…aims to focus on corporate, environmental lawsAfter graduating with honours from the Hugh Wooding Law School this year, 25-year-old Meenakshi Arti Outar is one of the country’s newest lawyers, as she was admitted to practice law in Guyana, at the Demerara High Court on Monday.Newest Attorney-at-Law Meenakshi Arti Outar (centre) shares a photo with Justice Diane Insanally (left) and Attorney-at-Law Pratesh Satram (right) after Outar’s admittance to the BarOutar’s petition was presented by Attorney-at-Law Pratesh Satram in the courtroom of High Court Judge, Justice Diane Insanally.During the brief proceedings, Outar was advised to always seek guidance from stalwarts in the profession while always keeping abreast with and upholding the laws of Guyana, in order to have a striving career.During a brief interview with Guyana Times, an enthusiastic Outar expounded that her present achievement was a life-long dream. The young woman who hails from Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara (ECD) highlighted that she has a deep interest in both company and environmental law especially since there is a lack of attention to such specifics, but with such interest, Outar seeks to journey towards becoming one of Guyana’s top lawyers.“So becoming a lawyer has always been something that I dreamed of as a little child; at 16 I didn’t feel like that I was ready to embark on this legal journey so I pursued a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies; while pursuing that degree I developed a passion for the environment and I saw that Guyana especially and the Caribbean Region, we lacked great development in environmental policies. So I wish to pursue a career path along that line, my passion is with company law and environmental law,” she explained.Outar noted that the journey through law school was challenging, and she was proud to have overcome every obstacle.“This journey has been very challenging – the many sleepless nights, the moments where I felt like I could not have done it, but with the constant support of my friends, and my family I made it and I’m here today. It hasn’t really registered as yet that I’m an Attorney-at-Law, but I feel happy and proud of myself to have completed this journey.”
25 June 2003Soon anyone visiting the picturesque Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet will be obliged to throw back a couple of tequila slammers before heading off again. The small town is set for world fame among lovers of the fiery drink as the only place outside of Mexico where tequila – marketed under a different name – is made.A few years ago a group of local businessmen realised that the spiky blue agave americana growing in abundance in the Karoo was a relation of the five varieties in Mexico used to make tequila.Theories abound on how the sisal-like plant found its way from America to the Karoo: one story goes that a little Victorian girl brought three imported agave plants from Grahamstown in 1938. She planted them on a farm outside Graaff-Reinet and they soon spread rapidly, becoming part of the Karoo landscape.Another version is that the plant was introduced to South Africa specifically to control erosion and for use as a crop during times of drought. Still another theory goes that the agave plant was introduced by a traveller riding from Grahamstown to Cape Town between 1820 and 1830. Whatever its origins, the agave now grows in abundance in the Karoo.Battle to unlock Mexico’s secretsThe local businessmen formed Reinet Distillers with a view to making a home-grown version of the potent alcoholic drink, famous among jollers the world over. However, after battling to unlock Mexico’s centuries-old secrets of how to make tequila and experiencing technical problems in their factory, Reinet Distillers closed without making a single shot of tequila.But one of its investors, Keith McLachlan from Dimension Data, went into partnership with Swiss-based alcohol distilling and distribution firm Rockwood & Hines to form Agave Distillers, and the factory was revived, thanks to an injection of R10-million.Two French biochemists were brought in to help sort out the recipe. Thus began a period of intense tequila drinking, to compare the local product with the various others on the market. Seven months later, the chemists were convinced they had developed a winning product.Break for local marketBut the real break for the company came after the misfortune that struck the Mexican tequila distillers – a disease that almost destroyed the agave crop there. “What has given us a window of opportunity is that a bacteria had developed in the Mexican plants and they are unable to solve it, so there is a worldwide shortage of tequila”, said Roy McLachlan, brother of Keith and MD of the distillery.This shortage is expected to last for about four years, which will give Agave Distillers the chance to break into the market. Already, the factory has created 45 jobs in an impoverished community. The factory is next to the Cape Town-to-Johannesburg highway, a perfect stop-over for tourists who will be able buy their supplies on site once the venue is open to the public.Some of the agave plants being cultivated, in an area spanning 480 hectares, have been around for 100 years. But the plants are being harvested in a sustainable way: the “mother” agave is harvested just before it flowers and young plants grow up around it to continue the cycle. The outer leaves of the agave are stripped off and the heart, which is rich in sugar, is pulped and boiled and then pressed to extract the juice.Agava Silver and GoldThe company’s Karoo plant can produce 1 200 litres a day, and has raised capital to fund an expansion to 4 000 litres a day by the end of 2003, with plans ultimately to raise production up to 10 000 litres daily.Most of the exports have gone in bulk orders to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and France. McLachlan said he hoped to be sending more than 60 000 litres of concentrate a month to importers.It is also available for locals in bottled form. Because the name “tequila” is protected under international trade laws, the product is branded “Agava”, and Agave Distillers is now moving between 12 000 and 15 000 cases of the spirit a month.The product on the market is called Agava Silver. A second product, called Agava Gold, is being matured in oak barrels in Namibia. The wood gives the spirit a different colour and taste. Soon the barrels will be brought to the Graaff-Reinet factory to house the whole operation under one roof.The spirit being distilled in the factory is 100 percent agave distillate, which makes it more desirable for some than the Mexican version, which is often bulked up with other spirits. The final product here is diluted to a strength of 45 percent alcohol. Unlike Mexican tequila, it also has no sugar added. Nevetheless, it is a sweet, smooth-tasting spirit that has received rave reviews by those who are importing it.Visit Agave Distillers to place your orders.SouthAfrica.info reporter. Sources: Science in Africa, Sunday Times
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Australian media have lamented the Ashes loss saying the team is in “tatters” and on a worst ever low. The newspapers have even questioned Ricky Ponting’s role as a captain saying, “Is it the end for our troubled leader?””The Ashes are gone. Australian cricket is in tatters,” lamented Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “Our national sport has been failed by feckless administrators, confused selectors, a clueless coach and sadly out-of-form players.”England retained the Ashes by winning the Melbourne Test by a massive innings and 157-run on Day 4 to take an unbeatable 2-1 series lead with one match to play. It was the first time since 1986-1987 that England have retained the Ashes in Australia.”Watching Australia throw away the Ashes at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) yesterday afternoon was like visiting a dear friend with a terminal illness,” wrote Telegraph columnist Andrew Webster.Captain Ricky Ponting came under fire after he managed just 20 in Australia’s second innings of 258.”Is it the end for our troubled leader?” the Telegraph asked, while The Australian called him, “A master and commander no more”.”The only question that remained was whether the captain would go down with his ship,” wrote The Australian’s Malcolm Conn.”To jettison Ponting at this time of crisis would further damage an already deeply scarred side?.Despite his dreadful form, averaging just 16.6 across the first three Tests, Australia needs Ponting’s experience more than ever with the series level at one-all and the Ashes on the line,” he added. “But continued failure of the current magnitude cannot be tolerated.”advertisementThe Sydney Morning Herald fretted that England were “Long to reign over us.”However former Test bowler Shane Warne urged selectors not to hit the panic button. “Let’s go away and think about things, rather than rush into any silly decisions,” Warne wrote in the Telegraph, adding that Ponting should remain as captain until after the World Cup which starts in February.”Stick with him, wait until all the dust settles after this summer and after the World Cup, then decide what tack you’re going to take.”Will Swanton writes in the Herald Sun, “The more the series turns into a scrap, the more he’s in his element. He turned the Perth Test into a dog-fight. He demanded aggro and fight and got it. His work behind the scenes was crucial.”
Dubai, Jun 25 (PTI) Dubai is all set to host the fourth edition of the Kabaddi World Cup in 2019. This will be the main agenda of discussion in the International Kabaddi Federation’s annual general body meeting that will take place here on June 29, on the sidelines of the six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai. The IKF president Janardan Singh Gehlot told PTI here that their main objective to organise the one-off Kabaddi Masters here was to organise the World Cup in 2019. He however refused to confirm that Dubai has been confirmed as the venue. “All the three World Cups have taken place in India. We want the sport to spread so we have arranged this preparatory tournament. Dates and venue are yet to be announced. We are assessing the pros and cons here,” Gehlot said. Pressed further, he said: “I am not here to speculate. I will only declare (the venue) when it’s made official.” The six-nation Kabaddi Masters is being held at the Al Wasl Sports Club which hosted legendary Diego Maradona during his 2011-12 stint with its football team. Argentina Kabaddi Federation president Ricardo Acuna also hinted that Dubai has “high possibility” to host the World Cup. “The idea has been mooted now there will be discussions and IKF will also seek feedbacks from the six participating nations (India, Iran, Pakistan, Korea, Argentina and Kenya). It’s definitely possible but will only be confirmed on June 29,” Acuna, who brought kabaddi to the football-obsessed country in 1999, told PTI. Acuna further said there would be three Latin American teams in the next World Cup.advertisement “We will have Mexico and Colombia joining in the meet. It will definitely give a great push for the sport. Hopefully we will be able to taste our first victory at international level,” Acuna said. The Kabaddi World Cup was founded in 2004 in Mumbai while Panvel hosted the second edition in 2007. The last edition of the meet witnessed 12 nations including Kenya and Argentina and was held in Ahmedabad. “It’s part of our preparation to get the sport into Olympics. England, Poland, Italy have organised a championship. We have a federation in Denmark. “It’s a slow process. I don’t have a magic wand. We don’t have a vote in Olympic council. There are certain norms and we are trying our best to fulfil the criteria to get recognised by the Olympic council. It’s my dream to see kabaddi in Olympics. We will keep trying but it’s not up to me,” Gehlot signed off. PTI TAP BS BSBS
Chelsea defender Cahill will fight for his place – Zolaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea veteran Gary Cahill will stay and fight for this place.That is according to assistant manager Gianfranco Zola.The club legend, who is assisting Maurizio Sarri this term, says that Cahill is always one who will compete for a first team spot.There is speculation that Cahill will move on in January as he is not getting much playing time.”It is difficult to say about that,” Zola said during the press conference.”It was not Gary has done badly when he played, but at the moment there are players performing very well. “I don’t know what will happen, but he is a fighter. “It was a surprise to find out his personality, he will try to fight for a place.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says more needs to be done to support entrepreneurs who are the “agents of growth in any economy”.Prime Minister Holness was speaking yesterday (June 6) at the official re-launch of the Richard Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship at Sovereign Commercial Centre, in Barbican.In endorsing the Branson Centre, Mr Holness noted that it is important to support entrepreneurs to impact the wider business environment. He also applauded the decision to move the centre’s headquarters from Montego Bay to Kingston.The prime minister says the government is pleased to partner with Sir Richard Branson, Entrepreneur and Founder of Virgin Group, who was at the event.“The government of Jamaica is very grateful to you and we encourage other business persons to do this, to make this investment in creating entrepreneurs. The more entrepreneurs we have, the more we will be able to achieve 5 in 4,” he said.Mr Holness added that, “it is great that you made yourself available for people to have access to you, to see you in operation, but more than that to invest your own funds in developing an ecosystem to support the kind of mentorship that is necessary for the next billionaire.”The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean was launched in September 2011 to support entrepreneurs to scale their businesses for positive economic and social impact. The centre is an initiative of Virgin Unite, the not-for-profit foundation of the Virgin Group.
Darren Ferguson, son of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, has expressed his gratitude for the support his whole family received since news broke of his dad suffering a brain haemorrhage.Sir Alex Ferguson, who won a total of 38 trophies for the 26 years spent as the man in charge for Manchester United, had to undergo an urgent surgery after falling ill last Saturday.On this Wednesday, his now former club officially announced he was out of intensive care and is being treated as an inpatient.“On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to thank the huge number of people who have been kind enough to send messages of support during a difficult time,” Darren Ferguson said, according to ESPN.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It has been overwhelming to read how many people care and that they are thinking of my dad and willing his recovery.”“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Macclesfield Hospital and at the Salford Royal who have been truly magnificent.”“We continue to request privacy during this vital period of recovery,” Ferguson junior went on to add.
Miralem Pjanic says Juventus are aiming for the treble and believes they can lift the Champions League this season.Juve have a perfect record in the Champions League so far and have won 10 of their 11 Serie A games, and Pjanic is hoping they can win a treble this season.“We know that (Massimiliano Allegri) cares a great deal about the defensive movements in midfield, we know that we have to improve in that area,” Pjanic told Sky Sports Italia.“We are concentrated on our own results, but we know that we’re doing something extraordinary.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Napoli were strong last season too, while Inter have a lot of quality and it’s not surprising to see either of them chasing us at the top of the table.“We’ve got to finish games off earlier so that we can control the situations because it’s tiring if we always play at full tilt. We agree with the Coach, we need to score more goals.”
German winger Leroy Sane insists the team is on the path to improvement despite losing a two-goal lead in the deflating 2-2 home draw with the Netherlands.Joachim Low’s side ended their inaugural Nations League campaign without a victory and a five-match competitive winless streak dating back to their forgettable World Cup.But Manchester City star Sane believes they have improved on their last game after netting his second international.“Of course we all wanted to win the game. We were 2-0 up. It’s a little bit disappointing,” Sane disclosed to FourFourTwo.“But everyone could see how we’ve improved and that we’re looking to keep taking steps forward.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The fans can see we have a plan and that we’re capable of playing really good football.“Obviously we now need to keep going for the 90 minutes, to play strong and good football. Then everyone will see that we’ll come back strong.“At the end, it’s annoying to have played a really good game and to draw.”Netherlands’ impressive fightback earned them a place in the Nations League Finals at the expense of world champions France, who finished second in the group on head-to-head aggregate.