It’s that time of year again where we celebrate our bartenders!
The 4th Kenyan Edition of World Class, one of the most respected competitions a bartender can enter, recently commenced and now we’re closer to knowing who will be crowned World Class Kenya Bartender of the Year and go on to represent the nation at the World Class Global Finals in Berlin, Germany.
A strong field of 34 bartenders from all over Kenya attended a special module called Signature Concepts, and then was tasked with creating a signature serve with a brand from the Diageo Reserve portfolio, which they randomly picked, and incorporated the five senses. The bartenders then competed at the World Class Studio Presentation, which was held on 17th and 18th of May, 2018.
PHOTO: World Class Kenya 2018 judges Susan Wong and Brian Owango
Judges Brian Owango, a pioneer of contemporary mixology in Kenya and CEO of Aqueous Mobile Bar, and Susan Wong, Editor of Capital Lifestyle and culinary journalist, were tasked with the difficult job of judging each competitor based on taste, touch, smell, sound, sight, technique and presentation. The competitors had five minutes to prepare, five minutes to present the drink to the judges, and five minutes to clear down the bar.
Six finalists emerged from the two-day session:
Kelvin Thairu – Radisson Blu
Angel Riviera – dusitD2 Nairobi
Patrick Mutual – Villa Rosa Kempinski
Evans Odhiambo – Villa Rosa Kempinski
Sam Nguyo – Mojito’s
Paramjeet Singh – Nyama Mama
The six finalists will now go on to a month-long Sales and Social Media Challenge, and the ultimate mixology show-down at the Kenyan National Finals later in June.
World Class Bartender of the Year competition brings together the best bartending talent from around to globe to decide who will be crowned the world’s best bartender. Since its launch in 2009, the competition has been instrumental in transforming fine drinking and cocktail culture around the world. This year, the Global Finals will be held in Berlin, Germany.
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It’s not all about your skin and make-up – these three things instantly age you if you don’t take proper care of them…
Discoloured teeth instantly ages you. Brushing twice a day for two to three minutes will prevent further discoloration, and you can also use a specifically formulated whitening toothpaste. Professional teeth whitening offers instant results but can damage your tooth enamel, so have a conversation with your dentist first.
Don’t skip haircuts, even if you’re growing your hair. Dry ends and generally damaged hair looks thinner and makes you look older and unkempt. When in doubt, trim off five centimetres.
Your eyebrows are very important – it’s one of the first things people notice about you. Avoid the urge to over-pluck, and get a professional to shape them every couple of months.
Morgan Freeman has had several complaints of workplace harassment made against him and has now spoken out to apologise for making anyone feel “uneasy”.
The Oscar-winning actor has been accused by four women of making them feel uncomfortable at work and it has been alleged that in one case, he attempted to lift a production assistant’s skirt when he was working on 2017’s ‘Going In Style’. Three women also claimed that he had made comments publicly about their choice of clothing or their body but said they did not report it at the time as they were worried about losing their jobs.
One production assistant – who worked on 2012’s ‘Now You See Me’ – said: “He did comment on our bodies … We knew that if he was coming by … not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that [were] fitted.”
Another woman – who worked at Revelations Entertainment, which Freeman co-founded – says she felt “uncomfortable” in the office.
She added to CNN: “If I ever passed him he would stare at me in an awkward way, would look me up and down sometimes stopping and just staring. One time he stopped, looked me up and down as I walked into a room of people, and everyone burst out laughing. And I literally froze feeling very uncomfortable and one of the people in the office said, ‘Don’t worry, that’s just Morgan.'”
All in all, eight women alleged that they were subjected to workplace harassment and following these allegations, Freeman has issued a statement to apologise for making anyone feel “uneasy”.
He said: “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologise to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.”
Animal and plant species are vanishing at an accelerating pace around the world — sometimes even before we know that they exist — but conservationists are pushing back against the juggernaut of mass extinction.
From captive breeding to satellite tracking; restoring habitats to removing predators; shaming multinationals to nursing baby pandas and orangutans — in all these ways, scientists and others have given a second chance to creatures under threat.
Take the Mauritius kestrel, a svelte and dappled falcon reduced to a population of just four, including one breeding female, in 1974 by a perfect storm of human meddling.
The keen-eyed predator lost much of its natural habitat when settlers clear-cut the Indian Ocean island’s forests in the 18th century.
What pushed the bird to the brink, however, was the widespread use of the pesticide DDT in the 1950s, as well as invasive species such as cats, mongooses and crab-eating macaques with a taste for the birds and their eggs.
But a combination of captive breeding, food supplements, nest improvements and predator control has increased the bird’s numbers to about 400, making it one of the most successful bird restoration projects in history.
On nearby Madagascar, the greater bamboo lemur — aka the broad-nosed gentle lemur — has also made a fairy-tale comeback.
Long thought to be extinct, the dark-furred primate — which has tufted, white-tinged ears — was “rediscovered” in 1986 in the island nation’s southeastern Ranomafana region.
True to its name, the lemur is a “bamboo specialist” that feasts almost exclusively on a single species of the fibrous, quick-growing plant. Scientists are still trying to figure out how the brown-eyed tree-dweller metabolises the quantities of cyanide — enough to kill a human adult — found in a day’s diet of bamboo shoots.
Unfortunately the lemur is still hanging by a “critically endangered” thread, isolated in four percent of its historic range. But the creation of a national park around the area where it was found has boosted its chances of survival.
– Reasons to be hopeful –
Across the board, biodiversity is declining. To date, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has evaluated nearly 80,000 animals and plants, cataloguing their conservation status on its famous Red List of endangered species.
Some 23,000 — nearly a third — are threatened with extinction, including 41 percent of amphibians, 34 percent of conifers, 33 percent of reef building corals, 25 percent of mammals, and 13 percent of birds.
“The sixth mass extinction is happening now,” Craig Hilton-Taylor, head of the Red List, told AFP ahead of the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22.
“But these conservation achievements highlight that there is still reason to be hopeful for the future of our planet, and that conservation does work.”
It certainly helped keep the Ethiopian wolf from suffering the same fate, for example, as the Tasmanian tiger.
Canis simensis is Africa’s most endangered carnivore, and probably the most endangered canid — a family that includes dogs, wolves, jackals, foxes and coyotes — in the world.
This elusive hunter lives only in the highlands of Ethiopia, notably in the Bale Mountains, where 200 individuals are monitored 24/7 by the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme.
Disease that spread from domestic dogs has wiped out nearly a third of the wolf’s population in recent years, but conservation efforts have secured its habitat and raised awareness among local peoples.
You are your single greatest investment, and to put energy into your wellbeing is to ensure the equal wellbeing of those who depend on you …
When was the last time that you did something you loved?
A famous singer in Romania during my youth, I became and remained the breadwinner of my family from a very young age. Everything my loved ones wanted, they got, from houses to cars to the finest education. This constant “giving” continued throughout my life. But along the way, my family trickled away: My sister left for Europe, my daughters all grew up, and my parents and husband passed away. I found myself with, well, with no one to please … save myself.
In my eyes my husband was the most wonderful, handsome, and perfect man alive. But after his passing over four years ago, there were suddenly more hours in the day. And with my three grown daughters off on their own, I had no laundry to do, no bills to pay, and no messes to clean up. I was also no longer a shoulder to cry on or dear confidante in need. I could work less and have more free time. But the question was, what would I do with it?
I moved to Florida near the beach soon after my husband’s death. To occupy my new-found leisure, I meditated on the gently crashing waves and tried to decipher the seagulls’ sad songs. It was during one of these sessions that I realised just how much I adored the ocean. Yet I so rarely experienced its splendour, because I had been investing my time in everything and everyone but myself. I had, in fact, exhausted my powers for the pure love of others.
My anecdote is the reality of many
The majority of us seldom put ourselves in first place. We invest in the latest appliances and gadgets to organise/complicate our lives, hopeful business ventures, and other people’s dreams. We dress according to trends and style our hair from magazines. But in doing so, are we doing what we love or do we love conforming to the whims of the world? Are we truly free, or is our freedom entirely dependent on the impressions of others?
Honestly answer these three questions:
When was the last time I did something I loved?
What have I done to better myself in the past month?
To whom do I listen?
You will better understand how your energy is consumed based on your answers. If you feel you deserve more self-care, put into practice the following 10 ways to invest in your own welfare and watch your inherent strength resurface:
1. Discover your true needs. No two people have the exact same needs. Establish what’s most important for you to gain, have, and keep in your life, e.g., what you truly need as opposed to what you simply want.
2. Raise your self-worth. Even if you think you already possess a healthy dose of self-esteem, work to improve your opinion of yourself. This calls for a remorseless disposal of fears and perceived insecurities as well as the healing of old wounds once and for all.
3. Never apologize for who you are. Be an unapologetic bearer of your best and worst traits, the totality of your being. What may seem like a personal defect to you may be an endearing trait to someone else. You are perfect and flawed in a unique combination that can never be replicated, and this fact should be embraced.
4. Never go against your intuition. Your intuition knows more than you think. Learn to trust your inner voice without hesitation; reason may tell you one thing, but your instinct tells you the right thing, always.
5. Create a bigger version of yourself. Don’t settle on a self-imposed plateau; always aim a bit higher than before. Visualize your ideal life – regardless of how unattainable it may seem now – and act to manifest it one element at a time.
6. Take impeccable care of yourself. If you don’t practice the art of self-care, who will do it for you? Adopt healthy habits and grow stronger each day in mental, emotional, and physical ways. Ensure that the situations in which you choose to become involved are helpful and not harmful.
7. Set an example. Setting an example for others means that you act with integrity under all circumstances, which is a sign of careful attention to your being. When you set an example, you show those around you that you’ve invested in yourself time and time again to reach a level of excellence.
8. Multiply your riches. There exists greater richness in knowledge, wisdom, compassion, and tenacity than in all the money in the world. These are realizations unmatched by any amount of wealth which allow you to navigate through inevitable challenges with ease. Those who know, grow.
9. Do what you love. Often, it is the simplest things that deliver the most profound joy, yet we barely find time for these precious activities. Don’t postpone your simple pleasures, whether you like to read or sing or hike. Perform actions grounded in a deep seat of love every day.
10. Weigh your options. Beware of making the same mistakes due to habit or influence. Don’t be afraid to go within and weigh your options before making decisions. Remember that you have the right to pick the people and things you want in your life – they should not pick you.
The beauty of sacrifice is that you will not always be able to put yourself first. But by raising your awareness of what you deserve, you can foster a healthy balance between how much you do for others and how much you do for yourself. You are your single greatest investment, and to put energy into your well-being is to ensure the equal well-being of those who depend on you.
When you think Gipsy, you may think of Friday night out or maybe an exciting football match over beer with friends. But have you ever tried their pizza? Because that just might be the number one thing you go to Gipsy for after watching this video!
P.S.: Every Wednesday, they have a special 2 for 1 offer on all their pizzas for those eating in. You can thank us later!
Watch our Foodie Friday review below!
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Duchess Catherine has written an open letter to support Children’s Hospice Week in which she reveals that she and her husband Prince William love to play outside with their three children.
The Duchess of Cambridge has provided a glimpse into her home life as a hands-on mother to three children, Prince George, four, Princess Charlotte, three, and newest arrival Prince Louis – whom she raises with husband Prince William, the heir to the British throne – in an open letter to support Children’s Hospice Week, which has been organised by national palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.
Catherine, 36, says her family prioritise “spending quality time together” in important family moments which she “cherishes”.
She wrote: “Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life and for me, as a mother, it is the simple family moments like playing outside together that I cherish.”
Catherine – who was known as Kate Middleton before marrying into the British Royal Family – has been patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since 2012, and for this year’s Life’s Short theme she encouraged children and young people sharing what they love the most to help children suffering with illnesses to have “more precious moments”.
She continued: “Join me in supporting Children’s Hospice Week this year. Together we can champion the vital role that children’s hospices play in helping seriously ill children and families to have more precious moments.”
And Catherine, who along with George and Charlotte, made her first public appearance since giving birth to Prince Louis on April 23 at her brother-in-law Prince Harry’s wedding to former ‘Suits’ actress Meghan Markle at a ceremony in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle last Saturday (19.05.18).
She was seen keeping George and Charlotte in check after they fulfilled their important roles as a pageboy and bridesmaid during the ceremony.
Zee World, the world’s first Bollywood English-dubbed channel in Africa, has unveiled its line-up of programs for the year to keep viewers even more glued to their television screens.
This year’s programming on Zee World features the much-anticipated return of Twist of Fate, everybody’s favourite TV drama, back with its second season, continuing the cliffhanger that left viewers guessing as to what happened to the fun-loving rockstar Abhi and the ever determined, strong-willed Pragya. Will they finally get the love they deserve or will Abhi’s evil sister Aliya get what she wants and remove Pragya for good? 2018 also sees the return of another popular series King of Hearts season 2 as well as new series Bride with Benefits, Begusarai, Amma and Iron Lady.
A number of blockbuster movies also premiere on Zee BollyMovies later this year, including the 2017 crime thriller, MOM, starring the Bollywood legend Sridevi, who sets out to avenge her step-daughter after the justice system failed to convict her attackers. With the help of a shady detective, she takes the law into her own hands. Other movies on the channel will feature A-list actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan and many more.
To cater to a variety of interests, Zee BollyNova offers a wide range of entertainment with food shows by celebrity chefs Sanjeev Kapoor and Ripu Raman Handa. Reality shows that will melt your heart with look Love what you made me do, and Fear Files, for the ones that enjoy having a good scare or two, not to forget the beloved series like Saloni, Destiny and The Vow coming in May 2018.
Zee Cinema boasts over 4200 movie titles with leading Bollywood superstars including Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and many other A-listers leading the way.
Zee Entertainment offers 12 Channels across Africa, of which 10 are available in Kenya and brings the best of Bollywood.
Angelina Jolie is reportedly furious she’s not allowed to take her children out of the US while her custody battle with her estranged husband Brad Pitt is still ongoing.
The 42-year-old actress was planning to take her six kids; Maddox, 16, Pax, 15, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11, and nine-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox – whom she has with the ‘Fury’ star – to London while she shoots her sequel ‘Maleficent 2’.
But her plans have hit a bump in the road as she’s reportedly been told she can’t take the children across to the UK until she and Brad have ironed out their divorce.
A source told the New York Post’s Page Six column: “They are figuring out how it would work, but she is not happy. She wants to take the kids to London with her while she’s shooting — and she’s frustrated with the process. They’re talking about how it would work. Even the people around her are getting tired of it.”
The estranged couple have been locked in a bitter divorce battle – including who will get custody of their children – since they called time on their marriage in 2016.
However, it looks like the pair aren’t too far away from settling on the details.
A source said a few weeks ago: “The terms of the divorce are now agreed. They are being finalised by both legal teams, but will be filed within weeks. It’s a huge turnaround from where the marriage ended, especially given the claims Angelina made against Brad, but they are now on pretty good terms.
“Both decided it was crucial for the children that they had a respectful relationship. The key thing is that they agree to custody sharing, with Brad having access and working with Angelina on logistic issues about work and travel. There were rumours the divorce was being called off, but that’s not the case.”
Meanwhile, it was previously claimed that Brad, 54, goes to therapy every week following his bitter split from Angelina because he wants to be a “better” father.
The insider shared: “He goes to therapy every week and is mostly interested in learning and bettering himself as a man and father.”