Blatter: “Qatar 2022 no interferirá con los JJOO de Invierno”

Blatter: "Qatar 2022 no interferirá con los JJOO de Invierno"

El Presidente de la FIFA, Joseph S. Blatter, ha declarado que la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2022™ no se disputará en enero ni en febrero por respeto a los Juego Olímpicos de Invierno, que se celebrarán en esas fechas. Además, el Presidente Blatter reconoció la labor que Qatar está llevando a cabo por los derechos laborales de los trabajadores.

En la rueda de prensa también estuvo presente el Director Ejecutivo del Comité Supremo de Qatar2022, el Jeque Mohammed, quien subrayó que las organizaciones gubernamentales y no gubernamentales de Qatar están trabajando con tesón para mejorar las condiciones de los trabajadores y de los residente en el país. El Jeque aseguró además que Qatar 2022 será “un Mundial extraordinario”.

Joseph S. Blatter, Presidente de la FIFA
Me alegro mucho de estar hoy aquí y de haberme reunido con las más altas autoridades políticas para cumplir con mi misión, que contenía tres puntos. El primero consiste en reiterar la decisión que adoptó el Comité Ejecutivo en octubre: no existe duda alguna de que la Copa Mundial de 2022 se organizará en Qatar. Todos los partidos se disputarán en Qatar. La decisión se adoptó el 2 de diciembre de 2010 y no se cambiará.

El segundo punto, que ha sido objeto de un gran debate, es el hecho de que en verano hace demasiado calor para jugar al fútbol. El comité organizador y el Estado de Qatar están dispuestos a organizar la Copa Mundial en junio y julio, si así se requiere, con un sistema de aire acondicionado en los estadios. Naturalmente, si fuera posible disputarla en otra fecha, tanto para el Mundial como paraQatar, estaría mucho mejor. Queremos consultar ahora con las diferentes partes interesadas y con nuestros socios financieros, con el fin de encontrar una fecha en la que se pueda jugar con las mejores condiciones posibles. El Secretario General de la FIFA ha recibido el mandato de llevar a cabo las consultas. No organizaremos la Copa Mundial en enero y febrero. Sería una absoluta falta de respeto para la familia y la organización olímpica, que celebran los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno en esos meses. También hemos consultado con nuestros socios financieros y con nuestros socios de la prensa. Son tantos los socios diferentes que trabajan a la vez con la FIFA y con los Juegos Olímpicos que no se pueden simultanear las dos competiciones.

En tercer lugar, el Estado de Qatar es consciente de que existen problemas, y ha empezado a reaccionar. Acabamos de asistir a una presentación en la sede del Comité Supremo. Lo que se nos presentó demuestra que se está avanzando, no hoy, sino ya desde hace meses, en el tema de la mano de obra y los trabajadores. La legislación laboral se modificará y ya está en proceso de modificarse. Se pondrá especial atención a las diferentes inspecciones necesarias; los inspectores gubernamentales recibirán más poder para obligar al cumplimiento de la legislación laboral y se ofrecerá alojamiento a todos los empleados. De hecho, se están construyendo centros de alojamientos para los trabajadores, con cabida para 60.000 personas, que abrirán sus puertas este diciembre.

También hemos sabido que se han establecido contactos con el Sindicato Internacional de Trabajadores y Carpinteros de la Construcción (BWI), con las agencias internacionales de derechos humanos y con la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT). Lo que más me ha impresionado ha sido el estatuto por el bienestar de los trabajadores y su iniciativa “Tarjeta Roja a los Trabajos Forzados”.

También he recibido una carta del sindicato BWI, que se ha presentado aquí y nos ha dado un informe muy positivo. El sindicato ha pedido a la FIFA que ponga en marcha una ronda de discusiones con él, lo que sin duda alguna haremos. Al fin y al cabo, sólo hay una solución: colaborar con Qatar y con la FIFA por el bien de la Copa Mundial. Por un lado, el fútbol, y por el otro, el bien del país.

El Mundial se celebrará dentro de nueve años, pero hay que afrontar los problemas ahora mismo. No somos responsables de las leyes, pero nos alegra saber que la legislación se modificará. Me alegro de que el Mundial en este país pueda servir de catalizador para que otros países, cuando organicen competiciones, fomenten los aspectos sociales, pues también esto formará parte del legado.

Por consiguiente, puedo decir que Qatar avanza por el camino correcto, y que el fútbol y las autoridades gubernamentales de este país se encuentran en el camino correcto.

El Jeque Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Director Ejecutivo del Comité Supremo deQatar 2022
Cuando presentamos la candidatura para la Copa Mundial, la presentamos sobre la base de que se organizaría en verano. Dicho esto, estamos preparados para celebrarla cuando sea, en verano o en invierno. De cualquier forma, será un Mundial extraordinario.

Nos satisface presentar al Presidente el comité específico para el bienestar de los trabajadores que se ha creado para controlar y garantizar que estamos aprovechando plenamente la Copa Mundial para introducir los cambios necesarios y mejorar el bienestar de la mano de obra no sólo en Qatar, sino también para convertirnos en un ejemplo de las demás naciones anfitrionas. Acometer la tarea de una Copa Mundial supone todo un reto para cualquier país organizador. Nos alegramos de que estos desafíos hayan cobrado relevancia nueve años antes de lo que sucede en el caso de la mayoría. Los afrontamos plenamente e introduciremos todos los cambios necesarios.

Estas cuestiones empezamos a tratarlas hace ya mucho tiempo, en cuanto comenzó nuestro crecimiento exponencial y el desarrollo de la nación. Puedo asegurar a todo el mundo que tanto las organizaciones gubernamentales como las no gubernamentales siguen trabajado diariamente para mejorar la calidad de vida de los trabajadores y también de todos los habitantes de este país.

Este asunto ya tenía gran importancia para nosotros incluso antes de que se nos concediera la Copa Mundial y seguirá teniéndola después de que termine la competición. Agradecemos a la FIFA la confianza que ha puesto en nosotros al encargarnos la organización de un certamen de esta magnitud, que nos permitirá convertirnos en un catalizador de estos cambios y en un ejemplo para el mundo. Espero con entusiasmo que la asociación entre Qatar y la FIFA siga creciendo.

 

FIFA.com

Shark finning banned in New Zealand waters

7:19 PM Sunday Nov 10, 2013

Minister of Conservation, Dr Nick Smith, and Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, talk to media about the release of the Government's plan to ban shark finning. Photo / Hagen Hopkins

Minister of Conservation, Dr Nick Smith, and Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, talk to media about the release of the Government’s plan to ban shark finning. Photo / Hagen Hopkins

Government ministers gave a dramatic demonstration of their commitment to shark conservation today, by releasing three of the marine animals into the ocean, and then ensuring they swam in the right direction into open water.

“It’s like herding cats,” Conservation Minister Nick Smith said as he waded into the bay on Wellington’s south coastline.

Dr Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy were on the coast to announce details of the draft National Plan of Action for Conservation and Management of Sharks.

Banning shark finning was part of that proposal and it was welcomed by conservation groups, but the seafood industry said if the shark was already dead it made sense to harvest some of the carcass rather than throw it all back.

It is already an offence under the Animal Welfare Act to fin a shark and return it to the sea alive. However, it is lawful to catch a shark, kill it, remove its fins and dump the carcass at sea.

Dr Smith said it was that kind of waste that would be targeted under the proposal, which was out for public consultation until December.

Seafood New Zealand chief executive Tim Pankhurst said the result of the proposal would be that instead of taking sharks’ fins from the dead animals, “the whole carcase just gets heaved back into the sea if it comes aboard dead”.

“No shark is targeted for their fins alone and in the tuna fishery where blue sharks are a significant bycatch the focus needs to be on reducing that catch.”

Fishing company Sealord said the plan did not affect it, as it had a “non shark finning” policy for the last 18 months.

The New Zealand Shark Alliance (NZSA) said the proposal was good news for sharks and New Zealand’s environmental reputation.

“We strongly support today’s announcement and will be encouraging the Government to implement the ban quickly, especially in the highly migratory species fishery which is New Zealand’s main shark finning fishery,” Katrina Subedar, NZSA spokeswoman and Forest & Bird Marine Conservation advocate said.

“Once this becomes law New Zealand will join over 100 other countries and states to have banned this senseless and wasteful practice.”

Greenpeace New Zealand oceans campaigner Karli Thomas said there was huge support from New Zealanders for a ban on shark finning.

“This year tens of thousands of people have pledged their support for a ban. Now we’re urging them to go online and support the Government’s proposal.”

The proposal also gained cross party support, but Labour and the Greens said it should have happened sooner.

Labour’s fisheries spokesman Damien O’Connor said New Zealand had been “tardy” in proposing the plan and followed countries such as Australia, the United States and the European Union.

“In New Zealand, conservation groups estimate 24,000 tonnes of sharks are caught in our waters. Most of the world’s sharks that are caught are thrown back with only 2 per cent of the shark being used.”

Green Party oceans spokesman Gareth Hughes said he was “delighted” the Government had finally acknowledged the activity could not be allowed to continue.

“The Greens have been calling for a ban on shark finning for over five years, and it is great that the Government has finally woken up to the importance of this issue.”

Mr Guy said in some fisheries the ban will be able to be implemented on October 1 next year. Others would require the development of guidelines for shark handling to maximise the survival of released sharks.

The ban on shark finning would be enforced by extra observers and cameras on commercial fleets as well as proposed a $100,000 fine for those breaking the ban.

“I think that’s a very strong signal from Government that we expect the industry to change,” Dr Smith said.

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Sharks in New Zealand:

* New Zealand waters have 113 species of shark;

* more than 70 shark species have been recorded in commercial fisheries;

* seven species of shark are absolutely protected under the Wildlife Act 1953, including great whites, basking sharks and deep water nursing sharks;

* shark fins are valuable for making shark fin soup, which is a delicacy in Asia, and for the production of many Asian medicines.

 

The New Zealand Herald

Associated Press New Zealand

Green MP Jan Logie’s passport confiscated by Sri Lankan officials

7:20 PM Sunday Nov 10, 2013

Green MP Jan Logie. File photo / APN

Green MP Jan Logie. File photo / APN

Green Party MP Janet Logie says she is “safe” after being detained by Sri Lankan authorities and her passport confiscated.

She was travelling with Australian senator Lee Rhiannon on a fact-finding trip to Sri Lanka in the leadup to Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo.

Their trip was scheduled to end today and had the aim of finding out first-hand about the human rights abuses that the Sri Lankan people were experiencing, a Green Party spokesperson said.

Four Sri Lankan immigration officials shut down a meeting before the MPs’ scheduled press conference and took Ms Logie’s and Ms Rhiannon’s passports.

Ms Logie told APNZ immigration officials told her and Ms Rhiannon that they had breached the Immigration Act, “which we have disagreed with because we applied for visas, we said we were Members of Parliament and we went for a category for special projects, which we were advised to do.

“Through the Department of Foreign Affairs in Australia we told them we were coming and what sort of visa we were on,” she said.

“We don’t consider that we’ve done anything to breach the act.”

The MPs are being detained at their hotel.

The officials wanted to separate the pair and get separate statements,
“We weren’t comfortable doing that so we’ve called the Australian High Commission and we’re waiting for their reply.”

There was lots of Sri Lankan media covering the story and the pair had not been ill-treated in any way, Ms Logie said.

“I think it highlights the lack of democracy in the country that talking about human rights is seen as something to shut down by this government.”

When speaking with media before leaving for the trip, Ms Logie said she had concerns about how officials would respond to her, because some members of the Australian media had been deported after it was discovered they were in Sri Lanka on tourist visas.

Ms Logie said she was travelling on a tourist visa, but there was a condition for special projects on that visa.

 

The New Zealand Herald

Associated Press New Zealand

Kevin Rudd supports Brisbane Airport curfew trial

November 10, 2013 – 12:08PM

Kristian Silva

Journalist

Brisbane City Council oppose moves to introduce a curfew at Brisbane Airport.

Kevin Rudd supports a trial curfew at Brisbane Airport when a second runway is built. Photo: Glen Hunt

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says a seven-hour daily curfew should be trialled when the second parallel runway opens at the Brisbane Airport in 2020.

Mr Rudd said southside residents would have less respite from noisy planes if flight schedules were not managed properly.

He said new flight paths would result in “adverse impacts” to health, lifestyle and property values of residents living in Bulimba, Hawthorne, Balmoral, Norman Park, East Brisbane and parts of Coorparoo.

“Sleep disruption will become the norm for many more southside communities, as is already the case for those living in suburbs like Cannon Hill, Morningside and Camp Hill,” Mr Rudd said.

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In a submission to a review into the need for a curfew at the Brisbane Airport, Mr Rudd called for two years of restrictions to test the financial and economic impacts on the airport.

Mr Rudd said the curfew should run from 11pm to 6am.

“A single noisy movement in the middle in the night is sufficient to disturb sleep for the rest of the night,” he wrote in his submission.

“Those making dramatic assertions that a curfew would undermine the financial viability and economic utility of the airport just need to look at Sydney Airport which has had a night-time curfew since 1995, and remains an entirely viable airport.”

Meanwhile, Brisbane City Council has opposed the move in its submission to the committee, citing major negative economic impact.

Council has warned a curfew could cost the city up to $1.3 billion by 2029.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane’s status as the only major airport on the Australian eastern seaboard without a curfew gave it a distinct advantage.

“The airport and its new parallel runway will be a key driver in the long-term growth of Brisbane’s economy and I do not support a night-time curfew that would jeopardise that growth,” Cr Quirk said.

Mr Rudd, the member for Griffith, said air traffic movements at the airport would increase by about 80 per cent by 2035.

The second parallel runway is expected to be completed by 2020, at a cost of $1.3 billion.

During the next four years, about 13 million cubic metres of sand will need to be poured onto the runway site.

The Brisbane Times

“Amor à Vida “: Aline isola e dopa César em casa de campo: “meu prisioneiro”

Lá, ex-secretária colocará seu plano de vingança em prática

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Aline propõe que César e ela se mudem para a casa de campo – Divulgação/Globo

Os planos de Aline (Vanessa Giácomo) para se vingar de César (Antonio Fagundes), que é quem acredita que foi responsável pela morte de sua mãe, continuam a todo vapor.
O primeiro passo será dado após a renúncia de Félix (Mateus Solano), que deixará o comando do San Magno pressionado por Pilar (Susana Vieira) pouco depois de ela descobrir que o filho foi o responsável pelo rapto de Paulinha (Klara Castanho) e por deixá-la em uma caçamba de lixo.
Apesar do vilão ter saído do comando do hospital, ele ainda assim fará com que César não retome o posto. E para isso ele revelará aos outros acionistas que o pai roubou e desviou uma pequena fortuna para sua conta particular.
Envergonhado, César acabará abrindo mão da presidência, que será repassada para Paloma (Paolla Oliveira).
Assim que souber das novidades, Aline verá a oportunidade para iniciar a segunda parte de seu plano. De início, a ex-secretária se fará de vítima e dirá que tudo é culpa dela, que incentivou o marido a tirar dinheiro do hospital para abrir uma conta de investimentos. O milionário, no entanto, irá tirar a culpa da amada sob o argumento de que fez o que fez para proteger seu filho.
Aline então começará a propor para César que eles deixem São Paulo e se mudem para a casa no campo que adquiriram tempos atrás. “Vamos sair desse apartamento, vamos morar definitivamente na casa de campo. Criar o nosso filho no ar puro. Vai ser ótimo para o Júnior. Vamos aproveitar a vida agora. Lá você nem tem que receber quem não quiser. Vai estar longe de tudo. Só nós dois. E o nosso filho. Nós vamos ser muito felizes, César. Muito, muito felizes”, argumentará a vilã.
César acabará aceitando a proposta sem ter ideia que o isolamento proposto por Aline possa fazer parte da continuação de seu plano de vingança.
Na casa de campo ela vai provar que é capaz de tudo para a vingança. Ela compra uma série de remedios e dopa o médico.

Aline pede ajuda a um homem que está em sua casa e ele diz: “Qualquer um deles provoca uma intoxicação que fará o que você quer. Juntos, são uma bomba”.

Mariah (Lúcia Veríssimo) fica preocupada com as intenções da sobrinha e a vilá diz: “O César vai virar um incapaz, vai ser meu prisioneiro.”

No primeiro dia ela coloca o produto numa bebida e César percebe o gosto estranho e cai no sono. Em outro momento ele vai comer um bolo feito com as próprias mãos dela e mais uma vez vai ficar adormecido.

“Amor à Vida” é exibida de segunda a sábado, às 21h20.
NaTelinha

Agriculture cuts to hurt pests control

November 11, 2013

Noel Towell

Reporter for The Canberra Times

Former Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon.

Former Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon. Photo: Damian White

Australia’s frontline defence against invasive plant and animal diseases is the latest operation to be hit by federal government cutbacks, with 220 jobs in the Agriculture department to be axed.

Workers in the department were told on Friday jobs in the vital Border Compliance Division would be first to go, but Agriculture bosses insist they can protect the nation’s bio-security despite the cuts.

The axe will fall first at the division’s passenger, mail and cargo units, monitoring programs in regional Australia, as well as head office in Canberra.

The federal opposition said on Sunday the move would strike at the heart of Australia’s image as a ”clean, green” food-producing nation.

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Departmental secretary Paul Grimes told 5200 workers on Friday that attempts to reduce staff numbers at Agriculture through ”natural attrition” had failed, and the department wanted up to 220 of its workers to take redundancy payouts.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry was $48.2 million in the red at the end of the 2012-13 financial year and new boss Mr Grimes warned staff to expect another deficit, the third in a row, this financial year.

Agriculture is the latest in a string of agencies and departments to try voluntary redundancies in an effort to reduce their workforces because the Abbott government’s natural-attrition strategy has failed to deliver reductions since September’s election. ”Natural attrition alone has not been sufficient to achieve the necessary staff reductions,” Mr Grimes told staff.

”We will need to continue reducing staff across the department.

”We anticipate that in the order of 220 VRs [voluntary redundancies] will be required in coming months.

”In the first instance, offers will be made in Border Compliance Division in Canberra and the passengers, mail and cargo programs in the regions,” he said.

The Border Compliance Division works with other federal agencies, and state and territory authorities, and industry to manage Australia’s bio-security system to combat the threat posed by exotic pests and disease.

But Mr Grimes insisted the department would be able to safeguard the nation’s bio-security.

”The analysis we’ve done and continue to do, including through the transition committees, will allow us to manage bio-security risk effectively,” he said.

But opposition agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon said the job losses within the department would strike at Australia’s frontline defences against introduced plants and diseases.

”They’re basically cutting frontline services,” he said.

”This is the worst possible place to be cutting.

”Our clean, green, safe image as a provider of food to the world is of critical importance and these cuts, of course, will put that reputation at risk.”

Mr Fitzgibbon said the Border Compliance Division was vital to protect the security of Australia’s food supply as well as its exports.

”This is a threat to our own food that we consume ourselves and it’s an enormous threat to our export income,” he said.

”We export two-thirds of what we grow in this country and if we are to maximise the benefits presented by what I call the dining boom in Asia, we need to maintain that safe, clean and green image.

”It’s critical to our success.”

The Canberra Times