TGIF, 2 July 2010
The World Cup day that was
1 July: Tournament attendance could hit 3 million
Quarter finalists engage in battle of the cliches; World Cup attendance could surpass 3 million; Mexican football coach resigns; Jabulani juggler sets world record; The sweet sounds of vuvuzela justice in store for Tony Hayward.
While you were sleeping
41 people were killed in two co-ordinated suicide bomb attacks on a Muslim shrine in Lahore, Pakistan. Dozens more are in critical condition in hospital. The shrine holds the remains of 11th century Sufi saint Abul Hassan Ali Hajvery. There has been no claim of responsibility yet, but the growing influence of the Taliban in Pakistan and the fact that they consider Sufis to be heretics is suggestive.
Bloomberg, Hindustan Times
21 people died in what police described as a shootout between two rival drug gangs in the Sonora province of Mexico, on the US border. Authorities also announced that the assistant attorney general of another border state, Chihuahua, was gunned down, along with one of her bodyguards, after being chased through the streets of Ciudad Juarez.
New Australian leader Julia Gillard made major changes to the proposed “super profit” tax on miners, possibly reaching levels where mining companies would not cancel new developments in that country. The compromise increases the profit levels that will trigger extra taxes, and reduces the rates of those taxes. Only a small number of companies would be affected. The opposition have promised to turn upcoming elections into a referendum on the new tax.
WA Today, Herald Sun
As a budget dispute in California turns ugly, governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered that the 200,000-odd workers on the state payroll be paid minimum wage in July, with back-dated pay due once a budget has been agreed on. But the state’s controller, John Chiang, is refusing to comply, which probably means the issue will end up in court, just like it did before.
AP, LA Times
Despite the fact that his team performed better than many legendary European ones, South Korean Word Cup coach Huh Jung-moo resigned, saying it’s time to give somebody else a chance. US coach Bob Bradley, on the other hand, said he’d love to stay in his job; a decision on renewing his contract is due some time in the next month.
Canadian Press, AP
Relatively unknown actor Andrew Garfield is to play Peter Parker in the next Spiderman movie, director Marc Webb announced. Webb is also new to the the successful franchise.
Entertainment Weekly, ABC