Off-B’way Hit Hand to God Starts Previews on the Great White Way

first_img In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas, are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. Related Shows Hand to God The cast includes Steven Boyer, Marc Kudisch, Geneva Carr, Sarah Stiles and Michael Oberholtzer. All five appeared in the original MCC Theater off-Broadway production last year. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 View Comments Hallelujah (or something!?)! Hand to God begins performances at Broadway’s Booth Theatre on March 14. Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs the new play by Robert Askins, which will officially open on April 7.last_img read more

Jeff Richmond Will Pen Score for Fully Committed

first_img Fully Committed Looks like the restaurant in Fully Committed serves Pinot Noir and whole-grain, low-fat muffin tops. Jeff Richmond, whose previous scores include 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (both created by his wife Tina Fey), will pen original music for the play’s Broadway bow.Jesse Tyler Ferguson will star in the one-man comedy by Becky Mode. Performances will now begin on April 1 (instead of April 2) at the Lyceum Theatre, where it will run through July 24. Opening night remains set for April 25. Jason Moore will direct.While this will mark Richmond’s Broadway debut, he also has another musical score in the works: the stage adaptation of Mean Girls. His memorable tunes from previous projects include “Muffin Top,” “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah,” “Daddy’s Boy” and— sing it with us—“Peeno Noir.”In addition to Richmond, Darron L West joins the creative team as sound designer, stepping in for the previously announced Jill BC Du Boff.For this new production, playwright Becky Mode has updated the play to reflect today’s foodie and restaurant culture. Ferguson takes on the role of Sam, who works the red‐hot reservation line at one of New York’s trendiest restaurants, plus dozens of desperate callers. The show originally played off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre in 1999 before heading to the Cherry Lane Theatre. View Comments Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016 Jeff Richmond(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

The Mapmaker

first_img4.) Do you or your perspective on conservation, climbing, or way of life change after creating this film? Cooper: Andrew and Carlo are some of the best in the game when it comes to visual storytelling. We’ve worked together on projects for Whitewater for years, so to team up on a story as unique as Joey’s was a dream come true. Carlo: Climbing rocks has been a lifelong passion. It showed me the outdoors when I was young and continues to introduce me to new places and people. Something about Joey whispers mentor or father figure to the young adventurers that accompany him. Hospitable may be an understand statement to describe Joey’s willingness to open up his place and offer a sanctuary to those who need a little love. With somewhat of a rugged outdoorsman persona, Joey’s soft gravely voice manages to reveal a tender heart underneath the gruff outer layers of his lifestyle. You see Joey’s heart as he stands below the other climbers, arms outstretched, whispering gentle encouragements and promising to catch them if they fall. All of these things shine a light on who Joey is as a person and how he not only values the wildness that is his playground, but he tends to all those who come to join. On a large swath of smooth paper, Joey fashions a beautiful representation of the day’s climbing locations. The drawings take into account the twists and turns of the mountainous terrain while boasting a picture that is cradled in shading, labels, and dotted lines swimming across the paper to identify the major boulders and landmarks of the area. Each map pulls your eyes onto the page and you feel as if you are already familiar with every region Joey has climbed. Just by listening to Joey describe his maps and to witness them yourself, you can feel the respect that Joey exudes for the places he climbs and finds comfort. His maps preserve the sacredness of the mountains while inviting others to share the same token so that they too can experience the love of the land while helping to take care of its beauty and vitality. Artist or conservationist, Joey blends the two. 1.) How did you find Joey? Photo by: Andrew Kornylak 5.) What is your favorite way to experience the outdoors? Andrew: I first met Joey at Hound Ears and/or bouldering in the Boone area probably around 1996 when I first moved to the Southeast. I’d run into him off and on, usually in the context of filming other top climbers in the South, but he keeps a pretty low profile. I spent some time at his boulder field and barn while making a short film for prAna around 2012. It wasn’t until 2014 that I even was able to take a picture of him, partly because I was too intimidated and partially because he very much keeps to himself and avoids photography or publicity about himself. But after that, I felt we had made a connection. This spring a writer from the magazine Our State contacted him to do a climbing story for their Linville Gorge issue. Apparently Joey was hesitant at first. When she mentioned I might be asked to photograph it, Joey’s reluctance to be involved turned to enthusiasm. I had been wanting to interview him for a potential film and felt like that was an opening. I talked the idea over with Carlo Nasisse, a great friend and lifelong climber from these parts whose filmmaking I admire, and then we floated the idea with Joey, who agreed. Blue Ridge Outdoors recently sat down with the creators of “The Mapmaker”, Andrew and Carlo, and Cooper, to dive deep into their thoughts and intentions behind the film. The interview details their experiences with Joey and their relationship with outdoors, as well as what the team learned along the way and why they felt compelled to share Joey’s story. For those who are curious, you can find the film on the Whitewater Youtube page or visit their website at, to learn more. 3.) How would you describe the overall experience of creating this film? Andrew: Climbing and hiking is my main thing, I think you can see a lot of terrain that way. Climbing is unique in that there are still vast areas of untouched rock to explore, on the other side of the world and in the next valley over. Andrew: Joey is someone who lives on the outside of things. At the same time, he’s been deeply involved in the climbing scene, not just around Boone, but in the wider world, going back to the very origins of bouldering as its own discipline of climbing, the rating systems, activism to preserve climbing areas, everything. Most of his story has not been told, so I think that’s interesting from an entertaining, storytelling perspective, but more importantly, the questions of community and secrecy and preservation that Joey has wrestled with his whole life are still just as relevant to younger climbers today, and they need perspective. center_img A commemorative, yet intrinsically detailed guide to Boone’s rocky playground. Some may call his designs a work of art, others may simply conclude that they are his tribute to the beauty of the landscape and the rock climbing central he calls home. His name is Joey Henson. 2.) What made you decide that this story was worth sharing? Carlo: It was… special. Andrew and I fell into the rhythm of life at Joey’s home and within the boulder fields. Some of our favorite moments of the film came from this type of deep hanging out. Everyone was so present- focused on climbing, cooking, or sleeping. Joey takes refuge in the throws of Boone’s Appalachian mountains where he spends his time living and breathing rock climbing. After a long day of climbing Joey ventures back to his humble abode complete with a retired school bus that can easily be converted into an extra living space for fellow climbers. Despite a full day of bouldering and fellowship with other eager local climbers, Joey manages to find time to draw up a map of the layout of the formations and extensive tree groves and babbling brooks. Not only is the land special to Joey, but he communicates his knowledge of the landscapes in sort of conservation of the land. Cooper: There are so many humble pioneers woven into the fabric and history of outdoor adventure. It’s an honor and privilege to share a story like Joey’s. Andrew: I am only more obsessed with climbing now, and only more in awe of people who can really live their lives the way they want to. Carlo: Joey taught me a lot about climbing. Just watching him touch rocks was kind of a zen experience. I think it showed me the benefits of intention and being present while climbing. Cooper: It all comes back to engagement. Joey is engaged in his passion for climbing, his surrounding environment, and his community. The world could use more people that invested, involved, and engaged in whatever they are passionate about. Andrew: As all films are, it was a lot of work! But I’m very happy with the results. The Whitewater Center is unique for the love and resources they have to put toward adventure films. Cooper is himself a veteran storyteller of his own far-flung adventures. To have that understanding of filmmaking makes him a great partner in producing a film like this! Joey is a rock climber who was recently featured in a film created by the U.S. National Whitewater Center called “The Mapmaker”, directed by Andrew Kornylak and Carlo Nasisse, and produced by Cooper Lambla. The directors manage to capture Joey’s true ethos throughout the entire film in the ways of subtle yet intimate camera angles focusing on his work and while emphasizing scenes of Joey’s close friendships. Joey is not just an athlete of the outdoors, but a mentor, teacher, creative, and an inspiring environmentalist of the Blue Ridge community. Carlo: I admire Joey as someone who feels deeply and doesn’t hesitate to mold his life around his beliefs, even when they fall outside of societal conventions. People like him are important because they illuminate blind spots in society, things we all take for granted as normal but when looked at through a different lens are actually harmful to ourselves and the earth. He is also a wicked strong climber, mentor, and makes a mean curry. Cooper: I’ve always been drawn to the mountains, but I’m typically most content on a river or on singletrack.last_img read more

Operation Martillo: U.S., Honduran forces seize semi-submersible

first_imgBy Dialogo April 19, 2012 MIAMI — Vessels from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Honduran Navy intercepted a sinking self-propelled semi-submersible vessel in the Western Caribbean Sea on March 30. Partner nations are participating in Operation Martillo, a joint effort of Western Hemisphere and European nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami aircrew, working in the Caribbean in support of JIATF-S Operation Martillo, spotted a suspicious vessel and notified 7th Coast Guard District watchstanders of the location. The pursuit boat crews aboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutters Pea Island and Decisive interdicted the self-propelled semi submersible and detained four suspected smugglers. The seized vessel sank during the interdiction. “Medium endurance cutters like the Decisive are built for multi-week offshore patrols including operations requiring enhanced communications, and helicopter and pursuit boat operations,” said Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7thCoast Guard District chief of enforcement. “When combined with patrol boats like the Pea Island, which has superior speed and flexibility, it helps us and our partners to provide the Coast Guard’s unique blend of military capability, law enforcement authority, and lifesaving expertise wherever needed to protect American interests.” Self- propelled semi-submersible vessels are used regularly to transport illegal narcotics in the Eastern Pacific, and this interdiction is only the fifth Coast Guard interdiction of a vessel of this type in the Caribbean. The Coast Guard’s first interdiction of a drug smuggling, SPSS vessel in the Western Caribbean Sea happened July 13, 2011. Built in the jungles and remote areas of South America, the typical semi-submersible is less than 100 feet in length, with four or five crewmembers, and carries up to 10 metric tons of illicit cargo for distances up to 5,000 miles. Drug traffickers design these types of vessels to be difficult to spot and to rapidly sink when they detect law enforcement, thereby making contraband recovery difficult. The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection, and partner nation aircraft and vessel crews work together to conduct counter drug patrols in the Caribbean Sea. The Decisive is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Pascagoula, Miss. The Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West, Fla. Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in Operation Martillo, which started in the middle of January 2012.last_img read more

Colombian Public Force Curbs Drug Shipments

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo July 30, 2020 The Colombian Public Force continues to strengthen its results in the fight against narcotrafficking, dealing several blows to organized crime, between June 17-25.In the Guaviare jungle, the Colombian Army destroyed a lab that produced narcotics on June 23. (Photo: Colombian Army)On June 25, the Colombian Navy said in a press release that Rapid Response Units of the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station intercepted a vessel in Valle del Cauca department and found 158.8 kilograms of marijuana and 540 kg of cocaine hydrochloride.With this interdiction, the Pacific Naval Force has seized more than 77 metric tons of drugs in the first semester of 2020, the Colombian Navy said.On June 22 in the Guaviare jungle, elements of the Colombian Armed Forces found a clandestine drug lab valued at $890,000, the Military Forces of Colombia said in a press release on June 23.“The soldiers found half a ton of cocaine hydrochloride, more than 101 kg of coca base paste, 2,145 gallons [9,751 liters] of liquid chemical substances, 1,275 kg of solid chemical substances, microwave ovens, fuel, machinery, equipment, and other material,” said Colombian Army Brigadier General Raúl Hernando Flórez Cuervo, commander of Joint Task Force Omega, in an audio message the Military Forces’ General Command sent on June 23.Colombian coast guard units seized 901 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride. (Photo: Colombian Navy)On June 19, at a checkpoint in Huila department, troops of the Colombian Army 27th Infantry Battalion noted irregularities in the floor of a trailer truck, where they found four compartments containing 258 kg of cocaine hydrochloride, the Colombian Military Forces’ General Command said in a press release.The Colombian Navy reported another interdiction operation in the Pacific Ocean.Units of the Colombian Navy seized about 1 metric ton of cocaine that belonged to the residual organized armed group Estructura 30 on June 17, when Coast Guard units in the Pacific detected a type of fast boat with three crew members, the Colombian Navy reported in a press release.The operation, carried out with support from an aircraft of the Colombian Air Force’s 7th Air Combatant Command, facilitated the detention of the motorboat, near the area of Boca de Chamuscado, Valle del Cauca. Authorities found 901 kg of cocaine hydrochloride, the report added.last_img read more

Sandy Damaged Photo Fixing Event Sunday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A before and after of one family’s Sandy flooded photo.While many Long Islanders are still rebuilding after Sandy, some of the superstorm’s survivors are getting some extra help repairing their most cherished possessions—photographs of loved ones and friends damaged in the historic floodwaters.CARE for Sandy, short for “Cherished Albums Restoration Effort,” is a grassroots Brooklyn-based volunteer organization comprised of professional photographers and amateurs with creative backgrounds, who retouch and digitally restore photographs damaged during the superstorm.“Our standards are very high…it’s very important that every photograph retain the character and integrity of the original,” said Lee Kelly, who founded the group shortly after the Oct. 29 storm. “I’m treating each and every [photo] as if it’s the only one that that family has; they’re all incredibly precious.”The group will be hosting a free event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Nassau Community College in Building G, where families who wish to have their photos scanned and later restored.Each family can submit up to 50 damaged photographs, which are digitally scanned and later uploaded online and put up for “adoption,” process that calls for volunteers to “adopt” a photo based on their skill level and completely restore it within a three-month window.At NCC, students with backgrounds in photography and graphic design will help with scanning and retouching photos. About a dozen students from Studio Photography class will be on site to take family portraits of those guests who attend, while they wait for their photographs to be scanned, labeled and backed up.“I am thrilled that the Art Department’s students, faculty and staff are teaming up with CARE for Sandy in providing this critical first step to helping families get their precious photos restored,” said NCC Photography Professor Carolyn Monastra. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain professional experience while giving back to the community.”One of the many families burdened by Sandy were the Fabianos, Oceanside residents who had the basement of their home submerged under floodwater with damage done to their hot water heater, gas burner, washing machine and much of their personal property—including the couple’s wedding album, which Al Fabiano said was spotted dripping wet.“I brought the album upstairs and saw the look on my wife’s face,” said Fabiano. “It broke my heart to see the tears well up in here eyes.”Fabiano read an article written about CARE for Sandy, detailing how the group could restore water-damaged photos. After reaching out to them through their website, Fabiano spoke to a representative that told him their was hope in restoring his photos, eventually he was contacted by Kelly.“The Fabiano family is very fortunate as they’ve had all [of their] 24 images ‘adopted’,” said Kelly, whose volunteers come from far and wide. “And have received 17 restorations [from] volunteers from Texas, Oregon, Illinois, New York and the Netherlands.”For families like the Fabianos whose photographs were all but lost in the storm, there’s still hope to reclaim some of those old memories.“Lee was an angel sent from heaven,” said Fabiano. “Her organization, CARE, are a dedicated group of people who want to help their fellow man by bringing their expertise in photography to restore what would be lost pictures of loved ones.”last_img read more

Port Jefferson Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 73-year-old Port Jefferson woman was killed when the vehicle her husband was driving was involved in a crash in Rocky Point on Saturday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Lucio Costanzo, also 73, was driving a Subaru westbound on Route 25A when he crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and struck an eastbound Jeep at the corner of Fairway Drive at 12:20 p.m.Lucio was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in serious condition. His wife, Stephanie Costanzo, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson, where she was pronounced dead. The other driver and his 16-year-old son were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-852-8752.last_img read more

Unauthorized or not: A look into Regulations E and Z

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Next week, NAFCU kicks off its first ever virtual Regulatory Compliance School. In honor of School, let’s go back to basics and review what it means for a transaction to be unauthorized under Regulations E and Z. Understanding which transactions are or are not considered unauthorized is important because it informs a credit union whether it is required to investigate and resolve the issue as well as limit the member’s liability for the transactions, potentially saving a credit union both time and resources.Under Regulation E, an unauthorized electronic fund transfer (EFT) is defined as any EFT from an account initiated by someone without authority to initiate the transfer and from which the member receives no benefit. Unauthorized EFTs include transfers using an access device, such as a debit card, that was obtained by robbery or fraud and transfers a member was forced to initiate. It does not include transfers where the member acted fraudulently or when the member gave someone else permission to use her access device. Let’s take a look at some common scenarios to help illustrate which transfers are or are not covered:Sally gives her debit card to her son, Jake, to buy groceries but Jake buys a new television instead. The television purchase is not necessarily an unauthorized transaction. When a third party is given authority to make transactions, the member is liable for all transactions, even those that exceed the scope of authority, unless she notifies the credit union that the third party no longer has the authority to make transactions. continue reading »last_img read more

Waste Not Want Not: are we winning the war?

first_imgAs our Waste Not Want Not campaign battles on, we look back at the key decisions, disappointments and developments in the war on waste of the past year. What are the breakthroughs? Who are the frontrunners? And where has progress ground to a halt?Victory of the yearRetailers and suppliers vow to double down on redistribution Cheers rung out at The Grocer’s HQ in January as, off their own back (and under no pressure from Wrap) 40 fmcg firms who had already signed up to Courtauld 2025, vowed to extend their commitments with a new voluntary target to double redistribution of edible surplus food by 2020. If successful, the target means 30,000 tonnes of extra food will go to people in the next four years, enough to prepare an additional 60 million meals (worth £60m per year) and a huge step forward in achieving one of our Waste Not Want Not targets: to double redistribution to 100,000 tonnes.The unprecedented move marked a “tipping point,” said Wrap. A sign of “huge potential,” added FareShare.And it was by no means the only major victory of the past 12 months, with unprecedented levels of progress across the industry.Only last week another leap forward had waste campaigners (and us) jumping for joy as 24 of Tesco’s biggest own-label suppliers agreed not only to halve their food waste by 2030, but to follow the supermarket’s own example and publish their food waste data too. Signatories to the landmark move included the likes of Müller, 2 Sisters Food Group and Greencore, businesses worth £17bn in grocery sales, with Tesco CEO Dave Lewis hailing it a “pivotal moment” in the fight against food waste.That’s because, as we’ve repeatedly said, you can’t manage what you can’t measure. This commitment to greater transparency and collaboration was another cornerstone of our Waste Not Want Not campaign, and will provide both industry and campaigners with an accurate picture of who is wasting what and where in the supply chain.This move by suppliers comes a year after Sainsbury’s too bared all on waste for the first time. In September 2016, the supermarket disclosed that 35,800 tonnes of surplus was being generated from food waste, with 7.6% redistributed and 26,900 tonnes sent to anaerobic digestion. The move was widely praised by consumers and should act as yet another catalyst (as if they needed one) for the remaining eight leading grocers to come clean.But the breakthrough announced by Tesco last week is arguably more significant as it marked a crucial shift in focus to higher up the supply chain.Though responsible for an estimated 89% of industry surplus, too often suppliers and manufacturers have shirked the spotlight on waste, leaving it to their supermarket partners to take all the flak. This achievement showed that ludicrous way of thinking is (thankfully) drawing to an end.It can only be good news for redistribution, which languished at 47,000 tonnes (less than 2%) at Wrap’s last count. And while the updated Courtauld commitments are still more than two years away, already there have been promising signs.In May, FareShare reported donations up 15% across its network of 6,700-plus charities, including a 28% growth in meat, fish and dairy, and a 13% rise in volumes of fresh fruit and veg.Meanwhile commercial redistributor Company Shop redistributed more food “than ever before,” it said (despite cost pressures pushing down turnover) while its charitable arm Community Shop passed the £1m turnover mark and opened its fourth branch in Grimsby.At Irish surplus startup FoodCloud, the team hit one million meals of redistribution each month on its platform from April, two years after teaming up with Tesco and integrating its tech into each and every scanner across the mult’s 3,500 UK stores. In fact, so impressive has the partnership been that in early 2017 Waitrose began trialling the same scheme across its own stores, proof that when it comes to waste, professional rivalry needs to be put firmly on the back burner.These major breakthroughs alone prove that it’s been a mega year for food waste. And in amongst these big, high profile announcements a raft of smaller, but significant victories have littered the past few months. From major businesses doing their bit for the first time (see Converts of the Year, right) to rapid rollouts (see Convenience Frontrunner of the Year, p37) to huge step changes by high street giants (see Food to Go Triumph of the Year, p33) we’ve seen some superb progress. Let’s hope it’s only the start. Lightbulb moment of the year NPD of the year Ambitious target of the year Supermarket Nifties looks to add branchesWhen every entrepreneur and his dog are turning to crowdfunding, it was heartening in April to see the platform used for something truly worthwhile. Supermarket Nifties, which collects damaged or short-dated food from wholesalers and manufacturers and sells them at heavily reduced rates, launched a bid to raise a measly £3,500 on cash was designed to fund new branches, it said, and would feed 50,000 families with food that would otherwise have gone to waste. Sadly the Dover social enterprise didn’t reach its target, but continues to thrive regardless, adding home delivery to its repertoire recently too. Food industry could become second only to lottery in charity donationsRarely does big business get to be the good guy. Dodgy tax arrangements, overpaid CEOs and hiked up prices – too often it’s on the defensive and in the doghouse. But when it comes to food surplus it has the chance to make a difference; a heroic difference.In fact – as FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell told the Efra select committee on food waste in December – it could become the second biggest contributor to UK charities after the national lottery if it pulled its socks up on redistribution.“If we in the UK could match what France does and redistribute 10 times the volumes – and with the same size population and the same size first-world food industry I see no reason why we couldn’t – the equivalent saving would be £150m-£200m a year,” Boswell told MPs. “That puts leftovers in value terms to the voluntary sector second only to the national lottery, and that’s a mad sentence to utter.”Mad but brilliant – and all the inspiration the industry needs to take a long hard look at the tiny proportions of surplus currently going to feed hungry mouths.FareShare already works with around 6,700 UK charities, from homeless shelters to lunch clubs to kids holiday schemes, with the 10,000 tonnes of surplus they have access to stretched seriously thin, and demand from new charities growing all the time. Around 270,000 tonnes more of good, edible food is out there, though. We just need to get it to them. Misunderstanding of the year Lidl seizes ‘unique opportunity’ for food sector to battle wasteSoaring sales, sizzling supermodels and a stream of stores rolling out here and in the US – it’s been non-stop at Lidl.But the discounter had long missed a trick when it came to its surplus food, languishing in penultimate spot in The Grocer’s ranking of our top 10 supermarkets on food waste in 2016, only marginally ahead of bottom place Iceland.Then in January, it turned a corner. Following a “hugely successful” eight-week trial with social enterprise platform Neighbourly, the retailer announced it would be rolling out its first national food redistribution scheme across all Lidl stores by 2018, providing an extra two million meals a year to charity. A touch late to the party perhaps, but UK CEO Christian Härtnagel finally saw the light, and the “unique opportunity” the food sector has to tackle waste.It’s not been the only player who’s seen the light. In May, leading logistics experts Fowler Welch ramped up its efforts, naming FareShare its ‘Charity of the Year’ after teaming up with the organisation for the first time in 2016. In that short time, it’s diverted one million meals to hungry mouths and recommended many of its suppliers do the same, with Quorn making its first delivery to FareShare later that month as a direct result.If that weren’t enough Aldi signed off a new food waste strategy in 2016 teaming up with FareShare as its official redistribution partner, with a new process rolled out in the spring this year.And after years of supplying charities on an ad hoc basis with its surplus yoghurt, quark, cottage cheese, and milk Arla also committed to an integrated process in February diverting 440,000 meals by August to FareShare , and committing to reach half a million meals by the end of 2017. Prediction of the year Starbucks steps up to the plate with discounts in last hour’s tradingOnly weeks after The Grocer highlighted the scourge of food waste in the QSR sector – with Starbucks one of several players named and shamed in our investigation – the coffee chain stepped up and took responsibility in August.Around 350 of its UK branches are now slashing food prices by 50% in the last hour of trading, leaving scores more paninis, pastries and popcorn up for grabs at a fraction of the regular cost to punters, and keeping perfectly good food out of the rubbish bin. Proceeds will also be donated to charity Action Against Hunger.The move will hopefully put a significant dent in the 76,000 tons of grab and go food currently wasted by UK high street joints at a staggering £277m cost, enough to whip up an extra 81 million caramel Frappuccinos every year.Twitter and the tabloids were quick to congratulate the chain too, in what must’ve been a new, fuzzy feeling for a company so often berated on everything from its disposable cup waste to its complex tax affairs. But as The Grocer highlighted in June there is plenty more work to do on Britain’s high streets with Subway, Burger King and McDonald’s hardly redistributing a fast food meal between them.A change in the law in January, masterminded by the British Sandwich and Food to Go Association, should also see some of the big barriers overcome though. From now firms selling sarnies, sushi or any other fresh food to go during the lunchtime rush, which would normally expire at the end of the working day, can relabel and redistribute, saving an estimate 2,000 tonnes of sandwiches alone. That’s one less excuse not to follow Starbucks’ lead. Real Junk Food Project in hot water for turning noses up at use-by datesStraight-talking ex-chef and founder of the Real Junk Food Project Adam Smith found himself coming to blows with food safety officers in June.Smith and the Leeds-based charity he set up in 2013, which sells surplus stock from its ‘pay as you feel’ cafés, have long turned their noses up at date labels, preferring to “smell, taste and visually inspect” food before chucking it out. A desperately needed dose of common sense, some might say. Sadly West Yorkshire Trading Standards didn’t agree.When officers claimed to have uncovered 444 items past their use-by date at the project HQ (cumulatively 6,345 days beyond their legal expiry date) authorities slapped Smith with the threat of prosecution and an invite to a formal interview under caution. Supermarkets suspended their links with the scheme, too.Smith has robustly defended himself though claiming “we’ve fed more than one million people worldwide, with food that’s past its given use-by date, but not one person has ever been sick.”The investigation is ongoing. Fracas of the year ‘Supermarkets shift liability to producers’Campaigner Tristram Stuart ruffled feathers in October 2016 when he accused supermarkets of flouting the spirit of GSCOP by leaving primary producers with the full burden of wasted food.Last-minute order cancellations and strict cosmetic specification left producers, some in the third world, with surplus stock, while the retailer had zero accountability, he said during a public debate with Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe. “All a supermarket needs to do to get round GSCOP is to insert a middleman and this carries on through the back door.”Coupe called the changes “extreme” and “blown out of all proportion,” but he was visibly ruffled.Setback of the yearWrap faces up to household food waste increasingNot long into the top job at food waste charity Wrap, CEO Marcus Gover found himself face to face with intrepid interviewer John Humphrys. An unnerving experience at the best of times. And even more so given the subject matter Gover was on air to discuss.New figures in January had revealed that progress on household waste had well and truly stalled. Missing its Courtauld 3 target (to reduce household food waste by 5% between 2012 and 2015), Gover was forced to defend news that volumes of food chucked out by consumers actually rose by 300,000 tonnes (4%) in the two-year period.With its Love Food, Hate Waste shopper initiative failing, Wrap needed a new plan. As Gover tells The Grocer in this week’s Big Interview (p42-44), took months of combing through its years of insights to develop.Ultra-targeted on the four most wasted foods (bread, potatoes, milk and chicken) and beginning with the most wasteful age group (millennials), Wrap believes the new strategy could get the momentum back.Let’s hope next time Gover gets a call from Radio 4’s Today programme he will have better news. Damp squib of the year The slow coach awardFDF members finally put end to landfill useIt’s been more than 20 years since the government recognised that dumping waste in vast holes in the ground is a gross environmental slur and taxed culprits accordingly.So high are some gate fees (up to £145 per tonne vs £75 per tonne for AD and £100 per tonne for redistribution) that landfill is not only the most ecologically devastating route for food waste, it’s also often the least economical for businesses.Which raises the question: why did it take FDF members more than two decades to eliminate landfill from their waste streams?It wasn’t until 2015 that FDF members were able to cut out the practice entirely, said the body in its February update. In 2012, 3% still wound its way to landfill, following a meagre 6% reduction from 2009 to 2012. And even this only applied to those businesses that could be bothered to participate in the federation’s annual Waste Survey. Less engaged suppliers likely chucked it in the bin.Members had a “strong desire to go further,” said the FDF, “reflected in new commitments aimed at shaping future value chains”. About time too. Crowdfunder of the year Asda in loose fruit & veg pack ban as Tesco is squashedAsda opened up a can of worms in May when it announced a trial banning loose fruit & veg from its stores. Though the grocer insisted new smaller pack sizes would help shoppers waste less (and arguably keep food fresher for longer) campaigners slammed the move for forcing families to buy more than they needed.Customers at its Bedminster branch were reportedly so incensed at the eco-implications they went on the warpath down aisles, tearing open packets of carrots, apples and potatoes in protest. Staying strategically quiet while the debate raged on, signs of a backtrack by Asda execs appeared only days after the controversial announcement, but the full results of the trial are yet to emerge.An unrelated initiative from Tesco also resulted in its fare share of criticism. When Tesco unveiled its butternut squash stars – pre-packed squash shaped into stars to encourage kids to eat more veg – it caused quite the storm on social media too amid allegations that lopping food into shapes would cause waste. “Speechless at the stupidity,” said one user. It’s a good example of the ignorance that ‘informs’ social media debate: the squash actually used offcuts. Tesco battles to eradicate edible surplusSay what you want about the UK’s biggest grocer (it has no shortage of critics), but it’s made some exemplary moves on waste. It was the first to reveal its food waste data (three years before Sainsbury’s), its CEO champions UN efforts to slash global waste, and in 2016 it committed itself to eliminating edible surplus from its stores by the end of 2017.We have three months left to see whether it managed it (when last speaking to The Grocer, Dave Lewis thought he may struggle with the last 3,000 tonnes) but it’s a bold, stretching and painfully public target regardless, which Tesco should be applauded for. How crafty use of leftovers can create delicious innovationsWho says surplus can’t taste delicious? Take Toast Ale, a beer brewed from bread, which since its 2016 launch has rescued 6,000kg of bread. There are many more examples. Unilever added wonky tomatoes to its new Hellmann’s ketchup in May (set to rescue 2.5 million tomatoes every year from going to waste on UK farms, it says). Dash Water made its debut in May with carbonated zero-calorie waters infused with wonky fruit & veg and was listed in Planet Organic and Selfridges. And Yeo Valley saved surplus fruits and raised £20k for FareShare with its new Left-Yeovers yoghurt in January. CEOs don their aprons to cook up a charity banquet of surplus foodSixty CEOs and 30 chefs joined forces in March to cook up a banquet fit for a king. With a twist. Every ingredient stir-fried, sautéed or steamed for the 400 lucky guests at Old Billingsgate had to come from surplus food.Masterminded by Jamie Oliver and redistribution charity UK Harvest, the CEO CookOff invited industry leaders to pay a contribution of £1,500 (plus a pledge to raise an extra £8,500 in sponsorship) to don their aprons and create something delicious out of waste, with a little help from some of the best restaurant chefs working in the country.Proof that surplus food doesn’t mean sub-standard fare, hundreds of ‘unsung hero’ guests feasted on guilt-free haute cuisine, raising half a million pounds in the process for both charities and ticking yet another box on Jamie’s never-ending charity checklist.Fmcg was well represented, too, with Andy Adcock of M&S, Ewan Venters of Fortnum & Mason and Brakes CEO Tom Christiaanse all rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in. Donations keep climbing towards a £2m two-year target. Entente cordiale of the year M&S on track to hit 20% reduction target with frozen food initiativeThis isn’t just food. This is M&S food. Scores more of which will be winding its way to hungry mouths after the retailer proactively sought permission from local authorities to freeze chilled food before it went out of date (in a safe, legally compliant way) freeing up tonnes more meat, dairy and ready meals from the restrictions of date labels.The move helps put the retailer firmly on track for its new target of reducing food waste by 20% across its operation by 2020 – a new commitment unveiled in June as part of its updated Plan A pledge.Responsible for 600,000 tonnes of avoidable food waste each year, it wasn’t the only time pesky date labels reared their head either (see fracas of the year). But following work between Wrap and the FSA, new draft guidance was released in July that attempted to clear up confusion, with recommendations to stick to single labels per product and scrap ‘Display until’ stickers once and for all.The new recommendations aren’t likely to come into force until later this year, and some believe scrapping all but those related to food safety is the answer, but there is at least innovation in this space.In July Sainsbury’s launched ‘smart’ packaging on packs of ham: the new ‘Smart Fresh’ label changes colour from yellow to purple the longer the pack has been open and will appear on the mults’ own-brand seven-slice cooked ham as part of its Waste Less, Save More scheme. Saving of the yearWarburtons cuts wasted bread with IT upgradeAllegations that supermarkets pile up freshly baked loaves purely to lure in shoppers rather than paying any attention as to whether all those rolls, wraps and bagels will be eaten are rife among waste campaigners. Leeds-based The Real Junk Food Project refused to pick up surplus breads in 2016 after finding supply outstripped demand from charities.But in June Warburtons proved progress was possible. By replacing its ageing IT system, its forecasting improved from 79% to 86%; the tech predicts demand over a two-year period. The change drastically reduced the potential for waste and freed up staff, saving £430k in the process. Nice one. Convenience frontrunnerCo-op extends its ethical position to food wasteFrom a trial in just seven stores across the south east in 2016, the Co-op has rapidly rolled out its own food redistribution scheme, with branches in 2,500 UK towns and villages set to send surplus food to local causes via FareShare from April.More than one million meals were shared by the retailer last year from its depots alone, and the new national back-of-store scheme is expected to reach over 2,500 charities and deliver 8,500 tonnes per year – more than any other convenience retailer.The move will “dramatically reduce food waste” as it works towards an ambition that no food fit for consumption goes to waste. Allegation of the year Food to go triumph of the year Statistic of the yearA 14-fold return for supply chain efficienciesIf saving the world doesn’t do it for you, how about a whopping 14-fold return on investment? That was the staggering statistic unveiled by the UN’s Champions 12.3 initiative in March.After an analysis of more than 700 companies operating in foodservice, retail and hospitality, the initiative showed that for every £1 spent on supply chain efficiencies, awareness campaigns or product redesigns to curb food waste, firms see an average return of £14.The research, ﷯part of the UN target to halve global food waste by 2030, spanned 17 countries and 1,200 business sites, with 99% of companies surveyed reporting a positive ROI and a median 14:1 return.Better for the planet, better for people and undeniably better for the bottom line, you’d think there were no excuses left for not putting the issue top of the boardroom agenda. And yet worldwide one third of all food produced is still wasted, added the report, amounting to a huge loss of $940bn per year. The United States is the worst culprit, with the average family chucking out the equivalent of $1,500 per year (61% of all its waste), while across sub-Saharan Africa 95% of all waste happens within industry. We’ll always have Paris. Lewis and Coupe buddy up to fight food wasteRarely do supermarket CEOs share the same stage. Or the same venue. Or have much to do with one another at all, frankly.So it was all the more heartening in October 2016 to see two of the most influential faces in grocery stand side by side, manfully clutching each other in a wonderfully awkward show of unity, thumbs up and grins on for the cameras at the Consumer Goods Forum’s first sustainability summit.And what brought Tesco’s Dave Lewis and Sainsbury’s Mike Coupe together? Was it Brexit? Trump? A mutual distaste of all things discounter? Nah, it was food waste.With both bosses delivering speeches at the Paris conference, the pair took a moment to put their professional rivalries aside and prove that waste trumps all. “The fact that both Mike Coupe and I are here, talking about food waste, is significant,” said Lewis.It wasn’t the only waste-inspired truce either. Only months after ‘Marmitegate’ erupted, experts from Tesco and Unilever (as well as FareShare and Company Shop) appeared side by side in The Grocer’s own Waste Not Want Not webinar debating transparency, innovation and the need to work collaboratively.And in perhaps the biggest truce of all, UN initiative Champions 12.3 brought together 30 CEOs, government ministers and campaigners from around the world in an effort to halve global waste, delivering their first annual progress report in September 2016 and calling on all world leaders to take action. Surprise election lays waste to Efra committee’s mountains of workPiles of written evidence and hours of witness interviews – the Efra select committee were nothing if not thorough in their efforts to get to the bottom of UK food waste after being handed the job in 2016.Public hearings saw Tristram Stuart slam supermarkets for failing to be transparent on how much food they chucked out and FareShare’s Lindsay Boswell calling for far greater focus to be turned to manufacturers. Led by Tory Neil Parish, the MPs took witnesses to task too, with “wasteful” online multibuy offers lambasted.Sadly, Theresa May threw a spanner in the works of the committee in April when she called a surprise general election. A week later and the Efra members had rushed out their findings before being unceremoniously disbanded and the results were, well, rushed.The potential was there, with recommendations for requirements on business to reveal their data and a nod to a national food waste target. But it was all a tad half-hearted and ambiguous. And thanks to the election the government isn’t required to respond to its findings either. What a waste. Creative solution of the year Twitter storm as Waste Less, Save More initiative is, er, scaled upTwitter took up arms when it spotted news that Sainsbury’s was dropping its £10m, five-year initiative to help cut down household food waste in May. Lambasting the supermarket for scaling back its Waste Less, Save More commitment the Twitterati were outraged… for a few hours at least. As it turned out their anger was misplaced, with the inflammatory headline the work of a rather overexcited newspaper journalist.The truth was the supermarket had fallen short of its self-imposed reduction target in the test town of Swadlincote, where it had rolled out myriad in-store, community and educational measures to help shoppers bin less. Results showed it had only moved the needle by single digits (rather than its 50% aim) but regardless two-thirds of residents said they were looking to change their habits, and a third were more aware than before the supermarket arrived in town.Not to be disheartened, far from backing quietly away Sainsbury’s has ploughed a further £1m into the project, to spread this awareness to 29 new communities. Divisive move of the year Event of the year Collaboration of the yearAsda’s Surplus Swap shop is a Gumtree for wasteDitching rivalry and working together is the only way to tackle food waste. So it was heartening to see Asda extend support up the supply chain in January with the launch of a Surplus Swap platform allowing its suppliers to buy and sell surplus food, such as leftover ingredients, finished products or trimmings. Operating a little like Gumtree, once a surplus product is uploaded on the app, any supplier that is interested in using the product can arrange to buy it.Two months later Tesco offered similar support to its huge and complex supply chain with an innovative food waste hotline open to all 5,000+ businesses in its Supplier Network. Converts of the year Tesco ‘eggs’ solve avocado waste problemGiven the appetite among millennials for avocados in all its guises (smashed, sliced, in smoothies) it’s a wonder any go to waste. But they do. Particularly the baby ones, according to Tesco, which launched its novelty solution in August – snack-sized ‘zilla eggs’.Morrisons’s marketing team had a similar bright idea at Christmas when it handed out 200,000 wonky carrots to help families’ feed hard-working reindeer Rudolph.In fact the big four all continue to expand their increasingly popular wonky veg ranges and to relax specs too, with Tesco agreeing to accept frost blemished apples only this week.last_img read more

Bali-inspired home used for Airbnb holiday-makers will go under the hammer

first_img45 Mallawa Drive, Palm BeachTHIS Palm Beach home is a private oasis designed to make you feel like you’re permanently on holiday.Owners Melanie and Josh Grant said it was also the perfect holiday for their Airbnb guests. “We often had guests refer to it as a Bohemian escape when they stayed,” Mrs Gent said. A pop of colour in the kitchen.The couple who renovated the home extensively in 2010 said they took their inspiration from travelling to Bali.“Josh was flying with Virgin so we went back and-forth to Bali more than 30 times, ” Mrs Gent said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We stayed in a lot of resorts and picked up a lot of ideas there on how to create our own little retreat at home on the Gold Coast. “I spent a lot of time shopping in Bali for the right interior features to use.” A private courtyard is a feature from the main bedroom.A Frangipani tree creates a tropical vibe in the courtyard which Mrs Gent said she uses as her place for meditation. Polished concrete floors and bi fold doors combine in the open-plan home designed to capture cross ventilation breezes throughout. The four-bedroom house is being marketed by Ray White Mermaid Beach Nic Mckewin and will go to auction at 10am March.center_img The stone bath was imported from Bali.A stone bath, pool tiles, a stone kitchen bench and a stone feature wall are just some of the interiors Mrs Gent imported from the holiday destination.“We were also married in Bali so we felt really connected to the place and wanted to bring a piece of it home,” the mother-of-two said. “We learnt that the designs were very inside-outside because Indonesians love to spend time outside.“We re-deigned our home to open up outside and put in a private courtyard that can only be accessed from the main bedroom.”last_img read more