Orkla buys Norwegian ingredients company Arne B Corneliussen

first_imgOrkla buys Norwegian ingredients company Arne B. CorneliussenPosted By: News Deskon: October 25, 2017In: Business, Food, Industries, Ingredients, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailOrkla Food Ingredients has agreed to acquire Norwegian ingredients company Arne B. Corneliussen from Danish Crown.Based in Økern in Oslo, the company’s product portfolio consists of spices, marinades, flavourings, starter cultures and other functional ingredients for the food industry, as well as a range of packaging solutions.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Arne B. Corneliussen had a turnover of NOK 188 million ($23.45 million) in 2016. The acquisition is being completed through Orkla’s wholly owned subsidiary Idun Industri.Pål Eikeland, executive vice-president of Orkla and CEO of Orkla Food Ingredients, said: “This acquisition gives us access to a new growth platform in the food industry. The purchase of Arne B. Corneliussen also offers potential for synergies with our existing ingredients operations in Norway, in the form of a more strategic focus on the out-of-home sector as well as savings in areas such as purchasing and distribution.”The seller is DAT-Schaub, a subsidiary of meat processor Danish Crown based in Copenhagen.DAT-Schaub CEO Jan Roelsgaard said: “We have had nothing but good experiences during our period as owners of Arne B. Corneliussen, but the time has now come to concentrate our operations. We think that a Norwegian owner will be positive for the company, and we look forward to continuing the close collaboration between DAT-Schaub and Arne B. Corneliussen.”Along with headquarters in the Oslo suburb of Økern, Arne B. Corneliussen also operates production facilities, a test kitchen and a warehouse. It employs 32 people.Orkla Food Ingredients provides bakery ingredients to customers in the Nordics, with products such as margarine and butter blends, yeast, bread and cake improvers and mixes, marzipan and ice cream ingredients.In March, it acquired the Dutch ice cream ingredients and accessories company Laan Heiloo for another undisclosed sum.The company said its acquisition of Arne B. Corneliussen will help it to “expand its product range and customer base in Norway”.Share with your network: Tags: Arne B. CorneliussenNorwayOrklaseasoningslast_img read more

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Interview BG Products unveils compostable standup pouch

first_imgInterview: B&G Products unveils compostable stand-up pouchPosted By: Jules Scullyon: April 27, 2018In: Business, Food, FoodBev TV, Industries, Innovation, New products, Packaging, Social Responsibility, Social responsibility, VideosPrintEmail Share with your network: Tags: B&G ProductssustainabilityUK For more content like this, follow FoodBev on YouTube.Recorded, produced and edited by: Jules Scully. center_img B&G Products has developed an environmentally friendly stand-up pouch which can be recycled and is compostable.Called the Earthpouch, the product has been in development for two years and contains a plastic-free, heat-sealable coating. B&G Products commercial director Peter Ralten spoke with spoke with FoodBev’s Jules Scully about the origins of the product as well as B&G’s sustainable goals. last_img read more

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La Colombe introduces pumpkin spice draft latte ahead of autumn

first_imgLa Colombe introduces pumpkin spice draft latte ahead of autumnPosted By: Jules Scullyon: August 28, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New products, Tea & CoffeePrintEmailLa Colombe has added to its range of iced coffees in the US with the launch of pumpkin spice draft latte.Made with cold-pressed espresso and fresh milk, and combined with pumpkin puree and a blend of spices, the beverage aims to respond to consumer demands for autumn flavours while delivering a cold, refreshing taste.The drink is made with milk sourced from a farm ten miles away in Michigan and each draft latte has 120mg of caffeine.Todd Carmichael, co-founder and CEO of La Colombe, said: “Our pumpkin spice draft latte was designed for pre-and-post Labor Day sipping.“We are the first ever frothed, cold pumpkin spice latte so we wanted to come out of the gate early and strong. This beverage is refreshingly spicy, making it great for those warm summer days and cool autumn afternoons.”The beverage is now available in select retailers and online in the US.The launch follows on from La Colombe’s introduction last year of two plant-based beverages: coconut milk draft latte and coconut milk mocha draft latte.Each can has 5g of added sugar, the equivalent level of caffeine to 2.25 cups of coffee and is made with non-GMO ingredients.Share with your network: Tags: iced coffeeLa ColombeUSlast_img read more

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Camelicious brings range of camel milk ice creams to UK

first_imgCamelicious brings range of camel milk ice creams to UKPosted By: Contributoron: February 07, 2019In: Dairy, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailThe Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products (Camelicious) will launch a range of camel milk-based ice creams in the UK.Five flavours will be available in the line: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, hazelnut, and pistachio.Dubai-based Camelicious said camel milk “is known for its unique health benefits”. The launch comes after the firm introduced a camel milk-based baby formula last year that is said to have “ten times the amount of iron found in other types of milk”.Saeed Juma Bin Subaih, Camelicious general manager, said: “Camelicious ice cream will be a great opportunity for people who are allergic to cow’s milk to enjoy the unique benefits of taking this camel milk ice cream, known for its great health benefits, including 50% less fat than other types of milk.“Since its launch in 2017, camel milk has seen great interest from consumers in the UK thanks to its high healthful benefits and has been a hit in the UK markets.“If the regular ice cream has multiple benefits, including improving the human mood and increasing its sense of happiness and joy, camel milk ice cream has the same benefits and more thanks to the health benefits of the camel milk. These benefits positively affect the psychological mood of the person and enhance his sense of happiness and joy that can be clearly seen in his behaviour.”Camelicious began producing camel milk more than 25 years ago. It now uses milk from a herd of 6,200 camels and makes products such as ready-to-drink coffees, flavoured milks and milk powder.The new ice creams will be available in Asda stores in the UK.Share with your network: Tags: CameliciousDubaiice creamUKlast_img read more

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British Isis fighters known as the Beatles captured in Syria

first_imgThe pair were captured by the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, reports said.Photograph: Erik de Castro/Reuters El Shafee ElsheikhElsheikh’s family fled to the UK from Sudan in the 1990s. He preached from a stall outside Shepherds Bush tube station after being radicalised in a very short space of time. The 29-year-old travelled to Syria in 2012, according to the US state department. It said he had “earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions while serving as an Isis jailer”. Reuse this content This article is more than 1 year old Thu 8 Feb 2018 16.58 EST Oliver Laughland and Vikram Dodd Aine DavisDavis, a former driver and drug dealer, is thought to have converted to Islam shortly after being jailed in the UK in 2006 for possessing a firearm. He prayed at the same west London mosque as Emwazi. Davis, in his mid-30s, took the name Hamza and travelled the Middle East. He is believed to have travelled to Syria in late 2012. He was convicted on terror charges last year in Turkey. Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Mohammed EmwaziEmwazi, nicknamed Jihadi John, was the cell’s most notorious member. He appeared in videos depicting the beheadings of western hostages, including US journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley. Born in Kuwait, he moved to Britain as a boy. Emwazi attended state schools in London, then studied computer science at the University of Westminster before leaving for Syria in 2013. He was killed in a 2015 airstrike when aged in his mid-20s. Iraq Share on Messenger Since you’re here… First published on Thu 8 Feb 2018 15.19 EST Syria US foreign policy Hide Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Islamic State Alexanda KoteyKotey is described as of Ghanaian and Greek-Cypriot background. He was raised as a Greek Orthodox Christian in west London and was a dedicated Queen’s Park Rangers fan. The 34-year-old, believed to be a father of two, reportedly converted to Islam as a teenager, at which point he met Emwazi. As well as operating as a guard for the “Beatles” cell, he is alleged to have been responsible for recruiting several British nationals to fight for Isis. Two British Isis militants implicated in brutal acts of torture and execution, have been captured by US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria.The two men, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, formed part of a group of four fighters nicknamed “the Beatles” due to their British accents and are allegedly responsible for murdering approximately two dozen hostages in Syria.Kotey, a 34-year-old convert to Islam who grew up in west London, and 29-year-old Elsheikh, whose family fled to the UK from Sudan in the 1990s, were the only remaining members of the group still at large.The group’s leader, Mohammed Emwazi, nicknamed Jihadi John, was killed in a 2015 airstrike. Emwazi was believed to be the militant responsible for the gruesome beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, which were captured on film and distributed in Isis propaganda videos.The group’s fourth member, Aine Davis, was convicted on terror charges last year in Turkey.The capture was first reported by the New York Times and independently confirmed by the Guardian.Citing unnamed US officials, the Times reported the two men were captured by the American-backed Kurdish militia the Syrian Democratic Forces, operating south of the Euphrates river, close to the Syria-Iraq border.Two US officials also confirmed the capture to Reuters. The two men were captured in early January, and US forces were given access to them, one of the officials told the news agency. Share on LinkedIn The SDF gave US special forces access to the two men after suspecting they were foreign fighters, the Times reported. Their identities were then confirmed using fingerprints and other biometric measures.US officials were reportedly made aware of the capture in mid-January. Both men have supplied valuable intelligence to military interrogators about the remaining Isis leadership structure, the Times reported, citing an unnamed official. According to a state department’s terrorist designation, Kotey operated as a guard for the “Beatles” cell and “likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding”. The state department says Kotey was also responsible for recruiting several British nationals to fight for Isis.Elsheikh travelled to Syria in 2012, according to the state department, who noted the militant had “earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions while serving as an Isis jailer”.The US Department of Defense and the US state department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. British intelligence agencies and Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command have been closely involved in efforts to gather information on Britons who joined Isis. A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London declined to discuss reports, but notably did not deny them. The FCO was coordinating the response to media inquiries about the reported capture for UK law enforcement, intelligence agencies and government departments. Such an arrangement would be unusual if the reports were incorrect and indeed the two wanted extremists had not been captured.A spokeswoman for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on individual cases or ongoing investigations.”How the two militants might face justice remains unclear. The Times report indicated the two men were not yet in US military custody and the US justice department did not immediately respond to questions over whether they would seek to prosecute the men in federal court. In a reversal of Obama-era policy, the Trump administration has pushed for accused militants to be remanded in military prison. During his State of the Union address last month Donald Trump announced he had signed an executive order to keep open the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay and opened the door to sending new prisoners to the controversial centre. “I am asking Congress to ensure that in the fight against Isis and al-Qaida we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists wherever we chase them down, wherever we find them. And in many cases, for them, it will now be Guantánamo bay,” Trump said.Such a move would likely be met with sharp criticism due to the centre’s fraught international image. Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 1 year old Syria Shares425425 Kurds Quick guide The four Isis ‘Beatles’ Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? Show Middle East and North Africa Share on Twitter Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, the two remaining members, stand accused of murdering two dozen hostages in Syria … 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 via Email British Isis fighters known as ‘the Beatles’ captured in Syria Share via Email news Topics Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Georgetown students vote to pay reparations for slaves sold by university

first_img Support The Guardian Slavery Georgetown students vote to pay reparations for slaves sold by university US universities Share on WhatsApp Last modified on Mon 15 Apr 2019 07.38 EDT Share on Facebook In an open letter to “Members of the Georgetown University community”, the college president, John DeGioia, said: “Over the past four years, we have been working to respond to Georgetown’s historical relationship to the institution of slavery and engaging with members of the Descendant community of the enslaved people of the Maryland Jesuit plantations.“Yesterday, our undergraduate students voted on a student referendum proposing the idea of a fund for Descendants created by a new student fee that would apply to all undergraduate students.”Noting that the favourable vote was non-binding, he said: “This moment raises complex issues that we are prepared to grapple with and embrace. Our students are bringing attention to deeply held convictions that we take very seriously.”DeGioia said he would “engage key leaders in our Georgetown, Descendant and Jesuit communities and our faculty, board, and student leadership to chart a path forward”.He also noted college “efforts” on the matter since 2015 that he said had “begun the work of memorializing and reconciling the legacies of slavery that have shaped our community and our nation on the issue”.These included a 2016 meeting with “descendants of the children, women, and men enslaved on Maryland plantations and sold by the Maryland Jesuits in 1838”; a formal apology for “our participation in the evil of slavery”, made in 2017; and “a new process of engagement that is helping us to develop a long-term framework for dialogue and collaboration among our communities”, begun in 2018.DeGioia said the university was now “pursuing work that is uncharted” and “forging a new path towards reconciliation.“This work requires the best of our energies and the commitment of time,” he said. “The transformation that is invited in this moment will not happen immediately or easily.” Martin Pengelly in New York Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Read more Topics Students at Georgetown University in Washington DC have voted in favour of paying reparations to the descendants of enslaved people who were sold by Jesuit founders to pay off college debts. This article is more than 3 months old Share on Pinterest Washington DC Cellini said DeGioia’s letter was “filled with jargon”.“What’s impressive about the students,” he said, “is that they affirmatively and proactively acted. They did something. They put their money where their mouth was.”Cellini, who said he was a moderate Republican, said he had no personal connection to the history of the “Georgetown 272”, other than his undergraduate and law degrees.“We believe Georgetown University and the Maryland Jesuits owe reparations and restitution to the descendants of their former slaves,” he said, adding that one of the school’s dormitories, which he said generates more than $1m in revenue every year, was built and paid for with the proceeds of the 1838 sales of enslaved people.“This isn’t about something that happened a long time ago,” Cellini said. “It’s not a question about whether the past is the past. At Georgetown, the connection to slavery isn’t a legacy. It’s a modern-day income stream.”Additional reporting by Lois Beckett @MartinPengelly Reuse this content Race Shares324324center_img American civil war What’s impressive about the students is that they acted … They put their money where their mouth was.Richard Cellini Share via Email Washington DC college sold 272 people in 1838Descendants would benefit from fee paid by undergraduates … 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. Read more Share on Twitter To fight racism, we need to think beyond reparations Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 3 months old In 1838, Georgetown Jesuits sold 272 people who worked on plantations in Maryland. Slavery was abolished in the US in 1865, after the civil war. Debate over whether descendants of enslaved people should receive reparations is longstanding. The idea has been discussed on a national stage this year, among candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination.Results released on Friday showed two-thirds of Georgetown undergraduates who voted in a non-binding referendum said payments should be funded in their case by a fee that would apply to all undergraduate students.Richard Cellini, founder of the Georgetown Memory Project, which has raised money to identify thousands of descendants of the people sold in 1838, told the Guardian the vote was “momentous”.“It makes me very proud of the students,” he said. “My guess is that the university will do what it’s always done, which is soft-talk and slow-walk this, but I hope I’m wrong.” news Reparations: Democrats renew debate over how to heal the legacy of slavery Share on Twitter Slavery Share via Email Since you’re here… Mon 15 Apr 2019 07.37 EDT Georgetown University paid off college debts with money raised by its Jesuit founders in 1838 by selling enslaved people from Maryland plantations.Photograph: Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images Bhaskar Sunkara last_img read more

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Free Email Marketing Tools Now Available in Free HubSpot CRM

first_imgFree Email Marketing Tools Now Available in Free HubSpot CRM PRNewswireJuly 16, 2019, 6:17 pmJuly 16, 2019 Customers Will Now Have Access to the Tools They Need to Send Emails, Manage Ad Campaigns, and Analyze Their Marketing Efforts as Part of Hubspot’s Free Centralized PlatformHubSpot, a leading growth platform, announced that it now offers free email creation, sending, and analytics as part of the free HubSpot CRM. In doing so, HubSpot gives users the tools they need to see the full view of the customer journey and ultimately provide a more cohesive front end experience for their customers.Growing businesses often suffer from app overload – according to a report from HubSpot Research, 82% of respondents indicated that they lose up to an hour a day logging into and managing disparate systems. That lost time can be particularly damaging to a growing business that’s working with small teams and limited budgets. By bringing email and advertising tools into the free CRM, HubSpot is giving users the ability to manage those essential features in one connected system, saving them precious time and providing insight into the entire customer experience.“Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of email marketing tools that are targeted to the needs of small or growing businesses. Unfortunately, those free or low-cost solutions are often standalone and don’t provide a full view of the customer experience,” said Kipp Bodnar, CMO of HubSpot. “We believe that email and CRM belong together, and that every marketer, no matter the size of their budget, should be able to see how their efforts are impacting their customers and, ultimately, their bottom line. We’re offering email as part of our free CRM to enable growing businesses to finally see how their efforts impact their customers’ experience beyond just a single email or interaction.”Marketing Technology News: Ad Fraud to Cost North American Advertisers $100 Million a Day by 2023“As a startup, we’re always looking for new tools that will help us make an impact on a smaller budget. We often end up signing up for lots of disjointed tools, which can make it tough to get a full view of the customer journey,” said Thomas Berry, Student Outreach Consultant at Picmonic. “With HubSpot’s new email features, we’re able to combine those automation tools with the insights we gather in the CRM. We always aim to put our customers first and with the launch of these powerful (and free) tools, we can provide them with an even better experience.”HubSpot CRM users are now able to create contact lists and send up to 2,000 emails per month, all with an email editor that is designed with efficiency and ease of use in mind. The company also announced today that it has expanded the capabilities of the free tier of its ads tools, which previously only supported Facebook lead ads. Starting today, users of HubSpot’s free marketing tools can manage and track up to $1,000 per month of ad spend across Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn ads. The tool also includes conversion-level reporting and up to two account connections. Both features feed insights back into the CRM, giving users a full view of how prospects and customers are interacting with their business. Additional terms and limitations apply, click here for details.Marketing Technology News: Accelerators Launched for Rapid Execution and Faster Time to Market“The free tools offered by HubSpot enable an agency like us to introduce the concept, capabilities, and fit of HubSpot to a prospect or client early in the sales process,” said Richard Wood, Managing Director at HubSpot Diamond Partner Six & Flow. “They’re able to see the power of the products firsthand, which enables us to build trust and demonstrate the value of the platform. By offering email and ads as part of the free CRM, HubSpot has created another touchpoint for us to showcase early value and attract new clients.”Marketing Technology News: Brave Expands Advertising Platform to Mobile Devices and Launches Brave Ads Certified Vendor Program crmemail marketinghubspotHubSpot CRMKipp BodnarMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleSpotX Integrates IAB Tech Lab’s Open Measurement SDKNext Articleboostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the General Release of its Omni-channel Order Management System (OMS)last_img read more

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SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine Test

first_img SpaceX’s next-generation Starship rocket is one step closer to launch today following a successful engine test. According to CEO Elon Musk, the engine performed as expected during a 51-second test burn. Based on previous timelines, Musk suggests the Starship “Hopper” could be ready for its first untethered flight later this month. The Starship will eventually take over from the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy as SpaceX’s primary launch vehicle. That’s still off in the future, though. The company is still developing the technology that will let the Starship reach orbit, the moon, and even Mars. The current hurdle is the new Raptor engine that will power the Starship. SpaceX has yet to build a Raptor that can survive more than 100 seconds of cumulative test-fires, and Musk has insisted on pushing most hardware to the breaking point. It appears SpaceX is starting to learn a thing or two about the new engine designs, though. Past test engines have suffered from a nasty vibration resonance at 600Hz, which could shake the engine apart in flight. However, the sixth Raptor prototype (SN06) tested over the weekend at SpaceX’s facility showed no sign of vibration issues, according to Musk. The next-gen SpaceX vehicle will actually consist of two stages: the cargo/crew Starship and the Super Heavy launch stage. Super Heavy will have 31 Raptor engines, each one with more than twice the thrust of the Merlin 1D engines. The Starship will have six Raptor engines, three for use in the atmosphere and three for use in a vacuum. Exciting progress in Boca! Hopper almost ready to hover. Based on tonight’s test, looks like 600 Hz Raptor vibration problem is fixed. pic.twitter.com/9bLWOHG0sV— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2019SpaceX is currently working on the “StarHopper,” which will demonstrate the craft’s ability to hover and land safely. Musk says the engine test did end with a safety abort, but that was expected. The team used the test to explore different fuel mixture ratios, causing the shutdown after 51 seconds. With the latest engine test finished, it could just be a matter of weeks before SpaceX fires up the prototype for an untethered flight. It previously flew a Starship Hopper on a tether in April. SpaceX has one Starship prototype under development in Texas and another in Florida. Once the Hopper phase is complete, SpaceX will scale the rocket up to prepare for spaceflight. The company hopes to begin commercial launches with the Starship as soon as 2021. Crewed flights, including the “Dear Moon” orbital mission, could follow soon after.Now read:SpaceX Fires Mars-Bound Raptor EngineElon Musk Explains Why the Starship Will Be Stainless SteelSpaceX Renames In-Development ‘BFR’ to ‘Starship’ Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads Natalie Portman’s Female Thor Name Revealed 8 Comments By Ryan Whitwam on July 8, 2019 at 4:02 pm Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine Test You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Joaquin Phoenix Goes Bonkers In Three New ‘Joker’ Photos This ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ April Fools’ Day Joke Broke Hearts The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Tagged In spacespacexelon muskrocketsstarship Post a Comment 8 Commentslast_img read more

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Brandable Closes Series B Financing Round

first_imgBrandable Closes Series B Financing Round PRNewswireJuly 9, 2019, 1:51 pmJuly 9, 2019 Advance Venture PartnersBrandableCota CapitalfundingMarketing Technology NewsNewsOliver Bogner Previous ArticleGliastudio Delivers AI-Powered Video Creation Solutions on Google Cloud Platform MarketplaceNext ArticleHubSpot Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Its Product Innovation-based Growth Strategy With an Impressive Investor Lineup, Brandable Prepares for Accelerated GrowthBrandable, a technology-enabled consumer packaged goods platform, announced the closing of its Series B funding. The round was led by Cota Capital, a premier institutional investment firm based in San Francisco, CA.  It also included previous investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Advance Venture Partners, along with new investors Pentland Ventures and Fields Texas.Brandable is disrupting how brands are developed and launched by utilizing a data-driven process to understand and react quickly to customer trends. This allows them to create highly relevant, purpose-driven offerings across multiple channels of distribution.  All brands are supported with unique demand generation strategies that ignite and launch its offerings with built-in consumer appreciation for the products. Brandable is best known to consumers for its omni-channel brands, including Queen V (founded by Lauren Steinberg in partnership with Brandable), Ready to Thrive!, Craft City, Good Guy, Grow Girl, and newly launched VeggieCraft Farms.Marketing Technology News: ada Strengthens Its Leadership Team as It Doubles Its Headcount“This has been a tremendous year for Brandable in terms of our success in the marketplace, building a world class organization and pursuing our mission of reimagining the CPG landscape forever.  Now, with our Series B partners, we will accelerate our growth plans and continue to launch new brands that allow our consumers to live their best lives,” said Oliver Bogner, Brandable CEO and Founder.In less than 18 months, Bogner has grown Brandable into a powerhouse with a portfolio of highly disruptive, consumable products across Wellness, Food and Hardlines categories.  Brandable has successfully secured distribution in many of the country’s leading retailers, including multiple programs with the two largest retailers in America: Target and Walmart. The former television producer has harnessed his keen understanding of media and the power of influence to drive excitement and appeal for the company’s offerings.Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative Assets“Brandable’s unique platform and data-driven innovation process creates modern brands tailored directly to the demand of millennial consumers,” said Bobby Yazdani, Founder and Managing Partner at Cota Capital.  “By creating highly disruptive, omni-channel brands, powered by content and influencer partnerships, Brandable accelerates market adoption by an order of magnitude faster than its analog peers. I’m elated to join Brandable’s board and help elevate its technology enabled platform path forward.”Marketing Technology News: AccuWeather Continues Rapid Expansion with Relocation of Global Office in New York Citylast_img read more

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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 10 Technologies Created by the Legendary Moon Mission

first_img The modern day processing chip has its roots in our first flight to the moon At 8:17PM UTC on July 20 (1:47AM IST on July 21), mission commander Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronaut and lunar module pilot Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin touched down upon the lunar surface, leaving the main module orbiting the moon. On July 21, at 2:56AM UTC (8:26AM IST), Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, with Aldrin joining him and his giant leap 19 minutes later. The rest is not just history, folklore, pop culture and conspiracy theories — it set up how we have so far gone about exploring space, how we understand the deep void, and helped develop thousands of technologies that have brought space travel to the potentially thrilling conjecture where it stands now.However, it is not just space exploration that NASA’s Apollo missions impacted deeply. Technology, or consumer technology to be more specific, gained a lot from the ongoing research and development that was required for USA to put a man on the moon. It might be a bit surprising to think now, and there will certainly never be conclusive evidence that would say that we would not have achieved what we have had the Apollo missions not taken place, but the advent of mankind’s pursuit of space brought to the fore key technology research that has shaped our lives and changed it forever. On the day of the 50th anniversary of Armstrong and Aldrin’s landing on the moon, we take a look at 10 such key technologies that define the impact that the Apollo moon missions have had on mankind. Integrated circuits and the microprocessorBack in the ‘60s, computers were scary and imposing. Take the ENIAC, for example. Built in 1946, the massive computing machine weighed a staggering 30,000kg and consumed 160kW of power in order to work. Given the constraints of what can be flown in general, it was impossible that such massive equipment would be taken onboard a merry trip to good ol’ moon. 50 Years Since the Apollo 11Apollo 11apollo 11 (space mission)Apollo 11 50th Anniversary First Published: July 21, 2019, 1:20 PM IST | Edited by: —center_img This gave birth to the world’s first known popular usage and birth of the integrated circuit (IC). These integrated circuits would compress the necessary processing power down from ENIAC’s scale into just about 32kg and just under 70W of power usage on the Apollo guidance computer. The IC was the core foundation of the microprocessor, combining multiple elements of a complete discrete circuit into a single semiconductor die. As a result, this prompted the formation of the silicon rush, the birth of Intel and the consumer-grade microprocessor, all of which gave birth to the computer industry, desktops from IBM, the eventual advent of Microsoft, and in essence, spawned into shape the entire technology industry as we know it today.Wireless headphonesSomething we take almost entirely for granted nowadays, the Apollo 11 mission had the very important presence of a then-novel piece of technology — a set of wireless headphones made by a company named Pacific Plantronics. Today, the brand is simply called Plantronics, and is noted for selling mid-range and semi-audiophile wireless headphones in the market. The segment itself, which too owes its roots to the Apollo missions, is now a thriving industry, with every second person using wireless headphones every day.Wireless headphones are standard gear today, but incredible innovation 50 years agoRetail processing softwareIt isn’t just hardware that was conceived with the Apollo project. The software that ran onboard the Apollo 11 and managed a complex series of key functionalities is, in essence, a predecessor of the retail credit card payment software that manages your electronic payment mechanism at retail outlets — from point-of-sale machines to data centers and back. It hence build a serious chunk of the electronic payment industry, which today stands on the verge of making printed cash a non-necessity in terms of everyday sustenance.Water purificationNASA developed a small, proprietary water purification system for the astronauts, which used the principle of ionisation to kill harmful bacteria and make water safe for human consumption. Not only did this technology evolve into mainstream use, it has thrived across sectors to find application even today — for instance, the basic purification steps are still in use in water cooling towers. Of all aspects, this is probably one of the most important impacts of technology that NASA has made to the world.The joystickYou probably don’t give much thought to the humble joystick any longer, but that is probably only if you don’t consider to be a gamer. The specially designed controller, which could be used as a toggle switch and in more applications, is today the mainstay of how almost all consoles are controlled, and was the primary input method for many computing areas, until touch-based inputs started taking precedence.Even this can be linked in origin back to the moon mission!Scratch-resistant lensesBack then, it was imperative to develop scratch resistance to optical plastic surfaces, which were present in abundance on the Apollo 11 as well as on astronaut helmet visors. Hence, Ames Research Center of NASA came up with an abrasion-resistant coating to prevent surfaces from impact damage to a certain extent. Today, pretty much all of our durable glass surfaces (such as the Corning Gorilla Glass) and spectacle optics owe their origins to this one crucial point of innovation.Cordless toolsSince one of the objectives of Apollo 11 was to collect lunar rocks, this presumably needed a drill, and one that did not need a power plug in the vicinity (assuming that the moon does not have many of these). The result led to the world’s first cordless drill, developed by Black & Decker specifically for the moon. Today, not only is the basic principle seen in more modern designs of the household drill, but also vacuum cleaners and screwdrivers.Cordless tools such as vacuum cleaners were essentially created for extreme situationsMemory foamBack in the ‘60s, shock absorption was not as fluent a concept as it is today. But, given the perils and the extreme forces of a space mission, it was imperative that some new technology be developed. Hence came memory foam, an innovation that takes the shape of the desired contour, and hence provides far superior protection against shocks and bumps. Not even that, memory foam is today used in mattresses and pillows for creating comfortable and ergonomic sleeping gear.Liquid-cooled/heat resistant suitsThe ill-fated Apollo 1 mission, which led to an accidental fire and the demise of three astronauts gave us information regarding the perils of space fire, and the devastation it can create. Hence came a compound called Polybenzimidazole (PBI), a space suit material that is resistant to fire and extreme temperatures, and would successfully protect astronauts up until a certain duration. Today, PBI is used by firefighters, racing professionals and even soldiers at the warfront.It is not just fire resistant clothing that NASA created. A spacesuit was compelled to be the astronaut’s life support unit, which could provide oxygen, temperature and pressure regulation to help support life. Naturally, NASA went about designing the world’s first liquid-cooled suit — a technology that finds commonplace application even today in specific industries.Freeze-dried foodAmong all innovation, the ability to preserve food by maintaining nutritional value and taste, reducing weight and increasing shelf life is a priceless achievement. Given space constraints aboard Apollo 11, the invention of freeze-dried food was imperative. In today’s world, freeze-dried food acts as life-saving ration in extreme conditions for travellers, armies, rescue squads and other target camps. last_img read more

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New ActionPacked Sooryavanshi BTS Video Teases Akshay Kumar in Top Form

first_img “Sooryavanshi” is the fourth film of Shetty’s cop drama universe in which Akshay is essaying the role of Veer Suryavanshi, a character that was introduced as an anti-terrorist squad officer in the Ranveer Singh-starrer 2018 film “Simmba”. Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is producing the film, tweeted: “Behind the scenes of India’s very own cinematic universe. Oh… and trust me, this is just the tip of the iceberg. That’s what happens when Rohit Shetty and Akshay Kumar get together.”Just last month, the release date of “Sooryavanshi” was advanced to March 27, 2020, to avoid a clash with Salman Khan’s “Inshallah” at the box office. The change in the release date did not go down well with a section of social media users.Taking a dig at it in his own way, Shetty wrote on Instagram on Monday: “Kab aa rahe hain yeh important nahi hai… Kaise aa rahe hain woh dekho (It’s not important when we are coming, see how we are coming). Akshay Kumar in and as Sooryavanshi. Raw, real and rugged.”Follow @News18Movies for more Akshay KumarBehind the scenes of SooryavanshiMaking of Sooryavanshirohit shetty First Published: July 1, 2019, 6:40 PM IST This post was accompanied by a video in which Akshay features in car and bike chases as well as a death-defying stunt in which he is seen hanging from a helicopter, while Shetty directs him.center_img Bollywood’s ‘khiladi’ Akshay Kumar on Monday gave fans a behind the scenes glimpse of the high-octane and “unadulterated” action to expect from Rohit Shetty’s “Sooryavanshi”.”From the day acting became my destiny, action has been my lifeline. Pure, unadulterated action in ‘Sooryavanshi’ will tell you’ll why it still fires up my core,” Akshay tweeted on Monday. From the day acting became my destiny, action has been my lifeline. Pure, unadulterated action in #Sooryavanshi will tell you’ll why it still fires up my core 🔥#RohitShetty @karanjohar #KatrinaKaif @RSPicturez @RelianceEnt @dharmamovies #CapeofGoodFilms pic.twitter.com/6UkGA7ivPL— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 1, 2019last_img read more

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Surat Fire Complex Was An Illegally Built Death Trap With No Way

first_imgAhmedabad: A day after 20 students were killed in a massive fire at a coaching centre running inside a commercial building in Surat, the owner of the coaching centre has been arrested as it was found that there were gross structural irregularities and wilful negligence of fire safety norms, police said. An FIR has also been registered against the builders of the complex, Takshahila Aracade, Harshal Vekaria and Jignesh, for culpapble homicide not amounting to murder. On Friday evening, a massive fire had broken out in the dome-like structure on the fourth floor of the complex, in which at least 20 teenage students who were attending coaching classes were killed. Disturbing visuals showing some students jumping from the third and fourth floors of the building amid plumes of thick smoke had gone viral on social media. Initial investigation has revealed that the building had just a single point of entry and exit and the upper floors, from where the coaching centre operated, was only accessible through a wooden staircase. The staircase was engulfed in fire, leaving no way for the students to escape. The students started jumping off the building but many remained trapped inside. The fire is suspected to have started either from an air conditioner compressor or some electrical equipment in a classroom, but officials have not yet confirmed a reason. The huge dome erected on the building’s terrace, clearly visible on Varachha Road, was reportedly also built illegally, but civic officials had turned a blind eye to it.It was in 2001 that the Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA) approved the plan for a residential society at the site. However, a shopping centre was illegally constructed in 2007, the Times of India reported. In 2012, when building regularisation rules were framed, this structure was legalised by paying the impact fees in 2013 and the second floor was legalised. The third floor was built illegally, DC Gandhi, zonal chief of Varachha, was quoted as saying by the newspaper. The citizens were angry as local civic body were caught napping even after major fire incidents were reported in recent past in which students were killed in a similar fashion. On November 26, 2018, three students and a teacher were killed in a fire which had engulfed Aagam Arcade in Vesu area in Surat. According to an estimate, over 3 lakh students attend nearly 3,000 coaching centres located in the shopping complexes, some of them extremely rickety and dangerous. fire in SuratgujaratSuratsurat accident First Published: May 25, 2019, 10:20 AM IST | Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarnalast_img read more

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Ricohs Theta V 360 camera Android app support detailed

first_imgRicoh’s Theta V may not be the only 360-degree camera on the market, but come the spring it could have a big advantage over rivals. That’s when the Ricoh Theta V Partner Program will launch, the company has announced today at CES 2018, opening the door for third-party apps to run directly on its Android-based camera. Released last year, the Theta V is the latest in a long series of 360-degree cameras from Ricoh. It improved both image and video quality, in addition to cutting transfer times versus earlier models, but the real improvement wasn’t visible. Ricoh opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset for the heart of the camera. More commonly found inside smartphones, it means the Theta V is effectively a phone – albeit one without a display or a cellular radio – when it comes to developing new functionality. Out of the box, Ricoh took advantage of that for Miracast streaming support, enabling the camera to connect directly to a compatible display or set-top box, and streaming media without demanding it be synchronized to a smartphone app or PC first. Come spring 2018, meanwhile, and that Android underpinning will be opened up for developers to get their hands on. There’s a new API and SDK for that, along with a marketplace which will act as an app store for sharing software and plug-ins for the Theta V. AdChoices广告For example, it would open the door for a livestreaming service to have a dedicated on-camera app, cutting out the current requirement for a tethered connection to a nearby laptop. Video editing tool developers could offer GoPro Fusion-style trickery without needing to develop their own hardware. Alternatively, it could find the Theta V new uses in vertical markets, like telepresence for engineers. Of course, the proof of the pudding will be in the developer interest, and for that we’ll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, our full review of the Theta V found that, though it lacked some of the more consumer-friendly features of other 360 cameras, its manual controls and clean stitching did still give it an edge.last_img read more

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Dont buy Samsungs 256GB Galaxy S9 – get this instead

first_imgPersonally, I’d rather spend my money on a regular, 64 GB version of the Galaxy S9 or S9+ and then throw in a microSD card to boost its storage. You can pick up a new, unlocked Galaxy S9 64 GB for $719.98, or a Galaxy S9+ 64 GB for $839.99. Then you take advantage of a timely Amazon deal on a memory card. Today, for $66.08 you get a 200 GB Sandisk Ultra Micro SDXC card. That’s a 22-percent saving over the regular price. Sandisk bundles an SD card adapter, too, so you can use the same microSD card in a full-sized slot. Together, therefore, you’re spending a few cents over $786 for a Galaxy S9 with a total of 264 GB storage. Considering Samsung will be offering the 256 GB Galaxy S9 for $820 when it opens preorders tomorrow, that’s a not-inconsiderable saving of $34, and you’re getting a little more storage in the process.The math works out the same for the larger Galaxy S9+. Opt for a regular, 64 GB version of the phone and the microSD deal, and you’re looking at just over $906. Samsung, meanwhile, will charge you $940: thirty-four dollars more. Now, there are a few benefits to having onboard storage rather than using expandable memory. Internal capacity can be faster than using a microSD, which pays dividends when it comes to running apps from that memory or saving data-intensive 4K video files to it. Personally, however, I feel like the advantages of a microSD outweigh those factors. For a start, when you upgrade your smartphone next time, you can take the memory card out and use it again. Even if your future smartphone purchase doesn’t have a microSD slot, you could use the storage in a digital camera or other device. At the end of the day, it’s great to have choice, and I’m glad Samsung has more storage options for the Galaxy S9. Still, I can’t help but think that, for most people, taking advantage of the microSD slot that Samsung so helpfully provides is a better route to making a more flexible phone. The fact that it saves you money in the process is just the icing on the cake. SlashGear uses affiliate links, and sometimes if you buy a product we’ll get a small percentage of the sale. Story TimelineSamsung Galaxy S9 ReviewGalaxy S9’s Samsung DeX Pad price and US release confirmedmophie juice pack for Galaxy S9, S9+ extends your AR Emoji usecenter_img Storage fans wanting the most capacious Android smartphone may be looking eagerly at Samsung’s new 128 GB and 256 GB Galaxy S9 and S9+ today, but those who consider themselves clever with money should look elsewhere. The new smartphones do address complaints from some quarters about the standard 64 GB that Samsung’s 2018 flagships launched with, but I’d argue they’re not the best way to get more space for photos and videos. last_img read more

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Google WiFi adds device performance network testing feature

first_imgGoogle WiFi, the company’s mesh networking product, has been updated with a new feature that enables it to monitor how each device on the network is performing. Google announced the feature today, explaining that it helps users figure out where the issue in their setup is located. The user may, for example, discover that they need to move one of their Google WiFi access points closer to the device. The new feature is part of the Network Check technology; with it, users can take a peek at how any given device on their network is performing. In the absence of a feature like this, Google says WiFi issues can be “a bit of a black box to troubleshoot.”Google WiFi owners already had the ability to check their Internet connection speed, as well as the quality of the network between the access points. However, figuring out why a device may be experiencing issues is tricky, so that’s where the new feature comes in. According to Google, its Google WiFi users have an average of 18 devices connected on each network. With the updated Network Check, the user can figure out if one (or more) of those devices needs moved closer to an access point — or if the access point itself needs moved closer to a certain area within the home or office.AdChoices广告Google will push out the new feature in “coming weeks” to Google WiFi users around the globe. Once it arrives, users will find it directly within the WiFi app.last_img read more

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YouTube Music Premium 5 things you need to know

first_imgStory TimelineYouTube TV voice remote feature appears in app for some usersYouTube incognito mode will stop the annoying video suggestionsYouTube Music launch next week will test brand’s profitability [UPDATE: it’s official] Today Google “revealed” YouTube Music and YouTube Premium – but it’s not that simple. This is a re-branding and a changing of the guard. Much like previous Google app products (we’re looking at you, chat,) Google’s released several products that are relatively similar. Today we’re going to make sense of the whole lot. 1. The TimelineGoogle started with YouTube and YouTube Red and Google Play Music, then moved on to YouTube Music Key, and YouTube Music, and a bunch of other stuff. It got confusing along the way. Today we’ll put it all in order, simply. • 2011: Google Play Music (music locker)• 2013: Google Play Music All Access (streaming music library)• 2014: YouTube Music Key (ad-free Music Videos on YouTube, background play) (subscription includes Google Play Music All Access)• 2015: YouTube Red (same as Music Key, but expanded to all YouTube Videos)• 2015: YouTube Music APP (Curated YouTube App focused on music content)An important distinction to make at this point: As of late 2015, you could pay a subscription fee for YouTube Red or Google Play Music All Access. Both were $10 a month, and a subscription to one meant you got the other for free. That’s simple enough, right?• 2017: YouTube Premium $12/mo• 2017: YouTube Music Premium $10/mo• 2017: Google Play Music All Access $10/moNow there’s three services you can subscribe to, but only minor differences between them. If you subscribe to YouTube Premium, you get everything. Subscribe to YouTube Music Premium or Google Play Music All Access, and you get access to both services, but not YouTube Premium content.2. Google Play Music All AccessThose already subscribed to this service AND those that’ll subscribe soon, both get the same stuff. The difference is in what that bonus includes. You’ll have gotten a free subscription to YouTube Red, but that’ll be a free subscription to YouTube Music Premium instead.You’ll no longer have access to the full YouTube Red experience because of this update. YouTube Music Premium includes access to the YouTube Music app and experience: ad-free music streaming, background listening to ANY YouTube video, and YouTube and music downloads. This takes away ad-free YouTube videos and will not include access to new YouTube Premium content (some new shows, movies, etc).3. YouTube Music All AccessThis is a NEW service that’s very similar to YouTube RED, but takes away ad-free YouTube videos. YouTube Music All Access includes all the benefits of the new YouTube Music App (coming next week or later), and full access to Google Play Music All Access. Also included: ad-free music streaming, background listening to ANY YouTube video, and YouTube and music downloads.NOTE: The music library you’ll get access to with YouTube Music All Access is PROBABLY the same music library you’ve had access to with Google Play Music All Access. Again, the new YouTube Music Play APP isn’t out at the time this article is set to go live – it’ll be a lot closer to services like Spotify and Google Play Music (All Access) than previous iterations of the Google Play Music app. 4. YouTube PremiumThis service costs $2 more than the others because it gives all the benefits of the others PLUS gives ad-free YouTube videos and future Premium content (new shows, movies, etc). 5. YouTube, YouTube Music, Google Play MusicThere are still “free” ad-supported versions of Google Play Music, YouTube, and YouTube Music. They’ll all be jam-packed full of advertisements and won’t be going away any time soon.last_img read more

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Jaguars AI steering wheel is a gateway to selfdriving rideshares

first_imgOf course, some might say that, in the world we’re headed toward, steering wheels themselves will be redundant. The approach of self-driving cars would seem like it could do away with manual controls altogether, as occupants rely solely on the vehicles’ autonomous systems to get them from A to B. That’s why Jaguar’s “Sayer” steering wheel isn’t actually found in the car itself. Instead, it’s the gateway to an artificial intelligence that helps an individual to interact with their self-driving vehicle. As Jaguar envisions it on the FUTURE-TYPE vision concept, Sayer would live in the home where it would be a “trusted companion”, using voice commands. It would also be a way to manage participation in an on-demand car share network. Rather than owning a single car, the automaker suggests, users could “call upon the vehicle of their choice where and when they need it.” Sayer would end up being the only part of the vehicle that the individual actually owns. It’s named after Malcolm Sayer, one of Jaguar’s designers who worked at the car company between 1951 and 1970. For instance, Sayer could remind owners when they need to get up depending on their day’s schedule. It could automatically order an autonomous car to arrive in time for their first appointment, too, like Google Now blended with Uber. Since Jaguar is still keen on manual driving being part of the experience, Sayer could even give advice on which parts of the journey might be rewarding for enthusiasts to take the wheel, while less-inspiring sections could be left to the AI. Jaguar’s approach to future transportation so far has focused on electrification. The automaker plans to launch its I-PACE electric SUV in late 2018, based on an entirely new architecture that focuses on maximizing interior space by pushing the various drivetrain components underneath the cabin. However, Jaguar Land Rover also has a deal with Lyft that will see the firms collaborate on autonomous vehicles. As the car of the future – and the ownership model to go with it – approaches, Jaguar is setting out a vision of a smart steering wheel that doesn’t even live in your garage. The automaker is outlining its concept at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest, a new event intended to explore the cutting edge in transportation, including self-driving vehicles, on-demand ridesharing, and more. First up? Much cleverer controls. Story TimelineJaguar: customers aren’t cargo, won’t make self-driving carsJaguar Land Rover researching electric Drive Module tech for future EVs, hybridsThe Jaguar I-PACE got loose, and even British weather can’t overshadow itlast_img read more

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Koenigseggs Bonkers and insanely expensive Jesko is sold out

first_imgAt the Geneva Motor Show, one of the coolest new cars unveiled came from Swedish hypercar maker Koenigsegg. The car was called the Jesko, named after the company founder’s father. The Jesko is crazy and insanely expensive hypercar that will start production at the end of 2020. Koenigsegg has been mum on pricing, but reports indicate the hypercar will set you back about $3 million. When the Jesko was announced, the car was confirmed to be a 125 unit run. That isn’t many cars for an ordinary automaker, but the 125 unit run for the Jesko makes it Koenigsegg’s highest production car ever offered.Koenigsegg says that of that 125 unit run, 83 of the cars were sold before the show. Within five days of the debut of the Jesko, the remaining cars sold. If you are wealthy and have $3 million burning a hole in your pocket, you still have a chance.Koenigsegg says that some of the cars already sold were to dealers who wanted to have the car in their inventory. It’s going to be a long time before those buyers get their hypercar.Jesko production won’t kick off until the end of 2020, and then only one car will be built per week meaning some deliveries are several years away. The Jesko will be street legal everywhere and comes in track or top speed models.last_img read more

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HCA Faces Scrutiny About Need For Some Cardiac Procedures

first_imgHCA Holdings Inc., the biggest for-profit U.S. hospital operator, told investors that federal prosecutors in Miami are probing the “medical necessity” of cardiology procedures performed at several of its hospitals in Florida. The company made an unusual statement defending its operations in anticipation of a New York Times article that appeared online late Monday. The New York Times: Hospital Chain Inquiry Cited Unnecessary Cardiac WorkHCA, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States with 163 facilities, had uncovered evidence as far back as 2002 and as recently as late 2010 showing that some cardiologists at several of its hospitals in Florida were unable to justify many of the procedures they were performing. Those hospitals included the Cedars Medical Center in Miami, which the company no longer owns, and the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. In some cases, the doctors made misleading statements in medical records that made it appear the procedures were necessary, according to internal reports (Abelson and Creswell, 8/6).The Wall Street Journal: HCA Discloses Federal ProbeHCA Holdings Inc. said federal prosecutors in Miami are probing the “medical necessity” of cardiology procedures performed at several of its hospitals … The company, which is the biggest for-profit U.S. hospital operator with 163 facilities, also made an unusual statement defending its operations in anticipation of a New York Times article that appeared online late Monday. The statement addressed potential questions on its cardiac care, emergency-room billing practices and treatment of uninsured patients. In the wake of the disclosures, HCA shares fell 4% to $25.55 in 4 p.m. composite trading on the New York Stock Exchange, despite second-quarter earnings that were up from last year, largely based on improved patient volumes (Mathews and Weaver, 8/6).The Associated Press/Los Angeles Times: HCA Holdings Questioned About Need For Some Cardiology ServicesHospital chain HCA Holdings said the Justice Department wants information about heart procedures performed at some of its locations. HCA said it has been asked about reviews that assessed the medical necessity of some cardiology services. The questions came from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami, the company said. The New York Times published a report late Monday citing evidence that some HCA hospitals in Florida were performing unnecessary, and sometimes dangerous, heart procedures with the aim of driving up profit for the hospital chain (8/7).Reuters: U.S. Probes HCA Heart Procedures, Hospital BillingU.S. authorities are probing whether heart procedures performed at HCA Holdings Inc hospitals were medically necessary and are investigating the company’s billing practices, the company said on Monday. Shares of HCA, the largest U.S. for-profit hospital chain, fell as much as 10 percent after the news. HCA, in an unusual move, issued a detailed rebuttal defending itself ahead of the publication of a New York Times article that said a complaint by a nurse at an HCA hospital in Florida led to an internal investigation that uncovered evidence of unnecessary heart procedures being performed at some of the company’s hospitals (Berkrot and Kelly, 8/7). Bloomberg: HCA Says Heart Procedures In Florida Scrutinized by U.S.A U.S. attorney in Miami has asked HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA), the nation’s biggest hospital operator, for information on the “medical necessity” of the cardiac procedures done in its Florida hospitals, according to a regulatory filing. The disclosure came as the New York Times reported that Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA had investigated numerous cases in which doctors conducted unnecessary surgeries in its facilities, and didn’t contact patients, medical authorities or insurers about the results of those probes …”I think we have to look at it seriously” in weighing the potential risk for the company, said Sheryl Skolnick, a CRT Capital Group LLC analyst in Stamford, Connecticut, in a telephone interview (Nussbaum, 8/7). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. HCA Faces Scrutiny About Need For Some Cardiac Procedureslast_img read more

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