The WSET Honors the Most Graduates Ever and the First Female…

first_imgEmail ReddIt TAGSMary Ewing-MulliganSteven SpurrierWSET AdvertisementLeading US Wine Educator Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW of New York Receives Lifetime Achievement AwardLondon, England (January 22, 2019) – Hosted by WSET Honorary President Steven Spurrier along with Chief Executive Ian Harris at London’s historic Guildhall, the 2019 Awards & Graduation Ceremony was attended to by over 500 wine and spirits professionals and industry influencers from around the globe on Monday, January 21st. Since the WSET was found in 1969, the event also marked the first celebration of the WSET’s 50th Anniversary programming that will continue with special events and activations throughout the year.Having grown every year from the original 84 Diploma graduates in 1970, this year the WSET saw the largest ever graduating class of Diploma candidates with 532 new graduates honored, which represents a 21% increase over 2018. The number of US graduates grew from 53 last year to 68 this year. Over the last 50 years, the WSET has expanded around the world and this year graduates came from over 40 countries—ranging from Chile to South Korea to Croatia.L-R: Mary Ewing-Mulligan receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award with Steven Spurrier & Ian Harris; Ian Harris addressing the event’s attendees.Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW was presented with the WSET’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her trailblazing work in wine education in the US. She distinguished herself early in her career as the first woman in North America to earn the title of Master of Wine. She went on to become one of the leading US wine educators and the Owner/President of the International Wine Center in New York, NY. Of receiving the award, Mary says, “I am honored beyond words. When I introduced WSET courses to the US in 1994, it was because I believed they could change the face of wine and spirits education. After almost 25 years of promotion the WSET’s expansion across the US, my early hopes have come to fruition.”“We are delighted to honor Mary with this award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the development and growth of WSET in the USA,” says Ian Harris. “Today we not only congratulate all our scholarship and award winners as well as the largest class of Diploma graduates, but also mark the start of our 50th year providing education and qualifications in wine and spirits. With over 750 Approved Program Providers (APPs) and three offices across the world, WSET’s global presence is stronger than ever. We will use our 50th anniversary to continue to inspire and support wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts worldwide. We are confident that we will be celebrating the success of WSET students for another 50 years and beyond.”The following US candidates were also honored with awards for outstanding results in the WSET Level 4 Award in Wines Diploma exam:Corissa Funk from Chicago, IL is the winner of the Wine Trade Club Paten Prize. The award grants her the funds to study a wine or spirit producing region. Corissa is a freelance wine trade professional.Katy Long from Santa Rosa, CA is the winner of The Sandeman Port Prize, sponsored by Sogrape, for being a student working the US trade who achieved outstanding results in the Fortified Wines section of the exam. She will receive a trip to Portugal during harvest to participate in the Sandeman Port Wine Seminar. Katy is a Senior Marketing Manager and Vintage Wine Estates Brand Advocate.Yuri Shima from San Francisco, CA is the winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition Prize. She received a trophy as well as funds to study a wine or spirits region of her choice. Yuri is a wine educator and columnist for Forbes Japan alongside her career as a lawyer.Trent Stewart from Alabama is the winner of the Republic National Distributing Company Prize for students working in the US wine and spirits trade. He will receive a study trip to Atlanta hosted by RNDC. Trent is a Sales Representative at Grassroots Wine Wholesalers.The other key WSET 2019 award winners were:Vintners’ Cup (the student who achieves the highest overall mark across all units of the Diploma each year): Joseph Hallam from the UKRiedel Trophy for WSET Educator of the Year: West London Wine SchoolOutstanding Alumni Award (sponsored by Caro Maurer MW from GermanySee the full list of graduates and award winners on the dedicated microsite here. To learn more about WSET courses and find a local Approved Program Provider visit the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)WSET is the largest global provider of qualifications in the field of wines, spirits and sake. WSET offers qualifications across four levels, from one-day beginner courses through to an expert level diploma. Courses are available in more than 15 languages and over 70 countries and are open both to industry professionals and interested enthusiasts. Qualification levels 1 to 3 are recognised by the UK Government (Ofqual) and all WSET qualifications have a strong reputation worldwide as the industry standard for knowledge. In the last academic year (2017/18) 94,822 candidates sat for a WSET qualification, and since 1969, WSET has awarded more than half a million individuals a WSET qualification. For more information about WSET, please visit Facebook Linkedin Previous articlePaso Robles Wine Country Hires New Executive DirectorNext articleDiscuss Vineyard Design and Development Projects Press Release Pinterest Twitter Share Home Industry News Releases The WSET Honors the Most Graduates Ever and the First Female Master…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessThe WSET Honors the Most Graduates Ever and the First Female Master of Wine on MondayBy Press Release – January 22, 2019 204 0 last_img read more

Insider: It will be a shame if Conor Daly doesn’t get IndyCar ride

first_imgIndyCar driver Conor Daly (left) spoke to IndyStar's Curt Cavin at the Carb Day Burger Bash at 96th Street Steakburgers, May 22, 2015.IndyCar driver Conor Daly (left) spoke to IndyStar’s Curt Cavin at the Carb Day Burger Bash at 96th Street Steakburgers, May 22, 2015.Already the questions are flooding in. Is it possible Conor Daly, finally, has a full-time IndyCar Series ride?And if so, does that mean Friday’s scheduled announcement at the Performance Racing Industry trade show at the Indiana Convention Center in Downtown Indianapolis is connected to the Indianapolis-based driver?That seems to be a question for the team owner, Dale Coyne, to answer, because it’s his team announcing the news. But he’s not talking. Or, at least he’s not answering his phone.The good news is, Coyne is announcing more than a full-time driver for the 2016 season — he’s announcing a sponsor for that car and the funding for a one-off ride in the Indianapolis 500. For Coyne to announce anything in mid-December, that’s something this side of historic.Coyne is one of those master poker players, experienced at keeping his cards unplayed publicly until the dealer calls for them. Sometimes, that’s the weekend of the season’s first race.Which means this announcement not only looks different, it feels different. It feels solid, it feels right. It feels Daly.Schmidt’s IndyCar team confirms signing of AleshinAnd if it is Daly —assuming it’s Daly — cheers aplenty for both sides.Daly, who turns 24 next week, is not only local, he’s legitimate. He won the 2010 Star Mazda title for Juncos Racing, and he has won races in Indy Lights and GP3. The Noblesville product held his own in GP2, the last stop before Formula One, before moving home to focus on his hometown race (the 500) and series (IndyCar).Daly gave A.J. Foyt Racing a good ride in the 2013 Indianapolis 500, and he impressively stepped into Coyne’s car at Long Beach earlier this year and delivered race pace with only a few minutes of practice. Daly might have finished better than sixth place in the second Detroit race in May had IndyCar officials not flagged him for blocking Sage Karam in what was a questionable call at best. The day before, Daly was running in the lead group when Ryan Hunter-Reay punted him on a restart.Yes, Derek Daly’s son can drive.There likely won’t be confirmation of either of Coyne’s drivers until Friday’s 11 a.m. announcement, but the news doesn’t include Tristan Vautier, Stefan Wilson, James Davison or Pippa Mann. So, if Daly’s not there for the presentation, it will not only be a surprise, it will be a shame.Follow Star reporter Curt Cavin on Twitter: @@curtcavin.IndyCar driver Conor Daly is due a full-time ride.IndyCar driver Conor Daly is due a full-time ride.last_img read more

ICC chief congratulates Aussie women

first_imgICC Chief Executive David Richardson has congratulated Cricket West Indies for a fantastic ICC Women’s World T20 2018 that saw unprecedented attendances across three venues.“On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate Cricket West Indies for organising a tournament that proved to be a celebration of cricket. The crowds came out in thousands to watch and the tournament displayed the love people in this part of the world have for the game.“We saw some memorable performances and milestones being achieved and I would like to thank all the teams for putting up their best and showing the world what women’s cricket is all about. The ICC is committed to backing both women’s cricket and the T20 format and this tournament has played a significant part in that,” Mr Richardson said.“This tournament has been watched around the world and I’m sure the quality of cricket displayed during the tournament will inspire girls across continents to pick up a bat or a ball and play cricket,” he added.Mr. Richardson, who watched Saturday’s final between Australia and England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, also acknowledged the sponsors for the event.“The ICC would also like to thank the sponsors for their backing of the event as well as Star, our global broadcast partner which plays such a significant role in growing the women’s game and taking coverage of this event to more than 200 territories around the world.“Finally I’d like to thank the ground staff for handling every challenge that came up during the tournament. It would not have been possible to put up such a wonderful tournament without their support.”last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: March 19, 2018

first_imgPolice stop shoplifting spree [Viral Video]Seattle, Washington, police arrested some thieves who they say were trying steal “in bulk” from Costco. Seattle police put an end to the shoplifting spree as dash cameras and body cams recorded. loss prevention associates recognized what was going on inside the Costco store and called police. The suspects were gathering up laptops and other items, preparing to escape out a fire exit. A getaway driver was waiting outside. Police got in position and waited until the would-be thieves came through the fire doors. Police arrested the 30-year-old man and 21-year-old woman. The 18-year-old getaway driver was also arrested. Investigators believe they hit a different Costco earlier the same day– -stealing more than $2,000 worth of electronics. LP associates told detectives they’d had run-ins with one of the suspects before and he’d had a knife with a seven-inch blade in his pocket. Officers say the suspect had the knife when he was arrested Wednesday, as well. He was booked for investigation of robbery, and the women were booked for investigation of theft. They were all taken to the King County Jail. [Source: KIRO7 News] Man arrested for allegedly robbing 4 fast food restaurants in 18-day spanA man has been arrested for allegedly robbing four fast food restaurants during a near three-week period in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Alan Michael Josey, 21, has been charged with several counts of commercial armed robbery and is being held without bond. The armed robberies took place on the 15700 block of Livingston Road in Accokeek (Feb. 22), the 9500 block of Livingston Road in Fort Washington (March 8), the 8900 block of Annapolis Road in Lanham (March 11), and the 5300 block of Marlboro Pike in District Heights (March 11). Police said all of the incidents were armed robberies.There were no injuries in any of the incidents. Investigators say Josey is connected to a fifth robbery at a retail store in Anne Arundel County. On Monday, authorities said Josey and a woman were wanted for robbing a fast food restaurant in Accokeek. The two walked into the restaurant, and police said he confronted an employee, pulled out a gun and demanded money. The woman reportedly acted as a lookout during the incident. Police said after the robbery they left the restaurant in a White Nissan Altima with D.C. license plates. [Source: WJLA News]- Sponsor – Police searching for women accused of shoplifting 17 pairs of shoes with kidsIn Oklahoma City, Police are searching for three women accused of shoplifting 17 pairs of shoes while with children in the northwest side. On Wednesday, photos were released of the women believed to have been involved in the grand larceny Sunday evening at Shoe Carnival in the 1700 block of Belle Isle Boulevard. The shoes cost more than $1,000 altogether. “To make matters worse, they had small children with them,” police said.According to a police report, the women first went to a register with 22 pairs of shoes, a soft drink and a Reese’s Snack Mix. A clerk began to ring up and bag the shoes when the women and kids began grabbing the bags and walking out of the store before paying. According to the report, the clerk alerted a manager and one of the women told the employees her husband was in the back picking out another pair of shoes and would momentarily pay for everything. The women and kids then left the store with the 17 pairs and the snack mix. The manager told police five pairs of shoes were left at the counter. He believed the women parked far from the store in order to not be seen leaving. If  you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers by calling 405-235-7300 or submitting a tip online. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.  [Source: Oklahoma’s News 4]Parking lot meth lab busted after shoplifter pursuitIn Tennessee, three people were arrested Tuesday afternoon in the Dickson Walmart parking lot when the pursuit of a shoplifter led to a vehicle containing meth-making materials, according to authorities. Thomas Seitz, 52; Genifer Pevahouse, 42, and Larry Terlecki, 45, were all arrested for shoplifting as well as charges for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Seitz was also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Pevahouse was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. Terlecki faces additional charges for a warrant for his arrest for domestic assault. Once the three were caught shoplifting, law enforcement received permission search the car and discovered the meth lab inside, said Dickson police. The 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force and and Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force were alerted and and arrive to assist with the investigation. [Source: Tennessean]Employee accused of stealing more than 1,000 iPads ordered into federal custodyA judge Thursday ruled a former Gary, Indiana, employee who allegedly used city funds to buy more than 1,000 Apple iPads must go into federal custody for a competency evaluation. Judge Philip Simon ordered that Monique Bowling-Boyd self-report to federal custody to see if she’s able to stand trial for charges of theft. Simon said it’s important to get the case moving along, and an evaluation will be able to determine if Bowling-Boyd is not competent to stand trial or malingering. “We need an expert to suss that out for us,” Simon said. Bowling-Boyd’s attorney initially sought an outpatient evaluation but Thursday agreed that it would be best done in a facility.Prosecutors allege that Bowling-Boyd, then Gary’s head of IT services, bought more than 1,000 iPads and other computer equipment, valued in excess of $5,000, according to court documents. The additional charges allege that Bowling-Boyd participated in a scheme to cash pension checks from a dead man, according to court documents, and used the deceased man’s identification card to cash or deposit the checks. Bowling-Boyd’s attorney sought a competency evaluation earlier in January, according to court documents, and Schlesinger said that since he began working on the case in September 2017, she was unable to speak during an interview with him and still has not spoken to him. [Source: Post Tribune]Cop’s hunch leads to suspect in widespread credit-data theftA California man, who attracted attention when he looked away from a Cinnaminson, New Jersey, police officer, received a three-year jail term Wednesday for his role in a massive conspiracy to steal credit cards. Angel Angulo, 28, took part in a scheme that used wireless devices to steal customer information during purchases with credit and debit cards at about 80 Michaels’s stores in 19 states, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey. Ring members used the stolen data to create counterfeit cards, then withdrew money from the victims’ bank accounts, the federal prosecutor’s office said. Angulo and an alleged accomplice, Crystal Banuelos of Bloomington, California, had 179 counterfeit cards and about $13,000 when they were arrested in May 2011. They allegedly made withdrawals from ATMs in April and May 2011. The Californians were arrested after Cinnaminson police officer F.D. “Don” Rock noticed Banuelos lingering in a car at a stop sign near a bank. He then saw Angulo walking near the bank’s ATM, wearing dark sunglasses on a cloudy day. The suspects, who both avoided Rock’s gaze, were arrested minutes later after stopping at a Route 130 gas station. The Riverside, California, man previously pleaded guilty in federal court, Camden, to conspiring to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Angulo also must pay restitution of $480,300 under a sentence imposed by US District Judge Joseph Rodriguez. Banuelos awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to the same charges.  [Source: Courier Post] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

IPL created harmony among foreign players: Jayawardene

first_imgInternational cricketers share much better relations due to the Indian Premier League as the Twenty20 event has given them an opportunity to know each other, feels Sri Lankan vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene.”It has opened doors for harmony among the players. In the IPL, you get to know other foreign players better. we have created better relations as a result of that,” he said.Jayawardene said the concept of the IPL and the various Twenty20 leagues across the globe has a lot of potential.”We have seen that in the IPL, we have seen that in the English counties, we have seen that in the Big Bash, that’s the way forward for Twenty20 cricket,” he said in a function to announce an Indian sponsor for the Sri Lankan team ‘Wayamba XI’, which will participate in the Champions League Twenty20 next month.”I think that will evolve quite a bit, just having the Twenty20 World Cup for the national teams, and then the 50-over cricket and Test matches will take a different path.”When the IPL came for the first time, everyone was surprised. But n the second and third year you saw how it became such a big thing,” Jayawardene said.Jayawardene, who will play for the Wayamba team in the Champions league, said the tournament will grow in stature with time.”People now understand what the concept is all about, we need to give it some more time and it will improve,” he said.Wayamba is captained by Jehan Mubarak and includes Mahela Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof and Mahela Udawatte.advertisementSpeaking on the occasion, Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said the Twenty20 version of the game can co-exist alongside Test cricket.”From the board’s point and personal point of view, I see Twenty20 as another product, We have Test cricket, one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket,” Ranatunga said on Tuesday.”From the players’ point of view they have to prove themselves in all three formats. From the board’s point of view, I don’t see any harm as far as the players get the right breaks.”So far, we have been happy and lucky that the players have had the right breaks and participated in the country’s tournaments. It is good to have more competitive cricket, people like it, why not give it,” Ranatunga said.last_img read more