Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Brazil no Iraq or Afghanistan: sports minister  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab Times - 08/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab Times) O de janeiro may 7 (afp): brazilian sports minister aldo rebelo admitted tuesday the world cup faced 'serious' security problems ? but said the country was not a war zone like iraq or afghanistan. riots rocked rio de janeiro's famous copacabana beach district last month and fears about safety for thousands of football fans visiting brazil were heightened last week by the fatal shooting of man during a clash with police close to the england team hotel in the city. 'we all have our tragedies and challenges serious problems relating to security' said rebelo as he embarked on a spirited defense of brazil which is racing to be ready to host the world cup from june 12 and has had to deal with years of negative press headlines. but calling for perspective he said: 'i don't think the english will confront greater threats in manaus than in the iraqi provinces or afghanistan where they recently lost hundreds of young soldiers.' he did though concede that in rio in particular which hosts seven games including the final on july 13 there is 'day-to-day civil violence ... but we are taking precautions.' that includes drafting a huge security force of 150000 police and 20000 private security agents for a tournament expected to attract some three million brazilians and 600000 foreign tourists. rio authorities deployed 2000 more police this week ? earlier than scheduled ? after the clashes between military police and residents of a slum just a short walk from the copacabana beach tourist drag. copacabana will host rio's 'fan fest' parties during the world cup for ticketless supporters staying in a city whose huge slums are havens of gang violence and drug trafficking which police are struggling to contain. rebelo also took aim at the british tabloid media for stories about crime in manaus ? where england open their tournament campaign against italy on june 14. one report last year headlined 'murderous manaus' described the city as 'one of the deadliest places on earth' with a homicide rate of three murders per day ? triple that of rio. england coach roy hodgson admitted his team had wanted to avoid the venue not least for its energy-sapping amazon heat. 'the english got used to hot temperatures during the colonial era ? and the iraq war' rebelo said in a not-so-subtle dig. while saluting brazil's 'firm links with britain' he could not resist an additional barb. noting the northeastern coastal city of recife hosts a british cemetery a relic of a sea-faring colonial power's historic tropical adventures he said: 'i don't think its population will rise because of the world cup!' rebelo said violence had rocked several sporting events around the world in the past citing the munich olympics massacre and the 1996 atlanta olympics bombing as well as suicide bombings in the lead-up to the sochi olympics in february. france also got the rebelo treatment for 'frequent problems in the metro' in paris ? while social problems sometimes had seen its suburbs erupt 'in flames.' promising 'modern sophisticated' security for the world cup rebelo said brazil would cope with popular protests expected to occur during the event ? some brazilians have slammed corruption and the cup costs estimated at more than 11 billion. 'brazil has constitutional protection for demonstrations but the law prohibits violent protests' he warned. 'we will do everything to protect the population. we have our deficiencies but will tackle the problems and overcome them.'


 


Arab Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Jan 29 2015 - HH the Emir Receives Phone Call from Ban Ki-moonQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Thursday received a phone call from the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, during which he thanked HH the Emir on the ...

 Jan 29 2015 - Consumer spends on pharma products to increase to Dh5.03b by 2020Khaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Dubai € Consumer expenditure on pharmaceutical products, medical appliances and equipment in the UAE has experienced a strong increase and is forecast to be valued around ...

 Jan 29 2015 - UAE- Time to put cyber security on top priorityKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Kaspersky lab solutions block millions of attacks across the globe, which clearly indicates that cyber criminals are smart, but not smarter than security providers.This was ...

 Jan 29 2015 - Indian business council honours Emirati businessmenKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Dubai - The Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC) hosted a reception on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India at the Oberoi Hotel, Business Bay, on Sunday. ...

 Jan 29 2015 - UAE, Canada discuss ways to boost tradeKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Abu Dhabi - Abdullah Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade, received a Canadian delegation led by Martin Zablocki, CEO of the Canadian ...

 Jan 29 2015 - Emirates NBD facilitates Stanbic in $85 million loan facilityKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait and Standard Chartered Bank joined the transaction as mandated lead arrangers while Al Khalij Commercial Bank and The Commercial Bank of Qatar ...

 Jan 29 2015 - NBAD profit jumps 28% in 2014Khaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Abu Dhabi - A strong growth in incomes from interest and non-interest based revenues bolstered the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) profits to Dh1.372 billion in the quarter ...

 Jan 29 2015 - UAE pharma spend to hit Dh5 billion by 2020Khaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) It is also forecasted to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 9.78 per cent from 2014 to 2020 as, by then, the value of consumer expenditure on ...

 Jan 29 2015 - Parents happy with children's educationKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Abu Dhabi: A survey by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) has revealed that parents across the emirate are satisfied with their children's schools. The education ...

 Jan 29 2015 - Customers continue winning at Malabar Gold 1amp Diamonds FestivalArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Customers continue to win at Malabar Gold & Diamonds' ongoing gold and diamond festival.The jewelry retailer's 4th edition of Malabar Gold & Diamonds Festival in the GCC ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help