Floods and mudslides last week damaged and closed several major state highways, forced the city of Merritt to evacuate and caused historic damage from flooding in the Abbotsford-Chilliwack area of the Fraser Valley, destroying homes, farms and livestock.
Six people have been confirmed to have died or gone missing in the floods and slides.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in BC today to visit the flood-affected areas and meet with provincial, municipal and First Nation leaders.
According to Trudeau’s schedule, he will be in the Abbotsford area and also meet with members of the military, first responders and volunteers.
He will be in Victoria later in the day to meet Prime Minister John Horgan.
Farnworth says officials will keep a close eye on upcoming storms for increasing flooding and sliding threats.
Environment Canada says Howe Sound, as well as the northern parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, would receive up to 80 millimeters of rain Friday morning. The southern parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley would receive up to 50 millimeters.
But despite the weather warnings, the government says progress is being made in restoring vital highway links and disrupted supply chains.
Transport Secretary Rob Fleming said on Thursday that much of the Trans-Canada Highway between Abbotsford and Chilliwack has been reopened and work on the damaged Coquihalla Highway is underway. The main route connecting the Lower Mainland to the BC Interior could reopen in late January, but only to commercial traffic, he added.
Fleming said about 20 sites along the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt were badly damaged and five bridges had collapsed or suffered serious structural problems.
The Trans-Canada Highway through the Fraser Canyon will remain closed, as will Highway 8 between Spences Bridge and Merritt, but Highway 3 from Hope to the Interior will remain open, as will Highway 7 between Agassiz and Hope.
The federal government and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority have announced they are working together to address supply chain disruptions, with Ottawa contributing up to $4.1 million to reduce bottlenecks in Vancouver’s ports.
Farnworth said the coming rains have emergency services making preparations in the Sumas area of the Fraser Valley, where major flooding has already occurred.
“The focus is now on the flood-affected areas where the soil is saturated and levees have been under pressure,” he said.
“The whole region is getting the attention and focus to make sure there are not just crews, but also the equipment, the sandbags, of which I think there are about two million in place to cope with the weather conditions that we are seeing. ”
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 26, 2021.
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BER vs NC Live Score Dream11 Prediction Lineup German Basketball League Alba Berlin vs Niners Chemnitz
If you are looking for a huge level of entertainment through the brilliant sports competition. This is the German basketball league which has played many matches in recent days. Now the league is ready to amaze all the fans with the latest game.
It will take place between BER and NC. Here are the various details such as match prediction, likely lineup and live score. So let’s start the article to know all the information very well.
BER vs NC Live Score
Match: BER vs NC
Competition: German Basketball League
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Location: Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin
In the recent games, we noticed that the team BER vs NC are two teams that have made fans crazy. The team BER has played several matches and they have won many matches in the team. They may continue to perform at the same level in the coming matches.
On the other hand, when we talk about the NC team, we want to tell you that the team has won many matches. Statistics show that they have won 2 matches in the past matches. ALBA Berlin takes on Niners Chemnitz in the German Basketball League. Alba Berlin has won 5 and lost 3 matches so far and is 3rd on the points list. Now here is the setup of the game with the name of the player who will be playing in this game.
Starbucks Animal-Free Milk Review, Bitcoin Restaurants, Alt-Meat Sales Drop
It may be almost vacation time, but the food tech news just keeps on coming. Delaying plant-based meats, Starbucks animal-free milk trials, Bitcoin restaurants. Read all about it.
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Will Jack Dorsey’s Block Herald the Bitcoin Restaurant Era?
Here’s what we know: On Monday, Jack Dorsey announced his immediate retirement from his top position at Twitter. On Wednesday, its payment company Square said it would change its name to Block and double down on cryptocurrency, blockchain, and building a decentralized payment system, among other things. I didn’t watch today’s news, but I suspect he has announced that he is setting up a robot society or has plans for a teleportation system.
What does it all mean (except the robots and teleportation)? First off, Jack Dorsey has had a busy week. But it also means that the same man who helped usher in real-time social media and democratize digital payments for small businesses is now the one who makes it easier for the average Joe to buy everyday things with cryptocurrency.
Because now it’s not easy. Crypto is not nearly like this liquid just like other conventional payment methods such as cash or credit. Of course you can trade crypto without any problem – anyone with a Coinbase or Robinhood account knows that – but good luck paying for a bottle of mouthwash or buying a Big Mac with that wad of Dogecoin burning a hole in your crypto wallet.
So what can Dorsey do about it? Simple: With Square Block, he has all the different parts to create a crypto payment value chain that will take it from what is primarily a highly volatile investment vehicle today to a street-spendable retail currency of tomorrow.
Click here to read the full post on Jack Dorsey’s Bitcoin betting.
The Spoon & CES Bring Food Tech to the World’s Largest Tech Show
Did you know that food tech will be themed for the first time at the world’s biggest tech show in January and that The Spoon is the exclusive partner of CES to make this possible?
There’s still time to get your hands on a stall! If you would like to sponsor the event, let us know. See you in Vegas!
Starbucks is testing animal-free milk. I decided to try it out to see if it tastes and foams like regular milk
In case you haven’t heard, Starbucks is animal-free milk in the Seattle market. No, we’re not talking about Oatly or any other plant-based milk, but a milk with cow’s milk-identical proteins made in a lab.
The alt milk is from Perfect Day, a company that uses precision fermentation to create its own -lactoglobulin animal-identical milk protein. The company’s protein, which received GRAS approval from the FDA last year, is sold primarily to consumers in the form of ice cream (and soon cream cheese), but not in the form of a milk product. However, this move could mean someone is on the way.
The company created a special 2% “barista blend” version of its alt milk especially for the Starbucks trial. Starbucks is currently testing the milk at two locations in the Seattle market, Bellevue (a city east of Seattle) and Renton (south of Seattle).
Since I live in Seattle, I decided to go to Bellevue to see how accurately fermented milk tasted in a cup of Starbucks coffee.
Click here to see how Perfect Day’s animal-free milk frothed and tasted.
Zippin checks in to JFK with autonomous checkout technology
In a hurry but still hoping to grab a snack before hopping on your flight? If you’re at JFK in New York City, you might be in luck, at least if you pass Gate B 42. Because that’s where the airport just partnered with Zippin, a maker of AI-powered checkoutless POS technology, and SSP America, an airport food service operator, to launch Camden Food Express, a new grab-and-go convenience concept.
According to the release sent to The Spoon, it works like this: Customers enter the store through a turnstile tapping their credit card as they enter and begin shopping by picking items off the shelves. As they do so, Zippin’s AI system automatically identifies the items and builds the customer’s virtual shopping cart with the associated monetary value. When the customer leaves the store, the total amount spent is automatically charged to the card the customer used to check in at the store entrance.
For Zippin, the partnership with JFK and SSP is a great compliment to a company with a portfolio of implementations including hotels, stadiums and supermarkets. Zippin’s move to airports follows other checkout-less technology platforms like Amazon’s Just Walk Out, which debuted at the Dallas airport earlier this year.
Click here to read the full story on Zippin’s commitment to JFK.
What the hell is causing the vegetable meat slowdown?
There are no two ways to do this: plant-based meats have gone through a decline in sales.
According to to recent data from market watcher SPINS, sales in the overall plant-based meat market declined 1.8% year over year for the four-week period ended October 3. This follows an even bigger drop in the category earlier in 2021, starting around April, when the vegetable category fell more than 15% year over year.
The decline in overall plant-based meat sales is in line with what some industry whistleblowers are seeing. According to According to Michael McCain, the CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, its plant-based meat sales declined in every channel the company sells in the third quarter of this year. McCain was baffled by the reason, saying the company is re-evaluating their “investment thesis.”
Maple Leaf was not alone. Beyond, where company CEO Ethan Brown came out and said: the plant-based meat company had seen its sales fall 13.9% year over year, forecasting a potentially bumpy road ahead.
So what’s going on here? High-growth emerging markets should be rising, not more down and down.
Although there is no way to know for sure without more data. it’s worth investigating possible causes for the decline in plant-based meats.
You can read here why the sale of plant-based meat is suddenly so slow.
The media was fascinated by a TikTok video of a robot at Denny’s. This is what it means.
Maybe it was a slow news week. Perhaps it was the sight of pancakes piggybacking on a robot at America’s late-night diner. Whatever the reason, it seemed like each news organization wrote the same story about a TikTok video of server robot showing up to hand out breakfast at a Denny’s.
They all had a variation of the same headline: “Viral Video of Robot at Denny’s Sparks Debate.” From there, the authors sifted through comments from TikTok viewers, some cheering the idea of faster service and lower tips, others angry about a robot stealing a job.
While the sudden interest in a social media post about a server robot may say as much about the modern media landscape as it does about the use of robotics in restaurants, the reality is that Denny’s deployment of robots is quite a big deal. After all, as America’s most famous 24-hour diner, Denny’s holds a special place in our collective consciousness, a place where almost anyone can get an inexpensive meal and apply for—and oftentimes—get a job.
And it’s these two things that Denny’s represents – a place with affordable food and an employer of ordinary Americans – that seemed at odds with each other, both when we looked at both the reactions to the video on TikTok and the framing by the media.
Click here to read the full story about Denny’s server robot.
Hazel Technologies Announces New California Hub to Expand Production Preservation Technology
Beginning in the mid-twentieth century, the advent of new technologies for fertilizer production allowed the world to grow crops on a new scale. While that so-called Green Revolution helped producers feed more people than ever before, it also created a focus on crop production rather than system efficiency. And that imbalanced focus has led to a global agricultural system that wastes about a third of the food it produces, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
During a stint as a chemistry student at the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University, Dr. Aidan Mouat wondered what might happen if we used chemistry to create a new revolution — one that focused on the food supply chain. . That idea led to the launch in 2015 of Hazel Technologies, a Chicago-based company that produces high-tech packaging and storage solutions for products to extend shelf life.
Read the full story on Hazel’s new hub, head over to The Spoon.
Obituary: Marilyn May McDonald
Marilyn May McDonald was promoted to her eternal home in heaven on November 15, 2021 at the age of 85, after a short illness. Marilyn was born to Stewart and Inez Crandall on February 15, 1936, in South Pasadena, California. Marilyn grew up with her brothers Roland, Rodney and Duane and went to school in ‘South Pas’.
In 1952 Marilyn met the love of her life, “Mac” McDonald; they were married for only 6 months until the day of their meeting. They were constant companions and incredibly happy together for 64 years.
In 1964 they moved to Leona Valley, CA where they had the adventure of a lifetime. They built “McDonald’s Farm” on a few acres where they planted a cherry orchard and raised every farm animal you can imagine. Marilyn was especially happy with chickens and liked to ride her horse Reka.
On paperwork, Marilyn was a housewife; an endearing term that fails to describe her array of passions and skills. She worked outdoors, weeding and watering the orchard and garden, preserving various fruits, vegetables, and meats. Marilyn sewed clothes, volunteered at her children’s schools, and served faithfully at her local church.
A celebration of her life will be held on December 11, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Crossroads Memorial Church, 1700 Marketplace Dr, Great Falls, Montana.
To read the full obituary and share condolences, visit the Schnider Funeral Home Website.
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