The 2016 Olympic Games officially kick started at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday 5th August. In a colorful opening ceremony at the Brazilian capital is the top story of the day.
With participants from 206 countries Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the work.
The official inauguration was done when the former Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron at Rio’s Maracan stadium. Amidst struggling economy and political scandals, the games success was in doubt. But when it comes to party Brazilians knows it best. And they proved it at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony with a spectacular show of natural beauty, rich culture and history.
Rio Olympics 2016 Opening Ceremony
Here is a video showing highlight moments from the opening show.
The scribe of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki Moon has called on the world powers to press action on Syria to end the attack on anti government protesters in the country and listen to the demands of the protesters. The secretary general said that resolution on the crises would help the people of Syria. Ban Ki Moon was talking to the press in New York on the same day he was re-elected for the UN top job for a second term of five years.
The secretary general advised President Assad to respect the will of people of Syria and listen to and address the grievances of the protesters. Since Syria started using heavy forces against its citizens that are protesting were against the government the United Nations Security Council has been unable to pass a resolution.
Russia and China are standing as opposition against a US draft resolution that was seeking to condemn the Syrian government. The draft was also opposed by India, Brazil and South Africa.
The protest against the government of President Assad started in mid March and it has continued. The Assad family had ruled Syria for more than forty years. The current president ascended into power about eleven years ago after the death of his father who has ruled the country for more than three decades. The protest is centered against the continued of rule of Assad and they are demanding for reforms in the country including regime change.
Heavy downpour has submerged all hopes for people of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. More than 610 people have lost their lives so far and authorities are searching for missing people. There have been around 274 deaths in Nova Friburgo city whereas the figure is 263 in Teresopolis, 18 in Sumidouro and 55 in Petropolis.
The state government has declared official mourning week from Saturday in the memory of flood victims who lost their lives. Emergency assistance works are being carried in areas where people are stuck or buried under heap of mud and stones. There was no electricity in the entire region particularly in Teresopolis, Petropolis and Sumidouro and this hampered the risk operations on Friday.
Sergio Cabral, governor of Rio de Janeiro Governor declared a 7-day mourning for people who died in the floods. It is estimated that more than 6000 people became homeless while thousand of people were forced to evacuate their houses in order to save their lives.
The state has still not been able to resume electricity supply, telephone services and water in the affected area.
President Dilma Rousseff observed areas affected by floods and mudslides and assured to provide an aid of $59 million to rehabilitate the victims.
Soccer City, South Africa:Brazil defeated Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) by 3-1 in their world Cup Group G match. Star striker Kaka received a second yellow card and was shown a red card when he appeared to dig an elbow into the chest of Kader Keita. The African players couldn’t make much of impact agaist the 5 time world champions Brazil.
Kaka got Red card in 88th minute during the Brazil vs Ivory Coast match
After 25 minutes from the start of the game, Kaka gave a brilliant pass to Luis Fabiano who cleared the defender before receiving the ball at the right hand corner of the goal post and converted into a goal with a spectacular shot.
Luis Fabiano hit his second goal just after 5 minutes when the play restrated to take the South Americans to a 2-0 lead. Elano completed the tally with the 3rd goal in 62nd minute and in return Ivory Coast replied with a goal by Didier DROGBA in 79th minute.
Kaka Red Card:
Brizilian star Kaka got his first caution yellow card in 85th minute and got a second one in 88th minute. With the late red card Kaka is going to miss the next world cup match.
Brazil won the match by 3-1. With this victory Brazil booked a place in last 16 at the FIFA World Cup 2010.