Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had an

first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had an up-and-down 2013 season, but he reached a milestone that no one in NFL history had before — throwing for more than 4,000 yards with three different teams. The 11-year veteran reached the mark with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006 and 2007, and also did it with the Raiders in 2012. His 4,274 yards this season were a career high, as were his 22 interceptions and 41 sacks. The former first-round pick out of USC threw for 407 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. “Personal [milestones] are always nice, but I wasn’t thinking about it,” Palmer said. “It wasn’t one of my personal goals. I wasn’t worried about it, I was thinking about wins and losses.”Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said this season was a testament to Palmer’s resiliency and toughness, as he battled through ankle and elbow injuries as well as a slow start to the season.“He’s as resilient a guy … I can’t say enough about how tough he is mentally,” Arians said. “You know something good’s going to happen eventually, because he’s gonna keep slinging it in there.” – / 22 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Google has launched a new design for YouTube offe

first_imgGoogle has launched a new design for YouTube, offering  viewers access to a range of channels and personalised recommendations as it prepares to transform itself into something more akin to a TV platform. Visitors to the site now see a customisable choice of channels down the left side of the screen. They can immediately sign in, browse recommended channels and create a YouTube account that can then be linked to Google Plus and Facebook to see what their friends are sharing.The overall design of the site has been simplified, based on the Cosmic Panda design unveiled in July, with a consistent grey background, video thumbnails and a more streamlined watch page. The YouTube logo has also been changed to become more in line with other Google services.The move comes as YouTube is preparing to deliver more original professional content produced by the likes of Madonna, Jay-Z, Ashton Kutchner and CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. YouTube is also reportedly considering a new revenue model that allows viewers to skip ads, with advertisers only paying for those video clips that are watched.last_img read more

21st Century Fox has confirmed the departure of Fo

first_img21st Century Fox has confirmed the departure of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network chairman Roger Ailes.Fox said that Ailes, who was also chairman of Fox Television Stations, had resigned from his role with immediate effect and that Rupert Murdoch would take over his role at Fox News and Fox Business Network personally.Ailes’ departure follows a string of sexual harassment claims against the executive. Former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against Ailes two weeks ago, leading to similar allegations by other women dating back to the 1960s. Fox anchor Megyn Kelly told investigators that Ailes had also harassed her. Ailes has denied the harassment charges.“Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country. Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years. Fox News has given voice to those who were ignored by the traditional networks and has been one of the great commercial success stories of modern media,” said Rupert Murdoch.“It is always difficult to create a channel or a publication from the ground up and against seemingly entrenched monopolies. To lead a flourishing news channel, and to build Fox Business, Roger has defied the odds. His grasp of policy and his ability to make profoundly important issues accessible to a broader audience stand in stark contrast to the self-serving elitism that characterizes far too much of the media.”Murdoch continued: “I am personally committed to ensuring that Fox News remains a distinctive, powerful voice. Our nation needs a robust Fox News to resonate from every corner of the country.To ensure continuity of all that is best about Fox News and what it stands for, I will take over as chairman and acting CEO, with the support of our existing management team under Bill Shine, Jay Wallace and Mark Kranz.”last_img read more

Salt has existed for millions of years The Salt I

first_imgSalt has existed for millions of years. The Salt Institute has existed for just over a century. And now it has dissolved. The Salt Institute, the voice of the U.S. salt industry, spent decades questioning government efforts to limit Americans’ salt consumption. It got a fair amount of publicity over the years — its president, Lori Roman, even appeared on The Colbert Report to point out that people “need salt to live, you cannot survive without it.”But the trade group has been officially shuttered by the salt industry executives that serve on its board of directors. “The Salt Institute was first established in 1914 and has long advocated the numerous uses and benefits of salt, ranging from winter roadway safety and water quality to health and nutrition,” the board said in a statement. “Over the years, the Salt Institute has made a positive impact demonstrating the essential nature of salt in our daily lives through fact-based information, research studies and educational tools.”The statement didn’t reveal why they decided to close now. Roman said that she’s no longer speaking for the Salt Institute. NPR reached out to major salt companies like Cargill and Morton Salt, whose employees served on the board. They wouldn’t provide any more information, either. “Cargill is not going to speak on behalf of the Salt Institute about why now and have shared what we can,” spokesperson Justin Barber told NPR. Paul Jackiewicz of Morton Salt did allow that the company had no plans to work with any other trade group specifically focused on salt. The sudden closure was unexpected to some people familiar with the institute.”I was very surprised because everything was going very well for us,” says Morton Satin, who used to be the institute’s vice-president of science and research before he retired. Also surprised was Michael Jacobson, co-founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which bills itself as America’s Food Watchdog. Jacobson welcomed the news. “My feeling is, good riddance to this organization,” he says. “The Salt Institute, as long as I’ve followed it, for maybe 30 years, has done nothing but muddy the waters about salt and health.” In his view, the institute has worked hard to make people think that “lowering sodium is unnecessary and might even be dangerous.” While there may be “shreds” of evidence that suggest that we shouldn’t lower sodium intake, says Jacobson, “that’s vastly outweighed by a hundred times more evidence that we should. And that’s why there have been calls for government policies to reduce sodium levels in food since 1969.” Dick Hanneman, who was the institute’s president for about a quarter century, says he doesn’t know why it is closing now.”I’m saddened to learn that it’s going away,” Hanneman says, “because I thought it served a very useful purpose.”The institute helped states figure out how to best use salt on the nation’s roads, says Hanneman. He also recalls that it pushed back on the government’s anti-salt campaigns, and even sued the Department of Health and Human Services. “We approached it not politically, but through the science,” says Hanneman, adding that the institute argued for the need for more research on the health effects of salt reduction.When the group was originally formed as the Salt Producers Association, there were hundreds of independent salt producers, says Hanneman. Later, the name changed and so did the industry, with salt production typically becoming just one division in a much larger chemical or agricultural company. When Hanneman left the group, it had fewer than a dozen member companies. “So if a few large companies lose interest in it, then the funding goes away,” he notes. “My sense of it is that there’s a lot of change in the corporate structure of salt companies.” Still, salt itself is here to stay, he says, since “humans continue to eat between 2,400 and 5,500 milligrams of sodium a day.” This is way too much, according to the independent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Just this month, it said adults should eat less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. That’s about a teaspoon in total — and most of the salt in our diets comes in prepared foods, rather than from the salt shaker on the dinner table. In fact, the major source of sodium for Americans is bread. “It’s not that there’s so much sodium in a piece of bread, but we eat so many pieces of bread,” says Jacobson.Jacobson initially thought that the timing of the Salt Institute’s shutdown meant that it might be linked to that new report from the National Academies. Now he thinks its demise probably reflects the whole food industry getting more realistic about diet and health. “More and more, companies are beginning to lower sodium,” says Jacobson. “I don’t know if we’ll ever really find out why it’s going out of business, but I think we should be grateful for small favors.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Why the Next Technological Revolution in Alternative Meat Is Chicken

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Image credit: Juhari Muhade | Getty Images Why the Next Technological Revolution in Alternative Meat Is Chicken Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Brian Kateman Next Article Meat Industry By investing more research and development into plant-based chicken products, it may not be long before consumers are squawking for more of them. 4 min read July 2, 2019 Backyard barbecue season is just around the corner, and it’s clear this has been a tremendous year for plant-based meat. Several months ago, Beyond Meat teamed up with Carl’s Jr. and Del Taco to offer its plant-based burgers and crumbles. More recently, Burger King announced the nationwide rollout of a Whopper made with a vegetarian patty from the startup Impossible Foods. These and other leading plant-based meat-alternative companies bet big on beef, and boy, did it paid off. But some companies already have their eyes set on the next technological revolution in meat: chicken.While beef alternatives may be getting most of the buzz lately, animal-based chicken is the uncontested champion of American plates. Beginning in 1992, for the first time in recorded history, chicken became more popular than beef in the U.S. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2018, Americans ate a record 93 pounds of chicken per person, and roughly the same amount is projected for 2019 — more than 50 percent of beef consumption.Why the meteoric rise in chicken consumption? Many factors play a role, but two stand out. Firstly, in one survey, 88 percent of consumers said they think that chicken is healthier than beef or pork (although recent evidence suggests this may not be true). Secondly, price: according to Food and Agricultural Economist Jayson Lusk, “In the early 1970s, a pound of beef was about 2.5 times more expensive than a pound of chicken, and this figure trended upward over time. Today, beef is over four times more expensive than chicken.”To meet this demand, food companies have begun to roll out chicken alternatives on the market. Perdue Foods in partnership with Better Meat Co. is touting a line of chicken products that blend chicken and vegetables — a mix of cauliflower and chickpeas formed into chicken nuggets, tenders and patties — that will be coming to retailers nationwide in September. Tyson Foods is promoting the fact that it will begin selling nuggets made from pea protein at grocery stores this summer. A new entrant into the foray, Rebellyous Foods, is aiming to corner the meat-free fried chicken market by bringing plant-based meat’s costs down.In the U.K., KFC has just announced it is trialing a vegan chicken burger in stores across England. The Imposter Burger features a fillet made from Quorn, coated in the Colonel’s Original Recipe herbs and spices. It proved so popular that it sold out in just a couple of days.While it is true that there are many plant-based chicken products already on the market, they have arguably fallen behind the unprecedented innovation we’ve seen in its red meat counterpart. Indeed, the investment into research and development of comparable chicken products seems to have been far outweighed by the likes of red meat products such as the Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger. These recent developments, however, could signal a change. And there is a lot at stake to getting plant-based chicken right.Nine out of every 10 land animals killed for meat are chickens. The overwhelming majority are raised on factory farms, where they are confined in dark, warehouse-like buildings, each packed with as many as tens of thousands of chickens. Such intensive confinement breeds filth and disease, and many suffer from serious health problems as a result, including chronic respiratory illnesses and bacterial infections. (McDonald’s for example still sources chickens who’ve been bred to grow so large, so fast that many cannot even walk without pain. However, Burger King, Subway, Jack in the Box and more than 100 other food companies have committed to phasing out this abuse.) Moreover, poultry farming is one of the leading causes of climate change, as production methods inherently spew carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane and other greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. And our culinary love affair with chicken may help explain why only one in 10 adults get enough fruits or vegetables.The reality is that most consumers don’t choose food based on these ethical, environmental and health issues. Rather, they decide what to eat based on price, taste and convenience. Therefore, the only way we’ll solve these problems is if companies are able to develop chicken alternatives that are just as inexpensive, delicious and common place as animal-based meat, much like the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger have already achieved. By investing more research and development into plant-based chicken products, it may not be long before more consumers are squawking for more of them. Cofounder and President of the Reducetarian Foundation Guest Writer Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Target Is Seriously Expanding Its Online Subscription Service

first_imgTarget Next Article Reporter Add to Queue 2 min read Kate Taylor –shares Target’s subscription services are about to explode, with the retailer making a slew of products — from tampons to coffee K-cups – available for regular delivery.Yesterday, the retail chain announced that it was increasing Target Subscription services tenfold to include more than 1,500 products. Customers can choose how frequently they wish to receive regular deliveries of an item, with the product being shipped for free to their doorstep.Target began testing subscription services last September, when the chain launched the service for 150 baby-care basics. Despite minimal marketing, the service quickly caught on, and now accounts for more than 15 percent of online sales for eligible items.The success of the subscription model for baby-care items encouraged Target to expedite plans to expand and add more products, according to Target spokesperson Eddie Baeb.”We’re adding items that if you woke up at 6 in the morning, you wouldn’t want to run out of,” says Baeb. That means toilet paper, concealer and coffee will all be available.Related: Target Falls for the Terrifying ‘Thigh Gap’ Trend and Totally Gets BustedTarget also focused on creating subscription delivery options items that would be inconvenient to buy in the stores, such as bulky bags of dog food and oversized packs of paper towels.  The third grouping of new subscription items are those that require regular, infrequent deliveries, like furnace filters and Brita filters. In the words of Baeb, “the things you know you should replace but you kind of forget.”With the huge growth of subscription service offerings, Target takes another step to grow its online presence. In the fall, the store began offering in-store pickup for online purchases, removing the delivery middleman. As big box stores have struggled to compete with online megabrands such as Amazon in ecommerce, one of Target’s biggest weapons can be offering a diversity of sales options – in-store, online, subscription services, or a mixture of the two.”For us, it’s an online sale, but it’s a Target sale,” says Baeb.Related: Target to Bring Baby Goods to Your Door Through New Subscription Service Target Is Seriously Expanding Its Online Subscription Service April 18, 2014 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

first_img 7 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. June 25, 2015 Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies Health Care Image credit: REUTERS | Joshua Roberts Dan Mangan This story originally appeared on CNBCcenter_img Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Obamacare just survived a potentially fatal heart attack.In a major decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in a 6-3 decision that the federal subsidies that help nearly 6.4 million people pay for their Obamacare health plans are legal under the Affordable Care Act. The ruling avoids what many analysts predicted would be a nightmare scenario if the plaintiffs had won: individual plan insurance prices skyrocketing in two-thirds of the United States, and the loss of health coverage for upwards of 8 million people in states served by the federal insurance marketplace by next year.”Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority decision.Read the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare subsidies here.The Supreme Court decision is a huge victory for the administration of President Barack Obama and his landmark health-reform law, which was designed to significantly reduce the number of Americans without health coverage.In its ruling in the case known as King v. Burwell, the high court accepted the administration’s argument that the ACA allows federal tax credits to be issued to people who buy health plans through a federally run Obamacare exchange. Joining Roberts in the majority decision were Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotamayor and Elena Kagan.Plaintiffs had argued that only customers of state-run exchanges can receive such financial help, the Supreme Court found. Just 17 such exchanges that sell insurance plans from private insurers are currently run by a state or the District of Columbia.If the court had ruled for the plaintiffs, it would had effectively created a segregated country in terms of individual health insurance, the coverage people buy outside of their jobs. People in most of the country would have only be able to buy such insurance by paying the full retail price, while in one-third of the U.S. many people will be eligible for financial aid to offset the cost of their coverage.Because of the key role that subsidies play in the ACA, the Supreme Court’s decision in the states also kept in place the so-called “employer mandate,” which requires larger employers to offer affordable health insurance to their workers or pay a fine. The ruling also keeps intact the individual mandate that requires most Americans to have some form of health coverage or pay a tax penalty.The decision also takes pressure off the Republican-controlled Congress. If the court had invalidated the subsidies, some Republicans were prepared to extend the financial aid in the 34 affected states through as long as 2017, when the next president takes office.Although Republicans overwhelmingly opposed Obamacare, there was serious concern about GOP leaders that their party would suffer a political backlash from people losing their health coverage just as the part mobilizes to regain the White House in the 2016 presidential election. There was fear among some Republicans that news stories of seriously ill or dying people going without health care because of the loss of their Obamacare plans will haunt them on Election Day next year.The Obama administration before the ruling had refused to reveal its contingency plans for such a decision. But a handful of states served by have indicated they will make moves that might be able to protect the subsidies their residents currently enjoy.The decision hinged on just a handful of words in the ACA that discussed the issuance of subsidies to customers of a insurance marketplace “established by a state.” The ACA does not explicitly discuss the issuance of such aid to customers of an exchange established by the federal government in the event a state opted not to set up such an online marketplace. Most states, often because of their political leaders’ opposition to Obamacare or because of cost concerns, had opted not to run their own exchanges.The subsidies are a crucial component of the Affordable Care Act. They are available to people with low and moderate household incomes—between one and four times the federal poverty level.Of the current 10.2 million Obamacare enrollees in the U.S., 85 percent of them, or 8.7 million customers, receive tax credits to help reduce their monthly premium payments. The average subsidy for people who qualified for subsidies was $272 per month.About 6.4 million customers were subsidized, and now retain that financial aid because of Thursday’s ruling.Nearly 8 million people overall had been projected to lose their health plans by next year as a result of the decision against the administration. That tally is higher than the number of people with subsidies because it reflects what would have been both the loss of coverage for most subsidized people, as well as the millions who would stop buying individual health plans as their prices sharply rose on the heels of the loss of subsidized customers.Analysts had projected that that the retail price for premiums—that is, the non-subsidized price—for individual insurance plans in the 34 states now served by would have increase by an average of almost 50 percent if the subsidies were removed.The Supreme Court’s ruling comes three years after it upheld the ACA’s individual mandate as legal, but also ruled that Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility to most poor adults had to be left up to individual states to decide. That split decision has resulted in three-fifths of the U.S. granting Medicaid benefits to more people, and the remaining states keeping in place Medicaid programs that often sharply limit who can get coverage.That ruling for several years had seemed like the last judicial word on Obamacare. But in the meantime, four effectively identical court cases wound their way through the lower federal courts, carrying the seed of Thursday’s ruling.Plaintiffs in those cases challenged the Internal Revenue Service’s guidance that effectively allowed financial aid to be given to customers. That IRS guidance was issued because of the perceived ambiguity in the ACA over whether an exchange established by the federal government could sell subsidized plans.The Obama administration, and many legal observers, had scoffed at the plaintiffs’ arguments. The administration and its allies argued that it would be nonsensical for the ACA authorize the creation of a federal exchange that was unable to sell subsidized insurance plans because there would then be little or no incentive for people to buy the plans there. The exchanges are the only place subsidies can be used; customers who enroll in individual plans outside of the exchanges cannot receive subsidies.The administration also argued that there was no evidence that Congress ever intended to deny subsidies to customers while it was authorizing such aid for state exchange customers, nor that any states weighed the cost of forgoing those subsidies in making their decision to default to a federal exchange.But lawyers for the plaintiffs said the law was clear: only customers of an exchange established by the state could get financial aid.Last July, the federal appeals circuit for the District of Columbia stunned the Obama administration by ruling, in a 2-1 decision, that the subsidies were illegal. Hours later, a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled 3-0 that the subsides were legal.The DC circuit later agreed to re-hear the case with a larger panel of judges, which effectively voided its decision invalidating the subsidies. But the plaintiffs in the Virginia case requested that the Supreme Court hear their appeal of the decision in that circuit, and the Supreme Court, to the surprise of many, agreed to do so, hearing oral arguments earlier this year. Next Article –shares Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Many Retailers Not Getting the Most Out of Their Data Says New

first_imgRetailers Should Focus on Data Analytics that Illuminate What Customers WantDigital technologies and social media have produced a flood of information about consumers. But vast amounts of data aren’t useful if retailers don’t know what they’re looking for. Savvy retailers focus their data and analytics on customer needs and look for ways to connect with and learn about their consumers.Those are among the central conclusions of Digital Strategy: Activating Against Customer Needs, a new report by L.E.K. Consulting. According to Chris Randall, a Managing Director at L.E.K. and coauthor of the report, the problem isn’t too much information – it’s not being focused about how to use it.“Information is only valuable if it helps leaders address critical business challenges and better understand what drives results,” Randall says. “For retailers, the best use of data is to better understand customers’ needs and purchase paths to then drive to better engagement and conversion.”Retailers have always looked to data for consumer insight. “Brick-and-mortar retailers drew data from their stores – sales information, how competitors performed, how well promotions worked and what customers told them in surveys,” says report coauthor and L.E.K. Managing Director Rob Haslehurst. “But, with such a quantity of rich data available from online retail, third parties and longitudinal customer behavior, the challenge today is how to identify the meaningful insights and make better decisions – not just once but on an ongoing basis, taking advantage of all available tools including AI.”Marketing Technology News: Lear Corporation Completes Acquisition of Xevo, a Leader in Connected Car Software and Data-Driven User ExperiencesThe best use of data is to uncover and solve customer problems, says Noor Abdel-Samed, an L.E.K. Managing Director and coauthor of the report. “A pragmatic way to tackle the problem is to focus on four critical consumer needs,” he explains. “Excelling at any one of them can be enough to generate improved results.”According to the report, innovative retailers use their data to focus on customer pain points and aim to:Increase transparency, helping consumers understand what they need, why their product meets the need, and what it should cost. Online mattress-in-a-box seller Casper and used-car retailer CarMax have used their data to determine optimal pricing, bringing price transparency to notoriously opaque markets.Reduce stress. Laurel & Wolf helps online consumers choose among many different independent interior designers. Warby Parker offers a free, try-at-home program for prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Both companies harness data to determine their merchandise selections and length of trials.Narrow a bewildering array of choices by curating the experience. Netflix has built its brand by presenting a data-driven selection of content to each user based on past viewing history, genre interests, ratings and other data. AirBnB uses a quiz to engage with consumers – and crunches the answers to help formulate user-specific travel recommendations.Make the purchase easy by using data to identify the right mix of shipping and payment options. Amazon offers multiple shipping options, accepts most payment types, and offers fast, free returns, all of which help move customers toward commitment. Shopify is one retailer that streamlines purchasing by storing transaction data and letting consumers use it for future purchases – they saw their conversion rate increase by 18 percent after they adopted the program.Marketing Technology News: Shutterstock Launches “View in Room” Augmented Reality for MobileFocusing data on consumer needs is just one example of how to build an effective digital transformation. In another report, Digital Transformation: Road Map to a Digital First Organization, Randall and Abdel-Samed recommend a similar kind of focus and discipline for all businesses, not just retailers. They advise companies not to plunge into digital but instead establish a vision based on customer, brand or financial objectives; assess their digital capabilities (not just analytics but also content and channels) and identify gaps; and start with specific, focused initiatives. “By taking these steps, you establish a roadmap for transforming the essential elements of your business – people, process, technology and content – so that the company can deliver against its goals and generate value,” Abdel-Samed says.For retailers, the real opportunity is to use their analytics to sharpen their competitive differentiation and strengthen their relationships. “By understanding consumer needs, they can create real engagement, and create memorable experiences exactly when consumers are most likely to act,” Randall says.Marketing Technology News: Twitter Confirms Machine Learning has Helped to Identify and Remove Abusive Tweets Significantly Digital technologiesDigital TransformationL.E.KMarketing TechnologyNewsNoor Abdel-SamedSocial Media Previous ArticleInception Digital is now The Inception CompanyNext ArticleSocial Media Censors Game Changing Consumer Privacy Product Many Retailers Not Getting the Most Out of Their Data, Says New L.E.K. 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Making smarter decisions about where to recover after hospitalization

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 11 2019Every year, nearly 2 million people on Medicare — most of them older adults — go to a skilled nursing facility to recover after a hospitalization. But choosing the facility can be daunting, according to an emerging body of research.Typically, a nurse or a social worker hands out a list of facilities a day or two — sometimes hours — before a patient is due to leave. The list generally lacks such essential information as the services offered or how the facilities perform on various measures of care quality.Families scramble to make calls and, if they can find the time, visit a few places. Usually they’re not sure what the plan of care is (what will recovery entail? how long will that take?) or what to expect (will nurses and doctors be readily available? how much therapy will there be?).If asked for a recommendation, hospital staffers typically refuse, citing government regulations that prohibit hospitals from steering patients to particular facilities and that guarantee patients free choice of medical providers. (This is true only for older adults with traditional Medicare; private Medicare Advantage plans can direct members to providers in their networks.)”The reality is that we leave patients and families without good guidance at a really vulnerable point in their care trajectory,” said Dr. Robert Burke, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.Amid stress and confusion, older adults and their families frequently make less than optimal choices. According to a 2018 report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare, nearly 84% of Medicare beneficiaries who go to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) after a hospital stay could have selected a higher-rated provider within a 15-mile radius. On average, MedPAC noted, hospitals refer patients needing short-term rehabilitation to 34 facilities. (Fewer options are available in rural areas.)Where older adults go is important “because the quality of care varies widely among providers,” MedPAC’s report notes, and this affects how fully people recover from surgeries or illnesses, whether they experience complications such as infections or medication mix-ups, and whether they end up going home or to a nursing home for long-term care, among other factors.A recently completed series of reports from the United Hospital Fund in New York City highlights how poorly older adults are served during this decision-making process. In focus groups, families described feeling excluded from decisions about post-hospital care and reported that websites such as Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare, which rates facilities by quality of care and other performance criteria, weren’t recommended, easy to use or especially helpful.What do older adults and family members need to know before selecting a rehab facility after a hospital stay? Recent academic research, policy reports and interviews with experts elucidate several themes.The BasicsWho needs post-hospital care in a rehabilitation center? Surprisingly, there are no definitive guidelines for physicians or discharge planners. But older adults who have difficulty walking or taking care of themselves, have complex medical conditions and complicated medication regimens, need close monitoring or don’t have caregiver support are often considered candidates for this kind of care, according to Kathryn Bowles, professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.Medicare will pay for short-term rehabilitation at SNFs under two conditions: (1) if an older adult has had an inpatient hospital stay of at least three days; and (2) if an older adult needs physical, occupational or speech/language therapy at least five days a week or skilled nursing care seven days a week.Be sure to check your status, because not all the time you spend in a hospital counts as an inpatient stay; sometimes, patients are classified as being in “observation care,” which doesn’t count toward this three-day requirement.Traditional Medicare pays the full cost of a semiprivate room and therapy at a skilled nursing facility for up to 20 days. Between 21 and 100 days, patients pay a coinsurance rate of $170.50 per day. After 100 days, a patient becomes responsible for the full daily charge — an average $400 a day. Private Medicare Advantage plans may have different cost-sharing requirements.Nationally, the average stay for rehabilitation is about 25 days, according to a recent editorial on choosing post-hospital care in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.Quality Varies WidelyIn its 2018 report, MedPAC documented large variations in the quality of care provided by SNFs. Notably, facilities with the worst performance were twice as likely to readmit patients to the hospital as those with the best performance. (Readmissions put patients at risk of a host of complications. This measure applied only to readmissions deemed potentially avoidable.) Patients at the best-performing facilities were much more likely to be discharged back home and to regain the ability to move around than those at the worst-performing facilities.Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairMedicare Advantage overbills taxpayers by billions a year as feds struggle to stop itIn April, for the first time, Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website is separating out performance measures for short-term stays in SNFs, for people who are recovering after a hospitalization, and long-term stays, for people with severe, chronic, debilitating conditions.Seven measures for short-term stays will be included: the portion of patients who experience an improvement in their functioning (such as the ability to walk), return home to the community, are readmitted to the hospital, visit the emergency room, get new prescriptions for antipsychotic medications, have pain well controlled, and are adequately treated for bedsores, according to Dr. David Gifford, senior vice president for quality and regulatory affairs at the American Health Care Association, which represents nursing homes and assisted living centers. There will also be a separate “star rating” for short-term stays — an overall indicator of quality.Questions To AskBefore making a decision on post-hospital care, older adults and family members should address the following issues:Your post-hospital needs. Bowles, who has studied what kind of information patients and families find valuable, suggests people ask: What are my needs going to be during the post-hospital period? What kind of help will be needed, and for approximately how long?Dr. Lena Chen, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan who has published research examining wide variations in spending on post-acute care after a hospitalization, suggests asking: What is my anticipated recovery, and what do you think the most difficult parts of it might be?What the SNF provides. Bowles also suggests people ask why the SNF is being recommended instead of home health care. How will the SNF meet my needs, specifically? What kind of medical care and therapy will I get there? From whom and how often?Carol Levine, who directs the United Hospital Fund’s Families and Health Care Project, suggests that patients and families seek out details about facilities. Is a doctor readily available? (New research suggests 10% of patients in skilled nursing facilities are never seen by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.) What kind of equipment and specialized services are on-site? Can the facility accommodate people with cognitive issues or who need dialysis, for instance?Getting information early. Dr. Vincent Mor, professor of health services, policy and practice at Brown University’s School of Public Health, said patients and families should insist on seeing a discharge planner soon after entering the hospital and start the planning process early. When a planner comes by, “say, ‘I don’t care about choices: Tell me, what do you think will be best for me?’ Be insistent,” he advised.Burke warns that doctors don’t typically know which SNF is likely to be the best fit for a particular patient — a topic he has written about. He suggests that older adults or their families insist they be given time to contact facilities if they feel rushed. While there’s considerable pressure to discharge patients quickly, there’s also a requirement that hospital discharges be safe, Burke noted. “If we’re waiting for a family to tell us which facility they want a patient to go to, we can’t make a referral or discharge the patient,” he said.We’re eager to hear from readers about questions you’d like answered, problems you’ve been having with your care and advice you need in dealing with the health care system. Visit to submit your requests or tips. This article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

Worlds biggest battery in Australia to trump Musks

© 2018 AFP Citation: World’s biggest battery in Australia to trump Musk’s (2018, March 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from British billionaire businessman Sanjeev Gupta will built the world’s biggest battery in South Australia, overtaking US star entrepreneur Elon Musk’s project in the same state last year The 120MW/140MWh battery storage facility will support a new solar farm at the Whyalla Steelworks, which was taken over by Gupta’s GFG Alliance when it bought Australia’s cash-strapped steelmaking giant Arrium last year.The push towards more renewable energy projects in South Australia followed an “unprecedented” storm that hit in 2016, causing a state-wide blackout.”Today’s announcement is another example of how South Australia … is leading the world in renewable energy,” state Premier Jay Weatherill said in a statement.”As well as being the most powerful battery in the world, SIMEC ZEN Energy’s storage facility will help underpin the long-term viability of the Whyalla steelworks, as well as provide additional benefits to the South Australian grid.”The announcement came a day before the Labor state government goes to the polls in a tight election race that has seen energy policy at the heart of the final days of campaigning.The state’s main opposition party, the Liberals, has sought to distinguish its energy policy from Labor by supporting the development of an additional connection to the power grid instead.The new battery storage project—at Port Augusta some 300 kilometres (186 miles) north of Adelaide—will be supported by a Aus$10 million (US$7.8 million) grant from Weatherill’s government.Musk, the maverick billionaire and founder of Tesla, had pledged on Twitter last year to built a battery farm with a self-imposed deadline of having it ready in 100 days.The 100 MW/129 MWh battery, located in the rural town of Jamestown north of Adelaide, was switched on in late 2017 and connected to a wind farm operated by French energy firm Neoen.It is meant to help tackle power shortages, reduce intermittencies and address demands in summer, when most of the country experiences its highest energy usage.Musk is also working with the state government on a landmark plan to give 50,000 homes solar panels and Tesla batteries.The network of solar panels linked to rechargeable batteries will be financed by the sale of excess electricity generated by the network, Weatherill said last month. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. British billionaire businessman Sanjeev Gupta will built the world’s biggest battery in South Australia, officials said Friday, overtaking US star entrepreneur Elon Musk’s project in the same state last year. Tesla, Australia to turn 50,000 homes into power generators read more

Toyota Panasonic form joint venture in housing for Japan

first_imgOperating Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Masayoshi Shirayanagi, left, and Senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation Makoto Kitano talk during a press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics maker Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Explore further Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics giant Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan to showcase technologies such as connected cars and the internet of things. Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Masayoshi Shirayanagi, left, and senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation Makoto Kitano shake hands after their press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics maker Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Toyota Motor Corp., which offers housing as well as vehicles in Japan, said the new company will offer homes showcasing those technologies.Panasonic Corp. said its housing subsidiary will become part of the joint venture. The companies said Thursday the deal should concluded by January 2020.Both sides said communities will increasingly want connected cars, autonomous driving, car-sharing and ecological vehicles, and homes offering sustainable energy and gadgetry.Earlier this year, Toyota and Panasonic announced a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming.The companies have been studying working together on batteries since 2017.The housing joint venture brings together all the two companies’ housing brands, including Misawa Homes Co., Toyota Housing and Panasonic Homes Co.Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda said the automaker was eager to collaborate with various companies as the industry develops.He said he wanted to bring “together the strengths of Toyota, with its vehicle business and connected business, and Panasonic, with its home appliance business, battery business and IoT business, and enhancing our competitiveness,” in the housing venture. Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga said the companies want to move ahead on “town development.””We will put our respective strengths together to offer new value in everyday life,” he said.Toyota, which makes the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models, has been bullish on partnerships with other automakers and with technology outfits such as ride-sharing giant Uber and Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp.Toyoda has repeatedly said that to survive Toyota must do more than just sell cars, and have various net, ecological and robotics technology under its wings. Senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation Makoto Kitano, right, speaks as Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Masayoshi Shirayanagi listens during a press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics maker Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Masayoshi Shirayanagi, left, and senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation Makoto Kitano shake hands after their press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics maker Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Toyota, Panasonic form joint venture in housing for Japan (2019, May 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation Makoto Kitano, right, speaks as Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Masayoshi Shirayanagi listens during a press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics maker Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Toyota, Panasonic announce venture for green auto batteries This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

A new manufacturing process for aluminum alloys

first_img Citation: A new manufacturing process for aluminum alloys (2019, June 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from An advanced manufacturing process to produce nano structured rods and tubes directly from high-performance aluminum alloy powder—in a single step—was recently demonstrated by researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Using a novel Solid Phase Processing approach, the research team eliminated several steps that are required during conventional extrusion processing of aluminum alloy powders, while also achieving a significant increase in product ductility (how far a material can stretch before it breaks).This is good news for sectors such as the automotive industry, where the high cost of manufacturing has historically limited the use of high-strength aluminum alloys made from powders.The team’s research is described in the paper “High Ductility Aluminum Alloy Made from Powder by Friction Extrusion,” published in the June 2019 issue of Materialia.Stepping Away from Conventional ExtrusionHigh-performance aluminum alloys made from powder have long been used in lightweight components for specialized aerospace applications, where cost is not a limiting factor. However, these alloys have typically been too expensive for the automotive industry.A typical extrusion process for aluminum alloy powders is energy-and process-intensive, requiring multiple steps to mass produce the material. First, the loose powder must be loaded into a can and gases removed using a vacuum, which is called “degassing.” The can is then sealed, hot pressed, pre-heated, and placed into the extrusion press. After extrusion, the can is removed, or “decanned,” to reveal the extruded part made from consolidated powder. PNNL’s ShAPE™ process combined with a unique aluminum alloy produced high-strength, high-ductility rods in one single process. Credit: Andrea Starr | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory “This is the first published instance of an aluminum alloy powder being consolidated into nano structured extrusions using a single-step process like ShAPE,” said PNNL materials scientist Scott Whalen, who led the study.He added, “The elimination of both the processing steps and the need for pre-heating could dramatically reduce production time as well as lower the cost and overall embedded energy within the product, which could be beneficial for automotive manufacturers who want to make passenger vehicles more affordable, lighter, and fuel-efficient for the consumer.”Besides providing the Al-12.4TM powder, SCM Metals Products, Inc. performed mechanical testing to validate the resulting material’s performance. PNNL and SCM Metal Products, Inc. are now collaborating on a project for DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions to scale up the process for larger diameter extrusions. Extrusion of Aluminum Alloys Directly from Powder. Credit: PNNL Explore further Ductility—It’s a StretchElimination of processing steps and reduced heating weren’t the only successful findings by the team.While high-performance aluminum alloys have historically shown excellent strength, they have typically been hampered by poor ductility. However, the team found dramatic improvements in the ductility of the extrusion produced by ShAPE, measuring ductility that is two to three times that found in conventional extrusion products, and with equivalent strength.To understand the reason for the substantial increase in ductility, transmission electron microscopy was used to evaluate the microstructures of the powder and the extruded materials. The results indicated that the ShAPE method refined the second phases in the powder—tiny strengthening particles of non-aluminum materials. ShAPE reduces the particles to nanoscale sizes and evenly distributes them throughout the aluminum matrix, increasing ductility. Scientists create new aluminum alloy with flexibility, strength, lightness More information: Scott Whalen et al, High ductility aluminum alloy made from powder by friction extrusion, Materialia (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.mtla.2019.100260 Provided by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In this study, the team eliminated many of these steps, extruding nanostructured aluminum rods directly from powder in a single step, using PNNL’s Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion technology, or ShAPE.Extrusion of aluminum alloys directly from powder elimates canning, de-gassing, hot isostatic pressing, de-canning, and billet pre-heatingIn the ShAPE process, a powder—in this case, an Al-12.4TM aluminum alloy powder provided by SCM Metal Products, Inc., a division of Kymera International—is poured into an open container. A rotating extrusion die is then forced into the powder, which generates heat at the interface between the powder and die. The material softens and easily extrudes, eliminating the need for canning, degassing, hot pressing, pre-heating, and decanning.last_img read more

NASA Set To Launch a DeepSpace Atomic Clock Tonight

first_img Related: This Is What 2 Dozen Satellites Look Like Packed for Launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy But how does it work? Astronomers already use clocks to navigate in space. They send a signal to the spacecraft, which sends it back to Earth. The time of that round trip tells scientists the spacecraft’s distance from Earth. That’s because the signal is traveling at the speed of light, so armed with the time it took to go to the spacecraft and back, finding distance is but a simple calculation away. By sending multiple signals over time, scientists can calculate a spacecraft’s trajectory — both where it was and where it’s going. But in order to know a spacecraft’s location within a small margin of error, astronomers need very precise clocks that can measure billionths of a second, according to NASA. They also need clocks that are extremely stable. “Stability” here refers to how consistently a clock measures a unit of time. While you’d think that clocks always measure the same length of time as a “second,” clocks have a tendency to drift and slowly mark longer and longer times as a “second.” For measuring the locations of spacecrafts in distant space, astronomers need their atomic clocks to be consistent to better than a billionth of a second over days and weeks. Modern clocks, from those we wear on our wrists to those used on satellites, most often keep time using a quartz crystal oscillator. These take advantage of the fact that quartz crystals vibrate at a precise frequency when voltage is applied to them, NASA said in the statement. The vibrations act like the pendulum in a grandfather clock. But, by the standards of space navigation, quartz crystal clocks aren’t very stable at all. After six weeks, they may be off by a full millisecond, which translates at the speed of light to 185 miles (300 kilometers). That much error would have a huge impact on measuring the position of a fast-moving spacecraft, NASA said. Atomic clocks combine quartz crystal oscillators with certain types of atoms to create better stability. NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock will use mercury atoms and be off by less than a nanosecond after four days and less than a microsecond after 10 years. It would take 10 million years for the clock to be wrong by a whole second, according to NASA. Related: A NASA Atomic Clock on SpaceX’s Next Falcon Heavy Will Pioneer Deep-Space Travel Tech It may not be surprising to learn that atomic clocks take advantage of the structure of atoms, which are composed of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by electrons. The atoms of each element have a distinct structure, with a different number of protons in the nucleus. While the number of electrons each type of atom has can vary, the electrons occupy distinct energy levels, and a jolt of exactly the right amount of energy can cause an electron to jump to a higher energy level around the nucleus. The energy required to make an electron do this jump is unique to each element and consistent to all atoms of that element. “The fact that the energy difference between these orbits is such a precise and stable value is really the key ingredient for atomic clocks,” Eric Burt, an atomic clock physicist at JPL, said in the statement. “It’s the reason atomic clocks can reach a performance level beyond mechanical clocks.” Humans To Mars? Here’s What We’ll NeedDava Newman, NASA Deputy Administrator, explains how solar-electric propulsion, deep space atomic clocks, spacesuits, and laser communication are key technologies for humans to explore Mars and beyond.Credit: NASAVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Fomalhaut Stars Huge Ring of Dusty Debris Captured by ALMA | Video00:54关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0002:3202:32Your Recommended Playlist00:54Fomalhaut Stars Huge Ring of Dusty Debris Captured by ALMA | Video13:13Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Talks Launch on 50th Anniversary00:43OTD in Space – July 16: Apollo 11 Launches to the Moon02:22Skywatching Planets and the Harvest Moon In September 2014 | Video05:46Constellations and Planets In March 2017 Skywatching – Where to Look | Video05:39Jupiter and the Gemini Twins Shine In March 2014 Skywatching | Video关闭  NASA is set to launch an incredible new atomic clock into orbit on a Falcon Heavy today (June 24) in a technology demonstration mission that could transform the way humans explore space. The Deep Space Atomic Clock, developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is a space-ready upgrade to the atomic clocks we use here on Earth and to the clocks that already fly on satellites like those that provide GPS. Ideally, this new atomic clock will make spacecraft navigation to distant objects in space — on the journey to Mars, for example — more autonomous, NASA said in a statement. The precision in measurement of the spacecraft’s position that scientists hope to get with the Deep Space Atomic Clock will allow spacecraft traveling in deep space to act on their own, without much communication with Earth. It’d be a huge improvement to how spacecraft are currently navigated, NASA said. AdvertisementHow to Build the Most Accurate Atomic Clocks | VideoResearchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology use laser-cooled cesium atoms to develop ultra-accurate atomic clocks for GPS systems, global telecommunications and other essential technologies.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Fomalhaut Stars Huge Ring of Dusty Debris Captured by ALMA | Video00:54关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0005:0005:00Your Recommended Playlist00:54Fomalhaut Stars Huge Ring of Dusty Debris Captured by ALMA | Video13:13Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Talks Launch on 50th Anniversary00:43OTD in Space – July 16: Apollo 11 Launches to the Moon02:22Skywatching Planets and the Harvest Moon In September 2014 | Video05:46Constellations and Planets In March 2017 Skywatching – Where to Look | Video05:39Jupiter and the Gemini Twins Shine In March 2014 Skywatching | Video关闭  In essence, atomic clocks can correct themselves. In an atomic clock, the frequency of the quartz oscillator is transformed into the frequency that is applied to a collection of atoms from a specific element. If the frequency is correct, it will cause many electrons in the atoms to jump energy levels. But if it’s not, fewer electrons will jump. That tells the clock that the quartz oscillator is off-frequency and how much to correct it. On the Deep Space Atomic Clock, this correction is calculated and applied to the quartz oscillator every few seconds. But that’s not all that makes the Deep Space Atomic Clock special. This clock doesn’t just use mercury atoms, it also uses charged mercury ions. Because ions are atoms that have electric charge, they can be contained in an electromagnetic “trap.” This keeps the atoms from interacting with the walls of a vacuum chamber, a common problem with the neutral atoms used in regular atomic clocks. When they interact with the vacuum walls, environmental changes such as temperature can cause changes in the atoms themselves, and lead to frequency errors. The Deep Space Atomic Clock won’t be subject to such environmental changes, according to NASA, and so will be 50 times more stable than the clocks used on GPS satellites. After the clock launches today, scientists will be able to begin testing the clock’s precision as it spends days, then months in orbit. The Deep Space Atomic Clock will launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket as one of two dozen payloads. The 4-hour launch window opens at 11:30 p.m. EDT (0330 June 25 GMT); visit tomorrow for complete coverage of the launch. NASA Wants Robots to Sniff Out Moon Pits for Astronaut Homes Fusion Powered Spacecraft Could Be Just A Decade Away How NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Will Work (Infographic) Follow Kasandra @KassieBrabaw. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.last_img read more

War of words between Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra

first_imgWar of words between Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra AssemblyA war of words between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu rocked the state Assembly on Friday.advertisement Next Press Trust of India AmaravatiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:23 IST Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (right) and leader of opposition N Chandrababu Naidu.A war of words between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu rocked the state Assembly on Friday.Pandemonium prevailed in the House as there were heated exchanges between the two leaders during a debate on interest-free loans for farmers.As the debate on the issue was taken up for second day due to persistent demands by opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Naidu reeled out statistics from different documents to deny the allegations by Jagan Reddy that the previous government did not implement zero per cent interest scheme.As the chief minister had on Thursday dared Naidu to resign and leave the House for failing to give even a penny to the farmers, Naidu hit back at Jagan Reddy by providing the statistics. “Will you resign now or apologise to people?” the TDP chief asked the chief minister, evoking protest from treasury benches.Countering Naidu, Jagan Reddy said the TDP government provided only Rs 600 crore for the scheme while it should have given Rs 11,600 crore in five years. He said Naidu was claiming a great achievement by giving just 5 per cent money.There were repeated interruptions when the chief minister was speaking. Irked over this, he remarked “We are 151. If we decide you will not be seen around.”When TDP leader Atchan Naidu tried to intervene, Jagan Reddy asked him to sit and taunted him. “The man is of this size, but the brain is not of that level. You don’t know what to speak and what not to speak,” said the chief minister.Speaker T. Seetharam also reprimanded the TDP members for repeatedly creating disruptions.YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has 151 members in 175-member Assembly. The TDP’s strength is 23.ALSO READ | Andhra Pradesh: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy govt presents its first budgetALSO WATCH | Rahul Gandhi finally steps down as party president; Jaganmohan Reddy’s demolition spree; moreFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow Jagan Reddylast_img read more