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Protesters shut down commercial bridge linking Mexico Texas

first_imgCIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – At least 200 demonstrators blocked a major commercial bridge between Mexico and Texas on Monday to protest the disappearance of dozens of people in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, snarling traffic in both directions into the night.The protest began around 9:30 a.m. at the bridge, which is used exclusively by cargo trucks travelling between Tamaulipas state and Laredo, Texas, and was still going late Monday.Thousands of trucks make the crossing each day, and long lines of tractor-trailers backed up along the highway.Demonstrators were protesting what they consider a weak response by authorities to 43 complaints filed with prosecutors over disappearances in Nuevo Laredo.“We are demanding justice,” said Estela Gonzalez, who lodged a complaint about a missing nephew-in-law. “Alive or dead or however they may be, we want to know what happened to them.”Nuevo Laredo’s acting mayor, Rafael Pedraza Dominguez, went to the bridge in the afternoon to try to persuade the protesters to leave, promising to engage in talks with them.But they ignored his pleas and vowed to maintain the roadblock.“What we want is a solution, and if (the missing) have already been harmed, well, what happened to their bodies?” Gonzalez said.Nuevo Laredo is a key smuggling corridor for rival drug gangs, and the city has been experiencing a wave of violence.In March, four members of a family were killed in the crossfire between Mexican marines and gang members. The following month federal prosecutors issued a report faulting officers for the deaths.last_img read more

Oil rises as strike may force production of Norwegian North Sea crude

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 9, 2012 3:40 pm MDT Oil rises as strike may force production of Norwegian North Sea crude to stop NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil climbed about two per cent Monday as striking oil workers in Norway forced the industry to prepare for a historic shutdown in the North Sea.Benchmark U.S. crude rose US$1.54 to end the day at $85.99 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which comes from the North Sea and sets the price for oil imported into the U.S., added $2.13 to finish at $100.32 per barrel in London.Norway’s oil fields, which produce more than 3.8 million barrels of oil and natural gas per day, could shut down after 2200 GMT if the industry doesn’t resolve a dispute over employee retirement benefits. Workers have been on strike since June 24, and the country’s oil industry said a lockout would begin at midnight.Many analysts and traders expect the Norwegian government to intervene at the last minute and keep the oil and gas flowing. Government-owned Statoil ASA expects to lose $85.5 million per day if the strike continues.“Right now everyone’s pricing in the possibility that there could be some oil supply off the market,” due to the strike, said Gene McGillian, a broker and oil analyst at Tradition Energy.But financial pressures should force both sides to find common ground, independent analyst and trader Stephen Schork said. “There’s a lot of skepticism about this strike,” Schork said. “This isn’t Libya” where rebels forced oil fields to close for several months last year. He noted that the pension dispute is a far less serious matter.The Norwegian Oil Industry Association said the country has never experienced a total shutdown of its oil fields. A lockout would affect about 6,500 workers.Any production stoppage would seriously crimp European oil supplies, cutting off a major source of crude as the European Union officially begins an embargo of Iranian oil. Norway exports most of its crude to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Germany. American refineries also buy a small amount of oil from Norway.In other futures trading, heating oil rose four cents to end at $2.75 per gallon and wholesale gasoline rose by four cents to finish at $2.76 per gallon. Natural gas rose 11 cents to finish at $2.88 per 1,000 cubic feet.___Follow Chris Kahn on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ChrisKahnAP(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) read more

GM 2Q profit tops Wall Street estimates but lower international profit offsets

GM 2Q profit tops Wall Street estimates, but lower international profit offsets N. America AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Just as General Motors is getting a handle on its troubles in Europe, the automaker faces a new challenge in another part of the globe.GM says Japanese automakers are using the weak yen to cut prices in Southeast Asia and Australia, taking a bite out of GM’s profits there. Sales tailed off in India as well.A subpar second-quarter performance in the company’s international operations division pulled GM’s overall profit down 16 per cent from last year, offsetting gains in North America and a stark improvement in Europe.The company’s shares fell 6 cents to close at $37.08 Thursday.The Detroit automaker earned $1.26 billion from April through June, or 75 cents per share. That’s down from $1.5 billion, or 90 cents per share, a year ago.Still, GM handily beat Wall Street predictions when one-time items were excluded. On that basis, GM earned 84 cents per share in the quarter, nine cents better than the forecast of analysts surveyed by FactSet.In North America, strong sales of pickup trucks drove pretax profit up 4 per cent to $1.98 billion.U.S. sales of big pickups boomed in the first half, rising 23 per cent as the housing industry started to recover from the Great Recession and small businesses started buying again. At GM, Silverado sales gained 26 per cent and Sierra sales rose 21, helping North American profits.Pickups are GM’s top-selling vehicles, and they bring in an estimated profit of $10,000 apiece.Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann said he expected improved performance in the second half as GM gets the full benefit of rolling out the new trucks, as well as the 2014 Chevy Corvette sports car, an all-new Cadillac CTS sedan and other new models.“That’s going to give us a good tail wind into the second half,” he said.But Ammann also described headwinds in Asia-Pacific countries outside of China. He said Japanese rivals used a weaker yen to cut prices, forcing GM to respond in kind and lowering its profits.Although pretax income rose in China, GM’s International Operations profit fell by $400 million to $228 million.The Japanese yen has been falling against other currencies, making goods from Japan less expensive when sold in other countries. Ammann said Japanese automakers supply much of the Asia-Pacific region from Japan.GM expects the trend to continue, and is trying to counteract it with new products and other unspecified actions, Ammann said.Weakness in auto markets in India and Russia also contributed to the decline in international profits. Market conditions accounted for more than half of the drop in profit. Another chunk was warranty and recall costs. Ammann said the recall costs have continued into the current quarter.The International Operations numbers troubled some industry analysts who were otherwise impressed with GM’s performance.“The GMIO headwinds indicate that GM’s ex-China operations may remain challenged for some time,” Barclays analyst Brian Johnson wrote in a note to investors.MorganStanley analyst Adam Jonas said in an interview that it’s too early to tell if International Operations will remain a trouble spot for GM. He doesn’t think GM will soon repeat the $600 million profit from the region a year ago, but the $200 million from this quarter is too low. He expects profit to level off in the $400 million range.The fact that problems flared up just as it appeared that GM was getting Europe under control isn’t a long-term worry for a big international company, he said. “You’re never going to get it all working together at the same time,” he said.In Europe, GM cut $284 million off its loss from last year, narrowing it to $110 million as cost cuts kicked in and new products such as the Opel Mokka small crossover SUV and Adam subcompact car sold well, Ammann told reporters.Ammann said GM’s year-over-year performance in Europe should improve as cost cuts and more new products take hold, but the second half might worsen due to a normal seasonal slowdown.“The things that we control we feel very good about,” Ammann said. “Obviously what we don’t control is the European macro environment. That remains very challenging, but we’re making good progress despite that.”GM has said it expects to break even in Europe by the middle of the decade. Ammann wouldn’t provide further guidance.Overall, GM’s revenue rose 4 per cent to just over $39 billion, beating Wall Street’s estimate of $37.7 billion. Worldwide sales rose 4 per cent to 2.49 million vehicles.GM’s earnings come a day after its closest U.S. competitor, Ford Motor Co., reported better-than-expected profits, especially in Asia. Ford earned $1.23 billion, up 18.5 per cent from a year ago. by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2013 7:30 am MDT read more

Chancellors Chairs to provide project updates

Brock University’s Chancellor’s Chairs for Teaching Excellence will provide an overview of their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education projects during an event held next week.The projects will be highlights on Wednesday, March 22 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Schmon Tower 103.Topics will include:First Year Student Experience with Shauna Pomerantz and Dawn Zinga, Social SciencesUsing Sakai to Flip the Instructional Focus with Camille Rutherford, EducationDo Students Believe they can become Industry Leaders with Kirsty Spence and Shannon Kerwin, Applied Health SciencesProject-based learning in Universities with David Hutchison, Humanities and EducationFor more information, contact the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation at cpi@brocku.ca or call 905-688-5550, ext. 3933.To register for the event, visit brocku.ca/cpi read more

Atlas Copco and Anglo American make headway in joint development of underground

first_imgA joint development project involving two of the mining industry’s flagship companies – Atlas Copco and Anglo American – is well under way towards “a potential milestone in future mining technology”, says the partners. Atlas Copco, the mining and construction equipment manufacturer and Anglo American, the global mining group, are set to test a new type of mining machine that is expected to transform the extraction process of ore from underground hard rock mines. The two companies have been cooperating in a research and development partnership since 2012 and say their combined efforts, which centre on mechanical excavation technology, are now in an advanced stage with proof-of-concept testing scheduled to start in the fall, 2015.The statement said: “If all goes according to plan, it will be a milestone for the partnership and one of the most significant examples of innovative technology to emerge from Anglo American’s FutureSmartTM approach to mining.” Scott Barker, President of Atlas Copco’s Underground Rock Excavation Division, says: “We are very proud to be Anglo American’s partner in this joint development project and we are excited at the prospect of demonstrating this potential game-changing technology to the mining industry.”Donovan Waller, Group Head of Technology Development at Anglo American, comments: “Atlas Copco is a well-known supplier to the mining industry with more than 140 years of product development to its name. In addition, they share our vision that we need to work together for the future benefit of the industry. Atlas Copco is therefore an ideal choice to partner with us on this exciting journey.” Speaking at the Dassault Conference in Las Vegas, USA last November, Waller explained the philosophy behind the FutureSmartTM initiative: “We are looking for a radical transformation of the way we do things and that means taking a fresh approach,” he said. “Anglo American believes in seeing how technology can benefit entire systems, not just certain just parts of them. We also believe that the benefits to the industry as a whole can only be realised through openness and collaboration.”For Atlas Copco, a successful outcome will be seen as confirmation of the company’s commitment to innovation and sustainable productivity in underground mining. For Anglo American, it will demonstrate the visionary force behind the FutureSmartTM innovation initiative which embraces integrated thinking and collaborative partnerships. Mikael Ramstrom, Manager of Global Strategic Projects and Alliances and the man who heads up the project team at Atlas Copco, says: “The mining industry need to be more cost efficient and predictable in its ore production systems. One way to achieve this is to move towards continuous mining systems based on mechanical rock cutting. If Atlas Copco and Anglo American together prove that this is possible – and we are confident that we will – we can expect it to be a game-changer for the industry.”Dragan Janicijevic, Anglo American’s Project Manager Mining & Engineering – Technology Development, agrees: “In developing this concept together we have proventhe tremendous benefits that can be gained by this type of collaboration,” he says. “Our skills as a mining company combined with Atlas Copco’s technical knowhow has proven to be a very worthwhile combination.” According to Anglo American, the new technology focuses on rapid mine development and on making hard rock mining faster and safer. Further information will be made available as the project progresses.last_img read more

1011 confirmed cases of Swine Flu in Victoria

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victoria now has 1,011 confirmed cases of H1N1 human swine influenza, with a further 137 cases confirmed over the weekend.Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Rosemary Lester said the state was focusing its treatment on members of the community most vulnerable to viral infections, such as the elderly, students at special development schools, hospital patients and people with a chronic illness.“Victoria’s response to the H1N1 influenza virus is proportionate to the risk to the community,” Dr Lester said.“These latest confirmed cases relate to tests done before Victoria moved to a modified Sustain Phase in response to the virus.“Extensive testing for human swine flu is no longer required, as people meeting the agreed clinical case definition – exhibiting flu-like symptoms – are recommended to be given anti-viral medication in consultation with their doctor, ” she said.Under the modified Sustain Phase of the plan, Victoria continues to provide treatment to people who have been confirmed with the H1N1 virus, and preventative treatment to their direct household members. Students with flu-like illness still go into home quarantine for three days.As part of its modified Sustain Phase of the influenza plan, Victoria will:Give antiviral treatment to those people exhibiting the agreed clinical case definition of human swine flu, together with their immediate household contacts;Require cases to isolate themselves for three days following the commencement of antiviral treatment, but household contacts will not be required to be quarantined;Maintain intensive contact tracing in high risk settings like aged care facilities, hospitals and special schools to protect those at greater risk of severe complications from human swine flu; andImplement enhanced community-wide surveillance of influenza-like illness and undertake increased sampling to monitor the distribution of the virus and any changes in the dominant circulating influenza strain.Dr Lester said the virus continued to be relatively mild in its impact, similar to the normal winter flu.“People with mild influenza-like symptoms should recover at home. If they are moderately unwell, they should contact their doctor for the best possible advice,” she said.“In a typical year, up to one million Australians will contract the normal winter flu.”Health advice:• Personal hygiene remains vital. We should all follow flu season hygiene procedures, such as regular hand washing, covering nose and mouth if sneezing and coughing, and staying at home if sick.• Follow any instructions by health professionals on quarantining or limiting social contact;• People who feel ill with influenza-like symptoms should present to their doctor for the best possible advice. It is always wise to call ahead, or to alert the clinic staff when you arrive.For the most up-to-date information: www.health.vic.gov.au• Call the Influenza Hotline on 180 2007 or call Nurse-on-Call on 1300 60 60 24 for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days).last_img read more

With Funimation Sony Will Help Bring Anime to a Wider Audience

first_img Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon Master‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches Stay on target Earlier this week, Sony Pictures Television Networks announced it will purchase Funimation for $143 million. When everything is finalized, Sony will effectively hold the rights to distribute popular anime like Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, My Hero Academia, and more around the world. This move will also put Sony in direct competition with the likes of Netflix and Hulu and other streaming TV services, who also distribute anime.Sony’s purchase of Funimation may not seem like a big deal on the surface. After all, PlayStation systems (PS3 and PS4 specifically) have had the Crunchyroll anime app for years. Even the Funimation Now app has been available on PS4 since early 2017. Anime is readily available to PlayStation owners, so how does this deal benefit them? How does it help anime overall? At the moment, it doesn’t. Moving forward, however, Sony’s acquisition of Funimation will bear fruit. In fact, I believe Sony has the potential of making anime even more popular than it is because of this deal.One of the problems with Crunchyroll is that most of its anime is subtitled. I understand that a large portion of anime fans prefer to watch shows this way because they feel it is a more authentic experience. While that has some validity to it, there are a great deal of folks who get turned off anime because they’re not dubbed into English.While Funimation does have its fair share of subtitled anime (particularly shows it simulcasts directly from Japan), its true specialty is in dubbed anime. This has been the case since the company’s inception 23 years ago. Now that Sony will own Funimation, PS4 owners who log into their systems will no doubt see top-tier anime presented to them on the PlayStation Store. If they want to try out a show, they won’t immediately be met with a ton of text on the bottom of the screen. Since Funimation’s forte is dubbed anime, Sony can more easily market shows to a wider audience.Anime is arguably bigger now than it has ever been. However, it’s also a very insular and restrictive hobby. Companies that distribute anime in the West do very little to entice viewers to watch these shows. Most of the time, the anime sections of Netflix and Hulu just feel tossed in without much thought (or care). Sony can put Funimation front and center on PS4 to make it easy to find.One of Sony’s biggest weapons is its PlayStation Plus subscription service. Each month, subscribers are treated to a number of free games on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. Why not toss some anime into the mix? Free stuff is always nice, and folks who normally wouldn’t watch anime could be convinced to try out a show since it isn’t costing them extra (outside of the PS+ subscription price). Subscribers are introduced to games they may not have otherwise played because they got them through PS+. There is no reason to believe the same couldn’t also apply to anime.This partnership will also help Funimation acquire even more of the hottest anime in Japan. Even as I write this, places like Netflix are directly making deals with Japanese studios for their shows. With Sony’s backing, Funimation has a better shot of having first dibs on programs, thus ensuring the company will continue to have the most talked about anime.There’s also another interesting side to all of this. Sony owns Aniplex, and it stands to reason the company will use Funimation to distribute anime from this production studio. The Funimation app is available on mobile devices and even on Xbox One. Sony can now promote its own content on devices outside of the PlayStation ecosystem. It’s crazy to imagine going into the Xbox store and seeing a Sony-produced show being advertised, but this is something that could potentially happen.As a fan of anime, I’m eager to see where this all goes. My hope is that Sony promotes Funimation on PS4 specifically at audiences who aren’t already anime fans. There are roughly 63 million PS4s out in the wild so the potential audience is huge. Crunchyroll and Funimation’s partnership still stands (for the moment) so PS4 owners will definitely get the best of both worlds when it comes to anime. It’s hard to say where things will go in the future, but I think this deal will help bring anime to a whole new audience.Subscribe to Funimation NowLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

California discourages needy from signing up for food stamps

first_imgWASHINGTON — It was not surprising that Texas held out.For years, Texas was among a handful of states that required every resident seeking help with grocery bills to first be fingerprinted, an exercise typically associated with criminals.Even though Gov. Rick Perry ultimately got rid of the policy, Texas – always seeking to whittle down “big government” – remains one of the most effective states at keeping its poor out of the giant federal food stamp program.But it is not No. 1. That distinction belongs to California.Liberal California discourages eligible people from signing up for food stamps at rates conservative activists elsewhere envy. Only about half the Californians qualified for help get it.That stands in contrast to other states, including some deeply Republican ones, that enroll 80 percent to 90 percent of those whose low incomes qualify them.That public policy paradox – one of the country’s most liberal states is the stingiest on one of the nation’s biggest benefit programs – has several causes, some intentional, some not. It also has two clear consequences: millions of Californians don’t get help, and the state leaves hundreds of millions of dollars of federal money on the table.last_img read more

Lloyds is our share tip of the week five reasons to invest

first_imgFinancial expert Edmund Shing explains why now is the perfect time to invest in UK financial institution Lloyds Banking Group.1) FTSE 100 companyLloyds is a FTSE 100 company (UK code: LLOY) in the banking sector.2) Profit growthProfit growth has been relatively robust for Lloyds Banking Group and should continue to be strong. This is driven by their retail banking business, in particular the demand for residential mortgages as people buy houses and flats.3) Its cheapAccording to Stockopedia the forward P/E Ratio for Lloyds is 0.09, which is much cheaper than the average company in the FTSE 100 Index.4) Attractive level of incomeLloyds also poses an attractive level of income for investors, with a divided yield of 6.4%, far higher than the average UK stock.5) Higher price targetFinally, the average analyst price target for Lloyds is some 20% above the current share price of 70p.Edmund Shing is Global Head of Equity Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.last_img read more

WBCHSE allows students to inspect answer scripts

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has introduced a new system through which students who have already appeared for their higher secondary examination can apply for self inspection of their answer scripts. A notification in this regard undersigned by the President of WBCHSE Mahua Das was shared in the website of the council. An online interface will be made available at the council website from July 5 through which the students can apply for self inspection of his answer scripts of the examination by filling up a prescribed format. The student will be able to keep track of the latest status of the his/ her application submitted. The council will make the scripts available and the students will be notified to pay a visit on a particular date. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the notification the interface for application will be kept open for a period of six months from the date of publication of results of the HS examination of a particular year. This year, the council has announced the Higher Secondary results on May 27. The candidate can also apply for photocopy of the answer script after self inspection to the examination section of the council. ” If a candidate is allowed to see his/ her own answer scripts then their confidence over the examination system of the Council will grow. The guardians will also be convinced of the scores of their wards,” said Parimal Bhattacharjee, headmaster of Jadavpur Vidyapith. However, the maintenance of the facilities may be a tough ask for the council if there are many applications for self inspection. In the existing process, a candidate has to seek RTI query for self inspection of their scripts. In review or scrutiny the candidates cannot self inspect the scripts.last_img read more

This weeks edition of the Ladysmith Gazette newspaper hits the streets today

first_imgThe cost of the newspaper is ONLY R5.30, so get your copy NOW! What are you waiting for?Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so if you want to read the latest news in your community, get your copy!On our front page, we report on uThukela’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) being found not guilty. Read the full story about Nathi Madondo’s six-year court battle.On page 2 and 3, we have hard-hitting crime and municipal news.This week is a bumper letters edition, with all your views and opinions on not one but two pages. Check out page 5 and 6 – you asked to have your say and we obliged. Enjoy!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.Not forgetting our community articles, school news and sport.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Sewage flows into Ladysmith homes

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Residents of Albrecht Road are facing a huge problem of raw sewage flowing into their homes and yards.A blocked sewer has been overflowing for the past 2 months, from December last year, and residents say they can’t manage anymore due to the smell and mosquitoes.Homeowners Gwen van Niekerk and Nokuthula Hlatswayo are at their wit’s end and don’t know who to turn to for relief. Both homeowners have young children who love to play outside and they can’t do this anymore because of the terrible smell, mosquitoes and flies, and the health risk the effluent poses.uThukela workers were there on Wednesday morning (January 25) to repair the blocked pipe, only for the residents to find out later that the problem still hadn’t been fixed.Bombarded day and night by the rotten stench, they are not able to open their windows or even eat in their own homes! Councillor Abbas Warasally says the problem needs to be fixed as soon as possible so that the residents can get back to leading a normal life once again.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_imgPrimordial demonstrated the entire suite of its applications at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013) in Chicago. Radiology Reporting SystemPrimordial has deployed a next-generation radiology reporting system at an East Coast integrated health system. The system allows radiologists to craft reports that embed key images (multimedia report), show or hide annotations and measurements and perform lesion analysis and tracking all with limited impact on the radiologist’s dictation style and productivity.  The resulting multimedia report is distributed as an embedded part of the health system’s electronic medical record (EMR). The multimedia reports will soon incorporate live feedback and messaging components to increase bidirectional communication between radiologists and referring physicians. Prism Reading Workflow Orchestration PlatformThrough the management of all core radiologist reading (and for some, protocoling) workflow at large integrated delivery networks (IDNs) and hospitals such as Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, Premier Health Partners, Ohio, and University of Rochester, N.Y. Primordial’s orchestration application has grown and provides reading workflow capabilities in radiology information systems (RIS) and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Prism allows departments to implement assignment rules, real-time productivity tracking, rotation-based worklist adjustments, service-level reprioritization, clinical directives and customizable bidirectional integration with PACS, dictation, EMR, document management and other customer systems. Communication PlatformPrimordial has enhanced its Critical Results, ED-Radiologist/Resident and its Presence/Collaboration applications with paging capabilities at healthcare organizations such as Memorial Hermann, Houston. Primordial is also integrating with third party communication hubs to permit Virtual Rounds for radiologists. January 9, 2014 — Primordial, a vendor for medical imaging communications, workflow, quality management and analytics applications, announced the addition of numerous customers, its entrance into the radiologist reporting system market and the development of new capabilities across all of its product lines. 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 Search and Follow-Up PlatformsPrimordial’s Search application continues to integrate external data sources beyond radiology reports; pathology and lab data are now integrated. The Lab and Path data enhance Primordial’s unified patient view, “Patient Jacket,” and support features such as Rad-Path correlation and notification. Departments can also now track patient and referring M.D. compliance with follow-up recommendations and create worklists to facilitate follow-ups and reminders for patients returning to the department. Technology | January 09, 2014 Primordial Announces New Customers, Solutions at RSNA 2013 Teaching PlatformPrimordial has developed and deployed a resident scoring and comparison application that can visually identify changes to a report made after an attending physician reviews and edits the resident’s reports. This augments the resident scoring and analytics of Primordial’s other teaching applications. 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 RadMetrix PlatformRadMetrix has added analytics relating to schedule efficiency and optimization, integration of core external workflow data and display of data in highly flexible dashboards that embed externally developed applications. Real-Time Platform (Operational Whiteboards)Primordial’s customizable and ergonomic electronic whiteboards platform has been extended with domain-specific enhancements addressing ED and interventional radiology departments. This is in addition to domains for magnetic resonance (MR), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) and general X-ray. Other Applications/ModulesMammography screening, biopsy and follow-up workflowDocument scanning for integration of cardiology reports and documentation into enterprise systemsPeripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line and digital volume tomography (DVT) workflowMultiple redundant pathways for closed loop results communication, such as discharge instructionsAdditional integration points with EMR systems, such as Epic and Cerner 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 center_img 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 | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more For more information: www.primordialdesign.com, www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr 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 DoseMetrix PlatformDoseMetrix now allows sites to automatically upload DICOM dose information to the American College of Radiology (ACR) Dose Index Registry (DIR). Primordial has also been developing fluoroscopy tracking and compliance logging at two leading institutions, one of which has engaged Primordial to track fluoroscopy across the entire enterprise: radiology, cardiology, surgery and more. Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. 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 more Quality PlatformThis year several Primordial customers, such as Charlotte Radiology, Charlotte, N.C., Methodist Healthcare System, Texas, and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, have deployed Primordial’s Quality Campaign solution, which allows hospitals to create campaign that target specific report or image quality issues. The Primordial system then automatically finds and distributes suitable studies to the appropriate persons for review. Quality campaigns can now be fine-tuned, for example, matching specific positive findings in the report (e.g., “Coronary artery calcification”) to review specific types of studies. 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 The following enhancements have been added to these Primordial solution areas: 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more February 5, 2015 — Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been studied for many years, but there are still more questions than answers. For example, some research into the brain functions of individuals on the autism spectrum have found a lack of synchronization between different parts of the brain that normally work in tandem. But other studies have found the exact opposite — over-synchronization in the brains of those with ASD. A new study by Avital Hahamy and Prof. Rafi Malach of the Weizmann Institute’s Neurobiology Department, and Prof. Marlene Behrmann of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, which was recently published in Nature Neuroscience, suggests that the various reports may, in fact, reflect a deeper principle.To investigate the issue of connectivity in ASD, the researchers analyzed data obtained from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies conducted while the participants were at rest. These had been collected from a large number of participants at multiple sites and handily assembled in the ABIDE database. “Resting-state brain studies are important,” says Hahamy, “because that is when patterns emerge spontaneously, allowing us to see how various brain areas naturally connect and synchronize their activity.” A number of previous studies in Malach’s group and others suggest that these spontaneous patterns may provide a window into individual behavioral traits, including those that stray from the norm.In a careful comparison of the details of these intricate synchronization patterns, the researchers discovered an intriguing difference between the control and ASD groups: The control participants’ brains had substantially similar connectivity profiles across different individuals, whereas those with ASD showed a remarkably different phenomenon. These tended to display much more unique patterns. The researchers realized that the synchronization patterns seen in the control group were “conformist” relative to those in the ASD group, which they termed “idiosyncratic.”The researchers offer a possible explanation for differences between the synchronization patterns in the autism and control groups: They might be a product of the ways in which individuals in the two groups interact and communicate with their environment. Hahamy: “From a young age, the average, typical person’s brain networks get molded by intensive interaction with people and the mutual environmental factors. Such shared experiences could tend to make the synchronization patterns in the control group’s resting brains more similar to each other. It is possible that in ASD, as interactions with the environment are disrupted, each one develops a more uniquely individualistic brain organization pattern.”The researchers emphasize that this explanation is only tentative; much more research will be needed to fully uncover the range of factors that may lead to ASD-related idiosyncrasies. They also suggest that further research into how and when different individuals establish particular brain patterns could help in the future development of early diagnosis and treatment for autism disorders.For more information: www.weizmann.ac.il FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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Supreme Courts Constitutional Chamber to hold hearing on proposed mobile Internet rate

first_imgRelated posts:Court orders new hearing to discuss proposed changes in mobile Internet rates ICE postpaid mobile plans top consumer value ranking in Costa Rica, new study shows Social media campaign targets problems with mobile network coverage Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber suspends public hearing on proposed changes to mobile Internet rates The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, scheduled a hearing on Thursday at 9 a.m. for advocates and opponents of a proposed change in mobile Internet rates, originally scheduled to take effect last month.The rate proposal by the Telecommunications Superintendency (SUTEL) responds to a request by the country’s three carriers – Movistar, Claro and the state-owned Kölbi – and includes charges for transferred data instead of connection speed, which is how plans currently operate.The process was delayed on June 12 when a private citizen, whose name the court did not disclose, filed a complaint with the Sala IV against SUTEL and the Science and Technology Ministry. The legal action argues that SUTEL “is acting as judge and jury in this matter” and questions the agency’s role in deciding on the change to the rate model.At Thursday’s hearing, each party – including the complainant, SUTEL and representatives from the Ombudsman’s Office – will be allowed to present arguments and be assisted by an attorney and an expert, according to the Sala IV. Members of the public are invited to attend, but cannot present arguments or statements.Sala IV justices agreed to hold the hearing before issuing a final ruling.“For users, this process will represent a guarantee of the defense of their rights,” Sala IV justices said in press release.Under the proposed rates, carriers would offer a basic plan at ₡3,750 ($7) for both prepaid and postpaid users that includes 500 MB of data transfer. Anything beyond that means companies would charge ₡0.0075 per Kb downloaded.Catalina Delgado Agüero, legal affairs director at the Ombudsman’s Office, and Economic Affairs Director Karina Zeledón Lépiz also will attend the hearing “to present a technical report in order to protect citizens’ rights and interests,” spokesman Ahmed Tabash said.An email address set up in July by the Ombudsman’s Office to receive consumer feedback on the proposal has received more than 1,300 messages that were evaluated and included in the drafting of the report, he added. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Puerto Rico rejects smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis “Smoking marijuana is not being contemplated as part of a medical treatment,” he said.Advocates say marijuana helps with conditions like chronic pain, glaucoma, anxiety, and nausea from chemotherapy or drugs to combat HIV.Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla issued an order late Sunday directing the island’s health department to authorize the use of some or all controlled substances or derivatives of the cannabis plant for medical use. Health Secretary Ana Rius has three months to submit a report that details how the order will be implemented, the impact it will have and what future steps could be taken.It is unclear whether Garcia supports smoking pot to treat illnesses. He did not specify in his executive order what type of medical marijuana uses he supports, and his office said he had no plans to comment on the issue.Rius told reporters Tuesday that smoking marijuana regardless of its purpose would still be considered a crime.The general use of medical marijuana is legal in 23 U.S. states, and a group of U.S. legislators is seeking to remove federal prohibitions on it. In the Caribbean, Jamaica recently passed a law that partially decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of pot and paves the way for a legal medical marijuana sector. Rius added that the University of Puerto Rico is collaborating with two U.S. companies to launch a clinical investigation into the use and production of medicinal cannabis. She identified the companies as Chicago-based Quantum 9 and Las Vegas-based GrowBlox Sciences.___Associated Press writer Lilliam Irizarry contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes will not be allowed in Puerto Rico, but cannabis derivatives could be consumed in other ways, government officials said Tuesday as they provided more details on the governor’s weekend executive order on cannabis use.Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda told The Associated Press that the government would allow patients access to cannabis derivatives that would be inhaled or used orally, such as potions or pills. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Of the 23 states permitting medicinal uses of marijuana, only New York bars people from smoking pot for such purposes, said Amanda Reiman at the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, which supports marijuana legalization.“A lot of patients prefer to inhale the cannabis than take it orally,” she said in a phone interview. “If they have to take it only through a pill, it can be very difficult to tell what the right dose is … It’s pretty short-sighted to take away that method that most patients rely on to figure out how cannabis affects them.”Some patients might opt for a tea or an edible form of marijuana if they are having trouble sleeping, said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Others dealing with spasms from multiple sclerosis or nausea from chemotherapy will likely want an immediate effect, he said.“Smoking brings on the pain relief in less than a minute,” he said. “You want them to take the medication in the form that works best for them.”Puerto Rico’s justice secretary said that once the health department’s report is finalized, it can go into effect without further approval from the governor. Top holiday drink recipes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Japans tourism boom lifts economy but brings headaches

first_img Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipes TOKYO (AP) — From the slopes of Mount Fuji to the temple streets of Kyoto, tourists are cramming Japan’s prime sightseeing spots, puzzling their way through Tokyo subways, and splashing out cash on cosmetics, sushi and high-tech toilet seats.The cheap yen, easier visas and other initiatives are luring foreign travelers eager to stretch their budgets and see some UNESCO World Heritage sites, bringing in welcome cash as well as myriad complications. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Tourism was among many Japanese industries that limped through more than 20 years of sluggish economic growth as locals tightened their belts and most foreigners stayed away, scared off by tales of $200 melons and other scandalous prices.But Japan has become a hot destination as the exchange rate weakened from about 80 yen to the U.S. dollar in late 2012 to its current level of about 123 yen. Foreign visitors exceeded 10 million for the first time in 2013 and rose to 13.4 million last year. The aim is to have 20 million by 2020, when Tokyo will host the Olympic Games.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has jumped on the bandwagon with “Cool Japan” and “Omotenashi,” or Japanese-style hospitality, national branding campaigns that capitalize on products and concepts considered uniquely Japanese, such as “anime” cartoons and traditional “washoku” cuisine.The efforts seem to be paying off: In April as the cherry blossoms coincided with Easter and Asian holidays, a record 1.7 million foreign tourists visited. In May, tourists overall doubled to 1.6 million, with big increases from China, Hong Kong and South Korea.With the yen at its weakest in decades, “It’s pretty good value for us at the moment,” said Grant Lutwyche, an Australian car mechanic who was visiting Tokyo’s Asakusa temple district with his wife. The boom offers new business opportunities but brings challenges. Investment in infrastructure has lagged, and many working in the services industry are unused to dealing with foreigners, including the hundreds of mostly Chinese cramming into the elegant Ginza flagship shop of cosmetics and skin care company Fancl.“We need more staff who can speak foreign languages, especially Chinese,” said Noriko Fukazawa, director of Fancl Ginza Square. Staff are learning one phrase of Chinese and one of English a day, she said. Wednesday’s phrase: “Please put your bags over here,” in Chinese.As a rainy afternoon wore on, dozens of potential Fancl customers took one look at the long line for the duty free counter inside and walked away.“We’re just holding the bags,” said Yao Shanding, waiting for his wife outside with 19-year-old son, Jiayi. Yao wasn’t exactly sure what, apart from shopping, was on the agenda on the family trip from their home near Shanghai, Jiayi’s reward for finishing rigorous high-school exams.But Yao was happy with what he had seen so far on his first day in town.“It’s so clean. The traffic is so orderly,” he said. “It’s nice here.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Since globally, tourism and travel account for about 9.5 percent of GDP compared with just 2.2 percent in Japan, there should be ample room for growth. Japan expects spending by tourists to exceed 4 trillion yen ($32.4 billion) by 2020, up from 1.6 trillion yen last year, said Ichiro Takahashi, a Japan Tourism Agency official.The country is stretching to accommodate that growth. Though Japan has some of the world’s snazziest train systems, investments in new restaurants and hotels have lagged. Ever greater numbers of tourists are cramming into aging facilities that once served a much smaller market.The scarcity of moderately priced hotel rooms has created a niche opportunity for flophouses and capsule hotels that have been renovated and converted into backpacker hostels charging as little as 1,500 yen ($12) a night if reserved in advance.Other headaches include a lack of ATMs that will take foreign bank cards and the reluctance of many hotels and other businesses to accept payment by foreign credit cards.A scarcity of signs in foreign languages leaves many scratching their heads as they navigate labyrinthine subways.Takahashi said the government was determined to fix those problems. Another aim is to get tourists off the beaten track, to regions largely ignored in the past both by foreigners and most Japanese. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “One thing that may help us rediscover the value of these locations is foreigners’ experiences of them,” he said.___Ken Aragaki contributed to this report.___Follow Elaine Kurtenbach: www.twitter.com/ekurtenbachCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Visits by Chinese slowed after the 2011 nuclear disaster and a 2012 revival of tensions between Tokyo and Beijing. After exploring South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Bali, many affluent Chinese travelers are making up for lost time, said Shaun Rein, Shanghai-based managing director of market intelligence firm CMR.“There’s massive pent-up demand,” Rein said.To lure more big spenders, Japan has slashed sales taxes on a wider range of items favored by foreign tourists and is setting up duty-free counters at hundreds of shops in Tokyo and elsewhere, even in drug stores — medicines and supplements are big sellers among Chinese and Russian tourists.The Laox duty free shop in Ginza was crammed with Chinese buying watches, cosmetics, robotic vacuum cleaners and space-age rice cookers.Ultra high-tech, detachable toilet seats with automatic lighting and lid opening and closing, that warm, wash and dry are another big must-have among Chinese, even though the products are made-in-China for export to Japan.“The new status symbol in China is buying things and having experiences,” said Rein. “It’s not just buying a Louis Vuitton bag but how you bought it and how you did something cool.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

Despite Gains Recovery Still in Middle Innings

first_img July 21, 2014 445 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News The U.S. housing market overall really is recovering, despite its lackluster showing at the beginning of the year. It’s just going to take a lot longer in several markets to get back to pre-crisis highs, according to a report issued Monday by Zillow.According to the second-quarter Zillow Real Estate Market Report, home values in half of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas will not return to their pre-recession peak levels for at least three years. In a few markets, full recovery will take more than a decade.For the most part, Zillow expects home values in the top American metros to be back to peak in 2.7 years, but that averages the fastest expected recovery (San Francisco, which should be back to peak by year’s end) and the slowest. Minneapolis is expected to have the longest recovery curve at 14.5 years, followed by Kansas City (12.5 years) and Chicago (11.7 years).Zillow’s assessment of the future follows the trend toward a certain guarded positivity among housing and real estate authorities.Forecasters, chastened not just by the crisis, but by a string of expected reboots that fizzled, make sure to balance the good news—such as the fact that Zillow expects U.S. home values to rise another 4.2 percent through this time next year—with the reminders that home values remain 11.3 percent below their 2007 peak.U.S. home values climbed 6.3 percent year-over-year in the second quarter to $174,200, according to Zillow. This is the slowest annual pace of appreciation recorded so far this year and a sign that the market is returning to more normal levels, rather than operating in fits and spikes. In a more normal market, home values appreciate at roughly 3 percent per year.Home values nationwide were up 1 percent compared to the first quarter and 0.5 percent from May, according to the report.Zillow’s chief economist, Stan Humphries, referred to the time frame between 2007, when the market was at its apex, and 2017, when it should be back to peak in most areas, as “a lost decade in which [homeowners] will have built up no home equity.” Humphries said this reality is reflected in “stubbornly high negative equity and effective negative equity rates.” More than a third of Americans with a mortgage lack enough equity to realistically list their homes for sale and buy another, he said.The silver lining for Humphries is that as the nation navigates the “tricky middle innings of the recovery,” lower prices for homes are allowing more people to buy into the market with bargains that should allow an earlier buildup of equity.”This will be critical to maintaining home affordability over the coming years, especially as mortgage interest rates rise,” he said. Despite Gains, Recovery Still in ‘Middle Innings’center_img Forecast Home Values Zillow 2014-07-21 Scott_Morgan Sharelast_img read more

Motorways Dual carriageways 120km hr

first_img Motorways / Dual carriageways 120km / hr 7. Don’t drive in flip flops!Not that many people would opt for such a precarious driving shoe, but Spanish police have been known to fine people for driving in Spain whilst wearing sandals or flip flops in some holiday resorts.Feeling up to speed? Check out these cheap car hire deals… 6. If in doubt, don’t have a drinkThe alcohol limit whilst driving in Spain is 0.5mg per millilitre of blood and 0.3mg for new drivers who’ve held their license for less than two years – much less than the UK’s limit of 0.8mg. The number of drinks this equates to really depends on the strength, your size and whether you drink with a meal. The safest way is just to avoid alcohol completely if you’ve brought the car. Plus, let’s not forget – bar staff free pour in Spain. Type of road ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Ready to hit the road? Get more driving holiday inspiration right here:Top tips for 10 fly-drive destinationsThinking of driving abroad in Spain? Going on an epic road trip in America? Not sure if you need an international driving permit to drive in the UAE? Before you head out on the highway, you’ll need to do some homework first.5 hair-raising road trips in the USFrom the iconic Route 66 to the dramatic Pacific Coast Highway; hiring a car in the United States gives you an enormous sense of freedom, though some roads are less romantic or relaxing than you might think. Test your driving skills with these challenging routes to beat in America.Drive abroad for less: Money-saving tips on hiring a car on holidayHere’s our handy guide to car hire charge costs, with some money-saving advice on getting a cheaper car hire deal that’s right for you.*Published July 2017. Whilst information was correct at the time of publication, we’d recommend that you check the details.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 4. Radar detectors are bannedIf you have one of these high-tech devices to detect speed cameras, don’t bring it with you on your drive to Spain. It can result in a huge fine. Probably best to just, you know, not speed. Country Roads 90km / hr* 2. No mobile phones in the driver’s seat – even when parkedDon’t drive in Spain with a mobile phone anywhere near you. It is against the law to use a phone behind the wheel, even if parked on the road. Sit in the passenger seat or leave the vehicle to make a call. Or text. Or send that funny tweet you’ve been thinking up all morning. 3. Keep your spare glasses handyYou’ll be familiar with this rule if you’ve already had experience of driving in Europe: drivers who wear glasses need to carry a spare pair in the car. The spare pair rule is an easy one to remember (and not just because it rhymes). In town 50km / hr Firstly, it’s probably wise to know what the speed limits are before you get behind the wheel…Speed Limits in Spain Speed limit RelatedPay less when you fly – by using the UK’s best-value airportsDon’t you just love the feeling of bagging yourself a bargain flight? And don’t you just hate the charges you have to pay at the airport in order to catch it?Monday blues: the best travel deals to get you through the weekFed up with the week already? Need something to look forward to? Boss driving you absolutely insane? We’ve found a handful of the best deals so you can start planning your escape. You’re welcome.LAST MINUTE: London or Manchester to Cape Verde from £169 returnHaven’t planned your holidays yet? Pack your shorts and fly to Cape Verde next week! *Can legally overtake at 110km / h 5. Flashing headlights doesn’t mean you can goIn Spain, driving etiquette is somewhat different to the UK. If someone flashes their headlights, they’re warning you that they’re about to overtake, not letting you go into the gap in front of them, as is usually the case in the UK. Tips and rules for driving in Spain1. Watch out for blue and white curbsThese road markings are the equivalent of double yellow lines in the UK and mean that you’re not allowed to park, though you can wait briefly if it is safe to do so. last_img read more