On Fathers Day Mahesh Bhatt Thanks Alia Pooja Shaheen and Rahul Through

first_img Tweeting an image with Rahul, he wrote, “Thank u for putting up with my shortcomings and forgiving me for my trespasses. 🙏 A father is also a fumbling , stumbling person . It takes a generous child like u to look away from his frailties and remember him kindly . Thank u 😘😘😘.” Thank u for putting up with my shortcomings and forgiving me for my trespasses . 🙏 .A father is also a fumbling , stumbling person . It takes a generous child like u to look away from his frailties and remember him kindly . Thank u 😘😘😘 pic.twitter.com/xGpmftyloG— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) June 16, 2019Finally, sharing framed photographs with his daughters from his actress wife Soni Razdan—Alia Bhatt and Shaheen Bhatt, the 70-year-old filmmaker wrote, “Thank you Shaheen and Alia for adding to the perfume of my life. 💕🌈😘 @aliaa08 @Soni_Razdan.” Thank you Shaheen and Alia for adding to the perfume of my life. 💕🌈😘 @aliaa08 @Soni_Razdan pic.twitter.com/HRooaLnPPQ— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) June 16, 2019Notably, Mahesh Bhatt is returning to direction after almost 20 years with Sadak 2, the sequel to his hit 1991 film Sadak, starring Sanjay Dutt and Pooja. Produced by Vishesh Films, and starring Alia, Pooja, Sanjay and Aditya Roy Kapur in pivotal roles, Sadak 2 is slated to release July 10, 2020. It will be the first time that Alia will be working with her father and sister Pooja.Follow @News18Movies for more. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt marked Father’s Day on Sunday by thanking his children Pooja, Alia, Shaheen and Rahul Bhatt for bringing meaning and happiness in his life.Sharing a black-and-white photograph of himself with his actress and filmmaker daughter Pooja on Twitter on Sunday, he wrote, “Thank you Pooja for standing firmly by my side and helping me take on the challenges of life in my stride.” Thank you Pooja for standing firmly by my side and helping me take on the challenges of life in my stride. @PoojaB1972 pic.twitter.com/h0umZQvIo6— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) June 16, 2019center_img Alia BhattFather’s DayMahesh BhattMahesh Bhatt children First Published: June 17, 2019, 11:06 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Enough is Enough is Indias Response to Sam Pitrodas Hua to Hua

first_img BJPcongressLok Sabha elections 2019Narendra Modi First Published: May 13, 2019, 2:07 PM IST Ratlam: Tearing into Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s “hua to hua” (whatever happened, happened) remark on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said people are now saying “enough is enough” in response.He sought to dismiss “claims by pundits and planted reports from Delhi” that there was no “Modi wave”. “The wave is coming out from each home,” he said. Addressing an election rally here in Madhya Pradesh, Modi said in incidents like the Bhopal gas tragedy and scams like CWG, 2G spectrum and coal allocation happened under the watch of the Rahul Gandhi-led party, which brazenly says “hua to hua”.Modi also reiterated his claim that the Gandhis used warship INS Viraat for “picnic”. But when questions were raised about it, the Congress said “hua to hua”, he added.Jawans died in terror and Naxal attacks, but the Congress kept saying, “hua to hua”, he said. Replying to a reporter’s question on the 1984 riots, Pitroda, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi and head of the Overseas Congress said last week, “Hua to hua…””‘Hua to hua’ are not mere three words, they reflecT the ideology and arrogance of the Congress. People are now saying ‘enough is enough’ in response to it,” Modi said.’Hua to hua’ is the Congress’ answer to scams, he said. “These ‘mahamilavati’ people are saying ‘hua to hua’, but the country is now saying ‘mahamilavati logon ab bahut hua’ (enough is enough),” he said, referring to the coming together of Congress and like-minded parties against the BJP.Poor people who never got pucca houses, electricity, LPG and toilets during Congress era due to its “hua to hua” casual approach are now saying enough is enough, Modi said. Targeting the Kamal Nath government in MP over its “failure” to implement farmers loan waiver promise, Modi likened people to God and said, “The Congress cheated God.” The Congress has objections in raising the “Bharat Mata ki Jai” slogan, he said.Without naming Rahul Gandhi, Modi said the “naamdar” begins his speeches abusing him.Modi attributed the failure of senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Bhopal seat, to cast his vote to “internal bickering” within the party.”It also reflects the arrogance of the Congress leader as when the entire country, including the President, myself and others went to vote, Singh did not go to vote as he was afraid, Modi said.On the PM-Kisan scheme, under which Rs 6,000 per annum are transferred to the accounts of farmers who have less than five acres of land, Modi said after the Lok Sabha polls, the five-acre condition would be removed, and more cultivators would be covered.Modi criticised the Congress for “neglecting” tribals. “Tribals exist in this country from the time of Lord Ram. Four generations of a family served as PM after Independence but they couldnt see the tribals. It was Atal Bihari Vajpayee who set up a separate tribal ministry for tribals, Modi said. last_img read more

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Kangana Ranaut Slams Taapsee Pannu Says Be Ready to Take Digs in

first_imgActress Kangana Ranaut has reacted on her sister Rangoli Chandel’s tweet in which she slammed actress Taapsee Pannu saying that people should be ready to take a dig at themselves.Kangana was interacting with the media at the launch of the song Wakhra swag from her forthcoming film JudgeMentall Hai Kya here on Sunday. Her co-star Rajkummar Rao, producer Ekta Kapoor, writer Kanika Dhillon, choreographer Bosco Martis and director Prakash Kovelamudi were also present at the event. Taapsee had tweeted about the trailer of JudgeMentall Hai Kya, saying: “This is so cool! Always had high expectations out of this one and this looks so worth it!”But this didn’t go down well with Rangoli as the Game Over actress didn’t mention Kangana in her tweet. Taking to Twitter, she wrote: “Kuchh log Kangana ko copy kar ke he apni dukaan chalate hain, magar pls note, they never acknowledge her, not even a mention of her name in praising the trailer. Last I heard Taapseeji said Kangana needs a double filter and Taapseeji, you need to stop being a sasti copy.”Asked about her sister’s tweet, Kangana said: “I am not my sister’s spokesperson. It’s her fundamental right to express her views. She is not writing anything on anyone else’s Twitter wall. If people don’t like what she is writing, they shouldn’t read her tweets. “She is not asking anyone to read her tweets by ringing their door bells, so let her write what she wants to. People post their obscene pictures on Twitter, she is only posting her opinion.”Kangana said that people should be ready to take a dig at themselves when they make fun of others. She said: “In an interview, Taapsee had said that ‘Kangana needs a double filter, when she doesn’t get work, she gives excuses of nepotism in the industry’. “There is no harm in making fun of an individual. But one should also be ready to take such harmless digs in return. Why do they become thin-skinned when the other person take a dig at them?”Follow @News18Movies for more ekta kapoorGame OverJudgementall Hai Kyakangana ranaut First Published: July 8, 2019, 2:28 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Tom Holland Thanks Fans for SpiderMan Far From Homes Success Says Your

first_imgSpider-Man: Far From Home actor Tom Holland has put out a special message thanking fans and the cine-going community for making his film a massive success on a global scale. The latest installment in the superhero franchise created by Marvel Studios has earned USD 850 million worldwide and counting and Holland could not contain his excitement over the film’s grand reception. Holland wrote on Instagram on Monday, “I cannot believe how well Spiderman far from home is doing in the theatres. Thank you to everyone worldwide who has put us at number 1. Your support means the world. Thank you thank you thank you (sic).” Avengers EndgameJake GyllenhaalJon WattsMarvel Studios First Published: July 16, 2019, 11:50 AM IST Starring Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal (Mysterio) and Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), the superhero outing has fetched close to Rs 75 crore at the box office in India after it released on July 4 here. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh mentioned that Spider-Man: Far From Home braved Bollywood films that released alongside it and also breezed through the competition from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which wound up on Sunday.Sharing the news of Far From Home’s success in India, Taran wrote, “#SpiderManFarFromHome braves new and holdover titles as well as cricket matches, yet does well in Weekend 2… Nears ₹ 75 cr… [Week 2] Fri 2.60 cr, Sat 4.70 cr, Sun 4.80 cr. Total: ₹ 73.16 cr Nett BOC. India biz. All versions. #SpiderMan (sic).” #SpiderManFarFromHome braves new and holdover titles as well as cricket matches, yet does well in Weekend 2… Nears ₹ 75 cr… [Week 2] Fri 2.60 cr, Sat 4.70 cr, Sun 4.80 cr. Total: ₹ 73.16 cr Nett BOC. India biz. All versions. #SpiderMan— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 15, 2019Set minutes after Avengers: Endgame wraps up the Infinity Saga, Spider-Man: Far From Home is a direct follow-up to the Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios joint production Spider-Man: Homecoming. Far From Home sees Holland return as Peter Parker, whose alter-ego Spider-Man is recruited for a special mission by Nick Fury. The film is running in cinemas near you.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

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Bengalurubased Doctor Hangs Self in Govt Medical College in Nagpur

first_imgNagpur: A 26-year-old doctor of the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMC) in Nagpur allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room on Friday, police said.Dr Manyu Kumar Vaidya, a Bengaluru resident who was in the first-year of his MD course in gynaecology, hanged himself in his room in the early hours of the day, a Tehsil police station official said. “The incident came to light at around 9am. We have not found any suicide note. He made some phone calls before committing suicide. We are probing the incident,” he added.​ Indira Gandhi Government Medical College NagpurNagpursuicide First Published: July 5, 2019, 10:56 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Kumaraswamy Will Make his Farewell Speech Today Yeddyurappa Predicts End of Coalition

first_imgBengaluru: With the Karnataka Governor asking Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to prove majority in the Assembly by Friday afternoon, state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa predicted the end of the coalition government and said his party will decide on the future course of action after consulting the national leadership.Governor Vajubhai Vala had asked the Chief Minister to prove his majority in the Assembly before 1.30 pm on Friday. “Mostly today will be the end of Congress-JDS government’s misrule… the Chief Minister will make his farewell speech today, we will patiently hear it,” Yeddyurappa told reporters here.”Depending on the outcome of the proceedings in the House today, we will discuss with our national president Amit Shah and decide on the future course of action,” he added.This Friday will mark a good day for the BJP in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa said adding “I’m confident that with God’s grace, everything will be good.”Yeddyurappa, who is Leader of the Opposition, along with the party MLAs stay put in the Assembly last night, protesting the delay in the trust vote.Accusing the ruling coalition and the Assembly Speaker of trying to delay the trust vote despite fixing a time, the BJP leader said “they tried to instigate us on Thursday but we remained silent, we will continue to do the same thing on Friday also.”A new political showdown loomed in Karnataka as the governor Thursday night set a timeline and asked Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to prove his majority before 1.30 pm Friday, hours after a trust vote could not take place with the Speaker adjourning the day’s proceedings in the assembly. Shortly after the Assembly rocked by bedlam was adjourned on Thursday, Vala had shot off a letter to Kumaraswamy, saying resignation of 15 ruling combine MLAs and withdrawal of support by two independents “prima facie” indicated he has lost the confidence of the House.The trial of strength is taking place after the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the 15 rebel Congress-JDS MLAs “ought not” to be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the ongoing session of the state Assembly.As many as 16 MLAs – 13 from Congress and three from JDS – had resigned, while independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the government, putting it on the edge.Congress member Ramalinga Reddy retracted, saying he would support the government.The ruling combine’s strength is 117- Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides the Speaker.With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House, including the nominated MLA and Speaker.If the resignations of 15 MLAs (12 from Congress, 3 from JDS) are accepted, the ruling coalition’s tally will plummet to 101, (excluding the Speaker) reducing the government to a minority.This is the third motion on trust vote after the 2018 assembly polls yielded a fractured mandate with the BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats but failing to mobilise numbers.Yeddyurappa had resigned as CM after being in office for three days before facing the trust vote in May last year. Kumaraswamy who succeeded him had won the trust vote after forming the coalition government.Adding to the worries of the ruling coalition, another Congress MLA Shreemant Patil was not seen in the House on Thursday, in the midst of reports he has been admitted in a Mumbai hospital.BSP MLA Mahesh, on whose support the coalition was counting, also did not show up, amid reports he was keeping away as he has not received any directions from the party leader Mayawati on the stand to be taken on the trust vote. Amit ShahB S YeddyurappaBJPChief Minister First Published: July 19, 2019, 12:02 PM ISTlast_img read more

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An allnew redesigned 16inch MacBook Pro could launch in September

first_img Editors’ Recommendations A new 16-inch MacBook Pro could be just months away, according to tech analysts IHS Markit. In an email shared to subscribers, Jeff Lin, the firm’s associate director of consumer electronics, said the device could make a splash at Apple’s September 2019 event “if there’s no unexpected development issue.”Rumors have been swirling in recent months of an all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro, and this latest news adds fuel to the fire. Reliable analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has previously stated that a redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro was on the horizon, for example, and with the last design update coming in 2016, the time could be right for a new look for the MacBook Pro.Currently, Apple’s largest notebook is the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro. Apple often reserves many of its high-end features and components — such as eight-core Intel Core i9 processors and Radeon Pro Vega graphics cards — for its largest MacBook Pro models, so it could have something special in store for a 16-inch device.According to Lin, the new device would come with a 3,072 x 1,920 resolution and a TFT-LCD screen made by LG Display. That puts it in line with Apple’s previous MacBook Pro laptops, which have also come with LCD displays. Although there is some clamor in corners of the tech press for Apple to equip its notebooks with OLED displays, solid evidence for this has been lacking.Earlier this month, Apple registered seven new laptops with the Eurasian Economic Commission. While we suspect the majority of these will be MacBook Air updates, we also have a sneaking suspicion a 16-inch MacBook Pro could be among the secretive devices registered with the Commission.Those updates to the MacBook Air are likely to include new Intel Ice Lake processors, which are due out later this year. If the MacBook Air is getting Ice Lake chips, it seems likely that a new high-end 16-inch MacBook Pro would too.As well as that, previous rumors have pointed toward a redesigned chassis for the 16-inch device featuring even thinner bezels than on previous MacBook Pro laptops. That would help boost its resolution up from the 2880 x 1800 on the current 15.4-inch MacBook Pro to the rumored 3072 x 1920 on the new model, without having to expand the physical dimensions of the device by much.We’ll have to wait for Apple’s September event for the final word on this, but expect more leaks to come between now and then. And when they do, we’ll be right here reporting them for you — so keep your eyes peeled. MacBook Pro 16-inch: Everything you need to know Apple just registered seven new MacBooks, but what are they? Let’s speculate MacBook Pro 2019: Everything we know so far about Apple’s next laptops Apple’s 12-inch MacBook and non-Touch Bar Pro are on the chopping block Apple may finally ditch the troubled butterfly keyboard in future MacBookslast_img read more

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Virgin Mobile USA is now exclusively iPhone

first_imgThe “Inner Circle” plan, as they call it, will begin on June 27th and will last until July 31st. This release of the Inner Circle plan will last for one year beyond the initial purchase of the device and plan, after which the standard price will kick in. Standard pricing in this case means $50 a month.“At Virgin Mobile, we’re teaming with Apple to offer you nothing but the world’s most popular phone,” said a Virgin Mobile representative. At this moment, Virgin Mobile has a set of iPhones that’ll work with this new plan, including the following three:• iPhone SE (32GB / $279.00)• iPhone 7 (64GB / $749.99)• iPhone 7 Plus (256GB / $969.99)The new plan includes a few limits, starting with the fact that coverage is domestic only – no traveling outside the USA. Roaming voice is limited to 800 minutes, and roaming data is limited to 100MB. Using more than 23GB of data per billing cycle – that’s once a month – will have speeds throttled “during times and places where the network is constrained.” Once roaming minutes or data size are exceeded, Virgin Mobile might just cancel your service. Per their outline of the plan: “To improve data experience for the majority of users, throughput may be limited, varied or reduced on the network. Virgin Mobile may terminate service if off-network roaming use in a month exceeds: (1) 800 mins or a majority of mins.; or (2) 100MB or a majority of KB.”Which leaves you then with an iPhone with no data or phone service, an iPhone you’ve paid full price for. That might not be the worst thing in the world, mind you – especially if you’re near the end of your 1-year for $1 deal.Meanwhile the most important takeaway for everyone in the world that isn’t ever going to buy an iPhone again – Virgin Mobile is out. We aren’t at a place where it makes sense for Apple to pull out of any other carriers, but the prospect of an all-Apple carrier is now a reality. Virgin Mobile USA have announced a new iPhone-only business model in which they forego selling any other device. They’re making the push to this iPhone Exclusive way of living on Virgin Mobile with a sort-of deal which begins with unlimited talk, text, and data for $1 for the first year of service – of course you still need to buy the iPhone for its full off-contract price. last_img read more

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OnePlus 6T launch event date set for later this month

Story TimelineOnePlus 6T launch date: here’s when it’ll happenOnePlus 6T renders show off waterdrop notch, but no headphone jackOnePlus 6T renders confirm waterdrop notch, colors Whether though rumors or through OnePlus itself, we’ve learned a lot about the OnePlus 6T over the past several months. It won’t be much longer before we’ll find out which of those rumors were accurate and which were not, as OnePlus has announced the day that it’ll reveal the 6T to the world. The reveal event is happening later this month too, adding to an October that is already packed with device reveals. Of course, we had prior warning that the OnePlus 6T reveal would go down at some point this month. Previous rumors claimed that OnePlus would host an announcement event in India on October 17. As it turns out, those reports were close, but not quite on the money.OnePlus revealed on its forums today that its event will actually in New York and India on the same day: October 30. In New York, the event will kick off at 10 AM Eastern time, so we’re looking at an early-morning reveal for this one, especially if you happen to live on the West Coast. The teaser for the event invites us all to “Unlock the Speed,” which is likely at least in part a reference to the phone’s on-display fingerprint reader. OnePlus confirmed the presence of such a fingerprint reader not too long ago, making it one of the few features we know the 6T will have. In fact, the forum post announcing this reveal event suggests that fingerprint-on-display will be the OnePlus 6T’s marquee feature.OnePlus also unveiled a new teaser trailer for the phone today, and though it offers glimpses at the device, we never see the whole phone in its entirety. We’ll see what it looks like and learn what it’s capable of soon enough, as the phone’s reveal event is just over three weeks away. Of course, we’ll have everything you need to know right here at SlashGear, so check back with us on the day of the event for all the news on the OnePlus 6T. read more

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The BMW M8 is real Heres what we know

first_imgPraise be: BMW has not only previewed the all-new 8 Series Coupe that will launch in 2018, but confirmed a BMW M8 is also headed for production. The car, shown here in early prototype form complete with hefty amounts of camouflage, will be developed in tandem with the 8 Series, BMW has announced today. Full details are scant, but we do have some very intriguing tidbits. For a start, there are what BMW describes as “Classical M features” for the exterior. The air intakes have been enlarged to feed the engine and improve cooling, while the brakes have been modified to handle a more aggressive driving style. At the rear, a new sports exhaust system gets four tailpipes to bellow through.“The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel,” Frank van Meel, the president of BMW’s M Division, said today of the M8. “The future BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series and augment its DNA with added track ability and generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility. It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most exacting requirements.” Engine, horsepower, and speed are all still to be confirmed, unsurprisingly. Indeed, BMW is yet to detail what engine it expects to put into the production 8 Series. The design of that car – and the basis of the M8 variant – was previewed last week at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy, a seductive two-door coupe with which the German automaker aims to take on the best of the grand touring competition. Even without the fundamental details, you can’t blame BMW fans for being excited at today’s news. Indeed, it’ll be the first time BMW has made a production M8. The original 8 Series, production of which ran for approximately two decades, was initially intended to spawn a high-performance version; the BMW M Division even created a prototype of the car, expected to use the S70 engine good for 550 horsepower. That single prototype was banished to BMW’s storage, however, after it was decided in 1991 that there simply wasn’t a market for the M8 at the time. Sales of the regular production models were already struggling, given escalating economy demands made of its V12 engine, not to mention rising fuel prices. MORE: Check out the stunning BMW Concept 8 SeriesThe time, BMW says now, is ripe for a comeback. It won’t just be on public roads, either. The automaker’s racing division, BMW Motorsport, is also hard at work developing a race-spec car to take to Le Mans. The BMW M8 GTE “will look spectacular” according to the – somewhat biased, admittedly – director of the group, Jens Marquardt, though we won’t have to wait long to see if he’s right. The initial roll-out of the M8 GTE will be in the first half of 2017, BMW is planning, with its race debut at the Daytona 24 Hours to be held in late January, 2018.last_img read more

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Google Voice update broke audio features for some users

first_imgThe problems apparently started following the Google Voice update released on April 1. According to some users, the app now outputs call audio through the device’s speakerphone even if they don’t select that option; other users say the app may put the audio through the phone’s earpiece even if they choose the speaker option.As well, some users say they can no longer output the call audio to a Bluetooth device, such as a wireless earpiece, headset, or speaker. At least one user has claimed the issues disappeared when they reverted back to the older Google Voice app version released in March.The update also appears to have messed with app stability for some users; there are reports of it spontaneously crashing, while others say they’re simply not able to launch the app at all. The problems aren’t universal, however, with a number of users reporting no issues following the April 1 update.In response to posts about the audio problems, Google has stated on its product forums that the issues are the result of a ‘known bug’ and that it is working on fixing the problem. It’s unclear how long it will take the company to release the bug fix, but it likely won’t be too long given the company’s relatively prompt response. Story TimelineGoogle Voice Access is a voice control accessibility app for AndroidGoogle Voice VoIP call support starts rolling out to all usersGoogle Voice gets Anonymous Caller ID feature on iOS A Google Voice update released earlier this month appears to have caused certain audio-related features to malfunction. News of the problem has surfaced primarily from the Google Product Forums, where an increasing number of Google Voice users report an inability to use Bluetooth audio headsets and choose which speaker the call audio will be delivered through.last_img read more

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FCC chair Ajit Pai proposes new rules to fight robocalls and spoofing

first_imgIt’s 2019 and despite all our advancements in technology, we’re still struggling with how to finally solve the problem of robocalls and text spoofing. It is an especially huge problem in the US where it costs citizens thousands if not millions of dollars. It falls on the FCC to create the laws and regulations to protect people from such activities but has yet to fully address the problem. Now FCC Chair Ajit Pai has come out with rules that will criminalize such activities. Pai’s proposal specifically cracks down on a class of fraud that involves spoofing numbers to appear legit to recipients. If the proposal is accepted as an FCC rule, those kinds of robocalls and text would be considered illegal. That applies even to those coming from outside the US.The proposed rules are based on legislation that empowered the FCC to go after fraudsters, even from international callers. Pai’s statement says that these calls often come overseas and pretend to be coming from legitimate organizations. Thanks to the magic of technology, these calls can be made to look like they’re coming from other numbers.This is just the latest salvo in the FCC’s crusade against robocallers and spoofing. Just last month, it gave carriers the green light to block robocalls by default. Carriers, for their part, each have their own systems to implement anti-robocall features. The FCC’s ruling, however, practically makes those features free for all customers.AdChoices广告Pai says that the rules give the US the power to pursue such malicious actors, even if they’re not located inside the US. Whether other countries will comply with the US’ demands are a different matter but that’s not exactly difficult for a superpower.last_img read more

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States Still Wrestling With Health Exchange Bugs Challenges

first_imgStates Still Wrestling With Health Exchange Bugs, Challenges This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. News outlets report on state health exchange operations in California, Kentucky, Maryland, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Los Angeles Times: California Health Insurance Exchange Still Lacks Doctor Search ToolSeveral days into enrollment, California’s insurance exchange still has no answers for people wanting to know if their doctors are included in health plans being sold on the state-run market. Covered California, the state’s new insurance marketplace, said Thursday that its online search tool for doctors and hospitals won’t be ready until Monday at the earliest (Terhune, 10/3).Los Angeles Daily News: Fewer Californians Visit Health Exchange Than First ReportedThe number of people who tried to access the state run health plan exchange was misstated and the 5 million reported hits to the site were different than actual visits, officials with Covered California said Thursday. In a statement, Covered California’s executive director Peter Lee said that more than 514,000 individuals viewed 5 million pages on the website (Abram, 10/3).CNN: Obama Cites Success In Kentucky, Yet Healthcare Rollout Has HiccupsPresident Obama highlighted Kentucky’s Obamacare roll-out efforts Thursday noting that almost 11,000 people in that state have applied for health insurance. But even a state that earned presidential praise for its smooth execution is experiencing some hiccups. When Kentuckians visit the health exchange’s login website, they are greeted by a warning that suggests their personal information could be disclosed to state and even foreign officials (Frates, 10/3). The Associated Press/Washington Post: Maryland Health Care Website Improves After Technicians Find Cause Of Online BottleneckMaryland’s online marketplace for health insurance is working better after technicians found the cause of a bottleneck that hampered efforts to create accounts online, the executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange said Thursday, but visitors to the website were still running into delays (10/3).The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: New Online Health-Insurance Marketplaces Still Not WorkingFederal officials continued to attribute the problems to the heavy volume of visitors to the healthcare.gov website. But that explanation has stirred skepticism. Robert Laszewski, a health policy consultant and former insurance executive, said he tried to access the website at 6 a.m. and at midnight. “What volume do they have at 6 a.m. and midnight?” he said. “It is not volume” (Boulton, 10/3). The CT Mirror: Access Health: 753 Applications Processed In Three DaysAccess Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, has processed 753 applications for coverage since opening Tuesday, including 153 on Thursday. On its third day in operation, the exchange reported receiving 11,058 website visitors and 1,033 calls as of 4 p.m. Since Tuesday morning, Access Health counted 82,939 website visitors and 5,094 phone calls (Becker, 10/3). Minnesota Public Radio: MNsure Not Releasing Enrollment Numbers YetThe state’s new health insurance marketplace really has one goal: to insure more Minnesotans. But MNsure isn’t releasing enrollment numbers yet. “We have information coming in, we are tracking that, but we’re not going to report enrollment numbers at this time,” said Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov. “We are trying to figure out how we are going to be reporting them.” The hold-up stems from unresolved questions about how to define enrollment, she said. Some people have paid for plans, others have just selected a plan (Richert, 10/3). Minnesota Public Radio: MNsure Expecting A Big WeekendMNsure’s executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, says consumers will still be able to peruse health plans on the site Sunday but won’t be able to create accounts. “The website will be open on Sunday but the eligibility and enrollment functionality will not be,” she said. “They’ll be able to go on to our public site to see information but we are going to bringing the site down on Sunday for maintenance.” The call center will also be open on Saturday but closed Sunday (Stawicki, 10/4). Minnesota Public Radio: Feds Ease Restrictions That Were Causing MNsure LockoutsIn the past two days, some consumers said they couldn’t create accounts on Minnesota’s new health insurance marketplace. MNsure officials said Wednesday that consumers who made three unsuccessful attempts at creating accounts were booted off the system for a week under federal security rules. MNsure Board Chairman Brian Beutner says the problem stems from the federal government, not MNsure.”The fed system has been so overwhelmed that people are timing out and when they get timed out it’s registering as a miss,” Beutner said (Stawicki, 10/3). last_img read more

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One Week And Counting Until Dec 23 — An Important Health Law

first_imgOne Week And Counting Until Dec. 23 — An Important Health Law Deadline News outlets report that the Department of Health and Human Services says healthcare.gov is ready and able to meet the needs of the many customers who visit the site in order to obtain insurance by Dec. 23 — the deadline for Jan. 1 coverage. About 1.9 million people have made it deep into the online process so far but have not yet selected coverage. USA Today: HHS Vows It Will Be Ready For Dec. 23 Insurance DeadlineThe ability of the HealthCare.gov website to keep operating despite a high number of visitors has heightened health officials’ belief that the site will be ready to help customers meet the Dec. 23 deadline to enroll in insurance in order to be covered by Jan. 1. By noon Monday, 165,000 people visited the site, where people can shop for and buy health insurance, while another 500,000 went to the site over the weekend, said Julie Bataille, communications director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Kennedy, 12/16).ABC News: Obamacare Countdown: One Week To First Major DeadlineFor tens of thousands of Americans, the race to complete Obamacare enrollments is on. Just under a week from today, by 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 23, anyone seeking health insurance coverage effective Jan. 1, must have completed an application, chosen a plan and transmitted that enrollment form to their selected issuer. The deadline looms large for the roughly 1.9 million people who have made it deep into the process — completing an application and receiving an eligibility determination — but not yet selected a particular plan, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Many of these consumers have been hamstrung by glitches and delays at every turn and are simply stuck in limbo (Dwyer, 12/17). CNN: CMS Call: Latest Healthcare.gov Glitch Resolved, Obama Administration The Obama administration said on Monday it had resolved the latest technical glitch with the HealthCare.gov website, one that hit over the weekend and prevented people from enrolling properly in new policies under Obamacare. Everyone who has selected a plan from a private insurer through the Obamacare marketplace now should be in direct contact with an insurer to resolve billing and payment, according to the agency responsible for overseeing the website. “Everyone who selected a health plan as part of their online application and enrollment process on HealthCare.gov have now heard from HealthCare.gov – from the health insurance marketplace – about the next steps that they would need to take for coverage,” said Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Aigner-Treworgy, 12/16). CQ HealthBeat: Many Consumers Who Start Direct Enrollment Do Not Complete ProcessInsurers are having difficulty enrolling people directly into their health plans, and some consumers are still having a hard time getting coverage through the federal website that handles enrollment in 36 states, industry and government officials said Monday (Adams, 12/16).Meanwhile, Moody’s takes a look at how the Obama administration’s latest request to insurance companies might impact the marketplace — Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Latest Federal Rules, Requests Put New Pressure On Insurers, Says Moody’sInsurers responded softly if not sweetly to the Obama administration’s latest requests and rule changes for individuals trying to buy coverage in online marketplaces by Jan. 1. Moody’s Investor Service, which is watching Obamacare from the outside, isn’t so tactful (Hancock, 12/16). 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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Viewpoints Health Law Is Not Affordable Narrow Doctor Networks May Not Sacrifice

first_imgViewpoints: Health Law Is Not Affordable; Narrow Doctor Networks May Not Sacrifice Quality The Wall Street Journal: The Myth Of ObamaCare’s Affordability The Affordable Care Act attempts to help low- and middle-income families avoid some of the tough sacrifices that would be necessary to purchase health insurance without assistance. But no program can change the fundamental reality that society itself has to make sacrifices in order to deliver health care to more people. Workers and therefore production have to be taken away from other industries to beef up health care, or the workforce itself has to get bigger, or somehow people have to work more productively. Although the ACA helps specific populations by giving them a bigger slice of the economic pie, the law diminishes the pie itself. It reduces the amount that Americans work, and it makes their work less productive. This slows growth in both personal income and gross domestic product (Casey B. Mulligan, 9/8). Los Angeles Times: What Can Be Done About Covered California’s Doctor Gap? The insurance reforms in the 2010 federal healthcare law went into full effect this year, dramatically reducing the number of Californians who don’t have health coverage. At the same time, however, some low- and moderate-income residents have struggled to find doctors who’ll take their insurance. Their complaints are forcing state officials to investigate the accuracy and adequacy of insurers’ networks of medical providers. Though the attention is welcome and overdue, what’s really needed is a better approach to consumer protection (9/8). Los Angeles Times: What’s Behind Health Regulators’ Bickering Over Prop. 45? Tolstoy’s line about all unhappy families being unhappy in their own way hardly needs validation from us in the 21st century. But still it would be interesting to see what he’d make of the increasingly bitter division between two state agencies that should be working hand in hand to improve health insurance coverage for Californians: the state’s individual health insurance exchange, Covered California; and the Department of Insurance. They’ve been at odds for months over various aspects of the Affordable Care Act, on which Covered California plays a central role as the state’s individual insurance exchange. Lately a new flash point has emerged. It’s Proposition 45, the November ballot measure that would grant the state insurance commissioner authority to regulate health insurance rates (Michael Hiltzik, 9/8). New Republic: Maybe You Don’t Need A Big Doctor Network To Get Good Care You can save a lot of money on your health insurance premiums. But, to do so, you’ll have to enroll in a plan that limits you to a relatively small number of providers. You might have to switch primary care physicians, or drive a long way to see a specialist. And you might not be able to go to that big-time teaching hospital that’s always in the news, unless it’s an emergency or you need a special kind of treatment. Do you take the deal? These days, lots of people are saying yes to that choice—and, when they do so, they may not be sacrificing the quality of the care they get. That’s the very tentative conclusion of a new study out on Monday (Jonathan Cohn, 9/8).The New York Times’ The Upshot: Doctors’ Magical Thinking About Conflicts Of Interest When the Food and Drug Administration creates an advisory committee to help it decide whether to approve drugs, it often asks academic physicians to serve on the committee as external experts. This is supposed to help the committee render judgments that are unbiased and scientific. Physicians can therefore hold a fair amount of sway in how decisions are made. One would hope that they would be above reproach, coming to the committee’s deliberations with equipoise and an open mind. A study published today by Genevieve Pham-Kanter in The Milbank Quarterly brings that assumption into question (Aaron E. Carroll, 9/8). WBUR’s CommonHealth blog: We’re No. 1, Not In A Good Way: Highest Hospital Administrative Costs When it comes to hospital administrative costs, a new Health Affairs study finds, our country is No. 1 and we’re way ahead of the curve — unfortunately. In the study, researchers analyzed hospital accounting data to compare administrative costs across eight countries: Canada, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, the United States and Wales. They found that administrative costs accounted for more than 25 percent of total U.S. hospital expenditures — far ahead of the pack. … Uwe Reinhardt, a health economist and professor at Princeton University, sees high hospital administrative costs as a moral question. “You’re pulverizing all this money on something that does not make people better — doesn’t improve their health,” he said (Alvin Tran, 9/8). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Business group calls for sweeping tax reforms ahead of federal election amid

first_img Sponsored By: OTTAWA — A business group representing 150 Canadian corporations has been lobbying federal officials for a broad-based review of the tax code, part of a wider effort to renew awareness about Canada’s waning competitiveness ahead of the looming federal election.Goldy Hyder, head of the Business Council of Canada, has met with a number of cabinet ministers, opposition leaders, labour groups and others to discuss the potential for a deep and structural reform of the Canadian tax code, which he argues could help unleash the country’s economic potential. The lobbying blitz comes amid concerns in the private sector that Ottawa has ignored calls for more business-friendly policies, particularly in its 2019 budget.Business competitiveness became a mainstream political topic in 2017, when Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced controversial tax reforms that helped stoke fears in the private sector about an increasingly burdensome tax system in Canada. Those worries, along with sweeping tax changes introduced by U.S. President Donald Trump and trade uncertainties, prompted Morneau to introduce a number of piecemeal tax incentives aimed at giving the business community a boost. https://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/taxes/canadas-income-tax-rates-have-become-uncompetitive-and-the-economy-will-pay-the-price Canada should not ‘jump in the lake’ with U.S. on tax reforms, despite competitiveness worries: Mintz Ottawa aims to boost edge with $16 billion in tax breaks for business But executives and some politicians say Ottawa must go much further to properly address Canada’s declining business competitiveness, which they say threatens the the future of the Canadian economy.“There are things that are holding the country back, and we can continue to punt that ball down the field, but understand that other countries are not doing that, they’re moving on, and they’re very aggressive and they’re very competitive,” Hyder said.Related Stories:Conrad Black: Canada needs to compete — here’s how we can winHyder met with reporters on Thursday to discuss his concerns over the broader business environment, and the council plans to release a report on the subject next week.He has met in recent months with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, chief of staff to the economic development minister Gianluca Cairo, several high-level officials at Finance Canada and Simon Beauchemin of the Prime Minister’s Office, according to the lobbyist registry. The group has also met with a number of other politicians, labour groups and indigenous representatives.Hyder, among others, has proposed that Canada undergo a deep, structural review of the federal tax code in order to attract more capital and workers to the country. Overlapping regulatory bodies and a cumbersome tax regime have become a drag on investment in recent years, some observers say — an issue that could become ever more pressing as Canada faces a “demographic crunch,” according to Hyder.We can continue to punt that ball down the field, but understand that other countries are not doing that Featured Stories 80 Comments Reddit Comment Twitter Business Council of Canada CEO Goldy Hyder says U.S. fund managers are starting to perceive Canada as presenting a “sovereign risk.”Ryan Emberley/Postmedia/File Join the conversation → Jesse Snyder April 25, 201910:16 PM EDT Filed underCanadian Politics More Share this storyBusiness group calls for sweeping tax reforms ahead of federal election as competitiveness worries deepen Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn He said U.S. fund managers are starting to see Canada as presenting a “sovereign risk,” based on discussions with a number of investors there. Citing one investor, Hyder said that the failure to build the Trans Mountain pipeline has been a particular sticking point with U.S. institutional investors.“He said you want me to come and invest in a country in which your government bought a pipeline, it regulates it, it approved it, and it can’t build it?”Tax experts and business executives have been calling for a widespread review of the tax code for years.In December 2017 the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance released a report proposed “an independent comprehensive review of our tax system to ensure that it is not overly complex, maintains our economic competitiveness and is fair to all Canadians.”“Canada needs a strategy to ensure our tax system encourages, rather than inhibits, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth,” the report said.Politicians have long shied away from structural tax reforms. Brian Kingston, vice-president of policy at the Business Council of Canada, said that an attempt by the current government to review the tax system was ultimately scrapped due to the difficulty in eliminating any of the long list of tax credits and other expenditures.“They realized every single tax expenditure has a constituency, and a vocal constituency,” he said. “The way you get over that though is you do a comprehensive review, you reduce the number of tax expenditures but you lower the overall rates so everyone benefits.”• Email: jsnyder@postmedia.com | Twitter: jesse_snyder Business group calls for sweeping tax reforms ahead of federal election as competitiveness worries deepen Business Council of Canada head Goldy Hyder argues that a deep, structural reform of the Canadian tax code could help unleash the country’s economic potential Email Facebook The Apollo 11 moon landing was so boring it must be real If Americans were going to fake the moon landing, you’d better believe there would be some high drama and maybe even an explosion or two.… Recommended For You’Free Willy’ bill to end whale captivity in Canada set to become law’Insane and irresponsible’: Parliamentary workload could kill someone, warns MPLiberal environmental contradictions could pave way for Conservative winLotto Max winning numbersTory changes to assessment bill favour industry over environment, Liberals say advertisement ← Previous Next →last_img read more

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Silicon Valley Bank is setting up shop in Canada in aim to

first_img Sponsored By: Twitter 0 Comments ← Previous Next → Join the conversation → The headquarters of the Silicon Valley Bank in Santa Clara, Calif.Handout/Silicon Valley Bank/The Canadian Press advertisement May 15, 201810:19 AM EDT Filed under News FP Street Recommended For YouU.S. Justice Department may sue to block Sprint, T-Mobile merger -sourceU.S.-China trade talks in ‘quiet period’ -White House adviser NavarroU.S. clears SoftBank’s $2.25 bln investment in GM-backed CruiseUPDATE 2-Twitter to deemphasize, label politician tweets that break its rulesTake it easy: central bank U-turns loosen financial conditions Email What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Reddit Featured Stories Canada’s tech scene is heating up, and one of Silicon Valley’s oldest financial institutions wants a piece.Silicon Valley Bank, the 35-year-old lender focused on tech startups and venture capital firms, plans to hire more than a dozen bankers in Canada with the goal of eventually banking 40 per cent of the country’s tech and life science companies. It’s received authorization from Canada’s finance minister to open and is waiting on final regulatory approvals to begin lending.Canada’s tech scene is thriving. Startups are proliferating, fuelled by increased local investment and the presence of big-name U.S. venture firms like Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital. Internet giants including Amazon.com Inc. and Google are hiring thousands of engineers in Vancouver and Toronto and home-grown success stories like Shopify Inc. are taking off.With all that activity comes opportunity for banks willing to lend to small, unproven startups, said Barbara Dirks, Silicon Valley Bank’s recent hired head of Canada.Finally, a free open-source database for all Canadian startup informationThe huge job opportunity in Canadian tech (that no one is talking about)Your next chapter: How to get your startup in front of a decision-makerCanadian banks have a long-standing and concrete view of risk that might make it difficult for them to dive into earlier-stage tech, said Dirks, a veteran of Bank of Montreal and Royal Bank of Canada. Silicon Valley Bank brings a unique understanding of tech and the web of relationships in Silicon Valley and around the world to get startup investing right, she said.Risk Appetite“We’ve been in the space for so long, so something which may look risky to one institution is right in our expertise,” Dirks said.At least one of those Canadian banks might beg to differ. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has trumpeted its own interest in the tech scene, recently buying tech-focused lender Wellington Financial and putting its CEO Mark McQueen in charge of a new “innovation banking” division. While Silicon Valley Bank will initially only have permission to give loans, CIBC’s unit is already licensed to offer a full range of banking services in Canada.Silicon Valley Bank won’t be starting from scratch though. It already helps hundreds of Canadian companies including Shopify, Drop Technologies Inc. and Lightspeed POS Inc. with their U.S. banking, Dirks said. The goal now is to catch Canadian companies earlier and compete for deals directly. The bank will be focused on loans from as small as US$750,000, all the way to leading syndicates of hundreds of millions of dollars, said Mark Gallagher, senior market manager for the U.S. northeast and Canada.Global ConnectionsGallagher has led a team for years that’s helped Canadian tech companies bank in the U.S., but watching the activity of the last few years, he said he knew it was time to step up Silicon Valley Bank’s presence north of the border.“The broad diaspora of Canadians both in the U.S. and that have returned from the U.S. that have experience scaling companies is very strong,” Gallagher said. Venture capital investment reached about$3.8 billion in 2017, up from $3.2 billion the year before, according to the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association.Canadian companies that want to compete globally generally need to expand outside of their home market quickly. Shopify, the country’s best-known success story since BlackBerry, gets the vast majority of its revenue from outside of Canada. Linking companies up to partners and investors around the world is a major part of what gives Silicon Valley Bank a competitive edge, Dirks said.Serious Swagger“We connect companies between Canada and Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley and New York, Israel, China, etc.,” she said. “That will be one of the things that we’ll be able to contribute to the ecosystem.”It’s a stereotype in Canadian tech that the country’s entrepreneurs aren’t ambitious enough, and that they sell their companies to U.S. owners before pushing them as far as they can go. Just last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has marketed his government as a major supporter of the industry, said Canadians need more “swagger” when promoting domestic tech successes.They already have it, Gallagher said.“The level of confidence in the entrepreneurs in Canada today is off the charts compared to what it would have been eight or 10 years ago,” he said. “There’s this inner confidence or strut that we’ve witnessed.”Bloomberg.com Gerrit De Vynck Facebook Bloomberg News Comment Silicon Valley Bank is setting up shop in Canada in aim to support country’s thriving tech scene Silicon Valley Bank plans to hire more than a dozen bankers in Canada with the goal of eventually banking 40 per cent of the country’s tech and life science companies More Share this storySilicon Valley Bank is setting up shop in Canada in aim to support country’s thriving tech scene Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn last_img read more

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Global Electric Vehicle Market To Top 419 Billion By 2024

Highlights From Bloomberg’s Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018 Forecast Predicts China Will Account For 57% Of Electric Car Sales By 2035 Interested in forecasts? Lithium Production Will Triple In Next 4 Years Within several years, the BEV market is predicted to grow to $419 billionAccording to one of the latest forecasts, the plug-in electric car market is going to expand to $419 billion by the end of 2024.While most of us we mere humans have trouble with imagining such a pile of money, we tried to estimate how many plug-ins would need to be sold to achieve such market value:12 million at an average price of $35,0008.4 million at an average price of $50,000 The paid report is available here: “Electric Vehicle Market, Volume Global Analysis by Cars, Countries and Companies” Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 10, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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