Control centre opens

first_imgISRAEL: All ISR trains are now controlled and monitored from a single site following the completion of the National Centre of Control & Management in December.Formally opened on January 20, the Masua facility in Haifa replaces 10 regional signalling centres, and will enable more effective management of the network. General Manager Yitzhak Harel described Masua as ‘a significant step from the operational, safety and service aspect’ which would improve performance and the ability to handle growing traffic. ISR currently operates around 340 passenger and 160 freight trains a day.last_img read more


Under the Silver Lake Blu-ray review

first_imgCredit: MUBIAfter his little-seen debut The Myth of the American Sleepover, David Robert Mitchell burst into the collective cinephile consciousness with his remarkable indie horror film It Follows. True to form in Hollywood, after one critically acclaimed and marginally profitable success, Mitchell (young, white, male) was given free rein on his next project. Producers reportedly had wanted Mitchell to cash in on It Follows and turn it into a franchise, but he had his sights set on Under the Silver Lake, a subversive film-noir pastiche set in the sun-baked suburbs of Hollywood. A 160-page script he had written years before was dusted off, and Mitchell wanted to film it word for word. No compromise. The resulting film is quite extraordinary.Under the Silver Lake sees Andrew Garfield playing Sam, a listless and regressed man in his early 30s. He lives alone in an apartment complex in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Unemployed and with seemingly no purpose in life, he exists on the anxious fringes of Hollywood, spending his days spying on his neighbours. One such neighbour is the beautiful and mysterious Sarah (Riley Keough). After catching him watching her in the pool, she invites him to her apartment.They hang out for a while, smoking weed and watching movies, and she suggests they meet up again tomorrow. But tomorrow comes, and Sarah and all of her roommates are gone. Her entire apartment is packed up, and an unexplained symbol has been painted on the wall. Sam becomes obsessed with tracking Sarah down and finding out what happened to her, and in the process becomes embroiled in an ever-deepening conspiracy.Now…if someone told me this was their favourite film of 2019, I’d find it hard to argue with them. It’s an incredible and ambitious film. Likewise, if someone told me this was the biggest pile of one-star wanky dross they had seen all year, I’d think they were making an equally valid point. Calling this film divisive would be something of an understatement. It takes you on this mysterious and meandering journey, that is at once thrilling and utterly beguiling, whilst simultaneously being shallow, frustrating, and intentionally opaque. Imagine a post-modern Raymond Chandler adaptation directed by David Lynch.Credit: MUBIThe film looks and sounds incredible. Michael Gioulakis’s cinematography is gorgeous and hypnotic, whilst the lush, classical orchestral score from electro-synth artist Disasterpiece brilliantly evokes the swirling soundscapes of 50s film-noir and Hitchcock-era Bernard Herrmann. Under the Silver Lake isn’t just a homage to old Hollywood, it’s a homage to old Hollywood filmmaking style, and this is reflected in the stunning production design and the purpose-built sets.Andrew Garfield is on terrific form as Sam, continuing his thrilling post-Spidey hot streak of Hacksaw Ridge and Silence. Sam is not a nice person. Everything about him is slightly obnoxious, from the way he deals with some little kids who scratch his car way, to the way he treats women. That we are willing to spend nearly two and a half hours with this creep, is because Garfield is so good. The entire ensemble is strong, however not all of them are given the best material to work with. Unfortunately, the female characters barely exist in two-dimensions, never mind a third. I understand we are seeing them through the objectified haze of Sam’s perspective, who as we’ve established is an absolute douche, but there’s room for improvement.It’s somewhat hard to believe that the same director of the ultra-lean and relentless horror It Follows, is also responsible for this strange and sprawling tale. It’s a film that starts weird, and gets progressively weirder. On the fringes of Sam’s labyrinthine odyssey into the LA underworld are all these bizarre subplots, including a missing celebrity billionaire, a paranoid zine writer, and one very upsetting plot about a serial dog murderer haunting the streets of Silver Lake.Under the Silver Lake is a baffling film, occasionally absurd, and sometimes difficult to like. But I can’t deny it certainly worked on me. It’s a wonderfully odd film, beautiful and weird, and so ambitious at times it makes you laugh out loud. It’s wild that David Robert Mitchell was given such creative freedom on this project, but whether you like the film or not, it’s hard not to be impressed with his chutzpah.On the disc there is a brief but very entertaining Q&A with Andrew Garfield following a screening the at Prince Charles Cinema. Garfield is on terrific form, great fun, and very engaging. What Lies Beneath the Silver Lake is a short featurette about the stunning production design in the film. Finally there is Beautiful Specter, an in-depth interview with Rich Vreeland (better known as Disasterpiece), the film’s composer and songwriter.Cast: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace Director: David Robert Mitchell Writer: David Robert Mitchell Released By: MUBI Certificate: 15 Duration: 140 mins Release Date: 26th August 2019last_img read more


Raytheon Expands Production Ability with New Engineering Facility in Albuquerque

first_imgRaytheon has expanded its operations to develop and produce range monitoring and telemetry systems by opening a new facility in the Sandia Science and Technology Park. The expansion will bring 60 new high-tech manufacturing jobs to the state over the next six years.The company employs more than 350 workers in science, engineering, advanced manufacturing and management jobs at its facilities in Albuquerque and Diné, located on the Navajo Nation. The company is now growing its high-tech manufacturing footprint in rural and urban New Mexico, where workers are producing vital national security technology.The new 72,000-square-foot building is the third facility for Raytheon in Albuquerque. The State of New Mexico and City of Albuquerque helped pay for site improvements through Local Economic Development Act, or LEDA, funds. Governor Susana Martinez, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Raytheon leaders and employees celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.last_img read more


Fourth-quarter TD, defensive heroics help Tide survive

first_imgFAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It was cold, wet miserable night, and Alabama played down to the conditions.The No. 7 Crimson Tide was sloppy in all areas Saturday but survived an SEC clash with Arkansas 14-13 before a crowd of 72,137 in Razorback Stadium.Safety Landon Collins sealed the game with an interception near midfield with 1:59 remaining.“I saw it, sat on it and picked it up,” Collins said. “I had to time it right. I’ve missed too many already this year. I knew no one was behind me, so I had to make a play.”Players felt fortunate to escape with a victory over the last-place team in the West Division. They made plenty of mistakes to make the game so close.Head coach Nick Saban felt the effort overcame the mistakes.“I was really proud of our players and coaches for the job they did,” Saban said. “We wanted to play harder than the other team and do a better job of executing, and that’s the part we didn’t do. But … our players played really hard and overcame a lot of adversity. We made a lot of mistakes, but we overcame them.”Alabama’s running game was held in check. The Razorbacks (3-3, 0-3) allowed only 66 yards on 22 carries. Running back T.J. Yeldon gained only 45 yards on 16 attempts. Backup Derrick Henry rushed for 25 yards on seven carries.The passing game wasn’t much better. Quarterback Blake Sims couldn’t stretch the field on a regular basis, misfired some throws and was sacked twice.The special teams had another meltdown with four fumbles — two lost — and a missed field goal.If not for a strong defensive effort, the game would have gotten out of hand. Alabama (5-1, 2-1) forced two fumbles. One saved a touchdown and another set up a score.“The defense did a phenomenal job of stopping the running game,” Saban said. “We struggled to get off the field on third down at times, but did it at the end of the game when we needed to.”Arkansas gained only 89 rushing yards after averaged 316.6 yards a game coming in.Alabama took the lead to stay with 12:36 left when quarterback Blake Sims found DeAndrew White in the end zone on a 6-yard pass.In the third quarter, Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen found AJ Derby on a 54-yard touchdown pass. Derby broke a tackle by Geno Smith and fought off Eddie Jackson down the sideline.Arkansas dominated the first quarter by holding the ball nearly 13 minutes but neither team scored.Alabama muffed two punt returns to give the Razorbacks the ball on short fields. But the defense held strong and linebacker Trey DePriest even forced a fumble on the goal line.The Tide put together a solid 67-yard drive to open the second quarter. O.J. Howard caught a 47-yard pass to put Alabama in the red zone, but a quarterback sack forced a field goal attempt, which Adam Griffith missed wide left, his fourth miss in five attempts stretching back three games.last_img read more


FSB Technology appoints Garry Pattenden as Operations Director

first_img FSB selects Rob Wheeler as new Business Development Director January 22, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Fast growth FSB appoints Susan Ball as corporate advisor January 29, 2020 Share FSB names Andrew Bowen as new CFO December 9, 2019 StumbleUpon Garry PattendenSportsbook platform provider FSB Technology (UK) Ltd has appointed Garry Pattenden as its new Operations Director, with the firm looking to bolster  its operational delivery team in order to help service the ten new B2B licensees it signed last year.Pattenden, who joins FSB Tech having spent more than a decade as Commercial Director of mobile technology company Safari Mobile (UK), will assume the role which oversees product delivery.Within Pattenden’s remit will be compliance, customer support, payments, supplier contracts, reporting, product specification, QA acceptance, account management and platform hosting.A technology operations specialist, Pattenden has worked on multiple top level international deliver projects within Europe and AsiaDavid McDowell, CEO and Co-founder of FSB Tech, said: “It is fantastic to welcome Garry to FSB Tech. He has vast experience and a proven track record of driving internationalisation in companies. Having signed 10 new customers across three continents in 2015, this is clearly a critical area for our future success. He will be a great addition to a fast-growing team.Commenting on his appointment Garry Pattenden, said: “I am delighted to have joined a company at the cutting edge of the sports betting industry. FSB Tech continues to disrupt this sector with the most advanced and efficient technology platform on the market. It is an exciting time to join the firm with both demand and expectations on the rise, and I cannot wait to take on the challenge.”last_img read more