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Fire warning after busy weekend for Marlborough crews



Fire warning after busy weekend for Marlborough crews
Firefighters fight the edge of a fire that is creeping through the hills near Kēkerengū in southern Marlborough on Friday.

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Firefighters fight the edge of a fire that is creeping through the hills near Kēkerengū in southern Marlborough on Friday.

Now incinerate green waste, but with caution, says the region’s fire department manager, after a busy end of spring for firefighters.

Burns are less risky, while rural Marlborough is still fairly cool and green, said Chris Hayles, Marlborough group manager, but people still need to consider the forecast and handle the fires carefully to prevent them from spiraling out of control. – a situation that happened last Friday.

The department’s volunteer fire brigade and a tanker from Kaikōura were called to a fire at a pine plantation in Kēkerengū just after 11 a.m. after a planned burn spiraled out of control.

Lyn Crosson, the fire and emergency services manager in southern New Zealand, said two helicopters carrying monsoon buckets were also sent to fight the fire.

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A helicopter with a monsoon bucket flies over the pine plantation.

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A helicopter with a monsoon bucket flies over the pine plantation.

The crew had it under control by 6:20 p.m. and stayed on site until about 10 p.m. to mute hot spots, Crosson said.

The Blenheim Volunteer Fire Department attended a grass fire on McArtney St around 1:45 p.m. Saturday that had spread to the Fulton Hogan yard and affected a large shed on the property. By 2:30 p.m. it was under control, Crosson said. She had no confirmed cause for the fire.

Also on Saturday, crews attended a garbage fire that spiraled out of control in a dry grass paddock at Redwood Pass, southeast of Blenheim, at around 8:40 p.m.

The fire broke out near a forestry site in Kēkerengū, between Blenheim and Kaikōura.

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The fire broke out near a forestry site in Kēkerengū, between Blenheim and Kaikōura.

Crosson said there were a number of burn marks over an area of ​​about 100m by 20m where the wind had whipped embers further into the paddock, but because the grass was short the fire didn’t have much fuel and spread quickly.

It was extinguished by 9 p.m. and the crew stayed to mute the hot spots, before leaving the owner of the property to check for any flare-ups.

“It’s so easy for burns to spread,” Crosson said.

“Weather plays such a big part in accelerating and spreading fires. The wind makes our job very hard. People should never underestimate how quickly a fire can spread under the right conditions.”


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Hayles said the crew had attended several burn-offs in the past few weeks that got out of hand.

“Some fires are lit again on windy days, others are lit when high winds are already forecast,” he said.

“There are a few simple things you can do to make sure your burn is under control.

“Check the weather forecast before lighting the fire. Never light your fire when wind is forecast. Plan your burn for a day and time when the fire risk is low – normally earlier in the morning when it is cooler.”

Fire and Emergency NZ's Marlborough group manager Chris Hayles urges people to plan their burns carefully.

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Fire and Emergency NZ’s Marlborough group manager Chris Hayles urges people to plan their burns carefully.

You could check the fire hazard and useful fire safety tips at the website.

“Only light posts, no large posts that can burn for weeks. Never leave your burn unattended.”

Hayles said firefighters often saw fires early in the new year caused by old burn marks that hadn’t been extinguished properly.

“During that time it is usually very dry, which makes these fires extra problematic because the fire risk is more extreme. If a historic burn site flares up again during this time, there is a real risk of starting a devastating wildfire,” he said.

“That’s why it’s important to regularly check that your fire is completely out. Ash stays warm for a long time. Anyone who has burned in recent months should check that their ash heaps have been completely extinguished. Dig in and make sure it isn’t still hot. If so, spread it out and let it cool with water.”

“Brand is a great land management tool if managed properly. If you’re not on your guard, the consequences could be disastrous.”

Fire restrictions would come into effect when conditions became hotter and drier in the summer. Check the status of the burning season on


The Wheel of Time book up




The Wheel of Time book up

As we expected, the first The wheel of time book has risen on Amazon’s best-selling list. Here’s a full look at the list from November 28 to December 4.

When the Amazon series The wheel of time premiered, we expected the books to make it onto Amazon’s best-selling list. The first book came in before the series premiered, but it was on the low end. Now that the series is in full swing, Robert Jordan’s first book tops the list.

The eye of the world by Robert Jordan took three places this week to get into the Top 3. He’s not quite at the top of the list, but he is in second place.

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There was a lot of movement on the Amazon bestselling book list. One of the most notable movers is Go tell the bees I’m gone by Diana Gabaldon. Unsurprisingly, the book moved up six places to take over the top spot on the list. The book also took first place on the list of most read books of the week.

The whole Top 3 has actually changed. The Throne of glass collection by Sarah J. Maas finished in third place. All eight books put together make an excellent Christmas present, so it’s no surprise it’s so high on the list now.

It did mean Dune by Frank Herbert was knocked out of the Top 3 for the first time in ages. It lost three places and dropped to fourth place.

However, that was not the biggest loss. The dark hours by Michael Connelly and Apples never fall of Liane Moriarty lost nine places each. However, Grace by David Baldacci lost the most places. It dropped to 19th place after losing 17 spots.

Amazon bestselling books: November 28 to December 4

  1. Go tell the bees I’m gone by Diana Gabaldon (+6)
  2. The eye of the world by Robert Jordan (+3)
  3. Throne of glass bundle of Sarah J. Maas (new acquisition)
  4. Dune by Frank Herbert (-3)
  5. The list of the judge by John Grisham (-2)
  6. Great shot by Jeff Kinney (+2)
  7. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (-3)
  8. fear no evil by James Patterson (new addition)
  9. Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson (new acquisition)
  10. State of terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton (–)
  11. becoming by Nora Roberts (new acquisition)
  12. Project Greetings by Andy Weir (-2)
  13. The wish by Nicholas Sparks (return)
  14. It ends with us by Colleen Hoover (-1)
  15. The dark hours by Michael Connelly (-9)
  16. Evelyn Hugo’s Seven Husbands by Taylor Jenkins Reid (-4)
  17. The Christmas Pig by JK Rowling (return)
  18. Apples never fall by Liane Moriarty (-9)
  19. Grace by David Baldacci (-17)
  20. The last thing he told me by Laura Dave (-6)

Which Amazon Books Are You Reading Right Now? What’s on the list to buy this week? Share your top picks in the comments below.

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JetBlue-Backed Weather Startup Goes Public Through SPAC Deal




A JetBlue Airbus A220 aircraft outside of a hangar. Source: JetBlue.

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Silicon Valley sometimes mocks travel companies for not being as agile as tech startups. So it’s refreshing to learn that JetBlue Airways has been a valuable mentor to, a tech startup now valued at over $700 million.

Sean O’Neill, a weather information company, said Tuesday it plans to go public through a merger with Pine Technology, a blank check company. The target for the pro forma enterprise value of the combined company would be approximately $729 million. provides real-time weather forecasts relevant to business operations. The 120 corporate customers include AeroMexico, Azul, Delta and United, plus several other non-travel companies.

While not a travel startup, stands out because it is backed by JetBlue Technology Enterprises, the investment arm of the American airline JetBlue Airways.

JetBlue Technology Ventures joined others, including Koch Strategic Platforms, National Grid Partners and SoftBank Group’s SB Energy, by participating in a $75 million private investment in public equity (PIPE) to support the transaction.

In 2017, JetBlue became the startup’s first commercial customer for its services.

“Since that time, [the startup] has consistently delivered valuable results for JetBlue by minimizing operational disruption at the airport,” said Amy Burr, president of JetBlue Technology Ventures.

The startup’s investor pitch deck, embedded below, includes an aviation-related example. An unnamed airline suffered a snow storm in April 2019 that required it to defrost planes but was unable to do so as winds hit more than 50 miles per hour. The carrier used’s micro-forecasts to find periods when winds decreased, allowing for de-icing. By acting on the forecasts, the airline was able to avoid delays and save about $2 million.

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The proposed transaction — part of a series of travel-related SPAC deals — is expected to close in the first half of 2020, at which point will then await regulatory approval to trade on the Nasdaq exchange in New York under the TMW symbol.

This is the pitch deck for investors:

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Aramark chooses stake in US multi-concept operator Starr Restaurants




Aramark to pick stake in US multi-concept operator Starr Restaurants
Aramark chooses stake in US multi-concept operator Starr Restaurants
The partnership between the two companies is expected to fuel culinary innovation. Credit: Nenad Maric/Pixabay.

Aramark, a Philadelphia food services, facilities and uniforms provider, has agreed to purchase a minority stake in local company Starr Restaurant Organization (Starr Restaurants).

The move is part of a strategic alliance between the two companies.

The partnership with Starr Restaurants, a multi-concept operator, is expected to support culinary innovation and enhance the hospitality experience for Aramark customers.

It is also expected to create joint business development opportunities for both companies.

Marc Bruno, Chief Operating Officer of Aramark US Food and Facilities said, “Aramark and Starr Restaurants are both rooted in a passion for service and in providing memorable experiences for our customers and customers.

“Through this strategic partnership, we look forward to strengthening Aramark’s culinary authority by infusing our kitchens and concepts with the creativity and innovation that Starr Restaurants is known for.”

In addition, the partnership will enable Aramark to operate certain Starr Restaurants concepts and brands through an exclusive licensing agreement.

This arrangement is expected to help Starr Restaurants increase exposure through Aramark’s customer network, which includes business dining, sports and entertainment and higher education.

The deal with Starr Restaurants is part of Aramark’s growth strategy to develop strategic relationships and improve the customer experience.

It will also create space for knowledge sharing between culinary teams and senior leadership.

Starr Restaurant Organization founder and CEO Stephen Starr said, “This partnership is a unique opportunity for both Starr Restaurants and Aramark. It’s a great opportunity to bring my two career passions together with an industry leader like Aramark.

“The company’s impressive and consistent growth and its deep commitment to providing quality hospitality experiences make it the perfect foodservice partner for Starr Restaurants.”

In another recent development, delivery kitchen operator Reef Technology bought 2ndKitchen, a virtual kitchen for hotels and other hospitality businesses.

Under the agreement, the existing businesses of the two companies will be consolidated under the Reef brand and operate under Reef’s Hospitality unit.

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