Automatic DEM generation for Antarctic terrain

first_imgAutomatic digital elevation model (DEM) generation has become an established technique within mapping agencies. This paper assesses the effectiveness of automatic DEM generation using area-based matching for glaciated terrain in Antarctica. DEM accuracy is assessed by comparison with check data acquired using analytical photogrammetry and independent field measurements.An optimum DEM collection strategy is identified. DEM success is linked to ground terrain type and it is found that areas of a DEM which can be collected successfully are relatively insensitive to changes in the collection strategy. A method of isolating unsuccessful areas of a DEM for manual editing is tested for Antarctic terrain. In this example, over 90% success is achieved in identifying erroneous DEM results measured against check datalast_img read more

Two thirds of estate agents looking for new role after Coronavirus crisis

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Two thirds of estate agents looking for new role after Coronavirus crisis previous nextAgencies & PeopleTwo thirds of estate agents looking for new role after Coronavirus crisisPoll of agents finds that pandemic has been a game changer after many staff have realised they can do their jobs, or large parts of their daily activities, from home.Nigel Lewis20th May 20201 Comment1,881 Views Two thirds of estate agents in the UK are considering a change of role following the Coronavirus pandemic with many considering new roles which let them work from home or offer self-employment.This is the key takeaway of the most recent poll by recruitment agent Rayner Personnel, which has also looked at job satisfaction rates among agents working in corporate, independent and online agencies.Employers are certainly worried about staff motivation following the crisis. Spicerhaart CEO Paul Smith sent a video to his staff on Monday, attempting to gee them up.“Life will not be like it was before COVID 19,” he said. “You will have to take the knocks along the way, but if you embrace the change and drive yourself, with the Spicerhaart family behind you, I can assure you that you will not fail.”The Rayner Personnel research also reveals that those most unsettled by the crisis are valuers who are worried about job security, most likely due to the increased use of technology to do their roles during the lockdown.“What’s fascinating is the difference in sentiment between seniority of role and the type of business that each is employed within,” says CEO Josh Rayner.“If I were an independent estate agency boss I would certainly take note that the corporates are seemingly set to hold on to their valuers and negotiators more ably than they themselves may do. You have to ask yourself why that might be?”.The poll received only a few responses from agents working for online estate agencies, but they are the most worried about the future – more than 80% appeared ill at ease in their roles.Read about the results from last month’s poll of agents by Rayner.  Josh Rayner Rayner Personnel Paul Smith spicerhaart May 20, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentStephanie Jost, SurveyorsNearMe SurveyorsNearMe 20th May 2020 at 1:07 pmAh ha ha – “But no, you must have an office – a shop front!”It was only a few months ago the picketers lashed out at online agents. Now this – one phrase comes to mind – Turn coats!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Spanish Navy’s Alboran Returns from NAFO Campaign

first_img October 24, 2014 Authorities The Spanish Navy’s patrol boat ‘Alboran’ returned to Cartagena yesterday after participating in a two-month long deployment in the “NAFO” 2014 campaign.The vessel was in the area of Newfoundland (Canada) participating in the protection of the North-West Atlantic Fisheries Organization’s (NAFO) fishing grounds.Alborán’s assignments included monitoring and surveillance tasks in the mentioned fishing grounds, as well as providing assistance to trawlers when requested.The main objective of this campaign is to control fishing on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, where fishing trawlers are more than 200 miles away from the Canadian coast.OPV Alboran conducted a total of 18 inspections and provided medical assistance to sailors aboard three fishing vessels.Two other European ships have already taken part in the campaign NAFO during 2014.[mappress mapid=”14182″]Press release, Image: Spanish Navy View post tag: europe View post tag: NAFO Spanish Navy’s Alboran Returns from NAFO Campaign Share this article View post tag: Alborán Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Navy’s Alboran Returns from NAFO Campaign View post tag: Naval View post tag: Returns View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Spanish Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Campaignlast_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE at last night Evansville City Council meeting a vote of 7-2 was cast in favor of releasing several hundreds of thousands of dollars of Federal funds to ECHO Housing Corp.without restrictions? …last nights decision was made despite an ongoing investigation by the EPD concerning the past financial activities of ECHO Housing? …the City-County Observer have been saying for over two months that the Forensic Audit of ECHO Housing has been completed and at last nights meeting it was confirmed that our statement was correct?IS IT TRUE that Finance Chair Jonathan Weaver, D-At-Large, and Councilman Justin Elpers, R-5th Ward wisely voted to not to release the Federal funds to ECHO Housing Corp. until the results of the EPD criminal investigation and Forensic Audit findings were made public?IS IT TRUE if you were a lending institution would you lend any non-profit organization money if they were going through a criminal investigation and a Forensic Audit? …if you were a major Corporation would you consider donating money to a non-profit that is going through a criminal investigation and a Forensic Audit?  …if you were a responsible elected public official would you approve giving Federal Funds to a non-profit agency if they were going through a criminal investigation and a Forensic Audit?IS IT TRUE the 2019 ECHO Housing Board of Directors are: Dane Chandler, President, Banterra Bank, Tom Moore, Vice President, Vectren, Rev. Gerald Arnold, Treasurer, NAACP, Jason Fisher, Old National Bank, Lisa Barnett, Community Representative, and Sheryl Hoosier, Community Representative?  …we find it extremely interesting that several of the above board members are holdovers from the last ECHO Housing Board of Directors during the same time that a large sum of money was discovered missing?IS IT TRUE that the ECHO Housing Corp. Forensic Audit has been completed but the Evansville Police Department will not release this audit until the criminal investigation is complete?  …this investigations have been going on for the last eight months and its time that the results to be made public?IS IT TRUE we commend the At-Large and Finance Chairman Jonathan Weaver (D) and 5th Ward Councilman Justin Elpers (R) for voting to withhold several hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal funds from ECHO Housing Corp. until the results of the EPD criminal investigation and Forensic Audit are made public?  …we can guarantee that the seven (7) City Council members who voted to release the Federal Funds to ECHO Housing Corp. without seeing the results of the EPD criminal investigation and the Forensic Audit better get ready to defend this vote if they decide to run for re-election?IS IT TRUE we wonder how do members of the Vanderburgh County Council and the EVSC  school board feel about the practice of nepotism in the public sector? IS IT TRUE we are told that an anti-Winnecke for Mayor coalition may be planning a strategy to enlist individuals that he worked against when they ran for public office? …we hear that this coalition is planning to recruit businesses people who weren’t awarded contracts because of political patronage, individuals that are displeased with the excessive spending habits of the Winnecke Administration, and past and current office holders who are displeased with the Mayor’s style of governing? IS IT TRUE that the McCurdy one million dollars plus water bill issue will be out of the news for a long time? …that the lawsuit between the City and the Kunkel Group won’t be coming to trial until January 2020? …the McCurdy is a classic example of how bad things can get when politics get in the way of business?…between the City paying $600,000 for a parking lot, providing a $900,000 incentive to a political buddy of a former Mayor and the City building inspectors seemly falling asleep at the wheel during the refurbishment project of this historic building? …if City departments would have done their due diligence by inspecting the installing of the water/sewer service open loop geothermal system at the time it was installed it would have been discovered and corrected? IS IT TRUE we are wondering if the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann is going to put out the financially lucrative “Drug Testing and Tracking” contract out to a public bid in 2019? IS IT TRUE we are really pleased with the way the Vanderburgh County Treasurer Susan Kirk runs her office?  … Ms. Kirk is well respected among other county officials, the public and her employees alike?  …if you see Ms. Kirk at the Civic Civic Center tell what a great job she is doing? Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site. We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Stellar 18-Minute “Cumberland Blues” From This Past New Year’s Run [Pro-Shot]

first_imgSetlist via Peter Costello: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/30/2016Set One (8:45PM – 10:12PM): King Bee Jam + -> The Eleven @ (All) > BIODTL # (SM) > Feel Like A Stranger (SM) > Cumberland Blues $ (All), The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) (AC), Estimated Prophet (SM) -> Space -> Bird Song Jam + -> Day Tripper % (TH) -> Bird Song ^ (TH) -> King Solomon’s Marbles & -> Bird Song Reprise + (TH)Set Two (10:49PM – 12:??AM): Til The Morning Comes + (All + AC) -> Passenger + (SM & AC) -> Viola Lee Blues * (All) -> Jam -> Uncle John’s Band (All) -> Becky @@ -> Uncle John’s Band Reprise (All) -> Viola Lee Blues Reprise (All) -> Hoo Doo Voo Doo ++ (SM) -> Lovelight * (AC) -> Shakedown Street ## (TH) > Throwing Stones $$ (SM)Encore: The Weight (All + AC)Notes:AC is Alecia Chakour (Tedeschi Trucks Band) on Vocals+ – First Time Played by Almost [email protected] – With at Throwin’ Stones Tease (TH)# – 30 Beat BIODTL for Dec 30th$ – With Feel Like A Stranger & Hoedown (Aaron Copeland) Teases (MB) & a Lovelight Jam (Band)% – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Beatles Cover, Unfinished, 2 verses were sung^ – With a Day Tripper (The Beatles) Tease (MB)& – Unfinished* – With Cochemea Gastelum (Dap Kings) on Bari [email protected]@ – Benevento Russo Duo Cover, not played since 2015-10-03, a gap of 46 shows. Basically only Joe & Marco played on this song.++ – Wilco/Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead.## – With a MB Piano Solo, an On The Road Again Tease (Band), a “That’s All” (Phil Collins) Tease – I think, it might be something else (Band) & an unknown jam (Band) that I may be able to figure out.$$ – With an Unknown Tease (TH)Full Show Audio[Photo: Ellison White] On Friday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead released their 96th edition of Rad Tracks, with this latest video featuring pro-shot video of their rendition of “Cumberland Blues” from their performance at The Capitol Theatre on December 30th, 2016. That night’s performance at The Capitol Theatre kicked off their two-night run at the historic Port Chester, New York venue following a show at Brooklyn Bowl the night prior. With the group properly primed ahead of their New Year’s performance, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s tore through the show. “Cumberland Blues” was featured at the center of the first set following “Feels Like A Stranger,” and throughout the eighteen-minute song, keyboard extraordinaire Marco Benevento heavily teases the previous tune. Eventually, the band moves into a full-blown “Turn On Your Lovelight” jam before moving into “The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion),” which featured Alecia Chakour of Tedeschi Trucks Band on vocals.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Shares Soundboard Featuring Alecia Chakour From Sunshine Music FestivalYou can watch the recently released pro-shot video of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s rendition of “Cumberland Blues” below, courtesy of the band. For those antsy to hear the rest of the performance, you can check out a recording by nico11104 below as well. You can catch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead back in action at the Capitol Theatre when they return to the Port Chester venue for two nights across July 21st and 22nd.Cumberland Blueslast_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Covers “Whipping Post” In The Allman Brothers’ Native Macon, GA [Videos]

first_imgOn Friday evening, Tedeschi Trucks Band continued their ongoing winter tour with a stop at City Auditorium in Macon, GA, the ancestral home of the Allman Brothers Band–a group to whom TTB is inextricably tied.  Guitarist Derek Trucks, in addition to being the nephew of longtime Allmans drummer Butch Trucks, played with the band from a young age through their final shows in 2014, an extended residency at The Beacon Theatre in New York City. Keeping with that tradition, Tedeschi Trucks Band has co-opted the tradition of extended Beacon residencies (this year, they celebrated their 25th Beacon show, and followed that up with two more for good measure).With a scheduled performance in Macon on their list of tour dates, many wondered how the band would acknowledge the Allman connection on Friday night. After a thrilling if standard performance, that question was answered with a standout “Whipping Post” set closer, the Macon crowd roaring in approval as Derek wailed away.You can watch a clip of TTB’s “Whipping Post” closer in Macon below via YouTube user EBlaier:“Whipping Post”You can also watch an assortment of other audience clips from the performance below:“Sugaree” “I Pity The Fool” via EBlaier“Bound For Glory” Tedeschi Trucks Band continues their tour tonight with the first of two shows this weekend in Asheville, NC. For a full list of upcoming Tedeschi Trucks Band dates, or to buy your tickets, head to the band’s website.SETLIST: Tedeschi Trucks Band | City Auditorium | Macon, GA | 1/19/18SET: Anyday*, Don’t Know What It Means, Let Me Get By, Right On Time, All The World, Leaving Trunk**, Volunteered Slavary^, Midnight In Harlem, Shame, Angel From Montgomery > Sugaree, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free^^, I Pity The Fool&, I Want More, Whipping Post$ENCORE: Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Bound For Glory*Derek & The Dominos cover**Sleepy John Estes cover^Rahsaan Roland Kirk cover^^Bill Taylor cover&Bobby “Blue” Bland cover$Allman Brothers Band cover[Cover photo via Steve Rose, from Oakland 11/10/17]last_img read more

Watch KDTU, Break Sci, Pimps Of Joytime, & Thievery Corp. Members Cover The Doors In Denver

first_imgLast night, on Friday, February 23rd, guitarist DJ Williams of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe took his side project, DJ Williams’ Shots Fired, to Denver with a performance at Cervantes’ Other Side. To round out his band, Williams tapped keys player Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live), drummer Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation), bassist Chris Stillwell (Greyboy Allstars), and saxophonist Nicholas Gerlach (Turbo Suit). During their set ahead of The Nth Power and following Boogie Mammoth, Shots Fired offered up a number of choice covers, including a standout rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.One major highlight of the evening was DJ Williams’ Shots Fired take on The Doors’ breakout hit, “Light My Fire”, from the iconic rock band’s debut self-titled album released in 1967. For the number, the band welcomed powerhouse vocalist Kim Dawson to join them, marking the first of two numbers sung by the Pimps Of Joytime singer. You can check out video of this all-star collaboration below.DJ Williams’ Shots Fired with Kim Dawson – “Light My Fire” – Cervantes’ Other Side – 2/23/2018last_img read more

Coroner rules on Scanlan’s cause of death

first_imgMichael O’Connell, deputy coroner for St. Joseph’s County, ruled junior Jake Scanlan’s death as due to natural causes Tuesday, according to a South Bend Tribune report. Scanlan, who was found unresponsive in his dorm room the morning of Nov. 11, “died as a result of an enlarged and weakened heart,” the report stated.The 20-year-old resident of Siegfried Hall was a mechanical engineering major from North Potomac, Maryland.Tags: Jake Scanlanlast_img

Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina Fights Back Against Mexican Drug Cartels

first_img GUATEMALA CITY — When Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina first came to power just over a year ago, he promised to govern the country with a mano dura, an iron fist. After years of Mexican drug cartels muscling their way across the border into Guatemala and Central America, it seemed as though the former army general had inherited a nation on its knees. The word on voters’ lips was “security” and Pérez Molina assured them he would deliver, by empowering the army to fight drug trafficking and secure the country’s borders. About 90 per cent of the cocaine entering North America every year passes through Central America, according to the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board, costing Guatemala billions of dollars and thousands of lives each year. However, it wasn’t always this way. Until fairly recently, most South American-grown drug shipments traveled to the United States by plane or boat. But a crackdown on this route shifted the problem inland, which left Guatemala caught in the crossfire between illegal narcotics-producing countries in the south and illegal narcotic consumers in the north. Col. Mario Mérida, a member of the Guatemalan Democratic Security Network, says three fundamental factors make Guatemala’s coastline ideal for drug traffickers. “The first is its geographical positioning, which doesn’t present any major difficulties for marine navigation,” he said. “The second is the lack of government resources to maintain maritime and aerial control over the sea, and the third is the absence of a continued state presence like the police. Add to this the poverty, which encourages residents and fishermen to become complicit [in drug trafficking].” President no stranger to drug war Thanks to his previous job as head of military intelligence, Pérez Molina has been at the forefront of his country’s drug war for more than 20 years. Now, after a year in power, has his Partido Patriota government has had some success in reducing drug trafficking and fighting back against the Mexican drug cartels. “Otto Pérez Molina has prevented further expansion of [the Mexican drug cartels], yes. He’s halted the effect but not reversed it,” says local security analyst Samuel Logan. “For drug shipment interdiction, 2012 was wholly successful and Pérez Molina allowed an unprecedented level of international access.” Soon after taking office in January 2012, the Guatemalan president approved the creation of two new military bases in the country, upgraded a third and made it a priority to reinstate U.S. military aid to Guatemala — a request which the United States promptly answered. In late August, about 200 U.S. Marines arrived in Guatemala as part of Operation Martillo, an international mission aimed at intercepting illegal narcotics, bulk cash and weapons being transported along Central America’s isthmus. With the full support of Pérez Molina and the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense, the Marines provided local soldiers with essential technology and training aimed at combating organized crime and controlling the flow of narcotics from Central America. “The U.S. Army has the technological resources to help with identifying aircraft, ships and submarines used by the drug cartels, which facilitates aerial and maritime interventions,” said Merida. “Guatemala’s relationship with the U.S. Army is also important for training purposes, and to exchange experiences related to prevention and intervention strategies.” Operation Martillo is a multinational effort As well as sending its Marines, the Pentagon also dispatched Navy and Coast Guard vessels and aircraft to help military and law enforcement units from other nations involved in the mission. Countries from Europe, Latin America and North America are working together as part of Operation Martillo, leading many to consider it one of the most successful coalition efforts ever mounted to tackle this kind of threat. The mission made fighting drug trafficking its top priority and results were soon forthcoming. “Participating nations have interdicted about 127 metric tons of cocaine, which is a huge quantity of cocaine, most of that policed up in the air or on the water before even getting to the land masses of Central America where traffickers create the corruption, crime and gang problems that are associated with illicit trafficking,” Rear Adm. Charles D. Michel, director of the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), told Diálogo in early January. “In addition, we have been able to take down 56 go-fast boats — typically those go-fast boats carry about a metric ton of cocaine each — six pangas, two motor vessels, two semi-submersible vessels, two sailing vessels, six vehicles, seven fishing vessels and 12 aircraft.” It’s evident that, for drug trafficking control, the three observations made by Col. Mario Mérida are decisive, related to limited presence at state level and insufficient equipment, both marine and aerial; but the subject of poverty affects the entire country, therefore anyone ends up being a candidate to cooperate in drug trafficking. Let’s remember that Guatemala borders 4 countries, and with Mexico we are united to by 968 kilometers of borderline. By Dialogo January 30, 2013last_img read more

NAFCU-sought HMDA reg relief bill passes House

first_img continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House yesterday passed, by a vote of 243-184, the NAFCU-backed Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act (H.R. 2954), which would ease credit unions’ compliance burden related to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act’s (HMDA) reporting and recording keeping requirements.“NAFCU thanks Representative [Tom] Emmer for introducing this bill, House leadership for bringing it to the floor, and all members who voted in support of reducing credit unions’ regulatory burden,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “HMDA’s expanded reporting requirements have caused credit unions to incur substantial costs to comply, and we appreciate Congress’ work to decrease these compliance costs.“With this much-needed regulatory relief, credit unions will be able to focus on what they do best – providing financial services to Americans who need them most,” Berger continued.last_img read more