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Martin Shkreli blasted members of Congress right after refusing to answer their questions

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Former drug executive Martin Shkreli exiting the US Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.

Martin Shkreli, known widely as the “bad boy of pharma,” slammed members of Congress on Twitter after his Thursday hearing in front of the House oversight committee.

“Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government,” Shkreli tweeted.

Shkreli, who giggled throughout the hearing, invoked the Fifth Amendment.

After the hearing, Shkreli’s attorney Ben Brafman said his client was nervous and didn’t mean any disrespect.

Shkreli, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, became infamous when, as CEO, he raised the price of a drug used to treat parasitic infections to $750 a pill from $13.50.

In December, Shkreli was arrested on charges of securities fraud relating to a hedge fund he previously ran.

Here’s the tweet:

Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli)

February 4, 2016

NOW WATCH: Watch Martin Shkreli laugh and refuse to answer questions during his testimony to Congress



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Di Maria derriba la resistencia del Marsella y amplía la racha del PSG

Redacción deportes, 7 feb (EFE).- Un gol del argentino Ángel Di
María, a veinte minutos del final, derribó la resistencia del
Marsella del español Miguel González ‘Michel’ para imponerse en el
Velodrome (1-2) y situarse a veinticuatro puntos de diferencia con
el segundo, el Mónaco.
El conjunto de Michel, que no gana en su campo desde el 13 de
septiembre, encajó su primera derrota desde el 8 de noviembre,
cuando cayó contra el Niza.
Mantuvo el tipo durante muchos minutos, a pesar de que el líder
se adelantó a los tres minutos con el gol del sueco Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, que aprovechó un pase del brasileño Maxwell. Totaliza
ya 21 goles en la Ligue 1 el atacante escandinavo.
El equipo del sur de Francia reaccionó y obtuvo premio con el gol
de Remy Cabella después de una acción de Georges N'Koudou.
El Marsella buscó el triunfo. El choque se abrió. Pero una
combinación ofensiva del campeón francés le llevó al triunfo.
Ibrahimovic inició la acción y envió el balón a Di Maria, que en el
punto de penalti, batió al meta local Steve Mandanda y sellar la
novena victoria seguida del cuadro parisino.
El Saint Etienne goleó a domicilio al Burdeos (1-4) para alcanzar
los puestos europeos. Fue la segunda victoria seguida de los
'verdes’ encauzada por los goles de Vincent Pajot y el marroquí
Oussama Tannane en los siete primeros minutos de partido.
El arranque frenético continuó. Y tres después el Girondins
acortó distancias con el acierto de Cedric Yambere. El cuadro
visitante pudo ensanchar de nuevo la ventaja del Saint Etienne al
borde del intermedio. Pero Alexander Soederlund falló el penalti.
El noruego se resarció después. Cuando marcó el tercero, ya en el
tramo final. Poco antes de que Nolan Roux anotara el cuarto y
redondeara la goleada visitante.
Finalmente, el Rennes evitó en el último minuto y de penalti, la
derrota en Lill, que se adelantó poco antes del descanso por medio
del brasileño Eder.
Los visitantes buscaron el empate. Especialmente en los últimos
veinte minutos, cuando el marroquí Sofiane Boufal vio la segunda
tarjeta amarilla y dejó a los locales con diez futbolistas. Así, el
Rennes, aprovechó su ocasión. Con un lanzamiento desde los once
metros que transformó Ousmane Dembele.
.
- Resultados de la 25a. jornada
. Sábado
Mónaco 1 - Niza 0
Angers 0 - Lyon 3
Caen 0 - Reims 2
Ajaccio 0 - Guingamp 0
Lorient 1 - Montpellier 1
Bastia 2 - Troyes 0
Toulouse 0 - Nantes 0
. Domingo
Lille 1 - Rennes 1
Burdeos 1 - Saint-Etienne 4
Marsella 1 - Paris Saint Germain 2
.
- Clasificación
PJ PG PE PP GF GC PTS
===========================
.1. Paris Saint Germain 25 22 3 0 63 12 69
.2. Mónaco 25 12 9 4 36 28 45
.3. Niza 25 11 6 8 38 29 39
.4. St. Etienne 25 12 3 10 30 28 39
.5. Angers 25 10 7 8 25 23 37
.6. Lyon 25 10 6 9 34 27 36
.7. Nantes 25 9 9 7 24 23 36
.8. Caen 25 11 3 11 26 31 36
.9. Rennes 25 8 11 6 33 31 35
10. Marsella 25 8 10 7 35 26 34
11. Burdeos 25 8 9 8 32 37 33
12. Lorient 25 7 10 8 34 36 31
13. Guingamp 25 8 7 10 26 30 31
14. Bastia 25 9 4 12 24 29 31
15. Lille 25 6 12 7 20 20 30
16. Reims 25 7 8 10 27 33 29
17. GFC Ajaccio 25 6 9 10 25 34 27
18. Montpellier 25 7 5 13 28 31 26
19. Toulouse 25 4 9 12 25 42 21
20. Troyes 25 1 8 16 16 51 11. EFE
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Two sisters found hanging from a tree in UP

Two sisters found deadThe bodies of two sisters were found hanging from a tree in Nanpara area in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh. The two were found hanging yesterday. Police said the two sisters had some dispute with their sister-in-law and were scolded by their brother Manoj following which they went missing.
No proof required: MGNREGA does not help poor

India has suffered two droughts in a row, and there is obvious concern about rural incomes, especially incomes of the poor. To alleviate poverty, Indian governments have experimented with various schemes, and two that have survived the test of time are the public distribution system (PDS) and the MGNREGA.

Many programmes and institutions last a long time, but that does not mean they should be persisted with. I have consistently maintained that out of the four most corrupt institutions in the world, three are in India. My ranking of corrupt institutions is as follows. First place to the world football body, Fifa. Not far behind is the Indian cricket body, the BCCI. Third place to the PDS and fourth place belongs to the MGNREGA. In terms of corruption per se, both poverty reduction programmes are equally bad, but the PDS is a much larger corrupt programme and has been there for longer.

It is heartening to note that the first two are now universally recognised as corrupt, and acknowledged as such by many judicial systems. The other two, while involving unbridled corruption, have escaped censure for two reasons. First, the programmes are targeted to the poor, and so are “noble” in intent, if not in execution. Second, in a large, diverse country like India, there will be some states where corruption is low and scheme performance is high. This leads the defenders to cite the exception as the rule.

From a policy point of view, we should be interested in the efficiency of transferring incomes to the poor. I will discuss aspects of the MGNREGA in this article and am leaving a discussion of the PDS to a subsequent article. (See the following paper written for the Brookings Institution for details of the analysis: “Food, Hunger and Nutrition in India: A Case of Redistributive Failure”, http:// goo.gl/O1BFA9)

What is the goal of the MGNREGA? To provide income support to any family that seeks jobs that entail “back-breaking” work like digging ditches, construction of roads, etc. The primary target of this programme is very, very poor families. But how well has it succeeded in this objective? Not very, and indeed it is just as good (or, more realistically, bad) as the PDS.

How do we know how well the MGNREGA, or for that matter any poverty alleviation programme, is working? Why, by looking at what the government says on the matter. This love and respect for what the government of the day says is so sweet only because it is so rare to hear it from the left intellectuals whose fondness for “in the name of the poor” programmes is only exceeded by the fondness of the Hindu right for preventing people from making choices about their life and what they eat (think beef).

The government (ministry of rural development, MoRD) stated that in the first full year of the MGNREGA, 2009-10, a drought year that badly affected poor incomes (like 2015-16), there were 2.84 billion workdays created. Fortunately, we can crosscheck the MoRD claims for 2009-10 with the NSS household survey, which explicitly asked households about the number of days of MGNREGA work the household members obtained. The answer: 1.47 billion workdays or about half (52 per cent) the magnitude claimed by the MoRD.

Two points to note about the MGNREGA performance in 2009-10. First, 48 per cent of workdays are ghost days; that is, unaccounted for by households themselves. In other words, while the government has, no doubt, paperwork to support their claims of the MGNREGA work done (and monies paid), the population (middle class, poor or poorest) has no recollection of receiving these MoRD payments. In economic parlance, the ghost jobs are called “leakage”. Political scientists call this the cost of doing business. Sociologists call it good intentions.

But wait, of the 52 per cent of workdays that both the NSS and MoRD agree actually happened, what percentage of payments were made to poor households — poor defined according to the Tendulkar poverty line? Only 42 per cent. In other words, 58 per cent of the MGNREGA payments went to the not-poor. For 2011-12, we have the results from the University of Maryland-NCAER household survey. The results of this survey indicate that of every 100 MGNREGA jobs provided, an overwhelming proportion, 75 per cent, went to the not-poor.

Note that MGNREGA income to the poor may not be sufficient for them to escape poverty. In NSS 2009-10, the MGNREGA was able to reduce poverty by 2.2 percentage points; in 2011-12, despite reaching a much lower fraction of the poor (25 versus 42 per cent), the Maryland-NCAER study claims that the MGNREGA was able to reduce poverty by 6.7 percentage points. Or more than three times the achievement level reached just two years earlier.

We obtain, using the same Maryland-NCAER data, that the MGNREGA was able to reduce poverty by only 1.1 percentage points in 2011-12. One explanation for the large difference in the two estimates of poverty reduction for the same data and the same year is as follows. The poverty reduction effect can be estimated in one of two ways. Either the overall impact of the programme is estimated (that is, how much did expenditures reduce overall poverty; this is our method) or estimate the poverty reduction of the programme only among those who participate in the programme (as apparently done by the Maryland-NCAER study). The 6.7 percentage point reduction is for those households that had some positive MGNREGA payment and were poor to begin with. Such households comprised only 17 per cent of rural households, and for these households, poverty was reduced by 6.7 percentage points. Hence, for all rural households, poverty would have been reduced by (0.067*17) or 1.1 percentage points — exactly what we have stated above.

Summarising, the efficacy or poverty reduction capabilities of the MGNREGA, across two different surveys and two different years, is very poor (and hence, it is very corrupt). MGNREGA payments to the deserving poor allowed 16.3 million individuals to become non-poor in 2009-10. The cost of this policy: Rs 24,000 to make one individual not poor for one year. The 2011-12 estimate is almost double that of 2009-10 — approximately Rs 40,500. Indeed, this level is the highest recorded for any poverty alleviation programme in India (PDS or MGNREGA). The average of the two estimates to remove one person from Tendulkar poverty, defined as approximately Rs 10,000 a year, is Rs 32,500 a year.

The average poverty gap (difference between average incomes of the poor and the poverty line) is Rs 1,700 a year. The government spends, via the MGNREGA alone, Rs 32,500 a year or 19 times (32,500/1,700) what is needed to make an average poor person non-poor. Stated differently, but equivalently, with perfect targeting (275 million poor receive Rs 1,700 each), the government needs to spend Rs 47,000 crore to eliminate Tendulkar poverty on an annual basis — or about what it spends on the MGNREGA alone.

So the next time you defend the MGNREGA, just think of how many poor people can be helped, and by how much, by junking it. Instead, why not provide cash transfers to all the poor rather than just the odd poor person that falls into the well-intentioned MGNREGA net?

The writer is contributing editor, ‘The Indian Express’, and senior India analyst, The Observatory Group, a New York-based macro policy advisory group

Sachin Tendulkar backs Brian Lara’s claims that India are favourites for the 2016 World T20
Tendulkar said that the Indian squad was quite balanced and that they have a “very good chance” to win the World T20

Just a day after West Indies legend Brian Lara claimed that India were the favourites for the 2016 ICC World T20, India’s very own batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said that Dhoni’s men have a “very good chance” to win the trophy, IBN Live reports.

The sixth edition of the World T20 will be held in India from March 8 to April 3 and Lara had handed the host nation the ‘favourites’ tag as he felt that the Indian players would be well acquainted with the pitches and conditions. Tendulkar acknowledged the fact that home advantage will be a very important factor but is more confident about India’s chances due to the team setup, one which he described as a “formidable combination.”

“We have a very good chance. In T20I, I think the team is well balanced with senior members in the squad, then also youngsters and guys who been around for a while and they all as a package have performed really well,” the Master Blaster said.

Going into specifics, Tendulkar expressed his delight at how Jasprit Bumrah, who incidentally shot to fame with his performances in the IPL for Mumbai Indians, which has Tendulkar as one of its mentors, had bowled in Australia after earning a late call-up. The 42-year-old also welcomed the addition of senior players like Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh to the squad and feels India have the right mix to make good progress in the tournament. 

“You see just the way Bumrah (Jasprit) bowled in Australia was superb and then nice to have someone like Ashish Nehra back, Yuvi back in the squad, Harbhajan is there. All these guys. It’s a formidable combination. I would definitely want India to go all the way,” he said. 

Talking about India’s unprecedented success in the recently concluded 3-match T20 series against Australia, where India whitewashed the reigning ODI World Champions in their own backyard, Tendulkar said that India truly deserved the victory. He also added how he had just managed to get back home in time to see Suresh Raina hit the winning runs in the third and final match of the series. 

“The way we played T20 I think fabulous cricket and I actually ended up watching the last ball (of the final T20). I was out somewhere and had just got back, my wife and son were watching. They called me and said last ball to go and two runs to win. I said there is no doubt we are scoring those two runs and Raina hit that brilliant shot over point,” said Tendulkar.

Originally published on Sportskeeda.com here
Cameron califica de "verdadero progreso" el borrador sobre las reformas de UE

Londres, 2 feb (EFE).- El primer ministro británico, David Cameron, calificó hoy de “verdadero progreso” el borrador presentado en Bruselas por el presidente del Consejo Europeo, Donald Tusk, sobre las reformas de la UE que busca Londres.
En una declaración en su residencia de Downing Street, Cameron admitió, no obstante, que aún “queda trabajo por hacer” antes de convocar su prometido referéndum sobre la permanencia o salida del Reino Unido de la UE.
Tusk propuso un plan que incluye el “freno” a los beneficios sociales de trabajadores comunitarios en el Reino Unido, lo que le permitiría a Cameron conseguir el acuerdo en la cumbre de la UE del próximo 18 y 19 de febrero en Bruselas.
Según el “premier”, el documento responde a las cuatro áreas de preocupación expresadas por su país, como la inmigración, la competitividad, la integración europea y que quede garantizado el acceso al mercado único de los países que están fuera del euro.
El asunto más espinoso es el de la inmigración, pero el texto que reciben hoy los países de la UE contiene el “freno de emergencia” a los servicios sociales que Cameron ha pedido pueda aplicarse inmediatamente después de celebrarse el plebiscito.
Para activar ese “freno”, el Reino Unido tiene que demostrar que sus servicios públicos, como escuelas y hospitales, sufren una carga imposible de asumir por el aumento de la inmigración.
Cameron, que el pasado mayo ganó las elecciones generales con mayoría absoluta, tiene previsto hoy hablar sobre estas negociaciones en un discurso que pronunciará después del mediodía durante una visita que hará en el sur de Inglaterra.
Además, el primer ministro hará mañana una declaración en la Cámara de los Comunes para informar a los diputados sobre su respuesta al borrador de Tusk.
Según fuentes oficiales, Cameron -que el domingo se reunió en Londres con Tusk- visitará este viernes Polonia y Dinamarca a fin de convencer a estos dos países, más reticentes con las reformas británicas, a que acepten el borrador.
De ser aprobado en la cumbre de Bruselas, el primer ministro podría convocar el referéndum el próximo junio, posiblemente el jueves 23, según los medios británicos. EFE

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer to reach final

The dream semi-final of 2016 Australian Open between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic is under at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Catch the live scores and updates of the Federer vs Djokovic match here.

As it happened…

1630 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic is through to the final! He beats Roger Federer 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 in the semi-final to have a shot at his seventh Australian Open title

Novak #Djokovic is through to the final of the #Ausopen Watch more https://t.co/Ek545Zh2D9 https://t.co/HgjOUtC3RG

— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2016

Saw a true champion today. @DjokerNole

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 28, 2016

1626 hrs IST: Djokovic breaks Federer! Will now serve for the match

1620 hrs IST: Both players holding onto their serves in the 4th set. Djokovic leads 4-3

1555 hrs IST: Rain delay has stopped the match. Roofs being closed at the Rod Laver Arena

Close the roof we’re in for the long haul! #marrymeroger

— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) January 28, 2016

The Fed is on his way back. Come on Roger. #7tennis  #AustralianOpen pic.twitter.com/zGhMxIPX5M

— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) January 28, 2016

1550 hrs IST: Roger Federer finally breaks and wins the set 6-3 on third set point! 2-1 and game on now

Now we are talking😊 Match on👌👍C'mon @rogerfederer 🙏 #australianopen pic.twitter.com/OCCcGjvrEX

— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 28, 2016

Yeeeeeeesssss !!!! Come on Roger 👍

— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) January 28, 2016

1537 hrs IST: Roger Federer gets the break! Leads 4-2

.@rogerfederer’s forehand is so divine it has actual healing powers pic.twitter.com/OIsFOQs7bu

— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) January 28, 2016

Just wow! These last few points. Sensational

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 28, 2016

1522 hrs IST: Roger Federer holds and takes a 3-2 lead. Can be bounce back?

Roger :(

— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) January 28, 2016

The support for @rogerfederer as he comes out for the 3rd set is amazing. Every point cheered lustily.

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 28, 2016

1511 hrs IST: Djokovic holds too! 1-1 in third set

1508 hrs IST: Roger Federer holds in the first game to take 1-0 lead

1504 hrs IST: Novak Djokovic wastes no time and wins the second set 6-2 in just 32 miunutes

Different level of tennis from Djokovic! Just reaches everywhere.

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 28, 2016

1502 hrs IST: Hold from Federer! Makes it 5-2

1455 hrs IST: Another hold from Djokovic and the lead is 5-1 now

1442 hrs IST: Djokovic breaks Federer and then holds for a 2-1 lead

He’s happy… Djokovic brings up another 3 BPs on the Federer serve but he only needs one. He leads 6-1 *2-1. pic.twitter.com/tIXqZ2FJWX

— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2016

1437 hrs IST: Roger Federer holds in second set to win first game

Those passing shots from @DjokerNole look even more awesome from here. TV gives no idea of speed.

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 28, 2016

1433 hrs IST: Roger Federer way off target and has no answers to Novak Djokovic deep shots. The defending champion wins first set 6-1

1424 hrs IST: Not good for Federer as Djokovic wins the fifth game to lead 4-1

Djokovic’s depth & power is keeping Federer pinned back. The Swiss trails 4-1 - he has some thinking to do #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/GWUOADX3zD

— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2016

1420 hrs IST: Roger Federer wins the fourth game. 3-1 now to Djokovic

Oh dear! Not a great start from @rogerfederer

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 28, 2016

Watching my dream match between @rogerfederer nd @DjokerNole 👌👌😊👍 #AustralianOpen pic.twitter.com/gG6EiiqVnM

— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 28, 2016

1417 hrs IST: In the crowd for the big semi-final are India’s top cricketers Virat Kohli and Yuraj Singh

At the Australian Open Semi Final with @YUVSTRONG12 paa Cannot get better than this. Come on @rogerfederer #FedvsDJO pic.twitter.com/OfP4jvphIu

— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 28, 2016

1409 hrs IST: And Djokovic breaks in the first chance to lead 2-0

Djokovic is quickest out of the blocks here - he holds to love and breaks at the first chance to go 2-0 up #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/bZvBYHVys6

— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2016

1407 hrs IST: Djokovic holds to love to take the first game

1400 hrs IST: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all set to begin the semi-final

Gallant in green, @rogerfederer makes his way towards the Walk of Champions #ausopen pic.twitter.com/sOoCXDrilW

— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2016

Time to walk. @DjokerNole ready for the stroll to Centre court #ausopen pic.twitter.com/wPEPC6OOBl

— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2016

Aus Open 2016: Meet the semi-finalists

The Australian Open men’s singles semi-final begin on Thursday with a mouth-watering clash between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

 A final before final

Roger Federer advanced to his 12th Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday with an efficient 7-6(4) 6-2 6-4 victory over sixth seed Tomas Berdych.

El Candidato oficialista de Haití reclama elecciones "lo más rápido posible"

Puerto Príncipe, 23 ene (EFE).- El candidato a la Presidencia de Haití por el oficialista Partido Haitiano Tet Kale (PHTK), Jovenel Moise, reclamó hoy la celebración “lo más rápido posible” de la segunda ronda de las elecciones presidenciales, pospuesta ayer por el Consejo Electoral Provisional (CEP) del país.
“Estoy aquí junto al pueblo y no voy a desistir del proceso”, expuso el candidato en rueda de prensa celebrada en Puerto Príncipe.
Moise, además, condenó la “violencia” (en las calles) que, a su juicio, ha impuesto la oposición en las últimas semanas, y consideró que esos sectores quieren utilizar el proceso democrático para satisfacer “intereses personales”.
“El pueblo votó por mí y en cualquier momento que se realice la segunda vuelta voy a ganar. No entiendo por qué el Consejo Electoral aplazará las elecciones por segunda vez sin poner una fecha (para su celebración); eso es falta de respeto al proceso y a la gente que vota”, agregó Moise.
Moise fue el más votado en la primera ronda de las elecciones celebradas en octubre pasado, cuando obtuvo el 32,81 por ciento de los sufragios, frente al 25,27 % que registró el candidato del opositor Liga Alternativa por el Progreso y Emancipación Haitiana (LAPEH), Jude Celestin, quien rechazó participar en la segunda vuelta alegando “graves irregularidades” en el proceso.
El aspirante del PHTK aseguró que continúa movilizando a sus partidarios, y que estos estarán listos para esperar la fecha de las elecciones.
“Nosotros estamos aquí para apostar por un proceso electoral limpio”, agregó Moise, quien llamó la atención sobre los “muchos recursos” que su campaña ha invertido en los comicios.
El Consejo Electoral Provisional (CEP) decidió ayer suspender la celebración de la ronda que completa las elecciones presidenciales, que además servirán para elegir a seis senadores y a 25 diputados.
El presidente del organismo, Pierre Opont, dio a conocer la decisión en una conferencia de urgencia que convocó y en la que afirmó que la medida se tomó por “razones de seguridad” y después de que algunos de sus miembros recibieran amenazas de muerte.
“Esta es una victoria para todo el sector democrático del país”, exclamó tras el anuncio el candidato opositor Celestin. EFE

台中4大溫泉區 春節出遊好去處

(中央社記者廖壬楷台中2016年2月8日電)農曆春節冷颼颼,是最適合泡溫泉的季節,台中市除了擁有4大溫泉區資源,更有美麗的夜景、豐富的的生態及原鄉傳統文化,是冬天全家出遊的好去處。

台中市溫泉觀光協會指出,台中市4大溫泉區的泉質均屬碳酸氫鈉泉,又有「美人湯」、「鹼性泉」之稱,因泉質為弱鹼性,無色無臭,能美化表皮肌膚,對皮膚有軟化角質層、滋潤功能,可促進新陳代謝,因而有「美人湯」的稱號。

位於台中市和平區的谷關溫泉區,溫泉源頭溫度可達60℃,平均水溫在48℃左右,水性溫和。由於發現時間在日本明治時代,因此谷關溫泉又有「明治溫泉」的美稱。

谷關溫泉除歷史悠久、泉質良好外,更是傳統泰雅族部落居住地,保留相當完善的原鄉傳統文化,泡湯之餘也能體驗道地泰雅風味餐點。

大坑溫泉則位於台中市大坑風景區內,是經由地底鑽探的鑽探泉。大坑溫泉沒有刺鼻的硫磺味,泉溫通常維持在50℃左右,浸泡時在皮膚表面呈現氣泡,具有天然的輕微按摩作用,對皮膚的潤滑效果相當顯著。

另外,位於台中市烏日區的大肚溫泉區則為天然弱鹼性溫泉,水質純淨。因地裡位置相當靠近台中市區,白天泡湯可同時遠望市區景致、鳥瞰大肚山綠樹鳥鳴,夜晚則有燦爛夜景相伴,相當浪漫。

於2002年經由鑽探發現的東勢溫泉區,地處東勢林場遊樂區內,水質清澈。東勢林場為台中市近郊的桃花源,場區面積25公頃,海拔在500至700公尺間,遊樂區內生態資源十分豐富,泡湯放鬆之餘,更是渡假郊遊、生態教育的好場所。

Τσαβούσογλου: Το PKK χρησιμοποιεί αμάχους σαν ανθρώπινες ασπίδες

ΠΥΡΑ ΤΟΥ ΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ ΕΞΩΤΕΡΙΚΩΝΤα πυρά του κατά τους αντάρτες της οργάνωσης Εργατικό Κόμμα Κουρδιστάν εκτόξευσε ο Μεβλούτ Τσαβούσογλου, κατηγορώντας τους ότι χρησιμοποιούν αμάχους σαν ανθρώπινες ασπίδες.

Slim sube al 27,4% su participación en española FCC tras comprar más acciones

Madrid, 22 ene (EFE).- El empresario mexicano Carlos Slim aumentó del 27,24 al 27,4 % su participación en el capital de la española FCC tras una nueva compra de acciones, un porcentaje que está valorado en casi 437 millones de euros (unos 470 millones de dólares), según la cotización actual de la compañía.
Para elevar su peso en FCC, Carlos Slim se hizo con un paquete superior a 4,6 millones de acciones del grupo.
Tras esta operación, Slim (a través de Inmobiliaria Carso) controla -tanto de forma directa como indirecta- un total de 71,4 millones de acciones del grupo y se refuerza como primer accionista.
Junto al incremento de la participación de Slim, consejeros de FCC vinculados a Inmobiliaria Carso (del empresario mexicano) también han llevado a cabo operaciones de compra de títulos del grupo en los últimos días.
Este incremento se produce en vísperas de la nueva ampliación de capital que FCC ha acordado llevar a cabo por un importe de 709,5 millones de euros (más de 767 millones de dólares al cambio actual).
La operación conllevará la emisión y puesta en circulación de 118.253.127 nuevas acciones ordinarias por un precio unitario de 6 euros por acción.
Slim y la española Esther Koplowitz, que tiene una participación del 22,49 % en el grupo, se comprometieron a acudir -directa o indirectamente- con la cantidad que les corresponda.
Según fuentes cercanas a las negociaciones, el magnate mexicano podría llegar a financiar a Koplowitz para que tenga liquidez suficiente para acudir a la ampliación y se comprometió a suscribir los títulos sobrantes.
En el accionariado de FCC también está presente el multimillonario Bill Gates con un 5,7 % y, a través de contratos de derivados, el fondo de gestión alternativa Three Bay Capital ha aflorado una participación del 11,5 %, al igual que Goldman Sachs, que mantiene instrumentos financieros sobre el 11,06 % de FCC. EFE

Mosquito Repellents That Best Protect Against Zika

The World Health Organization has declared the rapid spread of the Zika virus—which has been linked to serious birth defects and is transmitted mainly by mosquitoes—an international public health emergency. In response to this growing threat, Consumer Reports is releasing free to the public its exclusive test results and Ratings of mosquito repellents (PDF)—including those that will protect you best against Aedes mosquitoes, the type that carry Zika.

The Zika virus can make anyone sick for up to a week with fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, and other symptoms. But it’s especially dangerous for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy because it’s believed to sharply increase the risk of babies born with microcephaly, a condition marked by an abnormally small head and incomplete brain development.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease or drug to treat it, making it essential that people avoid mosquito bites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The CDC emphasizes that avoiding mosquito bites requires multiple strategies, such as wearing long-sleeved pants and shirts when outdoors. But it says that mosquito repellents are essential, too.

“Using an insect repellent is one of the best ways you can protect yourself from Zika and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes,“ says Harry Savage, chief of ecology and entomology activity at the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. And Consumer Reports’ tests showed that some repellents worked much better than others at protecting against the type of mosquitoes that transmit Zika (see chart below). 

The CDC has urged pregnant women against travel to about two dozen countries where Zika has been reported, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. While no cases have yet been traced to mosquito bites received on the U.S. mainland, experts predict some spread of the disease in the U.S. as the weather warms up, particularly in Florida, Texas, and other Southern states where the Aedes mosquitoes that carry the disease are most prevalent.

The Most Effective Insect Repellents

To find the most effective mosquito repellents, we tested products containing deet or a chemical called IR3535, as well as those containing two plantlike, but chemically synthesized, ingredients: lemon eucalyptus and picaridin. We also looked at repellents made with natural plant oils, such as geraniol, castor oil, soybean oil, citronella, and rosemary. (See details on our testing methods here.)

The most effective products against Aedes mosquitoes were Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula Picaridin and Natrapel 8 Hour, which each contain 20 percent picaridin, and Off! Deepwoods VIII, which contains 25 percent deet. They kept mosquitoes from biting for about 8 hours. (The Sawyer product was more effective at repelling ticks than the deet products we tested, making it our top insect repellent overall.)

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus, containing 30 percent lemon eucalyptus, stopped bites for 7 hours. The IR3535 products didn’t make our list of recommended sprays. Neither did products that contained 5 percent picaridin or 7 percent deet.

We advise skipping products made with natural plant oils, such as California Baby Natural Bug Blend (a blend of citronella, lemongrass oil, cedar oil, and other ingredients) and EcoSmart Organic, (which includes geraniol, rosemary oil, cinnamon oil, and lemongrass oil). None lasted for more than 1 hour against Aedes mosquitoes, and some failed almost immediately. In addition, those products are not registered by the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates skin-applied repellents and evaluates them for safety and effectiveness. Most plant-oil products are exempt from scrutiny by the EPA because the agency considers them to be a minimum risk to human health.  

Instead, the CDC recommends using EPA-registered insect repellents. To see if a mosquito repellent is registered by the EPA, look for its registration number ("EPA Reg.”) on the back of the label.  

The Best Way to Use Mosquito Repellent

Insect repellents that use deet come in varying concentrations, ranging from 4 percent to 100 percent. Our previous tests show that concentrations of 30 percent provide the same protection against mosquitoes as higher percentages for up to 8 hours. But higher concentrations of deet have been linked to rashes, disorientation, and seizures. That’s why Consumer Reports says you should avoid mosquito repellents with more than 30 percent deet and not use it at all on infants younger than 2 months.

Women who are pregnant or breast feeding can safely use deet, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535, according to the EPA, if they are applied properly. Here are tips from the EPA on how to use insect repellent:

  • Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing—never put it on under clothing. Use just enough to cover and only for as long as needed; heavy doses don’t work better.
  • Don’t apply mosquito repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin or immediately after shaving.
  • When applying to your face, spray first on your hands, then rub in, avoiding your eyes and mouth, and using sparingly around ears.
  • Don’t let young children apply. Instead, put it on your own hands, then rub it on. Limit use on children’s hands, because they often put their hands in their eyes and mouths.
  • Don’t use near food, and wash hands after application and before eating or drinking.
  • At the end of the day, wash treated skin with soap and water, and wash treated clothing in a separate wash before wearing again.

Click on the image below to download a PDF of our mosquito repellent Ratings.



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年俗溯源 漢唐立春吃喝過年

旺報【記者李怡芸╱台北報導】
4日適逢農曆的「立春」,也是一年24節氣的第一個節氣,接下來就是除夕新年到來。兩岸近年多感嘆快速變化的社會,傳統年味愈來愈淡,藉著熟悉祖先的年俗,既是文化尋根,也從各種年俗來歷,更明白傳統的根性何來。
雖然中國人過春節的起源還有待考證,但大致說來,進入農耕社會後便以立春為時間座標,漢唐時期的春節是以立春為中心,而後才逐漸過渡到以正月初一為一系列年節活動的中心。據華中師範大學歷史系教授姚偉鈞的說法,從漢代開始形成年節期間大吃大喝的風氣,但漢唐時的春節飲食,大多有健身、防病的意義。
魏晉流行五辛盤
從魏晉開始流行的「五辛盤」,即是將大蒜、小蒜、韭菜、芸苔、胡荽等五種辛香物拼在一起吃,意在散發五臟之氣,有預防感冒的作用,也有祈求新的一年身體健康之意。至於北方人年節吃水餃象徵「元寶」的習俗,大致從宋朝開始,但宋朝人是冬至吃餃子,而且冬至這一天要讓小孩子端著木盤,挨家挨戶送餃子作為年節禮。餃子成為辭舊迎新的年夜飯,則在明朝開始流行。
大陸專欄作家李開周在《過一個歡樂的宋朝新年》一書中指出,將農曆正月初一叫做「新年」正是源於宋人筆記《夢粱錄》所載,年節習俗如除夕守歲、更換春聯、新妻歸寧等,都能和宋時相呼應而找到源頭。
以守歲來說,宋朝大部分地區的習俗,是小孩「終夕博戲不寐」熬通宵,大人則是早早上床休息,民諺「守冬爺長命,守歲娘長命」即是指冬至前一晚不睡是為父親增壽;新正前一晚熬夜是讓母親長壽。不過李開周分析,遵禮新正拜年總要給孩子壓歲錢,拜年的一方怕是像帶著孩子討紅包,因此讓孩子新正日呼呼大睡,外出拜年往往不帶孩子。
春秋戰國女歸寧
今人多半在除夕當天貼春聯,在宋朝以前中國人過年最多貼門神,宋朝後才以春聯取代桃板,且多在正月初一才貼春聯,上下聯雖五花八門各有不同,但橫披唯有「順天化行」四字,因瘟疫在當時被叫做「天行症」,橫批是預防天行症的方式。
今人出嫁的女兒有初二回娘家的習俗,實則早在春秋戰國時期,諸侯之女就有歸寧的傳統,但父母逝後就永遠不再回娘家;到了宋朝,無論娘家父母是否健在,正月都要歸寧。和現在不同的是,若父母在,可在初二、初四、初六歸寧而未必在正月初二。

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南華金融 (00619) 現報0.065港元,是日波幅達 15.52%

[智珠] 香港 2月3日 - 南華金融 (00619) 現報0.065港元,上升 0.006港元或10.17%,今日最高價 0.065 港元,最低價 0.056 港元,波幅 15.52%宜留意其股價之異常波動,10天平均價0.0593港元,50天平均價0.07432港元,現市盈率為0倍,息率0%,14天強弱指數報32.1429。


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