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54 arrested in Brazil demo against World Cup

Brazilian police arrested 54 people at a demonstration late Tuesday against the World Cup in which two banks were vandalised, officials said. About 1,000 people marched along the key Avenida Paulista road in Sao Paulo where the World Cup opening game will be held on June 12. Demonstrators carried banners with slogans such as "There will be no Cup." They denounced the billions of dollars spent on preparations for the tournament, the world's biggest sporting event. Police said on Twitter the 54 people arrested had been "promoting disorder."

Football: Work to resume at Sao Paulo's troubled World Cup ground

Work at Sao Paulo's troubled World Cup stadium was given the go-ahead to resume on Friday after a stoppage caused by the death of a construction worker. Building work on the 10,000-capacity north stand at the Corinthians Arena was halted on March 31, two days after a worker fell to his death. But the Brazilian labour minister said that construction on the ground which will host the World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia on June 12 can resume, a spokesman said.

Thousands turn out in Sao Paulo to demand reduction in workday

Sao Paulo, Apr 9 (EFE).- Thousands of people marched Wednesday in Sao Paulo to demand a series of labor reforms, including a reduction in the length of the workweek to 40 hours. Participating in the peaceful protest were some of the country's main unions, including the Worker's Central, or CUT, the largest labor organization in Brazil. Amid hundreds of balloons and flags with the initials of the different unions, CUT president Vagner Freitas said that the aim of the march was to pressure the government and the national legislature to resume negotiations.

World Cup to generate $27.7 bn in Brazil, government says

Sao Paulo, Apr 7 (EFE).- The Brazilian government forecasts that the 2014 soccer World Cup will generate around 62.1 billion reais ($27.7 billion) in revenues, three times what was injected into the country's economy during last year's Confederations Cup tourney. The estimate is based on a report published Monday by the Tourism Ministry concerning the economic impact of the Confederations Cup.

Football: Brazil will overcome Cup delays, says FIFA chief

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Friday insisted Brazil will overcome delays to World Cup preparations, indicating that three unfinished stadiums, including opening venue Sao Paulo, will be ready. Work has been halted this week on two sections of temporary seating at the Corinthians Arena, where Brazil will face Croatia in the tournament curtain-raiser on June 12, following a fatal accident last Saturday, the second at the ground in four months.

Football: Brazil halts work on World Cup stadium

The Brazilian government halted work on two temporary tribunes for Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium after the death of another construction worker, media reports said. A new inspection of the Corinthians club stadium to be used for the World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12 was to be carried out Tuesday. The worker died Saturday after an eight metre (26 feet) fall. Three workers have now been killed during the Sao Paulo construction and seven in World Cup work across Brazil.

Work at Brazil's World Cup stadium halted after worker dies

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian authorities halted work at the temporary stands of the stadium that will host the opening match of this year's World Cup following the death of a worker, the company in charge of the construction said on Monday. The regional labor authority of Sao Paulo demanded that Fast Engenharia stop building to make a technical analysis of the project, the company said in a statement. Fast Engenharia said that after the analysis it will announce a new time frame for finishing the temporary stands.

Football: Sao Paulo World Cup stadium hit by third death

A construction worker at Sao Paulo's troubled World Cup stadium was killed after falling from a stand on Saturday, bringing the number of deaths at the venue to three. The workman, named as Fabio Hamilton da Cruz, fell eight metres (26 feet) as he helped install temporary seating at the ground and was taken to hospital where his condition had been described as serious. His employers said in a statement that he was observing all the necessary safety standards at the ground which will host the opening game of the World Cup between hosts Brazil and Croatia on June 12.

Football: Sao Paulo World Cup stadium hit by third death

A construction worker at Sao Paulo's troubled World Cup stadium was killed after falling from a stand on Saturday, bringing the number of deaths at the venue to three. The workman fell eight metres (26 feet) as he helped install temporary seating at the ground and was taken to hospital where his condition had been described as serious. His employers said in a statement that he was observing all the necessary safety standards at the ground which will host the opening game of the World Cup between hosts Brazil and Croatia on June 12.

Brazil stadium problems should be warning for Russia, Qatar: FIFA

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The serial delays in building Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums should serve as a lesson to Russia and Qatar, the countries hosting the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Thursday. "We are late, we face difficulties and risks right up to the last minute because we haven't tested the installations, we need time to test them," Valcke told reporters in Rio after meeting with members of the Brazilian government and Local Organizing Committee.
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