RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Two Flamengo club officials have been briefly detained for failing to provide documents to authorities investigating a price hike in tickets for the Brazilian Cup final.
Flamengo, Brazil’s most popular club, significantly raised prices for the final against Atletico Paranaense, prompting several complaints from consumer advocates and becoming part of a probe by the city’s consumer rights department.
Tickets for the final at the Maracana Stadium next week range from about $110-350, which authorities say is more than 30 percent higher than what was charged in the semifinals.
Local media said the current prices are at least 150 percent higher than usual.
Flamengo says it’s entitled to raise prices for the high-demand match, a common practice in Brazil. It also notes that most fans will pay discounted prices, and that the added money will help bring new players next season.
“It feels like we are back to the dictatorship era,” Flamengo president Eduardo Bandeira de Mello told the O Globo newspaper.
Mexico 5 All Whites 1
In time, this may come to be known as the Massacre at the Azteca. The All Whites didn’t roll over and die – there were courageous efforts, especially from the back three – but the New Zealand side was thoroughly outclassed by a rampant home side in front of 105,000 spectators.
It didn’t help that the All Whites conceded two relatively soft goals in the latter stages of the first half, which released any pressure on the home side, just as it was starting to slightly build.
At that stage the crowd burst into a passionate rendition of “Cielito Lindo”, which is a Mexican song used to farewell. It felt like goodbye All Whites.
Mexico had looked dangerous from the start. From the kickoff the All Whites were content to sit back in their own half, letting the home side come to them.
For a while it looked like it was going to work. The Mexicans had plenty of space and time, but Ivan Vicelich, Andrew Durante and Tommy Smith coped with most threats as they got closer to goal.
There were chances – but the New Zealand defenders kept getting a foot in when it mattered, while the Mexican passes went astray at the final moment.
Improbably as it sounds, some pressure was starting to build on the home side. The 105,000 fans had expected an early goal – and it didn’t come. They were restless – especially when it looked like a Mexican attempt had crossed the line, but was punched away by Glen Moss.
“Es Siempre asi,” shouted one fan, “Es el destino Mexico.” (It’s always like this. It’s our destiny). The shouts of “Ole, Ole” every time the home side completed a pass, which had been so prevalent in the first half, began to die down. The Mexican team was still almost totally dominating possession, but began to try shots from further out.
After all the valiant defending, the pressure was released in the 30th minute with a relatively soft goal. After Glen Moss made an ineffective punch of a dangerous Mexico cross – he probably should have caught it – and the ball pin balled around the New Zealand penalty area before Paul Aguilar lashed home from short range.
If that was disappointing, the second goal in the 40th minute was one of the worst – given the circumstances, context and situation – conceded by the All Whites in recent years.
After all the talk after the All White’s advantage at set pieces, the visitors were caught out by a simple Mexican corner, when Raul Jimenez nodding in from close range after the defence failed to clear the first ball.
The second half started in the worst possible way, with Mexico breaking from deep on the left, drawing the defence and allowing Oribe Peralta to slot home.
Herbert replaced surprise selection Jeremy Christie – who had a forgettable match – soon afterwards with Chris James. At 3-0 El Tri were content to sit back, allowing the All Whites space and time on the ball.
They made some inroads – Chris Wood lifted a shot just over the bar and then just failed to reach a clever Kosta Barbarouses through ball – without creating a clear cut chance.
Both coaches then cleared their benches, with Herbert injecting Marco Rojas and Rory Fallon midway through the second half.
Rojas had an immediate impact. He created space in midfield with his close control, and beat two defenders in one jinking run into the area.
With more than 15 minutes to go, the crowd was singing “Vamos a El Mundial” (We are going to the World Cup) and Peralta’s second confirmed that view, if there was any doubt.
James grabbed a consolation in the 85th minute, reacting to a loose ball in the Mexican penalty area to poke home.
Mexico 5 (O.Peralta 2, R. Jimenez, P. Aguilar, R.Marquez)
New Zealand 1 (C.James)
The countdown to the Government’s sale of 23 per cent of Air New Zealand is said to be under way.
The Australian Financial Review reported that moves to sell the stake – worth about $400 million – are expected to start within the week.
There is a sense a deal could be completed before a citizens referendum on the mixed ownership of government-owned companies. Voting will begin on Friday next week on the non-binding referendum over the sell-down of up to 49 per cent of Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air New Zealand.
”There has been speculation for a few weeks but no final decision has been made,” a spokesman for Finance Minister Bill English said this morning.
If and when a sell down happens, it would be done via brokers (who may then sell the shares on to retail investors).
This is because Air New Zealand is already listed so the Government stake can’t be sold via an Initial Public Offering in the same way Mighty River Power and Meridian Energy were.
Air New Zealand would not comment except to say it was “entirely a matter for the Government as shareholder”.
Milford Asset analyst Brian Gaynor told Radio NZ that because the Government gets monthly accounts from Air New Zealand it is considered an insider, giving it short windows of opportunity to sell due to market and trading regulations.
The window was currently open but it if it did not sell by the end of November it would be difficult to sell the shares in the next 3-4 months, Gaynor said.
Because the market was primed for the sale he expected it could be completed with a couple of hours.
The AFR said investment banks with the biggest distribution platforms in New Zealand were viewed as most likely to get the Air NZ role.
Deutsche Bank, which has handled Air NZ’s purchases of 22.9 per cent of Virgin Australia, was affiliated with Craigs and handled News Ltd’s Sky TV sell-down this year.
Other contenders include the combinations of Credit Suisse/First NZ Capital and Merrill Lynch/Forsyth Barr. But Macquarie Capital, UBS and Goldman Sachs all have strong franchises in NZ and have done other deals there, so they can’t be ruled out either.
At present, 5.5 per cent of Air NZ – or a quarter of the free float – is owned by Australian investors.
Air NZ is the most profitable of the three major listed Australasian airlines and unlike Qantas Airways and Virgin, it has been paying dividends to its shareholders.
Air NZ shares have risen by 48 per cent since the start of the year. They closed yesterday on the NZX at $1.67 each.
Air New Zealand’s share sell-down may come at a slight discount, an analyst predicts. Photo / NZ Herald
The Government’s Air New Zealand share sell-down is likely to be priced at a small discount to its share because of the demand for it, says an analyst.
William Curtayne, a fund manager at Milford Asset Management, said the deal could be priced at around $1.60 per share – a 4 per cent discount to last night’s $1.67 closing price.
“It’s likely to get reasonable demand from New Zealand institutions,” he said.
Curtayne also expected there to be off-shore interest in the company, particularly from Australian institutional investors given Air New Zealand’s strong performance compare to rival airline Qantas.
Curtayne predicted the Air New Zealand share sell-down would do better than the Meridian Energy and Mighty River Power floats because the company was a growth business and both New Zealand and the global economy were heading into a period of growth.
“It’s a cyclical asset in the right place in its cycle.”
However, he said Air New Zealand was also highly risky as its performance could be impacted by a variety of factors including oil prices, currency changes and capacity issues caused by competing airlines.
O casamento de Perséfone (Fabiana Karla) e Daniel (Rodrigo Andrade) vai chegar ao fim nos próximos capítulos de “Amor à Vida”. A enfermeira vai desmaiar após fazer um regime forçado.
Após ter alta, ela conversa com o marido. Veja diálogo:
Perséfone – Você casou comigo sendo gorda, e prometeu que seria o meu príncipe encantado. Só que os contos de fadas sempre terminam no casamento, depois a gente nunca sabe se o príncipe tem chulé, se a princesa engorda. Mas no nosso caso, Daniel, você, que era o meu príncipe, já me conheceu gorda.
Daniel – Você está falando isso por quê?
Perséfone – Eu nunca tive vergonha de mim. Sabe, uma pessoa que é gorda, cresce ouvindo piada… sofrendo bullying, como se diz hoje em dia. Mas os meus pais sempre me acharam linda, uma menininha gordinha e fofinha. Então eu nunca liguei pras piadas. Porque dentro de casa eu tinha amor.
Daniel – Você quer chegar onde?
Perséfone – Já vai saber. Eu era virgem e, tá certo, eu pisei na jaca na história de querer arrumar alguém. Eu mesma fazia brincadeira da minha virgindade. Mas as minhas amigas, as minhas amigas de verdade, não faziam brincadeira. Até que eu casei com você. E você começou a dizer que eu era gorda.
Daniel – Eu pedi apenas para você maneirar na comida.
Perséfone – Eu posso até fazer regime por questão de saúde. Mas eu aprendi com os meus pais que eu sou bonita. Que tem gente que pode me achar bonita. E eu tava bem até você começar a me por pra baixo aqui dentro de casa. Eu ia tomar chocolate, você me criticava. Fazia uma comida, você dizia que engordava.
A enfermeira diz que ele deveria ter defendido ela: “Tinha que ter dito, ‘cala a boca, não mexe com a minha mulher!’. Mas não, você ficou com vergonha. Sabe, eu não preciso ter um cara que fica me infernizando pra emagrecer. Eu gosto de mim, Daniel. E eu sei que tem gente que pode gostar de mim assim. Gorda”.
Daniel pergunta se tem alguém interessado na enfermeira e ela diz: “Tem marido que gosta dela. Eu sei que, em algum lugar no mundo, tem alguém capaz de gostar de mim, porque eu sou bonita. E também não é só questão de beleza não, eu sou legal, pelo menos meus amigos dizem que eu sou legal, que eu tenho papo”.
Daniel diz que não sabia que ela tinha ficado magoada e pergunta o que vai acontecer: “Daniel, eu quero que você vá embora, que tome o seu rumo”. Ele fica chocado e fala que não quer se separar. “Então vamos dar um tempo. Mas se um dia a gente voltar, Daniel, você tem que ter orgulho de quem eu sou. É o mínimo que eu espero do meu marido”.
A enfermeira entrega uma mochila com algumas roupas dele e pede: “Se é pra estar casada, eu quero ter alguém que me ame. E que me ache linda. Agora vai”. Ele hesita e sai. Logo depois, Perséfone diz para si mesma, chorando: “Em primeiro lugar eu tenho que gostar de mim”.
“Amor à Vida” vai ao ar logo após o “Jornal Nacional”.
Nesta segunda (11), a novela “Chiquititas” teve sua vice-liderança muito ameaçada na Grande SP.
Segundo dados consolidados do Ibope, a trama infantil apresentou queda para um dígito e registrou 9 pontos. Mesmo assim, se manteve em segundo lugar, mas viu a Record bem de perto, com 8 pontos. a Globo liderou com 25.
Por outro lado, “Chiquititas” perdeu no Rio de Janeiro para o “Jornal da Record”.
Na capital fluminense, a novela atingiu 6 pontos, contra 8 do noticiário da Record.
Antes do “JR”, o “Cidade Alerta Rio” também se destacou.
No ar entre 19h55 e 20h40, o programa policial apresentado por Luiz Bacci no Rio de Janeiro marcou 10 pontos, contra apenas 4 do SBT e 2 da Band.