airtel vs jioairtel vs jio vs vodafone plansbharti airtel vs reliance jiojio discounts First Published: June 24, 2019, 8:16 PM IST | Edited by: — Continuing its growth trend, Reliance Jio added around 80.82 lakh subscribers in April, showed data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday. Jio’s subscriber base stood at around 31.48 crore at the end of April, it said.State-run BSNL was the only other gainer with over 2.28 lakh new subscribers taking its total tally to around 11.59 crore. The total number of wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased 0.04 per cent from 116.18 crore in March to 116.23 crore at the end of April. “The wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 650.49 million (65.04 crore) at the end of March 2019 to 652.35 million (65.23 crore) at the end of April 2019. However, in the rural area, it declined from 511.32 million (51.13 crore) to 509.95 million (50.99 crore) during the month. The monthly growth rates of urban and rural wireless subscription were 0.29 per cent and (-)0.27 per cent respectively,” the TRAI report said.The other major service providers, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (VIL), further eroded their subscriber base in April. Bharti Airtel lost 32.89 lakh subscribers pulling its subscriber base down to around 32.19 crore, while the Vodafone Idea, the largest company in terms of susbcriptions, lost 15.82 lakh connections taking its tally to around 39.32 crore subscribers.Disclaimer: News18.com is part of Network18 Media & Investment Limited which is owned by Reliance Industries Limited that also owns Reliance Jio.
abhay deolBollywood trailersBradd PIttHollywood trailers First Published: May 26, 2019, 2:28 PM IST From sports drama to thriller, this week has been a treat with trailers releasing from varied genre. Quentin Tarantino returned to the Cannes Film Festival to present his latest film–Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, featuring all the guts, guns and glory one expects from a Tarantino film.Likewise, the trailer of Jungle Cry, a sports biopic based on rugby coach Rudraksh Jena, starring Abhay Deol in the lead, was released at Cannes Film Festival. On the OTT front, Tisca Chopra and Ronit Roy are all set to impress the audiences with Sudhir Mishra’s directorial, Hostages, premiering on Hotstar. Covering Bollywood, Hollywood and streaming giants, here are the major highlights of the week, trailer wise: Once Upon a Time in HollywoodThe film is set in 1969, the height of Hollywood drama and degradation. DiCaprio plays an actor on-screen, Rick Dalton. Pitt plays Dalton’s stunt double Cliff Booth, an attractive and confident man, whose role is limited to stints behind the screen. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hark back to one of the town’s most infamous murders, that of the rising starlet and famed director Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate, who was murdered by members of a cult, led by Charles Manson. The trailer shows us a few glimpses of the murderers, dressed in all-black attire and carrying knives. Jungle CryJungle Cry is inspired by the true story of the rugby team of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). Overcoming many challenges, Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT University and KISS had sent 12 tribal boys under 13 years of age in KISS Rugby Team to participate in the World Cup in London. In the film, Abhay plays the role of Rudraksh who tells the story of tribal kids that learn the sport from scratch, and within four months, manage to win the junior World Cup in the UK in 2007.Terminator Dark FateTerminator: Dark Fate trailer sees Linda Hamilton back as Sarah Connor, reprising her role from the 1984 original. The film had seen Hamilton as a college student whose life is turned upside down when she starts getting pursued by the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Amid the chaos, Cornor is back to save the world from a dangerous new class of Terminators and is seen helping Mackenzie Davis’ Grace, part machine, part human android.Hostages (Hotstar)After the success of Criminal Justice, streaming giant, Hotstar is all set to release its new thriller web series, Hostages. The series is an official adaptation of CBS series of the same name. The series is a crime thriller revolving around the life of a surgeon Dr Mira Anand (Tisca Chopra) who is operating the chief minister. But, her family is kidnapped, and in exchange for the survival of her family, she has to kill the Chief Minister.Stranger Things 3 (Netflix)Leading up to the big release of its cherished sci-fi-horror original series, Netflix, the American streaming giant has dropped a small teaser clip from the upcoming season 3 of Stranger Things. The two-minute video primarily focuses on the newest addition to the obscurity of Hawkins, Billy (Dacre Montgomery). The clip builds up to the charisma he wields in the town, as he enters as the new and strict pool instructor and lifeguard at a local swimming front.Check back next week for your weekly dose of movie trailers.Follow @News18Movies for more
BJPbundelkhand-uttar-pradesh-lok-sabha-elections-2019congressmadhya pradesh First Published: May 6, 2019, 11:43 AM IST | Edited by: — Bhopal: After ousting the BJP in Madhya Pradesh after 15 years, a resurgent Congress is putting its best foot forward to dent the saffron forts in Bundelkhand as the central Indian state goes to polls in the second phase on Monday.Polling for Tikamgarh, Damoh and Khajuraho in Bundelkhand, Satna and Rewa in Vindhya and Hoshangabad and Betul seats —all held by the BJP at present —is taking place today. Sagar, also part of Bundelkhand, will go to polls on May 12. Among prominent candidates, former union minister Prahlad Patel is the BJP nominee from Damoh and union minister Virendra Khatik is contesting from Tikamgarh. The Bundelkhand seats have been won by the BJP for years and in order to keep its stronghold intact, the party got Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promote the party candidates. The traditionally parched landscape has eight MP districts and seven adjoining districts from the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.Rahul Gandhi had made headlines in 2008 after he spent the night with a tribal family in their mud house in a village in Bundelkhand’s Tikamgarh district. This was a time when the farmers in the region were committing suicide following a prolonged drought and after Gandhi’s visit the then UPA government came up with an economic package to help the farmers of the region.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Tikamgarh on Sunday slammed Gandhi for his 2008 visit, saying he had food at a tribal household but never repaid the debt. The BJP government on Sunday gifted the tribal woman a house under the PM Awas Yojana, the PM announced.The Congress failed to open its account in Bundelkhand’s four seats – Damoh, Khajuraho, Tkamgarh and Sagar in 2009 and 2014. It has not won Damoh since 1989 and last won Sagar in 1996. The BJP has been winning the Khajuraho seat since 1989, except in 1999 when Congress leader Satyavrata Chaturvedi had won it. Chaturvedi had rebelled against the party for a ticket for his son in the last assembly polls.The Tikamgarh parliamentary constituency, which was carved out after delimitation in 2008, has also been held by the BJP since 2009. This time, party’s nominee from Tikamgarh, Virendra Khatik, is facing anti-incumbency and internal dissent. exMLA from BJP RD Prajapati has rebelled and contesting on Samajwadi Party from here. The Congress president has held rallies in Rewa, Tikamgarh, Damoh and Khajuraho and BJP chief Amit Shah has held rallies in Rewa, Tikamgarh and Khajuraho.In Damoh, the BJP nominee Prahlald Patel is facing anti-incumbency and dissent from within BJP. He however has also support from Pm Modi’s persona and popularity.VD Sharma, RSS nominee and former ABVP office bearer, is fighting an interesting battle in Khajuraho amid voices of dissent from within the party. He is pitted against Congress leader Kavita Singh, wife of Congress MLA Vikram Singh Natiraja. Sharma, a Brahmin candidate, has a tough task in the region which has a sizable clout of Thakurs. However, the RSS has thrown its weight behind Sharma to make him victorious.In Sagar, Congress’s Prabhu Singh Thakur is pitted against BJP’s Rajbahadur Singh Thakur. With the Congress losing last six polls, the BJP is hoping to retain the seat this time as well. Rajbahadur Thakur is a close relative of former home minister Bhupendra Singh. Prabhu Thakur was a minister in the Digvijaya Singh government and won his first elections in 1993.The Congress is riding high on farm loan waivers while the BJP is hopeful that the works of the government and PM Modi’s image would take it through this time as well.Keeping in mind the contest in agri-based Bundelkhand region, the Congress had underlined the farm loan waiver with full vigour, but the BJP tried its best to punch holes in the Congress theory, alleging that the party cheated farmers on the pretext of loan waiver. During his election rallies, Rahul Gandhi has time and again alleged massive anomalies in the Bundelkhand special package of Rs 3,800 crore, claiming it was the UPA government which had gifted the package to the region but BJP in the state had embezzled the amount.Gandhi had even asked chief minister Kamal Nath to get the anomalies probed and bring back the money to the people.
anand kumar biopicananya pandayhrithik roshanKaabil movie First Published: July 6, 2019, 3:54 PM IST Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 is ready to hit the theatres on July 12 and the actor is leaving no stone unturned to promote it. Hrithik, who will be seen playing the role of Bihar mathematician Anand Kumar, who coaches students from economically weaker sections for the entrance exams of the IITs, has come up with a task where he’s asked his fans and followers to share their stories with him using the hashtag “#MySuperTeacher.”The actor also thanked his real life “super teachers” in his latest Twitter post. He shared a few pictures along with his grandfather and accompanied it along with a heartfelt note. In his post, the Kaabil actor also thanked his speech therapist, who helped him overcome his stammer problem as a kid. Hrithik captioned the post: “My super teacher – My Nana who I lovingly call Deda, for the lessons he has taught me at every stage of my life, which I share with my kids now and Dr Oza, my speech therapist as a child, who taught me to accept my weakness and helped me overcome my fear of stammer.”#MySuperTeacher – My Nana who I lovingly call Deda, for the lessons he has taught me at every stage of my life, which I share with my kids now. And Dr Oza, my speech therapist as a child, who taught me to accept my weakness and helped me overcome my fear of stammer. pic.twitter.com/TCw1qW3Bg0— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) July 5, 2019 In a separate tweet, Hrithik explained the reason behind sharing the “My Super Teacher” series post. The actor said that working on Super 30 made him realise the worth of his teachers and how they have been “instrumental in making me who I am today.”Working on #Super30 had me thinking about the teachers who have been instrumental in making me who I am today. While a lot of names came to my mind, there are two who I call #MySuperTeacher— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) July 5, 2019Actress Ananya Panday also took to Twitter to share a picture of herself with her “super teacher” Saroj Khan. “It has been a privilege, moreover an honour to have learned from the legendary Saroj Khan. From knowing all the hook steps of her iconic songs to actually learning them from her was a dream come true!” Ananya wrote alongside the photo.It has been a privilege, moreover an honour to have learned from the legendary Saroj Khan. From knowing all the hook steps of her iconic songs to actually learning them from her was a dream come true! #MySuperTeacher pic.twitter.com/xzmHYxKMYB— Ananya Panday (@ananyapandayy) July 5, 2019Mrunal Thakur, who plays the female lead in Super 30, tweeted a picture of herself with her father and wrote, “#MySuperTeacher, you were the one who always told me that I can do the impossible if only I try hard enough ,that alone is the reason I am where I am!stood on my side when I wanted to take acting as my career ,flew alld way from Kochin -Mumbai to click a pic under my 1st hoarding.” (sic)#MySuperTeacher You were the one who always told me that I can do the impossible if only I try hard enough ,that alone is the reason I am where I am!stood on my side when I wanted to take acting as my career ,flew alld way from Kochin -Mumbai to click a pic under my 1st hoarding pic.twitter.com/8Zc9dyTN7b— Mrunal Thakur (@mrunal0801) July 5, 2019Hrithik’s Kaabil co-star Yami Gautam also shared, “I feel like one lucky girl to have had not just one insipiration as #MySuperTeacher but two. The first is my own mother who I owe all of who I am today, and second my teacher Ms. Harleen who will forever stay in my heart for one of the best to have learnt from. Truly grateful.”I feel like one lucky girl to have had not just one insipiration as #MySuperTeacher but two. The first is my own mother who I owe all of who I am today, and second my teacher Ms. Harleen who will forever stay in my heart for one of the best to have learnt from. Truly grateful 💫— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) July 6, 2019Follow @News18Movies for more
during the entire period of pregnancy. “Secondly, determination of foetal abnormality in many cases can only be done after the 20th week and by keeping the ceiling artificially low, women who obtain reports of serious foetal abnormality after the 20th week have to suffer excruciating pain and agony because of the deliveries that they are forced to go through,” the plea said. The ceiling of 20 weeks is therefore “arbitrary, harsh, discriminatory and violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India”, the petition has contended.The plea has also challenged section 5 of the Act to the extent it states that the termination of a more than 20-week pregnancy be permitted only if it was immediately necessary to save the life of the mother.It has contended that this section was “unconstitutional”, as it does not take into account the problem of severe foetal abnormalities discovered after the 20th week and also does not recognize the physical and mental health and well being of the woman as being part of the expression ‘life’. “The physical and mental trauma involved in delivering a foetus with severe abnormalities is today not considered ground enough for abortion post 20 weeks under section 5 of the Act,” the a petition has said.The plea has said that in the instant case, the denial of an abortion to the woman, due to provisions of the Act, “has caused her extreme anguish and has forced her to continue her pregnancy while being aware that the foetus may not survive”.It has claimed that “as written, the MTP Act encourages desperate women, who learn about a foetal abnormality after the 20th week, to seek out unsafe abortions from untrained medical personnel”. Illegal abortions are the third leading cause of maternal death in India and account for 13 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide, the petition said. abortionAll India Institute of Medical Sciencesdelhi high courtmedical termination of pregnancy act First Published: July 4, 2019, 5:03 PM IST New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to constitute a medical board to examine the feasibility of terminating pregnancy of a woman who is 25 weeks pregnant and wants an abortion as the foetus suffers from enlarged kidneys and may not survive.The woman, in her plea, has also challenged the constitutional validity of the provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 which prohibits abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying the stipulation has ceased to be reasonable today when technology has advanced and fails to recognise the physical and mental trauma involved in delivering a foetus with severe abnormalities. A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar asked AIIMS here to set up a four-member board, which would also include a psychiatrist, to examine the health of the foetus and the mother and submit a report before the court by July 9 on whether it was advisable to terminate the pregnancy.The plea, filed through advocate Sneha Mukherjee, said, “This challenge is to the effect that the 20 weeks stipulation for a woman to avail abortion services under section 3(2) (b) of the Act may have been reasonable when the section was enacted in 1971 but has ceased to be reasonable today where technology has advanced and it is perfectly safe for a woman to abort at any point
Story TimelineAmazon Echo Dot gets a big discount, but you’ll need to be quickThis Echo Dot Black Friday deal is a great smart home starterAmazon Alexa the holiday 2017 star with “millions” of Echo Dot sold What’s the big deal?The Echo Dot Kids Edition is just a regular Echo Dot with a skin casing on it. The reason you’d want one is to save yourself some cash if you’d already planned on buying both an Echo Dot and a FreeTime Unlimited subscription for your child. Sold separately, these would cost at least $133 USD – here it’ll cost $80.What’s FreeTime Unlimited do here?Assuming you have no other Amazon Fire devices (tablets, Kindles, etc), and no Android devices with Amazon apps onboard, you get just a few things on the Echo Dot itself with FreeTime Unlimited. See our Echo Dot (2nd gen) review to learn more about the device.SEE TOO: Amazon Echo Dot Review (2nd gen device)According to Amazon, “kids can access hundreds of hours of fun and educational content, including ad-free radio stations and playlists, hundreds of Audible books, and a growing list of premium kid’s skills. Plus, parents can access easy-to-use parental controls to set daily time limits, review activity, and more.”FreeTime Unlimited for Alexa audio products only:• Radio Stations• Music Playlists (assuming you have Amazon Prime for Prime Music)• Audible Books• Kids Alexa SkillsYou can see a full list of Kids Alexa Skills over at Amazon. There you’ll find such gems as Moana Trivia, Simon Tap, Mighty Trivia, Hangman Game, Panda Rescue, The SpongeBob Challenge, and Sesame Street. They’ve also got Amazon Storytime if you want Alexa to read your kids a story because you’re too busy keeping up to date on Facebook and Instagram.Cost / ValueEach “Echo Dot Kids Edition” costs $80 and comes in one color: Blue, Green, or Red. They cost $80 where the standard Echo Dot costs $50. The big deal here is the addition of the 1-year pre-paid plan for FreeTime Unlimited that’s included with the Echo Dot Kids Edition. That’d normally cost $83 USD for Prime members or $120 for non-Prime users. So, again, instead of buying two things separately for $133 USD, you get them together for $80. And that’s it, really. If you have an Echo Dot and a FreeTime Unlimited subscription already, there’s no reason to buy this “Echo Dot Kids Edition”. Unless you want that colorful case. And if you want a case for your Echo Dot, you could probably do better than $80 – unless you want another Echo, in which case you’ll still have at least one Echo without a case. Good luck to you! Alexa comes in a new package as of this week, the Echo Dot Kids Edition, complete with three lovely kid-friendly color casings. This device is basically an Echo Dot with a few tiny differences. The hardware is literally the same – one speaker to blast out sound or Alexa responses, and 7 far-field microphones for top-notch listening for voice commands. What’s different is the skin – with colors – and the services that come pre-activated with the product.
Huawei may have unseated Apple as the world’s second biggest smartphone maker, but it’s no secret that it’s sub-brand Honor played a large part in its ascent. Its blend of high-end features and easy to rich prices have sometimes even rivaled Huawei’s top lines themselves. But while the new Honor 8X is no P20, its availability in Europe and, soon, other markets only means that consumers will have another notable smartphone contender to choose from. While the Honor Play retains its position as Honor’s flagship phone this year, thanks to its Kirin 970 processor, the Honor 8X is definitely no slouch. In fact, it comes bearing the new Kirin 710, its first 12 nm chipset. Together with the Mali G51 GPU and Huawei’s CPU and GPU Turbo features, the Honor 8X should be able to hold its head high among more expensive mid-range smartphones in the market this year.It’s definitely powerful enough to power the AI features that permeates the Honor 8X. From something as mundane as keeping the UI snappy to ensuring that you get the best shots even in the dark of night, AI plays a pivotal role in this smartphone’s life.Fortunately, the Honor 8X does have the specs to support that. The large 6.5-inch FHD+ screen, with a very thin 4.25 mm bottom bezel makes enjoying and creating content a more immersive experience. And its unique Eye Comfort Mode, certified by TÜV Rheinland, reduces the strain it puts on your eyes. The 20 megapixel f/1.8 rear camera, helped by a 2 megapixel depth sensor, promises beautiful memories while the 16 megapixel font camera makes for great selfies. And to power all of that, the 3,750 mAh battery won’t leave you hanging in the middle of the day.AdChoices广告All of that will cost you, presuming you’re in Europe, only 249 EUR for 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage, roughly $288. 128 GB of storage, with the same RAM, pushes the price to 299 EUR ($346). Buyers in the US and UK need not be too jealous though, as Honor promises to bring the Honor 8X to those markets as well. Very soon, hopefully.
The interesting bit on these denial letters was the tidbit that Ford put in basically saying if production plans change, they might have a chance to purchase a Ford GT in the future. The only reason to put that bit in the letter was if Ford was already considering extending production of the supercar. Ford has now stepped up and stated officially that it will extend production of the car for an additional two years.Ford says that the total production offering for the car is now at four years. Customers who already applied to purchase the car will only have to update their request when the application window opens again in early 2018.Ford says that the additional production is to coincide with Ford Performance’s decision to race the GT in IMSA and WEC racing series for four years. Ford says that year three of production will be for the hopeful buyers who are already on the wait list.AdChoices广告“While we can’t build enough Ford GTs for everyone who has applied, we are going to produce additional vehicles in an effort to satisfy more of our most loyal Ford ambassadors,” says Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time we know how vital this customer is to our brand.”SOURCE: Ford It hasn’t been long now since Ford has been sending out letters to the well heeled out there who wanted the chance to purchase the new Ford GT supercar. Some of the letters that went out were good news and were offering the interested buyer the chance to own a Ford GT. Others that went out were bad news telling buyers that there weren’t enough to go around and that they couldn’t have one.
Bentley isn’t saying much at all of substance about the powertrain itself. Unsurprisingly an electric motor would give the sort of instantaneous torque that we’ve come to expect from the vast V8 engines in the automaker’s current gasoline line-up. With stablemates Audi and others already investigating various types of electrification and rapid wireless charging, Bentley wouldn’t be short on technology to borrow should the reception for the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept be positive. It’s hard to imagine potential owners giving it the thumbs-down, mind. On the outside, there are clear styling cues taken from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept back in 2015. Aircraft fuselages inspire the predominant lines – as well as more functional details, like the cameras that replace the side-mirrors – while cooling ducts have been repurposed from the old car to instead keep the electric motors and batteries chilled. The mesh grille has a 3D structure and is given a smoked finish, with copper highlights and a white-illuminated “6e” logo. Even if it never makes it to production as an electric car, Bentley says the styling of the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept hints at the design of future models regardless of fuel type. The same goes for the inside, where the focus has apparently been on giving electrification a more warm, personable feel. A single piece of curved glass is used for the center console, with an embedded OLED touchscreen that handles navigation, entertainment, and the car’s climate control. More cut glass appears on the steering wheel as shortcuts for the essential features. The wheel also gets two buttons on its cutaway top: one gives an instant boost of performance, while the other limits the car’s speed for safer urban driving. A second touchscreen for the passenger gives social media and other connected-car features. More copper is carried over from the exterior grille to dress up the gear selector, Bentley Dynamic Drive dial for drive modes, and in the door veneer panels. The automaker envisages a comapnion concierge service being included, which could potentially give advice on things like where to charge and which route to take for maximum efficiency. NOW READ: 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed ReviewExactly when we could see a fully-electric car from Bentley remains to be decided. However, the brand isn’t playing too coy on electrification in general, even if it’s not diving in entirely. A plug-in hybrid version of the Bentley Bentayga is expected to launch in 2018, and be the first of several such PHEV models across the company’s range over the next few years. For most of us, for example, electric car range is about making sure you have enough juice to get from home to the office and back again, or maybe do a round-trip to the grocery store. In Bentley world, the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept would need to do grand tourer duties more commonly taken on by a Continental drop-top. That means getitng from London to Paris on a single charge, or perhaps Milan to Monaco. Upon arrival, nobody wants to have to go to the hassle of plugging in their electric car. Instead, Bentley is expecting high-speed inductive charging to top the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept’s batteries up. If that’s not possible, a regular charging socket behind the rear license plate is available. Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept Gallery Has the time come for a true luxury EV? That’s what Bentley is testing the waters about at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 this week, bringing out the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept to gage the potential reception for an all-electric grand tourer. As the British automaker sees it, the requirements of the super-rich are slightly different to what other EV buyers might be concerned about.
It was an unexpectedly aggressive roadmap. Samsung revealed the Galaxy Fold alongside the Galaxy S10, kicking off its launch event for the flagship series with the clamshell smartphone. More surprising still was both the premium price tag and the fact that Samsung was confident enough to attach a release date to the device. That confidence appears to have let Samsung down now. The company seeded a limited number of Galaxy Fold devices with early reviewers, undoubtedly hoping that the form-factor would help offset any teething pains around apps and other functionality. Instead, though, it got just a couple of days into the process before Galaxy Fold screens started failing. Multiple reviewers reported that the flexible plastic AMOLED displays that make up the large inside panel of the smartphone were glitching or simply breaking outright. Some of those errors were down to reviewers attempting to peel off what looked like a plastic screen protector from the interior panel. However, as Samsung later confirmed, that plastic layer is integral to the foldable panel itself, and is not intended to be removed. AdChoices广告Simultaneously, however, other issues arose. One handset first developed a mysterious bump under the screen, which ended up breaking the Galaxy Fold and forcing a replacement. Other users reported screen issues without having inadvertently peeled off the protective layer.Samsung countered that it would make abundantly clear to buyers of the Galaxy Fold that the plastic was not intended to be taken off. However it insisted there was no plan to change the release schedule. In the background, however, it’s clear things have been shifting. Over the weekend, for example, it was reported that Samsung had cancelled at least one Galaxy Fold event which had been scheduled for this week. Rumors from inside the company suggested that employee training on the smartphone had been put on hold, too. Now, according to the WSJ, the release date is being set back. The newspaper’s sources say that Samsung now expects to release the Galaxy Fold “in the coming weeks.” However there’s been no fixed date set, it’s suggested. As for the issues, an internal investigation is still said to be ongoing, unsurprisingly, but the purported cause is suggested as being down to the hinge design “and extra pressure applied to the internal screen” as a result. Samsung’s hinge for the Galaxy Fold couldn’t be as straightforward as flip-phones of old. While the flexible AMOLED panel is designed to be bent, it can’t handle a sharp crease. Instead, Samsung designed a double-hinge system, creating a more forgiving radius for the flexible screen. Trying to accommodate that mechanism, while also supporting the Galaxy Fold display and allowing it to move when the phone is opened and closed, is a tricky endeavor. Samsung will delay the release of the Galaxy Fold, it’s reported, with this week’s expected debut of the innovative folding smartphone pushed back after a rocky start to the review process. The near-$2,000 Android handset was originally intended to launch at the end of this week, on April 26, in the US. Samsung claimed it had put the Galaxy Fold through a comprehensive stress test, releasing a video showing the mechanized process by which the phone is opened and closed multiple times. “This test, which examines whether the Galaxy Fold can outlast 200,000 folds and unfolds (or around five years of use, if used 100 times a day), takes a full week to complete,” the company said at the time. Unfortunately for Samsung, fixing these early issues in the Galaxy Fold’s release look set to take a little longer than a week. Early-adopters with deep pockets may have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the phone.Update: Samsung has confirmed that it is delaying the release of the Galaxy Fold, though will only say that a new release date will be confirmed “in the coming weeks.” A full statement to SlashGear by a Samsung spokesperson is below:“We recently unveiled a completely new mobile category: a smartphone using multiple new technologies and materials to create a display that is flexible enough to fold. We are encouraged by the excitement around the Galaxy Fold.While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements that could ensure the best possible user experience.To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold. We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks.Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance.We will take measures to strengthen the display protection. We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold.We value the trust our customers place in us and they are always our top priority. Samsung is committed to working closely with customers and partners to move the industry forward. We want to thank them for their patience and understanding.” Story TimelineHubris or haste, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold nightmare is only just startingBreak’s over: Who’s still up for the Galaxy Fold?
Story TimelineGalaxy Note 10 preview guide: New specs and feature expectationsGalaxy Note 10 might vaguely resemble an iPhone XS MaxSamsung 5x zoom camera is ready but probably not for Galaxy Note 10 Today we’re taking a peek at some leaked features coming to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. These features affect new users only, so they’re not necessarily going to come to older (Galaxy Note 9) users via software update. The camera alignment, gestures, levels of pressure for the S Pen, and the feature called “Air Mouse” were revealed this week. It would seem that the next several smartphones coming from Samsung proper are code-named after famous artists. According to Ice Universe, the Samsung Galaxy S11’s code is Picasso. Galaxy Note 10 will likely carry the code-name “da Vinci” – an artist who also appeared in research news just this week. You see, Leonardo da Vinci probably had ADHD, so that’s pretty neat. The future of Samsung phones has a pattern that’s not like the vast majority of smartphone brands in business today. Back in September of 2018, Samsung made clear their intentions for future phones. They suggested that mid-range phones would get the best features first – then headliner AAA machines.As it was said back at the start of this month: Galaxy Note 10 may be boring, but that’s a good thing. It’s good for the end-user that Samsung’s in a position where they’re as cautious about new features as possible. Delivering a solid, powerful, established experience is the way to keep users when it comes to a phone that costs over a thousand dollars (likely, in at least some configurations). Get your wallets prepared for big prices for the top configurations of the Galaxy Note 10 when the release date hits: likely late August, 2019. New S Pen FeaturesAir Mouse is probably the most intriguing feature leaked for the Galaxy Note 10 this week. This new mode will act quite similar to a standard wireless mouse in the phone’s UI, but will work via the S Pen. This feature will likely rely on in-stylus sensors and Bluetooth (in the S Pen, requiring a charge, like Note 9). This next version of the S Pen will have a 0.7mm Pen Tip, so says our most recent batch of rumors this week – and it’ll have 4096 levels of pressure. The 4096 and 0.7mm are the same in the Note 10 as they were in the Note 9 – most/all updates will come from within.The new S Pen for Galaxy Note 10 will likely work to control Dex (in desktop mode). This new S Pen will have “remote control” action (like Note 9) as well – for apps, gestures, and the shutter button for the camera.Note 10 camera arrangementA single image presented by Weibo user Martian-V shows the latest arrangement of cameras in the Galaxy Note 10. This camera module likely contains cameras much like the following:• 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS• 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom• 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)• TOF camera (Time of Flight, 3D sensor)The cameras listed above are those of the Galaxy S10 5G – a phone that’s the biggest and best of the Samsung phones on the market today. It wouldn’t be a shock to find an under-display fingerprint sensor on this phone as well. And a Bixby button, because Samsung loves Bixby.New Note 10 FeaturesAccording to serial leakster Ice Universe, “for those who are pursuing new things, you should expect Galaxy A. For those who are looking for stability and maturity, please pay attention to Note 10.” Samsung will continue to push Galaxy A as “radical innovation” while Galaxy Note 10 will roll with “stable and mature.”
The idea behind this smart key fob concept for a Nissan GT-R isn’t one of utility or practicality. If that were so, then the current smartphone apps would suffice. Instead, it’s creation is based on a desire to have a deeper connection between driver and car that only a key fob seems to bring. That without sacrificing the smart functionality offered by smartphone apps.The solution presented by the concept naturally involves have a fob with a touch screen. It’s a single-function device though, with a customized app that does one thing and does it well. It gives users a touch interface to not only control their car remote but also monitor critical statuses. There’s still a large button at the top that functions like buttons on most key fobs, locking and unlocking the doors. You can swipe up from the bottom of the fob to go to a screen for starting and stopping the engine. Everything is a swipe or a tap away. These days we are turning more and more to our smartphones for things we’d often use separate devices or instruments for. That’s true even for modern cars where a simple tap on a smartphone’s screen could start an engine, turn up the heat, or lock the doors. Some owners, however, may still prefer having a separate key for their vehicle but do want more than what a simple fob can give. Enter the smart key fob, a concept that brings the best of both worlds together in one advanced key that does all but drive the car for you. It’s admittedly an interesting concept but, like many concepts, it would require someone to actually adopt the ideas and turn them into products. Given that these are cars we’re talking about, that would have to be Nissan itself, or some other car maker who becomes interested with the idea. Whether it’s safer and more secure than a smartphone, however, is probably something that the designers have left for engineers to figure out.
Hobby Lobby Won’t Offer Contraception Coverage, Defying Health Law And Rulings; States Face Implementation Battles Hobby Lobby has said it faces penalties of $1.3 million per day.Los Angeles Times: Hobby Lobby To Defy Law On Contraception CoverageAfter losing a last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court, craft stores chain Hobby Lobby said it would defy a federal health care mandate requiring employers to provide their workers with insurance that covers emergency contraceptives. … The Oklahoma City-based chain, which is owned by a conservative Christian family also with holdings in the religious bookseller Mardel Inc., had applied to the Supreme Court to block a part of the federal healthcare law ordering companies to offer insurance that covers contraceptive drugs including the morning-after pill (Li, 1/1).CQ HealthBeat: Hobby Lobby Owners Say They Will Defy HHS Over Birth Control Rule[T]here was no word by late Wednesday afternoon on whether the federal government might take any enforcement action against the company. The owners of the 514-store Hobby Lobby chain — the biggest company that has filed suit challenging the rule — have said in court filings that they face penalties of $1.3 million a day under the health care law if they don’t comply as of Jan. 1 (Norman, 1/2).A health law rule released last week also stipulates that large employers offer unsubsidized coverage to employees’ dependent children –Modern Healthcare: Rule Would Require Big Employers To Offer Unsubsidized Dependent CoverageThose employers that are required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to offer qualified health insurance coverage or pay a penalty are also required to offer unsubsidized health insurance coverage to their employees’ dependent children, under a proposed rule unveiled late Dec. 28. The National Business Group on Health argues that the law does not concern dependents and for that reason there should be no dependent requirements in the rule, said Steve Wojcik, vice president of public policy for the employers group (Barr, 1/2). Politico, in the meantime, looks at states’ health law implementation battles — Politico: 5 States To Watch On The Implementation Of ACAThough governors may have come out strongly one way or another on implementation, most of them will have to face their first legislative sessions since the Supreme Court upheld the ACA. And even if states aren’t expanding Medicaid or setting up their own exchanges, they’ll have to confront possible changes to state laws to align with ACA requirements — or risk having the feds step in to regulate their insurance markets like never before. Here are five of the more interesting states to watch on ACA implementation in 2013: [Florida, Idaho, Arizona, Arkansas, Maine] (Millman, 1/3). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Drug Firms Trimming Speaking Fees To Doctors ProPublica examines a shift in the money that pharmaceutical companies gave physicans for promotional speeches.ProPublica/NPR: Drugmakers Slash Spending On Doctors’ Sales TalksSome of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies have dramatically reduced payments to health professionals for promotional speeches amid heightened public scrutiny of such spending, a ProPublica analysis shows. Eli Lilly & Co.’s payments to speakers dropped by 55 percent, from $47.9 million in 2011 to $21.6 million in 2012 (Ornstein, Sagara and Grochowski Jones, 3/4).Meanwhile, the Supreme Court agreed to take up a case involving a pharmaceutical services company.The Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court Takes Omnicare Challenge To Securities SuitThe plaintiff investors allege Omnicare stated falsely it had complied with relevant laws in its 2005 Securities and Exchange Commission registration to sell more than 12 million shares. The lawsuit alleges Omnicare effectively hid from investors that it paid kickbacks to nursing homes, received kickbacks from drug companies and submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid (Kendall, 3/3). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Reuters: Shift Toward Hospice Care Has Increased Medicare Costs This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Study: Hospice Care Doesn’t Bring Down Medicare Costs A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine raises questions about some of the conventional wisdom surrounding hospice care. Marketplace: Why The Conventional Wisdom On Hospice Care Was Wrong The popularity of hospice care grew between 2004 and 2009 but that didn’t bring down Medicare costs for people dying in nursing homes, according to a new study of three quarters of a million U.S. nursing home residents. “We found that although hospice use was associated with a reduction in aggressive end-of-life care, it was also associated with a net increase of $6,761 in Medicare expenditures per decedent in the last year of life,” writes the research team, led by Dr. Pedro Gozalo of Brown University. (Emery, 5/6) Conventional wisdom has been that hospice care at the end of life will improve someone’s final days and save money. It’s certainly cheaper to have a team of caregivers check on someone a few times a day compared to stays in intensive care units. But it turns out that was wrong, according to a New England Journal of Medicine report out Wednesday. (Gorenstein, 5/6)
NPR: ‘Overlapping’ Surgeries Safe For Most Patients, But Not All Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center staff made more than 100 mistakes in the labeling of blood during a four-month period reviewed by federal inspectors, according to a report released Tuesday. The inspection was prompted by the December death of a 73-year-old woman suffered repeated heart attacks after being given the wrong blood type. (Hixenbaugh, 2/26) Houston Chronicle: St. Luke’s Pledges Reforms After Serious Mistake Leads To Patient Death ProPublica/Houston Chronicle: Numerous Mistakes Led to Fatal Blood Transfusion at St. Luke’s in Houston, Report Finds Six days after Thanksgiving last year, a 73-year-old woman showed up at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston. Her body was retaining too much fluid after a dialysis treatment, and she was in need of emergency medical care. What happened next could have killed her. Hospital staff put in a request to give the woman a blood transfusion, but the order was meant for another patient with a different blood type. Fortunately, the St. Luke’s laboratory caught the error, sparing the woman from harm. (Hixenbaugh and Ornstein, 2/26) In other news on health care quality — A large study examining patient outcomes for surgeons who run multiple operating rooms at the same time has found that the practice is likely safe for most patients but may put vulnerable patients at an increased risk of harm. The examination published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association comes amid a national discussion in the world of medicine about the practice of double-booked surgeons. Two years ago, The Seattle Times detailed as part of its “Quantity of Care” series how some brain and spine surgeons at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle were regularly running two operating rooms at the same time and patients had been unaware. (Baker, 2/26) Surgeons are known for their busy schedules — so busy that they don’t just book surgeries back to back. Sometimes they’ll double-book, so one operation overlaps the next. A lead surgeon will perform the key elements, then move to the next room — leaving other, often junior, surgeons to finish up the first procedure. A large study published Tuesday in JAMA suggests that this practice of overlapping surgeries is safe for most patients, with those undergoing overlapping surgeries faring the same as those who are the sole object of their surgeon’s attention. (Ellis, 2/26) Seattle Times: Study: High-Risk Patients May Have Worse Outcomes When Surgeons Are Double-Booked This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Scathing Government Report Slams Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Over Numerous, Sometimes Fatal, Errors The hospital has been the center of an investigation from ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle that has found major lapses in patient care. St. Luke’s released the CMS report along with plans to improve safety at its facility. St. Luke’s CEO Doug Lawson called the government’s findings “deeply disappointing,” and wrote that he expects regulators to find additional problems when they return to the hospital for a comprehensive audit of patient care practices in the coming weeks.
Related Stories Facebook McDonald’s spends $300 million — its biggest deal in 20 years — to buy a tech company Fast-food giant wants electronic menu boards to vary choices depending on the weather and regional preferences Reddit More March 26, 201912:07 PM EDTLast UpdatedMarch 26, 201912:15 PM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing 2 Comments Email Twitter Comment Share this storyMcDonald’s spends $300 million — its biggest deal in 20 years — to buy a tech company Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn McDonald’s is buying a tech company to help personalize its menu boards.AP Photo/Mike Stewart The world’s biggest restaurant chain is spending more than US$300 million on Dynamic Yield Ltd., according to a person familiar with the matter. With the new technology, McDonald’s restaurants can vary their electronic menu boards’ display of items, depending on factors such as the weather — more coffee on cold days and McFlurries on hot days, for example — and the time of day or regional preferences. The menus will also suggest add-on items to customers.Since taking the helm in 2015, chief executive Steve Easterbrook has pushed technology — including self-order kiosks, digital menus boards and delivery — to boost sales and help McDonald’s stand out among rivals. Since McDonald’s seldom carries out acquisitions, the purchase of Dynamic Yield shows the company’s desire to leverage technology to speed growth in the fiercely competitive restaurant industry.“Technology is a critical element of our velocity growth plan,” Easterbrook said in a statement. He said McDonald’s is expanding the role that technology will play in McDonald’s future “and the speed with which we’ll be able to implement our vision of creating more personalized experiences for our customers.” Tim Hortons launches its new loyalty program — and it’s about more than coffee How hot is too hot? McDonald’s launches Spicy McChicken experiment to find out Catching the trends: How A&W’s Susan Senecal cooks up fast-food success in Canada McDonald’s tested Dynamic Yield’s technology in the U.S. in 2018, and will more widely introduce it this year for drive-thru menus once the deal closes. The company also plans to expand the capability to markets abroad. This is the largest deal for the Chicago-based chain in about 20 years, when it became an investor in Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. It has since divested its stake in the burrito chain.With the agreement, McDonald’s becomes the sole owner of Dynamic Yield, which is based in New York and Tel Aviv. The 38,000-store burger chain will continue to invest in Dynamic Yield, which will remain a standalone company. Dynamic Yield’s website says customers have included Urban Outfitters Inc., Ikea and HelloFresh.Bloomberg.com McDonald’s Canada’s four-hour McWrap YouTube video shows that anything goes in digital advertising McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook says he will do whatever it takes to ‘reset’ struggling restaurant chain Leslie Patton AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast McDonald’s to use fresh beef patties for Quarter Pounders in major U.S. operational shake-up Bloomberg News McDonald’s Corp., in its largest acquisition in 20 years, is buying a decision-logic technology company to better personalize menus in its digital push.A customer orders food at a self-service kiosk at a McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago. Join the conversation →
First they came for plastic bags. Coffee cups are next, and the fast-food industry can’t find a solution They’ve been working on a more environmentally friendly alternative to disposable cups for more than a decade. It hasn’t gone well Facebook McDonald’s commits to making recycling available at all locations by 2025 Emily Chasan and Hema Parmar Reddit 32 Comments Coffee shops know reusable cups are a good solution, but right now, at franchises they can be sort of an “operational nightmare,” says Dunkin’s Murphy. Servers never know whether a cup is dirty or if they should wash it, and it’s hard to know how much to fill a small or medium coffee in a large mug.A decade ago, Starbucks pledged to serve up to 25 per cent of its coffee in personal travel mugs. It has since ratcheted its goals way down. The company gives a discount to anyone who brings their own mug, and still only about 5 per cent of customers do. It temporarily added a 5-pence surcharge to disposable cups in the U.K. last year, which it said increased reusable cup use 150 per cent.So companies keep working on a better cup.It took nine years for Dunkin’ to figure out an alternative to its signature foam cup. An early attempt required new lids, themselves difficult to recycle. Prototypes made out of 100 per cent recycled materials buckled and tipped on the bottom. A cup made of mushroom fibres promised to decompose easily, but it was too expensive to scale up at large volumes.The chain finally settled on a double-walled plastic-lined paper cup, thick enough to protect sippers’ hands without an external sleeve and compatible with existing lids. They’re made from ethically sourced paper and biodegrade faster than foam, but that’s about it — they’re more expensive to make and aren’t recyclable most places.Paper cups are notoriously difficult to recycle. Recyclers worry the plastic linings will gum up their machines, so they nearly always send them to trash. Three “batch pulper” machines in North America are capable of separating plastic lining from paper.If cities can improve recycling on a mass scale, about 1 in 25 coffee cups could be recycled in just a few years, up from 1 in 400, according to the U.K.’s Paper Cup Recovery & Recycling Group. That’s a big “if.” Consumers usually toss their coffee cups attached to their plastic lids, which then have to be separated before they can be recycled, separately.A wave of plastic bag bans has inspired the new efforts to curb cup trash. Comment Dunkin’ says it’s working with municipalities to make sure that cups that can be recycled actually will be. “It’s a journey — I don’t think it will ever be over,” says Dunkin’s Murphy. McDonald’s recently teamed with Starbucks and other quick-serve restaurants to back the US$10 million NextGen Cup Challenge — a “moon shot” to develop, accelerate and scale a more sustainable to-go cup. In February, the contest announced 12 winners, including cups made of compostable and recyclable paperboard, the development of a plant-based lining that could keep liquid in, and schemes aimed at encouraging reusable cup use.“We’re looking for solutions that are near-term commercially viable and things that are aspirational,” said Bridget Croke, vice president of external affairs at Closed Loop Partners, a recycling-focused investment firm which is managing the challenge.A cup that can degrade more quickly would be one solution — Europe’s ban makes an exception for compostable cups that disintegrate in 12 weeks — but even if such a cup were readily available and cost-effective, the U.S. doesn’t have enough of the industrial composting facilities needed to break them down. In that case, they head to the landfills, where they won’t decompose at all.At its annual meeting in 2018, Starbucks quietly tested a coffee cup made from the recycled parts of other coffee cups, widely considered the coffee cup’s holy grail. It was an act of performance art as much as anything else: In order to engineer the limited run, the coffee chain collected truckloads of cups and sent them for processing to a Sustana batch pulper in Wisconsin. From there, the fibres traveled to a WestRock paper mill in Texas to be turned into cups, which were printed with logos by yet another company. Even if the ensuing cup was better for the environment, the process used to make it certainly wasn’t. “There is a big engineering challenge here,” said Closed Loop’s Croke. “It’s been clear the solutions companies have been working on to solve this issue really haven’t been fast enough.”So governments, like Berkeley’s, aren’t waiting. The municipality surveyed residents before it imposed the charge and found it would convince more than 70 per cent to start bringing their own cups with the 25 cent surcharge, said Miriam Gordon, program director at nonprofit group Upstream, which helped Berkeley write its legislation.The charge is meant to be an experiment in human behaviour, rather than a traditional tax. Berkeley’s coffee shops keep the extra fees and can even lower their prices so that what the consumer pays stays the same. They just have to be clear that there is a surcharge. “It has to be visible to the customer,” Gordon said. “That’s what motivates people to change behaviour.”With assistance from Bloomberg’s Leslie Patton.Bloomberg.com April 30, 201911:00 AM EDTLast UpdatedApril 30, 201911:16 AM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Join the conversation → Share this storyFirst they came for plastic bags. Coffee cups are next, and the fast-food industry can’t find a solution Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn The People’s Republic of Berkeley, California, takes pride in its leadership on all things civic and environmental. The small liberal city east of San Francisco was one of the first U.S. cities to adopt curbside recycling. It banned styrofoam and was early to take on plastic shopping bags. Earlier this year, the Berkeley City Council put on notice a new environmental scourge: the to-go coffee cup.Some 40 million disposable cups get tossed in the city each year, according to the City Council, almost one per resident per day. So in January, the city said it will require coffee shops to charge an extra 25 cents for customers who use a take-away cup. “Waiting is no longer an option,” Sophie Hahn, the Berkeley City Council member who wrote the legislation, said at the time.Overwhelmed by trash, jurisdictions around the world are banning single-use plastic takeaway containers and cups. Europe says plastic beverage cups have to go by 2021. India wants them out by 2022. Taiwan set a deadline of 2030. Surcharges like Berkeley’s are likely to get more common in an attempt to quickly change consumer behaviour before more outright bans. China just handed the world a 111-million ton trash problem and it’s only going to get worse Terence Corcoran: How green activists manipulated us into a pointless war on plastic Plastic bag bans are actually terrible for the environment and make us sicker For chains like Starbucks, which goes through about 6 billion cups a year, this represents no less than an existential dilemma. Dunkin’ recently renamed itself to de-emphasize its doughnut origins and now makes close to 70 per cent of its revenue from coffee drinks. But it’s also a pressing problem for McDonald’s and the fast-food industry as a whole.Executives have long suspected this day would come. Separately and together, they’ve been working on a more environmentally friendly alternative to the plastic-lined, double-walled, plastic-lidded paper cup for more than a decade.It hasn’t gone that well.“It nags at my soul,” said Scott Murphy, COO of Dunkin’ Brands Group, which goes through 1 billion coffee cups a year. He’s been working on the chain’s cup redesign since it pledged to stop using foam in 2010. This year, its stores are finally making the transition to paper cups, and they continue to tinker with new materials and designs.“It’s a little more complicated than people give us credit for,” says Murphy. “That cup is sort of the most intimate interaction with our consumer. It’s a big part of our brand and our heritage.”A foam Dunkin’ cup in a trash bin in New York. Disposable cups are a relatively modern invention. About 100 years ago, public health advocates were eager to ban a different kind of cup — the public drinking vessel, a shared tin or glass cup left near drinking fountains. When Lawrence Luellen patented a wax-lined throwaway cup, he billed it as an innovation in hygiene, a prophylactic measure to counter diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis.To-go coffee culture didn’t emerge until much later. McDonald’s rolled out breakfast nationwide in the late 1970s. A little more than a decade later, Starbucks opened its 50th store. Together with Dunkin’, the three now sell close to US$20 billion in coffee annually, according to an estimate from BTIG analyst Peter Saleh.Meanwhile, companies like Georgia-Pacific and International Paper have grown along with the market for disposable cups, which hit US$12 billion in 2016. By 2026, it’s expected to be closer to US$20 billion.The U.S. accounts for about 120 billion paper, plastic and foam coffee cups each year, or about one-fifth of global total. Almost every last one of them — 99.75 per cent — ends up as trash, where even paper cups can take more than 20 years to decompose.A wave of plastic bag bans has inspired the new efforts to curb cup trash. Food and beverage containers are a much bigger problem, sometimes generating 20 times the garbage that plastic bags do in any one locale. But reverting to reusable cloth bags is relatively easy. With to-go coffee cups, there’s no simple alternative. Berkeley is encouraging residents to bring a travel mug, and both Starbucks and Dunkin’ give discounts to those who do.It’s a journey — I don’t think it will ever be overScott Murphy, COO of Dunkin’ Brands Group Starbucks goes through about 6 billion disposable cups a year.Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Related Stories Bloomberg News Email Terence Corcoran: The best defence against plastic pollution that Catherine McKenna will hate Twitter More Mark Lennihan/AP Photo Keurig cleans up with ‘recyclable’ coffee pods — but it’s still trash Peter J. Thompson/National Post files
Sponsored By: SNC-Lavalin shares surge on hopes of new boss and new strategy Shakeup of senior management at beleaguered company Reuters advertisement Reddit June 11, 201910:46 AM EDT Filed under News FP Street Related Stories Twitter Facebook Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg Share this storySNC-Lavalin shares surge on hopes of new boss and new strategy Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn SNC-Lavalin headquarters in Montreal. The company said Tuesday that chief executive Neil Bruce is retiring.Julien Besset/AFP/Getty Images More SNC-Lavalin’s sale of 407 hits new obstacles — including an $81-million bill and litigation Allison Lampert and Shanti S Nair SNC-Lavalin Group Inc Chief Operating Officer Ian Edwards will take over on an interim basis and conduct a quick strategic review, the Canadian construction company said on Tuesday, boosting its slumping shares 6 per cent as investors hoped for a turnaround.SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce has retired. Comment 6 Comments SNC-Lavalin executives ponder company break-up at private shareholder luncheon Edwards will take over as interim president and chief executive officer from Neil Bruce as the company’s shares hover at near 15-year lows. Bruce, who has been at the helm for more than three years, will remain as an adviser to the board until the end of the year.“The Board of Directors has asked Mr. Edwards to undertake a review of the strategic direction of the Company on an expedited basis and to develop a plan for sustainable success,” the company said in its statement.SNC-Lavalin faces a trial in Canada over fraud and corruption charges related to allegations that former executives paid bribes to win contracts in Libya under Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, which fell in 2011. The company’s efforts to reach a settlement led to a political scandal engulfing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce in the spotlight as ‘reputational hits’ keep coming for embattled company SNC-Lavalin delays ‘important’ decision on jury or judge in corruption trial SNC-Lavalin headed to trial on corruption charges after judge finds evidence against company sufficient Michael Willemse, a senior research analyst at Taylor Asset Management which holds SNC stock, said by phone that Bruce’s departure was not a surprise, given rumblings from shareholders since January, when the company cuts its 2018 profit forecast and shares tumbled.Shares of the company have nearly halved in 2019, weighed down by trade challenges in Saudi Arabia, headwinds in metals and mining and the corruption charges. They jumped as much as 7 per cent after the announcement and were later up 6 per cent to $25.12 in morning trading.“We look forward to see what Ian Edwards has planned to help move the company forward,” Willemse said. SNC last month said its board had formed a special committee to consider options to increase shareholder value, days after announcing its exit from 15 countries and a surprise quarterly loss in its main engineering and construction unit.The company also accelerated simplification of its operating structure as well as targeting cost-cuts of over $100 million for the rest of 2019 and $250 million annually amid a restructuring of its operations.Analysts at National Bank of Canada Financial Markets applauded the strategic review which appears to prioritize consistency and cash flow.“If the company itself cannot get there, a privatization should also be strongly considered. We believe many shareholders will agree with our take on what makes sense from a directional perspective..,” added the analysts, rating the company’s shares “outperform.”The Montreal-based company is also caught in the crosshairs of an ongoing diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and Canada over a number of issues which have strained relations between the two countries. © Thomson Reuters 2019 Email Investing icon Stephen Jarislowsky calls for vote on SNC’s ‘cruel and Machiavellian’ Highway 407 sale Join the conversation → Featured Stories What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation ← Previous Next →