Montag, 10. Mai 2010

Educação Cherokee - Linda Mensagem de Deus pra vcs hoje








Educação Cherokee

Você conhece a lenda do ritual de passagem da juventude dos índios Cherokees?
O pai leva o filho para a floresta durante o final da tarde, venda-lhe os olhos e deixa-o sozinho.
O filho se senta sozinho no topo de uma montanha a toda a noite e não pode remover a venda até os raios do sol brilharem no dia seguinte.

Ele não pode gritar por socorro para ninguém.
Se ele passar a noite toda lá, será considerado um homem.

Ele não pode contar a experiência aos outros meninos porque cada um deve tornar-se homem do seu próprio modo, enfrentando o medo do desconhecido.
O menino está naturalmente amedrontado.
Ele pode ouvir toda espécie de barulho.

Os animais selvagens podem, naturalmente, estar ao redor dele.

Talvez alguns humanos possam feri-lo.
Os insetos e cobras podem vir picá-lo.
Ele pode estar com frio, fome e sede.

O vento sopra a grama e a terra sacode os tocos, mas ele se senta estoicamente, nunca removendo a venda.
Segundo os Cherokees, este é o único modo dele se tornar um homem.


Finalmente.. .

Após a noite horrível, o sol aparece e a venda é removida.
Ele então descobre seu pai sentado na montanha perto dele.

Ele estava a noite inteira protegendo seu filho do perigo.
Nós também nunca estamos sozinhos!
Mesmo quando não percebemos Deus está olhando para nós, 'sentado ao nosso lado'.

Quando os problemas vêm, tudo que temos a fazer é confiar que ELE está nos protegendo.
Se você gostou desta história, repasse-a.
E evite tirar a sua venda antes do amanhecer...

Moral da história:

Apenas porque você não vê Deus, não significa que Ele não exista.
Nós precisamos caminhar pela nossa fé, não com a nossa visão material

Download Grátis - Livro - Prosperidade – Fazendo amizade com o dinheiro (Lair Ribeiro)



Descrição:

Se você continuar fazendo o que sempre fez, continuará obtendo o que sempre obteve. Para obter algo diferente, você tem de começar a fazer algo diferente.
Amplie seus horizontes, aposte no futuro e invente a realidade que você deseja.
Neste livro, com base em técnicas avançadas e de grande impacto no campo do desenvolvimento humano, o Dr. Lair Ribeiro desafia você a reprocessar a sua estrutura psicológica e a romper amarras e bloqueios, muitas vezes invisíveis ou involuntariamente recolhidos às profundezas da sua mente. Reais transformações acontecerão com você depois de ter lido este livro.
Muito mais do que técnicas de enriquecimento rápido, este livro lhe mostrará os passos fundamentais para a obtenção da prosperidade, entendida não só como riqueza financeira, mas, também, como saúde e bons relacionamentos.
Vislumbre um mundo muito além da sua rotina, superando o conformismo em sua vida pessoal e ampliando a sua percepção.
Reprograme seus pensamentos e atitudes, descobrindo e reorientando o seu potencial.
Faça mais com menos, multiplicando recursos, integrando-os e prosperando.




Baixe agora este Livro

Video Aula - Avesso Perfeito em Ponto Cruz - com Josi Pereira

Aprenda a fazer ponto cruz com avesso perfeito.






Die Pillen-Revolution

Als Befreiung der Frau gefeiert oder als Teufelswerk geschmäht - vor 50 Jahren, am 9. Mai 1960, wurde die Antibabypille in den USA, ein Jahr später in Deutschland zugelassen.


Trotz scharfer Kritik avancierte das Hormonpräparat jenseits des Atlantiks wie auch hierzulande rasch zum Verkaufsschlager. Aber bald zeigten sich Schattenseiten. "Am Anfang überwog die Euphorie", bilanziert Robert Jütte vom Institut für Geschichte der Medizin in Stuttgart. "Dann folgte allmählich Ernüchterung.

Die Zahlen sprechen für sich: Weltweit nutzen schätzungsweise 100 Millionen Frauen die Antibabypille. In Deutschland vertrauen laut einer Umfrage der Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) 55 Prozent der verhütenden Frauen auf das Hormonpräparat. Die Pille gilt als bequem, relativ verträglich und zuverlässig. Die Diskussion um die öffentliche Moral ist schon vor Jahrzehnten verstummt.
Der lange Kampf um die Geburtenkontrolle

Wie sich die Zeiten geändert haben, zeigt ein Blick in die Vergangenheit. Vor 50 Jahren glich die Ankündigung der US-Zulassungsbehörde, das Präparat Enovid als Verhütungsmittel zu genehmigen, einer Entschuldigung: "Die Zustimmung basiert auf der Sicherheit", erklärte FDA-Mitarbeiter John Harvey am 9. Mai 1960. "Unsere Vorstellungen von Moral haben damit nichts zu tu
Mit dem Zulassungsantrag der Pharmafirma G. D. Searle hatte sich die Behörde Zeit gelassen. Dabei nahmen zu dieser Zeit schon mindestens eine halbe Million Frauen das Mittel. Denn Enovid war bereits seit drei Jahren erhältlich - zur Linderung starker Menstruationsbeschwerden. Als das Präparat dann im Sommer 1960 offiziell als Verhütungsmittel auf den US-Markt kam, schnellte die Nachfrage derart in die Höhe, dass der deutsche Hersteller Schering hierzulande schon am 1. Juni 1961 mit dem Präparat Anovlar nachzog. Das DDR-Pendant Ovosiston wurde im Jahr 1965 als "Wunschkindpille" vorgestellt.
Sexualität war ein Tabu

Während die neue Verhütungsmethode in Ostdeutschland allgemeine Zustimmung fand, rührte sie in der Bundesrepublik am Fundament der Gesellschaftsordnung. "Damals herrschten sehr konservative Moralvorstellungen, Sexualität war ein Tabu", erinnert sich Gisela Notz, Bundesvorsitzende von pro familia. "In der sexuellen Befreiung sahen die katholische Kirche und selbst ernannte Lebensschützer den Untergang des Abendlandes."
Zwar verhüteten viele Paare auch schon Jahrzehnte vor Einführung der Pille, etwa mit Kondomen. "Aber das gängigste Verfahren war damals der Coitus interruptus", sagt Jütte. Diese Praxis verlangte den Frauen nicht nur Vertrauen in ihre Partner ab. Sie versagte regelmäßig - mit gravierenden Folgen: In der stockkonservativen Bundesrepublik blieb vielen Schwangeren nur die Wahl zwischen Muss-Ehe, gesellschaftlicher Ächtung als Mutter eines unehelichen Kindes oder einer illegalen, extrem teuren und oft lebensgefährlichen Abtreibung.

"Mit der Pille konnten Frauen erstmals selbst über die Verhütung bestimmen", sagt Notz. "Das ermöglichte freiere und lustvollere Beziehungen, ohne die ständige Angst vor einer Schwangerschaft." Alice Schwarzer stimmt zu: "Ich habe die Pille als ungeheure Befreiung empfunden", sagt die Publizistin. "Endlich konnten Frauen sich selbst vor ungewollten Schwangerschaften schützen."
Kritik von der Kirche

Dass die neue Freiheit manchen ein Dorn im Auge war, schmälerte den Erfolg der Pille kaum. Auch wenn Papst Paul VI. 1968 in seiner Enzyklika "Humanae vitae" die künstliche Empfängnisverhütung ablehnte, wurden 1970 bundesweit 27 Millionen Monatspackungen verkauft. Aber schon da waren die Nachteile der hormonellen Verhütung nicht mehr zu übersehen. "Die Pille war ein Durchbruch in der Geschichte der Empfängnisverhütung, aber auch ein zweischneidiges Schwert", sagt Jütte. "Einerseits wurde als Befreiung empfunden, dass man Sexualität von Fortpflanzung trennen kann. Auf der anderen Seite kritisierten Frauenrechtlerinnen, mit der Pille degradiere die männerdominierte Gesellschaft und Pharmaindustrie die Frau zum Lustobjekt."
"War eine Hormonbombe"

Für Ernüchterung sorgten aber vor allem die immer deutlicher werdenden Gesundheitsrisiken. Die damalige Pille enthielt ein Mehrfaches der Dosis heutiger Präparate und verursachte bei vielen Frauen etwa Kopfschmerzen, Schwindel oder Übelkeit. "In den 1960er Jahren war die Pille eine Hormonbombe", sagt Notz.
Schon im Herbst 1961 hatte ein englischer Arzt im Fachblatt "The Lancet" erstmals den Fall einer Frau beschrieben, die nach Einnahme der Pille an einer Thrombose starb. Solche Berichte häuften sich, für weitere Verunsicherung sorgten Berichte über ein erhöhtes Krebsrisiko. Zwar hat sich dieser Verdacht bislang nicht bestätigt, aber auch bei geringerer Hormondosis steigern die Präparate die Gefahr für einen Gefäßverschluss.

In Deutschland können Frauen heutzutage zwischen Dutzenden Varianten der Pille und anderen Formen hormoneller Verhütung wählen. Die Original-Pille, das Präparat Enovlar, verschwand erst 1988 vom US-Markt.

Amor e desamor


Amor e desamor
Se há trauma que me ficou de há uns tempos atrás eram os comentários maldosos de anónimos (ou não) que diziam que eu era uma p**** amargurada mal amada e com falta de sexo. Tirado a parte de p**** o resto é bem verdade. Uma pessoa gosta de pensar que os amigos e a família dos conseguem dar tudo, mas há coisas que não podem mesmo dar. Tivesse eu um f*** friend e nada seria verdade mesmo.

Mas a verdade é que não há cupcakes no mundo que substituam umas cambalhotas marotas. E quando via casalinhos amorosos – cof nojentos, cof - achava mesmo que me faltava qualquer coisa. Não sabia bem o quê, mas a falta de sexo começava a ser já qualquer coisa crónica. Depois sem eu saber bem como, lá me apareceram uns olhinhos azuis que foram persistentes o suficientes para me convencerem a umas noites de loucura, e depois mais outras e depois mais outras. Sim, a distância do tempo pode dar algum romantismo à história que na altura não passou mais de uma aventura inconsequente. Não se enganem que também não foi fácil, depois de uma travessia no deserto e de uns quantos trambolhões uma pessoa também fica mais exigente. Se é para matar a sede no deserto, que seja com uma Coca-Cola. Assim foi.

Mas como em tudo, nem todos os dias são bons, nem todos os momentos são alegres, nem tudo é mais fácil só porque temos um namorado. As borboletas no estômago não disfarçam o nó na garganta do difícil que é voltar a confiar em alguém. Os beijos não curam feridas do passado nem o medo de nos metermos noutra embrulhada. Os “se” quase nos fazem preferir não viver uma história seja de amor ou de desamor a arriscar abrir outra ferida

Às Belas Flores - Uma Oracao


Às Belas Flores!

Á todas vocês, Belas Mulheres, um lindo dia.
Um dia doce, florido e gostoso como esse cupcake.


Que dance a linda flor, girando por ai
Sonhando com amor, sem dor, amor de flor
Querendo a flor que é
No sonho a flor que vem
Seu duplamente flor encanta, colore e faz bem!
*Maria Gadú

Oração das mulheres resolvidas!



Que o mar vire champagne e os homens tira gosto,
que a fonte nunca seque,
e que a nossa sogra nunca se chame Esperança,
porque Esperança é a última que morre...


Que os nossos homens nunca morram viúvos,
e que nossos filhos tenham pais ricos e mães gostosas!


Que Deus abençoe os homens bonitos,
e os feios se tiver tempo....


Deus....
Eu vos peço sabedoria para entender um homem,
amor para perdoá-lo e paciência pelos seus atos,
porque Deus,
se eu pedir força, eu bato nele até matá-lo.


Um brinde...


Aos que temos,
aos que tivemos e aos que teremos.


Um brinde também aos namorados que nos conquistaram,
aos trouxas que nos perderam
e aos sortudos que ainda vão nos conhecer!


Que sempre sobre,
que nunca nos falte,
e que a gente dê conta de todos!


Amém.

"Lição" do acidente de Senna salvou minha vida, diz Massa


"Lição" do acidente de Senna salvou minha vida, diz Massa
11 de março de 2010 • 09h40

http://esportes.terra.com.br

Brasileiro reestreia neste domingo na F1


Prestes a retornar "para valer" às pistas, o brasileiro Felipe Massa disse ao jornal inglês Daily Mirror que só escapou com vida do grave acidente que sofreu no ano passado graças às mudanças ocorridas após a morte do compatriota Ayrton Senna após batida no GP de San Marino em 1994.

O ferrarista afirmou que não teria sobrevivido caso seu acidente tivesse ocorrido há dez anos e exaltou as evoluções tecnológicas que aumentaram a segurança dos pilotos. Segundo ele, tais alterações aconteceram por conta da tragédia fatal do ídolo e tricampeão do mundo.

No treino para GP da Hungria, em julho do ano passado, Massa foi atingido por uma mola que saiu do carro do compatriota Rubens Barrichello. Ele chegou a ficar em coma, se recuperou gradualmente, mas perdeu o restante da temporada. Sua volta à Fórmula 1 será neste domingo, na etapa do Bahrein.

Viagem à Índia inspira decoração de duas casas











http://casa.abril.com.br


MÓVEIS E ACESSÓRIOS
Viagem à Índia inspira decoração de duas casas!

Imagens capturadas por um arquiteto no Laos e uma designer na Índia deixam marcas na memória e influenciam a decoração de suas casas. Aproveite para conhecer 38 formas de se render aos caprichos indianos

Reportagem Visual Cristina Bava
Texto Luciana Benatti
Fotos Salvador Cordaro






O rio Mekong, que atravessa o Sudeste Asiático, inspirou o roteiro do arquiteto Alexandre Zanini por três países: Laos, Camboja e Vietnã. Destino pouco explorado pelo turismo, o Laos foi o ponto alto da viagem. Entre os rios Mekong e Khan, o arquiteto se surpreendeu com uma pequena joia: a cidade de Luang Prabang. Hospedado num hotel de charme, ele explorou as ruas, repletas de templos e construções tradicionais, que se misturam à arquitetura da colonização francesa. “Chamam a atenção as tramas aplicadas em arremates de telhado, detalhes de parede e grades”, lembra. Nessa paisagem única, uma cena atraiu seu olhar: um monge com vestes cor de açafrão estuda à sombra de uma árvore carregada de flores do mesmo tom. De volta a São Paulo, ele emprestou o alaranjado do monge para aquecer sua sala de jantar. Trazido na bagagem, o tecido, lá usado sobre a cama, aqui serve de caminho de mesa

“Pedacinhos de mundo” alimentam o trabalho da designer

Nascida nos Estados Unidos, filha de argentinos e brasileira por opção, a designer Roxanne Duchini traz no sangue o gosto por viagens. Sem jamais perder uma oportunidade de fazer as malas, ela já conheceu países como México, Tailândia, Laos, Vietnã e Marrocos. De cada lugar visitado, volta com a bagagem repleta de tecidos que servirão de matéria-prima ao seu trabalho. “São pedacinhos de mundo que trago comigo.” Com eles, cria ousadas misturas que dão cara nova a sofás, cadeiras e banquetas. Mas é da Índia, mais precisamente de uma aldeia na fronteira com o Paquistão, que guarda as melhores lembranças, como o retrato que fez de duas indianas e uma criança com suas roupas coloridas. “É impossível descrever em palavras a riqueza de cores, formas e combinações de tecidos que encontrei por lá”, conta. Uma inspiração que está presente em cada canto de seu apartamento paulistano.

Torta de batata com queijo e alho poró

INGREDIENTES
3 ovos 1 ½ quilo de batatas raladas 2 cebolas picadas ou raladas 500g de queijo picados orégano sal manteiga 500 g de queijo gouda 1 talo de alho poró Gengibre a gosto
MODO DE FAZER


Refogue o alho poro com o gengibre.
Rale as batatas e reserve, bata os ovos e misture com elas, acrescente o sal, o orégano, as cebolas picadas e o queijo em cubos.

Coloque essa mistura numa fôrma untada com manteiga e cubra com pedacinhos de manteiga.
Leve para assar a 180 °C por aproximadamente 1 hora.

The church that resurfaced

Créditos para http://seawayblog.blogspot.com

The church that resurfaced
By Guido Trombetta on 12:08 PM Bizarre, Environment, News, Photos
The image of a church emerging from the water just with the bell tower is quite distinguishing indeed, but it's not so rare, there at least half a dozen example in the world (and a wonderful one, I've already spoken about, is in Italy) and the story behind it's more or less always the same: a dam built for hydroelectric purposes causing an entire village to be submerged. The bell tower, which often is the highest spot of a village remains as a picturesque recall (of economic interests overwhelming people's interests).




©Reuters

This time however, even if the first part of the story is just the same, there is an unexpected (and somehow worrying) turn in the plot. The church has resurfaced!
It's in Venezuela and the cause is a severe drought which is hitting the nation, exposing a church, pictured in 2008 (left) and on February 21, 2010.



©Reuters


The 82-foot-tall (25-meter-tall) church and the Andean town of Potosi were flooded in 1985 to establish the Uribante-Caparo water reservoir to power the plant, which is currently operating at just 7 percent of its capacity.





©Reuters

The church is now an ominous symbol of energy shortages in the country, which gets around 68 percent of its power from hydroelectricity. The droughts spurred Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to declare an energy emergency in February.





©Reuters


In a little over a year, the Venezuelan church went from almost fully submerged to bone dry.

The drought that caused the rapid decline has been linked to El Niño, a climate phenomenon that occurs every two to seven years and changes worldwide weather patterns. During an El Niño event—such as the current one, which began in summer 2009—the Pacific Ocean warms up near equatorial South America and disrupts large-scale atmospheric circulation.







Era - Looking for something

Era es el proyecto musical del francés Eric Lévi. En este proyecto, gran parte de las canciones están basadas en el canto gregoriano medieval en latín, específicamente en el estilo

FABULOUS restaurant La Grande Cascade

FABULOUS restaurant La Grande Cascade, once an old hunting building from Napoléon’s times... located in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, an area of Paris... I
















GELADO DE PAPAIA - Receita do Blog Cozinhar com os Anjos



http://cozinharcomosanjos.blogspot.com/

Ingredientes que usei:
-1 papaia com 1,200 kg
-300 g de açúcar branco fino
-2 gemas
-400 ml de natas
-100 ml de Licor Famouse Grouse
-pinhões levemente torrados
Descasco a papaia e retiro as pevides e fiarpos,ok, não sei se é assim que se chama. Metade corto em rodelas e quartos, reservo. A outra metade corto em bocados e com um garfo esmago (para encontrar bocados da fruta no gelado). Coloco num tacho e junto 200 g de açúcar e 3o ml de Licor. Levo ao lume até ferver e ficar uma mistura uniforme. Retiro do lume e reservo até arrefecer. Numa tigela bato as gemas até ficarem espumosas. Entretanto junto a mistura da papai já fria e, envolvo muito bem. Depois é juntar as natas batidas "quase"em chantilly. Envolve bem sem bater. Verter a mistura na sorveteira a trabalhar. Leva 30 minutos. Agora num tacho coloco as 100g de açúcar o resto do Licor e a papaia que tinha reservada. Levo ao lume e deixo ferver até ficar um estilo "glaciada". Reservo. Depois servi com uma rodela de papaia glaciada, coloquei uma bola de gelado e enfeitei com mais papaia e pinhões levemente torrados.

Frases: Voltaire




"O repouso é uma boa coisa mas o tédio é seu irmão." Voltaire

"Todo o homem é culpado do bem que não fez." Voltaire

"Existirá alguém tão esperto que aprenda pela experiência dos outros?" Voltaire

"Uma discussão prolongada significa que ambas as partes estão erradas." Voltaire

"Se queres conversar comigo, define primeiro os termos que usas." Voltaire

"Todos nós sofremos, mas o falar nos dá alívio." Voltaire

"O preconceito é uma opinião sem julgamento. Assim em toda terra inspiram-se às crianças todas as opiniões que se desejam antes que elas as possam julgar." Voltaire

"O que é virtude? Beneficência para com o próximo." Voltaire

"Uma única palavra posta fora do lugar estraga o pensamento mais bonito." Voltaire

"Filósofo, amante da sabedoria, isto é, da verdade." Voltaire

"A amizade é um casamento entre almas, e esse casamento é sujeito ao divórcio." Voltaire

"As paixões são como ventanias que enfunam as velas dos navios, fazendo-os navegar; outras vezes podem fazê-los naufragar, mas se não fossem elas, não haveria viagens nem aventuras nem novas descobertas." Voltaire

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Long Island City Comes Into Its Own



Long Island City’s changing skyline as seen from Midtown Manhattan.
By JEFF VANDAM
Published: May 6, 2010


http://www.nytimes.com

IT’S got sushi bars. A teahouse. An upscale grocery store. A cocktail lounge where the word “mixologist” could reasonably be uttered. Multiple options for doggy day care. It’s one stop from Manhattan, the views are fabulous, and, joy to the world, there are no alternate-side parking rules.

With all that and more, has Long Island City, 30 years after it was first labeled “hot,” finally become a self-sustaining neighborhood?

The evidence that this semi-industrial section of Queens is approaching some kind of critical mass is growing. More than a dozen new and converted condominium developments have opened in recent years, and several are sold out. And while thousands of housing units have appeared, a huge number of others — 5,000 or more — are due to be delivered by both public and private enterprises in the coming years.

Prices are rising, too, having mostly recovered from a dip during the Lehman Brothers slump. Though values for condos have not approached the levels of those in sister neighborhoods across the river in Manhattan, it’s not uncommon to pay more than $700 a square foot in Long Island City. Rentals in new buildings aren’t cheap, either; monthly lease rates in some ascend to heights of $3,000 and beyond (but come with unfettered vistas of Midtown, of course).

Perhaps more important for the new residents paying those prices, the list of local amenities is far longer than it was five years ago. Psychic changes are afoot, too.

Consider the great McDonald’s scare of 2010, wherein the blog liQcity.com posted an item about the Golden Arches’ landing a spot on Vernon Boulevard, the main drag. The response was swift and, tellingly, of the type you might expect in a place like Park Slope or Northside Williamsburg.

“Be prepared for fat lazy people discarding their burger wrappers on the street as they leave the restaurant,” one commenter wrote.

“Please let this be a joke,” said another, repeating the thought three times for emphasis.

It was indeed a joke — the blogger, Nancy Verma, quickly informed her readers that they were all April fools. But back in 1980, when New York magazine labeled Long Island City the city’s “next hot neighborhood,” it would have been impossible to conceive of coordinated neighborhood scorn for fast food. Heavy industry was the rule then, with residents mostly living in town houses and small apartment buildings.

Longtimers like the Cerbone family, which runs the well-known Italian restaurant Manducatis on Jackson Avenue, now share the neighborhood with the still-growing crop of condos. It’s difficult to turn a corner without seeing a new building like the Solarium on 48th Avenue or the Murano on Borden Avenue.

The Citylights co-op tower, which sat alone on the waterfront for years, now has a cadre of sleek, glassy neighbors. At the base of one of those buildings, you can buy $13.79 teriyaki swordfish kabobs and truffled Gouda for $25.99 a pound at Foodcellar & Company, a Whole Foods-like grocer that opened in August 2008. (It was followed by a Duane Reade next door, with $23 shampoos and Belgian ales on display.)

“Five years ago when we moved here, all around us it was just, like, warehouses and fields,” said Yulia Oleinik, who lives in the Arris Lofts building with her husband, Logi Bragason, and works for Unicef across the river. “Now there is all this variety of buildings and the infrastructure is coming big time. I just feel that the neighborhood is very much alive, and growing.”

Ms. Oleinik has tapped into the active artistic community that predates the condos, often taking in plays at underground theaters and shows at small art galleries. She and Mr. Bragason sample cuisine at the annual Taste of Long Island City event and loll by the waterfront in Gantry Plaza State Park, which continues to expand northward along the East River.

Yet like others in L.I.C., Ms. Oleinik is worried about the events of the past two years. Around the time of the Lehman Brothers crash, businesses along Vernon Boulevard started to close, prompting residents to wonder whether they were living in a bubble that was about to burst.

“We go through major amenity cycles,” said Ms. Verma, who has lived in the area several years. “The fall is always an upswing for retail, but in the winter there’s always a little decline. The year before last, I feel like 10 businesses went under.”

Today, an empty retail space at the foot of a new residential building is a common sight, as are “coming soon” signs, like the one on the waterfront advertising a library that remains a vacant lot for lack of financing. Other basic services are missing, as well.

“The most mandatory thing we need here on the boulevard more than anything is a butcher, and a hardware store,” said Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, who grew up in the neighborhood and owns the restaurant Manducatis Rustica on Vernon. “And a good bread man, a bakery,” she added.

Still, as some lights go out, others go on. A space on Jackson Avenue at 11th Street is to become Natural Frontier Market, a health food store. Over on Center Boulevard, the brothers who run the Michelin-anointed restaurant Shi are planning a Mexican place called Skinny’s Cantina across the street.

“It’s not a neighborhood to move to if you like the status quo,” said Jake Atwood, a charter resident of the Citylights building who runs the Web site QueensWest.com. “It is constantly evolving, in fits and starts. There are times when it looks like buildings are being built every five minutes.”

The price of entry has come up some, but not quite back to the highs of the pre-Lehman era. Eric Benaim, the president of the real estate firm Modern Spaces and a partner in the new comfort-food restaurant El Ay Si, said that prices began to rise around March 2009, when they had a starting point of around $500 per square foot. Today they have moved into the $600s and $700s.

What is more, the concessions and incentives that buildings were offering to new buyers in late 2008 and early 2009 have been scaled back.

“Before, they were really throwing everything at you,” Mr. Benaim said. “Now it’s not as many as last year. People are out there now. We do have a lot of real buyers, and it’s busy.”

In terms of actual prices, listings with Nest Seekers International for the Vere condominium, farther from the waterfront on Jackson, range from $389,000, for a junior one-bedroom, to $1.199 million for a two-bedroom penthouse with two terraces. Units at the Powerhouse, a converted factory on Fifth Street, range from $475,000, for a studio, to $1.325 million for a two-bedroom two-bath corner apartment.

The finishes there, as in other buildings, tend toward the luxurious.

“It was like, ‘Oh, was there a fire sale on Bosch washers and dryers?’ ” said Todd Smith, who was impressed by the amenities at the buildings he surveyed with his partner, Ethan Jones. They settled on the Powerhouse and moved there from Riverdale in the Bronx earlier this spring.

Some of the newer buildings have sold out completely, like 5th Street Lofts, a Toll Brothers development that sold the last of 118 units in winter 2009. Prices started in the upper $300,000 range for a studio; a unit with 1,600 square feet of space went for around $1.5 million, according to Scott Avram, a senior project manager at the company. Sales started in February 2007. And at the Arris Lofts, where sales have been completed, Hanifa Scully of Corcoran Realty closed a deal for a three-bedroom in March for $1,275,000.

“I’ve never been so busy,” said Ms. Scully, who also lives at the Arris and said she had seen some prices pass $800 a square foot. “Since last September, I’ve seen a tremendous change. It’s very hot.”

There are plenty of new rentals, too, with prices to match. At 47-05 Center Boulevard, built and marketed by the Rockrose Development Corporation, one-bedroom units start at $2,600 per month; a studio with 490 square feet of space across the street at 47-20 Center, marketed by TF Cornerstone, rents for $1,925.

Brian Hennessey, who moved into the 5th Street Lofts in 2008 with his wife, Verena Arnabal, and their new daughter, Maya, made the jump to Long Island City from Murray Hill and hasn’t looked back. The couple shop at the Queens Costco when Foodcellar gets too pricey, and on weekends they hang out with a laptop at the teahouse, Communitea, on Vernon Boulevard.

“They just have the right recipe for success here,” he said. “It’s very easy to get to Manhattan. It’s at the right price point. It’s got all the luxury amenities that people want in the yuppie crowd, and it’s got a good community feel to it.”

Still, Mr. Hennessey is clear-eyed about what the neighborhood needs. Parking is a problem: when friends come to dinner, he has to help them find spots. The service interruptions on the No. 7 train are annoying. He wonders if facilities for dogs will ever come to be, as they aren’t allowed in most of Gantry Plaza State Park and there are few other places to take them.

Those issues may intensify in the coming years. The city’s Economic Development Corporation plans to develop up to 5,000 waterfront units at Hunters Point South, 60 percent of them as middle-income housing; construction should begin next year, said Gayle Baron, the president of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation. And Rockrose, which has already built several waterfront towers, has the rights and plans to build several more.

“I can only imagine that we’re going to wish these days would never end,” Mr. Hennessey said. “When the people come, I can imagine this becoming a very busy part of town.”

Standing over a cappuccino at her restaurant’s counter, Ms. Cerbone-Teoli is circumspect. Some of her regulars are old-timers, but some are new arrivals, and business is good.

As the neighborhood continues to find its way, she hopes that some kind of centralized planning will prevent overdevelopment and disorganized growth. But leaving all that aside, she’s tired of hearing that her home is becoming a happening place to be.

“People think it was just discovered,” she said reprovingly. “But Long Island City was always a great community. It didn’t just now become great.”

Frango ao espumante - Delicias do Chef - Programa Manha Gazeta



Ingredientes
600 g de peito de frango
2 colheres de manteiga
1 maçã
1 cálice de conhaque
½ cebola
Farinha de trigo , pimenta ,sal
Para acompanhar batata palha

Modo de preparo
Corte o frango em iscas e tempere com sal e pimenta do reino
Passe as iscas de frango na farinha de trigo e reserve
Aqueça manteiga e doure a cebola
Entre com o frango e deixe refogar ate dourar
Junte o conhaque e deixe flambar
Junte a maça fatiada
Adicione o creme de leite e deixe e cozinhar
Ao servir espalhe batata palha e sirva com espumante em homenagem ao Dia dos Paes

Bicho de pé - Receita da Palmirinha Onofre - Programa TV Culinária



INGREDIENTES

1 lata de leite condensado
1 colher (sopa) de manteiga
1 envelope de gelatina vermelha sem sabor
Açúcar para passar


MODO DE FAZER

Em uma panela coloque o leite condensado, a manteiga e a gelatina vermelha sem sabor aos poucos. Leve ao fogo e cozinhe por cerca de 4 minutos sempre mexendo.
A seguir, deixe esfriar em um recipiente. Modele com um cortador quadrado ou enrole bolinhas na palma das mãos untada com manteiga. Passe pelo açúcar refinado.

Lagarto com creme de espinafre - Palmirinha Onofre - Programa TV Culinária



INGREDIENTES

1 lagarto de 2 kilos
1 colher (sopa) de tempero pronto
1 folha de louro
300 ml de refrigerante escuro
Sal e pimenta a gosto

Recheio
1 cebola grande cortada
1 gomo de lingüiça calabresa ou portuguesa
2 fatias de abacaxi em calda
100 gramas de margarina

Molho
50 gramas de margarina
1 colher (sopa) de cebola
1 colher (sopa) de farinha de trigo
1 xícara (chá) de espinafre cozido
300 ml de leite
1 colher (sopa) de mostarda
1 caixinha de creme de leite
Sal a gosto



MODO DE FAZER

Em um recipiente coloque o lagarto e abra-o no centro no sentido do comprimento. Coloque a linguiça, a cebola fatiada e pedaços de abacaxi. Feche com auxílio da agulha e linha. Tempere com tempero pronto, louro, pimenta, sal e refrigerante de cola misturados previamente. Deixe no tempero por cerca de 2 horas.

Derreta a margarina em uma panela e frite a carne de todos os lados. A seguir, coloque o caldo do tempero e cozinhe por 1:30 hora colocando água quente aos poucos durante o cozimento. Sirva com o molho de espinafre.



Molho de espinafre:

Cozinhe o espinafre e bata no liquidificador com um pouco de leite. Reserve. Em uma panela derreta a margarina (50 g) e refogue a cebola. Adicione a farinha e pingue o leite aos poucos sempre mexendo. Acrescente o sal, pimenta (opcional) e a mostarda. Cozinhe. Junte o creme de leite e o espinafre batido previamente. Mexa e cozinhe por alguns minutos e desligue.

Berinjelas italianas recheadas - Chef Alex Caputo - chef de cozinha - Programa Mulheres



INGREDIENTES
2 berinjelas grandes
200 ml de azeite extra-virgem
1 maço de manjericão (somente as folhas)
Miolo de 1 pão italiano
50 g de aliche (sem o oleo)
50 g de nozes picadas
50 g de queijo parmesão ralado grosso
200 ml de agua
Sal a gosto
Pimenta a gosto
MODO DE FAZER


Lave bem as berinjelas e corte as pontas. Reserve.
Corte-as em fatias de 1 centimetro e tempere com sal, pimenta e azeite. Reserve.


Retire a casca das pontas das berinjelas que antes foram reservadas e pique em cubos bem pequenos. Reserve.
Em um ball, misture o miolo de pão com o azeite, os cubos de berinjela, o aliche, o manjericão e as nozes picadas. Tempere com sal e pimenta (tomando cuidado com o excesso de sal pois o aliche já é bem salgado) e misture tudo muito bem até obter uma massa.
Em uma assadeira com um fio de azeite e os 200ml de agua, ajeite as fatias de berinjela e, sobre cada uma delas, coloque um pouco da massa de pão e aliche, cobrindo totalmente a superficie. Polvilhe com o queijo parmesão, despeje leve ao forno a 200ºC, pré-aquecido, por 30 minutos. Retire do forno, regue com um pouco mais de azeite.





Rendimento: 12 unidades
Custo da receita toda: R$ 9,60
Venda da receita toda: R$ 26,00

Chef Alex Caputo - chef de cozinha
(11) 9466-8393

Robust Opening of ‘Iron Man 2’ and Summer Films



Robert Downey Jr. in “Iron Man 2.”


By BROOKS BARNES
Published: May 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood is hoping that a barrage of sequels, newly increased ticket prices and the 3-D boom will power its crucial summer season, which kicked off this weekend, to a record $5 billion in North American ticket sales.

It’s an optimistic forecast — last summer’s total was about $4.25 billion — but one that veteran box office analysts think is within reach, especially given the performance of “Iron Man 2,” which opened in domestic theaters with a superhuman $133.6 million in sales.

That result, on par with blockbusters like “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” positions “Iron Man 2” to become one of the highest-grossing motion pictures of the year. In its first 12 days of release overseas, “Iron Man 2” has sold about $194 million, giving the movie an overall total so far of $327.6 million, according to Hollywood.com, which compiles box office statistics.

“Iron Man 2,” which stars Robert Downey Jr. as the brilliant but emotionally damaged industrialist Tony Stark and Mickey Rourke as his nemesis, cost about $170 million to make and had an estimated global marketing budget of about $150 million. Marvel Studios, a division of the Walt Disney Company, produced the movie. Paramount Pictures distributed it for an 8 percent slice of the revenue.

“Audiences are responding to the continued unexpected nature of this franchise, whether it’s the darker places we take Tony in this film, a fantastic new villain — we didn’t pull back in any way from the spirit of the first movie,” said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel.

Exit polls were hugely positive — in contrast to some critical reviews, which were less rapturous. Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice chairman, said, “The results confirm what we always knew: people love this franchise.”

The first “Iron Man,” which was released in May 2008, sold $98.6 million in its first weekend and $318.4 million total. Worldwide, “Iron Man” sold $585.1 million. Its success played a starring role in Disney’s decision to buy Marvel for $4 billion last August.

Now Hollywood must keep up the momentum. The summer season, which runs from early May through Labor Day, typically accounts for 40 percent of annual box office receipts. To successfully navigate this high-stakes period, studios rely in part on audience flow from weekend to weekend; trailers that play with “Iron Man 2” will send people back to theaters and so on until, Hollywood hopes, a degree of habit kicks in.

So big-budget movies will roll out like lumbering parade floats. Next up is Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood,” followed by “Shrek Forever After,” followed by “Sex and the City 2.”

“People always ask how this summer will be different, but they’re never that different — it’s a formula,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com’s box office division. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

This summer, sequels are expected to be the biggest draws. In addition to new installments of “Iron Man,” “Shrek” and “Sex and the City,” there are “Toy Story 3” and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Most of the other offerings are based on best-selling video games (“Prince of Persia”) or books (“Eat Pray Love”).

One interesting weekend to watch, at least from a box office perspective, will be Memorial Day, when “Sex and the City 2” from Warner Brothers and Disney’s expensive “Prince of Persia” go head to head. The success of Disney’s offering will largely depend on luring female moviegoers — it’s one reason the sensitive Jake Gyllenhaal was cast in the title role instead of a traditional action star — but “Sex and the City 2” will be a formidable opponent. The first “Sex and the City” was an unexpected powerhouse, bringing in more than $415 million.

Another unusual weekend arrives on June 11, when two remakes of hits from the 1980s are released: Sony’s “Karate Kid,” starring Jackie Chan and Will Smith’s son Jaden, and 20th Century Fox’s big-screen adaptation of “The A-Team,” which stars Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper, among others.

Of course, there are risks. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which Disney plans to release on July 16, is a live-action fantasy starring Nicolas Cage as a master sorcerer who recruits an everyday dude (Jay Baruchel). Box office watchers say it’s unclear at this point who this extravaganza, based in part on the famous broomstick sequence from “Fantasia,” is for. Little kids? Action fans? Both?

Analysts are also keeping a close eye on “Killers,” an action comedy starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher that arrives from Lionsgate on June 4. Although Ms. Heigl has a powerful box office track record, this film is one of the most expensive for this boutique studio with a budget of about $70 million and faces competition a few weeks later from “Knight and Day,” another action comedy but with bigger stars (Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise).

Every summer has a sleeper, and Mr. Dergarabedian’s bet for this year is Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” a complex science-fiction thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio that arrives on July 16. “At that point people may have some sequel fatigue,” Mr. Dergarabedian said. But it’s a little difficult to think of one of Mr. Nolan’s films as a sleeper, at this point. His previous one, “The Dark Knight,” not only was the biggest box office draw of 2008, but also holds the record for an opening weekend, more than $158 million.

For the next few days, however, the movie capital’s attention will remain on “Iron Man 2,” whose opening ranks fifth on the all-time list. One question: How much money did Marvel leave on the table by choosing to forgo a hasty conversion to 3-D? Some analysts estimated that 3-D screenings could have increased the movie’s opening-weekend total by as much as $20 million. In general, tickets for 3-D engagements carry an added fee of $3 to $5.

Higher ticket prices helped “Iron Man 2” soar above its predecessor.

In March, theater chains lifted prices as much as 25 percent, with 3-D tickets in places like New York City and Los Angeles now costing about $20.

Second place for this weekend went to “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (Warner Brothers) with $9.2 million for a new total of $48.5 million, according to Hollywood.com. “How to Train Your Dragon” (DreamWorks Animation) was third with about $6.8 million for a new total of $201.1 million, while “Date Night” (Fox) was fourth with $5.3 million ($80.9 million total).

“The Back-Up Plan” from CBS Films was fifth with about $4.3 million ($29.4 million).

Chinese AIDS Activist Flees to US After Harassment - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 11:57 a.m. ET

http://www.nytimes.com

BEIJING (AP) -- Wan Yanhai is used to harassment by authorities, but the unwanted attention got steadily worse this year for the founder of a prominent Chinese AIDS advocacy group. Authorities ordered the group's anniversary celebration canceled, sent commercial regulators and tax inspectors to visit its offices, and had police interrupt his talk at a university.

Finally, after dozens of intimidating phone calls from police in a single day, Wan fled to America via Hong Kong last Thursday with his wife and child.

His departure illustrates the toll that relentless official harassment takes on activists in China, even those working on issues such as AIDS that are recognized by the government as legitimate concerns.

''The attacks from the government had become very serious for my organization and for me personally,'' Wan said Monday by phone from Philadelphia, where he and his family are staying with a friend. ''I had concerns about my personal safety and was under a lot of stress.''

''When I am in China, the authorities look at me like I am a bird in a cage. They say, 'If you don't listen to me, then I will eat you,''' Wan said. ''But after I leave the country, they will see me in a new light because I am no longer in their cage.''

In recent months, Beijing has been tightening its control over the operations of independent groups and activists that are seen by the Communist leadership as threats to the government's authority. A renowned women's rights organization was shuttered last month, while over the weekend, two lawyers who represented a member of an outlawed spiritual movement were banned from practicing law for life.

In March, the government decided to regulate overseas donations to aid groups, a move that has squeezed the funding of organizations like Wan's Beijing-based Aizhixing Institute, which offers legal advice to people with HIV and campaigns against discrimination.

The rule says groups such as Aizhixing must show proof that overseas nonprofit donor groups are registered in their home countries and strictly follow detailed agreements with foreign donors on how donated funds are spent.

''Funding became a major problem for us after that,'' Wan said.

He said police interrupted a March talk he was due to give to the Southern China Science and Industry University on sexual orientation and mental health. He said he later heard that a notice had been sent to universities nationwide telling them not to invite him to speak.

Finally, on April 23, he received dozens of phone calls from police about an event to train lawyers on how to use new social media, Wan said.

Two days after the phone calls, he and his wife left Beijing for Guangzhou in the south.

''To be honest, I was becoming very worried. I felt like if we had acted slower, it would not have been good,'' he said. The family decided to leave during a business trip to neighboring Hong Kong.

''Before we left, we didn't tell a lot of people,'' he said. ''We waited until Thursday evening after we got to Hong Kong, bought the flight tickets and passed through the security checks at the airport before we called a few friends.''

At Aizhixing's office in Beijing on Monday, a staffer who handles media inquiries said employees only learned about Wan's departure from media reports.

''I'm a little bit surprised and also a bit nervous,'' said the woman, who refused to give her name due to the sensitivity of the issue. ''We're still working on several projects here and we haven't got time to discuss it.''

In recent years, China's government has made huge strides in openly addressing the spread of HIV, but it is deeply suspicious of independent activists, and Wan has one of the highest profiles among those working on AIDS in China.

Wan, a former Health Ministry official, founded the Aizhixing Institute in 1994 to raise awareness and fight discrimination. Among its most significant and politically sensitive work was the publicizing of the spread of AIDS in the 1990s among villagers in central China's Henan province, where people who sold blood were re-injected with pooled blood after buyers had removed important components.

Wan has been detained for up to weeks at a time by authorities, but never formally convicted under China's loosely defined sedition laws.

Aizhixing's advocacy alone was enough to make authorities view Wan with suspicion, said Kin-man Chan, director of the Center for Civil Society Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Chan said Wan had given a talk at the research center last Wednesday about the challenges non-governmental organizations faced in China, but had not mentioned plans to leave the country.

''I feel very sad that people like Wan Yanhai have to leave. I feel very, very disappointed,'' Chan said.

''If you don't allow these NGOs to represent those disadvantaged groups and voice out their grievances, then people might at the end of the day take some isolated, more radical actions to express their disappointment,'' Chan said.

Wan said he and his wife have yearlong business visas for the U.S. and have no long-term plan yet. In the coming days, he hopes to meet with international organizations to discuss ways to cooperate on projects and for funding.

Wan's move was met with support by Chinese activists, many of whom posted messages on Twitter, although some also expressed regret at his departure and worries about the future of his organization.

''I empathize with Wan's feelings. Although I feel a little regret toward his decision, still, I fully understand and wish them a happy life,'' said Zeng Jingyan, whose husband Hu Jia is serving a 3 1/2-year jail term for sedition.

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With Flyovers, a Solar Map of New York



A plane equipped with a laser system made nine post-midnight flights recently in an effort to map the city and collect information. More Photos »
By MIREYA NAVARRO
Published: May 9, 2010




While most residents were sleeping, a twin-engine Shrike Commander flew serial missions over the city recently, cruising low like Superman and back and forth like a lawn mower. Equipped with a laser system, the plane collected highly precise images of the city, its rooftops, trees, wetlands and much of what lies in between.

The early morning flyovers are expected to yield the most detailed three-dimensional picture of New York City to date, with an emphasis on structures, elevations, sun and shade, and nooks and crannies relevant to the city’s emergency response system and its environmental goals.

The data will be used, among other things, to create up-to-date maps of the areas most prone to flooding, the buildings best suited for the installation of solar power and the neighborhoods most in need of trees. An advisory panel of experts formed by the mayor has warned that the city must prepare for more rain and an increased risk of coastal flooding in the coming decades as a result of global climate change.

Rohit T. Aggarwala, the director of the city’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, said the effort would result in a picture of New York’s physical space “in far more detail than what we had before.”

The effort, which will cost about $450,000, is part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s broader environmental agenda, known as PlaNYC.

The current flood plain maps used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency date to the 1980s and were based on aerial photography and ground surveys. The maps are not as accurate or precise as they should be for the density of the city, Mr. Aggarwala said, and the new data could lead to zoning changes and stricter building codes, among other adjustments.

But the information, collected with a laser technology known as Lidar (for light detection and ranging), will also answer questions like whether any wetlands still exist in the city and how many flat roofs and pitched roofs there are, according to city officials. The rooftop count can then be used to create an online “solar map” that will help assess the city’s capacity for solar power and even allow New Yorkers to check if the buildings they work or live in are suitable for solar panels.

“The purpose is to try to give people the tools they need to understand how to adapt solar technology,” said Tria Case, director of sustainability for the City University of New York, which has partnered with the city to develop the solar map. “With the Lidar data, we’ll estimate the solar potential for every building in the city.”

The project is financed in part with $205,470 from the federal Energy Department.

Cities like San Francisco have already developed solar maps, and the new Lidar technology is increasingly being adopted by coastal regions around the nation, FEMA officials said. The laser system captures images of surface terrain and structures by shooting out laser pulses from an aircraft and measuring the time it take the pulses to bounce back, producing representations of what it hits.

The aircraft, with a pilot and laser sensor operator for its crew, scanned the urban canyons of the city at about 3,500 feet in nine six-hour, post-midnight flights from April 14 to April 30, said a spokesman for Sanborn, the Colorado-based mapping firm hired for the task.

The collected data is expected to be analyzed in the next several months, producing solar and flood maps by the end of the year.

Mr. Aggarwala said the end product would be similar to “The Panorama,” the 9,335-square-foot architectural model of the city at the Queens Museum of Art. Built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, it relied on aerial photography and other materials to depict the city’s topography and structures, including bridges and nearly 900,000 buildings.

“It’s going to be that,” Mr. Aggarwala said, “but more accurate and digital.”

Another Low-Cost Car Coming to Indian Auto Market By NICK KURCZEWSKI


Life at the bottom of India’s automotive food chain is soon going to get more crowded, and a lot more competitive. France’s Renault and its partner, the Nissan Motor Company of Japan, and Bajaj Auto, India’s second-largest motorcycle manufacturer, announced details of a low-cost city car coming to the Indian market in 2012. The goal: to take the fight to the Tata Nano, a jellybean-shaped sedan with a starting price of about $2,200.

On sale since mid-2009, the Nano created the ultralow-cost car market in India. Hundreds of dollars cheaper than its nearest rivals, the Nano has been hailed as “the people’s car of India” thanks to an affordable price, which makes car ownership possible for millions of new customers. Ratan Tata, the chairman of Tata Motors, said inspiration to build the Nano came from seeing Indian families forced to travel on overloaded scooters and motorcycles.

Speaking with reporters in New Delhi, Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto, formally announced that the car being developed with Renault-Nissan will sell for $2,500 and go on sale by 2012. ”We remain very clear whether the car is 100,000 rupees or 150,000 rupees is not what’s important,” Mr. Bajaj said, according to a report by the Agence France-Presse. “What counts just as much is mileage, maintenance and carbon emissions.”

Mr. Bajaj said the car would have better fuel mileage (up to 70 miles per gallon) and lower carbon dioxide emissions than the Tata Nano. The gasoline-powered Nano is capable of roughly 50 m.p.g. in a mix of city and highway driving. Bajaj Auto said it would keep costs to a minimum via extensive parts sharing between the company’s motorcycle and three-wheeler (auto rickshaw) divisions. This marks the first time Bajaj Auto has built a four-wheeled passenger car.

The news signifies a bolder step into the Indian market for Renault-Nissan. An existing joint venture between Renault and Mahindra & Mahindra — a manufacturer of S.U.V.’s and crossover vehicles — recently came to an end after sales of the Mahindra-Renault-badged Logan sedan fell far short of expectations. Renault will now build and market vehicles in India using its own nameplate and distribution network. A new $1.2 billion factory in Chennai, shared between Renault-Nissan, offers an annual capacity of 400,000 cars, though it’s likely the low-cost car will be built at one of Bajaj Auto’s factories.

The Bajaj Auto U.L.C. concept car at the 2008 New Delhi Auto Expo.

Renault designers said the car would sit lower and look more dynamic than the oval-shaped Nano. The only previous hint to the car’s shape was a bland and boxy concept, known only as the “U.L.C.” (for Ultra Low Cost), that was shown at the 2008 New Delhi Auto Expo. Expect the finished product to include four doors, a hatchback and seating for at least four adults.

Like the Nano, the Renault-Bajaj city car could have a future outside of the Indian market. The Nano is expected to reach European markets as early as next year, and Tata Motors has routinely said United States sales are planned.

An Indie That Believes in CDs



Glen Barros, chief executive of Concord Music, says the acquisition of Rounder Records “fit perfectly with who we are.”
By JOSEPH PLAMBECK
Published: May 9, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com


The waters might be choppy for the music business right now, but the Concord Music Group is happy to ride those waves.

In April, Concord, an independent label, announced two deals, one to distribute Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles catalog and another to buy Rounder Records, the roots label from Boston whose “Raising Sand” won a Grammy for best album in 2009.

Those two additions are the latest in a years-long period of growth for Concord, which is based in Beverly Hills. And they come at a time when many other labels are shrinking or battling for survival.

The success has Glen Barros, Concord’s chief executive, singing a tune not always heard around the industry.

“The future of the music business is very bright,” Mr. Barros said. “People want to listen to great music.”

He thinks people will pay for that music, too, especially the fans he calls the adult audience. Concord has focused its attention on that group, trying to lure people less inclined to chase the latest pop sensation and more interested in music Mr. Barros describes as “timeless and authentic” — more McCartney and less Justin Bieber.

All of its deals in the last decade have tried to scratch that niche, from a partnership with Starbucks in 2004 to the purchase of Fantasy Records the same year to its most recent moves.

In the case of Rounder, Mr. Barros said, it “fit perfectly with who we are.”

Typically — and especially at the major labels — a company’s fortunes rest on a bet that a tiny number of artists will reap huge sales, supporting the rest of its roster.

Concord, however, focuses on getting steady sales from its catalog of 13,000 master recordings and releasing new albums by artists — like James Taylor and Chick Corea — who all pull their own weight.

“The majors and the classic business model have been hit hard because the hit business has been hit hard,” said Mr. Barros. “A low batting average doesn’t work.”

Mr. Barros said he expected Concord to have more than $100 million in revenue this year, 10 times more than in 2003, and said the company had a consistent operating profit. It has about 160 employees, up from about 50 in 2003.

That is a long way from where it started in 1972 as a small jazz label based in Concord, Calif., about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. It kept a relatively low profile through 1999, when it was bought by Norman Lear, a longtime television producer; Hal Gaba, an entertainment executive; and Tailwind Capital.

Big changes arrived in 2004, when the label joined with Starbucks to release Ray Charles’s “Genius Loves Company,” a record that won eight Grammys and sold more than 3.2 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

That was the same year the company bought Fantasy, a jazz label that owned Stax Records, a soul label, for $83 million.

Those two moves “launched us to a different place,” said Mr. Barros, opening doors that had previously been locked.

One of those doors led to Paul McCartney, who has sold more than 9.4 million albums in the United States since 1991. In 2007, Concord and Starbucks released Mr. McCartney’s “Memory Almost Full,” starting a relationship that led to last month’s announcement.

Although Starbucks has since dialed back the music selection in its stores, its partnership with Concord has endured, providing the label with a smooth access point to artists.

“Their passion for jazz and music that stands the test of time is the same focus we have,” said Chris Bruzzo, a vice president at Starbucks who oversees music for the company. “They’re right in our sweet spot.”

That sweet spot — the adult market — is less inclined to illegally download music and more inclined to buy a CD. This is especially true for baby boomers. According to the NPD Group, a market research firm, people 50 and older buy 16 percent of all albums and singles but buy 28 percent of all the physical music sold.

Concord’s reliance on physical sales can be a double-edged sword, though, Mr. Barros said.

While the company has suffered less than the major labels from illegal file-sharing, fewer stores now sell CDs, and those that do often devote less shelf space and push out smaller genres.

But Mr. Barros finds solace in knowing that his company’s growing digital sales include more albums than singles, unlike much of the industry.

John Virant, the president of Rounder, said that when the label’s founders decided to sell the company — more of a succession plan than a desperation move, Mr. Virant said — Concord was the only place that he approached. The deal was for an undisclosed amount.

“What we saw in their history is that they’ve acquired other labels and been active with them in maintaining and building the brand identities,” Mr. Virant said. “The focus for the both of us has been on career artists, not on the hit-driven singles.”

While the company continues to grow, the artists and managers working with it say they still get a personal, indie-label treatment. Of course, with just 1 percent market share in the United States, it still is very much an independent.

“The first thing you notice is that everyone you deal with is a true, old-fashioned music-obsessed person,” Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen’s longtime manager, said in an e-mail message. Mr. Landau has worked with a major label alongside Mr. Springsteen and with Concord as the manager of Alejandro Escovedo, a rock musician who has a new album coming out next month.

Sonal Gandhi, a music analyst at Forrester Research, said that the major labels have many advantages over independents, including the capital to invest in new technologies. But an independent’s ability to limit its focus can reap rewards.

“If they stick to particular genres that have music fans, those fans still tend to buy music,” especially in genres like jazz and rock, where the physical product has more value than a digital download, she said.

The company, meanwhile, says more changes lie ahead.

“I see us growing,” said Mr. Lear, who, at 87, remains Concord’s chairman. “The opportunity that was Rounder exists elsewhere, and we’ll grow.”

Coordinated Attacks Strike Baghdad

By STEVEN LEE MYERS and ALAN COWELL
Published: May 10, 2010




BAGHDAD — Gunmen attacked at least six checkpoints across Baghdad on Monday and two car bombs rocked the city of Hilla, south of the capital, in what appeared to be a combination of attacks on civilians and coordinated assaults against Iraqi police and army units.

Insurgents deployed suicide bombers, car bombs and gunmen using silencers, Reuters reported, spreading mayhem in areas including markets, a factory parking lot and security force checkpoints. The onslaught was seemingly designed as a display of strength after recent setbacks for militants, displaying their ability to confront the police and army and spread fear and bloodshed among civilians.

The death toll from the series of attacks reached more than 60, as security forces struggled to close off entire neighborhoods and set up additional checkpoints. Some reports put the number of fatalities at more than 80 — the worst in months.The single bloodiest attack occurred when two car bombs exploded at the entrance of a textile factory in Hilla, 100 miles south of Baghdad, as workers were ending a shift, Reuters reported.

As a crowd gathered, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt among them and at least 45 people were killed, police officials told The Associated Press.

Police said the cars were parked outside the factory about 25 yards apart, according to The A.P.

The slaughter began when at least 10 people — all of them police officers or soldiers — were killed and and 22 were wounded, in attacks on checkpoints in Baghdad, according to a preliminary report by the Interior Ministry.

The gunmen attacked with automatic weapons, in some cases using silencers. At an Iraqi Army checkpoint in Yarmouk, in western Baghdad, one soldier said he heard nothing until one of his comrades slumped to the ground.

The attacks, which began as the sun rose on a hot and hazy morning, followed a recent series of arrests and killings of members of Al Qaeda in Iraq and other extremist groups.

Although Iraqi and American officials have expressed increasing confidence that Al Qaeda in Iraq was in disarray, the attacks on Monday showed that insurgents can still strike in a coordinated fashion — and seemingly at will. Iraqi checkpoints punctuate virtually every street and intersection in Baghdad, although discipline at the checkpoints often appears lax.

As the day progressed, the death toll rose with twin car bombings that killed at least nine people in the small town of Suwayrah, 25 miles south of Baghdad, according to The A.P. One bomb was in a parked car and the other was planted along a road.

In Falluja, southwest of the capital, at least four deaths were reported when bombs exploded outside the homes of police officials, according to The A.P.

The attacks took place over a period of several hours, sowing uncertainty as Iraqis await some resolution to the stalemated political wrangling that has followed the March 7 election.


Steven Lee Myers reported from Baghdad, and Alan Cowell from London.

A Climb Marked by Confidence and Canniness

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG, KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and LISA W. FODERARO
Published: May 10, 2010



This article is by Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Katharine Q. Seelye and Lisa W. Foderaro.

WASHINGTON — She was a creature of Manhattan’s liberal, intellectual Upper West Side — a smart, witty girl who was bold enough at 13 to challenge her family’s rabbi over her bat mitzvah, cocky (or perhaps prescient) enough at 17 to pose for her high school yearbook in a judge’s robe with a gavel and a quotation from Felix Frankfurter, the Supreme Court justice, underneath.

She was the razor-sharp newspaper editor and history major at Princeton who examined American socialism, and the Supreme Court clerk for a legal giant, Thurgood Marshall, who nicknamed her “Shorty.” She was the reformed teenage smoker who confessed to the occasional cigar as she fought Big Tobacco for the Clinton administration, and the literature lover who reread Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” every year.

She was the opera-loving, poker-playing, glass-ceiling-shattering first woman to be dean of Harvard Law School, where she reached out to conservatives (she once held a dinner to honor Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia) and healed bitter rifts on the faculty with gestures as simple as offering professors free lunch, just to get them talking.

Elena Kagan has been all of these things, charting a careful and, some might say, calculated path — never revealing too much of herself, never going too far out on a political limb — that has led her to the spot she occupies today: the first female solicitor general of the United States, who won confirmation with the support of some important Republicans, and now, at 50, President Obama’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court.

“Elena is open-minded, pragmatic and progressive,” said Walter Dellinger, a former acting solicitor general in the Clinton administration who is close to both Ms. Kagan and the White House. “Each of those qualities will appeal to some, and not to others.

“Her open-mindedness may disappoint some who want a sure liberal vote on almost every issue. Her pragmatism may disappoint those who believe that mechanical logic can decide all cases. And her progressive personal values will not endear her to the hard right. But that is exactly the combination the president was seeking.”

In some respects, Ms. Kagan’s traits — her desire to build consensus through persuasion, her people skills, her ability to listen to others — mirror those Mr. Obama sees in himself. They are qualities that the president hopes will play out in a leadership role on a deeply divided court. While Ms. Kagan has cited Justice Marshall as one she admires, some expect her to behave more like the center left Justice David Souter, who retired last year, or the master tactician John Paul Stevens, whom she would replace if confirmed.

“She was one of the most strategic people I’ve ever met, and that’s true across lots of aspects of her life,” said John Palfrey, a law professor who was hired at Harvard by Ms. Kagan. “She is very effective at playing her cards in every setting I’ve seen.”

Ms. Kagan’s paper trail is scant, her academic writings painstakingly nonideological. And unlike Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a fellow New Yorker and Princeton graduate, who has written and spoken extensively about her childhood, Ms. Kagan, the daughter of a lawyer and a schoolteacher, is more private. During her academic and public life, she has rarely spoken of her political beliefs.

When Mr. Dellinger interviewed her recently for a forum at Georgetown Law, he prodded her to talk about her growing up, and the influences that shaped her. She obliged, somewhat reluctantly, serving up only some bland details about her admiration for her parents.

Yet as a young writer for The Princetonian, the student newspaper at Princeton, Ms. Kagan offered clear insight into her worldview. She had spent the summer of 1980 working to elect a liberal Democrat, Liz Holtzman, to the Senate. On Election Night, she drowned her sorrow in vodka and tonic as Ronald Reagan took the White House and Ms. Holtzman lost to “an ultraconservative machine politician,” she wrote, named Alfonse D’Amato.

“Where I grew up — on Manhattan’s Upper West Side — nobody ever admitted to voting for Republicans,” Ms. Kagan wrote, in a kind of Democrat’s lament. She described the Manhattan of her childhood, where those who won office were “real Democrats — not the closet Republicans that one sees so often these days but men and women committed to liberal principles and motivated by the ideal of an affirmative and compassionate government.”

It was perhaps the last time Ms. Kagan wrote so openly of her own political beliefs. Last year, at her confirmation hearing to become solicitor general, senators focused less on her politics, but on whether she was too much in the ivory tower, with too little lawyerly experience to argue cases before the nation’s highest court. That question will almost certainly come up again, given that Ms. Kagan has never been a judge.

“One of the things I would hope to bring to the job is not just book learning, not just the study that I’ve made of constitutional and public law, but of a kind of wisdom and judgment, a kind of understanding of how to separate the truly important from the spurious,” Ms. Kagan said. “I like to think that one of the good things about me is that I know what I don’t know and that I figure out how to learn it when I need to learn it.”

At Hunter College High School in the 1970s, Ms. Kagan was a standout in a school of ultrabright girls. At least one classmate there, Natalie Bowden, remembers she had an ambitious goal: to become a Supreme Court justice.

“That was a goal from the very beginning,” Ms. Bowden said. “She did talk about it then.”

The school, which then occupied three floors of an office building at 46th Street and Lexington Avenue, was and remains one of New York’s elite public high schools. It drew girls from across the city and an array of backgrounds — all admitted on the strength of their performance on an entrance exam, rather than money or family connections.

“We were really exposed to tremendous diversity there — whether it was a Jewish girl from the Upper West Side or a cop’s kid from the Bronx or the daughter of a C.E.O. from the Upper East Side or kids whose parents worked in sweatshops in Chinatown,” said Ellen M. Purtell, a high school classmate of Ms. Kagan’s. “It was never about what you were wearing. It was: Did you bring your best game academically with you today and could you contribute to the discussion?”

The school, which did not admit boys until the entering 7th-grade class of 1974, was a rigorous, nurturing environment that instilled an ethos of public service.

Obama Picks Kagan as Justice Nominee

President Obama, with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., presented Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his nominee to be the nation’s 112th Supreme Court justice on Monday.
By PETER BAKER and JEFF ZELENY
Published: May 10, 2010




WASHINGTON — President Obama introduced Solicitor General Elena Kagan on Monday as his choice to become the nation’s 112th justice of the Supreme Court, hailing her as a “one of the nation’s foremost legal minds,” as he girded for a battle over whether it takes a judge to serve on the court.


At a ceremony with her at his side in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama called Ms. Kagan, the first woman to serve as solicitor general and as dean of the Harvard Law School, a “trailblazer” and “consensus builder” known for “her openness to a wide range of viewpoints.”

“She believes, as I do, that exposure to a wide array of perspectives is the foundation not just for a sound legal education but a successful life in the law,” said the president, who was also joined by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. He emphasized that Ms. Kagan understands “people’s lives that might be changed by the law” and said that that understanding “has animated every step of Elena’s career.”

With a beaming smile, Ms. Kagan said she was proud to be chosen to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens, the leader of the liberal justices on the court, who is retiring after 35 years. She vowed, if confirmed, to make sure Americans “get a fair hearing and an equal chance at justice,” saying that “law matters” because it “protects our most fundamental rights and freedoms.”

Her selection immediately touched off a debate about whether her résumé as an academic, a government official and, for one year, the federal government’s chief advocate before the Supreme Court qualifies her to join it. Although many justices through history have joined the court with no prior service as a judge, Ms. Kagan would be the first in nearly four decades.

That lack of time on the bench may both help and hurt her confirmation prospects, creating an opening for critics to question whether she is truly qualified while denying them a lengthy judicial paper trail filled with ammunition for attacks. If she is confirmed, she would, at 50, be the youngest justice and the third woman on the current court.

Perhaps because she has not been a judge, suspicions of her have surfaced on both sides of the ideological divide. Some liberals dislike her support for strong executive power and her efforts to reach out to conservatives while she was running the law school. Activists on the right have attacked her for briefly barring military recruiters from a campus facility because the ban on openly gay men and lesbians serving in the military violated the school’s anti-discrimination policy.

“In her disdain for the military, Elena Kagan considers her own views and opinions as more important than obeying the law and equipping the country with the best fighting force in the world,” said Penny Nance, chief executive of Concerned Women for America, a conservative activist group. “We need justices who put national security over the feelings or demands of special interest groups.”

Other critics said Mr. Obama chose her to be a reliable vote to defend his legislative program if elements of it are challenged before the high court. “Obama wants to pack the court with reliable liberal votes to rubber-stamp an agenda that he knows the American people would not accept,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, another conservative group. “What better way than to appoint a loyalist from his own Department of Justice with a thin public record to advance his leftist legacy through the court.”

Republican senators, who will actually consider the nomination, were more restrained in their initial reactions, promising a fair and respectful hearing while promising to ask tough questions. Democratic senators, on the other hand, rushed out effusive statements of praise, and liberal activist groups publicly rallied behind her despite their reservations.

While critics questioned her judicial inexperience, Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, called that a plus and defended her against the criticism. “Her historic accomplishments and the way she has conducted herself in these positions has earned her a place at the top of the legal profession,” Mr. Leahy said. “Elena Kagan’s nomination will bring to the Supreme Court a diversity of experience missing since Justice O’Connor retired in 2006,” meaning Sandra Day O’Connor.

A New Yorker who grew up in Manhattan, Ms. Kagan earned degrees from Princeton, Oxford and Harvard Law School, worked briefly in private practice, clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall, served as a Senate staff member and worked as a White House lawyer and domestic policy aide under President Bill Clinton. She was nominated for an appeals court judgeship in 1999, but the Senate never voted on her nomination.

If the Senate confirms Ms. Kagan, who is Jewish, the Supreme Court would for the first time have no Protestant members: there would be six justices who are Catholic and three who are Jewish. All nine would have studied law at Harvard or Yale.

Replacing Justice Stevens with Ms. Kagan presumably would not alter the broad ideological balance on the court, but her relative youth means that she could have an influence on the court for decades to come, underscoring the stakes involved.

In making his second nomination in as many years, Mr. Obama was not looking for a liberal firebrand as much as a persuasive leader who could attract the swing vote of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and counter what the president sees as the rightward direction of the court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Particularly since the Citizens United decision invalidating on free speech grounds the restrictions on corporate spending in elections, Mr. Obama has publicly criticized the court, even during his State of the Union address with justices in the audience.

As he presses an ambitious agenda expanding the reach of government, Mr. Obama has come to worry that a conservative Supreme Court could become an obstacle down the road, aides said. It is conceivable that the Roberts court could eventually hear challenges to aspects of Mr. Obama’s health care program or to other policies like restrictions on carbon emissions and counterterrorism practices.

Critics have been pre-emptively attacking her in the days leading up to the president’s announcement. Paul Campos, a law professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, writing on The Daily Beast, compared her to Harriet E. Miers, whose nomination by President George W. Bush collapsed amid an uprising among conservatives who considered her unqualified and not demonstrably committed to their judicial philosophy.

M. Edward Whelan III, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, wrote on National Review’s Web site that even Ms. Kagan’s nonjudicial experience was inadequate. “Kagan may well have less experience relevant to the work of being a justice than any entering justice in decades,” Mr. Whelan wrote.

Ms. Kagan defended her experience during confirmation hearings as solicitor general last year. “I bring up a lifetime of learning and study of the law, and particularly of the constitutional and administrative law issues that form the core of the court’s docket,” she testified. “I think I bring up some of the communications skills that has made me — I’m just going to say it — a famously excellent teacher.”

Ms. Kagan was one of Mr. Obama’s runners-up last year when he nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the court, and she was always considered the front-runner this year. The president also interviewed three other candidates, all federal appeals court judges: Merrick B. Garland of Washington, Diane P. Wood of Chicago and Sidney R. Thomas of Montana.

Ms. Kagan had several advantages from the beginning that made her the most obvious choice. For one, she works for Mr. Obama, who has been impressed with her intelligence and legal capacity, aides said, and she worked for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. when he was a senator. For another, she is the youngest of the four finalists, meaning she would most likely have the longest tenure as a justice.

Ms. Kagan was also confirmed by the Senate just last year, albeit with 31 no votes, making it harder for Republicans who voted for her in 2009 to vote against her in 2010.

The president can also say he reached beyond the so-called “judicial monastery,” although picking a solicitor general and former Harvard law dean hardly reaches outside the Ivy League, East Coast legal elite. And her confirmation would allow Mr. Obama to build on his appointment of Justice Sotomayor by bringing the number of women on the court to its highest ever (three, with Justice Sotomayor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg).

Moreover, in his selection of finalists, Mr. Obama effectively framed the choice so that he could seemingly take the middle road by picking Ms. Kagan, who, accurately or not, was viewed as positioned ideologically between Judge Wood on the left and Judge Garland in the center.

Judge Garland was widely seen as the most likely alternative to Ms. Kagan and the one most likely to win easy confirmation. Well respected on both sides of the aisle, he had a number of conservatives publicly calling him the best they could hope for from a Democratic president. Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, privately made clear to the president that he considered Judge Garland a good choice, according to people briefed on their conversations.

But Mr. Obama ultimately opted to save Judge Garland for when he faces a more hostile Senate and needs a nominee with more Republican support. Democrats expect to lose seats in this fall’s election, so if another Supreme Court seat comes open next year and Mr. Obama has a substantially thinner margin in the Senate than he has today, Judge Garland would be an obvious choice.

As for Ms. Kagan, strategists on both sides anticipate a fight over her confirmation but not necessarily an all-out war. The White House hopes the Senate Judiciary Committee can hold hearings before July 4, but some Congressional aides were skeptical. Either way, Democrats want Ms. Kagan confirmed by the August recess so she can join the court for the start of its new term in October.

Like her former boss, Justice Marshall, who was the last solicitor general to go directly to the Supreme Court, Ms. Kagan may be forced to recuse herself during her early time on the bench because of her participation in a number of cases coming before the justices. Tom Goldstein, publisher of ScotusBlog, a Web site that follows the court, estimated that she would have to sit out on 13 to 15 matters. Mr. Whelan argued that it would be significantly more than that.

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