Bruce Willis keeps it casual as he grabs a drink with friends in Malibu

Bruce Willis keeps it casual as he grabs a drink with friends in Malibu – days after it was revealed his Die Hard co-star Clarence Gilyard Jr. passed away

Bruce Willis was spotted grabbing a drink with friends at SunLife Organics in Malibu on Thursday.

The famed actor – who has stepped back from his acting career after his aphasia brain disorder diagnosis – bundled up in a navy zip-up jacket and a black beanie for the outing.

Bruce’s outing comes just days after it was revealed that his Die Hard co-star Clarence Gilyard Jr. passed away at age 66 following a battle with a long illness

Bruce Willis, 67, was spotted grabbing a drink with friends at SunLife Organics in Malibu on Thursday

Bruce Willis, 67, was spotted grabbing a drink with friends at SunLife Organics in Malibu on Thursday

To wind down and spend some quality time with friends, the 67-year-old Pulp Fiction star wore a white henley shirt and light denim jeans along with a pair of New Balance sneakers.

Gilyard played Theo – an eccentric computer hacker – opposite Willis’ detective John McClane in the 1988 action-thriller film.

Decades later in 2020, he reprized his role as Theo when he appeared with Willis in an Advance Auto Parts video advertising the brand’s DieHard car batteries.

It's chilly outside!  The famed actor bundled up in a navy zip-up jacket and a black beanie for the outing

It’s chilly outside! The famed actor bundled up in a navy zip-up jacket and a black beanie for the outing

The ad featured Theo bringing

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War and adverse weather sets in to keep food prices high

Climate change and the war in Ukraine are set to keep food prices at far higher levels than before the Covid-19 pandemic, despite signs of moderation in global commodity markets, economists and agriculture experts have warned.

Wholesale food prices have stabilized over recent months, raising hopes that the surge in the retail cost of staples such as rice, bread and milk seen in the past two years will diminish in 2023.

The latest update of the food price index of internationally traded agricultural commodities, compiled by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), published on Friday, posted its eighth consecutive monthly decline in November since peaking in March. The November index showed prices were just 0.3 per cent higher than a year earlier.

However, the stabilization in international markets is yet to translate into lower inflation for households around the world.

Line chart of Annual % change showing Moderation in food prices on global markets are yet to feed through into lower consumer inflation

Even if this does happen over time, costs are likely to remain well above pre-pandemic levels as the war and weather events limit producers’ ability to take advantage of higher prices by increasing supply.

“Normally the cure for high prices is high prices,” said Carlos Mera, senior analyst at Rabobank. “We do see a weakness in demand, but production has not been very elastic.”

After several years of bumper crops thanks to favorable weather conditions, grain prices firmed up during the pandemic because of hoarding by consumers, companies and governments. Even before Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine, which caused prices to spike because of the importance of both countries

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Kansas Governor Laura Kelly wants a food tax axed next legislative session

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has called on the legislature to completely eliminate the state sales tax on groceries, diapers, and feminine hygiene products when they return for the 2023 session.

Last year, the legislature passed a bill that would drop the tax to 4% and 2% the following year. It would be completely gone in 2025. The plan will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023. Currently, the state has the second-highest sales tax on groceries, sitting at 6.5%.

“We have ‘Axed the Food Tax’ and are putting money back in Kansans’ pockets,” Kelly said in a statement. “Kansans will see the savings very soon, but we can do more. When the Kansas Legislature comes back in January, I will push again for the complete and immediate elimination of the state’s sales tax on groceries.”

The Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) published its notice to initiate those changes.

The informational notice can be found here, and the sales tax publication can be found here. Retailers with questions about implementation can contact the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Tax Assistance Center at 785-368-8222.

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