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  • Brazil police recommend corruption charges against ex-president Lula: official

    08/26/2016 1:35:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/26/16 | AFP
    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Police on Friday recommended corruption charges against Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as part of a probe into a huge embezzlement scheme at state oil company Petrobras. The recommendation, which must now be considered by prosecutors before becoming formal charges, was made in a filing seen by AFP. A judge would still have to decide whether to accept the charges. The development comes as Lula's successor and protege Dilma Rousseff fights an impeachment trial in the Senate. Lula, who founded the Workers' Party and was president between 2003-2010 before helping Rousseff get elected,...
  • Muslim Population in Latin America Grows 25% Amid Radicalization Concerns

    08/24/2016 3:13:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    National Security (Breitbart) ^ | August 24, 2016 | Edwin Mora
    Islam had an estimated 3 million adherents in Latin America and the Caribbean as of the end of last year, marking an increase of nearly 25 percent from the 2.3 million who were residing there in 2010, a Breitbart News analysis of U.S. Department of State (DoS) data shows. Among the Muslims in the region are people who emigrated from Muslim majority countries – including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, and Pakistan – and locals who converted. Most of them are recent migrants and descendants of those who made the journey years and even generations ago, namely Palestinians, among others....
  • There is no compromise in Jesus Kingdom[charismatic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 8:26:13 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    There is no compromise in My Kingdom for I AM THE WORD ETERNAL therefore I AM both Provider and the lover of your soul. I know the plans I have for you and there is no need for you to compromise with the evil one for he has already been judged by me as un-righteous therefore remain in My will and in My WORD for it is your rudder and key to open each door I have set before you and it is My Spirit that moves these doors as you declare My will in your life. So come and...
  • Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony Ratings Lose Almost 50% Of London 2012 Viewers

    08/22/2016 4:27:33 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 56 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 22 Aug 16 | Dominic Patten
    On the Tube in London there’s a sign saying “Mind The Gap” to warn riders to be careful when stepping on the train – NBC might want to pay attention to the expression when it comes to Olympics ratings. With a 4.0/14 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.85 million viewers for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Games, NBC is looking at the worst Summer Olympics results in decades. Not only are fast affiliates down to the second lowest result of the 2016 Olympics for the Comcast-owned net’s primetime coverage but they took a whooping 56% fall in the...
  • Speedo USA, Ralph Lauren end Ryan Lochte endorsement deals

    08/22/2016 12:57:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Aug. 22, 2016 | FoxNews/AP
    Ralph Lauren announced Monday it would not renew its sponsorship contract with Ryan Lochte, becoming the second company to drop the U.S. Olympic swimmer in the wake of his scandal in Rio de Janeiro. Earlier Monday, Speedo USA executives said the company would drop its sponsorship of Lochte and donate $50,000 to charity. In Ralph Lauren's case, the company stated its contract with Lochte was for the 2016 Rio Olympics only, and would not be renewed. "Ralph Lauren continues to sponsor the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team and the values that its athletes embody."
  • Zika cases jump to 170 in California, sparking travel warnings

    08/19/2016 10:14:53 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 8/19/2016 | Susan Abram
    California health officials on Friday urged travelers returning home from the Olympics as well as countries where Zika is spreading to continue to wear insect repellent and to practice safe sex for several more weeks, to help prevent the spread of the virus in the Golden State. While Zika is spread primarily through the bite of the black-and-white-striped Aedes mosquito, the virus also can be passed through sex, health officials said. They are mostly concerned with people returning home from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, because Brazil has been hit hard by the virus. “Continue using insect repellent to...
  • Woman Speaks Out: I Saw a Gun Pulled on the Swimmers

    Bruna Castro-Ruiz, 28, says she saw part of what unfolded early Sunday at a gas station in Rio, as Lochte and his teammates headed back to the Olympic village. (She says she has already spoken to police about what she saw.) Lochte has said the foursome was robbed at gunpoint after stopping at the gas station on the taxi ride home – an account he has changed slightly from earlier versions given to media. But local police later told PEOPLE that one of the swimmers in the group was seen on security video allegedly damaging a bathroom at the gas...
  • USOC confirms Lochte gas station incident, apologizes to Brazil as swimmers fly home

    08/18/2016 10:06:52 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | 8/18/16 | Matt Norlander
    United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun released a statement late Thursday night that largely confirmed what Brazilian authorities made public earlier in the day. Ryan Lochte and three of his USA swimming teammates concocted a story about being held up at gunpoint by men posing as police officers while returning to the athletes' Olympic Village early Sunday morning. The USOC apologized to Brazil in the statement and gave more context to the latest news developing in the case. "The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of...
  • Ryan Lochte, James Feigen Indicted by Brazil Authorities For Falsely Reporting a Crime

    08/18/2016 7:49:20 PM PDT · by drewh · 88 replies
    National Post ^ | August 18, 2016 7:09 PM ET | The Associated Press and National Post Staff
    US swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen were indicted by Rio de Janeiro authorities on charges of making a false police report, ABC News reported Thursday. Brazilian police said earlier Thursday that the famous swimmer and his U.S. teammates were not robbed after a night of partying, and that the intoxicated athletes instead vandalized a gas station bathroom and were questioned by armed guards before they paid for the damage and left. The robbery that was or wasn’t has become the biggest spectacle outside of the Olympic venues in Rio, and given American Olympians a black eye in Brazil after...
  • Lochte Police Question Uber Taxi Driver: United States Swimmers Smashed Up Gas Station TOILET

    08/18/2016 1:31:59 PM PDT · by drewh · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11:14 EST, 18 August 2016 | By Ben Ashford In Rio De Janeiro and Ruth Styles
    Unnamed taxi driver has been located by officers from Civil Police and quizzed at Rio police station Officers now say the guard did NOT pull his gun on the athletes Detectives have demanded the other three swimmers hand over their Uber records Lochte already abandoned the most dramatic details of his account of the robbery - that their taxi driver was stopped and a cocked gun pressed to the swimmer's head Another police theory is that the swimmers went to Copacabana beach, which is notorious for its raucous nightlife DailyMail.com has found that, far from being robbed, Lochte and his...
  • Rio police: A security guard did point a gun at US swimmers but there was no robbery

    08/18/2016 12:55:04 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 16 replies
    Twitter ^ | 8/18/2016 | FOX News
    Rio police: A security guard did point a gun at US swimmers but there was no robbery.
  • Brazil police: Swimmers were vandals, not robbery victims

    08/18/2016 1:20:07 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/18/2016 | Marilia Brocchetto, Flora Charner, Joshua Berlinger and Angela Dewan,
    Rio de Janeiro (CNN)[Breaking news update, posted at 3:39 p.m. ET]: Civil Police chief Fernando Veloso said at a press conference about four American swimmers: "In theory, one or all of them might be charged for false communication of a crime and for damaging private assets, the gas station. I'm not saying that they are charged right now because of that. We have to finalize the investigation and in theory that could be the case. This is not really a -- this kind of crime will not lead to their arrest."
  • How Ryan Lochte turned a drunken, frat-boy night into an international mess

    08/18/2016 11:50:34 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 53 replies
    Yahoo!!!!! ^ | 1 hour 37 minutes | Dan Wetzel
    How Ryan Lochte turned a drunken, frat-boy night into an international mess Yeah, it’s come to this: The story of the Olympics, a likely fake claim of robbery at the end of a drunken night of debauchery turned into global story courtesy of a publicity-mad swimmer-turned-reality-TV-star who, unlike his three buddies – teammates Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz – is home safe in the United States. This is likely bad news for Ryan Lochte, who appears to have found his three compatriots throwing him under the bus to authorities. At least two of the swimmers are at the...
  • Two Olympic swimmers CONFESS Lochte armed robbery story WAS made up as Brazil cops release [tr]

    08/18/2016 10:52:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2016 | Ruth Styles, Matt Roper, Ben Ashford, Chris Spargo
    US swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz have told police that they fabricated claims that they and their Olympic teammate Ryan Lochte were robbed at a gas station on Sunday. The sudden admission came as video was released in which the men can be seen running to and from the bathroom, spending over 10 minutes at the gas station a little after 6am in the morning. Sources have confirmed to DailyMail.com that Lochte and the group destroyed a gas station door and refused to pay for the damage until a security guard demanded they hand over money.
  • 'The boy put a gun to my head and demanded my cash': Rio crimewave leaves tourists terrified as [tr]

    08/18/2016 5:33:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2016 | Matt Roper
    Thieves in Rio are targeting visitors to the Olympic Games with some robbers as young as 15 staging tourist holdups, MailOnline has learned. Rio's Tourist Police Station it is packed with families arriving to report they have just become a victim of crime. MailOnline found some in tears, others looking visibly shaken, as they told of their terrifying experience of Rio's dark side - and how their long-awaited Olympics holiday had suddenly turned into a nightmare. It follows reports that a Team GB athlete was robbed on Monday night and controversy over claims by US swimmers that they were held...
  • US Olympic swimmers pulled off plane by Brazil police

    08/17/2016 6:56:42 PM PDT · by cornfedcowboy · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/17/2016 | David Lawler
    Ryan Lochte, the US gold medal-winning swimmer, who claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janiero, has been ordered by a judge to remain in the country amid suggestions that they may have fabricated the incident. Federal police in Brazil stopped US team-mates Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger from boarding a flight to the United States at Rio de Janeiro's international airport on Wednesday, O Globo newspaper reported on its website. The swimmers, who were with Lochte during the alleged robbery, were taken off the plane for questioning, the newspaper said. Lochte, 32, one of the most...
  • US swimmer Ryan Lochte to have his 'passport seized by Brazilian authorities' over false claims [tr]

    08/17/2016 6:54:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | August 17, 2016 | Andrew Gilpin
    And order has been made to seize American swimmer Ryan Lochte's passport by Brazilian authorities after claims he 'lied about being robbed.' Earlier police had further questions for the swimmer - a 12-time Olympic medallist - about the supposed robbery and found 'little evidence' that it had taken place. Lochte claims that he and three of his team-mates were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi, but police say the swimmers were unable to provide key details in police interviews. Lochte’s attorney, Jeff Ostrow, said there was no question the robbery happened and that the swimmer had 24-hour security hired after...
  • Rio Olympics 2016: Who Can Win India a Medal Now?

    08/15/2016 10:25:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Indian Express ^ | August 16, 2016
    With only six days remaining in the Rio Olympic Games, India's chances of winning a medal look bleak.For the last 10 days, India has waited for its first medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics but its athletes have failed to finish on the podium. Many have come agonisingly close to winning one and many have had shock exits from early stages. With each passing day, the news is become more depressing. India now has only six day left to win that elusive medal from these Games, otherwise, for the first time since 1992, it will return medal-less. The high of...
  • U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte Robbed at Gunpoint in Brazil

    08/14/2016 10:00:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | Aug 14 2016, 12:44 PM ET | Hasani Gittens
    U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte was robbed at gunpoint while in Rio de Janeiro overnight Saturday, NBC News has confirmed. Following conflicting reports — including the IOC denying any incident took place — Lochte himself confirmed with NBC’s Billy Bush that he and “three other swimmers” were robbed at gunpoint. Lochte’s mom had earlier told other news organizations that the robbery happened at a party. …
  • North Korea has its first gold medal of Rio Olympics

    08/13/2016 11:04:00 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 26 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 13, 2016 | The Associated Press
    North Korea has its first gold medal of the Rio Olympics after Rim Jong Sim won the women's 75-kilogram weightlifting class. Rim was utterly dominant, lifting 117 kilograms in the snatch and 153 in the clean and jerk for a total of 274, way ahead of the 258 managed by Belarusian silver medalist Darya Naumava, or 257 for Spain's Lidia Valentin Perez.
  • Olympians officially terrified of green ‘fart-smelling’ water

    08/12/2016 1:45:02 PM PDT · by PROCON · 135 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Aug. 12, 2016 | Justin Terranova
    There’s something in the water in Rio — and it’s getting worse. The Olympic diving pool was closed Friday morning as the water continues to be a disturbing, murky shade of green. The concern for those who have been diving into the pool has grown as the problem persists.~SNIP~Some have speculated algae in the warm outdoor pool could be the issue, while The Sun has helpfully ruled out “excessive pee” as a potential source of the change. A spokesman for the International Swimming Federation told the Los Angeles Times there was a chemical issue with the tanks, though that would...
  • Where is everybody? Track and field starts at the Olympics - but virtually nobody turns up [tr]

    08/12/2016 9:44:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 12, 2016 | Shekhar Bhatia
    There was further disaster for the Rio Olympics today when the much anticipated track and fields events began to a near empty stadium. The 46,931-seater stadium was a swathe of empty blue seats and booths stocked with tickets were largely quiet. Rio 2016 has been plagued by a lack of interest from the Brazilian public and security fears have prevented an influx of American fans and other foreigners. Anti-government protests which have focused on the Olympics and the dire Brazilian economic situation have also hampered interest in the games.
  • JESUS calls us Friend[Charismatic Caucus]

    08/12/2016 7:13:57 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 8-12-16 | HolySpirit
    You see I am not just your God I AM your friend. I do things for you that others would not consider because of the cost but I have already laid down my life for you and that is why I send my angels to shut the mouth of the lions for you and turn impossible situations around even without your request at times for truly My name is Prince of Peace and Grace is the scepter I apply to the ones that call me Lord and Savior. John 15:15 15 I do not call you servants any longer, for...
  • Olympic Officer Shot in Head After Wrong Turn Into Slum

    08/11/2016 9:24:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/11 | Joshua Goodman and Felipe Dana
    Dozens of heavily armed commandos could be seen Thursday frisking residents and going house to house in the Mare complex of slumsElite special forces raided a slum in Rio de Janeiro Thursday after officers providing security at the Olympics made a wrong turn and encountered gunfire. One police officer was shot in the head, and was recovering at a local hospital. The officers from Brazil's national security force were using a GPS device to navigate unfamiliar streets when they took a wrong turn off a highway leading to Rio's international airport. Their truck was sprayed with bullets, and one officer,...
  • New doubts on Zika as cause of microcephaly

    08/09/2016 1:17:38 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 12 replies
    Science Daily ^ | June 24, 2016 | New England Complex Systems Institute
    Brazil's microcephaly epidemic continues to pose a mystery -- if Zika is the culprit, why are there no similar epidemics in other countries also hit hard by the virus? In Brazil, the microcephaly rate soared with more than 1,500 confirmed cases. But in Colombia, a recent study of nearly 12,000 pregnant women infected with Zika found zero microcephaly cases. If Zika is to blame for microcephaly, where are the missing cases? Perhaps there is another reason for the epidemic in Brazil. According to a new report by the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI), the number of missing cases in...
  • Bus full of Chinese basketball reporters caught in roadside gunfight on the way to Olympic Village

    08/08/2016 11:40:13 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Shanghaiist ^ | 05 August 2016
    The 2016 Summer Olympics are scheduled to begin today, but for some it has already begun with a bang. Upon their arrival in Rio, a bus full of Chinese basketball reporters was caught in a roadside gunfight. Six locals were killed in the exchange, but no Chinese casualties have been reported. Initially, the Chinese-language Basketball Magazine posted on Weibo that Chinese national basketball team players had been caught near the flurry of bullets, where they would have presumably suffered from flashbacks to their two exhibition matches against Team USA last month. However, Basketball Magazine later corrected this report. Upon arriving...
  • Astonishing footage shows how brazen Rio thieves target unsuspecting tourists in broad daylight

    Brazen thieves have no fear as they snatch bags and phones from pedestrians wandering through the streets of the Olympic city. Rampant theft in broad daylight ..., sheer animals
  • [VANITY] How many of us are watching NBC's horrid coverage of the Horrid Rio Olympic Opening Ceremon

    08/05/2016 9:11:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 147 replies
    (Vanity) NBC Commercial Extravaganza of advertising | August 5, 2016 | Swordmaker
    NBC is interrupting the coverage of the opening ceremonies ever few minutes for at least three minutes of really BAD advertisements. But then the opening ceremonies are pretty bad themselves. . . among the worst of the modern era. How many of our Fellow Freepers are finding this as off-putting as I am? Then the Brazilians used it for a huge propaganda push for the dire consequences of Global Warming, not even "Climate Change!" Good Grief. . . Comments?
  • Police fire tear gas at angry mobs outside Olympic opening ceremony

    08/05/2016 6:09:03 PM PDT · by Pollard · 12 replies
    Full Title; Police fire tear gas at angry mobs outside Olympic opening ceremony as anti-Games demos hit cities across Brazil Police have fired tear gas at demonstrators protesting close to the Maracană Stadium, where the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is under way. Protesters, many furious over the presence of Brazil's acting president Michel Temer at the ceremony, waved placards calling for his removal. Angry protest have also broken out in Săo Paulo, the country's largest city, where mobs demonstrated against overspending on the Olympic games during one of the country's worst economic crises in history.
  • Soccer Legend Pele Won't Light Olympic Cauldron, Cites Health

    08/05/2016 11:26:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Pele apologized for disappointing BraziliansPele says his poor health will keep him from lighting the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. In a statement on Friday, the 75-year-old soccer great says "I'm not physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics."
  • Opinion: Move the corrupt, politicized, commercialized Olympics back to Greece

    08/05/2016 11:02:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 5, 2016 | Amotz Asa-El
    Odd as it may sound, Olympic competition once included art, and medalists included musicians, painters, and poets. One was Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the 1912 Stockholm Games’ gold medalist in poetry and — by sheer coincidence, surely — also the modern games’ founder. “O sport,” the nobleman’s winning “Ode to Sport” waxed, “you are beauty,” and “audacity,” and the “pleasure of the gods.” A century on, the Olympics still embody beauty, but the audacity they now conjure is not what Coubertin had in mind, but a celebration of cheating and a saga of lost innocence — financially, athletically, and politically.
  • Russian diplomat in Rio shoots, kills robber during mugging

    08/04/2016 9:17:40 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/04/2016 | Marilia Brocchetto and Joseph Netto
    A Russian vice-consul shot and killed a robber who attacked him on Thursday afternoon in Rio de Janiero, according to Brazilian state run news agency Agencia Brasil. Media reports said the diplomat struggled with the robber during the attempted mugging, before managing to take the assailant's gun and shoot him. Russian state news agency TASS has published a report completely denying the shooting occurred, quoting Rio's Russian Consul General as saying the diplomat was not involved "in a shootout."
  • EVER BE FREE [Charismatic Caucus]

    08/03/2016 7:37:41 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 8-3-16 | Bible
    You "ARE" forgiven forever whether others forgive you or hold onto their guile "I" have forever set you free for I AM GOD and not man . So now walk in my forgiveness and take hold of this freedom and just fly for the Heavenlies "ARE REAL" and Zion is yours "Today" for you "ARE" seated with Me in Heavenly places even NOW ! Galatians 5:1 Walk by the Spirit 5 It was for this freedom that Christ set us free [completely liberating us]; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery [which...
  • RIO! Congestion stretches SEVENTY FOUR miles as as Olympic lanes come into use [tr]

    08/02/2016 12:42:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 2, 2016 | Matt Roper
    Drivers in Rio de Janeiro were facing gridlock as the dedicated Olympic Lanes came into use - and brought cars across the city to a standstill. Over 100 miles of special traffic lanes set aside for the transportation of Olympic athletes and staff began to operate on Sunday. Motorists face fines and points on their licence if they stray into the lanes, which connect all the Olympic zones.
  • As ISIS Posts In Portuguese, U.S. And Brazil Bolster Olympics Security

    08/02/2016 6:20:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 2, 2016 | Simon Romero And Michael S. Schmidt
    RIO DE JANEIRO — Worried about possible terrorist attacks at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s government is working closely with American law enforcement and intelligence services to identify threats and thwart potential disasters at the Games.
  • Shocking pictures reveal the full horror of Rio's filthy conditions as athletes are warned [tr]

    08/01/2016 1:02:39 PM PDT · by C19fan · 82 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2016 | Gareth Davies
    Shocking new pictures of the filthy waters in Rio have revealed yet more concerns for Olympic athletes in Brazil who have been told not to put their heads under water. Ganabara Bay will host the triathlon, sailing and some swimming events at the Games and last week a floating corpse and a severed arm were found floating in the water. A study has shown viral levels in the bay is up to 1.7 million times what would be considered worrisome in the United States or Europe.
  • Man throws up on Chinese hurdler in Rio hotel lobby to distract him so his accomplice can steal [tr]

    08/01/2016 11:47:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2016 | Jennifer Newton
    An Olympic athlete and his accompanying cameraman have been robbed of their luggage at a Rio hotel during a carefully designed theft which started with them being vomited on. Chinese hurdler Shi Donpeng had just arrived at his hotel in Brazil ahead of the start of the Olympics on Friday and was exhausted after the long journey from China.
  • The Broken Promise of the Rio Olympics

    08/01/2016 8:20:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | August 1, 2016 | Alex Cuadros
    The Rio de Janeiro you see advertised in videos promoting the Olympics is the iconic one everyone knows: Ipanema, Sugarloaf Mountain, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. But that’s just a tiny slice of this sprawling metropolis of 12 million people, most of whom live miles from the beach. You can see the other Rio, their Rio, as you drive into town from the international airport, past the walls enclosing the freeway: a sea of red cinderblock shacks stacked precariously atop one another, with narrow roads snaking in between. One in seven Rio residents make their home in so-called favelas...
  • Gisele Bundchen 'will be ROBBED' during Olympics opening ceremony

    08/01/2016 8:20:20 AM PDT · by DFG · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 08/01/2016 | Matt Roper
    Supermodel Gisele Bundchen will be robbed during a scene in the Olympics opening ceremony in a brutally honest reflection on life in Rio de Janeiro, it was reported today. Details of the unexpected twist, which will be watched by an estimated 900 million viewers on Friday night, were revealed last night on social networking sites by spectators who watched a full dress rehearsal yesterday.
  • God's Love Abounds [Charismatic Caucus]

    08/01/2016 7:52:15 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    My love abounds in the riches of the fruit from My Tree. So come and partake of Me in Mercy and Grace. Bathe yourself in My humility and find Peace in all you do for I AM a Wellspring of knowledge and as you seek MY Face I will adorn you in My manifold Spirit so you to may walk in the fullness of My ways and not lack anymore. Philippians 4:19 19 And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
  • Australian athletes are ROBBED in Rio during a fire evacuation at the Olympic village [tr]

    08/01/2016 6:33:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2016 | Freya Noble
    Brazilian firemen stole Zika-protective shirts from Australia's residence during an evacuation, when a laptop was also pinched and other computer equipment rifled through. Australian team boss Kitty Chiller says she crossed paths with the thieves at the height of Friday's fire drama at the Olympic athletes' village. At the time, Chiller's initial thought was the shirts may have been given to the firemen by Australian team members as thanks for helping them evacuate.
  • Saudi Arabia doubles female Olympic athletes from 2 to 4

    07/31/2016 4:00:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2016 1:52 PM EDT | Aya Batrawi
    Saudi Arabia will send four women to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, doubling its female participation after two women competed for the first time at the 2012 London Games. Hosam al-Qurashi, executive director of the Saudi Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press on Sunday that two of the women will participate in track and field, one in judo and one in fencing. The track and field athletes are Sarah Attar, who competed in 2012, and Cariman Abu al-Jadail. Judoka Wujud Fahmi and fencer Lubna al-Omair are the other competitors. …
  • Brazil's Lula to stand trial for obstruction of justice: court

    07/29/2016 7:18:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/28/16 | Reuters
    SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the former chief executive of investment bank Grupo BTG Pactual SA will stand trial for obstruction of justice, documents from a federal court in Brasilia showed on Friday. Lula was previously under investigation in various jurisdictions in a sprawling corruption probe focused on state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) but is now officially a defendant. The case dates to last November, when former Senator Delcidio do Amaral and Andre Esteves, the founder and former CEO of BTG Pactual, were arrested for allegedly trying to stop a...
  • Protesters in Brazil halt Olympic torch relay and extinguish its flame

    07/28/2016 11:53:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 28, 2016 | Max Bearak
    Protests have continued to roil the lead-up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, with the opening ceremony just over a week away. On Wednesday night, government employees angry over delayed salary payments took to the streets in Angra dos Reis, a city near Rio de Janeiro, and confronted the procession carrying one of the Olympic torches. Chaotic scenes caught on amateur video show a crowd of young people appearing to steal the torch from the procession and then extinguish it. Local news reports said that the Brazilian military eventually disbanded the protests using tear gas and rubber bullets, and in return...
  • Sex Olympics: Athletes Get Two Condoms and a Packet of Lube for Each Day of Rio Games

    07/27/2016 11:34:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 27, 2016 | Staff
    Organizers of the Rio Summer Olympics provide an average of 41 condoms and 17 packets of lube per athlete competing at the games. The 450,000 prophylactics distributed include 100,000 female condoms. The number does not include the rubbers handed out by national Olympic committees. Australia, for instance, issues to its team members super-strength condoms, which allegedly provide “near-complete anti-viral protection against Zika virus in laboratory studies.”
  • Brazilian Doctor on Rio Games: ‘Foreign Athletes Will Literally Be Swimming in Human Crap’

    07/27/2016 11:21:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 27, 2016 | Staff
    Olympic athletes competing in the waters off Rio’s shore dodge human feces, the invisible rotavirus, and dead bodies in pursuit of gold. This game ranks not as an official Olympic sport but as a necessity for athletes competing on the open waters during the August event in Rio.
  • Mother-in-law of Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone reportedly kidnapped in Brazil

    07/26/2016 10:37:11 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/26/16 | reuters
    The mother-in-law of Formula One racing executive Bernie Ecclestone was reportedly kidnapped in Brazil and the criminals are demanding a $36.5 million ransom. ADVERTISEMENT Reuters, citing Brazilian media, reported Monday that Aparecida Schunck, 67, who is the mother of Ecclestone’s wife Fabiana Flosi, was captured Friday night in the Sao Paulo neighborhood of Interlagos. According to Veja, the ransom demand is the highest in the country’s history. Brazilian authorities have yet to confirm the kidnapping. Ecclestone, 85, is one of the most powerful officials in Formula One. He’s estimated to be worth about $3.1 billion, according to Forbes magazine. He...
  • Brazilian police arrest 10 people and hunt two more as they smash ISIS plan for attacks on Olympics

    07/21/2016 8:52:41 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    The DailyMail ^ | 21 July 2016 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline and Chris Summers For Mailonline
    Brazil's federal police today arrested 10 people and smashed a network allied to ISIS that was preparing 'acts of terrorism' at next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. President Michel Temer has called an emergency cabinet meeting and Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said the operation spanned nine states across Brazil, although the arrests were made in the southern states of Sao Paulo and Parana. A court in Parana said there were indications the group was planning to use weapons to launch attacks similar to the Paris atrocities in November last year. Earlier this month Mr Moraes said a jihadist...
  • Man tries to put out Olympic torch with fire extinguisher in Brazil

    07/19/2016 6:44:24 AM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 33 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 7-19-2016 | Dan Carson
    Flame on. While the Olympic torch was being carried through the Brazilian city of Joinville on Thursday, a man attempted to put out the flame with a fire extinguisher. A runner ran through the streets with the torch when a spectator came out of nowhere and did his best to extinguish the flame. The man got one burst of the extinguisher off before he was swarmed by security. The attempt was, fortunately, a failure, but even in failure, a second attempt doesn't bode well for the remaining days of torch transit. We don't know the most recent attacker's motivations, but...
  • Crime in Rio Gets Even Worse, Just in Time for the Olympics [Bloomberg Link Only]

    07/14/2016 8:17:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only\ ^ | July 14, 2016 | Jonathan Levin
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