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Brazil: Airports not ready yet

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014


Brazil’s Latest Airport Project Not Fully Ready For FIFA World Cup

The Brazilian media have been almost gleefully picking on its country’s lack of preparedness for the FIFA World Cup matches that begin in June, with the latest news being that an airport won’t be fully functional as planned.

It’s not as bad as it sounds. The Viracopas International Airport in the interior São Paulo city of Campinas will surely be opened for its usual flights, but its newest R$2 billion ($800 million) terminal will not be ready as promised.

The airport terminal is not the only problem.

Expanding the roadway in and out of the airport, including areas for taxi service, also requires some new construction. But, again according to Folha, the consortium was only granted its go-ahead environmental permit on March 28. Ownership said that is enough time to expand the roadway before the May 11 deadline, and surely before the World Cup opening.

Not to worry – Putin’s team will get there

For now, team aircraft from Russia, Japan and Portugal, among four others, as well as TAP Airlines will be the only aircraft allowed at the new terminal when World Cup soccer begins on June 12.

Still, the developer says the project will be “fully operational” by May 11.

Mexico: The most interesting skier in the world

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

At last night’s #Sochi opening ceremony, the incessantly boring and downright stupid talk

had a brief respite when Katie Couric Meredith Vieira referred to Hubertus von Hohenlohe as “the Most Interesting Man in the World.”

Humbertus (may I call him Humby?) was a friend of Andy Warhol, is the son of the Prince and Princess of Wurttemberg, and has competed in every winter Olympics since 1984. Since his mom is named Ira (which means “wrath” in Spanish) I wouldn’t dare ask if she has a tattoo that says “Son”, but he seems to have been beefing up his obituary.

He even sings on the swimming pool,

A great part of Humby’s “interestingness” is probably due to his having more money than G-d, which sets him apart from the other skiers.

Humby’s going to ski in this,

Let’s hope he remembers the rest of his gear.

Sochi: Airline loses Jamaicans’ bobsled

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The Jamaican bobsleigh team missed their first training session on the Sochi Olympic track after their luggage was lost en-route to Russia.

Bad enough, but wait until they get there:
Shaun White Pulls Out of Snowboarding Event
White says the course is too risky.

And don’t use the water,

More at #SochiProblems

Chile: Palestinian shirts making a statement

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

against Israel, that is. As reported by AP:

The Palestino soccer Club of Chile’s first division recently released its new jersey. But many are outraged because shirts that include the number “1″ show the numeral in the shape of Israel and the Palestinian territories, implying all the land is Palestinian.

Here’s a photo:

Representatives of the Chilean Jewish community have urged Fifa to take action against the Santiago-based Club Deportivo Palestino.

Brazil: Corinthians Arena to be ready by April

Friday, December 6th, 2013

As I predicted last week,
Sao Paulo World Cup Stadium to Be Ready by April
Corinthians Arena Work Delayed by Fatal Accident

Work on the stadium was halted last week after an accident killed two workers there and damaged a part of the stadium. Because ongoing investigations paralyzed construction at part of the site, authorities were concerned about construction being completed on time. The stadium was originally scheduled to delivered at the end of this month, giving organizers time to test the stadium ahead of the sporting event.

According to a report in Estado de S Paulo newspaper, Odebrecht asked local authorities for clearance to resume work on the damaged portion of the stadium. Odebrecht didn’t confirm on Friday if it had asked for such authorization, or if the April 15 deadline depends on getting that authorization.

There’s no way that the world cup opener won’t be held at Corinthians.

Brazil: Will the stadium meet the deadline? You betcha.

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

A crane collapsed this week killing two workers at Arena Corinthians, the stadium in São Paulo set to host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup.

Now Brazil Orders Partial Halt to Stadium Construction After Accident
Brazil’s government has ordered a partial halt to construction of a new sports stadium, following an accident that killed two workers, creating doubts about the venue for the soccer World Cup opening game in 2014
. The stadium is expected to cost around $353 million, but it may not be finished on time:

Press reports Friday said Brazilian authorities were already searching for “a Plan B” in the event the São Paulo venue is unavailable.


A spokesman for Brazil’s 2014 World Cup Organizing Committee, however, said, “It is premature to talk about a Plan B when we have not yet fully assessed the situation at Arena Corinthians.”


other aspects of the project were moving ahead. Corinthians on Friday signed a loan agreement with state-run mortgage bank CEF for 400 million Brazilian reais ($172 million). The money will pay for the remaining construction work on the stadium.

What do the unions say? (emphasis added)

A labor union representative, although highly critical of conditions at the site, said the accident will cause a delay in the construction schedule of only eight to 10 days. “The cause of the accident was human error,” said Antonio de Sousa Ramalho, president of the São Paulo Construction Workers Union. “That can be fixed by putting adequate management procedures in place. Personally, I have no doubt Arena Corinthians will be the venue for the World Cup opener.”

I predict Arena Corinthians will hold the opener.

There are a total of six stadiums not yet completed. The question is, will all of them be ready on time? (click on photo for large view)

And now, for Marc Anthony

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Marc Anthony sang God Bless America at the Major League Baseball all-star game,

unchaining a smattering of tweets from the ignorant.

Now, I’m a firm believer in using language judiciously, especially in this blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter, since it sets the tone. Therefore, after due consideration,

Marc Anthony, born and raised in New York, was joined by NYC-born JLo and California-born Sheila E for the finale of American Idol a couple of seasons ago,

An all- american number.

50 Shades of Grey, read by the Washington Nationals

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Via Tree Hugging Sister.

Philip Humber pitches a perfect game,

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

How rare is that? It’s the 21st perfect game in MLB history.

The White Sox beat the Mariners 4-0.

My amazing psychic abilities…

Monday, February 6th, 2012

predicted ahead of time that the Giants would win.

Too bad I didn’t place any bets!