Tawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight winWhile the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe. View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ As proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO – Mike Ott. Photo by tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Folayang, Nguyen set friendship aside for ONE lightweight title bout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors
Seattle based Microsoft is silently working on a sequel to the Nokia Lumia 1320 phablet. Only this time, the alleged Lumia 1330 will be sans the Nokia branding. The Lumia device (codename RM-1062) was recently spotted on the GFX Benchmark site (via Phone Arena). The alleged device is being touted as The device.As per the GFX Benchmark listing, the Microsoft Lumia 1330 is tipped to feature a 5.7-inch display with a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. Moreover, it is reported to be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor (unknown clock speed) with Adreno 305 graphics and 512MB of RAM. The said device reportedly comes with 32GB of internal storage.The alleged Microsoft Lumia 1330 is further rumoured to sport a 14-megapixel rear snapper as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfie lovers. The report also confirms two variants of the same device (RM-1066 and RM-1067) recently spotted on certification website FCC. The said devices are said to be two possible variants of the Lumia 1330, with one being a single-SIM variant while the other a double-SIM one.The Lumia 1320 was announced last year along with the Lumia 1520 and was billed as a budget Windows Phone phablet.
From Sajjad HussainIslamabad, Oct 26 (PTI) A ruling party lawmaker today criticised Pakistani cricketers for promoting a negative image of the country by doing push-ups on field after a match win, prompting the cricket board to discontinue such practice.Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senator Rana Afzal Khan raised the issue during meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Sports.The Express Tribune reported that Khan said the players should perform “nafl prayers or do sajdas” rather than push-ups.He said cricket is “a gentlemans game” and the act of doing push-ups does not reflect the calibre of the sport.”Push-up celebration promotes a negative image of Pakistan and needs to be revisited,” Khan said.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official Najam Sethi assured the lawmaker and the committee that players no longer will celebrate victories with push-ups.”It only happened during the England tour and wont happen again,” Sethi said.Push-ups became a popular mode of celebrating personal feats among Pakistani players during their tour of England following their training camp with the Pakistan Army.Push-ups-as-celebration were first done by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq after he completed his century in a Test match against England in July. After that, the entire Pakistani team did the same after their Test win at Lords. PTI SH NSA
Australia respect the decision to allow Kagiso Rabada to feature in the rest of the Test series and the South African fast bowler’s participation is “exciting”, Australia spinner Nathan Lyon said on Tuesday.Rabada successfully appealed against an International Cricket Council sanction for brushing the shoulder of Australia captain Steve Smith in the second Test, getting his punishment reduced from three demerit points to one.That means he remains under the threshold of eight in the last 24 months, freeing him to play in the remaining two matches of the acrimonious series which is poised at 1-1, starting in Cape Town on Thursday.WATCH”It’s exciting, as Australian cricketers we always want to play against best and he is the number one bowler in the world, so it will be a challenge for all of us that have to bat,” Lyon told reporters.”The ICC has made their decision and we respect it, that’s their job. It’s not for me to sit here and say whether it is right or wrong. We have two massive Test matches to come and we will have to play at our best to beat South Africa.”Lyon said the Australians were only at 40 percent in their six-wicket loss to South Africa in Port Elizabeth, which followed a comprehensive 118-run win for the touring side in Durban.”We sat down and had a good debrief. If I am honest I thought we played at about 40 percent in PE. Another 100 runs and it would have been a helluva Test match,” Lyon said.advertisement”We will have a team meeting tonight to sit and discuss where we can better. The pitch is interesting, it looks a pretty good wicket. It’s a helluva series with two top teams going at it.”Lyon had an excellent 2017 during which he took 63 wickets at an average of 23.55, but in this series each of his six dismissals have cost him close to 40 runs despite favourable conditions.”I think I have played my role (in the series), but credit to South Africa, they have played me well on spinning wickets. I am just trying to hold up an end up and challenge these guys’ defences,” Lyon said.All-rounder Mitchell Marsh (groin) and seamer Mitchell Starc (calf) came through training on Tuesday after overcoming niggles and are available for selection.
Living the life of Sachin Tendulkar can get really tough sometimes as revealed by the Master Blaster himself and nobody would disagree with him as he literally gets mobbed by his fans.Being a public figure can get really tough sometimes especially if you are hailed as a god by a billion people like Tendulkar.Therefore, living a normal life is nearly impossible and even a simple thing like catching up on a movie at a theatre is something that Tendulkar cannot do.The 45-year-old recently revealed that even back in the day in 1994 when there was no social media he had to go watch a movie in a disguise but even then he was recognised and had to leave immediately.”I think in 1994, we all decided to watch Roja. Anjali was there, her father was there and so were a couple of friends of mine. We went somewhere in Worli. I was wearing sunglasses and had a fake beard also I think.”But in all the chaos in the theatre my sunglasses fell off and one of the lense went missing. But even then I picked it up and wore the broken sunglass and kept my head down. But still somehow I got recognised and then we had to leave. Half-way through the film we had to leave,” Tendulkar told Gaurav Kapoor on his popular chat show, Breakfast with Champions.Kapoor’s quirky chat show is back with its fifth season and it opened with the Master Blaster as the first guest.advertisementTendulkar is adored by a billion Indians and has a massive fan following all around the world thanks to his exploits on the cricket field for nearly 24 years.When he was at the crease everyone used to breathe a sigh of relief as they knew the Little Master would win the match for India almost singlehandedly.With the weight of expectations of nearly a billion people, it is hard to imagine the kind of pressure he was under throughout his career.Hailed as the God of Cricket here in India, Tendulkar retired from the sport in 2013 with the record of being the highest run-scorer in Tests (15921) and ODIs (18426).He slammed a century of hundreds across formats throughout his career – 51 in Tests, 49 in ODIs – and is widely regarded as the greatest cricketer to have ever played the game.
Oregon football rolls out a different uniform look many, if not most, weeks. That is definitely true for this Saturday’s game against San Jose State.With the Spartans coming to town, Oregon is breaking out all black uniforms with incredibly bright “electric green” numbers and accents.The helmets have a black wing pattern on a black shell.Oregon’s uniforms this season feature some of the biggest numbers we’ve ever seen. On these black threads, the neon numbers look almost glow-in-the-dark.Oregon football unveiled this weekend’s uniforms this afternoon.From the athletic department’s Twitter account:Turn it on. Black and electric green uni combo for Week 3. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/3JWGjF1eOF— GoDucks (@GoDucks) September 13, 2018Another look, from the Instagram account.Oregon is 2-0 on the year so far under Mario Cristobal. The team knocked off Bowling Green in the season opener, 58-24, and Portland State last weekend 62-14.Don’t expect the Spartans to be much more of a match for the Ducks.SJSU lost to FCS program UC Davis to open the year, 44-38, and was blanked 31-0 by another Pac-12 program last week: Washington State.The Ducks are a 41-point favorite in the game. The game kicks off at Autzen Stadium at 5 p.m. ET.
MONTREAL _ The man at the helm of a group trying to bring Major League Baseball back to Montreal says a plan for the Tampa Bay Rays to split games between Quebec’s biggest city and Florida is “groundbreaking.”Stephen Bronfman is on board with an idea for the Rays to play half of their 81 home games in Tampa, Fla., and half in Montreal.“I think even in a split scenario, it’s a return of baseball permanently to Montreal,” Bronfman said at a news conference on Wednesday.“I think the first step is to start playing ball … We’ve got an opportunity to explore and study this sister city concept. We’re in a different world. Hats off to Major League Baseball for being so innovative in their thinking and their progressive nature of even considering a concept like this. It’s very groundbreaking when you talk about sport.”Stu Sternberg, the principal owner of the Rays, said Tuesday a shared season with Montreal is the best option for his team.Commissioner Rob Manfred said last week the Rays have “broad permission to explore what’s available.” Tampa Bay is averaging 14,546 fans a game, lowest in the American League and well below the MLB average of 27,360. Only the Miami Marlins draw worse at 9,378.An agreement between the Rays and St. Petersburg for Tropicana Field runs through 2027. St. Petersburg’s mayor has shot down the two-city possibility.Sternberg envisions open-air stadiums in both cities but noted there are no plans to pay for them. He said an ideal target date would have everything in place for the 2024 season.The Rays have played at Tropicana Field since their inception in 1998 and drew their lowest home crowd of 5,786 against Toronto last month.Montreal has been without a big-league team since the Expos left after the 2004 season for Washington and became the Nationals.Bronfman’s father, Charles, was the original owner of the Expos._ with files from The Associated Press.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday launched a music video for the upcoming Lok Sabha election in the state. The 2-minute-30-second video was on the theme of peace, harmony and progress prevailing in West Bengal, in contrast to an alleged atmosphere of fear in other parts of the country. The music video was shared by Banerjee on all her social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram. “I am very happy to share the new music video Maa, Mati, Manush for the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections. Banerjee said in a post. The state, which has 42 Lok Sabha seats, will vote in all the seven phases. The Trinamool Congress last week had launched a web series christened ‘Pradhan Mantri Hisab Do’ comparing the various welfare schemes of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre with that of the TMC government in West Bengal. The first episode of the web series began with a short film comparing the state government’s ‘Sabooj Sathi’ with the Central government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Apple shares continue downward slide despite return of Google Maps to iPhone CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple shares are continuing their downward trajectory despite what some could interpret as a positive for the company, the return of Google Maps to the iPhone.Shares in the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant (AAPL:Nasdaq) were down 3.68 per cent to $510.25 Friday on heavy volume of 23.6 million shares on the Nasdaq.Apple stock had been trading above $700 as recently as late September.The world’s most popular online mapping system returned to iPhone late Wednesday with the release of the Google Maps iPhone app.The release comes nearly three months after Apple Inc. replaced Google Maps as the device’s built-in navigation system and inserted its own map software into the latest version of its mobile operating system.Apple’s maps application proved to be far inferior to Google’s, turning what was supposed to be a setback for Google into a vindication.The product’s shoddiness prompted Apple CEO Tim Cook to issue a rare public apology and recommend that iPhone owners consider using Google maps through a mobile Web browser or seek other alternatives until his company could fix the problems.Cook also replaced Scott Forstall, the executive in charge of Apple’s mobile operating system, after the company’s maps app became the subject of widespread ridicule.Among other things, Apple’s maps misplaced landmarks, overlooked towns and sometimes got people horribly lost.In one example brought to light this week, Australian police derided Apple’s maps as “life-threatening” because the system steered people looking for the city of Mildura into a sweltering, remote desert 44 miles from their desired destination.Digital maps are key battleground in mobile computing because they get used frequently on smartphones and can pinpoint a user’s whereabouts.— with files from the Associated Press by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 14, 2012 2:05 pm MDT
FILE – In this Sept. 20, 2015 file photo, Amy Schumer, winner of the award for outstanding variety sketch series for “Inside Amy Schumer”, poses in the press room at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Schumer has a deal with Gallery Books for a memoir scheduled to come out late next year. The publisher told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the book is currently untitled. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Sep 23, 2015 3:08 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 23, 2015 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Good, clean fun? Amy Schumer memoir scheduled to come out late next year NEW YORK, N.Y. – Amy Schumer is ready for the next stage of her soaring career: writing a book.The Emmy Award-winning actress, filmmaker and comedian has a deal with Gallery Books for a memoir scheduled to come out in late 2016.The publisher told The Associated Press on Wednesday the book is currently untitled and is expected to “offer personal and observational stories from Schumer that range from the raunchy to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing.”“Believe it or not, there’s actually more I have to say,” Schumer, an artist known for telling all, said in a statement released through Gallery.Financial terms haven’t been disclosed, although the deal is believed to be worth well into seven figures since publishers expect Schumer’s book will likely enjoy the success of such previous works as Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” and Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please.”So far this year, the 34-year-old Schumer has had a hit movie, “Trainwreck”; won an Emmy for best sketch comedy series; bonded with Jennifer Lawrence; and opened for Madonna at Madison Square Garden. She will host “Saturday Night Live” later this fall.“Now readers will have the opportunity to meet Amy Schumer as a writer of real talent, a daughter, a sister, and a young professional making her way in the world,” Carolyn Reidy, president and CEO of Gallery’s parent company Simon & Schuster, said in a statement.
“As Yemen faces various internal challenges, it is more crucial than ever that violations of international human rights law are not swept under the carpet,” said Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.Speaking to journalists in Geneva, he noted that to date “no official investigation has been initiated into the alleged excessive use of force.”According to interviews conducted by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), the protesters on 7 and 9 September were armed only with sticks, stones and umbrellas, when security forces opened fire with live ammunition without warning. Those killed include a farmer, an ambulance driver, an airport worker and students.An additional 67 people were reportedly injured, according to OHCHR, including 33 by live ammunition and others as a result of use of tear gas.A prompt, impartial investigation would “send a strong signal of deterrence to perpetrators and ensure that victims’ right to justice and remedy is upheld,” Mr. Colville said. Yemen has recently emerged from a complex UN-backed transition, but recent months have been marked by violence and unrest in some parts of the country. The UN spokesperson also reiterated calls for Yemenis on all sides of the political divide to renounce the use of violence and to participate in the ongoing national processes to avoid further instability and bloodshed. Yemen has recently emerged from a complex UN-backed transition, but the past few months have been marked by violence and unrest in some parts of the country. According to press reports, Sana’a has been gripped by rival protests since last week as pro- and anti-Government demonstrators have faced off throughout the city.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCCPA launches investigation into viral pornographic videos of school childrenFebruary 7, 2017In “Crime”One of 2 men in leaked sex video commits suicideSeptember 25, 2018In “Crime”Pregnant 12 –Y – O claims she was raped by Stepdad; Police, Child Care Agency investigatingOctober 14, 2014In “Crime” The Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) is now investigating the rape of a minor, by two adult males, after the videos went viral on social media on Monday.The victim is said to be a 15-year-old student of Linden, Region 10. It is unclear when the incident occurred but the videos surfaced and quickly went viral on Monday. Sources at the CCPA confirmed that the young lady is a minor and will be meeting with the authorities on Tuesday.She will be accompanied by her parents to the CCPA Broad Street, Georgetown Headquarters.Preliminary reports indicate that the minor was raped after she refused the advances of one of the men in the video. The main conspirator is said to be a remigrant from the island of Antigua and he now resides at Silver City, Linden.The remigrant is the one who reportedly demanded oral sex from the minor and had the spurned perpetrator video the ordeal.At some point they both took turns in raping the minor despite her begging them to stop.It is unclear whether the perpetrators are in custody but the Police did say they were investigating the matter.
LKAB has been granted an environmental permit for the new open-pit mine at Gruvberget, near the village of Svappavaara in Kiruna, Sweden. “We are very pleased, now we can open LKAB’s first iron ore mine in 50 years,” says President, Lars-Eric Aaro. The plan is to gradually increase production at the new mine up to 2 Mt/y of crude ore. The orebody contains both magnetite and hematite, but only the former will initially be mined. This news coincides with International Mining‘s upcoming series on the company’s mines (first article to be published in June).The ruling by the Environmental Court means that LKAB can move ahead with plans to increase production of finished products by 10 Mt/y. “We’re aiming for 37 Mt, and Gruvberget will be an important step towards reaching that target. We must do this to be able to keep pace with our customers who wish to grow. Since the completion of our investments in new pelletising plants and upgraded logistics, the mines have been the bottleneck in the chain of production. Quite simply, we need more iron ore,” says Aaro.“The open pit that is to be initially mined holds about 12 Mt of mineable ore. We are aware that there is at least 25 Mt of magnetite, and the ore is open at depth, which is to say, we don’t know how deep it goes. This means the life expectancy of the mine could extend beyond the first planned phase of eight years,” says Per-Erik Lindvall, Senior Vice President Technology and Business Development.In addition to Gruvberget, LKAB wants to open a new mine in Mertainen, about 15 km outside of Svappavaara, and reopen the old open pit at Leveäniemi.“These three new mines represent reserves of more than 300 Mt of iron ore with an iron content of nearly 60%. All three are close to LKAB’s infrastructure and processing plants. That makes this investment the best iron ore development project in all of Europe,” says Lindvall.The new mine will generate about 30-40 new jobs in Svappavaara. LKAB plans to inaugurate the new mine by firing the first blasting round in late May.
Ahead of International Mining’s February issue report on mine planning and scheduling software comes news of the latest I-Site point cloud processing tools from Maptek, which focus on the everyday needs of mine surveyors for fast, accurate volumes, conformance reporting, geotechnical analysis and CAD design.I-Site Studio software offers an expanding range of applications with increasing sophistication. I-Site Studio 6, just released, provides exciting new tools and requested enhancements.New CAD design tools include user friendly preferences for snapping to angles and points. Other in-demand items include auto registration and alignment of scans, complex surface modelling, waviness analysis for geotechnical modelling and analysis.“Surveyors are under pressure from all departments to quickly and safely survey active mining areas. This is on top of recurrent stockpile volumes and active mining face updates,” said Jason Richards, Global Business Development Manager for Laser Imaging Solutions at Maptek.“With I-Site Studio 6 they have access to geotechnical analysis, conformance reporting, CAD and geology tools in one package. Surveyors can respond to virtually any request, with accurate results and timely reports that are used by all mining departments to meet operational objectives.”Survey data plays a vital role in safety management programs. Accurate information is mandatory for identifying areas of structural weakness that can affect mine planning and operational decisions.New and enhanced geotechnical options in I-Site Studio 6 provide powerful analysis tools for understanding structural relationships. Creating solids from discontinuities helps determine wedge shape, size and volume. Dynamic adjustment extends discontinuities to assess the potential persistence across pits or structural domains.Stereonet improvements include new tools, preferences and workflows. A direct link between the interactive stereonet and 3D views allows users to select discontinuities in the 3D view window in order to highlight them on the stereonet. Kinematic analysis has been overhauled in I-Site Studio 6. Defaults for failure types have been added, and failure zones are automatically shaded to highlight areas of potential failure on the stereonet. Dragging and dropping the discontinuity of the slope face onto the kinematic slope orientation fields automatically displays failure zones.New CAD tools allow users to create CAD design outlines direct from 3D point cloud data, streamlining everyday survey and engineering tasks.“Snapping preferences streamline CAD workflow and allow users to digitise from real world to CAD environment,” commented Richards. “It’s easy to draft haul roads and ROM pad layouts, add strings for stockpile shadow zones and create CAD footprints of structures on site.”A new 3D complex surface modelling tool produces a 3D surface that honours the original point cloud data, conforming around walls, curves and tunnels, as well as creating another surface by averaging the point set. I-Site Studio 6 contains intuitive new tools for defining geological contacts direct from 3D point cloud data. Options such as applying patterns and fills to geological domains streamline mapping workflow. I-Site Studio makes the most of the output from up-to-date terrestrial scanning instrumentation and faster survey processes. Mining professionals can generate reliable, repeatable, high quality reports. Customisable templates allow images and documents to be added so that one click generates a report that can be passed to production. A new volume reporting tool applies a base surface, stockpile surfaces and polygons to generate volumes for multiple regions in one pass. Design conformance reporting allows users to compare a design surface to as-built and other surfaces, summarising sections, underdig, overdig, and percentage of volume variance.Surveyors are under increasing pressure to hand off results that are accurate and easy to understand, and they are being asked to do so with shorter turn-around. So the quicker they can compile accurate and meaningful reports the better.This release marks 15 years since Maptek began developing the unique I-Site spatial modelling software.“I-Site Studio has matured into a powerful, fully functioned software package that does more than just process point clouds,” concluded Richards. “Accurate data is crucial to a mine’s success. I-Site Studio makes survey data understandable and useful for all stakeholders.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victorian Taxi Families (VTF) – the group that has spearheaded opposition to the Napthine government’s reforms of the taxi industry – will ratchet up their protests next week by bringing traffic to a halt in Melbourne’s CBD.VTF organiser Sandy Spanos told Neos Kosmos the group will blockade Exhibition Street outside the offices of the Taxi Services Commission (TSC) at 11 am next Friday; a move that will raise the stakes dramatically in the protracted dispute over the government’s plans for the industry.The threatened action comes after months of rallies outside the Victorian parliament by taxi licence holders and their families who have seen the value of their licences slashed by new legislation.Ms Spanos said that of particular concern to the VTF – beyond the issue of plummeting plate values – was the proliferation of illegal taxis operating in Melbourne.“We provide evidence to the TSC and nothing is done,” said Ms Spanos, who says more than 800 illegal and unlicensed taxis are operating in the city, and that the Commission has turned a blind eye to the problem.[We] would like to know why the regulator isn’t regulating but acts in a dictatorial manner. Why they don’t act on illegal behaviour?”Cab It founder Harry Katsiabanis told Neos Kosmos that illegal taxis were rife in Melbourne, and little had been done to enforce regulations against them. “It’s difficult to police, but it’s been a big problem for years,” said Mr Katsiabanis. “With no licence, no proper insurance, and no safety checks, these unregulated cabs put passengers’ lives at risk.”VTF has been critical of the level of consultation awarded to them by the TSC – including on the issue of illegal cabs, and is threatening regular blockades of Melbourne’s CBD.“We will go further if we’re not heard,” said Ms Spanos.Last month the TSC made available up to 60 new metro taxi licences via a lottery only open to existing taxi operators.Commissioner Graeme Samuel said increasing the number of taxis was about improving customer service, but many in the industry have contested the view, saying the evidence shows there is no cab shortage in Melbourne.VTF says the current taxi occupancy rate of 28 per cent – meaning cabs are empty 72 per cent of the time – proves the problem is not one of supply, but lack of demand.The licence release is an attempt by the TSC to force taxi licence holders to reduce the price at which they assign their own licences to $22,000 a year. A swathe of new taxi licences are to become available on July 1, potentially increasing taxi numbers again.TSC Commissioner Graeme Samuel has defended the release, saying that if assignment prices were not reduced “there would be no choice but to release licences at what is considered to be a fair price. This is the point we have reached,” he told Fairfax Media.“For too long this industry has thrived on limited competition, and because of that, powerful interests have been allowed to dominate and passengers and drivers have been penalised. The result has been poor service.”The Victorian Taxi Association has also entered the debate, saying the most important boost for the industry would be to increase fares. VTA CEO David Samuel said that an “artificially low fare rate” had contributed to a “less sustainable industry.”Asked for their response to VTF’s allegations – and the planned blockade – a TSC spokesperson told Neos Kosmos the Commission respected the right to protest, but were “concerned if that activity/action prevents members of the public or others from getting on with their day to day business.”The TSC said that they rejected “any assertion that the TSC has failed to consult with the industry, given the fact that the VTF is represented at the TSC Stakeholder Reference Group and Consultative Committee”, and added that while consultation was an opportunity to influence the outcome of a policy it “may not result in an agreed position”.
In this week’s episode of Clark Talks, Columbian reporters Dameon Pesanti and Katie Gillespie sit down with retiring Columbian editor-in-chief Lou Brancaccio.Brancaccio announced his retirement last week, and will now take on a role as editor emeritus, contributing a monthly Press Talk column and sitting on the Columbian’s editorial board.There will be an open house for Brancaccio, whose last day is Feb. 17, on Saturday, Feb. 18. The open house will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Columbian at 701 W. Eighth St., Vancouver. The first 100 people in the door will get a “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” mug.The pair also chat with features news coordinator Ashley Swanson to talk about what events are coming up this weekend.Here’s a list of the events featured:• Banff Mountain Film Festival, 7 p.m. Feb. 3-4. Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver; $20, $36 for two-night pass. 360-816-0352 or www.kigginstheatre.net• Ridgefield First Saturday: Tailgate Party, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4. Overlook Park, Pioneer Street and Main Avenue, Ridgefield; Free. http://ridgefieldwa.us/event/first-saturday-tailgate-party-chili-challenge-2• First Friday Art Walk Vancouver, 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3. www.vdausa.org• “Rodin: The Human Experience,” through April 16, and “Constructing Identity,” through June 18. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Portland; $19.99; $16.99 for seniors and students; free for ages 17 and younger. $5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, free every first Thursday. 503-226-2811 or www.portlandartmuseum.org
OLYMPIA — Rare is the year in Washington state when voters don’t weigh in on a ballot measure. Same-sex marriage, the legalization of first medical, then recreational, marijuana and statewide minimum wage increases were all decided by a vote the people.Of the more than 260 initiatives or referendums that have appeared on the ballot since 1913, about half have passed. Those include measures that have sought to limit the Legislature’s ability to raise taxes, while others, like a recent one to reduce class sizes, came with a multibillion-dollar price tag but no funding source.The fiscal impact of some of these measures has led lawmakers to introduce a handful of bills this legislative session addressing the initiative process and its potential costs.One — a proposed constitutional amendment to require initiatives to have a way to pay for the costly ones and name the program cuts for those that repeal taxes — has already been abandoned. An alternate option that had a public hearing earlier this week would include the fiscal impact of the measure on the actual ballot if it increases costs — or reduces spending — by more than $25 million over two years.Another measure creates a pilot program to establish a citizens’ initiative review system to offer independent review of both sides of an initiative, including findings about the measure, including costs.
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The federal government has agreed to a deadline of the end of next year for an endangered species review for wolves in Southeast Alaska.Listen now:The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and the Boat Company sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this year seeking a timely decision on their petition to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf under the Endangered Species Act. The groups filed their petition in 2011. The agency issued what’s called a 90-day finding this March, committing to further review of the region’s wolf numbers.“When a petition is filed there’s supposed to be a preliminary 90-day finding, 90 days after the petition is filed. And the final decision is supposed to come one year after that.”Larry Edwards is a forest campaigner with Greenpeace in Sitka. And he notes the federal agency has not met timelines for reviewing the wolf petition.“The difficulty is that Congress doesn’t adequately fund Fish and Wildlife Service to process ESA (Endangered Species Act) listings. So when you go to court, it’s really difficult to get, even from a court, a good date. The fish and wildlife service is looking at doing this in 2017 and I think we did very well to get this settled and get a date at the end of 2015.”In a settlement agreement filed this week, the federal government agrees to complete a 12-month finding on Southeast wolves by the end of 2015.Andrea Medeiros spokesperson for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska“At that time we will announce whether or not we believe that it is warranted to list Alexander Archipelago wolf as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.”The petitioners want greater protection for wolves and their habitat on the Tongass National Forest. They argue that populations are declining and are vulnerable to hunting and trapping pressure along with loss of habitat from logging on the 17-million acre national forest. In particular, they cite past and future logging on Prince of Wales Island and say wolves on POW are in danger of extinction.
Gov. Bill Walker on Sunday called the Legislature back for another special session, after lawmakers failed to restructure Permanent Fund earnings.Gov. Bill Walker talks with reporters in his temporary offices in Juneau. He had just called the legislature back for a fifth special session. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau)Walker issued the call for a session to begin on July 11.Walker said Permanent Fund dividends are at risk in 2020 if the state doesn’t make changes this year. The Senate passed a bill that would reduce dividends from slightly more than $2,000 this year to $1,000, but the House didn’t pass the bill.“That program is at risk,” Walker said. “If we don’t make a change in under four years it will go to zero. So those who are concerned about receiving a lesser dividend this year – and I applaud the Senate for what they did on that – that is a step to make sure we will have a dividend going out generations.”Walker issued the proclamation for a special session shortly after the Senate adjourned Sunday. The proclamation focuses on three things. One is Permanent Fund earnings. The second is a series of new or increased taxes – including a potential sales tax. And the third is oil and gas taxes and tax credits.Walker also suggested he will veto parts of the budget. He said the size of government may be a bit different after he finishes wielding the veto pen. He declined to say if he will veto PFD funding.“Things that I anticipated would be done legislatively have not been, and therefore I have the opportunity — I have the obligation — to do some things as governor with the budget,” Walker said.House Speaker Nikiski Republican Mike Chenault said after the House adjourned Saturday that the Legislature may address a long-term fiscal plan this year. He spoke before Walker called for the special session.“I hope that we can address some of those concerns, maybe if the governor calls us back, maybe by then we’ll have the ability to move forward,” Chenault said. “Maybe some people’s positions will either soften, or we’ll be able to find a mechanism to move forward.”Walker has until July 1 to decide whether to veto parts of the budget.