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A situação do Palmeiras piora a cada rodada. Com uma sucessão de desfalques e de erros do goleiro Fábio, após a derrota para o Fluminense, o time namora a zona de rebaixamento do campeonato Brasileiro. Por isto, a diretoria do clube solicitou um aumento no ritmo da construção da nova arena visando inaugurá-la ainda na Série A:
“Pedimos a construtora para colocar mais uma jornada de trabalho. Vamos acelerar as obras para dar ao menos uma alegria ao torcedor neste centenário, que é o novo estádio”, disse o presidente do clube, Paulo Nobre.
Para auxiliar nas obras, o clube disponibilizará alguns jogadores na construção. A ideia foi aprovada pelo elenco: “Eu nunca fiz um gol, então por causa do contrato de produtividade minha família não está numa situação confortável. Agora vou poder garantir o leitinho das crianças”, disse o atacante Diogo.
Enquanto aguarda a inauguração da nova Arena, a torcida palmeirense já aprendeu que na frase: “O goleiro falhou novamente”, o sujeito sempre é o Fábio.
O Brasileirão não terminou hoje! Graças a vitória do São Paulo em um jogo de ótima qualidade contra o líder Cruzeiro, ainda há possibilidades do campeonato ganhar emoção nas próximas rodadas. A partida, que bateu o recorde de público da competição, contou com uma tradição que desde o início do futebol no país se repete quando estes dois times se enfrentam: Rogério Ceni fez um gol no time de Minas Gerais.
“Eu lembro quando fiz o primeiro gol no Cruzeiro, o clube ainda tinha outro nome. Foi uma partida tão emocionante quanto esta. Mas o importante agora é que o São Paulo segue vivo na busca do título e eu fazendo gols no Fábio”, explicou o capitão tricolor, Rogério Ceni.
Justamente por este histórico positivo contra a Raposa, o goleiro oficializou um pedido a diretoria para que sua partida de despedida, a acontecer em breve, seja contra o Cruzeiro: “Nada contra os outros times, mas de todos os meus gols, 90 foram contra o Cruzeiro, sendo 75 em cima do Fábio. Ele é um grande parceiro meu”, explica o futuro aposentado.
A partida ainda não tem data para acontecer, mas Rogério aproveitou para descontrair e cornetar seu companheiro de profissão: “Espero fazer um gol na minha despedida, mas sem precisar que o Fábio esteja de costas”.
O blog Pombo sem Asa divulgou os times dos candidatos à presidência do Brasil. Por isso, já começou um burburinho nas redes sociais com o objetivo de entender o tamanho da influência da paixão pelo futebol dos presidenciáveis nas pesquisas de intenções de votos divulgadas recentemente. O consultor político do Olé do Brasil, Apodi, comentou que tipo de influência a divulgação dos times deverá ter nas urnas no próximo mês.
“Esse tipo de divulgação diz o que vemos nas pesquisas de intenção de votos, já que os botafoguenses Levir Fidelix e Eduardo Jorge e o santista Zé Maria estão lá em baixo nas pesquisas, assim como a torcida do Botafogo e do Santos. Se esses candidatos dependerem da torcida de seus respectivos times, não vai ter jeito, já que a média desses 2 clubes é de 1 torcedor a cada 30 milhões de pessoas. Além disso, eles não são obrigados a votar, já que senhores acima de 70 anos tem voto opcional. Portanto, a chance de um desses candidatos ganhar é do tamanho da torcida de Santos e Botafogo: pequenininha”, disse.
“Outro fato que chama a atenção é o gremista Eymael que, assim como o seu time, já entra na disputa sabendo que não vai ganhar. E o pior é que tal qual seu clube, ele é Imortal, pois está sempre concorrendo, mesmo sendo morto já no primeiro turno. Ele é tão Imortal quanto um zumbi de capacete (risos)”, brincou. “O Pastor Everaldo é vascaíno e, assim como seu clube, está no segundo pelotão, não figurando entre os principais concorrentes do país. A diferença é que tem água em casa”, lembou Apodi .
Apesar de ser palmeirense, Marina Silva venceria as eleições no 2° turno, de acordo com algumas pesquisas. Um palmeirense vencer algo que não seja a Série B é realmente impressionante. Já Dilma, assim como seu time, o Internacional, entrou como favorita, mas está caindo na tabela. Promete brigar até o final e pode surpreender com uma nova arrancada, assim como seu segundo time, o Atlético-MG, fez na Libertadores de 2013.
O caso do tucano Aécio Neves é curioso. Apesar de o Cruzeiro, seu time do coração, estar liderando o Brasileirão com certa folga, o candidato está bem atrás de seus dois principais concorrentes. Devido ao retrospecto recente do time mineiro, existe a desconfiança de que Aécio seja torcedor do América-MG e esteja espalhando ser cruzeirense para ganhar votos e a confiança da população.
É importante lembrar que assim que o novo presidente for eleito, o Fluminense deve entrar com recurso e obrigá-lo a torcer pelo Tricolor das Laranjeiras, fato que mudaria o cenário para as próximas eleições e a forma de governar.
September 14, 2014 – 6:47PM
Tony Abbott says a final decision is yet to be taken on whether our forces deploy in Iraq itself. Right now, they are being “prepositioned” to our base at Al Minhad, in the United Arab Emirates.
Don’t believe it.
Within days it will become clear that Australia is to play a “proportionate” yet key role in a lethal multi-national campaign involving an air war of staggering ferocity, and support for ground forces operating in Iraq, and potentially even, into Syria.
The theatre of war is always preceded by the theatre of politics.
In this case, those theatrics are being crafted extra carefully in light of past military misadventures which remain so fresh in the minds of Australians, Americans, the British, and of course, Iraqis.
And to that list should be added the Vietnamese.
While parallels with the miserable Vietnam War have previously been drawn at the time of Iraq Mk I and the subsequent Afghanistan foray, there are some obvious similarities to note here too.
The US-led disaster in Vietnam was an ill-advised attempt to stop the export of an anti-western ideology, in that case communism. But it was the campaign’s ultimate failure, preceded by an inexorable ratcheting up of forces, for which it is notorious. It too began with military “advisers”.
The politics of the gathering storm to hit Iraq and Syria are at least as tricky involving highly motivated and well-funded guerilla forces operating across borders, with various lines of support and a raft of declared and non-declared national interests to balance in the region.
A glance at the multi-national force assembled so far reveals some of this complexity by way of who is not involved such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, and Turkey.
Domestically, Abbott like US President Barack Obama, is treading carefully, slowly, and methodically.
The plan, in contra-distinction to the flawed intelligence-based case for Iraq Mk I, is to ensure the people come along – even if the precise end goal is hard to define.
Everything Obama has done in the prelude to this conflict – and Abbott too for that matter – has been designed to mark it out as quintessentially different from that first Iraq disaster.
They’ve been aided in this regard by the televised actions of the terrorists themselves brutally beheading US and British nationals, as well as their genocide against fellow Muslims.
Abbott has stressed Australia’s responsibility to intervene in the blood-fest if only because we have unwittingly supplied some 60 fighters to ISIL and have many more who provide it with support.
But he has also made a convincing case on Australia’s national security grounds – both in terms of returning and highly trained jihadists, and in terms of the risks of lone-wolf sympathisers.
Yet the task domestically is not without risks.
The Labor opposition remains firmly onside, eager not to be seen to be equivocal in the face of terrorism.
But it seems unlikely everyone in “team-Labor” will stay in the peloton – especially if Australians die at the hands of those they are advising.
The Greens have already slammed the decision branding it just another case of Australia slavishly following the US into war.
This reflects a surprising indifference on the political left to the plight of hundreds of thousands of powerless Iraqis.
But the mission remains problematic. Degrading ISIL may well be possible from the air, but destroying it? That has to happen on the ground.
Perhaps it is time western political leaders levelled with voters on that score rather than getting there by degrees as also happened in Vietnam.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
September 13, 2014
Worse off: the academic gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students is widening.
The Australian education system is in worse shape now than when David Gonski handed down his damning assessment of it three years ago, with academic performance sliding and the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students widening.
A new analysis of My School data provided to The Sun Herald tells of deterioration in Australian schools since the controversial website was launched in 2010.
It also finds that the disparity between the highest and lowest performing students, which is already greater than most other developed countries, is deepening.
The NAPLAN test results from 2009 to 2013 published on the website show student achievement has stalled or languished across a majority of the measures. But a deeper analysis reveals, while results have climbed for advantaged students, they have slipped for those from the middle and bottom of the socioeconomic scale. The gap is especially stark in high schools.
The co-author of the analysis, Chris Bonnor, says the notable trends, measured over just a few years, indicate a serious and worsening equity problem.
“What Gonski found to be bad, seems to be getting worse,” Mr Bonnor, a former school principal and policy analyst, said. “If we ever need another impetus to get equity right, surely this data is posing lots of questions that need to be answered.”
Results for years 5 and 9 show writing and numeracy scores have fallen, while reading scores rose for year 5 and were unchanged for year 9. But, when grouped by socioeducational status, numeracy scores rose for the most advantaged students in all sectors. For schools in middle and low brackets, the trend is downwards or fluctuating. The divergence is also noticeable for both year groups in writing.
The picture looks better for primary school reading where results have improved.
The trends show the link between disadvantage and poor test results has become more pronounced, particularly in primary schools and schools in metropolitan areas.
Mr Bonnor said the money trail over the past few years helps explain the downward trend. He examined school funding at schools from public, private and Catholic at three different levels of advantage. While disadvantaged students receive the most in government funding, more money was spent on the most advantaged students than any other group, especially when school fees were taken into account.
The analysis does not capture any changes resulting from the new needs-based funding model implemented this year. But, the report argues, the changes have occurred while the Gonski review “proceeded, reported, was variously ignored, cherry-picked, somewhat implemented then in relative terms largely abandoned”.
Trevor Cobbold, the convener of Save Our Schools and a former Productivity Commission economist, said the scaled-back version of the Gonski model would “fall far short” of addressing weakness in Australia’s school system.
“Every principal in a disadvantaged school in the country will be pleased with the extra funding they’re going to get, but that just shows how desperate they are,” he said. “They are happy to get the $1000 extra per kid because they can do something with it but I think the evidence shows we’re just actually not going to make a big enough difference.”
The president of the NSW Teachers Federation, Maurie Mulheron, says teachers have been “trying to work miracles” without the additional resources they need for disadvantaged students.
A spokesman for Education Minister Christopher Pyne said the federal government does not believe increased funding leads to better results.
“This has been disproven over the past decade, where school funding has risen by 40 per cent, but student outcomes have declined,” he said. “It is the quality and ability of teachers that makes the biggest impact on student performance in our country.”
Labor’s assistant minister for education Amanda Rishworth said the next generation of Australians would pay the price of the government’s reluctance to commit to the final two years of Gonski funding, when the bulk of the money was due to flow through.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
September 14, 2014 – 5:26PM
Planning Minister Matthew Guy.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy ignored advice from his own specially commissioned expert committee on the roll-out of new rules blocking high-rise development across Melbourne’s richest suburbs.
Reports by the committee established by Mr Guy to advise him on new planning zones introduced in June appear to have been unintentionally released by his department.
One “Overarching Issues Report” completed by Mr Guy’s specially formed advisory committee, looked at the proposed roll-out of new planning zones for Melbourne.
The report, which Mr Guy considered when signing off on new planning rules for several Melbourne councils in June, voiced concerns by its authors – 19 senior planners – over how extensively some councils wanted restrictive new rules stopping new housing over two storeys.
It warned that applying the most conservative “neighbourhood residential zone” – which some councils wanted across most of their suburbs – could compromise Melbourne’s ability to create enough new housing.
Despite this, Mr Guy in June signed off on new planning rules for Bayside and Boroondara councils – which cover wealthy areas including Kew, Hawthorn, Camberwell, Brighton, Sandringham and Black Rock.
Across these two areas, Mr Guy gave the councils new mandatory height limits restricting new development to two stories or below across around 80 per cent of their residential areas.
Several other councils – Moreland, Moonee Valley and Kingston councils, among others – wanted similar rulings from the minister, but missed out and are now going through a more extended process to finish by next July.
The Napthine government’s Plan Melbourne strategy, released in May, says the city will need 1.6 million new homes in the next four decades to accommodate population growth.
Developers, social housing groups and planners have warned the restrictive new zones will stop many new residential projects going ahead.
The committee advising Mr Guy said it shared these concerns, that many councils had proposed blocking major development “without sound justification”.
This was, the committee said, “very likely to compromise the ability to meet the projected growth in households in a way that also addresses choice, affordability and diversity in housing supply”.
“Many municipalities appear to have used the introduction of the new zones to adopt mandatory provisions without a clear rationale for these provisions or an understanding of their potential impacts,” the report says.
A spokesman for Mr Guy confirmed the minister did consider the report from his expert advisory committee when changing the zoning rules.
Source : The Age
September 15, 2014 – 7:36AM
Melbourne is being transformed into a city of giants, with more than 20 new skyscrapers taller than 200 metres being constructed or planned.
In a breathtaking transformation of the city’s landscape, developers are taking Melbourne to new heights, with the latest addition the bronze Prima Pearl tower at Southbank, which has now reached its full height of 256 metres.
Prima Pearl is only second in height among apartment towers to Melbourne’s tallest building, Eureka Tower, standing at 297 metres. But among the new towers set to emerge, two skyscrapers are aiming to be even higher than Eureka.
Illustration: Matt Golding.
The skyscraper boom is creating envy among Sydney’s developers, but it’s also generating concern that Melbourne’s amenity is suffering, with problems including a lack of open space, and the creation of wind tunnels and overshadowing.
The Urban Melbourne website, which tracks developments, recently counted 23 towers above 200 metres being proposed or under construction. It cited a “gobsmacking” figure: since the Rialto became the city’s first 200-metre-plus tower in 1986, only six more 200-metre-plus towers were built in the next 28 years.
A top 10 list of the new giants in order of height shows Southbank is the favoured location, with six of the projects in the precinct, which is home to Eureka Tower and Prime Pearl.
It is also the location of what will be the city’s tallest building, Australia 108, on Southbank Boulevard, at 319 metres. Construction is due to start next year.
Apart from Southbank, development of the 200-metre-plus towers is largely concentrated on the city’s western and northern edges.
The push skywards is being encouraged by the Napthine government and Planning Minister Matthew Guy, who approves or rejects projects of more than 25,000 square metres.
Developers in Sydney are envious of Melbourne’s skyscraper activity.
“We’re somewhat jealous that Melbourne has really taken off,” said Chris Johnson, chief executive officer of Urban Taskforce, a developers’ group. “The tall projects that are happening are quite inspirational, I think.”
Mr Johnson, a former NSW government architect and planning department head, said both Melbourne and Brisbane were getting a jump on Sydney, which has a height limit of 235 metres. His group is campaigning over the issue.
There was “very little” happening in Sydney, apart from the 270-metre Crown hotel being planned by James Packer for his casino and resort at Barangaroo, he said.
But Alan March, associate professor in urban planning at the University of Melbourne, said he was not in favour of continuing to have very high buildings.
“I think the transformation we sought to achieve in the city of Melbourne to introduce more residential and to reignite investment has occurred, and we now need to look to other concerns, such as maintaining amenity and liveability,” Dr March said.
“We now have many of the negative effects becoming manifest in the city of Melbourne – in the CBD in particular. Many of those apartments don’t have openable windows. They don’t have particularly good views. They’re often very small.
“At street level, we now have a situation where there is insufficient open space. There’s significant problems with moving people around on the street. We have wind effects, we have overshadowing effects.”
The head of the council’s planning committee, Ken Ong, said the challenge was to accommodate the city’s growing population in a managed way.
Cr Ong said he took a “site specific” approach when looking at developments. In some cases, a 200-metre-plus building was appropriate. But he had concerns when projects tried to “squeeze into places”, building to the boundaries so neighbours suffered, or when there was no hope of future development.
“It’s not always height that’s the main issue, it’s how the building fits in where it’s going to go.”
The council is campaigning to claw back the power to rule on projects of more than 25,000 square metres. Cr Ong argued the threshold was outdated and should be lifted to 40,000 square metres or 50,000 square metres.
Source : The Age