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Terremoto de magnitude 4,9 atinge Amazonas

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Um terremoto de magnitude 4,9 atingiu na noite deste domingo o extremo oeste do Amazonas na divisa com o Acre. Ainda não há relatos de vítimas ou danos. O tremor ocorreu às 20h10 (no horário de Brasília) a uma profundidade de 17 km. O seu epicentro foi a 100 km a noroeste de Cruzeiro do Sul, no Acre.

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Earthquake of magnitude 4,9 reaches Amazon ‎

An earthquake of magnitude 4,9 reached in the night of this Sunday the western extreme of the Amazon in the emblem with the Acre. There are still no victims' reports or damages.

The tremor took place to 20h10 (in the time-table of Brasilia) to a depth of 17 km. His epicentre went to 100 km to northwest of Cross of the South, in the Acre.



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Tremor de terra atinge extremo oeste do Amazonas

25 de abril de 2010 22h36

O extremo oeste do Amazonas foi atingido neste domingo por um tremor de 4,9 graus na escala Richter.

O terremoto ocorreu às 20h10 a um profundadidade de 17 km. Seu epicentro foi a 100 km a noroeste da cidade de Cruzeiro do Sul, na divisa do Amazonas com o Acre.

Ainda não há relatos de vítimas ou danos.



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Terremoto no Chile: cidade pode se mover 12 m até fim do ano

25 de abril de 2010

Equipes de resgate procuram por vítimas em um prédio partido ao  meio, na cidade de Concepcion Foto: Reuters

Terremoto partiu prédio ao meio em Concepción
Foto: Reuters

Os 650 km do território chileno sacudidos por um terremoto de 8,8 graus na escala Richter no dia 27 de fevereiro seguem se movimentando e em alguns pontos, como a cidade de Concepción, o deslocamento pode chegar a 12 m até o fim do ano.

Os dados são de um estudo realizado pelo Instituto Geográfico Militar e especialistas chilenos e estrangeiros, que indicaram anteriormente que a cidade de Concepción, 515 km ao sul de Santiago, já se deslocou 3 m para o sudoeste durante o terremoto.

Um mês depois, segundo os especialistas, a placa sul-americana, cujos atritos com a placa de Nascar causam a maioria dos tremores no Chile, se deslocou outro metro na zona, na mesma direção.

Tudo isso, segundo o estudo, que é citado na edição dominical do jornal La Tercera, faz parte do chamado "movimento post-sísmico", que até o fim de 2010 pode deslocar Concepción 12 metros para o sudoeste.

A direção do deslocamento também mudou com relação ao movimento normal do continente, que é de entre três e quatro centímetros anuais para o nordeste, ou seja, em direção a África, segundo explicou o coronel Juan Vidal, diretor do Instituto Geográfico Militar.

Por outro lado, o terremoto gerou um movimento oposto, para o sudoeste. "Houve cidades como Concepción que se movimentaram 3 m e até Buenos Aires se movimentou alguns centímetros", disse Vidal.

Ele acrescentou que os deslocamentos "post-sísmicos" são de entre 3 e 4 cm diários na zona de Concepción e Cobquecura, o que significa cerca de 1 m por mês.

Santiago, a capital do Chile, foi deslocada 27 cm rumo ao Pacífico pelo terremoto e espera-se que se mova mais 1 m até o fim do ano.

Para Vidal, isso significa que nas regiões afetadas será preciso modificar os planos reguladores das cidades, as concessões mineiras, a localização geodésica e os mapas mais especializados.



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Automaker Expansion in China Risks Overcapacity (Update1)

By Bloomberg News

April 26 (Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and Nissan Motor Co. are raising production capacity and sales forecasts in China, betting vehicle demand will continue to grow even if the government scraps car-buying incentives.

Volkswagen, the biggest foreign carmaker in China, will invest 4.4 billion euros ($5.9 billion) in plants and new models by 2012, while Nissan aims to boost capacity in the nation almost 70 percent, the companies said April 23 at the Beijing Auto Show. Toyota and Hyundai Motor Co. are also building new factories in China, the world’s largest vehicle market.

The automakers are competing for market share as Volkswagen estimates the growing wealth of China’s 1.37 billion people may raise the nation’s auto demand as much as 20 percent this year. Nissan predicts growth may slow next year as China has signaled it may end a tax break for small cars, and industry consultants JD Power & Associates and IHS Global Insight say carmakers risk building too many plants.

“China’s motorization is reaching the masses,” said Takanobu Ito, Chief Executive Officer of Honda Motor Co., Japan’s second-largest carmaker. “Even after the tax break ends, demand shouldn’t drop very much.”

China’s vehicle sales growth this year will exceed Honda’s original estimate of 10 percent, Ito said at the auto show. Xu Changming, a research director at China’s State Information Center, said last week demand may rise about 17 percent to 16 million vehicles, down from 46 percent last year.

Tax Break

The government is likely to raise consumption tax to 10 percent next year for cars with engines no larger than 1.6 liters, after cutting the rate to 5 percent in 2009 and raising it to 7.5 percent this year, Xu said. Last year’s reduction, which helped Chinese auto demand surge past the U.S. for the first time, resulted in “unsustainable” growth, he said.

Even if the tax break is phased out, “there is a fear that amid all of this investment and stellar growth, the vehicle market could start to overheat,” Paul Newton, a London-based auto analyst at IHS Global Insight, wrote in a research note last week. “The carmakers vying for market share in China may not want to admit it, but this risk is becoming a very real concern.”

GM, Toyota

General Motors Co., the largest automaker in China, plans to increase sales in the nation to 3 million vehicles by 2015 from an estimated 2 million this year. The company and its local partners sold 1.83 million units in China last year.

“Every time the government changes their policy, it will have some impact,” Kevin Wale, president of Detroit-based GM’s China business, said at the auto show. “But the underlying demand is increasing at a very fast rate.”

At the moment, “we don’t have enough cars and we can’t build enough cars,” he said.

Government policy changes are too unpredictable to be reflected in planning, Toyota’s Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada said at the show.

“The speed of changes to government policies is faster than our development of new engines and new cars,” Uchiyamada said. The company, based in Toyota City, Japan, is basing its strategy on “significantly high” demand for small-engine compact cars, he said.

Ghosn’s Expansion

Toyota’s 2010 sales in China may exceed an 800,000-unit target, said Masahiro Kato, president of the company’s local unit.

A new Toyota plant in Changchun, Jilin province, will start production in late 2011 or early 2012 and have a yearly production capacity of 100,000 vehicles, he said. The new plant will likely build Corolla vehicles and the automaker may also introduce a new low-cost car in China, Kato said.

Toyota rose 3.2 percent to 3,685 yen as of 10:30 a.m. in Tokyo trading, gaining the most in seven weeks after Nikkei English News reported on April 24 that the company may post a full-year operating profit.

Nissan, Japan’s third-largest carmaker, aims to raise output capacity in China to 900,000 vehicles a year by 2012 from 535,000 now, Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said at the show. The company is planning further increases even as Ghosn said industrywide sales growth in the nation may slow to between 10 percent and 15 percent next year.

“Nissan is going the right way,” said Takeshi Miyao, an analyst at auto consulting company Carnorama in Tokyo. “It’s important for each automaker to gain share now. Later is too late.”

Volkswagen, BMW

The Yokohama-based automaker, which will begin selling its Leaf electric car in China next year, aims to boost sales in the nation 12 percent this year to 850,000 vehicles.

Winfried Vahland, head of Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkswagen’s China operations, estimates the Chinese auto market may grow between 15 percent and 20 percent this year, compared with the company’s previous estimate of 10 percent to 15 percent.

“We’re a bit more optimistic now” than at the beginning of the year, Vahland said.

The company, which plans to add production capacity at its Nanjing and Chengdu plants in China, aims to match or exceed market growth this year, Vahland said. It will reach a sales rate of 2 million vehicles a year in the nation “far earlier” than its 2018 goal, he said.

Norbert Reithofer, Chief Executive Officer of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, said an end to tax breaks for small cars won’t affect local growth plans for the Munich-based company, the world’s biggest luxury-vehicle maker.

“We will expand very dynamically in China even if the government takes that action,” Reithofer said. Capacity expansion “will always” lag sales growth, he said.

Hyundai Motor

BMW intends to deliver 120,000 BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce vehicles in China in 2010, a 33 percent increase from last year and 20 percent more than a previous projection, he said at the Beijing auto show. The company and its rival Daimler AG, which aims to raise local sales by around 40 percent to at least 100,000 vehicles this year, are rolling out sedans developed exclusively for Chinese buyers.

Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea’s largest carmaker, is adding a third plant in China that will increase its local capacity by 50 percent to 900,000 vehicles a year by 2012.

The foreign automakers’ expansion plans are matched by their local counterparts. Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., the carmaker that bought technology from Saab Automobile, is building three passenger-vehicle plants, two commercial- vehicle factories and one engine factory, adding 1.3 million units of production capacity to ease a shortage, President Wang Dazong said in an April 22 interview in Beijing.


Beijing Auto expects to boost sales 21 percent this year to 1.5 million vehicles, Wang said. The company’s deliveries surged 61 percent to 1.24 million last year.

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., which bought Sweden’s Volvo Cars last month, aims to build a Volvo factory in China, according to the company.

Even if the tax break is phased out, “there is a fear that amid all of this investment and stellar growth, the vehicle market could start to overheat,” Paul Newton, a London-based auto analyst at IHS Global Insight, wrote in a research note last week. “The carmakers vying for market share in China may not want to admit it, but this risk is becoming a very real concern.”

GM, Toyota

Fears that automakers’ investments would lead to too much production capacity in China have been proven wrong before. Nissan’s Ghosn and Volkswagen both said in 2003 that overcapacity in the nation was a concern. At the time, Honda predicted China’s auto sales might exceed 10 million in 2010.

Still, excess inventories may force carmakers to offer incentives to buyers as early as this year, and the companies may suffer from overcapacity within five years, according to JD Power & Associates.

With the surge in factory investment, JD Power estimates local plants may produce at 66 percent of capacity by 2015. An 80 percent level is traditionally required to cover fixed costs, according to the company.

Carmakers will offer incentives, eroding their profit, as vehicle sales growth in the nation may slow this year to about 12 percent, Finbarr O’Neill, president of JD Power, said in an April 20 interview in Beijing. Industrywide sales may total 14.5 million vehicles this year, he said.

“We see a pile-up of inventory at dealerships and actually a decline in transaction prices,” he said. “When you have too much inventory on the ground, you have to put cash in the trunk.”



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Obama Eulogizes Victims of Mine Accident

Luke Sharrett/The New York Times

President Obama before delivering a eulogy for the 29 miners who died in an explosion earlier this month during a memorial service in Beckley, W.Va., on Sunday. More Photos »

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Twenty days later and twenty miles away, they came to say farewell to the dead of Upper Big Branch on Sunday, the widows and orphans, the friends and neighbors, and a president of the United States.

The faces of the 29 men killed in the nation’s worst coal mining disaster in four decades stared out at their loved ones, now just a series of photographs projected on a pair of giant screens in a convention center and a series of cherished and haunting memories to contemplate afterward.

They smiled in those photographs, those images from happier moments of men casting for fish, dancing with a wife or just sitting on a couch or in the back of a pickup truck. There was Griff one last time. And Cuz. And Boone and Pee Wee and Smiley and Dewey. A couple had “Senior” after their names, an all-too-searing reminder that left behind were “Juniors.” A tiny girl in a pink dress in the family section yelled out “Daddy, Daddy,” and it was hard to tell if she still had one.

They called it a “healing convention” but the wounds were fresh and deep. The explosion deep under the earth on April 5 ripped through not only the mine in nearby Montcoal but also the fabric of a community, and a nation has looked on to ask why it happened and how it can be kept from happening again.

“How can we fail them?” President Obama asked in his eulogy. “How can a nation that relies on its miners not do everything in its power to protect them? How can we let anyone in this country put their lives at risk by simply showing up to work? By simply pursuing the American dream?

“We cannot bring back the 29 men we lost,” he added. “They are with the Lord now. Our task, here on Earth, is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy. To do what we must do, individually and collectively, to assure safe conditions underground. To treat our miners like they treat each other — like a family. Because we are all family and we are all Americans and we have to lean on one another.”

Mr. Obama was joined here by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Gov. Joe Manchin III, Senators Robert C. Byrd and John D. Rockefeller IV and a host of Congress members and local officials. This is a place with an uneasy relationship with this president, a state that voted against him in the Democratic primary in 2008 and again in the general election later that year. It is a place that views his environmental agenda with suspicion for the damage it fears could be done to industry and livelihoods.

But for this day, at least, he was their president and their chief comforter, and they greeted him with loud applause and cheers. He met first behind closed doors with the families of the 29 fallen miners before the service started, making his way from one folding table to another across a low-ceilinged room amid a cacophony of wrenching sobbing by the relatives. “It was like 29 funerals in one small church basement,” Bill Burton, a White House spokesman, said afterward.

Then Mr. Obama joined the main service in the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, standing solemnly as the relatives were introduced, one family at a time, to applause from the audience. At a few points, he reached out to one or another woman struggling with the emotion of the moment and wrapped his arms around her.

Each family carried a miner’s hat, which was placed on top of one of the small white crosses in front of the presidential rostrum. Some of the children clutched stuffed animals. Some of the adults wore T-shirts memorializing their lost loved ones. Small packages of tissues were waiting for them on the chairs in the family section.

“All of West Virginia is in pain and not without some anger,” Mr. Rockefeller told the 2,000 or so people in attendance. “But we will bind together as a community because that is what West Virginians do. We will find a way to go on.”

The politicians vowed to pursue investigations and legislation. “I don’t have the answers about why this has happened, but I promise we will find the answers,” Mr. Manchin said. “And I pledge to each and every one of you in these wonderful families that your loved ones will not have died in vain.”

The president has ordered a review of mine safety as attention has focused on the succession of violations issued in recent years against the owner of the mine, the Massey Energy Company. The company defended its safety record in the days leading up to the memorial service, saying it is committed to worker safety and promising that “there will be accountability” if improper conduct is found.

In his eulogy, Mr. Obama emphasized the human stories of the men who died, “this band of 29 roughneck angels,” as Mr. Biden called them. The president read each of their names, a roster of pain and emptiness for a small community. He paid tribute to their risky trade and honored their contribution to the nation.

“Day after day,” Mr. Obama said, “they would burrow into the coal, the fruits of their labor what so often we take for granted: the electricity that lights up a convention center; that lights up our church or our home, our school, our office; the energy that powers our country; the energy that powers the world.”

Mr. Obama, who represented a coal-producing state as a senator from Illinois, invoked the dangers of their work. “They understood there were risks,” he said, “and their families did, too. They knew their kids would say a prayer at night before they left. They knew their wives would wait for a call when their shift ended saying everything was O.K.”

But he said they had gone down into the tunnels far beneath the surface to follow in the footsteps of their fathers and grandfathers and to provide for their families. “It was all,” he said, “in the hopes of something better.”



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Namoro ou amizade?

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“A vida, a maturidade, a idade, a experiência de Brasília e as derrotas ajudam. O Mercadante está mais meigo”.

Jilmar Tatto, deputado federal pelo PT paulista, explicando que São Paulo deve eleger Aloízio Mercadante para governar o Estado porque o Herói da Rendição ganha de Geraldo Alckmin no quesito meiguice.



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All Bets Are Off in Game-Changing British Campaign

LONDON — With 10 campaigning days left until a general election that has seen a strong and unexpected surge by the left-of-center Liberal Democrats, Britain has been thrust into a complex new political calculus about which party — or parties — will govern after May 6.

Jeff Overs/BBC, via Reuters

Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, during a TV interview on Sunday, just days before Britain's general election.

For the first time since the 1930s, the contest no longer seems like a battle for primacy between the Labour and Conservative Parties. With the latest polls showing Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats locked in a tight race, the talk has been increasingly of the possibility of a coalition government, or one in which Liberal Democrats provide the votes needed in the House of Commons to sustain a Labour or Conservative minority administration.

Adding new intrigue to the campaign, the weekend newspapers and Sunday morning talk shows focused on the sense among many political analysts that Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is widely perceived as having led a faltering Labour campaign, has become a major impediment to Labour’s chance of retaining power in a deal with the Liberal Democrats.

After three years in office, Mr. Brown, who has not captured anything like the approval ratings of his Labour predecessor, Tony Blair, finds himself, potentially the party’s dispensable man. He has said on the campaign trail that he plans to remain at Labour’s helm even if the party fails to win on election day, and has maneuvered to prepare for a postelection deal with the Liberal Democrats. But that party’s leader, Nick Clegg, has rejected any pact that would keep Mr. Brown “squatting in 10 Downing Street” after a clear repudiation by the electorate.

Mr. Clegg has said that in negotiations to form a new government, the Liberal Democrats would support the party winning the largest popular vote and the most seats. That formula appears to have been drafted in preparation for a deal with the Conservatives.

Reports in several weekend newspapers said this had prompted some senior Labour politicians to talk of dumping Mr. Brown if the party musters only a weak showing at the polls, and replacing him with someone Liberal Democrats might accept at the head of a coalition, possibly Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

With British elections compressed into a few weeks of hectic campaigning, much can change in the closing days, as Labour found in 1992, when a prematurely triumphal Labour saw a large poll lead evaporate, handing the Conservatives victory. Mr. Clegg has shrugged off suggestions that his party is heading for a historic upset, telling The New York Times in an interview last week that he was not Nostradamus, capable of forecasting the vote.

“I’m not daft enough to put the cart before the horse,” he said.

But recent events have led pundits to say that the Liberal Democrats’ surge in the polls is more than a flash in the pan. The party took 22 percent of votes in the 2005 election, a high-water mark in nearly a century, since the heyday of the party’s progenitor, the Liberals, who governed for long periods in the second half of the 19th century. They remained a force until they crumbled before the combined power of the Conservatives and Labour after World War I.

Much of the country has been waiting to see if Mr. Clegg can maintain the momentum from his performance 10 days ago in the first of three televised prime ministerial debates with Mr. Brown and David Cameron of the Conservatives. Skeptics in the Labour and Conservative Parties had warned their leaders of the potential for the debates to be a game-changer; as they foresaw, the encounters gave Mr. Clegg — leader of the traditional “third party,” with little in the way of a notable profile before the campaign — an unmatched opportunity to impress.

When the party leaders met last week for the second debate, Mr. Clegg was again judged the most impressive performer in audience polls. Mr. Cameron was found to have performed better than in the first debate, with Mr. Brown, again, lagging. Perhaps more significant, new polls of voters taken over the weekend showed Labour and the Liberal Democrats vying for second place behind the Conservatives, who were short of the level of support they need to win an outright majority.

Mr. Clegg’s performance has continued to shape the campaign’s dynamics. Mr. Cameron, the Conservative leader, has stepped up his “Vote Clegg, get Brown” warnings to voters who hope to end 13 years under Labour by voting for the Liberal Democrats. The phrase refers to anomalies in Britain’s electoral system that could allow Labour to finish third in the popular vote and still win the most seats.

Mr. Cameron has told voters they could be shut out of negotiations over a coalition government as the parties’ leaders — whom he has likened to “Tweedledum talking to Tweedledee, who is talking to Tweedledem” — decide who should be prime minister.

Labour strategists, fearful that the middle-class “floating vote” that brought the party three victories under Mr. Blair is deserting them, are facing the prospect of ending up with little more than the core vote of traditional Labour supporters. Political analysts say they make up about 25 percent of all voters. That would represent about 10 percent fewer votes than those cast for the Blair-led party in 2005.

The specter of an electoral collapse of those proportions has pushed Labour to maximize the chances of the Liberal Democrats’ supporting Labour over the Conservatives in the postelection jockeying for power.

Mr. Brown has promised a referendum on changing the winner-takes-all voting system, a priority for the Liberal Democrats since it would mean more parliamentary seats for smaller parties.

In an election that could be the closest in decades, Labour’s support for a change in the voting system is attracting many Liberal Democrats, since it is one Mr. Cameron and the Conservatives strongly oppose. But Mr. Clegg, from his increasingly critical remarks about Mr. Brown, appears inclined, if anything, to seek a deal with Mr. Cameron ahead of any with Mr. Brown.



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Internauta invade privacidade e espia perfis de vítimas



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G. conheceu um homem em uma festa e, ao chegar em casa, decidiu procurá-lo no Orkut. Sabia que faculdade ele cursava, encontrou a comunidade, testou várias possibilidades com o nome do rapaz e o encontrou. Apresentou-se com seu perfil real, mas não causou uma boa impressão.

Houve uma segunda vez, e G. decidiu montar um perfil falso para poder encontrar pessoas ainda desconhecidas no Orkut. "Tem também o caso de eu encontrar uns caras no Orkut e ficar encanado, sem ao menos conhecer. Coloco nos Favoritos do meu computador e entro com uma regularidade para ver o que está acontecendo", conta.

G. diz que já parou com a prática, mas o crescente excesso de informações disponíveis e a necessidade dos ciberperseguidores de saber cada vez pode tornar a prática excessiva e colocar os perseguidos em risco.

A organização Working to Halt Online Abuse (haltabuse.org) diz que recebe de 50 a 75 denúncias do tipo por semana. Na Malásia, o crescimento de casos denunciados à agência CyberSecurity Malaysia cresceu mais de 100% entre 2008 e 2009, segundo dados divulgados no site The Star (thestar.com.my).

"É uma invasão de privacidade. Além de eu ter uma parte exposta da minha vida que pode não ser legal, há um perigo de segurança real", diz Luciana Ruffo, psicóloga do núcleo de pesquisas em psicologia da informática da PUC-SP (Pontifícia Universidade Católica).

Para os que têm o hábito de perseguir o outro on-line, também existem prejuízos: "O perseguidor pode começar a abrir mão da sua vida para seguir o outro".

E, quando a pessoa percebe que a vida do outro começa a ter maior importância do que deveria, é hora de procurar tratamento, indica a psicóloga.

A recomendação para quem é perseguido é não responder às insinuações do perseguidor, não postar informações ou fotos extremamente pessoais e até trocar de conta de e-mail. "Notifique apenas seus amigos e familiares mais próximos sobre a mudança", explica o site Quit Stalking Me (quitstalkingme.com).


Quem persegue e quem se expõe têm suas motivações, segundo Ruffo. "Sem falar em um nível extremo criminoso, quem persegue tem curiosidade, quer saber, ter controle sobre a vida do outro", explica.

Já os que se superexpõem ou são ingênuos ou querem ser notados, diz a psicóloga.



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Após atirar na esposa, homem mata 5 em colisão em SP

São Paulo - Seis pessoas morreram e uma ficou gravemente ferida na manhã de hoje na altura do quilômetro 207 da SP-304, em São Pedro, no interior de São Paulo. De acordo com a Polícia Rodoviária Estadual, o acidente foi provocado por um homem que queria se matar após pensar que tinha assassinado a própria esposa com sete tiros. Porém, nenhuma das balas atingiu a mulher.

De acordo com a polícia, depois de atirar contra a esposa, o homem teria saído descontrolado pela estrada e jogado seu carro contra um caminhão, que tombou. Um veículo de passeio que trafegava atrás do caminhão não conseguiu frear e capotou.

O homem que provocou o acidente morreu. Outras cinco pessoas - entre elas duas crianças - da mesma família que ocupavam o carro que estava atrás do caminhão morreram. Uma outra criança, de 4 anos, sofreu ferimentos graves e foi encaminhada ao Hospital Fornecedores de Cana, em Piracicaba. O motorista do caminhão saiu ileso.



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Ovelhas caminham próximo a abadia de Mont Saint-Michel, na França (23/04/2010) AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

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Carrinho de Compras: Presidência reserva R$ 585 mil para instalação de persianas


Leandro Kleber
Do Contas Abertas

Com as obras de reforma do Palácio do Planalto na reta final – a expectativa é reinaugurar a sede do governo até 21 de abril, aniversário de Brasília –, os novos itens começam a chegar ao seu destino. Na última semana, por exemplo, a Secretaria de Administração da Presidência da República empenhou (reservou em orçamento) R$ 585 mil para a compra e instalação de diversos modelos de persianas, algumas com acionamento manual, outras com motorização por controle remoto, e por aí vai. O curioso é que a nota de empenho emitida pela PR para a aquisição das venezianas dá detalhes incríveis sobre a compra, informando, dentre outras coisas, qual a metragem em cada sala que será instalado o item.

Para não faltar nada nos gabinetes, a Presidência também reservou R$ 9,5 mil para a compra de quase 13 mil canetas esferográficas azuis, 7,2 mil pretas, 2,8 mil vermelhas, 150 canetas “gel” e centenas de canetas com ponta porosa ou superfinas. Outros R$ 13,4 mil foram comprometidos para a aquisição de 519 grampeadores, 615 caixas de grampo e 195 perfuradores de papel dois furos. Além disso, R$ 16,5 mil servirão para a compra de 391 baterias não recarregáveis para aparelhos eletroeletrônicos, 18 canetas laser medidoras de bateria e 14,4 mil pilhas de vários tamanhos.

E a PR estava com todo gás nos últimos dias. O órgão ainda empenhou R$ 10,7 mil para a compra de 242 sapatos masculinos de couro “legítimo” pretos, com as seguintes características: bico quadrado, com quatro furos para amarrar, forro interno todo em couro, palmilha antitranspirante também em couro e solado de borracha legítimo antiderrapante. Mais uma vez, resta elogiar a bela descrição da nota de empenho, que ainda traz a compra de três coturnos, também de couro, na cor preta. Por fim, mais R$ 26,2 mil com 242 ternos na cor azul marinho e 120 cintos de couro “legítimo” dupla face. E haja couro legítimo, senhoras e senhores...

Já o Gabinete da Vice-Presidência da República preferiu investir em novos computadores, 36 no total. Para isso, comprometeu R$ 70,7 mil. Desta vez, as informações da nota de empenhou pararam por aí. Quem também gastou com informática foi o Gabinete de Segurança Institucional da PR, o GSI. A unidade reservou R$ 31 mil para a aquisição de nove notebooks.

O Superior Tribunal de Justiça (STJ), por sua vez, preferiu expor com detalhes despesa referente a um treinamento oferecido a funcionários. O órgão empenhou R$ 65 mil para pagar a realização do curso “formação de multiplicadores em mediação e técnicas autocompositivas”, destinado a juízes estaduais do Ceará. O evento foi realizado em Fortaleza, no período de 8 a 10 de março. O curso contou com 23 participantes, três palestrantes, equipe de apoio da Enfam (Escola Nacional de Formação e Aperfeiçoamento de Magistrados) e equipes dos órgãos parceiros.

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*Todo fim de semana o Contas Abertas publica a coluna "Carrinho de Compras", que traz reservas de recursos em orçamento realizadas por órgãos da União para pagamento de despesas curiosas. Vale ressaltar que, a princípio, não existe nenhuma ilegalidade nem irregularidade neste tipo de gasto feito pela União e que o eventual cancelamento de tais empenhos certamente não ajudaria, por exemplo, na manutenção do superávit do governo ou em uma redução significativa de despesas. A intenção de publicar essas aquisições é popularizar a discussão em torno dos gastos públicos junto ao cidadão comum, no intuito de aumentar a transparência e o controle social, além de mostrar que a Administração Pública também possui, além de contas complexas, despesas curiosas.

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Mais de 3.400 pessoas foram obrigadas a deixar suas casas em Santa Catarina desde que fortes chuvas começaram a atingir o Estado, na sexta-feira. A informação consta em um relatório divulgado pela Defesa Civil neste domingo. De acordo com o balanço, cerca de 660 residências sofreram algum dano causado pelos temporais.

Sul do Brasil tem previsão de chuva forte

Cinco municípios já declararam situação de emergência no Estado: Matos Costa, Caçador, Rio das Antas, Lebon Régis e Timbó Grande. Outros 13 municípios foram afetados.

Os serviços mais prejudicados são os de transportes, mas algumas cidades ainda sofrem com falta de energia elétrica e problemas no abastecimento de água. Ao todo, 42.646 pessoas foram afetadas de alguma forma pelos temporais.

De acordo com a Defesa Civil, as chuvas em Santa Catarina devem continuar até terça-feira (27).



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