Natal na Venezuela terá festejos precários devido à crise

Uma das maiores favelas da América Latina, Petare reflete em cada esquina o castigo que significa para os venezuelanos ter a inflação mais alta do mundo

23/12/2015 às 20:12 – Atualizado em 23/12/2015 às 20:12

O presidente da Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro
Em alguns lugares, muitos produtos são vendidos a preços extremamente elevados para o bolso dos venezuelanos(Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

Para a venezuelana Elise Belisario, o Natal “está morto”. Ao menos em Petare, comunidade pobre de Caracas, onde a decoração desta época desapareceu e onde os vizinhos restringirão os pratos tradicionais devido à crise econômica, em um país que, durante anos celebrou estas datas com abundância.

Uma das maiores favelas da América Latina, Petare reflete em cada esquina o castigo que significa para os venezuelanos ter a inflação mais alta do mundo, acima de 200% no fim do ano, segundo cálculos privados (o governo de Nicolás Maduro não publicou dados do custo de vida em 2015).

“Neste ano o Natal está morto, o dinheiro não dá. O Natal se apagou”, afirma Elise, de 28 anos, que ficou desempregada e precisa apertar o cinto para pagar o aluguel da casa onde vive com seus dois filhos.

Há pouco tempo, com a bonança petrolífera que começou a se extinguir em agosto do ano passado e que estimulava o consumismo no Natal, as festas eram muito diferentes.

Elise lembra as varandas iluminadas de Mesuca, um dos bairros montanhosos de Petare.

“Você caminha por tudo isto e não há uma luzinha. O rio Guaire ficava iluminado, agora nada”, comenta a mulher. “Éramos ricos e não percebíamos”, lamenta.

Vacas magras – Testemunho desta situação são as caixinhas de Natal, recipientes em forma de porquinho onde os clientes das lojas deixavam gorjetas para serem divididas entre os funcionários.

“Agora está mais pobre porque as pessoas têm menos dinheiro, se preocupam mais em comprar seus alimentos que em presentear”, conta Olga González, de 50 anos, caixa de um supermercado da área central de Petare, que vestiu seu porco com uma roupa de Papai Noel.

Seu local de trabalho está vazio, diferentemente de outros Natais. “As vendas estão mais baixas do que nunca”, afirma.

Natal sem pratos tradicionais – Paradoxalmente, em Petare o problema não é a escassez, mas em muitos casos os produtos são vendidos a preços extremamente elevados para o bolso dos venezuelanos.

Isso porque – assim como no resto do país – os problemas de desabastecimento e o ferrenho controle de preços do governo encorajaram a acumulação e a revenda.

O governo de Maduro responsabiliza empresários e membros da oposição pelo que considera uma guerra econômica que gera escassez e inflação.

Xiomara, de 38 anos, trocou a venda nas ruas de filmes pela de ovos, que estão escassos desde que o governo ordenou recentemente a diminuição de seus preços. Mas o efeito que a medida gerou foi o contrário.

Atualmente uma caixa com 30 ovos custa 1.300 bolívares, contra os 420 que valeriam com o preço regulado. Vale dizer que o salário mínimo é de 9.600 bolívares.

Calcular estes custos em dólares é complexo, já que na Venezuela – onde o governo monopoliza as divisas – há três tipos de câmbio, além do mercado negro, que excede em 120 vezes a taxa oficial mais baixa e informalmente é usado para fixar preços.

Mas os lucros de Xiomara também são diminuídos porque diariamente precisa pagar um policial para que não apreenda os ovos, muito procurados nesta época para a salada de frango, um prato típico natalino.

No início de novembro, o governo importou 50 milhões de dólares apenas em brinquedos, assim como em alimentos e enfeites. Mas em Petare, um boneco de plástico custa quase três salários mínimos.

Os altos preços impedirão que Elise prepare “hallacas”, um bolo de farinha de milho envolvido em folhas de bananeira, uma receita natalina venezuelana por excelência.

“Não dá para fazer”, afirma. Isso porque um saco de 20 quilos é vendido por 5.500 bolívares (o preço oficial é 1.600). Isso sem contar que o prato também leva carne, azeitonas, passas e alcaparras.

 

Fonte : VEJA.COM

Não perca a Retrospectiva 2015 do TV TOTAL – Dia 31 a partir de 00h00

No dia 31 de dezembro , a partir de 00h00 , o TV TOTAL fará uma retrospectiva fará uma retrospectiva dos acontecimentos de 2015 . Aí em cima está um dos fatos que serão abordados . Não perca ! Próxima quinta-feira , a partir de 00h00.

Hainan Airlines returns to Sydney, launches non-stop Xi’an flights

Hainan Airlines returns to Sydney, launches non-stop Xi’an flights

China-based Hainan Airlines marks its return to Australia this week with the launch of non-stop flights between Sydney and Xi’an, capital of the country’s Shaanxi province.

Flying from Sydney twice-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays and from Xi’an on Wednesdays and Sundays, the airline will use an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 36 flatbed seats in business class…

… plus 186 seats in economy, until this currently-seasonal route disappears in late March 2016.

“China is Sydney Airport’s fastest growing inbound visitor market and this new airline will bring even more Chinese visitors to Sydney and NSW, with associated tourism and economic benefits,” said Sydney Airport MD and CEO Kerrie Mather.

“We continue to work to provide a positive visitor experience for our Chinese passengers, from Mandarin speaking Airport Ambassadors to our Chinese signage, website, apps and social media presence,” she added.

Flight HU7994 pushes back at 10:15am in Sydney to reach Xi’an at 6:40pm local time, while on the return HU7993 is wheels-up at 5:10pm for a 7:20am Sydney touchdown the following morning

 

Australian Business Traveller

Hyundai A-League 2015/2016 preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets

Get into the festive spirit with this Christmas Eve NSW derby. Can the Jets write their own Christmas fairytale by defeating the Western Sydney juggernaut? And yes, Santa will be there!

MATCH DETAILS

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta

Kick-Off: 7:00 PM (Local) (7:00 PM (AEDT)

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT), SBS TWO from 7:00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 1 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast: 702 ABC Sydney, 1233 ABC Newcastle,  ABC Local Radio NSW, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #WSWvNEW

To purchase tickets visit www.a-league.com.au/tickets

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 3.Scott JAMIESON, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (c), 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 7.Romeo CASTELEN, 8.DIMAS, 9.Federico PIOVACCARI, 10.Dario VIDOSIC, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 17.ALBERTO, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 21.Jacob PEPPER, 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 8.DIMAS (promoted), 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU (promoted), 19.Mark BRIDGE (promoted)

Outs: 18.ANDREU (suspended)

Unavailable: Nil

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Daniel MULLEN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (C), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Cameron WATSON, 7.Enver ALIVODIC, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Milos TRIFUNOVIC, 10.LEONARDO, 14.Mitch COOPER, 17.Radovan PAVICEVIC, 20.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.David CARNEY, 24.Nicholas COWBURN, 25.Brandon LUNDY, 27.Braedyn CROWLEY, 28.Ryan KITTO

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 2.Daniel MULLEN (returns from injury), 10.LEONARDO (returns from soreness), 25.Brandon LUNDY (promoted)

Outs: 3.Jason HOFFMAN (suspended – 1 week)

Unavailable: 11.Labinot HALITI (knee – season), 13.Lee KI-JE (international transfer pending)

Referee: Stephen Lucas

Assistant Referee 1: Lance Greenshields

Assistant Referee 2: James Tesoriero

Fourth Official: Kris Griffiths-Jones

BLUFFER’S GUIDE

Get set for an early Christmas cracker at Wanderland as the league-leaders host a Newcastle side desperate for some festive cheer heading into the New Year.

The Wanderers saw their impressive winning streak snapped last weekend after a 2-2 draw with the improving Perth Glory.

But there was still plenty to like about their performance, with only some wayward finishing denying Tony Popovic’s troops an eighth straight victory.

If the Wanderers can win this one they’ll ensure they head the table heading into 2016, a remarkable effort considering the amount of change the side has endured since last season.

The Jets got back to their miserly best against Adelaide United last Friday after a dour 0-0 draw.

That’s now seven games without a win for Scott Miller’s side. A huge concern, with only bottom club Central Coast in worse form than the Hunter club (who started the season on fire).

Miller has expressed his desire to bolster his squad in January but he’ll need his youngsters – and sprinkling of experienced stars – to produce something special to topple the Wanderers.

It took two late goals for Western Sydney to prevail 2-1 when the two sides met in Newcastle last month right at the start of the Red and Black hot streak.

OPTA DATA

-Western Sydney Wanderers won the last clash between these sides but haven’t won consecutive Hyundai A-League matches against the Jets since December 2013.

-Only once in ten matches between these sides in the Hyundai A-League has either team scored more than two goals in a match.

-The Wanderers are on their second longest ever undefeated streak in the Hyundai A-League (W7 D1), five shy of their best.

OUTE TO GOAL

Newcastle drew another blank last week, meaning they’ve now scored just once in almost eight hours of action.

It’s too easy just to point the finger at striker Milos Trifunovic. Sure the Serbian hasn’t had the impact he would have liked but the Jets’ problem starts a bit further back.

Much of their problems of late have stemmed from not being able to hold onto the ball long enough to manufacture decent attacks.

While they work ever so hard to win possession, it is often squandered with sloppy passing or poor ball control.

Once Miller’s side learns to take more care with the ball, their toothless attack might sink its fangs into  A-League prey.

The battle between Jets wingers Carney and Alivodic and the Wanderers attack-minded fullbacks Jamieson and Neville will be crucial, while the return of Leonardo from injury is also a plus for the visitors.

After missing last weekend’s trip to Perth, the in-form Bridge returns for the Wanderers posing an interesting selection dilemma for Popovic.

Does he stick with Santalab, who scored against Perth, re-call Bridge who has netted in his last four starts or go with Piovaccari who had started finding the net before his untimely injury.

What a pleasant headache for the Wanderers boss to have.

Expect Romeo Castelen to come into the starting XI again. His last outing at Wanderland was a man-of-the-match showing against Victory and if he’s in similar form, the Jets’ task will be almost impossible.

WHO’S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?

Brendon Santalab. Marked his first start of the season last weekend with a goal. And playing on Christmas Eve, surely ‘Santa’ will have a big say in this one.

 

FORM LINES

Wanderers: WWWWD

Jets: DDLLD

PREDICTION 

Western Sydney Wanderers 3-0 Newcastle Jets
Read more at http://www.a-league.com.au/matchcentre/Western-Sydney-Wanderers-FC-v-Newcastle-Jets/811664#sQMtreXR1rsBY7hl.99

 

Football Federation Australia

Aurelio Vidmar challenges Olyroos as Rio qualifiers loom

Olyroos boss Aurelio Vidmar.

Aurelio Vidmar says the youngsters in his Olyroos squad will excite the Australian public for years to come and challenged them to knock down the door for progression into the Socceroos.

Speaking after naming his 23-player squad on Wednesday for the AFC U-23 Championships in Doha, Qatar from 14-30 January, which is the final round of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Olyroos boss was thrilled with an impressive mix of players he believes will get the Green and Gold to Rio.

“I’m very excited about the 23 chosen, there’s quite a few young boys in there that can excite the public for many years to come,” Vidmar told reporters.

“We’ve got a few experienced guys too who have had a taste with the Socceroos so it’s a good mix.

“We know it will be a really good test for them. But I think it’s a chance for these young boys to stake a claim and show the Australian public what they have got.

“Hopefully we’ll see them in the Socceroos in the future, that’s the main aim.”

And Vidmar believes that can be sooner rather than later for many of the squad, if they show their quality over the next month.

“It was just last week that Ange [Postecoglou] said there’s spots open for the Socceroos [FIFA World Cup] qualifiers in March. If that’s not incentive enough to perform well then what is?” he said.

“Ange has always been a coach to give young guys and opportunity and if you look at what’s ahead in the next three years with the Olympics, Confederations Cup and the World Cup.

“What a fantastic three years for these players, you don’t need any more motivation than that.

“It’s an important major international tournament, it’s important for Australian football and it’s important we qualify.

“It’s extremely important for these players that we qualify to help their progression and dealing in the Australian way.”

With the AFC U-23 Championship tournament not being staged during a designated FIFA date, European clubs aren’t obligated to release their players for the national team.

It’s meant Vidmar will be without six key players next month – Jackson Irvine (Ross County), Brad Smith (Liverpool), Kenneth Dougall (Sparta Rotterdam), Ryan Williams (Barnsley), Milos Degenek (1860 Munich) and Awer Mabil (Midtjylland).

“It’s always tough in non-FIFA windows but there’s not much we can do about it. It was the same for the last tournament and it’s been like that for a while,” Vidmar said.

“It’s something that is out of our control so we just focus on what we can control. The guys I replaced them with I’m very excited about what they can offer.

“Someone like Steven Ugarkovic who has been playing in Croatia. He has very good engines, is a good passer of the ball and does everything for the team,” Vidmar added.

“He’s a smart footballer, that’s what I like about him. He’s technically very good and I think he’ll play a big part for us.”

The Olyroos are in Group D of the 16-team tournament in Doha and open their account against the United Arab Emirates on January 14.

They then take on Vietnam on January 17 before rounding out the group stage against Jordan on January 20.

Footbal Federation Australia