NEC chairs new industry group on standards for smart city solutions

NEC chairs new industry group on standards for smart city solutions

Tokyo [Japan]/Heidelberg [Germany], Feb.16 : The NEC Corporation has confirmed that Dr. Lindsay Frost, chief researcher, NEC Laboratories Europe, as chairman at the first meeting of the ETSI Industry Specification Group on Context Information Management (ISG CIM), co-launched by NEC and four other companies.

The ISG CIM has already grown to 12 participating organizations. Its first general meeting decided on six work items in a stringent timetable to publish, within six months for public review, a draft specification for smart city context information exchange (see http://portal.etsi.org/CIM).

Germany commissions unique European accelerator to treat cancer

Germany commissions unique European accelerator to treat cancer Heidelberg, Germany - Europe's first heavy-ion accelerator specially designed to destroy cancer tumours requires as much electricity to run as a town of 10,000 people, the doctor in charge said Friday.

The Heidelberg Ion Radiation Therapy Centre (HIT) is to treat 1,300 patients with brain tumours and other difficult carcinomas annually. German health insurers have agreed to pay the enormous bill of 20,000 euros (30,000 euros) for each session.

DNA catches out German 29 years after callboy murder

DNA catches out German 29 years after callboy murderHeidelberg, Germany - DNA tests not available in 1980 have caught a killer 29 years later, with a former male prostitute receiving life imprisonment Monday.

While police powers to prosecute murder never expire in Germany, the long delay was unusual.

Police stumbled on the 55-year-old suspect by chance after he was repeatedly caught riding city trams without a ticket. They took a routine DNA sample when they booked him at the police station.

Court imposes huge fine on HeidelCement of Germany

Court imposes huge fine on HeidelCement of Germany Heidelberg, Germany - A German court Friday fined HeidelbergCement 170 million euros (240 million dollars) for colluding with other cement manufacturers to fix prices, the German company said.

HeidelbergCement denied the charges and said it had already filed an appeal against the ruling from the state superior court in Dusseldorf.

"Until the Federal High Court issues a verdict, which is not likely before 2010, no down-payment or bond must be lodged," the company added.

Plastination company raided by German tax investigators

Heidelberg, Germany  -  A museum and workshop founded by celebrity German anatomist Gunther von Hagens were raided Wednesday by German tax investigators who check payroll levies.

"The inquiry is not against von Hagens," a prosecutions spokeswoman said in Heidelberg. The suspect was the woman who is proprietor of the facilities. About 120 officers took part in the raids.

Von Hagens, 63, has exhibited his "Body Worlds" collections of naked human bodies solidified and preserved with injections of coloured resin to paying crowds in Asia, Europe and North America.

Critics charged that von Hagens was sensationalist and that the bizarre poses were disrespectful to the dead.

Foundation stone laid for new College of Jewish Studies in Germany

Heidelberg, Germany  - The foundation stone was laid Friday for a new building to house the College of Jewish Studies in the German university town of Heidelberg.

The college "is a meeting place for Jewish and non-Jewish Germans," said Guenter Oettinger, prime minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the federal state where Heidelberg is located.

Members of Germany's Jewish community attended the ceremony, among them Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Knobloch said the new centre, due for completion in 2009, combines the traditions of Jewish teaching and learning with the future.

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