Após a conclusão da partida Figueirense x Corinthians, um fotógrafo do Terra teve parte do seu equipamento furtado dentro da sala de imprensa do estádio. Apesar da revolta do profissional, o fato foi muito comemorado pelo Timão, já que este foi o primeiro de muitos crimes cometidos no novo estádio.
“Essa é a torcida do Corinthians. Fiel, infalível, foragida, meliante. Sabemos que foi o primeiro de muitos e por isso vamos enviar um kit do clube para este rapaz e homenageá-lo por manter as nossas raízes vivas. Obrigado por ser um legítimo corintiano”, disse o presidente Mário Gobbi.
O roubo gerou uma ideia no departamento de marketing do clube, que prepara ações especiais para exaltar a forma de ser do corintiano durante as partidas do clube no Itaquerão – Itaqueirense, Impressorão, Figueirão, Lulão, como você quiser. Segundo o gerente de marketing do Coringão, Junior Gamba, a ação ocorrerá como uma espécie de gincana.
“No próximo jogo, um sinalizador será disponibilizado em um local do estádio. O torcedor que encontrar o objetivo e dispará-lo contra a torcida adversária ganhará um carro”, disse.
O juiz que inventar o primeiro pênalti para o Timão no Itaquerão terá uma estátua no estádio.
May 20, 2014 – 11:08PM
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. Photo: Brendan Esposito
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou admits the prospect of South Africa sending a second-string side for Monday’s friendly against Australia at ANZ Stadium is a serious concern before the World Cup.
The Bafana Bafana are scheduled to face Australia on May 26, and then head to Auckland four days later to take on New Zealand, but will do so without several big names.
Veterans Kagisho Dikgacoi, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Tsepo Masilela and Itumeleng Khune, who boast over 300 caps between them, as well as FC Rostov young gun Siyanda Xulu, are among those understood to have withdrawn from selection, citing fatigue from their club campaigns.
“We obviously want a decent test and a decent hit-out and we’re still hopeful they’ll send out a strong enough team,” Postecoglou said. “We definitely want to make sure the opposition make it tough for us because we’re going to a World Cup. I’m just hoping it all gets sorted out in time.”
Postecoglou seemed bemused at why any player would be averse to pulling on their national team colours.
“Any time you play international football, it would be pretty surprising if the players didn’t want to play,” he said. “But to be honest, that game was always going to be more about us than the opposition. From our perspective, our outcomes don’t change because we can only control our side of things.”
The South Africans are so hampered by withdrawals that an official told local media how threadbare the selection had become.
“At this stage, we have more officials and invited media booked to go to Australia than players,” he said “It’s a disaster if something can’t be sorted out.”
South Africa coach Gordon Igesund was reluctant to disclose how many players would be pulling out.
“I can’t give any details right now,” he told iol.co.za. “We are trying to solve the problem and we’ll be in a position to give details of the situation at a media conference at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday morning.”
Regardless of who South Africa bring, the Socceroos might try some new combinations in their farewell match on Australian soil.
“We’re definitely going to be looking at some things we haven’t tried before,” Postecoglou said. “That’s not dependant on who the opposition is, that’s just about us. We’ve got two strong hit-outs, this is one of them, and we want to make the most of them.”
Postecoglou has kept a keen eye on all players in the pre-tournament camp on the central coast over the past week, and has been pleased with what he has seen.
“Obviously it’s a new group and a lot of the early arrivals were the younger ones,” he said. “It’s been nice to kick it off here in Gosford because it’s fairly quiet and relaxed and they can go about their work. But training has been intense, as I expected.
“A lot of guys are still nervous about getting selected, so training has had a good tempo and, the last few days, we’ve had more numbers filtering in. I’ve been happy with how it’s been going.”
Asked if he was closer to finalising his final 23, Postecoglou said he was still looking to give every player a chance to impress.
“To a certain extent, I’m definitely getting an idea, but again I want to give the boys every opportunity and a lot of it will just be how they cope with training,” he said. “They’re all coming in at different stages of fitness and in different stages of the season – some have finished their season, others are halfway through – so we’ll see how they cope right through until the South Africa game.”
Source : The Canberra Times
May 20, 2014 – 9:15PM
Federal budget cuts will gouge more than $47 million from ACT health funding from July, which could pay for 2850 elective surgeries, 390 nurses, staff for 135 acute hospital beds or 33 intensive care beds, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says.
The ACT government estimates the cuts will rip about $240 million from health funding to the ACT community over the next four years.
Figures to be released by the ACT government on Wednesday show the federal government is expected to cut its payments to the ACT by $47 million from July.
Ms Gallagher said the cuts were another massive hit to the ACT budget’s bottom line and had come without warning.
Government will continue to oppose the cuts and seek a fair outcome from the Commonwealth government,” she said. “Canberrans have a right to be treated the same as every other Australian and there is no doubt this budget targets Canberra unlike any other city in the country.”
“The Abbott government has unilaterally walked away from key commitments contained in the current National Health Reform Agreement, which was signed in good faith in 2011 and included commitments to funding guarantees, indexation and payment for interstate patients treated in our hospitals.”
Ms Gallagher said the cuts came on top of other reductions in payments from the Commonwealth and the downward revision of the ACT government’s own revenue expectations following the significant job losses included in the federal budget.
She said the ACT’s health system had been thrown into “further turmoil” with the introduction of the $7 co-payment for doctor’s visits and other tests, increases to the co-payment for medicines, and the uncertain future facing ACT Medicare Local.
Outgoing Australian Medical Association ACT president Andrew Miller said the cuts to public hospital funding were a real concern. “It’s really serious – you can’t run a health system properly if it’s underfunded,” he said.
“We’ve already got Canberra Hospital operating at full capacity, if they cut funding from that, there are only two possibilities: one is that the ACT is going to have to raise more revenue to match that funding loss; the other is that services are going to have to be cut.
“You may be able to make some efficiencies within the hospital, but inevitably there’s going to have to be people looking long and hard at what they do in terms of the services that they provide.”
Local doctors, such as Kambah GP Suzanne Davey, are concerned about changes announced in the budget.
She said the $7 co-payment was based on a “false premise” that it would reduce visits to a doctor. “I don’t consider the vast majority of people come unnecessarily, I think that’s totally wrong,” she said.
“There’s no way that I’m going to be able to get someone in a nursing home to pay $7 … so my income will [be reduced].
“It’s not going to affect my behaviour at all. We’re a private practice but I bulk bill between 30 and 40 per cent of people because they are disadvantaged in some way and I bulk bill people who don’t have healthcare cards for various reasons, and my style of medicine, I spend as long with people as it takes – that style of medicine will not change and I expect my income will go down.
“In the long run, practices have to run and I suppose the people who do pay will end up subsidising those who can’t, and they’re being punished as well because they’re being penalised because they will get a $5 less rebate.”
Dr Davey said it would be a great administrative burden for doctors to have to be “a tax collector” and collect the $7 co-payment.
“I really support the idea of Medicare as a safety net for people and I’m very disappointed that it’s being disbanded,” she said.
Source : The Canberra Times
May 21, 2014
Do you like paying tax? No, I thought not. Well, I have good news. The harsh measures in last week’s budget were directed towards one overwhelming objective: getting the budget back into surplus without increasing taxes to do it. Indeed, Joe Hockey is working towards the day when he can start cutting income tax.
If you hadn’t quite realised that, you could be forgiven. You’ve been unable to see it because of two distractors: the deficit levy and the resumed indexation of fuel excise.
Illustration: Kerrie Leishman.
But the levy is just a temporary pin-prick to the top 3 per cent of taxpayers who will pay it. And the price of petrol will rise by only about 1 cent a litre per year. The effect of the excise increase will be dwarfed by the ups and downs in the world price of oil.
The catch is this: you may hate paying tax, but don’t be too sure Hockey’s efforts to avoid tax increases and eventually make room for income-tax cuts will leave you ahead on the deal.
Why not? Because to avoid increasing taxes – and avoid cutting the big tax breaks some people enjoy – Hockey has concentrated on cutting back all manner of government spending. And most people – maybe all families bar the top 10 per cent or so – have more to lose from cuts to government spending made, than they have to gain from tax increases avoided.
That’s particularly true when Hockey’s efforts to cut government spending take the form of tightening means tests, moving to meaner rates of indexation and introducing or increasing user charges.
Don’t think just because you voted for the Coalition Hockey is looking after you. It works out that low income-earners – generally the old, the young and the unemployed – are heavily dependent on government spending, and genuinely middle income-earners with dependent kids are significantly reliant on government spending.
Only high income-earners who’ve already been means-tested out of eligibility for most programs (e.g. me) have little to lose from Hockey’s cuts. That’s the reason for the deficit levy. Without it, it would have been too easily seen that high income-earners weren’t doing any of Hockey’s “heavy lifting”.
Indeed, too many people might have twigged that the whole exercise was designed to have high income-earners as its chief beneficiaries. The spending cuts are permanent and many of them save more as each year passes. But the deficit tax is temporary.
Hockey wants us to believe he had no choice but to do what he did. I accept he had to get on with bringing the two sides of his budget back into balance, but he had a lot of choice in the measures he took to bring that about.
He chose to focus on cutting three big classes of government spending: health, education, and income-support programs (pensions, the dole and family tax benefits). Not by chance, these are the programs of least importance to high income-earners.
He carefully avoided cutting the programs of most importance to the well-off: superannuation tax concessions, the concessional tax treatment of capital gains and negative gearing, Tony Abbott’s Rolls Royce paid parental leave scheme, the mining industry’s fuel excise rebate and other “business welfare” and, of course, the high income-earners’ favourite charity: defence spending.
And while slashing away at health, education and income support, he was also busy abolishing the carbon tax, the mining tax paid largely by three huge foreign mining companies, cutting the rate of company tax by 1.5 percentage points and exempting federal grants to private schools from his education cuts.
Hockey will tell you his net cuts to health, schools and age pensions don’t actually take effect until 2017, after the 2016 election. This is the basis for his claim not to have broken Abbott’s election promises. (Remember, all the proceeds from his cuts and charges in health care will go into the new medical research future fund.) It’s largely true – though only for Abbott’s “core” promises.
Even so, Hockey’s most objectionable changes are the punitive treatment of the young jobless and the attack on Medicare’s principle of universality. The measures that will do most harm to the Liberal heartland (including the children of high income-earners) are the changes to HECS and deregulation of university fees.
Some people are referring to Hockey’s $7 patient co-payment for GP visits, tests and scans as a tax. This is quite wrong. It’s precisely because it isn’t a tax that it has been introduced. It’s a user charge: use the service, pay the charge. By contrast, taxes are amounts you pay the government that bear no direct relationship to what you get back.
High income-earners want more user-charging (for pharmaceuticals as well as GP visits) because they’re no great burden to the highly paid, but they reduce the need for higher taxes. They reduce the cross-subsidy from the rich to the poor.
I must warn you, however, of the one glaring exception to high income-earners’ insistence that tax increases be avoided at all cost (to other people). The one tax increase they lust after is a rise in the goods and services tax.
Why? Because they believe it will be part of a deal in which the higher GST paid by everyone is used to pay for another cut in the rate of company tax plus a cut in the top rate of income tax.
Ross Gittins is economics editor.
Source : The Canberra Times
O presidente da CBF, José Maria Marin, deixou escapar que espera que Luiz Felipe Scolari siga no comando do time nacional após o Mundial. Em entrevista concedida ao lado do treinador à TV Bandeirantes, o dirigente manifestou este desejo ao comentar o fato de que a entidade que controla o futebol nacional está construindo um museu em sua nova sede, na Barra da Tijuca, no Rio, e citou o local como possível palco de futuras convocações anunciadas pelo comandante.
Felipão, entretanto, acabou interrompendo a fala de Marin para garantir que não seguirá no comando da Seleção após a Copa. “Não, eu não vou estar mais. Terminou o Mundial, eu não vou mais”, disse o técnico, que depois brincou com a situação, em meio a um princípio de constrangimento do dirigente com a situação. “Então eu vou voltar lá para convocar, vou ser eu o técnico então?”, questionou, sorrindo, na noite do último domingo.
‘Foco é a Copa’
Em seguida, Marin ganhou um aperto de mão do treinador ao dizer que, por ele, não haveria objeção para a sua continuidade no comando da Seleção depois do Mundial, independentemente do resultado. Entretanto, ao ser questionado se já estaria bancando a permanência de Felipão, o mandatário se esquivou ao dizer que “o foco agora é a Seleção (na Copa)”
Diário do Nordeste – Jogada – 20.05.2014
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