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Football: Sao Paulo will be ready at "last minute" -- FIFA

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Tuesday said Sao Paulo's delayed stadium would be ready "at the last minute" for the June 12 World Cup curtain-raiser after a full capacity test next month. The stadium has suffered delays following two fatal accidents which left three workers dead, but Valcke said he was confident preparations were advancing well. "Sao Paulo will be ready for the opening match," between Brazil and Croatia," said Valcke, adding there was "no choice" while repeating his mantra that "we cannot waste a single minute."

Football: Sao Paulo will be ready at "last minute" -- FIFA

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Tuesday said Sao Paulo's delayed stadium would be ready "at the last minute" for the June 12 World Cup curtain-raiser after a full capacity test next month. The stadium has suffered delays following two fatal accidents which left three workers dead, but Valcke said he was confident preparations were advancing well. "Sao Paulo will be ready for the opening match," between Brazil and Croatia," said Valcke, adding there was "no choice" while repeating his mantra that "we cannot waste a single minute."

Football: Sao Paulo will be ready at "last minute" -- FIFA

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Tuesday said Sao Paulo's delayed stadium would be ready "at the last minute" for the June 12 World Cup curtain-raiser after a full capacity test next month. The stadium has suffered delays following two fatal accidents which left three workers dead, but Valcke said he was confident preparations were advancing well. "Sao Paulo will be ready for the opening match," between Brazil and Croatia," said Valcke, adding there was "no choice" while repeating his mantra that "we cannot waste a single minute."

Football: Sao Paulo will be ready at "last minute" -- FIFA

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Tuesday said Sao Paulo's delayed stadium would be ready "at the last minute" for the June 12 World Cup curtain-raiser after a full capacity test next month. The stadium has suffered delays following two fatal accidents which left three workers dead, but Valcke said he was confident preparations were advancing well. "Sao Paulo will be ready for the opening match," between Brazil and Croatia," said Valcke, adding there was "no choice" while repeating his mantra that "we cannot waste a single minute."

Attackers burn 34 buses in Sao Paulo suburb

Heavily armed men stormed a Sao Paulo bus depot Tuesday, setting some three dozen buses on fire in attack police believed was linked to organized crime. At least six gunmen stormed the depot of the private bus company, completely destroying 23 vehicles and badly damaging 11 others in the town of Osasco, some 25 kilometers (16 miles) outside Sao Paulo. "They were all heavily armed. They took some employees hostage," said Miguel De Albuquerque, manager of the company, speaking to the Globo G1 news site.

30 Buses set ablaze in Brazilian city

Sao Paulo, Apr 22 (EFE).- More than 30 buses were burned overnight in the Sao Paulo suburb of Osasco, Brazilian media said Tuesday. The buses were parked in the garage of the Urubupunga company when a group of people went inside and set fire to the vehicles, most of which were totally destroyed. Sao Paulo state police told Efe that more than a score of buses were set ablaze, adding that no one has been reported injured and for now, no arrests have been made.

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.
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