Brazil Creates an Anti-Piracy Force Following Attacks on the Amazonas River

first_img Brazilian authorities have created an anti-piracy unit targeting attacks on the Amazonas River in the northern state of Pará. The unit will begin to operate in June in the strategic area of Belém’s Guajará Bay and will enable the security forces to respond to these criminal actions more quickly. The unit is composed of eight vessels and fifty police officers, according to the daily The Guardian. This unit became public knowledge after the most recent attack last week, in which eleven heavily armed robbers assaulted a passenger ship en route to the city of Belém. Joao Bosco Rodrigues, head of the specialist police division in Pará, affirmed that the unit is another tool with which to “combat and prevent” pirate activity in the Amazon region. “This group will be there to react to any kind of demand on our rivers,” he declared to the British daily. Witnesses to the most recent attack affirmed that the robbers traveled in small motorboats, firing into the air. Once on board, they threatened to shoot the 140 passengers, who included adults and children. “They humiliated everybody,” passenger Artur Cesar affirmed to the Diário do Pará [Pará Daily]. “They put guns to the children’s heads and even said they would cut the fingers off those who didn’t hand over their rings. There were pistols, revolvers, lots of weapons.” Benivaldo Carvalho said that he was struck on the head by the pirates. “It was two hours of terror, humiliation, and powerlessness. They pointed their guns at us and said they were going to kill us.” The targeting of the Brazilian Amazon by pirates already made headlines in 2001 with the murder of Sir Peter Blake, a famous sailor and ecologist who was shot by a gang known as ‘the water rats.’ In March of this year, a young sailor was murdered when two boatloads of pirates boarded his vessel. By Dialogo June 22, 2011last_img read more

Some players in Latin America, Africa relying on food packages — FIFPRO

first_imgSome professional football players in Latin America and Africa are relying on food packages during the novel coronavirus stoppage, the global players’ union, FIFPRO, said on Wednesday.FIFPRO, which has affiliates in 65 countries, also noted that other players elsewhere are being pressured into returning to play, sometimes without testing for COVID-19. As football begins to reawaken following sports’ suspension nearly worldwide, the union said the consequences for some of its members away from the mainstream leagues had been dire.“There is an under-representation of the hardship that many players in less pronounced parts of the football ecosystem are facing,” FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann told reporters.He said that seven member-unions, in Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Honduras, Panama, Botswana and Egypt, were delivering food packages to players.“This is because they cannot provide for their own basic needs and are stranded in terms of income.”In countries where players had started training again ahead of a resumption of the league, Baer-Hoffmann added that conditions were often far from ideal. “Some leagues are not providing testing material for the players, which increases the risk of infection tremendously,” he said, adding that, in some cases, unions were stepping in to provide coronavirus tests.There were also cases of players being threatened with disciplinary action for expressing concern about the health of their families.Baer-Hoffmann further pointed out that there were those being asked to sign a waiver regarding the consequences of a possible infection.“This is unacceptable,” he said.While players in countries such as England had spoken out, that was not possible for others. “The vast majority of players are under the same economic pressure as most people in society and don’t have the luxury of insisting on risk mitigation,” he said.“They need to put food on the table and many are returning to play with doubts and fears, because they have no other choice.”Reuters/NAN.—RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Tags: africaCOVID-19FIFProJonas Baer-HoffmannLatin Americalast_img read more

MBB : Q&A with Keith Jarrett, Asheville Citizen-Times

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img As a No. 1 seed, it is expected that Syracuse’s opening game in the NCAA Tournament would be a ‘David versus Goliath’ situation. With 16th-seeded UNC Asheville, that is the case — both figuratively and literally.The tallest player the Bulldogs play in their main rotation is 6-foot-5 Quinard Jackson. Meanwhile, Syracuse will be going to battle with 7-foot Fab Melo, 6-foot-8 C.J. Fair and 6-foot-7 Kris Joseph in its starting lineup. UNC Asheville outrebounded its opponents on the season as a whole, but such a performance against Syracuse seems like a monumental task.Syracuse (31-2) and UNC Asheville (24-9) play on Thursday at 3:10 p.m. in Pittsburgh in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Daily Orange spoke to Keith Jarrett, a senior writer for the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times who covers the Bulldogs, about SU’s first opponent and what the Orange should expect.The Daily Orange: I’ve looked at their roster and their schedule and results. The biggest problem, I think, for them going against Syracuse is their lack of size. How did they make it through this season without having much size?Keith Jarrett: You’re absolutely right about the lack of size. They have pretty much a seven- or eight-man rotation and the tallest guy is (6 feet 5 inches). And obviously their starting front line and their sixth man, who’s a small forward/power forward, is also (6 feet 4 inches). The way to combat that is they really — it’s almost a four-guard offense and so all the guys come out and shoot 3s and they really are good at flashing to the basket.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textObviously that’s good at their level. Whether they can do that against Syracuse is probably the ultimate question. But they take advantage of their quickness against bigger teams, but rebounding and trying to play interior defense against Fab Melo and guys like that is going to be a real challenge for them.So do you think the focus for them offensively is going to be trying to get hot from 3-point range?KJ: I think that will have to be a big component. And they can shoot the 3, they have two really good guards, J.P. Primm and Matt Dickey, who are both pretty good 3-point shooters. A couple of their forwards, Chris Stephenson and Jeremy Atkinson, will also go out and shoot the 3 and they’re going to have to do that.Syracuse’s zone is so long and so effective, that’s going to be more of a challenge than normal, but like I said a lot of that slashing to the basket, when Melo’s at the other end, a lot of that, they’re not going to be able to finish like they do against the High Points and the Radfords that they play in their league. So I think undoubtedly they’re going to have to hit probably 15 3s or more to really have a chance to be competitive.They played Pittsburgh tough last year for a while. How much do they think last year’s experience helps them?KJ: I think it will help tremendously, because they’re a veteran team. The top six that play a lot are four seniors and two juniors. And only one of those juniors is a transfer, it’s just his first year, so these other five guys have played together three or four years. So they’re going to be over that deer in the headlights, this is the first time thing because they played last year.They’ve played, Coach (Eddie) Biedenbach’s schedule, he’s been at UNCA for 16 years now, they have played four or five defending national champions. They play North Carolina, Duke, Tennessee, Connecticut on a regular basis. That’s their nonconference schedule. So they are more tested than most 16-seeds to playing big games, big arenas, in front of very hostile crowds. So that gives them a little bit of an edge. I think that, and being a veteran team, that gives them an edge over most 16-seeds that are probably a lot more scared.What player do you think is going to be most important for them in this game. Is it going to be Dickey or Primm?KJ: I think definitely those two because they’re the leading scorers, they’re the leaders of the team, and they’re the guys that really have to play well for them to succeed. They’re going to have to be hitting their 3s, they’re pretty good defensively in making steals, they have a lot of assists, they’re really important to the team.I think the other guy is Chris Stephenson. To attack that 2-3 zone they’re going to have to get the ball in the middle, and that’s going to be Stephenson and he’s going to have to make good passes or kick it out or take it to the basket. So I think if he plays well they’ve got a much better chance to at least stay competitive.Does UNC Asheville typically play man-to-man defensively? What type of defense do they play?KJ: They normally do but I don’t think they can do that a lot against Syracuse. I think they’re going to have to go zone. Just the sheer size mismatch, they’ll probably play a whole lot more zone than they normally do because otherwise (Syracuse is) just going to be pounding it inside and they’ll just out-athlete them if they don’t play a lot of zone I think.Finally, what is the team’s confidence level like going to Pittsburgh this week?KJ: I think as confident as you can be. I talked to a couple of the guys before the announcement and they were pretty much like ‘Well, nobody wants to see Kentucky the way they’re playing.’ And Kentucky did lose. ‘And nobody wants to see Syracuse because of that athleticism and the bad mismatch.’ So that certainly wouldn’t have been their preference, but this is a veteran team that feels like they’re ready to make some noise and I think they are confident.It’s not an arrogance, even the coach is saying things like ‘We have to play our best, and we have to get Syracuse on an off night.’ So they know the monumental task ahead of them but they’re a pretty confident bunch just because this is their last run, they’re going to lose four starting seniors off this year’s team. So I think they’re going to be proud to do what they can to pull what would be an incredible [email protected] last_img read more