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Court freezes assets of Rio mayor in Olympic golf course probe | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Court freezes assets of Rio mayor in Olympic golf course probe | Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO A state court froze the assets of Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes on Friday after a request by public prosecutors probing whether he improperly waived an environmental fee for a company that built the golf course, used in the recent Olympics.The decision, which also froze the assets of the builder, is based on Brazilian legislation that seeks to ensure that those who deprive public coffers of revenue, through administrative or other means, remain responsible for the funds.The ruling, just four months after the Games ended, casts further shadow on the contracts for venues and infrastructure built in Rio and elsewhere in Brazil when the country was preparing to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Games.Prosecutors and public auditors have found evidence of overbilling by builders at some World Cup stadiums and have said they are also looking into graft in contracts for new roads and other public works.Police last month arrested Sergio Cabral, a former Rio governor, as part of an investigation of projects connected to the World Cup and other infrastructure contracted between 2007 and 2014. Mayor Paes, now in the final month of his second four-year term and facing a fizzled Rio boom amid an ongoing recession, has not been charged with any crimes. He said on Friday he would appeal the move to block his assets.The court accused the mayor of finding a "magic formula" for the builder to avoid a fee associated with altering the landscape at the golf course site, thereby "causing evident damage to the municipal treasury." In a statement, Paes said the builder in question, Fiori Empreendimentos Imobiliarios, was in fact billed for the environmental fee, equal to about $530,000 (£421,858), but that the company had not made the payment #Brazil #Golf #science #Crime #Argentina #United Kingdom #lifestyle
Chapecoense plane crash: What the Brazil club can learn from Torino FC's tragedy

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Priyansh

Category : Sports

Chapecoense plane crash: What the Brazil club can learn from Torino FC's tragedy

Now that it has been more than a week since the Chapecoense squad was nearly wiped out in a plane crash, one begins to wonder at the enormity of the task that lies ahead of the club. #Brazil #football #KickingAround #Copa Sudamericana #Chapecoense #Chapecoense Plane Crash #Torino FC
World Cup 2014: Officials admit 'cartel' of companies fixed stadium contract bids

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : AFP

Category : Sports

World Cup 2014: Officials admit 'cartel' of companies fixed stadium contract bids

A construction firm has admitted that a "cartel" of firms fixed bidding for contracts to do work on stadiums for the 2014 football World Cup, Brazilian authorities said Monday. #Brazil #football #SportsTracker #Dilma Rousseff #World Cup 2014 #Michel Temer #Sergio Cabral #Marcelo Odebrecht
Chapecoense plane crash: Eidur Gudjohnsen offers to play for Brazilian club

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : Sports

Chapecoense plane crash: Eidur Gudjohnsen offers to play for Brazilian club

Former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has offered to play for Brazilian team Chapecoense after the air crash in Colombia wiped out most of their team. #Barcelona #Brazil #Chelsea #Iceland #Ronaldinho #Eidur Gudjohnsen #Atletico Nacional #Copa Sudamericana #Chapecoense #Chapecoense Plane Crash
Chapecoense plane crash: Brazil invites Colombia to play friendly match next month

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : Sports

Chapecoense plane crash: Brazil invites Colombia to play friendly match next month

Brazil have invited Colombia to play a friendly match next month with proceeds from the game going to families of the Chapecoense players and staff killed in the Medellin air crash, a Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) spokesman told Reuters on Monday. #Brazil #football #KickingAround #Colombia #CBF #Brazilian Football Confederation #Chapecoense
Chapecoense plane crash: 'We were told it would be a normal landing', recounts survivor

Updated : Dec 05, 2016

By : IANS

Category : Sports

Chapecoense plane crash: 'We were told it would be a normal landing', recounts survivor

There were no scenes of panic in the moments before the plane crash that wiped out the Chapecoense team in Colombia, according to one of the survivors. #Brazil #NewsTracker #football #Chapecoense Real #Chapecoense #Chapecoense Plane Crash #Erwin Tumiri
Chapecoense plane crash: Brazilian club to be awarded Copa Sudamericana title as tribute

Updated : Dec 04, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : Sports

Chapecoense plane crash: Brazilian club to be awarded Copa Sudamericana title as tribute

Earlier in the week, Atletico Medellin, who would have been Chapecoense's rival in final led calls for the Copa to be awarded to their opponents. Chapecoense have never won the trophy before. #Brazil #football #KickingAround #SportsTracker #CONMEBOL #Copa Sudamericana #Chapecoense Plane Crash #Atletico Medellin
Brazil mourns as bodies of Chapecoense players, coaches and staff arrive in Chapeco

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : AFP

Category : Sports

Brazil mourns as bodies of Chapecoense players, coaches and staff arrive in Chapeco

The bodies of 50 players, coaches and staff from a Brazilian football team wiped out in a plane crash in Colombia arrived home Saturday for a massive funeral. #Brazil #FIFA #KickingAround #Gianni Infantino #Copa Sudamericana #Chapecoense #Brazilian Air Force #Marcos Danilo Padilha
Chapecoense plane crash: Bodies of deceased players and staff arrive back home

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : AFP

Category : Sports

Chapecoense plane crash: Bodies of deceased players and staff arrive back home

The bodies of 50 players, coaches and staff from Chapecoense Real, tragically wiped out in a plane crash in Colombia, arrived home for a massive funeral. #Brazil #NewsTracker #football #FIFA #Messi #Gianni Infantino #Tite #Chapecoense Real #Chapecoense #Chapeco #Chapecoense Plane Crash
Venezuela decries Mercosur 'coup' after trade bloc suspension | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Venezuela decries Mercosur 'coup' after trade bloc suspension | Reuters

BUENOS AIRES/BRASILIA An increasingly isolated Venezuela accused the Mercosur trade bloc of staging a "coup" on Friday after member nations suspended the socialist nation for failing to fulfil membership requirements.In an official letter addressed to Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and seen by Reuters, Mercosur informed Venezuela of "the cessation of the exercise of the rights inhered to a member state as of this date."Following a decade in which strong growth and leftist policies across South America led the bloc to embrace Venezuela, the suspension now underscores the ideological split in a region struggling with plummeting commodity prices and enfeebled economies.It further isolates the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is accused of exacerbating the political, economic and humanitarian crises battering the Andean country. Rodriguez said she had not been notified in accordance with the rules of Mercosur and said Venezuela was the victim of "a coup at the heart of Mercosur.""An illegal Mercosur is being born," she said at a press conference in Caracas. Leaders of Mercosur, which also includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, gave Venezuela a Dec #United States #Business #Brazil #Middle East #markets #Argentina #Paraguay