Inside story on Hovingham Hall

Hovingham Hall has opened its doors to visitors this month. Sharon Dale takes a tour of the family home with owner Sir William Worsley. The drawing room at Hovingham Hall was last decorated 82 years ago, not that you’d guess from its pristine yellow walls, which show no signs of old age. “It was done in 1935 but we’ve washed the walls down and they have come up as good as new, though we daren’t move any of the paintings or you’d notice the fading,” says Sir William Worsley, who puts the longevity down to poisonous lead paint, now mostly banned. Sir William Worsley with his wife Marie-Noelle

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He is also careful about how the room is used. It’s for special occasions only and, as the evening progresses, guests are moved down to the stone-floored hunting hall where they can get squiffy and spill their drinks with no risk to the historic décor. The property, which sits in the centre of the village of Hovingham in the Howardian Hills, is a Palladian gem built for Thomas Worsley between 1750 and 1770. The childhood home of the Duchess of Kent, its architecture and interiors are a joy. It is the only house in the world where the front door is approached through a large covered riding school and the grounds include the oldest continually-played-on private cricket ground in England.

You can see it for yourself, as Hovingham Hall is open for a month ending on June 28. The opening fulfils the terms of an English Heritage grant that helped with re-roofing costs. “We had to open for one month a year for 15 years and this is the last year but I think we will continue it because it feels right to share the house,” says Sir William, who adds that opening for longer would destroy the “sparkle” and the feel of what is still a family home. There is no financial incentive as the ticket revenue only just covers the cost of opening. The formal dining room with family portraits Keeping a close eye on money is imperative and, so far, primogeniture hasn’t let the Worsleys down. Successive generations have done a splendid job of preserving the estate, which includes about half the homes in the village, agricultural land and forestry.

Income from the land, which the Worsleys bought in 1563, helps maintain the hall, which costs £100,000 a year to run. If you add in repairs, then the bill doubles to £200,000. “A Labour government allowed us to offset repair bills against tax but then roofers dublin scrapped it. I’m hoping it will be reinstated because it’s all about preserving history and it’s much cheaper to keep these homes in private hands. If they are taken on by the National Trust, they cost the country millions,” says Sir William, who took over from his father in 1987. Farming, he says, is always volatile. Rents from estate properties generate a good income but maintenance costs are high. Forestry, which makes up a third of the land, is not very profitable but it is his great love. It’s why he decided to accept the post of chair of the National Roofer Company, a government-led initiative to turn industrial wastelands in the Midlands into woodland.

The nursery with favourite vintage toys Like many historic home heirs, he studied estate management and is also a chartered surveyor with a genuine love of architecture. His Dutch wife, Marie-Noelle, is a gifted artist and her design skills have been put to good use on the hall’s interiors. “She’s the best room dresser in Britain,” he says. The couple, who have three children, Isabella, Francesca and Marcus, lived in a house nearby until moving to the hall in 2002. Since then they have renovated and improved the property. Re-roofing by roofer dublin was the first job and took two years. Repairs to high-level stonework took another two years and then there was a rewire. Money is now being spent on the “bits you can see”. Their love of art is apparent. Sir William likes modern British and contemporary paintings, while Lady Worsley loves ceramics, so there are plates by York’s Mark Hearld and a new stand-out piece by Merete Rasmussen. Continuous Yellow, a bright contemporary ceramic sculpture, adds zest and dynamism to the Samson room, which is full of classical busts and statues.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/analysis/inside-story-on-hovingham-hall-1-8588434

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Inside story on Hovingham Hall

Hovingham Hall has opened its doors to visitors this month. Sharon Dale takes a tour of the family home with owner Sir William Worsley. The drawing room at Hovingham Hall was last decorated 82 years ago, not that you’d guess from its pristine yellow walls, which show no signs of old age. “It was done in 1935 but we’ve washed the walls down and they have come up as good as new, though we daren’t move any of the paintings or you’d notice the fading,” says Sir William Worsley, who puts the longevity down to poisonous lead paint, now mostly banned. Sir William Worsley with his wife Marie-Noelle

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He is also careful about how the room is used. It’s for special occasions only and, as the evening progresses, guests are moved down to the stone-floored hunting hall where they can get squiffy and spill their drinks with no risk to the historic décor. The property, which sits in the centre of the village of Hovingham in the Howardian Hills, is a Palladian gem built for Thomas Worsley between 1750 and 1770. The childhood home of the Duchess of Kent, its architecture and interiors are a joy. It is the only house in the world where the front door is approached through a large covered riding school and the grounds include the oldest continually-played-on private cricket ground in England.

You can see it for yourself, as Hovingham Hall is open for a month ending on June 28. The opening fulfils the terms of an English Heritage grant that helped with re-roofing costs. “We had to open for one month a year for 15 years and this is the last year but I think we will continue it because it feels right to share the house,” says Sir William, who adds that opening for longer would destroy the “sparkle” and the feel of what is still a family home. There is no financial incentive as the ticket revenue only just covers the cost of opening. The formal dining room with family portraits Keeping a close eye on money is imperative and, so far, primogeniture hasn’t let the Worsleys down. Successive generations have done a splendid job of preserving the estate, which includes about half the homes in the village, agricultural land and forestry.

Income from the land, which the Worsleys bought in 1563, helps maintain the hall, which costs £100,000 a year to run. If you add in repairs, then the bill doubles to £200,000. “A Labour government allowed us to offset repair bills against tax but then roofers dublin scrapped it. I’m hoping it will be reinstated because it’s all about preserving history and it’s much cheaper to keep these homes in private hands. If they are taken on by the National Trust, they cost the country millions,” says Sir William, who took over from his father in 1987. Farming, he says, is always volatile. Rents from estate properties generate a good income but maintenance costs are high. Forestry, which makes up a third of the land, is not very profitable but it is his great love. It’s why he decided to accept the post of chair of the National Roofer Company, a government-led initiative to turn industrial wastelands in the Midlands into woodland.

The nursery with favourite vintage toys Like many historic home heirs, he studied estate management and is also a chartered surveyor with a genuine love of architecture. His Dutch wife, Marie-Noelle, is a gifted artist and her design skills have been put to good use on the hall’s interiors. “She’s the best room dresser in Britain,” he says. The couple, who have three children, Isabella, Francesca and Marcus, lived in a house nearby until moving to the hall in 2002. Since then they have renovated and improved the property. Re-roofing by roofer dublin was the first job and took two years. Repairs to high-level stonework took another two years and then there was a rewire. Money is now being spent on the “bits you can see”. Their love of art is apparent. Sir William likes modern British and contemporary paintings, while Lady Worsley loves ceramics, so there are plates by York’s Mark Hearld and a new stand-out piece by Merete Rasmussen. Continuous Yellow, a bright contemporary ceramic sculpture, adds zest and dynamism to the Samson room, which is full of classical busts and statues.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/analysis/inside-story-on-hovingham-hall-1-8588434

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What is time-sensitive networking?

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) is the most recent leg of the journey that will make critical data available where and, most importantly, when it’s needed. The automotive industry’s use of audio video bridging has evolved into time-sensitive networking for in-vehicle and out-of-vehicle communications.

But what exactly is TSN, and why does it matter?

“On the one hand, time-sensitive networking denotes a set of IEEE 802 standards, which extends the functionality of Ethernet networks to support a deterministic and high-availability communication on Layer 2,” explains Dipl. Ing. André Hennecke, researcher at DFKI, a research center in Kaiserslautern, Germany. “In particular, this includes an improved timing synchronization and a real-time scheduling method, enhancements of the stream reservation protocol, explicit path control and network policing procedures.”

On the other hand, the term “time-sensitive network” is also used to designate a series of acts from different organizations to enable a deterministic communication via Ethernet, not only with a focus on Layer 2, but also with a view on Layer 3 (DetNet), applications and certification processes, such as those from AVnu Alliance, says Hennecke.

“It’s possible to have a network that offers no value to a customer, even though it conveys 100% of the requested information, simply because of the transmission latency it introduces,” warns Doug Taylor, principal engineer, Concept Systems, a system integrator in Albany, Oregon. The aim of TSN is to eliminate that latency for critical data by reserving a traffic lane for those packets.

In the generic sense, TSN is a set of capabilities being added to standard Ethernet to support applications that need deterministic characteristics for data transfer.

At one level, time sensitive networking it is a set of IEEE 802.1 and 802.3 standards, explains Paul Didier, solutions architect manager at Cisco. “The objective is to enhance Ethernet and core standard networking to better support time-sensitive applications, such as industrial automation control,” he says.

“We’re trying to match up standard networking with a lot of the requirements coming out of industrial automation and control. The concept of these control transactions or messages is a little challenging. Control engineers think they’ve got a controller or motor, and there’s a wire between the two of them. Technically, they understand that moving to standard networks and being able to do things in those models makes things a lot easier. Queuing the stuff up is counter-intuitive. They’re looking for deterministic network performance characteristics around latency, jitter and reliability that are easy to implement and use. It gives them an open and interconnected network that allows much more freely flowing information from those devices and to enhance and add to those devices over time, which drives the overall story of the IoT, where you can do off-line or close-to-the-machine. You need access to the data without having to drop extra lines in. It’s about convergence. There’s all of this IIoT, and it’s all about these things using the Internet. Aren’t there different requirements? Isn’t there a reason they haven’t used the Internet? Should we make some modifications?”

At the heart of TSN are mechanisms that provide time synchronization for networked devices and scheduled forwarding of defined traffic flows through the network, explains Markus Plankensteiner, vice president, sales industrial, North America, and global alliance manager, TTTech Computertechnik (www.tttech.com). “Through time synchronization and scheduling, TSN delivers deterministic communication over standard Ethernet, thereby enabling the convergence of critical control traffic with data traffic over one infrastructure without the need for gateways or proprietary solutions,” he says.

“The TSN standards define mechanisms for the time-sensitive transmission of data over Ethernet networks; these in particular address the transmission of data at very low latency and high availability, allowing for time-determination communication and synchronization,” says Sari Germanos, open automation business development manager, B&R Industrial Automation.

Time-sensitive networking is a collection of projects aimed at improving Ethernet, and specifically Internet technologies for time synchronization, explains Joey Stubbs, P.E., North American representative, EtherCAT Technology Group. “These projects are intended to improve routing, pre-emption, time synchronization, security and throughput of Ethernet traffic for A/V streaming and bridging,” he says. The IEEE 802.1 standard encompasses the work of the TSN Task Group, which used to be called the AVB Task Group for audio video bridging.

Fieldbuses are proprietary, well-designed for the applications they support, but getting data out of them is a bear, says Didier. “We can support that much better than the much-less-deterministic methods that we currently have,” he explains. “They have control problems they’re trying to solve. We’ve got an ecosystem we’re trying to build this into. This isn’t going to be a separate network configuration. It’s simply incorporated in the standard tools that you use. The idea is those programs understand the control loops and what information needs to come in and leave. The network will say it can handle it, sometimes with modifications, and push it out into the network. That’s the architecture we’re putting together on top of the IEEE standards.”

Read more: http://www.controldesign.com/articles/2016/what-is-time-sensitive-networking-iiot/

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Man used tow truck to steal cars

State motor vehicle police have arrested a tow truck driver who was using his tow truck to steal cars and sell them to a wrecking yard.

Charlie Roberts, State Motor Police spokesman said, “He’d forge the new titles and sell them as if they were his own.”

Police have tied at least 11 vehicle thefts to the one man but believe he may have stolen many more cars.

The victims started getting phone calls this afternoon with the good and then the bad news. Their stolen cars have been found at the wrecking yard, but most of the cars don’t even resemble a car anymore.

Roberts said, “There have been 11 vehicles stolen from neighborhoods and residences in Orem. The person stealing the cars was using his personal tow truck and taking them to this wrecking yard.”

Police believe the suspect found success because no one was suspicious of a car being towed. Investigators found the 11 stolen cars at the wrecking yard, but four of them have already been crushed and recycled, while seven others have had their parts salvaged.

Roberts says the owner of the yard recognized one of the cars and called them.

Kent Jorgensen, the director of the State Motor Police, said, “He already gutted the tires and wheels and catalytic converters and sold it someplace else. I’m estimating he got at least $200 for that stuff, and then he got over $400 for the car.”

Police found the suspect, 45-year-old George Peahl of Springville, already in jail. He was there on charges including vehicle theft, with a long history of arrests. He now faces felony charges of auto theft and theft by deception.

And while the victims won’t be getting their cars back, they will be getting some cash from the wrecking yard. “The tow truck owner has agreed to pay Blue Book price to the victims, which he doesn’t have to do, that’s his own choice,” Roberts said.

For example, the owner of a stolen 1995 Lincoln Town Car will get $3500. It’s not much, but it’s a better option than taking home what’s left of their car.

Investigators with the state motor police are investigating at other wrecking yards along the Wasatch Front to see if Peahl sold more stolen cars. They also recently busted a similar scheme with another suspect in Davis County.

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Mulally, Nader to enter Automotive Hall of Fame

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally, with the redesigned 2014 Mustang in New York in 2013.

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally and consumer activist Ralph Nader will join Bertha Benz, the wife and business partner of Carl Benz, who invented the gasoline-powered automobile, and engineer Roy Lunn, godfather of the Ford GT40, as the latest inductees into the Automotive Hall of Fame, the museum said Thursday.

The four inductees will be honored at the hall’s 2016 induction and awards ceremony on July 21 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

“We are pleased to induct four individuals whose entrepreneurial spirit helped create today’s global automotive industry,” William R. Chapin, president of the Automotive Hall of Fame, said in a statement. “Each made their unique vision a reality through tenacity, creativity and forward thinking, traits that still drive the auto industry evolution today.”

Mulally, 70, oversaw the team that created the first all-digital airplane, the Boeing 777. He became CEO of Ford in 2006 and steered the company through the severe downturn of 2008-09 before retiring in July 2014.

The museum, in honoring Mulally, credited the former Ford chief with one of the “greatest turnarounds in American business” and his “epic gamble” in approving development of the company’s redesigned, all-aluminum F-150 pickup truck, a first for a major automaker.

“Mulally guided the Ford team in working together on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and relentless implementation of the One Ford plan to successfully guide the company through the U.S. financial crisis and restore Ford’s status as one of the world’s leading automakers,” the hall said in a statement.

Ralph Nader Photo credit: BLOOMBERG

Nader upended the auto industry more than 50 years ago with hislandmark book, “Unsafe At Any Speed,” that exposed safety lapses in General Motor vehicles. The book sparked government hearings and helped introduce a wave of U.S. regulations and spurred Congress to create the federal agency that became the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Lunn, 91, a former Royal Air Force pilot with degrees in mechanical and aeronautical engineering, joined Ford in 1953 to start a new research center in England. In 1962, he and a team of engineers developed a two-seat Ford Mustang I prototype in just 100 days.

Roy Lunn with the Ford GT40 Photo credit: FORD

After Ford CEO Henry Ford II’s attempt to acquire Ferrari collapsed, Lunn took on a special assignment to design and develop a GT racing car. The Ford GT40captured first, second and third places at Le Mans fifty years ago this month and ended Enzo Ferrari’s domination of endurance sports car racing.

Lunn later joined American Motors in 1971 as head of engineering for Jeep and developed what would become the Jeep XJ — the Cherokee and Wagoneer. They were produced for 18 years with total output of nearly 3 million, the hall said.

Bertha Benz was a driving force behind the invention of the automobile. She is widely credited for becomingthe first person, in 1888, to drive an automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen, over a long distance. She also served as her own mechanic on the trip. While she was not an engineer or inventor, the hall said she “must be mentioned at the same time as her husband, Carl Benz, the inventor of the automobile.” They will become the first husband and wife to be inducted into the hall. Carl Benz entered the hall in 1984.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20160609/OEM02/160609813/mulally-nader-to-enter-automotive-hall-of-fame

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Lumber Liquidators Settles Charges Related to Safety of Chinese-Made Laminate Flooring

Company to pay $2.5 million to California state regulators over products’ safety

As part of the agreement, Lumber Liquidators will implement a series of compliance procedures. Shown, the post that handles Lumber Liquidators on New York Stock Exchange in February.ENLARGE
As part of the agreement, Lumber Liquidators will implement a series of compliance procedures. Shown, the post that handles Lumber Liquidators on New York Stock Exchange in February. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Lumber Liquidators Inc. has agreed to pay $2.5 million to California state regulators to settle charges related to the safety of the hardwood-flooring company’s laminate products sourced in China.

The company didn’t admit wrongdoing, according to a regulatory filing, and Lumber Liquidators said the California Air Resources Board “concluded its review with no formal finding of violation or admission of wrongdoing on the part of the company.”

Shares in the company rose 11% to $13.39 midday, though they are still down more than 20% so far this year.

As part of the agreement, Lumber Liquidators will implement a series of compliance procedures to ensure its flooring products comply with CARB’s formaldehyde standards, which are the most stringent in the country. The company and CARB have also agreed to collaborate to establish best practices and protocols for testing flooring products with the aim of setting a new industry standard.

Lumber Liquidators came under fire after a “60 Minutes” segment last March alleged the company sold laminate flooring with unsafe levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen. The report has pummeled the company’s stock, and led to sharp declines in sales and the departures of several top executives, including the CEO at the time.

In February, federal regulators said certain types of its laminate flooring are three times as likely to cause cancer than it previously reported.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention corrected an error in a previous report it had issued, which said the flooring contained levels of formaldehyde that could cause minor health issues but posed little chance for increased cancer risk.

On Tuesday, Chief Executive John Presley pointed to consumer-safety initiatives the company has taken over the past year.

“We strengthened our quality assurance procedures, launched the largest voluntary testing program in our nation’s history and, in May 2015, voluntarily suspended the sale of all laminate flooring sourced from China,” he said.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/lumber-liquidators-settles-charges-related-to-safety-of-chinese-made-laminate-flooring-1458665403

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Green Building talk explores energy-efficient roofing materials

Considering a new roof in the not-too-distant future? Residents can learn about options for durability, environmental performance and curb appeal at a free Green Building Program 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

Tyler Allwood

Tyler Allwood

“Beyond Reflectivity: The Future of Energy Efficient Roofing” will feature a presentation by Tyler Allwood.

Over 43 percent of all electricity consumed in Valley homes is used for air conditioning. Roofs that reflect the desert sun’s heat back into space and help keep building interiors comfortable offer attractive savings on energy costs for air conditioning.

“Cool” roofs also reduce ambient air temperature, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

The program will discuss energy-efficient roofing products and the pros and cons of using reflective roofing surfaces, ventilation, insulative materials and innovative roofing products.

Mr. Allwood will share his experience with energy efficiency, performance and durability of roofing products in the harsh desert environment. He is the national director of Technical Services and Systems for Eagle Roofing Products, the largest USA owned concrete roof tile manufacturer.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Scottsdale Green Building Program. The lectures are free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.

 

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