Shall we talk about the new revelation by APublica that Paulista Santista, a second division team in the Campeonato Paulista, was found to have been maintaining their youth trainees in a tiny apartment where 12 kids had to share three mattresses and fend for their own food? The kids are from Pará, sent to
by their parents in search of their
footballing dreams. The kids were under the care of an “olheiro” (scout), whose
lawyer said that “the kids were not given food because if they were left to
cook it themselves they wouldn’t eat properly.” Right. It’s clearly better not
to give them anything. If this had happened in Santos South
in the years leading up to the World Cup, there would have been international
outrage. Here, football business founded on exploiting the dreams of young boys
comes first. Germany
Or perhaps we should talk about the revoking of the multi-billion dollar Porto Olimpico project designated for
Rio’s port zone? This much ballyhooed contest was won by
the architect son of one of the big shots at one of ’s biggest construction
firms. The international competition was so clearly opaque that a posse of
gringos and their indignant Brazilian partners sued to have the competition results
thrown out. Incredibly, it seems as if the judiciary will be able to tell our Mayor-king
what to do for once. Credibility zero. Brazil
Or would you be more interested in hearing about the legislative investigation into the backroom dealings between
Rio’s Deputy Dawg Govenor, Delta constructions, Eike
Batista and Carlinhos Cachoeira, aka “The Waterfall”. This latest high-level scandal threatens to
unravel the Gordian knot tied by interest peddling and opaque governance.
Delta, which has received billions in no-bid government contracts under Cabral,
has pulled out of the Trans-Carioca
BRT project and has left
the group responsible for the Maracanã travesty. Last year, a Delta helicopter
carrying Cabral’s girlfriend to a birthday party for the company’s president crashed, killing everyone on board.
Apparently Cachoeira was the middle man in the Cabral-Delta negotiations.
Cabral was flown to the party in Eike
Batista’s private jet. Let’s hope that something positive comes of this and
that these delightful people don’t get to join Sickly Ricky Teixeira in . Miami
Or maybe you just want to talk about the rich and famous? Thor Batista, Eike’s lovely, yet functionally illiterate son, just had his Ferarri confiscated by the Military Police because he didn’t have a front license plate. Perhaps it had been knocked off when the young Thor killed a man who was walking his bike on the side of the highway a few weeks ago? Nice one. He of course left the scene (on counsel) but then returned to make sure the blood was cleaned up. The major media outlets blamed the cyclist. Lovely.Or, perhaps you’re more interested in the delightful absurdities of policing a city of 13 million? Earlier this week a PM used pepper spray against a dog who dared to get close to him (click link for photo). The dog has, sadly, gained more attention than the little girl shown being sprayed in this photo. Thanks to www.riounderbelly.com for reposting.