Le plus grand festival de cocktails au monde dévoile Jacob Martin comme meilleur bartender du monde

Le concours hautement anticipé apporte des expériences de cocktails colorées et des collaborations inédites dans la ville de São Paulo

SÃO PAULO, Brésil, 30 sept. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  Jacob Martin, du Canada, a été désigné World Class Global Bartender of the Year 2023 par les légendes de l’industrie. Il a remporté le concours face à plus de 10 000 autres bartenders de haut niveau qui se sont essayés à l’Everest du bartending de cette année.

Dans le cadre du concours, Jacob a passé une série de défis sur une période de quatre jours. En plus de concocter des cocktails classiques et de les élever à un niveau supérieur avec le gin favori des bartenders Tanqueray No. TEN, Jacob a également osé aller plus loin avec la polyvalence de saveurs de Johnnie Walker Black Label, avant de créer un cocktail Ketel One Garnished with Good qui a non seulement impressionné les juges de par sa créativité gustative, mais a aussi eu un impact positif sur leur communauté locale au Canada.

Après sa victoire, Jacob a déclaré : « C’est un incroyable honneur de gagner World Class. Non seulement parce que cela représente le sommet de l’industrie, mais aussi en raison des géants que j’ai eu le privilège d’affronter cette semaine. La communauté du bartending est incroyable et cette semaine me l’a constamment rappelé. Nous nous sommes tous poussés les uns et les autres, avons appris les uns des autres et avons puisé dans la fantastique énergie de cette ville incroyable. Le niveau du concours était extraordinaire, mais pour l’instant, j’ai juste hâte de déguster un cocktail préparé par quelqu’un d’autre ! »

Dans le cadre du concours, São Paulo a vu des bartenders de renommée mondiale comme Monica Berg (de Tayer + Elementary à Londres), Giacomo Giannotti (du meilleur bar du monde, le Paradiso à Barcelone) ou encore Ago Perrone (de The Connaught Bar à Londres) investir la ville pour juger l’événement et accueillir des expériences « World Class » spéciales dans certains des établissements nocturnes les plus emblématiques de la ville.

Le concours marque également le début du World Class Cocktail Festival, avec de formidables collaborations de bars dans toute la ville, notamment le Bar Dos Arcos, Tan Tan et le Guilhotina Bar.

Globalement, le World Class Cocktail Festival s’étend dans plus de 1 000 établissements à travers le Brésil, offrant à des centaines de milliers d’amateurs de cocktails des expériences uniques de la part de marques telles que Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray No. TEN et Don Julio.

Le World Class de cette année a également vu l’inclusion de l’Industry Forum, une chance de s’engager, d’éduquer et d’inspirer la communauté du bartending avec des séminaires et des tables rondes de juges et d’invités World Class. Parmi les points saillants du forum, on peut citer « From Insta to IRL: trends and how to master them » (D’Insta à la vraie vie : tendances et comment les maîtriser) avec Kaitlyn Stewart, lauréate du concours World Class 2017, et Giuliana Pe Benito, directrice mondiale de la culture chez Diageo Reserve, ainsi que « Behind the Scenes of the World’s Best Bars » (Dans les coulisses des meilleurs bars du monde) avec des propriétaires de bars comme Monica Berg, Thiago Benares et Benjamin Padron.

Marissa Johnston, directrice mondiale de Diageo World Class, a déclaré : « Après le succès du World Class à Sydney l’année dernière, les équipes World Class du monde entier, l’équipe du Brésil et, bien sûr, nos formidables 54 compétiteurs ont tous mis les bouchées doubles et vraiment assuré cette année. Le niveau d’énergie sur le terrain ici est incroyable et après de nombreux mois de planification, c’était formidable de tout voir se concrétiser comme cela. C’est vraiment palpitant de voir une ville prendre vie avec des cocktails de qualité et des expériences exceptionnelles.

« Jacob a véritablement porté le concours à un niveau supérieur. Il a excellé dans tous les domaines et les commentaires des juges étaient extrêmement positifs. Jacob mérite largement sa victoire et je suis impatiente de travailler avec lui au cours des 12 prochains mois – il ira loin. »

Depuis son lancement en 2009, Diageo World Class joue un rôle significatif dans l’inspiration d’une expérience de consommation d’alcool plus raffinée et la transformation de la culture du cocktail à l’échelle mondiale, en soutenant plus de 450 000 bartenders dans le monde à travers des formations et l’éducation.

Pour en savoir plus sur World Class et vous tenir au courant des dernières créations, tendances et formations, rendez-vous sur www.diageobaracademy.com/en_zz/world-class-/ et suivez @WorldClass sur Instagram.

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Maior Festival Mundial de Coquetéis Revela Jacob Martin como Melhor Bartender do Mundo

Competição altamente esperada leva experiências de coquetéis coloridos e colaborações inéditas para a cidade de São Paulo

SÃO PAULO, Brasil, Sept. 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jacob Martin, do Canadá, foi reconhecido pelas celebridades da indústria como o Melhor Bartender do Mundo de 2023. Ele eliminou uma concorrência de mais de 10.000 bartenders de elite que tentaram conquistar o Everest de bartending deste ano.

Jacob participou de uma série de desafios ao longo da competição de quatro dias. Desde a criação de coquetéis clássicos até o famoso TEN com o favorito dos bartenders, Tanqueray No. TEN, Jacob também ousou com os sabores do Johnnie Walker Black Label, além de criar um coquetel Ketel One Decorado com Good que não apenas impressionou os jurados com a criatividade do sabor, mas também teve um impacto positivo na sua comunidade local no Canadá.

Ao vencer, Jacob disse: “É uma honra inacreditável ganhar o World Class. Além de ser o ponto mais alto da indústria, também pela oportunidade que tive de poder competir com os gigantes do setor esta semana. A comunidade de Bartenders é incrível e me lembrei disso durante toda a semana. Nós nos incentivamos, aprendemos uns com os outros e pudemos vivenciar a incrível energia desta cidade fantástica. O padrão da competição foi excepcional e agora estou louco para experimentar um coquetel feito por outra pessoa!”

Como parte da competição, São Paulo contou com bartenders de renome mundial, incluindo Monica Berg (da Tayer + Elementary de Londres), Giacomo Giannotti (do Melhor Bar do Mundo, Paradiso em Barcelona) e Ago Perrone (do Connaught Bar de Londres) que foram jurados do evento e anfitriões de experiências especiais de “Classe Mundial” em alguns dos locais mais emblemáticos da vida noturna da cidade.

A competição também deu início ao World Class Cocktail Festival com incríveis colaborações de bar em toda a cidade, incluindo Bar Dos Arcos, Tan Tan e Guilhotina Bar.

O The World Class Cocktail Festival se estende por mais de 1.000 locais em todo o Brasil, proporcionando a centenas de milhares de amantes de coquetéis experiências únicas com Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray No. TEN e Don Julio.

O World Class deste ano também contou com o Fórum da Indústria, uma oportunidade de envolver, educar e inspirar a comunidade de bartending com seminários e painéis de discussão com jurados e convidados do World Class – os destaques incluíram: “From Insta to IRL: trends and how to master them”, com a vencedora do World Class 2017, Kaitlyn Stewart e a Gerente Global de Cultura de Reserva da Diageo, Giuliana Pe Benito e “Behind the Scenes of the World ‘s Best Bars” com proprietários de bares, incluindo Monica Berg, Thiago Benares e Benjamin Padron.

Marissa Johnston, Diretora Global da Diageo World Class, disse: “Dar seguimento ao World Class do ano passado em Sydney foi um grande desafio, mas as equipes do World Class de todo o mundo, a equipe do Brasil e, é claro, nossos incríveis 54 concorrentes, levaram o desafio a sério e venceram com muito orgulho. O nível de energia aqui é incrível e depois de tantos meses de planejamento, é uma grande emoção ver tudo funcionado tão bem. É muito emocionante ver uma cidade brilhar com ótimas bebidas e ótimas experiências.

“Jacob realmente levou esta competição para o próximo nível – ele se destacou em as áreas e o feedback dos jurados foi incrível. Jacob mereceu o prêmio e mal posso esperar para trabalhar com ele nos próximos 12 meses – ele vai longe.”

Desde a sua estreia em 2009, o Diageo World Class tem tido um papel significativo na inspiração das melhores bebidas e na transformação da cultura de coquetéis em todo o mundo. Ele apoia mais de 450.000 bartenders em todo o mundo por meio de treinamento e educação.

Para obter mais informações sobre o World Class e para se manter atualizado com as últimas bebidas, tendências e treinamento, visite www.diageobaracademy.com/en_zz/world-class-/ e siga @WorldClass no Instagram.

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Bamenda 3 Council Hall reduced to ashes by wildfire

The Bamenda 3 council hall, situated beside the main Council building in Mile 4 Nkwen, was burnt to ashes on Saturday, September 30, 2023, by 1:30 AM.

Everything in the council hall was razed to ashes, sources told CNA.

No firefighters showed up to put out the flames. Only the military and a few people around the Council premises tried to put out the fire, the source narrated.

The Bamenda 3 council, the lone surviving of the SDF party in the North West region has been doing all it could to restore peace in the municipality, reunite the people separated by the ongoing Anglophone crisis, promote inclusiveness in the socio-economic, and cultural aspects and most essentially to enhance development as well as well-being in the municipality.

A Council worker told CNA that surrounding residents heard noises around the building before it went up into flames. They suspect it was an arson attack.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Ghana Institute of Architects unhappy about country’s built environment

The Ghana Institute of Architects has expressed disgust about the country’s-built environment, disregarding building regulations and codes and other statutory documents. According to the Institute, something ought to be done urgently to stem the uncontrolled nature of development that did not respect the statutory documents governing the management of the built environment. Mr Foster Osae-Akonnor, the President of the Institute raised the concern when he was speaking at a town hall meeting organised by the Institute in Sunyani, as part of activities to mark the 60th anniversary celebration of the institution on the theme, ‘the Architect and the Community’. The day’s meeting was attended by Heads of Departments and Agencies, representatives of District and Municipal Assemblies and planning officers as well as traditional leaders and representatives of religious organisations. It aimed at discussing pertinent issues affecting the region and further strategizing for a better built environment that would promote the health and well-being of the people. Accordingly, Mr Osae-Akonnor explained the Institute would soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bono Regional Coordinating Council (BARCC), because of the region’s development into a business hub. The medium to long term outcome and benefits of the MoU, he explained, would lead to a built environment livable, developed sustainably and created the much needed economic prosperity in the region. This would eventually lead to the overall health and well-being of the inhabitants in the region, Mr Osae-Akonnor stated, saying all the 12 political-administrative municipalities/districts in the region would also countersign the MoU. Highlighting the roles of architects towards holistic national development, Mr Osae-Akonnor underlined the need to design or modulate space for human habitation, saying ‘this entails not only designing and specification, but contract administration involving supervision and eventually post occupancy evaluation.’ As architects, he said the Bono Region and Sunyani had to become a beautiful, vibrant, and sustainable city considering the opportunities in the area of economic, socio-cultural, physical development and environmental attributes. ‘But this can only happen if all of us put our minds to it, have a vision for the development of the physical environment (built environment) of the entire region without leaving behind any of the 12 administrative capitals of the Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs)’, Mr Osae-Akonnor stated. He therefore called for effective collaboration between the Institute and the RCC and entreated the MDAs in the region to send drone footages covering their entire boundaries that would serve as the base material for a Master Plan for the MoU. Already Mr Osae-Akonnor said similar meetings had been held in six regions including Ashanti, Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Volta, and Oti Regions. The Institute would further hold meetings in the Western, Western North, Eastern and Greater Accra Regions by the end of the year and continued with that of Bono East, Savannah, Central, Ahafo and North East Regions in 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Department of Social Welfare trains Probation Officers

The Department of Social Welfare with support from UNICEF Ghana has trained selected Probation Officers at a two-day workshop on the updated Probation Desk Manual. The training is aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of the probation officers on the instructions and guidance of the probation best practices. A statement from the Department of Social Welfare copied to the Ghana News Agency said the workshop also sought to build the capacity of probation officers on the probation desk manual and increase the number of trained probation officers at the community level in anticipation of the passage of the Community Service Act 2023. Probation service is a statutory criminal justice service that supervises high-risk offenders released into the community. Social Welfare officers who defend children’s rights in court provide probation services in the country. Dr. Afisah Zakaria, Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, in a remark made on her behalf by Rev. Dr. Comfort Asare, Director for the Department of Social Welfare, said the Probation Desk Manual served as a valuable tool to help the officers carry out their duties professionally and effectively as it had laws and policies in it. She urged the officers to impart the acquired knowledge on the manual to their colleagues at the office on return. Ms Stella Mawusi Mawuto, the Volta Regional Social Welfare Director, who chaired the training workshop advised the Officers not to relent on the challenges surrounding their field of work but use the limited resources available to yield good results. Ms Hilda Mensah, a representative from UNICEF-Ghana encouraged the Probation officers to share experiences and expertise to enable them to use the manual as a weapon in their field of work and also fight for rights of children and women in the society The Probation Officers of the Department of Social Welfare play a significant role in the criminal justice system by safeguarding children’s rights and assisting the police in locating the juveniles’ parents, guardians, and relatives. About 70 probation officers from the southern sector and four Facilitators making the total of 74 participants from the Volta, Central, Western, Greater Accra, Ashanti, and Eastern Regions were trained on the probation desk manual.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Miner, brother-in-law in trouble for stealing gold worth GH?30,000

A 27-year-old small scale miner, who allegedly connived with his brother-in-law to steal gold worth GH?30,000 from a gold buying shop, at Nsuaem has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment in hard labour by the Tarkwa District Magistrate court one. Emmanuel Mensah, charged with conspiracy and stealing pleaded guilty. Mensah’s accomplice, Adu Quaye, is however at large. Prosecuting, Sergeant Douglas Addae, narrated to the court presided over by Mr Charles Owusu Nsiah that the complainant, Severin Mouity is a gold buyer residing at Nsuaem, in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality, with the accused person living in the same vicinity. He said the complainant owned a gold buying shop, few meters away from Royal Midway hotel, in Nsuaem. According to Sergeant Addae, on December 5, last year, complainant received gold valued at GH?30,000 from customers and kept same in a drawer after the day’s work. He said on December 6, 2022, the complainant reported for work only to detect that thieves had broken into his office through the ceiling and made away with the gold. Prosecution said complainant rushed to the Nsuaem Police station and lodged a complaint. Sergeant Addae said during investigations, the accused person’s name came up and the Police invaded his place of abode, but they were told he had traveled. The court heard that Mensah went into hiding till luck eluded him and he was arrested by the Agona Police on September 11, 2023. The Prosecutor said during investigations, accused person admitted that he stole the gold from the complainant’s shop with his brother-in-law, Adu Quaye, and they sold it for GH?2,700 of which he had GH?1,200 as his share. He said the convict further said he went and sort refuge at Alabankata his grandmother’s hometown, a community along the Dixcove road in the Western Region. Sergeant Addae said the Police have mounted a search to arrest Adu Quaye for prosecution.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Northern Regional Minister lauds USAID/Advancing Nutrition project for improving nutrition outcomes

Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, Northern Regional Minister has commended the United States (US) Government for supporting nutrition services in the country. He said the US government, through its United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Advancing Nutrition project had built the capacity of health professionals and other community volunteers to make them more effective and efficient at providing appropriate nutrition services to women and children. He gave the commendation when he addressed stakeholders in Tamale to close-out the USAID/Advancing Nutrition project in the northern sector of the country. Alhaji Saibu said, ‘The Ghana Health Service (GHS), through the support of the project, has implemented a National Nutrition Policy and Action Plan, which are instrumental in improving nutrition outcomes in the regions.’ The event, organised under the theme: ‘Deepening the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Agenda: The USAID Advancing Nutrition Story’, brought together partners and stakeholders from all beneficiary Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Savannah and North East Regions. The USAID/Advancing Nutrition project collaborated with the various Regional Coordinating Councils with support from the National Development Planning Commission, GHS among other partners to complement the efforts of government to promote household resilience and early childhood growth and development. The three-year strategic project, which began with 17 districts, benefited 55 districts in the five regions. Mr Selorme Kofi Azumah, Chief of Party, USAID/Advancing Nutrition Ghana, during the event, said the project was implemented to achieve three main targets including, strengthening multi-sectoral nutrition planning, coordination, and financing, strengthen quality and reach of nutrition services, as well as strengthen community structures and behaviours. He said the project had supported the GHS to reach out to over 250,000 children under five years and over 120,000 pregnant women with nutrition services. He said the project had also strengthened the competencies of health workers in nutrition service delivery by training over 5,700 health workers in infant and young child feeding, anaemia prevention and control, community management of acute malnutrition, responsive care, and early learning. Mr Azumah added that over 60,000 community members were reached with messages on nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, and food safety. He said, ‘We have also strengthened the capacity of 340 village savings and loans associations and mother-to-mother support groups. We also supported 10,000 members of these groups to save over GHc3 million and invest in family nutrition and healthcare.’ Dr Abdulai Abukari, Northern Regional Director of Health said the project had specifically provided technical assistance and logistical support to the GHS in strengthening facility level nutrition service delivery and community level nutrition activities. He said the project had also supplied over 290,000 copies of the Maternal and Child Health Record Books and other logistics and trained health workers on their correct usage to improve quality of nutrition data. He lauded the efforts of the USAID/Advancing Nutrition Ghana and partners for implementing the project.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC demands reforms in admissions process of health training institutions

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has demanded that government takes immediate steps to reform the admissions process of health training institutions by eliminating the arbitrary allocation of the 30 per cent of the admissions currently ceded to government. The NDC has also demanded an end to the political interference in the admissions process to ensure that they are solely based on merit, and fairness. This was contained in a statement issued by the Northern Regional Secretariat of the NDC, signed by Mr Mohammed Abdul Salam, Northern Regional Secretary of the NDC, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Tamale. The statement raised concerns about certain ongoing developments at health training institutions, alleging that the government had written to principals of health training institutions mandating that 30% of the schools’ admissions capacity would come from government. It said, ‘Besides the reserved 30% quota for government protocol admissions, politicians-DCEs, MCEs, Ministers, party executives, party thugs, among others-besiege the offices of the principals of health training institutions to demand admission offers from the remaining 70%. Principals who refuse to comply with these party members’ requests are often labelled as anti-government and earmarked for possible victimisation. In the end, more than half of the admissions go to prospective students not strictly based on merit but rather on the power of politicians.’ It said the practice was worrying as it compromised merit-based selection, potentially lowering the quality of health care professionals, and patient care, which had broader implications for the health care system. The statement called on the government to fulfil its promise to restore nursing trainees’ allowances and clear the arrears to address the financial hardships facing nursing trainees, adding ‘These allowances should not be tied to reductions in admissions quotas.’ It called for greater transparency and accountability in the admissions process with clear guidelines and oversight mechanisms to prevent undue influence and the victimisation of principals. It said, ‘It is imperative that the government ensures equal access to education for all qualified secondary school leavers, who aspire to join health training institutions. The rejection of thousands of students due to unfair practices must cease.’ It called on the government to uphold the democratic values enshrined in the Constitution to refrain from attempts to politicise vital sectors such as health care and education, adding, ‘The government must commit to fair, merit-based admissions and cease any actions that undermine these principles.’

Source: Ghana News Agency