Tuesday night’s Baking Industry Awards saw WC Rowe’s MD Alan Pearce walk away with the prestigious title of Baker of the Year, in the Vandemoortele-sponsored category.The 1930s-themed event at the Park Lane Hilton, London was a great success. Darren and Lilia from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing dazzled the guests when they took to the dance floor to perform three different sets throughout the evening.Celebrity host for the night Ronnie Corbett kept the audience of 800 entertained with his comedy routine, explaining that, as the son of a baker, he had been brought up in a bakery family, and even dabbles with a bit of home baking himself.List of the winners:Baker of the Year, sponsored by Vandemoortele – Alan Pearce, WC RoweBritish Baker Award for Special Achievement – Colin Lomax, Rank HovisThe Achievement in Bakery Training Award, sponsored by Rich’s – Robert Pashley of Coopland & Son (Scarborough)The Innovation Award, sponsored by Asda – Genius Gluten-Free Loaf, United Central BakeriesBakery Supplier of the Year category, sponsored by Sainsbury’s – Rich Products, Gail Lindsay The Customer Focus Award, sponsored by BakeMark – Burns the Bread, Terri PetherbridgeIn-Store Bakery Award, sponsored by Scobie & McIntosh – Morrisons’ Hilmore Lane store in Grimsby, Steve MumbyCelebration Cake Maker of the Year, sponsored by renshawnapier – David McClymont, Lightbody Celebration Cakes.Trainee Baker of the Year, sponsored by Improve and the National Skills Academy – John Ruddock, Coopland & Son (Scarborough)Artisanal Bread Product of the Year, sponsored by Morrisons – Organic Wild White, Hobbs House BakeryThe Craft Business Award, sponsored by Rank Hovis – The Bread Factory, Tom MolnarBakery Food Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by ADM Milling – Kensey Foods, Des KingsleyFor the full story see British Baker’s 11 September issue.
Rick Nash is back in Columbus.The former No. 1 overall pick was hired by the Blue Jackets as a special assistant to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, the team announced on Thursday. MORE: Despite Blue Jackets’ historic season, John Tortorella looking to the future #CBJ have announced several promotions in the hockey operations department as well as the hiring of former captain Rick Nash as special assistant to the general manager.https://t.co/p2GNkV6YU2— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) June 13, 2019″It’s come full circle,” Nash told BlueJackets.com. “Even though I loved my time in New York, Columbus was always home. It just feels like this is the way I should cap off a career is moving back here and working with the Jackets.”Nash played 15 combined seasons in the NHL for the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Bruins. Ongoing symptoms from a concussion suffered in March 2018 forced Nash to retire from professional hockey in January.The six-time All-Star is Columbus’ all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258) and points (547).
The Village welcome is a tradition at the Olympics and provides the opportunity for the Mayor of the Games Village to officially welcome each country to the village and for the flag of the country to be raised at the village.Mayor of the Rio 2016 Village, Brazilian basketball star and Olympic medallist, Janeth Arcain, greeted Team PNG along with the teams from Iceland, Luxembourg, Oman, Sierra Leone and South Sudan in what was the last of the Village welcome ceremonies.Team PNG was pleased to have joined them for the Welcome ceremony, Vice-Minister for Sports, Labi Amaiu, who had earlier spent the day at the Commonwealth Sports Ministers meeting ahead of the Games.After the raising of the PNG flag and the playing of the National Anthem, Chef de Mission, Emma Waiwai presented a gift on behalf of the team to the Mayor. The gift, a decorative carving of the Team PNG logo was custom made in PNG for the occasion. When handing over the gift to the Mayor, Waiwai shared the Team’s pleasure to be in Rio for the Games and the amazing hospitality shown to them in the village. The two also shared a light moment about their love of Basketball and former playing days.Waiwai then wrote a message on behalf of the Team on the Olympic Wall of Truce. The message joining the messages of the other 206 National Olympic Committees participating at the Games.The ceremony centered on a fervent performance from local dancers showcasing the traditions of Brasilian music and dance over its existence, culminating in a contemporary samba street party. Team PNG athlete Toea Wisil was first to join in the celebrations with the performance.Toea had arrived in Rio late the previous night along with coach Alison Fairweather. Also at the ceremony were Ryan Pini, Raymond Ovinou and the Taekwondo athletes, Samantha Kassman and Maxemillion Kassman.Samantha and Maxemillion had earlier that morning joined the team after arriving in the village for the first time.Also earlier in the day, Boxer Thadius Katua learned that he will be facing a Russian opponent in the under 60kg division in his bought on Sunday at 11:00am Rio time.Team PNG are now taking part in the Rio2016 Opening Ceremony where Flagbearer Ryan Pini will lead the team as it reveals its walkout uniforms. Picture courtesy of Ryan Pini facebook page: Team PNG ready for the Olympics opening ceremony