Google Clips available now – but AI camera isnt impressing reviewers Updated

first_imgGoogle Clips, the company’s smart camera, is finally shipping, though whether it’s worth spending $249 on an AI to take your photos seems to be questionable. Announced last year alongside the Pixel 2, the standalone camera promises to use the same smarts that power Google Photos to snap stills and short videos of the entertaining things that kids and pets do to earn their keep, allowing you to stay in the moment in the process. Story TimelineGoogle Clips is one more camera lens for Pixel 2Google Clips camera launch nears, drops by FCC To do that, the deceptively simple Clips hardware calls upon some clever AI technology. The camera itself is little more than a small teal and white box with a lens on the front – which you twist to turn the whole thing on or off – and a button underneath it. You can manually trigger a photo, but the idea is that Clips makes those decisions itself. The camera can either figure out what’s important itself: Google says it’ll prioritize smiles and action, and gradually learn to take more photos of the people it sees frequently. Alternatively, given access to some of the face metadata from your existing Google Photos account, you can jump-start the process by showing it who you think is most important. Clips can’t actually upload directly to the gallery service itself, mind; it needs to transfer shots to the companion app on your iPhone, Pixel, or Galaxy S7/S8 via Bluetooth and WiFi Direct first.That process sounds moderately clunky, but serviceable, and does at least allow for some editing first. It’s also the first opportunity to see what Clips has captured, since the camera itself has no screen or even a way to frame the scene. That would presumably have sapped the 3-4 hours of active battery life even more. The seven-second videos Clips captures are actually strings of photos, linked together into GIFs, short video files, or iOS Live Photos. You can extract a single frame from them as a regular image, or alternatively trim them down. There’s no sound, as Clips lacks a microphone, but the editing process has generally been well received. What hasn’t gone down so well is the results of Clips’ efforts. For a start, while it packs 12-megapixels it uses a fixed-focus lens to ensure as much of the action is in focus as possible, The 130-degree lens is similarly broad-minded, which will have an impact on framing, and is f/2.4. Unfortunately, the photos and videos Clips actually captures aren’t exactly impressing reviewers. “Your subjects also have to be within roughly 10 feet of the camera, lest they be tiny in the resulting image,” The Verge points out. “But the Clips’ fixed-focus lens has a range of about three feet to infinity, so nothing close to the camera is ever sharp.” The limitations of the sensor and lens because of that attempt to suit every situation are clear: “Images come back grainy and motion is blurry,” TechCrunch complains. Trying to work around its foibles ends up becoming a chore in itself, indeed. “It’s designed to be used in such a specific way that it was difficult to find moments when using Clips was better than just pulling out my phone and snapping a photo,” TIME concludes, fairly damningly. The positive thing about Clips is that, just as Google Photos has improved over time, Google could presumably also improve the AI at the controls of its tiny standalone camera. Whether that would ever be enough to justify the lackluster optics, however, remains to be seen. If you’re willing to take the chance, you can order Clips for $249 today.Update: Google has reached out, eager that we recognize that not everybody had a middling experience with Clips. Sure enough, Wired describes the short video loops as “fun” and “easy to share” though wishes they were smoother, and ZDNet praises the battery life and, though the resolution and tendency to blur motion still come in for criticism, reports that they did get some video which they were pleased with the content of in the end. In short, Clips sounds like it could be fun though probably isn’t going to replace any other camera you have (nor, really, does Google suggest it will) and it’s down to you to decide if that’s worth the $249 sticker price. MORE Googlelast_img read more

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Windows 10 Lean is yet another Windows 10 version to remember

first_imgWindows 10 installations, not to mention installed systems, are notorious for their total space occupied. On modern computers, that few GB might seem like loose change but other systems need to be more conscientious about their diets.Windows 10 Lean is that diet. It is supposedly 2 GB smaller than a Windows 10 Pro installer. I lost that much weight by throwing out wallpapers, some device drivers for CDs and DVDs, and apps like the power user tool RegEdit Windows registry editor. Those apps can be installed after the fact so, technically, Windows 10 Lean really only differs at the start.But what and who is it for? That’s still the mystery. Judging by its missing features, it seems to be designed for more restricted devices and use cases, almost like Windows 10 S, a.k.a. Windows 10 with S Mode. In fact, Windows 10 Lean is registered as “Windows 10 Cloud E” and “Windows 10 S”. So while Microsoft did away with Windows 10 S as a formal edition, it might have just been paving the way for this new Lean edition to be installed where Windows 10 S should have been.AdChoices广告VIA: MSPoweruser If you thought Microsoft’s change in tone over Windows 10 S, now Windows 10 with S Mode, marks the end of its obsession over software editions, then you don’t the company that well. Popping up out of nowhere, yet another Windows 10 SKU seems ready to make OEMs, consumers, and fans alike scratch their heads in bewilderment. That’s Windows 10 Lean and it’s leaner than Windows 10 in just one aspect: installer size.last_img read more

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Apple Watch Series 4 revealed officially Features Release Date Price

first_imgToday Apple revealed the Apple Watch Series 4 in all its big display-toting glory. This new watch takes the better bits of the previous model and makes them bigger and better in three specific areas: connectivity, fitness, and health. And it’s got a bigger screen, to boot. Story TimelineApple Watch replaces student ID cards for Alabama studentsNike Training Club app brings exercise data to Apple WatchApple Watch Series 4 ECG and fall detection detailed “We’re humbled and inspired by how Apple Watch has become such an important and essential part of people’s lives,” said Apple’s Jeff Williams. The next phase of Apple Watch, said Williams, would be a part of people’s lives in three areas: Connectivity, Fitness, and Health. To Apple, these are three distinct categories of functionality.This new display has a 35% larger face for the smaller model, and a 32% larger face for the larger model. “It all starts with a stunning new display,” said Williams. “We pushed the screen right to the edges, and curved the corners to perfectly match the shape of the Watch.”“We’ve [made the screen larger] with minimal changes to the case size,” said Williams. Because the watch models are both thinner, they take up less overall volume. This includes a new digital crown, which “has been reengineered and includes haptic feedback,” said Williams. There’s a new speaker, too. This watch has a few little tweaks as well – like the microphone’s location, moved further from the speaker.center_img Inside the watch is a new Apple S4 processor. That’s a 64-bit Dual-Core processor, designed by Apple to be up to 2x faster than its predecessor. This newest Apple Watch has an accelerometer and gyroscope inside, both of which are now “next-generation” according to Williams. These new hardware bits have “2x dynamic range, up to 32g g-forces,” and are able to “sample 8x faster” than the previous model. The Apple Watch Series 4 has electrodes on its back, allowing the user to take an electrocardiogram. This makes the watch the first electrocardiogram product offered over the counter direct to consumers. All readings are stored in Apple Health and can be accessed at any time.Apple Watch Series 4 will be available from $499 with cellular starting on September 17th, 2018. Pre-order (or as Apple says, “Order” starts on the 14th, just like iPhone Xs. Apple Watch Series 3 pricing moves to $279 immediately.last_img read more

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Vivo iQOO phone foldable display leaked The future is folding

first_imgThe brand iQOO is a new sub-brand of the smartphone manufacturer VIVO. If they’re able to bring the same (or better) quality to iQOO as they do to VIVO hardware, this foldable smartphone will be fantastic. VIVO’s been on the cutting edge for a while now – not necessarily for major market success, but for bringing new tech to market in real products first – VIVO is there, right now. The renders we’re seeing today are for a device that’s not likely based on finalized specifications. Instead, it’s probably a concept meant to show off the ways in which iQOO would handle the software on their first foldable display smartphone. Based on our understanding of parts cost and availability right now, this concept would be far, far too expensive to make any sense for manufacturing any time soon. The tip comes from 女王议科技, Queen of the Tech Conference, a microblogger likely associated with mobile parts manufacturing in China. It could also be that, like many “leaksters” in this industry, Queen is part of the accessories market – hence her repeated chats on early access to phone designs. According to Queen, this iQOO phone will cost over $1000 (basic exchange rate). If this is the future, we’ve got to consider the size. One key reason for the foldable display’s existence is the ability to have a compact device that folds out into a large device. If that’s the ONLY reason a foldable display might exist, then a device as large as the one we’re seeing above doesn’t add up. If, however, we’re thinking from the same perspective as Samsung did when they created the first Galaxy Note, this device is sized JUST fine. It’s big, and it’s able to get far, far bigger. It’s like a phablet that folds out into a tablet. It fills the entire pocket of the adult human, and folds out to twice that size! Like a magazine or something – huge! Story TimelineVivo APEX 2019 Super Unibody Concept Phone: the good and the badVivo NEX Dual Display Edition durability test impressesVivox Nintendo Switch voice chat aims to make in-game talk easierVivo NEX Dual Display Edition teardown reveals potential problemsVivo V15 Pro will have a 32MB selfie camera The near future is a race to the first real-deal functional and worthwhile foldable display smartphone, and iQOO seems to be right up front of the pack. We don’t yet have evidence of a final, real smartphone just yet – but the renders look top-notch. If what we’re seeing here translates into a real product in the near future, big-name brands bringing foldable devices to the market better watch their back – this might be a real contender.last_img read more

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This new Lotus Evija is the 215m blueprint for allelectric hypercars

first_imgThat, Lotus suggests, will be sufficient for a sub-3.0 second 0-62 mph time, and a top speed in excess of 200 mph. As the first new Lotus under the auspices of Geely, the automaker is really pushing the boat out on pace. However, it’ll also apparently be capable of 250 miles of driving range on a single charge. Look out Tesla, the British are coming, and the Lotus Evija has some huge electric plans to be the most powerful production car in the world. Unveiled today, the angular Evija – pronounced “E-vi-ya” – is the automaker’s first fully-EV sports car, with a targeted 2,000 PS, or 1,973 horsepower. Lotus Evija Gallerycenter_img An EV built for speed – and handlingThat’s what Lotus is aiming for, anyway, using a mid-mounted 2,000 kW lithium-ion battery pack. It’s the handiwork of Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), which Lotus is partnering with to develop advanced propulsion technologies. Like mid-engined Lotus cars, it’s intended to help with a perfect balance. However, it also helps future-proof the Evija.Lotus envisages different battery packs being fitted in the future, with owners of the car able to switch between them according to intended use. If you’re at the track, for example, you might want a battery optimized for performance. Long road-trips, meanwhile, might be better suited to a more power-dense battery, trading a little performance in the name of extra range. AdChoices广告Four-wheel drive is standard, but unlike other EVs which use two, maybe three electric motors at most, Lotus is taking electrification to its logical performance conclusion. So, each wheel gets a single-speed helical gear ground planetary gearbox, packaged with the e-motor and investor as a single cylindrical Electric Drive Unit, or EDU. Each EDU is expected to deliver 500 PS, and support five driving modes: Range, City, Tour, Sport, and Track. Total torque is expected to be 1,254 lb-ft. By adjusting the power to each motor, Lotus can enable true torque vectoring in the Evija. It’s intended to be a fully-automatic system, pushing power to any combination of two, three, or for wheels within a fraction of a second. Track mode, meanwhile, will deliver power to individual wheels too, thus potentially cutting the radius of corners. Even though you’d expect the car to be fully electric all-round, Lotus hasn’t given up every traditional feature. The steering, for example, is electro-hydraulic rather than fully electric: that ensures a pure feel, the automaker insists. Charging fit for the trackTaking advantage of all that power is a sure-fire way to drain the Evija’s battery, so Lotus has added a heavy-duty charging system. It’s an 800 kW setup, though Lotus concedes that right now there aren’t actually production chargers that can deliver that sort of rate. When there are, though, it paves the way to a full recharge of the Evija in a mere nine minutes time. Feed the Evija with a 350 kW supply – such as those Electrify America and others are currently rolling out – and you’re looking at a 12 minute charge from 0-80 percent, or an 18 minute charge from fully drained to fully charged. Lotus has hidden the port behind a vented flap at the rear. Range is an estimated 250 miles on the WLPT Combined Cycle, or 270 miles on the NEDC Combined Cycle. No word on estimated EPA range, which can tend to be a little less than those tests. Importantly, Lotus has also focused on repeated performance. While fast EVs aren’t new, fast EVs that can be driven lap after lap are far less common. Lotus, though, claims its battery, electric motor, and transmission technology can each operate at up to 98-percent efficiency, and that the Evija can be driven in Track mode, flat-out with no derate, for at least seven minutes. A new aesthetic for a new age of LotusIt’s fair to say that the Evija is eye-catching. Its ride-height just 105mm high, it’s also a fairly new design language for Lotus, borrowing elements from Le Mans race cars and other racing series, both in appearance and underlying technology. So, it’s the first Lotus road car to feature a one-piece carbon fibre monocoque chassis, for example, helping keep the target weight down to around 3,700 pounds. That’s wrapped in a full carbon fiber body, itself inspired by aeronautics. A Venturi tunnel runs through each rear quarter, optimizing airflow by guiding it straight though the body shell. It looks incredible, but it’s also highly functional too. High-energy air is directed to the rear, where it counteracts the low-pressure air usually found there and helps cut drag. On its way, it also pulls more air through the rear wheel arch louvres, which Lotus says helps maintain air quality in the diffuser. There’s active aero too, with a rear spoiler that elevates from the bodywork. It, and an F1-style Drag Reduction System, deploy automatically in Track mode, or when manually triggered. Without side mirrors, Lotus has turned to cameras on the sides and the roof, to beam images from around the car to three screens in the cabin. That’s the hard-working stuff: then there’s the glitz. Red LEDs outline each tunnel, reminiscent of a fighter jet’s afterburners, while LEDs inside the tunnels illuminate them for a ghostly glow. The “T” of the “LOTUS” badge lights up as the reversing light, while the indicator lights are incorporated into the corners of the ribbon-like outlines. A cabin with dramaOpen the dihedral doors – triggered by the key fob – and the minimalistic cabin is laid bare. The “floating wing” dashboard both gives the instrumentation and air ducts somewhere to sit, as well as being structural support. Carbon fiber and metal are used liberally. A roof console has key controls, including the buttons to close the doors. The shell seats are hand-trims with Alcanata, and have manual fore/aft movement and electric back operation; they get three-point belts as standard, with four-point harnesses an option. The steering wheel is Alcantara as standard, or leather-trimmed as an option, and is squared-off like a racing wheel. It has buttons for infotainment, cruise control, and other features, along with the switch for the drive modes. A single display sits behind the wheel, with extra controls running down the narrow center console. That’s studded with touch-sensitive haptic buttons, each in a hexagonal recess. Climate control and a premium infotainment system will be standard, as will Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Integrated connectivity will support a Lotus Evija app, for remotely monitoring battery status and preconditioning the cabin. It’ll also be used to sync lap times and other telemetry gathered at the track. A Lotus of firstsLotus is claiming a few debut technologies on the Evija, including the first laser lights for both main and dipped beams. Integrated within their lenses are wing-like elements for daytime running lights and turn indicators. There’ll also be a whole range of customization options for Evija buyers. That’ll include custom paint, interior trim, and detailing, along with marquetry-style badging. Lotus will allow customers to specify special badges, inlayed in metal directly into the carbon fiber body shell. Exceedingly fast: Exceedingly rareAs you might have guessed, the Lotus Evija won’t be some mass-production electric racer. In fact, only 130 of the cars will be produced in total, each priced from £1.7 million ($2.15 million) before taxes and other fees. A $316,000 deposit secures a production slot, and Lotus is open for orders now. Production is expected to kick off from 2020, though don’t worry if you can’t afford one. The automaker says that the Evija will be the halo car atop a new range of Lotus performance models in the pipeline, also benefiting from the depths of Geely’s purse. Expect design cues borrowed from the EV hypercar, though hopefully something a little more affordable. last_img read more

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VA Chief Pushes Overhaul Firings At Agency

first_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. From 2004 to 2011, war was the top cause of death among active personnel, but suicide became the top cause of death in both 2012 and 2013, according to the Pentagon’s medical surveillance monthly report. (Snyder, 11/10) The new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs described the broad outlines Monday of an overhaul of the agency, which has been battered by scandals over lengthy delays setting up doctor’s visits and attempts to cover up those backlogs. Advocates for veterans, meanwhile, said they were eager to see details of the plan. (Duncan, 11/10) The Hill: Nursing Industry Angles For Windfall Of VA Jobs VA Chief Pushes Overhaul, Firings At Agency A day before Veterans Day, VA Secretary Robert McDonald announced a complete restructuring of the agency in the wake of the scandal over excessive wait times and poor care that critics blamed for patient deaths. NBC News: VA Head Details ‘Largest’ Ever Restructuring at Agency Fox News: VA Secretary Pushes Major Overhaul, Firings At Agency CNN: VA Chief Announces Restructuring, Firings Los Angeles Times: New VA Chief May Fire 1,000 Staffers Over Healthcare Scandal Fox News: New Push For Military To Renew Focus On Mental Health The Baltimore Sun: VA Head Outlines Fix For Troubled Agency Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on Monday announced a complete restructuring in the wake of the scandal over excessive wait times and poor care that critics blamed for patient deaths. The changes come a day after the secretary revealed on CBS’ “60 Minutes” his intention to fire or otherwise discipline more than 1,000 workers — and hire thousands more doctors and health care workers. (11/10) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced Monday a massive restructuring of the department in the wake of a scandal that left more than a hundred thousand veterans waiting for health care. VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who took over the agency three months ago after his predecessor Eric Shinseki resigned, said the VA has taken “disciplinary action” against 5,600 employees in the last year, and he said more firings will soon follow. (Devine and Diamond, 11/10) Meanwhile, a trade group representing nurse practitioners is positioning its members to take advantage of thousands of new openings at the agency – The trade group representing nurse practitioners is moving to position its members for a windfall of new jobs expected as part of an overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs’s healthcare system. VA Secretary Robert McDonald announced plans in September to hire tens of thousands of new clinicians as part of a plan to restructure the agency, following a scandal involving lengthy wait times at agency-run healthcare facilities that led to the ouster of his predecessor, Eric Shinseki. (Wheeler, 11/10) The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a series of reforms Monday aimed at improving the agency’s customer service after concerns about substandard healthcare forced a leadership change earlier this year. Three months after taking the helm, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald unveiled plans to create a chief customer service officer tasked with overseeing an agency-wide program to streamline the department’s regional centers into a single network. (Hansen, 11/10) Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald announced “the largest restructuring in the department’s history” one day before Veterans Day. At the center of the changes is the ability for veterans to receive care outside of the VA. (Caldwell, 11/10) last_img read more

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Shortfall Estimate For UAW Retiree Health Care Fund Increases By 16 Billion

first_imgShortfall Estimate For UAW Retiree Health Care Fund Increases By $16 Billion The fund, which pays health care costs for more than 700,000 United Auto Workers retirees, has been adjusted because of changes in accounting assumptions and new projections of how long members will live. The estimate of the unfunded future expenses of a trust that pays the health-care costs of more than 700,000 United Auto Workers retirees from three Detroit-area automakers widened by $16 billion last year as it changed accounting assumptions and adjusted for new projections of how long members will live. Prior to last year, the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust had cut drug costs, added preventive care and restored benefits such as dental and vision while also increasing assets. Based on that success, the UAW had proposed a health-care pool for 295,000 active autoworkers in a new contract. The idea was downgraded to area of study after almost two thirds of the union’s members at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV rejected the labor deal with that provision. The vote came before the new financial results were released. (Green, 10/13) Bloomberg: Shortfall Rises By $16B At UAW Retiree Health Care Fund Veteran workers at Fiat Chrysler could pay deductibles for the first time if the cost of their coverage triggers a politically sensitive tax that takes effect in 2018. In the “Explanation of Benefits” document in the proposed contract between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler is a letter from FCA health care executive Kathleen Neal to UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell. The two acknowledge in writing that the company and union discussed the “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health care plans that is a provision of the Affordable Care Act. (Gardner, 10/12) Meanwhile, the Detroit Free-Press reports on how the “Cadillac” tax could impact auto workers’ out-of-pocket costs. The Detroit Free Press: UAW Veterans Could Still Pay Their First Deductibles 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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As LongServing Public Official VA Nominee Entrenched In Swamp Trump Once Said

first_imgAs Long-Serving Public Official, VA Nominee Entrenched In ‘Swamp’ Trump Once Said He Wanted To Drain But many say that’s a good thing. “The president is beginning to understand that in order to deal with the swamp, you have to have some people who understand how the swamp works,” said Trent Lott (R., Miss.), a former Senate majority leader. “The idea that anybody who has worked in Washington shouldn’t be involved in Washington is absolutely the wrong way to go.” Robert Wilkie is expected to be approved to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Oregonian: VA Continues Home Health Care For Disabled Oregon Vet  The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Community Living Center in Prescott is ranked near the bottom among VA nursing homes nationwide, according to federal data and evaluations obtained by the USA TODAY Network. …The Department of Veterans Affairs owns and operates 133 nursing homes in 46 states and has tracked quality statistics at those facilities for years but kept them from the public. (Wagner, 6/17) The last two secretaries of the Department of Veterans Affairs were private-sector outsiders intent on bringing expertise from beyond Washington’s Capital Beltway into the VA. But Robert Wilkie, President Donald Trump’s presumptive nominee to head the department, is the opposite—a long-serving public official steeped in federal bureaucracy. Mr. Wilkie has decades of experience in government and familiarity with the companies and industries that rely on it, and now is expected to take over a sprawling department that has been on the verge of large-scale changes. (Kesling, 6/15) Statistics the VA has not released paint a picture of government nursing homes that scored worse on average than their private sector counterparts on nine of 11 key indicators last year, including rates of antipsychotic drug prescription and residents’ deterioration. In some cases, the internal documents show, the VA ratings were only slightly worse. In others, such as the number of residents who are in pain, the VA nursing homes scored dramatically worse. (Estes and Slack, 6/17) The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to continue to provide in-home health care for a Springfield veteran with Lou Gehrig’s disease who needs around-the-clock help and sued the federal agency when it threatened to halt the care. The Veterans Affairs department agreed to contract with Michael Williamson’s choice of  in-home care providers through a newly formed agency, “Better Horizons.” If any problems arise, the federal agency will work to meet Williamson’s wishes and medical needs, according to their settlement. (Bernstein, 6/16) The Wall Street Journal: At Veterans Affairs, Trump To Try His Luck With A Washington Insider In other veterans’ health care news — Boston Globe & USA Today: Secret VA Nursing-Home Ratings Hid Poor Quality Care From Public This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Arizona Republic: Prescott VA Nursing Home Ranks Among Worst Nationally, Data Shows last_img read more

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England U21 vs Romania U21 Live Stream Watch the European Championship online

first_imgEngland U21 vs Romania U21 Live Stream: Watch tonight’s European Championship clash onlineEngland’s U21s are in action at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi tonight, where they’ll face Romania’s U21 in their crucial second game of the European U21 Championship. Our guide reveals all you need to know to watch England U21 vs Romania U21 online whether you’re in the UK or abroad, including full live stream details and the kick-off time.Oh England. The Young Lions lost their opening match against France U21 in heartbreaking fashion, taking the lead through an outstanding Phil Foden goal, having a man sent off, surviving two penalties, and conceding twice at the death, the knockout blow being a freak 95th minute own goal that flew into the roof of the net off the toe of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The format of the European U21 Championship means that nothing but a win will do for Aidy Boothroyd’s side tonight. And even then, England will be up against it.Only one team from each group is guaranteed a place in the knockout rounds. But since there are only three groups, the best runner-up will also qualify.As things stand, Romania top Group C with France, who are also on three points, in second place. England and Croatia are both on zero points, but England are third thanks to goal difference.The Tricolorii mici, who have the son of all-time great Gheorghe Hagi in their side, battered Croatia U21 4-1 in their opening match. Win or draw tonight, and England will be out.Without further ado, here’s how to tune into the crucial game.Related: Best VPN 2019England U21 vs Romania U21 kick-off timeThe England U21 vs Romania U21 kick-off time is set for 5:30pm BST, which is 6:30pm local time in Cesena, Italy, where the game is being played. Best Now TV Sky Sports DealNow TV – 9 Months of Sky SportsHow would you like like to save nearly a third off your Sky Sports subscription? Stream football, rugby and cricket to your hearts content, all while pocketing a swift £110 for your troubles.Now TV|Save £110.91|Now £195View DealNow £195|Save £110.91|Now TV England U21 squadAngus Gunn, Dean Henderson, Freddie Woodman; Jake Clarke-Salter, Jay Dasilva, Lloyd Kelly, Jonjoe Kenny, Ezri Konsa, Fikayo Tomori, Aaron Wan-Bissaka; Harvey Barnes, Hamza Choudhury, Kieran Dowell, Phil Foden, Morgan Gibbs-White, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Ryan Sessegnon; Tammy Abraham, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Demarai Gray, Reiss Nelson, Dominic SolankeRomania U21 squadIonuț Radu, Cătălin Cabuz, Daniel Vlad; Radu Boboc, Florin-Bogdan Ștefan,  Alexandru Pașcanu, Ionuţ Nedelcearu, Cristian Manea, Grigore Ricardo, Virgil Ghiţă, Adrian Rus; Ianis Hagi, Vlad Dragomir, Dragoş Nedelcu, Alexandru Cicâldău, Andrei Ciobanu, Tudor Băluţă, Darius Olaru; Florinel Coman, Dennis Man, George Puşcaş, Adrian Petre, Andrei Ivan We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. England U21 vs Romania U21 TV channelSky Sports has the broadcast rights to this, and England U21 vs Romania U21 is being shown on Sky Sports Football. You can catch the build-up from 5pm.If you’ve got no Friday night plans, the France U21 vs Croatia U21 game will be shown on the same channel almost immediately after.How to live stream England U21 vs Romania U21 − wherever you areIf you’re a Sky subscriber, you can watch it on nearly any device – be it a smartphone, tablet, PC, or laptop – for no additional cost, via the Sky Go app.You can buy a Sky Sports pass on the Now TV platform, and watch via iOS, Android, on the web or via a set-top box with the Now TV app. Non-Sky customers can watch the game for a nominal fee, either by signing up for a Sky Sports Mobile TV subscription, or by buying a NOW TV pass from just £7.99.Here are some handy links to get you started:Buy a NOW TV Sky Sports pass from just £7.99Download Sky GoSign up for Sky Sports Mobile TVWorried that you might not be able to access Sky Go where you are? A common workaround is to use a VPN – and our guide to the best VPNs is the obvious place to get started choosing the one that’s right for you. Best VPNs For StreamingExpressVPNNo.1 trusted VPN on the market, with unrestricted access to Netflix, HBO and iPlayer. Get 49% off on their one year subscription and receive a further three months completely free.Express VPN|Save 49%|£6.67/monthView Deal£6.67/month|Save 49%|Express VPNHotspot ShieldOne of the best overall VPN’s on the market, Hotspot Shield is the fastest VPN for streaming, browsing and security. Pay for one year now and save 77%.Hotspot Shield|Save 77%|£2.99/monthView Deal£2.99/month|Save 77%|Hotspot ShieldNordVPNNordVPN is one of the fastest and most secure VPN services with unlimited and private P2P. 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Kia Niro EV Electric Crossover Shines In New Images

first_imge-Niro is the first long-range electric car from KiaEven though the Kia e-Niro deliveries are constrained by production capacity, you still can have the e-Niro on your own desktop.According to recent news, Kia recommends that dealers communicate a delivery forecast of at least 12 months, instead 6 months previously, in the case of new orders! Moreover, also the already placed orders will be affected by delays.“The letter was made available to electrive.com. In the letter, Kia further states that this applies both to new orders and to already concluded orders for the e-Niro. Accordingly, it is recommended to adjust the generally communicated delivery forecast from “6 months from order” to “at least 12 months from order”. In addition, the company added: “first of all, we want to ensure nationwide availability with demonstration vehicles”, “in order to enable as many potential buyers as possible to obtain comprehensive advice and test drives.”So, in the meantime then, we offer here a choice of 17 photos featuring one of the most eagerly anticipated electric cars.More wallpapers Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Wallpaper Wednesday: Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC Source: Electric Vehicle News Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) You can find more wallpapers in our Wallpaper Wednesday series.*Images can be enlarged to a width of 2,560Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 24, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Wallpaper Wednesday: Rimac C_Two – Our Top 20 Images Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge) Stunning Audi e-tron GT Concept: Wallpaper Wednesdaylast_img read more

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Greene stunned at link to drug investigation

first_imgShare via Email Michael Phillips Since you’re here… Mon 14 Apr 2008 03.26 EDT … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Topics Share via Email Share on Facebook Maurice Greene, the Olympic 100 metres champion in Sydney in 2000, last night admitted he was shocked at allegedly being implicated in the federal investigation into performance-enhancing drugs in the United States.The New York Times, citing court filings, reported that a witness – Angel Guillermo Heredia, identified as source A – had allegedly said he advised and supplied the coach Trevor Graham and athletes, including Marion Jones and Greene.The 33-year-old American Greene, who retired in February and is now an IAAF ambassador, said from his home in Los Angeles: “It is not true. There is no place for drugs in our sport and, if you are caught, you should be banned for life. It is a shock to me to hear this news.”Greene revealed that in the past he had met Heredia and also Victor Conte, the founder of Balco, the company that sparked the biggest drugs scandal in track and field. “I have met a lot of people who want to do things,” said Greene. “It was in 2003 that I met him [Heredia]. He came to me and said that he can make me better. I told him I do not want to do this and why do I want to do this when I am beating people?”In 2003 that was one of my worst years and I was supposedly doing this. Everyone always tells you that they can help you. I don’t even remember the year that I met Conte. I told him … I am not going to jeopardise everything I did. I will talk to my lawyers. I have to find out what is the best thing for me to do. Even if I sue him, no one is going to care about me winning a lawsuit. Now I have retired, it is really sad.”Greene has always being a vociferous supporter of a clean sport. As a competitor, his success meant he was tested a great deal. “I remember I even got tested twice in one day,” he said.He broke on to the scene at the World Championships in Athens in 1997, winning the 100m, an event he would dominate for four years. As Olympic champion he finished third in Athens in 2004.Jones, who has been stripped of the five medals she won at the Sydney Games after admitting she used drugs at the time, is serving six months in prison for lying to investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a cheque-fraud scam. Share on Twitter Athletics Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on Messenger Drugs in sport Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Shares11 Athletics Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Greene stunned at link to drug investigation Share on Facebook First published on Mon 14 Apr 2008 03.26 EDTlast_img read more

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In A Domestic Corruption Case The First Circuit Rejects The Narrative In

first_img FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available. In the past 1.5 years or so, there have been three Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions focused on internship and hiring practices of family members of alleged “foreign officials” and several other companies are remain under scrutiny for the same alleged practices.As highlighted here and here, in August 2015 BNY Mellon agreed to pay $14.8 million to resolve SEC findings that the company provided “valuable student internships to family members of foreign government officials affiliated with a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund.”As highlighted here and here, in March 2016 Qualcomm agreed to pay $7.5 million to resolve SEC findings that the company “provided or offered full-time employment and paid internships to family members and other referrals” of alleged “foreign officials” at state-owned or state-controlled enterprises.As highlighted here and here in November 2016 JPMorgan agreed to pay $202.6 million to resolve DOJ and SEC findings that the company violated the FCPA based on its internship and hiring practices involving so-called Chinese princelings, and other family members of private business individuals, with the DOJ stating “awarding prestigious employment opportunities to unqualified individuals in order to influence government officials is corruption, plain and simple.”None of these enforcement actions, as is common in corporate FCPA enforcement, were subjected to any judicial scrutiny.Nevertheless, in a truly absurd statement, in November 2016 SEC Director of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney stated:“In the wake of some of the Commission’s prior hiring practices cases, including our cases against Bank of New York Mellon and Qualcomm, some questioned whether providing internships could amount to an FCPA violation.  But the JPMorgan case should put that debate to rest.”As if exercising leverage against risk averse corporations to extract a settlement amount on a disputed legal theory in the absence of judicial scrutiny puts anything to rest other than that the government possesses leverage.In any event, the narrative in all three enforcement actions was that providing an internship or job to a family member of an alleged “foreign official” represented an attempt to improperly influence the “foreign official” who then exercised discretion – presumably because of the internship or job provided to a family member – to benefit the company.Recently, in the domestic corruption context, the First Circuit rejected this narrative and the decision represents the second judicial decision in just the past few months to do so. (See here for the October 2016 post regarding how a London judge rejected the narrative link between a Goldman Sachs internship and “foreign official” decision making).The alleged facts of U.S. v. Tavares (844 F.3d 46) were that defendants ran a corrupt hiring scheme at the Massachusetts Office of Probation (OCP) by catering to the hiring requests from members of the state legislature with the hope of obtaining favorable legislation for the Department of Probation and OCP.The defendants were criminally charged with RICO conspiracy, substantive RICO violations and numerous mail fraud offenses. The substantive RICO count was based on the predicate acts of mail fraud and Massachusetts gratuities and bribery violations. As stated by the court:“The Massachusetts gratuities statute penalizes those who give illegal gratuities to officials as well as officials who receive illegal gratuities. Here the Government sought to prove that [defendant] ‘knowingly … offered or promised anything of substantial value’ to a public official ‘for or because of any official act performed or to be performed’ by that official.”At trial, the defendants were convicted of various criminal offenses and an appeal followed.The court began its opinion by noting that the defendants “misran the Probation Department and made efforts to conceal the patronage hiring system.” However, the court noted “bad men, like good men, are entitled to be tried and sentenced in accordance with the law” and that “not all unappealing conduct is criminal.”As set forth below, the court reversed the trial court convictions finding that the “government has not in fact demonstrated that the conduct satisfies the appropriate criminal statutes.”Citing the Supreme Court’s opinion in U.S. v. Sun-Diamond Growers of Cal. 526 U.S. 398 (1999) the court stated that the “government must prove a link between a thing of value conferred upon a public official and a specific official act for or because of which it was given.”The court next stated:“In that vein, the Government cannot show the requisite linkage merely be demonstrating that the gratuity was given ‘to build a reservoir of goodwill that might ultimately affect one or more of a multitude of unspecified acts, now and in the future.”[…]The Government’s evidence as to the gratuities predicates does not show adequate linkage between the thing of “substantial value” conferred by [defendant] (the jobs) and an “official act” performed or to be performed. […] Many of the Government’s arguments are predicated on bootstrapping: because [defendant] was constantly conferring with legislators and hiring based on legislative preferences, any “official act” taken by an affected legislator must satisfy the nexus requirement. But we do not read the gratuities statute so broadly: the Supreme Court in Sun–Diamond “offered a strictly worded requirement that the government show a link to a ‘specific official act’ to supply a limiting principle that would distinguish an illegal gratuity from a legal one,” a principle unnecessary “in the extortion or bribery contexts.” United States v. Ganim, 510 F.3d 134, 146 (2d Cir. 2007). Given a choice between treating a gratuities statute as “a meat axe or a scalpel,” the Supreme Court chose the latter, and we follow suit. Sun–Diamond Growers of Cal., 526 U.S. at 412, 119 S.Ct. 1402; see also Valdes v. United States, 475 F.3d 1319, 1323 (D.C. Cir. 2007) (“Sun–Diamond’s interpretive gloss, like the rule of lenity, thus works to protect a citizen from punishment under a statute that gives at best dubious notice that it has criminalized his conduct.”).Because the DOJ or SEC rarely face the prospect of judicial scrutiny they have, in certain circumstances including the above-referenced hiring and internship matters, used the FCPA as a meat axe rather than a scalpel.The cure for meat axes is judicial scrutiny, but because of how the DOJ and SEC has chosen to enforce the FCPA (largely through resolution vehicles not subjected to any meaningful judicial scrutiny) and given the dynamics of corporate settlements, the meat axe approach to FCPA enforcement prevails regardless of Congressional intent and regardless of whether or not a court would agree. Learn More & Registerlast_img read more

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Go Back To School At The FCPA Institute – Seattle Aug 1314

first_imgLearning a new topic or elevating your knowledge and practical skills in a topic is not just for formal students in formal educational settings. Professionals in the workplace can also benefit from a “back to school” experience.For professionals in the FCPA space – or wishing to join the FCPA space – the FCPA Institute serves this objective and the next FCPA Institute will take place in Seattle on August 13-14.At a typical FCPA conference, 40-50 individuals bombard you with information during various panels. Just introducing these countless individuals takes over one hour in the aggregate. Moreover, the 3 p.m. panelists were likely not present for the 10 a.m. panel, thus information is presented in a disjointed and largely repetitive fashion.The FCPA Institute is different than a typical FCPA conference. At the FCPA Institute, information is presented in an integrated and cohesive manner by an expert instructor with FCPA practice and teaching experience.Moreover, the FCPA Institute promotes active learning by participants through issue-spotting video exercises, skills exercises, small-group discussions, and the sharing of real-world practices and experiences. To best facilitate the unique learning experience that the FCPA Institute represents, attendance at each FCPA Institute is capped at 25 participants.In short, the FCPA Institute elevates the FCPA learning experience for a diverse group of professionals and is offered as a refreshing and cost-effective alternative to a typical FCPA conference. The goal of the FCPA Institute is simple: to develop and enhance fundamental skills relevant to the FCPA, FCPA enforcement, and FCPA compliance best practices in a stimulating and professional environment with a focus on learning.The FCPA Institute presents the FCPA not merely as a legal issue, but also as a business, finance, accounting, and auditing issue. The FCPA Institute is thus ideal for a diverse group of professionals such as in-house and outside counsel; compliance professionals; finance, accounting, and auditing professionals; and others seeking sophisticated knowledge and enhanced skills relevant to the FCPA.Set forth below is what prior FCPA Institute “graduates” have said about their experience.“Unlike other FCPA conferences where one leaves with a spinning head and unanswered questions, I left the FCPA Institute with a firm understanding of the nuts and bolts of the FCPA, the ability to spot issues, and knowledge of where resources can be found that offer guidance in resolving an issue. The limited class size of the FCPA Institute ensured that all questions were answered and the interactive discussion among other compliance professionals was fantastic.”  (Rob Foster, In-House Counsel, Oil and Gas Company)“The FCPA Institute was one of the best professional development investments of time and money that I have made since law school. The combination of black letter law and practical insight was invaluable. I would highly recommend the FCPA Institute to any professional who has compliance, ethics, legal or international business responsibilities.” (Norm Keith, Partner, Fasken Martineau, Toronto).“The FCPA Institute is very different than other FCPA conferences I have attended. It was interactive, engaging, thought-provoking and at the completion of the Institute I left feeling like I had really learned something new and useful for my job. The FCPA Institute is a must-attend for all compliance folks (in-house or external).” (Robert Wieck, CPA, CIA, CFE, Forensic Audit Senior Manager, Oracle Corporation)“The FCPA Institute is a top-flight conference that offers an insightful, comprehensive review of the FCPA enforcement landscape. Professor Koehler’s focus on developing practical skills in an intimate setting really sets it apart from other FCPA conferences. One of the best features of the FCPA Institute is its diversity of participants and the ability to learn alongside in-house counsel, company executives and finance professionals. (Blair Albom, Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton)“The FCPA Institute was a professionally enriching experience and substantially increased my understanding of the FCPA and its enforcement. Professor Koehler’s extensive insight and practical experience lends a unique view to analyzing enforcement actions and learning compliance best practices. I highly recommend the FCPA Institute to practitioners from all career stages.” (Sherbir Panag, MZM Legal, Mumbia, India)“The FCPA Institute provided an in-depth look into the various forces that have shaped, and that are shaping, FCPA enforcement. The diverse group of participants provided unique insight into how, at a practical level, various professionals evaluate risk and deal with FCPA issues on a day-to-day basis. The small group setting, the interactive nature of the event, and the skills assessment test all set the FCPA Institute apart from other FCPA conferences or panel-based events.” (John Turlais, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner)FCPA Institute participants not only gain knowledge, practical skills and peer insight, but can also elect to have their knowledge assessed to earn a certificate of completion upon passing a written assessment tool. In this way, successful completion of the FCPA Institute represents a value-added credential for professional development. In addition, attorneys who complete the FCPA Institute are eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credits, other professionals are eligible to receive Continuing Professional Education (“CPE”) credits and prior FCPA Institute participants have also received continuing education units from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.To learn more about the FCPA Institute and to register for the Seattle event, click here.last_img read more

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What You Need To Know From Q4

first_imgAs highlighted here, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski announced a new DOJ policy regarding corporate monitors and formally announced that the DOJ has ditched its compliance counsel position calling it “shortsighted.” For more on the monitor policy, see here. As highlighted here, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Cronan gave a speech stating that the DOJ recognizes “the need for better defined ‘rules of the road’ in corporate enforcement.” A few days, later, Cronan delivered yet another FCPA speech, see here. Strategies For Minimizing Risk Under The FCPA A compliance guide with issue-spotting scenarios, skills exercises and model answers. “This book is a prime example of why corporate compliance professionals and practitioners alike continue to listen to Professor Koehler.” FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available. FCPA Professor will once again be the place to visit in January for numerous 2018 year in review statistics.But first, this post closes out the fourth quarter of 2018. (See here for a similar post for the first quarter of 2018, here for the second quarter of 2018, and here for the third quarter of 2018).DOJ Enforcement (Corporate)The DOJ brought 1 corporate FCPA enforcement action in the fourth quarter. Recovery in this enforcement action was approximately $20.3 million.Polycom (Dec. 20th)See here for the prior postCharges: None, reference is made to “bribery committed by employees of the Company’s subsidiaries in China, and these subsidiaries’ knowing and willful causing of false books and records at Polycom.”Resolution Vehicle: So-called declination with disgorgementGuidelines Range: Not mentioned in the letter agreementSettlement: $20.3 million.Origin: Voluntary disclosureMonitor: NoIndividuals Charged by DOJ: NoDOJ Enforcement (Individual)The DOJ brought or announced 3 core enforcement actions against 5 individuals in fourth quarter.As highlighted here, the DOJ charged well-known Venezuelan billionaire Raul Gorrin with FCPA and related offenses.As highlighted here, the DOJ announced FCPA and related charges against the following individuals associated with Goldman Sachs in connection with 1MDB fund: Low Taek Jho (Jho Low), Ng Chong Hwa (Roger Ng – a former managing director at Goldman Sachs), and Tim Leissner (the former Southeast Asia Chairman at Goldman Sach and Participating Manager Director).As highlighted here, the DOJ added an additional defendant (Roger Boncy) to the Haiti port project case.SEC Enforcement (Corporate)The SEC brought 3 enforcement actions in the fourth quarter. Recovery in these enforcement actions was approximately $23.8 million. None of the enforcement actions involved related charges or findings against company employees.Polycom (December 26th)See here for the prior postCharges:  None.  Administrative cease and desist order finding violations of FCPA’s books and records and internal controls provisionsSettlement: $16.3 million (disgorgement of $10,672,926, prejudgment interest of $1,833,410, and a civil penalty of $3,800,000)Origin: Voluntary disclosureIndividuals Charged: NoRelated DOJ Enforcement Action: YesEletrobras (December 26th)See here for the prior postCharges:  None.  Administrative cease and desist order finding violations of FCPA’s books and records and internal controls provisions.Settlement: $2.5 million civil penaltyOrigin: Foreign law enforcement investigationIndividuals Charged: NoRelated DOJ Enforcement Action: NoVantage Drilling (November 19th)See here and here for prior postsCharges:  None.  Administrative cease and desist order finding violations of FCPA’s internal controls provisions.Settlement: $5 million in disgorgementOrigin: Foreign law enforcement investigationIndividuals Charged: NoRelated DOJ Enforcement Action: NoSEC Enforcement (Individual)As highlighted here in connection with the previous Panasonic corporate enforcement action, the SEC found that Paul Margis (a former President and CEO of Panasonic Avionics Corp.) authorized various conduct giving rise to the company’s FCPA liability. Without admitting or denying the SEC findings, Margis agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty. Learn More & Registercenter_img Other Developments or Items of InterestThe FCPA turned 41 (see here) and this post weaves the over 200 companies that have resolved enforcement actions into a fictional story to demonstrate that it truly is an FCPA world.It is simply unconscionable and inexcusable on any level for FCPA scrutiny to last over 7 years. Yet, as highlighted here this is how long (and counting) Wal-Mart has been under FCPA scrutiny.The DOJ announced a China Initiative and among the ten specifically identified components is to “identify Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases involving Chinese companies that compete with American businesses.” However, as highlighted here , this conflicts with the OECD Convention.As highlighted here , FCPA “tips” continue to be a minor component of the SEC’s whistleblower program.Lots of speeches and writings by enforcement officials in the fourth quarter.DOJ FCPA Unit Chief Daniel Kahn penned an article titled “Responding to the Upward Trend of Multijurisdictional Cases: Problems and Solutions” (see here)Steven Peikin (Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division) talked about international cooperation and how it is “critical to the SEC’s civil law enforcement success” including in the FCPA space (see here). Peikin also talked about the meanings of success relevant to the SEC’s enforcement program as well as the remedies and relief available to the SEC in enforcement actions.In this speech , Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talked about the rule of law, the DOJ’s no-piling on policy, the importance of individual prosecutions, and announced a tweek to DOJ policy regarding cooperation credit.In this speech , Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Cronan talked about “the importance of law enforcement and private industry working together in pursuit of common, shared objectives.” The SEC issued a report of investigation regarding certain cyber-related frauds relevant to the FCPA’s internal controls provisions. As highlighted here , the report cites the FCPA’s legislative history, prior SEC FCPA guidance, and in the report the SEC takes positions that seemingly undermine its internal controls enforcement theories in many traditional FCPA enforcement actions involving alleged foreign bribery. Order Your Copy Lisa Osofsky (Director of the U.K. Serious Fraud Office) spoke on a variety of topics (see here).last_img read more

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Nine Andrews Kurth Lawyers Named Fellows

first_img Lost your password? Password © 2014 The Texas Lawbook.By Brooks IgoStaff Writer for The Texas Lawbook(June 5) – The Texas Bar Foundation has elected nine Andrews Kurth lawyers as Fellows, the firm announced this week. Fellows are recognized by the foundation’s board of trustees for their professional achievements and commitment to the improvement of the justice system in the state.Five of the firm’s newly elected fellows are based in Austin. They are Katherine Coleman, an administrative and environmental associate; William Dillard, a real estate transactional of . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Usernamecenter_img Remember me Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img read more

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What the Heck is Cohousing 3 Reasons to Consider Cohousing

first_imgby, Christina Peoples, Guest BloggerTweetShare1KShareEmail1K SharesIf I Could Just Go Back…Back in undergrad, Rams Commons was THE place to be. For those who weren’t fortunate enough to attend Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), Rams Commons is a co-ed dorm with suites. There were four bedrooms per suite, with a full-sized bed, closet, and desk in each room. We shared a kitchen, a living room, and there was one bathroom for two people on each side. Along with having an amazing living arrangement such as Rams Commons, we would have water fights, sit on the breezeway talking and laughing, but knew that at any moment we could go back to our rooms for privacy. Living on a college campus was perfect. Then one day, it was all over. Since this past weekend was WSSU‘s homecoming, I was able to relive some of the best parts about a college campus, which was chilling with the homies. Seeing college friends and linking with sorority sisters made me miss the deep connections made while being in undergrad. Homecoming allowed us to reminisce about the dreams and goals we had in undergrad, the challenges we overcame and how this experience took part in molding us into the amazing people we are today. *sigh Take me back to undergrad where the only care I had was if I was going to the Ram Shack or the cafe!If you could, would you ever go back to undergrad and do the dorm life thing again? For those who have never experienced the dorm life, does living on a campus near close friends sound like something you’d be into? If so, you might be interested in something that will soon become more popular in the years to come, which is co-housing. Keep reading…What the Heck is Co-housing?!Co-housing isn’t necessarily like a college dorm, but it has some similarities such as sharing common rooms and having the chance to fellowship when one feels up to it. Co-housing was initiated in Denmark back in the 1970s but was not introduced to the U.S. until 1990. It is an intentional neighborhood of roughly 15 to 35 homes that have a common area/house, which includes a kitchen and a meeting room for people to gather, and other amenities that enhance the quality of life for the residents. Each community is unique in its own way and varies in price and acreage. The neighborhood can be made up of single-family homes, townhomes, or condominiums. Here’s an example of a single-family home in a co-housing community known as Elderberry VillageInitially, co-housing communities were intended for families who wanted to be closer to each other and raise their children together, which meant the neighborhoods were multigenerational. However, today we are seeing more co-housing communities being developed specifically for individuals who are over the age of 50. Why is that? Well, many people in today’s society are not down for the whole preparing to live in a retirement home or giving in to the myth that one day they will end up in a nursing home. In previous posts, I have touched on loneliness AND aging in place with reference to getting older. Co-housing can be a solution for individuals who desire social interaction and wish to age in place. Since more people are starting to see this as a way of killing two birds with one stone (I do not support animal cruelty..lol), we can expect to see more of these neighborhoods continue to develop in the future. Things to ExpectIn a co-housing community, like anywhere else, you have to pay the bills, bills, bills.1. Monthly rent/mortgage payments.2. Utilities may be bundled and split amongst residents or separate.3. Possible Membership fees.4. Responsible for the upkeep of the common house and maintaining commonly owned grounds.5. Other co-housing community rulesThe residents of each co-housing community play a major role in its design and operation and this is not an overnight process. Take a look at the chart below to get a better understanding.  3 Reasons to Consider Co-housing1. Social Engagement: Social connection + a sense of purpose + decreased loneliness = co-housingSome people yearn for social connection. Co-housing allows everyone to connect with each other and have unique roles in the community, which gives them a sense of purpose. Residents come together to plan community events, meals, and develop relationships. It is definitely a place to go where everyboooody knows your naaame (*in my Cheers sitcom singing voice). This can be an advantage, especially if one of the residents becomes ill. There’s nothing like being sick and having a friend walk over to bring you Chic-fil-A soup. Having a support system as we continue to age is a must when it comes to enhancing the quality of life. 2. Aging in Place: Aging in place + universal design = co-housingEarlier I mentioned aging in place and how co-housing communities could be a great way to accomplish that. Of course, that would mean we should all begin looking into something like this…TODAY, considering the planning process can be lengthy. Co-housing communities can be universally designed, which would accommodate us at any age and in the long run cost us less money. 3. Merging of Skills: Learning together + having new experiences = co-housingThe older I get, the more I focus on ways to keep my mind sharp and challenge myself mentally. Studies show that learning new skills is a great way to keep your brain sharp. When you live in a community with people who have different skill sets and experiences, imagine what type of learning will go on between you and all of the other residents. Something to Think About..Every day we learn something new. There are so many people who have never heard of co-housing communities. It is definitely something to think about as we continue to age. Living near my homies, or even family would definitely encourage me to participate in the development of a co-housing community. If you’ve never heard of co-housing and you believe this is a neighborhood that could potentially work for you, and your friends/family then find out more about co-housing communities right here!*Originally published on GeroWhat?!Related PostsRights and Dignity of Seniors in Assisted Living: A VictoryAn unfortunate practice has been tolerated for too long at some continuing care retirement communities (CCRs). CCRs provide housing and services for seniors, often with a wide range of needs. Residents who are fully independent may be in one part …We Need an Age Friendly RevolutionA powerful way to counter divisive rhetoric and demagoguery coming out of Washington, D.C., is to do something unexpected — start an Age Friendly city revolution.Are We Selling Convenience or Isolation?We accept, without thinking much about it, that some housing will be set apart and restricted to people over the age of 55. Indeed, the entire senior living industry is founded on this deliberate policy of age segregation. We also know that the number of older Americans is large and…TweetShare1KShareEmail1K SharesTags: Aging-in-place Co-housinglast_img read more

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New survey shows 80 of oncologists have discussed medical marijuana use with

first_imgThe study showed that the following factors contributed to significant differences in oncologists’ practices regarding medical marijuana: May 11 2018Data from a new survey show that as many as 80% of oncologists have discussed medical marijuana use with their patients. According to the authors, this is the first nationally-representative survey to examine oncologists’ practices and beliefs on the subject since the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. The research published online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.”Our study shows that medical marijuana is a salient topic in cancer care today, and the majority of oncologists think it may have utility for certain patients,” said study author Ilana Braun, MD, chief of the Division of Adult Psychosocial Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. “While this topic is common, however, data on medical marijuana use is less so. We need to bridge this gap so oncologists have the unbiased information they need to assist with decision-making related to medical marijuana use.”California enacted the United States’ first medical marijuana law in 1996, and today its use is legal in more than 30 states, almost all which list cancer as a qualifying condition. In the 22 intervening years, however, no randomized clinical trial has investigated the utility of whole-plant medical marijuana to alleviate symptoms such as pain, insomnia, or nausea and vomiting in patients with cancer.Many studies have explored the use of pharmaceutical cannabinoids, which are highly refined, quality-controlled products consisting of one or two active ingredients and available through a pharmacy. Non-pharmaceutical medical marijuana, however, is often whole plant, containing hundreds of active ingredients, and thus cannot easily be compared to pharmaceutical cannabinoids.Recent clinical practice guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recognize knowledge gaps about medical marijuana use in oncology. The guidelines note insufficient evidence to recommend medical marijuana for initial management of chronic pain in cancer survivors, although evidence suggests it is worthy of consideration as an adjuvant analgesic and for managing pain conditions that are difficult to treat. Evidence also remains insufficient to recommend medical marijuana for the prevention of nausea and vomiting in patients with cancer who receive chemotherapy or radiation therapy.About the Study:Researchers mailed a survey to 400 practicing oncologists in the U.S., randomly selected from a national database of board-certified medical oncologists. Of the 237 participants who responded, more than half (55%) practice in states where medical marijuana is legal.The survey asked oncologists about their discussions with patients, recommendations they provided, and their knowledge of medical marijuana. Respondents were also asked about their views on the effectiveness of medical marijuana for cancer-related symptoms such as pain, nausea and vomiting, depression, anxiety, poor appetite, poor sleep, and general coping, as well as its risks compared to other treatments.Related StoriesUnpleasant experiences could be countered with a good night’s REM sleepBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaKey Findings:Researchers found that most oncologists surveyed had encountered questions about medical marijuana, and many expressed research and education needs to better inform the care they provide to patients with cancer. Specifically: – Physician discussions: 80% reported discussing medical marijuana with patients, and 78% reported that these conversations were most frequently initiated by patients and their families. – Education: Less than 30% felt knowledgeable enough about medical marijuana to make recommendations. – Recommendations: Nearly half (46%) recommended medical marijuana use to patients in the past year. – Beliefs on potential benefit: More than two-thirds (67%) believed medical marijuana to be a helpful treatment for alleviating pain, when used together with standard therapies, and a majority viewed it as presenting a lower risk than opioids for overdose death (75%) and addiction (52%). Nearly two-thirds (65%) also viewed it as equally or more effective than standard treatments for poor appetite and extreme weight loss. When evaluating its effectiveness for other conditions, however, many oncologists responded, “I do not know,” from 29% for nausea and vomiting to 45% for poor sleep. – Geographic location: Oncologists practicing in the Western United States were more likely to have discussed (95%) or recommended (84%) medical marijuana, and oncologists practicing in the South were least likely (69% and 35%, respectively). – Type of practice: Respondents practicing outside a hospital setting were more likely to recommend medical marijuana than hospital-based oncologists (54% vs. 35%). – Size of practice: Oncologists who saw the most patients each week were more likely to have discussed medical marijuana than those who saw the least patients (89% vs. 70%). Next Steps: In the article, researchers call for clinical trials to address these gaps in knowledge regarding medical marijuana use. “I think we need to carry out comparative effectiveness studies of medical marijuana to clarify its role,” said Dr. Braun. “We also need to extend our survey to other specialties, and to patients with cancer.”ASCO Perspective:Andrew S. Epstein, MD, ASCO Expert in Patient Care”It’s clear from this study that patients and their families want to know more about medical marijuana for the treatment of cancer-related symptoms, and often initiate discussions with their oncologists. We need to be prepared to have these conversations, and that means having research to support our recommendations. This study highlights the important need for more research on the use of medical marijuana in oncology, so we can provide informed guidance and care that meets all of our patients’ needs.”Source: https://www.asco.org/about-asco/press-center/news-releases/most-oncologists-have-discussed-medical-marijuana-patientslast_img read more

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