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Everything you need to know
about Brazil´s massively flawed
World Cup preparations

The Week, by Staff

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/8/2014 4:38:26 AM

Is Brazil ready for the Cup? Yes, but just barely. All 12 stadiums Brazil built or rebuilt for the Cup have been approved for game play, but half missed completion deadlines, and several are still short on seats and other amenities. In Natal, where the U.S. plays Ghana in its June 16 tournament opener, workers have hung colorful canvas tarps depicting beach scenes over unfinished access ramps. Getting to the games could be a huge challenge, as many major transportation projects, including a promised high-speed rail line between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, have been delayed or abandoned. Labor strife,

      


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Everything you need to know
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World Cup preparations
The Week, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/8/2014 4:38:26 AM     Post Reply
Is Brazil ready for the Cup? Yes, but just barely. All 12 stadiums Brazil built or rebuilt for the Cup have been approved for game play, but half missed completion deadlines, and several are still short on seats and other amenities. In Natal, where the U.S. plays Ghana in its June 16 tournament opener, workers have hung colorful canvas tarps depicting beach scenes over unfinished access ramps. Getting to the games could be a huge challenge, as many major transportation projects, including a promised high-speed rail line between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, have been delayed or abandoned. Labor strife,

   

 

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Posted By: StormCnter- 6/7/2014 3:26:42 PM     Post Reply
Alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl may receive compensation by the U.S. military for being held in captivity by the Taliban for five years, depending on how his status is classified. If Bergdahl is deemed to have been a “POW” and receives military backpay for his time of service, he could claim more than $300,000 from U.S. taxpayers. Military.com breaks down the possible compensation scenarios: Service members designated by the Defense Department as “captive, missing or missing in action” are entitled to receive back pay and allowances, officials said. Any additional pay and allowances earned such as promotions or special entitlements are not

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Posted By: StormCnter- 6/7/2014 5:08:29 AM     Post Reply
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