Rockin' in Rio in 2016

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Postby CielOnTap on Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:12 pm

The officials are confident that they are addressing any problem areas concerning standing water to minimize mosquito numbers. They also expect
visitors to the Games to adopt long sleeves and other measures to minimize any bite risks during Brazil's winter season.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/rio-olympics-officials-confident-of-measures-in-place-to-protect-against-zika-1.2859495
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Re: Rockin' in Rio in 2016

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:15 pm

The waterfront cycling path was crashed by a wave last week, causing the death of two persons when a path section collapsed.
The accident came just hours after the Olympic flame was lit in Greece, at the start of a 15-week journey that will culminate with the 5 August opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

Eduardo Paes, the Rio mayor, who was in Greece for the lighting of the Olympic torch, said in a statement that he was cutting short his visit and would return to follow the investigation into the accident.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/21/rio-de-janeiro-bicycle-path-collapse-death-brazil-olympic-games
The incident follows a gymnastics event in which complaints were made about the conditions of the training facitilies:
http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1036625/gymnastics-lead-international-federations-expressing-concerns-with-rio-2016-reaching-finishing-line
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Postby CielOnTap on Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:52 pm

A state of emergency has been declared so that Rio state can meet its monetary obligations for the Olympics
and some other services.
Brazil’s economy is expected to shrink by about 4% this year as a result of weak commodity prices, low demand from China, political paralysis and the Lava Jato (Car Wash) corruption investigation, which forced the suspension of many construction contracts and led to the arrest of dozens of senior executives. Rio is particularly hard hit because it is the headquarters of the state-run oil company Petrobras, which is at the centre of the investigation.

Faced by falling tax revenues, the state government has slashed health, police and education budgets. Teachers and doctors have faced lengthy delays in receiving their salaries, prompting strikes and occupations of schools and hospitals.

The acting governor, Francisco Dornelles, classified the situation in the Official Gazette as a “financial calamity” that could prevent “the fulfilment of the obligations as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016”.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/rio-de-janeiro-financial-emergency-olympic-games-2016
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Re: Rockin' in Rio in 2016

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:33 pm

We can think of these games as the ones that reveal the truth behind the time of getting the winning bid and the hard reality of life in the country where money just does not go far enough to cover all the needs (for the big event services plus what residents were promised).
Lack of money? The Brazilian organizers have had to cut about $500 million from the Olympic budget — affecting everything from the opening and closing ceremonies (they’re being pared back) to the athletes’ dorm rooms, which won’t have televisions (the organizers were going to charge the athletes for air conditioning, but backed away).

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/25/sports/olympics/as-the-olympics-near-brazil-and-rio-let-the-bad-times-roll.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0
No tv in the athletes' rooms? That is ok-there will be many athletes with mobile devices, if they can get wi-fi or Internet access, they can share news and updates with their fellow competitors. More face time in real time.
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Re: Rockin' in Rio in 2016

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:06 pm

The Rio laboratory has 6 weeks to get accredited or uh-oh, a lab in another country (and not really close by) will have to be used to process
samples taken from athletes at the Summer Games.
http://www.torontosun.com/2016/06/24/world-doping-watchdog-shuts-down-rio-olympic-laboratory

Rio's acting governor talks about no-money woes-still waiting on the federal government to give the state money to cover Games commitments:
http://www.torontosun.com/2016/06/27/rio-governor-warns-olympics-could-be-big-failure

Planning to have a private car to get around the Games' venues? Know the traffic restrictions that will be in effect:
The decree also provides for the closing of Quinta da Boa Vista park, in São Cristóvão, for four days, on August 5th and 21st, and September 7th and 9th, coinciding with the respective opening and closing ceremonies of both the Olympics and Paralympics.

In addition, there will be a ban on trucks and cargo vehicles on certain roads at specific times throughout the city. To further help the flow of traffic during the Games, the decree calls for the creation of a road network of special Olympic traffic lanes during the Olympic and Paralympic period.

These lanes will be reserved exclusively for vehicles accredited by Rio 2016. Non-accredited vehicles entering these lanes will be subject to a R$1,500 fine.

http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-sports/rio-institutes-holidays-and-traffic-bans-during-2016-olympics/
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Re: Rockin' in Rio in 2016

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:55 pm

There will be obstacles to put up with at the Games-I read that the Italian athletic squad hired contractors to finish essential things not completed in their dormitories.

Swimmers and sailers are expected to keep their mouths closed while on or in the water. Guess nose plugs might be hard to wear?
http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/6784108-the-problems-mount-in-rio/

In Canada, there is a ramping up on athletic coverage and things Brazilian, like food!
http://ici.radio-canada.com/tele/l-epicerie/2015-2016/episodes
The July 20 and 27 episodes of this food show have segments on Brazilian food and nutrition.

Athletes practicing before leaving for Rio:
http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/6784960-canadian-olympic-athletes-holding-open-practice-at-university-of-guelph/

Hadn't realized that NBC was trying to use its network broadcasting leverage to try to change the official language of the Games from Portuguese to English:
http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/6785899-nbc-tried-to-change-official-language-of-rio-opening-ceremonies/

This athlete deserves a seat on the IOC for blowing the whistle on faked urine samples by her compatriots. http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/6784306-russia-dodges-full-ban-while-whistleblower-pays-the-price/
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Re: Rockin' in Rio in 2016

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Jul 30, 2016 2:52 pm

The Canadian entourage has begun to arrive in Rio. https://www.thestar.com/sports/olympics/2016/07/26/canadas-athletes-begin-moving-into-rios-olympic-village.html

What the Olympic organizers say is behind the athletic village building issues: sabotage.
http://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/rio-olympic-organizers-blame-sabotage-for-village-problems.html

Just about everyone who is online knows about Zika virus precautions. What about their cybersecurity if they bring their Internet devices to Brazil?
The Games will attract not only athletes and spectators, but hackers eager to sniff Wi-Fi traffic, snatch data and infect devices with malware.

So, taking steps to safeguard your digital information is as crucial these days as protecting your money and belongings.

Losing cash, credit cards, a passport or visa to a pickpocket or purse snatcher can ruin a vacation, but identity theft can be even worse, and it can all begin anywhere you use an insecure Wi-Fi hot spot.

On its “Cyber security while travelling website”, the Government of Canada warns us to “use free computing resources with the assumption that any information you enter could be seen by an unauthorized third party.”

https://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2016/07/30/travel-smart-cyberthieves-to-take-advantage-of-rio-olympics.html

Just like in Vancouver and really any other Olympic venue that built a village for the Games, the Rio one will be sold off as housing. Hope there is a better response to the offer as one can see the ocean.
The compound contains tennis courts, soccer fields, seven swimming pools — with mountains and the sea as a backdrop — topped off by a massive dining-kitchen compound that's as large as three football fields.

The 3,600 apartments are to be sold after the Olympics with some prices reaching $700,000. The development costs about $1.5 billion, built by the Brazilian billionaire Carlos Carvalho.

"From the exterior it looks like the Hilton Hotel," Tancred said. "But inside it's not finished."
http://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/olympic-teams-arrive-rio-leaks-electrical-outages-athletes-village.html
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Re: Rockin' in Rio in 2016

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:48 am

Rio does not seem to have Pokémon lures or characters. The athletes who have the Pokémon Go game from their home countries are finding the absence of gameplay a little sad.
In Pokemon countries like the U.S., PokeStops are being used to attract living, breathing customers. In San Francisco, for example, dozens of bars, restaurants and coffee shops have set up lures that attract rare Pokemon, along with potential new patrons looking to catch them.

That's presumably one reason why Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes - plagued by a host of bad news from player robberies to faulty plumbing - urged Niantic investor Nintendo to release the game in Brazil.

"Everybody is coming here. You should also come!" Paes wrote in Portuguese on his Facebook page , adding the hashtag #PokemonGoNoBrasil - "Pokemon Go" in Brazil.

His post generated responses such as this: "The aquatic Pokemon died with superbugs."

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/what-s-troubling-olympic-athletes-in-rio-no-pokemon-go-1.3008767
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Re: Rockin' in Rio in 2016

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:45 pm

Canada's women's soccer team gave Australia reason to keep trying for goals yesterday: Canada won 2-0. The second goal was such a gift for Team Canada (open net). Interesting note about the Sao Paulo stadium boards at field level-absence of sponsor names or even mention of the Games itself. Maybe tomorrow they will have all that information on?

The opening ceremony for the Games will be held tomorrow at 9 ET on the various broadcasters' stations around the globe.

Just for the sake of dollars, take a look at the table in this French article about the budgets, planned (budget prevu) and actual (cout final), of past Games held in the world. Note that milliard is French for billion. http://www.lactualite.com/lactualite-affaires/la-grande-desillusion/
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Re: Rockin' in Rio in 2016

Postby burnt fare on Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:40 pm

Had fun watching the athletes come into the stadium with a 5-person band behind each country and with persons on a floral tricycle leading them in with their country names. Brazil really did emphasize its music and dance side in the Opening Ceremonies. Did not know about the plane argument between France and Brazil-how realistic is it that a pilot wearing a Panama hat in the airplane would still have it on with the air currents while flying the plane? Thought that part was a stretch.

The tree planting part was fine except for the global warming content-we could argue pro and con that global warming is real or not. Brazil's Amazon area had lots of clearcutting of trees to make grazing pastures for beef cattle or for lumber products in recent years.
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