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Op-Ed: Protests in Brazil: What Really Lies Behind - DigitalJournal.com

Op-Ed: Protests in Brazil: What Really Lies Behind - DigitalJournal.com | Sports Facility Management: Offner, K | Scoop.it

But what really lies behind the Brazilian demonstration is the people’s disgust at the waste, mismanagement and endless increase of the cost of staging the World Cup in Brazil, reaching the federal budget for education in 2013, R$28 billion (about £8 billion) and expected to reach over R$33 billion in total (about £10 billion).

 





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Brazil: Protests & Demonstrations

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"Protests are ongoing in Brazil as people took to demonstrating against high World Cup spending....the unrest is the worst the nation has seen in two decades."


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Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 30, 2014 8:07 PM

With all eyes on Brazil, the country is showing the world that it is more than just the world cup. Having protests in the media, Brazil is seen as a more than just a country with beautiful scenery and one with unrest due to political corruption and tax increases that effect the entire country.

Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, May 6, 2015 8:49 AM

These pictures show the other side of something that most of the world was looking forward to and enjoys. Just as with the Sochi Olympics, the World Cup in Brazil was not only an international event that was internationally important, but it was a local event for Brazilians as well, that had real impacts on their lives. Unfortunately, governments and corporations often fail to recognize or choose to ignore the ramifications of their enterprises on the everyday citizen. On the flip side of increased revenue in the form of tourism and foreign investment is increased government spending and likely higher taxes to fund an event that many Brazilians may not have even been able to attend. 

 

So while Brazil was the center of international attention, at least for a short time, the media did not show the rest of the world the unrest and unhappiness in the country. Instead, they focused on what teams might be playing in the World Cup and which team would likely win. They did not discuss or mention the protests that occurred because it would not bring in the desired ratings or money. The media, therefore, helped to facilitate a disconnect between global and local. In a global context, Brazil was the host of the World Cup and was preparing for one of the most important events in the most popular sport in the world. In a local context, however, Brazil was a nation rife with unrest regarding high government spending on an a sports tournament. That money could likely have been better spent somewhere else, but since that would not have fulfilled the immediate desires and goals of the Brazilian government, ordinary Brazilians were forced to suffer the consequences. 

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 13, 2015 1:15 PM

this is insane. the government is spending money they don't really have on events which should be considered something which comes after insuring your people are taken care of. this riot is totally understandable as the government is failing to use money from these peoples taxes to insure that they have basic amenities. this is growing more sickening as time goes on.

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Nonprofit Approaches Solve The Rural Broadband Problem

Nonprofit Approaches Solve The Rural Broadband Problem | Sports Facility Management: Offner, K | Scoop.it

Wally Bowen has again penned an op-ed that we gained permission to reprint. The original ran in North Carolina's Durham News Observer.

 

President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that he wants to upgrade the nation's "critical infrastructure," including our "incomplete high-speed broadband network that prevents a small business owner in rural America from selling her products all over the world."

 

The Green Bay Packers know how to tackle this problem.

 

Green Bay, Wis., population 104,000, and its National Football League franchise have much in common with communities left behind in today's broadband world. In 1923, the Packers faced a similar crisis. How to keep the team in Green Bay despite being in an "uncompetitive" market.

 

Green Bay took a page out of the playbook of rural electrification. It converted the franchise into a community-owned nonprofit. The move permanently tied the Packers to Green Bay and lifted the burden of generating profits for outside investors. In short, Green Bay found a business model in scale with its market.

 

Rural electrification via a community-ownership business model began more than 100 years ago when for-profit utilities bypassed rural areas. This self-help solution has deep roots in rural America, where nonprofit cooperatives have long provided essential services for local economies.

 

Yet the congressionally mandated National Broadband Plan omits nonprofit networks as part of a universal broadband strategy. Blair Levin, a former FCC official and Raleigh attorney, is the Plan's lead author. According to Thomas Friedman in a Jan. 3 column in The New York Times, Levin now believes that "America is focused too much on getting 'average' bandwidth to the last 5 percent of the country in rural areas, rather than getting 'ultra-high-speed' bandwidth to the top 5 percent in university towns, who will invent the future."

 

Levin leads Gig.U, a consortium of major research universities - including UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke and N.C. State - promoting "ultra-high-speed" Internet access. He has every right to advocate for Gig.U, but doing so at the expense of under-served rural communities raises concerns about his work with the National Broadband Plan.

 

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Miami Dolphins Worried About Marlins Park Backlash When They Propose Public Financing For Stadium Renovations Today

Miami Dolphins Worried About Marlins Park Backlash When They Propose Public Financing For Stadium Renovations Today | Sports Facility Management: Offner, K | Scoop.it

The Miami Dolphins are trying frantically to convince state and local governments to finance $400 million in renovations to Sun Life Stadium, but their former tenants, the Miami Marlins, may have killed any public support for such a plan for good.

 

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will announce a plan for stadium renovations that includes asking for the state and Miami-Dade County for financing. Recent attempts, including a 2011 bill to raise hotel taxes to fund a renovation plan were scuttled by lawmakers.

 

The Miami Herald polled Miami-Dade residents in October, and 84% opposed spending public money to build a roof on Sun Life Stadium.

 

It's been reported that the team will ask the state to raise its sales tax rebate from $2 million to $4 million. Miami-Dade County will be asked to raise mainland hotel taxes from 6% to 7%, with the extra 1% earmarked for the stadium (roughly $10 million a year).

 

The rest would be paid by Ross himself. The total cost is expected to be $400 million, nearly twice the bud gent of a 2011 plan released as part of the hotel tax bill...

 

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Myrtle Beach could have new indoor sports facility as soon as February 2015 - MyrtleBeachOnline.com

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Myrtle Beach could have new indoor sports facility as soon as February 2015 MyrtleBeachOnline.com City manager Tom Leath now has the authority to partner with the Sports Facility Advisory, a Florida-based management consultant company, to bring the...
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California requires professional stadiums to post security numbers ...

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Governor Brown signed a bill (AB 2464) Friday to deter violence at sports stadiums and arenas.

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Nicholas T Geisinger's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:13 AM

Should this be nationwide? Another way to make your patrons feel safe during ritual tailgating parties.

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This is something that should be applied at all stadiums.
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Massive Green Building Projects Aim to Create a Sustainable 2014 World Cup

Massive Green Building Projects Aim to Create a Sustainable 2014 World Cup | Sports Facility Management: Offner, K | Scoop.it

For the 2014 World Cup, Brazil will roll out impressive facilities that could score LEED certification and add to its rich modern architecture legacy.

Describing any massive construction project as “green” is a stretch, especially when it comes to sports facilities. But in football-mad Brazil, plans for a bevy of new and refurbished football stadia for the 2014 World Cup are well underway.

Brazil's projects could both score international green building certifications such as LEED while adding to the country’s rich modern architecture legacy. Much of the credit for Brazil’s greening of the World Cup goes to Vicente Mello and Ian McKee, two architects who drafted the CopaVerde plan, which advocates for the most responsible construction practices possible for the event’s venues...


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Alice Boyd's curator insight, June 3, 2013 11:07 AM

What a building!  Everyone is getting on board with Green Buildings and LEED certifications.  Turner is also on the Green and LEED Certified train. It's the new IN thing. 

Kenneth Hadden Miller's curator insight, April 26, 2015 3:56 AM

An earlier scoop showed the issues that Rio was going to have with disabled patrons who attend the 2016 Olympic Games.  This is a bit more positive as it shows the green facilities that were created or rebuilt for the 2014 World Cup.  One of these even had its own solar power plant, which is extremely impressive!

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Score! for Two Rural Broadband Teams | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural

Score! for Two Rural Broadband Teams | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural | Sports Facility Management: Offner, K | Scoop.it

Morry Gash for AP Fans like Steve Gash of DeForest, WI, invested in the Packers to build a new stadium. The same kind of ardor and hustle can create a rural broadband network. In Green Bay, WI, football fans bought shares in the team to build a new stadium. Local ardor and hustle can raise money for a broadband network, too. Though bumped out of Super Bowl contention, the Green Bay Packers leave broadband advocates with a win: a potent strategy for community ownership of this critical asset.

 

In five weeks the community-owned Packers raised $70 million for refurbishing its football field by selling stock in the team. More incredible than raising so much money so quickly is that the $250 stock share price buys the investor very little. The stocks are untradeable, pay no dividends, and do not have securities-law protection. Investors don’t even get a game ticket. (There’s a really fun annual shareholders party at the team’s Lambeau Field, though.)

 

Examining the path Green Bay took to execute this fundraising feat uncovers the seeds for successfully financing a community broadband network. The three main ingredients are belief in the cause, sound planning and a solid needs assessment.

 

Clearly, belief in their biggest community asset – the Packers team – is phenomenally strong. A share of Packer stock probably isn’t worth much more than a case or two of beer if an investor sells it back to the team. However, to mimic that credit card ad, the pride of ownership apparently is priceless.

 

This investor strategy can work if constituents believe in the power of broadband to transform their community. But will constituents put their money where their faith is? Two communities are saying, “yes, we do.”

 

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Miami New Times: 'Miami Marlins Keep Lying About Stadium'

Miami New Times: 'Miami Marlins Keep Lying About Stadium' | Sports Facility Management: Offner, K | Scoop.it

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It's the bottom of the ninth, and as usual the Marlins are about to lose. Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel zips a fastball past a befuddled Miami hitter, notching another strike on the way to a 3-0 Braves shutout.

 

Just outside the center-field bathrooms, Steve Corbin clutches a Jose Reyes bobblehead to his chest, squints at the field, and shakes his head in disgust. The bald fan in a Marlins T-shirt has rooted for the Fish since the team opened up shop in Miami Gardens in 1993. This year, he's had time to see a dozen games at the team's gleaming new Little Havana stadium.

 

"The ballpark is great," Corbin says. Then he sighs heavily. "I just wish they hadn't completely screwed over taxpayers to build this thing."

 

Before the park opened, Miami New Times counted down the six biggest lies the team's owners told to sell what we predicted would be the "worst deal for taxpayers of any stadium in America." Those falsehoods included absurd promises that the stadium would revitalize Little Havana, bogus pledges that fans would flock to games, and laughable claims that the Marlins would go bankrupt without the deal.

 

Now, as the team's first season on NW Sixth Street draws to a close this week, it's time to look back and confidently declare: This stadium has been a fiasco for the ages...

 

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Miami Marlins Season Ticket Sales Plummet

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No one's buying what Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria's selling.

 

Season ticket sales have plummeted from 12,000 in 2012 to just 5,000 so far this year, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.  

 

Loria's defiant take on the team's scorched earth offseason isn't helping. After placing an instantly-maligned full-page letter to fans in South Florida papers Sunday, he continued to defend his decisions on Monday night during a 23-minute meeting with reporters and again on Tuesday. It was the first time Loria had address media since dismantling in November the higher-payroll team he had promised to provide when the Marlins moved into their new ballpark.  

 

In fact, Loria actually claimed not to have heard any negative feedback for several months, reports the Palm Beach Post: "I haven’t seen anything. I got a few silly phone calls. That was in November. It stopped. I’m hoping maybe we can just call a halt to it all and try and get behind the home team this next year."  

 

That seems unlikely, considering photos from the first day of individual game ticket sales showed four people in line at the team's fan fest at Marlins Park, the public-private boondoggle that will eventually cost Miami-Dade taxpayers -- who never got to vote on the project -- some $2.4 billion...

 

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Ideas for Holiday Specials at Sports Facilities

Here are a few ideas to promote your sports facility this holiday season. ... Our Sponsors. Sports Facility Management Software Leader in Performance Enhancement Contact Us Marketing Toolbox ...

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Justin Tillinghast's curator insight, July 17, 2013 7:27 PM

Advertising ideas for holiday specials

Becky Kelly's curator insight, August 6, 2013 3:04 AM

This website offers ideas for promotion of your sports facility to draw consumers.

Kenneth Hadden Miller's curator insight, April 23, 2015 4:52 AM

Some outstanding ideas on how to help your facility make more money!  As the manager of a facility, you need to be creative and think outside the box to help increase revenue!  

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Auditor Finds City At Risk For Lack Of Risk Management System - OPB News

Auditor Finds City At Risk For Lack Of Risk Management System - OPB News | Sports Facility Management: Offner, K | Scoop.it
Auditor Finds City At Risk For Lack Of Risk Management System
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Kahn says the city lacks a central risk management system. Auditors consider such systems a good practice, to keep the broader view in mind.
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