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USS Howick Hall (ID-1303)

USS Howick Hall was a cargo ship launched in 1910 and in service till 1942. She served in the United States Navy from 1918 to 1919. Howick Hall was built as the commercial cargo ship SS Howick Hall in 1910 at Port Glasgow, Scotland, by the William Hamilton Company. In 1914 she was sold to the United States Steel Products Company of New York City, she was sold to the Isthmian Line in 1915. In September 1917, the United States Army acquired Howick Hall for use as a cargo ship during World War I; the U. S. Navy acquired Howick Hall from the U. S. Army on 24 August 1918. Assigned Identification Number 1303, she was commissioned at Baltimore, the same day as USS Howick Hall with Lieutenant Commander Gust E. Jonsson in command. Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Howick Hall loaded cargo at Baltimore and joined a convoy at New York City. From there she steamed to St. Nazaire, which she reached on 30 September 1918, she discharged her cargo and returned to Baltimore, where she arrived on 31 October 1918.

It proved to be her only wartime voyage in U. S. Navy service, as World War I ended on 11 November 1918. Howick Hall's second and final voyage in U. S. Navy service began at Newport News, where she loaded cargo for Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France, on 25 December 1918. From there Howick Hall went to Bassens for fuel, on 3 February 1919 departed for the United States. However, a case of spinal meningitis in her crew necessitated her stopping at Bermuda on 21 February 1919. Ship and crew were placed in quarantine and denied communication with the island of Bermuda until she departed for Newport News on 25 February 1919. After calling at Newport News, Howick Hall arrived at Baltimore on 5 March 1919 and decommissioned there on 13 March 1919, she was returned to her former owners the same day. Once again SS Howick Hall, she returned to commercial service, she was renamed SS Doverden in 1929 sold in 1930 to the Exeter Shipping Company of London, England. In 1931 she was sold to the McAllum Steamship Company of London in 1932 to Lambert Brothers of London again in 1935 to H.

Constant of London. Doverden was sold for scrap in 1935, but was saved from scrapping when Ditta Luigi Pittaluga Vapori of Genoa, purchased her and placed her in service as the Italian commercial cargo ship SS Ircania. In 1937 she was sold to the S. A. Cooperativa di Nav Garibaldi of Genoa, served as an Italian supply ship in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War of 1935-1936; the U. S. Maritime Commission acquired Ircania on 24 June 1941 at Jacksonville and renamed her SS Raceland; the Maritime Commission transferred Raceland to the South Atlantic Line on 31 December 1941. In South Atlantic Line service early in World War II, Raceland joined Convoy PQ 13, which departed Boston, for Reykjavík, continued to Murmansk in the northern Soviet Union. Raceland was in Convoy PQ 13 on the Reykjavík-Murmansk leg of its voyage when she was bombed and sunk by German bombers south of Bear Island on 28 March 1942 at position 72°40′N 020°20′E. Two of four lifeboats her crew launched were lost in heavy seas; the remaining two reached the coast of Norway, after constant rowing, with 22 men dead from the cold.

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. Department of the Navy: Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: S. S. Howick Hall. USS Howick Hall, 1918-1919 NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Howick Hall ID 1303)

Solar combisystem

A solar combisystem provides both solar space heating and cooling as well as hot water from a common array of solar thermal collectors backed up by an auxiliary non-solar heat source. Solar combisystems may range in size from those installed in individual properties to those serving several in a block heating scheme; those serving larger groups of properties district heating tend to be called central solar heating schemes. Many types of solar combisystems are produced - over 20 were identified in the first international survey, conducted as part of IEA SHC Task 14 in 1997; the systems on the market in a particular country may be more restricted, however, as different systems have tended to evolve in different countries. Prior to the 1990s such systems tended to be custom-built for each property. Since commercialised packages have developed and are now used. Depending on the size of the combisystem installed, the annual space heating contribution can range from 10% to 60% or more in ultra-low energy Passivhaus-type buildings.

The remaining heat requirement is supplied by one or more auxiliary sources in order to maintain the heat supply once the solar heated water is exhausted. Such auxiliary heat sources may use other renewable energy sources and, rechargeable batteries. During 2001, around 50% of all the domestic solar collectors installed in Austria, Switzerland and Norway were to supply combisystems, while in Sweden it was greater. In Germany, where the total collector area installed was much larger than in the other countries, 25% was for combisystem installations. Combisystems have been installed in Canada since the mid-1980s; some combisystems can incorporate solar thermal cooling in summer. Following the work of IEA SHC Task 26, solar combisystems can be classified according to two main aspects. Maintaining stratification is important so that the combisystem can supply hot or cool water and space heating and cooling water at different temperatures. A solar combisystem may therefore be described as being of CS, etc..

Within these types, systems may be configured in many different ways. For the individual house they may – or may not – have the storage tanks and auxiliary heater and cooler integrated into a single prefabricated package. In contrast, there are large centralised systems serving a number of properties; the simplest combisystems – the Type A – have no "controlled storage device". Instead they pump warm water from the solar collectors through underfloor central heating pipes embedded in the concrete floor slab; the floor slab is thickened to provide thermal mass and so that the heat and cool from the pipes is released during the evening. The size and complexity of combisystems, the number of options available, mean that comparing design alternatives is not straightforward. Useful approximations of performance can be produced easily, however accurate predictions remain difficult. Tools for designing solar combisystems are available, varying from manufacturer's guidelines to nomograms to various computer simulation software of varying complexity and accuracy.

Among the software and packages are CombiSun and the free SHWwin. Other commercial systems are available. Solar combisystems use underfloor heating and cooling. Concentrating solar thermal technology may be used to make the collectors as small as possible. Solar combisystems use similar technologies to those used for solar hot water and for regular central heating and underfloor heating, as well as those used in the auxiliary systems - microgeneration technologies or otherwise; the element unique to combisystems is the way that these technologies are combined, the control systems used to integrate them, plus any stratifier technology that might be employed. By the end of the 20th century solar hot water systems had been capable of meeting a significant portion of domestic hot water requirements in many climate zones; however it was only with the development of reliable low-energy building techniques in the last decades of the century that extending such systems for space heating became realistic in temperate and colder climatic zones.

As heat demand reduces, the overall size and cost of the system is reduced, the lower water temperatures typical of solar heating may be more used - when coupled with underfloor heating or wall heating. The volume occupied by the equipment reduces, which increases the flexibility of its location. In common with other heating systems in low-energy buildings, system performance is more sensitive to the number of occupants, room temperature and ventilation rates, when compared to regular buildings where such effects are small in relation to the higher overall energy demand. Geothermal heat pump Renewable heat concentrating solar Renewable energy Solar cooling Solar heating Central solar heating Solar thermal energy IEA SHC Task 26 official site The European Altener Programme Project: Solar Com

Pequannock Township School District

The Pequannock Township School District is a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade from Pequannock Township, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's five schools had an enrollment of 2,256 students and 179.5 classroom teachers, for a student–teacher ratio of 12.57:1. The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "GH", the third-highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J. During the 2009-10 school year, Hillview School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive. NAMM named the district in its 2008 survey of the "Best Communities for Music Education", which included 110 school districts nationwide.

Schools in the district are: Elementary schools Stephen J. Gerace Elementary School - 306 students Mr. Matthew Reiner, Principal Hillview Elementary School - 373 students Michael Portas, Principal North Boulevard Elementary School - 302 students Theodore Loeffler, PrincipalMiddle school Pequannock Valley Middle School - 569 students Richard M. Hayzler, PrincipalHigh school Pequannock Township High School - 706 students Dr. Alicia Scelso, Principal Core members of the district's administration are: Michael Portas, Superintendent Kateryna Bechtel, Business Administrator / Board Secretary Pequannock Township School District Pequannock Township School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education Pequannock Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics

In Rock World Tour

The In Rock World Tour was a successful worldwide concert tour by British hard rock group Deep Purple. The tour began in July 1970, after the release of their album In Rock, lasted 15 months, until September 1971; the band visited 3 continents, with dates in the UK, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Iceland, Canada, USA and Australia. In July 1970, Deep Purple's MKII released In Rock; the album became a worldwide hit, with hits like "Black Night", "Into the Fire", "Speed King" and "Child In Time". It was the band's first hard rock album. In Rock put the band into the list of pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal, alongside Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath; the album sold several million copies worldwide. Increasing popularity and commercial success resulted in a worldwide tour, including an Australian leg, as In Rock charted at number one there. "Speed King" "Hush" "Into The Fire" "Child In Time" "Living Wreck" "Wring That Neck" ~Brubeck's Unsquare Dance~Bach's Violin Partita no.3 in E Major~Bach's Gavotte en Rondeau~Grieg's Morning Mood~Greensleeves instrumental ~White Christmas instrumental "Mandrake Root"~The Mule riff~You Really Got Me "Paint It Black" "Drum solo"Encores: "Black Night" "Lucille" They played a "Down the Line" jam with Keith Emerson on 30 March 1970 at the Berlin Peace Pop World Concert.

Deep Purple kicked off the tour at the Bedford Town football ground in Bedford, UK, soon visited German stadiums. MK II's first USA leg followed, Purples headlined "National Pop&Blues festival". 25 August, Deep Purple made the USA premiere of Concerto for Group and Orchestra with Los Angeles Philharmonic, at Los Angeles's Hollywood Bowl, in front of 15,000 people. Setlist for the show was: First set Speed King Hush Wring That Neck Mandrake Root Child In Time Black NightSecond set – Concerto For Group And Orchestra:First Movement – Allegro moderato Second Movement – Andante Third Movement – Vivace prestoThey returned to Europe in August, played their first full tour of France, including one show in Paris's legendary Olympia hall. Scandinavia saw Purple shows after French Tour, Live album was recorded at K. B. Hallen, Copenhagen; this was the first rock live for Metallica's drummer Lars Ulrich. Ulrich remembers the show as one of the greatest live he has seen, says that this show, Ian Paice's drumming influenced him to become a rock-drummer.

Lars: "That was the famous gig where in a newspaper article the day after everybody talked about Deep Purple, I remember they played a lot of new songs, I was all of nine years old". After many European dates, the band headed to their first Australian Tour. Deep Purple first visited Australia as part of an groundbreaking, sell-out package tour with Free and Manfred Mann, supported by local Santana-inspired Latin-rock band Pirana; the tour played four states in as many days, breaking all previous attendance records for rock shows in Australia. It was an influential tour for the local scene, giving Aussie audiences their first direct experience of the heavy-rock style being pioneered by bands such as the headliners, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Up to that time, fans had been reliant on records, on cover versions performed by local bands like The Dave Miller Set; the tour played to capacity crowds for one night each in Perth and Adelaide on 6 and 8 May followed by Sydney on 9 May with two nights in Melbourne at the Festival Hall on 7 and 9 May.

The first Melbourne show on Friday 7 May ran overtime by more than two hours, finishing after 1.00am. Over 5000 fans were turned away, so a second show on the Sunday 9 May was hastily arranged for the benefit of fans who missed the first performance. According to GO-SET, Deep Purple's first Melbourne performance was troubled by equipment problems, as was Free's set at the Sydney concert. Earlier on 9 May the four groups had played at a rapturously-received outdoor daytime performance at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, attended by over 30,000 people. Segments of the concert were filmed by the ABC's GTK, the tour received extensive coverage in the GO-SET edition of 22 May, with reviews of both the Melbourne and Sydney shows by Ed Nimmervoll and David Elphick.. On 18 June band played their first gig in Reykjavík at Laugardalls Hall. Another massive North American leg followed Europe again and back to USA, including one show at New York City's Felt Forum; the 28 August 1970 show at the Jam Factory in San Antonio, Texas featured a guitar fill-in by Christopher Cross, ten years before his own rise to fame, after Blackmore had a bad reaction to a flu shot.

The In Rock Tour ended in Chicago's Auditorium Theater. Live in Stockholm – CD – recorded 12 November 1970 Scandinavian Nights – CD – recorded 12 November 1970 Deep Purple in Concert – CD – recorded 1970–1972 Ian Gillanvocals Ritchie Blackmore – guitar Jon Lord – hammond organ, keyboards Roger Gloverbass Ian Paicedrums Deep Purple Tour Page – 1968 until today


Lytx is a San Diego, California based technology company that designs and sells video telematics products used by commercial and public-sector fleets to help improve driver safety and business productivity. Products include risk detection, fleet tracking, driver safety programs that use artificial intelligence and analysts to identify risky driving behaviors and report real-time fleet information; the company's clients include waste management and sanitation companies and distribution, government and municipality vehicles, passenger transit, utilities and field services. Lytx provides compliance services for trucking fleets regulated by the U. S. Department of Transportation. Lytx DriveCam, Inc. was founded in 1998 by Gary Rayner. Rayner wanted a version of a "black box recorder" that could identify the root cause of vehicle crashes, which could provide clues about how to avoid such accidents in the future. Rayner developed a driver recording system that could gather data from incident and driving recordings to provide insight into driver behavior and other factors influencing crashes.

In 1999, DriveCam received a grant from the Transportation Research Board to test the viability and utility of information captured by the DriveCam Video Event Data Recorder. In 1999, Gary Rayner met Tom Lafleur at an engineering conference, Lafleur became the lead investor for an angel investment group that made the initial outside investment in DriveCam. Lafleur joined the company as chief technology officer and served as a board member where he remained until the company's acquisition in 2016. In early 2000, Ed Andrew joined as President while Gary Rayner managed the hardware and software product development teams. Rayner remained with the company as CEO and Chairman of the board until April 2003. By November 2002, the company received three patents for technology related to its DriveCam video event data recorder. In 2005, DriveCam was included on Inc. Magazine's list of the 500 fastest-growing held companies in the U. S. and remained on this list for three consecutive years. In 2006, the company was listed as one of the top 200 contenders for the Red Herring 100 North America list.

In 2007, DriveCam partnered with American Family Insurance to provide a video feedback program in which parents could review the driving actions of their teens. In 2010, the Teen Safe Driver Program was awarded the 2010 Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award by the National Safety Council. Scientists at the University of Iowa used the program to produce a 70% reduction in risky driving behavior; as of 2017, the company no longer offers the DriveCam for Families program. In September 2008, Brandon Nixon became the company's CEO. In 2008, the company introduced RiskPredict, a pattern-recognition software that could be used to help predict the riskiest drivers within a fleet. Through a process of scoring and tracking the results of individual driver behaviors, the model identifies those behaviors that would most lead to a collision. In 2009, the company launched a driver management portal. In 2010, DriveCam added new clients including Sysco and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority; the company extended its contracts with AmeriGas and Waste Connections.

In 2010, DriveCam was listed as No. 30 on the Wall Street Journal's List of Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies. In 2010, DriveCam released fuel management and real-time fleet tracking services. In April 2011, DriveCam was awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement by the General Services Administration for the purchase of in-vehicle video recorders and driver feedback systems. In August 2011, DriveCam became an awarded National Joint Purchasing Alliance vendor. In 2011, ONEOK, Public Service Electric and Gas Co. Waste Industries and Pat Salmon & Sons joined as new clients. DriveCam expanded its operations internationally with contracts in Canada and South Africa. In December 2011, DriveCam announced its acquisition of Rair Technologies, LLC, a provider of compliance services for commercial trucking fleets. Upon completion of the acquisition, Rair maintained its headquarters in Brookfield, WI. In February 2013, DriveCam added Greyhound Lines as a client, and on November 4, 2013, the company changed its corporate name from DriveCam Inc. to Lytx Inc.

In 2014, Lytx added Con-way Freight as a client. The same year, Sentry Insurance and ARI Insurance announced they would provide their insured commercial clients with subsidies to defray the cost of adopting the DriveCam event recorder. In 2014, The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducted a study of heavy truck and bus collisions, they found that Lytx's video-based driver safety program has the potential to reduce fatalities and injuries. In 2015, Lytx launched its ActiveVision service at the American Trucking Associations' annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia; the service uses machine vision technology to identify patterns that may be indicative of distracted and drowsy driving such as lane departures and following distances. In 2017, the company launched Lytx Video Services, adding access to near livestream video and continuous recording up to 100 hours; the company added Walmart and U. S. Xpress as clients along with UK based tour coach company The Travellers Choice.

At the start of 2018, the company announced it had products in more than 3,000 commercial and government fleets with more than 850,000 drivers. In 2018, Nationwide partnered with the company to add the DriveCam safety program to Nationwide's long-haul trucking fleets. Frost & Sullivan reported Lytx's market share at more than 60% of the video telematics market