In Las Vegas, eye in the sky guards money, not guests
People who travel to Vegas and stay in the casino hotels think they’re safe because of the cameras. They’d better think again. There are thousands of cameras on the casino floor, but not in hotel hallways, where crimes are more likely to occur.
Tourist Allyson Rainey said she wishes she’d known no one was monitoring the hallways of Harrah’s hotel-casino before her computer was stolen from her room last year. A police detective caught the thief after spotting him clutching her distinctive laptop bag in hotel lobby footage.
But Rainey said more cameras at the Caesars-owned hotel could have prevented the crime.
Silent dining: the latest restaurant gimmick?
You’re trying to have a relaxing meal with your spouse when it’s interrupted by loud conversation or a constantly ringing cell phone. Is there anything you can do? You can try a restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, which is banning talk altogether.
[The restaurant is] piloting a “silent dining” event in which no one speaks for a 90-minute meal. Last month there were 17 diners at Eat participating without words in the first of what may become a monthly event, and after a chance to inform servers about allergies, there was total silence.
Modern cruise ships rely on diesel engines to generate enough electricity to power the ship as well as pump cool air, and give fresh water. If one of those electrical cables is knocked out by a fire, like it did on the Carnival Triumph and the Carnival Splendor, the ship becomes crippled and passengers will have to make do without some services. To prevent that from happening, Carnival is rewiring its ships to minimize the chance of a repeat.
“While we had a large number of diesel generators still operational, we were unable to provide power to the ship,” [Carnival Corp.'s vice president for technical operations Mark] Jackson said. “So we are going to reroute the cables that run from the forward engine room through the aft engine room [and] that could cause a potential vulnerability.
“If we lose one engine room, we don’t want to lose the other,” Jackson said.
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