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World Cup: Brazil’s Military Police improves security

first_img Street gangs The goal of the UPPs is to not only improve security for Brazilians, but to also help ensure that the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics unfold peacefully. Millions of visitors from around the world are expected to come to Rio de Janeiro for the two sporting events. Brazil has spent nearly $33 billion to build and improve infrastructure, such as public roads, in preparation for the two sports events. “Public security is of special interest to us,” Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said during the 2013 Confederation Cup competition, which was held in Brazil from June 15 to June 30. The Brazilian government will provide sufficient security to protect local residents, as well as the many people who come to the country for the sports events, he said. Preventing attacks In the favelas, the UPPs are concentrating on confronting the Red Command, which is the oldest and largest gang in Brazil, and the FCC. Prison inmates formed the Red Command in the 1960s. The late 1970s, the gang was operating criminal enterprises outside of prison. The Red Command formed alliances with Colombian cartels in the 1980s to sell large quantities of cocaine in Brazil. A younger generation of prison inmates formed the FCC in the 1990s. The gang stole $16 million from a bank in Sao Paulo in 1999. Brazilian security forces closely followed the investigation into the April 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon. Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota told reporters that “all necessary measures” will be taken to ensure the World Cup and the Olympics are safe. “We are confident there will be measures which will guarantee the security of the events,” Patriota said. Though Brazil has never been the target of a terrorist attack, security officials were preparing for the possibility of a terrorist attack even before the Boston Marathon bombing, authorities said. Continuing security center_img The Brazilian Military Police (PM) is working aggressively to improve security in and near Rio de Janeiro in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. In poor urban neighborhoods known as “favelas,” Police Pacifying Units (UPPs) are confronting and capturing members of the two largest organized crime groups in Brazil the Red Command and the First Capital Command (FCC).The two gangs engage in drug trafficking, extortion, illegal gambling, and kidnapping. The PM launched the security operation in August 2013. More than 1,000 police officers are helping improve security in the favelas. Major sporting events By Dialogo October 03, 2013 The effort is different from previous police operations. In previous operations, PM agents would sweep through neighborhoods and make large numbers of arrests, then leave. The UPPs are not merely conducting brief raids. They are staying in the favelas to provide stability and continuing security. “Currently, there are 30 UPPs that cover 50 to 60 Brazilian communities. Their mission is to control their territory and bring peace to the people,” said security analyst Ignacio Cano, who is also a professor in the social sciences department at the University of Rio de Janeiro. last_img read more


MMH plans healthy heart dinner

first_imgDr. Jason SmithBatesville, In. — On Wednesday, May 9, Margaret Mary Health will hold a healthy heart dinner and presentation featuring Dr. Jason Smith, who will provide information about Congestive Heart Failure, including the cause, symptoms and treatment options.Doors will open at 5:00 PM, with the dinner buffet beginning at 5:30 PM at The Sherman, located in downtown Batesville. Cost is $9 per person. RSVP is required by Wednesday, May 2 and can be made by calling 812.933.5115. Payments will be accepted at the door.Cutline: Dr. Smith is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease and has been voted one of Cincinnati’s ‘Top Doctors’ by his peers in Cincinnati Magazine in 2008, 2013 and 2015. He has been seeing patients at Margaret Mary since 2004.last_img


Aussies aiming for an Auckland Easter

first_imgQueenstown YoY% Melbourne Gold Coast ► Brisbane 2016 top destinations Auckland 123% Melbourne 172% Bali (Denpasar) YoY% Auckland Brisbane Emily Callahan, Senior Marketing Manager at Skyscanner for Australia and New Zealand said: “It’s encouraging to see Aussies making the most of the long weekend and venturing further afield to explore neighbouring New Zealand this Easter break.“Aussie travellers heading for Kiwi soil can take a road trip and explore Waiheke Island where the International Jazz Festival is on. Families can also head to the ASB Showgrounds for the Auckland Royal Easter Show.Intrepid travellers looking for last minute inspiration can try the Skyscanner Map view, which allows users to filter by direct or multiple stops as well as price to quickly identify domestic and international destinations within budget.” Last minute Easter getawaysSource = Skyscanner 111% ► ► Queenstown Auckland City SkylineFor Aussies looking to make the most of the four-day weekend, New Zealand is becoming an increasingly attractive option.With the Easter holidays in arm’s reach, the world’s travel search engine, Skyscanner (skyscanner.com.au) releases new data showing Auckland has sneaked into the top five most searched destinations, displacing domestic destinations Perth and the Gold Coast and climbing two places (111% YoY increase).Kiwis looking for a slice of Easter escape are heading to Australia but this year Sydney has been toppled by rival city Melbourne, which claims the 2016 throne for most searched destination.The Gold Coast remains a stable choice for Kiwis seeking sunshine getaways over the long weekend, remaining in the top five for the second year running.Australia’s top travel destinations for Easter 2016 New Zealand’s top travel destinations for Easter 2016 Gold Coast 2015 top destinations Bali (Denpasar) 2016 top destinations 176% ► ▲1 Melbourne Melbourne Sydney ▲2 Sydney Gold Coast 147% 109% 247% ▲1 Brisbane Sydney 171% ▼1 2015 top destinations ▲1 Sydney ▲2 110% 123%last_img read more