quarta-feira, 26 de maio de 2010
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - An extra 150,000 tickets for all 64 World Cup matches will be put on sale on Friday after 96 per cent of seats were sold, FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said.
At a ceremony officially handing over Cape Town's majestic new seaside stadium for the World Cup, Valcke said that if the additional tickets were sold the tournament would reach almost 98 percent capacity across all the 10 stadiums.
A total of nearly 2.9 million seats were available for the world's most watched sporting event, which runs for a month from June 11.
By Matthew Knight, for CNN
Google has not handed over sensitive data requested by German authorities, despite a deadline of 26 May.
Dr Johannes Caspar, the Information Commissioner for Hamburg, Germany, told BBC News that there was "no sign" of the requested hard disk.
The firm has until midnight to hand over data harvested by its Street View cars from private wi-fi networks.
A spokesperson for Google declined to comment further, but indicated that it would say more on the matter later.
The Hamburg commissioner also expects answers to a range of questions his office posed four weeks ago.
By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Art Linkletter, whose ''People Are Funny'' and ''House Party'' shows entertained millions of TV viewers in the 1950s and '60s with the funny side of ordinary folks and who remained active as a writer and speaker through his ninth decade, died Wednesday. He was 97.
Linkletter died at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles, said his son-in-law, Art Hershey, the husband of Sharon Linkletter.
''He lived a long, full, pure life, and the Lord had need for him,'' Hershey said.
Linkletter had been ill ''in the last few weeks time, but bear in mind he was 97 years old. He wasn't eating well, and the aging process took him,'' Hershey said.
Linkletter hadn't been diagnosed with any life-threatening disease, he said.
Linkletter was known on TV for his funny interviews with children and ordinary folks. He also collected their comments in a number of best-selling books.
''Art Linkletter's House Party,'' one of television's longest-running variety shows, debuted on radio in 1944 and was seen on CBS-TV from 1952 to 1969.
Though it had many features, the best known was the daily interviews with schoolchildren.
By Matilda Battersby
It is perhaps little known that the beautiful county of Wiltshire, famed for Stonehenge and the white horses carved into its hills, is the most active area for crop circles in the world, with nearly 70 appearing in its fields in 2009.
It is unsurprising then, that the appearance of a phenomenally complex 300ft design carved into an expanse of rape seed on a Wiltshire hillside has caused excitement. But it's not just the eye-pleasing shape which has drawn attention to it. The intersected concentric pattern has been decoded by experts as a “tantalising approximation” of a mathematical formula called Euler’s Identity (e ^ ( i * Pi ) + 1 = 0), widely thought be the most beautiful and profound mathematical equation in the world.
The design (pictured above) appeared beside Wilton Windmill late on Friday night. Lucy Pringle, a founder of the Centre for Crop Circle Studies, was one of the first on the scene. She says: “What has happened in this particular crop circle is that there are 12 segments and within each segment there are 8 partly concentric rings. Each of these segments indicates a binary code based on 0 and 1. If you use an Ascii Table [computer calculation system], the pattern transposes itself into a tantalising approximation of Euler’s equation”.
Robin Soderling took just 71 super-charged minutes to sweep aside hapless on Wednesday to reach the third round of the .
fifth seed, who famously handed a first career defeat here last year before finishing as runner-up, crushed Dent 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 and will next face 29th seed from Spain.
"I didn't expect to win so easily in the second round of a . I can't remember playing such a short match," said the 25-year-old Swede, who lost just five games in his opening round. "But you have to keep your because a match can change very quickly".
Soderling's quickfire victory equalled the 71 minutes took Germany's to beat Australia's 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 last year. The shortest match remains the 1970 final when defeated in 68 minutes.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A South African weekly, which angered Muslims by publishing a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad, agreed to issue an apology after a meeting with the United Muslims Forum of South Africa on Wednesday, the group said.
Group representatives met Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes and cartoonist Zapiro after the paper published a drawing last week depicting the prophet on a psychologist's couch saying his followers have no sense of humour.
This angered Muslims, who consider as offensive any depiction of the founder of Islam, and raised fears of reprisals during next month's World Cup. In 2005, a Danish newspaper published cartoons of Mohammad, sparking violent protests that killed several dozen people.
"The Mail and Guardian have agreed to issue a press release in which they record (that the paper) regrets the harm caused by the publication of the cartoon and apologises for the effects thereof," said a statement from the Muslim group.
Neither Dawes nor anyone at his newspaper were immediately available for comment.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has asked the US to nudge India to address contentious issues in order to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries instead of looking at the distrust solely through the prism of terrorism, a media report said on Wednesday.
"We want the US to encourage India to take steps for improving the human rights situation in Kashmir, moving forward on Siachen and Sir Creek and agreeing to arbitration on the Kishanganga hydropower project," a senior unnamed diplomat was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.
The message was conveyed by the Pakistani leadership to the US administration through diplomatic channels even as Pakistan and India move towards a phased process worked out by their Foreign Ministers for building trust and confidence before the revival of peace talks suspended in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
By Arup Roy Choudhury & Janaki Krishnan
MUMBAI/BANGALORE (Reuters) - Utility vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra agreed to buy a 55 percent stake in pioneering electric car maker Reva, aiming to be a significant player in the global electric vehicle industry.
The deal gives Mahindra a foothold in the small but increasingly crowded electric vehicle industry, which is attracting global players such as Toyota and General Motors as they search for cleaner alternatives to gasoline.
"Mahindra wants to consolidate its position as a company which wants to manufacture everything on wheels," said Arun Kejriwal, director of KRIS Research. "This acquisition would go a long way in helping achieve this".
Mahindra is taking the majority stake in Reva Electric Car Company by buying a part of the founder's stake, and investing an additional 450 million rupees ($9.5 million) in fresh equity.
It did not disclose details of how much it was paying for the entire holding.
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: The government on Wednesday crushed the two-day-old strike by Air India unions that was launched 72 hours after the horrific crash at Mangalore and affected about 30,000 passengers.
The union leaders, who were protesting against a gag order, withdrew the strike in the face of a tough management and a Delhi high court order that termed the action illegal and directed the 14,000-odd workers to resume duties immediately.
The AI management, meanwhile, has launched a massive crackdown on the powerful unions. It had by 9pm either dismissed or suspended about 50 union leaders and sources said more action could follow through the night.
The move came even as civil aviation minister Praful Patel said that the unions had gone a bit too far and that the AI management had a free hand in dealing with the issue. By Thursday afternoon, the airline had issued a statement saying that it had never issued a gag order based on which the employees had gone on strike.
AI said the recent order merely reiterated it's July 2009 communication, which had said "...all concerned employees are advised to desist from going public with their statements that have the potential of harming the company's revenue earning possibility" or they would face disciplinary action.
China's rapid rise is causing ever-widening repercussions in its relationship with Japan. This is the third installment in a series of articles examining new currents in bilateral relations.
In the early morning of April 7, a fleet of five Maritime Self-Defense Force training ships moored off Okinotorishima, Japan's southernmost island in the western Pacific.
Small boats were lowered into the water and 188 new graduates of the Maritime Officer Candidate School were taken ashore.
It was the first time they had stepped onto the small island, which is really an atoll surrounded by a reef. They were allowed to stay there for about 20 minutes.
Rear Adm. Shinichi Tokumaru, commander of the fleet, said, "I want future leaders to realize that Japan has a huge maritime area to protect".
A week later, a fleet of 10 Chinese Navy ships sailed to an area about 450 kilometers west-southwest of the island to conduct large-scale exercises, included a mock battle with a submarine.