Soldiers deliver gas as Portuguese truckers strike bites

LISBON, Portugal — Soldiers are driving tanker trucks to distribute gas in Portugal as an open-ended truckers’ strike over pay enters its second day.Police officers are also making deliveries as close to 500 of the country’s about 3,000 gas stations were reported dry Tuesday.The government has issued an order allowing the army to be used. It has also enacted a rarely-used legal measure which introduces a punishment of up to two years in prison for strikers who do not carry out a minimum volume of daily gas deliveries stipulated by the government.The government announced those steps late Monday after deciding that international airports and gas stations in the southern Algarve vacation region, which hosts 1 million tourists in August, were not receiving their stipulated supplies.The Associated Press read more

New Zealand judge rules Kim Dotcom and 3 others can be extradited

New Zealand judge rules Kim Dotcom and 3 others can be extradited to US on copyright charges by Nick Perry, The Associated Press Posted Dec 22, 2015 10:06 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 23, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Wednesday, July 3, 2013 file photo, Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom speaks during the Intelligence and Security select committee hearing at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. A New Zealand judge has ruled that colorful Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States to face criminal copyright charges. Dotcom’s lawyers said they will appeal the decision. Judge Nevin Dawson’s ruling on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, comes nearly four years after U.S. authorities shut down Dotcom’s Megaupload website, which some visitors had used to illegally download songs and movies.(Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP, File) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A New Zealand judge ruled Wednesday that colorful Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States to face criminal copyright charges.Dotcom’s lawyers said they filed an appeal against the decision.Judge Nevin Dawson’s ruling came nearly four years after U.S. authorities shut down Dotcom’s file-sharing website Megaupload, which was once one of the Internet’s most popular sites. Prosecutors say it raked in at least $175 million, mainly from people using it to illegally download songs, television shows and movies.The U.S. has charged the men with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering. If found guilty, they could face decades in jail.But appeals to the extradition ruling are likely to take at least another year.“It will end up in the Supreme Court, there’s no doubt about it,” said Dotcom’s lawyer Ron Mansfield, referring to New Zealand’s highest court. “The legal issues are so interesting and complex.”Judge Dawson, who presided over the nine-week hearing, wrote, “The overwhelming preponderance of evidence … establishes a prima facie case to answer for all respondents on each of the counts.”The judge was required only to decide whether the U.S. had a valid case, and not whether he thought the men were guilty or innocent.The U.S. argued that the site cost copyright holders, which included Hollywood’s major movie studios, more than $500 million. Prosecutors say intercepted communications show the men talking about being “modern-day pirates” and “evil.”Dotcom argued that he can’t be held responsible for others who chose to use his site for illegal purposes, and that any case should have been heard in civil court.The case could have broader implications for Internet copyright rules. Mansfield said that if the U.S. side prevails, websites including YouTube and Facebook would need to more carefully police their content.The case also raises questions about how far U.S. jurisdiction extends in an age when the Internet has erased many traditional borders. Dotcom says he has never set foot in the U.S.Born in Germany as Kim Schmitz, Dotcom has long enjoyed a flamboyant lifestyle.He was arrested in New Zealand in 2012 after a dramatic police raid on his mansion.Out on bail soon after, he released a music album, started another Internet file-sharing company called Mega, and launched a political party which unsuccessfully contested the nation’s 2014 election.In addition to Dotcom, who founded Megaupload and was its majority shareholder, the U.S. is also seeking to extradite former Megaupload officers Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato.“Justice was not served today,” Ira Rothken, another of Dotcom’s lawyers, wrote on Twitter.New Zealand Justice Minister Amy Adams is required to sign off on any extraditions. In a statement Wednesday, Adams said she would wait for the conclusion of any appeals before making a final decision. Even her decision can be subjected to judicial review.The men remained free on bail after Wednesday’s ruling, pending their appeals.Before the ruling, Dotcom wrote on Twitter, “This is my weirdest Xmas ever.” read more

Skycatch Komatsu Australia partner to boost project efficiency in quarry sites across

first_imgKomatsu Australia Corp and Skycatch Inc are partnering to boost the efficiency of construction, mining, and quarry sites across Oceania with the High Precision Package. The High Precision Package is also known as Komatsu’s Everyday Drone Solution, a key component to the Smart Construction workflow.The Everyday Drone contains the Explore1 high precision UAV, the Edge1 integrated GNSS base station and edge compute module, and the Viewer, an online data visualisation and analysis tool, all packaged into one, commercial grade kit. The Everyday Drone allows a user to experience industry-leading time to data without needing Ground Control Points (GCP), and the ability to seamlessly integrate precision aerial data into their Smart Construction Workflow.In common construction workflows, the time to data using traditional surveying methods could take weeks until project stakeholders can view or analyse their job site data. With the Edge1, customers are able to leverage a seamless GCP free workflow that consistently delivers sub 50 mm accurate data, in arbitrary or local coordinate systems within 30 minutes, saving countless hours and labor costs.“We are now using the Everyday Drone at the start of projects to collect whole site information for pre-tender and bidding capability, comparing against 3D design surface to provide fleet and project managers real, accurate information viewed in the Smart Construction Application. This allows them to work out their cut and fill volumes with accuracy from the beginning, and enables the project tender team to select the right machines for the project optimising fleet recommendation and empowering the team to make the right, data-based decisions from the start,” says Aaron Marsh National Technology Solution Expert Manager – Smart Centre at Komatsu Australia Pty Limited.“Skycatch is proud to offer a better way of accessing precision data on-site. With traditional methods, the solutions are piecemeal, cumbersome, and time-consuming. Now, customers are able to make informed decisions about changes to what was planned and what is actually happening on site in near real-time, ultimately providing greater productivity, increased profit and reducing project risk from beginning to end,” says Christian Sanz, Skycatch Founder, and CEO.Customers in Australia have already experienced the benefits of the Everyday Drone Solution, shared James Mackenzie, National Remote Support Manager at Komatsu Australia. They went out to test the receptiveness of a drone solution in the market, originally in civil construction and quickly expanded into quarry sites. Mackenzie was able to survey six quarries in five days for different customers, post-processed in the cloud, receiving the data back the next day.  “Compared to a traditional survey, this is 100% more productive and efficient,” says Mackenzie. “By using the Everyday Drone, customers are no longer putting themselves in harm’s way, surveying around heavy machinery or climbing up unstable stockpiles at risk of twisting an ankle”. He also noted that customers immediately appreciated the fast turn-around-time, the ease of use, and the ruggedness of the products.“Skycatch’s ability to provide near real-time data throughout the entire project is vital, and being able to deliver that to the customer, supervisor and give project teams the ability to make decisions throughout the project easily with usable, accurate data is key to the success of the project as a whole, not just in siloed environments is priceless,” says Marsh.last_img read more