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FORMULA E: BRANSON AND DI CAPRIO BACK IT. 2 VIDEOS

From the high tech, highly creative world of motor racing, Formula E arrives with a bang. Well, less loud and less fast but incredibly  inventive and with a truly social purpose: zero pollution, to encourage the electric car market to develop. And it has the official backing of two big names internationally: Sir Richard Branson and the Hollywood artist Leonardo di Caprio have set up teams.

But don’t think the cars are boring, slow and silent. They can go from 0 to 100km/h in less than 2.5s. The most extraordinary aspect of the cars are their efficiency.  They claim it has 100% of energy consumption. All the regulations are aimed to make the machines as efficient as possible.

Learn from ex Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi all the technical details  on this BBC programme.

Watch this week’s official testing with a story on  Sky News

http://news.sky.com/story/1249421/final-testing-for-all-electric-formula-e-race

 

 

 

MAN UTD: MOYES OUT. GIGGS IN.

Even though tonight is Champions League semi final, there is very little about the matches being discussed in the news. All the papers and sports news on TV are talking about since very early this morning has been the sacking of David Moyes by Manchester United. There is not much one can add to all the comments, opinions, facts, photos etc. So I have chosen a few things worth reading to make your job easy to understand it all. Moyes is an extremely decent man and a highly regarded manager.  Some blame the new football results first policy, others bring up the appalling sequence of negative records he broke. And the foreigners taking over the biggest teams in the world is also on the spotlight.

The Times photo. Dabvid Moyes body language says it all

The Times’ photo. David Moyes body language says it all

The interim managerial position will be taken over by veteran Welsh player Ryan Giggs. According to Press Reports, Giggs has been very critical of Moyes. Well. let’s see how much better he can do it himself now.

The name most mentioned to take over Moyes is of Dutchman Louis van Gaal. He has rejected the chance to become Tottenham manager – paving the way for the Dutchman to become David Moyes’ successor at Manchester United. Van Gaal, 62,  will take Holland to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. I’m sure he is extremely competent. He is a good friend of Mourinho’s and I heard him talk in the Portuguese tribute night organised by the Football Writers Association in London. It was on of the most boring, arrogant and self serving speech I have  ever heard in my life. it will be interesting to see how he works with the American owner of Old Trafford team.

Oliver Holt’s comments explains perfectly what has happened and the implications in the decision: to take the job in the first place and then to have lost it. And all without pretense melodrama, high morals or this is how it is like ….. He describes the post as a poison chalice but one that Moyes had to take.

Read it: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/oliver-holt-david-moyes-sacking-3440555

And it is hardly surprising considering the heavy media scrutiny. Here is an article published on the Daily Telegraph nearly a month ago.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/managers/david-moyes/10709107/31-reasons-David-Moyes-should-leave-Manchester-United.html

 

 

ANELKA: NÃO VEM MAIS PRO ATLETICO E SERÁ PROCESSADO

O dIiretor de futebol do Atlético, Eduardo Maluf, disse à imprensa ontem que o clube não está mais interessado em assinar Anelka e que irão entrar com uma representação na FIFA contra o seu agente, Christian Casini. De acordo com Maluf, o Atlético tinha um contrato pré assinado com o jogador e havia emitido bilhetes para o Brasil para ele, seu irmão Claude Anelka e Casini.

a fan with a banner written Welcome Anelka. But he is not any longer

Não tão bem vindo mais

“Nós tínhamos um pré contrato assinado que garantia Anelka jogando para nós até dezembro de 2015″, disse Maluf. O clube perdeu a paciência e diz se sentir desrespeitado pelo comportamento deles. Estão à espera de sua chegada a Minas desde 06 de abril. Diferentes razões foram dadas e a  última, Anelka está  no Kuait participando de um evento religioso (ele virou muçulmano) foi a última gota. O prazo que o clube tinha estipulado para sua apresentação no Brasil era na última quinta-feira, 10.

Os jornais europeus não parecem  surpresos. O Inglês Daily Mail faz piada dizendo que ‘eu te avisei” pois já tinha publicado  matéria indagando o por que de contratar o jogador

ANELKA: NOT COMING AND SUED

Atletico’s Football Director,  Eduardo Maluf,  told the press yesterday that not only is  his club no longer interested in signing Anelka but they will enter with a representation at FIFA against his agent, Christian Casini.  According to Maluf,  Atletico had a pre contract signed with the player and had issued tickets to Brazil for him,  his brother Claude Anelka and Casini .

a fan with a banner written Welcome Anelka. But he is not any longer

NOT welcome any more

“We had a pre contract that would see Anelka playing for us until December 2015”, said Maluf.  The club has lost its patience and feels disrespected as they have been waiting for his arrival in Minas since 6th of April. Different reasons have been given and the last one, Anelka is in Kwait taking part on a religious event (he turned Muslim) was the last straw. The club deadline was last Thursday,  10th.

The newspapers in Europe seem not to be surprised at all and the English Daily Mail even jokes as hinting at “I told you so”.

LANCE ARMSTRONG CHANGING A TYRE

We all supposed he was looking for a new job. But this? Nós todos imaginávamos que ele estivesse procurando um emprego. Mas isto?

photo

 

Watch the video (link below) and decide for yourself. I personally do not think it is funny when he says : “I am the winner of 7 Tour de France…” (stops for a couple of seconds) and adds: “Hey, I did not write the script.” And I believe his cheated competitors – not many as we all know now that most of them were cheaters , too – would agree with me.

http://www.outsideonline.com/featured-videos/gear-videos/bikes/How-to-Fix-a-Flat–with-Lance-Armstrong.html

Assista o video no link acima e decida voce mesmo. Eu particularmente, não acho engraçado quando ele diz: “Eu sou o vencedor de 7 Tour de France (pára por alguns segundos) e acrescenta. “Hey, não fui eu que escrevi o texto”. E eu imagino que os seus adversários enganados – não muitos pelo que viemos a descobrir mais tarde – concordariam comigo.

Jornalistas ingleses banidos do Man Utd x Bayern, por alemães

O correspondente  do The Mirror em Manchester , David McDonnell, e um dos top repórteres, Oliver Holt, tiveram suas credenciais revogadas  para o jogo de hoje à noite. Parece que eles estão sendo punidos por uma manchete ofensiva da semana passada. Mas isso é censura? E, mesmo que eles mereçam a punição, impedindo-os de trabalhar é a melhor maneira de puni-los? Os alemães parecem insinuar que é o mesmo tipo de ofensa que o cartaz  “Gay Gunners”, mostrado por alguns fãs no estádio Allianz. Sério?Manchester-United-v-FC-Bayern-Muenchen-3338373

Em sua coluna de hoje, Holt explica o que aconteceu . Alguns extratos .

Semana passada, Schweinsteiger marcou um excelente  gol de empate para o Bayern, mas ,mais tarde, foi expulso por uma falta no Wayne Rooney. Ele deixou o campo xingando Rooney e acusando-o de fazer teatro para tirá-lo do campo, apesar de ele ter errado completamente no tempo de sua entrada.

A manchete lia: Your dirty Schwein (um jogo com o som das palavras em ingles ma que traduz Seu porco sujo) . Agora , você pode não estar morrendo de rir. Você pode pensar que ,no mínimo, é engraçado . Ou você pode pensar que é bem grosso.

Independente disso, o titulo  foi mudado para a segunda edição .

O Bayern , no entanto, ficou profundamente ofendido . Schwein significa “porco” em alemão e é , aparentemente , um grave insulto.

O diretor de mídia do Bayern , Markus Hörwick , telefonou para o editor de futebol do  jornal  , Martin Lipton, na manhã seguinte, e queixou-se amargamente. O jornal pediu desculpas a ele por qualquer ofensa causada, mas o pedido de desculpas não foi aceito. O clube disse que o título era ” desrespeitoso, discriminatório e pessoalmente insultante ” para Schweinsteiger .

Eles também , um tanto surpreendentemente , procuraram traçar um paralelo entre a manchete do The MIrror e uma bandeira homofóbica  mostrada por alguns de seus fãs  no Allianz Arena em um empate contra o Arsenal que dizia ” Gay Gunners ‘ e ridicularizava a aparência de Mesut Ozil .

Bayern argumentou que eles tinham sido punidos por homofobia de seus fãs e, agora, o Mirror deveria ser punido por nossa manchete.

Leia o artigo todo. E’ longo mas bastante interessante.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/bayern-munich-banning-mirror-manchester-3389121#ixzz2yNTAQSQY
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Bayern bans English journalists from the match tonight

Mirror’s Manchester reporter, David McDonnell, and  Chief Sport Writer, Oliver Holt, have had their accreditation for tonight’s match withdrawn. It seems they are being punished by an offensive headline last week. But is this censorship? And even  if they deserve punishment, stopping them from doing their job is the right way to go about it? The Germans seem to imply it was similar to the “Gay Gunners” banner shown by some fans at the Allianz Stadium. Really?

Getty image on the Mirror today

Getty image on the Mirror today

In his column today Holt explains what happened. Some extracts.

Last week, Schweinsteiger scored a superb equaliser for Bayern but was later sent off for a foul on Wayne Rooney. He left the pitch hurling abuse at Rooney and accusing him of cheating to get him dismissed, even though he had mistimed his tackle hopelessly.

The headline read like this: You Dirty Schwein. Now, you may not split your sides over this headline. You may think it mildly funny. Or you may think it crass.

Whatever you thought of it, it was changed for the second edition.

Bayern, though, were deeply offended. Schwein means ‘pig’ in German and is, apparently, a grave insult.

Bayern’s media director, Markus Hörwick, telephoned the Mirror’s chief football writer, Martin Lipton, the next morning and complained bitterly about it.The newspaper apologised to him for any offence we had caused, but the apology was not accepted. The club said the headline was “disrespectful, discriminatory and personally insulting” towards Schweinsteiger.

They also, somewhat surprisingly, sought to draw a parallel between the Mirror headline and a homophobic banner some of its fans held up at the Allianz Arena at a tie against Arsenal that read ‘Gay Gunners’ and mocked the appearance of Mesut Ozil.

Bayern argued that they had been punished for their fans’ homophobia and now the Mirror must be punished for our headline.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/bayern-munich-banning-mirror-manchester-3389121#ixzz2yNTAQSQY
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PISTORIUS: DEFESA COMEÇA COM ELE DEPONDO

Oscar Pistorius depôs , esta manhã, no primeiro dia de Defesa contra as acusações de matar intencionalmente sua namorada Reeva Steenkamp . Olhando visivelmente abalado,  a estrela paraolímpica , gaguejando, começou por pedir desculpas para a família dela. Ele explicou que tentou  escrever para eles,muitas vezes mas não conseguiu.

” Vou começar com um pedido de desculpas “, disse ele . “Eu gostaria de pedir desculpas ao Sr. e Sra. Steenkamp , sua família e amigos. Eu não consigo imaginar a dor, a tristeza e o vazio que eu causei  a vocês e sua família . Vocês são as primeiras pessoas em quem penso quando acordo. Vocês são as primeiras pessoas para quem eu rezo. Eu estava tentando proteger Reeva . Quando ela foi para a cama naquela noite , eu garanto que ela se sentiu amada. Eu tentei colocar minha caneta no papel muitas vezes para escrever para vocês, mas não há palavras sejam  suficiente. ”

A portrait of Pistorius

Pistorius took the stand

Antes do processo ser adiado mais uma vez, devido a exaustão de Pistorius ‘ , ele foi questionado sobre quantas vezes ele havia sido assaltado e todos os medos que ele tinha decorrentes de viver na Africa do Sul. De acordo com Pistorius , seu pai e seu irmão tinha sido sequestrados , sua casa foi assaltada enquanto ele estava no exterior competindo e uma televisão e laptop foram roubadas e que ele foi seguido à noite, quando passeava com a então namorada Samantha Taylor.

Segundo Emma Sadleir , advogada de mídia e comentarista de um dos canais de notícias 24h explicou que , de acordo com a lei sul africana, o acusado não é obrigado a depor , mas, se ele decider faze-lo , ele precisa ser o primeiro no banco dos réus . A acusação durou 3 semanas e meia , onde , mais uma vez de acordo com Ms Sadleir , a ordem dos depoimentos foi magistral . ” Eles trouxeram seus vizinhos que ouviram os gritos de Reeva ; forensics, que contou ao tribunal sobre a cena do crime ; balística, que apresentaram evidência dos ângulos dos tiros e  o especialista de armas de fogo  que trouxe ao tribunal o formulario/teste de Pistorius para poder carregar uma  arma de fogo  e que ele passou com 98% correto, provando, portanto, que ele sabia muito bem que não tinha permissão para disparar através de uma porta .

A defesa começou hoje, depois de uma pausa de mais de uma semana devido a uma assistência da juíza ter adoecido. Pistorius não nega ter matado Reeva . A defesa está usando uma questão inusitada: Em inglês Putitive private defence, que afirma que , no momento do disparo, Pistorius genuinamente acreditava que sua vida estava em perigo .

Não há jurados em julgamentos na África do Sul eo destino de Pistorius será finalmente decidida pelo juiz Masipa , assistido por dois assessores .

PISTORIUS: DEFENCE STARTS WITH HIM IN THE DOCK

Oscar Pistorius himself took to the stand this morning , on the first day of Defence against charges of intentionally killing his  girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Looking visibly  tearful the ex paralympic star and Olympic Champion, stuttering,  started by apologising to her family. He explained that he tried many times to write to them but couldn’t .

“I will start my evidence by tendering an apology,” he said. “I would like to apologise to Mr and Mrs Steenkamp, her family and friends. I can’t imagine the pain and the sorrow and the emptiness I have caused you and your family. You’re the first people I think of when I wake up. You’re the first people I pray for. I was trying to protect Reeva. When she went to bed that night, she felt loved. I’ve tried to put my pen to paper many times to write to you but no words would ever suffice.”

A portrait of Pistorius

Pistorius took the stand

Before the court was adjourned again, due to Pistorius’ exhaustion, he was asked about how many times he had been burgled and all the fears that he had about living in South Arica. According to Pistorius, his father and brother had been kidnapped, his house was burgled into when he was abroad competing and a TV and laptop were taken and that he was followed at night when out with then girlfriend Samantha Taylor.

According to Emma Sadleir, a media lawyer and commentator of one of the 24hr news channels explained that, under South African law, the accused is not obliged to take to the stands but , if he decides to do so, he needs to be the first in the dock. The prosecution lasted 3 and a half weeks where, again according to Ms Sadleir, the order of testimonies were masterful . “They brought his neighbours who heard Reeva’s screams; forensics, who told the court about the scene of the crime; ballistics, who put forward evidence of the angles of the fires when shot and firearm experts who brought to court Pistorius application to hold a firearm’  which he passed with 98% correct proving he knew very well he was not allowed to fire through a door.

The defence started today after a week break due to an assistance to the judge falling ill. Pistorius is not denying killing Reeva. The defence is using an unusual claim: Putitive Private defense which states that, at the moment of firing Pistorius genuinely believed his life was in danger.

There are no juries at trials in South Africa and Pistorius’s fate will ultimately be decided by Judge Masipa, assisted by two assessors.

 

Ex F1 Doctor: Polemic in Schumacher treatment . Fans can say goodbye

Two days ago, the ex Formula 1 doctor (2005/12), the  american Gary Hartstein, wrote on his blog that Michales Schumacher’s fans should use this long time in hospital to start saying goodbye to him. He added a partial criticism to the media strategy used by the family , stating that not enough informative bulletins foments a world of gossip and speculations. The blog is extremely long and detailed.

Since then, Hartstein has been quoted, misquoted and criticised by hundreds of people through social media. This afternoon. He added, again a long, explanation to his blog. Here are some of his clarifications:

a compilation of 3 phoos : Michael, the hospital and the place where he fell

The driver, hospital and place of the accident

I am very clearly criticising a system that allows head injured patients to be brought to non-neurosurgical centers, in the absence of other clear reasons to do so.

4) The failure to adequately control an agitated patient prior to flight, as well as the delays in adequate control of the airway likely indicate insufficient training, insufficiently robust protocols, and perhaps insufficient experience under difficult circumstances (again, a mega-star patient with a difficult, demanding and perhaps even frankly hostile entourage). I am very clearly criticising a system that allows this to happen.

5) It is impossible to quantify the impact of the above on outcome in Michael’s case. Obviously. It is also obvious that someone whose neurosurgeon, the day after the trauma, describes his condition as “hematomas left, right and centre” is likely not to do particularly well. This should be obvious, at least to the “journalists” who disingenuously (at best!) implied that I said that Michael’s current situation is because of these aspects of his initial care. The delay in admission to a neurosurgeon, as well as deferred airway control, cannot have been good for a severely injured brain. Especially in a situation where the intracranial pressure has risen so high that parts of the brain are literally being squeezed out of the cranial vault. That said, in terms of prognosis, this likely pales in significance compared to the 2000-and-some-odd joules of impact energy against that goddamned rock.

 

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