Brazilian Armed Forces Strive to Fight Against the Coronavirus in Latin America

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto / Diálogo March 26, 2020 On March 18, 2020, Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) service members deployed near the Brazil-Venezuela border to stop the entry of Venezuelans into Brazil.The soldiers followed the orders of the Brazilian government to partially close the border to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Brazil. The order will remain in place until at least April 2. Only goods will be allowed into the country.On March 19, the Brazilian government also decided to block land borders with eight neighboring countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Paraguay, Peru, and Suriname. The Federal Police is tasked to enforce the decision, and also counts on EB’s support. The movement restriction applies to the population, not to the transport of goods.Air and maritime borders are also restricted. The entry of foreigners coming from the European Union and China, among other countries, is temporarily prohibited through airports. Cruise boarding and disembarking are also interrupted.The decision regarding tourist cruise ships was made after a passenger tested positive for coronavirus on a ship flying the Bahamian flag that was docked at the port of Recife, in Pernambuco. The ship was detained at the port, and about 600 passengers were kept in isolation on March 12.On March 20, the first group of tourists disembarked with help from the Brazilian Navy’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense. The tourists got off the ship gradually, based on a required screening process. The passengers were taken to the airport to fly back to their countries of origin.Operation COVID-19Border control is only one of the Brazilian Armed Forces’ measures for Operation COVID-19. This operation, launched on March 19, outlines the use of military forces in support of Brazilian health and public security agencies to curb the spread of the virus that has caused the pandemic.Military institutions were required to make their personnel, operations, and logistics resources available. Representatives from the three forces coordinate and plan activities from a Joint Operations Center set up in Brasília.“This is a war. The enemy is invisible, fierce, and determined in its actions. In times of war, the Brazilian people can count on the Armed Forces,” said Brazilian Minister of Defense EB General Fernando Azevedo.FrontlineOn February 26, Brazil had the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Latin America. Since then, most countries in the region have taken rigorous measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in this part of the continent. Border closure was only one of the initial measures.Currently, a majority of the cases are concentrated in Brazil, followed by Ecuador and Chile. Ecuador declared a state of emergency on March 16, with a nighttime curfew for all citizens. During the day, people can leave the house to buy food, medication, and other basic needs. Driving is also limited, and both land and air transportation are banned between the country’s provinces.Chile declared a state of emergency for 90 days, which enabled the government, with help from the Armed Forces, to ban gatherings in public spaces, control the distribution of basic supplies, establish quarantine and a curfew, and limit the transit of people through cities and the country as a whole.last_img read more

Wireless network, credit card system among improvements at Carrier Dome

first_imgThe Carrier Dome improvements wrapped up last Friday when Syracuse tested the new wireless network and credit card system installed in the arena. The additions were part of a summer-long project highlighted by new video boards and a 360-degree ribbon board.The video boards were completed nearly three weeks ago, in time for the Home to the Dome event during freshman orientation.Carrier Dome managing director Pete Sala said the renovations were focused on enhancing the fan experience with state-of-the-art technology.“To me, being here as long as I have and seeing all these upgrades and improvements, it just makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up and it’s so exciting,” Sala said. “All the improvements that we did over the summer were to enhance the game-day experience for the fans.”The renovations, which started in May, include video boards in both end zones that are 21 feet high and 40 feet wide. Two smaller — 12 feet high and 10 feet wide — displays are on either side of the larger boards. The boards were finished Aug. 9, and allow the staff to change the advertisements easily, play videos and provide statistics throughout games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the wireless network, credit card system and video boards all in place, the stadium is set to host its season opener against Northwestern at noon Saturday. The Dome will host three high school games Friday, serving as a chance to test each element.Sala said he worked with the Syracuse University IT staff to create 150 new access points in the arena for fans to get the Internet on their smartphones. Fans will also be able to send messages through Facebook and Twitter to be displayed on the new video boards.“It needed to be easy for the fan to get on the Internet. That was our first goal,” Sala said. “And then it needed to be dependable and something that was easy to get through to get on. That was our biggest goal.”Fans will also be able to use credit cards at all permanent points of sale, which they couldn’t do before. Athletic director Daryl Gross was adamant about the addition of the new system, Sala said.“Again, it’s a fan experience thing,” Sala said. “And you couldn’t, at the time, use credit cards anywhere but the ticket office.“Now, anywhere there’s a permanent concessions location in the Dome, you’ll be able to use a credit card to make the purchase.”For Sala, the additions will make for a better fan experience starting Saturday as the Dome is now a state-of-the-art facility in each aspect.“It’s a huge improvement for us,” Sala said. “This is going to create such a better atmosphere.” Comments Published on August 29, 2012 at 3:12 am Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more