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United States Olympic Committee and Brazilian Olympic Committee reach bilateral agreement

USOC October 21, 2010

Acapulco, MEXICO - The Comitê Olímpico Brasileiro (COB) and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) announced today the establishment of a bilateral agreement designed to create greater understanding between the two entities based on principles of friendship and respect.

The agreement was finalized during the recent XVII General Assembly of the Association of the National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Acapulco, Mexico, and signed by COB President Carlos Nuzman and USOC Chairman Larry Probst.

Through the bilateral agreement, the COB and USOC will:

· Develop a plan for athlete exchanges and training camps in their respective countries.

· Provide Brazilian athletes with preferential access to U.S. Olympic Training Centers.

· Provide an opportunity for information and knowledge transfer in the ongoing development of youth, junior and senior high performance, coaching, education and certification.

· Jointly develop a plan for sharing best practices with an emphasis on strategic planning, organizational management and technical development, as well as high performance planning.

· Develop plans for the USOC to support the COB in preparations for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

· Develop a program for sharing best practices in designing, building, operating and managing modern Olympic Training Centers.

· Develop a program for sharing best practices in developing international sport leaders.

"We are delighted to sign this cooperation agreement, which strengthens the good relationship always maintained between the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the USOC," Nuzman said. "I am certain the Brazilian and U.S. athletes will benefit greatly from it. We are in the beginning of our journey to 2016, and with this agreement, we will be able to better assist the technical preparation of the athletes of both countries."

Probst added: "This agreement is evidence that the Olympic Movement and the advancement of values like friendship and respect transcend cultures and competitions. Just a little more than one year ago, the USOC and the COB were engaged in a spirited competition for the honor of hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Rather than create rivalry, that competition helped establish some very positive, meaningful relationships.

"This pact formalizes the close ties that we have developed with our friends in the COB, and for me, reinforces the importance of the USOC's full participation in the international Olympic Movement."

http://www.teamusa.org/news/2010/10/21/united-states-olympic-committee-and-brazilian-olympic-committee-reach-bilateral-agreement/39141?ngb_id=3

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My God, don't they have enough problems! {couldn't resist}

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Blair to Rio Olympic organizers: Focus on legacy

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press Writer

SAO PAULO — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair urged Olympic organizers Tuesday to concentrate on a legacy that goes beyond sports, making sure the Rio de Janeiro Games benefit the city well after 2016.

"It cannot be just about the three weeks of the games," Blair said. "There is no point doing the games if there isn't a sense that something is being built for the long term."

Blair, who was crucial in helping London win the bid for the 2012 Games, made the comments at a seminar with business leaders and Brazilian government authorities in Sao Paulo.

He said one of the most important benefits of hosting major events is not only improving infrastructure and building top sports facilities, but also to encourage the use of sports to aid communities.

"Part of the legacy is about what sport can do to society," he said. "Sport today is far more important that just sport itself. It can be used as a great anti-crime policy, a great health policy."

Blair hopes the London Games will give youngsters the chance to discover sports and learn what it can do to their lives. He added that many of them first learn basic social skills thanks to sports.

"That's what we are trying to instill in our kids, and what you will want to try to instill in yours," he said.

Blair also noted that Rio needs to balance public and private investment, and an upgrade of Brazil's transportation system will be essential to successfully host not only the 2016 Olympics but the 2014 World Cup

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http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2010-10-26-2934523380_x.htm

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Exclusive: The new site 2016

by Michel in Castellar 01.nov.2010 at 15:56 pm

One more unique blog. The Organizing Committee of the Rio 2016 Games has chosen the agency responsible for drafting the new official website of the disputes. After a selection process that began with 26 agencies, eight reached the final.

And the winner, chosen in the first half of October, it was: AG2 Publicis Modem, Porto Alegre.

The AG2 Publicis has among its clients: General Motors, Arno, L'Oreal, Bradesco, Embraer, Nestle, and Dafra Vulcabras / Azalea.

To use the definition contained in their official website: "Publicis Group is the third largest media group in the world leader in digital communication and interactive."

Just to be clearer in August, the French group Publicis has acquired the Brazilian agency AG2. Worldwide, the group has 40 offices and about 1,400 employees in Europe, North America and Asia. In Brazil there are about 200 people.

Work has already begun and everything should be ready by the Dec. 31, the launch date of the 2016 Games logo.

Begins on Monday

by Michel in Castellar 31.out.2010 at 17:23 pm

After several postponements, finally, the New City subway station - will be partially opened on Monday.

Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral Filho, and Mayor Eduardo Paes will beat bass drum and bugle to inaugurate what promises to be one of the most modern stations in the city.

But at least during the month of November it will work partially. And explain: the station will be open to the public only between 10am and 14pm so that adjustments can be made operational. The good news is that this period will not charge you a ticket. Soon ... the entrance is free.

In total, we invested in the New Town Station $ 80 million. The public can count on six of 12 escalators and staircases, six lifts for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility and podotátil floor to help the visually impaired locomotion, and male and female bathrooms.

I enjoyed the bathroom, something quite rare in the subway stations. Especially because, when it exists, is always good, but very well hidden!

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New hotels in Rio

All the hotels:

REFORM IN

1) Hotel Gloria Palace of Eike Batista (building is being retrofitted);

2) Windsor Hotel Atlantic (where was the old building is being retrofitted Méridien). Hotel will reopen with 545 rooms at the end of 2010;

3) National Hotel (On October 15, the direction of the Construction and Incorporated Merza decide under which flag the hotel, closed since the 90s, will operate. Seven proposals from international companies are under review. It is being retrofitted);

4) Transformation of a residential building into a hotel on Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, at the time of Tour 3, the Windsor Group;

5) Hotel Paineiras (retrofit work should start soon);

6) Boutique hotel where once ran the Hotel Bragança in Lapa (retrofit works have not started);

7) Hotel Paris, located on Avenida Tiradentes Square with Steps, sold to the French group hospitality LA SUITE.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

1) Ibis Hotel with 122 rooms in Rua Ministro Viveiros de Castro, Copacabana;

2) Ibis Hotel with 240 rooms on the street Mena Barreto, Botafogo;

3) Della Volpe Hotel - Golden Tulip under construction on Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana;

4) Building Annex Hotel WINDSOR FLORIDA;

PROJECTS

FOR THE BAR TIJUCA

1) Hotel Emiliano (their owners looking for land in Barra da Tijuca, but also in Joah or Alto da Boa Vista).

2) Grand Hyatt Hotel with 300 rooms, near the Avenue condominium Sernambetiba Alpha;

3) Hotel Novotel with 188 bedrooms in Sernambetiba Avenue, Barra da Tijuca;

4) Four Seasons Hotel in the region of the Reserve, in Barra da Tijuca;

5) Hotel on Avenida do Pepe, being built by the group Performance (Performance negotiates project other three hotels in Bar);

6) Hotel with 500 rooms to be built by the Group in Windsor Avenue Sernambetiba. Deadline of completion 2014;

7) Hotel with 450 rooms, adjacent to the Hotel Windsor Barra. Deadline of completion 2013.

8) Hotel Ritz Carlton (are making consultations to settle in Barra da Tijuca)

9) Hilton Hotel in Barra da Tijuca;

10) along the Rio Centro Hotel;

11) An IBIS hotel in Praia do Pepe;

12) A MERCURE hotel in Praia do Pepe;

13) A hotel on Avenida IBIS Ambassador Aberlardo Bueno;

14) A hotel on Avenida NOVOTEL Ambassador Aberlardo Bueno;

15) A 5-star hotel with 300 rooms in the vicinity of the premises of the 2016 Games, developed by STX Real Estate Development.

FOR JOA

1) Txai Resort (owners seeking property in Joah);

FOR BOTAFOGO

1) Hotel - it is speculated that Marriott is - the place where for years he ran a gas station next to the Rio Sul Shopping

FOR THE FLAMINGO

1) Hotel, still no flag set, the current residential building Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Avenida Rui Barbosa.

TO THE CENTER AND THE PORT AREA

1) Hyatt Place Hotel (four star) in the port area;

2) A hotel near the airport Santos Dumont, in space that is currently occupied by a building that belonged to Varig.

3) A Sonesta hotel, business tourism (the Sonesta will be located in the Port Zone or South Zone).

FOR THE NORTHERN

1) Ibis Hotel next to the field of Shopping Nova America (RJZ venture of Construction / Cirella:

2) Formula 1 Hotel next to the field of Shopping Nova America (joint venture of construction RJZ / Cirella);

3) A hotel at the Rio International Airport.

No Location yet

1) Hotel-boutique brand Andaz (a brand of Hyatt Group), in a not yet defined;

2) A hotel Rooms, the first hotel SuperClubs super economic network in Brazil.

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Formula 1 champion Jenson Button has praised the quick actions of his police driver after an armed gang attacked his car in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo.

Button called him a "legend" for fleeing through traffic after six men brandishing machine guns approached.

Button, his manager and trainer all escaped unharmed as they were driven to their hotel after practice for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

Brazil's major cities have a bad record for serious crimes of violence.

"Would-be assailants made an attempt to approach the car that was carrying Jenson Button" on Saturday, said the statement from McLaren.

Button, 33, was quickly driven away by an armed policemen in the reinforced armoured vehicle provided by McLaren.

Button's manager Richard Goddard and trainer Mike Collier were also in the vehicle.

Extra security

Mr Goddard said: "We were about three or four minutes away from the circuit when the incident took place.

"I would suggest there were more than four or five guys, something along those lines, who emerged from a block of flats.

"I initially saw one guy carrying this piece of wood, a baseball bat kind of thing, but I didn't spot the one who had a gun until someone pointed it out.

"It was pulled, and that was it really. You didn't really have time to think about what was happening.

"You hear about these kind of things in Sao Paulo, and because they don't come home to roost, you don't think about them. But when it almost happens to you then it's fairly worrying."

He said they were lucky to have a police driver on hand to force his way through the traffic and get them out of what could have been "quite a frightening situation".

A McLaren spokesperson said: "The police driver of Jenson's vehicle reacted swiftly and, using avoidance techniques, rapidly forced his way through the traffic, taking Jenson and the other occupants of the car immediately away from any danger and back to their hotel."

The spokesperson added the Sao Paulo authorities had also acted efficiently and would provide additional security for Button and other team members on Sunday.

BBC Formula 1 commentator David Croft said Button reported seeing six men all brandishing machine guns approach his car.

The reigning world champion, who will start 11th on the grid on Sunday, described his driver as an "absolute legend".

Three years ago members of Toyota's F1 team escaped a similar situation when they were also approached by gunmen, David Croft said.

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BTW, this issue has nothing to do with Rio de Janeiro and Olympic Games.

The security in Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo is made exclusively by Police Force of Sao Paulo state.

It's a problem for Sao Paulo authorities to solve.

No federal agents, nothing to do with Rio...

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New hotels in Rio

All the hotels:

REFORM IN

1) Hotel Gloria Palace of Eike Batista (building is being retrofitted);

2) Windsor Hotel Atlantic (where was the old building is being retrofitted Méridien). Hotel will reopen with 545 rooms at the end of 2010;

3) National Hotel (On October 15, the direction of the Construction and Incorporated Merza decide under which flag the hotel, closed since the 90s, will operate. Seven proposals from international companies are under review. It is being retrofitted);

4) Transformation of a residential building into a hotel on Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, at the time of Tour 3, the Windsor Group;

5) Hotel Paineiras (retrofit work should start soon);

6) Boutique hotel where once ran the Hotel Bragança in Lapa (retrofit works have not started);

7) Hotel Paris, located on Avenida Tiradentes Square with Steps, sold to the French group hospitality LA SUITE.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

1) Ibis Hotel with 122 rooms in Rua Ministro Viveiros de Castro, Copacabana;

2) Ibis Hotel with 240 rooms on the street Mena Barreto, Botafogo;

3) Della Volpe Hotel - Golden Tulip under construction on Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana;

4) Building Annex Hotel WINDSOR FLORIDA;

PROJECTS

FOR THE BAR TIJUCA

1) Hotel Emiliano (their owners looking for land in Barra da Tijuca, but also in Joah or Alto da Boa Vista).

2) Grand Hyatt Hotel with 300 rooms, near the Avenue condominium Sernambetiba Alpha;

3) Hotel Novotel with 188 bedrooms in Sernambetiba Avenue, Barra da Tijuca;

4) Four Seasons Hotel in the region of the Reserve, in Barra da Tijuca;

5) Hotel on Avenida do Pepe, being built by the group Performance (Performance negotiates project other three hotels in Bar);

6) Hotel with 500 rooms to be built by the Group in Windsor Avenue Sernambetiba. Deadline of completion 2014;

7) Hotel with 450 rooms, adjacent to the Hotel Windsor Barra. Deadline of completion 2013.

8) Hotel Ritz Carlton (are making consultations to settle in Barra da Tijuca)

9) Hilton Hotel in Barra da Tijuca;

10) along the Rio Centro Hotel;

11) An IBIS hotel in Praia do Pepe;

12) A MERCURE hotel in Praia do Pepe;

13) A hotel on Avenida IBIS Ambassador Aberlardo Bueno;

14) A hotel on Avenida NOVOTEL Ambassador Aberlardo Bueno;

15) A 5-star hotel with 300 rooms in the vicinity of the premises of the 2016 Games, developed by STX Real Estate Development.

FOR JOA

1) Txai Resort (owners seeking property in Joah);

FOR BOTAFOGO

1) Hotel - it is speculated that Marriott is - the place where for years he ran a gas station next to the Rio Sul Shopping

FOR THE FLAMINGO

1) Hotel, still no flag set, the current residential building Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Avenida Rui Barbosa.

TO THE CENTER AND THE PORT AREA

1) Hyatt Place Hotel (four star) in the port area;

2) A hotel near the airport Santos Dumont, in space that is currently occupied by a building that belonged to Varig.

3) A Sonesta hotel, business tourism (the Sonesta will be located in the Port Zone or South Zone).

FOR THE NORTHERN

1) Ibis Hotel next to the field of Shopping Nova America (RJZ venture of Construction / Cirella:

2) Formula 1 Hotel next to the field of Shopping Nova America (joint venture of construction RJZ / Cirella);

3) A hotel at the Rio International Airport.

No Location yet

1) Hotel-boutique brand Andaz (a brand of Hyatt Group), in a not yet defined;

2) A hotel Rooms, the first hotel SuperClubs super economic network in Brazil.

So, if am not mistaken, you are talking about 07 hotels to be reformed, 4 under construction and 26 projects. Among those in project, 2 with no location. Right?

What do you think about the time left to reform and/or build those hotels, having in mind that they are not the only concerns related to the Games. You know, subway lines, buses, stadia and everything else? It is said that Brazil enjoys a good moment for its economy. As much as I am aware, there is a lack of human resources to finish constructions not related to the Games, like housing and infra structure in general. It is said that more than 10,000 paraguayan people asked permission to cross the border and work legally in Brazil. Is that true? If that is true, are these numbers the correct ones, given the so said lack of control Brazil has over its borders? By the way, talking about borders, have you heard any news about changes in the borders control to the security of the Games? I've been to the Três Fronteras zone, some years ago. To be honest, the control I saw was a joke. People in line coming from Paraguay to enter the Brazilian territory. Frontier guards used to choose one or another person and let the rest free to enter the country. Is it still like that? Tx

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So, if am not mistaken, you are talking about 07 hotels to be reformed, 4 under construction and 26 projects. Among those in project, 2 with no location. Right?

What do you think about the time left to reform and/or build those hotels, having in mind that they are not the only concerns related to the Games. You know, subway lines, buses, stadia and everything else? It is said that Brazil enjoys a good moment for its economy. As much as I am aware, there is a lack of human resources to finish constructions not related to the Games, like housing and infra structure in general. It is said that more than 10,000 paraguayan people asked permission to cross the border and work legally in Brazil. Is that true? If that is true, are these numbers the correct ones, given the so said lack of control Brazil has over its borders? By the way, talking about borders, have you heard any news about changes in the borders control to the security of the Games? I've been to the Três Fronteras zone, some years ago. To be honest, the control I saw was a joke. People in line coming from Paraguay to enter the Brazilian territory. Frontier guards used to choose one or another person and let the rest free to enter the country. Is it still like that? Tx

To build hotels and infra-structure there are plenty of Brazilians to do the job. If Paraguayans are asking permission, it's probably due Paraguay financial problems or/and they are very interested on joining the booming construction market (growing more than GDP) of an emerging country like Brazil.

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About the borders, there is no serious control between the countries in South America, not only in Brazil. It's like travelling inside Europe, but in South America, you need to show your ID to the authorities in the border. (In some more desert areas, you even don't need to do it).

In Brazil-Uruguay border simply there is no control, since both countries seems to be not interested on separate dozens of conurbed frontier cities...

And, I think this is really not a threaten to the Olympic Games, since Rio is 2,500 Km far from the nearest border and the city have only 4 exits by road, 1 port and 2 airports.

It's more intelligent to control the exits of the city than 9,000 Km of International borders (5,000 Km in the middle of Amazon forest)...

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So, if am not mistaken, you are talking about 07 hotels to be reformed, 4 under construction and 26 projects. Among those in project, 2 with no location. Right?

What do you think about the time left to reform and/or build those hotels, having in mind that they are not the only concerns related to the Games. You know, subway lines, buses, stadia and everything else? It is said that Brazil enjoys a good moment for its economy. As much as I am aware, there is a lack of human resources to finish constructions not related to the Games, like housing and infra structure in general. It is said that more than 10,000 paraguayan people asked permission to cross the border and work legally in Brazil. Is that true? If that is true, are these numbers the correct ones, given the so said lack of control Brazil has over its borders? By the way, talking about borders, have you heard any news about changes in the borders control to the security of the Games? I've been to the Três Fronteras zone, some years ago. To be honest, the control I saw was a joke. People in line coming from Paraguay to enter the Brazilian territory. Frontier guards used to choose one or another person and let the rest free to enter the country. Is it still like that? Tx

I dont think that Brasil has a lack of workers, maybe engineers. And i didn't read in any place the news that said 10.000 paraguayans workers are coming to Brasil to work legally here because of this lack of workers, i tried to find on google any kind of news like this and i didn't find it.

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Button's attack in Brazil sparks concerns over World Cup, Olympics -USA today

-Heavily armed gunmen targeting high-profile sports stars on the streets of Brazil, it's the ultimate nightmare scenario for Olympic and World Cup organizers.

Button escapes Brazil gun attack -Al Jazera

-"That's when we saw six men, all of them brandishing machine guns". The attack happened on the same night that three engineers from the Sauber team were robbed just outside the Interlagos track, heightening security concerns in the country set to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Button attack an embarrassment for Brazil as lessons need to be learned -Yahoo Sports UK

-On that matter, with the 2014 Football World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games both on the radar for Brazil in the not-too-distant future, pressure is rising upon the country’s authorities to solve its crime issues and reduce the risk of danger for foreign visitors, with Williams ace Barrichello – who partnered the reigning F1 World Champion at Brawn GP last year and is a Paulista himself – writing on his Twitter account that the attack was an ‘embarrassment’ and globoesporte columnist José Ilan conceding that ‘it’s an horrendous postcard Button is taking back home’.

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Rio de Janeiro test FBI system to improve security in the World Cup and Olympics

Radios and smartphones help agents to advise on central events.

Rio police will consider whether to use technology in Carnival 2011

The safety of World Cup games in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 in Rio will be enhanced with the help of the Virtual Command Center, an intelligence system created by the FBI, the Federal Police of the United States. The Military Police of Rio de Janeiro started testing program and is expected to use it even in the Carnival, the sambodrome, and paths of the main blocks of the city. After a meeting late last Monday (8), Brazilian and American officials considered the positive balance.

The head of the Center for Communications and Informatics of the Rio PM, Major Cashew Fabio, explains that the tool created by the Americans is a virtual command center that enables the integration and sharing of information between all security units such as military police, Civil and Municipal Guard.

Information by radio and smartphones

Agents registered in the system can post information and photos of local events that happened in or around an event. The first test conducted in Brazil with the tool was last Sunday (7), the match between Fluminense and Vasco, at the Olympic Stadium João Havelange, the Engenhão in the suburb of Rio The stadium has 112 security cameras.

Engenhão Stadium has 112 cameras in monitoramentoEstádio Engenhão has 112 cameras

monitoring (Reuters)

According to Cashew, MPs and municipal guards alerted by radio and even smartphones, the presence of scalpers, unauthorized street vendors and even battle between rival fans. All information has been reproduced in the tool and divided into degrees of danger and emergency. At football matches, police survey also social networks to anticipate possible attacks between rival groups.

Strengthening policing

In cases of disputes, the group of policing the area receives a reinforcement of their own battalion of police barracks or neighbors. The first test was considered positive for the leadership of the Rio military police and FBI agents. Major Cashew Fabio said that the events were closed in a shorter period than usual.

"Like all spheres are told what is happening, the reinforcement can happen in a more transparent and immediate. This system acts in a preventive way and the ideal is to use it in places of concentrated public and with high levels of fighting and confusion. If the site has cameras monitoring also makes it easier because it's a channel we have to follow, "said Cashew.

Prevention of terrorism

The Military Police of Rio is still studying whether to use the technology in the New Year's Eve at Copacabana Beach. The cameras of the Coordination of Traffic Engineering and River (CET-Rio) and am very spread out around the neighborhood also assist police in monitoring.

PM examines whether to use technology in the New Year and Carnival RioPM examines whether to use technology in the New Year's Eve

and the Rio Carnival (Photo: Reproduction / Internet)

"Although we assess whether we will use the New Year. Although the festival concentrates a crowd, the fight and mortality rates are low, "says the Major.

Vitual The Command Center was developed in 2002 in the United States, one year after the attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. One of the coordinators of the system, the FBI agent, Robert Casey explains that the tool is designed to prevent and monitor possible terrorist actions.

The system was first used in Honolulu, Hawaii. On occasion, the resort has received many cruises and, fearing an attack, the FBI monitored throughout the region.

"In eight years, has used the program in adverse situations like the earthquake in Chile, fighting group of criminals in El Salvador and the Olympic Games in Greece. In all cases, the results were satisfactory. I'm sure the program is well implemented by the Brazilian police, "Casey concluded.

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New system of buses in Rio already working.

After decades of mess in Rio de Janeiro's bus system, now the city has one integrated system. With pre-paid card, cariocas can use more than one bus, paying only one ticket.

The city is also receiving the new buses with standard colors (no more buses colors carnival in the city), like the pictures above. Now only 4 companies operates in Rio. Each region of the city has one color.

In one year, all the buses will be painted with the new standard colors and will have acessbility for disabled.

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I will miss a lot the carnival of colors Bus companies in Rio had... It was so beautiful to see... sad.gif

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Another museum to Rio. Flamengo will launch your museum in 1 year. Cool video with with some personalities of club history in many sports talking about the museum:

Zico - One of the greatest all the times in soccer

Junior - another superstar in the history of brazilian soccer

Virna - Olympic medallist in volleyball, 4 times world champion of the GP

Leila - 2 times Olympic medallist in volleyball, one of the greatest in the history of brazilian volley

Oscar Schmidt - World recordist of points in basketball (49.703 points)

Patricia Amorim - Olympic swimmer

Romário - the best center forward in history of world soccer

Bernardinho - probably one of the greatest coaches in history of world sport. More than 10 times world champion and 1 time olympic champion in volleyball

Bernard - One of the greatest in history of the world volleyball

Zagallo - 4 times world champion in soccer

Bebeto - WC champion in 1994

Georgette Vidor - greatest coach in brazilian gymnastic history

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYOWb6WYF80

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The buses' new color scheme is really good. I like Internorte's green details better then the others, but that may be just my "bairrismo" talking =P

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O Globo, Rio de Janeiro's most important newspaper, published in its online edition today, police sources said they are searching for a truck with 600kg of explosives to be used by drugdealers in atacks against authorities and landmarks of the city. According to the newspaper, the explosives were stolen in São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul.It is said Governor Sergio Cabral has asked for federal help to face this threat.

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O Globo, Rio de Janeiro's most important newspaper, published in its online edition today, police sources said they are searching for a truck with 600kg of explosives to be used by drugdealers in atacks against authorities and landmarks of the city. According to the newspaper, the explosives were stolen in São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul.It is said Governor Sergio Cabral has asked for federal help to face this threat.

Hope they find the truck as soon as possible. The same happened in Sao Paulo a couple of months ago and Police found the truck and got all the explosives back.

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BBC

23 November

Brazil police battle Rio de Janeiro gang violence

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11824432

Police in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro have launched a major operation to try to stop a wave of violence by criminal gangs.

For three days, suspected gang members have been blocking roads, burning cars and shooting at police stations.

Military police have been deployed in 17 different slum districts.

Rio's governor says the violence is retaliation by drugs gangs who have been driven out of some areas by a police pacification programme.

More than 1,000 officers had been taken away from desk jobs to join the surge on the streets, the military police said, and 300 extra motorcycle police were on patrol.

Rio de Janeiro's state governor Sergio Cabral has also asked the central government for police reinforcements from outside Rio to keep the main highways open.

Two suspected gang member have been shot dead.

More than eight others have been arrested, including four suspects who were found with petrol bombs in the Copacabana beach neighbourhood.

Orchestrated attacks

Starting on Saturday night, armed men have been blocking some of the main roads leading out of Rio, robbing motorists and setting their vehicles on fire.

The authorities are convinced that the attacks are being orchestrated by drugs gangs in retaliation for being forced out of their traditional strongholds in some slum districts by police pacification units.

"Without doubt these attacks are related to the reconquest of territory and the new policy of public security in Rio de Janeiro," Mr Cabral said.

"We are not going to retreat in this policy. We are going to push forward, pacifying communities and bringing peace to the population."

Rio's police have been taking back control of poor neighbourhoods, known as favelas, that have for years been controlled by heavily armed drug trafficking gangs.

The pacification programme is aimed at improving security and the rule of law in Rio, which will host the Fifa football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.

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IOC, this is the city you chose to host the SOG in 2016. Have you a "B" plan? It is still time. This won't change: drug dealers support some politicians.

Video: Bandits of a gang arriving in Vila Cruzeiro, with guns to face the police. Pay attention to the kind of weapons they have.

http://video.globo.com/Videos/Player/Noticias/0,,GIM1380709-7823-FLAGRANTE+MOSTRA+CRIMINOSOS+NA+VILA+CRUZEIRO,00.html

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IOC, this is the city you chose to host the SOG in 2016. Have you a "B" plan? It is still time. This won't change: drug dealers support some politicians.

Video: Bandits of a gang arriving in Vila Cruzeiro, with guns to face the police. Pay attention to the kind of weapons they have.

http://video.globo.c...RUZEIRO,00.html

Well, Mr. Firefox, everybody knows the problems of Rio de Janeiro, even the IOC, don't worry. It's truth, in the city are happening several attacks in the last days by drug dealers, but you forgot in mentioning just one point about this situation: This attacks are happening in retaliation by the ocupation of the police in the shanty towns (before occupied by drug dealers). The works of the police will no stop because of those attacks. The drug dealers are being rounded up by police day by day. The legacy of the olympics already began, even that Rio seems unsafe now. In 6 years those problems will not happen more. Will be just a problem of the past. Don't worry, the games of the XXXI Olympiad will be a great success.

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Now some of the recent attacks have spilled into wealthier areas closer to the beach.

"The scary part is that now it is getting close to us," said Olga Silveira, shopping in the wealthy Ipanema neighbourhood.

"Before, the violence was always far away. The criminals have discovered the power they have and they want to show it."

BBC

24 November 2010 Last updated at 15:39 ET

Rio de Janeiro shaken by fresh gang violence

Police and gang members have clashed in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro for a fourth day, despite further raids by security forces.

At least 13 people were reported killed on Wednesday as police sought to quell the wave of gang violence.

Heavily armed men continued to stop cars and buses, rob passengers and set vehicles alight, police said.

Officials say drug traffickers are fighting back against police operations aimed at pacifying city slums.

"There are groups of criminals who have been installed here for 20, 30 years, and they might not want to give up," said Rio state public safety director Jose Beltrame.

"But we're not giving up either. If they keep this up, we will redouble our efforts. Anyone who gets in our path will be run over."

Military police said 10 suspected gang members died in shootouts with agents early on Wednesday. Officials later raised the number killed to 13.

One of the victims was a 14-year-old girl hit by a stray bullet in the area of Penha, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported.

Two policemen were wounded in the clashes, officials said.

The Brazilian G1 news website said bombs, grenades and guns had been seized in police raids.

World Cup fears

Gang-related violence has plagued Rio for decades, but most has been contained within the city's slums, known as favelas.

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At the scene

Bill Wilson BBC News, Rio de Janeiro

At first glance it seems to be life as normal on the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

But at some of the top hotels, sightseeing trips to the favelas are no longer available. Taxi drivers have seemed noticeably tenser in the past 24 hours.

Since being in Rio I have witnessed prostitution and petty thefts on Copacabana beach.

But on Tuesday night things took on a totally different aspect, with armoured vehicles and camouflaged police out in force.

Drugs gangs have been evicted from many of the favelas and police stations have been established. The gangs are now showing the law enforcers that they have not gone away.

Now some of the recent attacks have spilled into wealthier areas closer to the beach.

"The scary part is that now it is getting close to us," said Olga Silveira, shopping in the wealthy Ipanema neighbourhood.

"Before, the violence was always far away. The criminals have discovered the power they have and they want to show it."

Correspondents say the latest wave of violence has raised further doubts about Rio's ability to safely host the 2014 Fifa football World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.

The latest clashes began on Saturday night when armed men began blocking some of the main roads leading out of Rio, robbing motorists and setting vehicles on fire.

By Tuesday, police said officers had been deployed in 17 slum districts.

More than 1,000 officers were removed from desk jobs to join the operation and 300 extra motorcycle police were on patrol, they said.

Two suspected gang members had been shot dead by Tuesday and there have been many arrests.

Rio's favelas have for years been controlled by heavily armed drug trafficking gangs.

The city's pacification programme is aimed at improving security and the rule of law in Rio in the run-up to the World Cup and Olympics.

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