O técnico da seleção da Bósnia e Herzegovina, Safet Susic, divulgou nesta segunda-feirauma lista com 24 jogadores para a disputa da Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil 2014. Os principais nomes da convocação são os atacantes Edin Dzeko (Manchester City-ENG) e Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart-GER). Até o início do Mundial, um jogador será cortado.
Prestes a disputar a Copa pela primeira vez, a Bósnia está no Grupo F da competição, ao lado de Argentina, Irã e Nigéria. Apesar da falta de tradição, os bósnios conquistaram a classificação após oito vitórias nos oito jogos que disputaram nas Eliminatórias Europeias.
A seleção da Bósnia realizará a preparação para o Mundial no Guarujá, litoral sul de São Paulo. Os europeus estreiam contra a Argentina, dia 15 de junho, no Maracanã.
Abaixo, a lista de 24 jogadores pré-convocados para defender a Bósnia:
Goleiros: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City-ENG), Jasmin Fejzic (Aalen-GER), Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka-BIH).
Defensores: Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen-GER), Toni Sunjic (Zorya Lugansk-UKR), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke-GER), Ognjen Vranjes (Elazigspor-TUR), Ervin Zukanovic (KAA Gent-BEL), Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig-GER), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros-HUN).
Meio-campistas: Miralem Pjanic (AS Roma-ITA), Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray-TUR), Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg-GER), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor-TUR), Senad Lulic (Lazio-ITA), Anel Hadzic (Sturm Graz-AUT), Tino Susic (Hajduk Split-CRO), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim-GER), Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhou Renhe-CHN), Senijad Ibricic (Erciyesspor-TUR), Avdija Vrsajevic (Hajduk Split-CRO).
Atacantes: Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart-GER), Edin Dzeko (Manchester City-ENG), Edin Visca (Istambul BB-TUR).
*As pré-listas das equipes não têm caráter oficial. As relações oficiais serão confirmadas e publicadas pela FIFA no dia 16 de maio às 7h da manhã (horário de Brasília) / 12h CET
A seleção do Irã divulgou uma lista com 28 nomes nesta terça-feira. Deste grupo, que participará de treinos antes da Copa do Mundo da FIFA, 23 serão convocados pelo técnico português Carlos Queiroz e formarão a lista definitiva no Brasil.
O maior destaque é o jovem Sardar Azmoun. O jogador de apenas 19 anos já é até chamado de Messi iraniano. Vestindo a camisa do time russo Rubin Kazan atualmente, o atleta nunca havia sido convocado para representar a seleção principal de seu país.
Com a presença da promessa, o treinador do Irã não convocou o já experiente Ali Kamiri, de 35 anos e que é conhecido como o Maradona da Ásia. Kamiri participou da Copa do Mundo de 2006, na Alemanha. No Grupo F da Copa, o Irã estreia contra a Nigéria, no dia 16 d ejunho, em Curitiba.
Confira a lista dos 28 nomes convocados para um treino antes da Copa:
Daniel Davari – Eintracht Braunschweig (GER)
Alireza Haghighi – Sporting Covilha (POR)
Rahman Ahmadi – Sepahan Isfahan
Sousha Makani – Foolad Khuzestan
hosro Heidari – Esteghlal
Hossein Mahini – Persepolis
Steven (Mehrdad) Beitashour – Vancouver Whitecaps (CAN)
Pejman Montazeri – Umm Salal (QAT)
Jalal Hosseini – Persepolis
Amir Hossein Sadeghi – Esteghlal
Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh – Zob Ahan
Ahmad Alenemeh – Naft
Hashem Beikzadeh – Esteghlal
Ehsan Hajsafi – Sepahan Isfahan
Mehrdad Pooladi – Persepolis
Javad Nekounam – Kuwait SC (KUW)
Andranik Teymourian – Esteghlal
Reza Haghighi – Persepolis
Ghasem Hadadifar – Zob Ahan Isfahan
Bakhtiar Rahmani – Foolad Khuzestan
Ashkan Dejagah – Fulham FC (ENG)
Masoud Shojaei – UD Las Palmas (ESP)
Alireza Jahanbakhsh – NEC Nijmegen (NED)
Mohammad Reza Khalatbari – Persepolis
Mehdi Sharifi – Sepahan Isfahan
Reza Ghoochannejhad – Charlton Atheltic (ENG)
Karim Ansarifard – Tractor Sazi Tabriz
Sardar Azmoun – Rubin Kazan (RUS)
*As relações de cada seleção só se tornarão oficiais quando forem confirmadas e publicadas pela FIFA no dia 16 de maio, às 7h da manhã (horário de Brasília) / 12h CET
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May 7, 2014 – 6:57AM
Members of a secretive fund-raising body associated with Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey are being invited to pay $3000 each to be part of an exclusive budget day event attended by his most senior staff and key ministers.
The fund-raising body, the North Sydney Forum, offers exclusive access to Mr Hockey, often in private boardrooms, in return for political donations in the form of annual membership fees of up to $22,000.
Treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo: Louise Kennerley
But the forum and Mr Hockey refuse to disclose the names of its members. Mr Hockey has declined to say what meetings and discussions he has had with them because his diary is ”confidential”.
The invitation to the May 13 budget day event – which features pre-budget briefings, lunch at Parliament House and dinner in the Great Hall – was sent in February by chairman of the North Sydney Forum John Hart, who is also chief executive of hospitality industry lobby group Restaurant and Catering Australia.
The industry group lodged a pre-budget submission calling for the removal of fringe benefits tax from ”business meals” and an increase to the threshhold above which employers must pay superannuation to $600 a month.
The budget day program.
Mr Hockey has refused to say what discussions he has had with Mr Hart or his association as part of forum activities about these or other issues.
In the invitiation, members and non-members (who may attend for a $4000 donation) are offered the chance to hear
Minister Bruce Billson, Mr Hockey’s chief economic adviser Tony Pearson and economist Ian Harper discuss ”Australia’s economy now and into the future”.
Professor Harper was recently appointed by Mr Billson to head the government’s review of competition policy.
Illustration: Ron Tandberg.
After lunch Mr Hockey’s chief of staff Grant Lovett and chancellor of the University of Western Sydney Peter Shergold will speak on ”government’s role in the economy of the 20-teens”.
The invitation lists another speaker as ”Arthur Sinodinos – Assistant Treasurer”. But Senator Sinodinos’ office confirmed he is not scheduled to attend after standing down from the position in March following his appearance at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Separately at ICAC on Tuesday, a barrister representing Senator Sinodinos argued against adjournment of the present inquiry, in which he is expected to be called as a witness.
The inquiry is examining claims the NSW Liberal Party – of which Senator Sinodinos is a former treasurer and president – disguised illegal donations through the party’s main fund-raising body, the Millennium Forum, and a separate entity, the Free Enterprise Foundation, to bankroll its successful 2011 state election campaign.
The invitation to the North Sydney Forum budget day event directs donors to make cheques payable to ”Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division)”.
Making out the payment to the party instead of the forum has the effect of preventing donors being identified as forum members on public disclosure documents.
As well, under federal laws, donations of less than $12,400 to a party in a year do not have to be declared to the Australian Electoral Commission.
Fairfax Media has previously revealed members of the forum include National Australia Bank and the Financial Services Council, which stand to benefit from proposed changes to the Future of Financial Advice Act that would weaken consumer protections.
Mr Hart did not respond to a request for comment.
Source :The Sydney Morning Herald
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May 6, 2014 – 8:56PM
Broken promise: Tony Abbott. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Tony Abbott has had an epiphany on tax and now accepts he should never have promised not to increase them when in opposition. We know this because he is backing a “temporary” tax rise to accelerate the deficit deletion process.
More importantly, he recognises that not all taxes are bad and that tax policy can be used in a genuinely redistributive way – which is to say, to impose fairness. Who knew?
Bill Shorten could acknowledge this largely positive development and give the Prime Minister the leeway needed to backtrack.
Don’t hold your breath on that score though.
As one of the most effective opposition leaders in living memory and one who came to be called “Dr No”, Abbott knows he has no right to either seek nor expect such magnanimity from his opponents.
Yet there is an argument to say he should receive it anyway.
Why? Because the ALP’s understandable sense of schadenfreude and revenge are not sound bases for public policy.
And neither is the selfish strategic advantage to be gained by indelibly marking out Abbott as untrustworthy, although as Abbott himself showed with Julia Gillard, it’s one hell of an advantage if you can pull it off.
There is an immediate parallel here with Gillard’s “no carbon tax” pledge.
It, too, was a post-election response to the governmental realities of life after winning – albeit in a minority government sense.
Its motivations were reasonable and were even consistent with a bipartisan commitment to reduce carbon pollution output by at least 5 per cent on year 2000 levels by 2020.
Yet for all that, Abbott knew he had struck political gold right there, in the space between Gillard’s clear no-carbon-tax promise and the agreement she struck to impose a three-year fixed price period.
In both cases, the policy merits of the turn-about were instantly obscured, slave to the unhelpful strictures of cowardly, self-imposed election promises still ringing in the voters’ ears.
Shorten cannot be blamed for feeling aggrieved. He is eyeing what could be the critical flaw in the Abbott government’s entire being: the personal credibility of the Prime Minister with voters. The Labor leader knows his chances of becoming prime minister – early as 2016 even – could well turn on how ruthlessly he makes that stick.
The deficit tax is such a clear case of breaking an iron-clad commitment that no opposition leader would give it up.
Which is a pity because it is near enough to be good policy.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will begin flying both its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 to Australia over the next few years as the airline gears up against Qantas and Emirates for a bigger slice of the Kangaroo Route to Europe.
Sydney will see Etihad’s new Airbus A380 from June 2015 with Melbourne to follow in 2016, Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan told Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of a media event inAbu Dhabi yesterday.
Those flights will dovetail at Abu Dhabi to a double-daily A380 service on to London, giving many passengers a long stretch to experience the superjumbo’s luxe first class cabins Apartments and The Residence VIP suite, or just the all-new Business Studios in business class .
“We believe the product will be truly unique on the Kangaroo Route” Hogan said. “That’s why the aircraft will be operating into Melbourne and Sydney.”
The airline’s second daily flights from each city to Abu Dhabi would operate on a Boeing 777 which will be upgraded to feature the new Business Studios.
Hogan also revealed plans to upgrade the Brisbane and Perth routes to a Boeing 787-9, which he said would be sometime in 2016-2017 when the airline takes delivery of twelve Dreamliners.
Etihad currently flies to Brisbane using an Airbus A330, which makes a pit stop in Singapore on the way to Abu Dhabi.
Etihad will begin a daily Perth service from July 15, also using an Airbus A330, adding to the non-Qantas options for WA travellers following Qantas’ decision to axe international flights from Perth this month.
Australian Business Traveller is visiting Abu Dhabi as a guest of Etihad Airways.
Source : Australian Business Traveller