Quakes change the face of Christchurch


Last updated 11:27 18/02/2014

Christchurch is located in New Zealand

The earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 have changed the face and shape of Greater Christchurch – the area that covers the city, and Waimakariri and Selwyn districts.

This area now has more young men, Maori, and empty dwellings than in 2006, while construction is the biggest employer, according to figures released by Statistics New Zealand today.

The 2013 census Quick Stats about Greater Christchurch focus on population, housing, and economic information.

The figures show that while people moved out of the central city after the 2010/11 earthquakes, most stayed in the Greater Christchurch area.

The Greater Christchurch population increased slightly (up 2.6 per cent). However, where people were living at census time in March 2013 changed, and the number of unoccupied dwellings increased significantly, up 9381 to 20,949.

Since the 2006 census, the number of people living in Christchurch dropped 2.0 per cent. In contrast, Waimakariri District grew by 7000 people (16.7 per cent) and Selwyn District by 11,000 (32.6 per cent), Statistics NZ said.

The face of Greater Christchurch has changed, with more young men and fewer young women living there in 2013 than in 2006. There were 1974 more men aged 15–29 years, and 1335 fewer women in the same age group. Overall, there were more young men (52.3 per cent) than young women in the Greater Christchurch area in 2013.

The proportion of Maori living in Greater Christchurch increased 12.4 per cent between 2006 and 2013, to reach 34,371.

The numbers of people from Ireland, the Philippines, and India who were living in the area also increased significantly from 2006.

On the jobs front, construction replaced manufacturing as the biggest industry in Greater Christchurch. The area had 9500 more construction jobs than in 2006.

The number of people working in the central city halved between the censuses. The number was down 50.5 per cent, from 39,213 to 19,419, as jobs moved out to the suburbs.

“This census information will be important to the people and organisations planning and working on Greater Christchurch’s rebuild. It will also help the people of Christchurch to understand how their city has changed since the quakes,” Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said.
Highlights from 2013 census QuickStats about greater Christchurch


• Central Christchurch population down 35.9 per cent, Christchurch down 2.0 per cent, Selwyn up 32.6 per cent, and Waimakariri up 16.7 per cent.

• 36.6 per cent fewer occupied dwellings in central Christchurch than in 2006.

• Two-thirds moved out of damaged areas of Christchurch but remained in Greater Christchurch.


• 52.3 per cent of people aged 15–29 years were male.

• 4.0 per cent fewer children aged 5–14 years – down 3.2 per cent nationally.


• Bigger percentage increase for Maori (12.4 per cent) than in Wellington or Auckland.


• Of people in Greater Christchurch who were born in Ireland, 54.5 per cent arrived after the earthquakes

• 31.1 per cent arrived from the Philippines after the earthquakes

• 37.0 per cent arrived from India after the earthquakes


• 9.4 per cent drop in adult students since 2006.

• About 22 per cent drop in Asian students.


• Unemployment in Greater Christchurch was 4.7 per cent in 2013 – national rate was 7.1 per cent.

• Construction replaced manufacturing as most-common industry – 1 in 8 adults worked in construction at census time, and there were 9500 more construction jobs since 2006.

• Number of people at work in central Christchurch halved.

• Increased work force in Middleton, Riccarton South, Addington, Yaldhurst, Islington, Russley, Hornby North, and Avonhead West.


– © Fairfax NZ News

Axe hovers over Socceroos’ World Cup venue in Curitiba

February 17, 2014 – 10:59AM

Dominic Bossi

Sports reporter

An aerial view of the Arena da Baixada stadium in Curitiba, Brazil.

Unfinished and under threat: The Arena da Baixada stadium in Curitiba, Brazil. Photo: AP

Australia’s World Cup travel plans could be in thrown into chaos as the venue for their third and final group stage game is on the cusp of being withdrawn as a host city.

The Arena da Baixada in Curitiba is falling well behind the deadline date for completion, originally for December 31, and could be rescinded from the list of venues for the 2014 World Cup by FIFA, who will make a final decision by Wednesday morning.

Reports surfaced on Monday morning that the venue had been already been axed as a host city though the Football Federation of Australia denied that they had received any notice from FIFA.

The game’s governing body will assess the renovations of the stadium over the next two days and must be convinced by the local organising committee in the southern city that the venue will be completed in time before announcing their decision to cancel games held there.


Last week, FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke would not speculate whether Curitiba had been dropped as a World Cup venue but said a decision will be made this week.

“We will communicate the final decision to the teams as promised (next week),” Valcke said.

The venue was one of the newer stadiums in Brazil, originally built in 1999, though endured problems with the upgrade process highlighted by the suspension of all renovation works in October last year due to safety concerns.

The state government of Parana reportedly sought to borrow up to $100 million from a government bank recently in order to fast-track construction and even hire more workers.

The potential axing of Curitiba has a host city would throw the itinerary of the Socceroos and travelling Australian supporters into disarray as well as posing a logistical nightmare for the tournament’s organisers.

Already, the distance between host cities in the Brazil cup is one of the greatest ever in a World Cup and the record number of spectators and tourists will place a significant strain on local infrastructure.

There are problems at another Socceroos venue, with an independent inspector to investigate possible structural damage caused by a fire at the World Cup stadium Cuiaba in western Brazil, which is to host Australia’s first match, against Chile, on June 13.

The inspection follows a report that the blaze was far worse than government officials had said.

The inspector, whose visit to the stadium in the city of Cuiaba was already scheduled for Monday, will report his findings back to world soccer body FIFA and Brazilian officials, FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said on Sunday.

“We’re looking into the allegations” that the fire caused structural damage to the stadium, Fischer said.

It was reported on Saturday that the October 25 fire at the still-unfinished Arena Pantanal caused structural damage that could “compromise the overall stability of the construction,” according to a previously undisclosed report by state prosecutors in Mato Grosso state.

The 18-page document, which was written in December based on an inspection by a local civil engineer, contains photos that it says are of cracked concrete in the stadium’s pillars as well as less severe damage to its steel frame.

It is unclear whether the damage described in the report has since been fixed. State government officials overseeing construction of the stadium have continued to describe the fire as minor, saying it caused no structural damage.

Federal prosecutors said last week they were opening their own investigation into the fire based on the state prosecutors’ report. FIFA said it was previously “unaware” of any structural damage at the facility.

Arena Pantanal is one of 12 stadiums due to host games when the World Cup kicks off on June 12. The stadium missed a December deadline to complete construction, although state officials say it will be finished next month.

FIFA’s secretary general, Jerome Valcke, is due to visit three World Cup venues in Brazil this week. Cuiabá is not on his itinerary.

The first pre-World Cup test scheduled for Arena Pantanal is a game between Brazilian soccer teams set for early April. Mato Grosso state prosecutors say they will not allow the stadium to be used for games until they are certain the facility is safe.

The World Cup matches scheduled for Cuiaba are June 13, between Chile and Australia; June 17, between Russia and South Korea; June 21, between Nigeria and Bosnia, and June 24, between Japan and Colombia.

Meanwhile, Valcke has criticised the decision of a Brazilian host city Recife to cancel its Fan Fest, saying the event, which allows thousands of fans to watch games for free on large screens, is an important part of the World Cup.

Valcke made his comment on Sunday after the northeastern city of Recife said it will not spend public money on a Fan Fest, which lets fans without tickets watch matches in public areas.

“Not having a Fan Fest is a mistake, to make it very clear,” Valcke said.

While Recife was the first city to officially cancel the event, others among the 12 host cities have expressed concerns about whether it is worth spending public money on events which usually combine football with musical and cultural attractions. Local vendors are not allowed in the Fan Fest and only official World Cup sponsors can sell products inside the Fan Fest area.

with Reuters and AP

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Classificação do Campeonato Cearense após a décima quinta rodada


Pos Times Pts J V E D GP GC SG
1 Fortaleza Fortaleza 35 13 11 2 0 39 13 26
2 Juazeiro do Norte Icasa 22 14 6 5 4 17 18 -1
3 Juazeiro do Norte Guarani de Juazeiro 22 14 6 4 4 14 16 -2
4 Horizonte Horizonte 21 13 5 6 2 22 14 8
5 Itapipoca Itapipoca 20 14 5 5 4 18 16 2
6 Quixadá Quixadá 17 13 5 2 6 22 21 1
7 Fortaleza Ferroviário 14 13 4 2 7 20 20 0
8 Fortaleza Tiradentes 8 13 1 5 7 15 25 -10
9 Crato Crato 5 13 1 2 10 6 30 -24

Por estarem participando da Copa do Nordeste, Ceará e Guarany de Sobral não disputam a primeira fase da competição, que será composta pelos outros nove clubes que se enfrentam em confrontos diretos, de “ida” e “volta”, classificando-se para a segunda fase os quatro primeiros colocados. O 1º colocado recebe dois pontos de bonificação e o 2º colocado recebe 1 ponto para a próxima fase. Os pontos conquistados nesta fase não influenciam na classificação geral. Na segunda fase, os quatro clubes se juntam à Ceará e Guarany de Sobral num hexagonal, onde os clubes se enfrentam em confrontos diretos, de “ida” e “volta”, classificando para as semifinais os quatro melhores. Nas semifinais, os jogos se dão por cruzamento olímpico (o 1° colocado enfrenta o 4° colocado e o 2° enfrenta o 3°), em dois jogos. Os vencedores se enfrentarão na final do campeonato, também em dois jogos.

O melhor classificado na primeira fase se junta ao campeão da competição na Copa do Brasil de 2015. Os dois finalistas ficam com as duas vagas para o Campeonato do Nordeste de Futebol de 2015. O clube melhor classificado na segunda fase, excluindo Ceará, Fortaleza e Icasa, fica com a vaga na Série D.

Em 2014 serão rebaixados três clubes, para que em 2015, o Campeonato Cearense seja disputado por 10 times. Portanto, as equipes com piores rendimentos na primeira fase serão rebaixadas e deverão disputar a 2ª divisão do Campeonato Cearense de 2015.

A equipe melhor classificada, que residir fora da capital, será coroada como Campeã do Interior e para ela será entregue a Taça Padre Cícero de 2014.

Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill in danger of losing place

February 17, 2014

Dominic Bossi

Sports reporter

Lucas Neill and coach Ange Postecoglou speak to the media on Monday.

Lucas Neill with Ange Postecoglou last month. Photo: Reuters

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou dropped the biggest hint yet that captain Lucas Neill could be overlooked for the upcoming friendly against Ecuador by confirming the squad will have a “new look”.

Postecoglou told media on Monday he had settled on the 23-man squad for the March 5 friendly against the Andean nation in London and says he will use the match as an opportunity to trial a number of untested and fringe players who are playing regular football.

The Socceroos coach did not confirm or deny Neill’s inclusion from the upcoming squad but reiterated his selection criteria as favourable to those who are playing regular football at a strong level.


“Players that are playing regularly, playing decent football, it’s important I give them an opportunity,” Postecoglou said.


Neill has not played a senior match since parting ways with Japanese club Omiya Ardija in November last year but has spent the past few weeks training with English Championship club Blackburn Rovers and played a game in their youth team.

Neill’s uncertainty within the national team was even more telling with his absence at the launch of the Socceroos strip for the 2014 World Cup on Monday. Despite captaining the national team for the past seven years, the veteran defender was not present at the launch or included in the large-scale imagery of the new kit along the likes of Tim Cahill, Josh Kennedy, Tom Rogic and Matthew Leckie.

Though regardless of whether he is dropped for the match against Ecuador, it will not signal the end of his hopes of playing in a third World Cup as Postecoglou said his next squad will be more experimental.

“I haven’t spoken to any players, we’ll announce the squad next week,” Postecoglou said. “If players miss this squad it doesn’t mean they’re ruled out, no, and there will probably be a couple that I know pretty well that I might not select. It’s certainly not running a line through anybody at the moment. Certainly, as I said, I want to use this game as an opportunity to start building the team and players will have the opportunity of being a part of that.”

The match at The Den in London will be the final friendly before Postecoglou announces his 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup in mid May which will be followed by warm-up games against Croatia in Brazil and a farewell game in Sydney against a yet to be named opponent.

“This Ecuador game will be an important one for me, there will be a little bit of a new-look to the side for this one and that will kind of give me an indication of where we’re heading beyond that,” Postecoglou said. “From my perspective, it was about really using this game as a little bit of a test case of how we’re going to look moving forward and that means bringing in some players that either haven’t been involved before, haven’t been involved a lot and giving them an opportunity.”

Former Central Coast Mariners defender Trent Sainsbury will have to wait until May to make his debut for national team after being ruled out of the Ecuador match after suffering a knee injury. The 22-year-old injured his knee cap in his first game for Dutch club PEC Zwolle and will not be risked by Postecoglou against Ecuador.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Qatar’s first three Airbus A380s due in June

Qatar's first three Airbus A380s due in June

Qatar Airways will take delivery of three Airbus A380s in June, with the superjumbo set to become a posterchild for the opening of the new Doha airport.

The novel triple-delivery will see the launch of A380 routes from Doh to London and Paris pushed back to early Q3. These will be followed by other “popular routes, especially in slot-constrained airports” the airline says.

“We will receive our first three A380s in June, which were supposed to be delivered in April, May and June,” Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker told FlightGlobal.

“This delay is due to the opening of Doha’s new Hamad International Airport.”

Doha's new airport aims to out-class the home hubs of Emirates and Etihad

Bakar has ensured that the new Doha International Airport, which is owned by Qatar but running a year behind schedule, will include a series of A380 gates so that passengers can board the aircraft from both its upper and lower decks.

This is part of Bakar’s goal to maximise each aircraft’s flying time and achieve a minimum connecting time of just 30 minutes between flights.

Built on 2200 hectares of mostly reclaimed land, the $15 billion airport will include a dedicated terminal for the sole use of first class and business class passengers.

Inside Qatar’s Airbus A380

The upper deck of Qatar’s A380 will include a small first class cabin of eight ultra-luxe suites using an all-new design aimed at out-gunning (but hopefully not out-blinging) the private pointy-end private suites of Gulf competitors Emirates and Etihad.

The business class cabin will feature 52 seats identical to those already seen on Qatar’s Boeing 787 fleet.

Both first and business class will be located on the top deck, along with a small economy cabin and a lounge to separate travellers in the cheap seats from the premium passengers.

The lower deck will be allocated entirely to economy class, with total count of 517 passengers across all three classes.


Source : Australian Business Traveller

Big Brother Brasil perde novamente para o Programa Silvio Santos ! Freguesia se formando ? E agora , Bial ?

Aline, Clara e Vanessa dão beijo triplo em festa do BBB 14; reality show teve pior audiência da história

Com formação de paredão triplo entre Cássio, Diego e Letícia, no domingo (16), o BBB 14 acumulou mais um recorde negativo de audiência. O reality show registrou apenas 10,1 pontos na Grande São Paulo, fechou na vice-liderança e perdeu para Silvio Santos durante 48 minutos. Foi o segundo recorde negativo consecutivo do programa.

O reality show deixou a Globo em segundo lugar, atrás do SBT, que no horário marcou 10,9 pontos, segundo dados consolidados do Ibope. A Band, em terceiro, marcou 5,7, à frente da Record, com 4,7 pontos.

É a segunda vez que o BBB 14 amarga o segundo lugar. No domingo anterior (9), o reality show fechou com 11,7, contra 12,2 do SBT. Contra Silvio Santos, porém, o programa da Globo acumula três derrotas. Ontem, no confronto com Silvio Santos, BBB 14 marcou 10,3 pontos, contra 10,9 do apresentador do SBT.

No domingo anterior, Silvio Santos derrotou Big Brother por uma diferença maior: 13,5 a 11,6. Em 26 de janeiro, a eliminação de Bella Maia ficou com 12,4 pontos contra o apresentador do SBT, que no confronto marcou 14,3.

Cada ponto equivale a 65 mil domicílios na Grande São Paulo.