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Long history about Florida...

My cousin moved to Toronto... 2 days ago! Her fiancée lives there and she will be one more Brazilian in the city.

I'm planing to go to Toronto and maybe during the PanAms.

We'd love to have you here!!

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According to Public Olympic Authority of Rio 2016 Games, 71% of the works required for the Olympic Games (venues and infra-structure) are ready or in building process.

In January this number was 46%.

http://www.ebc.com.br/noticias/brasil/2014/07/projetos-para-as-olimpiadas-tem-71-de-obras-licitadas-e-em-curso


Sailing test event was held this tuesday in Guanabara Bay

http://g1.globo.com/jornal-nacional/noticia/2014/07/atletas-do-iatismo-testam-local-de-competicao-dos-jogos-de-2016.html

Video footage of the event and despite the quality of water seems okay, yes, few debris were found floating during the event (as shown in the TV report).

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Athletes see improvement in the Bay pollution, but watch out for the trash during the event
Criticized, especially by sailors, the cleaning plan of the site of the sailing competition in 2016 is still far from achieving the goal of 80% clean water. Before the test event, however, the tone was milder. The attention of the authorities to race conditions are ideal in 2016, however, following total.
- This week we train, compete and had no problems. Guanabara Bay has received much ocean water, and we had virtually no problem. But it can happen, if it rains a lot. When the tide comes in and out of the bay, can bring many garbage bags, which hinders competition. Measures are already being taken, the Bay is improving gradually, but there are still a lot of work to do to get everything perfect for 2016 - said the double Olympic champion Robert Scheidt.
Resident of Niterói and used to sail and to make the way to the Rio de Janeiro by sea, the head of the Brazilian team sailing, Torben Grael, also sees an improvement of the conditions, but he is worried about the image that Rio de Janeiro and Brazil have on athletes and foreign media, and is also concerned about any possibility of athletes have problems during the tests at bay.
- It's a recurring problem, we are more accustomed than foreigners. Not give a good image, but it is being resolved in the best possible way. The process of cleaning up the bay is not the focus of athletes. Obviously if we could have minimized this problem will be good for everyone, not just for Brazilians. - Torben said.
- I think, for the competitions, the Bay will be clean, the part of the bay where competitions will be held will be clean, and we will not find solid waste that hinder our performance. But still we must improve so that this beautiful postcard is actually clean. - Said Isabel Swan, Brazilian Olympic athlete.
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It sounds now like things are starting to ramp up in terms of preparations and moving along. I, like everyone was concerned with the reports, and with the bay being as polluted as it is, but Brazil put on a very respectable World Cup and I think now we will see in the next two years everything revved up so by the time we get to Rio, we will see a very good games put on.

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It sounds now like things are starting to ramp up in terms of preparations and moving along. I, like everyone was concerned with the reports, and with the bay being as polluted as it is, but Brazil put on a very respectable World Cup and I think now we will see in the next two years everything revved up so by the time we get to Rio, we will see a very good games put on.

^^In the end, things always works somehow in Brazil. (I don't this way to do things, but, it's so Brazilian to do thing this way, anyway...)

About the bay, the bay will not be 100% clean and probably not even the 80% promised. This would be a huge legacy for the city. Legacy apart, the process of cleaning up already started, trust me, this is huge when it takes to our stupid politicians and turtoise pace works they are responsible for.

Again, as I explained and the ahtletes also said in the report. The bay is enourmoous. The pollution in the entrance of the bay is several times less relevant/evident than in the North part of the bay (the North part we are now calling it in SSC the "International Media part of the bay").

The sailing events of Olympic Games will be held in Botafogo/Flamengo area, in the southern part of the bay. I think it's achievable to get this part of the bay clean from floating debris with reasonable water quality.

I feel bad about the North part of the bay. It will take maybe half-century to get that waters at reasonable condition, similar to the southern part today, despite some small visible improvement.

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Initiatives To Improve Water Quality At Rio 2016 Sailing Venue Explained

On the eve of the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014, the first Rio 2016 test event, a group of specialists have explained the measures being undertaken to ensure that water quality in Guanabara Bay is suitable for top-level competition, as well as outlining the longer-term initiatives that will improve the bay for the city's residents.

The Rio state government's chief of staff, Leonardo Espíndola, who previously worked for the state water and sewage company, explained how eco-barriers and eco-boats had been deployed to capture and remove floating debris, rubbish dumps had been closed, bacterial treatment was being carried out and a giant 'containment belt' would be installed to protect Marina da Gloria, the Rio 2016 sailing venue.

Joining Espíndola on Wednesday night (30 July) in an online debate promoted by Rio 2016, was Tania Braga - the organising committee's sustainability, accessibility and legacy manager - and oceanographer David Zee.

Braga stressed that Guanabara Bay already has suitable conditions for holding sailing competitions. "We need people to understand that there are two different issues," she said. "The first concerns the general environmental state of Guanabara Bay, which is directly linked to the issue of sanitation in Brazil.

"The other issue concerns the suitability of the bay for competitions. On this matter, we are monitoring a lot of data on conditions in the region that show that, where the competitions are to be held, water quality is favourable for sporting events, and this situation has been brought about gradually and consistently over the past three years."


Guanabara Bay is divided into five major areas (see image below) defined by their environmental conditions. There is a central channel that drives the strongest interchange of water between the bay and the sea - the closer to the central channel, the better the water quality. The five test event sailing courses are in areas 1 and 2, which have the best water quality.

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"Oceanographic conditions in Guanabara Bay are not uniform over the entire body of water, so if you go looking for dirty water, you will find it," explained Zee. "But, incredible though it seems, there are many points at which the bay's capacity to recover is enormous."

Espíndola confirmed that 50 per cent of sewage that reaches the bay via rivers is already treated and that by 2016 the state government aims to treat 80 per cent. "There is no doubt that hosting the Games has been a major factor in boosting investment and improving the bay's water quality," he said.

"The proportion of treated sewage has risen from 10-15 per cent to 50 per cent, a threefold increase. Our target is to treat 80 per cent of the sewage reaching the bay, and we should attain this target or come very close. The bay is far from perfect. It is not as bad as many people allege, but it is not as good as it deserves to be. Sea horses have returned and that's a good sign, showing at least that we're on the right track."

To prevent solid waste from reaching the bay, 12 eco-barriers are already in place and another seven will be introduced in 2015. "The issue of waste is a concern for the entire state government," said Espíndola. "In addition to the ecobarriers, a tender has been launched for 10 eco-boats to capture waste that manages to cross the eco-barriers. Another important point for managing this waste is that we have put an end to the waste tips around the bay. Now, all this waste is collected and processed at waste treatment plants."

Marina da Gloria, the venue for the upcoming test event along with the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic sailing competitions, will also be protected by a giant 'containment belt' that will keep floating rubbish at bay. "This belt will capture waste and take it to a treatment facility," said Espíndola. "But we are also implementing bacterial treatments to minimise pollution in the marina."

Braga stressed that education must play a key role in improving conditions in the long term. "Rather than depolluting, we need to stop polluting. To achieve a 100 per cent depollution and succeed in treating all sewage, including sewage produced by dwellings in locations where urbanisation is difficult, all our citizens will have to stop discarding waste where it does not belong. And this applies across the board, to absolutely everyone."

ISAF

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Initiatives To Improve Water Quality At Rio 2016 Sailing Venue Explained

On the eve of the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014, the first Rio 2016 test event, a group of specialists have explained the measures being undertaken to ensure that water quality in Guanabara Bay is suitable for top-level competition, as well as outlining the longer-term initiatives that will improve the bay for the city's residents.

The Rio state government's chief of staff, Leonardo Espíndola, who previously worked for the state water and sewage company, explained how eco-barriers and eco-boats had been deployed to capture and remove floating debris, rubbish dumps had been closed, bacterial treatment was being carried out and a giant 'containment belt' would be installed to protect Marina da Gloria, the Rio 2016 sailing venue.

Joining Espíndola on Wednesday night (30 July) in an online debate promoted by Rio 2016, was Tania Braga - the organising committee's sustainability, accessibility and legacy manager - and oceanographer David Zee.

Braga stressed that Guanabara Bay already has suitable conditions for holding sailing competitions. "We need people to understand that there are two different issues," she said. "The first concerns the general environmental state of Guanabara Bay, which is directly linked to the issue of sanitation in Brazil.

"The other issue concerns the suitability of the bay for competitions. On this matter, we are monitoring a lot of data on conditions in the region that show that, where the competitions are to be held, water quality is favourable for sporting events, and this situation has been brought about gradually and consistently over the past three years."

Guanabara Bay is divided into five major areas (see image below) defined by their environmental conditions. There is a central channel that drives the strongest interchange of water between the bay and the sea - the closer to the central channel, the better the water quality. The five test event sailing courses are in areas 1 and 2, which have the best water quality.

14_TestEvent_RioAreas.jpg

"Oceanographic conditions in Guanabara Bay are not uniform over the entire body of water, so if you go looking for dirty water, you will find it," explained Zee. "But, incredible though it seems, there are many points at which the bay's capacity to recover is enormous."

Espíndola confirmed that 50 per cent of sewage that reaches the bay via rivers is already treated and that by 2016 the state government aims to treat 80 per cent. "There is no doubt that hosting the Games has been a major factor in boosting investment and improving the bay's water quality," he said.

"The proportion of treated sewage has risen from 10-15 per cent to 50 per cent, a threefold increase. Our target is to treat 80 per cent of the sewage reaching the bay, and we should attain this target or come very close. The bay is far from perfect. It is not as bad as many people allege, but it is not as good as it deserves to be. Sea horses have returned and that's a good sign, showing at least that we're on the right track."

To prevent solid waste from reaching the bay, 12 eco-barriers are already in place and another seven will be introduced in 2015. "The issue of waste is a concern for the entire state government," said Espíndola. "In addition to the ecobarriers, a tender has been launched for 10 eco-boats to capture waste that manages to cross the eco-barriers. Another important point for managing this waste is that we have put an end to the waste tips around the bay. Now, all this waste is collected and processed at waste treatment plants."

Marina da Gloria, the venue for the upcoming test event along with the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic sailing competitions, will also be protected by a giant 'containment belt' that will keep floating rubbish at bay. "This belt will capture waste and take it to a treatment facility," said Espíndola. "But we are also implementing bacterial treatments to minimise pollution in the marina."

Braga stressed that education must play a key role in improving conditions in the long term. "Rather than depolluting, we need to stop polluting. To achieve a 100 per cent depollution and succeed in treating all sewage, including sewage produced by dwellings in locations where urbanisation is difficult, all our citizens will have to stop discarding waste where it does not belong. And this applies across the board, to absolutely everyone."

ISAF

Athensfan, that's what I tried so hard to explain to you.

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Athensfan, that's what I tried so hard to explain to you.

Oh come on, Danny. You're mud characterizing things as usual. You've just said that the area where sailing will be held is better than other parts. I said I was sure it was, but that didn't make it GOOD. I've said all along that my concern isn't the solid waste. Eventually they'll deal with that. I'm concerned about the bacterial pollution, which is much harder to address and is 300 times the legal limit allowable in the United States.

Obviously, the authorities are doing everything they can to improve conditions. They will undoubtedly make progress. I hope it is enough and that no one gets sick.

The last paragraph is a bit crazy to me. Of course they have to stop new pollution! In effect, they're saying, "Even while we're trying to clean up the bay, we haven't been able to stop people from adding new pollutants." Yikes.

Typo. Should read: "mischaracterizing things as usual."

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Oh come on, Danny. You're mischaracterizing things as usual.

Nothing to add, after this.

Should be Plan A and we'd be done with it.

Yes. Since not all water in Guanabara Bay is polluted, specially where sailing event will take place.

Praia Vermelha, in front of the place where sailing will take place had been green-flaged very often lately (which means, clean about bacteria and pollution).

Hope they improve the water conditions to a really reasonable level and ecobarriers stuff be able to reduce the solid waste floating in the bay.

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14_TestEvent_RioAreas.jpg

Purple area with number 2: No pollution or very few pollution. But yes, some solid waster floating.
There are beaches in this area where the water conditions allows the use of beaches for swimming and leisure.

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Indeed, there are beaches in Paquetá Island (in the middle of numer 1 area) that have green flags for swimming and leisure this weekend. Flamengo Beach where sailing event will actually happen too!

How can be?

http://www.inea.rj.gov.br/Portal/Noticias/INEA0047594〈=

According to the bulletin of the State Environmental Institute (INEA), released on Friday, August 1st), 16 beaches are suitable for swimming in Barra and South Zone of Rio. The beaches are: Barra de Guaratiba, Grumari , Prainha, Barra de Sernambetiba, Recreio, Joatinga, Pepino, Vidigal, Ipanema, Arpoador, Diabo, Copacabana, Leme, Vermelha, Urca and Flamengo. The beaches of Sao Conrado, Leblon and Botafogo should be avoided for recreation and swimming.

Bold for beaches in Guanabara Bay Edited by DannyelBrazil
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Start of the works in Glória Marina to remove old structures

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Hi.

I'm not sure, but I think this is the look of the games...

Rio 2016 site leaked it.

It looks nice, better than the "provisional" one!

Confirmed, website feature new look of the games, already

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Hmmm. Okay, I'd need to take it in more, but on first glance I like the colours, but wonder on it's application during the games. Strikes me a bit like Sydney 2.0, and I think looks of the games have moved on from there now.

Have to wait and see, though. We've had a few red herrings already. I don't think we've really seen it yet.

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No clear sailing to 2016 for the Games and Rio de Janeiro

The international sailing regatta started on Saturday and runs for one week, but already an Austrian boat has been damaged after hitting rubbish while training in the bay, and its pilot, Nico Delle Karth, revealing he saw a dead dog floating on the surface.

Rio’s polluted water is proving an all-too-visible – and smell-able – symbol of the problems the city is facing in its preparations.

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According to information provided by the Rio state government, when rubbish sites in 15 cities surrounding Guanabara Bay were closed in 2012, it “prevented the discharge of one Maracana Football Stadium of slurry per week into the waters of the bay”. Rio mayor Eduardo Paes was forced to apologise in June after he acknowledged that the city’s Olympic commitment to treat 80 per cent of the sewage flowing into the bay would not be met by the time the Games start.

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Works running

Olympic Park

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Olympic Village

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Golf Course

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A complete slideshow of the works:
http://globoesporte.globo.com/olimpiadas/fotos/2014/08/fotos-obras-parque-olimpico-2-anos-do-rio-2016.html

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