#AceNewsServices – BRAZIL – May 16 – As the World Cup in Brazil draws closer the clashes between police and protesters intensify. Further outbreaks of this type are now steadily becoming an everyday occurrence, in the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The country is in the grip of unrest with teachers, civil servants, police officers, bus drivers and the homeless furious at the cost of hosting the upcoming football World Cup.
Demonstrators are demanding housing not stadiums.
As recently reported this is giving the activists and protesters a bandwagon to climb onto in the vain hope that their demands maybe heard. Though as we all no so well, building housing costs the Brazilian government money, but putting on a show such as the ` World Cup ‘ will provide a money spinning way to not just fill the coffer’s but also provide officials with the type of kudos, that will not do their election chances any harm.
Ace News Report – Brazil – 16/05/14
#AceWorldNews – BRAZIL – May 08 – An electrical accident during the rushed preparations for the tournament killed a worker in the Brazilian city of Cuiaba.
The 32 year-old man was the eighth victim to die in Brazil’s arenas about to host the World Cup.
According to a state government official, the man was working on the installation of a telecommunications network.
The international tournament will begin on June 12, but not all venues are yet ready to welcome the event, with the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba being one of the most delayed stadiums.
Daily Mail reported in December 2013 by FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted that the stadium in Sao Paulo which is due to hold the opening match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will not be ready until mid-April this may now be very close to the opening match date.
The stadium was the site where two workers were killed when a crane fell over last month and Blatter said there was “no plan B” if further problems were encountered.
Mid-April leaves little margin for error as the opening match is due to be held on June 12, less than two months after the revised completion date.
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#AceWorldNews – BRAZIL – March 29 – The Brazilian Federal Public Prosecutor in the Federal District has requested the Justice Dept to suspend the use of glyphosate – the most widely used herbicide in Brazil. In addition, the prosecutor wants to challenge 2,4-D and the active ingredients methyl parathion, lactofem, phorate, carbofuran, abamectin, tiram and paraquat.
Brazil’s public prosecutor wants to suspend use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pervasive herbicide Roundup. A recent study suggested glyphosate may be linked to a fatal kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions worldwide.
Two actions have been filed. “The first measure seeks to compel the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) to re-evaluate the toxicity of eight active ingredients suspected of causing damage to human health and the environment. On another front, the agency questions the registration of pesticides containing 2,4-D herbicide, applied to combat broad-leaf weeds,” explains the prosecutor on his website.
The two actions request a preliminary injunction whereby the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) would suspend the registration of the products until a final conclusion about their toxicity is reached by ANVISA.
In the civil lawsuit contesting the registration of the herbicide 2,4-D, the prosecutor asks that the National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) is prohibited from releasing the commercialization of transgenic seeds resistant to these herbicides pending a final position by ANVISA.
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#AceSecurityNews – BRAZIL – March 26 – Brazil has scored big for net neutrality after its lower house of Congress approved a ground-breaking post-Snowden bill that protects its users’ privacy rights, albeit with some sacrifices.
The measure did not go as smoothly as could have. To ensure success, President Dilma Rousseff had to let it through at the cost of allowing companies such as Google and Facebook to store user information outside Brazil’s servers.
The real truth is that as before all your GMail and Private Data is still stored on Servers outside these countries and as in the case of Google and Facebook free to be used albeit, they will say with restrictions says Ace News Services.
However, other provisions, which ensured that internet providers gave equal privileges to all web traffic, were left in place. This went ahead despite contrary pleas by big local phone carriers who wanted to continue charging users higher prices for separate content, such as video streaming or Skype-like services.RT
In return for allowing Google and Facebook the freedom not to be bound by Brazilian servers, where local user information was concerned, the bill gets to strengthen legal oversight and punishment for companies not respecting local laws when storing Brazilian user data internationally.
If any transgressions are detected, or data is not made available to law enforcement on request, a company would have to pay a fine equal to 10 percent of its annual earnings from the year before.
#AceWorldNews says Workers at a Brazilian world cup stadium, located in the northern city of Manaus, are threatening strike action after a third construction employee died at the site.
The workers are demanding better conditions. “We have to guarantee the workers’ rights and their safety,” union leader, Cicero Custodio, told local press after the death of a 55-year-old worker.
However, any strikes could suspend the Arena da Amazonia’s completion in a critical period. Brazil stated that all 12 World Cup venues would be completed by the end of last year, leaving enough time before June, when the first official round of matches begins.
#AceWorldNews says Demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro’s primary train station turned ugly Thursday when Brazilians protesting against a ten cent fare hike violently clashed with police.
Activists threw stones and petrol bombs at police dressed in full riot gear as the chaos spilled from inside the station onto the surrounding street.
A cameraman for Band TV was hospitalized in serious condition after he was struck by either a stun grenade fired by police or an explosive thrown by demonstrators. Thousands of commuters were trapped inside when police shut down the transit system, and many became ill because of the tear gas.
Thais Jorao, 22, told The Washington Post that the outrage was about more than the fare increase. “If it was a public transportation fare hike when we had good health services and education, you would not have this many people on the street,” he said.
“On top of this you see spending with the world Cup, things that we really don’t need. We want health, education, decent public transportation.”
#AceWorldNews says the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro has been damaged by a bolt of lightning. The middle finger on the right hand of the 38-meter-tall statue atop Corcovado Mountain was hit during a storm on Thursday night. Father Omar Raposo, of the Archdiocese of Rio which manages the iconic Brazilian statue, told local media that repairs will be carried out soon, reports AP on Saturday. The church has a supply of the same stone that was originally used to build the monument, erected in October 1931. In 2010, the statue underwent a $4 million restoration.