Shitty Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Bring the Toilet Paper With You

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I'd be interested to see the number of instances of staph or MRSA infections for the sailors in this event.

 
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Glenn McCarthy

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2016 Olympic Sailing in Guanabara Bay, Am I Tilting at Windmills? Part 2

[SIZE=12pt]http://www.chicagonow.com/sail-lake-michigan/2015/07/2016-olympic-sailing-in-guanabara-bay-am-i-tilting-at-windmills-part-2/[/SIZE]

ISAF has another "Test Event" planned in Guanabara Bay in early August. In last year's Test Event, boats ran into trash and people became ill during the competition. Einstein nailed it, "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."


I hope you anarchists can keep your ear to the ground and if any of your friends are competing in Guanabara Bay in the Test Event, pass along their comments about anything that should not be accepted (either post here, or email to me at [email protected]

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Glenn McCarthy

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Any medical testing is being kept private. The best sources are the athlete's own websites/blogs and find something where they say, "I got sick and was on the throne for 2 days" etc. There doesn't seem to be anyone tracking illness or disease, they are leaving it to each athlete to deal with it on their own. Has HIPAA hit Brazil? Plus the Rio Organizing Committee (ROC), ISAF and the Member National Authorities all wish to bury the pollution story, they won't admit to anything.

2 weeks ago US Sailing put on their Facebook a message that it was Olympic Sailing Day. I wrote a response explaining how US Sailing supports sailing in sewage water. They removed the entire post and started all over again. I made a similar response to that new post and the left it alone. So they are all involved in burying the story, none of them wishes to deal with it straight on. Sad, very sad.

I'd be interested to see the number of instances of staph or MRSA infections for the sailors in this event.
 

Glenn McCarthy

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[SIZE=medium]A judge just stopped the $18.8M renovation of the Gloria Marina where the 2016 Sailing Olympics are scheduled. Too many trees are to be destroyed for the "green" sport. Add that to the polluted waters. What a great reason to move it elsewhere. ISAF's decision to keep the Olympics in Guanabara Bay is disgusting. We need new leaders from our countries to send to ISAF, our representatives are failing us.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=medium]http://www.chicagonow.com/sail-lake-michigan/2015/07/a-new-reason-to-move-the-2016-sailing-olympics-the-venue-is-not-ready/[/SIZE]

 
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Any medical testing is being kept private. The best sources are the athlete's own websites/blogs and find something where they say, "I got sick and was on the throne for 2 days" etc. There doesn't seem to be anyone tracking illness or disease, they are leaving it to each athlete to deal with it on their own. Has HIPAA hit Brazil? Plus the Rio Organizing Committee (ROC), ISAF and the Member National Authorities all wish to bury the pollution story, they won't admit to anything.

2 weeks ago US Sailing put on their Facebook a message that it was Olympic Sailing Day. I wrote a response explaining how US Sailing supports sailing in sewage water. They removed the entire post and started all over again. I made a similar response to that new post and the left it alone. So they are all involved in burying the story, none of them wishes to deal with it straight on. Sad, very sad.

I'd be interested to see the number of instances of staph or MRSA infections for the sailors in this event.
I'm just curious from a high level standpoint, just total numbers. Truth is those infections happen in cleaner waters too and information on those is also sparse. I guess it's just a morbid curiosity more than anything.

 

Glenn McCarthy

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When it was announced that the Super Bug KPC was in the river that outflows into the bay right near Gloria Marina, I had not heard of it before. Last night on PBS was a show on KPC. Something like 6 out of 19 people who contracted it inside a hospital (they aren't sure how it spreads) died.

The show was also explaining how antibiotics are becoming less effective and how Pharma is not investing anything to invent new antibiotics. Why? With antibiotics, you take a few pills, and you're cured. Unlike investing in boner pills, cholesterol pills, blood pressure pills, etc. that have repeat customers.

 

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Rio Olympics: Sailing and windsurfing events threatened by Guanabara Bay pollution

Posted 37 minutes ago

PHOTO: Picture taken at the heavily polluted Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 10, 2015.(AFP Photo: Vanderlei Almeida)

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Sailors at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be protected by a fleet of special rubbish collecting boats, organizers said Friday, admitting there is no time to resolve a serious pollution problem.

Most preparations for the Olympics, the world's biggest sporting event, are on track to be completed for the August 5, 2016 opening ceremony, said Rio2016 organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada.

Asked to rate overall progress on a scale of one to 10, he said: "We are about nine."

The most problematic issue appears to be the stunningly located, but filthy Guanabara Bay, which will host sailing and windsurfing events.

Alarmed by garbage and raw sewage pouring out of Rio and reports of dangerous bacteria, prominent sailors have called for the contest site to be relocated beyond the bay in cleaner Atlantic waters.

PHOTO: The Cunha canal that flows into the highly polluted Guanabara Bay. (AFP Photo: Christophe Simon)
Andrada acknowledged that Rio de Janeiro's promise in its original Olympics hosting bid to clean Guanabara was not feasible, but he ruled out changing plans.

"No," he said when asked about moving the site. "The competition can be done with all the safety and fairness inside the bay."

So-called eco-boats -- green, rectangular craft driven around picking up rubbish -- will be deployed to keep debris from competition areas.

"We have mapped the currents around the bay and we have mapped how the garbage moves around. So around the areas of the regattas we're going to have a special fleet of eco-boats. We already know where the garbage is and we'll take it off.

"The bay will be much better on the games time than it has been," Andrada promised.

'An Everest to climb'

PHOTO: The construction site of the Olympic Park on June 8, 2015. (AFP Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba)
In contrast to Brazil's failure to address the fate of Guanabara Bay, other preparations are said to be racing ahead.

"There are no venues (where it) can be said it's delayed at this point. We have all the construction on time. We have the budget to finish the constructions," Andrada said.

"I'm not being overconfident when I say nine, because the main point right at this time is to make sure the constructions are going well and they are."





When you go from planning drawings and maps to reality, well, when you get on the ground you realise that it's not the same thing.
Delphine Moulin, general manager for Olympic test events




However, Andrada said there remains "an Everest to climb" over the next 13 months.

A key new phase starts Wednesday when Rio's famed Maracana Stadium complex hosts volleyball's World League final, the first of 44 high level sporting events being staged in the city up until May next year as a way of testing the Olympics infrastructure.

"Test events will be the last chance to make mistakes," Andrada said.

Delphine Moulin, general manager for test events, said she was "excited" and "pretty happy with the levels of preparation."

However, she admitted to encountering numerous "surprises."

"When you go from planning drawings and maps to reality, well, when you get on the ground you realise that it's not the same thing," she said.

"That adds a certain element of urgency."

One big project at "high risk" of not being completed on time is a new subway line linking the Olympic Park to the tourist-friendly south of Rio, auditors said this week.

Promises of security

PHOTO: Brazilian Army's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) 1st Defence Battalion personnel drill a decontaminating operation during their internal presentation ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Military Training Expertise School (EsIE). (AFP Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba)
Organizers and Brazil's government face another headache in securing a city where shootouts between police and drug dealers, murders and armed robberies have become everyday events. Even Rio's Roman Catholic archbishop was carjacked last Sunday.

"We will guarantee the safety of everyone who comes to Rio for the games," Andrada said. "We're going to protect them and offer them safe games."

He pointed to the success of security at previous mega events -- including the 2014 football World Cup -- and promised "top standards of security."

But he would not give details of how this will be achieved next year.

"We just don't want to be too much detailed about security, because it's a very serious issue and confidentiality plays to our advantage," he said.

AFP

From ABC News

 

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This clown says.."We have mapped the currents around the bay and we have mapped how the garbage moves around. So around the areas of the regattas we're going to have a special fleet of eco-boats. We already know where the garbage is and we'll take it off. "The bay will be much better on the games time than it has been," Andrada promised.

Don't worry here is his special fleet of eco pooper scoopers primed and ready to go

Rio Pooper Scooper.jpg

 

Glenn McCarthy

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This is an "Eco Boat." It is a floating farm harvesting tractor picking the debris off the surface. At the Test Event in 2014 ten were operating. Their supposed to have fifteen of them operating at the Test Event next month. Just a few months ago the operators of these vessels walked off the job because they hadn't been paid for a month. Then they asked Lars Grael's (Brazilian Olympian & current Star Class President) business to operate the boats for a couple million dollars. He refused the contract.

Rio hired a French company to measure the movement of the surface water as the tide comes in and out, so the can have these operating in the area outside the race course areas harvesting the trash before the surface water makes it to the race area. There are two courses that are inside the bay that have to be cleaned. However, they do admit if there is a big rainstorm it disrupts the normal surface patterns and they have no chance of keeping the surface clean. They are counting on it being the dry season, but don't all of us know when we go to championships that the locals always say, "The weather's never like this!"

And no, these do not dissinfect the water, there's no change there, still polluted with the untreated sewage of 7,000,000 people.

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