Brazilian Navy Installs Monitoring System to Fight Organized Crime

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo September 14, 2018 The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) is in the midst of a project in Guanabara Bay that follows vessels as they reach Rio de Janeiro’s eastern zone, as well as 14 municipalities in the state of the same name, in real time. Rio de Janeiro’s status as one of the largest centers of Brazilian organized crime, led to the project’s launch. The area is a point of entry and departure for weapons and drugs, and is center stage for other crimes. Illegal goods are smuggled via land, air, and water. “By the end of 2018, the Navy hopes to complete installation of fixed sensors and cameras that form the monitoring and control system,” said MB Commander Rodrigo Pinheiro Padilha of the Naval Operations Command’s Systems Division. About 70 percent of the system, including radars, is ready. Authorities set up the equipment at strategic points along the bay’s entrance and surrounding areas. Four command centers, headquartered in different MB units throughout Rio de Janeiro, operate the equipment remotely. The setup, according to Cmdr. Padilha, allows for control and identification of suspicious activities aboard large and small ships that mostly travel at night to transport illegal goods and serve as an escape means for criminals. The Guanabara Bay monitoring project started in 2015. Authorities used the system for security during the 2016 Olympic Games. The experience in Rio de Janeiro serves as a pilot project for a much broader program, the Blue Amazon Management System (SisGAAz, in Portuguese) that aims to protect mineral resources and fishing areas within Brazil’s maritime territory. The region, known as Blue Amazon, consists of about 4.5 million square kilometers. Material and human resources SisGAAz’s initial stage includes completion of the technological operational structure at Guanabara Bay, and agreements to exchange information with public security agencies. The goal is to provide concrete data to military commands and civil institutions to improve strategies against criminal actions that use maritime routes. In late July 2018, in an operation with MB’s support, officers from the Federal Police’s Narcotics Enforcement Bureau located and seized 336 kilograms of cocaine inside a fishing boat. Authorities arrested three people pretending to be fishermen. “[Criminals] brought in the illegal goods via land. The gang typically receives goods in São Paulo, and transfers them to Rio using fishing boats,” said Carlos Eduardo Thomé, the officer who conducted the investigation leading to the drug seizure. “Interoperability is the pilot project’s keyword,” Cmdr. Padilha said, adding that MB’s research and technology teams developed the system. The approach enables the integration and operation of monitoring equipment of the Navy and other information tools intelligence and security agencies, such as the Federal Police and the department of Federal Revenue, use. “The project’s goal is to optimize the use of security forces, hence the development of IT support,” said Cmdr. Padilha. Currently, MB monitors Guanabara Bay through the Marine Corps General Command, the First Naval District Command, and the Rio de Janeiro Coast Guard, among other military units. Members of the Combat Divers Group also participate. Known as amphibious combatants, the service members are trained to approach ships and take action in situations when the crew under investigation shows resistance. Guaranteed additional security Resources available to service members mobilized in the war on crime at Guanabara Bay increased with the addition of a new speedboat in July 2018. The DGS 888 Raptor vessel is armored, fast, and has broad maneuvering capacity. According to MB Commander Ataíde de Melo, of the Naval Operations Command’s District Resources Division, the vessel manufacturer customized it to MB’s needs. “The company customized the existing DGS 888 Raptor model by creating an extended armored cabin for a small crew of up to six persons, guaranteeing more security for the crew during operations.” The Fist Naval District currently uses the speedboat. MB purchased two additional boats of the same model that will be delivered in 2018.last_img read more

Why do the Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving? Explaining Dallas’ holiday tradition

first_imgIf it seems like the Dallas Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving, well, that’s because they do.The Cowboys’ annual tradition of playing on the American holiday, which began in 1966, originated as something of a publicity stunt for America’s Team. Following the Lions’ lead from decades earlier, the concept became an immediate success and the Cowboys have been a Turkey Day fixture ever since, with a few exceptions. Here’s a brief history lesson, plus a full list of past games and how to watch the 2019 version while stuffing your face with turkey and pie.THANKSGIVING GAME PICKS:Straight up | Against the spreadWhy do the Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving?The Cowboys’ tradition of playing on Thanksgiving started when then-general manager Tex Schramm signed up for the holiday game in 1966.Schramm sought more national publicity and saw Thanksgiving as a way to boost national attention from football fans in and out of Dallas. The NFL was worried about attendance for the game because the Cowboys had been struggling under head coach Tom Landry. Just in case no one showed up, the NFL guaranteed the Cowboys a certain gate revenue. It turned out the NFL had nothing to worry about. The Cowboys broke their franchise attendance record as 80,259 fans watched the team beat the Browns at the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys have played on Thanksgiving every year since except two. In 1975 and 1977, the NFL awarded Thanksgiving games to the St. Louis Cardinals instead in an attempt to boost that franchise’s national exposure. The Cowboys had been constant Super Bowl contenders, so the NFL wanted to give another team the chance to be broadcast on a national level. The Cardinals lost both games and the Cowboys reclaimed the tradition in 1978, sharing the day with the Lions.Detroit has first dibs with the early kickoff every year ar 12:30 p.m. ET, so it’s custom for the Cowboys to play in the late-afternoon game that follows.In 2006, the NFL decided to add a third game in prime time, because why stop at just two holiday games?Who plays the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 2019?The Cowboys draw the Bills this year. It’s the first time since 1994 Buffalo is playing on Thanksgiving, when the Jim Kelly-led Bills lost 35-21 to the Lions.The Bills are 3-4-1 all time in Thanksgiving games dating to the franchise’s AFL era.What channel is the Cowboys vs. Bills game on?Fox will broadcast Cowboys vs. Bills this year. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET — the second game of the day, as per tradition.Cowboys’ all-time record on ThanksgivingThe Cowboys are 31-19-1 playing on Thanksgiving in franchise history. YearOpponentResult1966Cleveland BrownsW, 26-141967St. Louis CardinalsW, 46-211968Washington RedskinsW, 29-201969San Francisco 49ersT, 24-241970Green Bay PackersW, 16-31971Los Angeles RamsW, 28-211972San Francisco 49ersL, 31-101973Miami DolphinsL, 14-71974Washington RedskinsW, 24-231976St. Louis CardinalsW, 19-141978Washington RedskinsW, 37-101979Houston OilersL, 30-241980Seattle SeahawksW, 51-71981Chicago BearsW, 10-91982Cleveland BrownsW, 31-141983St. Louis CardinalsW, 35-171984New England PatriotsW, 20-171985St. Louis CardinalsW, 35-171986Seattle SeahawksW, 31-141987Minnesota VikingsL, 44-38 (OT)1988Houston OilersL, 25-171989Philadelphia EaglesL, 27-01990Washington RedskinsW, 27-171991Pittsburgh SteelersW, 20-101992New York GiantsW, 30-31993Miami DolphinsL, 16-141994Green Bay PackersW, 42-311995Kansas City ChiefsW, 24-121996Washington RedskinsW, 21-101997Tennessee TitansL, 27-141998Minnesota VikingsL, 46-361999Miami DolphinsW, 20-02000Minnesota VikingsL, 27-152001Denver BroncosL, 26-242002Washington RedskinsW, 27-202003Miami DolphinsL, 40-212004Chicago BearsW, 21-72005Denver BroncosL, 24-21 (OT)2006Tampa Bay BuccaneersW, 38-102007New York JetsW, 34-32008Seattle SeahawksW, 34-92009Oakland RaidersW, 24-72010New Orleans SaintsL, 30-272011Miami DolphinsW, 20-192012Washington RedskinsL, 38-312013Oakland RaidersW, 31-242014Philadelphia EaglesL, 33-102015Carolina PanthersL, 33-142016Washington RedskinsW, 31-262017Los Angeles ChargersL, 28-62018Washington RedskinsW, 31-23Notable games: 1989 — The Eagles beat the Cowboys 27-0, but the story of the game was that allegations had come out that the Eagles had placed a bounty on the Cowboys’ kicker.1993 — In a rare snowy game in Texas, the Cowboys had a 14-13 lead over the Dolphins with just seconds remaining. Dolphins kicker Pete Stoyanovich attempted a game-winning 40-yard field goal that was blocked by the Cowboys’ Jimmie Jones. Once the ball stopped moving, the play would be ruled dead and the Cowboys would get the ball back, ready to line up in victory formation. But Cowboys lineman Leon Lett botched the play, and he fell as he tried to grab the ball, knocking it forward and giving the Dolphins the opportunity to recover it on the 2-yard line. The Dolphins kicked a chip shot field goal and won the game 16-14.1994 — Troy Aikman was injured, and third-string quarterback Jason Garrett (now the Cowboys’ head coach) had to start for Dallas against the Green Bay Packers. The Cowboys won in a 42–31 shootout against Packers quarterback Brett Favre.last_img read more

Dubious draw denies Nietes fourth division title

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nietes, 36, saw his record move to 41-1 with five drawn as his unbeaten streak since 2014 went to 34 fights — 30 wins with a fourth draw.Palicte, 27, now has a record of 24-2 with one drawn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Punch count statistics saw Nietes, 36, land 194 punches, 70 more than Palicte, his 40 percent of punches landed was nearly twice the accuracy rate of his rival.While not beaten, Nietes was denied a victory that would have put him alongside Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipino fighters with world titles in four weight classes. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo taken from HBO Boxing (@HBOboxing) Twitter accountDonnie Nietes still hasn’t lost a fight in 14 years, but a controversial draw Saturday with Filipino compatriot Aston Palicte denied his dream of a world title in a fourth different weight class.Judges scored the 12-round showdown for the vacant World Boxing Organization super flyweight title 118-110 for Nietes, 116-112 for Palicte and a 114-114 draw at The Forum in Inglewood, California.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Read Next FEU clips La Salle to open UAAP Season 81 campaign Nietes became the WBO minimumweight world champion in 2007, the WBO world light-flyweight champion in 2011 and the International Boxing Federation world flyweight champion in April 2017.He moved up in weight to try for the title feat and gave Palicte, coming off a career-long nine-month layoff, his first world title opportunity.Nietes suffered his only loss in a split-decision defeat to Indonesia’s Angky Angkotta in Jakarta in September 2004.Palicte and Nietes exchanged their first sustained flurries of hard blows in the fifth and sixth rounds.Nietes generally landed more punches by picking apart his younger and larger rival, moving well and coming inside at times to answer powerful Palicte right hands with punishing left hooks and rights of his own.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more