The Samsung Galaxy S11 could have this 64megapixel camera sensor

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. The ISOCELL Bright GW1 is a 64-megapixel camera sensor, which comfortably beats the current trend of 48-megapixels seen in rival flagships. Samsung claims that that while the resolution is higher, the pixel size remains at 0.8μm. The company also has its own 48-megapixel solution: the ISOCELL Bright GM2.Related: Best smartphone“Over the past few years, mobile phone cameras have become the main instrument for recording and sharing our everyday moments,” said Samsung’s Yongin Park in a press release. “With more pixels and advanced pixel technologies, Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and GM2 will bring a new level of photography to today’s sleekest mobile devices that will enhance and help change the way we record our daily lives.”The GW1 uses Samsung’s Tetracell technology to blend data from four pixels into one, which should result in 16-megapixel snaps for tricky low-light scenes. The number of megapixels isn’t everything, of course, and the GW1 also supports real-time HDR of “up to 100-decibels”, which Samsung says beats the current average of 60dB while coming closer to the human eye’s 120dB.Related: Best camera phoneIt all sounds very promising, but we’ll have to see for ourselves when the first units ship with the new camera sensors enter the market later this year. It’ll almost certainly power the Note 10, but be on the lookout for Chinese smartphone manufacturers adopting the GW1 and GM2 as an alternative to the tried and tested Sony sensors, too.Does this new sensor make the Note 10 sound more appealing? Let us know on Twitter: @TrustedReviews. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. The world of smartphone cameras doesn’t seem to stand still for very long, and it looks like the Galaxy Note 10 will have a big advantage over the already excellent S10. Samsung has revealed two new camera sensors for handsets launching this autumn and beyond.center_img We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

One Day Deal Save £85 on the Linksys Whole Home Mesh WiFi

first_imgUsing the LinkSys app, you’ll also get remote access to your wifi: you can pause the internet, see who is online, create a guest network or even schedule Wi-Fi access to set up routines to can the internet for study and sleeping time, if you so desire.Just remember, this deal is only available for today only so if you do feel like giving your home Wi-Fi a serious boost then don’t let this cracking offer pass you by.For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. In the run up to Amazon Prime Day 2019, Amazon is showing off a few great deals like a big tease. Today, we’ve got the cracking Linksys VELOP Mesh Wi-Fi System, which is a bit of a mouthful to say, but a great piece of networking gear at a solid price. Today only, it’s going for £134.99, a deep discount of £85 on the usual price of £219.99. If you’re struggling with bad internet, particularly if you’ve got thick walls or a sprawling house, the Linksys VELOP mesh could be the answer. It’s a mesh system that provides Wi-Fi throughout a wide area, ensuring your devices can connect to your router wherever they are. Linksys Mesh Wi-Fi System – One Day DealLinksys VELOP Intelligent Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System, 3-Pack (AC3900)For one day only, you can save a massive £85 off the Linksys Mesh Wi-Fi System, giving you a better home connection for less.Amazon|Save £85|Now £163.50View DealNow £163.50|Save £85|Amazon The improvements can be substantial. Depending on the construction of your home, certain places may be getting poor Wi-Fi signal. But you’ll already know if it’s a problem that afflicts where you live, because it’s incredibly annoying to experience signal interruptions when you’re at home.Related: Amazon Prime Day Laptop DealsThe Linksys VELOP Mesh should work with all known UK internet and broadband providers, and set-up should be a case of connecting one Velop Node to wherever your internet comes in, and a few minutes of tinkering with the LinkSys app should get you online. From there, you’ll experience better internet as you move from room to room, as it links you to different nodes depending on which is closest. For any gamers out there, this can be a godsend, ensuring that you maintain a great connection regardless of where you decide to boot up a match. Linksys Mesh Wi-Fi System – One Day DealLinksys VELOP Intelligent Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System, 3-Pack (AC3900)For one day only, you can save a massive £85 off the Linksys Mesh Wi-Fi System, giving you a better home connection for less.Amazon|Save £85|Now £163.50View DealNow £163.50|Save £85|Amazoncenter_img Deals Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more

Quickest route to China trade relief for Canadian farmers likely through Washington

first_img Sponsored By: Twitter Join the conversation → Shunned by China and sitting on a record stock of unsold oilseeds, Canadian farmers will be watching closely as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Japan later this month.Yet it is a proposed tête-à-tête between Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump, who has threatened to slap additional tariffs on Chinese imports if Xi refuses an audience with him in Osaka, that will likely have the greatest impact on Canadian farmers, analysts say.“Both meetings would be positive, but the quickest route to a solution for our farmers is probably through Washington,” said Gordon Houlden, a former Canadian diplomat and head of the University of Alberta’s China Institute. “Trump has put everything on the table in negotiations with Beijing and if certain issues are settled between them, it would lay the groundwork for things to normalize for us.” Canada’s canola farmers facing storage crunch for stockpiles of oilseed that China won’t take Ottawa doubles canola aid loans to $1 million to ease pain of China’s ban Canadian canola farmers left with record unsold surplus amid slumping exports, falling prices Canada-China relations have deteriorated since December, when the RCMP arrested Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition request. Soon after, Chinese buyers halted purchases of Canadian canola, citing the presence of pests in various shipments — though Ottawa says Canada’s inspections revealed no issues.The loss of China as a market — the country normally buys 40 per cent of Canada’s canola — has left farmers holding a record 10 million tonnes of the unsold crop as of March 31, a 10.5 per cent increase compared with a year earlier.Soybeans have piled up, too, after China’s purchases of the oilseed collapsed, falling from a record 3.2 million tonnes in the final few months of 2018 to 3,748 tonnes between January and April of this year. That’s left farmers stuck with 2.9 million tonnes of unsold soybeans, up from about 2.7 million tonnes at the same time last year.With a new crop harvesting in the fall, the need to unload existing stocks is growing urgent, said Ron Davidson, executive director of Soy Canada.“We’ve never had anything like this before and the big difference is we may not have China to come in and buy the way it did before,” he said. “Everyone is feeling uncertain because they don’t know where they can sell their beans.”While China previously brought in vessels brimming with 50,000 tonnes of canola, it now takes containers of just 20 to 25 tonnes, Davidson said. And the introduction of new tests at Chinese ports, means shipments that were once cleared in a matter of hours now take two weeks.“It’s not that nothing is entering China, it’s just that it’s moving in such small volumes and we need it to move in large volumes,” he said.I don’t see a resolution on any of the issues…. Trump is seeking foundational changes to the Chinese economy and Xi won’t give him that.William Reinsch, a senior adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies Trudeau has said he will pursue an opportunity to engage with Xi directly, both to discuss the detention of two imprisoned Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and the actions on canola and other products. For his part, Trump has suggested the Meng issue and more recently, the blacklisting of telecommunications giant Huawei, could be negotiated as part of a trade deal with Beijing.“If a Xi-Trump meeting led to a grand bargain on Huawei and Meng, China may set aside its actions and things could improve for us over the next few months,” said Houlden. “I don’t think Trudeau can offer a solution like that and I don’t see the Chinese retreating with those issues unresolved.”But while Canada has certainly become “collateral damage” in the U.S.-China trade war, quick relief in the form of a G-20 deal between Trump and Xi is unlikely, said William Reinsch, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who served as a senior trade official during the Clinton administration.“I don’t see a resolution on any of the issues that divided us in this space,” said Reinsch. “Trump is seeking foundational changes to the Chinese economy and Xi won’t give him that.”“It’s possible Trump will take a weak deal and celebrate it as a victory and maybe that will see them let go of some of the issues you in Canada are concerned about, but I sincerely doubt we’ll have any trade deal in the next few weeks.” What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation June 13, 20196:00 AM EDTLast UpdatedJune 13, 20196:01 AM EDT Filed under News Economy ← Previous Next → Share this storyQuickest route to China trade relief for Canadian farmers likely through Washington: analysts Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit Quickest route to China trade relief for Canadian farmers likely through Washington: analysts ‘… if certain issues are settled between them, it would lay the groundwork for things to normalize for us.’ More Email advertisement 0 Comments Naomi Powell A ripening canola field in Saskatchewan.Getty Images file photo Comment Recommended For YouGM Canada to keep Maven car-sharing in Toronto as number of U.S. cities reducedConsensus among G7 ministers to tackle Facebook’s Libra – French chairAryaka Selected as Launch Partner for Microsoft Azure Networking Managed Service Provider (MSP) ProgramC$ nears 8-month high on diverging U.S. and Canadian rate outlooksInvestors offload emerging-market bonds with negative yields Featured Stories Facebooklast_img read more

Tesla deploys another big 50 MWh Powerpack project in Australia

first_imgRiding on the success of its first giant battery project in South Australia, Tesla is getting a lot of demand for more energy storage projects in the country. The company has now deployed another big 50 MWh Powerpack project in Australia. more…The post Tesla deploys another big 50 MWh Powerpack project in Australia appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

US Jaguar EV Sales Share Increased To 64 In December

first_img Jaguar I-PACE Outsells All Teslas Combined In The Netherlands Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 10, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Almost 1 per 15 Jaguar sold in U.S. were all-electricJaguar I-PACE sales in the U.S. increased last month to 223 (393 total after over two months), which is enough to capture more than 6.4% of the total volume for the brand.It’s really not bad for the beginning, especially since Jaguar was busy and constrained by orders in Europe – where some 2,621 cars were sold in the Netherlands alone, before EV incentives get lowered.Jaguar I-PACE Jaguar Now Sells Over 2,000 I-PACE Per Month We still don’t know what part of Jaguar sales will be all-electric in the U.S., but at least 10-20% we believe.Currently, Jaguar is probably selling more than 3,000 I-Pace worldwide per month (we need to wait for the final numbers).Jaguar I-PACE sales in U.S. – December 2018 Jaguar I-PACE Tested By Kelley Blue Book: Videolast_img read more

Renault ZOE Wins Best Electric Car For Less Than £30000 For 6th

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 23, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Renault Group Sold 200,000 Electric Vehicles The wins keep on piling up.The Renault ZOE remains the best among affordable electric cars in the UK according to What Car?, which for the sixth consecutive year handed the “Best Electric Car for less than £30,000” title to the French EV.In 2018, Renault sold some 1,993 ZOE, which is 25% more than a year ago. ZOE’s popularity in UK is however much lower than in France, as the result stands for less than 13% of the total of 15,474 new BEV registrations.£30,000 is around €34,400 or $39,100Renault news Renault Tests ZOE Prototype With CCS Combo Charging Inlet Renault Sold Record 7,000 Electric Cars In December Anyways, it’s hard to find an electric car similarly attractive and with a comparable range to ZOE in the lower-end of the market. This is probably why some 40,000 were sold in 2018, just behind the Nissan LEAF.Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? magazine, said:“Our 2017 Electric Car of the Year remains a compelling proposition two years on, which is some achievement given the pace at which things are moving in this class. Unlike other sub-£30k pure electric options, you don’t have to put up with a feeble range. In fact, in our Real Range tests, the ZOE outperformed many much pricier options.”Vincent Tourette, Managing Director of Renault UK, said:“Electric cars are becoming more popular every month and the Renault ZOE has been at the forefront of the market since it was launched in the UK six years ago. ZOE is available with a choice of trims and motors, giving our customers the opportunity to choose the ZOE that best fits their lifestyle. That’s a key reason why the ZOE has been presented with a strong list of awards and it’s gratifying to see the model recognised by What Car? for a sixth successive year.”About the ZOE offer in UK:“Renault’s ZOE has proven popular with customers with 1993 sold in the UK last year, an increase of 1.25 per cent over 2017. The car continues to be available to purchase in two ways. First, under a battery hire scheme, where ZOE pricing starts at £18,420 (on the road) after the Government Plug-in Car Grant, with battery leasing from £59 per month. And second, under the ‘full purchase’ option, which allows the customer to buy the car and the battery from £25,020 (OTR). Whichever purchase option is chosen, the Renault ZOE is one of the most affordable electric cars on sale following Renault’s mantra of providing sustainable mobility for all.In addition, Renault offers retail customers that purchase a ZOE a free 7kW wall box charger fully-installed in their home to ensure the best possible electric experience.Two versions of the ZOE supermini are available and both have a real-world range of 186 miles (WLTP¹). With the R110 motor the ZOE has faster mid-range acceleration and 16hp more power than the R90 version it replaced. The second option is the Q90 motor, which allows faster charging. The ZOE Q90 Quick Charge can be charged from zero to 80 per cent in 65 minutes with a 43kW charger that can typically be found at most motorway service stations.The customer can also choose between two trim levels: ZOE Dynamique Nav and ZOE Signature Nav. Included with the ZOE Dynamique Nav is 16-inch ‘black shadow’ alloy wheels, a hands-free keycard, automatic headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors and seven-inch colour touchscreen for the R-LINK 2 infotainment system with navigation.Renault’s R-Link infotainment system utilises Android Auto to link the driver or passenger’s smartphone to the ZOE and mirrors the phone display onto the vehicle’s touchscreen to enable easy use of the smartphone’s functionality in the car.ZOE Signature Nav adds a BOSE® 3D sound system, heated front seats, a rear reversing camera and bronze coloured interior detailing. It also features 16-inch ‘grey shadow’ alloy wheels and unique ‘Signature’ upholstery.” Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Johnson Matthey Announces eLNO Cathode Materials Plant In Poland

first_imgThe second, related announcement is the deal with Nemaska Lithium Inc., who agreed to supply Johnson Matthey with lithium hydroxide over ten years to match expanding demands of commercial production. Volkswagen And Northvolt Form European Battery Union Source: Electric Vehicle News 24M’s Dual Electrolyte System To Enable 350 Wh/kg Batteries Johnson Matthey launches investment in eLNO for better batteriesBritish chemical company Johnson Matthey announced commercialisation of eLNO ultra-high energy battery cathode materials, which according to the company, would be better in terms of energy density and cost than NCM 811 or NCA. There are no numbers on energy density, but we assume 250-300 Wh/kg on the cell level would be needed to beat NCA.Johnson Matthey intends to build a new production plant in Poland, where it secured a 43-hectare plot about 200 km west of Warsaw. The production output will be up to 100,000 tonnes per year with an initial stage for 10,000 tonnes per year. Commercial production will start in 2021/2022.“Location in Poland secured with potential for up to 100,000 MTpa plant capacity; initial 10,000 MTpa plant construction expected to start this yearJM announces that its first commercial scale eLNO manufacturing plant will be located in Konin, Poland, about 200 km west of Warsaw. JM has entered into an agreement to purchase a 43 hectare plot which gives us the potential to expand our eLNO manufacturing capacity to up to 100,000 MT per annum. This will enable JM to scale up its operations in line with anticipated customer demand for eLNO.JM has previously announced its plans to invest in its first 10,000 MT per annum commercial plant and is pleased to have secured the Konin site which places JM’s operations at the heart of Europe, close to major customers in the battery electric vehicle supply chain.”Assuming a few kg of cathode materials per kWh of cell capacity, 10,000 could be enough for maybe more than 3 GWh or 60-70,000 of 50 kWh battery packs. At full scale, it would be able to crank 30+ GWh.Johnson Matthey didn’t say who will be customers for eLNO, but close proximity to LG Chem in Poland and other battery manufacturers in this part of Europe means that there shouldn’t be trouble in attracting customers.See Alsocenter_img SK Innovation Plans 100 GWh Of Battery Production Capacity “Long term agreement with Nemaska Lithium for lithium hydroxide gives JM’s customers security of supplyIn addition to this significant development regarding commercial scale eLNO manufacturing, JM has agreed a ten-year agreement with Nemaska Lithium for the supply of lithium hydroxide used in the manufacture of eLNO. This latest agreement builds on the collaboration between JM and Nemaska Lithium which began in 2016 and will support the commercialisation of eLNO. The agreement gives JM access to lithium hydroxide for eLNO with the volumes and phasing aligned to our production plans and gives our customers the knowledge that by choosing JM, they have a secure of supply of crucial lithium-containing raw materials for their battery cathode materials.”Commenting on the developments, Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey said:“These two developments that we have announced today demonstrate that we are well on track with the commercialisation of eLNO. Having applied our world class science to create eLNO technology that outperforms the market for customers, we are commercialising our technology for them through flexible, scalable manufacturing capacity in Poland and a secure supply of vital lithium-based raw materials. We are firmly delivering in line with our strategy for break out growth in Battery Materials and JM remains well placed for success as the global market for electric vehicles develops.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 4, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Nidec adds 100 kW and 70 kW models to EAxle lineup

first_imgJapanese electric motor company Nidec has developed two smaller versions of its fully-integrated traction motor system, E-Axle. It has also announced a new short-range radar that doubles as a proximity sensor for automatic parking systems.Nidec first introduced the E-Axle system in April 2018 as a 150 kW system, composed of an integrated electric motor, reduction gear box, and inverter. Nidec says Chinese EV maker GAC has adopted the E-Axle for its Aion S supercar, which the company plans to launch in May 2019.Nidec is now adding 100 kW and 70 kW versions to its lineup, in an effort to cover the A, B, C, and D segments under the Euro Car Segments system, which includes mini cars up to large vehicles. The 100 kW and 70 kW models weigh in at 54.5 kg (120 lbs) and 48 kg (105 lbs) respectively, much lighter than the original model’s 83 kg (183 lbs).The new automotive radar is a short-range radar that uses anantenna with a waffle-iron structure to reduce waveguide loss. To prioritizeeither range or resolution, the radar can switch between 77 GHz for driving atregular speeds and 79 GHz for driving at lower speeds. Nidec says this removesthe need for additional ultrasonic sensors that would be necessary forlow-speed short-distance applications like automatic parking, which can lead tocost reduction and wider detection angles.Kazuya Hayafune, Nidec’s Chief Engineer and Deputy Executive General Manager, said, “With these three models we cover 90 to 95% of the market for passenger vehicles. As far as I know, we are the first company to announce something like this.”Source: Nidec Source: Electric Vehicles Magazinelast_img read more

Rivian Is Benchmarking So Many Other Cars Than Teslas

first_img Rivian Electric R1T Truck & R1S SUV: Incredible Machines – Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 20, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Rivian R1T Truck & R1S SUV Wow NYC Ahead Of Auto Show: Video Oh, and the CEO doesn’t have a car right now.Rivian‘s rollout is steadily gathering steam ahead of the planned launch of its electric pickup truck and SUV beginning next year. While the concepts first shown in November at AutoMobility LA, they’ve been making the rounds this year, including a stop in New York and a booth at the auto show.More Rivian News GM Reportedly Won’t Invest In Electric Pickup Truck Startup Rivian Source: Electric Vehicle News Founder and CEO RJ Scaringe spilled some insights Car Magazine this week, including the vehicles the company is benchmarking:I don’t have a car right now. I had a BMW i3 until recently, which I liked very much. But because I’m constantly travelling, I dip in and out of our benchmark vehicles. We’ve got a Discovery, a Cayenne Turbo S, a Ford Raptor and Model X on fleet.What Mark Vinnels did at McLaren was remarkable. The 12C had great ride comfort compared with its competitor set. We believe a truly great off-road vehicle can be truly refined on-road too.The Model X is an obvious one, considering that’s also where the heart of the large EV market is right now – the Audi E-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC all vying for similar Model X customers. But the McLarenThe Car piece is part of a larger, sweeping profile that covers Rivian’s latest news, which we’ve also covered here. But there’s an underlying theme that Rivian doesn’t see itself as the Tesla of pickups or some similar rhetoric. Yes, there’s a direct sales model, but there are also plans for a Volvo-like subscription model and leasing, Scaringe said. But they’ve also set up a post adjacent to the domestic automakers – who practically have a lock on the large pickup and SUV markets here.All of these little pieces point to one thing: Rivian isn’t messing around.last_img read more

Musk 10002000 Model 3 Produced Per Week At Gigafactory 3 In 2019

first_imgNot only will production start this year, but it could be a 4-digit number of cars per weekSource: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img

Tesla announces final offer to acquire battery company Maxwell

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Tesla announces its final offer to acquire battery company Maxwell and the deal is expected to close this week after initially being announced in January. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast. post Tesla announces final offer to acquire battery company Maxwell appeared first on Electrek.last_img

Tesla V3 Superchargers To Be Installed On LongDistance Routes

first_img250 kW Superchargers to be installed first along main routes used on long-distance trips.Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img

NIO Begins Deliveries Of ES6 Electric SUV

first_imgFirst NIO ES6 were delivered to customers in China. Up to several hundred deliveries planned for June.Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img

Dodge Believes Its Performance Cars Will Have An Electric Future

first_imgHopefully, Dodge follows through since electric is really the only way to go in the future.Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV Tested By Driven Car Reviews Video

first_imgSubaru Crosstrek Hybrid, the all-wheel drive plug-in hybridSource: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img

Viva Las Vegas Tesla Launches First V3 Superchargers In Sin City

first_imgIt’s official, the first brand-new V3 Supercharger station is live.Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img

Friday Roundup

first_imgUnaoilThe U.K. Serious Fraud Office recently announced:“The SFO is conducting a criminal investigation into the activities of Unaoil, its officers, its employees and its agents in connection with suspected offences of bribery, corruption and money laundering.  We have been approached by a number of sources who may have information relevant to this investigation.”According to the release: “The SFO opened its investigation in March 2016.”For the origins of Unaoil’s scrutiny, see this prior post.NominateIf you are so moved, I would be grateful if you might take a few minutes to nominate FCPA Professor for the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 list.To do so, click here. Many thanks.For the Reading StackAn interesting read here from Law360 titled “Yates Memo Driving Wedge Between Companies and Workers.” It begins:“Ten months after the U.S. Department of Justice released the so-called Yates Memo calling on prosecutors to pursue individual bad actors, experts say the new policy has employees and their employers at odds as both feel like they’ve been thrown under the bus.”*****A good weekend to all. Asset recovery, scrutiny alerts and updates, nominate, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.Asset RecoveryFCPA enforcement is not the only prong of the DOJ’s bribery and corruption fight.Asset recovery – part of the DOJ’s so-called Kleptocracy Initiative – is another prong and recently the DOJ announced its largest action ever brought under the program. As stated in this release:“[The DOJ] filed civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of more than $1 billion in assets associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.[…]According to the complaints, from 2009 through 2015, more than $3.5 billion in funds belonging to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was allegedly misappropriated by high-level officials of 1MDB and their associates.  With today’s complaints, the United States seeks to recover more than $1 billion laundered through the United States and traceable to the conspiracy.  1MDB was created by the government of Malaysia to promote economic development in Malaysia through global partnerships and foreign direct investment, and its funds were intended to be used for improving the well-being of the Malaysian people.  Instead, as detailed in the complaints, 1MDB officials and their associates allegedly misappropriated more than $3 billion.”See here for Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s comments.See here for Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell’s comments.See here for video of the DOJ’s press conference.Scrutiny Alerts and UpdatesJP MorganSimilar predictive articles by the Wall Street Journal have not always panned out, but in any event the Wall Street Journal reports:“J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is expected to pay around $200 million later this year to settle criminal and civil probes over its Asia hiring practices, including a China program in which it hired sons and daughters of powerful people, people familiar with the matter said.[…]The bank is likely to enter into a nonprosecution agreement, some of the people said, whereby it admits to wrongdoing and agrees to reforms but avoids the public filing of charges.[…]The settlement timing has been unclear for months, but people close to the case said the coming presidential election and prosecutors’ fiscal year-end of Sept. 30 may be pushing the process along.”A $200 million FCPA enforcement would be the 10th largest of all-time and the 3rd largest of all-time against a U.S. company. That a dubious hiring practices case might be settled for such an amount, well, that would be interesting.SBM OffshoreAs highlighted in this post, in late 2014 Dutch-based SBM Offshore (a company with ADRs traded in the U.S.) resolved a Dutch enforcement action regarding alleged improper payments in Equatorial Guinea, Angola and Brazil. With a settlement amount of $240 million, the SBM Offshore enforcement action was one of the largest in recent years.At the time, SBM Offshore issued a release stating “the United States Department of Justice has informed SBM Offshore that it is not prosecuting the Company and has closed its inquiry into the matter.” Since then, as highlighted here, the DOJ has re-opened its inquiry.Earlier this week, SBM Offshore issued this release concerning a Brazil enforcement action:“The Ministry of Transparency, Oversight and Control (Ministério da Transparência, Fiscalização e Controle – “MTFC”), the Public Prosecutor’s Office (Ministério Público Federal – “MPF”), the General Counsel for the Republic (Advocacia Geral da União – “AGU”), Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (“Petrobras”) and SBM Offshore signed a settlement agreement (“Settlement Agreement”) today that closes out the inquiries of the MPF, the MTFC and Petrobras into the payment of undue advantages to employees of Petrobras.[…]The terms for final settlement negotiated between the Parties are made up as follows:cash payment by SBM Offshore totalling US$162.8 million, of which US$149.2 million will go to Petrobras, US$6.8 million to the MPF and US$6.8 million to the Council of Control of Financial Activities (Conselho de Controle de Atividades Financeiras – “COAF”) for the implementation of units for massive electronic process of information and other instruments to be used in the prevention and combat against corruption by the MPF and the COAF. This amount will be paid in three installments. The first installment of US$142.8 million will be payable as of the effective date of the Settlement Agreement. The two further installments of US$10 million each will be due respectively one and two years following the effective date of the Settlement Agreement.”last_img read more

What Normal Aging is Like – Part 1 of 2

first_imgby, Ronni Bennett, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesIf you spent any time at all with an assortment of media, you can be forgiven for believing that getting old is a disease. (Some scientists and others believe that’s all it is and are working hard, spending billions of dollars, to “cure” aging. But that’s a topic for another time.)All day every day we are bombarded with ads for pills and potions and treatments for a phenomenal number of ailments that, from the appearance of actors involved, afflict only old people.There is so much of it, you have wonder if there is any such thing as normal aging. Or, to put it another way, what should we expect, barring big-time diseases, from our bodies and well-being as we age into the upper decades of life?Aging happens as a result of varying combinations of genes, health and dumb luck and in time, certain things will happen no matter how heathily you have lived. In addition, as we often mention here, people age at different rates and in different ways so what happens to one person at 50 may not affect another until age 70. Or, maybe, not at all.Working to satisfy my curiosity about normal aging didn’t take long – there’s not much but what there is, is in agreement. Here is an overview of some of the things I’ve tracked down to expect as we get into our fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond.VISION: By age 40 almost everyone needs reading glasses. By 60, many have cataracts. It is normal for clarity and peripheral vision to decline along with sensitivity to glare and decreased ability to judge distance.HEARING: One-third of people 60 and older will suffer some amount of hearing loss. Acuity declines, particularly sounds in the high registers. It commonly becomes difficult to hear close-up sounds when there is ambient noise such as conversation at the table in a loud restaurant.As one source advises, if you are not hearing as well as you did years ago, you’re probably okay. If your hearing is worse than a week ago, see your doctor.TEETH AND TASTE: The number of taste buds declines so flavors are not as strong as in the past. The amount of saliva declines resulting in vulnerability to tooth decay and infection along with receding gums.TOUCH AND SMELL: The sense of smell and touch both decline. Fingerprints flatten out and sometimes cannot be read.SKIN: Nails grow more slowly. Skin is drier because less oil is produced so we get lines and wrinkles and sags. Cuts and abrasions heal more slowly.CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM: The heart may enlarge, the walls become thicker and arteries stiffen. Your heart rate slows. With age, we become more vulnerable to hypertension which affects 50 percent of people 60 and older – hypertension defined as blood pressure reading of 140/90 or higher.LUNGS: Elasticity of lungs begins to decline some time in our 20s and ribcage muscles shrink progressively over time. Overall breathing capacity diminishes with each decade.STAMINA AND STRENGTH: Changes in the heart and lungs along with other factors, affect stamina and strength. Although exercise, stretching and weight training can help, you will lose muscle mass. Walking regularly can help keep up stamina.BONES AND JOINTS: Most of us are aware that we can become shorter as we age because the discs between our vertebrae become thinner. Recently, a friend told me she is two inches shorter than she used to be.All during adulthood, our bones become become less dense and therefore lose strength. Risk of osteoporosis (loss of bone density) increases in all elders but especially women.According to a page at WebMD, most people reach their peak functioning at about age 30. Continuing,‘We shouldn’t think of aging as a failure of our bodily systems,’ says Kenneth Minaker, MD, chief of geriatric medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.“’Aging is a life-saving process,’ he says. ‘It is a process of lifelong adaptation to prevent us from developing cancers that would kill us.’”Obviously, that doesn’t always work out well. Tomorrow in Part Two of normal aging, I’ll continue with what else to expect as the years roll on.This post was originally published at, all rights reserved.Related PostsThe Manifesto Against Ageism is HereAbout eight years ago, Ashton Applewhite began interviewing people over 80 for a project called “So when are you going to retire?” It didn’t take her long to realize that almost everything she thought she knew about aging was wrong. So she wrote a book to set the record straight.Restraining AgingAs children we welcomed the aging process excitedly, wondering when we would grow and what we would look like. We quickly lose this wonder as we become seduced by an anti-aging culture into disavowing, denying and resisting aging. We’re pressured to see aging as a villain to be stopped, to…Analog Aging in a Digital WorldIt seems that as a society we keep throwing out the traditional baby with the bathwater every time a new cultural development occurs, just because it’s new. Here are a few examples of analog values we should retain that relate directly to aging.TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: Aging health wrinkleslast_img read more

Antibacterial substance found in toothpaste may fight against lifethreatening lung disease

first_imgMay 17 2018A common antibacterial substance found in toothpaste may combat life-threatening diseases such as cystic fibrosis, or CF, when combined with an already FDA-approved drug.Michigan State University researchers have found that when triclosan, a substance that reduces or prevents bacteria from growing, is combined with an antibiotic called tobramycin, it kills the cells that protect the CF bacteria, known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, by up to 99.9 percent.CF is a common genetic disease with one in every 2,500 to 3,500 people diagnosed with it at an early age. It results in a thick mucus in the lungs, which becomes a magnet for bacteria.These bacteria are notoriously difficult to kill because they are protected by a slimy barrier known as a biofilm, which allows the disease to thrive even when treated with antibiotics.”The problem that we’re really tackling is finding ways to kill these biofilms,” said Chris Waters, lead author of the study and a microbiology professor.According to Waters, there are many common biofilm-related infections that people get such as ear infections and swollen, painful gums caused by gingivitis. But more serious, potentially fatal diseases join the ranks of CF including endocarditis, or inflammation of the heart, as well as infections from artificial hip and pacemaker implants.The research is published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.Waters and his co-authors, Michael Maiden and Alessandra Hunt, grew 6,000 biofilms in petri dishes, added in tobramycin along with many different compounds, to see what worked better at killing the bacteria. Twenty-five potential compounds were effective, but one stood out.”It’s well known that triclosan, when used by itself, isn’t effective at killing Pseudomonas aeruginosa,” Hunt said, a post-doctoral associate of microbiology and molecular genetics. “But when I saw it listed as a possible compound to use with tobramycin, I was intrigued. We found triclosan was the one that worked every time.”Related StoriesNew methods to recognize antimicrobial resistant bacteria and how they workNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”Triclosan has been used for more than 40 years in soaps, makeup and other commercial products because of its antibacterial properties. Recently, the FDA ruled to limit its use in soaps and hand sanitizers due to insufficient data on its increased effectiveness and concern that it was being overused. Clear evidence has shown, though, that its use in toothpaste is safe and highly effective in fighting gingivitis, and it is still approved for use.”Limiting its use is the right thing to do,” Maiden said, a graduate student in medicine. “The key is to avoid creating resistance to a substance so when it’s found in numerous products, the chances of that happening increase.”Tobramycin is currently the most widely used treatment for CF, but it typically doesn’t clear the lungs of infection, Waters said. Patients typically inhale the drug, yet find themselves chronically infected their whole lives, eventually needing a lung transplant.”Most transplants aren’t a viable option though for these patients and those who do have a transplant see a 50 percent failure rate within five years,” he said. “The other issue is that tobramycin can be toxic itself.”Known side effects from the drug include kidney toxicity and hearing loss.”Our triclosan finding gives doctors another potential option and allows them to use significantly less of the tobramycin in treatment, potentially reducing its use by 100 times,” Hunt said.Within the next year, Waters and his colleagues will begin testing the effectiveness of the combination therapy on mice with hopes of it heading to a human trial soon after since both drugs are already FDA approved.Just brushing your teeth with toothpaste that has triclosan won’t help to treat lung infections though, Maiden said.”We’re working to get this potential therapy approved so we can provide a new treatment option for CF patients, as well as treat other biofilm infections that are now untreatable. We think this can save lives.”Source: read more

Sharks could inspire new type of surface that would attack harmful bacteria

first_imgJun 14 2018Sharks are often the subject of TV specials or news stories focusing on their attacks on humans. But scientists are finding that sharks could inspire a new type of surface that would attack bacteria, helping humans instead of hurting them. As reported in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, researchers have designed a coating that is infused with antimicrobial agents and has the patterned diamond-like texture of shark skin.Fighting bacteria is an ongoing battle, resulting in more than 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result of overusing antibiotics, bacterial resistance to these drugs is on the rise. Patients in hospitals who are already battling illnesses or have compromised immune systems are especially at risk of developing infections just by touching contaminated bedrails and door knobs. Scientists have been developing coatings for these high-touch surfaces to fight the spread and growth of microbes. For example, Sharklet AF™ is a coating designed to mimic a shark’s skin, and it reduces the ability of bacteria to adhere to surfaces. But long-term use will result in bacteria accumulation. James J. Watkins, Jessica D. Schiffman and colleagues wanted to see if adding titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles, which are antibacterial, to a shark skin material would efficiently fight off microbes.The team printed their own shark skin surfaces with polymer and ceramic composites, and added titanium dioxide nanoparticles to them. The shark skin surface without nanoparticles reduced the attachment of E. coli by 70 percent compared to smooth films. But shark skin surfaces with TiO2 nanoparticles exposed to UV light for one hour killed off over 95 percent of E. coli and 80 percent of Staphylococcus aureus. The group says the fabrication method could be scaled up for mass production.Source: read more