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Settlement over rights to British agent James Bond movies hints at evil

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Settlement over rights to British agent James Bond movies hints at evil Blofeld’s return LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Could Blofeld be back?The archvillain from the James Bond films — who’s often seen stroking a white cat — might be making a return to the big screen following a settlement announced Friday between studio MGM, production company Danjaq and the estate of Kevin McClory.McClory was a co-writer of the 1965 movie “Thunderball” with Bond book writer Ian Fleming but was embroiled in a legal dispute over the movie rights for over 50 years.On Friday, the three parties announced that Danjaq and MGM had acquired all of the rights and interests relating to James Bond from the McClory estate and family.Terms weren’t disclosed.The McClory family’s law firm said McClory created the iconic character, Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the global terrorist organization he headed, SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), which were not part of the original novels.William Kane, a lawyer who represented the McClory estate, said in a statement that the settlement “will benefit James Bond film fans throughout the world.”The legal dispute dates back to 1959, six years after the publication of Fleming’s first Bond book, “Casino Royale.” The estate claims that McClory then proposed to Fleming that they set a James Bond movie in the Bahamas, which later became “Thunderball.” Fleming allegedly took the script and wrote the novel “Thunderball” without giving McClory credit.Following a legal tussle, McClory was able to produce “Thunderball” in 1965 and put out the 1983 film “Never Say Never Again,” which brought back Sean Connery as Agent 007.That year, a competing film, “Octopussy,” starring Roger Moore as 007, was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Danjaq, the production company now run by the family of late producer Albert R. Broccoli.For years, “Never Say Never Again” has been left out of the Bond canon. The movie is not listed on the official James Bond 007 website, and was not included in last year’s “Bond 50” box set of discs celebrating 50 years of James Bond, dubbed “The Complete 22 Film Collection.” MGM lists 2012’s “Skyfall” as the 23rd James Bond film.The settlement may change that.The 24th movie in the series, with Sam Mendes returning as director, is set for release in late 2015. by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2013 4:20 pm MDT read more

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Britain in £300m drive to become AI sector hotspot

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Under a deal announced by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Digital Secretary Matt Hancock, the Government will also allocate £300 million for AI research. Around 1,000 government-funded AI PhDs will be created and private firms will invest £300 million in the sector. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The ministers said AI offered to boost the UK economy by £232 billion. The Government is aiming to make the UK an artificial intelligence (AI) research “hotspot” under a new investment drive. “Today’s new deal with industry will ensure we have the right… Greg Clark said: “Artificial intelligence provides limitless opportunities to develop new, efficient and accessible products and services which transform the way we live and work. read more

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No recirculation with Krebs slurryMAX pumps

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first_imgThe elimination of recirculation within a slurry pump not only lowers power consumption but significantly reduces uneven wear on parts, and this, according to Morne Potgieter, Sales and Customer Service Manager of FLSmidth Krebs in South Africa, equates directly into an overall improved wear life of the pump, lowering spare parts stockholding, downtime and labour costs.The Krebs slurryMAX™ pump incorporates a unique patented feature which enables online adjustment of the critical impeller to suction side clearance and counters the primary leak path that occurs across the suction face of the impeller on conventional designs. The externally adjustable wear ring allows adjustments to be made while the pump is running, takes up the clearance at the impeller eye. This reduces the suction side recirculation and maintains the design flow while maintaining large clearances near the impeller shroud.This clearance at the impeller shroud eliminates the problem that conventional rubber lined pumps experience, namely pressure pulsations caused by the close proximity of the rotating raised expelling vanes to the suction liner, necessary to maintain flow, and the subsequently generated heat in the liner and rubber devulcanisation failure.Potgieter says that the ability to maintain the clearance between the impeller eye and the suction side of the pump also means that a constant delivery pressure and flow is provided throughout the life of the pump, and this contributes to increasing the life of the impeller.“Significantly, the wear ring need only be adjusted up to eight times throughout the life of the wet end parts, contributing to low total cost of ownership for the end user,” he points out.The extra-thick rubber lining has rigid reinforcement which prevents collapse onto the rotating impeller under upset vacuum conditions. Impellers are oversized in diameter and available in metal or elastomers. High pressure casings are available for specific application requirements such as multiple pumps in series.The pump casing is constructed of tough spheroidal graphite iron, while both the casing and suction inlets are heavy duty rubber lined. The impeller is made from either highly abrasion resistant high chrome white iron with a Brinell hardness of 680 to 720, or rubber. Potgieter explains that the high chrome impeller is resistant to tramp metals and capable of higher tip speeds.The pump bearing assembly is fitted with a reverse taper roller bearing which increases the effective load span thereby further improving the life of the unit. The centrifugal pumping action of the taper rollers discharges grease to the outside, preventing ingress of slurry or over greasing of the bearing. Both these have a positive impact on bearing life.Krebs slurryMAX™ pumps are suitable for applications ranging from mill discharge, SAG mill discharge recirculation, cyclone feed, general transfer of heavy duty abrasive slurries and tailings pumping. The pumps are available in sizes from 75 mm to 500 mm and are used across all commodities including copper, iron ore, gold, oil sands, sand and gravel and for industrial processing.last_img read more

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