LOUNGE all new asksnapzu ideasforsnapzu newtribes interesting pics videos funny technology science technews gaming health history worldnews business web research entertainment food living internet socialmedia mobile space sports photography nature animals movies culture travel television finance music celebrities gadgets environment usa crime politics law money justice psychology security cars wtf art google books lifetips bigbrother women apple kids recipes whoa military privacy education facebook medicine computing wildlife design war drugs middleeast diet toplists economy fail violence humor africa microsoft parenting dogs canada neuroscience architecture religion advertising infographics sex journalism disaster software aviation relationships energy booze life japan ukraine newmovies nsa cannabis name Name of the tribe humanrights nasa cute weather gifs discoveries cops futurism football earth dataviz pets guns entrepreneurship fitness android extremeweather fashion insects india northamerica
Submit a link
Start a discussion
  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +19 +1

    Tests find Olympic water in Rio de Janeiro heavily polluted with raw sewage

    New tests carried out by the Associated Press have found that the waters around Rio de Janeiro are heavily and dangerously contaminated, even 1Km out to sea. The new tests bring further doubt on Rio's ability to safely hold the Olympics in 2016. The tests are the second series carried out by AP, who found in July that the waters had disease-causing virus levels 1.7 million times higher than what would cause extreme alarm in the US or Europe.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +44 +1

    Russia likely to miss 2016 Rio Olympics over doping, European official says

    Russia, an Olympics powerhouse, is likely to miss the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, the head of Europe's top sports body said Tuesday. Russia was banned indefinitely by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) recently after a commission by the World Anti-Doping Agency uncovered widespread doping among its athletes. The report also claimed the Russian government was complicit in a well-organized program to give its competitors...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +30 +1

    Zika-linked condition: Rio Olympics 'to go ahead' despite virus

    There is no chance that the Rio Olympics will be cancelled because of a Zika virus outbreak, Brazil has said. The authorities said there was no risk to athletes and spectators - except pregnant women - at the August event. Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned a disease linked to Zika posed a global public health emergency requiring a united response.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +26 +1

    At least 2 dead as Rio Olympic project collapses

    At least two people were killed Thursday in the collapse of a new elevated bike path that has been heralded as a top legacy project of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The accident on the Tim Maia bike path is the latest in a series of problems besetting preparations for the Aug. 5-21 games, which include worries about an outbreak of the Zika virus, political turmoil that threatens to topple President Dilma Rousseff, underwhelming ticket sales and budget cuts amid...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +22 +1

    Rio 2016 Olympics: 100 days to go

    If Olympic opening ceremonies should capture the atmosphere in a host nation, then Rio 2016's curtain-raiser should be interesting. With 100 days until the Games begin, Brazil is unraveling fast -- largely overshadowing the impending arrival of sport's greatest showpiece. Who needs the staple pre-Olympic media diet of venue delays and security fears when you have a leader facing impeachment, a gigantic corruption scandal and a global public health emergency?

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by dianep
    +12 +1

    Road To Rio: Can The Olympics Save Golf?

    Daniel Stapff was once a chubby, 11-year-old tennis player from Curitiba, Brazil, the son of a former pro whose entire family lived racket-in-hand. But one day Stapff found himself bored and near a golf course. He whacked a few balls.Stapff left the course underwhelmed. Striking the tiny dimpled ball with an awkwardly shaped club was a towering task. The game was tedious to learn — and besides, Stapff's dream was to turn pro in his father’s sport.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by timex
    +25 +1

    Zika Fears Prompt 150 Public Health Experts to Call for Olympics to Be Moved From Rio

    A group of 150 prominent scientists, doctors and medical ethicists have signed a letter calling for this summer's Olympic Games to be postponed or moved from Rio de Janeiro due to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. In a letter directed to World Health Organization Director Dr. Margaret Chan, the group said that new findings about the Zika virus should result in the games being moved or postponed to safeguard the thousands of athletes, staff and reporters scheduled to attend the games.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +34 +1

    NBA star Pau Gasol considers skipping Olympics due to Zika virus concerns

    One of Spain’s most famous athletes, the basketball player Pau Gasol, has said he is considering skipping this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to fears over the Zika virus. Gasol said he has spoken to other athletes who were considering whether to compete at the Games. “It wouldn’t surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk,” Gasol, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, said.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +7 +1

    Olympic athletes will sport Visa's new payment ring in Rio

    For those making their way to this year's Olympic games in Rio this August, Visa will be the only card accepted at official venues -- a pretty sweet deal for the payment provider. But, rather than be satisfied with exclusive access to the wallets of a half million tourists, the company is using the event to introduce a new ring that will let people pay with a wave of their hand: No phone, wallet or even battery needed.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hedman
    +22 +1

    Journalists Are Backing Out of the Olympics Over Zika

    Athletes have already expressed concern about traveling to the heart of the Zika outbreak to compete in this summer’s Olympics. Now journalists are opting out entirely. Several NBC employees will not travel to Brazil to cover the games, including Today anchor Savannah Guthrie, who announced today that she’s pregnant. The CDC made a recommendation in February that women who are pregnant should not travel to Zika-affected countries, then later expanded the recommendation to include women who are considering getting pregnant.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jcscher
    +35 +1

    Financial Calamity Declared in Rio Weeks before Olympics, but Games will go on

    The state says it fears a “total collapse” in public security, health, transport and more.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ckshenn
    +45 +1

    Oil turns white boats to brown in Rio Olympic sailing venue

    A new pollution problem has surfaced in Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Sailors complained Monday about an oil slick that turned white boats brown with crews in town practicing for the Olympics, which open in a month. "We've never seen anything like this. It was all over the place," said Finnish sailor Camilla Cedercreutz. "There was no way you could avoid it." It's yet another in a long list of problems confronting South America's first games: the Zika virus, rising crime and violence, budget cuts, and slow ticket sales.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +29 +1

    'Super bacteria' is in Rio Olympic waters, it's almost untreatable, and it can be deadly

    “Super bacteria” has been found in Guanabara Bay, the site of 2016 Olympic sailing competition. With less than a month until the 2016 Olympics get underway in Rio de Janeiro, almost all mentions of the games are accompanied by tangible concerns. An upsurge in violence has swept through the Rio streets, and security seems unequipped to deal with it.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by lostwonder
    +2 +1

    Officials push to bar Russian Olympic delegation if doping allegations true

    Antidoping officials are preparing to request a complete ban of the Russian delegation from the Summer Olympics if allegations of a state-run doping scandal at the 2014 Winter Games are verified.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +42 +1

    All Russian Teams Face Ban From Rio Olympics

    The World Anti-Doping Agency has recommended that Russia's entire team is banned from this summer's Olympic Games. Its call follows a damning report which found Russia has systematically covered up doping in "all sporting disciplines" since 2011. The sports ministry and secret service "directed and oversaw" the manipulation of urine samples, resulting in at least 312 falsified results up until at least last year's world swimming championships, WADA claimed.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +40 +1

    Zika Isn’t The Biggest Mosquito-Transmitted Disease Plaguing Brazil

    Ask anyone in the United States what the biggest health risk is at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and they’ll tell you it’s Zika. The mosquito-borne virus has hit Brazil the hardest, leaving more than 1,500 newborns with serious brain defects in its wake. Zika’s spread ignited a fiery funding battle in Congress, pushed cities to blindly craft local public health responses, and even convinced some Olympic athletes to skip this summer’s event.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +15 +1

    Brazilian police arrest Isis-linked group over alleged Olympics attack plot

    Fifteen days before the Olympics opening ceremony, Brazilian police have arrested 10 alleged Islamic State sympathisers who are suspected of planning an act of terrorism during the games. Two others are still at large. The Brazilian justice minister, Alexandre Moraes, described the suspects – all of whom are Brazilian – as “absolutely amateur and unprepared”, but he said they had sworn allegiance to Islamic State, celebrated the recent attacks in Orlando and Nice, and some of them had tried to buy AK-47s.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +34 +1

    The solution to doping is to extend the blame beyond athletes

    Doping in sport is widespread and shows little sign of abating. Athletes are dropping out of the Rio Olympics like flies. Maria Sharapova was banned for two years after testing positive for meldonium; a Romanian kayaking team failed their drug test, disqualifying them pending further investigations; and the International Olympic Committee announced that they could ban up to 31 athletes from competing because retests of their samples collected during the 2008 Beijing Olympics indicated the presence of banned substances.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jasont
    +16 +1

    Australians not moving into Olympic Village due to 'blocked toilets, exposed wiring'

    The Australian team will not be moving into Olympic Village for the time being because of problems including "blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring", delegation head Kitty Chiller has said, less than two weeks ahead of the Rio Games. Chiller, who said she would reassess the situation later, said she had raised concerns on a daily basis with the organisers and the International Olympic Committee, and was "pushing hard for a solution".

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +25 +1

    The Media Village at the Rio Olympics Is Built on a Mass Grave of Slaves

    When journalists show up en masse in Rio de Janeiro to cover the Summer Olympics next month, many will stay in the Barra Media Villages, a self-described group of “over 1,500 spacious and modern apartments” complete with kitchens, 24/7 food access, along with a huge pool. But, write Daniel Gross and Jonathan Watts for The Guardian, that luxury comes at a price: Part of the village was constructed on top of a mass grave for slaves. Gross and Watts report that part of a Brazilian quilombo, a community of people whose ancestors were runaway slaves, was torn down to make the village.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +30 +1

    Rio Olympics 2016: 37 Russian athletes banned from the Games

    Nineteen more Russian rowers have been banned from competing at next month's Olympics, taking the number of Russian athletes suspended this week to 37. Earlier on Tuesday, eight athletes across canoeing, modern pentathlon and sailing were banned, as seven swimmers and three rowers were on Monday. Governing bodies are making the rulings following the damning World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report into state-sponsored doping in the country. The Rio Games begin on 5 August.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +13 +1

    Olympic flame extinguished by Rio protesters

    The Olympic torch relay was disrupted by striking teachers after it entered Rio de Janeiro. Video footage of the demonstration suggests the flame was extinguished while the runner carrying the torch had to be bussed to safety. The incident forced a temporary halt and prompted some runners to quit the relay. Protesters stoned cars and police responded with tear gas and pepper spray. To avoid further problems, a stretch of the relay was missed out.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rexall
    +38 +1

    Olympians will ‘literally be swimming in human crap,’ scientists say

    But Olympic swimmers, sailors and windsurfers will have to look out for more than that, because the city’s waters have what health experts are calling a “petri dish of pathogens,” including bacterias that cause diarrhea, vomiting and even death to those with weakened immune systems. “Foreign athletes will literally be swimming in human crap, and they risk getting sick from all those microorganisms,” Dr. Daniel Becker, a local pediatrician who works in poor neighborhoods, told the New York Times. “It’s sad but also worrisome.”

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zritic
    +2 +1

    Kidnapped Kiwi Jiu-Jitsu athlete Jason Lee and partner Laura McQuillan flee Brazil (with Video)

    Kidnapped New Zealand-born athlete Jason Lee and his partner are now safe in Toronto after a harrowing week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Two military police officers kidnapped Lee over the weekend, forcing him into an unmarked car and making him extract 2000 Reais ($812) from ATMs. Police from the same branch then visited his apartment in what he described as an attempt to intimidate him. Two officers have since been taken into custody. In their first interview since leaving Brazil, Lee and his partner, journalist Laura McQuillan, revealed what sent them packing so fast - a second visit to their home.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by jedlicka
    +24 +1

    These Charts Show Which Track And Field Records Could Be Broken In Rio

    Faster, Higher, Stronger — the motto of the Olympic Games. But don’t expect these words to resonate in the track-and-field stadium in Rio de Janeiro at the coming Olympic Games. Scientific studies suggest that for most events, athletes have for years been operating at or near a plateau of performance — which seems to represent fundamental limits imposed by human biology. And in some events — notably women’s sprints and throws — the legacy of widespread doping in the 1980s casts a long shadow over today’s performances, and means that some world records may never be broken.

  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by rti9
    +15 +1

    Inside Rio’s favelas, the city's neglected neighborhoods

    The Rio you won’t see at the Olympics.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +21 +1

    Olympic swimmers 'certain' to pick up virus from just three teaspoons of Rio water

    Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by the Associated Press. Not only are some 1,400 athletes at risk of getting violently ill in water competitions, but the AP's tests indicate that tourists also face potentially serious health risks on the golden beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +21 +1

    Olympic executives cash in on a ‘Movement’ that keeps athletes poor

    Its members call it, with an almost religious conviction, “the Olympic Movement,” or “the Movement” for short, always capitalized. At the very top of “the Movement” sits the International Olympic Committee, a nonprofit run by a “volunteer” president who gets an annual “allowance” of $251,000 and lives rent-free in a five-star hotel and spa in Switzerland. At the very bottom of “the Movement” — beneath the IOC members who travel first-class and get paid thousands of dollars just to attend the Olympics, beneath the executives who make hundreds of thousands to organize the Games...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by dianep
    +24 +1

    Rio Olympics security firm fired, maligned police force takes over

    Less than a week before the 2016 Rio Olympics are set to start, the Brazil Ministry of Justice terminated its contract with a private firm that was supposed to provide security for the games. It’s not hard to see why the Ministry of Justice reacted so harshly. With only a few days left until the first venues are set to open, Artel admitted that they have only hired 500 security personnel.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rhingo
    +36 +1

    No Dorms For U.S. Basketball Teams; They'll Stay On A Cruise Ship In Rio

    In a move that could be interpreted as indulgent or prescient — or both — the U.S. men's basketball team at the Rio Olympics will stay aboard a luxury cruise ship rather than the spartan facilities at the athletes village. It appears the U.S. women will also be living aboard the Silver Cloud, according to media reports. The men's basketball team, made up of 12 highly compensated NBA stars, has a tradition of opting for upscale digs ever since professionals were allowed to play in the Olympics in 1992. And the men's team even stayed on a cruise liner once before, at the 2004 Games in Athens.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +37 +1

    Over 200,000 tickets to be given away in bid to fill Olympic venues in Rio

    Rio 2016 organisers will launch a new project to give away more than 200,000 tickets to schoolchildren to help to fill the gaps in stands, the Guardian can reveal. Officials also told those coming to the Games to “fasten their seatbelts” for a bumpy ride following a cost cutting programme that has reduced the number of volunteers and reduced bills in a host of non-essential areas. Organisers said that because they had hit their 1bn Reais revenue target, they were in a position where they could give tickets away – despite having earlier promised not to do so.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by wildcat
    +31 +1

    This Is What Rio’s Terrible Pollution Looks Like

    Forget about the floating tires. You can spot those in the water even in clean cities around the world. What gobsmacks you as you approach a canal near the Rio international airport, a body of water that flows into the city’s Guanabara Bay – home of the 2016 Olympics sailing venue — is the smell. It’s a gaseous stench: inhale it at your stomach’s own risk.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +14 +1

    Rio's Olympic golf course is overrun with sloths, crocodiles and the world's largest rodents

    The sand traps will be the least of the golfers' worries. The Golf Channel recently explored the Olympic golf course in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio, an upscale region nestled on the lakefront. While that makes for a picturesque setting, it also means the grassy slopes are a veritable Noah's Ark of Brazilian wildlife. Spotted so far on the links are: sloths, caimans, boa constrictors, mico monkeys, burrowing owls and 40 capybaras, the largest rodents in the world.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +39 +1

    Skateboarding Is Now an Olympic Sport

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today voted unanimously to include skateboarding in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. The vote, which took place during the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro, the site of this year's Summer Games, was the culmination of a lengthy campaign to bring skateboarding to the Olympics. The Fédération Internationale Roller Sports (FIRS) was behind skateboarding's bid, though the World Skateboarding Federation (WSF) and International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) have both argued that they should oversee skating in the Games.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +14 +1

    We Were Promised The Greenest Olympics Ever. We Got An Ecological Disaster.

    On a cool December night in Paris, at an awards ceremony in the city’s 3rd arrondissement, Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, took the stage to thunderous applause from an audience full of his fellow mayors from around the world. Paes’ voiced boomed as he stressed the importance of cities leading the fight against climate change — as chair of the C40 network, a group representing 80 world cities working together to combat the devastating effects of climate change, Paes is a prominent evangelist of the local leader’s power to champion sustainability at home.