Dickey Betts, Phil Lesh, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, & Moe. Top Peach Music Festival 2018 Lineup

first_imgSince its inception in 2012, The Peach Music Festival has quickly become one of the most beloved music festivals of the summer. The festival has become known as an Allman Brothers Band extended family gathering, which each rendition boasting an enviable lineup frequently tapping members of the band and their various side projects. After a successful 2017, The Peach Music Festival will return to Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA on July 19-22 (almost a full month earlier than its previous years). Today, the Peach announces the first phase of its annually huge lineup.Headlining the 2018 Peach Music Festival are Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, two sets from Gov’t Mule including Dark Side of the Mule, two sets from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, the return of Dickey Betts and his band (marking his first scheduled show back since retirement), two sets of Moe., the annual “Wake Up with Warren Haynes”, two sets of Twiddle including “Twiddle & Friends”, and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and the Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts (only performed under this moniker once, with a world tour ahead) will round out the familial ties to the Allman Brothers Band weekend. Of course, having Allmans and Betts running around site should lead to some epic collaborations and tributes to the many brothers lost over the ABB’s 45+ year career.Family And Friends Of The Allman Brothers Reunite At Peach Fest For Gregg & Butch Tribute [Audio]The Peach party will continue with Blackberry Smoke, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Spafford, The Marcus King Band, Leftover Salmon, Dumpstaphunk, Jackie Greene and Anders Osborne Duo, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Aqueous, BIG Something, Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling, and The Main Squeeze.The impressive lineup is rounded out by Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band, Organ Freeman, Driftwood, The Magic Beans, Midnight North, Litz, Mo Lowda & The Humble, The Blue Stones, Soule Monde, Gatos Blancos, Flux Capacitor, JP Biondo, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Bishop Gunn, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, and Juice.Sounds like a fun weekend to us! Check out the first phase lineup below, and head to the Peach Fest website for details.last_img read more

Lax team sponsors Playing for Peace

first_imgStudent Government and the varsity lacrosse team will sponsor a Playing for Peace event Oct. 12 to use the power of athletics to form bonds with inner-city Chicago Catholic schools.  Student body president Alex Coccia said the event in Chicago will bring together Notre Dame students and alumni to interact with students from Cristo Rey, Hales Franciscan and St. Malachy’s high schools for a day of service and sports. “[Playing for Peace] focuses on … building an educational culture and an ethos of conflict resolution, healthy competition-a lot of the principles you learn through sport,” Coccia said. “But at Notre Dame, we don’t want to do just sports. We want to relate it.” Varsity lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan said the lacrosse team will host free clinics for high school students with help from student and alumni volunteers, and then the day will end with networking opportunities. “Our goal is to use athletics and to use the energy and power of students and the brand of Notre Dame to help the students recognize and execute in the area [of service],” Corrigan said.  According to its website, Playing for Peace began in October 2010 to seek support for the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan. Its first event was a 3v3 basketball tournament organized by Student Government, Irish basketball coach Mike Brey and Corrigan. Since then, Corrigan said Playing for Peace has taken on a broader goal. “The mission is to basically help our students recognize the opportunities that they have to work in the areas of social justice, and when we say peace, we mean that in the broadest sense,” he said. “So we want to do things that help our students and help our student athletes recognize the possibilities they have, whether it’s in their own community, whether it’s on campus, or whether it’s in Chicago or around the nation or whether it’s international.” Coccia said Chicago was an appropriate choice for a Playing for Peace event.  “We thought we can have a big impact at home, and Chicago’s a great place for it in the inner city to really promote the culture of healthy competition … and that really comes down to the education component and that support at home,” he said. “For us, it was a matter of scope and scale, and we realized that Chicago just provides so many opportunities to really do something big and get a lot of students involved.” Coccia said he hopes those involved with this service project will maintain contact with the schools they help. “It’s one thing to go in and do a project and leave,” he said. “It’s another to utilize that opportunity to build relationships and connections. And that’s why I think students are going to have a really valuable time there because not only are they going to get to know the schools and the students there but also the alumni.” Corrigan said he is grateful for the help of the Monogram Club and the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Chicago for getting alumni involved with the event. The number of  groups participating in this event shows how influential the Notre Dame community can be, Coccia said. “On a more macro level, too, it’s nice to see this event as something really focusing on Playing for Peace as a collaboration between athletics and Student Government and other campus groups to really show the power that athletics and the student body can have,” he said.  Students can sign up for the event by emailing Coccia at before Monday, Oct. 7. Contact Tori Roeck at vroeck@nd.edulast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Spend Friday Nights With Kristin Chenoweth & More

first_img Weird Al Yankovic Approached to Write for Broadway Weird Al Yankovic, the parody singer behind such gems as “Eat It,” has been approached to pen Great White Way tuners. Yes, you read that right. “I’ve gotten some offers to do some writing for some possible Broadway musicals,” Yankovic told The Wrap. “There’s different things I can do with my kind of sensibility and do the same type of comedy but branch out.” Wonder if he’s a fan of Forbidden Broadway? Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. How to Hang With Broadway Stars at a Bar Want to hang with Broadway stars in a bar? Now’s your chance. Danny Mastrogiorgio and Jennifer Mudge, who play Paulie and Gloria respectively in Rocky, will take over the bar at the Glasshouse Tavern on July 27 at 10PM to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Busy that night? Never fear, as part of the Broadway Bartenders initiative, for three-weeks only, cast members from participating shows will serve drinks (including show-themed cocktails) to Great White Way fans and fellow cast members alike. Learn more here. Spend Your Fall Friday Nights With Kristin Chenoweth Well now we know what we’ll be doing on Friday nights this fall! PBS has announced the 11 weekly programs that will feature in its Arts Fall Festival. Hosted by Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, the series will begin on September 26 with the previously reported Sweeney Todd, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel. Just some of the other broadcasts that we’re looking forward to include The Nance with Nathan Lane on October 10, San Francisco Opera’s Porgy & Bess on October 17, Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room with Christine Ebersole on October 31, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats (?!) on November 21 and the Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home concert on November 28. Kristin Chenoweth View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

In Transit Set for Broadway Bow

first_img In Transit The Primary Stages cast of ‘In Transit'(Photo: James Leynse) The sounds of New York are heading to the Broadway stage sans orchestra. In Transit, an a cappella musical from Frozen scribe Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sarah Wordsworth, will play the Circle in the Square Theatre this fall. Tony winner Kathleen Marshall will direct and choreograph.The musical, which previously played Primary Stages in 2010, follows a group of 11 New Yorkers as they navigate the streets (and tunnels) of the city. The small ensemble takes on several roles, including an aspiring actress, a Wall Street honcho, a street performer, a cab driver and more.The production will feature vocal arrangements by Deke Sharon, music director of the Pitch Perfect films. Additional information, including dates, casting and full creative team, will be announced at a later time. Fun Home takes its final bow at the Circle in the Square on September 10. Related Showscenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017last_img read more

Stephen Sondheim Teases New Show a Year Away

first_imgStephen Sondheim(Photo: Bruce Glikas) We could use Mrs. Lovett singing a contemplative ballad about the virtues of waiting right about now. As previously reported, Stephen Sondheim and David Ives are at work on a new Luis Buñuel-inspired musical for the Public Theater, and it’s right around the corner.The legendary composer announced at the Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York that the show would premiere in 2017, according to The Washington Post. The news came following a post-show discussion during the Festival’s production of Sweeney Todd. The Public Theater said in a comment, “We are happily developing the Buñuel project with Stephen Sondheim and hope to present it in the near future, but no set date has been confirmed.”The new musical will adapt two Buñuel films for the stage: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel. At the New Yorker Festival in 2014, Sondheim described the two as works about a group of people attempting to dine together and the nightmarish aftermath of a group dining together, respectively. View Commentslast_img read more

Trail Mix: Our Friends’ Favorite Albums of 2013

first_imgOh, what a year it has been.As I put the finishing touches on what will be my final blog entry of the year, I can’t help but look back at 2013 and marvel at what a great 12 months it has been for Trail Mix. I don’t have an exact count on how many tracks were featured on Trail Mix, but it had to be in the neighborhood of 300. What a long way Trail Mix has come since its origin and the goal of finding just 10 great tracks per month was a struggle.This year also saw the advent of the Trail Mix blog. I have been lucky enough to chat with some fantastic musicians, review great records, and give away a ton of tickets and albums.It’s been a good year. Thanks for paying attention.To wrap things up, I asked a bunch of my music minded friends to reflect on the year gone by and offer up their favorite albums of 2013. The selections are as eclectic as the tracks that show up on Trail Mix each month. If you haven’t heard some of these records, seek them out. These folks know music and there isn’t a bad selection in the bunch.See you in 2014.———————————————————————–Sometimes the unlikeliest of bedfellows can result in the most comfortable of listens. Elvis Costello is no stranger to collaboration, and his decision to team up with hip hop’s most valued, The Roots, on Wise Up Ghost just works. Never one to chide away from a musical change, Costello has dabbled in punk, country, singer/songwriter, jazz, acoustic, classical, and even trip-hop. This most recent foray into what can only be called a cross-pollination of Stax funk, street rock, and city soul is said to be Elvis’s last studio effort. Given how proficient and storied Costello’s recorded work has been, retirement would be a great loss to music. If it must happen, however,  Wise Up Ghost is a hell of way to make an exit.—  Charles Fontaine, Music Fan, Norton, VirginiaI’m not sure why Iron & Wine’s Ghost On Ghost is my favorite record of the year, but it’s the one album that I’ve probably listened to more this year than any other. That’s kind of unfair, though, as I got it back in the spring when it came out, so I’ve had more time to listen to it than other albums I’ve gotten since. Ghost On Ghost is, in my opinion, a perfect combination of songwriting, instrumentation, vibe, and sonic characteristic. Everything just lines up perfectly to create a complete listening experience.— Andy Gems, The Southern Café & Music Hall, Charlottesville, VirginiaI am not sure there’s really an easy answer as to why Jason Isbell’s Southeastern is my favorite record, but once I finally gave it a listen it took months before I could listen to anything else.— Emilee Warner, Warnerblaster, NYCPokey LaFarge’s Pokey LaFarge. Hands down. I first fell in love with the original four after hearing their NPR Tiny Desk Concert. The now six piece band has a sound that is fresh, original, entertaining, and downright groovy. Pokey’s lyrics are always on point and the energy the crew brings to the stage is unparalleled. I got the chance to meet the band and see them perform at the first Red Wing Roots Music Festival near Mt. Solon, Virginia. What an amazing group of down-to-earth artists with a true talent for creating a unique twist on a traditional style.—  Jess Daddio, BRO, Charlottesville, VirginiaGregory Alan Isakov’s The Weatherman is an honest, heart melting, classic sounding record. Isakov flavors it with nostalgia in every nuance and note without the pretentiousness you’ll find in a modern day mainstream market overpopulated with an endless array of indie pop acts. Isakov is a songwriter and poet, a true craftsman of both arts, which is something I believe is dearly missed and forgotten by most songwriters today, and his work is living proof that the art of songwriting is very much alive and well.— Bryan Elijah Smith, Singer/Songwriter, Dayton, VirginiaI was madly in love with The Head & The Heart’s first record and never thought I could feel that way another, but then there was Let’s Be Still. Not quite love at first listen (I was stubborn), but the record grew on me and now I appear to be poly-album-amorous with The Head & The Heart.— Leah Woody, BRO, Charlottesville, VirginiaI can’t imagine anything more beautiful than the duet of old-time mountain, country hillbilly, and lost Lomax recording loveliness that is Pharis and Jason Romero’s Long Gone Out West Blues. Jason Romero’s banjo playing is unmatchable by nearly anyone alive (not in terms of speed, but in terms of subtlety and raw power when needed), his voice is commanding and entrancing, and Pharis is like a heavenly angel touching down in front of you. Together there is a raw chemistry that elevates the music.— Devon Leger, Hearth Music, Seattle, WashingtonBecause as much as I want to not like Vampire Weekend, they keep on pulling me in. Modern Vampires of the City is a smart pop masterpiece, every song both catchy and complex enough to keep growing on each listen. “Hannah Hunt” may be the best song the band has recorded, beautiful and opening deeper instead staying on one note. And how can you not like an album that has the lyric, “Your girl was in Berkeley with her Communist reader/Mine was entombed within boom box and Walkman/I was a hoarder but girl that was back then”?  It became the soundtrack of our year – that album you want to put on so bad but try not to because you don’t want to wear it out. My cynical, English professor brother likes it. My six and nine year old kids sing along.— Douglas Schnitzspahn, Elevation Outdoors, Boulder, ColoradoDawes was like a gift from the rock gods. A band touted as the next big thing, just without the gimmicky packaging that so often comes attached to the groups that earn that label. It was with a timid hand that I hit play the first time I listened to the band’s third album, Stories Don’t End, fearing that the straight forward verse-chorus-bridge formula that had worked so well would be gone. What I found was an album that reveals the band staying true to its roots while expanding its range in a way that is hypnotizing at one moment and rambling down a mountain cliff the next. Dawes might never reach the level of superstardom, but I don’t think that’s their ultimate destination. Instead, making fantastic records like this is.— Brent Treash, Music Fan, Abingdon, VirginiaToad The Wet Sprocket, one of my all time favorite bands, reunited and released New Constellation, an album that is every bit as good as their 90s classics. It feels like they never went away. I never tire of listening to Toad, and now I have some new material to play over and over again.— Mike Farley, Michael J Media, Madison, Wisconsin Jason Isbell’s Southeastern actually changed the way I viewed Jason as a songwriter. From the first song, there was something very powerful that reached deep inside me.  I was going through some of my own things this year and these songs just spoke to me; I could feel the pain he was going through when he wrote this record.  This record is a great testament to Jason’s growth as a person and his triumph against his demons.— Micah Davidson, Blue Mountain Artists, Charlotte, North CarolinaI could drone on and on about how I was loudly predicting The Lone Bellow’s success a year before their eponymous debut album, but I will keep my taste-making ego in check. Not only is this album dripping with soul, soaring harmonies, and lyrics brimming with the full emotional spectrum, but their rocking-folksy-classic country sound is steeped with their Southern upbringing. Although the stylish trio now calls Brooklyn home, they hail from Georgia and Virginia. And those roots show. Do yourself a favor and listen to the whole album if you have not already.— Dusty Allison, BRO, Asheville, North CarolinaIf a band can pen a collection of songs that appeals to me, my wife, and both of my sons, that band is on to something. Bronze Radio Return did just that with Up, On & Over. For months, my family couldn’t leave this record alone. “Mister, Mister” became a regular early morning sing-along for my wife and Ben, my six year old, as they headed to school, and John Patrick, my 14 year old, dialed up “Further On” whenever he laid hands on the disc. Personally, I couldn’t get enough of “Rather Never Know” and “Thick and Thin,” two songs that ably demonstrate the varied sounds of this record.  Up, On & Over is singer/songwriter subtlety and pop sensibility, banjo and keyboards, folk and rock, and it rides high amongst the many, many fine records I was lucky enough to hear this year.— Dave Stallard, BRO, Wise, Virginialast_img read more

Downshift Gives Back

first_imgBRO: What has been a highlight so far? Community Upshift’s goal is to take donated bicycles from the community members and restore them to good working condition. They then take the donated bikes and give them to people who need the bicycle for transportation to work. These folks are either self-identified and have heard about the program through word of mouth or have been referred by a local agency. Their goal is to “bring bikes to life” for the people of Roanoke, Virginia, by offering expert advice, bike mechanics, and gear to help riders reach their full biking potential. With their selection of food, beer, coffee, and even kombucha, Downshift has successfully created a great space to hang out and talk about bikes. Even though this bike/coffee shop offers a unique set of services, it focuses primarily on the community they’ve created. This especially shows through their Cranksgiving food drives and their uplifting program, Community Upshift. Ambruzs: As a business, it is important for us to give back to the community that does so much for us. We started the program immediately upon opening the shop as a way to help “bring bikes to life” which is part of our mission. As a bike shop downtown, we see folks trying their best to hold down a job but lack the proper resources in order to do so successfully. By helping them out with a form of reliable transportation, we knew we could make a difference.  Ambruzs: One of the challenges is ensuring recipients have additional equipment that makes biking as transportation more possible. This includes a lock, helmet, and lights. We wish we could do more to provide these resources as well as the bike but it can be difficult for us.  We encourage community members of the Roanoke region to contact us about any bikes they wish to donate.  Ambruzs: We would love to work directly with agencies to identify community members in need as well as secure grants to fund additional components of the program such as the safety accessories and storage. Ambruzs: We have had donation recipients come back and give us a personal heartfelt thank you, and a report on how they are grateful for our donation. This is always a great feeling for us! BRO: What has been the biggest challenge?center_img Photo courtesy of Stephen Ambruzs: 2018 Cranksgiving food drive where Downshift collected 1200 pounds of food and over $700 for two local shelters. If you love bikes, brews, yummy food, and a warm, collaborative community, Downshift Handcrafted Bikes and Brews is the place for you. BRO: What does the future look like? We asked the guy who started it all, Stephen Ambruzs, the owner of Downshift, some questions about how Community Upshift came to be. BRO: What inspired the idea? Learn more and get involved with Downshift’s Community Upshift here: All photos courtesy of Downshift Owner Stephen Ambruzs.last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: New Permit Changes for PCT Thru-hikers

first_imgBeginning in 2020, northbound hikers are required to complete the Southern Sierra in one continuous stretch, rather than skipping snowy sections and returning to complete them later in the season. Hikers are allowed to leave the trail and resupply but no other diversions are allowed. In 2020, northbound permits will be issued for those leaving between March 1 and May 31. Just like September, July and June before it, October 2019 was the hottest October ever recorded globally, beating out October 2015, which previously held the record.  Researchers theorize that the anti-inflammatory properties of yogurt and foods high in fiber contribute to a healthier gut microbiome, which may lower the risk of developing lung cancer. Thinking of thru-hiking the PCT next year? Pay attention to these permit changes Also beginning next year, there will be only 15 permits issued per day for hikers heading southbound from the Canadian border. Here we go again– October 2019 was the hottest October ever recordedcenter_img According to an analysis by the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, average surface temperatures across the globe were 1.24 degrees above average. Although many parts of the Western United States and Western Canada saw temperatures below average, much of the Arctic saw temperatures well above average. Europe, the Eastern United States, Eastern Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Australia, Antarctica, and parts of Brazil also experienced higher than normal temperatures.  New research conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has linked the consumption of fiber, prebiotics, and probiotics to a lower risk of developing lung cancer. The study took a look at the diets of 1.44 million people in the United States, Europe, and Asia and found that people who regularly ate high amounts of fiber and probiotics found in yogurt were between 15 and 19 percent less likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer. Those that consumed the highest amount of yogurt were 33 percent less likely to be diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which impacts lung function. New study shows that eating a diet high in fiber and probiotics can lower your risk of lung cancer Anyone hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail should snag a permit, which replaces all of the individual wilderness permits a hiker would have to obtain along the way. Permits are available now for the 2020 hiking season, with a few notable changes.last_img read more

Brazil prepares security for major events

first_img I think that the leaders of each country should agree and have the troops protect the citizens instead of thinking about wars that lead to no good. The National Private and Electronic Security Fair (RIOSEC) took place between October 15 and 17, in Rio de Janeiro. The event is a reference in the world where exhibitors from Brazil and many other different countries gathered. With the upcoming major sporting events in Brazil (2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics), this fair presented private security solutions to prepare the country to ensure protection and peace of mind to people before, during, and after the competitions. These events represent a chance for Brazil to show the world their ability to organize, plan and execute security for the entourages, authorities, hotels, and sports arenas, apply the best management practices and state-of-the-art technologies in the private security field. Under the leadership of the Brazilian Association of Security Professionals (ABSEG), the following were part of the event: security analysts, consultants, security officers, and all those involved in the area of private security, who had the opportunity to attend lectures and courses on safety management, monitoring images, discussion forums on the security market in Brazil, security strategies and tactics, vulnerability mapping, observation and recording processes, conduct and attitudes of security professionals, private security actions, among others. In addition, the exhibition created an opportunity for the visitors to see the latest on: industrial intelligence, monitoring stations, radio communications, uniforms, personal security, surveillance, vehicle armoring, dignitaries’ security, information technology, weapons, electronic security, fire detection and fire-fighting, among others. The highlight of the event happened on October 15, with a lecture from the security expert of the Universidad Pontifícia Comillas de Madrid and security manager of Barry University of Florida, Igor de Mesquita Pípolo, who spoke about “Challenges and threats to the upcoming major events in Brazil.” At that time, Pípolo presented future scenarios and the factors that influencing the security strategic planning for the major events that will take place in Brazil in the next few years, highlighting the preparations of the country and sharing successful experiences of other nations in events of this nature. By Dialogo November 13, 2013last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Conducts Simulation Exercise to Contain Civil Unrest During the Olympic Games

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo August 17, 2016 As part of the defense and security preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Brazilian Navy simulated a riot control operation at Flamengo Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The goal of the exercise was to prepare military personnel to combat the actions of those who disturb the peace during the sports event, which has brought together over 10,000 athletes from 206 countries. During the simulation, the troops used three boats to contain a mock violent demonstration near the Monument to the Dead of WWII, situated in Flamengo Park – a recreational area built on an embankment at Guanabara Bay, in the south of Rio. The training also included the rescue of an individual supposedly injured during the riots using an air medical evacuation (Medevac) aircraft, which took off from the Santos Dumont airport, located near the activity site. “A thousand service members participated in the exercise as one,” reported Rear Admiral Ricardo Henrique Santos do Pilar, Commander of the Ground Task Force of the Copacabana Regional Defense Command (CDS), a Navy entity providing support to security forces during the Games. “In addition to the ships positioned in Guanabara Bay, there were military members involved in isolating the Santos Dumont Airport, others that were positioned at the Monument to the Dead, and others involved in the debarking,” concluded Rear Adm. Santos do Pilar. Marines Neutralize the Riot An essential part of the exercise was the disembarkation of 80 Marines at Flamengo Beach. “Their mission was to control the riot and reestablish security in the area,” according to a report from the Brazilian Navy. During the first stage of the simulation, “Guarapari” General Cargo Landing Craft (EDCG) unloaded military vehicles at the embankment. Later, troops arrived by sea using “Cataguases” Vehicles and Materials Landing Craft (EDVM). The military personnel also used the “APA” Oceanic Patrol Vessel in support of the operation. Equipped with radars, three machine guns, and the capacity to transport 120 troops, the “APA” is one of 19 vessels and 40 motorboats being used to guarantee security during the Olympic Games, according to a report from the Brazilian Ministry of Defense. Finally, an Esquilo Helicopter belonging to the Brazilian Navy simulated a medical evacuation of the mock victim. “Today we had a demonstration of the Navy’s flexibility,” said Admiral Ademir Sobrinho, Chief of the Joint General Staff of the Armed Forces (EMCFA) of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, who was present during the exercise tasks. “We have been training [for the Games] for almost two years. And we see here today, with satisfaction, the crowning achievement of all that preparation and planning. We are ready.” General Fernando Azevedo e Silva, Chief of Air Defense General Coordination (CGDA) and of the East Military Command (CML), said that the exercise demonstrated the ability of these military personnel to overcome any protests and road obstructions. “[We demonstrated] the full capacity of the Navy to use its maritime resources to position troops and vehicles for the security of the Games.” The exercise allowed for the testing of sea routes as an option to mobilize troops and the use of air resources for possible rescues, reported the Navy. Exercise Simulates Boat Hijacking On July 21st, during another training session for the Olympics, the Copacabana CDS simulated the hijacking of a passenger boat belonging to the company CCR Barcas. During the simulation, mock terrorists hijacked a vessel traveling between Rio de Janeiro and the neighboring city of Niterói. Almost 250 Navy sailors pretended to be passengers, while others made believe they were negotiators. As the negotiation was unproductive, the Marines took the ship with a go-fast boat in Guanabara Bay, near Boa Viagem Beach in Niterói. The operation was supported by helicopters, divers, and amphibious vehicles. “The goal of the exercise was to practice rapid response and the protocols established by the Brazilian Navy and CCR Barcas to guarantee the public’s safety during the Games,” the Brazilian Navy reported. Captain José Augusto Ferreira, Chief of the Maritime Task Force responsible for coastal security, told the press that the results were “extremely positive.” “It was a complex exercise that involved the coordination of many teams: aerial teams, negotiating teams, rescue teams, and interdiction teams – in addition to the support of public safety organs and the Fire Department,” said Capt. Ferreira. “If the Navy is called to respond to this type of occurrence, we are ready.” According to the Ministry of Defense, close to 38,000 members of the Brazilian Armed Forces have been mobilized to guarantee security at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The military is working in coordination with the Ministry of Justice, the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, and state and municipal security organs. Of that total, 20,000 are active in Rio de Janeiro’s four Olympic regions: Copacabana, Maracanã, Barra da Tijuca, and Deodoro. The rest are deployed in the cities of Brasília, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, and Manaus, where soccer matches are also being held.last_img read more