Cocktails are like my children

first_imgTalking to Gegam Kazarian, you would almost think cocktails are living creatures — full of life and feelings. For the mixologist, who has been declared ‘the world’s best bartender’, cocktails are more than a concoction of spirits. ‘They are like my children. I love all cocktails. It is difficult to choose,’ he says. Kazarian was visiting the Capital to attend a mixology workshop organised by Aspri Spirits and Molinari. While he whipped some delicious cocktails, bartenders and mixologists from the city listened in rapt attention and took notes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What is the secret behind a good cocktail? Kazarian believes that like in life, balance is very important for a cocktail. ‘There should be balance between sweet and sour,’ he points out. Also, natural ingredients are very important for him. But then again, ‘if you do something with love, it will be your best, proclaims the mixologist who also dons the hat of a biochemist. Kazarian’s signature cocktail varies from brand to brand and he ensures he uses local ingredients wherever he goes. ‘Most important, the cocktails should be natural, clean and ecological,’ says Kazarian. And he is constantly evolving his style, putting his travels around the world to good use and the experience he gathers about various cultures, music, history, into his cocktails. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis is his first visit to India and he says India is ‘growing up’ and he has been happily surprised by the hospitality. ‘For me that’s more important than the cocktails,’ he says. And to mark his visit, the Armenian — who now lives in Spain — has mixed Indian ingredients like basil and ginger to create the Molinari Basilicum.Kazarian’s first brush with fame happened when he won the G’Vine Gin Connoisseur 2011 World Finals held in Cognac, France, last June. The contest was organised by Philip Duff, one of the biggest cocktail gurus in the world. But Kazarian doesn’t believe in resting on his laurels. ‘I am not the best. There are amazing bartenders in the world. We are learning everyday,’ says the handsome man humbly.  He is also involved with the Kazaris Project as part of which he does consultations, teaches and trains even at Michelin-starred restaurants.What sort of cocktails would he make for himself? ‘My taste is more feminine. Nice, balanced ones…some floral as well.I like cocktails which are easy to prepare. Sometimes mixologists complicate things a lot. Even though I use molecular and other technologies, I prefer easy ones,’ says Kazarian.  What is he taking back from India? ‘I tried something with the Indian masala. That’s what I will try when I go back,’ he says.  A musician, the mixologist likes to play the classical guitar and plans to travel to the villages of south India to take sitar lessons. Also on his travel plans are Goa, Kerala and Bengaluru. Bon voyage then!last_img read more


Nanritam gets Swami Vivekananda medal for opening 100bed eye hospital

first_imgKOLKATA: Swami Suvirananda, general secretary Ramakrishna Math and Mission, presented Swami Vivekananda medal to Nanritam, an NGO that has set up a 100-bed eye hospital to treat people coming from economically challenged background.Nanritam was started in 2002 by a few like-minded professionals who had one common inspiration to guide them – Swami Lokeswaranandaji Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission and his ideal of service to mankind. Bharati Bakshi, a medical practitioner and Ranjana Sengupta toiled hard to give the organisation a shape. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalLokeswarananda Eye Foundation is a 100-bed eye-hospital at Barandanga village of Para in Purulia. The hospital offers service to poor people and many well-known eye surgeons from Kolkata attend the hospital to offer free service. Not only in Purulia, the hospital has gained popularity among people in South Bengal and who come from neighbouring districts for treatment. The services that are offered include — OPD Services and consultation with eye-surgeons and the services, Cataract Operation, treatment for Posterior Segment Blindness, Glaucoma and Retinal Disorder corrections. The other areas where Nanritam provides service include child development through quality education, treatment to the physically and psychologically challenged children, skill training with employment/entrepreneurship support, integrated rural development through farmers and training facilities.last_img read more


Some say for good reason that speculating in the

first_imgSome say, for good reason, that speculating in the junior resource sector is like gambling in a casino. I don’t disagree with that statement, but there’s one huge difference between the two: on the stock exchange, you can tilt the odds in your favor. How? By following the right people in the sector. We had a great collection of people at the Casey Summit in sunny Tucson, Arizona, that just concluded last week. Even though we’ve had many fantastic Summits over the years, this one was hands-down the best one so far. From Ron Paul to Don Coxe, the list of interesting speakers and the way the attendees could get access to them were next to none. If you weren’t able to be at the conference, I highly recommend the Summit Audio Collection, a full recording of the entire Summit. This conference was extra special for me, due to the impromptu Texas Hold ’em tournament late Saturday night. After Ron Paul’s talk, thanks to the incredible Casey staff who organized the Summit, a small group including Doug Casey were able to get a room with our own private bartender… and began our night of cards. Though the buy-in was not intimidating, the pot was more than enough to take the wife on a good shopping spree. As we rounded up our players, John Mauldin, the best-dressed man at the conference, had to bail on us at the last minute. His assistant told me that he had to attend an important meeting with a representative of brewer Dos Equis, which has been approaching John to become the brand’s “Most Interesting Man in the World” spokesperson. We then tried to get Ron Paul to play. He declined, but shared an interesting tidbit with us: that he helped put poker tournaments on national television. Now every time I see an exciting instant replay of an ace turned on the river, I will know whom to thank. The game itself was fun—but far less important than the personalities that were in the game. The table was crowded with extremely smart people, most of whom have been serially successful in the junior industry. Sitting across from me was my good friend Keith Hill, president, CEO, and director of Africa Oil, whose predictions for oil you can hear on our Summit panel “The Myth of American Energy Independence.” Keith’s exploits with various Lundin Group companies have taken him everywhere from the frozen lands of the Russian tundra to the plains of East Africa to look for oil. Having him at the table was a treat for all of us, and I learned long ago that you never bet against Keith, so I knew it was going to be a fun game. Beside him sat Nolan Watson, a member of our Casey NexTen list. In 2006, when Nolan became the CFO of Silver Wheaton, the largest silver streaming company in the world and worth billions of dollars, he was only 26 years old. He’s one of the most knowledgeable people on the planet when it comes to resource royalty deals and could easily hold his own in negotiations with any of the major mining companies. To the other side of Keith sat Amir Adnani, president, CEO, and director of Uranium Energy Corp. Amir, who’s also featured in our NexTen, is a member of our Casey Ten-Bagger Club (that means his company has handed our subscribers a +1,000% return). He refused to play, but said he wanted to watch. His reasoning was that he had assessed the situation and believed that the rest of us were better poker players than he… and he only takes on endeavors where he feels he has a strategic advantage. Amir is definitely one to pick his battles carefully, which shows in his business strategy as well. To my right was Brian Hunt, one of the brainchildren and stars of Stansberry Research… and beside him Doug Casey, probably the most experienced poker player you could come across in the natural-resource sector. Needless to say, the poker game was extremely intense and fast-paced: half of the original players were already out after the first hour. I managed to take Keith’s pot after another grueling 45 minutes, and only four of us were left: Nolan, I, Jordan Trimble, president and CEO of Skyharbour Resources, and Tim Termuende, head of Eagle Plains Resources. I know both Jordan and Tim very well, but I had never played poker against them—and I’d failed to pay enough attention to their habits throughout the night—which I later realized to be a huge mistake. The pot was building, and Jordan unexpectedly went all in. Nolan folded, and I was suddenly lost and had no idea what to do. With so much capital committed, I didn’t fold and called. To my dismay, Jordan had the better hand, doubled his pot, and put me on the back foot. I did end up clawing back for third and getting my money back, but more than anything, this poker game was a great investment lesson for me: Like poker, investing is about knowledge. The reason why I panicked when Jordan went all in was that I didn’t know his habits. Similarly, by getting really familiar with a few companies, we are able to feel their “pulse” and analyze everything from their trading pattern to the probability of success on their next drill well. You can’t throw good money after bad—my biggest mistake came from my one mental lapse in the night: “I have too much committed to fold.” In the junior market, where failures happen on a daily basis, you have to be able to pull your remaining capital out to fight another day. And the most important lesson of all: Casey Research knows a lot of serially successful individuals whom we honor in our NexTen as well as our Explorers’ League. We may not have all the answers in the resource market—but we’re always just one phone call away from someone who does. Whether investing takes too much time out of your busy day or it just flat out intimidates you—we are here to help. And right now the best compilation of our own, practical investment advice and the supreme knowledge of people like Dr. Lacy Hunt, James Rickards, and Don Coxe is available on CD and MP3. You can still pre-order the Summit Audio Collection for a $100 discount, but only until the CDs are produced and ready to ship… so I suggest you don’t wait. With a blue-ribbon faculty of 37 experts, including your team of Casey analysts dedicated to finding the “pulse” of the market, you can tilt the odds in your favor. So what do you say? Is it time to beat the House? Additional Links and Reads Born Libertarian: Doug Casey on Ron Paul and the Price of Freedom (The Gold Report) This is a fantastic interview between a Gold Report editor and Doug Casey about Ron Paul as well as libertarianism. An excellent read for anyone. US Builders Hoard Mineral Rights Under New Homes (Financial Post) The fracking boom and the American shale revolution have made millionaires out of plenty of homeowners in North Dakota. Homebuilders are beginning to secretly hold on to the mineral rights under new homes just in case the home is sitting on a pool of oil. Unethical? Perhaps, but definitely something to keep an eye on next time you’re buying a house. US to Overtake Russia as Top Oil Producer, Says IEA (Financial Post) Several subscribers requested the source of our claim that US is now producing more oil than Russia. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that in 2014, the US will average a production rate of 11 million barrels per day compared to 10.9 million for Russia. Most of the growth has been due to new advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling and has significantly changed energy politics around the world.last_img read more


Future cities could be lit by algae

Two molecules meet and produce light Citation: Future cities could be lit by algae (2018, May 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-future-cities-lit-algae.html The luciferase enzyme (yellow Pacman) becomes active at pH 6. It binds with luciferin (green wedge), transferring energy via oxidation, which is emitted as blue light. Credit: Signe Friis Schack, Allumen IVS Artist’s impression of a bioluminescent city lit by bioluminescent plants and algae. Credit: Signe Friis Schack, Allumen IVS Even though people have observed this phenomenon in the ocean for more than 2,500 years, we still know surprisingly little about the algae involved and how they produce light.The algae emit a blue light when they are shaken. Such as, when a predator swims by creating a current, or when the algae are hit by waves in coastal waters.Two molecules are particularly important for light production: Luciferase (an enzyme) and luciferin (a molecule produced by photosynthesis).When algae register a disturbance, a chain of cellular chemical processes is set in motion causing the pH to drop. This activates the luciferase enzymes, which bind to the luciferin and transfer energy to the luciferin via a process known as oxidation. It is the release of energy from luciferin we see as blue light.It has so far only been shown theoretically and not by experiment.Biological solar cell and living lamp in the same organismThe bioluminescent algae need energy to emit light, just like your bedside lamp that plugs into a power socket to access electricity. Algae though, get their energy from another source: The Sun.They use sunlight to produce energy via photosynthesis to carry out a whole range of processes at the cellular level.You can imagine algae as tiny individual lamps, powered by a solar cell. They ‘recharge’ during the day so they can emit their blue light throughout the night. Explore further The way we produce light has changed surprisingly little since Thomas Edison developed the first light bulb in 1879. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. There are a number of bioluminescent animals, fungi, and bacteria. All of them require food to produce energy needed to illuminate. Algae exploit sunlight and carbon dioxide (CO2): Two inexhaustible, environmentally friendly, CO2-neutral sources of energy.Sustainable cities with living lightWe use a large proportion of electricity to light our homes, roads, car parks and so on. This electricity largely comes from the burning of fossil fuels, which increases the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and drives global warming. Therefore, we need a more sustainable source of light.Microalgae grow in saltwater, but as long as they grow in a closed container they can function as a biological lamp, which could be used as bulbs to illuminate our cities, shop windows, buildings, roads, and carparks.Bioluminescent algae are the first stage in the development of biological light, but there are some clear challenges when using algae in a lamp. Algae need to be disturbed into motion before they illuminate, which is problematic in a lamp. Moreover, they only illuminate for a relatively short period because of energy limitation.More research needed to develop bio-lampsTo produce biological lamps that can illuminate throughout the night without movement means that we need to think along entirely new lines.Right now, we are trying to figure out precisely which genes are used to emit light and then transfer these genes to other photosynthetic organisms to produce a bioluminescent plant that can emit light all night long.We are not there yet and it will take many years of research. But just imagine, stepping out into a city in the future bathed in a blue light produced by plants. Sea ice algae blooms in the dark The LED-bulb has recently reduced electricity costs significantly, but they still use the same power source and continue to contribute to global warming since most electricity still comes from burning fossil fuels.We need a new method to produce light that instead of using conventional electricity uses nature’s own energy.In the US a few dedicated researchers have been investigating bioluminescent algae for some years, but they have never successfully mapped the whole bioluminescent system within the algae. At the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), we are conducting the first Danish research in this area, and it shows that bioluminescent organisms could one day light up our cities in a turquoise blue light.There are however, some clear challenges to solve before this becomes a reality. We may need to transfer genes from bioluminescent organisms into other green organisms, perhaps higher plants that will be able to emit light more effectively.Microalgae illuminate the darkAlgae is found everywhere on land and in the sea, and are immensely important for life as we know it.Many people associate algae with seaweed (macroalgae), but in fact most algae are micro algae. These algae are so small that you can only see them through a microscope.Some of them, so-called dinoflagellates, emit a strong blue light at night. This phenomenon is known as bioluminescence, whereby living organisms produce light via chemical reactions.You can see it yourself at certain times of the year in warmer climates, around the equator from Brazil to Australia. Bioluminescent algae light up the dark. This bright blue light could illuminate cities in the future. Credit: Mikal Schlosser Provided by ScienceNordic This story is republished courtesy of ScienceNordic, the trusted source for English-language science news from the Nordic countries. Read the original story here. read more