Socceroos won’t cower despite nightmare World Cup draw in Brazil, says Curtis Good

May 17, 2014 – 12:23AM

Sebastian Hassett

Football reporter

Curtis Good, seen here matching wits with Melbourne Victory's Archie Thompson, says Australia will not be intimidated by any other team in Rio.

Curtis Good, seen here matching wits with Melbourne Victory’s Archie Thompson, says Australia will not be intimidated by any other team in Rio. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

Socceroos defender Curtis Good is adamant there is no way Australia will “park the bus” in next month’s World Cup despite being up against three of the world’s most intimidating teams.

Australia’s nightmare draw against Chile, the Netherlands and Spain has many fans and pundits predicting that coach Ange Postecoglou’s only hope of gaining points is to produce a ultra-defensive display.

But speaking before the Socceroos’ first World Cup training session in Gosford, Good said the players would not cower before anyone.

“Obviously they have looked at us and see it as three points and obviously we are used to being underdogs at times,” Good said. “But I think we will cope fine as long as we stick together. We want to try and play football, not just go there and park the bus. It’s always natural for teams to target defences but I think we [will] be fine.”

Good has recently been battling a hip flexor strain that he picked up when he last played for Australia, the 4-3 defeat against Ecuador in London. It has meant he has missed a large chunk of time with his Scottish club, Dundee United.

However, he is confident he will be completely healed in time for the World Cup should he be named in the final 23-man squad.

“It’s coming along very well,” he said. “It brought my [club season] to an end a bit early but it’s good to be in the hands of the physios here.

“I’m looking to be ready for the game against South Africa. I’m not training today, I’m just easing into it and I’ll start in a couple of days.”

Once he gets back to full fitness, the 21-year old is anticipating the opportunity of marking players from three countries with very different approaches.

“I played against some South American teams at junior levels in the under 20s,” he said. “They were sharper and different in style compared to Scotland but it’s a great challenge.

“We dealt with it in the under 20s, so one of things you’ve got to adapt to is to be more solid at back and get your fullbacks around you, organising cover.”

Good admits it was often daunting when he found himself marking some of the game’s biggest names, especially on loan at Bradford during their miracle League Cup run last season.

“Probably a year ago, when I was starting off, it did get to me a bit [at Bradford],” he said. “But now it’s not really an issue.”

Despite his youth, Good has been a quick developer since making his debut with Melbourne Heart as a teenager, signing a long-term contract with Newcastle United and spending recent time on loan with the Terrors.

“It was only up there three months or so but it went fairly quickly,” he said. “Playing for results and for UEFA [club] spots makes a pretty big difference.

“You learn a lot in the game, being part of club fighting for [that]. We’ve got the [Scottish FA Cup] final tomorrow night, which I was unfortunate not be involved with. Winning that would qualify them for the Europa League.”

Good admits he is “not sure” if he will be fighting for a first team spot at St James’ Park next season or looking for another loan deal.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Kate Gill breaks record as Matildas beat Jordan in Asian Cup

May 17, 2014 – 12:35AM

Milestone: Kate Gill.

TV Verdes Mares

Captain Kate Gill scored a double to help Australia to a routine 3-1 Women’s Asian Cup victory over Jordan becoming the Matildas’ greatest goalscorer in the process.

Gill scored either side of halftime in Ho Chi Minh City to take her tally 40 goals in 81 international appearances, topping the previous mark held by former long-serving skipper Cheryl Salisbury.

Katrina Gorry extended the margin before Jordan rounded out the scoring with a controversial goal.

Australia, who entered the eight-nation tournament as Asian champions, can qualify for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada with victory in their next match against Vietnam on Sunday.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic made 10 changes from the side which drew 2-2 in their opening game against world champions Japan on Wednesday, and his new-look side struggled for fluency in the humid conditions.

There were few clear-cut openings for the Australians against the lowly-ranked west Asians, until Gill neatly headed home Kim Carroll’s searching cross from deep nine minutes before the interval to claim the record.

Gill doubled the advantage six minutes after halftime, this time nodding home Sam Kerr’s cross from close range.

The introduction of substitutes Caitlin Foord and Katrina Gorry sparked some life into the Matildas, and the latter scored with a sweet strike within minutes of taking the field midway through the second half.

Just as Australia were finally threatening to take a stranglehold on the match Jordan skipper Stephanie Al Naber hit a spectacular 40-metre effort that was claimed under the crossbar by goalkeeper Brianna Davey, with the goal awarded despite television replays suggesting the ball hadn’t crossed the line.

Jordan were largely content to slow the match down at any opportunity and the stop-start nature of the match continued throughout, compounded by a 15-minute halt during the second half due to a floodlight failure.


Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Tony Abbott’s name is mud

May 15, 2014

Mike Carlton

Well, I can understand why just at the moment politicians aren’t much trusted because we’ve had too many politicians who say one thing before an election to win votes and then do the opposite after the election…

Tony Abbott, Newcastle radio, June 13, 2013.

<i>Illustration: Glen Le Lievre.</i>

Illustration: Glen Le Lievre.

The Prime Minister is a liar. There is no point mincing words. We have never seen anything like it.

With this budget he has shown himself to be cynically dishonest on a scale unprecedented in modern politics. Although Abbott is not the first political leader to break an election promise and will not be the last, no prime minister in memory, Liberal or Labor, has come even close to his contemptuous deception of the electorate he sucker-punched on Tuesday.

To a point, this is not surprising. All my adult life I have been lied to by the Tories, from the Vietnam war on down to John Howard’s invention of the non-core promise. I was therefore expecting duplicity from Abbott. It’s what people like him do, how they think, how they govern.

But it was genuinely shocking to see his wholesale abandonment of the bargain of candour to be expected between leader and people. Almost every significant commitment he made in the election campaign last year has been flung overboard or distorted beyond recognition.

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.
Tony Abbott, SBS NEWS – September 6, 2013

There are five separate betrayals in that lot alone. The most heinous is his full frontal assault upon Medicare, with even the poorest families forced to fork out a $7 “co-payment” – as the euphemism goes – to see their GP, to get a pathology test, to have a CT scan, to fill a prescription. It’s a tax from a government that promised no new taxes. Pay it, or join the ever-lengthening queue at your local hospital’s emergency department, where Abbott has given them the green light to charge you as well.

In education,


 fees will soar as they are thrown onto the open market. Stand by for the $120,000 arts degree. This, despite Christopher “Poodles” Pyne’s promise to Sky News on November 7 last year that ” we’re not going to raise fees … I am not even considering it because we promised that we wouldn’t.”

But these two hits – gross as they are – pale against the enormity of the biggest surprise in this no-surprises budget, the government’s decision to unload $80 billion of health and education spending onto the states in the coming years.

It is the end of the Gonski education reforms. It is the shredding of the health care safety net by a Prime Minister who just weeks ago could proclaim, without batting an eyelid, that he was “the best friend Medicare has ever had”.

The state and territory leaders – Tories all bar one – are livid. Mike Baird rightly called it ” a kick in the guts for the people of NSW,” and Queensland’s Campbell Newman demanded an emergency COAG meeting. At which, no doubt, the states will howl for an increase in the GST. Eventually they will get it, expanded to catch food and anything else it does not hit now, and then hoicked to 12.5% by a prime minister who could boast in opposition:

“We are about reducing taxes, not increasing taxes. We are about getting rid of taxes, not imposing new taxes. This is my whole reason for being in politics, in the Parliament.”

Tony Abbott, November 20, 2012.

And on it goes. Up with the fuel excise, hitting you at the servo. Old people will fall back in the race against inflation. Eventually they will have to work to 70 to get the pension ; OK, perhaps, if you’re an office worker. Frightening if you’re on the tools, driving a truck, teaching infants, or nursing in intensive care.

The young unemployed are savagely bashed with the refusal of the dole for six months. The disabled are to be interrogated, yet again, to determine if they are cheating. The ABC, bludgeoned as well, will be forced to shed staff, cut programs and very probably close some of its foreign news bureaus. And that’s before the so-called “efficiency dividend” is imposed. Goaded by the Murdoch press, the Liberals make no secret of their loathing for the ABC as a nest of lefty traitors. It is punishment politics at its most vindictive.

This is a fair budget, everyone is doing his or her bit, including, dare I say it, politicians.”
Tony Abbott, Channel Ten, May 14.

If Labor had brought in a “deficit levy” on the wealthy – yes, another tax – the Tories and their claque of media toadies would have shrieked blue murder about socialist class warfare. Instead, they portray Abbott as a strong leader taking tough decisions to end a budget “emergency” they themselves invented.

Actually, someone on $200,000 a year would pay around an extra $210 in tax, the cost of a business lunch. And the politicians’ wage freeze is derisory. On $507,000 a year, Abbott is one of the world’s best paid leaders, doing rather better than Barack Obama earning the equivalent of $425,000 or, say, the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, who scrapes by on $161,000.

With Orwellian deceit, Abbott insists that “we have fundamentally kept faith with the Australian people”. In fact, he and Smokin’ Joe Hockey have brought down an oppressive, grasping budget. It is not so much a fiscal document as a political tract, driven by a brutal conservative ideology in which ordinary people are lashed to the wheels of “the market” and conscripted to serve an economy which should be serving them.

It is a delicious irony that Abbott has destroyed the faith the voters placed in him. Endlessly blackguarding Julia Gillard for her broken carbon tax promise and trumpeting himself as a paragon of probity, he raised the bar.

On Tuesday he fell beneath it, face down in the mud, and will never be trusted again.

Twitter: @MikeCarlton01

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Reshaping welfare: are we entering an age of inequality ?

May 17, 2014

Tom Allard

National Affairs Editor

Kerry Arch at home in Wyndam Vale with sons Seamus and Lucas.

Kerry Arch at home in Wyndam Vale with sons Seamus and LucasPhoto: Eddie Jim

As Joe Hockey was delivering his budget speech on Tuesday night, Taylor Clarke-Pepper was settling down to dinner: two-minute noodles and a glass of cordial.

The struggling, unemployed 20-year-old ate the frugal meal on her lap, alone at home, while the Treasurer unveiled a fiscal blueprint that, if implemented, will radically reshape the social safety net, and could leave her destitute.

”I was just completely shocked,” says Clarke-Pepper, who describes her small one-bedroom apartment in Wollongong as ”dirty, stained carpets, barely any furniture, and a half-dingo next door who scares me”.

Illustration: Matt Golding

Illustration: Matt Golding

News had filtered through to her via social media that those under 30 on unemployment benefits could be denied any payment for up to six months.

”It’s horrible. It’s so hard even now. At the end of every fortnight, you have no money left. So many times, I’ve had to go to charity and friends to help me out with food and bills.”

The impact was no less keenly felt among sole parents. Facebook pages lit up with despairing and disturbing messages.

Wollongong's Taylor Clarke-Pepper, 20, says employment is scarce.

Wollongong’s Taylor Clarke-Pepper, 20, says employment is scarce. Photo: Kirk Gilmour

”So with this budget, I’m screwed!” said a post on one forum. ”I’ve considered taking my life over everyday struggles now, let alone when these changes happen … Anyway my point is, do I try and save for a big all weather tent NOW!! Or give up and take my kids with me!!”

The fear among Australia’s most vulnerable is palpable and no one feels the blowtorch of the budget more than the young, unemployed or sole parents. But almost all Australians, one way or another, will feel a hit in the hip pocket.

Millions of households will lose thousands of dollars a year as welfare benefits are slashed, new payments are introduced for a GP visit, university fees are increased and taxes are lifted.

New markers for society have been laid down. A child is no longer deserving of government support after they turn six; but families are expected to support their unemployed children until they are 30. You will be expected to work until 70. A household income of $100,000 is the new well-off, the level at which a family loses benefits.

The belt-tightening, says Hockey, is in the national interest. Spending has been unsustainable, the bedrock of the economy threatened by the fiscal mess created by the former government. ”The age of entitlement is over. It has to be replaced, not with the age of austerity, but with an age of opportunity,” he said during his budget speech.

Economic modelling of the changes, however, suggests there is another moniker for the era ahead – the age of inequality.

”What’s so striking about how the budget affects people is that so much of the impact is felt by low and middle-income people, particularly families with kids,” says Ben Phillips from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM).

”The heavy lifting to claw back the surplus is being done by the people in the most precarious position.”

While those families in the bottom quintile (or 20 per cent) of income earners see an average 5 per cent reduction in disposable incomes, those in the top quintile barely register a decline, down just 0.3 per cent.

Phillips, one of the country’s leading modellers, did the analysis at the request of Labor but says his conclusions were reached independently. He says single-income families with two kids and earning between $50,000 and $100,000 could lose more than $6000 a year, once all the changes – and the abolition of the schoolkids bonus – are factored in.

Sole parents working part-time or on benefits, stand to lose more than $3000 per year. For a young unemployed person who loses the Newstart allowance for six months, the forgone benefits are more than $7000. During that time, they will have no income and will have to rely on the charity of others.

Asked how he would cope in such circumstances, Hockey told ABC radio: ”I would expect to be in a job, that would be the starting point.”

For Taylor Clarke-Pepper, who lives in a region with one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country, finding a job is not so simple. Nor is relying on family to pick up the slack.

She was ”kicked out of home at 17” and already has an insight into life with no income looking for a job.

”There was a problem dealing with Centrelink [when I lost my job], so I didn’t get the dole for three months. I’d just got a credit card so I put everything on that. Rent, food and public transport. I would apply for 30 jobs a week and I’d be lucky to get one reply back by email saying no.

”It was devastating. It was extremely difficult. There’s 17 per cent unemployment for youth here. You just find yourself becoming very depressed.”

In three months, she racked up a debt of $4000. ”Six months like that, with no income, would be truly horrendous. I couldn’t imagine how I could live through that again.”

There are a raft of people exempted from the denial of benefits, including the long-term unemployed, disabled and carers of children and others.

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews points out that the six months embargo on payments will be reduced by one month for every year a person has been employed before they became unemployed.

But there are anomalies. A 28-year-old parent, the sole breadwinner, who becomes unemployed would not qualify for an exemption, as his or her partner would be considered the carer of their children.

According to research by Australian Council of Social Service, about 100,000 young unemployed will be affected by the change.

Another hit on the young jobless is to move the unemployed under 25 on to the lower youth allowance, a fall in income of $46 a week to $207.20 for a single over 18.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants to do no less than ”change the culture and mindset of young people”. Certainly, this is a budget that aims to change the country.

For Hockey, it’s ”about the sort of country that we want to be in the years and decades ahead. It’s about the value we impart.” Those values, he says, are enterprise, hard work, self-reliance and equality of opportunity.

But Toni Wren, a social policy analyst, says the idea of ”equality of opportunity” is a furphy. Even as the stick is being applied to spur the young into employment, the programs that help them transition into employment are being slashed. All up, 10 skills and training programs ill be slashed for a $1 billion saving over the budget estimates.

”When you take the two together, removing income support and closing great employment and skills programs, it’s pretty shocking what they are doing,” she says.

Wren is also bemused about the axing of these programs, many of which have 90 per cent success rates in getting clients work, while the government maintains a school chaplain program that costs $245 million over the forward estimates.

For sole parents, the picture is hardly less bleak. Where once they got a family payment for kids up to the age of 16, that has been cut to those under six. Changes to indexation will further trim the benefit in future years.

Kerry Arch, a single mother of two teenage boys, 13 and 16, reckons she will lose more than $3000 a year, or 10 per cent of her income. ”I don’t understand why, as single parents, we are getting punished all the time,” she says, pointing out that sole parents were moved from the parenting payment to the lower NewStart allowance last year.

The change affected 84,000 sole parents, who lost up to $120 per week. ”Single mothers are more likely to work than [those with their partner’s] money. We want to work.”

Indeed, the NATSEM analysis shows that as people move up from low incomes towards middle incomes, they lose out under the welfare changes, seeing a larger part of their family benefits reduced. ”The mantra has been learn or earn, but as you earn more, you lose more in many cases,” says Phillips.

The Prime Minister explained the measure was to spur more female participation in the workforce, but the structure of the welfare changes acts as a disincentive.

Arch angrily notes that Abbott’s paid parental scheme remains government policy, paying half of the mother’s income for six months, capped at a $50,000 payout but available to any mother earning $100,000 and above who leaves employment to have a baby.

”Why do the rich need to be paid to have babies?” says Arch, who runs an online self-help group and information service for sole parents. ”People are talking about suicide and taking their child with them. I’m telling them it’s not happening until 2015 and it’s not a done deal.”

Labor, the Greens and Clive Palmer have all condemned the changes to family payment and youth unemployment benefits, among others, making them very difficult to get through Parliament, even when the new Senate convenes in July.

Whatever the fate of the budget, it is an attempt to fundamentally recast the social welfare system.

It pushes the burden of surviving through difficult times back on to individuals and, especially, families at a time when those under 35 living with their parents continues to rise as young people grapple with astronomical housing prices and rents in many cities.

Families have always been the bedrock of social cohesion, argues Graeme Hugo, a geographer from the University of Adelaide, but relying on them too much can be fraught. ”The family isn’t available equally to everybody, and families have different resources,” says Hugo.

He notes that older people, facing lower indexation of pensions and the rise of the retirement age, are now increasingly fending for themselves as divorce rates have their impact and smaller numbers of children leave them less options for support.

”Those starting to retire now have less children than those a generation ago, and often they are simply not able to help because they live somewhere else.” Professor Hugo supports the rise in the retirement age, noting life expectancy for a male over 50, for example, had increased by an astonishing nine years since 1970.

And the government will pay employers up to $10,000 for hiring someone over 50, but the program is notable as an oasis of spending amid the slash and burn of other employment and skills programs.

At the core of the revamp, is that Australia’s budget position is unsustainable and if action isn’t taken now, it will be worse. Welfare spending, notes Hockey, is 35 per cent of the budget and couldn’t be exempt.

All Australians needed to contribute to the ask of fiscal repair. ”We are asking them to contribute because if we contribute now, we will build great things for our nation,” said Hockey.

The government also argues that the total tax take is down in the budget and the abolition of the carbon and mining taxes – still to pass Parliament – will benefit all families facing cost of living pressures

But, in terms of household incomes, the removal of the two taxes has very little impact, argues NATSEM’s Ben Phillips.

”The positive impact of removing the carbon tax is dwarfed by the changes that hit low-income people in particular,” he says.

While the government talks of sharing the burden, the deficit repair levy on people earning more than $180,000 will be abolished after three years. ”The wealthiest 40 per cent are largely unaffected and by 2017 and 2018 they are ahead,” says Phillips.

It is a very different story for those less well-off, who will see the financial impost on them grow rapidly from 2016 and beyond. Louise Williams, who runs the single mothers’ Facebook forum where the suicidal message was posted, said they are not uncommon.

”We get lots of them. We don’t always put them up because we don’t want them to be a trigger but we always give them support and put them in touch with someone who can help them. We bring food or point them towards mental health counsellors, all sorts of things.

”We got so many people this week who are at breaking point, on the brink of crisis. We tell them they are not alone.”

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Consolidados GRANDE SP 15.05.2014

A estreia da série A Segunda Dama, com Heloísa Perissé, estreou com 15 pontos. O índice é compatível com o horário da segunda linha de shows da Globo.

Ainda na Globo, as novelas decepcionam. Meu Pedacinho de Chão e Geração Brasil, por exemplo, repetem recorde negativo.

Com Tom Cavalcante, o humorístico A Praça é Nossa consolida a terceira colocação.

Confira as principais audiências desta quinta-feira, 15/05:


Bom Dia São Paulo – 6.2
Bom Dia Brasil – 7.2
Mais Você – 6.3
Bem Estar – 6.9
Encontro com Fátima Bernardes – 7.8
SPTV – 12.6
Globo Esporte – 11.4
Jornal Hoje – 11.3
Vídeo Show – 10.0
Sessão da Tarde – 9.4
Caras e Bocas – 13.6
Malhação – 14.4
Meu Pedacinho de Chão – 16.3
SPTV – 19.1
Geração Brasil – 19.6
Jornal Nacional – 23.9
Em Família – 29.6
Grande Família – 20.0
Segunda Dama – 15.0
Tá no Ar – A TV na TV – 9.8
Jornal da Globo – 6.5
Programa do Jô – 4.8


Jornal do SBT Manhã – 3.8
Bom Dia & Cia – 4.3
Três é Demais – 5.8
Eu, a Patroa e as Crianças – 5.9
Casos de Família – 5.3
Café com Aroma de Mulher – 4.9
Por Ela Sou Eva – 4.1
Abraça-me Muito Forte – 3.9
A Feia Mais Bela – 4.8
Quem Não Viu Vai Ver – 5.6
Chaves – 7.8
SBT Brasil – 7.5
Chiquititas – 13.0
Rebelde – 6.8
Programa do Ratinho – 6.8
A Praça é Nossa – 9.2
The Noite – 6.4


Balanço Geral – 2.3
SP no Ar – 5.2
Fala Brasil – 5.7
Hoje em Dia – 4.0
Balanço Geral – 6.6
Programa da Tarde – 5.0
Cidade Alerta – 9.0
Jornal da Record – 6.5
Pecado Mortal – 5.5
Aprendiz Celebridade – 5.2
Super Tela – 2.6


Café com Jornal – 0.4
Dia Dia – 0.6
Band Kids – 1.5
Jogo Aberto – 3.3
Os Donos da Bola – 2.4
Só Risos – 1.6
Sabe ou Não Sabe – 2.1
Brasil Urgente – 4.3
Jornal da Band – 3.7
Como Conheci Sua Mãe – 1.9
Os Simpsons – 2.8
Polícia 24h – 4.7
Agora é Tarde – 2.8


Muito Show – 0.2
Você na TV – 1.2
Bola Dividida – 0.5
A Tarde é Sua – 1.7
Te Peguei – 1.5
Muito Show – 1.4
TV Fama – 2.0
Rede TV News – 1.1
Sob Medida – 0.7
Leitura Dinâmica – 0.6

Os números são referentes à Grande São Paulo, praça que serve como base para o mercado publicitário. Cada ponto no Ibope equivale a 65 mil domicílios.

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Confira os destaques do Programa Eliana de amanhã , 18.05

Eliana (2)

No Programa Eliana deste domingo, 18 de maio, às 15h, Eliana recebe a jornalista Rachel Sheherazade no Rede da Fama e fala de tudo, sem restrição. Ela diz de quem ficaria amiga e quem não quer por perto; rebate os comentários mais maldosos que foram notícia e ainda mostra seu lado família.

Marcos & Belutti, Gominho e Tiago Barnabé (encarnando Narcisa e Luciana Gimenez) participam do quadro “Nó na Língua” ao lado dos inscritos que fazem de tudo para ganhar o prêmio da semana falando os trava-línguas mais complicados da TV.

No quadro Entrega pra Você, um carteiro será surpreendido ao receber um objeto especial. Ele ganha, ainda, uma homenagem das pessoas que conviveram com ele durante sua vida sofrida, em que foi ao fundo do poço através do alcoolismo e saiu de lá para realizar seu grande sonho: se tornar carteiro.

Ataques de cachorro podem ser evitados! Alexandre Rossi mostra como se defender ao ficar cara a cara com um cachorro feroz. E todos os detalhes você acompanha com a turbo câmera, que mostra imagens em câmera lenta de cada movimento com os meninos do Ciência em Show.

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Mario Frias e Daniele Suzuki estarão na temporada 2014/2015 de Malhação

Nesses 19 anos de históriaMalhação tem uma tradição deliciosamisturar elenco veterano com uma garotada que, muitas vezes, está encarando o primeiro trabalho na TV. E o time da nova Malhação já conta com nomes de peso para estrelar a ala “veterana”.

Por estar no ar há tanto tempo, a próxima temporada será um reencontro para alguns atores. Mario Frias e Daniele Suzuki já fizeram parte da ala teen da série. Felipe Camargo e Helena Fernandes tiveram a experiência de trabalhar com essa galera. Quem estreia na atração é Eriberto Leão, que não esconde a animação de entrar para esse projeto.

No elenco também estarão: Arthur Aguiar, Bernardo Mesquita, Emanuelle Araújo, Felipe Simas, Guilherme Piva, Léo Jaime, Lucas Malvacini, Mussunzinho, Odilon Wagner e Ycaro Tavares.

A novela Malhação, de autoria de Rosane Svartman e Paulo Halm, estreia dia 14 de julho.

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