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#1 Posted by Dogcat250 8 months 2 weeks ago
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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- A subway strike in Sao Paulo that threatened to disrupt the opening of the World Cup was averted Wednesday night even as airport workers in Rio de Janeiro declared a 24-hour work stoppage in the main destination for soccer fans travelling to Brazil. Some 1,500 subway workers in Sao Paulo voted against going back on strike in a pay dispute. They had suspended the walkout Monday amid a popular backlash and government pressure to end the transportation chaos in Brazils biggest city. "We thought that right now its better to wait," union president Altino Prazeres said, but added that he wouldnt rule out resuming the strike sometime during the monthlong soccer tournament. "We get the feeling that maybe we arent as prepared for a full confrontation with police on the day the World Cup starts." The union said its members would hold a march Thursday morning demanding that 42 workers fired during the five-day work stoppage are rehired. World Cup organizers are counting on Sao Paulos subway system to carry tens of thousands of fans Thursday to Itaquerao stadium, where Brazil will play Croatia in the tournaments first game far from the hotel areas where most tourists are staying. Even as tensions eased in Sao Paulo, labour conflicts heated up in Rio, where fans were arriving ahead of Sundays match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina. On Wednesday, check-in counter clerks, baggage handlers and janitorial staff who have been demanding raises of at least 5.6 per cent for several months voted to strike starting at midnight. The work stoppage will affect the citys Galeao international airport as well as the Santos Dumont airport that connects Rio to other Brazilian destinations A union representative said only 20 per cent of workers would stay off the job for 24 hours, abiding by a labour court order that threatened to fine unions more than $22,000 if staffing fell below 80 per cent of normal levels. The official agreed to discuss specifics of the walkout only if not quoted by name because he wasnt authorized to speak publicly. The airport workers strike is the latest unrest to hit Brazil as workers battered by several years of high inflation take advantage of the spotlight from the World Cup to pressure for pay raises from employers and the government. In the northern city of Natal, where the United States plays its first game Monday against Ghana, bus drivers will stay home Thursday for at least 24 hours to press their demands for a 16 per cent pay increase. Teachers remain on strike in Rio and routinely block streets with rallies, and subway workers in that city briefly threatened a walkout. Police in several cities have also gone on strike in recent weeks, but are back at work now. There also has been a steady drumbeat of anti-government protests across Brazil criticizing the billions spent on hosting the World Cup and demanding improvements in public services. The protests that began last year have diminished in size but not in frequency, and they also have disrupted traffic at times. ------ Associated Press writers Stan Lehman in Sao Paulo and Bradley Brooks in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report. Hydro Flask Straw Lid . Berdych and Stepanek played all five matches when the Czechs beat Spain 3-2 in the final last November in Prague to win the countrys first title as an independent nation. Ombre Hydro Flask . Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema scored two goals each Wednesday night in a 6-1 rout of Schalke in the first leg of their second-round matchup. "We played a very, very good match," Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "We got well into the match, scored two early goals and that opened the game and left us able to counter and to use the speed of our players. http://www.hydroflaskpullosuomi.com/ .ca. Hi Kerry, Love reading your column and loved watching your analysis on the TSN broadcasts!And were now in Round 2! 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The Uruguayan striker, who has since transferred to Barcelona from Liverpool, was cheered by his new fans at Camp Nou during introductions. He entered as a substitute in the 75th minute to more applause. Neymar hadnt played since fracturing a vertebra during the World Cup on July 4, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament. He was deemed fit to play hours before the game against Leon. Neymar set up Lionel Messis third-minute score before adding goals in the 12th and 44th minutes. He was substituted at halftime before Barcelona youth forwards Munir El Haddadi scored in the 54th and the 77th and Sandro Ramirez added another in the 89th. Suarez and Neymar were greeted warmly when introduced. The Uruguuayan even received a smattering of "Suarez! Suarez!" chants from some fans, whose enthusiasm for the new signing was exceeded only by that shown for Messi.dddddddddddd While Neymar shone in his return, Suarez was limited to just a few touches in his 15 minutes. He practiced for the first time with Barcelona on Friday, a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport softened his ban. Both of Barcelona high-profiles forwards figured in two of the most remarkable moments of this summers World Cup in Brazil. Neymar was kneed in the back by Colombia defender Juan Camillo Zuniga in a 2-1 quarterfinal win that left him writhing in pain. Suarez sunk his teeth into Italy defender Giorgio Chiellinis shoulder and later was suspended for the third time in his career for biting an opponent. On Thursday, the sports court lessened his FIFA-imposed suspension to allow Suarez to practice and play exhibitions for Barcelona following his $130 million move. Mondays game likely will be the last Suarez plays before his ban expires Oct. 25. Barcelona opens the Spanish league against Elche on Sunday. 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