Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Fresno, CA) — The Bees scored five runs over the final two innings to outlast the Grizzlies 10-9 in Fresno.Matt Thaiss crushed a bases-clearing double in the top of the ninth to put Salt Lake up for good. Justin Bour and Jose Rojas went deep for the Bees as they won the series opener.They’ll clash with the Grizzlies again tonight in Fresno. May 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local Bees Outlast Grizzlies Tags: PCL/Salt Lake Bees Written by
Dearborn Market, HolmdelDJ Luccarelli and his niece, Emily Lucarelli, marketing director for Dearborn Farms,.The family business is now in its fourth generation.Dearborn Market, Holmdel, formerly Dearborn Farms, is the Luccarelli family and has been since 1925. The land on the corner of Centerville Road and Route 35, was farmed by current marketing director Emily Luccarelli’s great grandfather, Frank Sr. and grandfather Dominick.Frank Luccarelli , Emily’s dad, is the market’s president and oversees the operation with his brother DJ. Dearborn has been on the same site for 86 years and started its retail operation in the 1960s.The deli and greenhouses were added in the 1980s and the market continues to be a destination for fresh produce, baked goods, gift baskets, garden plants and supplies even as the farmland that dominated the Holmdel area turns into housing tracks, condominiums and commercial enterprises.“Besides our base produce, grocery, and baked goods day-in, day-out business, there are seasonal spurts,” Emily says, “with our garden center busy during the spring/summer growing season, and our gift business picking up during the holidays.”Dearborn also works closely with schools, clubs and groups who sell their homemade pies as fundraisers and have done so for years.What sets Dearborn apart, Emily says, is its Italian food and specialty items. It’s Italian sampler basket of non-perishable salami, cheeses and antipasto items is a popular item for locals and area residents who move out of state. It can be ordered and picked up in the store or ordered on-line as a present or even a gift to yourself.Emily smiles when she tells the story of a customer who moved to Seattle and could not get Dearborn Italian sausage they were accustomed to. “They called and begged us to ship the sausage,” Emily says; “ they would have even taken it frozen. But, “she continues, “we found a way to pack and ship overnight for them and they could not have been happier.”Dearborn has done catalogues and direct mail but finds, like Delicious Orchards and Sickles, word of mouth and repeat customers are the best advertising. Dearborn reaches out to its internet savvy customers through Facebook and Twitter and is in the process of a major upgrade to its website and on-line ordering.“Our new website will offer customers a lot more flexibility in what they order, how it is packaged and shipped,” Emily explains. “However, today,” she points out, “ Holmdel and the surrounding communities are pretty mature areas where shoppers are use to, and enjoy, traditional ‘go to the store’ shopping experiences. “It’s our job to maintain that side of the business,” she says, “and also to prepare for the future where web savvy customers want to order on-line and have their food or gift items delivered or shipped.”Website: http://www.dearbornmarket.com Story & Photos by Art PetrosemoloThree of Monmouth Country’s popular “farm markets” have made the transition to the 21st century big time. Behind the pies and produce, they have a strong web presence and are taking on-line orders from across the country, as well as communicating with customers through social networking platforms including Facebook and Twitter.These days, when most of us have friends and family spread across the globe, it’s nice to know that we can send them a taste of home with just a few clicks of the mouse.Sickles Market, Little SilverBob Sickles, Sickles Market, runs his family’s 103-year old specialty food market and garden center in Little Silver. The market sits on family land that dates back to a Kings Grant in 1663 and his dad, 84 is still working. He farms the land and the results – both fruits and vegetables – are sold in the market.Sickles went from a seasonal operation to year-round in the mid 1990s and added a new building to support its growth. It sells local produce, baked goods, gourmet groceries, meats, artisan cheese, flowers and gifts and, during the growing season, has a very large garden center.Some 130 employees keep Sickles a customer-focused store and Bob sees that both his sales people and managers are trained in service and empowered to make things right.To separate itself from the competition, Sickles likes to sell unique, local products both in the store and on-line. One of its recent successes is Mazi Piri-Piri hot sauce developed by a local chef Peter Mantas that was featured in Saveur magazine and on the magazine website.Bob recently returned from a buying trip to Italy and the market as well as the on-line store will feature many, non-perishable, authentic items from different parts of Italy including cookies, candies, olive oil and the like.“Business is still seasonal,” Bob says, “ but on-line sales, fresh produce, and the other unique offerings of the market, keep the operation busy during the slower times and allow me to maintain a trained staff year round.”James Davidson runs the Sickles on-line store and Jackie Hall, a recent edition to the team, oversees the market’s customer service program. “We have the greatest respect for Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor (MI),” Bob says, “and the way they go to market and service their customers with a variety of focused businesses. We learned a great deal from them that has been personalized for our operation.”On-line sales are still a small but a growing part of Sickles business and Bob emphasizes, “We are learning what makes sense for us. Our customers want unique items they cannot buy elsewhere and although the goods may not be the lowest in price, they recognize the ‘value’ and quality and that’s what keeps them coming back or ordering on-line.”Besides Bob’s dad who works every day, his mom handles the mail, brother Ted runs the nursery, daughter Tori does marketing and wife Leslie handles some gift sales. It’s just the way Sickles retail and on-line customers want it.Website: http://shop.sicklesmarket.comDelicious Orchards, Colts NeckBill McDonald, owner of Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck, met his wife when they worked for DO for the Barclay family as teens. Bob’s daughter Keri says once her dad got his hands on produce, he knew what he wanted to do. “You can still find him, most mornings, stacking tomatoes and talking to customers,” she says.Like Sickles and Dearborn, Delicious Orchards was a small farm stand at Eastmont (Route 537, Colts Neck). Owner Carroll W. Barclay began to move from its traditional farm, wholesale roots to a mix of wholesale and retail after WW II. He opened a small stand in 1959, built a 1200 foot site the following year and added three additions as business grew to its current size. The Barclay family (which still operates Eastmont Orchards) sold to a management team including Bill McDonald in the late 1970s. Bill’s partners retired during the last decade and Delicious Orchards is now all McDonald family owned and operated.Three of the McDonald children – Keri, Mike and Erin – on the job at Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck.Keri , who does some of the marketing and handles gift boxes and baskets, her sister Erin and brothers Chris and Mike are all part of the Delicious Orchards management. “We all worked here growing up; we went to college, came back and pretty much asked our dad if he would take us into the business,” Keri says. “This truly is a family run operation.”Some 200 employees keep Delicious Orchards running and it prides itself on high quality, no preservatives, baked or made on premise goods. People come from far and wide for the apple cider, pies, bread, cinnamon or powdered donuts and they leave the store with a lot more. More than 2.5 million people visit DO every year, many during the peak fall harvest months.DO has sold through catalogs since the 1980 and mailings reached their high in the early 1990s. “Increased cost of printing and postage has made mass catalog mailings impossible today,” Keri explains, “but the growth of the internet and on-line sales has taken up the slack.”“Food always has been a good gift or thank you,” she says, “for people who have just about everything. And, if they are quality goods, something remembered from their childhood, attractively packaged (box or basket) and wrapped, it continues to make an impression.”DO handles its on-line and catalog order fulfillment from the original Eastmont site employing a number of customer service and fulfillment people seasonally to meet order demand. DO communicates with its customer base through Facebook and Twitter and has made the transition to servicing a clientele with changing purchasing habits.Keri says that customers favor boxes rather than baskets in on-line ordering and lean toward assortments of fruits, cookies and brownies. The DO boxes are printed and wrapped with a special ribbon for presentation.Delicious Orchards is celebrating its 100th anniversary this season and recently printed its second cookbook with many traditional recipes used at the store for decades, some of which feature DO items exclusively.Website: http://www.deliciousorchardsnjonline.com
Here are a few more examples illustrating why the imitation of nature is one of the hottest trends in science.Make Like a SnakeSnakes typically crawl with a side-to-side wiggling motion. Can a snake crawl through a tunnel? “University of Cincinnati biologist Bruce Jayne studied the mechanics of snake movement to understand exactly how they can propel themselves forward like a train through a tunnel,” reports Science Daily. It was that curiosity that led to the headline, “Snake research could advance robotics to move through narrow tunnels after a disaster.” Curiosity – Observation of design – Imitation of design. That seemed to be Jayne’s reasoning process. What he found was a new superpower in nature that inspires imitation.Snakes are known for their iconic S-shaped movements. But they have a less noticeable skill that gives them a unique superpower.Snakes can crawl in a straight line.Straight-line or ‘rectilinear’ motion has been observed, but not studied in detail till now.When the snake inches forward, the skin on its belly flexes far more than the skin over its ribcage and back. The belly scales act like treads on a tire, providing traction with the ground as the muscles pull the snake’s internal skeleture forward in an undulating pattern that becomes fluid and seamless when they move quickly.The snake’s muscles are sequentially activated from the head toward the tail in a remarkably fluid and seamless way.Readers can ignore the superfluous Darwinese that asserts dogmatically, “Snakes evolved from burrowing ancestors.” What follows is Lamarckian, anyway. Jayne’s colleague Steven Newman claims that since straight-line movement is efficient for burrowing ancestors, it must have evolved. Funny that slithering in a straight line didn’t happen with gophers or badgers.What’s more important is the inspiration for future intelligent design research: “Newman said robots that can harness a snake’s rectilinear motion could have profound applications.” Jayne and Newman both seem more fascinated by the observations of “amazing contortions” these animals can make. They have 4 modes of locomotion: serpentine, concertina, sidewinding and rectilinear.“They move in so many fascinating ways. Is that because they have such an incredible diversity of motor patterns that the nervous system can generate?” he said.“Even though all snakes have the same body plan, there are fully aquatic snakes, snakes that move on flat surfaces, snakes that move in a horizontal plane, snakes that climb. They go everywhere,” he said. “And the reason they can go everywhere is they have so many different ways of controlling their muscles. That’s pretty intriguing.“Make Like a StingrayMore inspiration for robotics comes from an unlikely source: the stingray. Phys.org reports happenings in UCLA labs:UCLA bioengineering professor Ali Khademhosseini has led the development of a tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray. The new technology could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics.What caught the professor’s attention was the simple body design of these graceful swimmers. But the outward simplicity is deceptive; underneath are muscles, nerves, and all the other requirements for life. Khademhosseini ‘s soft robot is a very cheap imitation that cheats by borrowing some of the ray’s own cells:The 10-millimeter long robot is made up of four layers: tissue composed of live heart cells, two distinct types of specialized biomaterials for structural support, and flexible electrodes. Imitating nature, the robotic stingray is even able to “flap” its fins when the electrodes contract the heart cells on the biomaterial scaffold.Even so, he says, “The development of such bioinspired systems could enable future robotics that contain both biological tissues and electronic systems.”Make Like a BirdFixed-wing aircraft are crude compared to the flexible, dynamic wings of a bird. Korean engineers are playing catch-up, testing prototypes of aerial vehicles that can fly freely with independently-controlled wings. Before announcing their latest development, they first criticize today’s planes and helicopters in Science Daily‘s coverage:Aerial vehicles in a typical category have main wings fixed to the body (fuselage) in an integrated form. Shape of main wings, namely airfoil, produces lift force, thanks to aerodynamic interaction with air, and achieves commensurate energy efficiency. Yet, it is difficult for them to make agile movements due to the large turn radius. Banking the aerial vehicle that accounts for eventual turn comes from the adjustment of small ailerons mounted on the trailing edge of the wings.Aerial vehicles in another typical category gain thrust power by rotating multiple propellers. They can make agile movements by changing speed of motors rotating the propellers. For instance, pitch (movement up and down along vertical axis) down for moving forward with quadcopters is executed by increased speed of two rear rotors and unchanged or decreased speed of two front rotors. Rotor represents revolving part of motor. However, they are even less energy-efficient, owing to the absence of lift force created by wings.Could you get both benefits in one craft? Yes, by making like a bird. Although discussion of the new “Nsphere drone” with independently-controlled wings doesn’t mention birds, the connection is obvious. This new drone achieves new levels of “energy efficiency, swiftness and speed” beyond current aircraft designs (think falcons). You might see something like it delivering your future Amazon.com packages, they say. Not carrier pigeons?Make a MuscleNational Geographic reports on progress in making “artificial muscles” that act more like real muscles, and are becoming cheaper to manufacture. “Turning to nature, the University of Colorado Boulder scientists set out to engineer a lifelike muscle that was cheap, flexible, and strong.” Their product takes inspiration from the hummingbird, the elephant, and the octopus. While they want to make soft robots that are more lifelike, the test products have nowhere near the complexity of living muscle. They can just move under the intelligent direction of engineers.Give Biomimetics the Seal of ApprovalIn a final case, Phys.org reports that Korean scientists have used 3-D printing to imitate the whiskers of pinnipeds, a group of semi-aquatic mammals that includes seals and sea lions. As we shared 12/08/17, sea lions have “unique whiskers that help them catch even the fastest fish” (The Conversation). These whiskers—the longest of any animal—inspired the scientists to use them to make an underwater vortex sensor that uses “soft robotics” technology.“This paper is a wonderful example of bioinspired soft robotics. The authors have used observations of a natural system to build a materials-based sensor that can be used on underwater robots for better positional control, navigation, and object detection,” says Editor-in-Chief Barry A. Trimmer, PhD, who directs the Neuromechanics and Biomimetic Devices Laboratory at Tufts University (Medford, MA).The new sensor gathers analog data from the artificial whiskers, then digitizes it for a microcontroller.Support biomimetics. It’s improving the world in countless ways. Let’s rid the world once for all of scientifically useless Darwinian storytelling, with all its evil baggage. The science of the future is here by imitating nature’s superlative designs. (Visited 349 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
18 August 2009 The South African government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring the safety of all visitors and football fans during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said the government would pull out all the stops to uphold South Africa’s event security reputation during the 30-day tournament. “The safety of our people and our visitors is non-negotiable,” Ndebele said. “For the past five years the issue of security was perhaps the most consistently voiced issue by the international community. While some of it could be attributed to a fear of the unknown, such concerns must be attended to.” He said South Africa’s law enforcement agencies were constantly improving on their capacity to secure major international events. “Our law enforcement agencies have proven their might to create secure environments during the Confederations Cup and past major events hosted by our country. They will continue to improve on their capacity to deal with incidents of crime, and will be ready to neutralise any potential threat.” National police spokesperson Vish Naidoo told the conference that South Africa’s event security record spoke for itself. “We have our systems in place, and we take the safety of our visitors and locals very seriously,” Naidoo said. Ndebele said the World Cup offered South Africa numerous opportunities, one of which was to forge national cohesion. “The World Cup offers an opportunity for the igniting of passion and national pride amongst South Africans. It calls for the unity of our people regardless of colour or creed because, indeed, working together we can do more,” Ndebele said. “The event also provides us with a chance … to kick-start our way out of the current economic recession.” Source: BuaNews / South Africa 2010
Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 68 as India overcame a shaky start to notch up an easy four-wicket win over the West Indies in the first One-Day International of the five-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval here Monday. Score | PhotosIndia had won the T20 match against West Indies on Saturday.Chasing a modest 215-run target, Rohit anchored the Indian innings and together with captain Suresh Raina (43) raised 80 runs for the fifth wicket to guide India home in 44.5 overs after the visitors lost their first three wickets for just 61 runs.Rohit’s unbeaten knock came off 75 balls during which he struck three fours and a six while Raina scored his 43 from 50 deliveries with the help of four boundaries.At the top, opener Shikhar Dhawan (51 off 76) notched up his maiden half-century and guided the chase initially to help India’s cause.Leg-spinner Anthony Martin (2/39) was the best bowler in action for the home team while pacer Ravi Rampaul also snarred two wickets but gave away 58 runs in the process.Earlier, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels scored hard-earned half centuries as West Indies struggled to score a modest 214 for nine.Opting to bat, West Indies witnessed a wobbly start to their innings as they lost their first three wickets scoring just 59 runs in 18.2 overs.But Sarwan and Samuels then paired up to resurrect the innings with a 82-run fourth-wicket partnership that came of 118 balls.While Sarwan’s 56 came off 94 balls and was studded with only five boundaries, Samuels took 75 deliveries to score his 55. He hit three fours and two sixes.advertisementThe stand between Sarwan and Samuels was the only silver lining in the West Indies innings as the hosts scored 73 runs in the last 12 overs losing as many as six wickets.Down the order, Dwayne Bravo tried his bit to up the scoring rate with a 20-ball 22 while opener Kirk Edwards (21 off 45) was the next best scorer for the Caribbean side.For India, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh relished at the low and slow Queen’s Park Oval pitch with figures of three wickets for 32, while Praveen Kumar (2/37), Munaf Patel (2/47) and captain Suresh Raina (2/23) shared six wickets among them.Coming onto bat, the Indians found it difficult to bat with fluency on a sluggish Queeen’s Park Oval wicket and against the niggardly line of West Indian bowlers, especially leg-spinning duo of Martin and Devendra Bishoo, who conceded only 76 runs from their 20 overs and picked up three wickets between them.West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was an excellent foil to his spinners and it was only the depth of India’s middle order which gave them a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Openers Parthiv Patel (13) and Dhawan (51) had smoothly moved to 29 runs by the sixth over when a smart throw from Dwayne Bravo at mid-on found the former short of his crease at the batsman’s end.Virat Kohli (2) aimed a lordly drive at an away going delivery from Ravi Rampaul and nicked a straight forward catch to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps as India slumped to 34 for two.Badrinath then under-edged a cut off Bishoo into the gloves of Baugh to leave India in testy waters at 61 for three.Dhawan and Rohit then soldiered on to bring up the hundred of the innings, which also was the moment to celebrate the former’s maiden ODI fifty.Dhawan appeared to have got carried away by the occasion as he slogged-swept Martin from outside the off-stump to hole out to Lendl Simmons at deep midwicket.Dhawan played a useful hand of 51 off 76 balls with three fours and a six.Rohit and Raina then played like seasoned campaigners and first layed the foundation of their stand and then slipped into top gear to gallop towards the target.Rohit reached his half century with a gorgeous backfoot drive off Martin into the covers in the 39th over and ensured he stayed till the end to take India past the finishing line in the 45th over.Raina, on the other hand, thrived under pressure and batted with authority to make 43 from 50 balls.The West Indies fought gamely but they didn’t have enough runs on the board to stretch the visitors.Earlier, the West Indian batsmen failed to rotate strike for most part of their innings and could score only 70 runs from the 20 overs of frontline Indian spinners — Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra.Even the part-time bowlers, Yusuf Pathan, Raina and Virat Kohli conceded only 54 runs from the fifth bowler’s quota to strangulate the West Indian innings.Despite some early play-and-miss and a dropped chance in the slips, the hosts found themselves tottering at 28 for two by the eighth over after electing to bat.advertisementOpener Lendl Simmons was on naught when he was reprieved by Rohit Sharma off Munaf in the first slip, but despite the life he scored only six runs before an over-hit was caught by Harbhajan off Praveen at mid-off. .Young prodigy Darren Bravo departed in the very next over when he drove at a moving delivery without much foot movement and this time the thick edge was well-accepted by Rohit in the lone slip.West Indies then began the long haul of recovery as painfully slow Kirk Edwards (21) and Sarwan dropped anchor for the next 11-odd overs.But Edwards departed next as he pulled too early at a slow delivery from Harbhajan and a leading edge went high up in the air for Virat Kohli to accept in the slips.It made the score 59 for three in the 19th over but there was no break in the tempo as Sarwan and Samuels buckled themselves up for the long, hard and boring grind.The crowd was thrilled when Samuels made the most of a free-hit against Kohli and hoisted him over widish long on for six and then Sarwan steered and flicked Munaf for two consecutive fours to move past his half century.However, the stands fell silent when Sarwan edged an innocuous Munaf delivery down the leg side to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps.Samuels too reached his half century in stirring fashion with a powerfully hit six down the ground off Amit Mishra but after doing all the hard work he suffered a soft dismissal when a Raina delivery dislodged his stumps after hitting the inside of his pads.Samuels departed in the 42nd over with the West Indies scoreboard reading 177 for five.Harbhajan finished his final spell with two critical wickets of Dwayne Bravo, who was stumped by Parthiv and Carton Baugh (16) lbw while attempting a sweep.Raina then showed up West Indies batter’s complete ineptness against spin when he picked up two late wickets to leave the hosts gasping for breath.- With PTI inputs
Augustina Harker has avoided relaxing and playing with her partner and two children in the backyard for the past three summers because of the noise from a rail line used as a staging area behind her house in Winnipeg.“It’s like you’re inside of a factory,” Harker said, adding that the smell of diesel periodically penetrates her home. “It shakes the house when those cars are hitting together.”Harker and other residents of the east Winnipeg neighbourhood told a tribunal last year they hear valves releasing, engines throttling, trains braking and freight cars banging at all hours. “It’s an extraordinary disruption,” she said in an interview Friday.Harker may be able to take heart. The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge by the Canadian National Railway Company to an earlier ruling that CN’s railway activity was too noisy for residents.The initial May 2017 decision by a Canadian Transportation Agency tribunal ruled “that the noise levels caused by CN’s operations constitute substantial interference” and “are not reasonable, as they cause an excessive impact on the residents.”The tribunal stated the agency may order CN to make “any change” to its operations that the regulator considers reasonable.Wednesday’s federal court decision dismissed CN’s application for judicial review on the grounds that questions of fact were beyond the court’s role as an appeal body in this case.Multiple Winnipeg residents living alongside the rail line near the Transcona Rail Yard told the tribunal in 2016 that CN has been using the area to hold and rearrange trains since 2015, when construction on an underpass — completed the following year — began.Robert Scott, who filed the complaint, argued the vibrations and noise have cracked home foundations, ceilings and drywall and caused sleep deprivation, high blood pressure, headaches and anxiety among the applicants.“The applicants provided an example of one incident…where a train idled with its engine revving up and down for over an hour before departing,” the tribunal’s decision reads.“The applicants state that when idle trains start to move, there are successive banging noises resembling explosions, as the boxcars slam into one another. The applicants state these noises also occur both day and night.”CN had argued it was “only causing such noise and vibration as is reasonable,” and requested the initial complaint be dismissed, the tribunal said.Companies in the story: (TSX:CNR)
At the end of March there were 664 properties of all types available for purchase through the Multiple Listing Service® in the Fort St. John region, down from 695 at this time a year ago. The Board said that employment opportunities from the increase in oil and gas activity and with the Site ‘C’ Dam has not translated into increased market activity. However, BCNREB President Court Smith stated that Fort St. John is not the only market in Northeast B.C. with a trend of lower inventory. “Many areas have been impacted by the prolonged winter weather. Most markets are seeing reduced sales activity and lower inventory over the same period last year,” said Smith.Smith added that overall, Northern B.C. continues to be a very affordable market compared to the rest of the province. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. Northern Real Estate Board released its sales results from the first quarter of 2018 which shows that while there were more home sales compared to the same time last year, that hasn’t translated to increased prices.The Board’s statistics show that 95 properties worth $31.1 million were sold during the first three months of the year. Of those homes sold, 55 were single-family dwellings, which is an increase over the 41 single family homes sold in the first quarter of 2017. However, the value of home sales in the first quarter of last year was $38.6 million. Single family homes continue to see a drop in value. The average price of a detached home last year during the first quarter was $410,623. This year, the average price was $340,968, nearly $70,000 lower.
CALGARY, A.B. – Calgary-based CEDA announced today that it has acquired Breakthrough Oilfield Services Ltd., which is based in Dawson Creek.Before the acquisition, Breakthrough was owned and operated by Derek Loomis. The acquisition is the second such merger involving a Dawson Creek-based company by CEDA in the past year. Last November, the company bought Joe Loomis Trucking which was founded by Joe Loomis in 2006.“The addition of Breakthrough Oilfield Services ties in well with our existing operations in the prolific Montney region and complements our core service offerings,” said Kevin Fleury, President and Chief Executive Officer of CEDA. “This acquisition strategically aligns with our vision for continued growth and expands our presence in this region,” Mr. Fleury added. CEDA said that Loomis and the rest of Breakthrough’s workforce will be joining the the company, which will also be adding Breakthrough’s pressure trucks, hot oilers, fluid haulers, tank trucks, hydro vacuum and combination vacuum units to its fleet.“We’re excited to join a successful and a growth oriented organization that can provide complementary service offerings to our existing client base,” said Derek Loomis. “The sale also provides our employees development opportunities within a larger organization.”
Southerly winds are pushing in warmer air from the south, and places such as Prince George and Vanderhoof have risen above freezing. Precipitation falling to the north along Highway 97, north of Prince George to Mackenzie as well as Communities near Fort St. James is likely falling as freezing rain.The warm air will push further north through the night and the freezing rain will transition to rain showers.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains. For current road conditions, visit www.drivebc.caSee the full warning belowIssued at 2019-01-11 06:51 UTC by Environment Canada:Freezing rain warning issued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Freezing rain is expected or occurring.Areas of freezing rain tonight.Precipitation falling through a relatively warm layer of air aloft and into sub-zero air near the surface is leading to patchy freezing rain through the area tonight. CHETWYND, B.C. – Environment Canada is calling for freezing rain Friday night in the Pine Pass.A freezing rain warning has been issued for the Pine Pass as strong southerly winds will bring warm air into the region. The warning says Prince George, Vanderhoof, the Pine Pass, Fort St. James and MacKenzie could see the freezing rain.The warm air will push further north through the night and the freezing rain will transition to rain showers. Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.
After mounting 26 shows pan India and internationally, Pune based artist Neena Singh is showcasing her artworks in an exhibition titled ‘Paridrishya – A solo exhibition of paintings’, at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi from April 12-18, 2019.The exhibition was inaugurated on April 12, in the presence of art lovers and connoisseurs. Singh is an acclaimed artist best known for her series of paintings on Marble rocks. Ever since she made a move from Jabalpur to Pune she has been working on the series of ‘Dynasty of marble rock’ and has painted about 45 artworks in varying sizes. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainNeena Singh has a multifaceted personality being an artist par excellence, an art conservator, Chemist, teacher, and writer. She believes that art is not just a tool for information but it has to be envisaged as a catalyst to stimulate discourse and foster change in society. Talking about her artworks, the artist said: “I did not want my painting to be just a representation of a scene rather I wanted to represent the mood, emotions which I experience when associated with nature. I have used tonalism to express a sense of unity over diversity, tranquillity overactivity and spiritual over physical.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe artist reveals that among all the colours, blue dominates her palette, which she says is the colour of the sea and sky, and has a quality of cool expansiveness and openness.”Soft, soothing, compassionate and caring, blue is an introspective colour. But, the quiet character and poetic subtlety of blue can also be associated with melancholy and resignation,” she elaborates. In her works, she has used oil as the medium and has not hesitated to experiment with texture, colour and light extensively to express the grandeur of the marble rock jotting out of the beautiful Narmada, whose bluish-greenish water matching with the colour of the sky. The abstract mosaic of colour and texture lend a sculptural effect to the paintings. The artist believes that the eye never wearies of about the effect produced by the broken and reflected sunlight glancing from the pinnacle of white marbles reared against the deep blue sky. The brilliantly coloured cliffs and watching the seasons and the light change provided endless inspiration for her paintings. Taking inspiration of her art from the Narmada, Neena says, “Just before the Narmada passes through the gorge it plunges down from 100 feet height, it is a sight to behold and its roar is heard from a far distance. The mist created by water falling on hard rock creates visuals of smoke emanating from the river bed hence the name ‘Dhuandhar or Smoke Cascade’. Since my childhood, I wished to paint this scene and I am happy with the use of colour, texture, and form to create a visually stimulating image which depicts the spontaneity, rhythm, and flow of water.” The artist spent a great part of her life in Jabalpur, either at spiritual Gwarighat or adventurous Bargi Dam, followed by being enamoured by her sensuous flow at Bhedaghat. Over the centuries forces of nature has curved out strange structures on the marble cliffs and every rock narrates its story, and through the medium of paint, Neena has also expressed colour in all its beauty. Her paintings are directly connected to life and interact with the viewer because everyone connects to nature. In recent times, due to rapid technological developments, there is a gradual increase in the tendency to distance ourselves from the environment and culture. And, through her paintings, she attempts to reveal the beauty of nature with fresh, vibrant, colourful and poetic colours and motivates viewers to preserve it for the future.