In Brief: Implementation of diesel ban delayed in Berlin due to insufficient signage

The district office in Mitte expects new signage for the diesel ban should be in place by the end of October. Meanwhile, Neukölln’s district mayor said signs should be completed in his district by the end of the year.

 

 

According to reporting by Berliner Rundfunk, the ban on older diesel cars in Berlin will not be fully implemented on time. It’s due to delays in getting up the proper signage around the city.

The ban was set to go into effect at the beginning of October.

In Berlin Mitte alone, more than 200 new traffic signs have to be erected. The district office expects signs should be in place by the end of October.

Meanwhile, Neukölln’s District Mayor Martin Hikel told Berliner Rundfunk signage won’t be completed in his district until the end of the year.

Signs for new Tempo 30 zones also must be put up. The Berlin Senate agreed to impose the speed limits in certain parts of the city in hopes of reducing air pollution and traffic noise and improving safety.

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A joint investigation by Bayerischer Rundfunk and ProPublica found the data of millions of patients was easily accessible online.

The reporting revealed hundreds of servers were not sufficiently protected, so even someone with basic computer knowledge could access scans of patients’ breast cancer screenings, X-rays, CT scans, and more.

Tens of thousands of patients were reportedly affected in Germany and millions more in the United States. In many cases, names, birthdates, treatment details, and social security numbers were made available.

According to ProPublica, some of the companies flagged by the investigation say they have since made efforts to increase security.

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When women retire in Germany, they get on average 26% less money than men. That’s according to a study conducted by the University of Mannheim and reported on by the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

That amounts to about 140 euros less per month and adds up to an estimated difference of more than 25,000 euros after 15 years of retirement.

The gap could be due to a number of factors, one being that some women cut back on hours after having children. This often has a direct impact on a woman’s subsequent income and what’s paid into her pension scheme.

 

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