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Hanging in the balance

In the heart of the South American continent lies the Pantanal, the world#8217;s largest wetland stretching over 145,000sqkm. With its spectacular beauty and amazing diversity of flora and fauna, this immense landlocked river delta would seem like an ecological paradise made for ecotourism, except that tourism is not bringing in the much-needed prosperity. Growing socio-economic pressures have shifted the focus to industrial development as the answer to the region's woes.


Past perfect posers

FADZILAH AMIN answers questions submitted by a reader with the pseudonym Bush.


Vintage year for Porto

THERE has always been a north-south divide in Portuguese football, a divide that mirrors Portuguese society as a whole: the poorer predominantly working-class north and the affluent capital of Lisbon, home of Benfica, the club of the country#8217;s greatest ever player, the Mozambique-born #8220;Black Pearl#8221;, Eusebio.


Boy from Brazil

The most engaging of summer transfers involves Manchester United, Ronaldinho, Paris St Germain and Nike. FOOTBALLCHANNEL.COM hazards a guess as to who would eventually clinch one of the moves of the year.


Restoring tradition and orthodoxy

From Cyril


A writing arc to die for

Zoe Heller had not pulled her own punches when she was a reviewer and interviewer. Now she is a changed woman on that score. SALLY VINCENT reports.


Milan in vogue again

THE enduring image from the UEFA Champions League final, one that will be etched into memory, is that of Andriy Shevchenko embracing Dida immediately after he netted the spot-kick that crowned AC Milan champions of Europe.


Search continues for sustainable resource development

Indonesian forests constitute one of the world#8217;s megacentres of biological diversity. However, these forests #8211; 10% of the world#8217;s remaining tropical forests, second largest to Brazil #8211; are being increasingly degraded, leaving ever fewer natural resources and causing significant ecological damage.

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Favourites trounce Uruguay to send out early warning

Favourites Brazil sounded a loud warning to perennial rivals Argentina as they cruised into the final of the KL World Futsal (five-a-side) tournament with an easy 8-0 win over fellow South American Uruguay at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur Saturday.

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Argentina dreaming of Brazil knockout

Argentina want blood and they are bent on achieving their ambition against fancied Brazil in the grand final of the KL World Futsal (five-a-side) tournament at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur today.