Rio+20: Rio Airspace Operates with Areas Restricted by the Brazilian Air Force

first_img The security plan also includes units especially trained to act, prevent, and react to terrorist attacks. There is also a contingent to take action with regard to chemical and bacteriological defense. In the event of a possible air attack or the entrance into the airspace of any unauthorized aircraft, the aircraft may be shot down by Super Tucano or F-5N fighter planes. In that extreme case, authorization will be given by President Dilma Rousseff. Rio+20 Security Plan The system also includes the participation of 13 ministries and 26 public entities. For this purpose, the federal, state, and municipal governments have invested 132.8 million reais (US $ 64.5 million), 90 million (US $43.7 million) of which corresponds to the Armed Forces. An example of this investment was made at Riocentro to enable the conference participants to have free internet available, with 30,000 instances of access expected a day. The Military personnel deployed belong to the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force. The Military Police will have 2,500 personnel available every day during the event and 1,000 municipal guards. The Federal Police will have 1,400 inspectors and officers available. At Riocentro, the Cybernetic Defense Center has installed infrastructure to protect the telecommunications system from possible attacks by hackers. In this area alone, 20 million reais (US $9.7 million) have been invested. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has announced the schedule for restrictions and even prohibitions on flights over some areas of the city of Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. The measure is part of the security plan established by the Ministry of Defense, developed by the Joint General Staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces (EMCFA), and executed by the Eastern Military Command, with the participation of the country’s Marine, Army, and Air Force units. By Dialogo June 15, 2012 Starting June 20, when the high-level segment of the conference takes place, and for which the presence of various heads of state and government from United Nations member countries is expected, the airspace rules will be stricter. F-5EM and A-29 Super Tucano fighter planes, in addition to H-60 Blackhawk and AH-2 Sabre helicopters, will remain on standby to defend the airspace. These aircraft are ready to intercept and even to force the landing of any flight that fails to comply with the instructions of air-traffic controllers. At the same time, Military personnel are patrolling the Rio state capital’s coastline, by sea and by land, with the support of the Military and Civil Police, as well as the areas near the hotels in Zona Sul and Aterro do Flamengo. The Military will remain deployed in the Rio metropolitan region until June 29. The Navy will contribute to Rio+20 security through the 1st Naval District. It will deploy 3,200 Military personnel, 26 small vessels (patrol ships, tugboats, and speedboats), and two medium-sized ships (one frigate and one corvette) in charge of maritime control, as well as six aircraft.last_img read more

BOSF closes down facilities over COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThe nonprofit Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) has closed down several facilities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.BOSF chief executive officer Jamartin Sihite said he had yet to learn how the virus would affect orangutans.“In this case, not only do we have to worry about transmission between humans, but also from humans to orangutans,” he said on Tuesday. Because of this BOSF has banned visitors at several forests such as Samboja Lestari in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, and Nyaru Menteng in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan. Researchers and visitors are also not allowed to enter Kehje Sewen and Bukit Batikap forests in East Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan.“We will close them for the time being, including the information center in Nyaru Menteng, as well as Samboja Lodge in Samboja, East Kalimantan,” Jamartin said.Read also: Jakarta closes Ancol and Monas parks, Ragunan Zoo to contain COVID-19“Even our headquarters in Bogor, West Java, is closed. Our employees are working from home.” he added. Many business trips from Bogor to Samboja or Palangkaraya have been postponed as well. Employees who are required to interact with the orangutans have to undergo temperature checks twice a day, wash hands as often as possible and wear face masks and gloves at all times.“Every disposable item must be burned at the end of their shifts,” he said, adding that the facilities would be closed for at least a month subject to later evaluation.The foundation has been supplying the employees with vitamins to keep them healthy for the last two weeks, and preparing an emergency team for orangutans should one of them contract COVID-19.“So far we are grateful that everyone is safe and healthy,” Jamartin said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more