Tocha olímpica percorrerá 250 cidades do Brasil

O revezamento da tocha olímpica dos Jogos do Rio 2016 foi apresentado oficialmente nesta quinta-feira, em cerimônia realizada no Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), no centro do Rio. A partir de maio do próximo ano, a tocha percorrerá 250 cidades brasileiras ao longo de 100 dias. A expectativa dos organizadores é a de que o percurso seja capaz de envolver pelo menos 90% da população brasileira.

O modelo da tocha já foi definido. “É um desenho bastante brasileiro, bastante clássico e lindo”, disse o diretor de comunicação do Comitê Organizador da Olimpíada, Mário Andrada. A apresentação, porém, não tem data ainda para acontecer.

Durante o revezamento, 10 mil pessoas deverão carregar a tocha olímpica. Ela será acesa em Olímpia, na Grécia, e percorrerá o país europeu durante uma semana antes de desembarcar no Brasil. Até a chegada ao Maracanã, na cerimônia de abertura dos Jogos do Rio, em 5 de agosto de 2016, a tocha terá passado por 250 cidades, incluindo todas as capitais. O percurso terá 20 mil quilômetros de estrada e 10 mil milhas pelo ar ao longo de 25 semanas. As cidades que receberão a passagem da tocha serão anunciadas em maio.

Serão os patrocinadores do evento que irão definir o processo de escolha de quem irá conduzir a tocha olímpica.

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Korean EPL star says pressure on Socceroos in final

Ki Sung Yueng on the ball in the semi-final against Iraq.
Ki Sung-yueng on the ball in the semi-final against Iraq.

They have won every game, have yet to concede a goal and have already beaten the Socceroos this tournament but Korea Republic say they are the underdogs in Saturday night’s final.

Korea has been the standout performers of the tournament so far and should go into the decider confident of landing their first continental title in 55 years.

But skipper Ki Sung Yueng says what’s gone before means nothing and Australia are favourites to emerge victorious in front of a sell-out crowd in Sydney.

“People in Korea maybe didn’t expect us to make the final and of course there’s pressure but I don’t think we have anything to lose this game,” Ki told reporters on Friday.

“I think Australia has more pressure than us. I spoke to the players and it’s going to be a great opportunity, once in a lifetime have a chance to win the Asian Cup.

“Everyone is ready to play. We’re proud to be playing in the Asian Cup final against one of the best teams in Asia. It’s going to be a great challenge for ourselves.”

 

Korea coach Uli Stielike followed a similar theme as his skipper and says while the stats point in his side’s favour, the host nation head into the final in better shape.

“Yes we are the team who is unbeaten, the team who didn’t take any goals and, we go with a lot of confidence and conviction in this game but we know we have to play at our best level if we want to beat Australia,” the German coach said.

“We’ve seen in the quarter-final and semi-final we had to fight a lot.

“We had to go into extra time against Uzbekistan, we suffered a lot in the semi-final [against Iraq], on the other hand Australia had it more easy and won the two games in normal time.”

Ki, who plays for Swansea City in the English Premier League, has a strong connection to Australia, having spent a couple of years here studying as a teenager.

He admits he never would have dreamed of being back Down Under and playing such a big game against the Socceroos but knows it will be a special moment.

 

“Always playing against Australia is great feeling. I’ve studied Australian players for years,” he said.

“Tomorrow is a big game for myself and my team-mate…it’s been too long to become a champion for Korean football.

“I think Australian football has improved a lot, the way they play football. It’s not just physical, now they play football, move the ball very well and at speed.

“It’s going to be a tough game tomorrow.

“…Our defence is very strong and all the players are really concentrated on ending this tournament without conceding any goals. We have the spirit and desire to keep that going and not concede a goal tomorrow night.”

The final will be the international swan-song for veteran Korea right-back Cha Du Ri, with Ki also admitting the squad was desperate to send one of the country’s most famous players out on a high.

Saturday night’s AFC Asian Cup final between the Socceroos and Korea Republic will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports 505 and LIVE on ABC 1 from 8pm AEDT.

Source : Football Federation Australia Website

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Canberra suburbs record house price increases despite flat year overall

January 31, 2015 – 12:00AM

Meredith Clisby

Canberra Domain Editor

This house at 33 Macdonnell Street Yarralumla sold for $1,361,000 at auction in October.

This house at 33 Macdonnell Street Yarralumla sold for $1,361,000 at auction in October. Photo: supplied.

Several Canberra suburbs recorded strong house price growth in 2014 despite a flat performance by the market overall, new data shows.

Data from Domain Group indicates that houses in seven suburbs in the territory increased by at least 10 per cent.

The suburbs of Garran (16.2 per cent), Gilmore (14.5 per cent) and Hawker (13.2 per cent) were the strongest performers for houses for the year.

Palmerston (13 per cent), Fadden (12.9 per cent), Downer (11.7 per cent) and Yarralumla (11.6 per cent) were the remaining suburbs to record growth of more than 10 per cent.

The Domain Group data is based on the change in median price between the last six months of 2014 and the same time period in 2013.

At least 20 sales per suburb were recorded.

Two suburbs recorded a median house price of more than $1 million; Yarralumla ($1.08 million) and Griffith ($1.2 million).

Sales in the second half of the year included a home at 33 Macdonnell Street in Yarralumla, which sold for $1,361,000 at auction in October.

Domain Group senior economist Andrew Wilson said the data was a mixed bag which reflected the nature of the territory’s market.

He said the strongest performing suburbs were the middle to upper priced markets which indicated buyers finding value in a previously flat environment.

“There’s some momentum building in a market that’s perceived to be a good value market particularly for changeover buyers in the area that don’t have too many concerns about job security,” Dr Wilson said.

He said the more affordable suburbs had experienced the worst falls in house price growth as these areas generally felt the employment uncertainty and also drop in first home buyer numbers.

LJ Hooker Manuka principal Stephen Thompson said the inner south market in particular had experienced more activity and growth at the end of last year.

He said there had been a lot more depth in buyers looking for middle to higher priced homes.

“I guess with interest rates still quite low we’re finding a lot of frustrated buyers looking at the $1 million to $1.3 million range,” Mr Thompson said.

“There’s a lot of families looking in that range.”

He expected prices to grow in 2015.

Data out How your suburb performed in 2014 – interactive map

Domain Group senior economist Andrew Wilson said the data was a mixed bag which reflected the nature of the territory’s market.

He said the strongest performing suburbs were the middle to upper priced markets which indicated buyers finding value in a previously flat environment.

“There’s some momentum building in a market that’s perceived to be a good value market particularly for changeover buyers in the area that don’t have too many concerns about job security,” Dr Wilson said.

He said the more affordable suburbs had experienced the worst falls in house price growth as these areas generally felt the employment uncertainty and also drop in first home buyer numbers.

LJ Hooker Manuka principal Stephen Thompson said the inner south market in particular had experienced more activity and growth at the end of last year.

He said there had been a lot more depth in buyers looking for middle to higher priced homes.

“I guess with interest rates still quite low we’re finding a lot of frustrated buyers looking at the $1 million to $1.3 million range,” Mr Thompson said.

“There’s a lot of families looking in that range.”

He expected prices to grow in 2015.

Data out this week showed that while home values increased in the last quarter of 2014 prices were flat throughout the year.

Domain Group’s House Price Report showed the median house price increased by 1.4 per cent and units increased by 1.1 per cent in the December quarter.

But the median house price growth for the year was just 0.5 per cent, the smallest annual rise since 2011.

Units were down over the year by 0.9 per cent.

Almost all territory suburbs with more than 20 sales experienced either flat or falling growth for units during the year.

Units fell in the city and Harrison by more than 20 per cent.

Lyneham recorded a fall of about 11 per cent.

Dr Wilson said Canberra’s unit market, along with Melbourne and Brisbane, was experiencing an oversupply with high volumes of developments in inner city areas.

He expected over the medium to long term the units would be sold but in the meantime were the reason for the flat growth and fall in prices.

 

Source :The Canberra Times

FIFA and AFC Presidents meet ahead of AFC Asian Cup final

Sydney: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa met FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter upon his arrival in Sydney ahead of the AFC Asian Cup 2015 final on Saturday between host nation Australia and Korea Republic.

During the meeting, both parties discussed means of cooperation between FIFA and the AFC, in addition to reviewing issues related to the present edition of the AFC Asian Cup and other subjects of mutual interest.

Shaikh Salman stressed the importance of having a strong tie between both organisations and building on it to further boost relationship in all fields in order to fulfil the aspirations of Asian football.

On his part, the FIFA President extended his appreciation and gratitude to the AFC President for inviting him to attend the concluding matches of Asia’s flagship football competition, which he described as a success in terms of its organisation and general reception.

According to the FIFA President: “The AFC Asian Cup 2015 has been hugely successful with entertaining football, extensive media coverage, impressive attendances and record levels of television viewership. In particular it has been great to see the way the Australian public has got behind this tournament and supported all of the teams”

Blatter also lauded the efforts of the AFC and organising committee in ensuring that the championship is a resounding success.

“I congratulate the AFC, the Local Organising Committee and Football Federation Australia for all their efforts and we also must acknowledge the many volunteers who make such events possible.  I look forward to attending the last two matches and soaking up the unique atmosphere of this special competition,” he said.

 

Source : Asian Football Confederation Website