O Olé noticiou que Felipão havia convocado Robinho por gostar de figurinhas, mas a história é outra. O advogado do Fluminense, Mário Bittencourt, foi contratado pela Panini para entrar com um recurso e para que Robinho fosse convocado. O motivo é óbvio: legitimar o álbum de figurinhas oficial do evento, que deixaria de ter figurinhas de jogadores que não estão na Copa.
“O Felipão tem 24 horas para inserir o nome do Robinho na lista de convocados, ou a CBF pagará 600 mil reais por minuto em que ele não estiver entre os escolhidos”, disse Bittencourt.
O advogado ainda explicou a motivação para aceitar o trabalho. “Muitos me perguntaram o que me motivou, além da recompensa financeira. Tenho diversas crianças na família, que ficaram decepcionadas com a situação. Uma delas chorou copiosamente quando tirou a figurinha do Robinho. Eles me pediram para resolver e eu resolvi”, gabou-se.
O advogado aproveitou o recurso para colocar mais jogadores do Fluminense na lista. Diego Cavalieri, Gum, Diguinho e Walter vão se juntar ao atacante Fred e representar o Brasil no Mundial.
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O Atlético-MG parece mesmo estar disposto a sair da má fase. Depois de, em menos de 5 meses, perder o mundial de clubes, o campeonato mineiro e ser eliminado da Libertadores da América, o alvinegro quer voltar a dar alegrias à sua torcida, e para isso utilizará uma velha tática de guerra que diz que “se não pode derrotar um inimigo, junte-se a ele”.
O grande inimigo da vez é a famigerada cor verde. O que para muitos pode soar como esperança, para o Galo é encarado como desespero, desde que os jogadores do clube foram infectados com o Rajasius Casablanquisis, que é um vírus muito raro que causa medo da corverde.
Depois de saber que o Cruzeiro pretende usar verde no clássico do domingo, o Atlético contra atacou e já sabe como vai impedir que isso aconteça. Quem explicou a verdadeira manobra de guerra foi o presidente Alexandre Kalil: “Eles lançaram um uniforme comemorativo verde para jogarem com a gente, não foi? Então nós também acabamos de lançar um uniforme verde para jogar contra times que jogam de verde. Assim, quando formos os mandantes, como no caso do domingo, obrigaremos o outro time a jogar com um uniforme de outra cor. E com isso tenho certeza que pelo menos um empatezinho nós vamos abocanhar.” disse com um sorriso maroto.
Clubes da série A, como Palmeiras, Goiás, Chapecoense e Coritiba lamentaram o caso.
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Singapore Airlines‘ low-cost offshoot Scoot is set for a flood of Boeing 787s next year, taking delivery of as many as one per month from February to June 2015 in order to become the world’s first ‘all Dreamliner’ airline.
The airline will receive its first Boeing 787-9 in November this year, parent group SIA confirmed in its Financial Year 2013-14 report released overnight.
Scoot says the first destinations for its Boeing 787-9s, which is expected to make its inaugural flight in December, will “include Australia, Japan and Taiwan”.
A second 787-9 will also arrive before the end of February, SIA says, with one of the airline’s Boeing 777-200s being decommissioned in the same timeframe.
Scoot aims to retire all six of its Boeing 777-200s, which were handed down from Singapore Airlines, by the middle of 2015 and shift to an all-Boeing 787 in order to parlay the Dreamliner’s increased fuel efficiency into a healthier bottom line.
This would require the delivery of one Dreamliner per month from February through June, on top of November’s debutante Dreamliner, to fully replace Scoot’s six Boeing 777s.
A spokesperson for Scoot told Australian Business Traveller this evening that “the delivery of Scoot’s Dreamliner fleet remains on schedule… we expect to transition to an all 787 fleet by middle of 2015.”
The airline has 20 Boeing 787s on order, split into ten of the original Boeing 787-8 and ten of the larger, longer-range 787-9.
Scoot’s Boeing 787-9 will be kitted out with 35 ‘all-leather’ premium seat sin ScootBiz class, arranged in a 2-3-2 layout.
Each features include an extendable leg-rest and a ‘cradle’ recline position.
There’ll also be AC power sockets for every traveller.
The bulk of the bird will of course be given over to a sea of 340 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, for a total head count – or should that be bum count – of 375.
The standard economy seat is a slimline slab sans headrest.
However, the seats in the extra-legroom Stretch rows and child-free ‘Scoot in Silence’ cabin will sport adjustable headrests.
Pleasingly, all seats from tip to tail will enjoy access to AC power and “streaming Internet connectivity.”
Scoot will receive only Boeing 787-9s until the middle of 2015, at which point the first of 10 smaller 787-8s will arrive. These will pack the same seats but with a total seatcount down to around 330, the airline predicts.
Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson believes the 787s will gives Scoot the flexibility to launch new routes, or add more flights to existing routes, where economics might not favour the larger and less fuel-efficient Boeing 777.
“They’re operationally interchangeable so there’s no efficiency impact, but the different capacities open more options with respect to network and deployment” Wilson said.
Scoot joins Jetstar as one of the low-cost carriers stumping for the Boeing 787, based on its reduced running costs via lower fuel consumption and longer time between major maintenance checks.
“The economic advantages of this later generation aircraft – including a fuel-burn saving of around 20% per seat – ensure that costs and thus airfares can be kept low so that more people can travel more often” Wilson promised.
Source : Australian Business Traveller
May 9, 2014 – 12:00PM
Lynley Marshall, chief executive of ABC international. Photo: Dom White
The head of the ABC’s international division has told staff any cuts to the Australia Network will not a fair reflection of the performance of the service.
The Abbott government is expected to scrap funding for the international broadcasting service in next Tuesday’s budget following a cabinet decision on Wednesday.
The ABC has a 10-year, $223 million contract to run the network, which broadcasts to more than 44 countries in the Asia Pacific.
The ABC, which is finalising new partnership deals with Chinese and Indonesian broadcasters, has been lobbying publicly and privately for the government to continue to fund the service.
“Until we hear a formal announcement from government we will not know exactly what the impact on funding is,” ABC International CEO Lynley Marshall said in an email to ABC international and Asia-Pacific staff on Friday. “But let’s be clear – any decision to cut funding to the Australia Network cannot be justified on the basis of performance.
“Growth in Australia Network audiences continues. Overall the results being achieved by our International Converged Media service are unequivocal, backed by hard data and evidence and these results have been delivered through your efforts.”
The Commission of Audit recommended the network be scrapped in its report earlier this month because it is too expensive “given its limited outreach to a small audience”.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who has oversight of the network, has said there are more cost-effective ways, including social media, to promote Australia abroad.
In late 2011 the Gillard government controversially terminated the tender process for the Australia Network and handed the contract to the ABC in perpetuity.
An independent panel had twice recommended commercial operator Sky News be awarded the contract.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
May 9, 2014 – 5:22PM
Kevin Rudd has maintained that blame for the decision to walk away from the scheme is shared by Ms Gillard and Mr Swan. Photo: Andrew Meares
Kevin Rudd suffered a panic attack and was driven to “meltdowns” by then opposition leader Tony Abbott’s relentless campaigning in the final days of his first prime ministership, a new book has revealed.
The book by journalist Philip Chubb, titled Power Failure, sheds new light on the paralysis over climate policy that gripped the former Labor government in the lead-up to the 2010 election.
In extracts of the book published by Fairfax Media, Mr Chubb – who won a Gold Walkley for the ground-breaking documentary Labor in Power – zeroes in on the period in early 2010 when Mr Rudd switched his focus to reform of the hospital system and avoided addressing the failure of his carbon pollution reduction scheme to pass through the Senate.
Chubb’s research, including interviews with 74 people involved with climate policy under Labor, has led him to clearly come down on the side of former prime minister Julia Gillard, treasurer Wayne Swan and their supporters who have blamed Mr Rudd for the paralysis and dysfunction in the government as he delayed a decision on whether to proceed with his emissions trading scheme. He paints a damning portrait of Mr Rudd as agitated, angry and chaotic.
Mr Rudd has maintained that blame for the decision to walk away from the scheme is shared by Ms Gillard and Mr Swan, saying that during the February 2012 leadership contest that the pair urged him to drop the scheme – though the decision was ultimately his.
Chubb writes: “Sometimes Rudd’s behaviour in meetings was genuinely worrying. Several sources describe independently how he sometimes physically froze and was unable to continue. He took trips around the garden to help regain his composure.
“While the prime minister was focused on hospitals, he knew he could not just give up on climate policy. But what was to be done? The senior figures in the government, it seemed, were talking about it non-stop. But they could not get through to Rudd, and his paralysis seemed to be worsening.”
One Abbott press conference caused a “meltdown”, as an observer described it, when the opposition leader promised to fix the hospital system if elected at the 2010 poll. Ministers and senior staff gathered at the Lodge watched as “Rudd hyperventilated and froze so seriously that his chief of staff, Alister Jordan, helped him to his feet and took him for a walk. It seemed he had suffered a debilitating panic attack.”
At one point in March 2010, senior Rudd staffer David Fredericks worked with the Department of Climate Change on a package of Direct Action-style measures that could achieve the government’s 5 per cent emissions reductions target without putting a price on carbon.
But the proposals were rejected by Mr Swan and deputy prime minister Julia Gillard, with Ms Gillard describing them as “just nonsense” that could not reach the 5 per cent target.
On April 27, 2010 Fairfax Media’s Lenore Taylor broke the news that the Rudd government would walk away from its carbon pollution reduction scheme. Mr Rudd tried to pretend the government’s commitment remained unchanged – “but of course this was untrue”, the author concludes.
Months later Mr Rudd was dumped by his party and replaced by Ms Gillard.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
May 9, 2014 – 10:03PM
Treasurer Andrew Barr said homes in the rail corridor were expected to increase 25 per cent in value with the new train line.
The ACT government will consider a levy on home owners and a special rating zone to fund the massive Capital Metro project, expected to cost at least $614 million but perhaps much more.
The government has not released an updated figure on the cost of the project and would not confirm the possibility of a city-wide levy and rating zone.
But Treasurer Andrew Barr said homes in the rail corridor were expected to increase 25 per cent in value with the new train line.
The Canberra Times understands it is this value increase the government will try to “capture” through measures that could include a new rates zone in the Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue corridor, where the first stage of the rail line will run.
It is also believed to be working up options for a levy, which could be extended to the 125,000 households across the territory to raise sufficient funds. But one of the problems with charging Tuggeranong residents such a levy is the possibility their property values would fall as Canberra’s housing demand is sucked up by development in the Northbourne corridor.
“Value capture” is at the core of the government’s thinking to fund Capital Metro. A rail line is expected to boost the value of land and homes up to 1 km either side of the rail line, although a rating zone could be applied to a tighter area, say 400 metres each side. Overseas experience suggests increases in value of anywhere between 5 per cent and 30 per cent for homes near rail lines, although there is also the risk that nearby properties could lose value (a concept known as “worsenment” in planning circles, as opposed to “betterment”).
The government will also capture higher land values by selling buildings and land on Northbourne Avenue.
Other options could require developers to take on the cost of developing the public areas around new ventures and the cost of upgrading water and sewerage, selling “air rights” to any links between buildings, and a scheme known as “tax increment financing”, which involves the government offering subsidised loans for developments in the rail corridor.
All of these options have been mooted, but little detail has been released on the Capital Metro project, which the government has committed to start building by 2016 – a deal it made to secure the support of Greens minister Shane Rattenbury.
Asked whether the government was considering a levy, Mr Barr responded, “Capital Metro is not just a rail project, it is a transformational urban renewal project …
“There are numerous ways that light rail projects are procured and funded around the world. We are yet to determine the funding and procurement model for Capital Metro and it is appropriate that all options are considered.”
The Liberal Opposition brought on a debate about the project in the ACT Assembly on Wednesday, and Leader Jeremy Hanson insisted it did not stack up. It was being driven by Mr Rattenbury and Environment Minister Simon Corbell, who were on “some form of green crusade”, Mr Hanson said, but in reality there was little or no difference from an environmental perspective between light rail and buses. “What it does is give a grand appearance that Simon Corbell and Shane Rattenbury are making some huge difference,” Mr Hanson said, describing light rail as a “feel good” project and akin to the ban on plastic bags.
The cost, an “extraordinary” $614 million, was equivalent to $4500 a household, he said, with better ways to spend that kind of money.
“This is not the time when we should be going out and borrowing hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars.”
ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr will travel to Hong Kong in June where he will court lenders as part of what looks to be the territory’s biggest borrowing program since self-government. Arguing that Canberra is well placed to borrow, with the lowest debt levels of any jurisdiction, Mr Barr is borrowing to fund a range of big infrastructure projects and in the process shield the territory economy from a federal king hit.
Asked about a levy and rating zone, Greens minister Shane Rattenbury said, “At the right time the government will start to have those conversations but no decisions have been taken on the financial aspect.”
Source : The Canberra Times