Panama Canal Ups Maximum Draft for Neopanamax Locks

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) increased the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks on June 13.The maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting these locks was set at 14.94 meters tropical fresh water (TFW).The ACP informed that vessels arriving with drafts over 14.94 meters TFW may be allowed to transit depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit.Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to be allowed to transit.The changes were made following the recent rainfall in the canal watershed, which increased the levels of Gatun and Alhajuela Lakes considerably in the preceding days.The ACP will continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake in order to announce any futuredraft modifications in a timely manner.last_img read more

Simpsons Fans Excited By Backstage At The Geffen Exclusive Online Auction

first_imgExotic travel adventures, over-the-top dining experiences, Red Carpet pampering and one-of-a-kind entertainment and sports experiences easily make the Backstage at the Geffen online auction a not-to-be-missed opportunity.With luxury brands donating items worth more than $230,000, these exclusive high-end “lots” afford bidders a chance to enjoy unique experiences while contributing to the arts. All proceeds from the Backstage at the Geffen benefit the Geffen Playhouse and its programming, including presentation of new works and musicals, the theater’s playwright commission program and education and outreach initiatives.This year’s eagerly awaited Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser at The Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, CA., March 22nd, will honor Mellody Hobson and George Lucas and Sir Elton John and David Furnish. The irreverent evening of laughter, music and stories featuring “backstage” memories and songs by a cavalcade of stars is produced by Vice Chair of the Board and Interim Managing Director, Gil Cates, Jr. David Geffen is Honorary Chair.The online auction will close March 21st at 6:00 p.m. PST. Visit to view a complete list of donated auction items.A sampling of offers includes: • 7 nights in Fiji at the exclusive Mantangi Island Resort and the Totoriki Island Resort, including airfare • 4 night stay for two at Clinique La Prairie in Switzerland with spa treatments • Luxury Audi sports car experience and Napa Valley Wine Country Get-Away • The Ultimate Simpsons Experience – Sit in on a live “table read” of The Simpsons; receive an official autographed script; a personal voicemail message by Hank Azaria and a seat at his annual “Playing for Good” poker tournament benefiting the Geffen Playhouse and Determined to Succeed • “Jane the Virgin” set visit, meet and greet with the stars and lunch with award-winning executive producer, Ben Silverman • Finest luxury suite at Staples Center complete with 12 tickets and five VIP parking passes for an LA Clippers game • Private performance with virtuoso violinist Lee England, Jr.
Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates, and is currently helmed by Artistic Director Randall Arney, Interim Managing Director Gil Cates Jr., and Co-Chairs of the Board Martha Henderson and Pamela Robinson Hollander. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts.last_img read more

CBI takes no stand on pleas of Vanzara, Amin in Ishrat case

first_imgAhmedabad: The CBI on Wednesday refused to take any stand on the pleas of former police officers D G Vanzara and N K Amin seeking to drop court proceedings against them in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case.The Gujarat government has refused sanction to prosecute them. In his submission before special judge J K Pandya, CBI lawyer R C Kodekar said the court may pass “appropriate order in accordance with the law” on the pleas of Vanzara and Amin. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court on Wednesday also allowed the lawyer of Ishrat Jahan’s mother Shamima Kauser to file a reply opposing applications of Vanzara and Amin, and argue on the matter on April 9. The court said it will then decide the matter on merit. The CBI had earlier informed the court that the Gujarat government had declined to grant it sanction to prosecute Vanzara and Amin under section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Vanzara is a former deputy inspector general of police, while Amin retired as a superintendent of police. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KUnder section 197, a government’s sanction is necessary for the prosecution of a public servant. After the government refused a sanction to prosecute them, Vanzara and Amin moved the court, praying that the proceedings against them in the case be dropped. Kodekar had sought time to seek instructions from the CBI on the pleas filed by the two former police officers. On August 7, 2018, the court had rejected discharge applications of Vanzara and Amin, and also sought to know from the CBI whether the agency had requested the government for a sanction to prosecute them, so that the court could frame charges against them and start with the trial. Ishrat, a 19-year-old woman from Mumbra near Mumbai, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed by the Gujarat police in an encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. The police claimed that they were terrorists and were planning to kill then chief minister Narendra Modi. A Special Investigation Team set up by the Gujarat High Court later concluded that the encounter was fake, after which the HC transferred the case to the CBI. In the first charge-sheet filed by the CBI in 2013, seven Gujarat police officers, including IPS officers P P Pandey, Vanzara and G L Singhal, were named as accused. The court later discharged Pandey.last_img read more

ACF reiterates call for justice

The “Mutur Massacre”, named after the town where the killings took place, occurred on August 4, 2006, during the civil war between separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces that began in 1983. It also voiced concern at reports of continuing violations including killings, torture, curbs on the right to freedom of expression, and reprisals against activists and journalists.Resolutions such as that brought by the United States are not binding, but the scrutiny by the U.N. Human Rights Council maintains pressure on the government to prosecute war crimes.ACF said it welcomed the resolution, but noted that the resolution did not demand an independent inquiry into the deaths of ACF staff and other war victims, but called on Colombo to undertake its own investigation, Alertnet reported. The Sri Lankan government must find and prosecute those responsible for the massacre of 17 aid workers during the country’s 25-year civil war, French charity Action Contre La Faim (ACF) has said.The killing of the aid workers, who were shot at point-blank range outside their office in northeast Sri Lanka in 2006, was the worst attack on humanitarians since the 2003 bombing of the United Nations compound in Baghdad, Alertnet reported. The mostly ethnic Tamil aid workers were providing water and sanitation to survivors of the 2004 tsunami when Tamil Tiger fighters launched an offensive against government troops to take control of Mutur.Trapped in their office, the aid workers lost radio contact with their head office. Two days later, the bodies of 15 of them, men and women, were discovered lying face down in the ACF compound with bullet wounds to the head and neck. The bodies of two others were found in a vehicle nearby, possibly killed while trying to escape.The war ended in May 2009, but no one has been held accountable for the killings, let alone arrested and charged, says ACF, which now runs a campaign called “Justice for Mutur.”Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the final months of the war as government troops advanced on the last stronghold of the Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for an independent homeland, a United Nations panel has said. In a resolution passed by the U.N. Human Rights Council last month, the organisation urged Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to carry out credible investigations into the killings and disappearances during the war, especially in the final stages. “It’s important that those responsible be held accountable. If we want real peace and reconciliation and justice in Sri Lanka, any investigations conducted must be transparent which they have not been so far,” Pauline Chetcuti, ACF’s Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor told AlertNet by phone from Paris. “It’s great that the international community got together to pass this resolution, but it’s really not enough because the terms of the resolution are not strong enough and it doesn’t force Sri Lanka to do something concrete,” said Chetcuti.“What we are calling for is an international, credible investigation into war crimes. Asking Sri Lanka to do its own inquiry is ironic as its own army is accused of being behind some of these human rights violations.”ACF says it has closely followed three Sri Lankan judicial proceedings on the Mutur massacre, but says the proceedings, which spanned two years of investigations, were subject to continuous delays and riddled with errors and political interference.An international group of observers withdrew due to a lack of transparency, and as a result, ACF also pulled out from the country in protest and to press for the guilty parties to held accountable.A 2008 report by a local rights group, The University Teachers for Human Rights, blamed Sri Lankan security forces for the massacre and accused the government of a cover-up.The Sri Lankan government has denied responsibility and has blamed the killings on Tamil Tiger fighters. read more

East Timor safeguards in place for presidential vote top UN electoral official

Addressing the concerns of several political party representatives over the transparency of the vote, Carlos Valenzuela, the Chief Electoral Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), stressed that the IEC’s international and East Timorese staff would remain professional and impartial and that Sunday’s ballot would be free and fair.In a sign of the major interest in the 14 April elections, more than 2,000 East Timorese and international observers have been registered.Meanwhile, UN police today said that more than 2,600 international and East Timorese police officers would be working around the clock, with UN peacekeepers also available to assist. Both security forces said there have been no signs of election-related unrest, and that no disruptions of the voting process were foreseen. read more

LeVeon Bell Is Irreplaceable The Steelers Have Yet To Notice

NEL. BlountD. Lewis3.94.4-0.5 DALE. ElliottA. Morris5.13.5+1.6 BALT. WestK. Dixon4.04.3-0.3 NYJM. ForteB. Powell3.75.5-1.8 PITL. BellD. Williams4.93.5+1.4 TEND. MurrayD. Henry4.44.5-0.1 YARDS/ATTEMPT SFC. HydeS. Draughn4.62.7+1.9 Not every running back is replaceableDifference between teams’ primary and secondary running options by yards per attempt, 2016 JAXT.J. YeldonC. Ivory3.63.8-0.2 NYGR. JenningsP. Perkins3.34.1-0.8 SDM. GordonK. Farrow3.93.2+0.7 ATLD. FreemanT. Coleman4.84.4+0.3 OAKL. MurrayJ. Richard4.05.9-1.9 The 25-year-old averaged 4.86 yards on 261 carries last season — or 1.36 yards more than Williams averaged in 98 attempts while running behind the same offensive line. That differential was the fourth in the NFL when comparing primary ball carriers to their best backup with 50-plus carries, according to That means Bell gained 355 more yards on his 261 carries than his backup would have, and those extra yards are worth 23 points, based on the league rate of a point every 15.4 yards from scrimmage. That was bested only by the Chicago Bears’ Jordan Howard (1.98 yards better per carry), San Francisco 49ers’ Carlos Hyde (1.90) and Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott (1.55). But in those three cases, the 2016 backups — Jeremy Langford, Shaun Draughn and Alfred Morris, respectively — are nowhere near the caliber of Williams, one of only three backs since 2000 who have matched Bell’s active streak of averaging at least 4.7 yards in three consecutive seasons (minimum 100 carries).2 The other two are Tiki Barber (2004 to 2006) and Jamaal Charles (2012 to 2014). No back this century has ever done it four straight years.If you look at the list across the league, you begin to see why an NFL front office might think twice about giving big money to a first-string running back. There were 11 teams in 2016 in which the difference in efficiency between the starter and the backup was separated by less than half a yard per attempt. What’s more, there were 16 backups who were actually more efficient in less work, perhaps because of fresher legs. And the four backs who averaged at least 1 yard more per rush than the man they were behind on the depth chart are backups again this year. That includes the best backup rusher last year, Oakland’s Jalen Richard (1.88 yards per carry more than the now-departed Latavius Murray, who was replaced by Marshawn Lynch). More mysteriously, the Jets’ Bilal Powell (5.51 per carry) is expected to back up the same starter, Matt Forte (3.73), as is Washington’s Chris Thompson (5.24) behind Rob Kelley (4.19).Bell’s teammates, at least, seem to appreciate his value. “We need him,” star wide receiver Antonio Brown told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Monday. “He’s a special piece.” But on Wednesday, prior to training camp, Brown expressed dismay on Instagram over Bell’s anticipated absence, saying the “First rule to getting better is showing Up!”Brown was rewarded for his stellar output with a four-year, $68 million deal in February. But Bell’s best offer from the Steelers didn’t approach that, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, which is instructive in showing how much more the NFL values passing over the ground game. But Bell is arguably the team’s second-most important receiver behind Brown, too. Last year, he became the first player in NFL history to average more than 50 yards receiving per game in addition to 100 rushing yards. And his total of 157 yards from scrimmage per game was third-most in league history.Yet despite their arguably equal importance to the team, it’s Bell who is skipping camp while he waits on his payday. Brown, meanwhile, arrived at camp on Thursday chauffeured in the backseat of a 1931 Rolls Royce. HOUL. MillerA. Blue4.04.2-0.2 NOM. IngramT. Hightower5.14.1+1.0 WSHR. KelleyC. Thompson4.25.2-1.1 DEND. BookerC.J. Anderson3.54.0-0.5 BUFL. McCoyM. Gillislee5.45.7-0.3 CARJ. StewartF. Whittaker3.84.7-0.9 TEAMRB1RB2RB1RB2DIFF. RB2 is the teams’ best backup running back with at least 50 rushing attempts.Source: TruMedia CHIJ. HowardJ. Langford5.23.2+2.0 CINJ. HillR. Burkhead3.84.7-0.9 CLEI. CrowellD. Johnson4.84.9-0.1 Le’Veon Bell was born in the wrong decade. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is the best player in the NFL at his position, but he’s playing at a time when that distinction has never been less valued. On Thursday, Bell didn’t report to camp (and was under no obligation to do so), having yet to sign his franchise tender for $12.1 million. Earlier this month, negotiations between the All-Pro and the Steelers broke down without Bell signing a long-term contract after he reportedly sought $15 million per year. Assuming Bell does sign the tender, he’ll still play this season for the Steelers as the game’s highest-paid back. But the Steelers can’t resume negotiations on a long-term deal until 2018, meaning Bell will be a free agent once again.Put another way: This could be Bell’s last season wearing black and gold. In another era, when running backs like Earl Campbell, Franco Harris and Walter Payton were the gods of the gridiron, this would be unfathomable. But in the modern NFL, any running back, regardless of his ability, may be viewed as replaceable simply because he doesn’t throw or primarily catch the football. Despite this new line of thinking, Pittsburgh could still be making a huge mistake.Local papers have noted that Pittsburgh has won at a higher rate without Bell the past two years (11-5 including playoffs) than with him (12-7). But Bell played in five games without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during that span, compared with just one for his backup the past two years, DeAngelo Williams, who is no longer with the team. The Steelers went 10-3, meanwhile, when Bell and Roethlisberger both played.1 This is excluding a 2015 game against the Bengals in which Bell suffered a season-ending injury early in the second quarter and January’s playoff loss against the Patriots when Bell left the game in the first quarter.In addition to durability risk, the knock on running backs is that they are interchangeable –that their success is based more on a team’s offensive scheme and run blocking than any innate ability. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Bell. DETT. RiddickZ. Zenner3.93.8+0.1 PHIR. MathewsD. Sproles4.34.7-0.4 KCS. WareC. West4.33.3+1.0 TBD. MartinJ. Rodgers2.94.3-1.4 GBT. MontgomeryE. Lacy5.95.1+0.9 MINJ. McKinnonM. Asiata3.43.3+0.1 read more

Dog pukes up missing wedding ring five years after it was lost

first_imgA US WOMAN who lost her diamond wedding ring five years ago had more or less given up all hope of ever finding it again.It turns out her dog probably had it all along!Lois Matykowski of Stevens Point, Wisconsin was eating an ice pop two weeks ago when she noticed her granddaughter’s treat was gone.Her dog, Tucker, was smacking his jaws suspiciously.The 10-year-old pet the family calls the ‘food burglar’ had struck again, swallowing  the ice pop whole, stick and all.Shortly afterwards Tucker puked up the ice pop, and two days later he was sick again.Matykowski told WAOW-TV that this time when she went to clean up the mess, she found her missing wedding ring.Her vet told her that the wooden stick may have dislodged the ring inside the dog’s stomach.Here’s all you need to know about Wetherspoon’s new Irish pub>It’s July 1st and everyone is already sick of Mundy>last_img read more

State will crack down on distracted driving

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Washington’s Traffic Safety Commission says officers across the state will be cracking down on distracted driving between Thursday and next Tuesday as part of a national enforcement campaign.The commission says more than 100 law enforcement agencies throughout the state will target drivers who are talking on hand-held cell phones, texting or otherwise not paying attention to the road.The slogan for the campaign is “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”last_img

Top 3 IPL allrounders to watch out for in 2019 surprising player

first_imgAll-rounders are a rare commodity in international cricket and perhaps the most prized possession for any side. They render the perfect balance to any team, more so in the shortest format where team balance is paramount as even a brief spell of two overs is enough to decide the course of the game. Hence, it is no surprise that IPL franchises are so keen on lapping up all-rounders in the auction and now almost every side has a player with the ability to win matches with both bat and ball. Here we take a look at three such key players who could well be the most valuable player this season.Ben Stokes Ben StokesReutersThe fiery England all-rounder has already encountered two extreme seasons in his IPL career so far. In his first season with the Rising Pune Supergiant, he emerged as the Most Valuable Player and was a key component in the side’s golden run in the tournament. However, in his next season for the Rajasthan Royals, he could not quite live up to his billing.He has the class and temperament to be the match-winner on a more consistent basis and is a man in form. A sure starter in the playing XI, the form of Stokes with both bat and ball could well decide how the Royals will fare this season. The Durham all-rounder has one century and one fifty to his name in the lucrative tournament and has picked 20 wickets at an average of 30.95.Hardik Pandya  Hardik PandyaScreengrabControversies, suspensions, and injuries — life has been very tough for Hardik Pandya this year. However, he has now regained his fitness and will be a crucial cog in the Mumbai Indians machinery this season. His form will be closely monitored with the World Cup looming large, but for the all-rounder, this season could, in many ways, be about asking the people to focus more on his game.The Baroda player has scored 666 runs at an average of 23.78 and has picked 28 wickets from 50 matches in the IPL. He is a gun fielder and can be the biggest trump card for captain Rohit Sharma this season.Sunil Narine Sunil NarineIANSNot many people talk about Sunil Narine as an all-rounder, but KKR certainly uses him as one. When he was asked to open the innings, it was deemed as a fluke, but after two seasons, Narine has shown that his presence and rapid starts at the top of the order was no flash in the pan. His presence for even three or four overs in the powerplay sets the tone perfectly for the batsmen to follow.With the ball, he continues to be the match-winner for the side. He has 112 wickets to his name and his four overs more often than not determine the outcome of the match.last_img read more

Five things to know as Ukraine goes on polls Sunday

first_imgA volunteer holds electoral materials in support of the Servant of the People party led by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy during an event ahead of the parliamentary election in Kiev, Ukraine on 18 July 2019. Photo: ReutersUkrainians go to the polls on Sunday, with president Volodymyr Zelensky’s party “Servant of the People” set to win the biggest share of votes in the ex-Soviet country’s early parliamentary election.Here are five facts about the country that in recent years has been shaken by uprisings, war and loss of territory.Russia ties “Ukraine” literally means “on the edge” and its history has been closely tied to that of its giant neighbour, Russia.Modern-day Russia and Ukraine are thought to both trace their origins to the ancient state of Kievan Rus, which at its height stretched from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea.Much of what is now Ukraine was part of the Tsarist Russian empire although the western regions belonged at different times to various neighbours, including the Austro-Hungarian Empire.The country later became part of the USSR. In the early decades of Soviet rule it suffered during a devastating famine known as the Holodomor caused by Joseph Stalin’s policies.Tensions between Kiev and Moscow have flared in the decades following the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.After a pro-Western popular uprising led to the ouster of Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula and supported separatists in the east of Ukraine.The conflict has so far cost around 13,000 lives.Economic troubleWith the start of the 2014 crisis, the Ukrainian economy went into freefall. That year, GDP dropped by more than six per cent, and the following year it fell almost 10 per cent. In 2015, inflation hit more than 40 per cent.The economy has since shown some signs of recovery but the country of 45 million people remains one of the poorest in Europe.An average monthly salary is $395 (350 euros).The country relies on transit fees for Russian gas towards Europe and Kiev has expressed concern it will be bypassed by new Russian energy projects.During disputes in 2006 and 2009, Moscow cut supplies to Ukraine during the winter, sparking knock-on shortages in Europe.- Corruption -Corruption is endemic in Ukraine and the Servant of the People” party says its primary task after the elections is to finally defeat it.Transparency International puts Ukraine at 120 out of 180 countries in a ranking of public perception of corruption — better than its 2014 rating of 142, but well below its EU neighbours.According to a Gallup poll, just nine percent of Ukrainians have confidence in their government, the lowest in the world.There is public frustration at what is seen as an out-of-touch, corrupt political elite — which explains the meteoric rise of Zelensky and his party.Anti-corruption campaigners regularly suffer physical attacks. Activists say they have recorded around 100 such attacks over the past four years.Chernobyl The world’s worst nuclear accident took place in Ukraine on 26 April 1986, at the Chernobyl nuclear power station.Thirty people were killed in an explosion and many hundreds died of related illnesses, though the exact figure remains disputed. Soviet authorities initially tried to cover up and then play down the disaster.Eventually 350,000 people were evacuated from within a 30-kilometre (19-mile) radius around the plant, an exclusion zone that remains uninhabited, apart from some 150 elderly residents who returned despite an official ban.Authorities now say it will only be safe for humans to live there again in 24,000 years.In recent years the site has become a tourist attraction, with the success of HBO’s mini-series “Chernobyl” boosting the tourism industry even more.- Borscht and Chicken Kiev -While some in the West think of borscht as synonymous with Russian cuisine, Ukraine claims the beetroot-based soup with cabbage as part of its national heritage dating back to the 14th century.A number of other dishes are contested by Russia and Ukraine, including Chicken Kiev. Some versions of its history attribute the invention of the dish to a Russian chef.last_img read more

Houston East End Bike Paths Are Newest Addition To Growing Network

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Houston Bike PlanThe Lamar Street bikeway connects downtown Houston to the Buffalo Bayou. The ultimate goal of the City of Houston’s bike plan is to have a network of over 1,780 miles by the year 2026.The City of Houston’s grand opening of the East End’s Guadalupe Plaza Park is set for July 30th. After a renovation, it will have a splash pad and pedestrian walkways.The park will also feature new bike lanes as part of the city’s bicycle network, which is growing.Besides the popular trails along the Buffalo Bayou, there are new lanes, like the one connecting downtown to the bayou through Lamar Street.Mary Blitzer, who serves as advocacy director of Bike Houston, says the expansion is crucial.“We wanna be a world class city,” says Blitzer, from the non-profit that promotes bicycle use in Houston. “San Francisco is doing it, Austin is doing it, New York, DC, Chicago. We gotta keep up and we wanna be competitive.”The City of Houston’s bike plan is the blueprint to develop an ambitious bicycle network. The goal is to have over 1,780 miles of bikeways by the year 2026. The City estimates the total cost will be between $100 and $170 million.Patrick Walsh is the Director of the Houston’s Planning and Development Department. He says the city will commit funding to the bike plan, but it cannot do it alone.“We are gonna be needing to talk to partners like the Houston Parks Board, who are doing such a great job with Bayou Greenways,” Walsh says. “We are gonna look at other special districts, like management districts and TIRZs (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones) and see if maybe they could participate.”The Houston City Council still has to formally approve the bike plan. Walsh says that could happen sometime in the next two months. X Sharelast_img read more

Google Fined 57 Million in France for Breach of Data Protection Rules

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The CNIL is the first European body to sanction a global platform under the E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation passed on May 25, 2018. The new legislation allows European bodies to levy fines worth up to 4% of annual revenue on companies that breach the data protection rules within Europe.Addressing the fine, Google said it was “studying the decision” of the CNIL to determine its next steps. “People expect high standards of transparency and control from us. We’re deeply committed to meeting those expectations and the consent requirements of the GDPR,” stated Google. Google has been fined €50 million ($57 million) in France by data regulator CNIL for breaching the European Union’s data protection rules.The CNIL said in a statement that Google had not sufficiently informed its users about the exploitation of their personnal data.“We’re not denying that Google informs users who open an account…but the information is disseminated on different documents,” and “it sometimes requires up to five actions to access the relevant information,” Mathias Moulin, the head of rights protections and sanctions at CNIL, told Agence France-Presse.“The information on processing operations for the ads personalization is diluted in several documents and does not enable the user to be aware of their extent,” Moulin added.The fine follows two complaints against Google filed with the CNIL by a pair of European nonprofit organizations advocating for data protection, France’s la Quadrature du Net and Austria’s None Of Your Business.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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first_img News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | June 11, 2010 PACS Builds the Road to Reading Efficiency Syngo.via by Siemens Healthcare. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more center_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more June 11, 2010 – Reading efficiency is gaining ground by automating case preparation and structuring case navigation across specialties. A new generation in advanced visualization and picture archive and communication (PACS) technologies were exhibited at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2010 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., June 3 to 6. Siemens Healthcare presented syngo.via1 and syngo.plaza, part of the syngo portfolio providing benchmarks for case preparation, image reading and archiving functionality.Syngo.via, imaging software for multimodality reading of clinical cases, emphasizes reading efficiency through automated case preparation and structured case navigation across multiple specialties, including cardiology, oncology and neurology. It provides advanced visualization tools across the clinical spectrum to improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence levels. Automated case preparation functionality automatically loads images into the appropriate application and sorts them into the corresponding layout – preprocessed according to the disease-specific requirements. This is designed to give physicians more time to focus on image reading and diagnosis.Syngo.via has been designed to integrate with existing PACS and radiology information systems (RIS) of all major vendors. The client-server technology can be used in conjunction with the syngo.plaza PACS solution. When employed together, users are presented with direct, no-click access between the two technologies and a unified user-interface, allowing for a smooth transition between different applications that helps speed up the reading workflow.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read morelast_img read more

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The one on Monday night at 8:15 was so strong we ran outside. My boyfriend and I even moved our bed into the living room near the front door and packed an emergency kit. I don’t think we’ll have to use it, but I just hope they stop sooner rather than later.”The strongest aftershock was felt last Saturday, with a magnitude of 5.6. Costa Rican seismologists said the aftershocks would persist throughout the week. The magnitudes and frequencies of the tremors should decrease, they said, ranging from 2 to 3 in magnitude. The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) released its conclusions in regards to the quake Tuesday. The organization confirmed that this was the “big one” – the powerful earthquake long expected in Nicoya. However, the news came with another caveat. The fault did not rupture all of its energy. The earthquake only released 40 percent of the pent-up energy at the fault line. Marino Protti, Ovsicori’s lead scientist who has predicted a major earthquake would occur in the area for more than a decade, summarized that the rest of the energy could be released in several ways, including through another huge earthquake.“Another earthquake of equal or greater magnitude to what occurred on Sept. 5, is a scenario we cannot dismiss,” Protti said. He said predicting when and if another major earthquake could strike is nearly impossible. The release could come in weeks or in decades. The last major earthquake to hit Nicoya – registering magnitude-7.3 – came in 1950. Lepolt Linkimer, a seismologist for Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network at the University of Costa Rica, disagreed with the Ovsicori’s statement, telling the daily La Nación the prediction is creating “huge anxiety.”“What we think is that it is not appropriate to pinpoint a geographic area in Costa Rica, when all of Costa Rica is a risk area [for an earthquake],” Linkimer said.Throughout the week, Costa Rica began to return to normalcy, after enduring one of the strongest earthquakes in the country’s history.On Monday, students in Guanacaste went back to school, after the tremors cancelled classes last week. Classes were back in session at 41 schools. Yet students and teachers didn’t all return to classrooms. Some classes were held in local churches, cafeterias and community centers, according to the daily La Nación, as some schools suffered severe damage.The National Emergency Commission began to finalize damage statistics this week, Radio Reloj reported. The commission, while working with the Housing Ministry, reported 494 homes were damaged. Sixty of those homes qualified as having “severe damage,” with more than half located in Nicoya. The total cost of insured losses from the quake should not exceed $100 million, according to catastrophe consulting from EQECAT, Inc. Some four dozen people remain in shelters as of Wednesday afternoon. Approximately 30 people were wounded in the quake. Only one death was reported, a 51-year-old Guanacaste woman who died of a heart attack. The Education Ministry estimated $6 million is needed to fix the damaged schools. Some media have inquired as to whether the Costa Rican government could use an $8 million gift received from China last month to fund those repairs. Chinchilla said that option remains a possibility.Insurance companies in the country received more than 2,200 claims for damages, according to La Nación. Inspectors will visit affected areas over the next two weeks to evaluate the claims.Linkimer told The Tico Times last week the small amount of damage demonstrated the country’s impressive adherence to seismic codes.  The lack of severe damage ought to provide some comfort in light of the Ovsicori forecasts calling for another major Nicoya quake during the current seismic cycle. Protti added the remaining energy would not necessarily be freed through a strong earthquake. Energy also can be expelled through a “slow earthquake” (a type of weak temblor that releases energy over a period of hours or months instead of seconds). Or the release of energy could come through numerous aftershocks. “We cannot exactly know how or when it will release the rest of the energy,” Protti said. No related posts. Suzanna Lourie contributed reporting from Tamarindo, Guanacaste. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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