World’s Biggest Cocktail Festival Unveils Jacob Martin as World’s Best Bartender

Highly anticipated competition brings colourful cocktail experiences and never-before-seen collaborations to the city of São Paulo

WORLD’S BIGGEST COCKTAIL FESTIVAL UNVEILS JACOB MARTIN AS WORLD’S BEST BARTENDER

Jacob Martin celebrates his win at the World Class Global Bartender of the Year awards.

SÃO PAULO, Brazil, Sept. 29, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jacob Martin, from Canada, has been recognised by industry legends as the 2023 World Class Global Bartender of the Year. He shook off competition from over 10,000 other elite bartenders who attempted this year’s Everest of bartending.

The competition saw Jacob participate in a series of challenges over four days. From creating classic cocktails and elevating them to a TEN with bartender favourite, Tanqueray No. TEN, Jacob also dared to go one step beyond with Johnnie Walker Black Label’s versatility of flavours, as well as creating a Ketel One Garnished with Good cocktail which not only impressed the judges with its flavour creativity but delivered a positive impact in their local community in Canada.

Upon winning, Jacob said: “It’s an unbelievable honour to win World Class. Not just because it’s the pinnacle of the industry but also because of the giants I’ve had the privilege of competing with this week. Bartending is an amazing community and this week has constantly reminded me of that. We have all pushed each other, learned from each other and fed off the amazing energy from this fantastic city. The standard of the competition was out of this world, but right now I’m just looking forward to enjoying a cocktail made by someone else!”

WORLD’S BIGGEST COCKTAIL FESTIVAL UNVEILS JACOB MARTIN AS WORLD’S BEST BARTENDER
Jacob Martin from Canada is crowned winner of the World Class Global Bartender of the Year 2023 and celebrates with previous World Class winners.

Jacob Martin from Canada is crowned winner of the World Class Global Bartender of the Year 2023 and celebrates with previous World Class winners.

As part of the competition, São Paulo has seen world-renowned bartenders including Monica Berg (from London’s Tayer + Elementary), Giacomo Giannotti (from the World’s Best Bar, Paradiso in Barcelona) and Ago Perrone (from London’s The Connaught Bar) descend on the city to judge the event and host special ‘World Class’ experiences in some of the city’s most iconic nightlife venues.

The competition also signals the beginning of the World Class Cocktail Festival, with amazing bar collaborations across the city including Bar Dos Arcos, Tan Tan and Guilhotina Bar.

Overall, The World Class Cocktail Festival extends to over 1,000 venues across Brazil, giving hundreds of thousands of cocktail lovers unique experiences from the likes of Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray No. TEN and Don Julio.

This year’s World Class also saw the inclusion of the Industry Forum, a chance to engage, educate and inspire the bartending community with seminars and panel discussions from World Class judges and guests – highlights included: “From Insta to IRL: trends and how to master them”, featuring World Class 2017 winner, Kaitlyn Stewart and Diageo Global Reserve Culture Manager, Giuliana Pe Benito and “Behind the Scenes of the World’s Best Bars” with bar owners including Monica Berg, Thiago Benares and Benjamin Padron.

Marissa Johnston, Global Head of Diageo World Class said: “Following last year’s World Class in Sydney was always going to be a big ask, but the World Class teams around the world, the Brazil team and, of course, our amazing 54 competitors have all stepped up to the plate and knocked it out the park. The level of energy on the ground here is incredible and after so many months of planning it’s been such a thrill to see it all come together like this. It’s so exciting to see a city come alive with great drinks and great experiences.

“Jacob has truly taken this competition to the next level – he excelled across the board and the feedback from the judges has been incredible. Jacob is such a deserving winner and I can’t wait to work with him over the next 12 months – he’ll go far.”

Since its launch in 2009, Diageo World Class has played a significant role in inspiring better drinking and transforming cocktail culture around the world by supporting over 450,000 bartenders worldwide through training and education.

For more information on World Class and to keep up to date with the latest drinks, trends and training, visit www.diageobaracademy.com/en_zz/world-class-/ and follow @WorldClass on Instagram.

WORLD’S BIGGEST COCKTAIL FESTIVAL UNVEILS JACOB MARTIN AS WORLD’S BEST BARTENDER
Jacob Martin takes on the Speed round during the World Class Global Bartender of the Year competition in São Paulo.

Jacob Martin takes on the Speed round during the World Class Global Bartender of the Year competition in São Paulo.

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William Ruto, President of Kenya, joins GCA Advisory Board

Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 29, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — William Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Chair of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change has accepted an invitation from Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and CEO Professor Patrick Verkooijen, to join the GCA Advisory Board.

During a high-level official meeting which took place today at the State House in Nairobi , Professor Patrick Verkooijen and President Ruto  discussed a roadmap to guide the mobilisation of the financial commitments for adaptation which were made at the Africa Climate Summit hosted by the President in Nairobi earlier this month.

The Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) Country Compacts, announced during the Leaders’ Dialogue on Adaptation, will drive the doubling down and scaling of adaptation action across the world’s most climate-vulnerable continent. The country-led investment roadmaps, initiated by the Government of Kenya, outline adaptation investment priorities, financing needs, and finance mobilization strategies for implementing climate adaptation measures connected to the priorities outlined in National Adaptation Plans and other national strategies.

Recent research from GCA showed Africa may need a nearly tenfold increase in climate adaptation funding to $100 billion a year if it is to buttress its infrastructure, improve climate early warning systems and shield its agriculture from climate change.

On accepting the invitation, William Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya said:
“African governments, businesses and communities have paid heavily for climate-related destruction and disruption, and have already invested heavily in adaptation action, but we need stronger international partnerships to support adaptation more than ever before. The Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program , the world’s largest adaptation program resulting from collaboration between GCA, the University of Nairobi, African Development Bank and the African Union Commission, is the best vehicle we have to mobilize additional funding. I  look forward to working closely with Professor Verkooijen and the Board to build on the US$6.7 billion that the AAAP has already invested in resilient climate projects in 27 countries since 2021. By working together I am confident that we will make great progress in ensuring that international commitments  to deliver highly strategic and comprehensive adaptation responses are fulfilled.”

Professor Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of GCA and Distinguished Chair of the Wangari Maathai Institute said:
“It is only by adapting to climate change that Africa can reach its potential. Yet promised climate finance—which is necessary to underpin wider development goals—remains critically short of what is needed. President Ruto has played a crucial role in the implementation of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program across the continent and I commend his leadership in hosting the Africa Climate Summit. I look forward to our continued collaboration to ensure the Summit outcomes are delivered for Africa’s march to sustainable economic transformation and green growth.”

During the Africa Climate Summit, President Ruto announced Kenya will host regional headquarters for GCA in Nairobi:
“I have had opportunity to interact with the Global Center for Adaptation, an international organisation based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, whose constitution is an appealing emblem of our aspirations, from the aspirational design of its  global headquarters and futuristic regional headquarters in Nairobi, comprising green walls and roof as well as rain gardens, to the collaborative culture of its staff. Unsurprisingly, the Center is intended to inspire the world to thrive with nature instead of pursuing the dangerous course of seeking to thrive at nature’s expense.”

It is expected the new Africa headquarters will open in Nairobi in January 2025.

Notes to Editors

About the Global Center on Adaptation
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sectors. Founded in 2018, GCA operates from the largest floating office in the world, located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Beijing, China.

About the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program
The Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) is a joint initiative of the African Development Bank and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA). It aims to mobilize $25 billion, over five years, to accelerate and scale climate adaptation action across the continent. This ambition is delivered through the AAAP Upstream Financing Facility managed by the Global Center on Adaptation and the African Development Bank’s climate action window in the ADF replenishment. AAAP works across four pillars to achieve transformational results: Climate-Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security; African Infrastructure Resilience Accelerator; Youth Empowerment for Entrepreneurship and Job Creation in Climate Adaptation and Resilience and Innovative Financial Initiatives for Africa.

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Novo estudo global revela que pessoas que sentem dor estão se sentindo cada vez mais socialmente excluídas

  • Última edição do Índice de Dor Haleon revela que metade (49%) das pessoas com dor se sentem estigmatizadas[1][2]
  • 42% se sentem regularmente solitários devido à dor, e um terço sente solidão séria (com base na escala de solidão da UCLA)[3]
  • 32% das pessoas que vivem com dor temem ser julgadas
  • Mulheres, pessoas de cor e a comunidade LGBQ+ são as mais afetadas
  • A Geração Z é mais propensa a não se sentir ouvida do que os Baby Boomers

LONDRES, Sept. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Um novo estudo com 18.097 pessoas em 18 países revelou que a sociedade se tornou menos tolerante com as pessoas que sofrem mesmo diante do fato que os efeitos da COVID-19 aumentaram a conscientização sobre a saúde global.

A quinta edição do Índice de Dor Haleon (HPI)[1], conduzido pela empresa de saúde do consumidor Haleon, sugere que as atitudes em relação à dor na sociedade pós-pandemia agora são mais de crítica e menos tolerantes, com metade (49%) das pessoas com dor se sentindo estigmatizadas e um terço (32%) temendo ser julgada por ter dor.

O índice global analisa o impacto real que a dor tem na vida das pessoas há quase uma década. O estudo deste ano constatou que, desde a sua primeira edição em 2014, o impacto social e emocional da dor aumentou quase 25%, com o estigma e o isolamento social decorrentes da dor cotidiana aumentando em todo o mundo. 42% das pessoas entrevistadas disseram que se sentem solitários quando têm dor. A solidão séria aumentou em todo o mundo, com relato de 38% das pessoas na China continental, 33% na Austrália e 32% no Reino Unido. Isso coincide com os alertas sobre os impactos da solidão e do isolamento social na saúde pública emitidos pela Organização Mundial de Saúde [4] e a Epidemia de Solidão [5] apontada no primeiro semestre de 2023.

A Dra. Linda Papadopoulos, Psicóloga e Autora, comentou: “A dor cotidiana é um problema de saúde que pode ser facilmente descartada ou banalizada. Muitas pessoas não percebem isso pode ser muito pior do que os próprios sintomas. O resultado da solidão e do impacto na saúde mental causado pela falta de empatia e por ser tratado de forma diferente só piora. Como sociedade, precisamos aumentar a empatia e a compreensão em um mundo que continua cada vez mais a ignorar essas questões.”

O HPI revelou que as pessoas que já passam por preconceito, discriminação e exclusão na sociedade são as mais afetadas por essa visão quanto a dor.

  • 58% das mulheres disseram que sua dor foi tratada de forma diferente, desacreditada ou discriminada em comparação com 49% dos homens. Os índices mais altos foram encontrados entre as mulheres da Índia (74%), Reino da Arábia Saudita (KSA) (74%), Brasil (74%) e China continental (61%).
  • 59% das pessoas de cor disseram que sua dor foi tratada de forma diferente, desacreditada ou discriminada em comparação com 48% das pessoas brancas. Os índices mais altos foram encontrados no Brasil (71%), Polônia (64%), EUA (64%), e Reino Unido (60%).
  • 44% das pessoas LGBQ+ temem as suposições sobre elas e sua dor, em comparação com 32% dos heterossexuais. Os índices mais altos foram encontrados na Índia (74%), EUA (74%), Canadá (74%) e Austrália (48%).

O estudo também revelou uma divisão geracional acentuada na forma como as pessoas sentem dor, sugerindo que os pacientes mais jovens têm mais dificuldades para falar sobre a dor conhecida e buscar tratamento:

  • 70% das pessoas da Geração Z disseram que sua dor foi tratada de forma diferente, desacreditada ou discriminada em comparação com 40% dos Baby Boomers. Os índices mais altos foram encontrados na Índia (80%), EUA (79%) e Reino Unido (74%).
  • 45% das pessoas da Geração Z as disseram que falar sobre a dor é um tabu em comparação com 35% dos Baby Boomers.

Embora a geração mais velha ache mais fácil falar sobre a dor e acessar tratamento, eles são os mais marginalizados quando se trata de acessar informações relacionadas à saúde online. 45% das pessoas de 75 a 84 anos disseram ter dificuldade ao acesso online sobre o assunto por não terem confiança em navegar na internet, em comparação com 33% no geral.

Os entrevistados concordaram com a necessidade de uma visão mais personalizada e compassiva da dor. Mais de dois terços (68%) das pessoas disseram que mais empatia para lidar com o preconceito e a exclusão faria uma grande diferença na sua dor. Enquanto isso, 69% disseram que gostariam que os médicos e 62% gostariam que os farmacêuticos fossem mais bem treinados sobre a sensação da dor em diferentes pacientes.

Lisa Jennings, Diretora da Categoria Global de Remédios de Venda Livre da Haleon, disse: “Embora a dor seja uma experiência humana universal, resultando em solidão e estigma para muitos, seu impacto varia consideravelmente entre os grupos sociais, com os mais marginalizados entre os mais afetados. O nosso objetivo é eliminar as barreiras para alcançar uma melhor saúde cotidiana para todos – independentemente da idade, raça, etnia, gênero, orientação sexual, deficiência e outros fatores. O HPI mostra que podemos diminuir o impacto social e emocional da dor mudando as percepções e a conversa sobre o controle da dor. É por isso que estamos agindo por meio de vários programas, como nossa iniciativa #ListenToPain, que está sendo lançada para profissionais de saúde em todo o mundo.”

O programa # ListenToPainda Haleon apoia os profissionais de saúde para que possam melhorar a comunicação com os seus pacientes e a ter uma discussão focada na dor de cada pessoa. #ListentoPain inclui cinco perfis que descrevem as pessoas com diferentes atitudes e comportamentos em relação ao tratamento da dor que ajudam os profissionais de saúde a personalizar sua abordagem com seus pacientes. Com a continuidade dos cuidados, o verdadeiro entendimento de como a dor pode mudar ao longo do tempo, resultando em estratégias de gestão da dor mais compreensíveis e mais eficazes a longo prazo.

Contato com a Mídia

Para mais informação sobre o HPI ou solicitar uma entrevista, contate:

Nina.bass@edelman.com

Amy.barker@edelman.com

Para informação sobre a Haleon, contate:

gemma.x.thomas@haleon.com

Notas aos Editores

Sobre o estudo Haleon Pain Index (Índice de Dor da Haleon)

O Haleon Pain Index (HPI) é um estudo social longitudinal exclusivo, globalmente representativo, conduzido pela Edelman Data x Intelligence (DXI). O estudo foi projetado para dar voz às pessoas que sentem dor e avaliar o estado evolutivo da dor. O estudo capta o impacto da sensação da dor na vida cotidiana dos indivíduos, sua saúde, suas sensações, emoções, motivações e comportamentos, com foco na experiência humana. Na sua quinta edição, o estudo avalia as barreiras de inclusão na saúde para o tratamento eficaz da dor. As percepções de mais de 18.000 entrevistados em 18 países foram obtidas na quinta edição.

Mercados rastreados no HPI 5: Austrália, Brasil, Canadá, China, Colômbia, França, Alemanha, Índia, Itália, KSA, Malásia, México, Polônia, África do Sul, Espanha, Suécia, Reino Unido, EUA.

As faixas etárias são divididas em diferentes gerações:

  • Geração Z: pessoas de 18 a 26 anos de idade
  • Milênios: pessoas de 27 a 42 anos de idade
  • Geração X: pessoas de 43 a 58 anos de idade
  • Baby Boomers 1*: pessoas de 59 a 66 anos de idade
  • Baby Boomers 2*: pessoas de 67 a 77 anos de idade
  • Geração Silenciosa: pessoas de 78 a 84 anos de idade

1*Pela primeira vez, o Haleon Pain Index (HPI) agora está obtendo a voz de especialistas, clínicos gerais, farmacêuticos e enfermeiros, em 4 mercados principais: Austrália, Alemanha, KSA e EUA. Nesta primeira edição, reunimos informações de mais de 600 especialistas (150 por mercado*) por meio de uma pesquisa online personalizada de 15 minutos, explorando as opiniões sobre a dor, seus desafios como profissionais de saúde e o papel que eles podem desempenhar na condução de mudanças positivas.

2*Nos EUA, nossas entrevistas incluíram um grupo de médicos e enfermeiros; na Austrália e na Arábia Saudita, um grupo de médicos e farmacêuticos, e na Alemanha, um grupo de farmacêuticos e assistentes de farmacêuticos.

Sobre a Listen To Pain

#ListenToPain é uma iniciativa global da Haleon que viabiliza que os profissionais de saúde maximizem seu tempo com os pacientes e os ajudem a entender melhor a sensação de dor de um paciente — e forneçam ao paciente um plano de tratamento adequado. Encontrada na Haleon Health Partner, uma plataforma digital dedicada para profissionais de saúde, a # ListenToPain inclui uma série de ferramentas práticas para aprimorar as interações, avaliações e resultados. Essas ferramentas e recursos para os farmacêuticos os ajudarão a entender melhor a dor dos seus pacientes e a conversar sobre o controle da dor.

Para mais informação e recursos completos de #ListentoPain visite www.haleonhealthpartner.com.

Sobre A Haleon
A Haleon (LSE/NYSE: HLN) é líder global em saúde do consumidor que tem por objetivo aprimorar a saúde cotidiana de forma mais humana. O portfólio de produtos da Haleon abrange cinco categorias principais: Saúde Oral, Alívio da Dor, Saúde Respiratória, Saúde Digestiva e Outras, e Vitaminas, Minerais e Suplementos (VMS). Suas marcas de longa data – como Advil, Sensodyne, Panadol, Voltaren, Theraflu, Otrivin, Polident, parodontax e Centrum – são desenvolvidas com base na ciência confiável, inovação e profundo entendimento humano.
Para mais informação, visite www.haleon.com.

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1 Haleon. Pain Index. 2023. Data on file.
2 The Haleon Pain Index is formerly known as the Global Pain Index.
3 Russell, D, et al.,1978. Developing a measure of loneliness. Journal of Personality Assessment, 42, 290-294. Available: https://fetzer.org/sites/default/files/images/stories/pdf/selfmeasures/Self_Measures_for_Loneliness_and_Interpersonal_Problems_UCLA_LONELINESS.pdf. [2023, September 18].
4 World Health Organization (WHO). N.d. Social Isolation and Loneliness. Available: https://www.who.int/teams/social-determinants-of-health/demographic-change-and-healthy-ageing/social-isolation-and-loneliness [2023, September 18].
5 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2023. Health Risks of Social Isolation and Loneliness. Available: https://www.cdc.gov/emotional-wellbeing/social-connectedness/loneliness.htm#:~:text=Social%20isolation%20and%20loneliness%20have,linked%20to%20increased%20risk%20for%3A&text=Heart%20disease%20and%20stroke.,Type%202%20diabetes. [2023, September 18].

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Une nouvelle étude mondiale révèle que les personnes qui souffrent se sentent plus socialement exclues que jamais

Une nouvelle étude mondiale révèle que les personnes qui souffrent se sentent plus socialement exclues que jamais

  • La toute dernière édition de Haleon Pain Index indique que la moitié (49 %) des individus qui souffrent se sentent stigmatisés[1][2]
  • 42 % des répondants se sentent régulièrement seuls à cause de leur douleur, et un tiers ressent un grave sentiment de solitude (sur la base de l’échelle du sentiment de solitude de l’UCLA)[3]
  • 32 % des personnes qui souffrent craignent d’être jugées
  • Les femmes, les personnes de couleur et les membres de la communauté LGBQ+ sont les plus touchés
  • Les individus de la génération Z sont plus susceptibles de ne pas se sentir entendus que les baby-boomers

LONDRES, 29 sept. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Une nouvelle étude auprès de 18 097 personnes à travers 18 pays a démontré que la société était devenue moins tolérante vis-à-vis des gens qui souffrent, malgré la COVID-19 qui a eu pour effet de sensibiliser l’opinion publique sur la santé à l’échelle mondiale.

La cinquième édition de Haleon Pain Index (HPI)[1], une étude menée par Haleon, société axée sur la santé des consommateurs, suggère que les attitudes à l’égard de la douleur dans la société post-pandémique sont aujourd’hui plus critiques et moins tolérantes, la moitié (49 %) des individus qui souffrent se sentant stigmatisés et un tiers (32 %) craignant d’être jugés en raison de leur douleur.

Cette étude mondiale explore le véritable impact de la douleur sur la vie des gens depuis près d’une décennie. L’étude de cette année a démontré que, depuis la première édition en 2014, l’impact social et émotionnel de la douleur a augmenté de près de 25 %, la stigmatisation et l’isolement social dus à la douleur quotidienne étant en hausse à l’échelle mondiale. 42 % des personnes interrogées ont déclaré se sentir régulièrement seules lorsqu’elles souffrent. Les sentiments de grave solitude ont bondi à l’échelle mondiale, 38 % des individus en Chine continentale, 33 % en Australie et 32 % au Royaume-Uni ayant indiqué en éprouver. Cela coïncide avec les avertissements concernant les impacts de la solitude et de l’isolement social sur la santé publique émis par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé[4] et avec l’épidémie de sentiments de solitude[5] mise en lumière au printemps 2023.

La Dre Linda Papadopoulos, auteure et psychologue, a commenté : « Les douleurs du quotidien constituent un trouble de santé qui peut facilement se retrouver ignoré ou banalisé. De nombreuses personnes ne réalisent pas que ses effets peuvent être bien pires que les symptômes eux-mêmes. L’impact du manque d’empathie et de la stigmatisation sur les sentiments de solitude et la santé mentale ne fait que s’aggraver. En tant que société, nous devons améliorer notre empathie et notre compréhension dans un monde qui continue de s’endurcir face à ces problèmes. »

HPI a révélé que les personnes qui subissent déjà des préjugés, de la discrimination et l’exclusion de la société sont les plus touchées par ces visions de plus en plus dures de la douleur.

  • 58 % des femmes ont déclaré que leur douleur avait été traitée différemment, ou avait fait l’objet de doutes ou de discriminations, contre 49 % des hommes. Ces sentiments sont les plus forts parmi les femmes en Inde (74 %), en Arabie saoudite (74 %), au Brésil (74 %) et en Chine continentale (61 %).
  • 59 % des personnes de couleur ont déclaré que leur douleur avait été traitée différemment, ou avait fait l’objet de doutes ou de discriminations, contre 48 % des individus blancs. Ces sentiments sont les plus forts au Brésil (71 %), en Pologne (64 %) et aux États-Unis (64%), tandis que cela reste vrai pour 60 % des répondants basés au Royaume-Uni.
  • 44 % des membres de la communauté LGBQ+ craignaient que les autres se fassent des idées sur eux et leur douleur, contre 32 % des hétérosexuels. Ces sentiments sont les plus forts en Inde (61 %), aux États-Unis (54 %), au Canada (49 %) et en Australie (48 %).

L’étude a aussi révélé un grand fossé générationnel en ce qui concerne la façon dont les gens expérimentent la douleur, suggérant que les patients plus jeunes ont le plus du mal à faire connaître leur douleur et à accéder à un traitement :

  • 70 % des membres de la génération Z ont déclaré que leur douleur avait été traitée différemment, ou avait fait l’objet de doutes ou de discriminations, par rapport à 40 % des baby-boomers. Ces sentiments sont les plus forts en Inde (80 %), aux États-Unis (79 %) et pour 74 % des répondants au Royaume-Uni.
  • 45 % des membres de la génération Z ont déclaré qu’il était trop tabou de parler de leur douleur, contre 35 % des baby-boomers.

Alors que l’ancienne génération trouve qu’il est plus facile d’exprimer sa douleur et d’accéder à un traitement, ses membres sont les plus marginalisés pour ce qui est d’accéder à des informations de santé en ligne. 45 % des 75–84 ans ont déclaré qu’ils avaient du mal à accéder à ce genre d’informations en ligne car ils n’avaient pas assez confiance pour naviguer sur Internet, par rapport à 33 % globalement.

Les répondants ont convenu du besoin d’une vision plus personnalisée et compatissante de la douleur. Plus de deux tiers (68 %) des répondants ont déclaré que davantage d’empathie vis-à-vis des préjugés et de l’exclusion ferait pour eux une grande différence en ce qui concerne leur expérience de la douleur. Dans le même temps, 69 % des répondants ont déclaré qu’ils aimeraient que les médecins soient mieux formés sur la douleur personnelle que peuvent ressentir différents patients. 62 % souhaiteraient la même chose pour les pharmaciens.

Lisa Jennings, responsable de la catégorie des médicaments sans ordonnance à l’échelle mondiale chez Haleon, a déclaré : « Bien que la douleur soit une expérience humaine universelle, qui donne lieu à des sentiments de solitude et de stigmatisation pour beaucoup d’individus, son impact varie considérablement entre les groupes sociaux, les plus marginalisés étant les plus touchés. Nous avons pour ambition de briser les barrières d’une meilleure santé pour tous au quotidien, indépendamment de l’âge, de la race, de l’origine ethnique, du genre, de l’orientation sexuelle, du handicap et d’autres facteurs. HPI montre que nous pouvons amoindrir l’impact social et émotionnel de la douleur en changeant les perceptions et les conversations sur la gestion de la douleur. C’est pourquoi nous agissons à travers plusieurs programmes tels que notre initiative #ListenToPain qui est en train d’être déployée auprès des professionnels de santé du monde entier. »

Le programme #ListenToPain de Haleon aide les professionnels de santé à améliorer la communication avec leurs patients et à profiter d’une discussion ciblée sur la douleur, personnalisée en fonction de l’individu. #ListentoPain inclut cinq profils décrivant des gens aux attitudes et comportements différents concernant la gestion de la douleur, qui aident les professionnels de santé à personnaliser leur approche vis-à-vis de leurs patients. Dans le cadre de soins continus, une véritable compréhension de la façon dont la douleur peut changer au fil du temps permet la mise en place de stratégies de gestion de la douleur plus évoluées et plus efficaces sur le long terme.

Contacts auprès des médias

Pour tout complément d’information sur HPI, ou pour des demandes d’entretiens, veuillez contacter :

Nina.bass@edelman.com

Amy.barker@edelman.com

Pour tout complément sur Haleon, veuillez contacter :

gemma.x.thomas@haleon.com

Notes à l’intention des rédacteurs

À propos de l’étude Haleon Pain Index

Haleon Pain Index (HPI) est une étude sociale longitudinale propriétaire mondialement représentative menée par Edelman Data x Intelligence (DXI). Cette étude vise à permettre de s’exprimer aux individus qui souffrent ainsi qu’à évaluer le statut en pleine évolution de la douleur. Elle saisit l’impact perçu de la douleur sur le quotidien des individus, leur santé, leurs sentiments, leurs émotions, leurs motivations et leurs comportements, en mettant l’expérience humaine au centre. Pour sa cinquième édition, cette étude évalue les obstacles d’inclusion de la santé à un traitement efficace de la douleur. Les perceptions de plus de 18 000 répondants à travers 18 pays ont été recueillies dans le cadre de cette cinquième édition.

Les marchés ciblés par HPI 5 sont les suivants : Afrique du Sud, Allemagne, Arabie saoudite, Australie, Brésil, Canada, Chine, Colombie, Espagne, États-Unis, France, Inde, Italie, Malaisie, Mexique, Pologne, Royaume-Uni, Suède.

Les groupes d’âges sont répartis selon différentes générations :

  • La génération Z : les individus de 18 à 26 ans
  • La génération Y : les individus de 27 à 42 ans
  • La génération X : les individus de 43 à 58 ans
  • Les baby-boomers 1* : les individus de 59 à 66 ans
  • Les baby-boomers 2* : les individus de 67 à 77 ans
  • La génération silencieuse : les individus de 78 à 84 ans

1*Pour la première fois, Haleon Pain Index (HPI) recueille l’opinion d’experts, de généralistes, de pharmaciens et d’infirmiers, sur 4 marchés clés : l’Allemagne, l’Arabie saoudite, l’Australie et les États-Unis. Pour cette édition, nous avons rassemblé des insights auprès de plus de 600 experts (150 par marché*) dans le cadre d’une enquête en ligne personnalisée de 15 minutes, afin explorer leur vision de la douleur, leurs défis en tant que professionnels de santé et le rôle qu’ils peuvent jouer pour créer un changement positif.

2*Aux États-Unis, nos entretiens ont eu lieu avec des médecins et infirmiers, en Australie et en Arabie saoudite avec des médecins et pharmaciens, et en Allemagne avec des pharmaciens et des aide-pharmaciens.

À propos de Listen To Pain

#ListenToPain est une initiative mondiale de Haleon visant à permettre aux professionnels de santé de maximiser leur temps avec les patients et à les aider à mieux comprendre l’expérience de la douleur du patient, afin de prescrire au malade un programme de soins qui lui convient. Se basant sur Haleon Health Partner, une plateforme numérique dédiée pour les professionnels de santé, #ListenToPain inclut une série d’outils pratiques pour des interactions, évaluations et résultats améliorés. Ces outils et ressources pour les pharmaciens les aideront à mieux comprendre la douleur de leurs patients et à mieux gérer les conversations sur la gestion de la douleur.

Pour tout complément d’information et voir la gamme complète de ressources de #ListentoPain, rendez-vous sur www.haleonhealthpartner.com.

À propos de Haleon
Haleon (LSE / NYSE : HLN) est un leader mondial de la santé des consommateurs, ayant pour objectif d’offrir une meilleure santé au quotidien à l’humanité. Le portefeuille de produits de Haleon couvre cinq catégories majeures, à savoir la santé orale, le soulagement de la douleur, la santé respiratoire, la santé digestive ainsi que les sujets autres, les vitamines, les minéraux et les compléments alimentaires. Ses marques de longue date, comme Advil, Sensodyne, Panadol, Voltaren, Theraflu, Otrivin, Polident, parodontax et Centrum, se basent sur une science éprouvée, l’innovation et une compréhension humaine approfondie.
Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez consulter le site www.haleon.com.

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1 Haleon. Pain Index. 2023. Données au dossier.
2 Haleon Pain Index était autrefois dénommé Global Pain Index.
3 Russell, D, et al., 1978. Developing a measure of loneliness. Journal of Personality Assessment, 42, 290-294. Disponible à l’adresse : https://fetzer.org/sites/default/files/images/stories/pdf/selfmeasures/Self_Measures_for_Loneliness_and_Interpersonal_Problems_UCLA_LONELINESS.pdf. [18 septembre 2023 ].
4 Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). N.d. Social Isolation and Loneliness. Disponible à l’adresse : https://www.who.int/teams/social-determinants-of-health/demographic-change-and-healthy-ageing/social-isolation-and-loneliness [18 septembre 2023].
5 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2023. Health Risks of Social Isolation and Loneliness. Disponible à l’adresse : https://www.cdc.gov/emotional-wellbeing/social-connectedness/loneliness.htm#:~:text=Social%20isolation%20and%20loneliness%20have,linked%20to%20increased%20risk%20for%3A&text=Heart%20disease%20and%20stroke.,Type%202%20diabetes. [18 septembre 2023].

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15-year-old girl with Ghanaian parents stabbed to death in the UK

A 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death in a daylight attack on Wellesley Road in Croydon, a large town in South London.

The incident involving Elianne Andam, who according to the UK Guardian has Ghanaian parents, has become the subject of widespread reports in the international media space.

According to reports, she was on her way to school on Wednesday (September 27, 2023) morning with a friend who had been approached by an ex-lover with flowers when they disembarked from the bus.

Elianne, a pupil of Old Palace of John Whitgift School, was stabbed in the neck with a foot-long knife as she reportedly protected her friend from the attacker, a boy known to them.

A Metropolitan Police statement said of the incident: “Elianne Andam was on her way to school when she was attacked in Wellesley Road at approximately 08:30hrs on Wednesday, 27 September.

“Officers were at the scene within two minutes of the call being received. They worked with emergency service colleagues to provide first aid. Despite their efforts, the 15-year-old sadly died at the scene.”

On her Ghanaian parentage, the UK Guardian wrote: Elianne’s father is a writer of Christian teachings, while her mother works as an NHS specialist nurse safeguarding children. Both are of Ghanaian heritage and are active in the Christian community.

Further checks by GhanaWeb identified her mother as Dorcas and her father as Michael.

The UK Mirror stated in their report: “Her mum Dorcas broke down in tears as she visited the scene this evening, supported by approximately 30 family members. Elianne’s father Michael was also present.”

Family spokespersonn speaks:

A spokesperson for Elianne’s family said: “Our hearts are broken by the senseless death of our daughter. Elianne was the light of our lives. She was bright and funny, with many friends who all adored her.

“She was only 15 and had her whole life ahead of her, with hopes and dreams for the future.

“All those dreams have now been shattered. Our lives have fallen apart, along with that of our wider family. We ask the media to please respect our privacy as we try to grieve the short life of our beautiful child.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have all lamented the murder.

Police announce arrest:

Within 75 minutes of the incident, a 17-year-old boy was arrested in New Addington on suspicion of murder.

A 12-hour extension to his custody time limit was granted by a senior officer this morning and he remains in custody at a South London police station.

Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Woodsford, who is leading the investigation, said: “My thoughts and the thoughts of my team are with the Elianne’s family. This is a deeply upsetting time for them and we will do everything we can to support them.

“Our investigation continues and we are making good progress. We have recovered CCTV from the area and have spoken to a number of witnesses. Forensic scientists have also examined the scene.

“From these enquiries, we are now confident Elianne was attacked outside in Wellesley Road near the bus stop rather than onboard the bus.

“We know many people were in the area at the time and would have witnessed the attack. This would have been distressing and traumatic and I would encourage anyone who needs support to contact us and we will help to arrange this.

TWI NEWS

“I know that Elianne’s death has left many people feeling upset and I would like to thank the people of Croydon for the support they have shown us as we have carried out our enquiries in the town centre. I know this work has been disruptive, however, it has been vital and your patience is appreciated.”

A post-mortem examination reportedly took place on the afternoon of Thursday, 28 September.

The suspect knew the victim. Further enquiries are taking place to establish their exact relationship.

SARA

Ghana’s leading digital news platform, GhanaWeb, in conjunction with the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, is embarking on an aggressive campaign which is geared towards ensuring that parliament passes comprehensive legislation to guide organ harvesting, organ donation, and organ transplantation in the country.

Source: Ghana Web

2024 Elections: Work hard to win your region for NPP – Stephen Ntim tells regional chairmen

Stephen Ntim, the National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has urged all regional chairmen of the NPP to remain resolute and focused towards working to ensure the party secures a landslide victory in the 2024 general elections.

His comment, briefly follows an emergency meeting with all regional chairmen on Thursday, September 28, at the party’s headquarters in Accra to discuss recent developments in the party and charter a roadmap moving forward.

According to Stephen Ntim, key among the issues discussed was the resignation of former trade minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen and the seeming disunity in the NPP.

In a Facebook post, the national chairman of the NPP called on his chairmen to work harder and stay united to facilitate an easy win for the NPP.

“Earlier today, Thursday, September 28, 2023, I held an emergency meeting with NPP Regional Chairmen at the party’s headquarters in Asylum Down, Accra. The meeting discussed inter alia recent happenings in the party, and the way forward. I used the occasion to admonish them to keep focus and work hard to win their respective regions for the party in 2024, I have their utmost assurance and commitment to duty. Together, we can!” parts of his post on Facebook read.

He added that he has been given an assurance that all chairmen would work in cohesion and unity to ensure togetherness in the party across all levels.

Source: Ghana Web

‘Moving from fuel to electric-powered cars in 5 years doable’ – Bawumia

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of Ghana, has unveiled a groundbreaking plan to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) for public transport in the country.

This initiative is aimed at reducing transportation costs and curbing carbon emissions.

Dr. Bawumia shared this exciting development on his Facebook page following a visit to SolarTaxi, a Ghanaian company that exclusively assembles electric vehicles.

During his visit, he expressed his satisfaction after taking a ride on one of the electric buses, which can travel over 200 kilometers on a single charge.

“I paid a visit to a start-up, SolarTaxi, a wholly owned Ghanaian assembler of electric vehicles and the third largest electric vehicle assembler in Africa. They manufacture motorcycles, cars, and buses. It was a pleasure to take a ride in one of their buses which can travel from Accra to Kumasi without the need for a recharge of the batteries. They are also able to convert existing internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles,” Asaaseradion quoted Dr. Bawumia.

The Vice President emphasized that electric vehicles represent the future of transportation, and the government is actively working on a policy framework to integrate them into public transport in Ghana.

This move is expected to have a significant impact on reducing the cost of transportation, as fuel and spare parts constitute major components of the current expenses.

Additionally, the adoption of EVs will contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions, supporting environmental sustainability.

Dr. Bawumia also encouraged public transport agencies like Metro Mass, STC, and Ayalolo to seize the opportunity and acquire more electric buses.

He concluded by congratulating SolarTaxi, expressing pride in their achievements, and emphasizing that the sky is the limit for this innovative venture.

Source: Ghana Web

2 SHS students’ conversation on politics

FSHS1: Bro, what’s your assessment of the candidates who are offering

themselves up for the flag bearer’s position?

FSHS2: Who wants to know? I am not a delegate. I can’t be bothered about it.

FSHS1: Ei! Hope everything is OK with you. I know you are not a delegate, but I know you’re following the politics of this country. Haven’t you said you will read political science when you get admission into university?

FSHS2: Yes. What has that got to do with delegates of a political party voting to choose their flag bearer?

FSHS1: What are you talking about? The other day, weren’t we debating on the lack of preparedness of most leaders to be tough on their appointees? We both know who the delegates vote for could affect our lives one way or another.

How has it been possible for us to be beneficiaries of the Free Senior High

School system? Don’t forget that our parents couldn’t have afforded our

secondary education had the delegates voted for someone who had a different

vision.

Didn’t we agree that leaders have different visions, and which vision

emerges as the winner matters a lot? Had the delegates not voted for the flag

bearer who had the vision of making secondary education free, would we have

had this opportunity of being graduates of the Free Senior High School system?

FSHS2: Chale! Me, I am even confused, mpo.

They have polluted the atmosphere with so many claims of some people having committed something wrong or illegal that I don’t even know what to think.

FSHS1: Oh yeah. And there’s always some amount of fire under the smoke.

Except that they have to exaggerate their claims to win public sympathy. These

things will always be so. However, we’ve got to focus on the big picture.

FSHS2: I know Paa. But the political atmosphere of this country is

suffocating me. If you give your mind to it, the biases of its advocates could

poison you to become apathetic. I am even considering changing my mind.

FSHS1:What?! Changing your mind? But did you expect everyone to agree

with you?

FSHS2: Of course not.

FSHS1: Then don’t be naïve, my friend. The confusion is throwing me off gear as well. I think this is what should challenge our need to understand the

motivations of the top actors in our politics.

FSHS2: What interests do they show to us apart from vindictive tendencies, character damage, personality attacks, and finger-pointing? These have become the woke culture in most of our politicians. The youth is practically being programmed to repeat the same cycle of talking and doing the same things. And these attitudes have taken us nowhere. Same oo same stuff. I

sometimes wonder if that’s what we are going to inherit after our university

graduation?

FSHS1: Do you believe there’s going to be a change at all? As for me, you

know I’m optimistic. But, don’t overwork yourself with that, bro. We will soon

face out this kind of political brouhaha with a different swag when we storm

into the fray and demonstrate discourses about issues that inform proper

choices.

FSHS2: And who is going to listen to your demonstration of speech? Have they not already tainted our emotions with sentimental nonsense that we no longer have the objective eyes to read in between their propaganda? It’s always the blame game. No one is offering grand ideas to liberate us from our subservient mindset. A mindset that is focused solely on money, money, and money. And because of that, none is prepared to invest in the development of their character, which could ultimately add up to transform the nation.

FSHS1: Oh! Ok. I get it. I understand your indignation. Greed and mediocrity have taken over our sense of purpose and made us easily bent for corruption. We’ve been talking about this quite often. But do you know why political propaganda and populist rhetoric won’t end today?

FSHS2: I don’t remember they taught us the reason in school.

FSHS1: Oh, but they don’t teach everything in school. Most of what we will know about life comes from our curiosity to know. Reading outside

the school curriculum helps, my friend.

FSHS2: And here we are, focusing on getting money more than upgrading

ourselves with salient information, which could make us resourceful in many

conditions.

FSHS1: You see oo!

FSHS2: What point are you trying to make?

FSHS1: There are always new motivations for politicians to spread falsehoods and messages that resonate with emotions more than reasoning. See the number of students that are churned out of school every year? These new entrants into the marketplace are growing by the day too.

FSHS2: The tendency to easily persuade the youth and the inexperienced, I suppose. ‘The Jonny just come like us.’ They sink a hook on a line into our

waters and expect that we would swallow it without verifying the fact, so that

they could fry us in their frying pan for lunch.

FSHS1: Exactly, except that they don’t expect. They know we will

swallow the bait. We are their weakest prey. With no experience and deep

knowledge about life yet, and running into a world wrought with lies to fool the

many and please the few, we are prone to believe their wonderful stories.

Thinking that doing is as easy as saying. It’s only a few of us who know they

could use thirty minutes to explain their fantastic ideas. But as soon as we give them the power to execute those fantastic ideas, they want to use them forever to implement those ideas, which most of us can do.

FSHS2: Yea. Even with forever, they never get to implement long-lasting

solutions to our basic problems. But this issue about the system always churning

out the youth hasn’t crossed my mind. This means at every turn of the year there

will be more youth graduating from schools to seek employment, while very

few workers will be retiring from jobs to go on pension. So, there will always

be a backlog of unemployment and hardship, a legitimate reason for opposition

parties to propagate the unemployment message, hoping to win the hearts of the

unemployed youth. And because the youths are always in the majority, they

capitalize on our gullibility and whip us with emotive propaganda to sway our

minds. I see why you always caution that we watch out for populist messages

instead of grand ideas of change that can transform the country.

FSHS1: Certainly, this is even one of the main reasons. But do you know too that many of these old folks are also as gullible as most of us are?

FSHS2: Really?

FSHS1: Bigtime! They are naïve. Have you noticed the kind of

things that move them to act or not? And the things they derive their sense of

esteem from? Kid stuff. Absolute kids’ stuff. These are the people who have put

a price tag on their integrity and loyalty, not only to the political parties they belong to but to the country they represent. For a small amount of money, they can snitch on the political parties that nurtured them.

FSHS2: How do you mean? How many of them have you examined to come to this wild conclusion?

FSHS1: Oh! By their outward bearing, you can always tell what’s on their

mind. They don’t want to share in the challenges of their political parties. When their party seems unpopular, they are quick to run away like the apostle Peter did to Christ. And when danger looms to confront the fortunes of the party, they easily give up because they feel cheated or strong-armed.

FSHS2: Well, I can understand their weakness of character. Pain is a dreadful thing and no one can endure it for a long time. In the first place, leaders who can’t endure pain aren’t supposed to have occupied leadership positions. Because they don’t know how to transform pain into an opportunity to further their course. Cronies cooked for them in most of the positions they occupied. They didn’t get to the top because of their singular effort. And we cannot trust these types of characters. They don’t understand that the commitment to the values of a worthy course sometimes takes its adherents through thick and thin in the evolution of that course.

FSHS1: That’s exactly my point. Commitment to achieving something grand.

Something out of the ordinary. Something beyond the imagination of the

common people. They don’t admit that our problems emerge from their blindness, if not their inability to stand firm against external coercion. A nation’s growth cannot come from waving a magic wand. A nation grows through steady progress from competent leadership that has a firm focus on its grand vision.

FSHS2: Ok. Agreed. Now, how does this relate to delegates of a political party who are about to vote for their flag bearer?

FSHS1: That’s where it all starts from. But more importantly, when a part of a system you belong to is broken, you don’t abandon it and run away to criticize it. You join forces to fix it and continue with it because you believe in its core values. If you can’t fix it, then let it become a challenge for your leadership to overcome at the local level. It also becomes a precursor to the ultimate challenges you will face when you become the leader of the party one day.

FSHS2: Ok, I am getting your drift. The attitude of those who feel peeved about being neglected by their parties creates the impression that they joined the party because of their gains.

FSHS1: Voila!

FSHS2: Oh, but we felt good as graduates of the Free Senior High School

policy because of that famous social intervention? So, when some people feel

peeved because they think they have been neglected, what’s wrong with that?

FSHS1: Hey, remember, we are not leaders of any political organization. We would be forgiven for not being loyal and committed to party values. We are

merely sympathizers. We are part of the people and the reason leaders ascend

the throne of power. They climb there to make it possible for you and me to

enjoy our basic rights as citizens. That’s what leaders in democratic countries

do. They sacrifice their petty comforts for the citizens to enjoy their freedoms

and liberties, so they can chase after the things that would bring them happiness.

As for the basic amenities, they are necessities that governments build and tax

the people to maintain. The gain of leadership comes from the wellbeing of the

people they preside over, and not from the quantity of money they ought to gain

in their possession. Good leaders feel the pains and also the pleasures of the

people who look up to them, especially if these feelings are perceived to arise

from their stewardship. They suffer with their people and enjoy with them. It is

the gradual transformation of the majority from deplorable conditions into

pleasant ones that marks the success and greatness of leadership. And that is their reward because posterity will always remember them and speak well of them. Good name, the elders have told us, is better than riches, remember?

FSHS2: Yeah. We die and leave behind our riches. But we take along our good deeds. Leaving behind our names for posterity to judge us. Hmm! That’s

understandable. However, these values seem vague to the youths. Besides, no

leader has ever achieved 100% success in changing the lives of their people.

There are always people who will feel left out. And will munch on sour grapes.

FSHS1: It doesn’t mean they should run away from their parties and pitch camp against their parties to disintegrate them. Loyalty matters most. If trust is lost, the option to resign is available to take. You don’t abandon your core principles based on how you feel. You do that through superior reasoning after identifying a false premise that formed part of the pillars of the principles of your party.

FSHS2: Isn’t what you are saying a false premise by itself? They sound like textbook stuff to me. In our society today, money is the sole motivating factor in all our endeavors. It is all about money. Even the church, which is supposed to work on our souls, sells Jesus to make money to get along. How many more politicians operate from the base of their lower self?

FSHS1: Aha! Now we are coming to the crux of my concern. You’ve hammered the nail heavily on its head. From where I look at it, politics evolved from the canker that crept into the church and spread when religion decayed into the killing of neighbors to proselyte them. Religion and politics may look different, but they are twins from the same womb.

However, politics is meant to bring the people together and use their togetherness to harness opportunities for their collective benefit. When religion was busily dividing us into sects, and killing us because we didn’t belong, politics came in to bring us together and provide for all. The important thing was to maintain a steady and stable progress of the community and the people in it. The state has no point of destination; it develops and progresses toward peace, stability, and prosperity for all. Creating an enabling environment for its citizens to pursue their happiness. The state makes it possible for its citizens to enjoy a conducive environment to plan their future lives.

FSHS2: I see. But this thing we call democracy seems to be the blot where

most of our problems are coming from. It has now assumed what the church

was doing in the past. Divided us into schisms in the past, and into political

ideologues today. It has allowed different ideologies to divide the people once

again into different political groups based on ideas the people don’t even

understand. In our part of the world, we still want to use the construct of

colonial schemes, which used tribal and religious bias to divide us so they could control us, as part of our campaign strategies.

FSHS1: Correct. It has now concentrated its power not in the thumbs of the people but in the hands of a small group of individuals who typically possess significant wealth, influence, or political connections to exert control over political, social, or economic institutions. And like we talked about yesterday, those with money end up controlling our economy much more than the adroit politicians we would want to vote for.

FSHS2: So, the whole thing is now gradually evolving from the influence of ideology, tribe, and religion to the influence of a few groups of people who have money and power.

FSHS1: Exactly! And to serve their financiers. This has been possible because wealth plays a dominant or controlling role in governance, policymaking, or societal influence. We all know the role money plays in our society. They have gradually forced our democracy to stoop in front of oligarchs and plutocrats who have merged to conspire against the people.

FSHS2:,/b> It actually seems so. See the role money plays in electing flag-bearers of political parties?

FSHS1: That’s why I was asking for your opinion about the upcoming delegate election.

FAHS2: The delegates call this event their cocoa season.

FSHS1/FSHS2: Hahaha ha-ha!

FSHS2: They get their thumbs swayed to print on the ballot of the highest bidder instead of the one who has what it takes to stay committed to the progressive cause. To think these delegates would ultimately impose a candidate on us to vote for as the President of our country.

FSHS1: Aha! Now you are speaking my language. See why we ought to be

concerned about politics?

FSHS2: And it all starts from the base. The people they elected as executives of polling stations, electoral areas, constituencies, and regions become the delegates that ultimately determine who becomes the country’s President if the propaganda machine works well for that person. A decision made by a few selected members of the political party they belong. Most, if not all, of whom would have been financed by top brass politicians nurturing the ambition to lead one day.

FSHS1: Good. They put them in places where they could count on their support in the future. And this is usually done by those with deep pockets. And those with deep pockets usually have links and connections with other deeper pockets that finance them.

FSHS2: So, we don’t get to exercise our true democratic franchise based on merit?

FSHS1: Merit indeed. Merit doesn’t count. They don’t consider merit in this type of environment. Who we vote for is always determined by the expenditure of fortune from unknown sources. These subterranean financiers impose their candidate on the delegates and whip them with money and populist sentiments to vote for him. Meanwhile, they would have used the media to polish and project the image of that personality with decorative words for the masses to accept him as if they knew him well. Now, the social media is the platform they get us through. And when he wins and assumes the Office of the President, no sooner has he sat in his chair than his financiers would have overwhelmed him

with payback demands. That’s why they usually become gray or bald in no

time, even when they are young.

FSHS2: Haha haha! I see where you are steering this to. It’s never occurred to me you are still worked up over this delegate voting that’s coming up. When I think about it, this kind of democracy sucks. If the party in power believes it has done well, and because of that, it wants to ask the people to keep it in power, why is it risking contesting the one who has given them the reason to want to continue?

FSHS1: Aha! Do you see the irony of being more democratic than those who

brought it to us? Is it not an indictment of the performance of the one whose

performance is the basis of their wanting to break the cycle? If he loses, whose

legacy is the winner going to draw on to campaign?

FSHS2:/b> See oo! I haven’t thought about it this way. They are practically

creating the chance for those with sour grapes in their mouths to swing negative

blows at them. Then they would have shot themselves in the foot.

FSHS1: In the foot would have been ok? But it looks like they are aiming at

their head. Trying hard to prove to the masses that what the opposition has been

saying about their leadership is true.

Source: Ghana Web