Positive Assessment of the Armed Forces’ Activities during the 2016 Rio Olympics

first_imgBy Social Communication Office, Brazilian Ministry of Defense September 28, 2016 On September 19th, Brazilian Minister of Defense, Raul Jungmann, gave a positive assessment of the Armed Forces’ activities during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. “We’ve made it to the end of a cycle of major events that began in 2007, all of which have gone off without a hitch. Brazil and Rio de Janeiro demonstrated their vocation and ability to successfully host major events,” Jungmann stated. During a press conference at the headquarters of the Military Command of the East, the minister highlighted the 13 Olympic medals won by military athletes and the adjustments and improvements made to the Armed Forces’ training centers, which received foreign delegations. “Right here in this room, a few months ago, we made a promise that we would have calm and peaceful Olympic Games. Today, I’m happy to announce that we contributed, along with other agencies, to the Games’ success. The whole world has acknowledged us,” Jungmann said. During 58 days of defense-related activities, 23,000 personnel from the Navy, Army, and Air Force were employed to secure the Rio 2016 Games in the state capital. In the five cities that hosted soccer matches 43,000 men and women worked on the Games. This nationwide effort involved the monitoring, surveillance, and protection of 139 strategic structures. In Rio alone, the Armed Forces ensured the protection of 73 strategic structures. In Rio de Janeiro, there were 12,300 patrols, including maritime, foot, mounted, motorized, and armored vehicles. All told, 26 ships, 3,083 cars, 109 armored vehicles, 51 helicopters, 81 vessels, 80 aircraft, and 370 motorcyles were used. Minister Jungmann pointed out that the Joint Command to Prevent and Combat Terrorism did not ignore a single suspect. “We didn’t overlook a single thing,” he said. In Rio de Janeiro, 49 reports were made, though none represented a single attempt or threat of a terrorist attack. In terms of aerospace defense, the Air Force completed 35 interception missions, eight interrogations, and four missions involving route changes. The Cybernetic Defense Command did not record any relevant incidents during the Games. According to the command, 2,747 information assets and 805 sites were monitored. Even before the Games began, the Army had completed several operations to inspect explosives and related items. Most of the incidents involved inconsistently transporting and documenting the products. Forty-six tons of explosives, 20.5 tons of ammonium nitrate, 21,500 fuses, and 147,000 meters of det cord were seized. According to the minister, the Games’ legacy also includes greater integration among public safety agencies and the Armed Forces, ensuring greater interoperability, new training, and other enhancements. In his explanation, Jungmann announced an athletic integration program for service members with disabilities, named “João do Pulo.” Regarding the request from the acting Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Francisco Dornelles, that the Armed Forces continue working a while longer on security measures in the city, Minister Jungmann said that Brazilian President Michel Temer was expected to consider the request in the next few days. “We are able to contribute our intelligence, training, logistics, and equipment. However, the Armed Forces cannot replace the role of public safety,” Jungmann added. At the end of the presentation of results, Jungmann spoke about the Armed Forces’ next mission, when they will be employed during the 2016 municipal elections on October 2nd and 30th. “Duly authorized by the President of Brazil, the Armed Forces are going to ensure fair voting and tallying in seven states, with military troops in 107 cities,” the minister said.last_img read more

Carrying the load: Weight of Syracuse’s title hopes falls on Treanor’s shoulders as one of country’s top attacks

first_img Published on February 5, 2015 at 8:11 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Everyone on Syracuse knew about Kayla Treanor before she knew about them.Gary Gait, the head coach, bragged about her before she graduated high school. He talked about her stick skills. He talked about how she could fit into SU’s offense. He talked about how great of a player she could be.But before she had to play a significant role for the Orange as an attack, it was just talk.“She came in and had that swagger like, ‘I’m a freshman, but I’m going to play with these people in D-I lacrosse,’” former SU attack Michelle Tumolo said. “… You’d never know if she was a freshman or a senior.“She just plays her heart out.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Tumolo tore her ACL in April 2013, Treanor, a freshman at the time, filled in at the left attack position and was forced to use her left hand as effectively as her naturally dominant right hand. All Treanor had were expectations then, but nothing tangible.But this year, there’s a reputation for her to uphold. There is no Tumolo, and there is no Alyssa Murray. Treanor is the centerpiece of the No. 4 SU offense and if Syracuse were to win its first national title in a women’s sport, it would likely be because of her. Treanor’s 117 points last season led the country and her 79 goals ranked second nationwide.Treanor developed her stick skills, the strongest point of her game, by receiving feedback from Gait. Treanor says Gait, a former SU lacrosse player, has the best stick skills of any player she’s ever seen. In previous seasons, Treanor could also learn from dynamic attacks like Tumolo and Murray on an everyday basis and model her own game after them.“Now it’s her opportunity to lead the offense,” Gait said, “and I think the experience she’s gained by playing on attack is valuable and you’re going to see the results of it this year.”The day before Syracuse’s final four game against Maryland in 2013, Gait mentioned a move to Treanor during a walk-through that he thought she could be successful with. The next day, Treanor scored twice with that exact move, coming from behind the goal, running toward one side of the net, reversing direction behind the crease, attacking the opposite side and scoring with a clinical dip-and-dunk over the goalie.“I use (that move) all the time now,” Treanor said.Because Treanor’s ambidextrous, defenders don’t know which hand to defend. When she charges toward one side, they don’t know if she’ll continue that way or reverse into the opposite direction.On the rare occasion that defenders do slow Treanor down, she’ll throw a behind-the-back pass — something Gait made a career out of — or maybe even fake the fancy play and keep running. In high school, she would throw passes to teammates who weren’t even ready to catch. Treanor has even made a habit of scoring while standing behind goal line extended and curving the ball in.“She’s so dominant because you literally don’t know what’s going to come next,” Tumolo said. “… It’s really almost impossible to shut her down.”Before she got to college, Treanor played midfield. And though it’s common for college coaches to recruit high school midfielders and move them around the field, Treanor spent more time focusing on the endurance needed to play on both sides of the field.At Syracuse, she’s dedicated all of her time to the attack position, which is centered more on controlling the offense with the ball in her stick and taking on defenders one-on-one.While Treanor also has an uncanny ability to pass, too — her 38 assists last season tied her for 14th best in the country — it’s her killer instinct to take over games that separates her.The summer before her sophomore year of high school, the goalie on Albany Elite, her travel team, couldn’t play in the second half of a game during a tournament and there was no backup. With no one in goal, Treanor won the first eight draw controls after halftime and each time, Albany Elite scored in the eventual blowout win.“It was just like bing, bing, bing, bing,” said Peter Melito, Treanor’s travel coach and varsity coach at Niskayuna (New York) High School. “… That to me was just like wow. It was unheard of.”And though Melito says Treanor put on performances like this game after game, she was never satisfied. Treanor played soccer and basketball for most of her life and only picked up lacrosse in seventh grade, so she felt she had to make up for the missed time by working even harder.After practices in high school, she would go home and play wall ball against the bounce-back net in her front yard. During this past Winter Break, Treanor would work out up to three times a day.“You never want to stay the same, you never want to plateau,” Treanor said. “So I have so much to work on.”In the fall of her junior year of high school, Treanor tore the ligaments in her left ankle and felt the pain for the rest of the school year.But it didn’t stop her. She played through her soccer, basketball and lacrosse seasons with the injury.“I just love sports so much, you don’t even think about it,” Treanor said.She grew up idolizing athletes like Bo Jackson — a former professional football and baseball player — whose documentary she watched as a child.But now the roles have shifted. She’s the idol. She’s a frontrunner for this year’s Tewaaraton Award, which is given to college lacrosse’s best player.She’s a product of centerpiece players that have come before her. But Treanor is looking to do something that no one else has done before: lead Syracuse to a national championship.Said Treanor: “The hope is the better I am, the better our team will be.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ This is placeholder text Advertisement Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more