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Rio 2016: 'Welcome to Hell' warn police

There was a nasty surprise awaiting passengers in the arrivals hall at Rio De Janeiro's Galeao International Airport on Monday.

Along with the relatives carrying flowers and taxi drivers waiting with name boards there were lines of off-duty police with banners that had a far more ominous message: "Welcome to Hell".

"Police and firefighters don't get paid," the banners, in English and Portuguese, went on. "Whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe". Photos of the protest have been widely shared on social media and in the Brazilian press. The image above was posted on the photo sharing site Imgur, where it was viewed more than three million times in less than a day.

Elsewhere in the city police staged other demonstrations against the late payment of salaries and a lack of basic necessities like car fuel and toilet paper. Around 300 police officers dressed in black stood on the steps of the Rio de Janeiro state assembly. One banner read "The police's priority is the people, the government's priority is the Olympics". A spokesman for the Rio police force said the situation was dire. "We are in a meltdown," he said.

The message was echoed by Francisco Dornelles, the acting governor of Rio de Janeiro, who told the Brazilian newspaper O Globo that the state was still waiting on the promised $860 million payout from the federal government ahead of the start of the games. He added that without the cash injection, police patrols may be have to be halted due to the lack of funds for basics like car fuel.

The police protests are one more symptom of the political and economic woes which have engulfed Brazil and which threaten to overshadow the Olympic Games which Rio is preparing to host in August.

Brazil's Senate suspended the country's President Dilma Rousseff, and then began impeachment proceedings against her over accusations that she manipulated the government budget ahead of her 2014 re-election campaign.

On the economic front the picture isn't much prettier. By the first quarter of 2016, government figures showed that Brazil was experiencing its worst recession in 25 years. The Gross Domestic Product of the country shrank 5.4% in comparison with the same period last year. Meanwhile unemployment between February and April of this year grew to 11.2% from 9.5%. Average monthly wages also fell to just 1,962 Brazilian reais ($552).

If that wasn't enough the Olympic organising committee is dealing with the news that two more famous sportsmen - including golf world number one Jason Day - have withdrawn from the games because of fears about the Zika virus. However, the CEO of the games has said that concerns about the virus effecting the Olympics have been "blown out of the proportion."

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-36653007

What could possibly go wrong? This seems like rehearsing for the biggest ever live-action comedy sequence. LOL

It also could be a perfect storm brewing with all its purported hazards. A perfect example of a thriving multiethnic society where people are looked as precious individuals instead of moneybags that are discared after use.
2016 Jun 29 06:23
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Nay, in oaks on woody hill
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Rio's horror week: Body parts wash up near Olympics beach volleyball site

With just 36 days to go before the Rio Olympics kick off, the situation in the host city just went from bad to worse.

A beach goer Wednesday discovered human body parts that had washed up on the shore, right in front of the Olympic Beach Volleyball Arena on Rio's famed Copacabana beach.

A dismembered foot and another body part still unidentified was found, according to Andre Luiz, an officer of the Military Police. Police believe the victim was a woman or young adult.

Although the circumstances surrounding the person's death are unknown, it is another embarrassing blow to the host country -- already reeling from financial problems, a mishap-prone Olympic torch and an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/30/americ...rts-found/



Three Spanish Olympic sailors robbed at gunpoint in Rio, Brazil

Three Spanish Olympic sailors have been robbed at gunpoint on a popular tourist street in Rio. The three were forced to hand over their equipment.

Three Spanish Olympic sailors have been robbed at gunpoint on a popular tourist street in Rio. The three were forced to hand over their equipment.
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Spain's Sailing Federation complained Saturday that there was a lack of security in Rio, just three months ahead of the Olympic Games which open in early August.

The trainer of Spain's Nacra 17 catamaran class sailors, Santi Lopez-Vazquez, said he and two other team members were confronted by "five youths with two pistols" while they walked to breakfast in Rio's picturesque Santa Teresa district.

[...]

Sailing crews preparing for the Olympics have already expressed concern about pollution and floating garbage in Guanabara Bay, where they will race.

http://www.dw.com/en/three-spanish-olymp...a-19275436



Australian athlete robbed at gunpoint in Brazil

Australian Paralympian Liesl Tesch says Rio de Janeiro is a "dangerous place" after being robbed of her bicycle at gunpoint in the Brazilian city.

The Woy Woy-based sailor and wheelchair basketball player, who is competing at her seventh Paralympics in Rio, was on a fitness ride with her physiotherapist when two men jumped in front of them and demanded money.

She said several people saw the incident, but no one came to their aid.

"I think he said dinero ... which means money, so I lifted up my shirt and said: 'look I don't have any money'," she said.

"He then said something else and pointed the gun at me and pushed me in the shoulder and I just toppled over with my bicycle and he just grabbed my bicycle, and the other guy was wrestling the bicycle from our team physio.

"And they just rode off into the park. It was absolutely horrific, I can see it clear as day in my own head ... it was a pistol."

[...]

The athlete was not injured in the incident but was shocked by the attack, and described the local police station as being like "a turnstile of crime".

Athletes in Rio for the Olympics and Paralympics have been briefed on the risks — including water quality and the Zika virus — but Tesch said her team had almost joked about the high level of security in place for the Games.

"When it actually happens to you, it actually reinforces how dangerous this city is and how lucky we are to live in Australia," she said.

"My important message is to make it really clear, that this is a dangerous place and you've got to be on your guard.

"I don't think we could have done anything different than what we've done ... the local feedback is that you've ... done the right thing showing them that you had nothing and giving them exactly what they wanted."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-21/au...io/7528110



Chinese athletes robbed in Brazil

Chinese representatives for the Summer Olympic Games are now in Brazil four months earlier for the Olympic Test events, but it seems their skills are not the only thing being tested in the Latin American country.

Local media reported that Chinese fencers, who were busy at the Rio Fencing Grand Prix, one of the test events, were robbed at the Copacabana beach over the weekend. A group of fencers were on their way to their hotel after grocery shopping when they were approached by three to four Brazilian teenagers.

One teen tried to snatch Xu Anqi's necklace, the world's top épée fencer, but failed as Xu held on to her necklace until her teammates and coach helped her. The criminals fled away immediately.

"I came to Rio for several times in recent years because the Grand Prix is held there. I'm familiar with Rio but this time I feel a bit afraid after being robbed," Xu said.

http://chinatopix.org/articles/84661/201...-games.htm



Brazilian athlete shot in head in attempted robbery in Rio

Amid worries about safety ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, another incident of violence on the streets of the capital has hit the headlines. The athlete, one of Brazil's potential shooting team was shot Thursday as she drove her car through northern Rio.

Anna Paula Cotta, 27, was a member of Brazil's navy and had tried, but failed, to secure a place in the final team.

Cotta's shooting occurred when she left home at dawn to help her sick father at the family business, according to Brazilian newspaper reports. Thieves attempted to steal the car and when she tried to escape they opened fire multiple times. She was hospitalized in serious condition.

[...]

The attack on Cotta, a pistol specialist who was reported to have been about to participate in a Brazilian championship event this Saturday, followed the armed mugging of members of the Spanish sailing team in Rio last month. None of them were hurt, but they were forced to give up their valuables.

The city is experiencing a surge in violent crime and robberies ahead of the Olympics, which open on August 5.

In another incident, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Rio, Cardinal Orani Tempesta, reported on his website that he had been forced to take shelter behind his car Friday when a gun battle broke out during a police operation in a favela near a major central highway. A photograph showed him taking cover, along with other motorists, at the side of the road. On two occasions in 2014 and 2015 Tempesta survived armed hold-ups in which religious items like a crucifix were stolen.

http://en.as.com/en/2016/06/10/other_spo...42635.html



Gunmen Free 'Fat Family' From Olympics Hospital

One person has died and two more were wounded after Brazilian police exchanged fire with heavily armed men staging a dramatic raid on a hospital in Rio de Janeiro.

The five men entered Hospital Municipal Souza Aguiar around 3am and freed a 28-year-old suspected drug trafficker being treated after he was shot by police during an earlier gun battle.

Another patient was killed after being caught in the crossfire and a police officer and a nurse required surgery after being hit by bullets in the daring raid to free Nicolas Labre Pereira de Jesus.

Nicknamed 'Fat Family', Pereira de Jesus was shot in the face and admitted to hospital during an exchange of fire with police a week ago. Military police are hunting the gunmen after identifying two of the suspects from CCTV footage.

He is alleged to be the brother of Marco Antonio Pereira Firmino da Silva, reported to be a drugs kingpin in the Santo Amaro district of Sao Paulo.

Souza Aguiar is one of five hospitals designated to treat tourists during the Olympics because of its proximity to the city's Maracana Stadium.

It is also on a US-Embassy list of medical facilities recommended for travellers to the Games.

Military Police Colonel Luiz Henrique Pires warned Rio's hospitals were not equipped to treat police prisoners.

"A measure has to be taken because these hospitals - the state and municipal hospitals - don't have structure to receive those elements," he said.

"It is not a new problem; it has happened before and has to be solved," he added.

http://news.sky.com/story/1714584/gunmen...s-hospital



Brazilian Researchers Find Evidence Zika Is Getting Worse

Brazilian researchers studying the Zika virus say they've found evidence it may have evolved into a new form that's more likely to damage brain cells and cause birth defects.

Tests in mice, on cells in lab dishes and on "mini-brains" show the Brazilian strain seems to be more damaging to human brain cells, they report in the journal Nature.

Much more research needs to be done to prove this — but the findings mesh with other findings that show mutations that make the Zika strain now circulating in Latin America and the South Pacific are different from older strains first seen in Africa in the 1940s and 1950s.

"Our findings support the hypothesis that microcephaly is a distinctive feature of recent Zika virus Asian-lineage virus, which originated in the Pacific and is now spreading in South and Central America," Patricia Beltrão-Braga of the University of Sao Paulo and colleagues wrote.

Also Wednesday, several other teams of scientists published a batch of studies showing how the virus can get into the brain and cause the catastrophic birth defects for which it's been blamed.

Together, the studies nail the case that Zika is definitely causing the birth defects, and it seems to be acting alone — not helped by other factors, such as other viruses or poor nutrition.

"It is sufficient to cause birth defects on its own," Alysson Muotri of the University of California San Diego, who worked on the study, told reporters in a telephone briefing.

"The data in mice also suggest that microcephaly is only the tip of the iceberg," he added in a statement.

"The animals have extensive intra-uterine growth arrest, which essentially means poor fetal development in the womb. Media covering the Zika story have focused upon affected babies with small heads because such images are profoundly dramatic, but the true health impact is likely to be more widespread and devastating."

Zika started hitting Brazil hard about a year ago. Doctors there also raised the alarm about a troubling increase in birth defects, notably microcephaly, which is marked by damaged brain development and a small head.

But Zika had not been known to cause any kind of birth defects before, and was in fact a fairly obscure virus because it didn't even make most people sick. So there were doubts about whether the birth defects in Brazil were related to Zika.

n recent months doctors have found the virus in the brains of fetuses killed by Zika and in the placentas of women infected by the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there's no doubt Zika causes birth defects, and it almost certainly also causes rare neurological damage in adults such as the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/zika-vi...se-n572186





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Nay, in oaks on woody hill
Lives and moves the German God.

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‘Brazil Caliphate’ Pledges Allegiance to ISIS Ahead of Rio Olympics

A new Telegram channel called “Ansar al-Khilafah Brazil” is the first pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State from South America. Earlier this month, ISIS started a Portuguese propaganda channel. Site Intel reports that the new Ansar al-Khilafah Brazil channel is already making threats against the Rio Olympics, writing, “If French police couldn’t stop France attacks, then their training Brazil’s police will serve no use.”

The Rio Canine Intervention Brigade had taken part in a two-week training course with specialists from French elite police force, RAID, Indian Express reports.

On June 29, the Islamic State launched a Portuguese Telegram channel to broadcast its propaganda. Its creation came 5-weeks before the Rio Olympic Games 2016 in Brazil, a Portuguese speaking country. Islam is a minority religion in Brazil, representing less than 1% of the population.

ISIS already has already stated on its channels that it plans to target the Olympic games. The Daily Mail reports that “Brazil’s anti-terror chief has admitted there is a ‘credible threat'” that ISIS will attempt an attack after the games begin on Friday, August 5.

Reuters reports that a “tweet threatening Brazil sent in November by Maxime Hauchard, a French national identified as an executioner in Islamic State propaganda videos, was genuine.”

The since deleted tweet simply read, “Brazil, you are our next target.”

The latest threat made on the Ansar al-Khilafah Brazil channel comes just days after a deadly terrorist attack in Nice, France, where 31-year-old French-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel murdered 84 people by ramming into them with a truck and shooting at them at a Bastille Day celebration.

http://heavy.com/news/2016/07/isis-islam...llegiance/

How would the favelas react to Islamists trying to encroach their space?
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