Indian Sikh activists turban targeted in racist attack in Austria

first_imgLondon: A Sikh humanitarian campaigner has been allegedly racially targeted in Austria after a woman airport security staffer joked about finding a bomb in his turban, according to a media report. Ravi Singh was confronted by the staff at the Vienna international airport on his way back to the UK on Friday after helping Yazidi women who were enslaved by the ISIS in Iraq, Metro reported. The founder of the Khalsa Aid was changing flights at the airport when he let security staff swab his turban. He walked through the metal detector without setting it off, but a member of staff then insisted on giving his headdress an additional scan with a handheld device. When he asked if there was a problem, one of the security workers said: “Yes, we found explosives”, it said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Despite feeling hurt by the jibe, Singh says education is a much better way forward than punishment. “If I made that comment I would be thrown in jail. I was so upset,” Singh said. He said the member of staff was “smirking” when she first made the comment but got “very upset” and went “very red” with embarassment when Singh challenged her. She said, “no I will not apologise.” Singh said “I want an apology now.” Singh had been on his second visit to Iraq in three weeks, as part of a new project helping Yazidi women who were captured by ISIS. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls He said that he forgives the woman who made the remark and has asked airport management if he can sit down to calmly teach her about his faith. He added, “I would not feel good if the person was sacked. You can’t answer hate with hate, it will never work. You will only fuel more hate.” Jasveer Singh, of the Sikh Press Association said, “There is a long held conflation by many in the Western world between the physical appearance of a Sikh and that of a terrorist.” “It seems anyone with a beard or brown skin or a head-covering can find themselves labelled as ignorantly as Ravi Singh was. The fact many Sikhs have all three is why we so commonly face the brunt of this racist and ignorant mindset.” Responding to Singh on Twitter, a spokesperson for the Vienna Airport said they are investigating the incident. “We apologise for the incident, this does not match our understanding of customer service.”last_img read more

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Saudia Airlines to Launch JeddahMarrakech Flight in June

Rabat – Saudi flag carrier Saudia has announced the launch of two new routes from Jeddah, including one to Marrakech.Saudia’s new direct flight from Jeddah to Marrakech will begin service on June 6.According to a statement from the Saudi company, the Jeddah-Marrakech flight will be operate on a “state-of-art widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with 24 seats in Business Class and 274 in Economy Class.” The flights will be available three times a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.The second new route will connect Jeddah to Athens.After Casablanca, according to the statement, Marrakech “becomes the carrier’s second destination in the country.”The company added that it served more than 34 million passengers in 2018.“SAUDIA flies to 95 destinations worldwide, with a modern fleet of more than 160 narrow and widebody Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The average age of the SAUDIA fleet is less than five years,” added the statement. read more

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Gaza relief operations at risk unless crossing closures are lifted says UN

21 January 2008The United Nations agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees warned today that it may have to halt its food distribution and other key operations inside the Gaza Strip if the closures continue at the crossing points into Gaza. Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said the agency is about to run out of its own fuel supplies in two more days.Although it has its own food stocks, it will not be able to continue its food support programmes to an estimated 860,000 residents of Gaza past Wednesday if it does not have the fuel to transport the food or the nylon bags needed for distribution.“It’s very cold here – there’s no fuel, no water, little electricity,” Ms. AbuZayd said in an interview with UN Radio.“We’re very worried and almost frightened, I would say, about what’s going on. We’re about to run out of our own supplies – our own fuel and our own plastic bags in order to distribute our food… We’ve had to help some of the local hospitals, especially the paediatric hospital, with fuel. We’ve had to give fuel to our health centres because everything in Gaza is running on generators now.”Ms. AbuZayd said she was particularly concerned about the health of the sick and the most needy within the Gaza Strip.“They have no cushions or resources of their own and hospitals are rapidly running out of everything… It’s just a disaster, really.”She said the UN was making contact with Israeli officials to allow the agency to receive supplies, which have been completely blocked since last Thursday. “It’s just a question of phone calls, negotiations, begging and pleading.”Her warning comes just days after Secretary-General issued a statement voicing concern over Israel’s decision to close the crossing points into Gaza that are used to transport supplies and warning of the potential humanitarian consequences.That statement, issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, also called for an immediate end to the violence engulfing Gaza and affecting communities in southern Israel, reiterating the need for Palestinian sniper and rocket attacks into Israel to cease and for the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) to show maximum restraint.Meanwhile, John Dugard, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, also released a statement on Friday saying that recent Israeli actions in Gaza violated international treaties.“The killing of some 40 Palestinians in Gaza in the past week, the targeting of a Government office near a wedding party venue with what must have been foreseen loss of life and injury to many civilians, and the closure of all crossings into Gaza raise very serious questions about Israel’s respect for international law and its commitment to the peace process,” he said in a press release.Mr. Dugard said the actions violated the strict prohibition in the Geneva Conventions on collective punishment and one of the basic principles of international humanitarian law – that military action must distinguish between military targets and civilian targets.Mr. Dugard, who serves in an unpaid and personal capacity, reports to the UN Human Rights Council, which will hold a special session this Wednesday – at the request of the Group of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) – to consider and take actions on “human rights violations emanating from Israeli military incursions in the occupied Palestinian territory,” including Gaza and the West Bank town of Nablus. read more

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NBCUniversal puts 200 million into BuzzFeed a week after making similar bet

NBCUniversal puts $200 million into BuzzFeed, a week after making similar bet on Vox by The Associated Press Posted Aug 18, 2015 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBCUniversal, following a potentially younger viewing audience wherever it goes, has placed a $200 million bet on the fast-growing BuzzFeed.The announcement from the division of cable giant Comcast Corp. on Tuesday comes not even a week after it made an identical investment in Vox Media, which runs the food blog Eater, SB Nation and Re/code.Traditional broadcasters have scrambled to pick up viewers, especially millennials, as habits are reshaped by new technology that allows people to watch what they want, when the want to watch it.Netflix, the front-runner in on-demand viewing, added 3.3 million worldwide subscribers during its last quarter, ending the period with 65.6 million customers. About 900,000 of the additional subscribers were signed up in the U.S., where Netflix now has 42.3 million customers.HBO and Showtime are now offering streaming services for a stand-alone monthly charge, free of a traditional cable package.Cable and satellite services have created stripped down packages seeking to lure millennials and others who want more control over what they pay for.NBCUniversal said that it wants to begin collaborating on editorial content with its new partners. The deal could allow BuzzFeed to expand its reach.BuzzFeed has more than 200 million monthly unique visitors and has 1.5 billion monthly video views, NBCUniversal said Tuesday. read more

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Burkina Faso UN chief calls for countrys quick return to democratic process

“The Secretary-General reiterates his call for inclusive dialogue to continue, and encourages all parties to reach an agreement for a peaceful and civilian-led transition as soon as possible,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, briefing the press at UN Headquarters this afternoon. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, arrived in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, on 31 October as part of a joint mission that also includes the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs.In addition, Mr. Dujarric noted the Secretary-General’s appreciation for the mission undertaken by President John Mahama of Ghana, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and President Macky Sall of Senegal, who arrived in the Burkinabé capital today to join mediation efforts by the joint UN, African Union and ECOWAS delegation.“The joint UN-AU-ECOWAS mission is continuing its consultations with all the parties and other forces to ensure a democratic and civil-led transition in Burkina Faso,” continued the spokesperson. “And it will continue its efforts to help resolve the crisis in line with the national constitution.” read more

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More countries partner to target zero hunger in global south

The Changsha Declaration aims to ramp up the efforts towards South-South Cooperation – an initiative working to eliminate hunger and malnutrition through the mutual sharing and exchange of good practices, resources, and know-how between countries of the “global south”.At the forum’s conclusion, 26 countries and 11 international organizations signed on to the Declaration, which includes more information-sharing towards constructing common policies and programmes. The forum coincided with the launch of a new report, jointly published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO), alerting of severe food shortages plaguing Asia and the Pacific.The region faces risk of “a colossal human loss” if countries in the region do not recommit themselves to ending all forms of malnutrition, regional experts from the four specialized UN agencies warned in a joint press release on Friday.One recent large-scale example of cooperation can be seen in Bangladesh, where hundreds-of-thousands of displaced mainly-Rohingya refugees fleeing violence, faced a major hunger crisis, effecting the whole region. China has been fielding experts and technicians to share knowledge in various technical areas, including aquaculture, crop production and livestock breeding to boost the country’s agriculture sector.Around the world, climate-related disasters, limited access to safe water, and violence have contributed to a general rise in malnutrition.Director-General for FAO Jose Graziano da Silva announced plans to establish an International Centre of Excellence for Agriculture Innovation and Rural Development in Beijing during the forum; a facility that will provide training in agriculture innovation and promote investment in rural areas in an effort to reach the first 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger. read more

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Brock employee to run 895km Bruce Trail for Cystic Fibrosis

It has been 12 years since Emily Allan last talked to her cousin Sarah Bloomfield. 12 years since the two best friends laughed until their stomachs hurt and belted out their favourite Madonna songs.Sarah had Cystic Fibrosis, and on March 15, 2005 she died while waiting for a lung transplant that could have saved her life. She was 23 years old.Since that day, Allan has made it her life’s work to raise funds and awareness for the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian kids and young adults.“I lost my cousin and best friend because of Cystic Fibrosis,” said Allan, experiential education co-ordinator in the Department of Sport Management and Brock’s cross-country coach. “Every day, researchers are discovering new treatments and getting closer to finding a cure, and until that happens, I will do everything I can to help make that dream a reality.”On June 10 Allan will begin a three-week running expedition covering the entire 895km distance of the Bruce Trail from Tobermory to Niagara Falls. Each day, she will run approximately the distance of a full marathon, with the journey to finish at the southern terminus at Queenston Heights on Canada Day.The End to End CF journey will continue Allan’s mission of raising funds and awareness for a disease that claimed her cousin and affects one in every 3,600 children born in Canada.Over the years, Allan has raised almost $30,000 by cycling across the Canadian Rockies twice, and circling Prince Edward Island on a bicycle. With the End to End CF start date just over two weeks away, more than $10,000 has already been donated for CF research.In addition to donations from family and friends, Allan’s co-workers have supported the cause through bottle donations, a wine raffle, a fundraising yoga session and even a private shopping event at Brock alumna Shannon Passero’s store in Thorold, organized by her colleagues in Co-op, Career and Experiential Education.“From my colleagues to the University itself, Brock has been extremely supportive,” Allan said. “It’s wonderful to work in such an environment.”Brock has come on board as a corporate sponsor of the run, alongside Outdoors Oriented, Rankin Construction, Niagara Battery and Tire and the Fonthill and District Kinsmen Club.For more information on the run, or to make a donation, visit endtoendcf.caBrock University cross-country coach Emily Allan.BY THE NUMBERS895 … distance, in kilometres of the Bruce Trail41 … distance in kilometres Emily will average each day22 … number of consecutive days Emily will run to complete the trip23 … the age of Emily’s cousin Sarah when she died of CF in 200551 … life expectancy of a Canadian with CF today$13,425 … fundraising goal of this run ($15/km)$10,871 … amount raised as of May 23$39,000 … amount of money Emily has raised so far for CF in the past six years read more

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The Texas Rangers Are Making Unsustainable History In OneRun Games

The 2016 Texas Rangers are making history. Their 30-8 record in one-run games gives them a .789 winning percentage that, if it holds up, would set a record for the best winning percentage in one-run games since 1901. But the Rangers have a not-so-slight problem that could haunt them in the playoffs: performance in one-run games is almost entirely — though not exclusively — a matter of good timing and luck, not skill.By all accounts, the Rangers are a decent team. Their run differential is +9, and sophisticated projection models such as FanGraphs’ (which looks at talent alone, not their record so far) would call for them to win 84 games over the course of a full season. Their excellent record in one-run games has helped put them over the top, though. They’ll probably finish with more than 90 wins and the AL West crown, despite the rival Houston Astros posting a much better run differential.Performance in one-run games is notoriously variable. But one argument for the Rangers’ ability to sustain their record-setting mark might be a lights-out bullpen. Closer Sam Dyson has 30 saves, so perhaps the Rangers’ relief corps has earned more of those one-run wins than most teams with a similar record would deserve.To test this theory, I looked at the relationship between a team’s bullpen performance and its record in one-run games, going back to 1988.1That year was chosen because it is the beginning of the current era of baseball. I used data gathered through Aug. 27, after which the Rangers won two more one-run games. I summed up FanGraphs’ wins above replacement for each team’s bullpen, and then plotted it against the team’s winning percentage in one-run contests.2I also tried the same analysis with Baseball Prospectus’ version of wins above replacement and got similar results. The chart above contains two extreme outliers: the 2016 Texas Rangers and the 2012 Baltimore Orioles, the only two teams in recent history with a better than .750 winning percentage in one-run games. In isolation, both performances were extremely unlikely to happen by chance (less than 1-in-10,000 odds), though given the huge sample of seasons we have so far — 2,452 team-seasons in MLB’s history — you’d expect such a thing to happen eventually.One-run performance is messy, but it isn’t all luck. The correlation between a team’s bullpen strength and its one-run winning percentage is significant but fairly weak, highlighting the role of randomness in these situations.3The r value is .28. Just as any given plate appearance can produce almost any imaginable outcome, a game that hinges on only a single run is mostly up to chance.That said, a good bullpen elevates the probability of holding a one-run lead. Add up that edge over the course of a season, and each win above replacement from the bullpen is worth about one extra point to a team’s winning percentage in one-run games. A five-win bullpen upgrade, which could take a team from roughly the bottom 10 percent of MLB bullpens to the top 10 percent, would net an extra five points of winning percentage. Over an average number of one-run games (46 per season), that’s equivalent to 2.3 more wins. If you total up that improved bullpen’s contribution in one-run games and their estimated contribution over the rest of the season (3.6 wins4If there are 46 one-run games per season, that leaves 116 other games, or 71.6 percent of the season. 71.6 percent of their five wins is 3.6 wins.), that five additional bullpen WAR ends up buying you about 5.9 wins in on-field results.55 WAR of bullpen talent can buy 5.9 wins for a team because of the high-leverage situations in which relievers are deployed, where talent is able to be converted to wins at a greater rate. This fact may help to explain why relievers seem to be overvalued by front offices relative to the sabermetric consensus.But all of this assumes a top-notch bullpen anyway. And, surprisingly, the Rangers’ bullpen hasn’t been exceptional — or even good — this year. Although the 2012 Orioles’ relievers produced more than six wins of value, the Rangers’ pen has a paltry 1.1 WAR between them. Based on that alone, we’d expect their record in one-run games to fall below .500.Anchored by closer Sam Dyson and Matt Bush, the top of the Rangers’ bullpen has been fine. But that duo has been dragged down by poor outings from other relievers such as Tom Wilhelmsen and Cesar Ramos.Of course, Wilhelmsen and Ramos are typically used in low-leverage situations, only appearing in one-run games as a last resort. So I also looked to see whether I could explain one-run performance better by focusing on the top relievers in a given bullpen. But counting only the top three or top five relievers didn’t improve the model after controlling for the total WAR of the bullpen. Neither did looking at exceptionally unbalanced bullpens, i.e. those whose top relievers produced much more WAR than their teammates. That doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility that WAR fails to account for something special that the Rangers’ bullpen might be doing to win one-run games, but league-wide data doesn’t provide much support for that notion.If the Rangers can’t attribute their one-run success to the greatness of their bullpen, to what do they owe it? The answer is timing. The Rangers have played much better when the game is on the line, as measured by FanGraphs’ Clutch score. Their bullpen ranks eighth in the league in Clutch score, but even more impressively, their offense ranks first.6Their starting pitchers are more average, ranking 13th in baseball. Combine these two performances and you have a team that saves and scores runs better than any other when it counts.But unfortunately for the Rangers, performance in the clutch is not a stable indicator of success. We need look no further than the 2016 Phillies for proof: Philly dominated the league in one-run games for the first two months of the year, rolling out to a 14-3 record in those contests through May 20th, which would have shattered the all-time mark if it had continued. It didn’t. By the end of the first half, the Phillies’ one-run record was down to 20-9 (which still would have been put them in the top 25 all-time); now they’re at a pedestrian 25-17 for the year, which drops them below the 200th position on the all-time list.The lesson here is that a team’s record in one-run games tends to regress to the mean. The Rangers are more than 90 percent likely to make the playoffs, but they won’t be able to count on this kind of luck in tight contests when they get there. read more

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Adrian Petersons Ready To Ditch Bad Father Label And

There was a time, not that long ago, when Adrian Peterson was considered the best running back in the NFL. Now, he’s known the player who disciplined his young son with a tree switch.Hopefully, through all the turmoil, court appearances and heaps of bad publicity, Peterson has become a better father, one who, first of all, takes a more active role in his children’s lives and, second, figures another way to exact punishment.He says he has. After a judge overturned his suspension last week, a victory he desperately needed after so many losses—of his team, his income for the season and his reputation—Peterson issued a statement that, hopefully, spoke to his mindset.“I was pleased to learn about [U.S. District] Judge [David] Doty’s decision,” the statement said. “It is a positive step in protecting players’ rights and preserving due process for all players.”Doty ruled Thursday that NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson exceeded his authority in suspending Peterson. Doty ordered the case back to arbitration.That was important to Peterson as he tries to find a team; it appears there is some animosity between player and the Minnesota Vikings, where Peterson performed brilliantly. But the heart of his position came in the second half of the statement, which read:“As I prepare for my return to football, I am still focused on my family and continue to work to become a better father every day.”We can only believe Peterson is sincere. It will be virtually impossible to quantify if he learned something about fatherhood through this fiasco. But if he has any scruples whatsoever, he has probably overdosed on fatherly advice from friends and strangers alike.He has endured the repercussions of his violent reaction to his child, from the NFL and the public. It’s time for Peterson, who turns 30 in three weeks, to get back to football.But no one is sure when the legal part of this will be over. The NFL, which said it disagreed with Doty’s ruling and will appeal it, put Peterson on the commissioner’s exempt list, making him ineligible to play or participate in team activities until his legal proceedings have run their course. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had suspended Peterson until at least April 15.“Judge Doty’s order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA [collective bargaining agreement], including the commissioner’s longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearing officer,” the NFL’s statement said.The time to judge him as a father has expired. Peterson has suffered enough and should be allowed to once again don an NFL uniform. read more

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Ohio State womens soccer vying for spot in Big Ten tournament set

OSU sophomore forward Lindsay Agnew (20) maintains possession during a match Oct. 24 against Iowa at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Regina Bonfiglio / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s soccer team will have one last chance to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament as they host No. 23 Rutgers in a pivotal contest.The Buckeyes are 6-9-3 (3-6-3) following a late surge in a win against Nebraska on Sunday and now face a must-win game to keep its chance of making the Big Ten tournament alive. Junior defender Michela Paradiso said the team understands the game’s importance and has amped up the focus in practice.“We know this is win or go home,” Paradiso said. “I think everyone’s been extra focused this week and we’ve been doing a lot of fun, competitive drills.”The Buckeyes must finish among the top eight teams of the conference to make it into the Big Ten tournament. OSU is currently tied for ninth place with Northwestern in the conference standings. Along with a win against Rutgers, the Buckeyes would need Maryland to draw or lose to No. 7 Penn State to qualify.The Scarlet Knights are 11-4-1 overall with a 7-4-1 record in their first season as members of the Big Ten. Senior forward Kayla Varner said the team is ready to play hard against its new conference rival.“So far they’ve done well in this conference,” Varner said. “We just have to step up and pick up our standards and play as competitive as we can.”The seniors playing their final home game will also be recognized prior to kickoff. The Buckeyes have four seniors on the roster who are set to be honored in Varner, midfielder Ellyn Gruber, defender Ashley Gruenbaum and midfielder Kenzie Schlemitz.Paradiso said the team would like to honor its seniors with a win on Friday.“We have four great seniors that have done so much for our program,” Paradiso said. “I think we just want to send them out on a good note.”Coach Lori Walker said the Buckeyes have matured since the start of their season and hopes to see that maturation continue after facing the Scarlet Knights.   “I feel like we are where we wished we were at the beginning of Big Ten (play),” Walker said. “We’d like to extend our season but you’ve got to take care of Rutgers and they’re a really good team.”Kickoff is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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IPL KL Rahul unbeaten but Royals beat rest of Kings XI

Rajasthan Royals 158 for 8 (Buttler 82, Tye 4-34, Mujeeb 2-21) beat Kings XI Punjab 143 for 7 (KL Rahul 95*, Gowtham 2-12, Sodhi 1-14) by 15 runsFall of the empire: Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes erupt in celebrations after Chris Gayle is stumped, à la Imran Tahir, Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2018, Jaipur, May 8, 2018 ©BCCIESPNcricinfo– Rajasthan Royals kept their tournament alive with an astute defence of 158 engineered by spinners K Gowtham and Ish Sodhi, who took a combined 3 for 25 in seven overs even as KL Rahul made a skillful unbeaten 95. Only one other Kings XI Punjab batsman got into double-figures on a pitch where the only other 30-plus score came from Royals opener Jos Buttler, whose 82 was his his fifth half-century in six of his last T20 innings as opener.Royals had elected to bat on an evening where the temperatures came close to 41 degrees Celsius, conditions that became more and more impactful through the evening and made scoring runs progressively tougher.One of the features of Rajasthan Royals’ batting this year has been a forced squeezing of regular opening batsmen into the middle order. On Tuesday, it was clear why. On dropping D’Arcy Short and Rahul Tripathi, it emerged that the best of their batting ended at No. 4 with Ben Stokes. Stuart Binny and Mahipal Lomror, the men who came in, had only played one game each before Tuesday.When these teams last met, only two nights ago, Royals had been sitting on 81 for 2 at the halfway stage, only to finish with 152 at the smallest IPL venue. On Tuesday, the same batsmen – Buttler and Sanju Samson – had taken them to 82 for 2 in ten overs, before the same pattern unfolded.There was, however, an attempt to bat as deep as possible. On this occasion, wary of the lack of power-hitters down the order, their third-wicket stand lasted till the 15th over. In the process, a thunderous start – where they had made 63 in the Powerplay – was undone. It was a partnership of 53 that took 48 balls, and didn’t appear a valuable addition.R Ashwin, who bowled a lot of spin in the first ten overs of Kings XI’s last two games, chose to bowl mostly pace up front on this occasion. Five of the six Powerplay overs were bowled by the seamers, and the major differences in scoring rates between the early overs and the middle phase were down to this.Buttler feasted, as he usually does, on the back-of-a-length deliveries he got early on, slapping them over the bowler and extra cover at will. He made a stunning 45 runs in the Powerplay and brought up his fifty off 27 balls; a crucial stat in retrospect, because he barely managed to go run-a-ball from that point.Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who took three wickets off four balls in the previous game, got Samson and Buttler in consecutive overs on Tuesday. Andrew Tye took three in the last over and Royals finished with 158 for 8.When Rahane elected to bat, it was only the fourth occasion on which a captain had done it this season. Ashwin seemed unsettled when asked to chase, saying it didn’t look like a pitch that would aid the team batting second.Both captains were right with their assessments, although it took some time before that came into evidence. The pitch didn’t play a part when Chris Gayle stepped out and missed a flatter one from Gowtham that went down the leg side. It wasn’t the pitch either that induced swipes across the line from both Ashwin – who came in at No. 3 – and Karun Nair, reducing Kings XI to 19 for 3.By the time the Powerplay was done, however, scoring became extremely difficult for Rahul and Akshdeep Nath. In the six overs immediately after the Powerplay, Sodhi bowled three and conceded only eight runs. Opting to hit a good length with a lot of flight as opposed to his usual preference of throwing in plenty of variations, the legspinner had the batsmen attempting a lot of ambitious heaves before they decided to play straight. Even then, he was practically unscoreable against. By the end of the 12th over, Nath and Manoj Tiwary were both gone and the score was 66.Rahul brought up his fifty with a front-foot pull through midwicket in the 14th over, but in the face of a required rate that had already hit 12, neither he nor Marcus Stoinis could find a single boundary for the next three overs.By the time Rahul had figured out a way to find the boundaries on this pitch, the chase had gotten out of hand. He hit boundaries on either side of the keeper towards the end, including two reverse-sweeps off Unadkat, and jumped from 66 to 95 in the last two overs. But the story of the night was that at the other end: the only other batsman to make double-figures for Kings XI took 16 balls to make 11. 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Maptek ups multiobjective optimisation benchmark with Maptek Evolution 51

first_imgLeading intelligent mine scheduling optimisation solutions supplier Maptek says it has “pushed the benchmark even higher” with the recent release of Maptek Evolution 5.1. “Close collaboration with mining experts to provide targeted applications has defined the development journey of Evolution. The computational power of the software is unparalleled in the scheduling arena and is underpinned by a drive to provide innovative solutions to current and prospective scheduling problems.”The latest release features updates to Evolution Strategy and Origin modules to enhance medium, long term and strategic life of mine scheduling, reducing operating costs and maximising deposit value.“The ground-breaking multi-objective optimisation algorithm introduced into Evolution Origin for scheduling with blocks has been expanded to handle scheduling with solids. Users can now optimise with solids on NPV and blending, comparing multiple conflicting objectives to define a range of practical solutions for consideration.”“Before, we had Origin solids as a single object optimisation but now we’ve added multi-objective optimisation. So, what was possible with blocks is now possible with solids. This allows our users to create life of mine to medium term schedules based on a pre-defined cutoff grade. Our holistic approach includes haulage and waste dump for optimisation, plus blending and NPV,” said Evolution Product Manager, Eduardo Coloma.Among the upgrades to Origin, when indications suggest the blend grade can be improved at any point, the software will step back and redirect material using replay functionality.Targeted improvements for coal customers include greater flexibility around dependencies, functionality to add multiple dragline excavators and enhanced haulage configuration.The Strategy module also boasts many enhancements. The seeding function, a popular feature from Origin, has been incorporated into Strategy on customer request. The simple and intuitive interface allows users to select previous results, replicate the sequence of some periods and optimise further periods, providing greater flexibility and control. Multiple solutions can be compared in the pivot tables, providing an easy way to assess the outcomes.Providing multiple waste dump options in Evolution Strategy delivers more detail about where material is going. A simple workflow allows as many waste dumps as needed to be added, with options to consider associated haulage costs, define the incremental capacity and costs and indicate the most cost-effective strategy.“Reporting has never been quicker or easier. With Evolution 5.1, users now can customise period naming. Further enhancements to pivot table functionality include the ability to filter all available fields, and the option to pivot against waste dumps.”Integration between Maptek Vulcan and Evolution streamlines critical mine planning activities. Road haulage networks generated in Vulcan can be dragged and dropped into Evolution. Scheduling attributes can be loaded onto Vulcan triangulations for further analysis. Users can create a Vulcan block model in Evolution to take advantage of the Schedule Progress option in Vulcan.“Our next major milestone on the horizon is Evolution 6,” concluded Coloma. “We’re excited about the future. Considering multiple activities during scheduling, more versatile Gantt charting, reserving ‘on the fly’ and greater flexibility around mining rules headline the development roadmap as Evolution expands into short term scheduling.”last_img read more

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Jan Gorr new Martin Heuberger assistant coach

← Previous Story Patrekur Jóhannesson stays Austria’s NT headcoach until 2015 Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 22): Essen with the first season win! After Frank Carstens announced that he will no longer be assisting Martin Heuberger after the World Championship in Spain. The newly appointed assistant coach is Jan Gorr. He will have his first tasks already within 2 weeks, when Germany plays two test-games at home against Switzerland.

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SEHA statistics Antl TOP scorer Mikler best goalkeeper

9.Renato SulićMKB-MVM Veszprem4613 (13)3,5446/6175% 1.Radoslav AntlTatran Prešov8412 (12)7,0084/9588% #PlayerTeamGms.Sht%Avg. 1.Srđan TrivundžaBorac m:tel12 (12)43/10640,6%3,58 5.Gasper MargučMKB-MVM Veszprem5414 (13)3,8654/6879% 8.Luka StepančićPPD Zagreb4710 (10)4,7047/8456% 2.Momir IlićMKB-MVM Veszprem6812 (12)5,6768/10664% 9.Milan ĐukićBorac m:tel12 (11)56/8466,7%4,67 8.Luka StepančićPPD Zagreb10 (10)47/8456,0%4,70 2.Momir IlićMKB-MVM Veszprem12 (12)68/10664,2%5,67 10.Dobrivoje MarkovićVardar4512 (11)3,7545/6866% 7.Petar MisovskiMetalurg4 (4)20/6232,3%5,00 7.Sergei GorbokVardar13 (13)42/8648,8%3,23 4.Dainis KristopansTatran Prešov12 (12)66/10066,0%5,50 ← Previous Story Latvian giant Dainis Kristopans goes to …. East? Next Story → Jakobsen and Rhein Neckar Lowen – together until 2017 3.Dainis KristopansTatran Prešov6612 (12)5,5066/10066% 6.Mirko AlilovićMKB-MVM Veszprem10 (7)61/18233,5%6,10 The guy with the biggest percent of saves and saved shots as well is Hungarian star Roland Mikler. Hungarian best team MKB MVM Veszprem almost secured the first spot in the regular part of the season in SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League three matches before the end. Boys of Antonio Carlos Ortega celebrated their 15th victory in a row against the team from the bottom of league table, RK Borac Banja Luka 32:18, and now, need only a point in the last three clashes to finish first before F4 tournament, which will be held in Porec (Croatia) or Veszprem Arena in the last week of March.It seems that also goal scorer’s race is also ended with a triumph of HC Tatran Presov’s left wing Radoslav Antl, who scored 84 goals, 16 more than Veszprem’s star Momir Ilic…Here are the TOP 10 scorers: 2.Ivan StevanovićPPD Zagreb11 (9)78/20737,7%7,09 5.Radoslav AntlTatran Prešov12 (12)84/9588,4%7,00 6.Can CelebiNexe5313 (13)4,0853/10252% 10.Christian ZeitzMKB-MVM Veszprem14 (14)45/8056,3%3,21 6.Milos OrbovicVojvodina14 (14)41/8946,1%2,93 1.Roland MiklerMKB-MVM Veszprem15 (12)153/36841,6%10,20 9.Nikola MitrevskiMetalurg12 (11)56/17831,5%4,67 10.Filip IvicPPD Zagreb2 (2)18/5831,0%9,00 4.Milan ĐukićBorac m:tel5612 (11)4,6756/8467% It is also interesting to see which players had most shots in the first 15 rounds of SEHA GSS… 5.Ivan PešićMeshkov Brest9 (8)73/21334,3%8,11 3.Can CelebiNexe13 (13)53/10252,0%4,08 8.Petar AngelovVardar10 (8)59/18432,1%5,90 Radoslav AntlRoland MiklerSEHASEHA GAZPROM South stream leagueSEHA league 7.Nemanja GrbovićRadnički5010 (10)5,0050/6379% 3.Strahinja MilićVardar12 (10)94/26335,7%7,83 4.Arpad ŠterbikVardar8 (5)47/13335,3%5,88 read more

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Windows 8 RTM leaked via torrent

first_imgA Windows 8 RTM torrent has already appeared on trackers around the web, just two days after Microsoft began distributing the finalized code to major PC partners around the globe. It’s not the first time this has happened of course — previous products have been rapidly leaked — but this is perhaps the biggest Windows 8 leak since Microsoft plugged the holes by firing two employees back in May of 2011.The edition that has been leaked is Windows 8 Enterprise (both 32- and 64-bit), which is the only version that includes the awesome system-on-a-stick feature Windows To Go. Most of the other Windows 8 features you’d expect to find in the retail version are there, with the notable exception of Windows Media Center. Windows Media Player is also missing as this particular release ends with an N, meaning it’s a European Commission-friendly build of Windows 8.The torrent is a roughly 3GB download, with the bulk being taken up by the actual Windows 8 Enterprise RTM installation files. A number of screenshots have also been bundled into the download, and there are two internal activation videos intended for the Microsoft partners who will be deploying Windows 8 Enterprise. There probably won’t be a lot of that going on this year, of course, as system admins tend to wait until the first service pack has been released before rolling out a new version of Windows to their machines.It’s not recommended that you install the leaked Windows 8 Enterpise RTM, of course. In addition to not being able to fully verify its authenticity, you probably don’t have a valid Windows 8 Enterprise activation key to use with it. Microsoft has been working hard at improving its anti-piracy mechanisms, and there’s a good chance they’ll be able to kneecap leaked installations this time around.last_img read more

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Bebe Rexha Unveils Track List For Debut Album Expectations

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 12, 2017 – 11:57 am Bebe Rexha: “I Got You” Inspiration Facebook The album will also include features with from Quavo, Tory Lanez and, of course, Florida Georgia Line, with producers Hit-Boy, the Monsters and the Strangerz.Expect more details soon. But in the meantime, our expectations are Rexha’s debut LP will be one of the hottest new releases of the summer.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Twitter The singer/songwriter took to social media to let fans in on the complete track list for her debut LPRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 29, 2018 – 10:29 am It’s almost hard to imagine that Bebe Rexha has yet to release a full-length studio album considering we’ve heard her voice on tracks as far ranging as “Hey Mama” with David Guetta, Afrojack and Nicki Minaj to the country-infused hit “Meant To Be” with Florida Georgia Line. And yet, the New York-bred singer/songwriter is slated to release her debut LP, Expectations, June 22.center_img Bebe Rexha Unveils Track List For Debut Album ‘Expectations’ Take A Look At Bebe Rexha’s ‘Expectations’ bebe-rexha-unveils-track-list-debut-album-expectations On May 27, Rexha took to social media to give us the full track list for Expectations, which includes songs such as “Shining Star,” “I Got You,” “Self Control,” “Sad,” “Don’t Get Any Closer,” and her previously released singles “Ferrari” and “2 Souls On Fire” with Quavo. News last_img read more

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Uncertain week ahead as domestic global uncertainties persist

first_imgTraders are apprehensive of a breather in the market in the week ahead after its sharp upward correction following the sell-off frenzy in September and October.The week will be one day short with the Guru Nanak Jayanti holiday on Friday, effectively dampening traders’ risk appetite because of the long weekend ahead. Domestic issues like the central bank board of governors meeting on Monday and the assembly election in Chhattisgarh could influence the situation. International factors like the oil price uncertainty and Brexit stalemate could also cast a shadow on Indian indexes.Some analysts believe there could be some volatility, especially in the earlier part of the week, as the stocks lose their swing back steam after two weeks of gains.Last week saw both primary indexes, Sensex and Nifty, gaining around 1 percent defying international crude uncertainty following news of Opec production cut back that could nudge up the prices.The Indian rupee’s marginal appreciation against the US dollar and the decline in bond yields were events of trader interest last week, but the week ahead could be different.The tension in US-Saudi Arabia relations over the US Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) finding implicating Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi could cloud traders’ risk appetite.Crucial hurdlesThough the indexes are headed north, there could be crucial hurdles that could derail the rally for at least in the short term, Foram Parekh, an Indiabulls analyst told MoneyControl.The federal elections likely around May next year will continue to weigh on the market until then, Parekh said.The market will keenly watch the second phase of the assembly elections in Chhattisgarh state on November 20, the movement of the rupee against the dollar and crude prices, Rahul Sharma, Senior Research Analyst at Equity99, was quoted by MoneyControl as saying.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) board meeting on Monday is likely to see some fireworks, especially after the government nominee on the board made clear the view that the government is not happy with the way the RBI is approaching banks’ non-performing assets provisioning. The Dalal Street will be watching closely governor Urjit Patel’s response to the government stance made clear by S. Gurumurthy a couple of days back. The street would be interested in how much Patel would yield as much as if he would at all yield ground on key issues.The government is keen on easing the lending norms to the MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) sector, relaxing the Prompt Corrective Action framework for weak banks and laying down new guidelines for the size of the reserve the central bank should maintain.Steep declineBrent crude’s nearly 5 percent fall to $66.76 a barrel last week is expected to continue, despite the Opec decision to enforce a production cut. The exemption that the US has granted to eight countries to continue to Iran oil imports despite the sanction is acting as a stabilising factor.The recent steep decline in crude oil prices is also a big positive for India’s macroeconomic position assuming oil prices stay at current levels, experts said.”India’s macroeconomic position appears to have stabilised with crude prices slipping to below $70 a barrel. We will see stable Indian rupee and interest rates and a manageable fiscal position over the next few months if crude oil prices were to remain below $75 per barrel,” Kotak Institutional Equities said.Experts reckon the technical position of the markets to be strong after an attack of the bulls from previous week’s low. The benchmark index’s closing near the high after a decisive break out of the tight 10,450-10,650 range indicated strong bull force.F&O positionsNifty’s near-term hurdle is believed to be 10,650, after which the upside is likely to continue, In case Nifty beats its 200-day EMA, placed around 10,700, the rally may pick up further strength.The F&O market shows maximum call open interest of 34.07 lakh contracts set at the 10,800 strike price, which is considered a resistance level for the November series, followed by the 11,000 and 10,700 strikes, according to market watchers.Maximum put open interest of 35.88 lakh contracts was seen at the 10,200 strike price, which is seen as a support level for the November series, followed by the 10,500 and 10,400 strikes.last_img read more

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FBI IRS Agents Search Baltimore Mayors Homes City Hall

first_imgBy DAVID McFADDEN Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — FBI and IRS agents raided the homes and offices of Baltimore’s embattled mayor on Thursday amid widening probes to determine whether she used sales of her children’s books to disguise government kickbacks.Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman in the agency’s Baltimore office, said agents with the FBI and the IRS criminal division in Washington were searching both of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s homes and her offices at City Hall, as well the home of a top aide and other places. He said he couldn’t release more information because the warrants are sealed.In this June 8, 2018 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses a gathering during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)Pugh has been facing mounting calls for her to resign over a scandal involving her self-published children’s books, which she sold to a health plan that does business with the city, as well as to the University of Maryland Medical System, on whose board she sat while serving as a state lawmaker. Pugh sold $500,000 worth of the books to the $4 billion hospital network over the years, and meanwhile pushed legislation that would have benefited the regional system.The federal case comes amid a criminal investigation by the state prosecutor’s office, which began at the request of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, as well as probes by the Baltimore Inspector General, a city ethics board and the state insurance commission.As federal agents gathered boxes of evidence in the mayor’s office and police cordoned off her homes with yellow tape, City Council member Brandon Scott called the raids “an embarrassment to the city.”“The mayor should resign. We have too many issues facing the city of Baltimore that require the full-time attention of a full-time mayor,” Scott said.Pugh’s spokesman, James Bentley, said Thursday that he hadn’t spoken with the mayor and doesn’t know where she is. Her defense attorney, Steve Silverman, did not immediately return calls; his office routed calls to an answering machine. Yellow police tape surrounded her home as agents searched inside.City Solicitor Andre Davis said City Hall is cooperating fully with federal investigators.It’s been more than three weeks since Pugh slipped out of sight, citing deteriorating health from a pneumonia bout. Six of her staffers joined her on paid leave; on Wednesday, the acting mayor fired three of them.Pugh said she was going on leave on the same day Hogan asked for the investigation of her “Healthy Holly” book sales, which earned about $800,000 for her limited liability company.Since then, the first-term mayor has been asked to resign by the entire lineup of the current City Council, all Baltimore lawmakers in Maryland’s House of Delegates, the influential Greater Baltimore Committee business group and others. Maryland’s chief accountant called Pugh’s “self-dealing” arrangements to sell her books as “brazen, cartoonish corruption.”But only a conviction can trigger a Baltimore mayor’s removal from office, according to City Solicitor Andre Davis and the state constitution. Baltimore’s mayor-friendly City Charter currently provides no options for ousting its executive.“The charter is utterly silent on how long the leave can last, exactly what the reasons are for a leave,” Davis told reporters.Members of Pugh’s communications staff have said repeatedly that she intends to return to City Hall when she is feeling better, but have declined to provide any timetable.With the investigations intensifying, political analysts said Pugh’s biggest bargaining chip is her refusal to resign in a city accustomed to a high-drama, insular political culture.Pugh came to office in late 2016 after edging out ex-Mayor Sheila Dixon, who spent much of her tenure fighting corruption charges before being forced to depart office in 2010 as part of a plea deal connected to the misappropriation of about $500 in gift cards meant for needy families.While the accusations have certainly cast a shadow over Pugh, she has not been indicted for any crime, and it is unclear how long a criminal investigation will take. Earlier this month, Silverman said the mayor looks forward to cooperating with the state prosecutor’s probe and will provide “as much information as possible to put this matter to rest.”Pugh would certainly face a bruising 2020 Democratic primary if she were to return and run for reelection. Many political observers believe she’ll never again be able to wield power effectively due to the scandal.A veteran City Council leader, Bernard “Jack” Young, is serving as acting mayor. Young said he would merely be a placeholder when she went on leave, and stressed that the decision is up to her. But given the groundswell of opinion against her, he said “it could be devastating for her” if she tried to return.last_img read more

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first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more January 14, 2010 – The leading Women’s diagnostic centers today provide mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, ultrasound and MRI, and guided breast biopsy, and these were the requirements for being distiguished a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).The Kent Hospital’s Women’s Diagnostic Imaging Center, which also recently achieved accreditation in both abdomen and pelvic ultrasound and CT imaging, was named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.“This achievement does not come about easily,” said Jerrold Robins, M.D., Kent Hospital Chief of Diagnostic Imaging, and part of the team of radiologists who spearheaded the accreditation process. “Many people have focused their knowledge, skill and dedication to realize this important result. They should take great pride in this accomplishment.”The center offers the latest in digital screening, including MRI breast imaging and a digital breast biopsy suite. It is currently has ongoing accreditation in MRI.For more information: www.acr.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | January 14, 2010 ACR Selects Top Women’s Diagnostic Imaging Centers last_img read more

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Discussions begin on ehealth system

first_imgLawmakers on Thursday began discussion of a bill on e-health, where the medical records of patients will be entered into a database accessible via electronic health cards.Under the envisaged system, patients visiting their doctor will present their e-health card, which the physician will use to access a database.The database will contain all the medical information on a patient, including diagnoses, medical treatments, medicine prescriptions and surgeries.Insurance-related data will also be included.The information will be accessible by a doctor only for a limited amount of time, said Christos Schizas, advisor to the president on matters relating to e-health.An electronic file would be created for a person the minute they are born, he said.The e-health law will apply to all healthcare providers – public and private – also regulating cross-border medical treatment in the European Economic Area.Schizas said digitization was expected to take one to two years.The estimated cost of digitization for the Health Insurance Organisation was €50m, and around €70m for hospitals.With the new system, cash transactions between patients and doctors would become a thing of the past.The stated goal is to improve efficiency by streamlining patients’ data and eliminating the use of paper.MPs intend to fast-track the legislation so that implementation of e-health can start sometime this year.You May LikeSuperb CloudRunning A Wholesale Cloud Hosting BusinessSuperb CloudUndoCampaign USAre we there yet? Frank Collective CEO: ‘We need more seats at table, not a new table’Campaign USUndomediazaps.com10 Future Technologies by Google that Will Change the Worldmediazaps.comUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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