20 Dec

Brazilian Armed Forces Respond to Mining Disaster

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo March 26, 2019 The Brazilian Armed Forces deployed about 190 service members to search-and-rescue missions for one of the greatest disasters in the country. A surge of toxic mud buried everything in its wake as a result of a collapsed dam at an iron ore mining complex, on January 25, 2019. The dam was part of the Córrego do Feijão Mine, in the city of Brumadinho, Minas Gerais. Employees of the mining company were the first victims. They were working in the mine’s administrative buildings when the dam broke. An estimated 12 million cubic meters of mud spread over 46 kilometers, destroying nearly everything in its path. The avalanche of mud also reached the Paraopeba River, which is part of the São Francisco River bay that runs across 48 Brazilian cities. “There’s no doubt that what happened in Brumadinho is the greatest tragedy I ever experienced in my military career,” said Brazilian Military Fire Brigade Lieutenant Raimundo Carlos Dias de Matos, who has 22 years of experience. He was one of 400 members of various Brazilian fire brigades working on the major operation. By February 25, a month into search-and-rescue missions, authorities found 192 persons alive and 176 dead. About 130 people are still missing. The incident also destroyed the local flora and fauna. The Animal Brigade—a team consisting of veterinarians, zoo technicians, volunteers, and local students—rescued more than 350 animals, including dogs, cats, cattle, birds, and reptiles. Team work In addition to service members from the Army, Navy, and Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), the operations in the Brumadinho area mobilized service members from the National Guard—a body of the Department of Justice and Public Safety—firefighters, Civil Defense teams, and volunteers. The Eastern Military Command coordinated service members’ work in support of Civil Defense and fire brigade teams. Aerial operations were critical, as the mud still hadn’t hardened 15 days after the disaster, challenging rescuers’ efforts. “During the first 30 days of operation, we had a daily average of 299 landings and takeoffs. It was the largest air traffic ever recorded in Minas Gerais,” said Lieutenant Pedro Aihara, spokesperson for the Military Fire Brigade of Minas Gerais. Authorities used a total of 31 aircraft, three from the Armed Forces, in addition to those from fire brigades of different states, Military, Civil and Federal Police, and the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources. “This really shows the size of the operation: more than 1,400 aerial missions and the amount of personnel assigned to it,” Lt. Aihara said. Air traffic management in the region fell under the First Central Communications and Control Group, a unit of FAB’s Airspace Control Department. The group ensured that the various aircraft used in the operation operated in an orderly manner and avoided accidents. Authorities installed a radio station near the collapsed dam area to allow for airspace control. The need for aerial missions narrowed as the mud solidified. From then on, teams on land vehicles and excavators took over search-and-rescue efforts. In addition to contributing with air transportation, service members secured the area for forensic medical examiners and engineering inspections of facilities with possible explosive materials. Ongoing operation Search operations continue without end in sight. “The fire brigades only have two options. One: We locate all missing people. And the other is a total lack of realistic and biological conditions to recover those bodies,” said Lt. Aihara.last_img read more

26 Sep

Ligue 1: Could Neymar, Mbappe antics derail PSG campaign?

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Top 9 Oddest Underwater Discoveries No One Can Explain6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made One of that rare breed of English players trying his luck abroad, the 21-year-old, Derby-born forward Mavididi is currently a regular in a Dijon team battling to avoid relegation. Mavididi left Arsenal without playing a top-team game and last year he joined Juventus – becoming their first English player since David Platt in 1992 – after being scouted by Giorgio Chiellini’s brother. After one appearance for Juve last season, he was allowed to move to France on loan and he has already scored three times for the Burgundy side, who host Nantes this weekend. Key stats 4 – The number of goals scored by Mbappe in a 5-0 win when PSG hosted Lyon last season. 15 – Marseille are unbeaten in 15 games in all competitions, including 12 in the league, as they host bottom club Toulouse, who have taken one solitary point over the same period. 12 – The number of league goals scored by Metz captain Habib Diallo this season. The club that brought Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr and Papiss Cisse to Europe have unearthed another Senegalese gem. Fixtures (times GMT) Friday Angers v Lille (1945) Saturday Marseille v Toulouse (1630), Amiens v Monaco, Dijon v Nantes, Metz v Bordeaux, Nice v Nimes, Rennes v Brest (all 1900) Sunday Montpellier v Saint-Etienne (1400), Strasbourg v Reims (1600), Paris Saint-Germain v Lyon (2000) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 English forward Stephy Mavididi (L) in the red of Dijon, where he is on loan this season from JuventusRead Also: Bundesliga: In-form Bayern out to ‘boss’ Leipzig in top-of-the-table clash While Neymar has been partying with an injured rib, and Kylian Mbappe has been making no attempt to hide his displeasure with his coach, Paris Saint-Germain supporters could be forgiven for having that sinking feeling. This has been the time of year when the French club’s season has tended to implode in recent years, with three successive eliminations in the first knockout round of the Champions League. Will Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both be fully fit and focused for PSG’s Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund? They are currently unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions after Tuesday’s 2-1 success at Nantes, and sit 12 points clear at the top of Ligue 1. However, everything is gearing up towards their Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund, with the first leg in Germany on February 18. PSG have not made it beyond the last 16 in four years, with the nature of defeats against Barcelona in 2017 and Manchester United last season helping make them something of a laughing stock around Europe. Injuries to Neymar at this stage in each of the last two years proved crucial, so fans of a nervous disposition will be hoping the rib injury suffered by the Brazilian against Montpellier last weekend is nothing more than a short-term problem. The injury did not prevent the world’s most expensive player from staging a lavish party at a Parisian nightclub for his 28th birthday last Sunday, but it did keep him out of the Nantes game. With the Dortmund first leg coming into view, he could be rested for this Sunday’s visit of Lyon. “I hope he can play on Sunday,” said coach Thomas Tuchel. “He was in pain at half-time against Montpellier. He is in exceptional form, but we will decide later. He needs to manage the pain.” Meanwhile, Mbappe seems certain to play, just as he did in midweek despite an angry reaction to being substituted against Montpellier which has brought back the rumours that the 21-year-old – regularly linked with Real Madrid – may not stick around in Paris too much longer. “He was decisive for us. There was no need for him to show a reaction,” Tuchel said of Mbappe’s midweek performance. The France star is PSG’s leading scorer this season with 22 goals. The days when Lyon were the most feared opponents in the country are long gone, and they have taken just two points from their last 11 visits to Paris. Rudi Garcia’s side are also struggling in sixth place just now after a soporific 0-0 draw with Amiens in midweek. With or without Neymar, PSG will surely be too strong for them. It is the Dortmund tie that really matters though, and Tuchel needs his two biggest stars fully fit and focused in time for the trip to Germany. Player to watch: Stephy Mavididi Loading… last_img read more

21 Sep

Poyet: Job is still not done

first_img Should Poyet complete the mission he was handed in October last year, he will head off on his summer break to enjoy a well-earned rest, although he admits there will still be hard work to be done before he can do that. He said: “There are so many things to do, I don’t know where I am going to start. But depending on Wednesday or Sunday, of course the first thing is the players. “There are plenty of players who have been in a tricky situation without contracts, and they have been playing and they have been fighting and they have been suffering and playing with pain, and I think they deserve my first spare time, so that’s going to be the first move. “Then, I suppose, pre-season, and then a little bit of relaxation with the wife – she’s going to kill me as well.” Head coach Gus Poyet is refusing to take anything for granted after dragging Sunderland to within touching distance of safety. But having seen Crystal Palace launch an astonishing late fightback to deny title-contenders Liverpool victory on Monday evening, Poyet will leave nothing to chance. Asked if he ever feared Sunderland had passed the point of no return, he said: “We are realistic – I have said that word here many, many times, ‘realistic’. It was becoming more and more difficult. “When you have got 10 games, you think, ‘If we win four or five, we are going to be all right’. Then you have got six and you are still there – it’s more difficult, no doubt. “We hadn’t won three games in a row in the whole season and we have done it now in style – Chelsea, at Old Trafford and at home against Cardiff when that was probably the biggest game of all. “That’s football, I suppose. Listen, after the game yesterday, I think we all agree that anything can happen at any time, so you need to be spot-on, especially in the Barclays Premier League. “You need to be at an incredible level because even in other parts sometimes when a team goes 3-0 down, they think ‘Let’s lose 3-0 now, there’s no chance we are going to get back’. But here, yes, you can come back. “It was good that game for us, it was good. It was a little bit back to tension, back to tomorrow, to the end, to the last minute like we did at Old Trafford. “One-nil or 2-0 or whatever score it is if you are lucky enough to be up, you need to really work hard to keep that result because it’s a great opportunity.” Press Association The Black Cats looked doomed just a few weeks ago when they slipped seven points adrift of 17th place in the Barclays Premier League, and few observers gave them any chance of avoiding the drop. However, a return of 10 points from a possible 12 – from trips to Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United either side of a must-win home clash with Cardiff – has rekindled their hopes to such an extent that even a point against West Brom at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night would almost certainly be enough to preserve their top-flight status. last_img read more