May 28, 2008
Chris made a vocational visit to the home of Felipe on Wednesday. Felipe explained his vision of the role of small companies acting as middle-men providing a variety of IT services to end users.
Whilst there, Felipe’s dad showed off his prized bunch of red bananas. According to Lea, who is hosting Georg and Chris this week with her husband Miltom, regular intake of bananas is one of the keys to happiness.
Later in the day Chris and Felipe visited Winco, a software development company.
May 28, 2008
Today Georg went to visit Comlurb, the company which is in charge of household waste collection and street cleaning for the centre of the Rio metropolitan area. During the visit he had the opportunity to visit the landfill site Aterro de Gramacho, one of the biggest landfills in South America. The site has a daily income of more then 6000 tons of household waste. It is situated somewhere in Duque de Caxis, to the north of Rio and until 1995 was not in a satisfactory situation. Due to investment of more then 80 million pounds, the site is now one of the safest in Brazil.
Recycling in Brasil is slightly different to the UK and has a strong social component. On the site itself, are more than 1000 people who collect and seperate out any valuable material from the incoming waste.Georg was told that the informal recycling sector in Rio employs more than 6000 people, who work in a very unhealthy environment.
The visit to one of Comlurb’s compost plants was also part of the programme. It has a capacitiy of 300 tons daily. Composting is very important in Rio, as more then 50% of all domestic waste is compostable.
At the end Georg recieved a sack full of compost material as a goodbye present from the site manager. Georg will undertake some research to see if there is a market in the UK for this material.
May 28, 2008
BOPE were paid a visit today at their secluded training base. They are seen as the elite training corps in Brazil and specialise in tackling drugs and gun crime within the heavily armed favellas. They use the same tactics as the British SAS and are provided with the best equipment, armoured vehicles, helicopters and boats in order to facilitate the most appropriate manner of entry into the problem area.
They face gunfire attack daily and lose a high proportion of officers each year who are killed on duty. Tropa de Elite, a film about the force won the top award at the Berlin film festival.
May 27, 2008
The initial visit made to the civil police who police the area of Copacabana was made by Elaine and Adam. They were warmly received at Copacabana police station. They were shown around the station and witnessed an arrest taking place whilst there. They viewed the cell area and interview rooms, this station being a holding station short-term. A poster on display in the station shows officers from this force killed on duty within the last twelve months.
They were also shown the firearms used by the officers in this force and were allowed to handle them in order to guage their weight. Officers retain personal guns on and off duty.