It’s our favorite time of year! Get over to SAVEUR.COM/BLOGAWARDS before March 29 and let us know about the best food blogs out there — about anything food-related: cooking, baking, drinking, eating, science, kids, photography, travel, history, art.

The best of the best will be named finalists and earn glory unimaginable — plus a shot at victory, once finalist voting opens April 12.

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

(Thomson Reuters)
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

More From Business Insider
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
.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

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://

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 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

— 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

— 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

— 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

— 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.

— 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

— 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

— 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

— 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

— 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

— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2016

Time to walk. @DjokerNole ready for the stroll to Centre court #ausopen

— 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








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.

More from Consumer Reports:
8 Ways to Boost Your Home Value
Why your cable TV bill is going up
Get the Best Cell Phone Plan for Your Family—and Save up to $1,000 a Year

Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Copyright © 2006-2016 Consumers Union of U.S.

年俗溯源 漢唐立春吃喝過年


Διαβάστε 15 «ανούσιες» πληροφορίες που πρέπει οπωσδήποτε να γνωρίζετε!

Πηγή: Διαβάστε 15 «ανούσιες» πληροφορίες που πρέπει οπωσδήποτε να γνωρίζετε!

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。