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Thao with the Get Down Stay Down "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind"

Thao's Lovin' Spoonful cover. This is one of the tracks from her side of the Record Store Day split 7" with the Thermals. Video directed by Clyde Petersen and Forrest Baum

Uma docura de Burrinho - Bichinho de Tecido

Minhas meninas ,

Como vcs estao ????

Já jantarammmm??!!!!!!!

Bem, olhem só que docura de  burrinho muito fofo! , hein!??

Está no site Etsy, lá estao os moldes e o passo a passo 

A Autoria é da  Myra Masuda, o  blog dela é fofinho.


E Boa Noite!!!!


Meine große Liebe - Valentine's Day - Lindo dia dos Namorados

große Liebe Chris 02.08.06 amageddon Joe 

SchaTz Du bist meine Große Liebe.. - Vamos aprender alemao cantando??!!

 Güner mein Schatz ich liebe dich so sehr..Du bist meine Große Liebe des Lebens..

Women fliers honored 65 years after war efforts - CNN

By Kevin Bohn, CNN
March 10, 2010 7:30 a.m. EST

women pilots whose unheralded work was key to helping the U.S. effort in World War II are being honored Wednesday with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Fewer than 300 Women Airforce Service Pilots are still alive. About 175 of them, along with thousands of family members, have traveled to Washington for the ceremony at the Capitol.

Jane Tedeschi is one of the WASPs who will be recognized.

"I think it is wonderful. I think it really is," she told CNN, saying it's especially meaningful because "so many of us are still alive to get this honor."

The Women Airforce Service Pilots was born in 1942 to create a corps of female pilots able to fill all types of flying jobs at home, thus freeing male military pilots to travel to the front.

As part of the commemoration, the former pilots attended a wreath-laying ceremony Tuesday at the Air Force Memorial just outside Washington to remember their colleagues killed in the line of duty.

"I think that this is important. It is hopefully something that people will remember," Tedeschi told CNN last week. "It is another thing to honor the women who lost their lives at that time and of course what it did to persuade people that women could do this."

With only about a quarter of the former 1,102 WASPs surviving and all in their late 80s or older, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland; and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, pushed a bill through Congress to honor these women by awarding them the medal, given as an expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions, according to the House of Representatives' Office of the Clerk.

"This is a largely overlooked veterans group. They haven't gotten the medals they deserve, the recognition they deserve," Ros-Lehtinen told CNN.

Longtime dream of flight

From the time she was about 8, Tedeschi wanted to fly.

"[Charles] Lindbergh was flying across the Atlantic, and a lot of other people were flying air races and things like that." she said, "It was very romantic."

Flight was still relatively new in the 1920s and 1930s, and female pilots were few. But Tedeschi was determined.
Video: Forgotten female heroes

In 1941, she found a childhood friend who taught flying and started taking lessons. After the friend was sent off to war and the airport near her home in Bethesda, Maryland, was closed to private flying, she traveled about 40 miles to Frederick and spent nights on the floor of a farmhouse to continue her lessons.

Around the same time, Deanie Parrish was working in a bank in Avon Park, Florida, and kept seeing aviation students who were attending a flying school there.

"I asked an instructor 'Why can't I learn to fly?' and he didn't have an answer ... so I decided to find out for myself."

She found an instructor and started taking lessons.

These two women were not only fulfilling a personal dream. Along with 1,100 other women, they would become an instrumental part of the war effort during World War II, becoming the first women to fly U.S. military aircraft.

In the days after the outbreak of the war, Jacqueline Cochran, one of the country's leading female pilots at the time, went to a key general to argue that women would be just as capable pilots as men if they were given the same training.

She won the argument, and the program was launched.

At 21, Parrish joined up in November 1943.

"Everybody was doing something," she said. "I wanted to do something for my country."

Some 25,000 women pilots applied, and 1,830 were accepted. They had to pay their own way to Texas for 21 to 27 weeks of rigorous training, for which they received less pay than the male cadets in the same program, Parrish said.

Just short of requirements

Candidates had to be at least 21 and at least 5 feet, one-half inch tall.

When Tedeschi underwent a physical, she was told her height was only 5 feet.

"I frowned," she recalled. "I said 'I need that half-inch,' so he wrote it down." She was in.

Eventually the women who completed the program were assigned to one of 120 bases across the country to start their missions.

Depending on the base, they participated in a range of activities:

-- Ground-to-air anti-aircraft practice.

-- Towing targets for air-to-air gunnery practice with live ammunition.

-- Flying drones and conducting night exercises.

-- Testing repaired aircraft before they were used in cadet training.

-- Serving as instructors.

-- Transporting cargo and male pilots to embarkation points.

"We were still civilians. All of our training was to make [Army] Air Corps pilots," Tedeschi said.

They flew more than 60 million miles in every type of aircraft -- from the PT-17 and AT-6 trainers, the fastest attack planes such as the A-24 and A-25 or heavy bombers such as B-17s or B-29s.

Paid $250 a month, the women were not officially part of the military. They received no benefits, no honors.

Eventually, Parrish was sent to Florida where she flew a B-26 bomber for air-to-air target practice, training gunners for combat.

Tedeschi, who graduated in May 1944, was sent to a Selma, Alabama, base that did more engineering work.

"We did whatever they asked us," she recalled in a CNN interview. "You knew enough about flying you could adapt ... sometimes it was a little tougher."

For instance, she would take planes up after repair. That could involve acrobatic work, "which, of course, we liked to do." She could also be called to do night flying.

While the work was technically noncombat, it could be dangerous.

Thirty-eight of the pilots were killed. Parrish recalled the military would not allow the flag to be put on a colleague's coffin.

"It still bothers me," she told CNN.

End of the program

As the war was winding down in December 1944, the program was closed -- with no recognition from the government and not much help for the women who served.

"You got home the best way you could," said Parrish. "I paid my own way home."

Several of the women, however, said they were not bitter since the only reason they had signed up was to do their part for the country, pointing out that they were just like the thousands of other women who also learned new skills and went to work in the factories to replace male workers sent off to war.

"We were proud of what we did, and the war was over. It was time to get on," said Tedeschi.

But many Americans were not aware of their efforts, and that has bothered them. The WASP records were sealed for more than 30 years. In 1977, Congress voted to make them eligible for veterans' benefits.

"I didn't care for veteran status, but now I could have a flag on my coffin ... that is important to me," Parrish said.

Parrish married a pilot after the war. She and her daughter, Nancy, for over a decade have documented the work of the WASPs and worked to gain national attention for their work. Read more about the WASPs at the Wings Across America Web site.

While some of the WASPs say the medal itself is a nice gesture, more importantly they say they hope the publicity will teach younger generations about their accomplishments and remind some still skeptical men just how capable women are.

"Millions of Americans will learn about the history of these women. I think that is so important," Parrish told CNN.

America Ferrera lançou 'Our Family Wedding' em Nova York. - EGO

Atriz de 'Ugly Betty' aparece bonitona e mais magra em première

America Ferrera lançou 'Our Family Wedding' em Nova York.

Do EGO, em São Paulo

Os tempos de "Ugly Betty" estão para trás. America Ferrera deixou o figurino do seriado em casa para ir à pré-estreia de "Our Family Wedding" em Nova York e revelou que, por baixo do aparelho, óculos e franjinha, existe uma linda mulher. Com um vestido tomara-que-caia, mostrou estar em plena forma.

Hamburg, Germany: The Perfect Break - By Adrian Bridge

Fifty years after the Beatles, designer gloss has not dulled Hamburg's raffish edge, says Adrian Bridge.

By Adrian Bridge
Published: 10:55AM GMT 10 Mar 2010

To have your preconceptions challenged. People who haven't visited Germany's second largest city frequently dismiss it as a bleak, seedy industrial port. Those who come away are surprised to have discovered, yes, a city of seafaring grit, but also one of wide green expanses and beautiful canals, lakes and rivers.

Hamburg's huge creative energy has always attracted media types and musicians. It is a place to shop, sail and feast on seafood. It is a place of thrillingly designed hotels.

It is also a city on the move – the harbour area is currently in the throes of a transformation that will turn Hamburg into one of the most modernistic cities in the world.

Of course, it is still an important port (after Rotterdam, the second largest in Europe), and it is impossible to go there and not feel the continuing power of a 1,200-year-old mercantile tradition. Parts of the city positively drip in the wealth it has generated; others (notably the red-light Reeperbahn district) retain the raffish, seedy edge that, 50 years ago this August, attracted a group of lads from Liverpool that went by the name of the Beatles. Welcome to the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

Get there by...

Plane. Lufthansa ( flies from Heathrow from about £145 return, including taxes. Other airlines flying directly include British Airways ( and easyJet (

Stay at...

One of a dazzling array of designer hotels. The George (, 0049 40 280 0300; doubles from £125), close to the Alster lake, plays on Hamburg's curious affinity for all things British (think Chesterfield sofas and a subtle fusion of the colonial and the contemporary). Check the website for further options including East, an exuberant celebration of futuristic curves; Side, a minimalist play on glass and stone; and, for younger, more price-conscious visitors, the 25 Hours Hotel (doubles from £75). Too modern? Try the classic Kempinski Atlantic (, 0049 40 28880; doubles booked early from £140), which is where Paul McCartney stayed after performing in Hamburg in December.

Spend the morning...

Getting your bearings. Despite the destruction wrought by the great fire of 1842 and the bombing raids of 1943, there is a grandeur to some of the buildings of the old town and along the Jungfernstieg at the end of the "inner" Alster. If you have time, get to know some of the outlying districts such as the Schanzenviertel (popular with an arty set) and Eppendorf (exuding an older-world class and charm).

Have lunch in...

The very agreeable (and central) Art Nouveau setting of the Café Paris (, 0049 40 3252 7777), where local dignitaries chew the cud (and the French-inspired dishes of the day). Mains like Boeuf Bourguignon cost about £17.

Spend the afternoon...

Getting back to where they once belonged. The Beatlemania exhibition (, which opened last year, is a treasure trove of memorabilia and displays detailing the history of the band, and in particular the extended periods between 1960 and 1962 that were spent in Hamburg (the Fab Four as we know them came together here rather than Liverpool). There are postcards from Ringo to his grandmother, moody photos taken by Astrid Kirchherr; and clips from the Strawberry Fields Forever video. Whatever you think of the Beatles, this is a wonderful, magical mystery tour.

Dine out at...

Fischereihafen (0049 40 381816), a classy fish restaurant and oyster bar on the harbour. This is one of Hamburg's premier dining venues with prices to match (expect to pay at least £50 a head for three courses and wine). Despite that, it's great fun. As is Yakshi's Bar & Lounge and the restaurant attached to East (see above), with imaginative, Asian-inspired cuisine and a dramatic setting.

Stay out late at...

A music club. Hamburg remains a place of raw musical energy and innovation. A couple of the clubs that the Beatles used to play in are still going strong (the Indra and the Kaiserkeller). Newer options include the Grünspan ( Want to go upmarket? Hamburg has an excellent ballet company. Downmarket? Well, not for nothing is the Reeperbahn known as the most sinful mile in the world (but see what to avoid, below).

Spend the next morning...

On the water. Head down to the Elbe and take a cruise through the red-brick Speicherstadt (warehouse district) and further into Hafen City, a massive new development of Hamburg's residential and commercial districts. On the way, you will pass docks full of vast container ships and the partially built Elbphilharmonie concert hall, which is destined to become the symbol of the city. Ferry no 62 also offers great views ofthe harbour.

And afternoon...

Wandering, cycling or sailing on the "outer" Alster (best in spring and summer), where grand villas line the lake's shores. Then hit the shops: Hamburg has lots of high-quality clothes outlets (embracing traditional smart and designer chic) and, ladies take note, multi-storey shoe stores.

At all costs avoid...

The lap-dancing clubs of the Reeperbahn.

Further information

Hamburg Marketing (; Hamburg Tourism (

'Tuscan Sun' author on Italy's pleasures - CNN

The view from the terrace of Bramasole, the country house that author Frances Mayes bought and restored in Tuscany

'Tuscan Sun' author on Italy's pleasures
By A. Pawlowski, CNN
March 10, 2010 7:49 a.m. EST

(CNN) -- Many authors can move readers with their words, but Frances Mayes has the power to actually make readers move.

As in pack up and start a new life thousands of miles away in Tuscany -- the enchanting northwest region of Italy known for its food, wine and scenic beauty -- just as she did 20 years ago.

Mayes chronicled her decision to buy and restore a villa near the town of Cortona in "Under the Tuscan Sun," which became a best-selling book and the basis for the 2003 movie of the same name starring Diane Lane.

The story inspired some fans to do much more than go out for an Italian meal. About 20 expats have bought homes near Mayes' beloved country house, Bramasole, after reading about her experiences, Mayes said.

"I heard from somebody yesterday who said, 'I just read your books and I've never been to Tuscany, but I'm now planning to move there.' And I thought, oh no, please, don't blame me if it doesn't work out," Mayes said with a laugh.

Her new book might tempt some more would-be Tuscans.

In "Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life," Mayes describes enjoying the bounty of her garden, buying a new house, going on trips to the resort town of Portofino, seeing Castello Brown (the castle where "Enchanted April" was filmed), tasting wine and eating fabulous food -- oh, the food. Everything from duck breast with caramelized spices and artichokes to steamed chocolate cake with vanilla sauce. The book contains 25 recipes of some of the dishes Mayes likes to cook.

Author Frances Mayes spends up to six months in Tuscany every year. She also lives in North Carolina.

She recently talked about her life in Tuscany with from North Carolina, where she lives part of the year. The following is an edited version of that interview.

CNN: You get a very warm feeling reading your book. It's all about friends, trips, wine and food. Is there any other place on earth where you have experienced this magic atmosphere beyond Tuscany?

Frances Mayes: In a word, no. I find that other countries have this or this, but Italy is the only one that has it all for me. The culture, the cuisine, the people, the landscape, the history. Just everything to me comes together there.

I do find some similarities among the people with the people I grew up with in Georgia in the South. There is that shared hospitality and sense of everything happening at the table.

CNN: Can you explain the magic of Tuscany?

Mayes: The initial thing is the landscape. It's largely man-made in a way because over the centuries, it's been farmed so much. So those terraced hills of olive trees and the punctuation points of the cypress and the wonderful silhouettes of the hill towns -- all those things are imposed upon a landscape that is already beautiful.

The second thing is, people really respond to the Italians. In our town, even though partly because of my books we've had a lot of tourists there in the past 10 years, somebody who comes there can still make great contact with the local people.

If you break down in your car and knock on a door, you're going to be invited in for lunch if it's time for lunch.

The third thing would have to be that the Renaissance did happen there and there's so much art. Every little town, no matter how small, will have its treasure, and that sense of connection with art is so profoundly nourishing to the spirit, you don't even know that you lack it until you go there and you feel the beauty of the architecture.

And then there's just this big old Mediterranean sun -- the weather is kind of glorious and benign, and everything just kind of comes together.

CNN: Nature is a very important part of your Tuscan life -- you talk about flowers, strawberries, cherries and your vegetable garden. Can you explain?

Mayes: If you've got a plot the size of a car or a tiny yard in Italy, you're going to be growing tomatoes and basil and celery and carrots, and everybody is still connected to the land. When we have guests from Rome or Milan, very sophisticated people, it's not 20 minutes before they're out looking at the olive trees and asking about the garden.

There's this sense that you go to the land for your food, there's still that old primitive connection there which culminates in the olive harvest [in the fall].

And that is a magnificent time to go to Italy, because everyone is out picking their olives and celebrating this end-of-the-year ritual.

At the end of the harvest, in many towns, and certainly in ours, people gather in the piazza, and everyone's got their new oil, and the baker brings out bread, and everybody is tasting the oil together, and it's just another one of those amazing ways people come together over a natural thing like olives.

Try one of her favorite recipes: Baked pasta with sausage and four cheeses

CNN: Do you like to explore other parts of Italy?

Mayes: It is still endless to me. I feel like we haven't seen anything yet, it's just a place where it will never run out on you. There's always a new town with a new dialect and a different pasta and a different Renaissance artist. It's an infinitely various place.

I adore going to the south and Sicily and Sardinia. I've never been to the Aeolian Islands, and I'd love to go there.

Venice, the most touristy place in the world, is still just completely magic to me.

CNN: You write that you admire the Italian quality of taking great satisfaction in the everyday. Can you explain?

Mayes: The Italians have their priorities right: They're driven, they do their work, but they really enjoy the day-to-day and they don't put off the enjoyment of the everyday for some future goal. There's an immediacy there.

Every day centers for me mostly in the piazza, and this is pretty much true all over Italy. Everyone goes to the piazza every day. So people aren't on their computers all the time e-mailing each other, because they're going to see each other in a half an hour in the piazza.

I've loved reconnecting with that sense of community. You walk down the street, the people who own the shops are standing in the doorways, and you chat and you hear the news and you walk home.

Read an excerpt from Mayes' new book

CNN: You're sort of an ambassador of Tuscany now. Would you ever move there permanently?

Mayes: We live there about five months a year, sometimes six. My husband would move there in a moment, but I like living here just as well. I like my American life [in North Carolina], I like going to bookstores and seeing my friends. I'm an American, so I would not like permanently to decamp to another country. But I feel lucky to have two cultures because it's interesting the way they bounce off each other for us.

CNN: For someone visiting Tuscany for the first time who has a week or two, where would you advise them to go?

Mayes: I would definitely start in Florence, because that's were the center of the Renaissance was and it's still one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You could stay there for a lifetime and not learn everything about Florence.

I would stay about three days in Florence, then I would probably travel an hour and go to Sienna. After that, I would stay in the Tuscan countryside -- Pienza, Montepulciano, Cortona -- some small town for a couple of days. And it would be great to get over to the coast for a couple of days, maybe stop in Lucca and go down anywhere along the coast.

CNN: What's a good time of year to go?

Mayes: For the first time, if you can, spring or fall, because those are glorious seasons and not as crowded as summer. But any time is good, really. I love traveling in the winter.

CNN: Any advice to American visitors?

Mayes: If you learn 10 words of Italian, you can go a long way because Italians love to talk. If you just really make an effort to interact with people, they will be so responsive, and I think language is always the key to that.

Just going there with the attitude of "I can meet some great people" would be the best way to go.

CNN: Do you feel Italian?

Mayes: Oh no, I wish I could, but no, I don't. I'm kind of a quiet person, and I feel like there, I have become a lot less reserved and I certainly gesture with my hands a lot more than I used to.

And I know that I've absorbed a lot of their attitudes and ways of being, but I still feel first of all Southern and second of all American.

CNN: What is your next project?

Mayes: I'm working on a cookbook, which is just a fun project, but I'm going to be writing a Southern memoir, a book about growing up in the South and then coming back to the South to live many years later.

After that, I think I would like to try to write a novel, but I don't know, I always get these big travel urges, so I might like to do something else in the travel world.

CNN: Where else do you like to travel beyond Italy?

Mayes: Most recently, Poland. I had a great time there, and it was just an eye-opener to be in that country. I love all of South America, I want to see a lot more of it. I love to go to France, and Turkey is one of my very favorite places.

I want to go to India and Egypt -- there are so many places I haven't been.


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Cardápio da dieta Confira o programa de dieta que fez a Gabriela perder 60 kg! - Gengibre, a raiz que seca a barriga -

Gengibre, a raiz que seca a barriga
Perdi 60 kg com a ajuda do gengibre! Minha vida mudou completamente: fiquei magra e até arrumei um namorado!

Dona da história: Gabriela Castellá, 28 anos, historiadora, Ribeirão Pires, SP
Reportagem: Ligia Scalise

Conteúdo do site SOU MAIS EU!

Era agosto de 2008. Eu esperava minha mãe em um consultório médico e comecei a pensar na vida: "Que droga! Estou com quase 30 anos, sem namorado e gorda". Naquela hora lembrei de uma amiga que estava em uma cadeira de rodas e, infelizmente, não tinha muitas opções. Mas eu tinha! Ser gorda não era uma fatalidade, era uma escolha. Ali, a ficha caiu: minha felicidade só dependia de mim.

>> Eu vivia em um mundo de mentiras
O efeito sanfona sempre fez parte da minha vida. Mas só perdi totalmente o controle ao entrar na faculdade, em 2003. Em três anos, ganhei 30 kg e fui parar no manequim 62. Você não leu errado...

Foi a pior época da minha vida. Assumi o papel da amiga simpática, estudiosa, que todo mundo adora mas nenhum homem quer. E fingia gostar dessa vida. Mentira: eu só não queria encarar os meus medos. Meu horror ao consumo era um exemplo disso. Preferia vestir as roupas velhas a comprar novas. Me enganava dizendo que vaidade era coisa de gente fútil e que eu tinha mais com o que me preocupar! Por conta desse desleixo, cheguei a ficar sem tomar banho por alguns dias, sem cortar e pentear o cabelo e até sem trocar de roupa.

Também deixei de sair por medo de entalar na catraca do ônibus, de quebrar uma cadeira ou de ouvir grosserias na rua. E o pior: para encontrar diversão, fazia festas no meu quarto, com música e bebidas, só pra mim.

>> Perdi 7 kg nos primeiros 15 dias
Até que, naquele agosto, resolvi encarar a desgraça. Fui até a farmácia e subi na balança: 121 kg para 1,58 m. Aquilo me incentivou a iniciar minha transformação. Troquei o cardápio de casa e criei um blog. Batizei meu diário virtual de "Emagrecendo eu sei que vou conseguir". Registrava meu novo peso a cada 15 dias.

Já na primeira quinzena, perdi 7 kg. Fiquei tão feliz que fui à casa dos meus avós contar a notícia. A minha torcida era grande: família, amigos, vizinhos e colegas de blog. Outra evolução foi a caminhada. Nos primeiros dias, só conseguia ir e voltar da farmácia, a 500 m da minha casa. Dez dias depois, dei uma volta no quarteirão. Com um mês, já fazia 30 minutos de caminhada intensa. Fiz tudo no meu tempo, do meu jeito. Também aprendi a respeitar os limites do meu corpo, sem passar fome. Opa, mas ainda não acabou. Tenho um segredo que me ajudou muito: o gengibre.

Desde que soube que essa raiz tem o poder de queimar a gordura, a incluí no meu cardápio. São dois copos de suco e um pedacinho de gengibre por dia. Adotei a receita e indico para todas as minhas colegas. Faz o maior sucesso no meu blog!

>> Perdi metade de mim
Todo o meu processo durou um ano e quatro meses. Nesse período, perdi 60 kg: metade de mim! Peso 61 kg e desfilo manequim 40. Continuo lutando para manter o peso. E isso é uma batalha diária. Reeduquei minha boca e minha cabeça! Mas surtiu efeito: depois de quatro anos na seca, beijei na boca e estou de namorado novo. Ê, coisa boa!
Coloque o gengibre no seu cardápio

As formas mais comuns de se consumir o gengibre são em pedaço, farinha, chá ou cápsula. Siga as recomendações da nutricionista Francine Schmidt:

Corte o gengibre em fatias finas e deixe secando na sombra por uma semana. Depois, bata no liquidificador até virar pó. O ideal é consumir uma colher (sopa) da farinha de gengibre por dia, acrescentando-o aos sucos, iogurtes, frutas, leite ou sobre os alimentos. Essa farinha pode ser conservada em um recipiente fechado por até seis meses.

Ingredientes: 5 cm de raiz de gengibre + 1/2 litro de água + 4 cravos-da-índia + 1/4 de limão + 1 canela em pau.

Modo de fazer: Prepare um suco de gengibre e limão e coloque em um recipiente. Aqueça 1/2 litro de água e adicione ao preparo de gengibre com todos os outros ingredientes. Deixe o chá em repouso por 10 minutos.

Dica: o gengibre não deve ser fervido, pois perde as suas propriedades. O ideal é consumir no máximo 1/2 litro do chá por dia, após as refeições.

As cápsulas podem auxiliar na dieta, mas não com o mesmo resultado do gengibre ao natural. O recomendado é tomar 3 cápsulas de 500 mg por dia, uma antes de cada refeição.

Cardápio da dieta
Confira o programa de dieta que fez a Gabriela perder 60 kg!

Café da manhã
● 1 fatia de pão de fôrma light com manteiga ou requeijão
● 1 copo de leite desnatado com café ou chá
● 1 fatia de mamão

Dica da nutricionista
O café está corretíssimo. Para variar o cardápio, substitua o leite por iogurte desnatado.

Lanche da manhã
● Suco com fruta e gengibre
● 1 fruta ou 1 barrinha de cereais

Dica da nutricionista
Você também pode consumir a barrinha de cereais com o suco ou a fruta com o chá de gengibre.

● 3 colheres de arroz
● 1 colher de feijão
● Verdura cozida
● Salada de folhas e tomate
● Carne assada ou cozida

Dica da nutricionista
Opte por arroz integral para aumentar a quantidade de fibras na alimentação e varie os tipos de carne.

Lanche da tarde
● Suco com fruta e gengibre
● 1 fruta ou 1 barrinha de cereais ou 1 iogurte natural

● O mesmo do almoço

Dica da nutricionista
Se quiser variar, faça um sanduíche com pão, cenoura, alface, queijo branco, atum ou frango.
A raiz também é poderosa na hora de cuidar da saúde

Da redação
O gengibre ajuda mesmo nas dietas. É que a raiz é capaz de acelerar a queima de calorias. "O gengibre é um alimento termogênico, ou seja, obriga o corpo a gastar energias para digeri-lo", explica Francine Schmidt, nutricionista do site Dieta Light. "Suas propriedades estão mais ativas na raiz fresca, que pode ser usada crua, refogada ou como chá", completa a especialista. Ela recomenda consumir um pedaço de aproximadamente 2 cm, três vezes ao dia. Veja aqui outros poderes da raiz:

Evita náuseas: beba 500 ml de chá em pequenas doses um dia antes de viajar. No dia, mastigue pedaços crus.

É afrodisíaca: a planta melhora a circulação, facilitando a ereção masculina. Nas mulheres, aumenta a irrigação de sangue no clitóris e na vagina, intensificando a sensibilidade no local.

Tem ação anti-inflamatória: use um algodão embebido no chá para limpar feridas ou fazer compressas em regiões doloridas.

Previne males: o gengibre está associado ao combate de diarreia, cólica, artrite, enxaqueca e problemas no coração.

Vídeo aula Tricô - Cachecol Tricô - Aula Completa com Arremate no Tricô, Troca de Cores e Arremate das Sobras de Fios - Com a Professora Elaine

 Vídeo Tricô mostrando um Cachecol Tricô - 1ª parte - da Professora Elaine. A pioneira no ensino do choche On Line e agora também no Tricô. Visite

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O Cachecol será feito com Fio Chemyl 12 da H.marin e agulha 6,0 mm com 30 pontos na agulha. O meu ficou com 14,5 cm de largura aproximadamente, mas o seu pode ficar com outra medida devido a tensão do seu ponto. Caso você faça com outros fios observe no rótulo a agulha indicada (pelo símbolo das duas agulhas) e monte os pontos necessários para que fique com a largura semelhante ou de acordo com o seu gosto.

No meu caso vou trabalhar por 20 cm e fazer a primeira troca de cores. Você pode seguir a minha sugestão ou fazer a peça ao seu gosto. A troca de cores sempre será feita no final da carreira e também na carreira do avesso para que o trabalho fique mais bonito.

Vídeo Aula de Trico - TRICÔ - CACHECOL FIO SWEET - COM POMPOM - Com a Professora Elaine

Vídeo Tricô mostrando um Cachecol Sweet (com pompom) - 1ª parte - da Professora Elaine. A pioneira no ensino do choche On Line e agora também no Tricô. Visite

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Aplicacao em Camistas - do Blog da Ro Croche

A Ro Croche fez esta linda aplicacao na camiseta que esta uma fofura ......

Ela merece muitos beijinhos

por um lindo trabalho ...

Parabéns ...


Patchwork - Enfeite para vidros | Ornament for glass - Autoria da Maria Elza

Amo de paixao este Blog ARTEMELZA ...

Esta idéia é ótima para reciclamos os vidros ....

Amei de paixao

O PAP está AQUI 

Milhoes de beijinhos

Vídeo Aula Crochê - Golinha / Cachecol Abacaxi - Aula Completa - Autoria da Professora Elaine do Blog Elaine Croche

 Vídeo aula mostrando a confecção de uma golinha / cachecol modelo abacaxi - 1ª parte - da Professora Elaine. A pioneira no ensino do choche On Line. Visite

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Usei Fio Supremo Magia e agulha Clover 4,0 mm. Este fio é muito bonito sendo em algodão com fio lurex que confere o brilho na medida exata. É uma peça rápida e pratica de ser feita, o motivo abacaxi se repete por quantas vezes você desejar. No meu caso trabalhei 4 motivos em torno de 30 cm cada. O fechamento pode ser com broche ou trançada como mostro nas fotos abaixo.

Mentirosos - Cronica - Mensagem do Blog

Há pessoas que são mentirosas crónicas. Que de tanto mentir até já acreditam que aquela versão fantasiada é a verdadeira. São mentiras que não dão raiva, dão pena. Que os chefes é que são os maus da fita, os colegas uns traidores, a má sorte uma constante, os ossos são pesados e o metabolismo é lento. Eu também tenho os meus dias em que me apetece enfiar a cabeça na areia e não enfrentar as minhas fraquezas, os meus defeitos. Mas eventualmente, no dia seguinte ou pouco depois enfrento-os e dou o peito às balas, assumo as consequências. É sempre tempo para mudar e enfrentar a verdade, é sempre tempo para tentarmos ser melhores e nos superarmos. É sempre tempo até ser tarde demais.

Sobre um conhecido meu que sempre que tinha problemas com as namoradas, dizia que elas eram umas malucas e estavam deprimidas. Eu pergunto-me se ninguém se apercebe que o traste conta sempre a mesma história. Que não era a vida dele que era uma parvónia quando estava com elas, mas era a vida dele que é vazia, sozinho ou acompanhado.

Um lindo dia de Verao

Depois de uma longa semana estudando alemao ...

Só quero sonhar e relaxar ...

Um DayDream  com meu amor ...



Cetin Kaya [Mehmet und Murat ft. Muhabbet] - Dir Egal

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Çetin çetinkaya-Dir egal

Slm millet çetini muhabbet demeyin ve yorumlarınızı bekliyorum

E-card - You light up my life - Cartoes de amor

Liebe - E-card - Mais amor para teu amor- Um lindo Cartao para o dia dos namorados

E - Card de amor para seu amor

Charlie Winston: I Love Your Smile - Official Video

Charlie Winston I Love Your Smile Official Video Audrey tautou Like A Hobo

Risoto de morangos com lascas de parmesão - Receita do Blog Cucchiaio Pieno

Fonte: daqui
Dificuldade: baixa
Tempo de preparo: 15 minutos
Tempo de cozimento: 25 minutos
Ingredientes para 4 pessoas
500 gr de morangos
250 gr de arroz arbóreo
50 gr de queijo parmesão ralado
50 gr de manteiga
800 ml de caldo de legumes
200 ml de vinho branco seco
2 minicebolas
1 pedaço de queijo parmesão de 30 g
4 colheres (sopa) de azeite de oliva extravirgem
pimenta-do reino preta

Modo de preparo

Lave, escorra e limpe os morangos. Corte metade deles em gomos e reserve. Corte a outra metade em pedaços. Numa panela pequena, aqueça o caldo de legumes até ferver.
Descasque as cebolas, corte em fatias finas e doure-as na panela com o azeite. Acrescente o arroz e frite-o até ficar translúcido. Em seguida, regue com metade do vinho branco, mexa com cuidado e deixe evaporar. Junte os morangos, cortados em pedaços, e o resto do vinho e misture novamente.

Adicione 1 concha de caldo de legumes fervente e cozinhe o risoto, mexendo sempre e acrescentando outra concha de caldo quando a anterior tiver sido absorvida (a cocção devera' demorar em torno de 20 minutos).

Quando o arroz estiver cozido, mas ainda al dente, apague o fogo e acrescente a manteiga e o parmesão ralado. Junte os morangos reservados e tempere com um pouco de sal e pimenta. Deixe repousar tampado por 2 minutos, depois divida-o em pratos e, com a ajuda de um descascador de legumes, distribua uma boa quantidade de lascas de parmesão sobre cada porção. Sirva bem quente.

Um charme de Croche - Poncho azul e preto - Com gráfico e passo a passo pra vc

Gold bulls claim price could double to $3,000 in five years - By Ian Cowie -

Fears that American, British and other governments intend to inflate their way off the rocks of excessive debt prompted record inflows into gold this week.

By Ian Cowie
Published: 7:35AM BST 20 May 2010

Now some fund managers claim the price could more than double to $3,000 (£2,080) per ounce within five years.

Heavily indebted governments throughout the developed world are struggling to fill deficits of black-hole dimensions in public finances by imposing spending cuts and tax rises. Both are expected in Britain's emergency Budget on June 22 and neither will be popular.

But keeping interest rates lower than inflation and letting the currency take the strain is another way to reduce the real value of debt. You can see why politicians may feel that is the ''least worst'' option.

Stealthily robbing savers by eroding the purchasing power of money is less likely to cause riots in the streets than spending cuts, because inflation tends to hit older people hardest while unemployment hits the young.

Governments can devalue their own currencies, but it is harder for them to make more gold. That fact helped prompt record inflows of $484m (£336m) into gold exchange-traded commodities this week, while gold trading volumes peaked at $2.1bn (£1.45bn).

However, the precious metal is not a one-way bet and it slipped back below $1,200 (£830) on Thursday as some investors took profits amid anxiety about an unsustainable bubble in the gold price.

Graham French, manager of the M & G Global Basics Fund, was undeterred. He said: "In a scenario of rising sovereign risk, where government finances are hugely overstretched and central banks have been systematically devaluing paper money, gold's value as a safe haven and a stable physical currency can only increase over the medium term.

"Against this backdrop, the gold price could go much higher than these already elevated levels. It wouldn't be too far fetched to see it rising above $2,000, or even up to $3,000."

Mr French's strategy is based on the belief that things that emerging markets sell will fall in price over the next five years, while things that emerging markets buy will rise in price.

The explanation is that demand from the heavily indebted developed world may remain subdued, while demand from largely debt-free consumers in emerging markets will rise.

Rupert Robinson, chief executive of Schroders Private Bank, said: "Gold is setting record highs in almost every currency, despite headwinds including a strong dollar and monetary tightening in India and China, the main end markets for gold. Today's economic environment makes gold a must in any client portfolio.

"Interest rates are at historically low levels; central banks are bailing out the system; we have seen a huge amount of quantitative easing; currencies being debased and governments around the world are short of money.

Nothing goes up in a straight line, indeed there are signs that gold may be becoming over-owned and too fashionable in the short term, but I think that over the long term gold is a good asset to hang on to. It could easily reach $2,000 per ounce within the next five years," Mr Robinson said.

Richard Davis, of BlackRock's Natural Resources team, added: "Gold always does well in times of uncertainty, and this week is no exception. Lingering concerns over the Greek bail-out, uncertainty over global economic growth, and an inconclusive election result in Britain have all created nervousness in stock markets, and risk-averse investors are looking to gold as a store of value.

The fact that gold bullion is a real asset, which does not depend for its value on any company or government, makes it compelling as a 'safe haven' investment. Gold bullion is particularly popular in Asia and the Middle East and investors in these regions have continued to pile money into the asset class.

"It is worth noting that, adjusted for inflation, gold is still some way off its all-time high of $850 per ounce in 1980, equivalent to more than $2,200 in today's terms."

Adrian Ash, of, said: "Inflation alone is not the driver. It's real interest rates that matter, because if cash is beating inflation, no one needs gold. Whereas when cash loses value, year after year – and if the major productive alternatives, such as bonds, shares and property, also fail investors as well – then gold really comes into its own.

"Cash is being actively devalued – and not just in Britain; the Eurozone crisis is only the latest prime mover. Underlying the decade-long upturn in gold is a repeated attack on the virtue of savings," Mr Ash said.

Gold's fundamental appeal remains that it is a store of value that is largely immune to government intervention.

Mr French observed: "The great Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw said: 'You have to choose between trusting the natural stability of gold or the natural stability and intelligence of members of the government. And with due respect to these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold.' I have to say, I'm with Bernard Shaw on this."

Is it really possible to have online privacy in the internet age? - By Claudine Beaumont, Technology Editor -

Facebook and Google find themselves at the centre of a privacy storm, but you don't need to hit the 'delete' key just yet

By Claudine Beaumont, Technology Editor
Published: 7:00AM BST 20 May 2010

There’s a storm brewing in cyberspace. Internet users who, until now, have been perfectly happy to share their most intimate thoughts online, are questioning whether things have gone too far.

Many of these privacy concerns centre around Facebook and Google, which is hardly surprising given their dominance – billions of people around the world interact with these sites on a daily basis.

Google is under investigation in a number of countries after it admitted that its Street View mapping cars had inadvertently collected browsing information sent over wireless networks, although it says it is highly unlikely that any of the data would be useful.

Some Facebook users are worried about the site’s tinkering with privacy settings, which has made more personal information publicly visible by default, forcing users to opt out of the settings if they’re unhappy.

Indeed, such is the strength of feeling that thousands of users have pledged to delete their accounts on May 31 in protest. It’s a dramatic and noble gesture, but perhaps rather drastic – Facebook does provide controls to adjust privacy settings for almost every element of your account; but too many users find the process confusing or time-consuming, and Facebook itself has admitted that it needs to provide a better system.

But don’t panic – there are steps you can take to balance the desire to share information with the need to protect certain details from certain people. Here, we explore ways to manage your privacy online:

Securing your computer

Adjusting the privacy settings on your social-networking profile or photo-sharing account is not the only way to ensure that personal information is only seen by people you want to share it with. Keeping your computer secure, ensuring you’re running the right kind of software, and even using special tools that enable you to browse the internet “under the radar” can all be useful.

First, install any software updates to ensure that your operating system is as secure as possible. This will make it more tricky for hackers and cybercriminals to access sensitive information. You should also install antivirus software, to track and eliminate any suspicious files or programs on your machine – we like Avast! and AVG, which are both free.

A firewall is crucial too, as it allows you to monitor incoming and outgoing connections from your computer, and spot any unexpected activity – try the free version of ZoneAlarm. It’s also worth using a web browser with decent privacy features – Firefox is a good choice, and offers extensions that can help with online privacy, while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 features InPrivate, which prevents cookies, forms and usernames from being retained as you navigate the web.

If you want to disguise your browsing habits to a larger degree, you will need to use an “anonymiser”. This is a piece of software that re-routes your browsing session through various relay points, making it hard to trace web use back to your computer’s unique IP address. The downside is that your browsing session will be noticeably slower as your connection pings its way around cyberspace, and some websites, videos or other plug-ins may not work properly. But if you’re determined to go down this road, take a look at and

Adjusting Facebook settings

The purpose of Facebook, of course, is connecting people. The site allows you to group your “friends” in categories, which makes it easier to share specific information only with certain people. You might be happy for your closest friends to see all your contact details and flick through your photo albums, but may be wary of letting work colleagues have the same level of access. It’s worth taking the time to set up these “friend” lists, as it makes the tasks of managing your privacy settings easier.

There are a few other Facebook settings you should adjust. The first is opting out of searches, to prevent your profile appearing publicly when someone searches for you on Facebook or Google. The second is to protect your picture albums and videos – we’ve all read stories about people who have been sacked after embarrassing photographs appeared online. You can avoid this problem by restricting who can view pictures stored on your profile, and even who can view photos in which you’ve been “tagged” or labelled – even if that picture appears on someone else’s profile page. You can also restrict access to every photo album associated with your profile, to choose exactly which groups of contacts can view which sets of pictures.

Publishing full dates of birth, postal addresses and other contact details on Facebook – and then leaving profiles open to the public – makes it easier for cyber criminals to commit identity fraud. Ensure that only your trusted friends are able to see this information, and adjust it category by category.

It’s important, too, to decide how much personal information you’re willing to share with third-party websites. When you install a game on your Facebook profile, chances are that you will agree to share some of your information with the developer. It’s also crucial to note that because Facebook is based on “networks” of connections, your friends could be sharing some of your personal information with third-party websites without your explicit consent – but you can adjust your privacy settings to restrict this information-sharing.

It’s also worth considering opting out of Facebook’s controversial “Instant Personalisation” scheme, a new feature that is designed to help you “connect more easily” with some of Facebook’s preferred partners. It is switched on by default, but it’s very easy to turn off.

Most of these options can be adjusted under the “Account” tab on your Facebook profile, but here are step-by-step instructions for all of these changes.

How to delete your Facebook account

Permanently deleting your Facebook account means that all your personal information will be erased. Some material, such as photographs, may remain on Facebook’s servers for “technical reasons”, but the company stresses that the material is “completely inaccessible” to other Facebook users, and cannot be linked back to an individual user.

If you want to delete your Facebook account, visit this Facebook page to submit your request. The account will be deleted immediately, but it can take up to a fortnight for Facebook to clear your information from its server cache. Deletion is not reversible – if you subsequently decide to rejoin Facebook, you will need to build your profile again from scratch.



-peitos de frango (limpos de peles e gorduras)

-sementes de sésamo

-flor de sal

Ingredientes do molho:

-2 colheres de sopa de manteiga de amendoim

-1 colher de sobremesa de molho chilli (chilli sauce)

-1 colher de sobremesa de molho barbecue (hoi sin sauce)

-2 colheres de sopa de amendoim frito sem sal triturado grosseiramente

-2 colheres de sopa de óleo de amendoim

Comecei por cortar os peitos em bocados (cada espetada leva um peito) e temperi com flor de sal. Reservei durante 30 minutos. Ao fim desse tempo fiz as espetadas e coloquei as sementes de sésamo num prato e envolvi as espetadas nessas sementes. Reservei . Fiz o molho de amendoim misturando todos os ingredientes num tacho pequeno que levei a lume muito brando até estar tudo muito bem envolvido. Depois é fritar as espetadas até estarem lourinhas e servir com o molho. Servi com uma boa salada verde com tomate cereja. Temperada só com flor de sal e azeite virgem extra.

Floyd Landis admits doping as 'emails' point finger at Lance Armstrong - By Telegraph staff and agencies

As Floyd Landis admitted taking performance enhancing drugs during his career, emails purporting to be sent by the disgraced cyclist have implicated Lance Armstrong with the use of banned substances.

By Telegraph staff and agencies
Published: 1:49PM BST 20 May 2010

Allegations: Floyd Landis keen to tell all about drug use Photo: GETTY IMAGES

In an interview with, Landis admitted using performance-enhancing drugs for most of his career, including during the 2006 Tour de France, for which he was stripped of the title.

"I want to clear my conscience," the 34-year-old said. "I don't want to be part of the problem any more.

"Now we've come to the point where the statute of limitations on the things I know is going to run out or start to run out next month. If I don't say something now then it's pointless to ever say it."

Pat McQuaid, president of cycling's governing body, Union Cycliste Internationale, said he was one of the officials to receive the e-mails, which have been seen by the Wall Street Journal.

“All this proves is that he’s a liar: he has stood up in court and denied these things,” McQuaid said. “He’s got absolutely no credibility. I’m annoyed at something like this coming out during the Tour of California."

Landis, the first rider to be stripped of a Tour victory, had previously denied any wrongdoing, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected his assertion that his positive test was due to procedural mistakes by the laboratory.

He said last year, after his two-year ban ended, that he was trying to decide whether to ride again in the Tour de France.

In February, a French judge issued an arrest warrant against Landis for suspected hacking into an anti-doping laboratory computer.

French anti-doping agency head Pierre Bordry said the judge, Thomas Cassuto, believed Landis wanted to prove the laboratory where his samples were tested was wrong.

Seven-time Tour de France champion Armstrong has never failed a drug test and has repeatedly and vehemently denied using any banned performance-enhancing substances.

He will comment at the fifth stage of the Tour of California later today, Philippe Maertens, a spokesman for Armstrong’s RadioShack team, said.

Argentina manager Diego Maradona adds insult to injury after running over journalist - By Steve Wilson -

Diego Maradona added insult to injury when the Argentina manager ran over a journalist and then stopped to call him an “***hole” on route to his team’s World Cup squad announcement meeting.

By Steve Wilson
Published: 10:18AM BST 20 May 2010

surrounded by newsmen but one was hit and he fell to the ground.

According to witnesses, Maradona’s car then rolled over the lower part of his leg.

“What an ***hole you are,” Maradona shouted from the car. “How can you put your leg there where it can get run over, man?”

Paramedics ran to the scene to attend to the cameraman who was taken away for further treatment.

The 49-year-old coach then delivered the names of the 23-man squad for the World Cup finals to the media.

Maradona has had a fractious relationship with the press in the past, once firing shots from an air-rifle to clear members of the media from outside his home.

The Argentina coach's World Cup preparation was earlier disrupted in March when he needed minor facial surgery after being bitten by his dog.

Paddy Power offers cash-for-ash 'volcano insurance' bet - By Alistair Osborne, Business Editor (Transport and Leisure) -

Insurers may have balked at offering passengers cover against the latest airport closures caused by Iceland's erupting Eyjafjallajökull volcano – but not Irish bookmaker Paddy Power.

By Alistair Osborne, Business Editor (Transport and Leisure)
Published: 6:17AM BST 20 May 2010

Proving that it's an ill wind that doesn't blow a bookie any good, Paddy has started taking bets on volcanic ash closing specific UK or Irish airports for at least an hour on dates between June 1 and August 31.

Travellers can bet at odds of up to 20-1 to hedge against flight delays or cancellations, with Paddy allowing up to £2,000 of cover per customer per day – and £5,000 for wagers covering several days.

A £50 bet at 20-1 on Heathrow closing on August 1, for example, would give £1,000 of cover. Those travelling from the airport in early June get only half those odds.

"We had quite a few inquiries from organisers of golf trips and things like that and decided this could be an interesting new market for us," said a Paddy spokesman. "You don't have to travel to bet. We gladly take bets from speculators."

Airports covered are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast, Shannon and Cork.

John Shepherd-Barron, cash machine inventor, dies - By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent -

John Shepherd-Barron, cash machine inventor, dies
The man who invented the first ATM cash machine has died, aged 84, after a short illness.

By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent
Published: 6:33AM BST 20 May 2010
John Shepherd-Barron came up with the concept of a self-service cash dispenser in 1965 while lying in a bath after getting to his bank too late to withdraw money.

The businessman, who worked for the printing firm De La Rue Instruments at the time, said he was inspired by chocolate vending machines and put the idea to the head of Barclays Bank “over a pink gin”.

The first automated teller machine (ATM) was installed at a branch in Enfield, London, in 1967, when Reg Varney, one of the stars of the television show On the Buses, became the first person to withdraw cash.

It was operated by inserting a special cheque that was matched against a PIN number, and paved the way for machines using plastic cards. There are now nearly two million machines worldwide.

Mr Shepherd-Barron, from Portmahomack, Easter Ross, died in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, on Saturday.

He did not patent his system and did not make any money from his invention, but was made an OBE in 2005 for his services to banking. He was also presented with a lifetime achievement award by the ATM Industry Association.

Describing his "eureka" moment, he once said: "I remember back in 1965 that I would always take money out of my bank on a Saturday morning. However, one Saturday I was one minute late at my bank and it was closed.

"That night I started thinking that there must be a better way to get cash when I wanted it. I thought of the chocolate vending machine, where money was put in a slot and a bar dispatched. Surely money could be dispensed in the same way.

"By chance, in 1965, I bumped into the chief general manager of Barclays Bank who was about to have lunch. I said, over a pink gin, 'Give me 90 seconds'.

"I told him I had an idea that if you put your standard Barclays cheque through a slot in the side of the bank, it will deliver standard amounts of money round the clock."

The planned six-digit PIN was later changed to four because the inventor said his wife Caroline could only remember four figures.

Mr Shepherd-Barron became managing director of De La Rue Instruments, which was involved in the printing of more than 140 currencies, as well as stock certificates.

He married Caroline Murray, the daughter of Sir Kenneth, the former chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the couple moved to his Easter Ross estate when he retired. He is survived by his wife, three sons and six grand-children.

James Goodfellow, another Scottish inventor, patented PIN technology and has a rival claim to be the inventor of the ATM. He was a development engineer given the project of developing a cash dispenser in 1965.

His system accepted an encrypted card and a numerical keypad - like the machines in use today - but his machine was tested later than one developed by Mr Shepherd-Barron.

Germany's 'desperate' short ban triggers capital flight to Switzerland - By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor -

A year ago, Germany's financial regulator BaFin warned that the toxic debts of the country's banks would blow up "like a grenade" once hidden losses from the credit crisis caught up with them.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor
Published: 9:50PM BST 19 May 2010
Swiss francs - Germany's 'desperate' short ban triggers capital flight to Switzerland Photo: AFP

An internal memo at the time showed that BaFin feared write-offs might top €800bn (£688bn), twice the reserves of Germany's financial institutions. Nobody paid much attention. But the regulator's shock move on Tuesday night to stop short trading on banks, insurers, eurozone bonds – as well as a ban credit default swaps (CDS) on sovereign debt – has left markets wondering whether the slow fuse on Germany's banking system has finally detonated.

BaFin spoke of "extraordinary volatility" and said CDS moves were jeopardising "the stability of the financial system as a whole". It is unsettling that the BaFin should opt for such drastic measures a week after EU leaders thought they had overawed markets with a €750bn rescue package and direct purchases of Greek, Portuguese and Spanish debt by the European Central Bank. BaFin's

heavy-handed move seems to proclaim that the rescue has failed.

The market is left asking what skeletons are lurking in the cupboard," said Marc Ostwald from Monument Securities. The short ban follows a report by RBC Capital Markets that circulated widely in the City accusing German banks of failing to come clean on 75pc of their €45bn exposure to Greek debt.

German lenders have the lowest risk-weighted capital ratios in the world after Japan. They were slow to rebuild safety cushions after the sub-prime crisis, and now face a second set of losses on Club Med holdings. Reporting rules have let Landesbanken delay write-downs, turning them into Europe's "zombie" banks.

Even so, nothing adds up in this BaFin episode. Germany acted alone, prompting a tart rebuke from French finance minister Christine Lagarde. "It seems to me that one should at least seek the advice of the other member states concerned by this measure," she said. Brussels was not notified. The deep rift between Berlin and Paris has been exposed again, leaving it painfully clear that Europe's monetary union still lacks the fiscal and governing machinery of a viable currency union.

Far from stabilising markets, BaFin's move set off a nasty sell-off in credit markets. Markit's iTraxx Crossover index – measuring risk in mid-level corporate bonds – jumped 57 basis points to 586. Markit said BaFin had caused liquidity to dry up in "febrile conditions". The Libor-OIS spread watched for signs of strain in interbank lending widened further.

If the purpose of BaFin's action was to drive wolfpack "speculators" off Greece's back, it failed. Yields on 10-year Greek bonds rose 37 basis points to 7.918pc. What it showed is that CDS contracts barely matter. The issue is whether "real money" investors such as the Chinese central bank are willing to buy Greek and Portuguese debt.

The short ban set off instant capital flight to Switzerland. BNP Paribas said €9.5bn flowed into Swiss franc deposits in a matter of hours on Wednesday morning.

The Swiss central bank intervened to hold down the franc. This caused the euro to shoot back up against the US dollar after an early plunge. The euro had already bounced off "make-or-break" technical support at $1.2135, the 50pc "retracement" of its entire rise since 2000, but any rally is likely to be short-lived.

"As a German citizen, I wish to apologise for the stupidity of my government," said Hans Redeker, currency chief at BNP Paribas. He said the CDS ban deprives reserve managers of a crucial hedging tool for non-securitised loans and will scare away global investors needed to soak up Club Med bonds.

"The European market is likely to become utterly dysfunctional. Just as the market showed signs of stabilisation with real money starting to buy euros, the Germans have destroyed this glimmer of hope," said Mr Redeker. "The BaFin ban is a desperate political move by a government battling for survival. Angela Merkel needs the support of the Left so she has given in to a witch-hunt against banks and speculators."

Six members of the FDP Free Democrats in Germany's ruling alliance are to vote against the EU's rescue fund. Chancellor Merkel must reach out to Social Democrats and Greens to secure a safe majority.

Mrs Merkel faced heckling as she tried to rally support for the EU rescue package in the Bundestag. "The current crisis facing the euro is the biggest test Europe has faced since the Treaty of Rome in 1957. This test is existential. The euro is in danger, and if we do not avert this danger, the consequences will be incalculable," she said.

Tim Congdon from International Monetary Research said deposit data from the ECB shows that there was a "major run" on Club Med banks in the second week of May. Some €56bn of interbank lending facilities were withdrawn, probably as citizens in the South switched funds to banks in the eurozone core. Bank reliance on the ECB lending window jumped by €103bn – or 22pc – in a week.

"It was extreme and very sudden, probably on Friday afternoon. The eurozone was undoubtedly in peril," he said.

The question raised by BaFin is whether underlying damage to the eurozone banking system runs even deeper than feared.

What next for Willie Walsh and BA? - By Kamal Ahmed -

The news today that the British Airways strike is back on will certainly not go down well with Willie Walsh, the chief executive of the beleaguered airline.

By Kamal Ahmed
Published: 1:55PM BST 20 May 2010
Alongside volcanoes erupting in Iceland, the ditching of plans for new runways in the south-east of England and record losses due to be announced in the annual results tomorrow, shareholders will be looking more warily at BA's share price and the future of Britain's flag carrier (often described as a huge pensions deficit with a few planes attached).

As I wrote last week, Mr Walsh is at present playing hardball and has said that he will not budge on the issue of disciplinary action and removal of staff perks for some of those cabin crew involved in the earlier strikes. As BA has also made clear, the premium they are paying cabin crew in comparison to, for example, Virgin Atlantic, has to be reduced.
Is Mr Walsh travelling the right route on those two issues? What's he missing?

As is often the case in protracted disputes, the differences between the two sides are now relatively minor. The unions should give ground on the ridiculously high number of strike days it has called, wrecking the holiday and business plans of many millions of people over the next two, or even three, weeks.

There can also be no blanket "pardon" on disciplinary matters and, if the evidence is there, the union must show that it is as opposed to the bullying of staff or failure to work contracted hours as the management.

For Mr Walsh, he has to find some measure of compromise and at least put it on the table - for example a clear way that staff who have lost perks can "win" them back at the same level post the dispute.

He has revealed that BA already has plans for fresh recruitment once the dispute is over and that should go ahead as quickly as possible. Whatever happens in the short term, Mr Walsh has to find a way of neutralising the threat of industrial action in the future. The culture of BA management and staff has to change - this constant war of attrition will ultimately sink the company.

When I have written on the issue of BA and the strike in the past it has aroused great passion - which side is right and which side is wrong in this dispue? Furthemore, what are the key questions now for both sides and how can Mr Walsh and union leaders rescue the situation? With appalling financial numbers expected within the next 24 hours there is an awful lot riding on the outcome of this dispute.

I look forward to your thoughts.


Poor US jobs data knocks Wall Street, reignites global stock market sell-off -

The world stock market sell-off got a second wind on Thursday afternoon after disappointing US jobs data compounded investors' already bleak view of the world economy.

Published: 3:26PM BST 20 May 2010
European markets gave up early rises after the Dow Jones opened down 2.1pc following a jump in US jobless claims to 471,000. Economists were expecting them to fall to 440,000.

The poor news on the US economy added to jitters about a tightening of financial regulation, pushing London's FTSE 100 down 2pc. Germany's DAX skidded 2.3pc, France's CAC 2.8pc and Spain's Ibex 1.7pc. Earlier, Asian markets fell for a second day with the Nikkei sliding 1.5pc and Australia's ASX 1.6pc.
Gilt yields on 10-year bonds fell further in the US, Germany and UK in a flight to safety.

European tensions over a unilateral German ban on the shorting of government bonds and some financials stocks on Tuesday evening continued to reverberate across financial markets.

The euro, which came off fresh four-year lows around $1.21 on Wednesday after a massive €9.5bn intervention by the Swiss central bank, remained volatile.

The currency spiked above $1.24 in early trade on speculation of a possible co-ordinated intervention from central banks, and talk that Greece may be about to leave the eurozone. This rally was short lived and it was trading around $1.2340 just before 3pm.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor who yesterday caused a stir by warning that the euro was in danger, today said she would campaign for a tax on financial markets at the G20 summit in Canada.

In a wide-ranging speech on financial regulation, she stressed the importance of tightening the fiscal rules governing the euro area, the breech of which has contributed to the current crisis.

"If you have a currency like the euro ... then you need stricter rules than other governments that just decide for their own currency," she said.

"We need to tighten up the Stability and Growth Pact," she insisted, ahead of a meeting of EU finance ministers and the EU president Herman van Rompuy to discuss the pact Friday in Brussels.

She also called for a European version of the rating agencies which have been accused of exacerbating the crisis.

"I would be in favour of introducing a European rating agency which would act as a competitor to other rating agencies on a level playing field," she said.

Earlier in the day investors were tempted back into the market following yesterday's steep falls. Bank shares were in demand and by 11.30am Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.3pc, Germany's DAX had dipped 0.3pc and France's CAC-40 has gained 0.04pc.

But market watchers were wary. "The day will be a roller coaster, no doubt," said David Keeble, an analyst at Credit Agricole. "The German short ban has emphasised that Europe is not unified and this is at a juncture when it really, really needs to be."

Christine Lagarde, French Economy Minister, told RTL radio that the German decision "should have been taken in concert" with other European nations and was in itself "open to debate".

The crisis in Europe is being driven by debt and public deficit levels which have soared way above EU rules as governments increased spending to get their economies through the worst recession in decades.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy added to worries wheh he said France's constitution should be altered to compel new governments to sign up to a timetable to balance their budgets. He also said he wanted to freeze public spending for three years.

Greek authorities deployed hundreds of extra police in Athens for the fourth general strike in four months which caused widespread disruption. During Greece's last general strike on May 5, three workers — including a pregnant woman — died while trapped in a bank that rioters set ablaze.

Public anger has grown in Greece against deep pension and salary cuts, as well as steep tax hikes, imposed in an attempt to pull Greece out of an unprecedented debt crisis.

The measures were needed for Greece to receive a €110bn (£95bn) three-year rescue loan package from other EU countries and the International Monetary Fund that staved off bankruptcy.

Spain also braced for street protests by public service workers against a tough government austerity plan aimed at reining in the public deficit amid fears of a Greek-style debt crisis.

The country's main unions has called for demonstrations in front of government buildings throughout the country at the same time as the government is set to approve the belt-tightening plan later Thursday.

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Chinese professor jailed for three-and-a-half years for swinging - By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai -

A Chinese university professor has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after organising a swingers' club and holding private orgies at his apartment.

By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai
Published: 7:00AM BST 20 May 2010

Ma Yaohai, 53, was convicted of "group licentiousness" for participating in group sex parties, said the Qinhuai district court in the eastern city of Nanjing, after a month-long trial.

Mr Ma was arrested and charged with 21 other people last year, the first time that anyone has been charged under a 1997 law. Mr Ma was the only defendant to plead innocent, and also the only defendant to receive a prison sentence, with the others receiving probation.
"I am definitely not guilty and the alleged crime of 'group licentiousness' is ridiculous," said Mr Ma, a professor of computer science at Nanjing University of Technology. "I did not do anything that hurt anyone else, I did not force anyone else. Why is everyone focusing on me?" he asked, ahead of the trial.

On the first day in court, he added: "How can I have disturbed the social order? What happens in my house is a private matter."

The case, with its titillating details, has split Chinese opinion over the country's growing sexual freedom. Prostitution and extramarital affairs have become widespread, and many Chinese had sympathy for Mr Ma's plight.

Newspapers have focused on the lurid details, noting that the internet chat room that Mr Ma set up was called "Travelling Couples", that his personal login name was "bighornyfire", and that the sex parties were sometimes held in the small apartment he shares with his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

Mr Ma, who has been twice-divorced, became interested in swinging in 2003 after the break-up of his second marriage. He set up his own online group in 2007, drawing around 200 members and organising activities 35 times between 2007 and 2009, according to his lawyer.

Mr Ma personally participated in 18 sessions. The 14 men and eight women arrested last year were a mix of office staff and blue-collar workers. Mr Ma's lawyer, Yao Yong'an, said his client plans to appeal.

"It is definitely not a fair case. It is not based on the law," he said.

Chinese professor jailed for three-and-a-half years for swinging - By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai -

A Chinese university professor has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after organising a swingers' club and holding private orgies at his apartment.

By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai
Published: 7:00AM BST 20 May 2010

Ma Yaohai, 53, was convicted of "group licentiousness" for participating in group sex parties, said the Qinhuai district court in the eastern city of Nanjing, after a month-long trial.

Mr Ma was arrested and charged with 21 other people last year, the first time that anyone has been charged under a 1997 law. Mr Ma was the only defendant to plead innocent, and also the only defendant to receive a prison sentence, with the others receiving probation.
"I am definitely not guilty and the alleged crime of 'group licentiousness' is ridiculous," said Mr Ma, a professor of computer science at Nanjing University of Technology. "I did not do anything that hurt anyone else, I did not force anyone else. Why is everyone focusing on me?" he asked, ahead of the trial.

On the first day in court, he added: "How can I have disturbed the social order? What happens in my house is a private matter."

The case, with its titillating details, has split Chinese opinion over the country's growing sexual freedom. Prostitution and extramarital affairs have become widespread, and many Chinese had sympathy for Mr Ma's plight.

Newspapers have focused on the lurid details, noting that the internet chat room that Mr Ma set up was called "Travelling Couples", that his personal login name was "bighornyfire", and that the sex parties were sometimes held in the small apartment he shares with his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

Mr Ma, who has been twice-divorced, became interested in swinging in 2003 after the break-up of his second marriage. He set up his own online group in 2007, drawing around 200 members and organising activities 35 times between 2007 and 2009, according to his lawyer.

Mr Ma personally participated in 18 sessions. The 14 men and eight women arrested last year were a mix of office staff and blue-collar workers. Mr Ma's lawyer, Yao Yong'an, said his client plans to appeal.

"It is definitely not a fair case. It is not based on the law," he said.

Picasso and Matisse stolen from Paris museum in €500 million raid - By Peter Allen in Paris -

By Peter Allen in Paris

Published: 11:20AM BST 20 May 2010

Detail of "La pastorale" de Henri Matisse Pastoral 1905 Photo: Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

A lone thief broke into the city's Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris overnight on Wednesday, also taking works by George Braque, Amedeo Modigliani and Fernand Lege.

A single masked raider was caught on CCTV entering through a broken window, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.

Police and art investigators have now cordoned off the museum, which is just across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower.

They believe that a reinforced glass window was smashed late on Wednesday night. A security lock inside the building had also been broken.

Security senors suggested that the raid took place at around 6.50am on Thursday, said police.

"It's an enormous crime, one of the biggest in art history," said a source close to the enquiry, who estimated that the stolen paintings were worth €500 million (£430 million).

The paintings stolen were Pigeon with Green Peas by Picasso; Pastoral by Henri Matisse; The Olive Tree near Estaque by Georges Braque; The Woman with the Fan by Amedeo Modigliani ; and Still Life with Chandeliers by Fernand Leger.

France has traditionally been at the centre of the international art theft underworld, with paintings apparently regularly stolen to order.

In 2007 two Picasso paintings worth £50 million were stolen from the Paris home of the artist’s granddaughter, Diana Widmaier, just across the river from the latest theft.

The works, Maya with Doll and Portrait of Jacqueline disappeared mysteriously at night but there was no sign of a break-in.

Twelve Picasso paintings valued at around £17 million were stolen from the French Riviera villa of another of his grandchildren, Marina Picasso, in 1989.

Galleries including the Orsay Museum on the Left Bank and the Picasso Museum on the Right Bank have also regularly been targeted.

Insiders working for low pay in the gallery are often suspected of helping the criminals.

Because the paintings stolen are usually so well known, it would be impossible to sell them on the open market.

Picasso is the most stolen artist in the world because of his prolific output, recognisable signature and valuable works. There are more than 500 missing Picassos on the London-based Art Loss Register of stolen art.

The Museum of Modern Art in Paris, which is dedicated to 20th Century art, is one of the most highly secure in the world.

It was inaugurated in 1961 and contains around 8000 works, all illustrating various art world trends.

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