After a rousing CES 2019 in Las Vegas that unveiled a bunch of refreshes around Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards for laptops and Intel’s Whiskey Lake CPUs, laptops will be an exciting category in consumer tech in 2019.And after a week looking at almost every laptop in Sin City, some major trends started to emerge. Here’s what to expect from laptops in 2019:MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-trends-2019?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Desktop ReplacementsLet it be known, the laptop has its knives out for the desktop. For those who don’t want to build their own, or just want an all-in-one solution that’s more portable than most desktop gaming rigs, some big gaming laptops are coming down the pipe. Notably, there’s the Alienware Area 51-m, a powerful laptop with a desktop processor and upgradeable graphics cards (though we’ve yet to see exactly how those will be sold and what compatibility will be like).On the other side of that coin is the Asus ROG Mothership, a Surface Pro-style detachable that turns into a desktop monitor and separate keyboard. If a desktop isn’t for you, someone is releasing a giant laptop that might work for you.Using Gaming Laptops for Everything ElseWe heard it from laptop companies, we heard it from Nvidia, we heard it from Microsoft: gaming laptops aren’t just for gaming anymore. During Nvidia’s press conference, CEO Jensen Huang announced that the company’s RTX GPUs will work to to accelerate 3D modeling and animation programs, edit 6K video (8K video on desktops) and broadcast pro-quality streaming from a single PC.Microsoft, at its partner device showcase, detailed specific laptops, like the Acer Predator Triton 900, that could be used by content creators. The Predator has a flip out hinge that can fold down into a tablet. When used with a pen, it could be a powerful video-editing or photo-editing laptop with an RTX GPU.More AMD OptionsAMD’s CES had a ton of announcements, including its 3000 U and H-series Picasso APUs. Asus’ new TUF Gaming lineup will rely on the those processors along with AMD’s mobile GPUs. Additionally, the company’s Athlon chips will show up in Chromebooks from HP and Acer. It wouldn’t be surprising to see more companies announce laptops with AMD’s CPUs this year, though Intel will likely continue to dominate the space for another year.OLED and 240 Hz ScreensOne of HP’s marquee announcements was the 15-inch Spectre x360 with an OLED display arriving in March. Others aren’t far behind. Dell suggested that its 15-inch devices, particularly under the Dell G Series and Alienware brands, could see OLED later this year. Razer also showed us a prototype Razer Blade 15 with an OLED display, suggesting that was something that could be coming in the future.HP also said its Omen 15 gaming notebook will have a 240 Hz option, and other vendors followed. Razer showed us a similar prototype Razer Blade with a 240 Hz display.Very Slight RedesignsIf it ain’t broke, why fix it? We’re not seeing any major redesigns thus far. Dell moved the XPS 13’s webcam above the display (thank heavens) and redesigned the hinge for easier opening, and that may have been the most radical redesign of the show on a consumer laptop. Lenovo’s ThinkPad lineup has some new materials, but otherwise similar designs.Part of this may be because when designs get so good, there’s little need to iterate. But it’s also possible that delays from Intel have left new designs waiting in the wings for whenever Ice Lake finally hits. Additionally, Intel announced Project Athena, a new notebook design project similar to ultrabooks, but told us very little about it. Perhaps its new tiny Lakefield motherboard will be what enables new designs.The Most Anticipated Laptops of 2019 (So Far) Author Biocenter_img Andrew E. Freedman, on Andrew joined Laptopmag.com in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter @FreedmanAE.last_img read more

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first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Michael Cox, one of the riders | Photo: Provided/Cedric Terrell Every year, thousands of people get on their bicycles for an unforgettable journey. They bike 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles, all to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS. The AIDS/LifeCylce first began in 1993 as the California AIDS Ride. Since then, the ride has raised more than $200 million for the cause.Photographer Cedric Terrell recently published portrait book about the ride.Why We Ride is an intimate look at the people who participate in the AIDS/LifeCycle, their stories, and what motivates them. Terrell granted GSN an exclusive look inside this stunning gallery, and some of the stories featured in it.Victor Jones | Photo: Provided/Cedric TerrellTo help save lives‘I ride because we still live in a world with HIV/AIDS,’ Victor Jones says in the book.Jones, who’s from Washington, DC, believes there is still work to be done and stigma to end.‘I ride to help save lives and give so many a second chance.’Madonna Cacciatore | Photo: Provided/Cedric TerrellA personal connectionFor Madonna Cacciatore of Los Angeles, it’s a personal matter. Her brother died of AIDS in 1991 and she began riding in 2013.Last year, she became a Road Manager, meaning she helped keep the route safe for bikers.‘Today, I still ride for my brother, Johnny, for all who died in New York in the early epidemic, and because I love the staff, riders, charities, and mission of AIDS/LifeCycle.’Marc Malkin | Photo: Provided/Cedric TerrellRiding to never forgotEntertainment journalist Marc Malkin revealed his HIV-positive status earlier this year. He never thought he’d participate — that was more of his husband’s thing.Then, in 2017, he volunteered with the media team for the event and decided he’d ride in 2018 (which he did).‘Both of my mother’s brothers, my uncles Arthur and David, died of AIDS early in the epidemic. As a gay man now living with HIV, I owe it to my uncles to do what I can to help continue the fight against the disease,’ he explains. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img ‘I’m riding in honor of my uncles and all of the people we have lost. We must never forget.’Christopher Interdonato | Photo: Provided/Cedric TerrellFor gratitudeThe Los Angeles LGBT Center is a co-producer of the cycle and a big reason why Christopher Interdonato rides.‘I ride because I know what it’s like to be positive with no resources to get medication. The LGBT Center saved my life,’ he recalls.The Center gave him shelter, clothing, resources, and help when he was at one of his lowest points.‘This agency has impacted my life in such a deep and profound way that I am willing to go to any lengths to give back to this amazing organization so that they can continue to help those in our community with their work.’Michael Cox | Photo: Provided/Cedric TerrellTo healMichael Cox has been living with HIV for 30 years, and it’s because of the LifeCycle that he’s been able to heal from the shame and pain. He calls it the ‘direct antithesis’ of the disease.‘Helping to ends AIDS by doing a superhuman bike ride has been very healing for me. I am happy and healthy and thriving and my life has more purpose,’ he says.‘I love the ride and the community and the love, and could not imagine life without it.’Jill Dannis | Photo: Provided/Cedric TerrellFor a beautiful queer life‘I ride to honor all of the queer people who came before me and made it possible for me to have the beautiful queer life that I have,’ Jill Dannis gives as her reason.‘Knowing that HIV/AIDS is still a devastating disease in our society, particularly for the LGBTQ community and communities of color, and that this work will actively change the quality of life for thousands of people, gives me the drive I need to conquer the fundraising, the training, the hills, and the ride itself.’To get the book and read more amazing stories like these, go here. More information about the ride can be found here.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Entertainment journalist Marc Malkin reveals he’s HIV-positiveGay nurse films hilarious Sound of Music parody to raise money for HIV researchFar-right leader claims Trump exposé was made up by ‘gay sociopath’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/stories-aids-lifecycle/last_img read more

USVenezuela clash threatens to overshadow upcoming Summit of the Americas

first_imgThe ongoing clash between the United States and Venezuela threatens to take center stage at the7th Summit of the Americas, scheduled for April 10 and 11 in Panama.Panamanian authorities have been meeting with counterparts of different countries, seeking to decrease the spiraling political tension after U.S. President Barack Obama ordered new sanctions against Venezuela. The South American nation reacted bitterly to the order, which called Venezuela an “extraordinary threat” to U.S. security.Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro has said he will give Obama a letter at the summit signed by millions of Venezuelans demanding the executive order be repealed.Maduro’s administration is backed by several Latin American leftist governments, who have described the order as a threat to sovereignty.Watch President Maduro send a message in, err, English? to President Obama: According to Panama’s Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Isabel de Saint Malo, the host government has been working to promote understanding and dialogue ahead of the regional meeting.“In line with our call for dialogue and our vocation to promote understanding, we’ve been speaking with many countries in the region, seeking dialogue to confront this situation so that understanding prevails,” she told reporters last month at Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Washington.According to de Saint Malo, Panama’s government is planning “a very relevant agenda” for the summit, aimed at discussing issues such as development and equality throughout the continent. The host administration also hopes the meeting will be a space for “the free debate of ideas,” she added.Meanwhile Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs María Luisa Navarro told international correspondents last month that the summit would not close with either a formal final declaration or references to political issues.She said a consensual and more technical document was being drafted, focused on eight topics: citizen participation, democratic governance, education, energy, health, infrastructure, migration and security. The document includes a call for all governments to take action in those areas, she said.“There’s no intention to introduce any political topic,” Navarro said. Panamanian border police attend a kidnapping and hostage drill during a presentation of the agents that will provide security for the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Meteti, Darien province, 260 km southeast of Panama City, on April 1, 2015. Rodrigo Arangua/AFPAlso speaking at the OAS meeting last month, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said the regional meeting should be “a summit of happiness, … [and] for the first time we’d be with Cuba, we’d be complete, we’d have the picture of all the presidents in fraternity, thinking of the future and overcoming conflict.”Cuba will be participating in the summit for the first time.Within the framework of the summit, hundreds of the region’s business leaders are scheduled to meet April 9 and 10 with at least four presidents, including Obama and Panama President Juan Carlos Varela. Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, is among the scheduled speakers.Cuban dissidents are also expected to make an appearance at the summit.The first Summit of the Americas was held in Miami in 1994, with subsequent meetings held around the hemisphere every four to five years.Recommended reading:US sanctions lost in Venezuela’s translationVenezuelan, Cuban opposition leaders ask Costa Rica to back their causeCosta Rica recalls its ambassador to Venezuela after pro-Maduro statements Facebook Comments Related posts:Bolivia’s Evo Morales: Obama should lift the embargo and return Guantánamo Naval base to Cuba Obama orders deeper Venezuela sanctions over abuses How would George Kennan respond to Nicaragua’s ‘military dependency’ on Russia? Obama suggests Cuba’s removal from terror list may be nearlast_img read more

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