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Hino da Copa do SBT está desatualizado

O jingle da Copa do Mundo exibido pelo SBT em 2014 é o mesmo de 2010, cantado por Silvio Santos. Até aí, beleza.

No entanto, como a competição será no Brasil, a letra não faz sentido algum. “Vai lá Brasil… Volta com a taça na mão”. Vai pra aonde ou vai voltar de onde?, é bem o caso de perguntar.

É necessário avisar que a Copa vai ser aqui.

 

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Virgin America’s pocket-sized boarding pass

Virgin America's pocket-sized boarding pass

Virgin America has unveilled a redesigned boarding pass designed to easily slip into a traveller’s pocket.

Intended for printing at the office or home as part of online checkin, the single sheet folds down to a quarter of its full size while still retaining the key travel data on the front with the code needed for airport scanning of the pass on the back

It’s a very practical twist on the whole boarding pass 2.0 concept, which in recent years has seen several concepts offered to make the traditionalboarding pass more user-friendly.

Felipão pede que Vasco cancele venda de camisa alusiva à Seleção: “Vai dar azar e seremos vice”

Camisa que vai arruinar o Brasil (FOTO: Dinamite)

A Pênalty, fornecedora de material esportivo do Vasco, inovou e lançou uma camisa dupla face. De um lado, o tradicional uniforme. Do outro, o amarelo alusivo à seleção brasileira. A notícia causou muita preocupação na Seleção Brasileira, que vê a camisa vascaína como um talismã do diabo, que pode provocar um vice campeonato do Brasil na Copa do Mundo.

Supersticioso, Felipão pediu para o Vasco cancelar o projeto e parar de vender a camisa: “Não sei se os vascaínos sabem, mas o Brasil pode pegar a Argentina na final. Já pensou perdemos para eles no Maracanã? A Ponte Preta foi vice campeã da Copa Sul-americana por causa do uniforme, que é idêntico ao do Vasco. Espero que os cariocas tenham a sensibilidade de cancelar esse projeto”, disse.

Coincidência ou não, no dia do lançamento da camisa, faltou água na sede da CBF e na Granja Comary, centro de treinamento da Seleção Canarinho.

A sorte de Felipão e do povo brasileiro é que na Copa não tem rebaixamento.

Earn Virgin Australia frequent flyer points for luxe holidays

Earn Virgin Australia frequent flyer points for luxe holidays

Virgin Australia is adding a string of six-star resorts to its roster of Velocity Frequent Flyer partners.

You may not recognise the name of new partner Kerzner International, but you’ll be familiar with some of its luxury properties including Atlantis at Dubai and The Bahamas plus One&Only Resorts.

This includes the new One&Only Resort Hayman Island, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, which opens in July this year.

“The ultra-luxury private island resort will feature villas and penthouses amongst expansive pools, world-class restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness centre surrounded by diverse marine life and pristine white sand”, Virgin Australia boasts.

To kick off the new partnership, Velocity members will also enjoy the following benefits for stays at One&Only Hayman Island from July 1 to September 30:

  • double Points and 25% savings on accommodation for reservations made between May 27 and July 31, 2014
  • complimentary upgrade to the next available guest room category for reservations made by June 30, 2014

Earning rates at One&Only Hayman Island will be “up to 6 Points per Australian dollar”  from July 1 to September 30 2014, with 1000 Points per stay at any Kerzner International resort

Source : Australian Business Traveller

A pedido da CBF, Cruzeiro deixa de disputar o Brasileirão para dar chance aos outros times

Só de zoeira, o Cruzeiro poderia transformar o Moreno no craque do Brasileirão (FOTO: Martinuccio)

 

Como mágica, foi só focar no Brasileirão que o Cruzeiro assumiu a ponta da tabela. No último jogo, com um placar elástico de 3 a 1, o líder bateu como visitante o último invicto e um dos adversários diretos pelo título, o Internacional. O resultado e a arrancada ligaram o sinal de alerta da CBF, que fechou um acordo para que o time mineiro não jogue o Brasileirão de 2014.

O objetivo da medida é dar chance aos demais clubes de brigar pelo título, conforme explicou o presidente da entidade, José Maria Marin: “O Cruzeiro só perde esse título se o Fluminense entrar com recurso. Concordo que não é difícil isso acontecer, mas dentro de campo, está na cara que vai ser igual a 2013.  Por isso, fizemos uma proposta boa ao time celeste para mantermos a graça do Brasileirão”, disse.

Inicialmente, a torcida cruzeirense protestou contra a medida. Contudo, depois de descobrir o que o time mineiro leva, os fanáticos acabaram entendendo a situação. Em troca da desistência do Brasileirão, o Cruzeiro entrará direto nas quartas de final da Libertadores de 2015 e ganhará um prêmio de 50 milhões de reais.

O Cruzeiro sobra tanto no Brasileirão que até o Marcelo Moreno (risos) está no topo da artilharia do campeonato.

 

Chapecoense comemora vitória de 6 pontos diante do Verdão: “Adversário direto contra o rebaixamento”

Chapecoense comemora vitória no clássico da Segundona (FOTO: Wendel)

Chapecoense comemora vitória no clássico da Segundona
(FOTO: Wendel)

Atenção torcedor palmeirense, que se iludiu com a pequena sequência de vitórias: O Palmeiras voltou a ser o Palmeiras de sempre e perdeu para a Chapecoense, por 2 a 0. Tudo normal novamente.

Como não poderia deixar de ser, o time catarinense comemorou muito a vitória, já que se trata de uma disputa direta pela sobrevivência no campeonato e, principalmente, pela permanência na Série A.

“Foi uma grande vitória, pois se trata de um jogo de 6 pontos. O Palmeiras é um adversários direto contra o rebaixamento e esses três pontos vão fazer a diferença no final do campeonato”, disse o técnico da equipe catarinense, Celso Rodrigues.

Seja na Série B ou na Série A, a Chapecoense nunca perdeu um clássico para o Palmeiras.

 

Is Brisbane set for a tram revival?

May 27, 2014 – 12:00AM

Tony Moore

brisbanetimes.com.au senior reporter

Brisbane’s tourism chief says plans to take 200 buses a day from Brisbane CBD streets by 2020 means it is time to reconsider tourism trams for Brisbane.

Queensland’s Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind says the BaT tunnel plans to remove 200 buses from the CBD opened the door to rethinking trams.

It also comes as Brisbane plans major changes to the inner-city’s heritage areas.

A Melbourne tram.

A Melbourne tram.

Exposed 45-year-old tram tracks recently re-emerged on the corner of Wharf Street and Adelaide Street, triggering tram experts to confirm the tracks remained under the city’s bitumen.

Mr Gschwind said “there was serious talk about introducing an inner-city tram” several years ago, but the plan was rejected.

He said tourist trams – similar to Melbourne and Christchurch –  should be reconsidered because the BaT tunnel changed the circumstances for inner-city traffic.

A Christchurch tram.

A Christchurch tram.

“I think a city should be grown-up enough and vibrant and forward-thinking enough to contemplate such things,” he said.

“It would be very sad if we couldn’t consider it.”

Mr Gschwind said Brisbane people were “nostalgic about trams”, but said public transport experts acknowledged trams were “effective people movers”.

Tram tracks unearthed on Adelaide Street.

Tram tracks unearthed on Adelaide Street. Photo: Tony Moore

“I think there is a nostalgic hankering for a tram in Brisbane, because there are certainly a lot of people who remember them,” he said.

“But there are also lots of people who have experienced the joys of light rail and trams around the world, and indeed in other parts of Australia. They are all around, very likeable pieces of infrastructure.”

However, Mr Gschwind acknowledged trams were expensive and caused disruption during construction.

A Brisbane tram, in the era when they still roamed  the city's streets.

A Brisbane tram, in the era when they still roamed the city’s streets. Photo: State Library of Queensland

Brisbane Tramway Museum vice-president Peter Hyde said even a small tram network would be very expensive.

“Even to run one tram you have to have a workshop to service it, you have to have sub-stations for the power and the initial cost hurdle for even one tram is just so great,” he said.

But Mr Hyde said trams remained popular with the general public.

He said tram tracks had been removed from under much of of Queen Street, but remained under Adelaide Street’s bitumen.

“The idea of tourist trams have been floated at various times,” Mr Hyde said.

“But it usually stumbles at the dollar hurdle.”

In March 2014, Premier Campbell Newman showed off the bus and train tunnel which could take 200 buses a day from Brisbane’s CBD streets.

Brisbane City Council said the exposed tram tracks would be covered this week.

Source : The Brisbane Times

Russia’s mega gas deal with China bad news for Australia

May 27, 2014 – 11:01AM

Brian Robins

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Santos CEO David Knox at the site of the Curtis Island LNG project.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Santos CEO David Knox at the site of the Curtis Island LNG project.

Any chance for Queensland’s major gas export projects to further expand may have been derailed by the latest mega deal for Russia to sell gas to China, the largest market in Asia.

Several export gas projects are being built in Queensland with initial shipments expected by year end.

However while the projects have scope to be expanded further, last week’s deal by Russia to pipe gas to China may undermine those plans.

Russia finalised lengthy negotiations to supply 38 billion cubic metres of gas to China at an estimated price of $US9.90 per million British thermal unit (MMBTU), which is significantly cheaper than the export price into Japan for Australian gas of around $US18 per MMBTU.

“We can’t afford to underestimate the significance of last week’s development for the Pacific gas market with Russia entering that arena in a major way China,” specialist gas industry consultant Graham Bethune of EnergyQuest said.

“The negative impact for Australia’s [liquified natural gas] competitiveness and future market share from this new market dynamic is serious.”

Russia has the world’s largest gas reserves and is the world’s largest exporter, but it supplies principally the European market, with only small volumes sold into Asia at present.

“Australia’s LNG sector should be mightily concerned as the project cost for Russia in its China supply deal is about the same cost as our own Gorgon project – but with a capability to supply 80 per cent more gas,” Dr Bethune said.

“This deal has the very real potential therefore to be a game-changer in Australia’s key LNG market. To have any chance of seizing and participating in the next wave of LNG developments, Australia can no longer rely therefore on ‘being first in the queue’.”

Mr Bethune said the Russian deal will force Australia’s gas exporters to move actively to cut costs if it is to have any chance of participating in a second round of new global gas export developments.

EnergyQuest said the cost for an Australian greenfield gas export plants is around $US3,500 per tonne of capacity per annum (tpa), while the cost for the recently completed PNG gas export,  was $US2,750/tpa.

“Petronas has quoted a total cost of $US2,500/tpa for its Canadian project. The cost of Gazprom’s China project is around $US2,000/tpa,” Dr Bethune said. “In these circumstances, arguing against floating LNG developments in Australia, the cheapest LNG alternative, is irrelevant. It has to be cheapest development or nothing.

“And floating LNG isn’t an easy get-out-of-jail card either. Costs need to fall – right across the industry.”

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald