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World’s Best Bar: London’s Lyaness Wins Top Honor At The 16th Annual Spirited Awards

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London’s Lyaness roared to victory at the 16th annual Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Ryan Chetiyawardana—a longtime darling of the hospitality world awards circuit—bested Fifty Mils, Charles H. Seoul, and the American Bar at The Stafford, as his famed cocktail cathedral was named World’s Best Bar for 2022.

Lyaness, above, was also honored as the Best International Hotel Bar and Chetiyawardana received another shot of acclaim as his Washington D.C. outpost, Silver Lyan (which was awarded Best New American Cocktail Bar in 2020), was recognized as the Best U.S. Hotel Bar for 2022.

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Lyan King: Ryan Chetiyawardana at his Spirited Award-winning bar Silver Lyan.JENNIFER CHASE

“We’ve been very fortunate with awards over the years—and they’ve covered everything from our teams, design, menus to spaces,” Chetiyawardana (aka “Mr. Lyan”) said. “But there’s also been lots of change. We closed Dandelyan to pave the way for Lyaness—and to challenge a new side of the world of food and drink that we thought was super important, and actually pay tribute to the success we’d had with the bar.”

Another feline-inspired watering hole—Masahiro Urushido’s Katana Kitten in Manhattan—was honored as the Best U.S. Cocktail Bar (topping New York’s Bar Goto, The Roosevelt Room in Austin, and Thunderbolt in Los Angeles). Urushido also took home prizes in two other major categories: Best U.S. Bar Team and Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book for his 2021 tome, The Japanese Art of the Cocktail.

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Glass Act: Masahiro Urushido, of New York’s Katana Kitten, won several Spirited Awards, including Best U.S. Cocktail Bar.ALEX KIKIS

Urushido and Chetiyawardana weren’t the only ones to take home multiple accolades. A Bar With Shapes for a Name in London was honored as this year’s Best New International Cocktail Bar—and its founder, Remy Savage, was celebrated as International Bartender of the Year. Locally, New Orleans’ beloved Jewel of the South was named Best U.S. Restaurant Bar and founder Chris Hannah won U.S. Bartender of the Year. Australia’s Maybe Sammy, a perennial awards favorite, won Best International Bar Team and its creative director, Martin Hudak, won Best International Brand Ambassador for Mr Black Spirits.

Geographically speaking, London dominated the awards in the international categories with five standout wins out of eight awards. In addition to Lyaness and A Bar With Shapes for a Name, Monica Berg and Alex Kratena’s Tayēr + Elementary in Shoreditch was named Best International Cocktail Bar (beating Pujol, Le Marie Celeste, and Danico). And Sexy Fish, the Asian hotspot in Mayfair, is this year’s Best International Restaurant Bar.

The Spirited Awards, which closed out the 20th annual Tales of the Cocktail festival, returned in person for the first time since 2019 and the audience in the ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans celebrated the winners with multiple standing ovations throughout the night. (Full disclosure: Forbes is the official media partner of the Spirited Awards.)

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Making a Name: London’s A Bar With Shapes for a Name was honored as the Best New International Cocktail Bar. Remy Savage (left, with cofounder Paul Lougrat) was named Best International Bartender.A BAR WITH SHAPES FOR A NAME

“The ingenuity and resiliency of the drinks industry is absolutely unique and deserves to be celebrated,” said Eileen Wayner, CEO of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “Bringing this community back together in New Orleans, the hospitality capital of the world, to commemorate 20 years of progress is going to be such a pivotal moment. I hope it serves as a reminder, that this industry provides not only a space to gather, find joy and community, but also to experience the innovation of bartenders and products across the bar around the world. Bringing back the Spirited Awards, after a necessary break due to Covid’s devastating impact, will reinforce the excellence and innovation of the bars, bartenders, writers and products that drive global hospitality trends.”

The evening’s big winner, Chetiyawardana, echoed that sentiment. “The nominations this year have been hugely important to us,” he said, “It helps cement for us that we’re making valuable decisions, and that it is resonating with our peers, but mainly for helping bolster that belief and excitement for our teams and all the hard work and passion they’re putting into doing something so different.

“All that is exacerbated by the pandemic,” Chetiyawardana continued. “To be able to come back through and have positives to celebrate is incredible. But the pandemic also fast-tracked a lot of the things we wanted to address with the venues, so it feels even more important to be getting that recognition and that booster to keep fighting for the issues we want to change and challenge.”

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Who makes Barracuda Garbage Disposals?

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Who makes Barracuda Garbage Disposals?

A garbage disposal is an electric device fixed under the kitchen sink. Its function is to break down the waste matter flowing down the sink into extremely fine particles which can easily pass through the sewage pipes. It is a helpful tool that makes some daily kitchen chores easier for you. Many companies make garbage disposals in the world. You can find a large variety of good-quality garbage disposals. In this article, I will try to answer the question, “who makes the Barracuda garbage disposals?”

Barracuda is a private-label brand of garbage disposals which is owned by Anaheim Manufacturing Co. This company also makes other Best Garbage Disposals for Small Families including the Waste King and Insinkerator disposals. These garbage disposals are made overseas. Then they are imported by Anaheim which then supplies them along with other brands. Anaheim also makes other brands e.g. GE which is a well-acclaimed brand.

Pocket-friendly products:

Barracuda offers pocket-friendly garbage disposals. They are not as costly as other disposals available in the market under more popular brand names. Their products vary in price, size, warranty, and several features. But almost allBarracuda garbage disposals are good for the money.

Different Barracuda garbage disposals:

Currently, Barracuda offers 4 different garbage disposal models in the market. These 4 disposals are different from one another in their price, size, warranty, and several other features. Let’s discuss briefly each one of these four disposals;

Barracuda 1/3 HP Builder

It has a fast and powerful motor providing 1/3 horsepower helping you get rid of everyday kitchen waste. One of its prominent features is its noise insulation technology. Often, the compact units are quite loud. But the Builder model has advanced technology keeping it quiet when used. Cold rolled steel and stainless steel make most of its body. Hence it is prevented from corrosion for a long time.

It has a continuous feed system. Several units having been reported to drain slowly after installation is a bad thing about this disposal. But still, it is a likable product because it works well and is easy to install. The model being ADA and CEC compliant and its gorgeous modern design are some other desirable features.

Barracuda ¾ HP Deluxe:

This model is costlier than others. It has a larger design as well. But it also comes with the longest warranty offering up to 10 years of warranty. It comes with a removable splash guard. As already mentioned, it is the most expensive of all 4 Barracuda models and has a bulkier design occupying more storage space. But at the same time, it has an advanced insulated sound shell for a quiet experience. Stainless steel makes its grinding system and turntable material.

Barracuda ½ HP Economy:

It has a ½ horsepower motor and a continuous feeder system. Its grinding system is made of cold-rolled steel while the turntable material is made of stainless steel. It comes with a compact size, a 2-year warranty, an already attached power cord. The cause of concern is that several purchasers have reported that their unit has leaked and they had to reinstall the unit which was a bit of a struggle.

Barracuda ½ HP Mid Duty:

Being the largest of the four, it is an ideal disposal for anyone having a larger sink storage space. Its competitive price and high-quality features make it the most popular model of all four. It comes with a removable splash guard and an advanced insulated sound shell. Draining issues due to the removable splash guard and its large size are its downsides. On the other hand, the grinding system and turntable material are made of stainless steel.

That was some brief information about the Barracuda Garbage Disposals. I hope you find it useful. Take care!

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China carried out massive cyberattack operation on Ukraine – report

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Ukraine’s security service claimed China coordinated thousands of cyberattacks and hacking attempts on official Ukrainian government sites.

China launched a massive cyber operation against the Ukrainian military and its nuclear facilities before Russia began its invasion, according to UK intelligence reports obtained by The Times.

The British reports were backed up by Ukraine’s national security service, the SBU, which claimed China coordinated thousands of cyberattacks and hacking attempts on official Ukrainian government sites.

Some of the sites targeted include over 600 websites belonging to Kyiv’s defense ministry, a statement released by SBU claimed.

China’s goal in the attacks was to steal data and explore ways to shut down Ukrainian defenses and civilian infrastructure, the SBU further claimed.

The attacks, which allegedly began prior to the end of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, peaked on February 23. Russian forces invaded Ukraine 24 hours later.

The SBU stated it is confident in its attribution of the attacks to China due to the “trademark tools and methods” used by the Chinese military’s cyber units.

Responding to SBU’s claims, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) told The Times that it is “investigating these allegations with our international partners.”

Intelligence reports from the US indicate that the information gathered by British and Ukrainian intelligence is accurate, the report also stated.

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Israel News Does Netanyahu have a Donald Trump problem?

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Israel News Does Netanyahu have a Donald Trump problem?

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: With Kushner’s new book portraying the Netanyahu-Trump relationship as not as rosy as it once had seemed, the former US president may no longer be an asset to the Likud campaign.

Israel News :For opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, 2019 was a simpler time. He was still prime minister after a decade in office, and it seemed inevitable that he would remain that way after the election set for March of that year. Every poll indicated a clear-cut right-wing majority in the Knesset. There had never been two elections in a row without any government formed in between, let alone three.

The campaign was simpler, as well. There was no global pandemic or Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent supply chain disruptions and inflation messing up the economy. Netanyahu could campaign as Mr. Security, as always, and this time, he had a not-so-secret weapon, then-president of the US Donald Trump. After all, Netanyahu and Trump made sure everyone knew that they were best buddies; no Israeli prime minister had ever worked so closely with a US president, and no president had ever been so pro-Israel, was the message.

As such, Trump featured prominently in the Likud campaign. He was with Netanyahu on billboards in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, proclaiming that the latter is in “another league.” He was featured in Likud campaign videos, as well, declaring US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Fast-forward to 2022. Israel is on the way to a fifth election in less than four years. Netanyahu is no longer running from the position of strength in the Prime Minister’s Residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street. Israel’s economy is doing relatively well compared to others in the OECD, but it has been bruised by the pandemic and war in Ukraine, and prices are sharply rising.

And the honeymoon with Trump is long over.

With former senior adviser to the US president Jared Kushner strategically distributing unflattering excerpts from his highly anticipated Breaking History: A White House Memoir to the media, it is no longer clear whether Trump is an asset or a hindrance to Netanyahu.

For nearly a year, it seemed that the Netanyahu-Trump bromance was over because Netanyahu congratulated President Joe Biden on his election win in 2020. That was the reason Trump said “f*** him” to Israeli journalist Barak Ravid; Trump falsely claimed Netanyahu was one of the first to celebrate Biden’s win, and made it clear he felt personally betrayed.

That was easily excusable from Netanyahu’s end. Netanyahu waited until the morning after the election was called for Biden, facing criticism from some of the Israeli media for the delay. And the US-Israel relationship is too important to snub the president, even if it was clear to all that Netanyahu would have liked Trump to win.

But now the story is not about Trump’s election denial and bruised ego; it’s about strategic decisions relating to Israel’s future, its security and its strategic alliance with the US.

Trump, Netanyahu, annexation and Palestinians

Trump presented his peace plan on January 28, 2020. In brief, the plan included Israel extending its sovereignty – annexation – over the parts of the West Bank in which Israelis already live, plus the entire Jordan Valley, which would serve as a security buffer. The rest would be reserved for the Palestinians, which would have a four-year period to develop into a democratic society before the US would support statehood.

Netanyahu announced in his speech in the White House that Trump “became the first world leader to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over areas in Judea and Samaria” and that “Israel will apply its laws to the Jordan Valley, [and] to all the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.”

This angered Trump and Kushner, who expected Israel to annex only along with steps advancing Palestinian statehood. Trump also said he felt “dirty” because “Bibi gave a campaign speech,” Kushner wrote.

In the ensuing hours, Netanyahu’s spokesman tweeted that they would annex the relevant parts of the West Bank within days, and Netanyahu and then-ambassador to the US Ron Dermer confirmed that to the Israeli press gathered at Blair House. The US ambassador to Israel at the time, David Friedman, said Israel can start work toward annexation the moment it completes its internal process, which, together with the statements from Netanyahu’s side, was taken to mean a cabinet vote five days later.

“As it turned out, Friedman had assured Bibi that he would get the White House to support annexation more immediately. He had not conveyed this to me or anyone on my team,” Kushner wrote.

“As it turned out, Friedman had assured Bibi that he would get the White House to support annexation more immediately. He had not conveyed this to me or anyone on my team.”

Jared Kushner

Friedman described a “difficult and unpleasant meeting” with Kushner and Netanyahu in his book, Sledgehammer, released earlier this year. Kushner said a joint US-Israeli committee has to map out the territory first. Netanyahu said the Jordan Valley didn’t need more mapping. Kushner said “we never discussed that.”

“Everyone was telling the truth,” Friedman wrote.

Friedman and Netanyahu walked back their earlier statements, but days later, Trump was still “fuming” and considered endorsing now-Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Kushner wrote.

When Netanyahu and Dermer pushed to rush annexation, Kushner said, he gave the ambassador the following speech: “Don’t take us for granted. We worked our asses off for three years to get to this point. For the first time, Israel has the moral high ground. You’re offering the Palestinians a state and a map that Arab countries actually support as a starting point for negotiations. But now it’s all screwed up. You guys think you have been so effective with this administration. I hate to break the reality to you, but we didn’t do any of these things because you convinced us to. We did them because we believe they were the right things to do.”

“Don’t take us for granted. We worked our asses off for three years to get to this point. For the first time, Israel has the moral high ground. You’re offering the Palestinians a state and a map that Arab countries actually support as a starting point for negotiations. But now it’s all screwed up. You guys think you have been so effective with this administration. I hate to break the reality to you, but we didn’t do any of these things because you convinced us to. We did them because we believe they were the right things to do.”

Jared Kushner

Once the mapping process was completed, Kushner and then-special representative for international negotiations Avi Berkowitz would not give Netanyahu the green light to proceed with sovereignty moves, because the prime minister would not offer any concessions to the Palestinians. Friedman wrote of Netanyahu agreeing to a moratorium on Israeli construction in the areas of the West Bank that were not within the sovereignty map, but Kushner seems to have thought so little of that idea that he did not even mention it in his nearly 500-page book.

Kushner and Berkowitz were so frustrated and so concerned that Netanyahu might unilaterally declare annexation that they said they would not protect Israel from the inevitable backlash, threatening that “there was no guarantee that our administration would block the international sanctions against Israel that might follow.”

The book also describes Netanyahu as being difficult in the Abraham Accords process. Netanyahu twice almost gave up on the accords.

At one point, Netanyahu said he would drop annexation plans only if three Arab countries normalized ties with Israel.

“Remind him that he doesn’t have annexation without us,” Kushner said.

Another time, Netanyahu almost called off the Abraham Accords because a bill banning someone indicted of crimes from becoming prime minister was heading to a vote to the Knesset, and he was ready to call an election to stop it from becoming law.

“I know Bibi will put what’s best for Israel before his political situation,” Kushner said he hold Dermer. “We’ve come too far; we’re so close. This deal is happening.”

Trump and Netanyahu: A far less rosy picture in reality

ALL OF this adds up to a much less rosy picture than what Netanyahu would like of his relationship with Trump, who was exceedingly popular in Israel during his presidency – though there have not been polls since Trump left office.

Netanyahu sent a response to The Jerusalem Post on Thursday unequivocally denying that he surprised Kushner and Trump by announcing that he planned to extend Israeli sovereignty to 30% of Judea and Samaria.

Trump and Netanyahu exchanged letters, Netanyahu said via a spokesman. Trump’s letter said the US would support a declaration of sovereignty, and Netanyahu’s response said he would move forward with that declaration “in the coming days.” The spokesman would not provide copies of the letters.

The spokesman also pointed out that Trump said in his speech that the US and Israel “will form a joint committee with Israel to convert the conceptual map into a more detailed and calibrated rendering so that recognition can be immediately achieved” (emphasis added).

Trump also said that “the United States will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory that my vision provides to be part of the State of Israel. Very important.”

Netanyahu’s denial is interesting not only for the factual record, but because it indicates that he is likely to continue to maintain that he and Trump have a good relationship.

It seems the prime minister will not adopt his Obama-era tactic of saying that he is tough enough to stand up even to Israel’s most important ally if he needs to. When it comes to Trump, he could theoretically add that he is willing to go head-to-head even with the president that he worked with best to eke out an advantage for Israel.

Instead, Netanyahu is saying that he and Trump were, in fact, in sync. And that is wise, since Trump is still considering a 2024 run, which means he and Netanyahu can overlap as leaders of their respective countries again, plus Netanyahu’s base probably still likes the former president.

Still, the Netanyahu-Trump lovefest balloon has been dramatically punctured. The Likud campaign will find other ways to say Netanyahu is in “another league” without splashing his face next to Trump’s across tall buildings before the election in November. •

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