Other states help as New South Wales fires rage

A cloud of smoke from bushfires covers Sydney.

A cloud of smoke from bushfires covers Sydney.

NSW bushfires

BURNT OUT: An out of control bushfire burns cars and two homes near Newnes Junction

One man has died and authorities fear more fatalities will be discovered in the hundreds of homes destroyed by some of the most destructive bushfires NSW has seen.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says the fight to get the blazes under control on Friday is far from over, with 94 fires burning across the state – 27 of which are uncontained.

A 63-year-old man died defending his house at Lake Munmorah on the NSW central coast, while the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and the Southern Highlands are also under attack from blazes which have torn though around 91,000 hectares throughout the state.

Eighty-one properties are confirmed to have been destroyed and 37 damaged by blazes in the Blue Mountains.

As residents and emergency services begin to return to affected areas, Mr Fitzsimmons said more casualties may be discovered.

“There is a possibility that we might find people who haven’t been able to get out of harm’s way,” he told reporters.

Crews were working on Friday afternoon to take advantage of the milder weather, before conditions are set to deteriorate on Sunday.

The fires were “some of the most damaging (and) destructive … in the history of NSW,” Mr Fitzsimmons said.

After losing possibly hundreds of homes on Thursday, the community of Springwood was again on high alert on Friday when the blaze got a second wind.

Students at Springwood High School were evacuated around 4pm (NZT) following fears of spot fires starting from flying embers.

Meanwhile, fire crews surrounded the historic Norman Lindsay Gallery – home to many of the artist’s precious artworks – in preparation to defend the site if necessary.

An emergency warning which was in place for a fire at Springwood in the NSW Blue Mountains has been downgraded to watch and act.

Firefighters are continuing to patrol and monitor the fire, which has affected areas around Winmalee, Warrimoo and Yellow Rock.

A number of evacuation centres have been opened in the area.


In the Southern Highlands, west of Wollongong, Mr Fitzsimmons said a blaze in Balmoral, which had burnt through 8000 hectares was “spreading rapidly” and increasing in strength.


An emergency warning is in place at Leppington, in Sydney’s southwest where there are fears homes may come under threat.

Meanwhile, further north in Wyong, where an emergency warning remains in place, properties are being threatened and an historic building has been destroyed, with multiple spot fires burning in the area.

Residents of heritage seaside town Catherine Hill Bay have described the scene as “apocalyptic”.

A bushfire ripped through the quaint village near Lake Macquarie on Thursday, burning five historic buildings.

The 63-year-old man at nearby Lake Munmorah suffered a heart attack while he was fighting a fire at his home on Thursday afternoon.

Attempts were made to resuscitate him at the scene but he died at Wyong hospital.

Premier Barry O’Farrell said the man’s death was the worst possible scenario.

“That’s the worst that anyone wants to happen and we send our sympathy to his family,” Mr O’Farrell said at RFS headquarters in Sydney.

But he said it was important to remember the good job firefighters had done.

“During crises like this we understandably tend to focus on what’s been lost,” he said.

“I think we should pause and think about what’s been saved, what’s been protected because of the extraordinary work of firefighters over the last 24-48 hours.”

Mr Fitzsimmons became visibly emotional as he addressed the media, and had to pause to compose himself as he praised the work of firefighters.

“We have the best firefighters in the world,” he said.

Two fire fighters are in hospital with burns and a man from Winmalee in the Blue Mountains is being treated for smoke inhalation.

Almost 200 interstate firefighters have been brought in to help the more than 1400 already on the ground.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, an RFS volunteer himself, thanked those working on the NSW emergency.

“I just want to say how sorry we are on behalf of the people and the parliament of Australia for the heartache which so many hundreds of people in NSW are currently dealing with, but how proud we are of the thousands of volunteers and full-time professionals (fire fighters),” he said at Winmalee fire station.


RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons warned that the emergency could continue for days or weeks, describing the situation as ‘‘very active, very dynamic, very dangerous’’.


He said conditions were much better for firefighters on Friday, following a very hot and extremely windy Thursday.

‘‘We’re going to see conditions considerably cooler and humidity  will be much higher,’’ he said.

More than 2000 firefighters battled to save properties overnight, and extra firefighters were being brought in from Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania today to relieve exhausted crews.

And while the cool weather change should help fire crews, the respite would only be brief, with the mercury predicted to rise throughout the weekend and hit 30 degrees Celsius by Monday.

The sheer size of the raging fires meant “they create their own climatic conditions”, Rogers said.


The strength of Thursday’s winds caught authorities on the hop, with the fire danger only rated “severe” rather than “extreme”, as had been forecast for the previous Sunday’s heat spike.

Bankstown, for instance, recorded 95 kmh winds, the strongest there for at least 10 years, said Ben McBurney, a meteorologist with Weatherzone.

“The bureau didn’t expect wind speeds to go quite as high as they did,” he said.

Humidity across the basin also fell as low as 10 per cent. “That’s probably what led to these fires getting out of control,” said McBurney.

Many areas saw their fire danger ratings rocket to “catastrophic”, including for Richmond and Sydney Airport. Camden also had a “catastrophic” rating, the highest in 11 years.

Thursday saw the mercury climb to 33.6 degrees, the fourth day of 30-plus heat this month. Temperatures will mount again, with 24 tipped for Saturday, 28 on Sunday, and 31 for Monday – bringing the city just shy of the record six 30-plus days only reached in 1926 and 1968.

Little or no rain is expected for the Sydney basin until Monday, while winds will again pick up ahead of the next cool change. Fire conditions will be high or very high by then, forecasters say.

Monday’s trough is expected to bring rain.

David Jones, head of climate analysis at the Bureau of Meteorology, said climate change will see fire conditions worsen for much of Australia over the longer run.

While weather patterns vary from year to year, southern Australia is already seeing springs and summer becoming hotter. As a result, there is a “trend towards more severe fire weather conditions across Australia”.

“We know from about March-April to around June, things have been drying out across southern Australia,” he said.

“The fact there is less soil moisture increases the fire risk both towards the end of the fire season but also the subsequent fire season,” Jones said. “You have a lesser opportunity to really wet up the vegetation.”

“Global warming exacerbates a number of factors associated with fire,” he said, adding that humidity is expected to decline over much of the continent particularly in summer.

– AAP, with Sydney Morning Herald

Australia’s secret big cat?

Australia's secret big cat?

Alison Mills
REAL?: A ‘big cat’ in the Blue Mountains.

A doctor, dentist, solicitor, clergyman and Qantas pilot have all seen it, as have numerous Rural Fire Service volunteers and an officer from the Department of Agriculture. A NSW detective spoke of how he watched the beast, from barely 50 metres away, for more than a minute. And like most others, he is “convinced” it was a black panther.

Rumours have circulated for decades about a colony of “Big cats” roaming Sydney’s western fringes and beyond. But today, a report commissioned by the State Government has concluded that the many hundreds who have seen the panther are wrong.

In a review of “large free-ranging felines in New South Wales”, a New Zealand-based invasive species expert, John Parkes, said the accounts were “at best prima facie evidence”.

“The sightings are mostly of black animals but the occasional reports of brown or tan cats suggest either more than one species is present or people are mistaking other animals for cats. Large dogs, large feral cats or swamp wallabies have been suggested as candidates by some.”

He added: “There is no conclusive evidence that large cats exist in the wild in NSW.”

The NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, said: “The NSW Government will not commit further expenditure to this issue and, as far as I am concerned, the matter is closed.”

Mr Parkes’ findings are set to infuriate an army of eye witnesses across the Blue Mountains community – not least because two previous NSW Government reports concluded that panthers were most likely present.

Questions have also been raised about the timing of the review’s release. Fairfax Media has obtained a leaked email which shows the Government received the final report from Mr Parkes in “early September”. However, it chose to release the findings on a day when many within the local community were either sitting in evacuation centres or trying to save their homes because of raging bushfires.

State member for Hawkesbury, Ray Williams, who himself saw the creature at Cono Heights in 2009, said: “Certainly, these latest findings will anger many locally. When you have 620 people all describing the same creature, with the same poignant similarities, you have to accept something’s there.”

Fairfax Media can reveal that on March 19, Blue Mountains resident Chris Coffey made the rare journey into Sydney for a special summit in Parliament with Ms Hodgkinson. The meeting was called to address the sudden spike in panther sightings and fears, among locals, that someone, particularly a child, could be attacked. Ms Coffey has seen the creature on several occasions, the first in 1998. Since then, she has launched The Grose Vale Group and compiled a database of sightings. Almost 15 years on, the file contains 497 credible first-hand reports that span from Lithgow to Mudgee and from the Hawkesbury to Hunter Valley. But as Ms Coffey pointed out in Parliament that day, this was hardly a revelation. In May 2001, a freedom-of-information request revealed that the NSW Government had grown so alarmed about the reports of a “large panther size cat”, it commissioned a big-cat expert Johannes Bauer to provide a professional opinion. In his report, he concluded: “Difficult as it seems to accept, the most likely explanation of the evidence … is the presence of a large feline predator.”

He went on to describe the region as “optimal leopard habitat”, adding: “In this area, [it is] most likely a leopard, less likely a jaguar.”

After Dr Bauer’s shock-horror findings in 2001, the Government ordered the Department of Agriculture to send “a suitably skilled person to enable this animal to be tracked, located and identified”.

However, due to a lack of funding, they instead dispatched an officer from the department and a German shepherd dog. The “hunt” ended in failure, 72 hours later.

One of the main problems faced by Ms Coffey and fellow witnesses is that for all the alleged sightings, nobody has ever landed the prized photo or video to warrant David Attenborough packing his bags and boarding the first flight to Sydney.

In 2005, the local community’s hopes were raised once more when a Discovery Channel documentary team arrived on its doorstep, wanting to finally put “the myth to bed”. Armed with the best high-tech gadgetry money can buy, the crew strategically scattered eight infra-red motion sensor camera traps throughout the Blue Mountains National Park where the beast had been commonly spotted.

But as Ms Coffey recalled with a sigh: “They camped here for over a week and then they produced a sensationalised program that caused us locals to be ridiculed even further.”

While that episode tested the community’s resolve, it was nothing compared to what would follow in 2008 after the NSW Government commissioned a second study. Fuelling cover-up claims, an FOI request later unearthed two separate versions of the report, the latter heavily edited for public consumption – and stripped of its conclusion which stated: “It seems more likely than not on available evidence that such animals do exist in NSW.”

Fast forward to the present day and in his report, Mr Parkes questions the reliability of eyewitnesses. “People rarely describe with precision an event, simply because they do not see all the details, but more importantly they also subconsciously process their observations to fill in ‘gaps’…” he commented.”

Ms Coffey said of the report: “We continue to be treated like fringe-dwelling idiots. This is an insult to everyone who has seen the creature.”

Careful not to upset his own party meanwhile, Mr Williams, had this to say: “It’s interesting that the previous studies went through quite an exhaustive process and came to a different conclusion. This won’t change the views of the many hundreds who have seen it. And it certainly won’t change mine.”

‘I just told Mitchell to run’

When Taylor Pearce came face to face with a giant predator on her family’s property at Bilpin, the terrified teenager turned to the internet to help identify the creature. The picture she showed her mother was of a black jaguar.

On May 14, Taylor, 14, and her younger brother Mitchell, 9, were playing on a ride-on mower when an enormous feline suddenly sprung a fence and bounded into their back paddock. “I was on the mower and Mitchell was on the back. As I turned around, I saw it leap over. It walked over to a tree. Then it stopped behind us about 20 metres away. It was a big, jet black cat with a very long tail,” she recalled. “We were petrified. I did not want to yell so … I just told Mitchell to run.”

The pair bolted through two gates and up a path, approximately 100 metres to their house. “I was so scared, I couldn’t even speak when I got back,” she said.

The family’s property backs directly onto a dam and the seemingly never-ending Devil’s Wilderness which is where the cats live, according to Taylor’s mum, Amanda.

“It’s such a vast area of national park, reaching over to Springwood. Nobody ever gets down into that part of it.”

She said it was “insulting” that after so many sightings, locals were still ridiculed for believing the creature to be a genuine big cat’. “It might be a myth to others but if you live out here, you accept they are here.”

“People need to be warned because I fear one day soon, one of these confrontations is going to end in tragedy.”

– Sydney Morning Herald

Jordania, el enigma que espera a Uruguay

Jordania, el enigma que espera a Uruguay

En las últimas décadas, el fútbol de Jordania no ha logrado atraer mucha atención más allá de sus fronteras. Desde que la nación árabe hizo su debut en una fase de clasificación para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA™ en la edición de México 1986, nunca ha estado tan cerca de clasificarse como ahora.Jordania se dispone a medirse a Uruguay, el quinto clasificado de las eliminatorias de la Zona Sudamericana, los días 13 y 20 de noviembre, con un billete a Brasil 2014 reservado para el vencedor.

Los Nashama están ante una verdadera ocasión de poder disputar su primer Mundial y, tras una serie de excelentes resultados, están teniendo que acostumbrarse a ser el centro de atención. FIFA.comecha un vistazo a lo más destacado de la campaña clasificatoria de Jordania, te trae la última información sobre sus jugadores estelares, estadísticas y cuerpo técnico, y repasa las noticias más importantes del equipo en los dos últimos años.

Un largo camino
Si finalmente accede a Brasil 2014, Jordania habrá logrado su pase de forma imponente. Tras iniciar su andadura en la segunda ronda de la fase de clasificación asiática, su 9-0 en la ida contra Nepal fue su mayor goleada de la historia, lo que le permitió relajarse en la vuelta para sellar el trámite con un 1-1. La liguilla de la tercera ronda opuso a Jordania contra China e Irak, dos asiduos de las altas esferas asiáticas que saben lo que es jugar una fase final mundialista.

Los jordanos, todavía eufóricos por su excelente plaza de cuartofinalista alcanzada en la Copa Asiática 2011, empezaron con fuerza, infligiendo sendas derrotas a Irak y China antes de consolidar su liderato venciendo por dos veces a la débil Singapur. Así, con cuatro victorias consecutivas, fue una de las selecciones más madrugadoras en plantarse en la cuarta ronda.

Al no haber llegado nunca tan lejos previamente, a Jordania se le podría perdonar por sentirse optimista, pese a la mayor experiencia de tres de sus cuatro oponentes: Japón, Australia e Irak. Pero un flojo arranque en el Grupo B les llevó a firmar un empate en casa contra Irak, seguido por un contundente 6-0 encajado en Japón, lo que reducía seriamente sus probabilidades de hacerse siquiera con la tercera plaza, que suponía disputar una eliminatoria de repesca contra el tercer clasificado del Grupo A.

Sin dejarse desanimar por ello, un histórico 2-1 sobre Australia aportó un rayo de esperanza, así como otro sensacional triunfo posterior por 2-1 ante una selección japonesa que llegaba a la capital jordana, Amán, confiada en poder sentenciar su clasificación. El billete directo a Brasil parecía posible entonces, pero después de que Australia le propinase una paliza en Melbourne (4-0), Jordanianecesitaba vencer a Omán en la última jornada para acceder a la repesca continental de la quinta ronda. Y lo logró, por 1-0.

Allí, Jordania se las vio contra el otro tercero de grupo, Uzbekistán. Al 1-1 en Amán le siguió un empate idéntico en Tashkent, lo que llevó la contienda a la prórroga y a una posterior tanda de penales maratoniana de la que acabó saliendo airosa Jordania, pudiendo centrar su atención sucesivamente en la definitiva repesca intercontinental.

Estrellas brillantes
Todo equipo tiene sus figuras y Jordania no es una excepción, pero el combinado de Asia occidental tiene algo diferente, una estrella tan especial que la apodan “Medio equipo”: el corpulento guardameta Amer Shafi Sabbah. Los colosales esfuerzos bajo palos de La Ballena, dotado de talento para jugar profesionalmente al máximo nivel, han desempeñado un papel importantísimo para que su selección haya llegado tan lejos.

Amer Sabbah, de 31 años, parecía predestinado al estrellato desde muy tierna edad, y ya defendía la portería de su país antes de cumplir los 20. Desde entonces, ha jugado en todos los grandes campeonatos con su selección, incluidas las ediciones 2004 y 2011 de la Copa Asiática, donde su concurso fue vital para alcanzar los cuartos de final en ambas ocasiones.

El espigado cancerbero será baja para la ida contra Uruguay tras ver una segunda tarjeta amarilla contra Uzbekistán, pero tiene toda la fe del mundo en la capacidad de sus compañeros: “Me encantaría jugar ambos encuentros, pero somos una gran familia y todo el mundo echa una mano. Juegue quien juegue, no cabe duda de que tendrá lo necesario para que su selección esté orgullosa de él. Nuestro objetivo es clasificarnos para el Mundial, y eso supone un estímulo tremendo para que todos estén en la mejor forma posible de cara a la repesca. Esperamos poder hacer realidad nuestro sueño”.

La selección jordana es una mezcla de veteranos que han participado en varios campeonatos y partidos de alta tensión, y de un grupo de jóvenes talentosos que han demostrado su valía durante los clasificatorios. Muchos de ellos juegan en el extranjero, en las ligas más competitivas del mundo árabe.

Al frente de la lista está el capitán Amer Deeb Khalil, una pieza clave del ataque del equipo, y una fuente vital de ocasiones y goles. Asimismo, la excepcional cosecha goleadora de su compañero de club Hassan Abdel Fattah en la competición preliminar asiática es uno de los principales motivos de que su equipo siga con opciones de acudir a Brasil.

A su vez, el ariete Ahmad Hayed Ibrahim es el único jugador que ha disputado los 18 encuentros de clasificación de su selección hasta la fecha y ha marcado goles impresionantes; sobre todo el que valió la victoria sobre Japón en la cuarta ronda. En la medular, Shadi Abu Hashhash se ha mostrado muy sólido, ofreciendo una excelente cobertura defensiva durante toda la campaña. Nueve integrantes de la selección jordana juegan en el extranjero, y también hay un contingente que hizo sus pinitos en la escena mundial durante la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA Canadá 2007.

Liderazgo árabe
Tradicionalmente, Jordania ha gozado de gran éxito a las órdenes de seleccionadores de países árabes. La historia comienza con el difunto Mahmoud Al Gohari, el egipcio que inspiró a sus pupilos para brillar en la Copa Asiática 2004. Un posterior periodo de declive concluyó con la llegada del iraquí Adnan Hamad, que aupó a Jordania de ser colista en la fase de clasificación de la Copa Asiática a clasificarla para la edición de 2011, donde el equipo volvió a llegar a cuartos de final.

Hamad trasladó ese éxito a la presente fase de clasificación mundialista, guiando a Jordania por primera vez hasta la liguilla de la cuarta ronda. Pero el contrato de Hamad expiraba justo después de que el equipo pasase a la quinta ronda, por lo que la Asociación Jordana de Fútbol tuvo que pelear por convencer a Hossam Hassan para tomar el timón.

Pese a ser un entrenador relativamente novato, Hassan ha exhibido una gran confianza, tanto en su propia capacidad como en la de sus jugadores. El mítico ex delantero egipcio hizo un trabajo muy meritorio que desembocó en dos empates contra una potente Uzbekistán y, cuando Jordania se impuso en los penales, derramó lágrimas de alegría. La imagen de sus jugadores rodeándolo y aupándolo en hombros perdurará mucho tiempo en la memoria de quienes la presenciaron.

Hassan parece tener fe en su equipo, y está constantemente haciéndoselo ver a sus jugadores. Por eso, asegura, la idea de jugar la repesca intercontinental no debería intimidarles demasiado: “La oportunidad está ahí para aprovecharla. Vamos a prepararnos para esta eliminatoria decisiva, y creemos que lo tenemos todo a nuestro favor. Sabemos que, al final, todo se decide en el campo, y queremos clasificarnos y conseguir algo histórico para Jordania”.


“Amor à Vida”: César se alia a Bruno para destruir Félix

Empresário está disposto a acabar com o filho.


Divulgação/TV Verdes Mares

A vida de Félix (Mateus Solano) vai ficar muito complicada após Edith (Bárbara Paz) revelar para César (Antonio Fagundes) que ele jogou o bebê de Paloma (Paolla Oliveira) numa caçamba de lixo .

Nos próximos capítulos de “Amor à Vida”, disposto a recuperar tudo o que perdeu, César vai se aliar a Bruno (Malvino Salvador) para conseguir provas contra o vilão.

O médico chama o corretor para conversar.

Veja o diálogo:

César – Bruno, eu acompanhei a sua história com a Paloma e a Paulinha (Klara Castanho). E sei que, mesmo depois do teste de DNA, que atestou que ela não era mãe da Paulinha, você aceitou a possibilidade de que ela seja. Eu, a minha família, nenhum de nós quis interferir, só nos importava a felicidade da Paloma. E mesmo que a Paulinha não seja filha biológica dela…

Bruno – Não tenho dúvidas disso.

César – As vezes acho que você roubou a criança.

Bruno – Eu jamais faria isso. Sou uma pessoa decente.

César – Vocês dois sempre foram muito discretos sobre esse mistério que envolve o nascimento da Paulinha.

Bruno conta tudo o que aconteceu na noite em que achou a filha. O médico pergunta se ele procurou saber como a menina foi parar no lixo.

“A gente fez algumas investigações. A Paloma já sabia quem era a mulher que fez o parto dela no bar. Por incrível que pareça, ela morava, ainda mora, lá perto da minha casa. A gente foi conversar com ela. Ela disse que, quando estava saindo do bar, logo depois do parto, entrou um homem bem vestido, alto, que não era frequentador daquele bar. Depois de tanto tempo, ela não consegue lembrar como esse homem era exatamente”, diz Bruno.

O corretor questiona o motivo de tantas perguntas e César diz que vai investigar o caso também.

Quando Bruno vai embora, o ex-presidente do San Magno chega a conclusão de que o rapaz é Félix, de acordo com a descrição feita pelo marido de Paloma.

Em outra cena, Márcia (Elizabeth Savala) vai se encontrar com o dono do bar onde Paloma deu à luz. Ela conta tudo para Bruno, que corre até o homem. O agora evangélico diz que se o corretor levar uma foto, ele reconhece se o tal rapaz foi o mesmo da noite em que a médica teve o bebê.

Bruno resolve conversar com César e fala das suas suspeitas sobre Félix. O empresário também revela o que Edith lhe disse sobre o vilão e ele resolve entregar as fotos do filho para o dono do bar fazer o reconhecimento.

“Amor à Vida” vai ao ar logo após o “Jornal Nacional”.


Miguel Herrera, nuevo seleccionador del Tri

Miguel Herrera, nuevo seleccionador del Tri


La Federación Mexicana de Fútbol anunció este viernes que Miguel Herrera, con todo su cuerpo técnico del América, relevará a Víctor Manuel Vucetich para la repesca de noviembre ante Nueva Zelanda hacia la Copa Mundial de al FIFA Brasil 2014™, convirtiéndose en el cuarto seleccionador en el último mes y medio.

“He logrado el apoyo incondicional de todos los equipos para que el señor Herrera nos clasifique” a Brasil-2014, dijo en una rueda de prensa el presidente de la Federación, Justino Compeán, quien no aseguró que el técnico siga al frente del Tricolor en caso de clasificar al Mundial.

Acompañado de varios dueños de equipos mexicanos, Compeán explicó que el equipo América, actual campeón de la liga mexicana, cede a préstamo a Herrera, sus auxiliares y el director deportivo Ricardo Peláez para los dos partidos del repechaje ante Nueva Zelanda del 13 y 20 de noviembre y varios amistosos de preparación, incluido un primer test el 30 de octubre ante Finlandia en San Diego (Estados Unidos).

Tras la repesca, “se hará un análisis para saber si él (Herrera) u otro técnico” tendrá las riendas del Tricolor, dijo Compeán, que avanzó que la presentación ante los medios de este timonel de fuerte carácter será el domingo.

El perfil del Piojo
El ‘Piojo’ Herrera, de 45 años, tiene un último compromiso el sábado con el América contra el vecino y rival Cruz Azul. “Esto no era algo que tuviéramos previsto (…) pero hay un bien superior, que es el país”, dijo para argumentar el préstamo Yon de Luisa, director general del América, que aseguró que Herrera y sus auxiliares se reincorporarán el 21 de noviembre a su equipo para disputar la fase final del torneo Apertura-2013, para la que ya han clasificado.

El técnico sustituye a Vucetich, uno de los entrenadores más exitosos del fútbol mexicano, que ha sido relevado del cargo tras dirigir solo los dos últimos partidos del hexagonal de la Concacaf hacia Brasil-2014: la victoria 2-1 ante Panamá y la derrota 2-1 del martes ante Costa Rica.

México, que ha mostrado un mediocre rendimiento en todo el hexagonal, llegó a estar el martes virtualmente fuera del Mundial pero sobrevivió gracias a que Estados Unidos remontó su partido ante Panamá (3-2) en el tiempo extra.

Con este final el Tricolor ascendió a la cuarta plaza que da derecho a la repesca pero también generó una enorme indignación en la afición y medios mexicanos contra su selección.

Base americanista
El director general del América apuntó que los jugadores de su equipo serán la base del Tricolor para la repesca. “De manera unánime consideramos que la inercia que trae el equipo América con sus jugadores y Miguel, con su forma de entrenar tan aguerrida, nos va a dar buenos resultados para estos dos partidos”, dijo De Luisa.

Jorge Vergara, propietario del equipo Guadalajara -rival histórico del América-, se mostró partidario de esta contratación y alabó la figura de Herrera, un técnico que ha sostenido en su carrera numerosas polémicas con otros entrenadores y árbitros.

“Tiene fuerza, es muy agresivo ofensivamente, es un buen líder y tiene un equipo muy entendido químicamente”, le describió.

Herrera será el cuarto seleccionador mexicano en el último mes y medio después de José Manuel de la Torre, cesado el 7 de septiembre; Luis Fernando Tena, que únicamente asumió interinamente el equipo en la derrota 2-0 ante Estados Unidos, y el propio Vucetich, contratado el 12 de septiembre.

“Estamos apenados con la afición, con los dueños de los clubes, patrocinadores y medios de comunicación”, admitió Compeán.

“El Piojo” colgó las botas como jugador en 2000 y desde entonces ha dirigido a cinco clubes mexicanos. Su consolidación llegó al ser nombrado en 2012 entrenador del América, al que llevó a semifinales en sus dos primeros torneos y con el que finalmente logró su primera liga en el pasado Clausura-2013.

La salida de Vucetich
Consultado sobre el repentino relevo de Vucetich -apodado “El Rey Midas” y que tiene en su palmarés cinco campeonatos mexicanos y tres Ligas de Campeones de la Concacaf-, Compeán aseguró que “por supuesto que tuvo el apoyo a muerte, desgraciadamente los resultados no se dieron y con la pena. Es México o es Vucetich”.

El propio Vucetich avanzó la noche del jueves que había sido destituido y que esta decisión, tras apenas dos partidos, era una “falta de respeto” hacia su trayectoria. “Soy el Rey Midas, no Dios para hacer las cosas de una manera tan rápida”, recalcó.


É Notícia será apresentado por dupla interinamente

Na Rede TV!, ficou definido que o programa “É Notícia”, que era comandado por Kennedy Alencar, será apresentado interina e alternadamente por Na Rede TV!, ficou definido que o programa “É Notícia”, que era comandado por Kennedy Alencar, será apresentado interina e alternadamente por Amanda Klein e José Roberto de Toledo. Só os dois, por enquanto.

E atenção: “Chaves” já foi instruído para acelerar o processo de aquecimento.

Então é isso. Mas amanhã tem mais. Tchau!. Só os dois, por enquanto.

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Multishow exibirá dois shows hoje


O Multishow exibe hoje, às 20h30, o “Ao vivo – Paula Fernandes – Um Ser Amor”, gravado em junho no HSBC Arena, no Rio.
Também no Multishow, hoje, 22h30, a estreia de “Fritada”, com Diogo Portugal.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Globo já iniciou a procura para substituir Aline Moraes na novela Em Família


Foram feitos vários testes, neste começo de semana, para escolher a substituta de Alinne Moraes na novela “Em Família”, substituta de “Amor à Vida”.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Luana Piovani não participará do Divertics


A anunciada participação de Luana Piovani no “Divertics” não vai mais acontecer…
… Ao que parece, para ela, Luana, os planos são outros.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery