Viewpoints FDAs Legal Test What To Believe About Medical Errors

first_img Forbes: Who Will Take On The Brunt Of Rising Health Insurance Prices? The Charlotte Observer: Tired Doctors? They’ve Never Had It Better Modern Healthcare: Prescribing Generic Drugs Could Have Saved $73 Billion STAT: Marco Rubio To FDA: Don’t Yank Hope From Dying Children It’s a question that grows in importance with each new report of a data breach: How much responsibility should companies take for protecting people’s privacy? The most common response when a corporate database gets hacked is for the business to offer a year of free credit monitoring — a better-than-nothing measure that will alert people to suspicious activity involving their credit files but will do nothing to prevent fraud, identity theft or other mischief. West Los Angeles resident Jairo Angulo and his wife were among nearly 80 million current and former Anthem health insurance policyholders whose personal information was reported hacked last February. (David Lazarus, 5/10) Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed paying for his proposals to transform large sectors of the government and the economy mainly through increased taxes on wealthy Americans. A pair of new studies published Monday suggests Sanders would not come up with enough money using this approach, and that the poor and the middle class would have to pay more than Sanders has projected in order to fund his ideas. The studies, published jointly by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and the Urban Institute in Washington, concludes that Sanders’s plans are short a total of more than $18 trillion over a decade. (Max Ehrenfreund, 5/9) The Columbus Dispatch: Plan Could Undo Health-Care Gains As a physician who retired early for health reasons, I heard echoes of those same voices complaining from all 35 years of my active practice. I remembered all the talk of physician burnout and threatened early retirement when I, too, first excitedly started my practice in 1982; at that time, it was HMOs and malpractice insurance premiums that were the chief complaints.Being a physician is an emotionally taxing job, one that demands personal management of the stresses of illness and death every day. But the work-life balance of a primary care physician has never been better, especially for a physician working for a large corporation such as Carolinas Healthcare System. (Dr. John Scherr, 5/9) The nation could have saved an estimated $73 billion from 2010 to 2012 if clinicians had more frequently prescribed alternatives to brand-name drugs, a JAMA Internal Medicine study finds. The total out-of pocket savings for patients would have been about $25 billion. Researchers aimed to put a price tag on how much money could be saved overall and out-of-pocket through the use of generic drugs and “therapeutic substitutes.” The latter term describes prescription drugs for which no generic equivalent exists, but for which there is an equally effective alternative within the same drug class. (Sabriya Rice, 5/9) The Wall Street Journal: Partisanship’s Grip On The Affordable Care Act You might think that people enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace plans would like their coverage more or less depending on whether they have a high or low deductible, or receive a subsidy to help them pay their premium. Those factors and other elements of their coverage matter, but by far the biggest difference between those in marketplace plans who say they have benefited from the ACA or been negatively affected by it is whether they are a Republican or a Democrat. That’s one finding from an analysis of a Kaiser Family Foundation survey of people covered in the non-group insurance market, which provides the clearest illustration I have seen yet of how partisanship colors people’s views of the ACA. (Drew Altman, 5/10) Lincoln Journal Star: Progress On Teen Births Over the past 60 years, since the first kidney transplant was performed in Boston in 1954, there have been astonishing advances in the field. … But there is a problem: Demand for organ transplants vastly outstrips supply. …What could be done to harness people’s generous impulses more effectively to save lives? One group attacking the question is Organize, which was founded in 2014 by Rick Segal’s son Greg, and Jenna Arnold, a media producer and educator who has worked with MTV and the United Nations un engaging audiences in social issues. Organize uses technology, open data and insights from behavioral economics to simplify becoming an organ donor. This approach is shaking up longstanding assumptions. (David Bornstein, 5/10) The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: Sorry, Bernie Fans. His Health Care Plan Is Short $17,000,000,000,000. The Houston Chronicle: Why Are 29 Million People Still Uninsured? center_img Recent headlines telling us that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death deliver as much “news” as headlines telling us that Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States. While the report in the BMJ — and the press release promoting it — sounded like researchers were on to something new, they were merely reminding us of old data. (Vinay Prasad, 5/9) An estimated 20 million people have gained insurance since health care reform was signed into law in 2010, but in the six years since, a significant group of Americans remain uninsured. (Lara Cooper, 5/10) STAT: Don’t Believe What You Read On New Report Of Medical Error Deaths The New York Times: Using Tweets And Posts To Speed Up Organ Donation Viewpoints: FDA’s Legal Test; What To Believe About Medical Errors? A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Gov. John Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid through Obamacare provided health-care coverage to about 640,000 poor Ohioans. Now, an estimated 130,000 people stand to lose that coverage through the legislature’s misguided “Healthy Ohio Program.” (5/10) The Food and Drug Administration will decide this month whether to approve an innovative drug for a fatal form of muscular dystrophy, and one question is whether the agency’s management will rebuke the dubious science propagated by its staff reviewers. Here’s another: Will FDA defy a law that directs the agency to pick up the pace on treatments for rare diseases? Eteplirsen by Sarepta Therapeutics produces dystrophin, the protein missing in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a condition that destroys every muscle in a decline from walking to wheelchair to death. Eteplirsen shows zero safety risks and four years of striking results in a clinical trial of 12 boys. FDA reviewers assert that the study is too small and maybe the drug doesn’t work, though Duchenne experts world-wide say otherwise. (5/9) The Wall Street Journal: A Legal Test For The FDA Adherents to a broad spectrum of ideologies can find encouraging statistics in the latest round of reports on teen births and teen pregnancies. The Centers for Disease Control reported last month that the national teen birth rate hit an all-time low in 2013-14. Teen pregnancies – the sum of teen births, miscarriages and abortions – are also at historic lows. (5/10) This FDA advisory panel … heard from an entire community of parents whose kids have Duchenne, who are seeing them improve, who know these kids better than any scientist, any doctor, any panelist at the FDA — and who begged for the drug to be approved. The committee, sadly, ruled against the drug. It did so because it essentially applied the same standard to this drug as it would to one designed to treat a much more common disease. (Marco Rubio, 5/9) Donald Trump, the new presumptive Republican nominee for President, has been vocal about his issues with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He has specifically pointed to the increasing price of premiums as a huge problem facing exchange customers. To anyone following news surrounding the ACA marketplaces, Mr. Trump’s words are not breaking news. While his claims may sometimes be exaggerated, it’s impossible to deny the cost of plans is on the rise. (Robert Harrow, 5/9) Los Angeles Times: Privacy Unprotected After Security Breaches This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Governors Propose Methods To Curb High Drug Prices Ranging From Seizing Patents

first_img Americans pay more for prescription drugs than any country in the world, and the pharmaceutical industry earns billions in profits each year. Critics blame pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, for a portion of those high costs through their role as middlemen between insurance plans, drug makers and pharmacies—but PBMs say they save consumers money. (Thompson and Rothman, 8/11) Axios: Wall Street Still Isn’t Scared Of Trump’s Drug Price Plan Kaiser Health News: Pharmacy-Made Pain Creams Flagged On Fears Of Medicare Fraud And Risk As cash-strapped states across America struggle with their drug spending, the National Governors Association has suggested several ways to address the problem, from bulk purchasing and alternative payment plans to the use of metrics for assessing the value of medicines. The ideas were released in a long-awaited report by the group, which has sought ideas from economists and public health officials for containing rising prescription drug expenses. The initiative was triggered, in particular, by two events over the past few years: revolutionary but pricey new medicines for combating hepatitis C, and the rising costs of coping with the ongoing opioid crisis. (Silverman, 8/14) Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, the obscure firms that administer prescription drug plans for insurers, are milking the system. Their unique perch between drug companies and pharmacies keeps them out of the spotlight — and has enabled them to boost their profit margins by saddling patients with ever-rising pharmacy bills. (Bearden, 8/12) Biogen’s muscle disease treatment Spinraza has been deemed too expensive for use on Britain’s state-run health service, even after a price discount offered by the U.S. drugmaker. Spinraza, which has a U.S. list price of $750,000 in the first year of treatment, is a big money-spinner in Biogen’s home market. But Britain’s healthcare cost agency NICE said on Tuesday it could not recommend it as a cost effective treatment. (8/13) Axios: When Combining Aleve And Nexium Equals A High Drug Price Stat: Gilead Patent For Its Hepatitis C Drug Is Invalidated By Chinese Authorities Generic drugmakers are being crushed by the very forces that the Trump administration is counting on to drive down prescription costs. While policy makers are betting that opening the market to a deluge of new medicines and reforming the drug supply chain will help contain rising prices, many widely used copycat medications are already seeing their prices fall at such a rapid rate that their makers are struggling to keep their heads above water. (Koons, 8/9) Governors Propose Methods To Curb High Drug Prices, Ranging From Seizing Patents To Subscription Programs News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing. Medicare pays hundreds of millions of dollars each year for prescription creams, gels and lotions made-to-order by pharmacies — mainly as pain treatments. But a new report finds that officials are concerned about possible fraud and patient safety risks from products made at nearly a quarter of the pharmacies that fill the bulk of those prescriptions. “Although some of this billing may be legitimate, all of these pharmacies warrant further scrutiny,” concludes the report from the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services. (Appleby, 8/9) Wall Street still mostly believes President Trump’s drug pricing blueprint doesn’t present any immediate, large-scale disruptions to the industry as the Trump administration remains focused on changing things like rebates instead lowering net prices. (Herman, 8/13) center_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. San Antonio Press-Express: The Real Reason Texans Are Grappling With High Drug Costs Reuters: Biogen’s Pricey Muscle Drug Spinraza Too Costly For Britain Bloomberg: Generic Drugmakers Struggle Despite U.S. Push For Copycats PBS NewsHour: Do Prescription Drug Middlemen Help Keep Prices High? In an unexpected move, Ohio officials are immediately ending contracts with two of the largest pharmacy benefit managers over pricing practices that cost the state tens of millions of dollars. The decision comes amid controversy over the fees that PBMs pay pharmacies for medicines and what they bill back to the Ohio Medicaid program, a practice known as spread pricing. A report commissioned by state officials found that two PBMs — CVS Caremark (CVS) and OptumRx — reaped more than $223 million by working on behalf of state Medicaid plans during a recent 12-month period. (Silverman, 8/14) Stat: National Governors Association Promotes Ideas To Lower Drug Costs Stat: Ohio Medicaid Cancels Contracts With Two Big PBMs Over ‘Spread’ Pricing  In a setback for Gilead Sciences (GILD), Chinese authorities have rejected a key patent for its Sovaldi hepatitis C medicine, opening the door to generic versions of the groundbreaking pill a few years sooner than might have occurred otherwise. The decision emerges from an ongoing effort by different advocacy groups to challenge Gilead patents for its hepatitis C medicines around the world in hopes of widening access. Although Gilead’s hepatitis C drugs have revolutionized treatment, they have also strained budgets, especially among cash-strapped governments with large numbers of citizens who are infected with the virus. (Silverman, 8/13) Common medications like ibuprofen or naproxen don’t cost a lot on their own. But in several instances, drug manufacturers blend those kinds of medicines into one tablet and then sell the combined drug for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. (Herman, 8/13) last_img read more

Fanciful Inflated Difficult To Decode And Inconsistent Experts Blast Rules Requiring Hospitals

first_img MemorialCare executive John Cascell believes physicians are privileged to be chosen to work in the system’s hospitals and clinics. They’re high-quality facilities that are well-respected in California’s Orange and Los Angeles counties.That’s why he stands behind the Fountain Valley, Calif.-based health system’s long-standing policy of requiring in-hospital physician groups to contract with the same insurance carriers as MemorialCare. The provision became part of the system’s contracts several years ago in response to patient complaints about receiving surprise bills. (Bannow, 1/12) Modern Healthcare: Children’s Hospitals Brace For Fewer Donors Under Tax Reform  Julie Appleby, a Kaiser Health News senior correspondent, appeared last week on WBUR’s “Here & Now” with Jeremy Hobson and on Science Friday to discuss the new requirement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that hospitals post their list prices online. But, according to KHN’s coverage, the information popping up on hospital websites “may initially serve to confuse more than illuminate.” (1/14) The New York Times: Hospitals Must Now Post Prices. But It May Take A Brain Surgeon To Decipher Them. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Modern Healthcare: Hospitals Push Physicians To Go In-Network To Prevent Surprise Bills  center_img Kaiser Health News: Listen: Do Consumers Benefit When Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online?  ‘Fanciful, Inflated, Difficult To Decode And Inconsistent’: Experts Blast Rules Requiring Hospitals To Post Prices The Trump administration now requires hospitals to post their chargemasters online in an effort to increase pricing transparency in the industry. But many experts criticize the rules, saying the information is unusable to consumers. In other hospital news: children’s hospitals brace for changes from the administration’s tax reform law, and hospitals push physicians to go in-network. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, responding to a new Trump administration order to begin posting all hospital prices, listed a charge of $42,569 for a cardiology procedure described as “HC PTC CLOS PAT DUCT ART.” Baptist Health in Miami helpfully told consumers that an “Embolza Protect 5.5” would cost them $9,818 while a “Visceral selective angio rad” runs a mere $5,538. On Jan. 1, hospitals began complying with a Trump administration order to post list prices for all their services, theoretically offering consumers transparency and choice and forcing health care providers into price competition. (Pear, 1/13) Children’s hospitals could be unintended victims of changes handed down by the Trump administration’s sweeping tax reform law. That’s because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in December 2017, could disincentivize charitable giving by convincing millions of tax filers to go from itemizing their deductions to taking the standard deduction, thus eliminating the tax bonus for charitable donations. (Bannow, 1/12) last_img read more

How to find an open ecar charging spot in Google Maps in

first_img We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Finding an open space to charge your electric car is still very much a first world problem in 2019, but it won’t be forever. With e-cars like the Tesla Model 3 coming within the price ranges of every day drivers, competition for a charging station is sure to increase.That’s why Google is getting proactive with its latest Google Maps feature, which tells drivers where they can find an open spot in real-time. Starting today, in the UK and the US, drivers can search for “ev charging station” within the Google Maps app to see if the stations are open before they head in that direction.Initially, Maps will surface real-time data from Chargemaster, EVgo, SemaConnect, with Chargepoint chargers coming soon. The app will show how many of the ports are currently available, while also showing the charging speeds on offer.Related: Death by driverless car: Who’s to blame?Google initially announced it was adding the location of car chargers to the Maps app last October, but this addition will certainly make the feature more useful for those who’ve already embraced the electric revolution.In a blog post, Alex Donaldson, a product manager for Google Maps writes: “If you’ve ever driven to an electric vehicle (EV) charging station only to find that all ports are occupied, you know that you could end up waiting in line for anywhere between minutes to hours—which can really put a damper on your day when you have places to go and things to do.“Starting today, you can see the real time availability of charging ports in the U.S. and U.K, right from Google Maps–so you can know if chargers are available before you head to a station.”The update is rolling out today for Android, iOS , Google Maps on desktop, or Google Maps for Android Auto.Will the update for Google Maps assist you in your daily search for a charging station? Let us know @TrustedReiews on Twitter. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think.last_img read more

Why you should skip out on buying the Echo Show and save

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor Experience the Echo Show without the hefty price tag and put the new Fire 7 tablet into your basket instead, starting from just £49.99. Saving you £170, get all the production value of hands-free Alexa and then some with Amazon’s latest tech venture. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet DealBrand New Fire 7 Tablet with Hands Free AlexaWe’ve done our waiting and now the new tablet from Amazon’s Fire series includes hands free, so we can talk to our favourite voice controlled assistant. The best part is the price.Amazon|Now £49.99View DealNow £49.99|AmazonAffordable AmazonBasics Adjustable Tablet StandFor under a £10, really reap the benefits of the Fire 7 hands free capabilities and invest in this inexpensive stand. With a portable fold away design and simple overall look, it’s an ideal accessory to have.Amazon|Now £6.99View DealNow £6.99|Amazon We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Available in four desirable colours, the 7-inch IPS display is marginally smaller than Echo Show’s 10-inches. However, it includes everything you could ever want from the Echo Show with that all-important, affordable price point.Stream to your hearts content with video and music content at the touch of a button or a decibel, make video calls by utilising the HD 720p front-facing camera, and surf the web, too.With the Fire 7, there are no limits. All you’re missing is the upright standing position of the Echo Show, but that can easily be fixed with an inexpensive tablet stand for under a tenner. For just £6.99, we recommend the AmazonBasics Adjustable Tablet. Offering compatibility across a number of tablets, the stand is simple and inoffensive in style. Better still, the stand has great portability with its fold away design, meaning you can easily slip it into your bag and make use of it on the go. With the option of 16 or 32GB of storage, a 7-hour battery life, and 2MP rear camera, the Fire 7 is a far more advantageous purchase than that of the Echo Show, giving you more variety in one single gadget. With a £170 price difference, starting at £49.99, the Fire 7 is also considerably more affordable.All there is left to say is: “Alexa, order the Fire 7 tablet.”For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUK Deals This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Admittedly we all went a bit starry-eyed when the Echo Show was revealed, offering a visual counterpart to our favourite virtual assistant, Alexa. But with the announcement of the brand new Fire 7 tablet and its much sought after hands free feature, you could benefit from all the same options at less than a quarter of the price. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more

How to download the Windows 10 May 2019 Update today

first_imgMicrosoft has announced the release of the new Windows 10 May 2019 Update following a period in beta through the Windows Insider program. The update is available to download now for some customers, via Windows Update, as Microsoft begins to throttle up availability while monitoring data and feedback.In terms of features, the May 2019 Update introduces the new light theme, which first appeared in the preview versions back in December. It unifies lighter-coloured menus like the Start Menu, taskbar and notifications which have always had a darker appearance within Windows 10 until now. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.center_img Less hassle. More control.The Windows 10 May 2019 Update is rolling out today with a new look. Check out the streamlined and simplified way to do more. #DoGreatThings— Windows (@Windows) May 21, 2019As first revealed back in January, the May 2019 Update also separates out Cortana and Search within the taskbar. Now the text bar will only respond to search queries, while users will need to tap the dedicated Cortana button in the taskbar, or issue a voice command.Many users had wondered aloud about why the two were combined in the first place, due to the annoying quirks caused by the single text box in the task bar used to issue commands to both.Related: Best laptops 2019This update also introduces Windows Sandbox, which is designed for running applications in isolation, rather than in full desktop mode.While there aren’t as many big feature updates during this bi-annual release cycle, Microsoft will be desperate for a smooth roll-out following the damaging October 2018 Update. The company was forced to pull the update, following reports of installation problems causing catastrophic data loss for some users, while misplacing other users’ files.If you’re ready to throw caution to the wind and install the May 2019 Update today, Microsoft explains how in the blog post here and in the video below:If you are ready to install the update, open your Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates. Once the update appears, you can select Download and install now. (Note: You may not see Download and install now on your device as we are slowly throttling up this availability, while we carefully monitor data and feedback). Once the download is complete and the update is ready to install, we’ll notify you so that you can pick the right time to finish the installation and reboot, ensuring the update does not disrupt you. This new ‘Download and install now’ capability is available for devices running Windows 10, version 1803 or version 1809 that also have the May 21st updates (or later) installed. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.last_img read more

Ghost Recon Breakpoint shows us more Jon Bernthal and also friendship

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. At Ubisoft’s E3 presser, the entertainment outfit showed more on Ghost Recon Wildlands, with a new cinematic trailer and a bit of star power. Jon Bernthal showed up with his Pitbull puppy Bam Bam to talk about his own role. Bernthal, playing Cole D. Walker, seems to be tough and uncompromising, just like his character in that other thing he did that you liked. He’ll be the big draw here, and your customisable character is likely to be playing second fiddle to Bernthal’s bad guy.“We’re going to battle with the soldiers that we used to be, Ghosts” says Bernthal, solidifying his role as the definite baddie in this shooting game, while simultaneously confirming that this game will have a more compelling story than Ghost Recon Wildlands because there’s at least one single memorable line.Related: E3 2019Otherwise, it seems like the game will largely have the same mix of stealth, shooting and action that we’ve previously seen. except snowier and with tougher shooty men. Hopefully the game gets the same support as Ghost Recon Wildlands, which saw a disappointing release packed to the gills with new content and fixes until now, when it’s actually quite a decent shooter when you get past the jank.The game’s post-launch plan will also be adding AI teammates again for solo players, while they also teased The Terminator as a post launch addition to the game. The game successfully added The Predator into the game’s prequel, so I’ve got no doubt they can make this work. But why stop there? Why not unleash a nest of Xenomorphs on us, or let us team up with a ragtag team of Rabbids to take out… what Rabbids want to take out. Is it Rayman? A beta for the game will launch on September 5, while the game will launch on October 4. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.last_img read more

UK man arrested for alleged piracy offences related to a Kodi addon

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. A man from the north-west has been arrested in connection with “significant” piracy offences related to a Kodi addon.As has been explained innumerable times over the past couple of years, Kodi is a free and completely legal entertainment hub that can be accessed on a wide variety of devices, including smartphones, computers and media players. The Amazon Fire TV Stick is an especially popular choice, because it’s cheap and really easy to set up and use.Related: Is Kodi legal?However, you can also use Kodi to stream TV shows, films and live sports for free, with the aid of third-party created Kodi addons. Such addons are designed to help users break the law and, as such, they’re illegal.”Today, officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Covert Development and Disruption Team) working with FACT arrested a 40 year old man in Winsford in connection with creating and maintaining a Kodi ‘add-on’ directly linked to the supply of illegal online streams,” the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) announced earlier this month (via TorrentFreak).“The scale of the offending was significant and affected broadcasters and rights owners in the UK and worldwide. Police searched an address, seized evidence, and interviewed the suspect [who] has … been released on police bail pending investigation.“The investigation followed a referral from FACT, the UK’s leading cyber investigations organisation.”The name of the addon at the heart of the case hasn’t been revealed, but TorrentFreak has reported that a popular, piracy-configured addon called Supremacy went down on the same day that the arrest was made (June 13).Related: Best VPNWhile it’s tempting to link the two events, we cannot do so with any form of certainty until FACT or the NWROCU announce more details.  The NWROCU’s announcement adds that its investigation is ongoing. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.last_img read more

Zoom releases Mac webcam security fix in sudden about face

first_imgThe conversation with the @zoom_us CEO in the ‘Party Chat’ was incredibly productive. It felt like an about face on their previous position on this #vulnerability. It’s really encouraging to see a CEO willing to jump into a call with a bunch of strangers to take responsibility.— Jonathan Leitschuh (@JLLeitschuh) July 9, 2019“Ultimately, it’s based on based on the feedback of the people that have been following this and contributing to the discussion,” Zoom’s chief information officer, Richard Farley, told The Verge. “Our original position was that installing this process in order to enable users to join the meeting without having to do these extra clicks — we believe that was the right decision. And it was the request of some of our customers.“But we also recognise and respect the view of others that say they don’t want to have an extra process installed on their local machine. So that’s why we made the decision to remove that component — despite the fact that it’s going to require an extra click from Safari.”Are you happy with this resolution? Let us know what you think on Twitter: @TrustedReviews. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Initially, as a security vulnerability in conferencing software Zoom was being exposed by security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh, the company was doggedly defending its position. By the end of the day, it had released one security patch with another to follow.The company explained in a blog post that it would be releasing two patches in quick succession. The first, out now, will “remove the local web server entirely, once the Zoom client has been updated,” on Macs, meaning malicious third parties can no longer sneakily activate webcams using a Zoom link. It also allows users to “manually uninstall Zoom” including “the local web server.”Related: Best free antivirusThe second patch, due in two days’ time, will ensure that people new to Zoom who tick the “Always turn off my video” box will have their preferences saved, and ensure that returning users have the power to do the same with an update in their client settings.That’s quite a turnaround from the company’s original response, which was to introduce saved preferences and insist that the issue was merely a “workaround” and a “legitimate solution to a poor user experience, enabling our users to have seamless, one-click-to-join meetings, which is our key product differentiator.”Related: Best smartphonesIndeed Leitschuh referred to it as an “about face” in a tweet praising the company’s flexibility. center_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

More Tesla Dashcam TelsaCam Road Rage Antics

first_imgIt turns out dashcams are a blast.If you’re anything like me, as soon as you get a dashcam of your own you’ll never witness another compelling piece of footage or road rage to capture, but at least we can hope … maybe not, since these incidents are horrible. With the standard Tesla dashcam — coined TeslaCam — footage of road rage and other interesting incidents is about to get real.More TeslaCam Coverage: Tesla Model 3 Accident: TeslaCam Shows Why You Need A Dashcam Now, with the TeslaCam standard in all Tesla vehicles, and especially the Model 3, we have tons of people out there who may have never had access to such a feature capturing tons of captivating footage. We can only imagine the level of ridiculousness Tesla owners will be able to share over time. Since it’s not that common for people to have dashcams running, drivers seemingly don’t even think twice about the fact that they may be being filmed at every moment.A plethora of Tesla Model 3 vehicles are taking to the roadways every day. Perhaps this will help local authorities to get a grasp on these loser drivers that may be putting lives at stake. Also, it can only inspire other automakers to add a dashcam as an available feature.Will TeslaCam footage become the new replacement for the myriad of drag racing posts? Wait … TeslaCam could be integral in racing posts as well! Ahh … the possibilities. Fill us in by sharing a comment below.Check out Part 2 of the situation below:.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 23, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Dashcam Captures Road Rage Incident Source: Electric Vehicle News Watch TeslaCam Capture Motorcycle Versus Car Crashlast_img read more

Tesla short doubles down despite record quarter its as good as it

first_imgSource: Charge Forward You would think that Tesla short sellers would be running away after the company’s record quarter announced last month, but it’s not the case for one of the most prominent men betting against the company.David Einhorn, who is betting against Tesla with his $9 billion hedge fund, is sticking to his short position and says that “it’s as good as it gets” for Tesla. more…The post Tesla short doubles down despite record quarter: ‘it’s as good as it gets for TSLA’ appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more

Byton MByte Crossover Specs Versus Tesla Model S And Model X

first_img See The Byton M-Byte Electric SUV Up Close If you don’t follow Sean on Twitter, it’s important to note that he’s started to branch out beyond Tesla vehicles. Now, he’s more aggressively covering all things EV-related. In fact, his channel is now renamed AllThingsEV.info. It wasn’t long ago when Sean was sitting at home pumping out one Tesla video after another. Now, he’s taken to traveling often, attending shows, conventions, first drives, unveilings, etc. He’s become a solid advocate for electric vehicle adoption and a top-notch source for EV information.In this video, Sean focuses on three aspects of the vehicles: battery size and range, dimensions, and performance. He lets us know right away that Byton is using NEDC for its range calculation, which is not representative of real-world range. No worries, however, as Sean accounts for this in his comparison. In terms of dimensions, the M-Byte is shorter than the Model S and X, though it rides on a wheelbase that is about the same as the Tesla vehicles. In addition, it’s about as tall as the Model X.Watch the video to learn about Sean’s observations. Then, share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.Video Description via Sean Mitchell on YouTube:Byton M-Byte specs VS Tesla Model S & XIn the video I cover Byton M-Byte’s battery size, range, dimensions, and performance. How does the Byton M-Byte stack up to the Tesla Model S and X based on what we know so far?Our good friend Sean Mitchell dives into the upcoming Byton M-Byte crossover. For those unaware of Byton, it’s one of few startups in the EV space that we believe has what it takes to be successful. Along with Rivian, Byton tops our list of new entrants. So, despite the fact that the M-Byte is a future car — while the Tesla Model S and Model X are already available — it just makes sense to inform people by providing a detailed comparison. Sean breaks down everything we know about the M-Byte and shows us how it stacks up to Tesla’s lineup.Additional Byton Coverage: Source: Electric Vehicle News Co-Creator Says Keep Your Eyes On BYTON BYTON Electric SUV Enters Testing Phase Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 10, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Boring Company Tunnel Launch Party Videos

first_img Video: Boring Company Breaks New Ground, Announces Medieval Castle Watchtower Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 19, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News We were really wowed by The Boring Company event. Let’s take a closer look.Late last night — that is if you’re in the wrong time zone — The Boring Company hosted its official launch party. We were able to watch it, but sadly, we couldn’t be on hand for the event. Thankfully, many online publications covered it, and some close friends of InsideEVs were live at the soiree.Additional Interestingly Boring Coverage: Musk Posts New Video Of The Boring Tunnel Tunnel Tours Soon To Be Offered By Boring Company The Boring Company Loop system pic.twitter.com/xVpDHzZKXB— The Boring Company (@boringcompany) December 19, 2018 There’s a whole lot to take in here and our friends will be sharing more details in some upcoming videos, which we’ll publish as they stream in. Our subsequent articles will highlight some of the more significant details more clearly. For now, like us, you can sort of pretend that you were in attendance at the event by checking out these latest videos. In addition, we also have a few tweets to pique your interest:Tesla in @boringcompany tunnel with retractable wheel gear that turns a car into a rail-guided train & back again pic.twitter.com/3a6i0NoSmi— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2018 Video Description via Market Reaction on YouTube (lead video):The Boring Company’s December 2018 Event in 12 minutesElon Musk’s Boring Company presents real Tunnel for common vehicles within Product Launch event on December 18, 2018. Elon explains all technical details and difficulties on the way of creating the Dugout Loop tunnel under LA. This event is amazing!.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }via Market ReactionElon Musk unveils First Tunnel – Subway ReinventedWITH SOUND! Elon Musk presents the first tunnel by the Boring Company in Hawthorne California USA on December 18, 2018. Finally the US Subway system is being reinvented. The new tunnel is able to work with any cse you want. Elon Musk presents his first tunnel in Hawthorne USA on December 18, 2018. The new tunnel is able to work with any car you would like to use. In order to move in the loop, you have to have special wheels to move as fast as possible in this new system from Elon Musk..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }via Sean Mitchell (AllThingsEV.info)Glimpse inside Boring Company eventvia Now You Know.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Boring Co Tunnel PartyWhat do you think? While many people continue to discount the newest endeavors of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, such as The Boring Company, this is really amazing. Let’s hope that no matter what shape the plans take, it will find success in the future. Let us know your take in the comment section below. Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Tesla Roadster is going to be able to hover over the ground

first_imgElon Musk has been making some crazy claims about the next generation Tesla Roadster, but now he is topping them off with a claim that it will actually be able to hover over the ground. more…The post Tesla Roadster is going to be able to hover over the ground, says Elon Musk appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

Audi Gains More Knowledge From Formula E Than F1

first_imgMore Formula E News But di Grassi, whose Audi squad is among a high number of major manufacturers to commit to FE programmes in recent years, said the technical development opportunities in the series made it extremely attractive.“Audi gains more here in Formula E than in Formula 1,” di Grassi told Motorsport.com.“The fact is that every car of Audi in the future will be electric, and we need to understand which factors are limiting us, which are the bests materials and how to develop software to control the engine.“We have all this development of the electric car that will be used in the future.“[With] the combustion engine you already know how it works. The interesting thing is discovering how we can make electric cars run fast, [be] more efficient and more cheap.“This is what we do here. Not only Audi, but everyone. So, this is much more of a commercial development than Formula 1.”Di Grassi also questioned Marko’s ‘purist’ description of Red Bull.“Dr Marko said that he is a ‘racing purist’. For me it is an argument [that is] a bit false, because it depends a lot from what this means for people,” di Grassi continued.“What exactly is this thought? [Does he] defend races with horses instead of cars?“If he is a real racing purist, he should defend horse races. Or races with just combustion engines, without hybrid systems as F1 is nowadays.“Or cars with full manual gearboxes, without paddleshift, [which is] how it is nowadays in F1 – it is an open argument.“This is more his personal opinion of saying: ‘look, I don’t want to compete in Formula E, I’m too old for this and want to do combustion races in F1’.“F1 is still the most important category of the world of motorsport, nobody can deny this. But the future of the manufacturers is electric.” Not Making Last Lap Attack A Regret For Formula E’s Frijns Audi “gains more in Formula E” than it would in Formula 1, says Lucas di Grassi in a strong retort to Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko’s recent criticism of FE.Marko recently declared that the ABB FIA FE Championship was not on Red Bull’s agenda due to his firm being “racing purists”, and also called the electric series “a marketing excuse from the automotive industry to distract from the diesel scandal” with cars that were “so slow”. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 28, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img Let’s Discuss Formula E Attack Mode: Video Source: Electric Vehicle News Red Bull Has Zero Interest In Formula Elast_img read more

Plugged In March Electric Car Sales Scoreboard WrapUp Video

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3, S, X March 2019 U.S. Sales Estimates: Final We look at the highlights & lowlights of March’s EV scoreboardEach week on the Youtube channel E For Electric, Alex and I discuss some of the important electric vehicle news we’ve covered here in InsideEVs during the week. This week we take a look at the InsideEVs monthly scoreboard, and call out the highlights and lowlights of March’s plug in sales.EV Scoreboard News In March 2019, 75% Of Electric Car Sales In The U.S. Were Teslas March 2019 U.S. EV Sales Continue The Trend, Barely Exceeding 2018 While Tesla hasn’t matched the delivery numbers they were achieving in Q4 of 2018, we did see a dramatic uptick of US sales as compared to January and February, with a total of 14,625 Tesla’s finding their way to happy customers in March.The Bolt EV also had a good month, with a total of 2,166 copies moving off Chevy lots in March. The spike if Bolt EV sales was undoubtedly aided by the fact that March was the last month to get the full federal tax credit on a Bolt EV (or any plug-in sold under the GM brand). Starting April 1st, General Motors began their one-year phase-out of the tax credit, and for the next 6 months, their vehicles will only qualify for up to $3,750 of the tax credit. Then, on October 1st, 2019, it gets halved again to $1,875 for 6 months, before going away completely on April 1st, 2020.Other March winners were the Nissan LEAF, and Toyota Prius Prime. Falling into the disappointing category were the Jaguar I-Pace, the BMW i3 and the Hyundai Kona EV. Check out the video to see our reasons why, and tell us is you agree or not in the comments section below. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 8, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Save on EGO and Ryobi electric outdoor tools in todays best Green

first_imgHome Depot offers the EGO 56V 15-inch Electric Cordless String Trimmer for $159 shipped. That’s at least $20 off the regular going rate and the best price we can find. This model features a 15-inch 56V build with a new rapid reload head that lets you wing line “in seconds.” Ships with a 2.5Ah battery, which is compatible with the rest of EGO’s lineup. Rated 4.5/5 stars. Head below for more. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://youtu.be/ee5nKd7zjWoThe post Save on EGO and Ryobi electric outdoor tools in today’s best Green Deals appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img read more

And The Apple Goes To …

first_imgThe FCPA Apple Award recognizes informed, candid, and fresh thought-leadership on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or related topics.Recently Sara Kropf published on her Grand Jury Target blog this post titled “Why Are We Falling for the Department of Justice’s Sales Pitch?” Relevant portions of the post are republished below with permission (with certain commentary) and for her post Kropf is awarded the FCPA Apple Award.*****“I just spent $1200 to listen to the Department of Justice’s sales pitch that I should bring in my clients to confess their crimes.”[For starters, let me just add that it is truly a disgraceful practice (see here, here, here, and here for prior posts) that Ms. Kropf and other members of the public must pay to hear public officials speak on matters of public importance.“Let me explain.[Recently] was the annual ABA White Collar Crime conference in San Diego. It’s a three-day conference, filled with panels on topics like the FCPA, internal investigations, health care fraud, money laundering and the like.There are some great things about the conference. … [T]here are lots of networking opportunities. The big law firms and consulting firms throw lavish parties with free food and drink. You get a chance to meet the friends of friends and expand your networking circle. I, for one, consider myself lucky if I meet one or two people and get to talk with them in depth.[…]All in all, it’s probably the best place to meet as many people as possible in the white collar defense bar from across the country.There are also some great speakers and panel topics. Many of the speakers are knowledgeable, funny and humble. A few of the speakers are . . . not.One of the unique aspects of the ABA conference is that although its audience is the private defense bar (with a hefty registration fee to prove it), the conference organizers pride themselves on inviting prosecutors to speak. This year, the conference had such notables as Sally Yates (Deputy AG), Patrick Stokes (chief of the FCPA unit in the Fraud Section) and Andrew Weissman (Chief of the Fraud Section).This sounds great in theory.The defense bar gets to hear from the government about past trends and upcoming initiatives. If you handle mostly health care fraud, it is helpful to hear that the government intends to focus more on the medical device industry than the pharmaceutical industry. If kickbacks are going to be the Next Big Thing, then you can make sure your clients have the most robust compliance policies in place to prohibit them.In reality, though, it means that we listened to various prosecutors tout how important it is for us to convince our clients to self-disclose any wrongdoing to DOJ.Apparently, at the first sign of anything questionable—even before we’ve figured out if anything bad happened—we should jump in a cab, head to Main Justice and knock on the door, begging for credit for self-disclosure and cooperation.I may be exaggerating a little for effect here.The DOJ lawyers at the conference don’t put it quite that way. Paraphrasing them, they say things like:“Self-disclosure will be a key factor when we evaluate the consequences of the conduct.”“Complete cooperation means that the company ‘gets it’ and is the only way DOJ will consider declination in a case.”“In my experience, companies that cooperate from the start will be treated the most leniently once everything is known.”Practically out of mike range, the prosecutors will also mutter, teeth gritted: “Of course it’s the target’s decision whether to cooperate or not. You don’t have to cooperate. That’s your choice.”This approach—to quickly rush to DOJ to win cooperation credit—seems to be the sad reality of current white collar practice when you represent large companies. (Don’t even get me started in the antitrust amnesty program and the problematic incentives that program creates.)At the ABA conference, I sat through a panel on asset forfeiture where the government lawyers calmly explained how helpful it was when the defendant disclosed where all his assets were, so that the government could seize them more easily. In the FCPA panel, we heard a nearly mathematical calculation as to how much money a company saved in fines by cooperating in a bribery investigation, with a side lament as to how much more it could have saved if it had just done the right thing and self-disclosed too.Of course, the ABA conference’s focus is on big firms representing big companies.Big companies face a very different calculus than individuals when they decide whether to cooperate. Corporations do not go to jail; they very rarely are debarred from government contracts; they usually just face massive fines. It’s an economic decision to cooperate—a matter of public relations and shareholder value going forward. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve represented companies and engaged in the same calculation.But here’s the thing: I represent people. People who can be sent to jail at the end of the case. People for whom paying a massive fine is not just a matter of figuring out how much to reserve from operating profits that year but rather figuring out whether they will lose their kids’ house along the way.But whether you represent people or companies, I have one request: As a defense bar, we need to stop making cooperation with the government our default position.Yes, my client may ultimately cooperate because it’s the best decision among a serious of impossibly difficult choices. But cooperation is not going to be the starting place of our discussions about what choice to make.The starting place is that we plan to fight the government from beginning to end, and we are going to prevail. The starting place is that we plan to make the DOJ actually do its job: find the wrongdoing, investigate the wrongdoing, and put together a strong case that would survive a trial.If the government wants to take my client’s liberty, then the government is going to have to work damn hard for it. That’s how the system is supposed to work. The government tries to prosecute our clients, and we fight back.In the end, I’ll still go to the ABA conference every year. I’ll sit through the panels where DOJ officials sell me to convince my clients cooperate. I’ll take that guidance back to my clients to advise them the best I can about the risks they face by going to trial. I’m not an idiot or an absolutist. I’m not going to advise every client not to cooperate.But I can guarantee you that I’m not starting every discussion with a new client talking about the benefits of cooperation.I’m just not buying what DOJ is selling.”*****For other examples of the DOJ “selling” things, see this prior post “Stop Drinking the Kool-Aid” and this prior post “The DOJ’s Latest Public Relations Move – Compliance Counsel.”*****The FCPA Apple Award recognizes informed, candid, and fresh thought-leadership on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or related topics. There is no prize, medal or plaque awarded to the FCPA Professor Apple Award recipient. Just recognition by a leading FCPA website visited by a diverse group of readers around the world. There is no nomination procedure for the Apple Award. If you are writing something informed, candid and fresh about the FCPA or related topics, chances are high that I will find your work during my daily searches for FCPA content.last_img read more

Start 2017 Off Right By Elevating Your FCPA Knowledge And Practical Skills

first_imgIf your professional wishlist includes elevating your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills, you can start 2017 off right by attending the FCPA Institute – Miami on January 12-13, 2017.The FCPA Institute is offered as a refreshing and cost-effective alternative to a typical FCPA conference and is designed to elevate the FCPA learning experience for a diverse group of professionals such as in-house and outside counsel; compliance personnel; finance, accounting, and auditing professionals; business executives and others seeking sophisticated FCPA information.The below video introduces you to the FCPA Institute; how the FCPA Institute is different than other FCPA  conferences; the substantive knowledge and practical skills participants gain by attending the FCPA Institute; and what prior FCPA Institute “graduates” have said about their experience. At the end of the FCPA Institute, participants can elect to have their knowledge assessed and can earn a certificate of completion upon passing a written assessment tool. In this way, successful completion of the FCPA Institute represents a value-added credential for professional development. In addition, attorneys who complete the FCPA Institute may be eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education credits and prior FCPA Institute participants have successfully obtained continuing education units from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.Lawyers, in-house counsel, and compliance professionals from around the world have already registered for the FCPA Institute – Miami and you can too at this link.last_img read more

Suncrest Fire 100 Contained As Local Agencies TakeoverVolunteer Firefighters Needed in Upper

first_imgphoto courtesy of Jake MacArthurFirefighters have completed fire line construction and mop up of the 390-acre Suncrest fire 2 miles NE of Leavenworth. The Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 12  have demobilized crews and commanders are turning control of the incident back to Chelan County Fire District 3 and local units of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.   As of 10am Wednesday, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office reduced evacuation orders for homes north of North Road between Nibbelink and Fox Road Roads to Level 1.  The roadblocks on North Road have been removed.The blaze ignited on Fox Road east of Leavenworth Saturday afternoon and the cause is under investigation but was not human caused as originally reported.  No homes were lost and there were no injuries.  An aggressive air attack Saturday and Sunday helped slow the fire spread.  Good firewise planning where property owners created defensible green spaces around their homes also aided firefighters in protecting homes according to Chelan County Fire District Three Chief Kelly O’Brien.last_img read more