Monthly Archive: November 2015

Chinese restaurant workers among those hurt in fatal Route 287 crash

Three people died in a multi-vehicle crash on Route 287 in Bernards Township on Saturday night, police said. Photo submitted by Todd Glassberg BERNARDS [1] Employees from a Chinese restaurant in Basking Ridge were among those injured in a triple fatal crash on Route 287 Saturday night, according Eyewitness News ABC [2] . Three people were killed in the crash involving a passenger van, a car and a truck towing a cattle trailer including 23-year-old Hillsborough resident Ravi Naik [3] , State Police have said. The identities of the two van passengers killed in the crash have not yet been released as authorities have been unable to notify their families. Eyewitness News has said the people in the van were employees of Ling Ling Riverwalk located on Martinsville Road. Ling Ling Riverwalk, in a notice posted on its website, said it would remain closed until Dec. 3 [4] “due to the tragic accident.” “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends affected by this terrible tragedy,” according to the notice. “Words cannot express our grief for those we have lost far too soon.” N.J. man among 3 killed in crash involving van, cattle trailer [5] It continued: “Please keep them in your thoughts as we work through this difficult time. We are grateful for the kind treatment we have received from the community these past 13 years and are thankful for your continuous support.” State Police have said the driver of a 2003 Dodge Ram truck pulled onto the right shoulder of the roadway to repair the cattle trailer he was towing. The trailer was struck around 10:30 p.m. by a 2013 Hyundai Elantra driven by Naik, State Police have said. Naik parked on the right shoulder after the collision, exited his vehicle and was struck by a Ford passenger van. In addition to the three who were killed, 12 people were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment including the driver of the pickup truck. Those individuals did not sustain life-threatening injuries, State Police have said. The crash remains under investigation. Justin Zaremba may be reached at [email protected] . Follow him on Twitter @JustinZarembaNJ . Find NJ.com on Facebook . [6] [7] [8] References ^ BERNARDS (www.nj.com) ^ Eyewitness News ABC (abc7ny.com) ^ including 23-year-old Hillsborough resident Ravi Naik (www.nj.com) ^ it would remain closed until Dec. 3 (www.linglingriverwalk.com) ^ N.J. man among 3 killed in crash involving van, cattle trailer (www.nj.com) ^ [email protected] (blog.advance.net) ^ @JustinZarembaNJ (twitter.com) ^ NJ.com on Facebook (www.facebook.com)

5 Michelle Monaghan Roles We Love

Here s an interesting tidbit you might not know about Michelle Monaghan: when she was growing up, her parents also took in foster kids to their Winthrop, Iowa home. They raised a solid dozen of them over as many years, and we can t help but think that being exposed to different people from so many circumstances helped Michelle build the empathy and eye for character that has made her one of our favorite actresses. To get you ready for Michelle Monaghan s appearance on this week s Comedy Bang! Bang! [1] , we put together an extremely biased list of her five best roles. Sorry, Pixels doesn t make the cut. 5. Harmony Lane, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Shane Black s demented Hollywood noir is on our short list for most underrated flick of all time. Not only did it bring Robert Downey Jr. back to the big screen as petty criminal turned unwitting detective Harry Lockhart, but it features possibly the best post-Iceman Val Kilmer performance of all time. The third player in the film s triangle is Michelle Monaghan as Harmony Laine, Harry s childhood friend all grown up. Harmony is the motor that drives the twisted story of lust and revenge, and she does a bang-up (pun intended) job walking the tightrope between small-town innocence and Los Angeles sleaze. 4. Diane Ford, Trucker Plum Pictures The 2008 indie Trucker might have flown beneath your radar, but you should check it out on Netflix because it s one of Michelle Monaghan s finest performances. She plays Diane Ford, a long-haul driver who finds her screwed-up life of getting blitzed and having one-night stands upended when her 10-year-old son comes back into her life. It s a story that could easily get obvious and cliche, but first-time director James Mottern dodges dramatic pitfalls with the aid of his incredible lead, instead producing a deft character study that is very worth watching. 3. Maggie Hart, True Detective [embedded content] Season one of the acclaimed HBO crime drama was aided by an incredible cast of actors, including Michelle Monaghan s Maggie Hart. As one of the key female figures in a very male-dominated show, Maggie has to carry a lot of weight. When we found out halfway through that she d cheated on her husband (Woody Harrelson) with Matthew McConaughey s Rust Cohle, it served as a new lens to examine their twisted relationship. It s a challenging role that Monaghan rises to with aplomb. 2. Christina Warren, Source Code The premise for the 2011 thriller Source Code is pretty ridiculous a top secret military project gives Jake Gyllenhaal the ability to travel back in time and re-live the last eight minutes of somebody s life over and over like the world s worst Groundhog Day but the end result is a damn fine film. Michelle Monaghan provides an important emotional anchor as Christina Warren, who Gyllenhaal s character builds a deeper and deeper connection with every time he loops back. Without her, the whole premise would collapse, and the actress rises to the occasion ably. 1. Julia Meade, Mission: Impossible III Paramount Pictures Playing the romantic lead in a Tom Cruise-led spy actioner is a pretty thankless job, but director J. J. Abrams gave Monaghan plenty to chew on as Ethan Hunt s fiancee Julia Meade in the third Mission: Impossible flick. Initially Julia starts out as a clueless damsel in distress, captured by arms dealer Owen Davian to compel Hunt to steal some Macguffin or other. But by the end of the film she s up to speed with her fiance s covert career, saves his life with an electric shock and even pops a cap in the ass of IMF traitor John Musgrave. References ^ appearance on this week s Comedy Bang! Bang! (www.ifc.com)

Truck range extender Charge signs Formula E deal

Novel range-extended electric powertrains designer Charge which is developing its systems for buses and trucks is to partner with Formula E, the all-electric car racing series. Although focused on commercial vehicles, Charge will now provide support to Formula E s race events, both the FIA Formula E Championship and the associated Roborace for autonomous cars. Denis Sverdlov, founder of Kinetik (the money behind Charge), says Charge will be on hand throughout the Formula E season as the official electric truck partner providing trucks and equipment for the pre-race drivers parade as well as for emergency vehicle recovery and visitor transportation. Formula E, and its associated Roborace … is a celebration of the exciting developments that are transforming the automotive industry, and this partnership is another sign that Charge is at the forefront, states Sverdlov. This championship will humanise the technological revolution by introducing an element of dynamic competition that can be shared with millions of people around the world. I am proud that Charge is helping make this a reality, he adds. Charge R&D is a new UK automotive and commercial transport engineering design business, with its own development teams, based at the hi-tech Whiteways Technical Centre in Oxfordshire. Author Brian Tinham [1] Related Companies Charge R&D Ltd [2] This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. [3] One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team [4] . References ^ Brian Tinham (www.transportengineer.org.uk) ^ Charge R&D Ltd (www.transportengineer.org.uk) ^ See Terms and Conditions. (www.transportengineer.org.uk) ^ contact the sales team (www.transportengineer.org.uk)

Manoeuvrable Mercedes-Benz Arocs Triple is Wynnstay’s farmyard favourite

Twelve months after commissioning its first four-axled Mercedes-Benz Arocs Triple, agricultural supplies business Wynnstay is now running a second, identical vehicle. Its factory-built 8 4 Arocs 3240 ENAs feature single front steer axles, double-drive bogies and crucially trailing and lifting rear-steer axles, which make them exceptionally manoeuvrable compared to a standard 32-tonne eight-wheeler. Zak Edwards, Logistics Manager at Wynnstay Group plc, confirmed: This configuration is ideally suited to an operation that involves delivering bulk animal feed to farms across North and Mid-Wales, because access to some of these locations can be very restricted. The Arocs Triple offers the payload capacity of a 32-tonner, but has a significantly tighter turning circle that allows it to get in and out of places for which we d previously have had to use a 26-tonner. The result, of course, is increased productivity and reduced cost these eight-wheeled Arocs will carry 18.5 tonnes of feed, as opposed to the 15 tonnes or thereabouts that we d get on a six-wheeler, and that additional 3.0-3.5 tonnes equates to an extra delivery per trip. Both vehicles operate from the Wynnstay Group s headquarters in Llansantffraid, Powys; the latest arrived via the Wellingborough, Northamptonshire branch of Dealer Intercounty Truck & Van. Both have ClassicSpace cabs and 290 kW (400 hp) straight-six engines which drive through 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift automated transmissions, as well as uprated 9.0-tonne front axles. Their all-aluminium, bulk blower bodies, meanwhile, are by specialist manufacturer Priden Engineering, of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, and feature multiple compartments as well as augers for ensuring that these are completely emptied during deliveries. The Arocs is a very modern, cost-effective vehicle, and has definitely put Mercedes-Benz one step ahead of the competition, continued Mr Edwards, who attended a German launch event for the Euro VI construction range in 2013. These Mercedes-Benz Triples are every bit as well built as you d expect of a vehicle bearing the three-pointed star. The first has been bullet-proof you would normally expect the odd niggle from a new truck but in 12 months of operation it hasn t missed a beat. Our drivers are also very happy with their trucks, which is hardly surprising given that the Arocs handles so well and offers everything they need, including a comfortable, air-conditioned cab. Wynnstay maintains the vehicles in its own workshop, which was recently the subject of a major upgrade that included the installation of a test bay equipped to DVSA standards, with a 25-metre pit, brake tester, shaker plates and headlight beam adjustor. Founded in 1917 by a group of tenant farmers, the Wynnstay Group manufactures and supplies agricultural products to farmers and the wider rural community in Wales, the Welsh borders, the Midlands, Lancashire and Yorkshire. The Group operates two core divisions, Agriculture and Specialist Retail, the latter including a country stores business and dedicated pet product stores. www.wynnstay.co.uk

Driver training: RHA disappointed in Osborne's 'failure' to address …

Richard Burnett 1 The Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it is extremely disappointed that, once again, the Chancellor has failed to address the urgent need for 150 million to fund truck driver training, and it considers the omission to be a threat to economic recovery. Our industry is suffering a chronic shortage of 45,000-50,000 drivers, commented RHA chief executive Richard Burnett. This is jeopardising supply chains and threatens to put the brakes on the economic recovery.

This crisis will only get worse as one in five of the current HGV workforce will reach retirement age in the next ten years. We are doubly disappointed as we have figures that clearly show the 150 million would be more than recouped through taxes paid by the new drivers, Burnett added. The new driving jobs created by this funding would generate additional income tax, National Insurance, and up to an extra 275 million in fuel duty revenue due to the extra truck miles driven.

In addition, the extra investment in UK skills would reduce the industry s reliance on drivers from abroad, which the RHA estimates leads to approximately 180 million per annum being sent back to drivers home countries. This is money that would otherwise be spent in the UK, supporting employment, generating VAT and boosting UK growth. The Chancellor holds the future of the industry in his hands.

By supplying 150 million of funding for driver training he can kick-start a swift and effective reversal in the rapid decline of this essential service industry s vital skills base. Despite the news that no funding is to be made available today, we shall continue to press our case until a satisfactory outcome is reached. We will continue to step up our lobbying in the weeks ahead.

For UK hauliers and for the entire UK economy, time is running out. In addition, the RHA notes confirmation of an apprenticeship levy rate of 0.5 per cent. Richard Burnett continued: At present, this industry has no apprenticeship for lorry drivers, the main employment category for transport firms.

A third Trailblazer bid is under consideration by the Business Department. It is essential that we get a driver apprenticeship, otherwise the levy is simply a tax on payroll. An apprenticeship without funding for the core element of training ahead of the HGV driving test would be largely meaningless.

That is what would happen under current Business Department policy a policy that makes no sense.

Training for the test lies at the core of any haulage driver apprenticeship and sets the quality platform for the apprenticeship as a whole and the RHA is calling on skills minister Nick Boles to accept that truth and to scrap the opposition to funding driver training.

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RCMP Report: Bus fire halts traffic on Highway 1

Winter Roads Winter driving conditions have kept local police busy over the last two weeks with the Golden-Field RCMP responding to over 25 collisions and an additional 27 traffic complaints since November 9. We would like to stress once again the importance of slowing down and planning ahead before driving, said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury. Although no injuries were reported in most of the collisions, one female was transported to Calgary by STARS Air Ambulance on November 11 with serious but non-life threatening injuries after being involved in a head-on collision on Highway 1 near Field. Youth BMX Stolen Police are asking everyone to be on the lookout for a bicycle that was stolen from the Nicholson Elementary School on Nov. 5. It is described as being a youth s BMX style bike, black and purple in color. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact the Golden-Field RCMP at 250-344-2221 or Crimestoppers 1-800-222-8477. A photo of the bicycle can be found on the Golden-Field RCMP s Facebook page. Driving without a License A 21 year-old male from Golden received a number of fines and a vehicle impoundment after it was reported to police that he was driving without a valid driver s license on November 10. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle he was driving also had no insurance, the wrong license plate, and that the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles had flagged the driver for vehicle impoundment. Stolen Trailer The Golden-Field RCMP are currently looking for information regarding the theft of a 28-foot Rockwood Ultra-Light trailer that was reported stolen from near Golden View Road on November 11. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact local police or Crimestoppers. Car set on Fire Local police are continuing to investigate a vehicle fire that occurred during the evening of November 11 in the Vandenbilt Auto Body parking lot. Police were called to assist the Golden Fire-Rescue Department with a vehicle fire just after 11 p.m., said Cst. Lainchbury. We are still looking to determine who the owner of the vehicle is as the VIN and license plates were destroyed in the fire. Police believe the vehicle may have been stolen and are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact them or Crimestoppers. Alarming Donation Police were called to a local thrift store on November 13 after volunteers found an air pistol while sorting through donations. As you can imagine finding these types of items can be alarming for someone who is not familiar with guns, said Cst. Lainchbury. We would ask that if you have these types of items for disposal, that you contact the police by phone to make pick up arrangements and that you never bring items that appear to be firearms to the Detachment. Hotel Room Robbed The Golden-Field RCMP are continuing to investigate after a male reportedly checked in to a local hotel on November 11 and then left with the 42-inch television and the alarm clock from the room. Police are looking at obtaining video surveillance to help identify the male who is believed to have used a false identification and credit card to obtain the room. Shots heard in Blae On November 13 just before 10 p.m., local police were called to the Blaeberry after a resident could hear a number of shots being fired. Police were able to locate the gun owner who was practicing shooting in his yard. The owner was warned regarding the use of firearms with other residences in close proximity. No charges are expected to be laid in relation to the incident. Bear Spray Attack A 23 year-old male from Golden was arrested for assault with a weapon, after a number of people allege that they were bear- sprayed by the male while walking down the street on November 14. This was not a random attack and appears to be targeted, said Cst. Lainchbury. The male is expected to appear in court in Golden on January 17. Man Turns Self In After an extensive search by both local RCMP and the Calgary Police Service, a 22 year-old male from Golden turned himself in on November 14 for a number of outstanding warrants. The male was then brought before a Justice of the Peace and held in custody to answer to the charges. The male appeared in court in Golden on November 17, and remains in custody. Lost Items Police are asking anyone who may have found a GoPro and a Fitbit near Lake O Hara to contact them after the items were reported missing on November 16. The owner believes that the items were accidently left behind in the lower parking lot. Online Scam Local police are warning residents to use caution when purchasing items over the internet after a local resident was almost scammed out of $3,800 when responding to an advertisement online from AutoTrader. Arrangements had been made to purchase a truck from Comox online, said Cst. Lainchbury. The purchasers became suspicious after the seller required him to send payment to Denmark using uShip without getting anything checked. Police would like to remind residents to ensure that they can verify where the funds are going to when sending money and that if you have any suspicion at all contact either them or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501 prior to sending the money. Fire in Nicholson Emergency crews including RCMP, BC Ambulance, and the Nicholson Fire Department responded to a residential fire in Nicholson on November 21. Minor damage was reported as a result of the fire. All occupants of the residence were assessed by BC Ambulance and released on scene with no injuries reported. Traffic Services On November 20 just after 2 a.m., police with the Golden RCMP Traffic Services Unit came across a semi-trailer on fire near the top of the 5 Mile Hill on Highway 1 just east of Golden. The driver was able to disconnect from the trailer, containing oranges, before the trailer was fully engulfed. Highway 1 was closed for approximately 2 hours while the fire subdued. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. A 32 year-old male from Calgary had his vehicle impounded for 7 days after local traffic services police allege that he was travelling 150km/h in a 100km/h zone on November 13. The male was also ticketed for driving with a learners permit without a supervisor in the vehicle. A 25 year-old male from Stettler, AB, had his company vehicle impounded for excessive speeding on November 22 after police allege that he was travelling 128km/h in the 80km/h zone on Highway 1 just east of Golden. Multiple Fights at Hotel Two females and a male, all from Golden were arrested on November 22 after police responded to a report of a fight at a local hotel just after 10 p.m. Upon arrival police were advised that a fight had taken place between two females outside the hotel in which it was alleged that the one female pulled the hair of the other. Shortly after, a 35 year old male, and his 38 year-old girlfriend attended one of the hotel rooms where it was alleged that they kicked in the door and assaulted the two occupants in retaliation for the first fight. The female who was accused of pulling the other s hair was arrested for assault and released. The other female who allegedly entered the hotel room and assaulted one of the occupants of the room was also arrested and released. Both females are due to appear in court on January 12 to answer to the charges. At the time of the media release, the male, who is known to police, was being held in custody to appear before a Justice of the Peace on charges of break & enter to commit an offence, assault, and mischief.