O apresentador do SporTV, Bruno Souza, revoltou os torcedores do Esporte Clube Bahia e os nordestinos em geral nas redes sociais depois de um comentário polêmico.
Bruno apresentava o “Redação SporTV” nesta quarta (14), quando repercutia o jogo Cruzeiro e San Lorenzo, pela Libertadores da América. Em dado momento, torcedores do Bahia mandaram mensagens dizendo que Romanglioli, um dos principais jogadores do time argentino, já tinha acertado com o clube baiano.
Ao ler as mensagens, Bruno comentou: “O torcedor do Bahia, aqui no Twitter, falando que Romagnoli estaria acertado com o Bahia. Tem que rir, né?”.
O tom usado pelo apresentador não agradou os torcedores do clube:
Também através do Twitter, Bruno Souza se pronunciou e disse que não teve a intenção de ofender: “O que chamou a atenção foi a euforia com um atleta que ainda disputa a Liberta. Muito legal, aliás. Mas não entenderam assim. Tentei destacar a euforia da torcida com um atleta que ainda disputa uma competição em andamento. Em momento algum desmereci o clube. Risada = bom-humor. É diferente de deboche. E já estávamos rindo antes… Esporte é coisa boa, leve, faz bem. Ou deveria ser assim”.
O “Redação SporTV” é um dos mais elogiados programas esportivos da TV paga, tanto que, no ano passado, o público do NaTelinha o escolheu como o melhor programa esportivo da atualidade.
May 14, 2014 – 4:07PM
ABC managing director Mark Scott: “Clear commitments were made not to cut ABC funding before and after the last election – it was unambiguous.” Photo: Mal Fairclough
The managing directors of the ABC and SBS have criticised the Abbott government for breaking a pre-election promise not to cut funding to the broadcasters.
Treasurer Joe Hockey revealed in Tuesday’s budget that $43.5 million will be cut from the ABC and SBS over four years, with more cuts expected when an efficiency review of the broadcasters is complete. The ABC will also lose funding for the $223 million Australia Network international broadcasting service.
The public broadcasters are warning jobs will be lost, investment in Australian content will decline and innovation will be stymied as a result of the cuts.
On the eve of the 2013 election Tony Abbott promised: “No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”
ABC managing director Mark Scott told Fairfax Media: “The ABC audience had an expectation there would be no funding cuts. Clear commitments were made not to cut ABC funding before and after the last election – it was unambiguous. This is a very disappointing result.”
In an email to staff Mr Scott said job losses would be inevitable as a result of the cuts.
“If we can not reinvest any savings we find the ABC will be weaker over time and not as relevant to the Australian people,” he said.
Mr Scott criticised the government for a lack of consultation on the decision to scrap all funding for the Australia Network.
“I’m very disappointed we have not been able to have detailed discussions with DFAT or the minister about the Australia Network,” he said. “They didn’t want to talk to us about finding savings or where we could cut back.
“I don’t believe there was deep and substantial consultation about this. It was a decision made in our absence.”
Mr Scott said the decision would limit Australia’s soft power in the Asia-Pacific and hit the broadcaster’s domestic offering.
“I wouldn’t underestimate the impact of the Australia Network cut on domestic services,” he said. “There are foreign bureaus funded by the Australia Network and programs on News 24.”
SBS managing director Michael Ebeid said: “We were really hoping the promise made before the election would be kept and there would be not cuts to the ABC or SBS. SBS is already an under-funded organisation and we have been using efficiencies to cover existing costs.”
Mr Ebeid said he recognised the government had to make tough decisions but he was “gravely concerned” about future cuts flagged in the budget.
“Any future cuts would have to impact on content and Australian content which is 10 to 15 times more expensive to produce,” he said. “Our ability to tell Australian stories will be severely limited.”
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
May 14, 2014 – 8:16PM
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has caught the royal commission investigating his government’s failed home insulation program in a legal conundrum that threatens to derail the inquiry.
The Australian Government Solicitor took a black marker to Mr Rudd’s statement to the commission on behalf of the Commonwealth government, redacting more than half of the 31-page document for Cabinet secrecy reasons.
Mr Rudd was due to give evidence at the inquiry in Brisbane on Wednesday evening, but his lawyer Bret Walker said his client could not give a full explanation of his role in the scheme unless the Cabinet secrecy provisions were lifted.
Kevin Rudd arrives at the home insulation program royal commission in Brisbane Photo: AAP
The former prime minister sat silently in the witness box for more than 30 minutes while lawyers debated his heavily redacted statement.
In the un-redacted portion of his statement, Mr Rudd said the “vast bulk” of his engagement on the insulation scheme was through the Cabinet process.
He said it would therefore be very difficult for him to provide any “meaningful assistance” to the commission that was not “in one way or another prohibited from public disclosure”.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd leaves the Home Insulation Inquiry at Brisbane Magistrates Court. Photo: Glenn Hunt
“I have no difficulty at all with anything that I state … being publicly disclosed,” Mr Rudd said.
“It is in any event in my view important for the families concerned that this material be considered.”
The commission has been asked to examine whether the deaths of four insulation installers, Matthew Fuller, Rueben Barnes, Marcus Wilson and Mitchell Sweeney, could have been avoided.
Peter Garrett leaves the home insulation inquiry in Brisbane. Photo: Glenn Hunt
Mr Rudd’s lawyer Bret Walker said his client could not tell his side of the story while being met with a “devastating truncation of the truth”.
Mr Walker said the issue put in doubt all the documents already presented to the commission so far, which had been redacted for Cabinet confidentiality purposes.
This, he said, included the statements of former Labor ministers Peter Garrett and Mark Arbib, which were also redacted in parts.
But counsel representing the Commonwealth, Tom Howe QC, said Cabinet procedures were protected by confidentiality law and could not be compromised upon the request of a former prime minister, or a serving one.
“It’s not an immunity that should be applied at the whim of a former minister,” Mr Howe said.
He said the publication of Cabinet workings would threaten the confidence of future governments.
Mr Walker responded: “We don’t want to dance, we want to face it frontly and march straight ahead …
“They [the public] want to know what happened, Mr Rudd would like to them what happened.”
Commissioner Ian Hanger QC said he would consider accepting Mr Rudd’s statement in full and without redactions overnight.
In his statement, Mr Rudd said he appointed former Labor senator Mr Arbib to the role of Parliamentary Secretary to oversee the rollout of the $2.8 billion Home Insulation Program, as part of the government’s wider $42 billion stimulus package, during the global financial crisis.
“Senator Arbib was known as a highly competent, highly effective individual, known for his attention to detail, and with sufficient political standing within the government to perform this challenging role,” Mr Rudd said.
“This is why I appointed him to this position.”
Mr Rudd said the appointment of Mr Arbib and then-environment minister Mr Garrett as co-ordinators of the scheme was to ensure “multiple eyes could be deployed to identify problems as early as possible”.
“I also had great confidence in Minister Garrett and in the additional support structures we had put in place for him and for other ministers responsible for the implementation of their parts of the stimulus strategy,” he said.
Mr Garrett has previously told the inquiry he accepts full responsibility for the program, while Mr Arbib has said he takes responsibility for “his role”.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
May 14, 2014 – 11:01PM
Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann
In a stinging “slap in the face for Canberra”, a massive 600 Commonwealth public service jobs will be relocated to the NSW central coast, half of them from the embattled Australian Taxation Office
In a move undermining the territory as the home of the nation’s bureaucrats, the federal government will open a new building at Gosford to boost jobs in a region dominated by Liberal MPs.
This is despite the fact the nation’s capital could be hit with 6500 or more job cuts in three years as the bureaucracy loses 16,500 nationally.
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A spokesman from Treasurer Joe Hockey’s office said the number of jobs to go from Canberra “has not been determined yet”, but others expect Canberrans to make up the vast majority.
Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann said the decision was a slap in the face for Canberra that abandoned Sir Robert Menzies’ vision for the territory.
“Today, we learn that it is also moving hundreds of public service jobs out of Canberra,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“Menzies said we must ‘build up Canberra as a capital in the eyes and minds of the Australian people’.
“It was he who moved public servants from Melbourne and Sydney to Canberra.
”What the Abbott government has done to Canberra in the last 24 hours is a betrayal of Menzies’ vision and a betrayal of his profound understanding that public servants make an invaluable contribution to the economy and society.
”Moving public service jobs out of Canberra at this time proves the Abbott government has nothing but contempt for Canberra, and contempt for the public service.”
It was not known which other departments would need to relocate staff to the central coast.
ACT senator Zed Seselja said the decision by his party would still allow all workers to choose if they wanted to relocate.
”Whilst I will always fight to keep jobs in Canberra, I have been assured that it will not be a substantial number that come from Canberra,” Mr Seselja said.
”It is important that we keep the heart of the public service in Canberra, as our city is experienced and skilled in the area of public administration and serves the government with expertise.”
The government has downplayed the impact of job cuts in Canberra, which has a population of 380,000.
Announcements of 2900 lost jobs at Holden, 2500 at Toyota and 980 at Alcoa caused hearty debate within government and opposition ranks, and Canberra faces this number of losses combined.
Emergency meetings were called for Geelong this year after more than 2000 job losses were announced across Alcoa, Ford, Qantas, Boral and Target for a city with 180,000-plus people.
A spokesman said the Tax Office would take the lead in the relocation project, which would take several years to complete.
Robertson MP Lucy Wicks said her electorate would host the new building in Gosford, adding “we want this to happen as soon as possible”.
“These 600 jobs will drive even more activity to local cafes, local restaurants and local businesses,” Ms Wicks said.
Tony Abbott first flagged his intention to relocate public service jobs while campaigning to become prime minister in August last year.
His comments sparked fears across the public service about which departments or agencies would be targeted to help boost regional economies.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann
May 14, 2014 – 10:03PM
Western Sydney Wanderers are into the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League after clinching a dramatic 2-0 comeback against Sanfrecce Hiroshima and progressing on the away goals rule.
Australia’s youngest professional team sent the Japanese champions crashing out of the continental competition with two late goals to stake their claim as one of the eight best teams in Asia this season.
It was not through their usual pressure or discipline that the Wanderers achieved the seemingly impossible, rather with desperation and a rare abandonment of their usual game plan. Through Shannon Cole and Brendon Santalab, the Asian debutants toppled one of the favourites on a dramatic and passionate night.
Farewell: Shinji Ono and Shannon Cole celebrate victory. Photo: Getty Images
It was the final match that the Wanderers, as we know them, would play together as Shinji Ono, Youssouf Hersi and Jerome Polenz played in their last game for the club.
Though it didn’t begin so well for the Wanderers who were lucky the contest wasn’t effectively ended just 10 minutes into the match. Striker Naoki Ishihara could’ve made it 4-1 on aggregate in the tie with a one-on-one chance with Ante Covic, forcing the Wanderers’ No.1 into a fine save at his near post.
Western Sydney were tested again when what appeared to be a strong penalty claim was ignored after Gakuto Notsuda was brought down in the box and the same player had yet another chance to find the net with a seemingly easy finish inside the box that was scuffed wide.
Labinot Haliti should’ve done one better immediately after half-time with two attempts in succession from inside the box. He received a cut-back from Ono at the far post but failed to testTakuto in goals as both his tempts were blocked by Hiroshima defenders en route to goal.
But just as it looked as if it was going to be one of those nights, up stepped substitute Shannon Cole. Two minutes after replacing Anthony Golec, the midfielder received yet another clever cut back from Ono deep in the box and avoided making the same mistake as Haliti by aiming high into the roof of the net to make it 1-0 on the night and game on on aggregate.
It was the glimmer of hope the Wanderers needed and it prompted a rare change of formation by coach Tony Popovic as their desperation was replaced by hope.
But the rare gamble paid off. With just six minutes remaining in their season, Brendon Santalab struck perhaps the most important goal of his career. Amid a crowded box and running on to a loose ball, the 31-year-old slid in to strike a volley and through luck, determination and precision, he rattled the corner of the net.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald