On October 1, 3,000 Brazilian Army and Navy personnel reinforced security in the favelas (slums) and other areas in Rio de Janeiro, ahead of local elections to be held on October 7, according to the Regional Electoral Court. About 140 million Brazilian nationals must vote in the first round of local elections on October 7, where over 5,000 mayors, deputy mayors and city councillors will be elected for the thousands of municipalities of the country. By Dialogo October 02, 2012 Since 2008, Rio de Janeiro’s authorities have been implementing a strategy to retake control of dozens of favelas that remain in the hands of drug traffickers or militias, ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics games to be held specifically in Rio. “State forces are offering this support, so that we can reassure the population, and we intend for October 7 to be a great celebration of Brazilian democracy,” said Luiz Zveiter, head of the court, to Brazilian news agency Brasil.
Recommendations to help international tourists in emergency situations Establishing a set of minimum standards of consumer protection for tourists will help people feel safer on international travel, the UNWTO said, adding that the recommendations are addressed to countries and are designed to ensure that responsibility for tourists in emergencies is shared fairly throughout the value chain of tourism. 5 Addressing the effective repatriation of tourists. (repatriation means the return of the passenger to the place of departure or to another place agreed by the contracting parties) Restoring trust and security is a key priority of the tourism sector, and one of them is certainly the legal protection of tourists, so that tourists can “carefree” plan a trip. The International Code for the Protection of Tourists, which the UNWTO is working on with the support of almost 100 member states, will make support for tourists affected by emergencies clearer and more consistent globally. At its first meeting, the Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists actively participated in 92 UNWTO member states. As they point out from the UNWTO, they jointly adopted a concrete action plan to restore the trust of tourists through a common and harmonized framework. In the coming weeks, international organizations, the European Commission, as well as private stakeholders, will be invited to join this initiative to achieve a fairer and more balanced share of responsibility among all tourism stakeholders in the world after COVID-19. 2 Providing real-time information for tourists. Tourists as consumers should be provided with greater legal protection, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) concluded. To this end, the UNWTO has launched an initiative for an international code aimed at the legal protection of tourists. 4 Encourage close cooperation between governments and travel and accommodation providers. UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili he said insecurity and a lack of confidence in travel are among the biggest challenges they face with the goal of relaunching global tourism. “The International Code for the Protection of Tourists will be an important step towards resolving this problem. Establishing a standard minimum standard of consumer protection for tourists will help people feel safer on international travel. It will also ensure that the responsibility for managing the crisis situation caused by this pandemic is shared fairly throughout our sector”, Concluded Pololikashvili. On the eve of today’s meeting, the UNWTO announced Recommendations for assistance to international tourists in emergency situations, laying the groundwork for the International Code for the Protection of Tourists. 3 Addressing cross-border cooperation between governments and tourism service providers. 1. Prevention of possible disruptions in travel in the context of developing concrete plans, ie coordination protocols and training of tourism stakeholders to help tourists in emergency situations. The report on the development of the International Code for the Protection of Tourists is expected to be presented at the next UNWTO General Assembly (end of 2021 in Marrakesh, Morocco) for approval by all member states.
The Iroquois Nationals will host the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Lacrosse Championships at Tsha’Hon’nonyen’dakhwa’ Onondaga Nation Arena in Nedrow, N.Y., and First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., the team announced Wednesday.The event will last six days in September 2015. It’s expected to bring in about 300 athletes and 15,000 fans, which will result in approximately $4 million in local travel spending, according to a press release.“We are pleased that the Federation of International Lacrosse selected the Iroquois Nationals to host this prestigious event,” Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said in the release. “The Onondaga Nation is an integral part of our community and we welcome the opportunity to show people from all over the world what Central New York has to offer.”The World Championships take place every four years, and the 2015 tournament will be the fourth tournament. It will mark the first time any international sporting event is held on indigenous grounds.Pool play and the quarterfinals of the tournament will be held at the Onondaga Nation Arena, which seats 3,000 people. The remaining rounds will take place at the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League. The Buffalo Sabres of the NHL also play at the venue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Bandits were first in the NLL in attendance in 2012 with 15,918 fans per game.“The Buffalo Bandits are extremely pleased to be chosen as co-host of WILC 2015 along with the Onondaga Nation,” said Scott Loffler, director of lacrosse operations of the Buffalo Bandits, in the release. “Western New York and Southern Ontario has a strong and passionate following when it comes to indoor lacrosse and we are excited to show that off to the lacrosse world.“We look forward to working in conjunction with the Iroquois Nationals to make this event successful and a positive experience for all involved.”The FIL was formed in 2008 in a merger of the men’s and women’s international lacrosse associations.About 10 to 12 nations will participate in the event. Canada won the gold medal at the 2011 championships held in Prague. Australia, Czech Republic, England, Ireland and Slovakia all competed. The U.S. won the bronze medal.Israel, Thailand and Turkey — all new FIL members — have also expressed interest in participating, according to the release.The event will be one to remember thanks to the Bandits organization and the historical significance, said Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons on behalf of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs.“The Onondaga Nation is extremely proud to host the international lacrosse community and is looking forward to a successful and first-class event,” Lyons said. Comments Published on September 6, 2012 at 1:53 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+