McVitie’s reduces packaging on Victoria biscuits

first_imgSource: McVitie’sPladis-owned McVitie’s has repackaged its Victoria biscuit assortment in a bid to improve its sustainability credentials in time for Christmas.The new packaging sees the traditional black plastic tray on the inside swapped for a cloudy plastic alternative which McVitie’s said is fully recyclable and will save 60.5 tonnes of plastic from landfill annually. The cardboard outer has also been downsized, saving 129 tonnes of card every year.It comes alongside a ‘new, modern’ look for the Victoria selection boxes which house a selection of McVitie’s milk, dark and white chocolate biscuits as well as festive favourites such as the Fully Coated Chocolate Digestive and Milk Chocolate Shortcake. They come in 300g, 600g, 825g and 1.2kg fully recyclable boxes with rsps ranging from £3-£12.“Shoppers are increasingly concerned about how their food choices impact the planet and as Britain’s biggest biscuit brand, we recognise that we have a crucial role to play in making sustainable options widely available,” said Jonathan Bull, head of McVitie’s commercial & seasonal brands at Pladis UK&I.He added that Pladis is continually taking steps to improve its sustainability credentials, with packaging for many of McVitie’s products recyclable through a partnership with TerraCycle.“The good news is that in addition to reducing packaging for McVitie’s Victoria, we’re actually increased the number of biscuits in our 550g box, and we’ve added a ‘Less Packaging More Biscuits’ flash onto our now-600g pack. This will help to reassure shoppers that a reduction in packaging doesn’t need to mean fewer treats.”Packaging, in particular plastic, has moved up the agenda for bakery businesses in recent years as they look to reduce the amount of plastic they put on the market. Pukka, for example, rolled out plastic-free packaging in January, while fellow pie brand Pieminister made its packaging plastic-free and fully recyclable in June 2019. Roberts Bakery has also transitioned to paper packaging.last_img read more

Widespread Panic Bassist Dave Schools Curates Playlist Of ‘Bass Godz’ Who “Influenced And Perplexed” Him [Listen]

first_imgOn Wednesday evening, Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools shared a playlist he had curated of basslines that made an impact on him as a young player. As Schools explains in his post,I made a Spotify playlist featuring 21 songs with basslines that influenced and perplexed me as a young and evolving listener and player. It is not meant to be a Top-21 list of greatest bassists but rather a playlist of tunes that are important to me because the bass playing moved my brain, heart, soul, and/or butt… Featuring: Larry Graham, Jack Cassady, Berry Oakley, Chris Squire, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, James Jamerson, Scott Thunes, Jaco Pastorius, Wilton Felder, Oteil Burbridge, Charles Mingus, Phil Lesh, George Porter Jr., Bootsy Collins, Allen Woody, Geezer Butler, Jack Bruce, Roger Waters, and of course Sir Paul McCartney. …Yes I left some bassists off because I wanted to keep it as short as possible. Perhaps there will be a Volume 2 playlist with more contemporary bassists and deep cats.Unsurprisingly, given the list of god-like bass players on Schools’ mix, this “Bass Godz” playlist is an extremely fun listen and a perfect, funky, rocking complement to your morning. Throw it on and groove out below via Spotify:Dave Schools “Bass Godz” PlaylistAnd, of course, considering the curator of this playlist, we’d be remiss not to shed like on one last bass master: Dave Schools himself. Let Schools take you to school with this funky bass solo from Widespread Panic’s 10/23/10 performance at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV below:Dave Schools Bass Solo – 10/23/10[Video: chefbigjon]After a month off following their recent St. Augustine run, Widespread Panic will return to the stage on October 19th–21st for a three-night run in Milwaukee, Wisconsin followed by a three-night return to the Hard Rock in Las Vegas the next weekend, October 26th–28th, to celebrate Halloween. For more information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

A hub for rowers

first_img 3GSAS student Ben Oseroff stretches after training for the Head of the Charles. Mark Abelson, professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, planks in the background. As Gustav Mahler worked to complete the orchestration for his Symphony No. 7 in 1906, he discovered the final element for his opening motif in the sound of a rower dipping oars in the water and lightly skimming the surface in recoiling the stroke.In Cambridge that same year, a permanent home for the art and sport of rowing was established when the family of George Walker Weld built the Weld Boathouse. With 8 miles fit for rowing and a six-lane, 2,000-meter racecourse, the Charles River is a favored site for the sport, used by some of the country’s finest collegiate programs. Weld Boathouse is home to the Radcliffe lightweight and heavyweight crews, as well as Harvard’s recreational sculling and intramural House crew programs. It also supports a wide range of fitness programs, including yoga, cycling, and weight training.For Mark Abelson, training for the Head of the Charles masters’ division under athletics pro Dan Boyne, who has worked in the boathouse for 27 years, has provided a steady thrill.“There is nothing more steeped in tradition than launching a shell out of the historic Weld Boathouse and nothing more exciting and making you want to bend an oar than having the great Harvard coach Dan Boyne instructing you from the launch through his Crimson megaphone,” said Abelson, a professor of ophthalmology.As Marina Felix ’19 read through coursework while training on the spinning machine, she described the high level of athleticism, and fellowship, in Weld Boathouse.“There’s a fine line in rowing that exists between teammates: We have to balance a fierce competitive drive with a crucial sense of camaraderie. I’ve never found myself to be a part of a team that has achieved this balance quite as effortlessly as the Radcliffe varsity lightweights.”Radcliffe heavyweight crew team member Emily Gaudiani ’17 said she’s been grateful for the “incredible experience” and “privilege” of training at Weld.“To be in a boathouse that is primarily all-women builds an incredible sense of comfort and camaraderie that is palpable the moment you walk in,” she said. “Radcliffe Crew has an impressive history, and the efforts and successes of all the women who have rowed in the bslack and white are memorialized throughout Weld, reminding all the current athletes of the incredible lineage that we try to uphold with every stroke we take.” 9Princeton University rower Gevvie Stone, who is in training for the Olympics, rests in a team room beneath historical trophies. 15Emily Gaudiani ’17 carries oars into Weld Boathouse. 6Radcliffe crew team members Mary Carmack ’16 (front) and Emily Gaudiani ’17 exercise on rowing machines. 1Dan Boyne, who has worked at the Weld Boathouse for 27 years, coaches athletes for the Head of the Charles Regatta. 12Details of a Weld Boat Club trophy from 1897. 7Kevin McGrath, an associate of the Department of South Asian Studies, carries his boat. 18Harvard Medical School’s Mark Abelson (right) trains for the Head of the Charles Regatta. 2Liz O’Leary (right), head coach of the women’s heavyweight crew, talks with team members Mary Carmack ’16 (from left) and Lauren Tracey ’17 after practice. 16Kathy Keeler, an Olympic gold medalist, volunteer coach with the Radcliffe crew team, and widow of the late Harry Parker (the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard men’s heavyweight crew for 51 seasons), works out on a rowing machine inside Weld Boathouse. 14Detail of a bust of George Walker Weld, the boathouse benefactor. 5With Harvard Business School as a backdrop, rowers return to Weld Boathouse. 10Radcliffe lightweight crew team member Marina Felix ’19 does coursework while spinning on a bike machine. 4Overview of Weld Boathouse and Weeks Bridge. 11Professor of Ophthalmology Mark Abelson trains on a rowing machine. 8Harvard Medical School Professor Mark Abelson, a former professional water skier, shows calluses from training. 17Ellen Kennelly ’85 created this glass sculpture for the ceiling of Weld Boathouse. The piece was commissioned by the Friends of Harvard and Radcliffe Rowing for Weld’s centennial in 2006. 13This historical photo shows a 1972 practice on the Charles River.last_img read more

Kennedy Woman Charged After Allegedly Leaving Infant In Vehicle

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),She should of went to jail until she see the judge and the baby taking away from her and put her in some one custody. These people are getting away with too much when it comes to babies she should be a shame of her self leaving that baby in a hot car Stock Image.LITTLE VALLEY —  A Kennedy woman was charged this week after she allegedly left her infant unattended in a vehicle.According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, Chelsea Farley, 26, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.Deputies said that at 6:24 p.m., Feb. 6, Farley allegedly left her infant unattended in a vehicle in the Dollar General parking lot for more than 20 minutes.She was issued an appearance ticket to be in court at a later date. last_img read more

Tom Tom City Art Bus Competition Video

first_imgBRO’s very own team member Craig Snodgrass won Tom Tom Festival’s City Art Competition. What is a Snodbot? The Tom Tom Festival and JAUNT announced in March that Craig Snodgrass’s “Scenic Snodbots” is this year’s winning JAUNT Bus design for the fifth annual City Art Bus competition. Tom Tom Summit and Festival is made possible by the Tom Tom Foundation, a nonprofit organization that celebrates entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and creators who are shaping cities and communities across the nation. center_img “I hope when people see my design roll by, their daily [routine] will be momentarily broken with mild amusement and maybe, just maybe, a little seed will be planted in their imagination that will grow into a story they tell themselves about these robots to get them through to the next part of their day.”Craig Snodgrass Answer: (n) A robot birthed from the creative, imaginative mind of Craig Snodgrass. Craig Snodgrass has served as web director of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine for over a decade. Outside of the office, he’s either spending time with his family or designing and illustrating “Snodbots.” last_img read more

Colombian Defense Ministry Seeks to Strengthen Coordinated Work

first_img Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera affirmed on 8 July that coordinated work with the National Attorney-General’s Office and the judicial branch will be strengthened, in order to make it possible for evidence gathered during operations by government forces against all terrorist and criminal organizations to be admissible in court. “That challenge requires us to constantly seek more education and better coordination with the judicial branch at all levels, so that the evidence that we are gathering in each of the operations conducted by our government forces against FARC narco-terrorism can be weighed and accepted,” Rivera indicated. The minister also said that criminal and narco-terrorist groups have evolved by crossing traditional borders, which has made it necessary to confront them hand-in-hand with the international community. “Transnational crime, and most especially terrorism, does not acknowledge borders today, and borders cannot be used as protection for criminals, and still less for terrorists … For that reason, we’ve been reaching agreement on legal tools and binational security plans with all the countries on our borders,” the high-ranking official affirmed. Finally, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera congratulated the fifteen thousand men and women who today make up the Judicial Police Directorate (DIJIN), for their bravery, professionalism, and sacrifice, demonstrated in all their operations throughout the fifty-eight years of existence of this elite bureau within the National Police. “Allow me once more to offer you my congratulations and express to you the immense pride that I feel as defense minister and as a fellow citizen, as a Colombian, as a result of the extraordinary performance of all our National Police, but most especially of those fifteen thousand men and women who endeavor to see to it that all the sacrifices made by our institutions in the fight against crime bear fruit and multiply.” By Dialogo July 13, 2011last_img read more

Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails on Fire With Thyme to Smoke

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Capturing the flavors, scents and feels of a stiff drink served in a Prohibition-era speakeasy is Thyme to Smoke, a Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails concoction that would get Al Capone’s approval.The popular gastropub in Merrick uses gin as the base spirit for its “classic feel” and green tea-infused white rum to modernize the cocktail. Just mix in sweetener, citrus, its namesake herb and add fire.“The Thyme to Smoke has actually been on the menu now for a few months because it is wildly popular,” says Matt Klapper, the bar manager at Left Coast. “People have been really responding well to it. Part of it is also because there’s a little bit of a show  involved.”Gin, which derives its predominant flavor from juniper berries, peaked in popularity during the ’20s since it masked the flavor of poorly distilled alcohol. The green tea- infused white rum is prepared in-house.“We’ll cold infuse for a few hours,” he says. “You don’t want to let it go too long because then you’re going to get the tannic flavor from the green tea. You don’t want to get the tannins.”When time’s up, he removes the tea bags and pours the liquid into another bottle. There’s no need to “go too crazy or craft with an infusion,” he says.Next, the freshly squeezed lemon juice “brightens everything up,” pulling Thyme to Smoke’s ingredients together within the cocktail shaker’s walls.Of course, Thyme to Smoke would be missing a key ingredient without thyme. Sprigs are dropped into the shaker with everything but a sweetener. Adding turbinado syrup sweetens up the drink a bit. For him, the added sweetness helps the boozy cocktail with maintaining its overall equilibrium.Despite his initial idea of adding absinthe to the recipe, he settled on green chartreuse, which has “a very unique flavor,” and it’s absolutely delicious.“I was considering absinthe,” he says, but he ruled it out. “I think that’s kind of overdone these days with a lot of craft cocktail bars.”To him, the addition of green chartreuse gives the drink the same effect (the same feel, to be exact) he sought.“You go to the green chartreuse to add an element of, again, something that’s a little more off the beaten path that maybe not everybody knows,” he says. “But if they’re adventurous, willing try it, they’re going to be pleasantly surprised that something they never saw before or are familiar with winds up being as delicious as it is.”The French liqueur is flammable, which Left Coast’s bar manager took into consideration, not for the “wow” factor, but as a way to fortifythe cocktail.“You got to make sure that everything you do is improving the cocktail,” he says. “I  figured, let’s throw some thyme in there… for the sake of adding flavor to the cocktail, enhancing it, creating a little more depth and complexity — and set it on fire with the green chartreuse.”What happens next: The fire, set by a wooden match, continues to char the thyme sprigs until the contents from within the shaker are poured out over the fire to extinguish the flame. To catch thyme chunks, the glass is then strained over ice into a highball glass. The smoked thyme is used as garnish.“That way when you’re bringing the cocktail to your lips you also get the aromatic of that smoked thyme,” he says. “You can just smell it in the whole restaurant. It’s a really, really wonderful ambiance creator.”Smoke to Thyme is best sipped, not inhaled.last_img read more

PLN to waive minimum electricity fees for businesses, public services

first_imgThe government has ordered state-owned electricity giant PLN to waive minimum monthly electricity fees for businesses, industries and public services to expedite Indonesia’s economic recovery.The fees will be waived for 400,000 such entities for power consumed between July and December. The deductions will be reflected in bills in the following month. The electricity giant will be compensated by the government with funds from the state budget.PLN and the government are drafting regulations to implement the relief scheme, which had been requested by businesses themselves, said Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry electrification director general Rida Mulyana on July 30. “Some businesses told PLN and the government, ‘Pak, I have no work right now. It’s all closed. I’m using less than 40 hours of electricity. I just want to pay for 20 hours,’” Rida said during an online press briefing.Existing regulations require PLN’s business, industrial and public service customers in or above the 1,300 volt-ampere (VA) category – medium to big enterprises – to pay for at least 40 hours of electricity each month, even if they do not make use of it.Read also: PLN to give small businesses free electricity for six monthsIn comparison, similar customers within the 900VA category – small enterprises – have to pay a fixed rupiah amount per month. PLN will also waive these fees. “Customers will only pay for the kilowatt hours (kWh) they use,” said PLN spokesman Agung Murdifi in a statement on Jul. 30.Erasing electricity bill minimums is the third power-related relief scheme introduced by the government to protect Indonesians from the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.The government previously ordered PLN to waive or halve the power bills of Indonesia’s 24 million poorest households and to provide free electricity to 500,000 small businesses that fell in the lowest 450 VA category.For businesses and industries above the 450 VA category, fixed costs such as power bills have strained their finances as spending remained high while revenues fell, said Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) deputy chairman Bob Azam.Read also: Jokowi announces free electricity, discounts for households hardest hit by COVID-19 impactsHe said hotels’ power bills made up roughly half of their fixed costs during the pandemic. The other half was from employee compensation.“If we have more flexibility, maybe we can survive a little longer,” he told The Jakarta Post.The relief program is expected to halve the entities’ combined six-month power bills, worth Rp 5.6 trillion ($385 million) with the minimums included, said Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartanto on Jul. 27.The government will compensate PLN for the Rp 3 trillion cut, 47 percent of which will go to 29,377 industrial customers, 43 percent to 565,994 businesses and 10 percent to 669,535 public service providers.“We’ll prepare the Finance Ministerial decree immediately,” said Airlangga, who also chairs the COVID-19 national economic recovery committee.Offering another perspective, Herman Ibrahim, country chairman of the Paris-based International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE), said that electricity minimums were a problematic practice in general.The more common practice was including all of an electricity company’s costs into its price per kWh, he said.“Customers really don’t want minimums,” he told the Post. “It’s not just that they’d be more hesitant to join [PLN programs], but also, can they pay for such minimums?”Topics :last_img read more

DAIC Speaks on Issues of Migration in Dominica

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! President of DAIC, Kenneth Green BusinessLifestyleLocalNews DAIC Speaks on Issues of Migration in Dominica by: – January 22, 2020 Share Share Share 157 Views   no discussions The Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce is discussing the existing negative perceptions of immigrants in Dominica.At the association’s Eggs and Issues panel discussion this morning, panelists explained how immigrants can have positive impact on DominicaStatistics show that in 2017,  Dominica’s migrant population is at 9.5%, placing Dominica second on the list of migrant populations.President of DAIC, Kenneth Green considers Dominica a “Migrant Country” and sees migration as an avenue for market expansion.“The economic impact of migrants is seen in the level of contributions first but also in the difference even when you look between countries and consumption. So if you look at the amount of consumption in larger Caribbean islands where there is a larger grouping of migrants or immigrants who have moved into the local and you look at it within context to a country like Dominica, where you have less migrants… then you can see the value of having migrants within our communities,” Green said.He noted that Dominica lacks a migrant policy which would address potential food security repercussions.“We’ve not seen any inward migration policy that caters to our weaknesses, that caters to some of the threats that exist and to look at the opportunities. So if you look to things like our farm labor issue…right now the average rate for unskilled labor has gone up yet the farmers still cannot get people who have not gone through a high school education to accept between $300-$400 a week and in many cases, cash in hand. That is a difficult thing because you need labor to produce the very things that we eat, so it has a food security repercussion for us.”He concluded that the increase in Dominica’s population will positively impact the private sector where consumption is concerned, noting that restaurant owners and event managers will greatly benefit from a greater pool of consumers.“Restaurants, supermarkets, even entertainment venues, you don’t look at a fete, say, the World Creole Music Festival and other venues and say, to yourself, let me see how many of these people are Dominican.No, we are looking at the economic impact from a generic point of view. So the amount of people here and also how many people leave has a serious impact on our economy.”last_img read more

Ripley County Man Backed Vehicle Into Building, Police Say

first_imgA Ripley County man was found unresponsive after police say he backed his vehicle into a building at high rate of speed.It happened on Monroe Street in Napoleon around 6:30 p.m. Monday.Officers say Odell Bruce Richardson, 66, of Osgood, started his red 2011 Chevrolet pickup and for reasons currently unknown, the pickup truck accelerated backwards across the parking lot a high rate of speed before striking a building.Richardson was found unresponsive and transported to Margaret Mary Health. He was later airlifted to Methodist Hospital for treatment.Authorities believe the accident may be a result of a medical condition as the investigation is ongoing.last_img