Renato Maurício Prado comenta Grêmio 2 x 1 Flamengo


Com um time inteiro de reservas do naipe de Welinton (sim, ele voltou!), Diego Silva, Val, Bruninho, Gabriel etc., o Flamengo foi amplamente dominado pelo Grêmio, perdia por 1 a 0, mas foi bafejado pela sorte e um chute de João Paulo desviou em Nixon e encobriu Dida, e chegou ao empate.Nem isso, porém, foi suficiente para impedir a justa derrota. O talentoso uruguaio Max Rodrigues, que já tinha feito o primeiro gol, marcou o segundo e sacramentou a vitoria gremista.

. O rubro-negro está agora a apenas quatro pontos da zona do rebaixamento. Pode até ser campeão da Copa do Brasil. Mas ainda precisa ficar esperto para afugentar de vez o fantasma do rebaixamento…

As vitorias do Gremio e do Goiás provocaram outra derrota carioca. O Botafogo voltou a sair do G-4…


Renato Maurício Prado – O GLOBO – 17/11/2013

Renato Maurício Prado que o Fluminense melhorou após a saída de Vanderlei Luxemburgo


Coincidência ou não, após a saída de Vanderlei Luxemburgo, o Fluminense venceu a segunda consecutiva e se afastou um pouco da zona do rebaixamento. É verdade que derrotou o lanterna do campeonato (o Náutico) e os reservas do São Paulo, ambos no Maracanã. Mas o fato é que conseguiu, em duas rodadas, com Dorival Júnior, o dobro de pontos do que seu antecessor somara em nove partidas.

Contou também cm algo que vinha lhe faltando faz tempo: sorte. Se, recentemente, perdeu vários pontos, ao sofrer gols nos minutos finais, desta vez, garantiu a vitoria quando a torcida já entrava em desespero. Foi aos 43 minutos do segundo tempo que a cabeçada de Gum venceu Dênis e consumou a virada para 2 a 1 (o São Paulo saíra vencendo por 1 a 0 e Jean empatara, ainda no primeiro tempo).

Agora com 42 pontos, o tricolor encaminha bem a sua fuga da degola, algo que não acontece com o Vasco, que empatou com o Corinthians, em 0 a 0, no Pacaembu. Pelo visto, o Gigante da Colina sofrerá até a ultima rodada. E parece difícil que escape…


Renato Maurício Prado- O GLOBO – 17/11/2013

Qantas: 25% more points needed for domestic business class upgrades

Qantas: 25% more points needed for domestic business class upgrades

Qantas is increasing the number of frequent flyer points needed to upgrade from its cheapest economy seats to business class on domestic flights.

From 14 January 2014 travellers on a discount economy ticket will need 25 percent more Qantas Points to sit in the pointy end.

On the shortest flights, where the value of a business class bump-up would be highly questionable anyway, the cost rises from 8,0000 points to 10,000 points.

Turning left when you board the plane for that transcontinental trek between the east and west coasts will now require 20,000 points if you booked a cheap seat, up from today’s 16,000 points.

Qantas’ discount economy ticket category includes the popular Red e-Deal sales fares, along with Qantas Any Seat Awards booked in X class and Group fares booked in G class.

The number of points needed to upgrade from a standard economy ticket to business class remain unchanged.

Here are the ‘before and after’ tables, which can also be found on the Qantas website.

Qantas advises that “Domestic Flight Upgrade Awards confirmed until 23:59 (AEST) 13 January 2014, irrespective of the date of travel or when the upgrade was requested will be charged at the lesser rate listed above” – so if you’ve got some forward bookings in discount economy and want a business class upgrade, it’s best to get in now.


Australian Business Traveller

Emirates makes Munich an ‘all A380’ route with double daily superjumbos

Emirates makes Munich an 'all A380' route with double daily superjumbos

Qantas partner Emirates will upgrade Munich to two Airbus A380 flights a day next year.

From 30 March 2014 Emirates’ Dubai – Munich route will become an ‘all-A380′ service as one of the airline’s flagship superjumbos replaces a Boeing 777-300ER on daily flight EK51/52.

The second daily A380 operation will be serviced with a three-class configuration comprising of 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 fully flat-bed, mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites.

“This is a significant development for Emirates as Munich is a key airport for us in Germany and in Europe” said Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates.

“Passenger demand has been steadily growing and our second A380 will add much needed seat capacity which is essential for us to meet the demand growth of the route and support the expansion of trade, tourism and international investment in Germany.

As it happens, Germany also plays a significant role in the production of the Airbus A380. German aeronautical businesses contribute to the production of the aircraft’s engines and wings along with Emirates’ inflight entertainment system, lighting and onboard shower suites.

Munich, and more…

The German market was one of the big winners in the Qantas-Emirates alliance. Qantas was set to shutter its loss-making Boeing 747 flights to Frankfurt, but the deal with Emirates delivered nine direct daily flights from Dubai to Frankfurt (three times daily), Munich (twice daily), Düsseldorf (twice daily) and Hamburg (twice daily).

You’ll want to fly with Emirates all the way from Australia to Germany to minimise the stop-over time spent during your stop-over at Dubai.

However, we recommend booking your Emirates flight through Qantas –as a Qantas codeshare service, with a QF flight number – in order tomaximise the number of frequent flyer points you’ll earn, as well as picking up more of those vital status credits.


You’ll still be able to use your Qantas card to access many of the Emirates lounges at Dubai: Qantas Club members and Gold-class Qantas Frequent Flyers are welcome at the Emirates Business Lounge in Dubai, while Platinum and Platinum One grade Qantas Frequent Flyers can head for the Emirates First Class Lounge.


Australian Business Traveller

Etihad bets big on Boeing 777X and 787-10 Dreamliner

Etihad bets big on Boeing 777X and 787-10 Dreamliner

55 of Boeing’s next-generation jets will join Etihad Airways’ international fleet, from the high-capacity Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to the forthcoming Boeing 777X family, in a staggering order with a list price of some US$25.2 billion.

The gulf carrier is the first airline to sign up for the Boeing 777-8X, inking a deal to take eight of the -8X planes starting from 2022 plus 17 of the larger 777-9X from 2020.

The 777X family represents a leap ahead for Boeing’s 777 and incorporates some of the design and technology from the 787 Dreamliner including composite carbon-fibre wings.

The Boeing 777-9X is a stretched and more fuel-efficient version of Boeing’s largest current aircraft, the 777-300ER, capable of flying the same distance but with up to 40 more passengers – Boeing lists the typical configuration as carrying 400 passengers – while delivering reduced fuel consumption and lower operating costs.

The Boeing 777-8X is a smaller version of the -9X but with greater range.

Other 777X sign-ups include launch customer Lufthansa with 34 airplanes, Qatar Airways with 50 and Emirates with a massive 150 on the order book.

Boeing 787-10, too

Also on Etihad’s shopping list: 30 of the super-stretched Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, which has already attracted orders from launch customer Singapore Airlines along with BA and United Airlines. Etihad expects to get its first 787-10 in 2018.

The 787-10 is the largest version of the Dreamliner family, “typically carrying more than 320 passengers” Etihad says. That compares to to a minimum of 210 seats on the original 787-8 and 250-290 for the longer 787-9, although the -10’s added length is more about maximizing carrying capacity for passengers and cargo rather than extending its flight range.

“This is a significant, timely and essential order for us, as we celebrate our tenth anniversary and plan for our next decade and beyond” said Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan.

“In just 10 years, we have grown from a start-up carrier to a global airline. This order enables us to build upon our achievements, using the next generation of aircraft to support our next generation of development.”

That’s not too shabby for an airline for an airline which Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce slapped this year, saying a proposed Qantas alliance with Etihad instead of Emirates as “being offered a bike before a BMW”.

For the latest information for business travellers and frequent flyers, follow @AusBT on Twitter.


Australian Business Traveller

Largest-ever aircraft order: Emirates Boeing 777X, Airbus A380

The Emirates/Airbus signing at the Dubai Air Show


In the largest aircraft order ever placed, the Emirates fleet is set to expand by a 200 aircraft – including the Boeing 777X and Airbus A380.

Comprised of 35 Boeing 777-8Xs, 115 Boeing 777-9Xs and 50 Airbus A380 aircraft, the orders are worth an estimated US$99 billion at list prices, excluding the value of 50 purchase rights that the airline has also acquired for the Boeing 777X.

The single largest aircraft order by value in the history of U.S. commercial aviation, Emirates’ purchase order joins that of Etihad earlier today.

“Emirates’ aircraft orders today, with deliveries of the 777X scheduled to start in 2020, will take us to 2025 and beyond – replacing aircraft due for retirement and providing the foundation for future growth,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

“Emirates today operates more than one in every 10 Boeing 777 aircraft built” observed Emirates Airline President Tim Clark. “It is the workhorse of our fleet.”

“What the 777X does, is offer us a flying range comparable with the 200LRs and 300ERs, but with more passenger capacity at potentially up to 18% more fuel efficiency.”

The first 25 of the A380 aircraft on order are scheduled to be delivered before the first quarter of 2018, notably in a mix of two and three-class cabin configurations.


Australian Business Traveller

Canberra too good for Wanderers

Sunday, 17 November 2013 5:17 PM
Canberra too good for Wanderers

Canberra United put in a dominating performance to remain unbeaten in the Westfield W-League as they saw off Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 at McKellar Park.

Goals from Michelle Heyman and Stephanie Ochs, plus a second consecutive clean sheet, ensured that the majority of the 1007 fans in attendance went home happy on a cool and blustery day in Canberra.

Unsurprisingly United head coach Elisabeth Migchelsen named an unhanged team for the clash, keeping faith with the side that defeated the Brisbane Roar 3-0 in their opening match, whilst the Wanderers were without key players Servet Uzunlar, Heather Garriock and Alanna Kennedy as well as long-term injured players Mackenzie Arnold and Kyah Simon.

The Wanderers started well and, with Tori Huster enjoying plenty of room in the centre of the field, dictated the early tempo. Chances were rare however with neither goalkeeper seriously troubled in the opening quarter.

That all changed in the 25th minute as the home team took the lead with their first meaningful attack.

US import Lori Lindsey was at the heart of the move collecting a loose ball in midfield and driving at the Wanderers defence.

Goal machine Heyman made the perfect run and Lindsey found her with an immaculately-weighted through ball.

Heyman anticipated the movement of Wanderers stopper Dimi Poulos and went to ground, sliding in and diverting the ball past the onrushing keeper and into the unguarded goal for her third strike of the season.

With a goal under their belts United looked a different proposition and started spreading the game and using the width provided by wide players Ochs and Ashleigh Sykes, the latter stabbing a shot at goal that failed to muster the requisite power to trouble Poulos.

The home side did manage to double their lead before the interval with another beautifully-crafted goal.

Heyman was the provider this time, turning in midfield and sliding a wonderful pass that pierced the Wanderers rear guard.

Ochs timed her run perfectly and kept her composure to stroke home her maiden goal for the club giving United a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead.

Canberra continued to press upon the resumption and twice went close to extending their advantage within five minutes of the restart.

Firstly, Poulos had to be alert to race off her line and make a tremendous save from Heyman who had burst clear of the back four before the Wanderers keeper made a superb save from Grace Gill, turning the United midfielder’s effort wide just when it seemed likely that Gill would net her first goal for the club.

Sykes drew an even more spectacular save from Poulos in the 65th minute after she hammered a shot at goal from range that which the Wanderers custodian pushed over the bar after she leapt high.

The Wanderers goalkeeper was having a busy afternoon and made another excellent stop to divert a fierce Heyman cross-shot as the pressure mounted.

Migchelsen gave a home debut to Meg McLaughlin in place of Sykes and threw Caitlin Munoz into the fray as Canberra continued to dominate whilst Western Sydney were unfortunate to see Huster limp off with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

Both substitutes were swiftly involved as Munoz headed over an Ochs cross and McLaughlin fired narrowly over on the turn as the semi-siege showed no sign of abating.

But there was to be no further goals as United comfortably gathered the three points to remain joint top.

Canberra United 2 (Michelle Heyman 25, Stephanie Ochs 41)
Western Sydney Wanderers 0

Canberra United: 1. Lydia WILLIAMS, 2. Catherine BROWN, 4. Kendall FLETCHER, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 9. Grace GILL (6. Caitlin MUNOZ 61’), 11. Michelle HEYMAN (19. Jennifer BISSET 84’), 12. Sally ROJAHN, 13. Nicole SYKES, 14. Ashleigh SYKES (8. Meg McLAUGHLIN 73’), 14. Lori LINDSEY, 22. Stephanie OCHS

Western Sydney Wanderers: 22. Dimi POULOS, 2. Caitlin COOPER, 3. Shawna GORDON, 5. Emily VAN EGMOND, 8. Tori HUSTER (18. Helen PETINOS 63’), 9. Jenna KINGSLEY, 11. Michelle CARNEY, 12. Jessica SEAMAN (19. Jordan BAKER 74’), 13. Catherine CANNULI, 15. Teigen ALLEN, 16. Linda O’NEILL



Football Federation Australia

Preview: Australia v Costa Rica

Monday, 18 November 2013 11:00 AM

Preview: Australia v Costa Rica

Australia fans will get their first glimpse into a new era for the Socceroos when they take on Costa Rica in Sydney on Tuesday.

Ange Postecoglou will be in charge of Australia for the first time at Allianz Stadium and the friendly international versus Costa Rica is widely expected to mark a new beginning for the home side.

Postecoglou, who has built his reputation through winning back-to-back A-League championships with Brisbane Roar and rebuilding Melbourne Victory in just over a season, has been tasked with overhauling Australia’s national team.

While the Socceroos qualified for a third successive World Cup in June, consecutive 6-0 losses to Brazil and France painfully exposed deficiencies in the team, which – under former coach Holger Osieck – contained a large number of players who had also played at Germany 2006.

Osieck lost his job after the loss to France and Postecoglou was installed for the next five years, with the 48-year-old Australian expected to usher in the next generation of talent, and fans will be hoping to see the first glimpses of that project on Tuesday.

Already veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has retired, although Postecoglou reportedly wanted the 41-year-old in his squad to face Costa Rica, while the likes of Luke Wilkshire, Brett Holman and Sasa Ognenovski have been left out.

Despite that, Postecoglou’s squad remains fairly similar to the final group of players picked by Osieck and the line-up and tactics versus the Central Americans could very well be more of a tweak in the right direction rather than a complete overhaul at this early stage of the new coach’s tenure.

Australia have lost four of their past five matches, while Costa Rica should have more confidence having only suffered one defeat in their past five.

The visitors will include two A-League-based players in Wellington Phoenix attackers Carlos Hernandez and Kenny Cunningham but will be missing starting regulars such as Fulham attacking midfielder Bryan Ruiz and Copenhagen winger Cristian Bolanos.

Jorge Luis Pinto’s side should still give Australia a tough contest, however, with the likes of Olympiacos striker Joel Campbell and Everton wide player Bryan Oviedo in the squad.

For Australia, the big questions centre around how Postecoglou will utilise veteran attacker Tim Cahill, who struggled as a lone striker under Osieck, and whether Lucas Neill will retain the captain’s armband or even be included in the starting XI.

Upcoming Match Details

Socceroos vs Costa Rica
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Kick Off 7.30pm
Gates Open 6.00pm

Ticket Prices

Category A – $85 all tickets
Category B – $55 Adult, $30 Concession/Child, $140 Family
Category C- $30 Adult, $15 Concession/Child, $75 Family
Terrace Australis – $30 Adult, $15 Concession


Football Federation Australia

Mixed reaction to Brisbane Underground plan

November 17, 2013 – 3:19PM

Natalie Bochenski

Industry groups have welcomed the state government’s revamped Brisbane Underground, but the Opposition fears it will sell assets to pay for it.

Premier Campbell Newman on Sunday revealed plans to build a 5.4 kilometre Brisbane Underground Bus and Rail Tunnel (UBAT) from Dutton Park in the south to Victoria Park in the north.

The move combines the previous Labor government’s Cross River Rail project and the Brisbane City Council’s Suburbs 2 City bus plan.

The planned Brisbane Underground Bus and Train (UBAT), announced by the state government on Sunday, will feature a double decker design with trains on the bottom and buses on top.

The planned Brisbane Underground Bus and Train (UBAT), announced by the state government on Sunday, will feature a double decker design with trains on the bottom and buses on top.

Premier Newman said the combined project’s estimated cost of $5 billion would save $3 billion if those schemes went ahead separately.


The government has yet to outline full costings for the project, saying the state will fund it with a contribution from BCC.

But Opposition leader Annastasia Palaszczuk said the scale of the new 15 metre wide, double decker tunnel could cause cost blowouts.

A screengrab from the fly-through of the new Brisbane Underground Bus and Train (UBAT), announced by the state government on Sunday.

A screengrab from the fly-through of the new Brisbane Underground Bus and Train (UBAT), announced by the state government on Sunday.

“I’m very concerned that a bigger tunnel will cost more money, and Campbell Newman and the Treasurer [Tim Nicholls] have not said where the money is coming from,” she said.

“I’m very concerned that this means one thing – asset sales.”

The government said the project would now pass to the Coordinator-General to assess environmental impacts.

Dutton Park train station will be resumed, but 108 other residences and businesses that would have been affected by Cross River Rail will be spared.

Ms Palaszczuk said it was disappointing the government had ditched all the development work that had gone into the previous plan.

“It has had the business costings done, it has had the environmental impacts done, it is shovel ready,” she said.

“This proposal means we are now back to the drawing boards.”

Lobby group Rail Back on Track described the UBAT plan as exciting and welcome news, but spokesperson Robert Dow said it must be constructed with future capacity demands in mind.

“For example, new rail stations should be constructed in a space to allow nine car trains, and the bus tunnel segment must be of such size to allow rail or light rail modifications down the track,” Mr Dow said.

“Future proofing is essential, there will be only one chance to get it right.”

National industry group The Tourism and Transport Forum said the UBAT would be a world first that would future proof Brisbane’s public transport system.

“The two greatest transport constraints facing the Brisbane CBD are rail capacity across the Merivale Bridge and trying to cater for the predicted growth in bus numbers which, if nothing changes, will see more and more buses crammed into the limited space of Brisbane’s surface road network,” TTF chief executive Ken Morrison said.

“Instead of trying to solve these problems separately, the government’s proposal addresses both of these issues in an innovative project that will attract worldwide interest.”

Mr Morrison said the project would deliver better services for both residents and workers in the CBD and give visitors better access to the Gabba and the proposed new entertainment precinct on George Street.

The Brisbane Times

Patrol boat diplomacy

November 18, 2013

Ben Doherty

South Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has defended giving Sri Lanka two patrol boats to combat people smuggling.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has defended giving Sri Lanka two patrol boats to combat people smuggling. Photo: Andrew Meares

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended giving military hardware to a country the United Nations has accused of war crimes, praising Sri Lanka as now freer and more prosperous.

This is nothing less than collaboration.

His laudatory assessment of the nation’s human rights progress since the end of its civil war was in stark contrast to that of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who infuriated the regime by visiting displaced families in the formerly war-affected north, and demanding an international inquiry into war crimes.

Tony Abbott.

“I’m here as the representative of the country that wants to do the right thing by Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: AFP

At a Colombo dock on Sunday, Mr Abbott announced Australia would give two Bay-class patrol boats, recently retired from surveillance service in Australia, to the Sri Lankan navy to capture asylum seeker boats before they leave Sri Lankan waters.


”People smuggling is a curse. It is an evil trade … the promises that people smugglers offer are promises of death, not life,” he said.

Critics have condemned the gift, which will cost Australia about $2 million. Greens leader Christine Milne said: ”The Prime Minister’s silence on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka was inexcusable complicity but this is nothing less than collaboration and it is abhorrent.

David Cameron.

Contrast: British Prime Minister David Cameron criticised reconciliation efforts. Photo: AFP

”I am devastated and heartbroken at the thought of Australia assisting a disgraced government to suppress and control its citizens.”

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke said he wanted to see the detail of the agreement on the use of the ships at sea. Speaking on the ABC’s Insiders he said: ”I’m not sure how it works … because you are not dealing with a transit country. There may be some people who claim to be directly seeking asylum.”

The details of the agreement, what materiel the ships could carry, and how they could be deployed, has not been made public, and on Monday, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison refused to say what, if any, limitations Australia had placed on the use of the boats.

”We’ll work through those arrangements with the Sri Lanka government,” he told ABC Radio.

”That is the appropriate place to have those discussions.

”I make no apologies for the fact that we are endeavouring to work with the Sri Lankan Government to stop boats coming to Australia. That is the point.”

Responding to Greens criticism that the gift represents Australian collaboration in Sri Lankan human rights abuses, Mr Morrison said he would not take advice from the party.

”The Greens approach was tried by the previous government. The softening of our borders and all of that, they tried it all and over 1100 people ended up dead. I am not going to repeat the mistake of the previous government in being led around by the Greens,” he said.

Opposition immigration spokesman Richard Marles said on Monday that Labor supported co-operation with neighbours, but it was ”deeply concerning” that there appeared to have been no limits placed on how Sri Lanka used the vessels.

While acknowledging ”progress” on human rights in the country, Mr Marles said the boats must be used only to combat people smuggling.

”There needs to be a clear understanding with the Sri Lankan government about the terms on which these vessels will be used,” he said.

The chief of Sri Lanka’s Navy, Vice-Admiral Jayanth Colombage, said the ships would improve its surveillance capabilities.

”The ships will be put into good use to maintain the freedom of the Indian Ocean from any kind of maritime crime,” he said.

Mr Abbott dismissed concerns that Sri Lanka could not be trusted as a partner in stopping people smuggling.

Four Sri Lankan sailors including a senior officer are under arrest on suspicion of being key players in the country’s largest – and most profitable – smuggling racket. More are being investigated.

Sri Lanka, as host of the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the weekend, has faced intense scrutiny over its human rights record, particularly allegations of war crimes committed by government forces at the end of its civil war in 2009, and of continuing abuses, including abductions, torture and extrajudicial killings by state forces, land seizures and repression of political dissent.

A report by the United Nations found in the final months of fighting credible allegations of violations, ”some of which would amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity”, committed by Sri Lankan government forces and the rebel Tamil Tigers.

And Australia told Sri Lanka at the UN last year that it must ”take action to reduce and eliminate all cases of abuse, torture or mistreatment by police and security forces … and eliminate abductions and disappearances”.

But Mr Abbott said he had come to Sri Lanka ”to praise as much as to judge” and that significant progress had been made since the conflict. ”I welcome the opportunity that Sri Lanka has had to showcase itself to the world.

”Sri Lanka has come through many troubles but today there is more freedom and more prosperity. I’m here as a friend, I’m here as the representative of the country that wants to do the right thing by Sri Lanka.”

By contrast, Mr Cameron criticised reconciliation efforts and continuing abuses, allegedly at the hands of state security forces.

He infuriated President Mahinda Rajapakse by visiting the former war zone city of Jaffna, meeting the families of people who had disappeared, and those whose land the military had seized.

Mr Cameron said Sri Lanka had enormous potential but the Commonwealth had a responsibility to speak frankly to its members.