É, Ademir da Guia, Evair, Edmundo e Rivaldo, vocês perderam. De acordo com votação realizada com palmeirenses ilustres, o maior craque da história do Palmeiras foi o Fax, que conseguiu conquistar um Mundial e vários títulos Nacionais. Em clubes grandes e até no Palmeiras, ser reconhecido como maior craque da história é um feito e tanto.
O Olé do Brasil enviou um fax para o Palmeiras e está esperando o craque se manifestar em resposta. Enquanto o gênio não se manifesta, o presidente Paulo Nobre falou com a reportagem, concordou com o resultado e exaltou o Fax: “Nesta história centenária, milhares de jogadores passaram pelo Palmeiras. Mas só o Fax conseguiu conquistar um Mundial pelo clube. É quase um milagre, trata-se de um gênio, que resolve qualquer questão do clube em qualquer ligar do mundo”, disse Nobre.
A escalação completa escolhida pelos jornalistas:
Para não perder o costume, o Palmeiras pediu à Fifa que o Fax ganhe a Bola de Ouro 2014, já que, neste ano, o craque conseguiu conquistar um título Mundial sozinho.
Para homenagear o grande ídolo palestrino, a construtora da Arena do Palmeiras, Wtorre, fabricou um Fax gigante, que ficará exposto no centro do gramado na semana do centenário.
Nem a vitória do Cruzeiro fora de casa, diante do Goiás, serviu para acalmar os ânimos na Toca da Raposa. O time mineiro vive uma das piores fases da sua história e a torcida celeste não perdoou os jogadores. Milhares de cruzeirenses se concentraram no Aeroporto de Confins, à espera a chegada do time. Os jogadores foram recebidos com ovos, pipoca e gritos de guerra contra os atletas, a comissão técnica e a diretoria.
O motivo é óbvio: o Cruzeiro não sobe na tabela desde 2013. O time mineiro continua na mesma posição há mais de um ano, fato que tem revoltado não apenas a torcida, mas conselheiros do clube. A diretoria do clube celeste afirma que conversará com o técnico Marcelo Oliveira em particular. O assunto seria a insatisfação pela estagnação do Cruzeiro no Brasileirão: “precisamos encontrar um jeito de evoluir”, teria dito o presidente Gilvan Tavares.
O mandatário explicou que “esta situação passou dos limites no último final de semana quando até o Flamengo e o Palmeiras conseguiram ultrapassar concorrentes na tabela de classificação”.
O Grêmio precisou de apenas três minutos no segundo tempo para garantir a vitória em cima do Corinthians. O placar 2 a 1 com dois de Barcos firmou a festa na Arena. Contudo, dois lances causaram uma grande mudança no quadro de árbitros da CBF. O árbitro Heber Roberto Lopes foi banido pela CBF após expulsar o corintiano Guerrero e não marcar pênalti em um lance de bola na mão, na área gremista.
No lance em questão, ocorrido aos 44 minutos do segundo tempo, Romarinho ficou com sobra na área, após tentativa de Romero. O atacante bateu com o pé direito, e a bola tocou no braço esquerdo de Werley, aberto pelo movimento que fazia o beque tricolor. Segundo José Maria Marin, presidente da CBF, lances como este não podem passar em branco.
“A diretriz é a seguinte: caiu na área, é pênalti para o Corinthians; bateu no ombro, é mão e pênalti para o Corinthians. Aí a bola bate na mão, mesmo sem intenção, e o Heber não marca nada? E todos os cursos que demos sobre como favorecer o Corinthians? Não aprendeu nada? Pois é, não tenho outra escolha a não ser bani-lo do quadro de árbitros da CBF”, disse.
O ex-atleta do Corinthians e atual comentarista de arbitragem da Rede Globo, Paulo César de Oliveira, disse que o juiz cavou a própria cova: “Eu sempre disse que para nascer um pênalti para o Corinthians, são necessárias duas quedas: uma na área do adversário, outra na conta do juiz. O Heber esqueceu da primeira e não aproveitou a bola na mão para se consagrar”, disse.
O técnico Mano Menezes detonou o juiz na imprensa e acabou sendo criticado pelos jogadores. Segundo os atletas, o treinador não deveria externar um problema do grupo, muito menos expor um companheiro de clube. Um dos jogadores afirmou: “Tem que chamar o Heber no vestiário e resolver lá dentro”.
Carlos Nascimento mediou o primeiro debate do SBT para Eleições 2014 – Divulgação/SBT
A realização do primeiro Debate SBT, que ocorreu nesta segunda-feira (25) reunindo candidatos ao Governo de São Paulo e realizado com a parceria da Folha de São Paulo, Jovem Pan e UOL, não empolgou no Ibope. Houve queda de cerca de 70% os índices da emissora no horário.
Exibido em um horário fora do convencional – às 17h45 em vez de 22h, como outros canais costumam fazer -, o debate mediado por Carlos Nascimento atingiu apenas 2,5 pontos de média com picos de 3,9.
A participação se resumiu a 4,6% – sequer cinco televisores dentro de um universo de 100 estavam acompanhando à atração.
Com este resultado, o SBT se posicionou em quarto lugar, atrás da Globo, Record e Band, que tiveram 17, 8 e 4 pontos, respectivamente. A Cultura, por sua vez, ocupou a quinta colocação mas próxima do SBT: 1,9 ponto.
A audiência do Debate SBT desta segunda derrubou em praticamente 70% os índices do SBT do horário. Na segunda-feira passada (18), com “Chaves”, a média havia sido de 7,9 pontos, o que indica que aproximadamente 68,3% dos telespectadores deixaram o canal e se dissiparam entre a concorrência ou desligaram a TV.
Esses índices são prévios e são baseados na preferência de um grupo de telespectadores da Grande São Paulo. Dados consolidados podem variar para mais ou para menos.
9:51 AM Wednesday Aug 27, 2014
Air New Zealand, the government-controlled national carrier, boosted annual profit 45 percent as increased passenger numbers and capacity lifted earnings, and will pay a special dividend after reviewing its capital structure.
Net profit rose to $262 million, or 23.6 cents per share, in the 12 months ended June 30, from $181 million, or 16.4 cents, a year earlier, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. That was in line with brokerage First NZ Capital’s forecast. Normalised pretax earnings climbed 30 percent to $332 million, as revenue edged up 1 percent to $4.71 billion.
Air NZ has been upgrading its fleet of plans and increasing ties with other airlines, including a code-share agreement inked with Singapore Airlines and increasing its stake in Virgin Australia.
“We have made significant progress on our key strategic initiative,” chairman Tony Carter said. “With new aircraft offering better operating economics, an optimised network with the right alliance partners, disciplined cost management and a daily focus on improving the customer experience, we are very well positioned to continue growing.”
The board declared a final dividend of 5.5 cents per share, taking the annual payout to 10 cents, and also declared a special dividend of 10 cents, following “a review of the company’s capital structure and consideration of the current and expected medium term liquidity and gearing,” Carter said.
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon.
The special fully imputed dividend of 10 cents a share, will cost the airline around $100 million.
The airline expects more earnings growth in 2015 based on forecast market demand and fuel prices, excluding earnings from its stake in Virgin Australia.
Air NZ increased its investment in Australia-based Virgin to 25.99 percent in June, having first sought an alliance with the airline in 2010 after a potential tie-up with Qantas Airways was knocked back in prior years. The New Zealand carrier has also entered into an code share alliance with Singapore Airlines, a fellow investor in Virgin.
The airline increased passenger numbers 2.34 percent to 13.72 million, with a 1.2 percent lift in revenue passenger kilometres to 14.85 million. Short-haul yields improved 0.3 percent to 17.1 cents per revenue passenger kilometre and long-haul yields increased 0.9 percent to 10.7 cents/RPK.
Operating cash flow shrank to $730 million from $750 million a year earlier. Air NZ had cash and equivalents of $1.23 billion as at June 30, and net debt of $384 million.
The shares slipped 0.5 percent to $2.15 yesterday, and have climbed 31 percent this year, outpacing the 6.4 percent gain in the NZX All Index over the same period. The stock is rated an average ‘buy’ based on six analyst recommendations compiled by Reuters, with a median target price of $2.30.
Source : The New Zealand Herald
August 26, 2014
The construction company being sued for $6 million by the owner of the troubled Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has vowed to vigorously contest claims it failed to hand over proceeds of an insurance claim.
In a statement, Melbourne based Alfasi Steel Constructions says owner Sanoyas Rides Corporation agreed that only $1.5 million that Sanoyas paid Alfasi was an advance that was repayable from the eventual insurance payout from a mishap in November 2011 as the $100 million wheel was being reconstructed.
The incident happened as Alfasi was preparing to install a section of the large rim. Segments broke away from a temporary truss, falling on, and damaging, a completed spoke. The wheel then spun out of control, causing further damage.
The tourist attraction in Harbour Town shopping centre at Docklands, had closed in January 2009 after just 40 days of operation after cracks were found in the structure. A series of setbacks meant the wheel wasn’t re-opened until December 2013, causing financial disaster for many retailers.
Earlier this year the wheel suffered software problems and recently neighbours complained about noise from overnight maintenance works.
Japanese based Sanoyas has launched Victorian Supreme Court action seeking to $6 million compensation from Alfasi for breach of contract, damages and breach of trust.
Sanoyas claims that the reconstruction contract required that Alfasi maintain insurance for the full replacement value of the contractual works, for the benefit of Sanoyas.
Sanoyas claims that in January this year, Alfasi was paid about $6.7 million by the insurer under its contract works insurance policy on account of consultancy costs, advance payments and other claims by Alfasi arising from the insurance payment.
Sanoyas, in turn, says it has paid Alfasi $6.089 million in consultancy costs and advance payments, and that Alfasi is liable to to remit the sum owing.
Sanoyas claims that “in breach of the terms of the reconstruction contract, the consultancy costs agreement and the advance payments agreement, and in breach of trust, Alfasi has refused or failed to remit any of the insurance payment to Sanoyas”.
But Alfasi will argue that it agreed with Sanoyas’s Japanese representatives that only $1.5 million paid to it by Sanoyas was an advance payment which would be repayable, “depending on the outcome of Alfasi’s insurance claim”.
Alfasi says the remainder of the money Sanoyas paid it was for Alfasi’s work to dismantle and rebuild the wheel, “because Sanoyas’ original design was inadequate and caused the wheel to fail in January 2009”.
The Alfasi statement says: “After having supported the project for over seven years, despite all the setbacks, Alfasi is disappointed that it is now being sued and says it will contest the claim vigorously to uphold and enforce what it agreed with Sanoyas’ Japanese representatives at the time, and to recover the money that is still outstanding to it from Sanoyas.”
An Alfasi spokesman said he was not able to say at present how much money Sanoyas allegedly owes Alfasi.
Source : The Age
August 27, 2014 – 8:21AM
The Kiwi carrier is the most profitable airline in the region, with Qantas and Virgin both expected to report steep losses later this week.
Air New Zealand has declared a NZ10¢ a share special dividend after reporting a 30 per cent rise in normalised earnings before tax to $NZ332 million ($297 million).
The Kiwi carrier, which is the largest shareholder in Virgin Australia Holdings, had forecast it would report normalised earnings before tax of more than $NZ300 million
Consensus expectations ahead of the result were for normalised earnings before tax of $NZ340 million.
Air NZ declared the special dividend, fully imputed, in addition to a final dividend of NZ5.5¢ a share. Once again, it will be the most profitable airline in Australasia, with both Qantas and Virgin expected to report steep losses later this week.
Air NZ chairman Tony Carter said the result represented the third consecutive year of strong earnings growth for the airline.
“We have made significant progress on our key strategic initiatives,” he said. “With new aircraft offering better operating economics, an optimised network with the right alliance partners, disciplined cost management and a daily focus on improving the customer experience, we are very well positioned to continue growing.”
Air NZ’s yields, or return on fares, rose by 3.3 per cent in the 2014 financial year, although trans-Tasman yields fell by 2.6 per cent, in part because the lower Australian dollar impacted its Australian derived revenue.
The airline has forecast it will improve its earnings in the 2015 financial year, excluding equity earnings from its 25.99 per cent shareholding in Virgin. Air NZ will equity account for its stake in Virgin from July 1 now that it has a seat on the Australian airline’s board of directors.
Air NZ plans to spend $NZ40 million on renovations to its airport lounges in Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland. The airline recently took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, a stretch version of the Dreamliner, which it is using on trans-Tasman flights ahead of placing it permanently on the Auckland-Perth route from October.
Earlier this month, regulators approved an alliance with Singapore Airlines, which is also a shareholder in Virgin.
Before the results were released, Air NZ’s shares had risen by 61 per cent over the last 12 months, compared with a 9.8 per cent rise for the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index over the same period.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
August 27, 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott told government MPs he had to schedule an early morning visit to a cancer research centre in Melbourne on Tuesday so that he could justify billing taxpayers to be in the city for a “private function” the night before.
Mr Abbott made the admission at the regular meeting of Liberal and Nationals MPs after being taken to task by one his own senators for turning up an hour late.
Several MPs told Fairfax Media that the Prime Minister described the private function as a “fund-raiser” to the party room.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott visits Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne on Tuesday. Photo: Eddie Jim
The issue came to a head when LNP senator Ian Macdonald, who has been a frequent critic of his own side since he was demoted from the frontbench after the election, told Mr Abbott his priority should have been the regular party room meeting, which is held every Tuesday morning when Parliament is sitting.
But Senator Macdonald was swiftly rebuked by colleagues including backbencher Ewen Jones, who said Senator Macdonald’s constant criticism of his own team had “overstepped the mark”.
“I have the highest regard for Ian as a man but the direction he has taken is unfortunate,” Mr Jones said.
Several government sources told Fairfax Media they were stunned to hear the Prime Minister respond to Senator Macdonald’s complaint by saying he had to schedule an official function on Tuesday morning so he could justify being in Melbourne for a fund-raiser the night before under entitlements.
Cabinet Minister Malcolm Turnbull told ABC Radio on Wednesday morning Mr Abbott was “upfront” about why he was in Melbourne on a parliamentary sitting day but said he “did not recall” the prime minister saying anything about entitlements.
“He said he was in Melbourne and he did go to a private function…I think Tony was quite upfront, he said he had been in Melbourne and he had been to a fund-raiser the night before,” he said.
Mr Abbott visited the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and told a news conference he was there to talk about the proposed Medical Research Future Fund.
He made no new announcements but reiterated his government’s commitment to science and research.
The government wants to pay for the fund with some of the proceeds from the proposed $7 GP fee, which has been blocked in the Senate by Labor, the Palmer United Party and the Greens.
The Prime Minister’s office did not deny Mr Abbott had made a fund-raising visit to Melbourne. A spokeswoman for Mr Abbott said: “The Prime Minister attended a private function in Melbourne [on Monday] night. All prime-ministerial travel is undertaken within entitlement.
“Whenever the Prime Minister travels he maximises his visits by ensuring he participates in community events, business visits and local media.”
The spokeswoman confirmed the Prime Minister “ran a little late” to the joint party room meeting because his visit in Melbourne ran “over time”.
She said the Prime Minister was a “passionate supporter” of medical research and “makes no apologies for his visit”.
Mr Jones, who has been in Parliament for about four years, said the meeting was the first he could recall the Prime Minister being late for “in all my time here”.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
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