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  • Maersk lifts forecast after posting profit

    first_imgWednesday 18 August 2010 8:10 pm Maersk lifts forecast after posting profit MOLLER-MAERSK, the shipping and oil conglomerate, raised its outlook for the year yesterday after swinging back into half-year profit, on the back of increased volumes and a sharp rise in the price of crude oil. The Danish group said it now stands to make in excess of $4bn (£2.6bn) after tax in 2010, following a pre-tax profit of $4.8bn in the six months to July.An eight per cent surge in Asian exports to Europe, as well as a pick-up in transatlantic routes, further boosted profits for the bellwether transportation group, which posted a pre-tax loss of $1.31bn last year. And air freight revenues rose 46 per cent from what the firm said were low levels, in a sign international trade is picking up pace. However, chief executive Nils Smedegaard Andersen sounded a note of caution over the strength of the recovery. “The market has normalised in terms of both demand and capacity, but the question remains if we’ll see consumption pick up in Europe and the US to drive the market. That hasn’t changed for the past three quarters,” he said yesterday. Maersk said its drilling business still faces “considerable uncertainty”, but posted a pre-tax profit of $3bn on oil operations thanks to a 48 per cent rise in the price of Brent crude. The company also hopes to make $796m from its sale of its UK branches of Netto to Asda, expected to close later this year. whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof KCS-content center_img Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldUndoTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdUndo Tags: NULL Share whatsapplast_img read more

  • Global Spectrum Energy Services Plc (GSPEC.ng) Q32018 Interim Report

    first_imgGlobal Spectrum Energy Services Plc (GSPEC.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Global Spectrum Energy Services Plc (GSPEC.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Global Spectrum Energy Services Plc (GSPEC.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Global Spectrum Energy Services Plc (GSPEC.ng)  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileGlobal Spectrum Energy Services Plc is an integrated oil and gas offshore support vessel services company in Nigeria with business interests in the key oil and gas producing areas in West Africa. The company provides oilfield support services which include maritime security, maritime training, subsea construction, fleet operations, cable surveys, dam inspections and search and recovery. The operations of the marine services division and security systems division of Global Spectrum Energy Services concentrate on developing countries in West Africa such as Nigeria, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Global Spectrum Energy Services Plc offers services for vessel design and manufactures and sells a range of maritime lubricants in Nigeria under the brand name Aegean Marine Petroleum. It is the leading global bunker physical supplier of marine petroleum and provides a full range of mineral and synthetic lubricants to all major and minor ports in the world. The company also serve as intermediaries and agents for organisations seeking partnerships in these regions. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Global Spectrum Energy Services Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

  • 11 Plc (MOBIL.ng) 2019 Annual Report

    first_img11 Plc (MOBIL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about 11 Plc (MOBIL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the 11 Plc (MOBIL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: 11 Plc (MOBIL.ng)  2019 annual report.Company Profile11 Plc is the sole authorised distributor of Exxon Mobil fuel and lubricant brands in Nigeria. Formerly known as Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, 11Plc produces and markets a range of petrochemicals which includes gasoline, motor oils, lubricants, marine fuel and jet fuel. The is one of 6 major petroleum product marketers in Nigeria and operates through over 250 retail outlets located in all 36 states in Nigeria. 11 Plc has a Lube Blending Plant with a capacity of 450 000 barrels per annum. It is regarded as one of the most sophisticated lube blending plants in Africa. The company dates back to 1907 when Socony Vacuum Oil Company sold Sunflower Kerosene. Its name changed to Mobil Oil Nigeria limited in 1951 and Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc in 1978. NIPCO Investment Company acquired a 60% stake in the business in 2016 and changed the name to 11 Plc (pronounced Double One Plc). 11 Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

  • Episcopalians react to election

    first_img Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Posted Nov 9, 2016 Rector Belleville, IL Donald Trump, Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA center_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events Rector Albany, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Faith & Politics Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Election 2016, Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopalians react to election Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 last_img read more

  • Michael Curry et Gay Jennings à l’initiative d’un mémoire présenté…

    first_imgMichael Curry et Gay Jennings à l’initiative d’un mémoire présenté à la Cour suprême sur la politique des toilettes pour transexuels Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit an Event Listing Human Sexuality, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA President of the House of Deputies, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab center_img Gender Justice, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Music Morristown, NJ Faith & Politics, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest de Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 2, 2017 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Advocacy Peace & Justice, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC [Episcopal News Service] L’Évêque Primat Michael Curry et la révérende Gay Clark Jennings, Présidente de la Chambre des Députés, sont les principaux signataires d’un mémoire d’amicus curiae, soumis le 2 mars par 1800 membres du clergé et leaders religieux dans une affaire, devant la Cour suprême, ayant trait aux politiques d’utilisation des toilettes par les transexuels.Le mémoire de l’« ami de la cour » concerne l’affaire G.G. c/ Gloucester County School Board, que l’organisme American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) et son chapitre de Virginie ont instruit en juin 2015 pour le compte de Gavin Grimm et de sa mère, Deirdre Grimm.Les signataires prient instamment la Cour suprême de comprendre que la possibilité de vivre dans un pays qui garantisse l’égalité des transsexuels est une question de liberté religieuse. Ils déclarent que leurs communautés de foi approchent les questions liées à l’identité sexuelle de différentes manières mais qu’elles sont « unies dans leur conviction que la dignité humaine fondamentale s’appliquant à toute personne exige de traiter les élèves transsexuels, comme le Défendeur Gavin Grimm, d’une manière correspondant à leur identité sexuelle ».Les signataires prient la cour de traiter les droits civiques des personnes transsexuelles, selon les principes constitutionnels religieusement neutres de protection égale vis-à-vis de la loi. Ce faisant, expliquent-ils, « elle n’empiétera pas sur les croyances, les doctrines ou la pratique religieuses » et au lieu de cela, adhérera à l’interdiction qui figure dans la Constitution de favoriser un point de vue religieux par rapport à tout autre.Michael Curry a fondé son appui au mémoire sur Genèse 1:26-27, qui déclare que chaque personne humaine est créée à l’image et à la ressemblance de Dieu.« Ce décret divin proclame le caractère sacré, la dignité, la valeur et l’égalité inhérents à chaque personne humaine, en vertu de sa création imago Dei », poursuit-il. « La manière d’aimer Dieu et notre prochain que Jésus a enseignée est la manière d’honorer le caractère sacré, la dignité, la valeur et l’égalité de chaque personne. Pour cette raison, nous œuvrons pour l’égalité et la dignité des personnes transsexuelles qui, comme nous tous, sont créées à l’image et à la ressemblance de Dieu ».Gay Jennings déclare que Jésus dit à ses disciples d’aimer Dieu et d’aimer leur prochain comme eux-mêmes. « Et il nous dit de ne pas avoir peur. L’Église épiscopale réaffirme la victoire de l’amour sur la crainte dans le soutien aux lois locales, d’État et fédérales qui préviennent la discrimination fondée sur l’identité sexuelle ou l’expression sexuelle », explique-t-elle.Ce soutien remonte au moins à la réunion de la Convention générale de 2009 lorsque les évêques et les députés ont adopté la Résolution D012 opposant les lois qui font preuve de discrimination envers les personnes en fonction de leur identité sexuelle. C’était dans ce même courant d’idées que le Conseil exécutif de l’Église a déclaré en juin 2016 qu’il était opposé à la loi de Caroline du Nord intitulée : « Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act » ainsi qu’à « toute législation, rhétorique et politique ancrée sur un argumentaire fondé sur la peur que la protection des droits civiques des personnes transsexuelles sous forme d’égalité d’accès aux aménagements publics mette d’autres groupes en danger ».Gay Jennings fait remarquer que le dernier point de la résolution du conseil (AN014 en page 8 ici) encourage les épiscopaliens à agir contre toute législation discriminante à l’encontre des personnes transsexuelles et en faveur de toute législation qui prévient une telle discrimination, et à communiquer la position de l’église aux tribunaux, aux décisionnaires et à toute autre personne partout aux États-Unis.« C’est pourquoi le fait que nous signions tous les deux ce mémoire d’amicus curiae ne représente pas un saut dans l’inconnu du tout », explique Gay Jennings. « Nous avons déjà dit en tant qu’église que c’est ce qu’on doit faire ».Article complet en anglais. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CAlast_img read more

  • Montblanc House / Studio Velocity

    first_img Montblanc House / Studio Velocity ArchDaily Projects Year:  2009 Montblanc House / Studio VelocitySave this projectSaveMontblanc House / Studio Velocity Photographs:  Kentaro KuriharaText description provided by the architects. The plan of a house with a small beauty shop on the first floor. A house for a family of four: the young couple running the shop, their 3 year-old girl, and their newborn. Save this picture!plansRecommended ProductsWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0WoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationThe site, surrounded by neighboring houses in 3 directions, is in a quiet residential area. Most houses in the area have only 2 stories and one is able to see the mountains far away. Save this picture!© Kentaro KuriharaHowever, the neighboring houses and apartments stand close to the site with their windows opening on to it. So I began to consider how to create an open space in such a tightly enclosed site. The building has a gable-house-shape with a continuous exterior space from the 1st to the 3rd floor under a large inclined roof. 5 large openings in the inclined roof bring sufficient natural light and air, as well as scenery, into the building. The windows, as “voids,” lacking sashes, have a totally different scale from the windows of the neighboring houses. That’s why there is a wondrous scale around the area as if the model had been enlarged. When you’re walking in a forest in the mountains, you feel as though you’re being gently embraced though you’re not actually inside anything. Save this picture!© Kentaro KuriharaAlong the path, where the wind’s breezes encircle the trees’ leaves above, where one can hear the murmur of the wind in the trees, the sounds of the birds singing, and the footsteps of creatures in the hush, there is, I think, an interior-like sense of place, a state that is wholly distinct from urban spaces or open skies. Save this picture!© Kentaro KuriharaOr else, from amongst a thicket, finding a view of the city at the foot of the mountain, or the blue sky streaming through the leaves and so one encounters many such “exteriors” along the way. Save this picture!© Kentaro KuriharaCan we create a place for such experiences in a crowded residential area? One encounters “outside” at various points as you walk upstairs since the semi-exterior spaces are connected and gently covered with a large luminous roof. I hope to create a diversity of “exteriors” with the various angles and heights of the site, appropriately hiding away the views from the neighboring sites, as well as a sense of the neighboring houses’ existence.Project gallerySee allShow lessEroding the Edge: Urban Landscaping in Kyiv Competition / INDEX ArchitectureArticles’Groundbreaking Women in Construction’ ConferenceArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/133039/montblanc-house-studio-velocity Clipboard “COPY” Japancenter_img CopyHouses•Okazaki, Japan Architects: Studio Velocity Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/133039/montblanc-house-studio-velocity Clipboard CopyAbout this officeStudio VelocityOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOkazakiHousesJapanPublished on May 08, 2011Cite: “Montblanc House / Studio Velocity” 08 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardDoorsRaynorThermal Sectional Doors – FlexFamily™SinksBradley Corporation USASinks with WashBar Technology – Verge LVQ SeriesExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingStonesCosentinoNon-slip Treatment – Dekton® Grip +Metal PanelsSherwin-Williams Coil CoatingsValflon® Coating in Edmonton Public LibraryWallcovering / CladdingLinvisibileLinvisibile Boiserie and Skirting Systems | OrizzonteMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMMineral Paint in Beethoven HausWall / Ceiling LightsEureka LightingCeiling Recessed Lights – OutlineFurnitureFrapontWood Furniture and EquipmentMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Montblanc House / Studio Velocity是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Kentaro Kurihara+ 13 Share Houses “COPY” Photographslast_img read more

  • Protests charge Petraeus = war criminal

    first_imgWW photo: G. DunkelWhether he shows his face in Los Angeles or New York, David Petraeus — the retired general who commanded U.N. and U.S. troops in Afghanistan and then served as head of the CIA — has to confront protesters who call him a mass murderer, war criminal and liar.At the University of Southern California, Petraeus was scheduled to speak at a Veterans Club luncheon on Oct. 10, the twelfth anniversary of the U.S invasion. Within a day of the news leak, with thousands in the street, USC vets canceled the event.In New York, where Petraeus teaches a seminar at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College once a week, an ad hoc coalition has come together to confront him as a war criminal at every class he gives. During a protest at a gala dinner CUNY held Sept. 17, six students were attacked by cops and then arrested.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Pasadena Water & Power to Offer Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater Program

    first_imgGovernment Pasadena Water & Power to Offer Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater Program Published on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | 1:00 pm 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. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) is launching its Laundry-to-Landscape (L2L) Greywater Program, offering workshops, onsite support, and incentives for residential L2L system installations.With a L2L greywater system, homeowners can choose to irrigate their landscape when laundering their clothes, and save from 9,000 to14,000 gallons of water per year, or about $55 to $86 per year for a typical residential customer.The L2L program is open to PWP single-family residential customers. PWP will offer monthly, in-depth training workshops starting September 12 to help customers understand how to install a greywater system. Workshop attendees will also receive an $80 voucher toward the purchase of the L2L greywater system components, as well as resources for onsite technical assistance. The typical costs for parts for a L2L system range from $120 to $250, depending on the size of a resident’s landscape. PWP has teamed with Landscape Warehouse, Pasadena-based retailer, to redeem the voucher for all the necessary supplies.PWP has also partnered with Greywater Action, an industry leader in greywater education, to teach the monthly training workshops. Experienced instructors will lead participants step-by-step through the design process and will demonstrate how to tailor a system to fit their residence. While only L2L greywater systems are legal to install without a permit, workshop instructors will also cover how to comply with California’s rules for using more complex greywater systems.“With the previous success of the turf removal incentive program and drought-tolerant landscaping classes, we are pleased to offer customers another tool to help them do their part to conserve water,” said Eric Klinkner, PWP Interim General Manager.For more information about the L2L Greywater Program, visit www.PWPweb.com/Greywater.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit the City of Pasadena online at  www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

  • Out-Funded And Out-Manned, PCC Students Still Shine At Annual Formula E Competition

    first_imgEducation Out-Funded And Out-Manned, PCC Students Still Shine At Annual Formula E Competition By Gilbert Rivera, Publications Supervisor Published on Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 11:02 am Business News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment The story is a familiar one.A bunch of mildly rag-tag students with a few bucks, recycled parts, and a dream beat seemingly insurmountable odds to win a prestigious engineering competition against over-funded and much more experienced teams.Author Joshua Davis told this story in Spare Parts, a nonfiction book that chronicles the experience of four undocumented Mexican-American students who participate in a prestigious robotics competition. Pitted against elite collegiate engineers, the group’s humble entry – a robot made out of scavenged parts – manages to win.The out-of-nowhere victory served as a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement, a youth-powered, national call-to-action that transformed the immigrant rights debate. It would also go down in history as a modern, urbanized version of David and Goliath.Nearly a year after the release of Davis’ novel, Pasadena City College students from its Design Technology Pathway program penned their own version of Spare Parts.At this year’s milestone 10th annual Formula E Competition – hosted Aug. 6 by the Art Center of College of Design in Pasadena – DTP sent a group of 16 students, many of whom had very little or no experience in engineering and design competitions. The event brought together undergraduate and graduate teams from several regional universities, including more than a dozen from as far way as China.Formula E gives entrants the opportunity to race toy cars piloted by remote on several courses. Under a strict set of rules and guidelines, vehicles entered into the event are built from scratch specifically for Formula E. They are also powered solely by rubber bands (hence the “E” for “Elastic”), making it one of the more unique engineering and design competitions this side of Caltech.And once the book was closed on this year’s competition, the Lancer contingent hauled away multiple design and race awards, including a first-place finish in the challenging Figure 8 course.And they managed to do it with just a few bucks and some recycled spare parts.“The students showed what’s possible at the community college level going up against graduate students and top Chinese students,” said Deborah Bird, Engineering and Technology professor and head of PCC’s DTP program. “This was our Spare Parts at PCC.”PCC students have been competing in Formula E for years, although 2015 marked just the third time DTP students have been involved. Previous Lancers were sent through the college’s Product Design program, and they were traditionally paired with Art Center graduate students – a collaboration that was the brainchild of Stan Kong, a retired PCC instructor and current faculty coordinator and professor in Art Center’s graduate industrial design program.Although DTP students would see some success in past Formula E events, this year was the program’s most successful. That’s because this year, PCC finished first on Art Center’s Sculpture Garden Flats – or more aptly put, Formula E’s ultra-difficult Figure 8 course.Enter Track King, conqueror of this year’s Figure 8.A cursory glance of the Track King will probably leave you with more questions than answers. To the casual observer, it looks like an unfinished, remote-controlled toy made out of wood, bits of plastic and metal, and some rubber.So how the heck does this thing move?By a 16-foot rubber band that bears an uncanny resemblance to something you’d eat at an Italian bistro.“It looks a lot like linguine,” said Ricardo Jose Mendoza, Mechanical Engineering/Automotive Engineering sophomore and designer of Track King.Mendoza built the prize-winning car from scratch over the summer with a design that could probably be described as a little bare bones. But a closer look at Track King will tell you there’s a ton of ingenuity and engineering know-how involved in the four-wheeler.He used his favorite adult-sized car, the 400-plus horsepowered Corvette C7.R, as inspiration for Track King’s design. He also modeled the car’s drive train after the Corvette, which has a linear tunnel design.Simply put, Mendoza really knows cars, a trait that belies a fellow barely exiting his teens.“I’ve known cars since I was big enough to hold a wrench,” said the Temple City High School graduate.Mendoza learned the trade from his father, who served as a mechanic on a National Hot Rod Association professional racing team. “My dad was my biggest influence. I learned how to fix cars from him. Anything dealing with motor parts, I know about it.”Mendoza’s passion for anything automotive intensified in high school, where he enrolled in an ROP design technology course. “The teacher, Dave Dickey, really liked my work. So he asked me to take a look at mechanical engineering as a career path,” he said.The course piqued his curiosity for competition as well. “It first started with in-class competitions. My first big competition was the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Annual Invention Challenge in my senior year.”Competitors were tasked with building a component that moved a golf ball from a one-meter parameter box into another smaller box. Mendoza made it to the second round of the international tourney.“I started really liking the competition,” he said.PCC’s DTP program seemed like a natural fit for Mendoza. So last year, the newly minted freshman joined the program and enrolled in its three-course sequence, from Engineering Design Technology 8A to 8C.In 8B, students are prepped to take an exam to become a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA). Certification is proof of one’s competency in the industry-standard, 3D modeling software primarily used by Design Tech students.It turns out that Mendoza had already passed the SolidWorks exam, something he achieved back in high school with a score of 198 out of a possible 200 total points.The Little Cars That CouldIn 8C, a six-week course held during the summer, Mendoza joined other DTP students for a real-world application of their skillsets: developing entries for the Formula E competition. Most of their time was spent in PCC’s Fabrication Laboratory, or Fab Lab, where PCC’s fabrication units are housed.Armed with blueprints developed in SolidWorks, the students used laser cutters and 3D printers to fabricate most of the materials and components used to build their racers. As the students described it, hours upon hours over the summer were spent in the Fab Lab testing and retesting prototypes.“The Fab Lab was our second home,” said Ngoc Pham, a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major who competed in Formula E with a racer dubbed “The Raptor.”“I still smell rubber bands once in a while,” added Andres Martinez, Pham’s teammate.“Every day, lots of drawings, lots of SolidWorks, so many parts,” Mendoza added.One of the primary guidelines of the competition is that all the materials used to make the vehicles must be accessible and readily available, Martinez said. There are no budget restrictions, and some of the more fully funded teams spent hundreds – even thousands – of dollars on developing multiple prototypes.PCC’s team had no real budget, and a lot of the materials came from whatever the college had housed in the Fab Lab. And with the strain of the rigorous testing, many of the components broke.But instead of buying new ones, the students would repurpose and “recycle” old components.“The idea was to get the highest performance out of the least expensive materials,” Pham said.To prep for this year’s event, the DTP contingent split themselves into seven teams, each with their own single entry. Pham and Martinez paired up with two other students – Charles Ngo and Carl Nartia – to form Team Raptor. Their entry was composed mostly of 1/8” plywood, nylon and metal screws, foam tires, and delrin plastic – a high-performance, reasonably inexpensive material used for mechanical applications. The students used the Fab Lab’s 3D printer to fabricate components for the vehicle’s suspension system.Team RCTK, a duo made up of Mendoza and classmate Christian Robles, used cheaper materials as well. Most of Track King is composed of plywood. Although the drive train is made out more expensive carbon fiber, Mendoza had to create a GoFundMe account to raise money just to pay for it.One Chinese team apparently didn’t have the same funding issues; they had fabricated their racer completely out of aluminum and machined carbon fiber, which costs roughly $16 a pound.“My philosophy is that you don’t have to spent a lot of money, but still have a great car,” said Edgar Vivanco, one of three members of team Black Mantis. Instead of using carbon fiber, Vivanco’s racer employed wooden dowels, which cost about .80 cents a piece.The Black Mantis, which Vivanco astutely describes as a “differential vertical drive model,” was also based on a prototype design from last year’s class. Essentially, the problems that plagued the previous design were reworked and resolved for this year’s Mantis.“I’m proud of how they used their previous knowledge and skills throughout the design process to build and test their vehicles and show up on race day with a working design that held their own,” said Sandy Lee, Engineering and Technology and DTP instructor.“The knowledge these students gain every year in the program informs the next group,” Bird added. “It’s really important to emphasize that the students are solving the problems effectively and elegantly. Just because you can use higher-priced items doesn’t mean it’s always better.”Race DayThe Formula E races take place on Art Center’s campus. Named after popular student-trafficked areas, they include the Sinclair Hill Climb, Ashtray Alley Drag, and the Sculpture Garden Flats. One driver is required to pilot the car through a remote control, and each race has several qualifying heats.On race day, PCC’s team went up against several undergrad and graduate teams. Even professionally backed industry teams came out to compete, including one from Mattel and another from Hot Wheels.The Far-East contingent raised the most eyebrows, observers said. Several design and technology schools from China were represented at Formula E, and they came fully prepared. In fact, the Chinese students had built their own track in Beijing, modeling it after Art Center’s own tracks.The other teams were just as intimidating. There was the Hot Wheels’ entry, which was machined out of carbon fiber and reportedly cost around $2,000 to build. Art Center also had a home team of experienced graduate students who knew the course.If there was a great equalizer, though, it was the mandated, 16-foot “linguine” rubber band required to power each car. To achieve forward motion, the rubber band is bundled onto a rod housed in the racer’s drive train. The rod is then wound clockwise with a power drill.How fast your car goes depends on how many loops are created with the rubber band. More loops create more torque, but power is lost in longer races. Conversely, shorter loops won’t make your car go as fast, but you’ll last longer on the course.The energy stored by the wound-up rubber band is tremendous. Once unleashed, the cars can go up to 30 miles per hour, according to Lee. With that in mind, the courses not only test the skills of the driver, but the durability of the cars.“Even if you hit a slight bump just a tiny bit, your steering will go off,” Lee said. “Cars sometimes spin out. Others just flip over, crash and break apart.”Mendoza had his own challenges as well. Track King was built just a week before the race and had some serious suspension issues. “The rims on the car kept falling apart the night before the race. So I couldn’t sleep.“It was kind of scary going on a track with a car that has a new feel and sensitivity,” he added. “The rims were never tested, but they ended up working out well on race day.”So well that he and teammate Robles finished second by only a couple of milliseconds to Team Dream, a group of students from Beijing Technology and Business University whose full carbon fiber and aluminum car topped the Sinclair Hill Climb.The Corvette-inspired, 14-inch linear drive train on Track King had helped immensely, Mendoza said. He had initially used a wooden drive train, but later replaced it with carbon fiber to withstand the compression force of the spinning rubber band.He had also developed “crush points” on Track King. If the car had a sudden, front-end impact, the front clip assembly (the steering, wheels, and suspension components) would simply slide back on the chassis to absorb the force.Moreover, the car’s inventive, in-wheel floating suspension system, which Mendoza said he dreamed up one summer day, also helped. “When some cars hit a bump, they’d get air and crash. When we ran over a bump, the suspension would just absorb impact and never lose traction.”RCTK’s second-place finish on the uphill climb was somewhat of a surprise. But Track King’s championship run on Figure 8 exceeded everyone’s expectations. One observer noted: “They just came out of nowhere.”Art Center’s Sculpture Garden Flats is a narrow track with multiple turns, all of them 90 degrees. At 322 feet, it’s the longest of all three courses. It’s also riddled with obstacles and bumps.All that didn’t matter, though. Team RCTK clocked in an official time of 19.48 seconds, nearly breaking the Figure 8 course record of 19.19 seconds.Nobody else in the competition, including industry teams that competed in the professional division, broke the 20-second barrier on Figure 8.“My family and relatives were all there,” Mendoza said. “I had butterflies in my stomach because this was really important to me.”At the end of the day, Team RCTK hauled in one track and two design awards: the Figure 8 trophy (which came with a $1,000 check the two teammates split), the Gensler Association Design Innovation Award, and Disney Imagineering “Moonshot” Award.“My mom screamed when I won the Disney award,” Mendoza said. “She’s a big Disney fan.”Team RCTK also finished second, by just one point, in the Best-in-Show category. The award is given to the team that finished with the most points (points are also given for each race) at the end of the day.Team Black Mantis fared well, too. The squad composed of students Arthur Espinosa, Jason Wang, and Vivanco took home the Mattel Hot Wheels “Powerhouse” award for their entry.“Bragging rights,” Vivanco proclaimed.Beyond the TrackFor Pham, Formula E turned out to be a transformative experience. “At first, I knew nothing about cars. I didn’t know all the terms – it was really overwhelming in the beginning.“At the end, I pretty much got it,” she added.Pham’s teammate, Nartia, had a similar experience. He had engineered the entire suspension system for the Raptor, something he had never done before.“I am so proud of the students,” Lee said. “Regardless of any awards, I am proud that they were able to work together in effectively diving into the unknown – ultimately learning new concepts, skills, and facing real project challenges.”As for Mendoza, the creative genius behind the Track King, his future got a whole lot brighter after Formula E. At the end of the day’s competition, toy giants Hasbro and Spin Master approached him with the discussion of possible internships.“I’m just waiting for the phone call,” he said.And Mendoza has already mapped out his entire academic future and beyond. After PCC, he has his eyes set on three top automotive engineering schools: Purdue, Michigan State, and the University of Michigan.It’s not a coincidence the latter two schools happen to be in the same state that General Motors headquarters calls home. “I want to work for GM one day. That’s my dream,” he said. “I’d love to work for their Corvette division.”Not a coincidence as well: the designer of the game-changing 1963 Corvette Sting Ray, Larry Shinoda, went to PCC.“Wow,” Mendoza said, beaming. “I didn’t know that.”Which, in some regards, would be a first.For more information about PCC’s Design Tech Pathway program, visit www.pasadena.edu/designtech. 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