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Sensex, Nifty beat global stock markets in February, despite 3% fall in last 5 days

Sensex, Nifty beat global stock markets in February, despite 3% fall in last 5 days

Stock Market UpdateBSE Sensex and NSE Nifty 50 beat major global share markets to become the best performing equity markets in February.

Despite nose-diving more than 3% in the last 5 trading sessions of February, domestic equity benchmarks still managed to bag the title of the best performing stock markets among major global economies, a report by CARE Ratings showed. The report highlighted a similar pattern that emerged across global equity markets — rising for the first 20 days and then reversing gains with inflationary concerns and soaring bond market yields. The reasons behind the global rally last month were, swifter than expected economic recovery, mass-vaccination drives, upbeat corporate earnings, and improved economic outlook.

What pushed D-Street higher?

“Indian equity markets ended higher by almost 6% by month-end February 2021 compared with month-end January 2021 and re-achieved the 50,000 landmark number in February 2021,” CARE Rating said. Pushing Sensex and Nifty higher was the euphoria around a smoother recovery from the pandemic, reform heavy Union Budget, and the accommodative Reserve Bank of India. Sensex ended January 2021 at 46,286 and Nifty was seen at 13,635 points. By the closing bell of February, Sensex was at 49,099 and Nifty was at 14,529.

NASDAQ underperforms 

On Wall Street, Dow Jones and S&P 500 grew more than the technology-heavy NASDAQ as tech stocks witnessed a sell-off. Stock markets were buoyant on the faster than expected economic recovery for the US economy, improving macroeconomic data, and swift vaccine rollout. While Dow Jones zoomed 3.2%, S&P 500 gained 2.6%, while NASDAQ managed to jump only 0.9%. In the UK, FTSE 100 jumped merely 1.2% during the month. The British government plans to lift all coronavirus restrictions by June 2021, aiding the positive momentum.

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 surged 4.8% during the month, while South Korea’s KOSPI jumped 1.2%, and China’s Shanghai Composite managed to move 0.7% higher. For the Nikkei 225, it was almost a 30-year high. Both South Korean and the Japanese equity markets reacted positively to global growth during the month. China’s stock market rally was muted owing to the week-long New Year holiday.

Bond yields scare equities

The global market rally was marred primarily by rising bond yields, along with inflationary concerns. “The sudden spike in US treasury yields during the latter of the month have also led to foreign inflows putting bets back on US treasury instruments as against riskier emerging economy assets,” the report said. Bond yields in the US rose to as high as 1.6% last week, trading at their highest in nearly a year. 

Apart from bond markets, domestically, the rising number of coronavirus cases have also been a concern. CARE Ratings believes, apart from the reasons cited above, profit booking and heightened valuations have also played a role in dragging stock markets down.

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‘I may even decide to beat them FOR A THIRD TIME’ — RT USA News

‘I may even decide to beat them FOR A THIRD TIME’ — RT USA News

Former President Donald Trump confirmed his commitment to help the Republican Party regain power in Washington, suggested he may run again in 2024 and blasted his predecessor, Joe Biden, for a “disastrous” first month in office

“I’m going to continue to fight right by your side,” Trump said Sunday at the CPAC conference in Orlando. “We will do what we’ve begun right from the beginning, which is to win. We’re not starting new parties… We have the Republican Party. We’re are going to unite and be stronger than ever before.”

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Trump stopped short of declaring he will run for office again, but he set off a huge ovation by hinting at a 2024 run. “Who knows? Who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time,” Trump said, alluding to his 2016 victory, his disputed loss in 2020 and 2024.

Trump made clear that he will seek to remain a powerful force in Republican politics. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together . . . four years ago is far from being over,” he said. “This movement is just getting started, and in the end, we will win.”

Trump has taken aim at President Biden, labelling the Democrat’s first thirty days in office  “the most disastrous first month” of any president in modern history. Continuing his onslaught on the president, Trump argued that the new administration has quickly taken the country further left than advertised, describing Biden’s presidential campaign as “all lies.” Trump accused the Democratic Party of being “anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-economy, anti-energy and anti-women and anti-science.”

A straw poll of CPAC participants, released on Sunday, showed that Trump retains dominating support from the conservative wing of the Republican Party. He was picked as the top potential 2024 GOP presidential nominee by 55 percent of respondents. Ninety-five percent said they want the party to continue with Trump’s agenda and policies, regardless of whether he runs for president in 2024.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was a distant No. 2 at 21 percent, benefiting from a recent surge in popularity and the event being held in Orlando, the fourth-largest city in his home state. There was a big drop-off in support after that, with South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem being favored by 4 percent of participants and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley at 3 percent. Former Secretary of

State Mike Pompeo and Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul were tied at 2 percent.

Another potential Republican front-runner, former Vice President Mike Pence, was apparently left out of the poll. Pence declined to speak at CPAC, leading to speculation that he was staying away because of a rift with his former boss. Trump posted a Twitter message saying Pence “didn’t have the courage” to protect the nation by blocking official certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory. The tweet went out even as rioters were breaching the Capitol and Pence had been evacuated from the Senate chamber.


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Live updates, February 28: ‘We won’t beat Covid by turning on each other’ – Jacinda Ardern

Live updates, February 28: ‘We won’t beat Covid by turning on each other’ – Jacinda Ardern

All the latest developments as the restrictions kick in and the search for a source of the latest infection continues. Get in touch at info@thespinoff.co.nz 

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6.00pm: New Covid-19 case

A new person linked to the existing cluster has tested positive, the Ministry of Health has announced. The person being called “Case O”, is a household contact of cases I, J, K and L was already in the Auckland quarantine facility.

“Case O was transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility on February 23 as a precautionary measure. The person became symptomatic yesterday and returned a positive Covid-19 test this afternoon. This means that Case O has been in quarantine for their infectious period,” said the ministry in a release. “As a result of the early precautionary measures carried out to contain potential Covid-19 spread from this household there are no new locations of interest and no risk to members of the public.”

The ministry also revealed that preliminary results from genome sequencing confirmed Case N “is similar to that of Case M and is linked to the current outbreak”.

5.30pm: Long queues into Auckland

Sunday afternoon traffic is rarely smooth returning to Auckland, but Police checkpoints have added many hours to journeys. There are reports of queues of more than an hour coming from the north, while one Spinoff reader just told me it had taken him three hours to cover the 10 kilometres from Rangiriri to Hampton Downs in the crawl towards the Waikato-Auckland border. “I’m wondering how much water everyone has,” he said. “We ran out a while ago but at least we had some to start with. It’s very hot.”

And this from another reader….


2.30pm: How do you pronounce Papatoetoe?

For whoever needs it, here’s an entertaining instructional video on how to pronounce Papatoetoe.

2.05: Auckland Arts Festival reviewing options

The Auckland Arts Festival, which was set to launch on Thursday, has issued a statement saying it is “working through the implications of Auckland’s return to alert level three for our programme, and will provide a full update of our plan for this week and beyond as soon as we can”.

It adds: “Though we will not be able to launch in the way we had anticipated on Thursday March 4, and won’t be able to deliver our planned performances in the first few days of the festival due to Auckland being at alert level three, we are energised and working swiftly in the hope that we will be able to bring some of the works to audiences in the near future.”

More here.

Auckland Pride, meanwhile, has announced the remainder of the festival will be postponed.

1.55pm: America’s Cup postponed

With the first weekend of the America’s Cup, scheduled to have taken place on March 6 and 7, foiled by Auckland’s move to level three,  racing has been bumped back at least four days. Organisers hoped as much racing as possible could take place under level one, but “to be prudent, America’s Cup Event will apply for an exemption to race under level three restrictions so as to keep as many options open as possible. However, racing will not occur before at least Wednesday March 10,” said ACE chair Tina Symmans.

“We need to understand all likely scenarios so that an updated racing schedule can be put in place whilst also ensuring the regulatory requirements are met.”

1.30pm: Possible person-to-person link for new case found; don’t ‘turn on each other’, Ardern urges

There are no new positive cases in the community, Ashley Bloomfield has announced. Case M, the young man, is now in the quarantine facility, and his mother is in the process of being moved there. Genomic sequencing, he added, gives confidence that there is only one cluster. “They are all linked,” said Bloomfield.

There is a possible person-to-person link to explain how the new cases were infected, said Ardern. “This is good news … It narrows down so many other potential chains of transmission.” It’s more than likely there will be additional cases in the community but they might not show up in test results for a few days, said Ardern.

In light of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 crisis abroad, the “short and sharp measures” as currently under way in New Zealand remain the right plan of action, Jacinda Ardern said.

They would be monitoring people’s adherence with isolation requirements, she said. “Health workers will work with police to check in on those that we need to.” She noted that some recent cases had been going to work when they should not, and urged employers to play their part in ensuring this did not happen.

Close contacts are on daily phone calls, said Bloomfield, and if they’re not contactable, there will be house visits. He said he was confident level three was sufficient to contain the risk at this point, as long as “everyone does what they need to do”.

The prime minister noted the anger being expressed over people who later tested positive for Covid having breaching isolation rules. “I want to acknowledge the frustration I’ve seen and I’ve heard overnight, particularly coming, rightly so, from many Aucklanders,” she said. “No one wants Covid in our community. But we won’t beat it by turning on each other.”

She urged people to check in with friends and family to ensure they’re following the rules

Wastewater testing continues to not identify any wider transmission in the community, while 755 tests had been completed in Auckland by 10.30am this morning. He emphasised that anyone who does not have symptoms and wasn’t at any of the locations of interest should not get a test. “The best thing you can do as your contribution is stay home.”

Interviews continue with the two new cases and their family and identifying close contacts from the Manukau Institute of Technology is a priority, with 20 identified so far, said Bloomfield.

The new variant seems to be presenting with symptoms that are not the typical respiratory symptoms, he added. These include fatigue and aches and pains.

There are two new Covid-19 cases detected in managed isolation.

Asked about calls for the South Auckland population to be vaccinated as a priority, Ardern said that of the border workers inoculated so far, 75% are in the Counties-Manukau DHB region. “Essentially we are vaccinating a South Auckland population by virtue of the workforce we’re vaccinating.” She said when the general public roll-out began, planned for mid-year, “my expectation is South Auckland is when we’ll start.”

Ardern and Bloomfield are speaking at the Beehive on the first day of a seven-day alert level three lockdown for Auckland. The rest of the country is in level two. A livestream of the press conference is here:

11.45am: New Siouxsie

We had a terrific, reflective piece by Siouxsie Wiles ready to run this morning, to mark a year on from the first case of Covid-19 in New Zealand. With the news of a fresh shift up the alert levels landing last night, you’ll now have to wait a little bit for that one, but in the meantime, the indefatigable Dr Wiles has filed another piece on the new cases, why they mean level three for Auckland, and a plea: don’t misdirect your anger. Plus, a line or two about the year, and an entreaty to take a moment to reflect on what could have been.

Read the piece here.

11am: IRD site down as businesses seek lockdown support

With businesses in Auckland preparing to apply for the Resurgence Support Payment, the Inland Revenue website is currently unavailable, with a systems upgrade scheduled to be completed by tomorrow and phone lines unavailable.

National Party shadow treasurer Andrew Bayly has called on the IRD to “sort out their systems”. “It is essential the IRD opens to help people to calculate and lodge claims for their Resurgence Support Payment,” he said. “The latest lockdown will be a devastating blow for businesses not only in Auckland but across the country. During times of financial stress it is vital that people are able to call government officials at IRD to discuss their options. IRD needs to sort out their systems immediately so New Zealanders can access the help they need.”

For an explainer on the Resurgence Support Payment read this, by Bex Stevenson, which we’ve reprinted from from BusinessDesk.

10am: Judith Collins calls for priority vaccines for South Aucklanders

Opposition leader Judith Collins has called for South Auckland to be bumped up the queue for the vaccine, ahead even of rest homes. “I think it has to happen. We need to understand that without judging where people live or who works where, it is clear we have higher density homes in parts of South Auckland in particular,” she said on Q+A. “We also have a lot of people in South Auckland who work in border facilities, rest homes and elsewhere. We need to be realistic here and we need to say South Auckland does need something special, and that happens to be vaccinations. And then we can roll out around the rest of the country.”

She also asked whether those being asked to isolate were being adequately monitored. “Are we even bothering to check?” she said.

Earlier on the programme, Hipkins had acknowledged that South Auckland is “a setting that probably is a bit more at risk”, and “I think you will see that reflected in the vaccine rollout plan.”

Also appearing on Q+A was the public health expert Michael Baker. Asked when we might be able to measure the success of the latest alert level changes, and the likelihood of moving back down the scale, he said: “By Thursday we might have a better idea. It’s going to take a while, becausee remember the incubation period is five to six days typically, and can be longer.”  There remained, he said, the need for “a very cautious approach”.

9.45am: Hipkins on what we don’t know

Some more on the genomic sequencing (see 9.10am) and what it tells us: Speaking on TVNZ’s Q+A, Chris Hipkins has said indicates a link to the second family in the Valentine’s Day cluster, or cases E to H. “What we still don’t know, though, is what the epidemiological link is, so how did it transmit from someone in that second family grouping to the latest case, and also how far it has spread to other people.”

He added: “We still know we’re dealing with one cluster, we just don’t know how big that cluster is, or some of the chains of transmission within that cluster … And of course this particular case could well have been infectious for over a week now, and has had a number of exposure events and that significantly increases the chance that it’s already passed to other people.”

Pressed by Jack Tame on why events were allowed to go ahead last night around Auckland and the country, despite the case information reaching the minister early afternoon, Hipkins said they didn’t have all the information they needed that informed the decision until after 5pm yesterday, and the process, which included assembling a cabinet meeting, need to take place. Given all that, he said, it was “pretty fast moving”.

9.30am: Events cancelled, disrupted

Under level three, the advice is for everyone, as far as possible, to stay at home. Under level two, gatherings are restricted to no more than 100 people. Here’s an incomplete list of the events that have been affected.

Round the Bays in Auckland this morning has been cancelled. Racing in the America’s Cup proper had been scheduled to begin on Saturday. Organisers say they are currently reviewing options. 

Philip MacDonald of Stuff Events begins the pack down at the St Heliers finish line for the 2021 Round the Bays fun run which was cancelled after Auckland went into level three lockdown. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

The Outer Fields music festival at Western Springs in Auckland will not be able to go ahead as scheduled on Saturday. All council-owned Auckland Live venues are closed until further notice. Pride Festival events will not be able to continue this week. Neither will the Lantern Festival

The Black Caps / White Ferns double-header will go ahead at Sky Stadium in Wellington on Wednesday. Friday’s games move from Eden Park in Auckland to Wellington. The Auckland Blues Super rugby side will not return to the city after their game last night, so they can continue to train.

All of today’s events at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival have been cancelled. A Crowded House tour was scheduled to kick off on Thursday. The Hamilton show and the Saturday night Napier show will need to be cancelled or postponed. The Auckland Arts Festival was scheduled to begin on Thursday. 

Splore Festival had already been postponed till March 26, which is hopefully far enough way that it will be able to go ahead.

9.10am: New case linked genomically to known outbreak

Some encouraging news: Case M has been linked via genome sequencing to the existing Valentine’s Day cluster, which diminishes the risk of a major undetected chain of transmission.

Stuff has spoken to the Covid response minister Chris Hipkins, who said: “The genome sequence for the latest case is showing that they’re linked to the second family group that we identified previously.” He added: “It is the UK variant and most closely linked to the second group of cases.”

There was no news of any further community cases.

Hipkins defended the decision to move out of alert level three after three days just over a week ago. He told told Stuff: “Based on all the information that we had, it would have been very difficult to have justified keeping the level three lockdown or even the level two lockdown for longer than we did … I still think the decision we made last week was a fair one. But the reality is, we’ve got new information now.”

He added: “This potentially was avoidable if everybody had done exactly what they are asking to do at the different alert levels and in their different circumstances, but it’s clear that a number of people weren’t. I don’t want to get into blame. There’s statements of fact, and a fact is a fact, what we have to do is how we’re moving forward. Blame doesn’t really help, because all it does is it makes people anxious about coming forward if they have symptoms. And we need people to come forward.”

8.30am: Locations of interest updated

The Ministry of Health has updated the list of places of interest as they gather more information from the new cases. If any of the below apply to you, and for more information, see here.

Hunter Plaza, 217 Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Feb 26, 2.55pm-5pm, 

Burger King Highland Park, 495 Pakuranga Road, Half Moon Bay, Feb 25, 8pm-9pm

Your Health Pharmacy, 488 Great South Road, Feb 23, 2.45pm-3.50pm

KFC Botany Downs – Drive-through Customers, The Hub, 451 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs, Manukau, Feb 22-23, 3.30pm-12.30am

KFC Botany Downs – Customers who entered the premises for dine in or takeaway, The Hub, 451 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs, Manukau, Feb 22-23, 3.30pm-12.30am

KFC Botany Downs – Households of Customers who entered the premises for dine in or takeaway, The Hub, 451 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs, Manukau, Feb 22-23, 3.30pm-12.30am 

Pak n Save Manakau, 6 Cavendish Drive, Manakau, Feb 21, 5.30pm-6.40pm

Kmart Botany – Customers, 500 Ti Rakau Drive, Northpark, Feb 20, 3.30pm-10.30pm

Kmart Botany – Households of Customers, 500 Ti Rakau Drive, Northpark, Feb 20, 3.30pm-10.30pm 

Kmart Botany – Staff, 500 Ti Rakau Drive, Northpark, Feb 20, 3.30pm-10.30 pm

Kmart Botany – Households of Staff, 500 Ti Rakau Drive, Northpark, Feb 20, 3.30pm-10.30 pm

Dark Vapes East Tamaki – Customers, 30 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Feb 20, 7.00pm- 8.30pm

Dark Vapes East Tamaki – Households of Customers, 30 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Feb 20, 7.00pm- 8.30pm 

Dark Vapes East Tamaki – Staff, 30 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Feb 20, 7.00pm- 8.30pm

Dark Vapes East Tamaki – Households of Staff, 30 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Feb 20, 7.00pm- 8.30pm

Kmart Botany – Customers, 500 Ti Rakau Drive, Northpark, Feb 19, 3.30pm-10.30 pm

Kmart Botany – Households of Customers, 500 Ti Rakau Drive, Northpark, Feb 19, 3.30pm-10.30 pm 

Kmart Botany – Staff, 500 Ti Rakau Drive, Northpark, Feb 19, 3.30pm-10.30 pm

Kmart Botany – Households of Staff, 500 Ti Rakau Drive, Northpark, Feb 19, 3.30pm-10.30 pm

Dark Vapes East Tamaki – Customers, 30 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Feb 19, 2.30pm-4pm

Dark Vapes East Tamaki – Households of Customers, 30 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Feb 19, 2.30pm-4pm 

Dark Vapes East Tamaki – Staff, 30 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Feb 19, 2.30pm-4pm

Dark Vapes East Tamaki – Households of Staff, 30 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Feb 19, 2.30pm-4pm

Li’l Abners Takeaway, 320 Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Feb 19, 1.00am-1.20am 

Choice Food Bar, 336 Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Feb 19, 1.15am-1.20am 

7.00am: What to expect today

A 1pm update is scheduled for today, and what we’ll be looking especially to find out then (if not before) is, first, any information about new cases and, second, whether genome sequencing has been able to establish a clear epidemiological link between “Case M” and the existing outbreak linked to Papatoetoe High School. M’s sibling is a student at the school but, remember, has returned three negative tests for Covid-19 already.

Today will see further questions around the extent to which requirements have been complied with in the new cases, and the measures to ensure that information is getting through. As that happens it’s worth bearing in mind this from psychologist Sarb Johal:

The reasons for these breaches seem to be complex and we certainly need to understand this to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We also need to be cautious not to set up a vindictive, toxic environment where people start to become reluctant to come forwards for testing for fear of exposure to social media backlash or worse.

6.30am: Siouxsie on the return to alert level three

“No doubt Aucklanders will be surprised and shocked by the announcement that we are moving up the alert levels once again,” says Siouxsie Wiles.” The details of the new case are too concerning not to. Once again we have an unclear chain of transmission that led to case M. We know that they are a sibling of a student at Papatoetoe High who has already returned three negative tests and has not had any symptoms. Though it would be highly unusual, it is still a possibility this could be the source of case M’s infection. The serology testing may help shed some light on this as will the genome sequencing. We also have the fact that the case has been infectious in the community for as long as the last week and has visited a number of locations. Moving Auckland to alert level three and the rest of the country to alert level two puts us in the best position to get on top of this outbreak as quickly as possible.”

Read more from Siouxsie, and other experts including Shaun Hendy and Sarb Johal, here.

6am: Here we go again

Auckland is dawning damp and locked down. For the fourth time since Covid-19 virus arrived in the country – in a grim irony it was one year ago today that the first New Zealand positive case was detected – our biggest city is entering lockdown, this time at alert level three. The remainder of the country goes to alert level two. For now, these are to last seven days. Here’s a reminder of what these levels mean in practice.

The decision, taken by cabinet in an emergency meeting last night, and followed by a 9pm Beehive press conference, comes after a 21-year-old man (“case M”) whose symptoms began on 23 February with a fever and weakness, then developed loss of taste and smell the next day, tested positive. He went to a GP on Friday afternoon for a Covid test, and afterwards went to the gym. He is thought to have been infectious for about  a week.

Case M is a student at the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and also works part-time, one day a week, at Kerry Logistics (Oceania) Limited, which is located at the airport. The case had been to a number of “well-populated sites” during his infectious period, Ashley Bloomfield said last night. The latest list of locations of interest is here.

The new case, known as “Case M”, is a sibling of a student at Papatoetoe High School, which is linked to the existing outbreak that was first identified on Valentine’s Day. Critically, however, that student has tested negative three times, which means there is a real possibility that Case M contracted Covid-19 from another source. An important factor in deciding to change alert levels is the risk of undetected chains of transmission.

Jacinda Ardern expressed frustration that rules had not always been followed in the latest outbreak: “People who should have been in isolation, weren’t.”

The new case had not followed medical advice to isolate until the results of his test were known. “Obviously in this case, despite that communication over what was expected, that has not occurred here,” she said.

However she also noted that humans make mistakes and the country won’t succeed if “we turn on one another”. She said the public should keep in mind that “we are dealing with young people”.

Another person in the household of Case M has also returned a positive result. The latest case, known as Case N, is Case M’s mother and is currently asymptomatic. The three other members of the household have returned negative tests. All family members are isolating.

Read more about what we know so far here.

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E’ morto Lawrence Ferlinghetti, leggenda della Beat Generation – Libri – Poesia

E’ morto Lawrence Ferlinghetti, leggenda della Beat Generation – Libri – Poesia

E’ morto all’eta’ di 101 anni il poeta statunitense Lawrence Ferlinghetti, vecchio proprietario dell‘iconica libreria di San Francisco, tempio della generazione della Beat Generation. A dare la notizia il figlio Lorenzo, spiegando come il decesso è avvenuto ieri nell’abitazione del poeta a San Francisco ed è stato causato da una malattia polmonare. 

“Little Boy, cresciuto da romantico contestatore, ha conservato la sua giovanile visione di una vita destinata a durare per sempre, immortale come lo è ogni giovane, convinto che la sua identità speciale non morrà mai”‘: si conclude così, con una dichiarazione di innocenza mai perduta, ‘Little Boy’, l’autobiografia – uscita per il centenario – di quel fanciullino di Lawrence Ferlinghetti, uno dei padri della Beat Generation, scopritore di Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs, Corso e tanti altri. Certo, con il suo secolo addosso, pur non sentendolo, a concludere quell’affermazione scrive che tutto ciò lo crede “a dispetto dell’irrefrenabile destino dell’umanità tutta di cui gli scienziati predicono una rapida fine con la Sesta Estinzione della vita su questa terra. Per questo ora il verso degli uccelli non è un grido di gioia, ma di disperazione”. Del resto il poeta “è un funambolo, scala rime / fino all’altissimo filo fatto di sua mano / e in equilibrio sulla trave degli sguardi / al di sopra di una marea di facce / passo passo arriva / all’altro capo del giorno …. perché lui è il super-realista / che deve per forza percepire la verità tesa” nel suo presunto avvicinamento a quella piattaforma più alta “dove Bellezza sta e aspetta / con gravità / di spiccare il salto che sfida la morte”, come si leggeva in una delle poesie della sua raccolta più famosa ‘A Coney Island of the mind’ del 1958, poeta che lì definisce ancora “ometto chapliniano”. Non a caso la sua celebre libreria e casa editrice fondata nel 1953 a San Francisco si chiamava ‘City Lights’ (Luci della città), come il film di Chaplin. In un gruppo di artisti dalla vita dissoluta e spesso disperata, tra un po’ di fumo e tanto alcol, lui era quello che si vestiva a modo, teneva i capelli corti: “Dovevo essere a posto e in me per mandare avanti tutto e aprire ogni mattina la libreria”. Così vede chiaro quando ascolta Allen Ginsberg recitare ‘Howl’ (Urlo) e gli chiede il testo per stamparlo, cosa che gli costerà un arresto e processo per pubblicazione oscena nel 1956, da cui fu assolto difendendosi da solo davanti al giudice che gli riconobbe libertà di parole e di stampa.

Sono anni di giovinezza e libertà (Ferlinghetti si è sempre proclamato ammiratore dell’ideale anarchico) e in quella scia è sempre vissuto fedele ai suoi principi e alla letteratura, così sono quasi un ritorno alla scrittura di ‘Her’, il suo debutto nella narrativa nel 1960, le pagine di ‘Little Boy’, lungo monologo interiore con pochissima punteggiatura, uno scorrere con momenti impetuosi di parole ora liriche ora razionali, tra sogni, riflessioni, ricordi, confessioni, citazioni da Dante a Flaubert e naturalmente il Joyce di ‘Finnegans wake’ la cui eco si avverte spesso in questo diario visionario e realista. Nato a New York il 24 marzo 1919, ha subito una vita non facile, col padre morto prima che la madre partorisca e venga, poco dopo, rinchiusa in manicomio, da cui esce dopo sei anni, chiedendo di riaverlo, ma lui sceglie di restare nella famiglia che lo ha accolto. Poi vive alcuni anni a Manhattan facendo lavoretti e studiando sino a quando scoppia la seconda guerra mondiale e viene arruolato in marina, finendo un giorno per trovarsi tra le rovine di Nagasaki un mese e mezzo dopo lo scoppio della bomba atomica: “L’inferno in terra che mi rese all’istante pacifista per tutta la vita”. Dopo andrà a Parigi, studierà alla Sorbona, prima di tornare in America e stabilirsi all’Ovest nell’allora piccola cittadina di San Francisco, dove apre una libreria per poter stare dietro la cassa a leggere e scrivere in pace e comincia a frequentare quelli che saranno definiti Beat, cambiando per sempre la propria vita.

“L’universo trattiene il suo respiro / C’è silenzio nell’aria / La vita pulsa ovunque / La cosa chiamata morte non esiste” e lui continua a scrivere e lavorare, ormai quasi cieco, grazie all’aiuto e l’amicizia di Mario Zanetti. Poeta di successo, narratore, ma anche pittore, memoria di quegli anni che hanno segnato la cultura americana del dopoguerra, Ferlinghetti è stato un po’ l’imprenditore di tanti amici, l’editore di un gruppo cui letterariamente in fondo non ha mai appartenuto artisticamente, visto che la sua scrittura ha altre origini e va in altra direzione, partendo da Samuel Beckett e “Jimmy Joyce maestro di risate dietro il farfugliare sublime di Finnegans”. Lo testimoniano ancora le quasi duecento pagine di ‘Little Boy’, in cui si parla anche dell’Italia, dei suoi soggiorni omani, del caffè Greco, paese che ama, l’unico dove abbia dato il permesso di aprire negli anni ’90 una succursale della sua City Lights a Firenze, dove ha esposto i suoi quadri a Roma e, nel 2011, ha partecipato alle celebrazioni del 150 anniversario dell’Unità, durante le quali gli è stata dedicata una grande mostra omaggio a Torino.

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9 foods to beat winter weight gain

9 foods to beat winter weight gain

Winter is the time you spend lying on the sofa, warm in bed, enjoying the seasonal parties, and more. It is also a time to enjoy delicious and varied food that causes weight gain .

It’s hard to resist food temptations in the colder months. But you are not alone. There is a science behind these cravings. The fats in your body keep you warm in cold weather, so your need to eat fatty foods increases. Additionally, you tend to sit and exercise less during these months. Thus, you burn fewer calories and eat more than you should. Knowing what your body craves during winter and how to fight it is key to losing weight .

Cold weather is a good time to take care of your diet. Eating the right foods keeps your body warm and ward off all the annoying winter illnesses. Stay fit by sticking to healthy food options and making smart alternatives to your regular food. Try these options to control weight gain.

Eat leafy and green vegetables

Like broccoli, spinach, and cabbage, among others, it is rich in fiber and antioxidants. Eating them in the winter keeps the digestive system healthy. It also provides you with energy, keeps you active, and your weight under control. Add vegetables to your plate instead of empty carbs and starches in your diet in cold weather. Try cooking to make green vegetables taste delicious.

Consume protein

A diet rich in protein helps keep you in shape in winter. According to a study conducted by the University of Washington, increasing the daily intake of protein to 3 0 percent of total calories, reduces calorie consumption by 4 4 0 calories. Eating a high-protein diet tricks your brain into thinking you ate more. With this feeling of fullness, you are less likely to have access to unhealthy, fried, or sugary snacks. Choose lean proteins over lean proteins.

Try flaxseed

Eating flaxseed is good for health. It is especially useful when you are trying to avoid gaining extra pounds. Flax seeds are high in fiber and nutrition due to their omega- 3 and lignin content , which help you stay thin and reduce your chances of developing certain diseases.

Eat potatoes

Potatoes have a bad reputation. It is a myth that eating this vegetable adds a lot of fats to the body. Potatoes keep bad cholesterol away by filling the body with essential nutrients. Instead of using fatty french fries, choose healthy cooking methods, such as boiling, grilling or baking. Take it with the skin for better results.

Consume carrots

Rich in nutrients and low in calories, carrots are a delicious and healthy food for those trying to monitor their weight. Carrots contain high levels of water and fiber, which keep hunger at bay and aid in proper digestion. When you’re craving something warm under the blanket, try a few slices of carrots with a low-fat dip like hummus or baba ghanoush, instead of a bag of potato chips.

Eat whole grains

Whole grains are good for your health at any time. But it is especially useful in the winter because it keeps your body warm and increases metabolism. Plan to eat a small bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, as it has health benefits and prevents fatigue and laziness. Add flavors like cinnamon or citrus to it.

Also, add barley, brown rice and quinoa to your diet to increase your overall consumption of healthy whole grains. Make black bean soup. Black beans are rich in copper and iron, which boost the immune system and are low in calories. There are no saturated fats to worry about (unlike canned soup). And the average serving will give you approximately 1 5 grams of fiber and protein – with the added benefit of keeping hunger pangs at bay.

Use ginger

This ginger, used in traditional Indian medicine, helps fight extreme cold and lethargy. Ginger keeps warm and provides a buffer for many common ailments. It is a natural antioxidant that supports a healthy digestive and immune system. Add ginger to your various salads and dishes, or take it as a hot drink (ginger tea). 

Add hot pepper

Who wouldn’t like to indulge in spicy food when sitting in front of the TV and craving warmth? The good news is that experts recommend eating hot peppers during the winter. Capsaicin in peppers boosts the metabolism and prevents fat accumulation. Moreover, the tomato and onion paste used to make the dish are natural antioxidants. However, do maintain the amount of meat you consume. Choose lower-fat alternatives to red meat if possible.

Get nuts

Do you feel hunger pangs between meals? Have a handful of your favorite nuts for a healthy snack. For more warmth and better taste, roast them first. The nuts keep you feeling full, which helps you avoid binging on unhealthy options. They are also a favorite in bar weather, especially the warm toasted varieties. Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, and cashews are all healthy, giving you plenty of variety. However, don’t overdo it because a handful of nuts are packed with calories but it’s better than a bag of potato chips.

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Bremer header sees Torino beat hosts Cagliari 1-0 in Serie A

Bremer header sees Torino beat hosts Cagliari 1-0 in Serie A

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Brazilian Bremer headed in the only goal of the game as Torino won for the first time in seven Serie A matches on Friday, winning 1-0 away to Cagliari. The home side had all of the changes in the first half but struggled to keep their efforts on target. Cagliari’s wasteful finishing was punished in the 76th minute when Bremer rose to head in a corner from Rolando Mandragora. It was a ninth defeat in ten league games for the islanders, who sit 18th in the standings, five points behind Torino.


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Bradley Beal’s 35 helps Washington beat Boston 104-91

Bradley Beal’s 35 helps Washington beat Boston 104-91

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Bradley Beal returned from a rare night off to score 35 points, Russell Westbrook was a rebound short of a triple-double, and the Washington Wizards beat the Boston Celtics 104-91. Beal, the NBA’s leading scorer who sat out Friday night’s loss to the New York Knicks, appeared rejuvenated as he hit 10 of 18 from the field, converted four 3-pointers and made all 11 of his free throws. Westbrook had 13 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds and Rui Hachimura added 15 points for Washington. Beal’s old friend from St. Louis, Jayson Tatum – who entered the game averaging 26.6 points – was held to a season-low six points for Boston. Kemba Walker and Jalen Brown each scored 25 points for the Celtics, who have lost 10 of 16.

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