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  • Amazon jaguar shot dead at Olympic torch ceremony

    06/21/2016 1:34:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 6/21/16 | Reuters
    Amazon jaguar shot dead at Olympic torch ceremony [Reuters] Reuters June 21, 2016 Brazilian physiotherapist Igor Simoes Andrade poses for picture next to jaguar Juma as he takes part in the Olympic Flame torch relay in Manaus View photos Brazilian physiotherapist Igor Simoes Andrade poses for picture next to jaguar Juma as he takes part in the Olympic Flame torch relay in Manaus, Brazil, June 20, 2016. Picture taken June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Marcio Melo RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A jaguar featured at an Olympic torch ceremony was shot dead by a soldier shortly after the event in the Brazilian...
  • Rio state government declares financial disaster as Olympics loom (games in danger alert)

    06/18/2016 6:15:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 18, 2016
    The acting governor of Rio de Janeiro's state government declared a state of financial disaster Friday in an effort to change budgetary priorities without disrespecting Brazil's fiscal laws. [Snip] [The governor's] office said in a statement that the decision was made because a dip in revenues from taxes and oil royalties was "stopping the state of Rio de Janeiro from honoring its commitment to the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games." He said the state is facing a "public calamity." "The financial crisis has brought several difficulties in essential public services and it could cause the total collapse of...
  • Obama Says Kids Need to Hear Parents Speak Up About Risks Guns Pose to Communities

    06/18/2016 10:00:36 AM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | June 18, 2016 | CNSNews.com Staff
    (CNSNews.com) - In his weekly address for Father’s Day weekend, President Barack Obama spoke about the terrorist attack in Orlando—carried out by a terrorist who “pledged allegiance to ISIL”—and said that children need to hear their parents “speak up” about the risks guns pose to American communities. “Time and again, we’ve observed moments of silence for victims of terror and gun violence," said Obama. "Too often, those moments have been followed by months of silence. By inaction that is simply inexcusable. If we’re going to raise our kids in a safer, more loving world, we need to speak up for...
  • Brazil’s Rio State Declares Financial Disaster Before Olympic Games

    06/18/2016 9:05:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/18/16 | Breitbart News
    Dornelles’ office said in a statement that the decision was made because a dip in revenues from taxes and oil royalties was “stopping the state of Rio de Janeiro from honoring its commitment to the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.” “The financial crisis has brought several difficulties in essential public services and it could cause the total collapse of public security, health care, education, urban mobility and environmental management,” the statement said. Rio’s state government is in such dire straits that two of its hospitals were taken over by the Rio de Janeiro city government to allow doctors...
  • Rio 2016: Olympic Games refugees team unveiled

    06/03/2016 1:40:44 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    bbc.com ^ | June 3, 2016 | bbc
    ..."These refugee athletes have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem," said IOC president Thomas Bach. "The invention of this refugee team is to give them a home in the Olympic village together with all the athletes around the world."
  • Rio Olympics to top London in supply of condoms (by 3-fold, 450,000 to be distributed)

    05/21/2016 7:01:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    AP.org ^ | 5/21/16 | AP
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee says. Part of the reason .. 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. .. The IOC says the condoms would encourage 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex.
  • Rio Mayor: Zika 'Not A Big Issue' For Olympics

    05/15/2016 9:34:17 PM PDT · by traumer · 6 replies
    Eduardo Paes insists that visitors to Rio for the Games will be "completely safe" despite the spread of the mosquito-borne virus. The mayor of Rio has dismissed calls for the Olympics to be cancelled or postponed because of the spread of the Zika virus. A leading Canadian public health professor last week said it would irresponsible to go ahead with the games with the virus so prevalent in Brazil. It has spread around the globe - declared a pubic health emergency by the World Health Organisation - with concerns that infection among pregnant women can lead to birth defects. But...
  • Dead fish wash up on shores of Rio bay near Olympic venue

    01/13/2016 4:41:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 1/13/16 | Andrew Downie
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of Rio's Guanabara Bay on Wednesday, not far from where events are being held at this year's Olympic Games, environmental officials said. The incident was the latest involving water quality in the bay, where sailing, open water swimming, and triathlon races are due to take place at the Games in August. "Officials found rubbish in the water and on the beach as well as a considerable number of dead fish all from the same species of sardine," the government's State Environmental Institute said in a statement....
  • The Rio Olympics are a mess 7 months before the opening ceremony

    01/12/2016 11:02:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/12/2016 | Emmett Knowlton
    The 2016 Summer Olympics kicks off on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro -- but with less than seven months until the Opening Ceremony, a slew of problems still show no signs of improvement. Will Connors had a good, if troubling, piece in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday laying out the concerns in Rio. Not only does the list of concerns appear to be trending in the wrong direction as the Games draw closer, it also shows no signs of improvement. Let's break down the biggest problems: 1. Questions over Rio's mobility plan Rio is racing to build a...
  • At the United Nations, the Curious Career of Maurice Strong

    02/07/2007 7:12:44 PM PST · by RKV · 29 replies · 1,384+ views
    Fox News ^ | Claudia Rosett and George Russell
    NEW YORK — Before the United Nations can save the planet, it needs to clean up its own house. And as scandal after scandal has unfolded over the past decade, from Oil for Food to procurement fraud to peacekeeper rape, the size of that job has become stunningly clear. But any understanding of the real efforts that job entails should begin with a look at the long and murky career of Maurice Strong, the man who may have had the most to do with what the U.N. has become today, and still sparks controversy even after he claims to have...
  • Taxi drivers block streets of Rio in protest against Uber

    07/27/2015 10:00:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/27/2015
    RIO DE JANEIRO - More than a thousand taxi drivers protested in Rio de Janeiro on Friday against ride-sharing company Uber [UBER.UL], blocking roads and stalling traffic during morning rush hour as tensions rise in the city over the mobile app ride service. Uber Technologies Inc responded by offering free rides to customers to help alleviate transport issues on what it called a "difficult day for getting around." The company has come under fire in countries around the world, with local taxi drivers complaining that Uber drivers are not properly regulated and have fewer overhead costs, which makes them unfairly...
  • "The Kinkajou" Knickerbockers (Ben Selvin ensemble) Johnny Marvin (1927) [From "Rio Rita"]

    05/17/2015 12:52:23 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1927 | Ben Selvin
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  • 500 days out, Rio risks Olympics cost surge as building lags

    05/09/2015 5:37:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 8, 2015 | Stephen Eisenhammer
    With less than 500 days until Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympic Games, construction of several venues has not started and some major contracts have not even been tendered, setting the stage for a last-minute rush that will likely drive up costs. It may seem like a familiar script for major sporting events. As the start date nears, the headlines invariably focus on delays and the scramble to get ready on time, and yet the games end up going ahead without major hitches. Rio 2016 may, though, end up being one of global sport's closest calls yet, resulting in a...
  • Camera Catches Breathtaking Shot of Sun Behind Christ the Redeemer During World Cup Final

    07/13/2014 4:01:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    ABCNews ^ | July 13, 2014
    Camera Catches Breathtaking Shot of Sun Behind Christ the Redeemer During World Cup Final Jul 13, 2014 By YAZHOU SUN PHOTO: . The sun sets behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janiero, July 13, 2014. ABC Breathtaking. It's the most apt description for the shot of an amazing sunset behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. The statue towers above the famed Maracanã where the final was played today.
  • World Cup 2014: Joachim Low eyes years of Germany success

    07/13/2014 3:22:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/12/2014 | Phil McNulty
    As Germany seek their first World Cup win since 1990, when they beat Argentina in Rome, Low, 54, relished the prospect of re-writing the history books with winning on this continent. "We know we can write history," he said. "In the past we have never had this. Latin Americans, on this continent, have dominated all the time. So why not? This could be an additional joy for us if we were to win as Europeans on Latin American soil." And the prospect of facing Messi as he tries to emulate Diego Maradona, who inspired Argentina to their last World Cup...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die"(1966)

    05/25/2014 1:41:16 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1966 | Henry Levin
  • WATCH: The Worst Grenade Toss Ever – What Were They Thinking? (Video)

    05/18/2014 7:16:18 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 30 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-18-2014 | Top Clip
    Yikes! During training of the cadet corps of the Units of Pacifying Police (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro last week, Brazilian police evidently thought it would be a swell idea to let this girl with zero experience toss  a grenade -- a LIVE grenade. Well let's just say it didn't exactly go as planned... WATCH:
  • IOC Says 'Totally Unfeasible' for London to Step in for Rio as 2016 Olympics Host

    05/10/2014 11:33:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 9 May 2014
    Rio's preparations damned as 'worst ever' but IOC knocks down suggestion London could be last-ditch replacementMisty-eyed fans can forget about digging out their Team GB shirts, the army of 2012 volunteers can leave their distinctive purple uniforms in the wardrobe, and Boris Johnson can stand down. Much to the disappointment of those hoping for an action replay of the heady summer of 2012, the International Olympic Committee has rejected as "totally unfeasible" claims that London could step in for troubled Rio to host the 2016 Olympics. A report in the London Evening Standard has claimed that the capital had been...
  • IOC chiefs "make secret plea" to use London 2012 venues

    05/09/2014 2:46:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 9,2014 | Telegraph Sport
    So worried are Olympic organisers by how far behind schedule the 2016 Rio Games has fallen, London has reportedly been asked, in secret, if it could host the event at the last minute. According to the London Evening Standard, an informal approach has been made by IOC chiefs to ascertain whether London's 2012 Olympic venues could be brought back into use.
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Road To Rio"(1947)

    03/02/2014 11:36:45 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1947 | Norman Z. McLeod
  • Lightning breaks finger off Christ statue [Rio de Janeiro]

    01/17/2014 8:57:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 17, 2014 | 6:47pm
    Lightning has broken a finger off the right hand of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Father Omar, rector of the shrine that holds the statue, told the Globo radio station that lightning frequently strikes the nearly 100-foot tall statue, a symbol of Rio that overlooks the Brazilian city from the peak of the Corcovado mountain. Its right hand had been damaged sometime ago, but the finger finally broke off in a storm late Thursday.
  • From the IOR to the gay lobby: Pope Francis tells all on flight from Rio to Rome

    07/29/2013 6:37:08 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider - LaStampa ^ | 07/29/2013 | Andrea Tornielli
    "On flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome" Journalists fired improvised questions at the Pope for one hour and twenty minutes. The Pope agreed to hold the press conference straight after take-off, despite how tired he was after an eventful World Youth Day week in Brazil. Francis surprised journalists with his willingness to answer all questions put to him, even those which touched on really thorny issues like the reform of the Vatican Bank (IOR), the Ricca case, the gay lobby, Vatileaks and even the content of the black leather bad he carried on to the plane which flew him...
  • Pope Francis shakes up Catholic Church (Brazil)

    07/24/2013 8:51:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Deutsche Well ^ | 24.07.2013 | Astrid Prange / sst
    Many Catholics hope Pope Francis will strengthen laymen and women in church, who have been taking on responsibilities of priests in some rural areas. That might trigger a revolution, experts say. The Catholic Church in Latin America has a way of dealing with contradictions: Instead of discussing whether women should be allowed to be ordained to the priesthood or debating the celibate, laymen go ahead and create precedents in their religious communities. They've come up with new forms of church services - services without a priest. Hopes are high during this year's World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro that...
  • EWTN WORLD YOUTH DAY PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS (Mark your calendars)

    07/22/2013 8:33:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    EWTN ^ | July 22, 2013
    WORLD YOUTH DAY PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS Welcome CeremonyMon. Jul. 22 at 2:45 PM ET & 9 PM ETHis Holiness Pope Francis arrives in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the 2013 World Youth Day, following a Papal Welcoming Ceremony and a ceremonial reception. Life on the Rock Special from RioTues. July 23 at 10 AM ET Opening MassTue. July 23 at 5:30 PM ET, Wed. July 24 at 12 AM ETOpening Mass with Pope Francis Mass at National Shrine of AparecidaWed. July 24 at 8:30 AM ET & 9:30 PM ET, Thurs. July 25 at 12 AM ETHis Holiness Pope...
  • Illegal Alien Border Crossings TRIPLE as 'Gang of 8' Amnesty Talk Heats Up

    05/02/2013 8:14:40 PM PDT · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 05-02-2013 | John Hill
    Here they come: Migrants bound for the U.S. border ride on top of a train in Ixtepec, in Oaxaca, southern Mexico (AP).- For months, Stand With Arizona has been reporting (most recently here, here and here) on the massive increase in border crossings since Obama and the 'Gang of Eight' started promising amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. And I have been interviewed by two dozen media outlets from the Washington Post and L.A. Times to CNN and even FoxNews. Each time I begged them to report the truth about what border agents were telling me - that a tidal...
  • Rape of US student mars Rio's World Cup build-up

    04/02/2013 10:43:02 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | April 3, 2013 | AFP
    Rio De Janeiro - The brutal gang rape of a US student in a Rio bus has revived concern about public safety ahead of the World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics, despite an overall drop in violence. Over the weekend a 21-year-old American student was repeatedly sexually assaulted and her French boyfriend was beaten during a six-hour abduction aboard a minibus in the famed beach district of Copacabana. The case grabbed international headlines and drew comparisons to last December's similar gang rape of a young Indian woman in New Delhi, which led to a 25% fall in tourist arrivals....
  • Evangelicals: the new Face of Brazilian Fashion

    09/24/2012 7:53:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | September 23, 2012 | AP
    ITABORAI, Brazil – The latest fashion trend hitting the streets of Rio de Janeiro is the polar opposite of the famous Brazilian bikini. Instead of second-skin dresses in shocking pink spandex or strapless tops with strategically placed peek-a-boo paneling, the newest fashion craze is overt modesty. Found in stores like Silca Evangelical Fashion, these coveted pieces include demure, long-sleeved frocks with how-low-can-you-go hemlines and the polyester putty-colored potato sack dresses. In the birthplace of the "fio dental" or dental floss string bikini, so-called evangelical fashion has emerged as a growing segment of the country's $52 billion-a-year textile industry, catering to...
  • The UN Plan For Human Settlements (Obama Plan)

    05/15/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT · by bronxville · 71 replies · 1,030+ views
    Berit Kjos ^ | ,June 1996 | Berit Kjos
    Bicycles instead of cars? Dense apartment clusters instead of single homes? Community rituals instead of churches? "Human rights" instead of religious freedom? The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which met June 3-14 [1996]in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN "laws", bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN. And politically correct "tolerance"-meaning "the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism"...
  • Rio: The Political freeloaders hide — but is it their failure or their plans they ......

    06/23/2012 5:22:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    JoNova ^ | Joanne
    I wrote yesterday about the unprecedented way the UN was locking out anyone at Rio that was not part of an official government delegation. More than ever before, the UN is not even pretending to to serve the people of the world. Even the facade is gone. The rules have changed since Monckton, Watts Up and the internet spoiled the party at Durban. All the heroic NGO’s have been blocked from the negotiations (as well as those evil free market libertarians). They are only there for the theatrics. The real action goes on behind closed doors, in what Monckton calls...
  • Critics of Sustainability Hysteria Slam UN’s Anti-liberty Rio+20 Agenda

    06/22/2012 8:13:51 AM PDT · by Cplus · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | June 21, 2012 | Alex Newman
    What is going on at Rio+20, Lord Christopher Monckton concluded, is an “attempted coup on a global scale by the governing class against the people.
  • Rio +20 Earth Summit: Wandering Through the People’s Summit

    06/20/2012 7:47:24 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 2 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 6/20/2012 | Ronald Bailey
    Rio de Janeiro—The People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice at the Rio +20 Earth Summit sprawls through the beautiful Flamengo Park that curves along the lovely beach at Guanabara Bay. Giant tents in the park house five chief plenary discussions and scores of smaller tents shelter a wide variety of earnest discussions about the perfidy of corporations in this age of late capitalism. As it happens, I just caught the tail-end of a speech at the Energy Plenary by an American black woman who urged the audience to fight for “economic, social, gender, and erotic justice.” Evidently fearing that...
  • Rio+20: Women march in Rio to protest 'green economy'

    06/19/2012 9:13:28 AM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Blacklisted News ^ | June 19, 2012 | Staff
    Thousands of women representing social and farm movements marched in central Rio Monday to rail against the "green economy" advocated by the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development. Behind a large banner from the international peasant movement Via Campesina proclaiming "the peoples are against the mercantilization of nature", they marched several miles to the Flamengo park, the venue for the "People's Summit" organized by civil society groups on the sidelines of the Rio+20 event.
  • Humanity is an Unsustainable Danger to Earth’s Eco-System

    06/17/2012 5:08:36 AM PDT · by Cplus · 30 replies
    Occupy Corporatisn ^ | June 15, 2012 | Susanne Posel
    The UN hope to continue to purvey the ruse that they are an international community dedicated to making our world a better place. In the shadows, the globalist Elite lurks and patiently wait while the very right to human existence is stripped from sovereign nations through international directives.
  • Rio conferees mull $1,325 'green tax' on U.S. families

    06/13/2012 5:54:12 PM PDT · by Baynative · 50 replies
    Washington Times 24/7 ^ | June 13, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Diplomats at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Conference in Rio de Janeiro next week will consider proposals that would levy taxes on American families and energy industries in order to support international efforts to combat global warming, according to a draft agenda for the conference.
  • Obama to Skip Rio+20 Environmental Summit (Video)

    06/13/2012 11:31:53 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 7 replies
    The State Department has confirmed President Obama will skip the Rio+20 sustainable development summit in Brazil next week. It’s the third consecutive global environmental conference that Obama will miss after he avoided the last two UN climate talks in South Africa and Mexico. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson will lead the U.S. delegation.
  • World Remains on Unsustainable Track Despite Hundreds of Internationally Agreed Goals and Objectives

    06/08/2012 11:35:45 AM PDT · by Twotone · 16 replies
    UN Environment Programme ^ | June 6, 2012 | Staff
    Rio, 6 June 2012 - The world continues to speed down an unsustainable path despite over 500 internationally agreed goals and objectives to support the sustainable management of the environment and improve human wellbeing, according to a new and wide-ranging assessment coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), launched on the eve of the Rio+20 Summit, assessed 90 of the most-important environmental goals and objectives and found that significant progress had only been made in four.
  • Maurice Strong meets our editorial board (Video)

    05/02/2012 7:26:47 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 8 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | 5/01/2012 | The Ottawa Citizen
    Nearly 20 years ago Canadian Maurice Strong served as secretary general of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro. Today he is meeting the Citizen’s editorial board to discuss the upcoming Rio Plus-20 gathering in Brazil next month. Joining him are Brice Lalonde, executive co-ordinator of the Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and David Runnalls, executive director of Sustainable Prosperity in Ottawa.
  • Ban Ki-moon calls for Rio+20 to replace GDP with sustainable development index

    04/24/2012 8:02:20 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 9 replies
    RTCC.org ^ | 4/24/2012 | RTCC Staff
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for this summer’s Rio+20 summit to create a sustainable development index to replace GDP as the main measure of a country’s advancement. Addressing a group of mayors and local government officials at the UN in New York, Ban called for “an outcome from Rio+20 that is thus both practical and transformational”. “We need to move beyond gross domestic product as our main measure of progress, and fashion a sustainable development index that puts people first,” said Ban. The Rio+20 event marks the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit that saw three new UN...
  • Rio+20: Earth talks ‘in need of vision and direction’

    04/23/2012 7:30:37 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 5 replies
    FT.com ^ | 4/23/2012 | Pilita Clark
    There is no reason to suppose that yet another global conference will solve the world’s environmental woes. But for three days in June, the UN is to hold a meeting in Rio de Janeiro where more than 100 leaders are expected to go at least some way towards doing that. So far, the signs are not encouraging for Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development being held 20 years after the 1992 UN Rio earth summit that helped push the environmental movement into the mainstream. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link...
  • Obama Administration Racing Towards Rio + 20

    08/14/2011 12:02:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/14/11 | Laura Rambeau Lee
    The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held on August 2 – 6, 2010 in Bonn, Germany. It was the third round of U. N. climate change negotiations with representatives from 178 governments present. The meeting was designed to set the agenda for what they hoped to accomplish at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico in November and December of last year. The information in their press release conveyed the urgency of the U. N. to get this moving forward with solid agreements reached by the November/December conference. The text in this press release...
  • Black box of doomed Rio-Paris Air France flight recovered, say investigators

    05/01/2011 11:38:48 AM PDT · by csvset · 43 replies
    France24 ^ | 1 May 2011
    Search teams recovered the memory unit of one of the “black boxes” of the Air France Rio-Paris plane that crashed in the Atlantic in June 2009, investigators said Sunday. The crash had killed all 228 people on board. AP - France’s air accident investigation agency says an undersea search has located the flight data recorder from the 2009 Air France flight that went down in the mid-Atlantic. In a statement, the BEA said the black box was “localized and identified” on Sunday morning. The statement included photos of the recorder - a red cylinder partially buried in sand on the...
  • U.N. Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature: Bolivia Statement

    04/20/2011 3:25:27 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 5 replies · 1+ views
    United Nations ^ | 4/20/2011 | Ambassador Pablo Solon
    Speech by Ambassador Pablo Solón, Permanent Representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations, on the Occasion of the General Assembly Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature, New York, April 20th, 2011 Victor Hugo, the author of Les Misérables, once wrote: “How sad to think that nature speaks and mankind doesn’t listen.” We are here today to attempt to have a dialogue not just among States, but also with nature. Although we often forget it, human beings are a force in nature. In reality, we are all a product of the same Big Bang that created the...
  • Man who slaughtered school kids in Rio had a predilection for Islam terror

    04/09/2011 6:13:32 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 7 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Man who slaughtered school kids in Rio was nicknamed “Bin Laden,” wanted to fly an airplane into Rio’s Christ the Redeemer By Julio Severo, with the collaboration of Don Hank What killed 12 children in a school in Rio? Was it a weapon? Was it violence? Was it prejudice? Conservative Christians? The media are blaming all of these. According to the Brazilian newspaper Zero Hora, the author of the slaughter, Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, had a predilection for Islam and was fascinated by the Islamic terrorist attack against the US on September 11, 2001. His dream? To fly an airplane...
  • Brazil buries 12 school kids killed by gunman (and AP covers of Islamic aspect)

    04/08/2011 11:25:21 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 8 April 2011 | MARCO SIBAJA
    Parents screamed in anguish and clung to coffins Friday as families began burying 12 children gunned down in the halls of their elementary school. A black police helicopter dropped white rose petals over mourners and a nation was left struggling for answers. snip A few details began to emerge about Oliveira: that he was a good student with a history of psychological problems who attended the Tasso school; that he showed a fascination with the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.; and that he spent a lot of time on his computer watching videos about how to fire weapons. snip The...
  • Brazil school shootings: Shooter's "references to Islamic fundamentalism", "got closer to Islam"

    04/08/2011 4:42:50 AM PDT · by quesney · 64 replies
    RIO DE JANEIRO—At least 11 people, mostly children, died Thursday and more that 15 were wounded when an armed man attacked a school in Realengo in the poor suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Police initially said that 13 people had died, but Rio de Janeiro’s Health Ministry later lowered the death toll. [...] Police Col. Djalma Beltrami said the killer used two handguns and a lot of ammunition. The suspect left behind a letter, in which he anticipated committing suicide after the attack. Beltrami, however, gave no details of any possible motive. Beltrami described the letter as “the words of...
  • At least 11 dead in massacre at Rio de Janeiro school (Muzzie)

    04/07/2011 3:16:43 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 23 replies
    Guelph Mercury ^ | 04/07/2011 | Staff
    RIO DE JANEIRO—At least 11 people, mostly children, died Thursday and more that 15 were wounded when an armed man attacked a school in Realengo in the poor suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Police initially said that 13 people had died, but Rio de Janeiro’s Health Ministry later lowered the death toll. According to a preliminary police report, the attacker—a 24-year-old former student at the school—was among the dead after shooting himself in the head. He attacked Tasso da Silveira school, where some 400 students ages 9-14 were in classes. Police Col. Djalma Beltrami said the killer used two handguns...
  • Rio Mass Murder: Muslim Opens Fire on Childrens School, 11 Dead, 20 Wounded, Suicide Note

    04/07/2011 10:54:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 6/7/11 | Pamela Geller
    I think it's important to note that all of the headlines in the news reports in Portuguese call the murderer an Islamic suicide bomber and report that his letter refers to Islam, while none of the English outlets are reporting this critical clue. "In recent months, she said, he appeared to have got closer to Islam." At least 11 people, mostly children, died Thursday and more that 15 were wounded when an armed man attacked a school in Realengo in the poor suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. According to a preliminary police report, the attacker - a 24- year-old former...
  • Rio school shooting leaves up to 20 children dead

    04/07/2011 7:17:22 AM PDT · by Braak · 56 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7 April 2011 | Tom Phillips
    As many as 20 people are feared dead after a gunman invaded a primary school in Rio de Janeiro and opened fire. One witness told the Guardian he had seen between 15 and 20 children dead or seriously wounded inside the Tasso da Silveira primary school in western Rio.
  • Wish you were here: Obama on sightseeing tour of Brazil's City of God slum ...

    03/20/2011 7:10:11 PM PDT · by YankeeReb · 66 replies
    UK Mail Online ^ | 20th March 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    As U.S. and British air strikes and cruise missiles pounded Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan defences today, President Barack Obama was on a sightseeing tour of Brazil's famed City of God slum. He was also due to visit Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer hilltop statue as the biggest military intervention in the Arab world since the Iraq invasion entered its second day. The President's wife Michelle and daughters joined him on the five-day visit to Latin America prompting the trip to be branded a 'vacation' by right-wingers. [SNIP] The White House has justified the tour as an opportunity for boosting...
  • Caption 0bama in Brazil

    03/20/2011 2:58:46 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    post-gazette ^ | 20 Mar 2011 | Eraldo Peres
    Photo: Obama in Brazil U.S. President Barack Obama listens to his national anthem as he stands with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff at Planalto palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on Saturday.