The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Announces Luxury Travel Package with Santa Anita Park

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The Langham Huntington, Pasadena has introduced a limited-edition luxury package in honor of this year’s spring and summer meet dates at Santa Anita Park, home to The 2014 Breeder’s Cup World Championships.Providing access to the most exclusive settings of both the hotel and the track as well as valet parking at each location, the Race You to The Club Package features an overnight stay on The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Club Level. Guests of the hotel’s Club Level receive exclusive access to The Club Lounge and its five complimentary culinary and beverage presentations throughout the day. The Club Level also provides bespoke concierge services, premium Internet access, complimentary garment pressing and a further array of benefits and amenities.When visiting Santa Anita during their stay, package guests will receive entry to the newly renovated Club House, complete with tile technology television screens, outdoor seating and a new sports bar. Club House guests enjoy great views of the track’s first turn and finish line, complete wagering services and access to the Box Seat area, FrontRunner, Club House Terrace, Turf Terrace and dining overlooking the track.The Race You to The Club Package* includes:• Luxurious Overnight Accommodations on The Club Level.• Club House Admission at Santa Anita Park• Overnight Valet Parking at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena• Valet Parking at Santa Anita Park• Package starts at $379• Valid to June 29, 2014*All packages are subject to availability and are not valid with any other special or promotion. For additional information or to make a reservation, dial (626) 568-3900 or book here. Fans can follow The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on Facebook and Twitter. The hotel is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena.About The Langham Huntington, PasadenaCapturing the grace and elegance of classic Southern California, The Langham Huntington is an iconic landmark hotel located at the base of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, just minutes from downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Pasadena. A renowned Pasadena hotel for 100 years, the property features 380 guestrooms including 38 suites, eight cottages, world-class dining and spa treatments based upon Traditional Chinese Medicine. For more information, visit http://pasadena.langhamhotels.comAbout Santa Anita ParkSanta Anita Park officially opened Christmas Day in 1934. The track is home to a number of prestigious races including the Santa Anita Derby and Santa Anita Handicap. It has been the home of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships multiple times with the Championships again returning in 2014. Santa Anita Park has recently embarked on a multimillion dollar renovation project focusing primarily on updating and enhancing the facilities both inside and out. Recent renovations include a variety of new contemporary food eateries located in the Club House Mezzanine and a beautiful update to the classic Chandelier Room.Santa Anita’s current season has been extended and will run till June 29th. Follow Santa Anita at ,, and . 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Cover Story The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Announces Luxury Travel Package with Santa Anita Park From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 11:20 am faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Make a comment Top of the News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Trump Nomination to be held in Private

first_imgThe vote to nominate President Trump will be held in private later this month, without members of the press presentOn Aug. 24, Republican delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, N.C., to formally vote to make Trump the GOP nominee.The vote itself will reportedly be livestreamed to avoid the spread of coronavirus. The spokesperson couldn’t say whether C-SPAN, the nonprofit public service network, would be allowed to air the proceedings.“[W]e are planning for all of the Charlotte activities to be closed press: Friday, August 21 – Monday, 24th given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state,” the convention spokesperson said in an email. “We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events.”Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of delegates at the Republican National Convention had already been lowered from 2,550 to 336. Alternate delegates have been disinvited. Media seating has been eliminated to help prevent the spread of the virus.Barring a last-minute change, this will be the first Republican presidential nominating convention in history where reporters are not admitted.last_img read more

Summerland has enough Steam to upset Murdoch Division leaders 6-5 in Sunday KIJHL action at the NDCC Arena

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt doesn’t really matter who the Leafs play — a heavyweight contender like the Fernie Ghostriders or a struggling 6-9 team like Summerland — if Nelson plays anything like the team that was on the ice Sunday, there’s little chance of winning.Summerland Steam took advantage of a lackluster showing by the home side scoring three times in the third period — two goals coming on special teams in a span of two minutes to erase a 5-3 deficit — to stun the Leafs 6-5 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play at the NDCC Arena.The game was a far cry from last week’s 9-2 pasting Nelson dealt the Steam in the South Okanagan City.“I think we just fell apart (in the third),” Leaf center Matthew Naka told The Nelson Daily following the tough loss. “I think we got a little cocky after we got up in the third.”The win by Summerland was a big “character builder” by a Steam franchise that is desperately searching for an identity six weeks in the KIJHL season.“We have not been playing well,” Summerland head coach Gord Gamble said from outside the team bus.“Not to take anything away from Nelson because they’re a very good hockey club but we just haven’t had the bodies. We have seven or eight guys out and we just haven’t played well.”“So there’s no payback here,” Gamble added. “If we would have played like this in Summerland, that would have been a close game as well.”Despite being blown out by seven goals in the first meeting and having less than half the points of the Leafs in league standings, it was the Steam holding their own Sunday.Backed by the fine netminder of Sam Bass, facing 27 shots through two periods, Summerland was all even entering the third at 3-3.And when Nelson struck for two goals in three minutes into the period to go up 5-3, the Steam never gave up.Colin Minardi scooped up the puck after Leaf defenceman Jonathon Petrash made a meal of at the Steam blueline, busting past the Nelson defenders before beating Patrick Defoe in the Nelson nets.The goal came with Summerland playing shorthanded.The Steam tied the game two minutes later, once again after a lackluster clearing attempt by the Leafs killing a checking from behind penalty to James Sorrey.Brock McDonald corralled the puck before beating Defoe high to the glove side.The Leafs had several chances to regain the lead. But Bass was equal to the task, allowing Taylor Spankie to score the game winner eight minutes from time.“We had a couple of real tough losses that got into their (players) psychy a little bit,” Gamble said. “But we should be okay.”Josh Spence led the Steam attack with two goals while Jordan McCallum, one of five players on Summerland to finish the game with two points, also scored for the Steam.Nik Newman scored twice to lead the Nelson attack. Colton Schell, Patrick Martens and Sorrey also scored for the Leafs.The loss was first in five games for the Leafs and leaves Nelson with a record of 12-4-0-1 in 17 games — first in the Murdoch Division, three points ahead of Beaver Valley and six in front of Castlegar.Summerland improves to 6-9 good enough for fourth in the Okanagan Division but only one point behind second place Princeton Posse.Nelson out shot the Steam 38-28.The Leafs venture out on the road after spending most of the early part of the KIJHL season at home, beginning a six-game road trip Friday in Creston.The next home game for Nelson is Saturday, November 12 when Grand Forks Border Bruins visit the NDCC Arena.LEAF NOTES: Colton Malmsten scored three times as Nelson blasted winless Columbia Valley Rockies 7-2 Saturday at the NDCC Arena. Carsen Willans, affiliate player Cole Arcuri, Patrick Martens and Nik Newman also scored for the Leafs. . . . Malmsten did not play Sunday along with three defencemen — Riley Henderson, Blake Arcuri, Walker Sidoni — and two forwards — Brett Norman and Matti Jmaeff. All five players were missing due to injury. The injuries forced the Leafs to call up two players from the Okanagan Hockey Association, Cole Arcuri and Jordan Davie. . . Leaf forward Dustin Reimer finally made his way back into the lineup after more than a month on the injury list. Reimer, from Vanderhoof, was injured during the first game of the season in Castlegar. . . . Patrick Martens maintained a two-point lead over Ryan Edwards of Beaver Valley. Martens accumulated four points during the weekend to continue his game streak to 12. The Maritime native has registered multiple points in nine of the 12 games. . . . Leaf fans got a taste of the Green and White in the team’s new jerseys. A mix up in ordering forced the Leafs to play the first month with an older [email protected]last_img read more

Season winding down in Nelson Mixed Slopitch League

first_imgThe Nelson Mixed Slopitch League season is winding down with the final week of the season being played out at the Lakeside Diamonds.Heading into the final weekend, the Unknowns and Louie’s — League champs in 2011 and 2012, respectively, hold down top spot in the league with a single point separating the two clubs. Defending champion, Competition, is currently sit in 11th spot in league standings with a 4-7 record.Following the two front runners are Uptown, Molson Finley’s, Cardinals, MainJet and Tin Tippers.Nelson Mixed Slopitch League playoffs open next weekend.last_img

How to Vent a Rainscreen

first_imgWhere the vents should beAccording to Taylor, rainscreens that are vented at both the top and the bottom work better, although it’s not clear whether the top vent actually adds much in the way of performance.“With one only vented at the bottom you get a capillary break, a drainage gap to handle bulk water intrusion, and some drying,” Taylor says. “Here in the wet Pacific Northwest almost all are only vented that way, and they perform very well. In a less damp climate, with a wall assembly that isn’t risky, venting at the top probably doesn’t bring huge benefits.”Tyler Leclear Vachta cites research in British Columbia on the benefit of vented rainscreens, but he doesn’t necessarily see any added benefit to linking a rainscreen and attic ventilation.“We most commonly see a small vent space just below the soffit, protected from wind-driven rain by a trim board and protected against insects by back wrapping the rainscreen fabric,” Vachta says. “There is certainly no benefit to your attic to have the two systems connected.”The connection, Pehl replies, is a matter of convenience as well as appearance.“The ideal case is to vent the rainscreen into the soffit because it’s the easiest assembly at this point in construction,” he says. “It also supports the aesthetics we want, although venting to the exterior at the top of the cladding as you describe might not even be a noticeable detail change.“The real benefit to connecting the two systems is simplicity of the assembly, and the aesthetics of eliminating the venting channel in the soffit,” he continues. “To be clear, in the assembly that we are now considering, attic venting, for code and whatever benefit it does provide, is provided through from the bottom of the cladding, through a bug screen at the bottom of the 3/4-inch rainscreen channels, up to the soffit at the top, through the vent chutes into the attic, out the ridge vent at the top of the roof.” GBA senior editor Martin Holladay notes fire safety is a question that’s been raised before (see, for example, “Can a rainscreen become a chimney for fire?” and “Fire-resistant rainscreen system”). “The issue of fire safety is contentious,” he says, “but in some areas of North America — areas where wildfires are common — vented rainscreens of any kind are controversial.”He also notes that if the house has an effective ceiling air barrier, attic venting doesn’t matter much (see “All About Attic Venting”).John Clark cites an article on this topic by Joseph Lstiburek of the Building Science Corporation. In it, he discusses the Grenfell Tower fire in London, exacerbated by rainscreen details that included a large air gap of 2 inches and a combustible outer skin. The bottom line is that air gaps don’t have to be all that big.“We have addressed the gap many times before with respect to drainage,” Lstiburek wrote. “We want to control hydrostatic pressure and pretty much call it a day. We do not need much of a gap to control hydrostatic pressure…. a continuous 1/32 to 1/16 of an inch is all that you need.”When the air gap is as big as it was in London, the fire implications are “huge,” but when the air gaps is small, less than 3/4 inch, “the friction from both surfaces bounding the air gap limits the air flow,” Lstiburek writes. “The boundary layer on both surfaces is an effective fire stop.”In other words, in this assembly fire dangers are a non-issue. Our expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, added this:Fire safety and vented rainscreens: The Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) recommends the use of 1/8-inch mesh screening, robust enough to keep embers and brands from getting into any vented space on the building exterior. For more information, see “Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Property from Wildfire.”On a residential project in Portola Valley, California — in a very wildfire-prone area — we vented the rainscreen cladding top and bottom using not only 1/8-inch mesh but also an intumescent paint (painted onto the wire mesh) that would foam and close off the top and bottom openings of the rainscreen when activated by high heat (that is, in the event of a wildfire). We developed this approach based on conversations and advice from Steve Quarles, a leading wildfire expert who is now Chief Scientist for Wildfire and Durabilty at the IBHS Research Center.Closing off the top of a vented rainscreen wall assembly: I have seen projects taking this approach with the paint peeling off the top course or two of lapped siding because warm, moisture-laden and buoyant air is “stacking up” in the closed-off vented area. (Some folks call it a “vented” assembly when the top is closed and a “ventilated” assembly when top and bottom are open, with the former not supporting convective drying while the latter does.) Whether you close the top to prevent moisture from getting in (wind-driven rain) or open it to let moisture out (solar-driven heating of cladding in hot-humid conditions) may be based on your own experience, climate, and site conditions.And yes, the depth of the vented space does make a difference. In British Columbia, codes mandate a 10 millimeter (about 3/8-inch) space between the cladding and the rest of the wall, choosing this as a minimum depth to promote 100% free drainage and air movement.Rainscreen products like HydroGap that create a 1-mm gap between the cladding and the rest of the wall pass the ASTIM drainage test minimum of 90% free drainage. That said, the manufacturer of HydroGap readily admits that a 1-mm gap, regardless of whether it is open on the top and bottom, does not support convective air movement.Connecting ventilated wall claddings to soffit-to-ridge venting: I don’t believe that any U.S. code addresses this issue but plenty of building code inspectors will have their own perspective or position. I have asked Joe Lstiburek about this, as well as asked a bunch of builders who take this approach, and have not heard any negative reports, if you limit this connection to the movement of outside air and not any air leaking at eaves. In other words, with a continuous air barrier at the eaves, connecting wall and roof venting just gives you a taller, longer column of warm air, and hence more stack effect to drive air movement.For a look at how I handled the rainscreen on my own home, see Images #2 and #3 below. A vented rainscreen — an air gap behind the siding — has become a standard detail in many new houses. It helps remove moisture that works its way through the siding, and in the process helps siding last longer. It’s the “vented” part of this equation that has Gerald Pehl thinking.“I’ve got an assembly design for a vented rainscreen, and it will be held continuous to the soffit spaces, which then vent through to the attic ridge vent via conventional vent chutes between the rafters,” Pehl says in a comment posted in the Q&A forum at GBA.His question, and the start of this Q&A Spotlight, is whether this plan eliminates the need for additional soffit venting. Pehl’s building inspector has left the decision up to him. All About Attic VentingAll About RainscreensLstiburek’s Rules for Venting RoofsAll About Wall RotWhat’s the Best Approach for a Rainscreen?Video: Vented Rainscreen Siding Assemblies Great Fire of London Are outdoor temperatures a factor?Ambient temperatures may play a part in whether elevated moisture levels in walls lead to mold growth or rot, Vachta suggests. While a 15% wood moisture equivalent is perfect for fungal growth, he says, a WME of more than 20% is ideal for rot.“During the cold winter months those thresholds aren’t as important because the freezing cold inhibits rot and fungus,” he says.Low temperatures also remove moisture from the air, Pehl says, adding that “may be at least as important as the cold temperature in preventing mold/rot. I’ve been told that in the coldest months in Minnesota it’s as dry as the driest desert.”“Yes, being a Minnesotan myself I can attest to the dry winter air!” Vachta says. “Cold air simply can’t hold as much moisture, true, but does that have a drying effect on the wood? Air/ temperature/ water move from high pressure/ temperature/ concentration to low pressure temperature/ concentration. The moisture in the wood runs the risk of condensing, or frosting. In a roundabout way, I suppose frosting (like freezer-burn) is drying.”In Taylor’s neck of the woods, temperatures don’t get cold enough to offer that kind of winter protection from mold, but there’s no doubt that rainscreens have been a very significant improvement in building.“Including rainscreens in our construction practices has transformed the resilience of walls here,” he says. “I simply don’t see the problems now that were endemic in any building I went to renovate in the past.” RELATED ARTICLES Risks in the event of a fireMalcolm Taylor suggests that connecting the rainscreen and attic ventilation might increase the drying potential of the wall assembly. He points out, however, that a rainscreen is typically 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch deep, a function of what material is used to create it, and that probably isn’t enough to make up the required area for soffit vents. Even if it did, he adds, that detail raises another issue: What happens in the event of a fire?“Here in Canada,” Taylor writes, “we can’t connect the two to find out. The code precludes it because it creates a concealed air space from which fire can spread up into the roof assembly. Practically, I wonder how much difference there is from a fire spread point of view between a connected rainscreen, and one which is vented at the top with soffit vents immediately above. I’ll be interested to see what other posters think.” Connecting rainscreen and attic may encourage moldTaylor notes that while Building Science Corporation has made the point that a very small air gap is effective behind a rainscreen, “the reality of construction is that they may become closed due to the WRB [water-resistive barrier] intruding into them, or wood shrinkage over time.”He also finds a couple of points worth repeating in the British Columbia study that Vachta has cited. First, a well-ventilated rainscreen works better than a poorly ventilated one. More important, the study “expressly suggests” that connecting the rainscreen to the attic is a lousy idea because of the moisture and mold problems that occur in buildings where this was done.“Whether these problems are likely to occur outside the Pacific Northwest is still an open question,” Taylor writes. “Things happen in our climate that simply don’t elsewhere. The plywood roof sheathing in a well air-sealed and ventilated attic can grow mold, as can the cladding on the north side of houses. You may be building in more forgiving circumstances than we encounter here.”Taylor’s remarks about the danger of a small rainscreen gap becoming blocked are well taken, Vachta says.“Textured WRBs that create the smallest gap also have the least room for error,” he writes. “Rainscreen meshes also compress significantly, both impeding the drainage/ventilation gap and resulting in an uneven work surface. You want to be sure the rainscreen maintains a cavity during installation and the life of your building.”The real risk to moisture-sensitive materials, he adds, is not from a one-time soaking, but from chronic exposure to small amounts of moisture.“Drying with ventilation is the best way to address that,” he says. “One aspect of this [British Columbia] study that was unique is that it looked at the walls over a long period of time. There are a lot of studies and testing that just look at how walls perform under a single ASTM test where they have to drain 90% of the liquid moisture poured at the top of the assembly, or identify points where water under pressure comes spraying through the wall.“But how long does it take the rest of that moisture to get out of the wall?” he continues. “Which layers get wet in the process? And what if the next moisture event happens before the wall dries?”last_img read more

Turkey seeks jail term for Enes Kanter for insulting Erdogan

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ravena shines as NLEX survives KIA; Magnolia rips Alaska The player is a vocal supporter of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for last year’s failed military coup.Kanter was detained in Romania on May 20. He said he was able to return to the United States after American officials intervened.He said his family remains in Turkey and he is concerned for them — he said his father at one point was jailed for a week — but he downplayed the situation otherwise.“I was like, that’s it, only four years? All the trash I’ve been talking?” Kanter said. “I promise you guys, it doesn’t really bother me even bother me a little bit, because my thing is just going out there and playing basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kanter said he wasn’t concerned and continued his criticisms of Erdogan, saying, “That dude is a maniac.”“That stuff really don’t bother me because I’m used to it,” Kanter said after the Knicks practiced Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) in New York.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think it’s just nothing to me, man. I’m in America. I’m good and my focus right now is just going out there, playing basketball, have fun with my teammates and just winning and just thinking about playoffs.”Kanter cannot return to Turkey because his passport has been canceled. He would be tried in absentia. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next AFP FILE PHOTOANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Anadolu Agency says an indictment prepared by the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office accuses the New York Knicks player of insulting the president in a series of tweets he posted in May and June 2016.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’last_img read more

Thank You To Touch Football Volunteers

first_imgNVW is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities and to say thank you to the more than six million Australians who volunteer across the country. The 2012 National Volunteer Week runs from Monday, 14 May to Sunday, 20 May 2012 and the theme for this year is ‘Volunteers – Every One Counts.’Touch Football has volunteers at many levels of the sport, from affiliate administrators through to referees, coaches, selectors and panel/executive members and the sport wouldn’t be as successful as it is without the help of these valued volunteers. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, has praised the efforts of the volunteers involved in the sport of Touch Football, saying that their hard work is greatly appreciated. “Volunteers are a valuable and integral part of any sporting association and on behalf of Touch Football Australia I thank each and every one for their contribution,” Maguire said. Touch Football Australia would like to thank all of its volunteers for their contribution to our sport.last_img read more

10 months agoWolves defender Ryan Bennett agrees new deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves defender Ryan Bennett agrees new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Ryan Bennett has agreed terms over a new two-and-a-half year deal at Molineux.The centre-back had 18 months left on his old deal but will commit his future on improved terms until 2021, says the Daily Star.He has impressed in Wolves’ return to the Premier League with the club sitting 10th ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.Bennett joined on a free transfer from Norwich in 2017 and helped Nuno Espirito Santo’s side win the Championship last season.He has made 49 appearances for Wolves, scoring once, and has played in 15 of the club’s 16 top flight matches this term. last_img

Nor Lines RollsRoyce Ink PowerbytheHour Service Deal

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipping company Nor Lines and UK-based engineering company Rolls-Royce have signed a “Power-by-the-Hour” service agreement for Nor Lines’ two LNG-powered vessels, Kvitbjørn and Kvitnos.The new service offering harnesses the power of Big Data to monitor, plan and perform maintenance and repairs on all the equipment installed on the cargo vessels, Rolls-Royce said.As disclosed, Power-by-the-Hour is a new service from Rolls-Royce Marine and the agreement with Nor Lines is the first of its kind. Under the agreement, Nor Lines will be handing responsibility for service planning and performance back to the equipment’s supplier, Rolls-Royce.With Nor Lines paying a fixed charge per hour of operation, per ship, Rolls-Royce will monitor the equipment aboard each vessel from on shore through the use of onboard sensors. The engineering company will be able to connect to the ship and carry out service activities remotely or, if necessary, send out a service engineer to do the job.The agreement also covers planned maintenance, while day-to-day maintenance aboard ships will be carried out by the shipping company itself.“The service contract insures us against downtime due to equipment failure. At the same time, it ensures that the Rolls-Royce equipment we have on board functions as optimally as possible,” Sigvald Breivik, Nor Lines’ CEO, explained.Nor Lines has also ordered Rolls-Royce’s Energy Management System, which logs energy consumption and emission levels. The data then can be used to make the correct operational decisions for the ships.“Both the Power-by-the-Hour and Energy Management systems have been developed because we now have the capacity to digitally monitor onboard systems from on shore. Our ability to record and analyse huge volumes of data means we can offer ships better and more comprehensive service agreements than we could just a few years ago,” Knut Hovland, Rolls-Royce, Director Customer and Services, commented.Nor Lines took delivery of MS Kvitbjørn from the Tsuji shipyard in China in 2015. It was the first of two vessels ordered by the shipping line and was the first Norwegian gas-powered coastal cargo vessel. The Kvitbjørn’s sister ship, MS Kvitnos, was delivered later the same year.Now, the vessels sail back and forth between ports in central Europe and along the Norwegian coast up to Hammerfest.last_img read more

Silicon Valleys Jumio launches AI lab in Montreal to hone ID verification

first_imgMONTREAL – Jumio has opened an artificial intelligence lab in Montreal, adding to the city’s ranks of machine-learning firms.The Silicon Valley company says it plans to work on fraud detection and data extraction as part of a push toward refined identity verification.Jumio says the satellite lab, which numbers seven employees after quietly opening last month, will have 30 engineers and specialists by the end of next year. The lab expands on work underway at the company’s Vienna-based AI hub.Over the past year, Ottawa and Quebec have pledged more than $300 million toward AI development in Montreal, while tech giants Google and Microsoft Corp. have invested in machine learning research.Startups in the city are exploiting AI to build technology applicable to everything from tumour detection to navigating the immigration process.In 2016, Jumio filed for bankruptcy protection for its U.S. business following government investigations into financial irregularities, but raised US$15 million in funding a few months later.last_img read more