That’s a big spike, but the Patriots were already expected to be the best team in the AFC East before Brady’s return. The nullification of Brady’s suspension will really matter when the playoffs start — the Patriots are now expected to have the second-best record in the AFC (New England passed the Broncos, though they still rank behind the Colts). So Goodell’s inept handling of Brady’s suspension didn’t just gift the Patriots nearly half a win; it might also have gifted them a higher playoff seed.UPDATE (Sept. 3, 3:42 p.m.): This post has been updated throughout with new data from an updated Football Power Index model. Somebody ought to teach Roger Goodell how to suspend a guy properly. On Thursday, Judge Richard Berman overturned Teflon Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in connection with the Deflategate scandal. You can read all sorts of legal analysis elsewhere, but here’s the basic gist: Goodell, the NFL commissioner, didn’t justly suspend Brady, nor did he properly notify Brady during the process that a four-game suspension was a possible punishment. (Berman did not rule on whether Brady was involved in Deflategate in the first place.)The Patriots rejoiced, which they’ve gotten good at in the past decade and a half. And they should: Now that Brady is eligible to play the first four games of the season, the Patriots are even more likely to make the playoffs than they already were. ESPN Stats and Info projected1The projection is derived from Stats and Info’s Football Power Index, a nifty model that assigns every NFL team a strength rating for its offense, defense and special teams and then simulates the schedule 10,000 times, tracking how often each team wins its division, conference and even the Super Bowl. that without Brady for four games, the Patriots would make the playoffs 68 percent of the time. Now it’s 74 percent.
Trevon Logan, an associate professor of economics at Ohio State, poses for a photograph inside his office at Arps Hall. Logan is one of the head researchers involved with the recently created Sports and Society Initiative at OSU. Credit: Courtesy of Trevon LoganA newly formed organization of Ohio State professors and other distinct faculty are challenging the traditional views of sports through in-depth research.The Sports and Society Initiative at OSU performs data analytics research to look at the way sports interact with the economy and society. The collective, which is composed of professors from five different majors, began in October. Despite being just five months old, SSI is already making headway through its multiple areas of expertise. Its members work toward developing new findings in the realm of sports research. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, the divisional dean for social and behavioral sciences in the OSU College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the driving forces behind SSI. Her role is to support the ideas and research done by professors, as well as galvanize outside donors, public officials and OSU alumni about this newly thriving organization.“(SSI) wants Ohio State to be the place to go for research on sports,” Box-Steffensmeier said. One of the leading professors on the forefront of SSI’s research is Trevon Logan.Logan, an economics professor who has been at OSU for more than 10 years, is the group’s main member that is deeply examining the correlations between sports and economics.“There are social science and policy aspects to sports,” he said. “They are just never brought up in the public sphere and talked about.”That is where SSI comes in. Its goal is to challenge the conventional wisdom of sports, as well as provide a platform in which research and discussion of sports issues can take place.“We want to make Ohio State sports-related research as prominent as the sports themselves,” Logan said.His recent research dove deep into the issues of compensation for student-athletes. The professor began delving into years of OSU data in order to analyze the effects the school’s recruits have on the number of wins and bowl game appearances.Thereafter, Logan took that information of wins and appearances and reviewed their connections to the university’s football-related revenue. The research revealed, based on revenues and expenditures, that a five-star recruit is worth about $900,000 for a university, Logan said. That number dips to $400,000 for a four-star recruit.“If you think about that number based on a five-star and four-star recruit’s salary in the NFL, those are honestly not too crazy of numbers,” Logan said.Next, Logan examined the data around transferring and the frequency of players departing early for the professional ranks across FBS schools.This research found that 15 percent of college football players will transfer to another university. The most common transfer position, Logan said, was the quarterback position. Additionally, the professor found that 11 percent of players will leave early for the NFL draft.“When these numbers were generated, I was shocked,” he said.SSI members will present this research — and more — in the coming months at a multitude of events regarding policy and economics in the world of sports.One of these events includes a forum centered on the pay-to-play model in high school athletics. The event is titled, “Pay to Play: Who’s In, Who’s Out and How Much?” and it is set to be held at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26 in Pfahl Hall room 202.Discussing the issue, Logan said, will be a panel of professors and politicians, such as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, State Sen. Cliff Hite, Scott Grant, a professor at the University of Findlay and Ohio University Professor David Ridpath.“The goal of this forum is to discuss ways to increase participation in high school athletics without increasing the costs,” Logan said.A separate gathering is slated to be held on April 15 to dissect compensation for collegiate student-athletes. This function will present sports experts and OSU alumni from across the nation to examine this subject, Logan said. Arguably the crown jewel of the panel will be Vince Doria, an OSU graduate and senior vice president and director of news at ESPN.Research SSI has conducted concerning this issue will be presented at the forum, too, Logan said.“(SSI and the panel) want to discuss the implications of compensation for student-athletes and what it would mean for the future of college athletics,” he said.Box-Steffensmeier possesses similar goals for these cutting-edge gatherings. Her hope is to further dialogue about these important national issues while promoting the faculty involved with SSI and the research it has performed.Additionally, she said she also wants to intrigue students who have a passion for sports and encourage them to contact those involved with SSI. She said she believes that students doing this could spark new ideas and issues to research.She said she holds big aspirations for the future of SSI. “I would love major news outlets to have a hot sports topic and know that we have an outstanding roster of faculty and students to call upon about the issue,” Box-Steffensmeier said.SSI might be in its early stages, but the collective is taking giant leaps, reaching new, unexplored heights in the vast expanse of college athletics. “Ohio State is on the move in regards to sports-related research,” Logan said. And with the passion, intelligence and ability of this small group of faculty members, there is no telling just how influential its work might be.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team was off and running Saturday, getting out in transition whenever it could. Eventually, the Buckeyes ran away with the game too. The No. 7-ranked Buckeyes (8-1) turned aggressive team defense into easy transition scores against UNC Asheville (3-7), defeating the Bulldogs, 90-72, at the Schottenstein Center. “We watched film on (Asheville) over the past couple days, and we noticed that they didn’t stop the ball particularly well,” said sophomore forward Sam Thompson, who led OSU in scoring with a career-high 18 points. “We knew that if we could get stops we could get up the floor. We definitely tried to capitalize on that.” OSU dashed and darted for 26 points in transition and 25 points off of turnovers. Many of the Buckeyes’ fast breaks ended with easy buckets in the paint, where OSU enjoyed a 50-28 advantage against the Bulldogs. OSU not only seemed to be fast, but also efficient. Led by its two point guards, junior Aaron Craft and sophomore Shannon Scott, the Buckeyes dished a out season-high 25 assists. In 46 minutes of play, Craft and Scott combined for 17 assists and just one turnover. “They found the right guys,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “They kept it simple and guys were finishing strong. That was definitely good basketball for us.” Matta said he is unsure how much the Buckeyes will look to push the tempo going forward, especially when they reach Big Ten play. The players, however, think this style of offense suits OSU’s strengths. “I really like this style and I think that it fits well for this team,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who scored 17 points on 7-10 shooting. “We have a lot of athletes on this team. Just getting out and going allows us to be on the top of our game.” When Craft and Scott are on the floor, OSU seems to have two ball handlers that can initiate a fast break and find open players on the run. Many times that player is Thompson, an elite athlete that seems to throw down a highlight-worthy dunk in every game. On Saturday, he chose to finish with a windmill slam off a full-court outlet pass from junior forward Deshaun Thomas. “I just wanted to do something to get some energy in the gym, pick the guys up, pick the crowd up,” Thompson said of the dunk, which sparked an eruption of applause in the Schott. “He’s always a threat in transition just in the terms of what he’s capable of doing,” said Matta of Thompson. “The speed that he has gets him down the floor as quick as anyone I’ve seen.” Matta might be hesitant to use a similar up-tempo attack in the future because it seemed to have an adverse effect on the team’s defense at times. Asheville shot 51.9 percent from the floor in the first half, and Bulldogs sophomore guard Keith Hornsby scored a career-high 26 points. “That can’t happen,” Matta said. “We’ve got to stick to our principles defensively.” Hornsby’s father is Grammy award-winning artist Bruce Hornsby, and Matta said he and the elder Hornsby exchanged text messages prior to Saturday’s game. “The funny thing is we were talking last night, texting, and he said ‘please let my son score,’” Matta said. “I think we did a very, very good job of that.” OSU hosts Winthrop on Tuesday, the team’s last test before the showdown with No. 9 Kansas next Saturday. Opening tip against Winthrop is scheduled for 7 p.m.
OSU sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery squares up to swing during a game against Louisville April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern reporter“He’s a dynamic player on both sides of the ball. He can change the game with his speed, power and glove.”That’s what senior pitcher Trace Dempsey had to say about the Ohio State baseball team’s sophomore outfielder, Troy Montgomery.Montgomery has had a massive impact in the Buckeyes’ 24 wins and serves as a consistent player at bat with a .322 batting average. He has almost doubled his runs from last season with 31 on 39 hits and has more than quadrupled his 2014 stolen base total with 18 on 20 attempts this season.“Montgomery’s a nightmare on the base paths for pitchers,” Dempsey said. “He’s really come through for us in the leadoff spot while making a lot of fantastic plays in the outfield to save us some runs.”For the sophomore, the word “athlete” has always been a part of his life. But after beginning to play baseball at the age of three, his father encouraged him to pursue the sport more seriously at the age of eight.“He really wanted me to play baseball, so I did and I love it,” Montgomery said. “My dad has been my biggest supporter my whole career and he pushed me the entire way.”Starting in Fortville, Ind., as a young child in T-ball and working his way up through the Indiana Bandits and Indiana Bulls travel leagues, Montgomery said he didn’t become confident till late in his career.“I really didn’t find myself in baseball till my sophomore year of high school. I got a little bit bigger and things just started to click for me,” Montgomery said.Things have been consistently clicking for Montgomery since he went into his freshman year at OSU as the No. 11 prospect according to the Prep Baseball Report. He played in 49 of the Buckeyes’ 58 games that season. Now in his second year in Columbus, Montgomery has earned the position as leadoff batter and continues to flourish on the field.“He’s matured from last season. Troy Montgomery is a really talented kid,” coach Greg Beals said. “He’s got pop in his bat, he can run, he can play defense and he can throw. He may be the best professional prospect on our team. He’s a full package player, he has it all.”Regardless of future potential, Montgomery said he’s focused on doing his part to help the Buckeyes win games.“My job is to get on second base and steal bags,” he said. “My job is to be on second base and allow (Connor) Sabanosh, (Pat) Porter and (Ronnie) Dawson to score me at some point in the inning,” Montgomery said.Beals said Montgomery is confident in his ability, but added he’s not a finished product.“That’s a kid that’s learning the game, that’s understanding the game,” Beals said. “And that’s the difference between playing hard and competing and right now he’s competing. He’s starting to figure out the little things that make a difference in how good you can be.”Montgomery said success is all about “believing and trusting yourself, your hands and your swing to get the job done.”But the main goal of winning games comes from a confidence and belief throughout the entire Buckeye roster and staff, he said.“Our team chemistry is unreal right now. People aren’t selfish, they’re going to work their hardest to get the job done for the team, to win as a team,” Montgomery said.The 2015 Buckeyes set their goal this year at 40 wins, a Big Ten title and a shot in the NCAAs, and for Montgomery, the success of OSU comes from the Buckeyes’ preparation and teamwork.“Preparation, working day in and day out, that’s how you find success,” Montgomery said. “You can’t win the game by yourself, baseball will not allow you to do that. So when you have a good group of guys that can back you, it makes everyone’s job so much easier.”As the Buckeyes prepare for another Big Ten series this weekend against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Montgomery stressed the importance of focusing on the task at hand.“We just have to continue to take one game at a time and know our roles in the box and know our roles on the field,” Montgomery said. “And just continue to click on all cylinders and trust ourselves to get the job done and get these three wins.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Lincoln, Neb., with the three games set for Friday at 7:35 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
Emily Clark follows through on her swing, hitting a double against Wright State on Sep.24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe No. 17 Ohio State softball team returns from its 11-game stretch in California with an 8-3 record with two of its three losses coming to No. 3 UCLA and No. 5 Oklahoma. Ohio State now enters Big Ten season with a 19-4 overall record.The Buckeyes competed in both the Louisville Slugger Invitational from March 9-11 and the Easton Invitational from March 16-18 with a pair of games on Tuesday against Loyola Marymount and one game against California State University, Northridge Wednesday that were not part of either invitational.The nine-day stretch of play began with the Buckeyes winning three of the four games that they played in the Louisville Slugger, beating every team but UCLA. In total, Ohio State outscored their opponents a combined 16-14, a number that improves to 16-4 not counting the 11-0 loss to UCLA in five innings.Ohio State then followed up that series with three wins, the first two coming in a double-header against Loyola Marymount on Tuesday and the third coming against California State, Northridge on Wednesday.Two of the seven games lasted eight innings, bringing the total of extra-inning games played by Ohio State this year to six out of the 23 total games played.The Buckeyes won the San Jose State matchup by three runs scored in the top of the eighth that San Jose State was not able to respond to.In Ohio State’s first game against Loyola Marymount, senior catcher Taylor White had a triple in the top of the fifth to put the Buckeyes on the board. Loyola Marymount tied the game at one in the bottom of the seventh, but junior infielder Emily Clark homered in the top of the eighth to put the Buckeyes ahead and secure the Ohio State victory.Ohio State split the Easton Invitational, dropping the series opener to Grand Canyon and the series finale to Oklahoma. It defeated both California State Fullerton and California State University, Northridge in the middle two games.The team as well as head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly foreshadowed that reigning national champion Oklahoma would provide the Buckeyes with a challenge. The Sooners, did just that, holding the Buckeyes to only two hits and winning 5-0. Standouts Starting in all 11 games, junior shortstop Lilli Piper recorded 19 hits and 16 RBI with a batting average of .500. The pitching staff combined to record 59 strikeouts and post a 2.82 ERA.Looking ForwardOhio State open conference play when it heads to Bloomington, Indiana, on Friday to take on the Hoosiers in a three-game series.
In a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined eight other major agricultural associations in expressing support for a provision in the Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations bill that would give growers assurance that biotech crops that have already been approved by USDA can be planted and harvested under temporary stewardship conditions in the event of litigation against USDA’s decision. Introduced by Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), the provision addresses a costly vulnerability in the regulatory process for biotechnology that is discouraging innovation in agriculture and unnecessarily putting farmers at financial risk.”Opponents of agricultural biotechnology have repeatedly filed suits against USDA on procedural grounds in order to disrupt the regulatory process and undermine the science-based regulation of such products,” wrote the groups in the letter. “These lawsuits have also created tremendous resource constraints for USDA and have resulted in significant delays in approval of new, innovative products that will help growers provide Americans with an abundant and economical food supply while remaining competitive in the world market.””Section 733 provides certainty to growers with respect to their planting decisions. If enacted, growers would be assured that the crops they plant could continue to be grown, subject to appropriate interim conditions, even after a judicial ruling against USDA,” continued the groups. “The inclusion of Section 733 is a positive step to ensure that U.S. farmers and our food chain are shielded from supply disruptions caused by litigation over procedural issues unrelated to sound science or the safety of biotech crops. This legislative solution ensures that national agricultural policy is not being decided by the court system while providing a level of certainty that is critical to ensure that our agricultural producers continue to lead the world.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Patrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enlarge ImageThe idea that this 1,200-horsepower monster would show up to set a lap record on an open track day is bananas. Aston Martin The automotive world has been freaking right the hell out about Aston Martin’s technological tour-de-force: the Valkyrie. I mean, there’s every reason to. It’s got a naturally aspirated V12 that revs to more than 11,000 rpm and, combined with its hybrid system, makes nearly 1,200 horsepower.Since the technical details started trickling out about this world-beating technological terror, people have been clamoring for it to make an attempt at the Nurburgring production car lap record. The current lap record of 6:44.97 is held by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and was set over a year ago.Well, friends, it’s time to get excited because Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer on Thursday told Australian publication Motoring that a renegade ‘Ring record was in the car’s future. He also stressed that while a record attempt would be made, the car was by no means designed for that purpose.Yeah, OK, Andy. We totally believe that you and Adrian Newey didn’t sit down over a few beers and giggle about how this impossibly exotic, expensive and fast Aston wouldn’t be made to smash lap records at racetracks. That’s like soooo totally plausible.In any case, Aston Martin’s record attempt won’t be anything like most of the efforts made by other companies if Palmer has his way. “We already know it will be [expletive] quick there,” Palmer said in an interview at the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans. “I’m thinking maybe we’ll do something cool – like turning up to an open session, something crazy like that.”So, yeah, it’ll show up at a random Touristenfahrten day and some guy driving a rented Renault Clio will soil himself as the Valkyrie blasts past at 10 times the speed of sound, bouncing off the rev limiter as it tries to beat not only the Lamborghini’s record but the overall lap record set by Porsche’s 919 Evo. We’re obviously 100% in favor of this. Aston Martin Driving the Aston Martin Valkyrie on the Red Bull F1… Comment Now playing: Watch this: The Aston Martin Valkyrie’s V12 is an engineering marvel Share your voice More From Roadshow 12:41 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Tags 16 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Exotic Cars Hybrids Performance Cars Car Culture Aston Martin Lamborghini
Kolkata: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested the mastermind of the Khagragarh blast Jamat-Ul-Mujahideen (Bangladesh) activist Kausar alias Bomaru Mijan, from Bengaluru on Tuesday.The arrest of Kausar came as a major breakthrough in connection with the Khagragarh blast case that took place on October 2 in 2014.His arrest came on the heels of the arrest of one of his close aides, Manirul Seikh alias Munir, from Karnataka. The local police arrested him and handed him over to the NIA. During interrogation, the NIA officers had come to know about Kausar and his whereabouts. Subsequently, raids were conducted at Bengaluru and Kausar was arrested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBoth Kausar and Munir were also involved in the Bodh Gaya blast case. The NIA officers will be taking them to Bodh Gaya for further probe and to reconstruct a plot of the incident.It may be recalled that Kausar was one of the most wanted JMB activists and he was in Bengal during the Khagragarh blast incident. The NIA had also announced a prize money of Rs 10 lakh for anyone giving information regarding Kausar, who had tried to influence many youths into joining JMB. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKausar had fled from Bengal soon after the Khagragarh incident to the southern part of the country. He had no scope to flee to Bangladesh as the police there had also initiated search for JMB activists, following the incident at Khagragarh.Kausar had been changing his shelter to avoid getting arrested. Munir used to stay at Ramnagar in Karnataka while Kausar took refuge in Bengaluru.The investigating officers are now trying to know their future plans. They are also trying to know about all the places where the duo had stayed since 2014 and who had helped them to stay in the southern parts of the country. It may be recalled that Kausar had played a key role as a JMB activist in the terrorist group spreading tentacles in India. The investigation had earlier revealed that members of the banned organisation had a plan of using the country as a base to carry on terror activities in the neighbouring Bangladesh. But investigating agencies of both the countries have worked together and managed to check several terror activities that were planned by the outfit.The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police had also arrested many JMB activists. NIA had taken most of them in their custody for interrogation.
Pinkathon, an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle for women and issues like breast cancer, successfully concluded their fourth edition yesterday at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in the national Capital. Pinkathon is a unique initiative that encourages women to incorporate a fitness programme into their daily lives by promoting simple activities like walking and running. Running addresses most of the top ten ways to help prevent breast cancer; it not only promotes well-being but also raises immunity levels thereby improving health to help fight diseases like cancer. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMore than 9,000 women across age groups and from all different segments of the society participated enthusiastically in the V wash Plus 3 km, Mia by Tanishq 5 km, Sofit Soya Milk 10 km and UN’s He for She 21 km categories. Flagging off the run was super-model, actor, fitness enthusiast avid barefoot runner and Pinkathon founder, Milind Soman along with prominent women personalities like RJ Heena from RED FM who expressed their wholehearted supported for the noble cause. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRunning in its fourth edition, the event garnered support from eminent personalities. Some of the noteworthy participants in the run were a group of 30 visually impaired girls and 48 hearing impaired girls. Additionally the run witnessed a squad of cancer survivors and 10 baby wearing mothers carrying babies just a few months old. The run had participants as young as four months and as old as 84 years.Commenting on the success of Pinkathon Delhi, Milind Soman said, “Pinkathon is more than a marathon. It is the seed of change. It is the beginning of a movement carried forward by a growing community of empowered women across India, who share a belief that a healthy family, a healthy nation and a healthy world begins with empowered women. The first step in empowerment is taking control of your own health, respecting yourself and understanding and celebrating the values you bring to your family and society. Empowerment is not a gift from the society; it is a gift you give yourself. We are delighted to have such a diverse crowd right from young school students and housewives, to cancer survivors, underprivileged and visually impaired girls participating in Pinkathon.”Reema Sanghavi, co-founder of Pinkathon said, “Pinkathon is close to my heart. I am passionate about this noble cause of health & fitness for all women. Pinkathon will be organized in 8 cities in India in 2016. I am simply overwhelmed with tremendous response in Bangalore and this will certainly motivate us to do much more going forward.”
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read LAS VEGAS — Cars are set to be a huge part of this year’s CES. The first of many car-related announcements came Monday evening from Faraday Future. The Los Angeles-based company used CES as the stage to unveil its highly-anticipated electric concept car. Called the FFZERO1, the car isn’t exactly something you’d expect to see cruising next to you during rush hour, sporting a look that’s more suited for a race track than your average commute.Related: What To Expect From CES 2016The single-seat vehicle bears a resemblance to the Batmobile, sporting an electric motor on each wheel giving it more than 1,000 horsepower. That enables that vehicle to go from 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds, and potentially travel up to 200mph. The car has “aero tunnels,” which directs air through the car to decrease drag and cool the batteries. It also comes equipped with a touch-screen that can project information, in an augmented reality form, on the dashboard. (Of course, it’s important to note that the car is still a concept, so these features and numbers are theoretical.)Image Credit: FaradayThe FFZERO1 is designed modularly, so you could potentially see some elements of the vehicle show up in other car design models down the line. That modular design, called Variable Form Architecture, is one of the things that makes Faraday Future’s concept interesting. The company is using the same basic structure for all of its vehicles, then adapting it depending on which model it’s making. Think: interchangeable parts for cars. For instance, it might use one type of battery in one model, and a different in another. Likewise, different models might have different wheelbases or motors. Of course, right now Faraday doesn’t have any models to show off, aside from the FFZERO1.Related: Nvidia Just Unveiled a Super Smart Chip for CarsThe car’s driver sits at a 45-degree angle while she drives, an angle determined by NASA to be optimal for driving, and the steering wheel has an embedded dock for your smartphone. The driver also has a “Halo Safety System” built into its headrest to support the driver’s neck and head and comes equipped with a helmet. The driver’s helmet will feed him water and oxygen, and the instrument panel gathers biometric data about the driver.Faraday also promises various levels of autonomy with the car. So you might potentially be able to do things like summon the car to your location, or sit back and ride rather than steer on your way to work.While the car at CES is still a prototype, Faraday hopes to have its first commercial vehicle available sometime in 2018. The company is backed by Chinese company LeTV and is expected to begin building its first factory near Las Vegas in the coming weeks.Chevrolet, BMW, and Volkswagen are all expected to make electric car announcements in the coming days.Related: Check Out the Car That Just Drove Itself Across the U.S. January 5, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
French commercial broadcaster TF1’s chief executive Nonce Paolini is interested in launching a subscription video-on-demand service.Speaking at an event yesterday, Paolini said that an SVOD service was one of the projects TF1 was considering in the short and medium term. According to French newspaper Les Echos, Paolini also said the possible revival of discussions last year to form a partnership with rival broadcaster M6 for an SVOD service was “an interesting idea”.Amazon, owner of UK-based Lovefilm, is widely expected to launch an SVOD service in France this March, while AB Group is planning to launch a service for €6.99 next month. Take-up of existing subscription offerings has been limited, however, with France’s system of restricting the window under which films can be offered to 36 months after their theatrical release seen as a major hurdle.
The QYou, the Ireland based linear service that aims to bring the ‘best of the web’ to pay TV, has launched in the Nordic market for the first time with Telenor-owned Norwegian cable network Canal Digital Kabel.The deal will extend The QYou’s reach beyond its current base of five million homes across 30 countries and marks its entry into the Nordic market. The service provides ad-free web curated web content, including short films, comedy, music, dance and stunts. The linear channel is complemented by a video-on-demand service and a set of mobile and TV apps to provide a TV everywhere service.Haakon Li Dragland, director of content and strategy at Canal Digital Kabel, said: “The QYou represents a form of content that fills a gap in our current offering. Web content is continually growing in popularity, and we find the position The QYou is taking to curate the content exciting. We’re confident that our customers will enjoy the channel.”Scott Ehrlich, The QYou co-founder and CEO, said: “The QYou is experiencing great traction with innovative TV distributors like Canal Digital that understand the importance of evolving their content offerings in line with the tastes of current audiences. Consumer appetite for web videos is only growing and the winning operators and service providers will be those that construct their pay TV service offerings to reflect this. We’re really excited about entering the Nordic market and further extending our presence on some of the world’s leading TV services.”
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 11 2018Ensuring that people with preexisting health conditions can get and keep health insurance is the most popular part of the Affordable Care Act. It has also become a flashpoint in this fall’s campaigns across the country.And not only is the ACA, which mostly protects people who buy their own coverage, at risk. Also potentially in the crosshairs are preexisting conditions protections that predate the federal health law.Democrats charge that Republicans’ opposition to the ACA puts those protections in peril, both by their (unsuccessful) votes in Congress in 2017 to “repeal and replace” the law, and via a federal lawsuit underway in Texas.”800,000 West Virginians with preexisting conditions in jeopardy of losing their health care,” claimed Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).Republicans disagree. “Preexisting conditions are safe,” President Donald Trump declared at a rally in West Virginia for Manchin’s GOP opponent, Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey, West Virginia’s attorney general, is one of a group of state officials suing to overturn the ACA.Who is right? Like everything else in health care, it’s complicated.What is clear, however, is that voters want protections. Even majorities of Republicans told pollsters this summer that it is “very important” that guarantees of coverage for preexisting conditions remain law.Here are some key details that can help put the current political arguments in perspective.Preexisting conditions are common.Preexisting conditions are previous or ongoing medical issues that predate health insurance enrollment. The problem is that the term is a grab bag whose limits have never been defined. It certainly applies to serious ongoing conditions such as cancer, heart disease and asthma. But insurers also have used it to apply to conditions like pregnancy or far more trivial medical issues such as acne or a distant history of depression.The Kaiser Family Foundation estimated in 2016 that more than a quarter of adults younger than 65 — about 52 million people — have a preexisting health condition that likely would have prevented them from purchasing individual health insurance under the pre-ACA rules. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)Protections vary by what kind of insurance you have.But what protections people with preexisting conditions have depends on how they get their coverage. For that reason, it’s not right to say everyone with health problems is potentially at risk, as Democrats frequently suggest.For example, Medicare, the federal health program for seniors, and Medicaid, the federal-state health plan for low-income people, do not discriminate in either coverage or price on the basis of preexisting conditions. The two programs together cover roughly 130 million Americans — nearly a third of the population.The majority of Americans get their coverage through work. In 1996, Congress protected people with preexisting conditions in employer-based coverage with the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA.HIPAA was intended to eliminate “job lock,” or the inability of a person with a preexisting condition (or a family member with a preexisting condition) to change jobs because coverage at the new job would likely come with a waiting period during which the condition would not be covered.HIPAA banned those waiting periods for people who had maintained “continuous” coverage, meaning a break of no more than 63 days, and the law limited waiting periods to one year for those who were previously uninsured. In addition, it prohibited insurers from denying coverage to or raising premiums for workers based on their own or a family member’s health status or medical history.HIPAA was less successful in protecting people without job-based insurance. It sought to guarantee that people with preexisting conditions leaving the group market could buy individual coverage if they had remained continuously covered. But the law did not put limits on what individual insurers could charge for those policies. In many cases, insurers charged so much for these “HIPAA conversion” policies that almost no one could afford them.The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, built on those 1996 protections, and specifically sought to help people buying their own coverage. It barred all health insurers from excluding people due to preexisting conditions, from charging them higher premiums and from imposing waiting periods for coverage of that condition.Related StoriesSocial Security error jeopardizes Medicare coverage for 250,000 seniorsMedicare Advantage overbills taxpayers by billions a year as feds struggle to stop itMedicare recipients may pay more for generics than their brand-name counterparts, study findsWhile the protections were mostly aimed at the individual insurance market, where only a small portion of Americans get coverage, the ACA also made some changes to the employer market for people with preexisting conditions, by banning annual and lifetime coverage limits.Will protections on preexisting conditions become collateral damage?In 2017, the GOP-controlled House and Senate voted on several versions of a bill that would have dramatically overhauled the ACA, including its protections on preexisting conditions. Under the last bill that narrowly failed in the Senate, states would have been given authority to allow insurers to waive some of those protections, including the one requiring the same premiums be charged regardless of health status.In February, 18 GOP attorneys general and two GOP governors filed suit in federal court in Texas. They charge that because Congress in its 2017 tax bill eliminated the ACA’s penalty for not having insurance, the entire federal health law is unconstitutional. Their argument is that the Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 based only on Congress’ taxing power, and that without the tax, the rest of the law should fall.The Trump administration, technically the defendant in that case, said in June that it disagreed that the entire law should fall. But it is arguing that the parts of the law addressing preexisting conditions are so tightly connected to the tax penalty that they should be struck down.Clearly, if the lawsuit prevails in either its original form or the form preferred by the Trump administration, preexisting protections are not “safe,” as the president claimed.Even more complicated, the protections written into HIPAA were rewritten and incorporated into the ACA, so if the ACA in whole or part were to be struck down, HIPAA’s preexisting conditions protections might go away, too.Republicans in Congress have introduced a series of proposals they say would replicate the existing protections. But critics contend none of them covers as many situations as the ACA does. For example, a bill unveiled by several Republican senators in August would require insurers to offer coverage to people with preexisting health conditions, but not require coverage of the conditions themselves.That hasn’t stopped Republicans from claiming that they support protections for preexisting conditions.”Make no mistake about it: Patients with preexisting conditions should be covered,” said Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Leah Vukmir, who is running to unseat Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Health care has been a major issue in that race, as well as many others. Yet Vukmir was recently hailed by Vice President Mike Pence as someone who will vote to “fully repeal and replace Obamacare.”Meanwhile, Democrats who are chastising their Republican opponents over the issue are sometimes going a bit over the top, too.An example is Manchin’s claim about the threat to coverage for 800,000 people in West Virginia. West Virginia’s population is only 1.8 million and more than a million of those people are on Medicare or Medicaid. That would mean every other person in the state has a preexisting condition. A recent study found West Virginia has a relatively high level of preexisting conditions among adults, but it is still less than 40 percent. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
Citation: EU says ‘electroshock’ tax plan for internet giants set for March (2018, February 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-eu-electroshock-tax-internet-giants.html EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, pictured in November 2017, said that on average internet giants pay a tax rate of 9 percent in Europe, compared with an average corporate rate of 23 percent Explore further © 2018 AFP EU antitrust chief defends probe of Google, US tech giants EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told France’s Radio J that his proposals would “create a consensus and an electroshock” on taxing digital economy revenues.Under EU law, American technology titans like Google and Facebook can choose to report their income in any member state, prompting them to pick low-tax nations like Ireland, the Netherlands or Luxembourg.That deprives other nations in the bloc of any of the tax revenue, even though they may account for a bigger share of the earnings.The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development says such rules cost governments around the world as much as $240 billion (193 billion euros) a year in lost revenue, according to a 2015 estimate.”The idea is to be able to identify the activities of digital companies, so we need a range of indicators—the number of clicks, the number of IP addresses, advertising, and eventually revenues… and then we’ll find ways to tax them,” Moscovici said.He said the new rules would apply to giants like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon—together known as GAFA—as well as services like AirBnB and Booking.com.”When you rent a room on Booking, it generates considerable revenue for a company which we don’t really know where it’s located, and which pays very little in taxes,” he said.On average internet giants pay a tax rate of 9 percent in Europe, compared with an average corporate rate of 23 percent, Moscovici said. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The European Commission will present by the end of March its plan for overhauling tax rules for internet giants, aimed at making them pay up in the countries where they earn their profits, a top official said Sunday.
Bathrooms are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and sinks are mounted separately from the vanity so a wheelchair can be accommodated without redoing the plumbing.”We will always need single-family homes and apartments that are designed to accommodate a nuclear family,” says Sarah Watson, deputy director of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council, which helped organize the exhibit. “But today, the majority of our households are comprised of singles living alone, multi-generational families, and adults sharing their homes with roommates. Our population is also aging rapidly and will need new housing options that can support aging-in-place with diminished physical or cognitive abilities.”Dan Soliman, director of the AARP Foundation, a major funder of the exhibit, says that one-fifth of U.S. adults will be 65 or older by 2030, “and a recent AARP study found that almost 90 percent of people want to continue living in their own home for as long as possible.””We need more designs like this one to meet the needs of individuals and families through all stages of their life,” he says. This November 2017 photo provided by Resource Furniture and Clei shows a “nighttime” interior view with the Hufcor motorized partition walls closed in The Open House, the 1,000 square foot concept home on display in the National Building Museum exhibition “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America” in Washington, D.C. (Resource Furniture via AP) This November 2017 photo provided by Resource Furniture and Clei shows a “daytime” interior view of The Open House, the concept home on display in the National Building Museum exhibition “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America” in Washington, D.C. (Resource Furniture via AP) This February 2018 image provided by Resource Furniture shows a “daytime” view of the floorplan of The Open House, the 1,000 square foot concept home on display in the National Building Museum exhibition “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America” in Washington, D.C. (Resource Furniture via AP) This November 2017 photo provided by the National Building Museum, shows part of the exhibition “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America now on display at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. until September 2018.” (Yassine el Mansouri via AP) Explore further Although the Open House is only 1,000 square feet, it feels much larger—and allows for flexibility—because all the beds fold up to become walls, sofas or tables, and it features acoustically sound motorized moving wall systems made by the Wisconsin-based Hufcor company, long known for making the bigger moving walls used in gyms and ballrooms.”A floor plan should not just be a picture in time. It should be adaptable,” says Lisa Blecker, marketing director at Resource Furniture, whose multifunctional furnishings are featured in the exhibit.”The big takeaway is that if you’re planning to renovate or reconfigure your home, it’s essential to think about the long term and opportunities for flexibility in years to come,” she says. “The makeup of a household is fluid and, more than ever, home layouts, wall configurations and furnishings need to keep up with those changes.” This November 2017 photo provided by the National Building Museum, shows the demographic data segment of the exhibition “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America” now on display at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. until September 2018. (Yassine el Mansouri via AP) Most housing is designed for nuclear families, but most U.S. households don’t meet that description. “And the kitchen has been carefully designed to work well for children, millennials, older people and someone in a wheelchair,” Blecker says.The kitchen in the exhibit features adjustable-height counters for wheelchair accessibility. Pull-down cabinet fittings, which allow high shelves to be pulled down to almost counter height, save people from having to stand on stools to reach upper shelves. This February 2018 image provided by Resource Furniture shows the floorplan of The Open House, the 1,000 square foot concept home on display in the National Building Museum exhibition “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America” in Washington, D.C. In this “nighttime” view, the wall beds are open in each living space and the acoustic partition wall systems are closed. (Resource Furniture via AP) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Exhibit focuses on homes that adapt and change with us (2018, April 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-focuses-homes.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This February 2018 image provided by Resource Furniture shows a “daytime” view of the floorplan of The Open House, the 1,000 square foot concept home on display in the National Building Museum exhibition “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America” in Washington, D.C. (Resource Furniture via AP) That’s why flexible floor plans—and innovations including moveable walls, smart technology, multifunctional furniture and space-saving features—are the future, according to a new exhibit, “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America,” at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.The museum’s curator, Chrysanthe Broikos, says only about 20 percent of households today are nuclear families, so housing and zoning rules need to adapt to keep pace with demographic changes. In addition to interiors, the exhibit highlights a number of studies on housing, and information about what’s going on around the country in new development and zoning.”We’re trying to say ‘Hey, what are the other 80 percent of households doing?” Broikos says.The exhibit features an “Open House” designed by Italian architect Pierluigi Colombo, co-founder of the design firm Clei, to show how a flexible space can adapt to accommodate three different living arrangements. Initially set up to house four imaginary roommates (two singles and a couple), the space was then transformed to house an imaginary multigenerational family. At the end of May, the space will be reconfigured again to house an imaginary retired couple, and will include a rental apartment. The show, which opened Nov. 18, runs through Sept. 16. Is building bigger houses a waste of energy? The beauty of the home set up in the exhibit is that it can accommodate multiple household configurations without moving bathrooms or the kitchen. This November 2017 photo provided by the National Building Museum, shows the entrance to the exhibition “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America” now on display at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. until September 2018. (Yassine el Mansouri/ National Building Museum via AP) This November 2017 photo provided by the National Building Museum, shows part of the exhibition “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America now on display at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. until September 2018.” (Yassine el Mansouri via AP)
Credit: CC0 Public Domain © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook suspends Canadian firm amid data mining scandal The Wall Street Journal said Thursday that the SEC has requested information from Facebook on how much the company knew about Cambridge Analytica’s use of user data. The report cited unnamed people familiar with the matter.Cambridge Analytica, which was affiliated with President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, got access to data on up to 87 million Facebook users.Both Facebook and the SEC declined to comment.The report says the agency is also investigating how Facebook analyzed the risk it faced from developers who shared data with outsiders in violation of Facebook’s policies—which is what Cambridge Analytica did. A report says the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Facebook adequately warned its investors about privacy lapses involving the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica. Citation: Report: SEC probes Facebook privacy issues (2018, July 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-sec-probes-facebook-privacy-issues.html