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first_imgLos Angeles: British actor Keira Knightley says the art of filmmaking interests her but she is not planning to turn to direction anytime soon. The actor also said she likes to be involved in the script writing process. “I don’t know, at the moment with a three year old, no. But maybe further down the line. I’ve worked on a lot of films, I’ve worked with a lot of wonderful directors and I’m really interested in how it’s all put together and I really like working with scripts and storylines. I think there’s certain areas that I’m confident I’d be okay in, and certain areas where I’m not as confident. “The problem is, as an actor what I’m meant to do is completely ignore the camera is there, so it’s taken me so long to completely ignore the camera there that now if you’re thinking about directing you need to be thinking ‘why are you there and what lens are you on’,” Knightley told Collider. The 33-year-old actor will next be seen in James Kent’s new drama The Aftermath.last_img read more


The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today welcomed the announcement of recommendations by the Government to stem torture, ill-treatment and prolonged illegal detention in the country.“UNAMA welcomes the Government’s attention and increased efforts to address this serious problem in Afghan detention facilities,” the Mission stated in a press release, noting the announcement of the main findings of a fact-finding delegation on the issue tasked by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, pending release of the full report.The delegation’s work followed the release last month of a UNAMA report that found that more than half of detainees that were interviewed between October 2011 and October 2012 experienced torture or other ill-treatment. The report expressed particular concern over facilities run by the national police and the National Directorate of Security, or NDS.“UNAMA looks forward to receiving and reviewing the delegation’s report and providing follow-up suggestions to improve detention policies and practices,” the Mission stated, noting that the delegation’s findings, as reported, recognized the prevalence of torture in Afghan facilities.In October 2012, following new reports of torture at several NDS and police facilities, including locations where the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had transferred detainees, the Force suspended transfers for a second time. ISAF subsequently stopped transferring detainees to several Afghan facilities and implemented a process limiting transfer to a reduced number of Afghan facilities and increasing monitoring and accountability. In its January report, UNAMA stated that its findings reinforce the urgent and long-term need for reforms in the judiciary, prosecution and law enforcement sectors and offered 64 recommendations to the Government and international partners. In addition to other measures, UNAMA recommended the creation of an independent national preventive mechanism on torture described in the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. read more


Ohio State head coach Ryan Day speaks to the media on National Signing Day. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorWith the majority of the class signing during the early signing period in December, Ohio State had a good idea of what the 2019 class would look like heading into National Signing Day on Wednesday. But the Buckeyes were not done with their 2019 class. Three-star offensive tackle Dawand Jones announced Wednesday that he will sign with the Buckeyes.An Indianapolis native, Jones is the No. 13 recruit in the state of Indiana and the No. 87 offensive tackle in the 2019 recruiting class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The commitment was Ohio State’s second on National Signing Day, with four-star offensive guard Enokk Vimahi commiting to the Buckeyes earlier in the day.Jones and Vimahi will join five-star center Harry Miller and four-star offensive tackle Ryan Jacoby in Ohio State’s 2019 class. read more


first_imgMaterials technology group Umicore is to increase significantly its production capacity for germanium semi-conductor substrates for use in high-efficiency solar cells. Umicore will also invest in the expansion of its capacity for lithium-ion battery materials. The combined investment level is expected to reach some € 45 million. The new production capacity for germanium wafers is to be set up at its Quapaw site in Oklahoma, USA. Construction will start in July and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2010. The facility will complement Umicore’s existing production site in Olen, Belgium, effectively doubling Umicore’s wafer production capacity to 900,000. Quapaw has the advantage of being close to the activity’s sizeable customer base in the USA.The new capacity is to support the expected rapid growth of the terrestrial concentrator photovoltaic market which could top 6 gigawatts by 2020 (requiring the equivalent of some 10 million wafers). Concentrator technology has the potential to become the driving force behind the market for germanium wafers. Currently, these are mainly used in solar cells for space applications and to a more limited extent in the production of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).Umicore is the world leader in the production of germanium wafers for use in high-efficiency solar cells, equiping most currently launched satellites and also longer range missions such as NASAs current Phoenix Mars Lander.Umicore will also expand its production capacity for cathode materials for use in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries at its facilities in Cheonan (South Korea) and Jiangmen (China). This represents the single most significant investment in the history of Umicore’s Rechargeable Batteries business line and will lead to capacity rising to approximately 10,000 tonnes per year – an increase of more than 50%. It is anticipated that the new production lines will be installed by the end of 2008 and that they will be fully operational by the second quarter of 2009.The investments will enable Umicore to keep pace with the fast-growing demand from its key customers and will also provide the production platforms for next generation battery materials and their precursors. The new production lines will offer the ability to produce lithium cobaltite and also new low-cobalt containing compounds containing nickel, manganese and/or aluminium. These compounds will serve customers who are present in the new, high-growth applications for lithium-ion batteries such as cordless power tools and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Such applications demand particularly innovative battery materials solutions which optimize safety, cost and weight whilst also offering outstanding performance characteristics for the battery.Umicore is a world leader in the development of materials for lithium-ion batteries and also offers the worlds most efficient and eco-friendly recycling service for used rechargeable batteries.last_img read more


first_imgSeeing Machines has signed a strategic agreement with Caterpillar Global Mining to provide in-cab Fatigue Monitoring Systems for use in mining machines. The exclusive agreement covers the use of eye-tracking technology in the cabs of mining vehicles to enable the monitoring of operators for signs of fatigue and distractions. The agreement covers a multiple-phase approach that commences with a supply and support agreement of the Fatigue Monitoring Systems through the global CAT Dealer network and progresses to further phases that include joint product development and technology licensing agreement.Mining companies have identified fatigue management as a key health and safety issue.  Factors such as night shift work, high altitude, fly in – fly out and long shifts, all contribute to increasing fatigue risk especially when operating mining machines.  At present only limited technology is in place to protect the employees and operators of mines from these risks.The Seeing Machines Fatigue Monitoring System is based on patented eye-tracking technology that can detect if a driver is distracted or falling asleep at the wheel.  Using sensing equipment that requires no re-calibration between different drivers, the system tracks head alignment for potential distraction of the driver while simultaneously tracking and analysing eye behaviour to detect micro sleeps.  This enables warnings to be given through in-cab alerts, or for alerts to be provided to site managers for direct intervention.Ken Kroeger, CEO of Seeing Machines said “The agreement with Caterpillar shows the huge value that eye-tracking technology can have in keeping drivers safe. The open-cut mine is a challenging environment and the application of this technology in such a critical area shows the value and robustness of the Seeing Machines systems.  After establishing eye-tracking as proven technology in the most difficult environments for this part of the mining industry, the next step is to establish its value in wider markets to protect drivers, workers and the public at large.”David Edwards, Safety Solutions Manager for Caterpillar Global Mining said “The safety of our mining customers’ employees is a paramount issue to us.Seeing Machines delivers both safety and productivity benefits to the mining industry.  Going forward we see even closer integration between what in-cab fatigue monitoring can deliver in both intervention alerts and analytics to improve safety and performance.”Under the agreement, Seeing Machines and Caterpillar envision greater integration of the Fatigue Monitoring Systems with Cat MineStar System so that data on fatigue and distraction can be integrated into the overall management functions of the mine and business.“The agreement with Caterpillar is a major business breakthrough for Seeing Machines in establishing our technology in the mining industry,” stated Terry Winters, Chairman of Seeing Machines.  “The application of our technology in this market and our business alliance with Caterpillar are critical steps in the evolution of Seeing Machines.last_img read more


first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man posing as a customer was caught on camera robbing a Palmetto Bay pizza parlor.Surveillance footage shows the man walking into the restaurant, pulling out a gun from his back pack and demanding cash before taking off.“It was professionally done,” said co-owner Tom Papageorgiou. “He was comfortable, and he’s done it before. We got to put an end to it. It’s not safe for the community, it’s not safe for business owners.”It happened Sept. 15, at Steve’s Pizza, along South Dixie Highway and Wayne Avenue.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 rewardCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgKPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek says this plan is still in the early stages: “On February 13, Governor Dunleavy made a budget proposal and as we looked at that we would be faced with a pretty massive deficit and have to make some extremely difficult reductions.”  The meetings will begin at 9am at the Borough Building in Soldotna and is open to the public, a work session will follow at 3pm. On Thursday, April 18, community members will be given the opportunity to voice their opinions regarding relocating students into Homer High School from Homer Middle School, consolidating Soldotna Prep School (9th grade) and Soldotna High School (10th-12th grade), and consolidating Seward Middle and High School. According to Dusek, these are things that the district doesn’t necessarily want to do, but they have to prepare for every possibility.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is looking at a total of six schools that would potentially close following the proposed cuts to education in Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget. Dusek: “As we’ve been moving through this process we’ve had conversations about some of our smaller schools, and when we were looking at Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep we also continued to look for any other efficiencies. We have been looking at other possible consolidations at Seward High School and Seward Middle School, as well as Homer.” last_img read more


first_imgJaunpur: Three Dalit youths were stripped and beaten up for allegedly committing theft in Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur district. According to reports, the youth was caught red-handed by the owner of a mobile store when they were breaking in late Saturday night. A video of the incident also went viral on social media. Jaunpur Superintendent of Police Vipin Kumar Mishra said that the FIR has been registered against the three youths who were taken into custody. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the people who thrashed the men have also been booked and an investigation is underway, Mishra added. The accused, allegedly, came on a motorbike with no number plate at night and tried breaking the lock of the store. When the noise woke up the people nearby, the accused tried to flee. Several people in the market chased them and managed to catch one of the accused. The villagers then thrashed him and held him captive till the next morning. When the villagers got to know about the whereabouts of the other two accused, they picked them up from their homes as well. After the accused were brutally thrashed, they were handed over to the police.last_img read more


first_img.A case was filed with Cox’s Bazar Sadar Model Police Station on Monday over alleged torture of the guardian of a kindergarten student by school authorities in Khorulia of Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar, reports news agency UNB.Ranjit Kumar Barua, officer-in-charge of Sadar Model Police Station, said Ayatullah, the guardian, filed a case on Monday night around 7:00pm accusing six named and 5 unnamed individuals.The accused are Jahirul Haque, Headmaster of Khorulia High Sch