Rio police hold up signs welcoming tourists “to hell” as strikes threatened

first_imgThe latest threat comes as Rio 2016 chief executive Sidney Levy admitted that security fears are his biggest worry ahead of the Games.”Differently from Zika, security’s at the top of my list – the very top of my list,” Levy said.”We should never forget that these days we live in a society that’s very in danger.”Widespread protests took place at the Rio Galeão-Tom Jobim International Airport in which demonstrators held a large sign in which the English message “Welcome to hell: police and firefighters don’t get paid. Whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe,” was written.Other protesting officers held up placards predicting how “there won’t be any Games without a salary,” and that “Rio will grind to a halt.””The police’s priority is the people, the Government’s priority is the Olympics,” read one banner at a separate protest on the steps of the Rio de Janeiro State Assembly, considered a “warning” to the authorities. Those demonstrating claim their wages are too low to live on, while they are allegedly owed overtime salaries.They also claim they are receiving unsatisfactory support for the increasingly dangerous work they are undertaken in communities ravaged by drugs gangs and gun crime.”At the stations we don’t have paper or ink for the printers, there’s no one to come in to clean and some stations don’t have a water supply anymore so the toilets are not functioning,” one officer in an elite unit considered key to providing security for the Olympics told Agence France-Presse.”Members of the public bring toilet paper to us.”This comes as a financial crisis in the State Government coincides with escalating levels of crime.“Our patience has run out,” said Fabio Neira, the head of a police union,“We are living on subsistence levels now.”We don’t want to do anything radical but the Government has forced us to this point…a total shutdown cannot be ruled out.”Rio interim State Governor Francisco Dornelles has admitted this week how the Games could be a “big failure” if appropriate arrangements are not made regarding security and transport plans.He declared an unprecedented “state of public calamity in financial administration” earlier this month, which could threaten “the fulfilment of the obligations as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016”.Interim President, Michel Temer, has already agreed to disburse federal funds to cover Rio’s shortfall, prioritising any projects considered necessary for the Games.But Dornelles said they are still awaiting a BRL$2.9 billion (£579 million/$860 million/€720 million) payout from the Federal Government.Security is a major concern at Rio 2016 after a series of muggings affecting athletes training for the Games.Australia’s six-time Paralympian Liesl Tesch was robbed at gunpoint close to the Guanabara Bay sailing venue last week, while members of both the Spanish and British sailing teams have also been affected.Eight-five thousand security forces are expected to be deployed during the Games.But concerns remain over their accommodation and to what extent the financial crisis affecting the State Government will hinder their activities.In a fact sheet on security produced in April and since sent to insidethegames, the nine biggest security concerns surrounding the Games were described as “Terrorist or sabotage actions of any kind”, “Violent actions committed during protests”, “Urban crime and violence,” “Risks to the urban mobility system,” “Risks to public health”, “Risks to essential services,” “Cyber-attacks,” “Natural phenomena,” “Incidents and disasters”.Military state police involved in the protests are expected to be primarily responsible for security at Games venues, official routes, public roads and live sites, as well as protecting dignitaries, the Olympic Family, workforce and spectators.Civil police also involved are expected too be more responsible for emergency response work, including in response to terrorism threats.last_img read more

Team Lakay coach confident of Eustaquio’s chances

first_imgLearning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ “Akhmetov will be a tough draw for us,” he admits.“In terms of confidence, Geje is 101-percent confident. You can see that he’s mentally prepared and though we’re facing a former champion, I think we have a good gameplan. Looking at his nutrition and conditioning, we’re well prepared,” said Sangiao. “If he executes our gameplan well, I think we’ll definitely get the win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ebondo ‘honored’ to possibly play for Gilas in Fiba Asia Champions Cup OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Team Lakay.JAKARTA — Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao isn’t putting too much pressure on Geje Eustaquio to match the accomplishments of his contemporaries, knowing that in terms of motivation, his flyweight warrior is already aware of what he has to do to get to the level of his peers.“It’s the same. I always ask them, ‘What is the goal for every fighter?’ It’s to get the belt. So they know it and it’s already a motivation for them to do well in their training and inch closer in getting that belt soon,” he said on Thursday after the open workouts at Celebrity Fitness Gym in fX Sudirman here.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img MOST READ Break new ground Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Eustaquio (9-5) will face probably the biggest threat to his title aspirations in former two-time ONE Flyweight Champion Kairat Akhmetov on Saturday in the main event of ONE: Total Victory at Jakarta Convention Center here.If victorious, the 28-year-old striker can stake his claim to challenge the promotion’s top flyweight Adriano Moraes of Brazil for the belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThat could put Eustaquio in the limelight like fellow Team Lakay fighters like Honorio Banario and reigning ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang.But Sangiao refused to look beyond Eustaquio’s next opponent, but the decorated mentor has no doubt in his mind that his ward is more than ready to get his place in the spotlight. Winning start Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

No pressure for Ateneo despite 0-1 deficit in UAAP men’s volleyball finals

first_imgThe Blue Eagles saw their immaculate finals streak get snapped on Saturday when the three-time defending champions dropped to National University, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Ateneo’s last loss in the finals was back in Season 76, the year four-time MVP Marck Espejo became a rookie MVP and the Blue Eagles got swept by the Bulldogs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThat, however, doesn’t bother Espejo at all.“There’s no pressure on us, especially on us seniors, because we’re used to the finals,” said Espejo, who along with Setter Ish Polvorosa and skipper Karl Baysa are on their last year with the Blue Eagles, in Filipino. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Campbell admits he ‘could’ve done more’ in end game for Alaska “We’re always here year by year. It’s just that we haven’t executed our plays perfectly and it seemed that we were waiting for NU to make its move instead of just doing our own thing.”Apart from Ateneo’s streak getting snapped, Espejo’s personal scoring tear also grinded to a halt.Espejo set the league record for the single highest scoring game with 55 points against Far Eastern University in the Final Four and followed it up with 37 in the second game against the Tamaraws.After averaging 46 points a game in the semifinals, Espejo fell to earth scoring just 17 against the Bulldogs.“I wasn’t able to adjust so my output wasn’t really that high so I’ll just have to double my effort in our next game,” said Espejo whose team is now one loss away from losing the title.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Ateneo had the distinction of going undefeated in the finals of the UAAP men’s volleyball tournament for the past three seasons, until now.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Amputee Lone Star: The Success Story in 2013

first_imgDespite the failure of Liberian football and basketball teams to have won titles in 2013, the Amputee Lone Star soccer team stood out as the only success story.The team’s story in 2013 included the team’s victory in the African Nations Amputee Champions in Nairobi, Kenya. The team gladly did what other teams could not do.Granted that there are differences in the game, the fact that the players successfully defended their continental championship title and made an impressive win in far away Nairobi Kenya is nothing but impressive.And thanks to skipper Festus Harrison, the player many of his adoring fans nicknamed Kaka, after AC Milan’s the mask man. Festus lost his left leg when he was two years, and football has been his life.Kaka’s movement on the ball is the more remarkable for he has been playing the game with passion. He has developed certain ability with the ball and he carries it with ease.One report described his authority with the ball this way: “He runs at pace towards the corner and he suddenly plants one crutch in the sand and swings 270 degrees, taking the ball with him. The defender trips over his own crutches and Kaka steams towards goal.”Another player is Moses Kolie, who is lovely referred to as Drogba, after that great Ivorian giant Didier Drogba. The five-foot Liberian Drogba scores many of the team’s goals, earning him the name Drogba.A career soccer player, Drogba scores at will and his friends love him for that.Another report described Liberian Drogba this way: “Drogba swings on his crutches in an elaborate celebration, then looks over with I “told-you-so” grin on his face and slaps the ball into the net, and his friends hop over to embrace him.”In their recent African Nations Cup finals in Kenya, Liberia defeated Angola 2-1 before a record crowd at the Nyayo Sports Stadium to win and set a historic record as the three-time winner. For now the Amputee Lone Star is the only team that has proven to represent Liberia with victories.But in their efforts to better represent Liberia in continental games, the team has to go through lots of challenges till help came from important places. There were times when the playing team cried for support.At the last crucial trip in Kenya, President Sirleaf personally provided U$4,000.00; Soccer4Hope gave U$1,000.00 and Mr. Robert Sirleaf (BYC) also provided a considerable amount.The National Oil Company of Liberia, NOCAL, made the team’s trip to Kenya possible and the team did not disappoint the nation as a result. What is impressive about the Amputee Lone Star is the players’ determination to achieve what their fellows in the regular Lone Star have failed to do, despite huge financial support.Festus Harrison Kaka and his colleagues deserve the appreciation of all Liberians. They have proven how capable they are to defend their own and to make the country proud.We must be determined to help the Amputee Lone Star in 2014 so that they can continue to improve the image of the country in the only competition that we are the champions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘I Am Up to the Task’

first_imgArchbishop Jonathan B. B. HartThe prelate, Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, Sunday, July 6, claimed for his new Ministry as Archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa, (IPWA) the same task God assigned Jeremiah when the Lord commissioned him (Jeremiah) a prophet to the nations.“I chose you before I gave you life; and before you were born, I selected you to be a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)These words, the newly-enthroned Archbishop believes, carry for him no less instruction and challenge than those directed at Jeremiah by God, the Author of all things.“Today, I can say with faith, in the midst of disbelief and anxiety, that the Lord, who has called me to His service, is saying these same words to me as I assume this new ministry,” declared the Archbishop.“Our God is good. His doings are marvelous in our eyes and beyond our comprehension,” Dr. Hart testified in a message delivered shortly after he was enthroned as Archbishop of the Province of West Africa.After thanking God for His choice of him (Hart) as Archbishop, the clergyman thanked his fellow Bishops, clergy, and Brethren of the IPWA, thanking them for entrusting him with the task ahead. He assured them of his commitment and dedication to the calling. Archbishop Hart was addressing a cathedral full of fellow prelates and guests from most of the nations comprising the Internal Province of West Africa, as well as a few from England and the U.S.Bishops and Archbishops comprised (made up) most of the guests that showed up for the gala. Quite a few brought their spouses along.Speaking at the occasion, as a stand-in for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Boakai thanked God for Archbishop Hart’s elevation.“Our nation is proud of a leader that can represent us beyond our borders. This development helps put us back on the map as a nation,” the Vice President pointed out.In a communiqué to the Bishopric, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called Archbishop Hart’s new preferment a great tribute to him as well as a splendid credit to the Episcopal Church of Liberia and the Republic of Liberia at large.”We and the Episcopal denomination in Liberia have not the slightest doubt that you will measure up to the task of your new assignment, considering the excellent Episcopal services you have rendered the flock here in the Diocese of Liberia, and your astute ecumenical standing within the communities of the Christian faith,” the President told Bishop Hart.Meanwhile, The Most Rev. Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, Primate and Metropolitan Archbishop of the Church of the Province of West Africa, has encouraged Archbishop Hart to push for the two internal provinces to eventually become autonomous in our time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lindeners protest RDC over closure of multi-purpose hall

first_imgSeveral residents of Block 22, Wismar, Linden last week protested in front of the office of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) over the closure of their community’s multi-purpose Hall.Some of the protesters in front of the Regional Democratic CouncilGuyana Times understands that the building, situated at Block 22, which was utilised for social activities by residents, was ordered closed by Regional Chairman Renis Morian.The residents held placards which bore various slogans indicating their dissatisfaction over the closure of the building. During a recent statutory meeting of the Council held earlier this month, Morian had admitted to ordering the building closed owing to issues between residents. He also expressed need for renovation works to be conducted on the building. The Regional Chairman had also highlighted that the building was property of the Government when asked for an update on the situation by Councillor Denise Belgrave, who explained that she was recently asked about the situation regarding the building by a female resident.While the Regional Chairman could not be reached for comment regarding the protest, he had indicated at the statutory meeting that he had been called to the building’s location one evening where he met with various factions.It was during this meeting, he noted, that he ordered the building closed. “I was called a night there …They had about three different factions … I called the Commander, I said, ‘please go, lock the Government building, keep the keys’. And we’re going to discuss that in Education Committee meeting,” he told the Council. Morian added: “Before people kill one another over Government building, I said, ‘lock it up, keep the keys’. Government property. I notified the Ministry of Finance, because a lot of people don’t know that the Ministry of Finance built that building and hand it over to the RDC…It was built under ‘Basic Needs’ and handed over,” Morian said.However, this publication spoke with Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph following the protest, and he said he did not know much about the issue, but indicated that the residents were claiming that they were not notified prior to the closure of the building and complained of being “banned’ from it.The Block 22 multi-purpose building has been the source of similar controversies in the past. Back in 2015, a number of youths from the group, Future Youths Bond (FYB) had registered their disappointment over not being granted permission by the Block 22 Community Development Council (CDC) to utilise the building. The social recreational facility is utilised by residents for activities such as Internet hubs, technical training and other social activities and events.last_img read more

Man’s body fished out of Berbice River

first_imgLoud screams came from the New Amsterdam Ferry Stelling on Thursday as the body of a 25-year-old block maker was removed from the Berbice River.elroy lewisElroy Lewis, of Lot 72 Sisters Village, East Bank Berbice, plunged into the muddy river on Wednesday afternoon and soon after, disappeared under the water.He had left home on Tuesday for a fishing trip. Lewis and four others – Javid Mohammed, Noel DeCuna, Ramnarine Mangroo and Rambally Chand – went to Ithaca, West Bank Berbice where they spent several hours.Mohammed was the captain of the boat the men were using. He told investigators that they were on their way home when Chand, Lewis and Mangroo undressed and plunged into the water. Lewis, who was considered an excellent swimmer, was heard calling for help and soon after disappeared beneath the murky water.The four other men are currently in custody, assisting the Police with the investigations.Elroy’s body was discovered floating in the vicinity of Stanleytown and was taken to the New Amsterdam Ferry Stelling where it was handed over to Police.Initial investigations indicate there were no marks of violence on the body; however, an autopsy will be performed.Family members are of the view that foul play was responsible for Lewis’s death.The investigation continues.last_img read more

State’s deep political pockets

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd with no winner apparent for either party yet- and states leapfrogging one another to get the jump on early primaries – candidates have put a premium on raising big money. “By the end of this, there will have been more money put into this race than ever before,” said Massie Rich, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington, D.C., watchdog group that tracks campaign contributions. Rich estimated that when all is said and done in the 2008 race, the candidates will have raised at least $1 billion, the first time that mark will have been passed. And if previous years are an indication, 10 percent to 15 percent of that money will come from California. “They’re raising more, the stakes are higher and they’ve got to raise it faster. California is one of the pots of gold,” said USC political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe. WASHINGTON – Presidential contenders are digging deeper into Californians’ pockets than ever before, already raising more than $50 million in the Golden State even before campaigns get aggressively under way. The tally so far amounts to nearly 70 percent of the $76 million raised in California during the entire 2004 campaign cycle and virtually assures contributions this election year will surpass previous fundraising, according to campaign records. The massive donations come as the state’s early Feb. 5 primary has added new clout to California and spurred a renewed candidate focus on the region. Democratic front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have already raised a combined $25 million from California. Four years ago, Sen. John Kerry raised about $36 million from the state throughout his entire campaign. There’s a similar trend among Republicans. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have raised $11 million from the Golden State – more than half of everything George W. Bush took from California in 2004. Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has raised $3.7 million from the state – about 16 percent of his total contributions. “McCain jokes that he spends a lot of time in San Diego to visit his constituents,” Jeffe said, noting that even with his overall fundraising lag, the Arizona senator remains popular in California. Jeffe noted that the record giving comes at a time when new campaign laws limit donations to $2,300 per candidate, per campaign – for a total of $4,600 between the primary and general election. “They’re raising that much even with a new ceiling on campaign contributions,” she said. “That is really significant.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Middlesbrough to sign Borussia Dortmund defender in a deal worth up to £9m

first_imgNeven Subotic is set to join Middlesbrough from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth up to £9million.Subotic, 28 has agreed a three-year contract with newly-promoted Boro, with the move subject to a work permit being granted.The Dortmund centre-back decided to make the switch after extensive talks with the Premier League side’s boss Aitor Karanka and a visit to their impressive training ground at Rockliffe Park.Subotic was an integral part of the Dortmund side that won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.But the experienced defender only made six Bundesliga appearances last season and announced he would leave the Westfalenstadion this summer following the arrival of Barcelona stopper Marc Barta.Subotic retired from international football in 2013, but Boro are confident a work permit will be granted.The former Mainz defender will be Boro’s sixth summer signing and, with a deal already in place for free agent Gaston Ramirez, Karana will be pleased with the business he has carried out in the summer transfer window. Neven Subotic in action for Borussia Dortmund 1last_img read more

Vikings are on a mission

first_img The Vikings open their Mission Conference American Division schedule today against the Mounties (2-3), the team they defeated in overtime a year ago to claim the division title. LBCC is ranked 10th in Southern California while Mt. SAC is 20th. “Every game now is a playoff game for us,” said Long Beach coach Jerry Jaso. “We try to treat every game the same. We want to prepare to the utmost of our possibilities.” Technically, Long Beach City College’s football team takes a 3-2 record into today’s game against Mt. SAC at Veterans Stadium. Similarly, Cerritos takes a 2-3 mark into its game at Saddleback. But it could be argued each team is 0-0 as it enters Mission Conference divisional play today. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Cerritos’ Frank Mazzotta has similar feelings entering the Falcons’ Mission Conference National Division opener. The Gauchos (3-2) are ranked eighth in Southern California and are the defending MCND champs. “They’re the team we have to beat to have any chance at (winning the division),” said Mazzotta, whose team is coming off a thrilling 28-24 victory over LBCC two weeks ago. “We get them right out of the door. If we get by them, we’ve got a chance.” Defensive speed, especially on the line and at linebacker, has led LBCC this season. Mt. SAC features a huge offensive line “They look like they can maul you a little bit,” said Jaso as well as freshman quarterback Brian Hildebrand (56 for 99, 791 yards, 3 TDs, 5 interceptions) and leading rusher Randall Brown (63 carries, 265 yards, 3 TDs). The Vikings allow 304.6 yards per game. On offense, sophomore quarterback Alex Aispuro leads LBCC. The Jordan High graduate is ranked among the top 10 in the state in passer rating and is second in TDs (16) and yards (1,328). Sophomore flanker Stanley Franks has 35 catches for 440 yards and six TDs. Another sophomore quarterback, Jeff Kline, had a brilliant game for Cerritos against LBCC. The Los Alamitos High grad threw for 302 yards and two TDs against the Vikings, and Mazzotta is hoping for a similar performance today. center_img Saddleback averages 348.6 yards on offense, including 177.2 on the ground. The Falcons allow 232.6 rushing yards per game. “The scary part is, we’re not real good against the run,” said Mazzotta. Mazzotta hopes the momentum from the LBCC victory carries into today’s game. David Felton can be reached at or (562) 499-1318. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more