Month: July 2019

Galaxy S9 camera tech may have just been outed by Samsung

first_imgStory TimelineGalaxy S9 Plus: All the Release Details before Samsung’s eventGalaxy S9 leak spills all the specs and featuresGalaxy S9 release date may hinder tech to truly battle iPhone XGalaxy S9 details leak: it’s the inside that counts As discovered by GalaxyClub, there’s a new page on Samsung’s semiconductor site that details new Isocell mobile image sensors. There’s no mention of the Galaxy S9 directly, but with a rumored announcement coming up next month, the timing of this Isocell reveal certainly seems to suggest that we could see this camera featured in the phone. Samsung doesn’t get too specific when talking about Isocell’s new features, but what it does discuss is exciting nonetheless.For starters, Samsung says that new Isocell Fast sensors will feature advanced phase-detecting auto focus, which will allow them to “identify the distance of fast-moving objects even in low light for faster and accurate auto focusing. Beyond that, Isocell Fast’s 3-stack fast readout sensor will be capable of recording full HD video at 480 frames per second, improving slow motion capture over its predecessors.If we jump back to the leaked Galaxy S9 retail box, we notice that Samsung specifically calls out “Super Slow-mo” as one of the camera’s marquee features. It also says the Galaxy S9 will feature a 12MP dual pixel rear shooter, and its dual pixel configuration is referenced again in talk of phase detecting autofocus. Isocell Fast isn’t the only new Isocell sensor referenced on this page. We also have Isocell Slim, which trims back on size to allow for a bezel-less design, something Samsung is expected to focus on with the Galaxy S9. We also have the reveal of Isocell Dual, which promises “DSLR-like photo experiences,” and could be a good fit for the Galaxy S9 Plus.Whether or not this new Isocell page is describing the sensors that will found in Samsung’s spring flagships is, of course, up in the air. We should find out soon enough, though, as Samsung is expected to reveal the Galaxy S9 next month, with a launch to follow in March. Stay tuned, because even with just a few weeks left to go before reveal, we should see plenty more leaks concerning the Galaxy S9. There has been no lack of Galaxy S9 leaks, and by now we could very well know almost everything there is to know about the phone’s specifications. These leaks have come from all corners of the internet, but sometimes, it’s best to go straight to the source. In this case, that would be Samsung, and it’s possible that it may have just revealed some of the technology behind the Galaxy S9’s camera.last_img read more

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OnePlus 5 5T can stream HD video if you mail it in

first_imgA OnePlus community manager has taken to the company’s forums to explain the problem. It turns out the 5 and 5T were only released with Level 3 of Google’s Widevine DRM system, rather than the most secure version, Level 1. A number of streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Video, and even Google Play Movies rely on Widevine for copyright protection, and without Level 1 the OnePlus devices weren’t permitted to stream content in HD. The company went on to reveal that the update requires devices to have a physical connection to an authenticated PC, due to the strict security measures. Because a software update isn’t an option to enable Level 1 Widevine encryption, OnePlus needs 5 and 5T owners interested in the update to mail their device to the company.Customers simply need to contact customer service to get started, with OnePlus covering shipping costs and promising to return the phone within five days of receiving it. “We’ve worked hard to streamline this process as much as possible,” the company wrote.AdChoices广告There’s no mention if new OnePlus 5T devices that ship going forward will include the Level 1 Widevine update, not to mention why the encryption systems wasn’t supported in the first place. Sadly, OnePlus 3 and 3T owners are left in the dark about whether their phones are eligible for the update, but at this point is seems unlikely the 2016 devices will be supported for much longer.SOURCE OnePlus Story TimelineOnePlus 6 release date teasedOnePlus confirms security breach with a staggering number of affected usersOnePlus Camera M mod improves OnePlus 5/5T photographyOnePlus clipboard issue a false alarmOnePlus 5T red Valentine’s Day edition is a deep LAVA For all the praise surrounding last year’s OnePlus 5 and the newer OnePlus 5T, the phones have been missing one important feature, a surprise considering how they’re billed as alternate Android flagships: the ability to stream HD video content from a number of sources, namely Netflix. Fortunately, OnePlus has just announced an update to the glaring issue, but it requires an unorthodox process: owners need to physically mail the phone in.last_img read more

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Labgrown meat market launch may happen in 2021

first_imgLab-grown meat is exactly what it sounds like — meat (beef, primarily) that is grown in a lab using cultured cells, eliminating the need to raise and slaughter animals. Developments over the past several years have already drastically reduced the cost of producing this “cultured meat,” as Mosa calls it. It’s only a matter of time before cruelty-free meat becomes a common ingredient.Despite backlash from the existing meat industry, which has attempted to block the use of “confusing” terms like beef, Mosa Meat is forging ahead to bring its product to the market. The company has announced that it successfully raised millions to fund its development of cheaper lab-grown meat production. If everything goes as planned, the company plans to launch its product in 2021.Cultured meats present many potential benefits, including greatly reducing the amount of water that is needed to produce meat the traditional way. Raising animals requires crops to be grown that are then harvested and used to feed animals, which are ultimately slaughtered for meat. Lab-grown meat removes those requirements while eliminating the cruelty aspect. Cows in particular greatly contribute to climate change due to their methane emissions. Though we’ve seen some promising solutions to this, namely a certain type of seaweed, eliminating the use of cattle entirely could have a major positive environmental impact. SOURCE: Mosa Meat Food technology company Mosa Meat is hoping to bring its lab-grown meat to the market in 2021, it has announced. The company, which is located in the Netherlands, has raised about $8.7 million dollars to help fund its goal, which will involve developing a way to produce the meat at a much lower cost than existing methods. The goal highlights rapid growth in the budding market, coming only a handful of years after the first lab-grown burger was produced in 2013.last_img read more

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The Nokia PureView brands are reunited and the potential is huge

first_imgThe Nokia PureView may well return, with HMD Global reclaiming the storied photography trademark and in the process stoking rumors of camera-savvy future smartphones. Nokia, back in the days before the Microsoft acquisition, created PureView as a brand for its innovative camera technologies. Story TimelineSlashGear 101: Nokia PureViewNokia Lumia 1520 official: 6-inch Windows Phone 8.1 with 20MP PureViewApple grabs Nokia’s PureView expert That started – and is arguably still most memorably for – the Nokia 808 PureView. Launched in mid-2012, it was the culmination of five years of development by the Finnish company, squeezing a sizable 41-megapixel sensor into a Symbian handset. Combined with Carl Zeiss optics, it promised a new age of mobile photography.The 808 PureView previewed a number of technologies and techniques which have gone on to be commonplace in smartphone cameras. With its oversized sensor, for example, it could deliver a lossless digital zoom, cropping a section of the frame to mimic the effect of an optical zoom but without losing pixels in the final shot. Combining data from clusters of pixels could make for more accurate colors and contrast. Nokia went on to use the PureView brand on a number of photography-minded handsets, with the Lumia 1020 also packing a 41-megapixel sensor. The subsequent Lumia 920 and 1520 may not have been the most successful devices, running Windows Phone, but few doubted the abilities of their cameras, particularly in low-light situations or when avoiding hand-shake. Microsoft, after it acquired Nokia’s phone business, went on to release a PureView handset of its own, the Lumia 950. AdChoices广告Since then, though, the brand has been idle. HMD Global, the Finnish company which acquired the phone business from Microsoft in 2015, did not get the PureView trademark at the same time as it did the Nokia name. That changed on August 23, 2018, Nokiamob reports, with the new holding now confirmed by the European Union Intellectual Property Office.Gaining control of the PureView name doesn’t necessarily mean that HMD Global will actually use it, of course. The company’s current smartphone range -which uses Android – has focused more on core competencies than anything outlandish, pitching factors like affordability first. All the same, it’s not unimaginable that a new Nokia PureView device could be on the roadmap.The Nokia 8 announced in mid-2018, for instance, has Zeiss lenses. The German lens company worked with Nokia on the original PureView technology, delivering the sizable optics the 808 PureView required to work with its huge sensor. At the same time, we’ve seen a rise in dual and even triple lens cameras from other phone-makers, using different combinations of color and monochrome sensors, telephoto lenses, depth sensors, and more. With photography – and computational photography specifically – such a key selling point of modern smartphones, it would seem a wasted opportunity for HMD Global to have access to PureView as a name but not actually use it. Whether whatever device may end up bearing it is worthy of the branding will remain to be seen.last_img read more

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Huawei P30 skipping MWC to debut next month in Paris

first_imgIf you were expecting Huawei to unveil its latest flagship later this month, you might be disappointed. Yes, the beleaguered Chinese company is expected to show off a prototype of its folding 5G smartphone at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, but those who prefer to see a finished and polished product will have to wait for another month. In a completely unrelated press release, Huawei accidentally revealed that the announcement of the Huawei P30 will take place not in Barcelona but in Paris and not in February but in March. Story TimelineHuawei P30 Pro details spilled: 3D sensors, 40MP, 5x, 10x zoomHuawei P30 leak hints at an oxymoronic designUS Huawei phone spying: Here’s the incentive Some companies take advantage of the synergy and press presence at MWC to announce their wares. Others steer clear of it to avoid getting overshadowed and ignored. Huawei may be taking the latter approach, though it might also just be waiting for the storm to die out a bit before making another big splash.Things seemed to be finally looking up for the company. In spite of the US snub, it managed to actually raise its profile, becoming the second largest smartphone maker in the world and pushing Apple down to third place. It’s 2018 flagships, the Huawei P20 and Huawei Mate 20, have been receiving positive reviews while its Honor sub-brand has been flooding the market with affordable high-end phones.But then the dominoes started falling one after another, with arrests and indictments hurled against it for one reason or another. One of those incidents involved two Polish executives, which probably prompted Huawei to reaffirm its presence in the country. Its press release stated it will be hiring 100 more employees for its Polish office and announce the next P series smartphone in Paris at the end of March.Compared to its peers, the Huawei P30 has yet to reach critical status when it comes to leaks. The latest pointed to a triple camera phone while the Pro model pictured above bumps up the camera count to four on the back. The company will definitely need more than just more cameras to weather this storm.last_img read more

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Range Rover Sport PHEV is Jaguar Land Rovers first plugin hybrid

first_imgSource: Range Rover Despite the power and torque output, the vehicle was able to achieve 101 mpg on the combined NEDC fuel economy standards. The PHEV Rover Sport can travel for 31 miles on electricity alone. The battery pack can be recharged in 2 hours and 45 minutes from completely dead.The vehicle will be badged as the P400e and the gas power is from a 2.0L four paired with a 116PS electric motor. The power goes to the ground via a permanent 4WD system. The PHEV can reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 137 mph. The battery is a 13.1 kWh unit mounted under the floor.An onboard 7kW charger handles charging duty and the charge cable plugs into the grille. There are two driving modes including Parallel Hybrid and EV modes. The transmission in the vehicle is a ZF automatic 8-speed. To recharge in the 2 hours and 5 minutes quoted, a 32 amp wall box is required. On the 10 amp home charger cable that is supplied as standard, the battery takes 7 hours and 30 minutes to charge. The vehicle also has all the fancy bits and refinement inside the cabin you expect from Range Rover. A new luxury full EV is tipped to land in 2019 called the Road Rover. Range Rover has added a new plug-in hybrid SUV to its Range Rover Sport family. The hybrid Range Rover Sport combines electric propulsion with a gas engine for performance. The plug-in hybrid has total power of 404PS (right at 400 hp) and 640 Nm (472 ft-lb) of torque.last_img read more

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Audi etron GT Concept is a dropdead gorgeous 4door EV

first_img LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 26: Head of Design of Audi AG, Marc Lichte attends the global reveal of the Audi e-tron GT concept in Los Angeles on Monday, November 26th, 2018. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Audi of America) LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 26: CEO of Audi ofAmerica, Mark Del Rosso attends the global reveal of the Audi e-tron GT concept in Los Angeles on Monday, November 26th, 2018. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Audi of America) And while the Audi e-tron GT is still in concept form today, there are many reasons to lose sleep as you wait for the production model to arrive in late 2020. For starters, the e-tron GT is the first all-electric vehicle developed by Audi Sport GmbH, the privately-owned high-performance subsidiary of the Audi brand. The goal was to create a sporty and luxurious electric GT car that can race the smooth highways on the German Autobahn and beyond. In the case of Robert Downey Jr., you can anticipate seeing him whipping the e-tron GT around, fighting the bad guys in the next Marvel Avengers movie. Initial camo shots teased the classic proportions of a classic Gran Turismo. With the wrap off, the Audi e-tron GT Concept’s aerodynamic shape, wider stance, and long wheelbase are revealed. Audi says the car will be 4.96-meters (16.3 ft.) in length and 1.96-meters (6.4 ft.) in width, which is eerily similar to the 16.6 ft. length and 6.35-meter width of the current Porsche Panamera. Unlike the Porsche Taycan, that automaker’s electric sedan, though, the e-tron GT Concept has more muscular wheel arches both front and rear. AdChoices广告While Audi may be working with Porsche in developing the power-packed tech in the e-tron GT, the design and character of the vehicle will remain true to the Audi DNA. As expected from a high-performance GT sedan, the Audi e-tron GT has a gently sloping roofline. The sportback layout is reminiscent of the Audi A7, although the e-tron GT concept sits two-inches lower to the ground than the A7. In fact, the Audi R8 only sits a touch lower than the e-tron GT, further blurring the two cars’ categories. The cabin layout is designed to taper strongly to the rear of the vehicle, which Audi claims is the next evolutionary stage of its overall design language. The prominent shoulders dropping down to the swollen wheel arches took nearly four months to perfect, while the flat floor suggests a lower center of gravity. In order to achieve a lower drag coefficient, Audi designers worked with their engineering counterparts to apply all the tricks in the wind tunnel, to produce a sleek yet shapely silhouette. The body is outlined with broad lines and various functional elements to further reduce drag. Those air vents on the wheel arches are not just for show, for instance: they actually smooth the airflow around the car. The same goes for the solid rear diffuser, which helps to keep the rear of the car planted at high speed. Large air inlets in the front are designed to provide cooling to the battery and brakes. The hood is sculpted to allow the airflow to literally hug the body as the car moves forward. The front of the e-tron GT is unmistakably an Audi, with the hallmark Audi Singleframe grille, but this time it has a more horizontal architecture to further emphasize the wider stance of the four-door coupe.Out in the back, it is hard not to notice the light strip that runs across the entire width in the rear of the e-tron GT. The light strip will dissipate at the outer edges to highlight the wedge-shaped LED lighting segments, which echo those fitted to the Audi e-tron SUV which will launch in the US next year. Still, if the Audi e-tron GT wants to get noticed in the realm of, ahem, ludicrous electric vehicles – yes, Tesla Model S, I’m looking at you – it needs to have a stonking power output and ridiculous zero to 60 times. For that, the e-tron GT wields a pair of asynchronous electric motors located in the front and rear, together producing a combined output of 590 horsepower. It’s enough to complete the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a claimed 3.5 seconds, with 0 to 124 mph taking just 12 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 150 mph. The torque of the twin electric motors is routed digitally to the electric quattro all-wheel drive, which we first saw in the Audi e-tron SUV. There’s no mechanical linkage between the front and rear axles, and the system also utilizes torque vectoring to transfer the appropriate amount of power between the front and rear wheels. In order to spice things up, the system can also coordinate the drive between the left and right wheels to deliver superior handling. The car also comes with all-wheel steering, promising to further enhance the dynamic agility and directional stability of the car.Electric power is provided by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery. The ultra-flat battery pack is strategically located in the entire underfloor area between the front and rear axles, helping keep the center of gravity low. The battery provides enough juice to yield a maximum estimated range of 248.5 miles or 400 kilometers in a single charge. Audi has reused its high-tech energy recuperation system, which we also saw first in the Audi e-tron SUV. The system can recuperate power by lifting the throttle pedal or by applying the brakes. Stopping power is achieved by the electric motors and the conventional friction brakes, but the system chooses which between the two is most appropriate in any given situation. If the system decides to use the electric motors instead of the brake rotors to slow down or stop the vehicle, the system can recuperate power and charge the batteries. In this scenario, the electric motors are acting as twin alternators to provide the juice. LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 26: Head of Design of Audi AG, Marc Lichte attends the global reveal of the Audi e-tron GT concept in Los Angeles on Monday, November 26th, 2018. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Audi of America) Hot on the heels of the new Audi e-tron SUV and Audi e-tron Sportback is the newest electric four-door coupe: the Audi e-tron GT. This is a high-performance all-electric GT that will rough it up with the best of the best fully electric cars on the market today. “The Audi R8 became the superhero of our portfolio,” exterior designer specialist Parys Cybulski explained. “The new Audi e-tron GT Concept signifies the evolution of our product portfolio.” The battery pack can also be charged quickly courtesy of the built-in 800-volt charging system. This system can recharge the battery to 80-percent capacity in around 20 minutes, which is enough to deliver a real-world driving range of 198-miles (320-kilometers). The battery can also be charged with the Audi Wireless Charging system. It utilizes a charging pad installed in the floor of your garage: you park the car over the charging pad, and its 11kW output will fully charge the batteries in your e-tron GT overnight. The interior offers adequate room for four passengers. “It’s all about the width,” Enzo Rothfuss, head of Audi Interior Design, explains. “It was fun designing the interior of the e-tron GT. And since this car is basically an electric R8 with four seats, the interior layout feels like you’re sitting inside a sports car, but roomier.”The feeling of immersive space starts with the physical layout of the dashboard. :We created the widest dashboard in the world,” Rothfuss continued. Everything feels wider and stretched out inside the Audi e-tron GT. But at the same time, you sit lower than in a conventional car, which actually feels like you’re piloting a super-sedan version of the Audi R8 supercar. “Honestly, the interior and exterior design of the new Audi e-tron GT is 99-percent ready for production,” the designer concluded.Since the Audi e-tron GT Concept is an all-electric vehicle, you have access to two luggage compartments, too. Lift the hood to make use of 3.5 cubic feet (100 liters) of cargo space; the rear luggage area offers enough space to load up to 15.9 cubic feet (450 liters) worth of cargo. As it turns out, the new Audi e-tron GT is not only fast, roomy, silent, and comfortable, it also happens to be unexpectedly practical as well. We’re used to seeing concept cars preview vague flights of design fancy at auto shows, but Audi is blunt about its production intentions for the e-tron GT Concept. Meanwhile, expect some of its aesthetic cues to be carried forward into future Audi models across the board. One thing is clear, while this may be a superhero’s car first, it’s going to make a sizable splash once it moves off the movie screen and into dealerships. LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 26: A general view of atmosphere at the global reveal of the Audi e-tron GT concept in Los Angeles on Monday, November 26th, 2018. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Audi of America) Story TimelineAudi PB18 e-tron concept is a vision of electric excellence2019 Audi e-tron official: Luxury electric SUV gets priced for US release2019 Audi e-tron first drive review: Drifting an EV SUVcenter_img LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 26: A general view of atmosphere at the global reveal of the Audi e-tron GT concept in Los Angeles on Monday, November 26th, 2018. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Audi of America) LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 26: Robert Downey Jr. attends the global reveal of the Audi e-tron GT concept in Los Angeles on Monday, November 26th, 2018. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Audi of America) LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 26: A general view of atmosphere at the global reveal of the Audi e-tron GT concept in Los Angeles on Monday, November 26th, 2018. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Audi of America) LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 26: A general view of atmosphere at the global reveal of the Audi e-tron GT concept in Los Angeles on Monday, November 26th, 2018. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Audi of America) When you’re building an electric supercar, who better than Tony Stark to give it that superstar shine. “I’ve been having an extramarital affair with Audi for more than a decade now,” Robert Downey Jr jokingly quips at the unveil of the Audi GT Concept. Downey took the stage with legendary automotive designer Marc Lichte, to pull the wraps off a jaw-dropping car that, though dubbed a concept, is in fact an astonishing 99-percent product ready. It’s no secret that Audi is in a longstanding love affair with Marvel Studios, too. The Audi R8 will forever be entwined with Tony Stark, the billionaire genius and playboy philanthropist character portrayed to perfection by Robert Downey Jr. last_img read more

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Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 lasts longer and blasts louder

first_imgUltimate Ears has given its chunky little WONDERBOOM speaker a revamp, with the UE WONDERBOOM 2 promising louder sound and more bass. A new Outdoor Boost mode promises to retune the Bluetooth speaker’s EQ settings, with a special configuration designed for outdoor listening. Hit the button on the bottom of the speaker, and the WONDERBOOM 2 loads a special equalizer that Ultimate Ears says can deliver louder and crisper audio than the original speaker. Considering how popular rechargeable speakers like this are for outdoor activities, it’s probably one of the more useful feature additions we’ve seen on a Bluetooth speaker of late. Even without Outdoor Boost mode active, however, the WONDERBOOM 2 should sound bolder. A lower cutoff frequency makes for more bass than before. Like the original speaker, there’s a 360-degree soundstage so that it doesn’t really matter where you’re positioned. Double Up, meanwhile, has been upgraded so that not only can two WONDERBOOM 2 speakers be paired together for louder playback, but you can assign them as left and right channels for true stereo. Alternatively, you can have them both play the same audio, for maximum overall volume. A new button interface on the top adds play, pause, and track skip controls, while oversized volume buttons are on the front.Battery life is up by 30-percent, UE says. That should mean as much as 13 hours of playback on a single charge. There’s also IP67 rated waterproofing and dust-proofing. The two-tone knit fabric clad speaker will float if you drop it in the pool, and there’s a handy loop on the top to carry it or hang it up from something. Five colors will be offered, ranging from the more discrete Deep Space Black (Black) and Crushed Ice (Grey), through to eye-catching finishes like Radical Red (Red), Bermuda Blue (Blue), and Just Peach (Pink). Each is now available to order in Europe, and up for pre-order in the US. It’s priced at $99.99.last_img read more

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First Edition October 23 2012

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s headlines include various reports from the campaign trail as well as the latest news about current meningitis outbreak.  Kaiser Health News: Nursing Home Patients Returning To The CommunityJenni Bergal, reporting for Kaiser Health News in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: “After nearly two years in a Baltimore nursing home, Sonia Savage was eager to leave. She was in her late 20s, surrounded by older people and feeling ‘it wasn’t a place for me.’ … Savage is one of 1,336 disabled or elderly low-income Marylanders who as of early July had moved out of nursing homes and other institutional settings as part of a national program called Money Follows the Person. The goal is to return them to the community” (Bergal, 10/22). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Wis. Senate Candidates Spar Over Health IssuesReporting for Kaiser Health News, Richard E. Cohen writes: “The hard-fought campaign for an open Senate seat in Wisconsin—a centrist state that recently has become politically torn—has delved deeply into the politics of health policy and Medicare” (Cohen, 10/22). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Insuring Your Health: Insurers Are Again Selling Child-Only Health Policies After Interventions From States, Study FindsIn her latest consumer column, Michelle Andrews writes: “One of the first provisions of the Affordable Care Act to take effect prohibited insurers from turning down children younger than 19 on the grounds that they had a preexisting medical condition. The provision was supposed to make coverage more accessible to vulnerable kids whose families were trying to buy coverage on the individual market. Instead, it had the opposite effect: Insurers in many states stopped selling child-only policies” (Andrews, 10/22). Read the column.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Updated: FDA Temporarily Removes List Of Hospitals, Providers That Received Products From Mass. Compounder Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Julie Appleby reports: “Just hours after posting it Monday, the Food and Drug Administration removed from its website a list of hospitals and doctors that had received products from the compounding pharmacy now at the center of the fungal meningitis outbreak, saying data may be incorrect. The agency said it is working to correct the list and will repost once it is completed. … The original list included more than 1,000 hospitals, clinics and doctors nationwide, including some well-known facilities such as Brigham & Women’s, Beth Israel, the Mayo Clinic Health System, Children’s Hospital Boston and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute” (Appleby, 10/22). Check out what else is on the blog.The New York Times: Check Point: Looking Closely At Statements From Candidates On Foreign PolicyWho knew that fact-checking the sole foreign policy debate of the presidential campaign would include the ranking of Massachusetts schools and how best to administer Medicaid? Repeatedly, the two candidates swerved to the economic issues that have dominated the campaign (Shane, Cooper, Gordon, Oppel and LaFraniere, 10/23).Los Angeles Times: Obama, Romney Aim For Swing Vote In Final Debate In FloridaRepublicans remain worried that Obama’s extensive get-out-the-vote operation could carry him, and Democrats are concerned that heightened enthusiasm for Romney could give him an edge. As many as 1 in 10 Florida voters may be up for grabs, and Fernando Valladrez is among them. … Valladrez voted for Obama in 2008 but says he agrees with Romney on social issues, such as abortion and whether Catholic hospitals should pay for employee insurance coverage for contraceptives, though he doesn’t like Romney’s position on immigration (West and Semuels, 10/22).The Wall Street Journal: Obama Says Scheduled Cuts ‘Will Not Happen’President Barack Obama said Monday that scheduled cuts to spending on the military and other government programs “will not happen,” marking perhaps his most definitive comments on the subject. … The scheduled spending cuts are the result of a 2011 deal Mr. Obama reached with Congress to raise the government’s borrowing limit. The agreement stipulated that roughly $1.2 trillion in budget cuts would start taking effect in January 2013 unless a congressional “supercommittee” agreed to a deficit-reduction plan of the same size. The cuts were designed to be so objectionable that it would force the committee to reach an agreement. But the committee failed, so the cuts are set to take place next year (Paletta, 10/22).Los Angeles Times: After 40 Years, California’s Rep. Pete Stark Faces Tough BattleStark first gained national attention as the “hippie banker” who, during the Vietnam War, put a peace symbol on the headquarters of the bank he founded in the East Bay. He was an architect of landmark legislation that allowed workers to extend health coverage for a time after leaving their jobs and required emergency rooms to screen and stabilize anyone who showed up at their doors, regardless of their ability to pay. He also played an important role in developing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s healthcare law (Simon, 10/23).The Washington Post: In Pennsylvania, Sen. Robert Casey Gets Unexpected Republican ChallengeCasey finally began running an ad that links Smith to the Senate conservatives who would overhaul Medicare and Social Security, a key issue for a state that has one of the nation’s oldest populations. “This isn’t just a one-liner. They are deadly serious,” Casey warned supporters. The aim is to define Smith as a fringe member of the tea party movement (Kane, 10/22).Politico: Issa Subpoenas Documents On Medicare DemoHouse Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpoenaed the Obama administration Monday for documents he believes will expose Medicare malfeasance by Department of Health and Human Services officials. The move, confirmed by an aide to the California Republican, makes good on a threat Issa issued last week, when he demanded reams of data from HHS by 5 p.m. on Thursday. Although the agency dumped 1,300 pages at his doorstep just before the deadline, he contended that the information was garbled and unresponsive to his request (Cheney, 10/22).USA Today: Healthgrades: Which States Have The Safest HospitalsArizona, California, Illinois and Ohio scored the best marks for hospital care in a new report that says quality varies “significantly” from state to state in key health areas linked to mortality rates (Lloyd, 10/23).The New York Times: Settlement Eases Rules For Some Medicare PatientsTens of thousands of people with chronic conditions and disabilities may find it easier to qualify for Medicare coverage of potentially costly home health care, skilled nursing home stays and outpatient therapy under policy changes planned by the Obama administration (Pear, 10/22).The New York Times: U.S. Concern Over Compounders Predates Outbreak Of MeningitisA year before people began dying of meningitis caused by a tainted drug from a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, the Food and Drug Administration worried that compounders across the country might be selling another substandard drug, one possibly made with unapproved Chinese ingredients (Bogdanich and Tavernise, 10/22).The New York Times: Documents In Meningitis Case Show Complaints In 1999The Massachusetts Department of Health released hundreds of pages of documents on Monday detailing a history of violations at the New England Compounding Center, whose tainted medicine has caused a nationwide meningitis outbreak. The documents include dozens of complaints from as early as April 1999, less than a year after the company began as a compounding pharmacy in Framingham, Mass (Tavernise and Pollack, 10/22).The New York Times: 2 Women In Queens And Many Others Find A Sick Day Could Mean They’re FiredThere is now a Dickensian feel to New York City. You walk below the El on Roosevelt Avenue in Corona and find so many hard-fought-for laws — against overcrowded tenements, and wage violations and sanitary conditions — winked at. In this Upstairs, Downstairs city, those at the bottom of the pile learn the virtues of silence. Of late, however, a coalition of community groups has taken up the cudgel in support of paid sick days. This is a luxury denied to 700,000 to 1.2 million New Yorkers (Powell, 10/22).The Washington Post: Health Plan Takeover In D.C. Eases Concerns But Doesn’t Erase ThemThe District government’s takeover of its largest health contractor has eased concerns among care providers, but anxieties remain about the effects on the city’s half-billion-dollar system of providing health care to the needy (DeBonis, 10/22).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Wis. Judge Rejects Request To Reinstate Union Bargaining Rights Law While Appeal Is PendingA Wisconsin judge refused Monday to put on hold his earlier decision repealing major parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers. … The ruling last month overturned the law as it pertained to school and local government workers. The law passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011 applied to all public employees except police, firefighters, local transit workers and emergency medical service employees. It limits collective bargaining on wage increases to the rate of inflation. Other issues, such as workplace safety, vacation and health benefits, were excluded from collective bargaining (10/22).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. First Edition: October 23, 2012last_img read more

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Medicare Misperceptions Create Tougher Task For Lawmakers

first_imgMedicare Misperceptions Create Tougher Task For Lawmakers This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The New York Times reports that public misunderstandings about the specifics of entitlement benefits make trimming Medicare spending more difficult. Meanwhile, Politico reports on an idea that might bridge the partisan divide that plagues these efforts.The New York Times: Misperceptions Of Benefits Make Trimming HarderPresident Obama had Senate Republicans nodding in agreement during a recent ice-breaking dinner as he described a basic problem for the nation’s fiscal future: For each dollar that Americans pay for Medicare, they ultimately draw about $3 in benefits. What’s more, he added, most people do not understand that. … [T]he president was referring to the widespread and incorrect view, especially among older Americans, that Medicare recipients get only what they have paid for through taxes, premiums and medical co-payments. Now that misperception is making it all the harder for politicians to consider trimming those benefits or raising out-of-pocket expenses as they seek to restrain Medicare spending that is rising unsustainably while baby boomers age and medical prices increase (Calmes, 4/3).Politico: Medicare Buy-In A Budget Solution? To get to a budget deal, could Washington buy in to a Medicare buy-in? That’s the question left hanging by a recent Urban Institute paper which maps out one path to bridge the partisan divide over Republican demands that the eligibility age for Medicare be adjusted upward from 65 to 67 so as to conform with Social Security (Rogers, 4/3).Also in the news, tangible impacts of budget sequester -The Washington Post’s WonkBlog: Cancer Clinics Are Turning Away Thousands Of Medicare Patients. Blame The Sequester.Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts. Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially. Patients at these clinics would need to seek treatment elsewhere, such as at hospitals that might not have the capacity to accommodate them (Kliff, 4/3).The Medicare NewsGroup: Medicare Sequestration Cuts Begin, Pain Yet To ComeWhen the budget axe swung Monday, hospitals, doctors, insurers, prescription drug plans, graduate medical education and other health care providers were on the chopping block. Providers that offer Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans and Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) plans felt the effect of the cuts immediately. Medicare pays these providers on the first business day of every month to operate for the coming month. But a majority of health care providers won’t feel the pain until weeks, even months, after the budget cuts technically go into effect (Sjoerdsma, 4/4).last_img read more

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State Exchanges Report Stepped Up Activity As SignUp Deadline Nears

first_imgState Exchanges Report Stepped Up Activity As Sign-Up Deadline Nears This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. According to The Denver Post, Colorado’s marketplace is seeing an acceleration in the rate of enrollment, hile the Los Angeles Times highlights specific outreach efforts as the clock ticks toward March 31. In Oregon, though, the countdown is on for the release of a report detailing what went wrong. And, in Connecticut, GOP state legislators want to know any of the consumers using the state’s online portal were previously uninsured.   The Denver Post: Colorado Health Insurance Sign-Ups Gaining Momentum As Deadline NearsWith less than two weeks left before the deadline, the rate of health-insurance enrollment has been accelerating, with more than 251,000 Coloradans having signed up for health coverage, state officials announced Tuesday. Connect for Health Colorado, the nonprofit health insurance marketplace established by state law, reported that 100,112 residents have signed up for private health insurance (Draper, 3/19).Los Angeles Times: Clinic Chain AltaMed Is Signing Up Latinos For ObamacareMuch of the activity is centered at its two enrollment offices in East L.A. and Santa Ana, where people often line up in the morning before the doors open at 8 a.m. Overall, AltaMed has nearly 120 enrollment counselors. Health plan sign-ups end March 31, and enrollment doesn’t reopen until November. The clinic’s roots go back 45 years, and it has become a trusted name in the communities it serves (Karlamangla and Terhune, 3/19).The Oregonian: The State’s Cover Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Review Is Expected SoonThe consulting firm hired by Gov. John Kitzhaber to review what went wrong with the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange debacle has completed its report, which should be released as early as Wednesday or Thursday, officials say. As the public awaits the report, conducted by Atlanta-based First Data, here’s some background on the Kitzhaber-initiated review of how the exchange went off the rails. On Dec. 13, Kitzhaber’s office announced “initial steps for an independent review of every stage of the development of the Cover Oregon website” (Budnick, 3/19). The CT Mirror: CT GOP Wants To Know How Many Exchange Customers Were UninsuredThursday is the deadline for the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee to move forward its proposals for this session. Among the measures still awaiting action is a controversial bill that would require the state’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, to report on the number of enrollees who were previously uninsured. The proposal would require the exchange to provide legislators with monthly reports on enrollment. … The extent to which the exchange is covering the uninsured or attracting customers who had other insurance plans in the past has been a sticking point for exchange critics (Becker, 3/19).last_img read more

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Medicare Report Details Provider Penalties Incentives

first_img The Wall Street Journal: Medicare-Provider Penalties, Incentives Detailed In Report Los Angeles Times: Signing Up Late For Medicare Part B Can Trigger A Lifelong Penalty KHN earlier, related coverage: Medicare Is Stingy In First Year Of Doctor Bonuses (Rau, 4/6). Meanwhile, on the topic of Medicare and ACOs – Nearly 40% of health-care providers treating Medicare patients will have their payments docked 1.5% this year because they didn’t submit data on patients’ health to the government, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said. More than 460,000 providers failed to comply with the Physician Quality Reporting System in 2013, of about 1.25 million eligible providers, according to the CMS report released last week. Some 70% of those that didn’t participate treat fewer than 100 Medicare patients a year, the agency said. (Beck, 4/26) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Insurers Take First Steps To Change How Doctors, Hospitals Are Paid A nationwide initiative to make the fragmented and costly health care system more efficient could affect the more than 340,000 people in Wisconsin enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. Most probably are unaware that anything has changed. But there’s a chance their care could be more coordinated, adhere more closely to clinical guidelines and cost less because of the initiative. Humana and UnitedHealthcare — two of the largest health insurers that offer Medicare Advantage plans — are striking agreements with what are known as accountable care organizations. The organizations, also known as ACOs, have become one of the key levers in the effort to improve the quality of care and slow the rise in costs. (Boulton, 4/26) And a caution about signing up late for Medicare Part B – This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. If Robert Bowman hadn’t casually mentioned his upcoming 65th birthday to a friend, he might have missed his window to sign up for Medicare. “He said you better sign up now because there’s a penalty for signing up late. I didn’t know that,” says Bowman, a 65-year-old former tow truck driver who lives in Torrance. Everyday 10,000 baby boomers — people age 51 to 69 — turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare. According to a recent survey by the Medicare Rights Center in New York, many are unclear about whether and when to sign up for Part B, which covers outpatient medical care, including most doctor visits. (Zamosky, 4/26) Medicare Report Details Provider Penalties, Incentives The Wall Street Journal writes that, according to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report, more than 460,000 providers failed to comply with the Physician Quality Reporting System in 2013.last_img read more

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Pharma Stocks Reveal An Industry Breathing Sigh Of Relief Over Trump Win

first_imgPharma Stocks Reveal An Industry Breathing Sigh Of Relief Over Trump Win Though Donald Trump’s policies on high drug prices still remain a question mark, the industry is rallying on expectations of fewer regulations. The Wall Street Journal: Pharma Stocks Benefit From U.S. Election Result, But Relief May Be Fleeting California voters rejected a closely watched ballot initiative aimed at capping how much most state-funded health insurance programs pay for prescription drugs, a possible bellwether of the lack of political appetite for more widespread policies to tackle high drug prices. State agencies would have been barred from paying more than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does for prescription drugs. VA gets at least a 24 percent discount off the average manufacturer’s price of a drug and is insulated against price hikes larger than inflation. (Johnson, 11/9) Pharmaceutical companies have won California’s most expensive ballot measure battle, beating back Proposition 61’s effort to cap drug prices. Proposition 61 was trailing 54 percent to 46 percent on Wednesday, and advocates acknowledged they had lost. (Cadelago, 11/9) Reuters: Pharma, Biotech Shares Soar As Trump Win Calms Pricing Talk The Washington Post: Drug Companies Just Scored A Big Election Victory Pharmaceutical stocks and bonds were among the day’s biggest winners as the sweeping Republican victory in U.S. elections eased concern that price controls might be imposed in the world’s largest market for prescription medicines. Even as drug companies rallied, other parts of the health sector plunged. President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act sent shares of hospital chains and insurers tumbling on the possibility that millions of customers could lose coverage, disrupting the industry again just a few years after the landmark law took effect. (Tracer, Orr, Kresge and Bloomfield, 11/9) The Sacramento Bee: Drug Companies Win Campaign Over Prop. 61 Price Cap Bloomberg: Drugmakers Jump, Hospitals Plunge In Aftermath Of Trump Win Pharmaceutical and biotechnology shares soared on Wednesday as Republican Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential election calmed investor fears of tough action on drug pricing that has pressured the sector for more than a year. Hospital shares tumbled as a Republican sweep of Congress raised prospects for a rollback of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which expanded the number of patients in government health plans. (11/9) Shares of drugmakers rallied Wednesday on expectations that Mr. Trump’s election and Republican control of Congress would lessen the chances of government restrictions on drug prices—a prospect that seemed on the rise in response to a public backlash against escalating prescription costs over the past few years. Mr. Trump did speak out against high drug prices at times during his campaign—including supporting allowing the Medicare agency to directly negotiate lower drug prices with manufacturers—but he didn’t propose as many specific measures against prices as Mrs. Clinton did. (Loftus and Roland, 11/9) The defeat of a closely watched ballot initiative to curb high drug prices also bolstered the industry — This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Bill Would Aim To Curb High Drug Prices By Triggering Competition Through

first_img Drug companies often offer coupons or vouchers to take the sting out of certain medications’ high price tags. But one Democratic lawmaker says such offers actually contribute to high healthcare costs — and is proposing legislation to limit their use. Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) has introduced a measure that would prohibit the use of coupons for medications when there are cheaper drug options available. (Mason, 2/2) The Wall Street Journal: House Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Rein In Drug Prices Stat: Bill To Lower Drug Prices Will Get A Boost From A House Lawmaker “Specifically the bill will require the [Food and Drug Administration] to prioritize, expedite and review generic applications of drug products that are currently in shortage, or where there are few manufacturers on the market,” Walden said. (Hellmann, 2/2) Previous California Healthline coverage: Drug Prices, Opioids, And Obamacare: A Conversation With Assemblyman Jim Wood [M]ore states are adopting policies that prevent insurers from ceasing to cover a medication in the middle of the year, when a patient is still locked in to a particular plan, unless there is a good medical reason for doing so. The laws also limit midyear increases in what patients must pay for a drug. In the last two years, California and Nevada have adopted such rules. Florida is considering and Tennessee is expected to consider similar legislation this year, and Massachusetts has created a commission to explore the idea. (Ollove, 2/2) A powerful House lawmaker said he would push for legislation to stymie drug price-gouging by encouraging development of generic copies, after attending a meeting at the White House Tuesday with drug-company executives. Rep. Greg Walden (R., Ore.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced at a hearing Thursday his support for a bill that was introduced last year largely with Democrat support but then languished. (Rockoff, 2/2) Bill Would Aim To Curb High Drug Prices By Triggering Competition Through Generics Big brand-name drug companies would likely support the legislation from Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, since it focuses on marketplace competition rather than government intervention. Meanwhile, a California lawmaker is moving to limit the use of coupons for drugs. The Hill: House Panel To Consider Bill To Spur Generic Drug Development  center_img The bill, which mirrors a similar effort that was introduced last year but languished, would provide incentives to drug makers to develop generics when there is a lack of competition or a shortage exists. The bill would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to review an application for a drug within six months and expedite inspection of any facility that would make the medicine. (Silverman, 2/2) “President Trump made it clear in the White House meeting I attended with him and Vice President Pence: He wants competition that will bring lower drug prices and that is precisely what this measure will accomplish,” Walden said at an Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing, referring to a White House meeting with pharmaceutical executives. (McIntire, 2/2) And more and more states are trying to protect patients when insurers want to raise medication prices or cease coverage in the middle of the year — Morning Consult: Walden: Energy And Commerce To Take Up Generic Drug Bill Next Week Los Angeles Times: This California Lawmaker Wants To Limit Use Of Those Coupons People Use For High-Cost Drugs Stateline: New Rules Aim To Keep Patients On Medications That Work This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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WatchDown to Business podcast Turbulent times for Canadian airlines — with guest

first_img Facebook If you have any questions about the show, or if there are topics you want us to tackle, email us: More Comment Down to Business podcast: Turbulent times for Canadian airlines? — with guest Ed Sims, CEO of WestJet Episode 2 of a weekly podcast from the Financial Post Join the conversation → Reddit Emily Jackson 0 Comments Email Twitter Welcome to Down to Business, a weekly podcast from the Financial Post.Our second episode covers Canadian airlines — with our guest Ed Sims, WestJet CEO for the last 13 months.You can listen below — or on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play, where you can also subscribe to get new episodes every Wednesday morning. May 1, 20198:02 AM EDT Filed under News FP Street Share this storyDown to Business podcast: Turbulent times for Canadian airlines? — with guest Ed Sims, CEO of WestJet Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Recommended For YouU.S. FDA approves Karyopharm Therapeutics’ blood cancer drugOntario Cannabis Store pulls affected CannTrust products amid Health Canada probeUPDATE 2-FDA approves expanded label for Regeneron/Sanofi’s DupixentTrump pick for Fed seat says doesn’t want to pull rug from under market -CNBCAP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt? last_img read more

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WatchInflation surges to highest in seven years giving Bank of Canada room

first_img 20 Comments Chris Fournier Comment Share this storyInflation surges to highest in seven years, giving Bank of Canada room to hold rates Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Canada’s currency began climbing immediately, rising 0.65 per cent to close at 0.75 cents to the U.S. dollar. Related Stories:Inflation eases (just enough) as Canadians pay less for gas and internetBank of Canada may diverge from dovish peers as economy reboundsU.S. underlying inflation stirring; labor market tighteningKey InsightsWednesday’s report bolsters the Bank of Canada’s view that the economy is emerging from a slowdown. It lends credence to Governor Stephen Poloz’s argument that interest rates will eventually need to move higher, even as his counterparts in the U.S. and Europe lean more towards rate cuts. The latest figures bring inflation above the central bank’s latest quarterly forecast. The central bank revised its 2019 outlook for CPI higher in April to 1.9 per cent, from 1.7 per cent previously. Kevin Carmichael: The idea that Canadians need oil and gas to make a living overlooks the data Drop in auto production leads surprise decline in Canada’s factory output Canada’s economy will have a sub-par year for growth, RBC forecasts Get MoreOn a monthly basis, the CPI increase was 0.4 per cent, matching April’s pace and topping the 0.1 per cent median forecast. CPI common core held at 1.8 per cent, median core climbed to 2.1 per cent and trim core accelerated to 2.3 per cent. The largest upside contributor to CPI on an annual basis was shelter costs, which rose 2.7 per cent. Food and transportation were also major drivers. Excluding gasoline, inflation climbed 2.7 per cent on the year. Facebook Twitter Recommended For YouMost big companies fail to report role in deforestation, charity saysOil prices spike as attack on tankers near crucial Gulf passage fan fears of conflictWhat cannabis shortage? Analyst warns oversupply could become a problem in mere monthsRussia wants Iran to remain equal player in global energy market Reunited with in Valnet Acquisition Redditcenter_img Bloomberg News June 19, 20194:54 PM EDTLast UpdatedJune 20, 20197:25 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Canadian inflation quickened in May on increases across all eight major components, giving the Bank of Canada plenty of scope to hold interest rates steady.The consumer price index jumped 2.4 per cent from a year earlier, compared with 2 per cent in April and versus a median economist forecast of 2.1 per cent, Statistics Canada said Wednesday from Ottawa. It was the highest annual rate since October, boosted by increases in food and durable goods prices.Core inflation, closely watched by policy makers, surged, with the average of the three key measures rising to 2.07 per cent, the highest since February 2012. Email Join the conversation → More Inflation surges to highest in seven years, giving Bank of Canada room to hold rates Loonie climbs on the data last_img read more

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