Mittwoch, 24. März 2010

Want to Use My Suit? Then Throw Me Something

New Orleans Journal
Want to Use My Suit? Then Throw Me Something

Chris Bickford for The New York Times

Last Friday, at a St. Joseph's Night parade in New Orleans, Santana Montana of the Monogram Hunters tribe went to greet his father, David Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas tribe. More Photos »
Published: March 23, 2010

NEW ORLEANS — Just after dusk on Friday night, Tyrone Yancy was strutting through one of the more uncertain parts of town in a $6,000 custom-made suit.

He was concerned about being robbed, but not by the neighborhood teenagers who trotted out in the street to join him. The real potential for theft, as Mr. Yancy sees it, came from the strangers darting around him and his well-appointed colleagues in a hectic orbit: photographers.

Mr. Yancy, 44, is a nursing assistant by profession. His calling, however, is as one of the Mardi Gras Indians — a member of the Yellow Pocahontas tribe, to be exact — the largely working-class black New Orleanians who create and wear ornate, enormous feathered costumes and come out three times a year to show them off.

He is also one of a number of Indians who have become fed up with seeing their photographs on calendars, posters and expensive prints, without getting anything in return.

Knowing that there are few legal protections for a person who is photographed in public — particularly one who stops and poses every few feet — some Mardi Gras Indians have begun filing for copyright protection for their suits, which account for thousands of dollars in glass beads, rhinestones, feathers and velvet, and hundreds of hours of late-night sewing.

Anyone could still take their pictures, but the Indians, many of whom live at the economic margins, would have some recourse if they saw the pictures being sold, or used in advertising. (News photographs, like the ones illustrating this article, are not at issue.)

“It’s not the old way of doing things, but the old way of doing things was conducive to exploitation,” said Ashlye M. Keaton, a lawyer who represents Indians in her private practice and also works with them through two pro bono legal programs, Sweet Home New Orleans legal services, and the Entertainment Law Legal Assistance Project.

The legal grounding of the strategy is debatable, the ability to enforce it even more so. But what may be most tricky of all is pushing the Indians themselves to start thinking about the legal and financial dimensions of something they have always done out of tradition.

Mardi Gras Indians have been around for more than a century — more than two, some say — and are generally thought to have originated as a way to pay homage to the American Indians who harbored runaway slaves and started families with them.

The Indians come out and parade in full dress on Mardi Gras; on St. Joseph’s Night, March 19; and on a Sunday close to St. Joseph’s — a tradition that arose out of the affinity between blacks and Sicilians in the city’s working-class precincts.

The 30 or so Indian tribes are representatives of their neighborhoods, and starting from home turf they venture out in their shimmering suits to meet other tribes on procession in the streets. Time was, these run-ins would often end with somebody in the hospital, or worse.

But over the past few decades, encouraged by the legendary Chief of Chiefs, Tootie Montana, the showdowns became primarily about the suits, and whose suit could out-prettify all the others.

Indian suits, which in the old days were occasionally burned at the end of a season, have become stunningly elaborate and stunningly expensive, costing upwards of $10,000. For many Indians, it is a matter of principle that they make a new suit from scratch each year.

The copyright idea has been floating around for a while — several of Mr. Montana’s suits were registered years ago — but Ms. Keaton began pursuing it more vigorously in 2006, when she was approached by John Ellison, a 52-year-old detailer in an auto body shop and a member of the Wild Tchoupitoulas.

Any photograph that focused on a suit protected by a copyright could arguably be considered a derivative work. The sale of such a picture (or its use in tourism ads, for example) would be on the merits of the suit rather than the photograph itself, and if the person selling it did not have permission, he could be sued.

But the idea is not so easy to put into practice. In American copyright law, clothing designs generally cannot be protected because they are more functional than aesthetic. Ms. Keaton argues that the suits, which can weigh well over 100 pounds, should be considered works of sculpture, not outfits.

The Sweet Home organization held a workshop for Indians on the topic last fall, and is pressing them to fill out copyright forms for this year’s suits. But there has not yet been a test case for the legal theory and it is unclear how one would fare.

“The Mardi Gras Indian costumes are pretty wild and not functional in the ordinary sense of the word, so that suggests that they might be copyrightable,” Kal Raustiala, a professor at the law school of the University of California, Los Angeles, wrote in an e-mail message.

“That said,” he added, “lots of runway fashion is also way out there and not likely to fit anyone’s ordinary idea of usefulness, yet it doesn’t receive copyright protection.”

Mr. Ellison filled out his copyright registration form on the spot, but later lost it, a testament to the difficulties of changing a culture.

Christopher Porché West, who has been photographing Mardi Gras Indians since 1979, said he had heard these kinds of complaints for years. They are counterproductive, he said, given the relatively small amount of money he and other photographers earn from Indian portraits.

“What they really need to do is self-exploit,” he said. If they want to make money from their culture, he said, “they should find a way to commodify it and bring that to the market.”

But words like “commodify” are foreign and even a little distasteful for many in this city, rather like finding tofu sausage in a gumbo. Indians do make a few hundred dollars here and there showing up at parties and concerts, and a few have tried, with disappointing results, to sell last year’s suits on eBay.

“Indian culture was never, ever meant to make any money,” said Howard Miller, Big Chief of the Creole Wild West, the city’s oldest tribe, and president of the Mardi Gras Indian Council. But neither should the culture be exploited by others.

“We have a beef,” he said, “with anybody who takes us for granted.”

Coxinha de mandioquinha




1 litro de caldo de galinha
50 gramas de margarina
50 gramas de queijo ralado
600 gramas de farinha de trigo
300 gramas de mandioquinha cozida
Sal a gosto

2 peitos de frango cozidos
1 cebola
2 tomates
1 xícara (chá) de salsinha
4 colheres de óleo
Temperos a gosto
Ovos e farinha de rosca para empanar
Óleo para fritar



Em uma panela aqueça o óleo ou o azeite e refogue a cebola. Junte os tomates, os peitos de frango cozidos e desfiados (reserve água do cozimento), temperos a gosto e sal. Cozinhe por alguns minutos. Adicione salsinha, mexa e reserve.


Em uma panela coloque o caldo do cozimento do frango reservado e deixe ferver. Junte a margarina, queijo ralado, sal e farinha de trigo. Cozinhe até desgrudar da panela (cerca de 4 minutos). A seguir, espalhe a massa com auxílio de uma espátula, sobre a superfície lisa untada com um pouco de óleo. Acrescente a mandioquinha ou batata baroa cozida e espremida. Sove para se agregar. Pegue porções da massa obtida e abra na palma da mão. Empregue o recheio. Modele a coxinha. Passe pelo ovo e farinha. Frite em óleo quente. Escorra.

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Russia and U.S. Report Breakthrough on Arms Pact

Published: March 24, 2010
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WASHINGTON — President Obama and his Russian counterpart, President Dmitri A. Medvedev, have broken through a logjam in their arms control negotiations and expect to sign a new treaty in Prague next month that would slash American and Russian nuclear arsenals, officials from both nations said Wednesday.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev still need to talk once more to finalize the agreement, but officials were optimistic that the deal was nearly done.

The two sides have discussed a signing ceremony in Prague in early April, marking the anniversary of the first meeting between the two presidents and of Mr. Obama’s speech outlining his vision for eventually eliminating nuclear weapons.

The new pact would replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 1991, which expired in December, and would require both sides to reduce their warheads and launchers by more than one-quarter. The agreement is the most significant accomplishment so far for Mr. Obama’s policy of trying to “reset” relations with Russia. It is intended to pave the way for another more far-reaching round of reductions later in his term.

Neither the White House nor the Kremlin would formally comment on Wednesday, but officials on both sides confirmed that an agreement was close to done. A Kremlin official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was basic agreement on the text of the pact, although not all the wording had been finalized. He confirmed that Prague would be the likely location of a signing ceremony, although that too needed to be finalized.

Mr. Obama met at the White House on Wednesday morning with Senators John F. Kerry of Massachusetts and Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the senior Democrat and Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to brief them on the status of the treaty. To go into effect, a signed treaty would have to be ratified both by the United States Senate and by the Russian parliament.

The breakthrough ended nearly a year of difficult and tumultuous negotiations that went on far longer than the two sides initially expected. Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev first agreed to negotiate a treaty during a meeting in London last April, and then set parameters for the agreement during a meeting in Moscow in July. But the December deadline for finishing it came and went without a deal.

The two sides quarreled over issues like verifying compliance, sharing telemetry and limiting missile defense programs. Mr. Obama scrapped former President George W. Bush’s original plans for an antimissile shield in Europe and offered a new plan, but Moscow objected to the new version as well and wanted the treaty to restrict the American program. Mr. Obama refused, and the Russians eventually had to settle for nonbinding language recognizing the relationship between offensive and defensive weapons.

The treaty would require each side to reduce deployed strategic nuclear warheads to roughly 1,600, down from 2,200 now, officials have said. It would also oblige each side to reduce its arsenal of strategic bombers and land- and sea-based missiles to 800, half the old limit of 1,600.

Arms control advocates consider those reductions to be relatively modest. But Mr. Obama wanted to negotiate a relatively straightforward replacement for the Start treaty as a way to rebuild trust with Moscow, leading to more ambitious agreements down the road.

Once this first treaty is done, the administration wants to open talks on further reductions in deployed strategic nuclear warheads, perhaps down to 1,000 each, as well as elimination of at least some of the thousands of strategic warheads currently in storage, and the thousands more tactical nuclear bombs that each side has.

If the two sides do finalize the treaty and sign it in Prague in early April, it would boost the momentum for the broader nuclear nonproliferation summit that Mr. Obama is scheduled to convene in Washington on April 12 and 13. The United States and Russia could go to that summit, and a later meeting on the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, with tangible progress to show in meeting their disarmament goals.

A new arms control treaty would also be politically valuable for the White House, joining the new health-care legislation Mr. Obama signed on Tuesday in demonstrating progress on both foreign and domestic issues after months of frustration over unmet goals. Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev managed to finally cut through their final disagreements during a telephone call on March 13, even as the American president was pressing House Democrats to pass his health care plan.

Peter Baker reported from Washington and Ellen Barry from Moscow.

Bolinha de queijo


3 xícaras (chá) de farinha de trigo
4 xícaras (chá) de leite
1/2 xícara (chá) de queijo ralado
3 colheres (sopa) de margarina
1 tablete de caldo de legumes ou de galinha
400 gramas de mussarela em cubos
Ovo e farinha de rosca para empanar
Óleo para fritar


Em uma panela coloque o leite, o caldo de legumes e a margarina.
Aqueça até derreter a margarina.
Continue cozinhando até ferver. Junte a farinha e o queijo ralado misturados previamente. Mexa.
Cozinhe até desgrudar da panela. A seguir, sove sobre a superfície lisa e untada com óleo.
Abra as porções da massa na palma da mão.
Recheie com um pedaço de mussarela. Enrole uma bolinha. Passe pelo ovo e a farinha de rosca.

Frite em óleo quente. Escorra sobre papel absorvente.

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How to keep your garden as pest-free as possible

How to keep your garden as pest-free as possible
How to plan for preventing moles and other garden pests from taking over your plants.

By Bunny Guinness
Published: 3:27PM GMT 24 Mar 2010
Marigold Durango mix


Since strychnine was banned, their numbers have exploded and the hundreds of professional mole-catchers in business indicates their elusiveness.

I quizzed my local mole catcher, Andrew, for tips. He uses Talpex traps (a type of claw trap, £8;, 01386 552545) but says you must insert it in the run, between two hills, and then exclude all light from the trap (perhaps put a board on top).

He uses ''soiled-up'' latex gloves so they cannot smell him. A new SuperCat trap from Swissinno solutions is coming out next year and I await it with bated breath.

Pest control is about always being one step ahead, being vigilant - that is, watching out for the first signs and then zooming in with a cover, biological control or chemical, depending on your approach.

Look under leaves, turn up stones; it's the horticultural version of lace curtain- twitching and accordingly needs to be done frequently!

The "Silent Spring" approach to pest control, has gone out of vogue, but if you suddenly get an attack of cabbage white caterpillars and haven't got the time to squish them, a quick spray of pesticide can save the day.


Slugs and snails are the big beasts this month. Although I use the ferric phosphate granules (approved for organic use) with great success, my colleague Pippa Greenwood, the guru of organic pest control, prefers other methods.

She points out that for underground crops, notably potatoes, you need additional strategies and her favourite is biological control (such as Nemaslug; available from

However, the soil needs to be warm for this to work, so you may need extra backup for March. For this, Pippa uses crushed oyster shells (you can also mix them with your chicken feed to strengthen their shells).

She gets them from her local country store, but many pet shops will stock them. Copper rings, pictured above, or a painted-on copper coating in the form of Copperbed ( works, too.

My main contention, though, is that at the end of the season, the crop leaves flop over beyond the treated container or ring and so slugs and snails glide in on the foliage.

Aphids are on the march too. They fly in and feed on any soft new growth, whether the young leaves of fruit trees or succulent, early lettuce.

On Gardeners' Question Time we are always being asked in midsummer what caused the puckering up of leaves, as by then the culprit has gone. Watch out for them now.

Pippa and I use soft soap or plant oils for this (unless its feasible to squish them smartly between thumb and forefinger).

Pre-prepared ones are readily available, or you can make your own. The old boys used to use dilute Fairy Liquid successfully, but you must dilute it correctly or it kills more than you want to!

Because the legislation is changing rapidly, new organic products are popping up everywhere.

Many commercial growers are enamoured with SB Plant Invigorator, an environmentally friendly pesticide, fungicide and growth stimulant in one (see

Spray it weekly, and the main range of mini-pests - including red spider but excluding the cabbage white butterfly - are successfully sorted.

This month, I will sow French marigolds in my greenhouse. This is one of the companion plants that works for me.

It sorts out the whitefly on my tomatoes (as long as I keep deadheading to keep the plants in flower) better than anything else.

I will also sow a few colourful drills of the wild-looking Pictorial Meadows annual mixes ( among my veg.

They look good, but also bring in extra portions of hoverflies, lacewings, ground beetles and the like to prey on pests. The scent and colour will confuse and deflect them hopefully too.


April is the month of carrot root fly. In the early Eighties, Dr T H Coaker at Cambridge University researched which companion planting strategies worked.

He found many old wives' tales useless, but planting four rows of onions either side of your carrot row did help as long as the onions were swelling and growing.

If cow parsley, another host, was around, the number of flies could swell rapidly.

There are many methods of control, including the Nemasys Grow Your Own, which contains a blend of nematodes to combat about 11 pests, including carrot root fly. I find raised beds the best bet.

The fly keeps close to the ground so any container 450mm (or so) high is off their radar. Carrot fly is frequently the cause of parsley becoming sickly too.

Vine weevil, which attacks strawberries as well as many ornamentals, is on the attack now.

Pippa Greenwood swears by the biological control Nemasys Vine Weevil Killer, provided plants are in pots or growing in light soil.

But in heavy soils, it is not an option. Here, rolling up corrugated cardboard into a mini tube entices the adults to crawl in.

In early evening, collect and destroy the adults harbouring within. They are sneaky, though, and can pretend to be dead when they are alive, but not kicking.


With tomatoes, aubergines and cucumbers filling the greenhouse, the pest levels of glasshouse red spider and whitefly can start to rise to epic levels.

Bifenthrin was a great chemical tool for red spider, but is being withdrawn at the end of May (gardeners can use it this summer if they buy supplies now).

The spider is tiny and it sneaks in and builds up before you notice the mottling and yellowing of leaves (particularly upper ones).

They hate moist environments and last year I mist-sprayed with water twice a day and pulled infected leaves off - terrific control until I went away for a few hot days.

This year I will use SB Plant Invigorator (Bayer Organic Bug Free, a fatty acid spray, is an alternative). The biological control, Phytoseiulus persimilis, is an option too.

Having worked commercially with this and the whitefly control, the mini wasp Encarsia formosa, about 30 years ago, I know they are effective, but they are not easy to keep at optimum required numbers. Maybe I have too little patience.

Brassicas are the perfect plant for pests. The cabbage white butterfly was my number one enemy last year.

There are biological controls (Just Caterpillar Killer; but you need to directly spray the caterpillars.

The best method to sort them out, together with pigeons and cabbage root fly, is to net them with Environmesh (

If this is unpractical, or you miss the boat and squashing them does not appeal, Bayer's Sprayday is a contact pesticide that lasts up to four weeks.

It is used by professionals and you can eat the crop after seven days.

Buy pest control products at Telegraph Garden Shop

Desert Wandering But It Comes Out Alright


I thought you said, ‘Take a right.’

I said, ‘Why did we pack a box kite?’

Well we can’t wander out here for 40 days and 40 nights.

Odd how you can see that star in the daylight.

Beats me where we rendezvous tonight.

O! Holy! Night!

We have less than a fortnight.

We can’t show up as Two Kings minus one.

Your camel have a GPS read on the site?

Did the Third King text position from his line of sight?

Quit scratching at that flea bite.

Wait, with faith, we will see leading light.

Perhaps bed down here overnight?

Perhaps. Let’s sing and/or send these camels to bed.

That was so lame. Hey! Star light, star bright.

Truly, look a ray of light. What a most magnificent sight.

Thus we arrive with myrrh to complete this rite.

Holy Night. Silent Night.

All is calm. All is bright.

© Sharilyn Calliou, 15 December 2009 All Rights Reserved

From Blue Dog Studio

Graphic From uber tinypics

Touca rosa em flor

Jay Sean and Taio Cruz wowing America

Jay Sean and Taio Cruz wowing America
Another UK singer tops the US charts. Could this be the start of a new British invasion?

By Neil McCormick
Published: 5:01PM GMT 24 Mar 2010
Jay Sean and Taio Cruz

Last week, the US number-one single spot was held by a British artist, Taio Cruz, with his self-penned belter Break Your Heart. This is a surprisingly rare achievement. The UK enjoys a creative reputation as one of the twin engines of pop culture and is the second-biggest music exporter in the world – but you’d never guess it from the American charts.

The continued appetite for our Sixties and Seventies veterans (the Beatles were one of our biggest sellers last year), the profile of rock bands such as Coldplay and Radiohead, and the Simon Cowell poster-girls Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle help us hang on to about 10 per cent of the US albums market. But the days of the British Invasion, when our stars sang the hits that fuelled American teen dreams have long since passed.

A big part of the problem is that the US singles market has become increasingly dominated by the homegrown sounds of hip hop and R&B music – not traditionally areas in which British artists flourish.

Which makes the success of Taio Cruz even more remarkable. He is a young black man whose music is generally categorised as urban (though not by him). And he is not alone. Last year, British-Asian artist Jay Sean hit number one with a three-million-selling smash Down, in the process becoming the first British male to have a US chart-topper since Elton John with Candle in the Wind in 1997. That’s how rare it is. But, if one hit might be considered a lucky freak, could two signify a trend?

There are strong similarities between the music of Cruz and Sean. Their songs are sonically dense, melodically insistent, with heavily processed synthetic sounds and romantic lyrics. Strip away the urban stylings and their records fizz with the brash energy of Euro-pop, crammed with techno club sounds, singalong melodies and simple, emotional sentiments.

“I don’t think of it as urban music at all,” says Cruz. “I just think it’s good, catchy pop. What’s really happened is the musical trends are changing, and US artists are starting to make Euro-sounding records, which has the effect of making European electro-influenced music sound more urban.”

Jay Sean, interestingly, feels the same way. “It’s our UK pop spin on what we think urban music is. We have an urban vocal style, but we’ve got the great top-line pop melody that everybody can sing along to. Music is changing very quickly in the US. Hip hop is turning into a kind of pop-dance-electro thing, and that should suit British artists.”

Indeed, there has been an obvious fascination with the UK by leading US hip hop icons in recent years. Jay Z has become a frequent visitor here, befriending Coldplay, sampling UK hip hop adventurer MIA and conquering Glastonbury. Kanye West has collaborated with UK artists Estelle and Mr Hudson (who also cropped up on a recent Jay Z single), and P Diddy has struck up a friendship with Arctic Monkeys. If the golden era of Sixties beat music was born of transatlantic cross-fertilisation, there is just a hint that this mutual admiration society might be renewed.

“Hip hop is a sampling culture, and its always looking for the new sounds,” says Cruz. “People like Kanye started sampling [French techno mavericks] Daft Punk, and rappers started using Autotune on their vocals to make it sound more electronic. Pop has followed that trend, so it’s moved a bit closer to the kind of electro-pop sound of the UK. It’s becoming a universal pop sound, and we do it as well as anyone.”

There is something else quite obviously distinctive about both Sean and Cruz: they are both privately educated and speak very clearly and eloquently. “I have been told my accent is easier to understand than a typical London or cockney accent, which is so prevalent in British urban music, and I imagine that helps,” says Cruz, who boarded at Christ’s Hospital in Sussex.

“One thing they really appreciate in the US is if you’re just a nice person,” says Sean, who was a student at Latymer Upper School and went on to study medicine for two years before his music career took off. “If you’re easy to talk to and quite personable that should go a long way anywhere, but maybe its rarer than it should be.”

The implication is that the macho posturing of much UK urban music has been a hindrance in international terms. Indeed, while America has managed to export its gangsta culture to pop markets around the world, home-grown versions tend to be too parochial to travel.

“It’s where a lot of British urban artists go wrong in America,” says Cruz. “They talk about subjects Americans don’t get and places no one in America cares about, in accents they don’t understand. I think for music to cross over it needs to be universal, and there’s nothing more universal than love.”

It will take more than a couple of number ones to proclaim a new British Invasion, but both our chart-topping stars are optimistic about the special relationship. “Doors were opened for me by the success of Jay, and others before him like Craig David and Estelle, and I’m opening doors a little wider,” says Cruz.

“I see the wave coming now,” says Sean. “Taio is coming through, [boyband] JLS are coming through, Cheryl Cole looks as if she might come through. There are increasing references for successful British urban acts in America, so now they look and say. 'Let’s see what else you guys have over there.’ The gates are open.”

World Of Warcraft: Dancing

India, Tigers, Palaces and the Taj Mahal

India - Tigers, Palaces and the Taj Mahal
Eleven days from only £1,189 per person or Fifteen* days from £1,879 per person.
Selected departures from May to December 2010.
India, a unique country and civilization, is a mind-boggling potpourri of sights, sounds, colours and experiences as well as a culture-shock of astonishing contrasts. Immerse yourself in this tour but prepare for a revamp of any preconceptions towards one of the world’s ‘must-see’ destinations.

The jewel of this tour is surely the Taj Mahal, at sunrise, when its colours and ethereal beauty is at its most amazing. You’ll see the real India, a sub-continent that covers the full gambit of evolution, from the natural world, including the nation’s unofficial symbol, the tiger, in Ranthambore, through the Rajasthan forts and palaces of the Mogul empire, to the more recent Raj, and British colonial influence.

On selected departures our tour continues on to the hill-station of Shimla, the summer capital of India during the Raj. Your journey ‘clickety-clicks’ along those very tracks laid by those intrepid imperial engineers more than a century ago. But India is not all history and architecture – genuine Indian cuisine is far more varied and interesting that what we are used to at home.

Budget 2010: Air Passenger Duty and the rising cost of flying for British families
The Budget has confirmed that families face duties on flights that are 325% higher than in 2006. Charles Starmer-Smith says it is time the Government gave travellers a fair deal.

Published: 3:10PM GMT 24 Mar 2010

Brown's latest move to increase APD will lead to air fares that are anything but fair Photo: Alamy

"My wife and I have resigned ourselves to the fact that we may have seen our grandchildren for the last time. Since our daughter and her family moved to Australia in 2001 we have been setting aside what we can from our pension each month to enable us to fly there every two years.

"We are both in our seventies and live for those precious two weeks with our family. Now it has been taken away from us by this iniquitous tax on travel. So we suffer in silence while the fat cats set off in their private jets, paying nothing. How can this be fair?"

How indeed? Margaret Sawyer, of Hertfordshire, is just one of 15,000 Telegraph Travel readers who have expressed their anger by signing our petition against Air Passenger Duty (APD) – a tax that is paid by every air passenger departing Britain and which has risen up to 325 per cent in just four years.

Hidden among the small print of the sweeteners handed out in a Budget from a Government in full election mode is the fact that a family of four travelling on a flight of more than 6,000 miles (to Malaysia, Indonesia, Australasia) will pay £340 in APD from November onwards – up from £80 in 2006. For flights of more than 4,000 miles (Caribbean, India, South Africa) APD is up from £80 to £300, of 2,000 miles or more (Egypt, Dubai, United States) from £80 to £240 and of anything less from £20 to £48. If a family of four wants a little more leg room on a long-haul flight and opts for premium economy, the fee rises to £680 – compared with £160 in 2006.

It is not just those wishing to visit distant relatives who are affected; the tax increases strike at the heart of what many Britons work for 48 weeks of the year: a week or two in the sun. Those sun-kissed beaches on screensavers across the country are fast becoming a pipe dream.

It was Gordon Brown himself who, when halving APD to £5 for short-haul flights and £20 for long-haul flights in 2000, thumped his fist in support of a "new, lower and fairer Air Passenger Duty". Such benevolence was never likely to last: his latest move to increase APD in November for the third time in four years will lead to air fares that are anything but "fair".

He and his Chancellor have tried to pass off this revenue-raising initiative – which will swell state coffers by some £2.5 billion a year – as a green tax, but even the most ardent environmentalists admit it does little to help.

"The Chancellor's response has been feeble," said Tony Juniper, former director of Friends of the Earth. "Key green initiatives have been ignored, and those he has introduced are inadequate."

Airlines say that APD gives them little incentive to be greener or to invest in new technology because their passengers will be penalised just as heavily as those who opt to fly on carriers that operate old, half-empty carbon-belching 747s.

Giovanni Bisignani, director-general of the International Air Transport Association, says he wants to know where the money will go. "How many trees will the Chancellor be planting with £2.5 billion? Padding the UK budget at the expense of holidaymakers is not sound environmental policy."

While rising oil prices may have forced airlines to be more frugal with fuel, some environmental campaigners argue that APD has deterred travellers from offsetting the carbon emissions from their flights; having paid the tax, they feel they are already "doing their bit". Telegraph Travel has several times asked the Treasury to name a single "green" initiative supported by the £2.5 billion raised by APD. Each time the response has been, "No comment". Surely the taxpaying British travelling public deserves a proper answer.

APD is not only misguided but disproportionate. Under the Government's banding system (flights are split into four categories according to the distance from London to the capital city of the destination), the Caribbean is taxed more heavily than the United States – although the west coast of the US is some 3,000 miles farther from London than are many Caribbean islands. Several islands have already recorded a fall in the number of British holidaymakers since last November's increase in APD, and their governments are busy lobbying the Caribbean diaspora in Britain to turn this into an election issue.

"It's no coincidence that the US, the country most likely to challenge these taxes, appears to have benefited mostly from these new arrangements," said Andy Cooper, head of development at Abta, the travel association.

At Westminster, MPs and peers have regularly used phrases such as "modest amount of a few pounds", "we are only talking about £10", "relatively small amount of money" in relation to APD. These are the same parliamentarians whose expense claims include receipts for 29p bags of Hula Hoops crisps and 99p ice creams.

Dermot Blastland, chief executive of TUI UK, which owns the tour operators Thomson and First Choice, says that in these financially straitened times "a few pounds" can make a family decide that a holiday is no longer affordable. Recent research by Nottingham University showed that a one per cent rise in holiday prices relative to other countries leads to a one per cent decrease in international tourism.

Politicians also forget that APD comes on top of a succession of extra charges imposed on flights by airlines, airports and foreign security authorities. According to Trailfinders, a specialist in tailor-made travel, taxes and charges on flights to Florida have increased since 2006 from £92 to £215, and on flights to Bangkok from £80 to £203.

The most iniquitous feature of APD, however, is not that Britain has the highest levels of aviation tax in Europe, or the Caribbean is being unduly punished, or even that those who opt for premium economy are charged as much as those who pay £3,000-plus to turn left when they board a plane. It is that those who travel on private jets – perhaps the least environmentally sound form of transport there is – don't pay at all.

Both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have promised to review APD if they win the election. A Conservative spokesman said: "We will reform APD so that planes, rather than passengers, are taxed. Therefore, the revenue raised will be more closely linked to the environmental impact of aviation." But the country is facing a record budget deficit; will the Conservatives really reduce a tax that raises more than £2 billion?

They might if they consider the longer-term impact of this tax rise. APD may appear to be a real revenue earner, but this does not account for the losses that will arise from falling visitor numbers, abandoned routes, lost jobs and airline failures, or from Britons hopping from the regions to European hubs such as Amsterdam, for long-haul connections to avoid hefty taxes on flights from Heathrow and Gatwick.

The Airport Operating Authority, which represents 72 airport companies in the UK, estimates that the tax has already cost the economy some £758 million this year. Last year, Holland followed Belgium in abandoning its equivalent of APD. The tax had brought in more than €300 million (£270m) in a year, but the wider cost to the economy – owing to the increased cost of travelling to Holland – was estimated at more than €1.2 billion.

The European Tour Operators Association, a trade body representing Europe's leading travel companies, has given warning that London could lose its place as a main gateway to Europe because the "blanket charge" of APD punishes people for choosing to come here (visitors pay tax on their return leg).

Ryanair says that the increase in APD has forced it to scrap plans for new services in and out of Britain. The airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said: "Gordon Brown's tourist tax will see Britain lose over 10 million passengers, 10,000 airport jobs and more than £2.5 billion in tourism spending. While the UK keeps taxing tourists, Ryanair will switch its growth to EU countries where governments are welcoming tourists, not taxing them."

The Government has shown its disdain for the interests of the travelling public and the domestic tourism industry not only through APD. It has allowed airport authorities regularly to raise landing fees (up nearly 24 per cent at Heathrow and 21 per cent at Gatwick in 2008/2009 compared with the previous year). It has also increased the ATOL Protection Contribution (a fee paid by every package holidaymaker to ensure a trip is financially protected) from £1 to £2.50 in October last year. In 2006, it suggested – and shelved at the last minute – a bed tax that would have added up to 10 per cent to the cost of a break in Britain.

As it is, the high cost of running hotels, passed on in high prices, is holding back the development of domestic tourism. While 22 of the 27 EU member states have reduced VAT on hotels during the economic downturn, Britain has maintained its rates (apart from the short-term 2.5 per cent reduction in VAT across the board). The same is true of restaurants. By the middle of this year, 14 of those states will have reduced VAT on eating out: France, for example, from 19.6 per cent to 5 per cent. Again, British restaurateurs – and their customers – face the same tax as before.

Next month the Government plans to remove the tax breaks on holiday cottages, potentially leaving owners with huge bills and travellers with higher rental prices (a move that George Osborne, the shadow chancellor, has vowed to overturn if the Tories win in May). Add to this the exorbitant cost of public transport, petrol and alcoholic drinks in this country and you realise that Britain, as a destination, needs all the political capital and PR that it can get.

Yet it remains one of the few nations in the EU without a full-time minister for tourism, despite the travel industry being worth about £135 billion a year to the British economy. Responsibility for both inbound and outbound tourism is currently split across five different government departments, making legislative changes all but impossible. To make matters worse, the Government continues to play pass the parcel with the job – there have been eight ministers with responsibility for tourism in the 13 years Labour has been in power.

VisitBritain, the UK tourism agency, has had its annual funding cut by £9 million between 2007 and 2010. Visitor numbers fell by seven per cent in the three months to Christmas, compared with the same period in 2008. Has no one told the Government that there is an Olympics on the horizon?

The Conservatives have not always been great supporters of the travelling public when in government – it was Kenneth Clarke who introduced APD in 1994. But they, at least, seem to have been paying lip service to the value of tourism in recent weeks, perhaps recognising that a fair deal for travellers could be a vote-winner come the election.

This month, after criticising Labour's conveyer belt of junior ministers, David Cameron promised that if he became prime minister he would appoint a dedicated tourism minister.

"It is a very important strategic industry," he said. "I want to have a strong tourism minister and give [him or her] the chance to get on and do the job rather than endlessly chopping and changing."

With the gap between the two main parties narrowing by the week, could travel really become an election issue? Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, which released an election wish list earlier this month, certainly thinks so. "Whichever party wins the election it will have to decide on ATOL reform [whether the scheme should include flights and other services that are not booked as part of a package], airport expansion, and changes to the tax regime affecting aviation as well as addressing climate change and continuing the recovery," he said.

According to research conducted by TUI during the height of the economic downturn, nine in 10 Britons felt that their annual holiday was still a necessity rather than a luxury. In the run-up to the election, your local MP might do well to remember that.

Prayer At Start of Shift As Community Helper (Prayer, 16 January 2010)

Cachecol com Squares de flores

Jason Bradbury - Modern Warfare 2 challenge

Modern Warfare 2 - The Pit - Real x Fantasy - Who won? The Gadget Show


Life in Haiti - by Leclerc Brothers Motion Pictures

Life in Haiti-Canon 5D MKII & Glidetrack from Leclerc Brothers Motion Pictures on Vimeo.

Lessons of Haiti

Lessons of Haiti


We are all this vulnerable.

No matter what fortress I build, it might be defenceless.

No matter how organized my agenda,

my plans might change this moment.

No matter how I might feel safe,

I am this unprotected.

No matter what I hoard,

I might be without the most basic.

Haiti. I have wept.

Haiti I have asked,

‘Why the poorest of the poor?’

Yet Haitians you come out singing

praise, gratitude, strong faith.

Haiti. You teach the world

about faith, hope, charity.

Haiti. You revive

the consciousness of the world;

remind there are acts of conscience

greater than amass of any fortune.

Haiti. You are strong and teach

powerful lessons of courage.

Haiti. You do not quit. Haiti. You do not withdraw.

You share your pain with us all

and remind we are

always at mercy of forces greater.

Haiti. You awaken human consciousness

that we are brothers and sisters

in sorrow, joy and hope.

Your suffering

is plea to dignify humanity.

As we are privileged to help rebuild with you,

we rebuild ourselves.

L'union fait la force/Unity is Strength

Creator, Grandmothers, Grandfathers

Nous recherchos pour mon Dieu

nous bénisse avec

la grâce, la miséricorde, le confort

to create compassion

of family without borders


© Sharilyn Calliou 22 January 2010

From Blue Dog Studio

Graphic From tinypics

One million baby slings recalled after links to infant deaths

One million baby slings recalled after links to infant deaths

More than 1 million baby slings made by Infantino are being recalled because the products have been linked to three infant deaths.

The slings wrap around the chest so on-the-go parents can carry their babies or just stay close as they bond with their infants

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said babies could suffocate in the soft fabric slings. The agency urged parents to immediately stop using the slings for babies under 4 months old.

The recall involves 1 million Infantino "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" slings in the United States and 15,000 in Canada.

Jack Vresics, Infantino's president, said the company has been working closely with the commission on its concerns over the sling.

"Our top priority is the safety of infants whose parents and caregivers use our products," Mr Vresics said in a statement. He said the company would offer a free replacement baby carrier, activity gym or shopping cart cover to any affected consumer.

The slings wrap around the chest so on-the-go parents can carry their babies or just stay close as they bond with their infants.

Earlier this month, CPSC issued a broad warning about sling-style baby carriers, saying they pose a potential suffocation risk to infants, especially babies under 4 months. Babies who had a low birth weight, were born prematurely or had breathing problems such as colds were also at risk.

At the time, the commission did not single out a specific type of sling or manufacturer. It said it had identified or was investigating at least 14 deaths in the last 20 years associated with baby slings.

In Wednesday's announcement, CPSC said three of the deaths occurred last year and were linked to Infantino slings. It did not say exactly how the babies died.

In its general sling warning earlier this month, CPSC said infants can suffocate in two different ways:

–A sling's fabric can press against a baby's nose and mouth, blocking the baby's breathing and suffocating a baby within a minute or two.

–The other scenario involves slings where the baby is cradled in a curved or "C-like" position, nestling the baby below the mother's chest or near her belly. That curved position can cause a baby who doesn't have strong neck control to flop its head forward, chin-to-chest, restricting the infant's ability to breathe. "The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate," warned the commission.

Slings have been promoted by baby experts as a way to calm fussy babies or for nursing mothers who can breast-feed their children in the sling.

Consumer Reports raised concerns about slings back in 2008, and had called on CPSC to issue a recall of the Infantino SlingRider. Safety advocates criticised the curved position that the baby can fall into while inside the sling.

Baby experts and breast-feeding advocates insist that not all slings are dangerous. They say carriers that keep a newborn baby solidly against the mother's body in an upright position are safe.

The Infantino slings being recalled were sold from 2003 through 2010 at several retailers, including Target, Babies R Us and Burlington Coat Factory.

Budget 2010: Labour taxes the rich to pay for borrowing

Alistair Darling has used his pre-election Budget to announce billions of pounds of new taxes on the better off to help him pay off Labour’s huge Government deficits.

By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent
Published: 1:39PM GMT 24 Mar 2010


The Chancellor also set out pre-election sweeteners for key voters, including a stamp duty cut for first-time buyers, funded by a tax increase on buyers of £1 million houses.
Budget 2010 full coverage

In another move targeting the wealthiest, inheritance tax thresholds will also be frozen for three years, meaning inflation will push more people into higher brackets.

Tax allowances for the highest earners will also be restricted.

Justifying the measures, the Chancellor told MPs: "Looking across all the tax rises since the beginning of this global crisis, 60% of them will be paid for by the top 5% of earners.

"We have not raised these taxes out of dogma or ideology. We are determined to ensure our overall tax regime remains competitive.

"But I believe those who have benefited the most from the strong growth in incomes in past years should now pay their fair share of tax."

The key measures announced in Mr Darling's Budget were:
A new 5 per cent stamp duty rate for houses worth over £1 million to fund an end to the levy on properties selling for less than 250,000
3p rise in fuel duty to be staged in; £100 million to repair local roads after winter damage and £285 million for motorways.
Duty on beer, wine and spirits to rise 2%. Tax on cider increased by 10% above inflation from midnight on Sunday. Tobacco duty increases today by 1% above inflation this year, then 2%.
£2 billion 'green investment bank' to fund environmentally friendly initiatives.

In a limited hand-out to voters, this year’s scheduled 3p rise in fuel duty will be staged, with petrol and diesel prices rising by a penny per litre in April, October and January.

The main focus of Mr Darling’s hour-long statement was curbing the Government’s vast borrowing programme.

Mr Darling had set out plans to borrow £178 billion this year and £175 billion next year. The scale of those deficits has left investors worried about Britain’s ability to pay off its debts.

Trying to reassure those investors, Mr Darling said he would direct £19 billion of extra tax revenues towards reducing borrowing.

He told MPs that tax revenues had been stronger than he expected, so he will borrow £167 billion this year and £163 billion in 2010/11.

Those deficits are still equal to more than 11 per cent of the entire economy, but the small reductions appeared to reassure City investors, and the interest rate the Government pays on its outstanding loans fell slightly.

The Government deficit will be £131 billion in 2011/12, then £110 billion in 2012/13, Mr Darling said. It will fall to £74 billion in 2014/15.
General Election 2010
More on the Budget 2010

Mr Darling cut his growth forecast for 2011 to between 3 per cent and 3.5 per cent, similar to that of the Bank of England. Previously, he had forecast growth of up to 3.75 per cent.

He left his other forecasts unchanged.

To raise more money, Mr Darling repeated long-standing promises to sell off Government assets including the Dartford Crossing and the Tote bookmaking agency.

There were also increased tax allowances for businesses to put pressure on the Tories, who have promised to abolish such tax breaks to fund a cut in corporation tax.

Mr Darling also warned that the next spending round will be the toughest for decades, signalling that Whitehall will face cuts.

The number of civil servants in London is to be reduced by one-third over the long term, with 15,000 posts relocated within the next five years.

And public pay awards will be capped at 1 per cent for the two years from 2011

On duty, cider drinkers are the hardest hit, facing a 10 per cent rise in duty from Sunday.

There will also be big rises in tax on tobacco.

Sinto o fogo ardente da paixao

Toda mulher quer
viver uma paixão
Que lhe tire a razão
Que a leve ao céu
Sem que os pés
lhe saiam do chão...

- Letícia Thompson


10/10/09 - 12h37 - Atualizado em 10/10/09 - 12h37

Três chefs de diferentes nacionalidades apresentam esta receita com os principais ingredientes do prato típico do Círio de Nazaré.

(Prato para 4 pessoas)


1 pato médio
4 cebolas
1 dente de alho
4 folhas de louro
sal grosso e pimenta a gosto
100ml de azeite de oliva

Tempere o pato com sal grosso e pimenta, corte as cebolas em cruz e faça uma cama de cebolas em uma assadeira. Acrescente o alho amassado e deixe em frigorífico para resfriar por um noite. Asse em forno pré-aquecido a 180º por 2 horas ou até ficar macio.


1 cálice de Tucupi
1 colherinha de Chicória
1 colherinha de alfavaca
1 colherinha de cheiro-verde
2 cebolinhas roxas
1/2 dente de alho
2 gemas de ovo cozidas
3 colheres de manteiga
2 panelas

Montagem de Creme Bernese de Tucupi

Colocar numa panela para reduzir em fogo muito lento o tucupi, cebolinha, alho e cheiro verde, chicória e alfavaca. Quando estiver reduzido a uma colherada, coloque essa mistura com as gemas de ovo em outra panela em banho-maria. Mexendo sempre, misture a manteiga aos poucos. O molho deve ter a consistência de uma maionese.


1 copo de farinha d'água
1 copo e 1/2 de água
1 pouco de óleo e azeite de oliva
3 dentes de alhos fatiados
3 copos e 1/2 de água
Sal a gosto

Vamos usar como medida o copo de requeijão para fazer a polenta: em uma vasilha coloque 1 copo de farinha d'água, acrescente 1 copo e meio de água e deixe por mais ou menos 30 minutos até hidratar Em outra vasilha coloque um pouco de óleo, misturado com óleo de oliva, 3 dentes de alhos fatiados e deixe dourar. Em seguida coloque 3 copos e meio de água, sal a gosto e deixe até levantar fervura. Abaixe o fogo e vá adicionando o fubá que já esta hidratado e vá mexendo coloque aos poucos, não pare de mexer até ver o fundo da panela.

Depois de tudo é só montar o prato ornamentando com as folhas de jambu cozido! Bom apetite

Jornal Hoje


Saladas completas

Confira três receitas de saladas com alto valor nutricional, que têm poucas calorias e são capazes de substituir uma refeição.

Receitas da nutricionista Denise Rizzo


Salada Lindíssima



- 100g de peito de frango cozido (100 kcal.)
- 30g de passas (87 kcal.)
- ½ maçã picada (32 kcal.)
- 1 fatia de abacaxi (50 kcal.)
- ½ copo de iogurte desnatado (42 kcal.)
- ½ cenoura ralada (37 kcal.)
- suco de ½ limão (6 kcal.)
- 2 colheres de sopa de ervilhas frescas (30 kcal.)
Total: 350 kcal.


Coloque os pedaços de maçã no fundo do prato. Por cima, coloque as ervilhas, o abacaxi e a cenoura ralada. Depois acrescente o frango cozido e o iogurte desnatado.



- 5 folhas de alface americana (20 kcal.)
- 1 pires de agrião (13 kcal.)
- 5 folhas de alface roxa (20 kcal.)
- 5 folhas de rúcula (20 kcal.)
- 50g de tomate cereja (30 kcal.)
- 100g de manga (65 kcal.)
- 1 fatia de queijo minas (30 kcal.)
- 2 fatias de chester (36 kcal.)
- 50g de cenoura ralada (25 kcal.)
- 50g de beterraba ralada (25 kcal.)
Total: 300 kcal.


Misture as folhas verdes num prato grande. Por cima, coloque a manga, o tomate-cereja e queijo minas.

Com os pedaços de chester, faça rolinhos recheados com a cenoura e a beterraba. Use os rolinhos para decorar.



- 5 folhas de alface roxa (20 kcal.)
- 1 pires de chá de vagem (40 kcal.)
- 1 ovo cozido (75 kcal.)
- 2 fatias de presunto magro (100 kcal.)
- 1 tomate (20 kcal.)
- Azeite de oliva
- Suco de limão
- Sal a gosto
Total: 300 kcal.


Forre o prato com as folhas de alface roxa. Coloque a vagem e o tomate e adicione depois o presunto magro. Para terminar, acrescente o ovo cozido em pedaços.

Jornal Hoje

Aprenda a usar as ervas em diversos pratos

Aprenda a usar as ervas em diversos pratos

As ervas possuem vários nutrientes, além de deixar carnes, saladas bem mais saborosas. Confira as receitas!

1) Farfale ao Molho do Chef


100 gr de macarrão farfale (gravatinha)
5 ml de azeite extra virgem
20 gr de tomate cereja
10 gr de tomatinho beluga
2 galhinho de manjericão fresco
1 pitada de sal

Modo de Preparo:
Cozinhe o macarrão e reserve. Em uma panela refogue o azeite com os tomates, o sal e, por último, o macarrão. Salpique com as folhas de manjericão fresco e sirva imediatamente.

2) Suco Refrescante


1 copo de suco de laranja ou de limão gelado
4 folhas de capim limão
6 folhas de hortelã
Mel ou açúcar a gosto para adoçar

Modo de Preparo

Bata todos os ingredientes no liquidificador e sirva imediatamente.

3) Papilote de Peixe com Ervas


1 filé de merluza
½ limão
½ cenoura cortada em tirinhas
4 raminhos de alecrim
4 raminhos de estragão
5 ml de azeite extra virgem
20 cm de papel manteiga
1 pitada de sal

Modo de Preparo:

Tempere o peixe com sal e limão e reserve. Em cima do papel manteiga coloque a cenoura, 2 raminhos de alecrim e dois de estragão. Coloque por cima destes ingredientes o filé de peixe e os outros raminhos. Regue com o azeite e feche o papel como um envelope. Leve ao forno por aproximadamente 10 minutos. Sirva no próprio papel e deixe que os seus convidados abram ele na mesa.

4) Manteiga de Ervas


200 gr de manteiga (em temperatura ambiente)
2 raminhos de alecrim fresco
2 raminhos de estragão
2 raminhos de tomilho freso
½ molho de salsinha fresca
1 raminho de orégano fresco

Modo de Preparo:

Pique as ervas bem pequenininhas e misture-as na manteiga em temperatura ambiente. Em um papel filme, coloque a manteiga e a enrrole como um rolinho. Leve à geladeira por no mínimo 2 horas. Sirva em pedaços por cima de carnes e outras preparações quente, o que fará com que ela derreta e libere um aroma incrível.

5) Filé em Crosta de Ervas


1 steak (bife de filé ou qualquer outro bife)
2 pães de sal
1 raminho de alecrim desidratado
2 raminhos de tomilho desidratado
½ molho de salsinha desidratado
1 raminho de orégano desidratado
1 pitada de pimenta do reino preta
1 pitada de sal

Modo de Preparo:

Torre os pães e moa, fazendo uma farinha de pão. Lave as ervas, seque e retire todas as folhas. Pique e leve ao forno para desidratar. Misture as ervas com a farinha e reserve tudo. Tempere o filé com sal e pimenta do reino (moída na hora) e grelhe rapidamente numa frigideira (neste momento ele tem que ficar ainda cru por dentro). Empane o filé na farinha e leve ao forno para assá-lo. Descore com 2 folhas de cebolinha fresca e sirva.

6) Smuth de Morango com Manjericão


1 potinho de iogurte natural OU 1 copo de suco de laranja CONGELADOS
10 morangos
10 folhas de manjericão fresco

Modo de Preparo:
Bata todos os ingredientes no liquidificador e sirva.

7) Azeite Aromatizado


500 ml de azeite extra virgem
1 galhinho de alecrim
1 galhinho de tominho
3 folhas de manjericão

Modo de Preparo:

Colocar o azeite em um vidro transparente e colocar as ervas dentro do mesmo. Deixe guardado por no mínimo 20 dias, agitando levemente o vidro todos os dias. Pode ser feito também com estas ervas separadas ou alho frito, orégano, cravo, canela, baunilha, etc. Use a sua imaginação e faça o azeite com o que você mais gosta!

Jornal Hoje

"Delícia de Uva".

Época de festa na serra gaúcha

Na serra gaúcha, é tempo de colheita e festa da uva. Desde dezembro, famílias inteiras passam o dia debaixo dos parrerais colhendo uva. Aprenda a receita de um doce típico com uva e chocolate.

Rosane Marchetti - Caxias do Sul, RS

As famílias repetem o gesto dos pais, dos avós, dos primeiros imigrantes que chegaram da Itália há 135 anos. A colheita vai até março. Dela sai 90% da uva produzida no país. São mais de 500 milhões de quilos. Milhares de famílias vivem da uva e por causa dela fazem festa.

Nessa época, Caxias do Sul celebra a uva! Na praça central o chafariz tem cor de vinho e o principal jornal da cidade chega com perfume de uva. Jornal para ler e cheirar...

Nos pavilhões onde a festa acontece uvas a vontade: branca, preta, rosa. São 250 mil quilos oferecidos aos visitantes.

Uva faz vinho, espumante, suco, geléia e até cosmético. E é claro, é ingrediente para muitas receitas de doces e bolos. Então que tal unir acidez da fruta a doçura do chocolate? Uma mistura que só de falar dá água na boca...

Ivâni Tomé, doceira, é a dona da receita "delícia de uva".

Anote os ingredientes :

- 3 gemas
- Uma colher de sopa de margarina
- 250 gramas de chocolate meio amargo
- 1 lata de leite condensado
- 2 latas de creme de leite sem soro
- 1 quilo de uva dedo de dama

A primeira coisa a ser feita é colocar numa panela uma lata de leite condensado, três gemas e uma colher rasa de margarina. Misture um pouquinho e leva ao forno em torno de cinco a seis minutos, em chama alta e sempre mexendo para não grudar.

Acrescente o creme de leite, sem soro. Misture bem e coloque num prato untado com margarina e deixe esfriar.

Derreta o chocolate em banho-maria. Espere esfriar para colocar as uvas. Se colocar a fruta antes ela estraga.

“Para finalizar o doce ‘delícia de uva’ a gente mistura mais uma lata de creme de leite com o chocolate”, fala Ivâni.

O chocolate deve ser meio amargo, para dar um contraste entre o amargo, o doce e o azedinho da uva.

Com o creme frio, é hora de colocar as uvas, uma ao lado da outra.

Para finalizar, coloque a mistura de creme de leite com chocolate derretido e leve para a geladeira por duas, três horas, até ficar bem geladinho.

Jornal Hoje

Grupo desenvolve bebê-robô para estimular jovens a terem mais filhos

23/03/10 - 14h09

A taxa de natalidade no país é de um vírgula trinta e sete bebê por casal

Jornal Hoje

A preocupação no Japão é com a próxima geração. Um grupo de estudantes de engenharia desenvolveu um bebê -robô para estimular a população a ter mais filhos.

O robô resmunga, mexe as perninhas, ao ser tocado nas bochechas reage como uma criança de verdade. Ele foi criado assim para sensibilizar os jovens japoneses e despertar a vontade de formar uma família. A taxa de natalidade no país é de um vírgula trinta e sete bebê por casal.

Conheça a aldeia que nasceu Nelson Mandela

Contagem regressiva: 80 dias da Copa

Na contagem regressiva para a Copa do mundo, a gente dá um pulinho na aldeia onde nasceu um homem fundamental na história da áfrica do sul: o ex-presidente Nelson Mandela.

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China bloqueia acesso de internautas ao site da Google

23/03/10 - 21h36 

Jornal Nacional

O governo da China começou, nesta terça-feira (23), a bloquear o acesso de internautas chineses ao site da empresa Google. Foi uma reação ao anúncio feito, na segunda-feira (22), pela empresa de que não aceitaria mais a censura imposta pelo regime comunista.

A empresa americana informou que os internautas do país passaram a ser direcionados para o Google baseado em Hong Kong, que não é censurado.

Show da Copa do Mundo terá Black Eyed Peas, Shakira e Alicia Keys

áfrica do sul 2010 / Copa do mundo

17/03/10 - 09h37 - Atualizado em 18/03/10 - 07h06
Show da Copa do Mundo terá Black Eyed Peas, Shakira e Alicia Keys

Espetáculo será dia 10 de junho em Soweto, maior subúrbio negro do país.
Renda será revertida para projeto social da Fifa.

Do G1, com informações da Reuters

Black Eyed Peas, Shakira e Alicia Keys estarão entre as principais atrações de um show marcado para a véspera da abertura da Copa do Mundo da África do Sul, disseram os organizadores na quarta-feira (17).

O show de 10 de junho em Soweto, maior subúrbio negro do país, em Johanesburgo, ocorrerá em um estádio para 30 mil pessoas, mas será visto ao vivo por milhões no mundo inteiro, pela TV.

"Estamos animados de ter um concerto de tal magnitude e talento levantando a cortina na primeira Copa do Mundo da
A banda Black Eyed Peas (Foto: Divulgação)

Fifa na África.

Isso é um testemunho do poder universal e unificador do futebol e da música, e vamos começar a competição com a nota certa - de celebração", disse em nota o secretário-geral da Fifa, Jerome Valcke.

Entre os astros africanos que foram convidados estão Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Amadou e Mariam (Mali), Parlotones (África do Sul) e Tirariwen (banda tuaregue de blues).

A renda líquida do espetáculo será dedicada a uma campanha social da Fifa chamada "20 Centros para 2010", que tenta promover ações na África por meio do futebol.

O objetivo é construir em todo o continente 20 centros que oferecem serviços de saúde, educação e escolinha de futebol para comunidades carentes.

A cantora Alicia Keys (Foto: Reuters)

Dieta da USP faz perder 15 kg em 15 dias

A resposta é sim! A Dieta da USP, método de emagrecimento mais famoso dos anos 90, funciona, mas oferece perigos para a saúde

por Helena DiasComentar

Para emagrecer rápido, o método
funciona, mas os especialistas alertam
par os problemas de saúde

Foto: Getty Images

Sucesso nos anos 90, o regime conhecido como Dieta da USP até hoje é um dos mais procurados pelas mulheres. O motivo é simples: o método (quase milagroso) promete emagrecer muito em pouco tempo, com um cardápio basicamente formado de ovos, presunto e café.

Apesar do nome, a origem dessa dieta é duvidosa e já foi motivo de discussão. A própria Universidade de São Paulo não confirma o fato do cardápio ter sido elaborado por seus especialistas. Mas, uma coisa é fato: quem fez garante que emagrece mesmo.

A princípio, a dieta deve ser seguida por apenas 15 dias. “Se for mantida por um tempo maior, a pessoa pode ter complicações renais e alterações cardíacas”, diz a nutricionista Larissa Cohen, do Espaço Stella Torreão, no Rio de Janeiro.

Não se pode deixar de levar em conta os efeitos colaterais que a pessoa pode ter durante a dieta, como cefaléia, constipação intestinal, mau hálito, cansaço, fraqueza muscular, alterações no sono, estresse físico e emocional e, como todas as dietas de perda rápida, o risco de engordar tudo de novo. Vai encarar?

Cintura fininha x saúde

Vamos ser sinceras! Quem procura emagrecer rapidamente não está tão preocupada com a saúde. Se o objetivo é perder peso e o regime for seguido à risca, ele funciona, mas com algumas ressalvas. “O emagrecimento é rápido devido à perda de líquidos, massa muscular e pouca gordura. Quando a pessoa atingir seu objetivo e relaxar, ou seja, voltar à alimentação habitual, não conseguirá manter essa perda de peso”, alerta Larissa.

Emagrecimento saudável é aquele em que não perdemos massa muscular nem líquidos, e sim, gordura de verdade; é um emagrecimento que não permite sacrifícios e se torna prazeroso ao longo do tempo.

A nutróloga Flávia Pinho aconselha a sempre procurar um médico antes de começar qualquer dieta com restrição calórica. A Dieta da USP só pode ser seguida por pessoas que não tenham problemas de saúde, por isso é importante procurar um médico antes. “Muita doenças como hipertensão, diabetes, colesterol elevado são silenciosas”, explica a especialista.

Se você quer se arriscar seguindo essa dieta, fique ciente dos problemas que ela pode lhe causar. Flávia diz que pessoas que têm problemas de colesterol alto, devem substituir o ovo inteiro por apenas as claras, que são compostas por proteína, sem gordura.

Larissa afirma que a redução do peso corporal deve ser lenta e gradual, com base em alimentação adequada e de preferência individualizada ou personalizada, aliada à atividade física.

Primeiro Dia

Manhã: Café preto sem açúcar, com adoçante.
Almoço: 2 ovos cozidos e ervas a desejar.

Jantar: salada de alface com pepino e salsão à vontade.

Segundo Dia

Manhã: Café com bolacha cream-crakers
Almoço: 1 bife grande com salada de frutas à gosto.

Jantar: Presunto à vontade.

Terceiro Dia

Manhã: Café com biscoito cream-crakers.
Almoço: 2 ovos cozidos, salada de vagem e 2 torradas.

Jantar: presunto e salada.

Quarto Dia

Manhã: Café com biscoito.
Almoço: 1 ovo cozido, 1 cenoura e queijo minas à vontade.

Jantar: Salada de frutas e iogurte natural.

Quinto Dia

Manhã: Cenoura crua espremida com limão e café preto.
Almoço: Frango grelhado à vontade.

Jantar: 2 ovos cozidos com cenoura.

Sexto Dia

Manhã: Café com biscoito.
Almoço: Filé de peixe com tomate à vontade.

Jantar: 2 ovos cozidos com cenoura.

Sétimo Dia

Manhã: Café com limão.
Almoço: Bife grelhado e frutas à vontade.
Jantar: Comer o que quiser, menos doce e bebidas alcoólicas.

Observação sobre a dieta da usp :
1 - Depois de completa esta série, comece novamente desde o primeiro dia ao sétimo dia. Depois de 14 dias você terá perdido 14 Kg. No 15º dia você poderá retornar a seus hábitos alimentares normais.
2 - Ervas permitidas: agrião, chicória, alface. Pode beber água, café e chá o dia inteiro.
3 - Não deve trocar os alimentos da dieta e nem substituí-los de horário.

Obama's Fox News Interview Will Help Reach Conservative Democrats, White House Says

First Posted: 03-16-10 02:25 PM | Updated: 03-16-10 02:52 PM

President Barack Obama will make an unusual appearance on Fox News in an effort to reach conservative Democrats who may be critical in getting health care reform passed, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on Tuesday.

The interview, scheduled to air Wednesday night, caused some head-scratching when it was first reported earlier on Tuesday. The Obama administration has had a frosty relationship with the conservative news channel, going so far as to claim that the network was an arm of the Republican Party.

But desperate times apparently call for desperate measures. And in an effort to reach every voter and lawmaker who may be undecided on health care reform, the president will grace the television arm of the Murdoch empire

"Obviously they have a pretty big audience share and I think it is safe to say that a lot of members that are undecided are going ... watch and their constituents watch this news," Gibbs said. "So we are happy to continue the argument on why health care reform is important to pass this year on Fox."

Asked if he thought the president could persuade anyone simply by appearing on their TV screen, Gibbs replied: "It is certainly worth a shot."

There is an important caveat to the president's appearance. Instead of sitting down with one of the network's opinion shows, he will sit down with anchor Bret Baier for his 6 p.m. newscast "Special Report."

Jagd auf den »Todesstern«: Gibt es den geheimnisvollen Sonnenbegleiter Nemesis wirklich?

Am 16. März 2010, in Allgemein, Wissenschaft, von Kopp Verlag - News-Feed

von Andreas von Rétyi

In den dunkelsten Regionen des Sonnensystems ist noch vieles unbekannt. Schon lange allerdings vermuten einige Weltraumexperten, dass sich dort ein extrem schwach glimmender Begleitstern unserer Sonne verbirgt, der nur sehr gelegentlich und indirekt auf seine Existenz hinweist. Jetzt beginnen Astronomen eine neue detektivische Jagd auf dieses obskure Objekt, um das »Nemesis-Rätsel« zu lüften.

Irgendetwas ist dort draußen, weitab der bekannten Planetenbahnen, und bewegt sich langsam durch die pechschwarze kosmische Nacht. Dieses geheimnisvolle Etwas gleicht einem unsichtbaren Phantom und treibt sein Unwesen seit undenklicher Zeit. Nur selten liefert es verräterische Hinweise auf seine Existenz. Erste Verdachtsmomente schöpften die amerikanischen Paläontologen David M. Raup und Jack Sepkoski in den 1980er-Jahren, als sie die enormen Aussterbe-Wellen analysierten, die unsere Erde in großen Abständen heimsuchten. Sie fanden offenbar ziemlich regelmäßig statt, rund alle 26 Millionen Jahre scheint es zu solchen Umbrüchen zu kommen. Für einen derart großen Zyklus konnten sich die beiden Forscher nur kosmische Ursachen vorstellen.

Der Astronom Richard Muller von der kalifornischen Berkeley-Universität entwickelte dann die berühmte Nemesis-Theorie: Ein weit entfernter, bislang unbekannter Begleitstern unserer Sonne umkreist sie in 25.000-fach größerer Distanz als unsere Erde und damit bereits draußen im interstellaren Raum, wo sich auch ein gigantisches Reservoir an Kometen zu befinden scheint – die Oortsche Kometenwolke.

Bedingt durch seine elliptische Bahnform, wandert jener Stern, der auch gerne als »Todesstern« bezeichnet wird, regelmäßig alle 26 Millionen Jahre in die Oortwolke hinein und reißt dort unzählige, im Kälteschlaf schlummernde Kometen aus ihren sicheren Orbits, um sie auf einen gefährlichen Kurs ins innere Sonnensystem zu lenken. Dann kommt es auch auf der Erde zu regelrechten Kometenschauern, also gehäuften Abstürzen großer kosmischer »Hagelbrocken«, die für globale Katastrophen sorgen, in deren Folge eine bemerkenswerte Zahl an Lebensformen ausstirbt.

Gerade in den vergangenen Wochen sorgten neue Erkenntnisse und Einschätzungen hinsichtlich dieser Theorie für Schlagzeilen. Demnach kam der Tod auch für die Dinosaurier wirklich aus dem All. Eine lange umstrittene These erfährt damit wieder neuen Aufwind!

Und Nemesis? Noch ist deren Existenz nichts als eine Hypothese, und auch die Regelmäßigkeit der großen, weltumspannenden Artensterben lässt sich bislang nicht belegen. Aber immerhin, es gibt auch aktuellere Hinweise auf den Todesstern. Wie beispielsweise einen selbst ziemlich rätselhaften Kleinplaneten, der eigentlich gar keine »Daseinsberechtigung« hat. Das arme Kerlchen durchstreift nämlich eine Übergangszone zum Einflussbereich fremder Sterne. Unsere Sonne beeinflusst ihn kaum mehr, und auch von anderen Sternen ist er wiederum zu weit entfernt, als dass sie schon eine stabilisierende gravitative Wirkung auf seinen Lauf haben könnten. Dieses Objekt namens Sedna erreicht im sonnennächsten Punkt seiner stark elliptischen Bahn gerade einmal zweifache Pluto-Entfernung und ist im fernsten Abschnitt fast tausendmal weiter von der Sonne entfernt als unsere Erde! Unglaublich!

Der bekannte Astronom Mike Brown vom kalifornischen Technologiezentrum Caltech erklärt dazu:

»Sedna sollte gar nicht dort sein. Es gibt keinen Weg, Sedna dorthin zu verfrachten, wo sie sich gerade befindet.«

Seiner Ansicht nach kann nur ein bislang unbekannter Begleiter unserer Sonne dafür verantwortlich sein, dass dieser kleine Himmelskörper überhaupt in einer stabilen Bahn gehalten wird. Aber auch andere Indizien sprechen für jenen »unsichtbaren Zweiten«. John Matese, emeritierter Physik-Professor der Universität Louisiana, fand heraus, dass die jetzt im inneren Sonnensystem kreisenden Kometen, die einst ebenfalls aus der Oortwolke kamen – ohne dann allerdings auf die Erde zu stürzen – allesamt ganz offenbar aus einer speziellen Region dieser fernen Kometensphäre kamen. Das deutet wiederum auf eine störende Masse hin, einen unbekannten Himmelskörper eben, dessen Schwerkraft einen kompletten Kometenschwarm ins innere Sonnensystem geschickt hat.

Was aber kann das für ein Himmelskörper sein? Dass er bis heute noch nicht aufgespürt wurde, spricht für eine sehr geringe Leuchtkraft. Möglicherweise handelt es sich um einen Braunen Zwerg, eine Übergangsform zwischen Stern und Planet. Diese Objekte erzeugen bereits eigene Energie, aber nicht durch dieselben Prozesse, wie sie in »normalen« Sternen ablaufen, auch wenn die Mechanismen gleich sind – sprich: Kernfusion. So ein Zwergstern bringt nur rund 13 bis 90 Jupitermassen auf die imaginäre Waage. Matese glaubt, Nemesis schafft nicht einmal so viel, sondern eher nur drei bis fünf Jupitermassen. Trotzdem dürfte die Entstehungsgeschichte dieses kleinen Exoten eher auf einen stellaren Ursprung hinweisen. Allein schon Braune Zwerge, die an sich relativ häufig im Kosmos vorkommen dürften, sind enorm schwer nachzuweisen. Der erste von ihnen wurde 1995 entdeckt.

Um Nemesis endlich auf die Schliche zu kommen, werden Astronomen nun den WISE-Satelliten der NASA einsetzen, der im Dezember letzten Jahres gestartet wurde. Dieser Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer wird große Himmelsareale im Infrarotlicht absuchen, wo Nemesis sein Strahlungsmaximum erreicht. WISE sucht nach schwachen Wärmesignalen aus dem Kosmos. Seine Empfindlichkeit genügt, um ein Objekt wie Nemesis in der vermuteten Distanz auch wirklich zu orten. Allerdings wird es damit noch ein wenig dauern. Bis der ganze Himmel abgeklappert ist und mögliche Kandidaten aufgespürt sind, wird es wohl bis Mitte 2013 dauern.

Zu klären, ob Nemesis trotz ihrer geringen Größe selbst gar Planeten um sich hält, darunter, wie manche glauben, sogar jenen legendären Nibiru, dürfte allerdings in absehbarer Zeit kaum festzustellen sein. Zudem lässt sich allein schon die postulierte Umlaufzeit Nibirus nicht mit den gegenwärtigen Annahmen zum Orbit von Nemesis in Einklang bringen. Der in den alten Keilschrifttafeln erwähnte Nibiru dürfte ohnehin eine ganz andere, von Nemesis völlig unabhängige Geschichte haben …

A singer Loudon clear - Lucy Wainwright Roche says playing music professionally has been a way of getting to know her father, Loudon Wainright III

Lucy Wainwright Roche says playing music professionally has been a way of getting to know her father, Loudon Wainright III

Graeme Thomson

Published on 8 Mar 2010

The last time we saw Lucy Wainwright Roche, in the summer of 2009, she was in Glasgow’s Bar Brel singing a Michael Jackson song with Eddi Reader.

Before we move on, a brief explanation seems appropriate. “I met Eddi when I was on tour with my dad in Australia in 2008, and she invited me to be the support act on her tour,” she says. “We really connected, and when I came to play in Glasgow the venue was right next to her house, so she said I should stay with her. Michael Jackson died while I was there, so we learned The Girl is Mine.

It was really fun – we have a good time together.”

It’s possible to deduce by the clue buried in her double-barrelled surname that the “dad” mentioned is none other than Loudon Wainwright III, further consolidating his position as the founding father of an entire musical dynasty. Rufus and Martha, the product of his marriage to folk singer Kate McGarrigle, who recently died, are now established acts; their half-sister, on the other hand, is just setting out on a great adventure.

Following his divorce from McGarrigle, Loudon married Suzzy Roche, the youngest member of close-harmonising sibling trio the Roches. The couple split, but not before the arrival of their daughter Lucy in 1981. She spent her

toddling years touring with what sounds like virtually the entire Roche family.

“I never went to summer camp. I’d go on the road with mum and my aunts,” she says. “My uncle was the tour manager and would open the shows, and sometimes my grandmother would sell the CDs. I loved it. We were having adventures all across the States.”

As she got older, however, she started to resist the idea of joining the family business. Her way of rebelling was to go to college, study for a Masters degree, and get “a real job”, teaching pre-teens at an elementary school in New York. Her attempts at leading a conventional life lasted until Rufus invited her to tour with him in 2005, at which point the old bug bit hard. “When I was reminded what it felt like I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that this was where I belonged,” she says. “So I left my job eventually and started doing this. I loved teaching, and would do it again, but I’m very happy doing what I’m doing now.”

Playing music professionally has also been a way of getting to know her father. She was only two when her parents divorced, and although Loudon was always “a presence in my life,” time spent together was limited. Touring with him – first in 2008, and on regular occasions since – has “transformed our relationship. We’ve got back some lost connection.”

She admits there are pros and cons to being part of a famous musical family. “I have a lot of people to ask advice from, and the downside is I have a lot of people giving advice even if I’m not asking, while comparisons can be a drag. But it’s overwhelmingly positive. Although my family have been very inclusive, we’re not stepping on each other’s toes, which is quite important. We’re not in each other’s way.”

It helps that Wainwright Roche has established her own identity, making considerably less dramatic (some might say overwrought) music than either Rufus or Martha. Instead, her debut album, Lucy, is filled with gentle acoustic textures and very traditional songwriting, shot through with a dark undercurrent that occasionally brings to mind Judee Sill. Featuring contributions from her father, the Roches and the Indigo Girls, as well as a cover of Paul Simon’s America, the album was partially funded through donations from her fans, many of them pledging $30 to enable her to record and release it independently. “It was amazing to see that kind of support,” she says.

It’s tangible proof that a return to the classroom shouldn’t be necessary any time soon. “My desire is to continue to make a living doing this,” she says. “To travel and have the richness of that life.” Chalk up another talented recruit to the family firm.

Lucy Wainwright Roche plays Brel, Glasgow, tonight. Lucy is out now (visit

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