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 crowdfunder.co.uk.The 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

Offers flood in for Australia’s most popular house

first_img ‘Like a theme park’: Trophy mansion opens the gates Fresh coastal styling makes for an inviting bedroom.That interest translated to 30 written offers with a local family eventually signing a contract for an undisclosed sum well over the price guide of $605,000 to $665,000.The location, pricing and presentation all contributed to the appeal, Mr Reed said.“Bob Barnard Drive is the premier street in Tugun,” he said. “That property was listed for under $700,000 because it had not been touched in 30 years.“We presented the property as beautifully as possible but sent a message to the market that we will transact and it’s really up to the buyers to fight it out.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The 881 sqm block includes a pool and backyard area.Alongside keen interest from renovators, Mr Reed said the staged presentation attracted a group of buyers willing to pay more than $700,000.“This bunch of buyers felt the property was so beautiful they didn’t care that the house was 30 years old because they fell in love with the presentation,” he said. “We got a response and a sale price which has left the sellers smiling.” RSL prize complex winner makes a smart move Thousands of house hunters liked the look of 27 Bob Barnard Drive, Tugun.A 30-YEAR-OLD house on a popular Gold Coast street is under offer for well over the asking price following a week of intense interest.The four bedroom unrenovated residence on 881 sqm at 27 Bob Barnard Drive in Tugun was the most-viewed residential property in Australia on realestate.com.au last week. Buyers fell in love with the presentation at 27 Bob Barnard Dr, Tugun.Almost 13,000 house hunters took a look online while more than 750 people physically inspected the property over four days. “I had 243 separate groups view the property between Saturday morning and Tuesday lunchtime last week,” said Stewart Reed, principal of Stewart Reed Properties.“I doubt I’ll ever see anything like that again in my real estate career, it was really something.” MORE: Investor snaps up Gold Coast’s most affordable house The kitchen and alfresco area with glimpses of the ocean.Mr Reed said there was a build up of selective buyers in the marketplace who are only interested in properties which are presented and priced to sell. “There is a pool of buyers that is building up because they are only buying properties which are impeccably presented or well priced,” he said. “Even in a cautious market like this, buyers will step up to part with money if they believe they’re getting the best buy or the perfect solution to their lifestyle with nothing left to do.”last_img read more

NO SHOW: Former prime minister absent from parliamentary sitting deciding his fate

first_img Sharing is caring! News NO SHOW: Former prime minister absent from parliamentary sitting deciding his fate by: – May 16, 2011 7 Views no discussions Share Sharecenter_img PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Former prime minister Patrick Manning has asked to be excused from Monday’s sitting of Parliament where he faces sanctions over remarks he made earlier this year regarding the construction of a house by his successor, Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar.Parliament is to meet to debate a report from the Privileges Committee about Manning’s statement and to determine what penalties should be imposed against the former head of government.But in a letter sent to Speaker Wade Mark on Sunday, Manning sought to be excused on the grounds that he would be travelling to Cuba for “medical attention”.“Those arrangements in Cuba were made some time ago in early April and my travel schedule was firmed up on Wednesday last, the day on which my ticket was purchased,” Manning said in the two-paragraph letter.Manning said he expects to be back in the country on May 20 “and therefore would like to be excused from all sittings of the House and its Committees during that period”.Manning was sent to the Privileges Committee following allegations he made in relation to the acquisition of funding for the construction of the private residence of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. He had accused her Government of carrying out the agenda of those who financed them in the election campaign, those “who were involved in the drug trade”.Charging that Government was undermining the anti-drug effort put in place by his administration, Manning had said the private residence cost TT$150 million (US$25 million) telling legislators “to what conclusion do you expect us to come? They were struggling to build that house before the election”.The Prime Minister denied the accusation and the Committee, which tabled its report during last Friday’s parliamentary sitting, stated that despite having invited the former prime minister to appear before it to answer the allegations against him and to be heard on numerous occasions, “the Member has refused to respond to the allegations before the Committee and has requested adjournments of the Committee’s proceedings for a variety of reasons”.The Committee said it exercised “tremendous patience and forbearance” in accommodating Manning, the longest serving parliamentarian and his multiple requests for adjournments of the Committee’s proceedings with respect to this matter.It said it believed that it had done everything in its power to ensure that he was fully apprised of the allegations made against him and to give him an opportunity to be heard.Under the parliamentary rules, Manning could be suspended, or reprimanded or made to apologise or he could even be expelled. The Government controls 29 seats in the 41 seats in Parliament. Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Rep. Luke Messer asking for input on ACA

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Luke Messer, voted on Friday to begin the process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.The resolution, which clears the way for Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, passed both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.Messer is asking for your input on the Affordable Care Act.He is asking residents in Indiana’s 6th district to fill out a brief survey asking for your story.You can fill out the survey here.last_img

22 chassis builders enter IMCA Manufacturers’ Cup contest

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – National and regional honors will be determined by 22 chassis builders entered in the seventh annual IMCA Manufacturers’ Cup contest.Manufacturers’ Cup standings are based on makes of chassis driven by top 10 drivers in each of the five Modified regions.The builder with the highest overall point total will be recognized as the 2015 national Manufacturer of the Year and receive a $500 prize and trophy during the national awards banquet in November.New Cup contest entrants include Dream Racing Chassis of Las Vegas, Impressive Race Cars of Hillsboro, Mo., MB Customs of Menominee, Wis., and Phoenix Race Chassis of Nevada, Mo. Destroyer Chassis of Kennedale returns after a one-year hiatus.Builders returning to the field are 1st Class Chassis of Great Bend, Kan.; Addiction Chassis of Price, Utah; B & B Racing Chassis of Belle Plaine, Minn., Belleville Motorsports of Belleville, Kan.; CAM Race Cars of Midlothian, Texas, DeVilbiss Racing Chassis of Farmington, N.M.; Dirt Works Race Cars of Oronogo, Mo., GRT Race Cars of Greenbrier, Ark.; Harris Auto Racing of Boone; Jet Racing of Beatrice, Neb.; Larry Shaw Race Cars of Batesville, Ark.; Medieval Chassis of Mayer, Minn.; Rage Chassis of West Union; Razor Chassis of Platte Center, Neb.; Sidebiter Chassis of Kanawha; Skyrocket Chassis of Fertile; and Victory Chassis of Des Moines.“The focus of this program is to highlight IMCA Modified chassis builders, especially those who build safe and competitive race cars,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “One of the highlights for builders is the opportunity to bring a car for display at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.”“Last year we had 11 different brands on display and this September we should equal or exceed that number,” he added. “It’s a good opportunity for our racers to see these brands side-by-side on Manufacturers’ Row.”BMS, the five-time and defending national Manufacturer of the Year, GRT, Harris, Jet, Shaw, Skyrocket and Victory have entered the Cup contest every year since its inception.“BMS has ruled this competition and it will be interesting to see if they can do it again this year,” noted Yoder. “However, we had 15 different manufacturers get points in 2013 and 13 last year.”last_img read more

Girls’ soccer roundup

first_imgCourtney Wasson had the lone goal for the Ellsworth Eagle girlsin their season-ending 2-1 loss to the Mount Desert Island Trojanson Monday. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVESELLSWORTH — Barring a major surprise, five of Hancock County’s six girls’ soccer teams will move on to the Eastern Maine high school playoffs.In the Maine Principals’ Association Class B standings, the 10-3-1 Mount Desert Island Trojans wrapped up their regular season Monday night with a close 2-1 win over the 3-11-0 Ellsworth Eagles.The Trojans currently are ranked fourth in the Class B standings.In Class C, the 9-5-0 George Stevens Academy Eagles are fifth, the 5-7-2 Sumner Tigers are ninth and the 4-9-1 Bucksport Golden Bucks are 10th among the 11 teams to qualify for post-season play.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Eagles will get a first round bye while Sumner and Bucksport both will face on-the-road preliminary playoffs.The latter also is true for the 4-8-2 Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners, who are ranked 11th among the 13 qualifying teams in Class D.MDI 2, Ellsworth 1At Bar Harbor on Monday, Ivy Wallace game MDI the lead, scoring on an assist from Darcy Kanu with a goal just one minute into the game.Kanu scored what proved to be the game-winner just five minutes later.Ellsworth’s lone goal was scored by Courtney Wasson.Goalkeeper Keely McConomy had five saves on 10 shots for the Trojans, and Callie Hammer had 10 stops on 20 shots for the Eagles, who saw their season come to an end.Dexter 2, GSA 1An unassisted goal by Abbey Jordan with 59 seconds left in overtime lifted the Dexter Tigers to a 2-1 win over GSA on Monday in Dexter.Morgan Dauk had put the Eagles in front, scoring on an assist from Alyssa Chesney with 14:20 left in regulation play.But Michaela White forced the overtime with a penalty kick goal for the Tigers less than three minutes later.Megan Nowland had 10 saves on 12 shots in goal for the Eagles, and Tasha Pratt made eight stops on nine shots for the Tigers.In earlier action:Ellsworth 3, Foxcroft 2Kira Kennedy scored with five minutes remaining in the game to give the Eagles a 3-2 win over the Foxcroft Academy Ponies on Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Dover Foxcroft.Emily Berry had two earlier goals for the Eagles.Joanna Panciera and Grace Bickford each scored for the Ponies.Callie Hammer made six saves on 11 shots in goal for Ellsworth, and Alisha Thomas had 15 stops on 22 shots for Foxcroft.Sumner 7, Narraguagus 0Senior Savana Turner scored three goals and Sally Lockhart, Katrina Hayward, Hannah Fleming and Azure Jones notched single tallies as the Tigers rolled to a 7-0 win over the Narraguagus Knights on Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Sullivan.Mariah Kinghorn had five saves on 17 shots in goal for the Tigers, and Sophia DeSchiffart had five stops on 26 shots for the Knights.GSA 5, DI-Stonington 0The GSA Eagles cruised to a 5-0 shutout over the Mariners on Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Deer Isle.Central 2, Bucksport 1Emma Campbell scored off a corner kick in overtime to lift the Central Red Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Golden Bucks on Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Bucksport.The Bucks took a first-half lead on a goal by Eliza Hosford, but the Red Devils tied it in the second half on a breakaway goal by Sydney Allen.MDI 3, Old Town 3The Trojans and the Old Town Coyotes battled through two overtime periods to a 3-3 tie on Thursday in Bar Harbor.Paige Mason, Julianna Cleaves and Darcy Kanu each scored for MDI, and Michaela Milton, Rachel Martin and Brittany Cousins had goals for the Coyotes.DI-Stonington 3, Sumner 1At Deer Isle on Friday, the Class D Mariners scored an upset 3-1 win over the Class C Tigers.Caribou 3, Ellsworth 0Goals by Sarah Doak, Gabrielle Marquis and Bria Judd lifted the Caribou Vikings to a 3-0 win over the Eagles on Saturday in Caribou.Goalkeeper Callie Hammer had 11 saves on 16 shots for the Eagles, and Morgan Outing made 10 stops on 15 shots for the Vikings.Hermon 5, MDI 0The Hermon defense held the Trojans scoreless in a 5-0 win for the Hawks on Saturday in Bar Harbor.Alex Allain and Deanna Phipps each scored twice and Claire Petersen had a goal for the Hawks.Goalkeeper Hailey Perry got the shutout for Hermon with six saves on 10 shots, and Keely McConomy made 10 stops on 20 shots for the Trojans. Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Posts Bio Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.comcenter_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

Diamond New Scheme beat MYO in Inter-Jamaat final

first_imgDiamond New Scheme Masjid registered a three-wicket victory over the Muslim Youth Organisation in the Inter-Jamaat 15-over softball final, which was recently played at the MYO ground.The home team lost the toss and were asked to take first strike. Led by Shaheed Gittens and Safraz Esau, MYO raced to 106 in seven overs, but when Esau fell for 49 (1×4, 6x6s), the visitors took control of the momentum. Although Gittens scored 55 (6x4s, 6x6s), none of the other batsmen batted themselves in, given that only 70 runs came off the last eight overs.Patrick Khan (who got the wicket of Gittens) and Sheldon Perch, finished with two wickets each.Diamond New Scheme did not fare well early in the chase, since they lost their in-form opener, Rawl Reid, off the bowling of Fazal Nazeem for a duck. Soon after, Timore Mohamed had Keisho Ramsarran caught for one. Next to fall was Ricky Sargeant, who was brilliantly caught by 11-year-old Riyad Latif for 17.Ameer Khan, however, swung the pendulum as he began to play a few strokes. He and Rajesh Reddy led the fightback.THRILLING FINAL OVERKhan, who fell in the 12th over for 59, struck two fours and four sixes, while Reddy was bowled off the first ball of the last over for 63 (2x4s, 8x6s), but the damage was already done. From the last five balls, the visitors required 11 runs. Richard Latif nabbed another wicket as he had Sheldon Perch bowled, but Safraz Mohamed took a single, which left his team needing 10 from 3. Khan then belted the third to last ball for six, which left the visitors needing 4 from 2. Latif fired in a dot ball, which meant that Diamond needed a boundary for the win. Pressure, however, resulted in Latif bowling a wide ball and the pair ran two. Needing a single run off the last ball, Latif again failed to find his line, which handed the visitors the win.At the presentation ceremony, one of the organisers, Imran Ally, thanked all the teams for participating and also said that the competition was played in its true spirit and represented its motto “Unity and Brotherhood through Sports”.Overall, New Amsterdam Masjid (NA) finished third and Tuschen Train Station Masjid, fourth.Reddy won the man-of-the-match award, while Keion De Jesus from New Amsterdam with 335 runs, finished as the batsman with the most runs in the competition. De Jesus, who struck 122 against LBI, also ended with the highest individual score, while Wahab Riaz (also from NA), who took 7-16 against LBI, finished with the best bowling figures. Riaz was also rewarded for grabbing the most wickets in the competition (18).last_img read more

Iceland Won’t Change Approach in Clash with Eagles

first_imgWhen Iceland suffered its biggest loss in nine years in a competitive match, going down 5-2 to France in the UEFA Euro quarter finals, it had 47 per cent possession, higher than its average over recent years. When the team has achieved its best results in recent times, against Argentina, England, Austria and Portugal, it averaged scarcely 27 per cent.“We knew (Argentina) would have the possession, they have many of the best attacking players in the world. But we have a team that is at its best when we have the opposition in front of us, and we have clinical attacking players when we attack,” Icelandic keeper Hannes Halldorsson said after the draw against Argentina. “We were happy with that match. It was not a thundering offensive display, but we knew how the game would unfold and we were ready to defend for 90 minutes. The boys did that well.”If the Icelanders want to get results against a highly talented Nigerian side on Friday here in Volgograd, they have to stick to their game plan. Lie deep, close spaces, let the Nigerians keep most of the possession, and be clinical on the counter.Coach Hallgrimsson elaborated on this strategy. “We look at everything with the mindset that we have found a formula that works for us today (last Saturday). And we try to get everybody to follow it. We’ve tried to find what kind of playing style, what kind of characteristics this Icelandic team needs to have, and what identity an Icelandic national player needs to have. And this is the way for Iceland to be successful.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Iceland’s status as the underdog team has gradually been fading away after the team’s performances in recent years. The Vikings narrowly missed the chance to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil after a playoff loss against Croatia, but have since then qualified for two consecutive tournaments, the UEFA European Championship in 2016 and now Russia 2018, for which they topped their qualification group.After Iceland’s draw against two-time World Cup winners Argentina, one might think that this tiny island in the North Atlantic is not an underdog any more, and will not be considered as such in its upcoming match against Nigeria, even though the latter country has 556 times the population of Iceland, and players that play in more well-known teams and leagues around the world.“We are not of the opinion that we are at all better than Nigeria. We know our strengths, and need to make the best of them,” Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson told FIFA TV here in Russia.But even if this underdog reputation is fading away, how will Iceland cope with their new role? Will they take control of games, and look to keep possession? If we look at the team’s average possession in 26 competitive matches from 2014 to 2018, the Icelandic team has had 44 per cent possession on average, a little over 45 per cent when it wins and 47 per cent when it loses.last_img read more

Angels regulars lose slugfest against Indians

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros UP NEXT: Angels (RHP Dylan Bundy) vs. Seattle Mariners (RHP Logan Gilbert), Tuesday, 1 p.m. PT, Peoria (Ariz.) Sports Complex Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousAngels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws a ball to first during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Cleveland Indians’ Delino DeShields (0) breaks up a double play hit into by teammate Jake Bauers as he is forced out by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCleveland Indians’ Yu Chang (2) drops a pop fly hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin for an error as Jake Bauers reaches for the ball during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Angels’ Brian Goodwin hits against the Cleveland Indians during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Angels’ Justin Upton hits against the Cleveland Indians during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Angels’ Justin Upton scores on a wild pitch during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Cleveland Indians pitcher Logan Allen throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons can’t get the ball out of his glove in time to make a play on a base hit by the Cleveland Indians’ Beau Taylor during the third inning of Monday’s Cactus League game in Tempe, Ariz. The Angels lost 11-10. (AP Photo/Matt York)Cleveland Indians’ Franmil Reyes watches his three run home run take flight during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Cleveland Indians’ Franmil Reyes celebrates his three run home run as he rounds the bases during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Angels’ Tommy La Stella hits against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Angels center fielder Mike Trout can’t field a base hit by the Cleveland Indians’ Delino DeShields during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Angels’ Shoheo Ohtani hits against the Cleveland Indians during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani high-fives teammates after scoring on a base hit by teammate Jason Castro during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Angels’ Anthony Rendon hits against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws a ball to first during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)NextShow Caption1 of 16Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Monday’s Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)ExpandTHE GAME: The Angels used their projected Opening Day lineup, including starter Andrew Heaney, but still lost 11-10 to the Cleveland Indians on Monday afternoon at Tempe (Ariz.) Diablo Stadium.PITCHING REPORT: Left-hander Heaney, pitching a day after he was named the starter for the March 26 regular-season opener, gave up four runs in 2-2/3 innings. Heaney retired six of seven hitters in the first two innings. In the third, he gave up three straight singles to start the inning, including an infield hit. After a strikeout and a run-scoring groundout got him within an out of escaping the inning, Heaney left a fastball over the middle that Framil Reyes hit out for a three-run homer. … Right-hander Hansel Robles pitched a scoreless inning. … Right-hander Jaime Barria gave up six runs in 3-1/3 innings, including three homers. Barria, who is in the running for one of the final spots in the rotation, had not allowed any runs in his first nine innings this spring. … “It’s hard to evaluate pitching on either side today. The ball was flying,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said.HITTING REPORT: Jason Castro had two hits, including a double. … Mike Trout walked twice in three trips to the plate. Trout is 5 for 18 this spring. … Shohei Ohtani walked and was robbed of a bloop on a diving catch by right fielder Reyes. Ohtani is 2 for 16 this spring. … Justin Upton hit his first homer of the spring and also singled.DEFENSE REPORT: Shortstop Andrelton Simmons dove to his right to stop a ground ball, popping up quickly and making a routine throw to first for the out. Simmons made another diving stop two innings later, but he couldn’t get the ball out of his glove. … First baseman Albert Pujols made a diving stop to his right and got a force at second. … David Fletcher played the last five innings in center field and cleanly fielded three singles that dropped in front of him. He said he had not played center field at any level before this game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more