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Tequila

Tequila is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant in the area surrounding the city of Tequila 65 km northwest of Guadalajara, in the Jaliscan Highlands of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco. Like mezcal, tequila is made from the agave plant and originates from the same regions of Mexico; the distinction is that tequila is made only from blue agave and they are prepared in different ways. Tequila is served neat in Mexico and as a shot with salt and lime around the world; the red volcanic soils in the region of Tequila is well suited to growing the blue agave, more than 300 million of the plants are harvested there each year. Agave grows differently depending on the region. Blue agaves grown in the highlands Los Altos region are sweeter in aroma and taste. Agaves harvested in the lowlands have a more herbaceous flavor. Mexican laws state that tequila can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and limited municipalities in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Tamaulipas. Tequila is recognized as a Mexican designation of origin product in more than 40 countries.

It is protected through NAFTA in Canada and the United States, through bilateral agreements with individual countries such as Japan and Israel, has been a protected designation of origin product in the European Union since 1997. In 2018, the Mexican government approved a proposal to celebrate the third Saturday of March as National Tequila Day. Tequila can be between 35- and 55-percent alcohol content, it must contain at least 40-percent alcohol to be sold in the United States. Tequila was first produced in the 16th century near the location of the city of Tequila, not established until 1666. A fermented beverage from the agave plant known as pulque was consumed in pre-Columbian central Mexico before European contact; when the Spanish conquistadors ran out of their own brandy, they began to distill agave to produce one of North America's first indigenous distilled spirits. Some 80 years in around 1600, Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, the Marquis of Altamira, began mass-producing tequila at the first factory in the territory of modern-day Jalisco.

By 1608, the colonial governor of Nueva Galicia had begun to tax his products. Spain's King Carlos IV granted the Cuervo family the first license to commercially make tequila. Don Cenobio Sauza, founder of Sauza Tequila and Municipal President of the Village of Tequila from 1884–1885, was the first to export tequila to the United States, shortened the name from "Tequila Extract" to just "Tequila" for the American markets. Don Cenobio's grandson Don Francisco Javier gained international attention for insisting that "there cannot be tequila where there are no agaves!" His efforts led to the practice. Although some tequilas have remained as family-owned brands, most well-known tequila brands are owned by large multinational corporations. However, over 100 distilleries make over 900 brands of tequila in Mexico and over 2,000 brand names have been registered. Due to this, each bottle of tequila contains a serial number depicting in which distillery the tequila was produced; because only so many distilleries are used, multiple brands of tequila come from the same location.

In 2003, Mexico issued a proposal that would require all Mexican-made tequila be bottled in Mexico before being exported to other countries. The Mexican government said. Liquor companies in the United States said Mexico just wanted to create bottling jobs in their own country, claimed this rule would violate international trade agreements and was in discord with usual exporting practices worldwide; the proposal might have resulted in the loss of jobs at plants in California, Arkansas and Kentucky, because Mexican tequila exported in bulk to the United States is bottled in those plants. On January 17, 2006, the United States and Mexico signed an agreement allowing the continued bulk import of tequila into the United States; the agreement created a "tequila bottlers registry" to identify approved bottlers of tequila and created an agency to monitor the registry. The Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico did not permit flavored tequila to carry the tequila name. In 2004, the Council decided to allow flavored tequila to be called tequila, with the exception of 100% agave tequila, which still cannot be flavored.

A new Norma Oficial Mexicana for tequila was issued in 2006, among other changes, introduced a class of tequila called extra añejo or "ultra-aged" which must be aged a minimum of three years. A one-liter bottle of limited-edition premium tequila was sold for $225,000 in July 2006 in Tequila, Jalisco, by the company Tequila Ley.925. The bottle which contained the tequila was a two-kilo display of gold; the manufacturer received a certificate from The Guinness World Records for the most expensive bottle of tequila spirit sold. In June 2013, the ban on importation of premium tequila into China was lifted following a state visit to Mexico by President Xi Jinping; the entry of premium tequila into the country is expected to increase tequila exports by 20 percent within a decade. Ramon Gonzalez, director of the Consejo Regulador del Tequila, estimates that each of the top 16 producers of tequila had invested up to $3 million to enter the Chinese market. On 30 August 2013, the first 70,380 bottles of premium tequila from ten brands arrived in Shanghai.

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History of Pentecostalism in India

Pentecostalism has grown in India since its introduction in the early twentieth century. Several Pentecostal missionaries who had participated in the Azusa Street Revival visited Kerala from 1909 onwards. During the 1920s the missionary Robert F. Cook established the Indian branch of the Church of God, based in Kerala. Two other churches founded around this time were The Pentecostal Mission, founded in Sri Lanka by the Indian evangelist Pastor Paul, brought to India. E. Abraham after he split from the church founded by Cook. A foundation, in 1953, was the Sharon Fellowship, which runs the Sharon Women's Bible College. Many of the Pentecostal churches in India are represented in the Assemblies of God in India. During the early 20th century the Pentecostal movement experienced rapid growth with the arrival of a number of foreign missionaries. One of the most significant among the missionaries of that period was Robert F. Cook, from the United States. Though a number of missionaries came before him and though the Pentecostal experience took place in India independent of foreign missionary work, it was Cook who first established works that began to spread into neighboring areas.

He established a few mission posts in North India. However, due to lack of support, he was unable to develop his work in a significant manner. Cook relocated his headquarters to Mulakuzha in Kerala; the headquarters of the Church of God in India remains there now. Until 1921, Cook was stationed in Bangalore. However, in 1920, he became acquainted with Kalloor Chacko, of Thrikkannamangal and was convinced by him to relocate to Thrikkannamangal. In January 1921, he headquartered his work in a rented home adjacent to Chacko's and began his work in Kerala, he registered his churches under the name "Malankara Full Gospel Church of God". By 1922, he passed his work in Bangalore over to fellow workers and permanently moved to Thrikkannamangal; the Pentecostal Mission known as Ceylon Pentecostal Mission, is a Pentecostal denomination which originated in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. The international headquarters is now situated in Tamil Nadu, India. Ceylon Pentecostal Mission was founded in 1923 by a convert from Hinduism named Ramankutty known as Pastor Paul.

Pastor Paul was born to Hindu parents in the district of Trichur in Kerala. While in Sri Lanka, at the age of 18, he became a Christian, he began to preach and share the gospel in various parts of India and Sri Lanka. In the initial stages, he had worked with other evangelists. Pastor Paul served as the chief pastor of this church; this organization stands out among the Pentecostal churches because of its exclusivist teachings and organization structure. Some of the distinctive features are that full-time workers were expected to practice an ascetic life-style including celibacy, obedience to the elder pastors, communal living in faith homes. Today the church is known by different names in different countries, but all stand under the name of “The Pentecostal Mission”, it now has churches in over 65 countries. K. E. Abraham, a pastor who had worked with Cook for a number of years, decided that he no longer wanted the mission work taking place in India to receive foreign funds. With that as his main reason, he split from Cook and established the Indian Pentecostal Church of God in 1924.

Many others were involved in the establishment of IPC, which became largest Pentecostal Denomination in India. Sharon Fellowship Church was founded in 1953 by Pastor P. J. Thomas, Pastor Thadathil George Koshy and ten other members including two women. Pastor P. J. Thomas was born on 15 April 1914, the son of Pastor P. V. John, he converted to Christianity in 1936. He earned a Diploma in Theology, he went on to attend Wheaton College where he received a master's degree in Comparative Religion, taught there for a short time before returning to India in 1952. He purchased the present Sharon property in March 1953 and with the completion of the Sharon Hall, he founded Sharon Bible School and formed Sharon Fellowship Church, he died on 24 March 1998, was succeeded as president by Rev. Dr. T. G. Koshy. In January 2015, due to ill health, Rev. Koshy handed over the presidency to Rev. John Thomas, while remaining in his capacity as Senior General Minister. Sister Aleyamma Thomas of the Sharon Fellowship was instrumental in starting the first Women's Training Centre in India at Thiruvalla, now known as Sharon Women's Bible College.

The Sharon Fellowship has more than 2050 local churches in India and another 34 churches internationally, in addition to several associated Bible Schools and Seminaries. The Assemblies of God in India, representing many of the Pentecostal churches in India, now has 8,000 member churches, its governing body is the General Council of the Assemblies of God. It is a member of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship and operates an Assembly of God College in Bangalore; the district of Kerala has now been divided into two. 8 Sothern revenue districts are grouped together called'Malayalam District Council'. Rev. T J Samuel and Rev. Dr. P S Philip are serve the leadership of AG Malayalam District Council, and the rest of the revenue districts formed'Malabar District Council. Both these District councils are coming under the "South India Assemblies of God"; the church has established a number of Bible Schools throughout India. Pastor Sam U serves as the youth department President of Ma

Southeast Fuller Road station

Southeast Fuller Road is a light rail station on TriMet's MAX Green Line in Portland, located between SE 82nd Avenue and Interstate 205. It is the 7th stop southbound on the Interstate 205 MAX branch; the station is surrounded by a park and ride facility. A month before the station went into service, Clackamas County land use planners went public with a proposal to make the area surrounding the station subject to a type of zoning that would be new to the county, one based on a form-based code. Planners think such a change would promote transit-oriented development and a "denser, more vibrant mix of uses in the area", dominated by surface parking and big-box stores; the station is on the eastern edge of the county's North Clackamas Revitalization Area, an urban renewal district established in 2006. This station has no bus connections. Station information from TriMet Station information from TriMet MAX Light Rail Stations – more general TriMet page