RIO DE JANEIRO: Could hunting for a Pokemon get any hotter? Maybe in Rio, so the city about to host the Olympic Games is urging makers of the popular app to come down to Brazil.
The app, based on a Nintendo title that debuted 20 years ago, uses GPS and mapping capabilities in smartphones to let players roam the real world to find “PokeStops” stocked with supplies and hunt cartoon monsters to capture and train for battles.
“Hello Nintendo! There are 23 days until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Everybody’s coming. You should come on down too,” Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Facebook Wednesday, with the welcoming hashtag #PokemonGoNoBrasil (Pokemon Go in Brazil).
Since its release in the United States, Australia and New Zealand last week, the free Pokemon Go smartphone game that overlays play on the real world has triggered a major craze.
France informed of planned terror attack on Rio team
France was informed of a planned terror attack on its team at the Rio Olympics, according to the head of military intelligence cited in an official document.
The plans were revealed by General Christophe Gomart, head of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DRM), at a parliamentary commission in May investigating the attacks in Paris in January and November last year which left 147 people dead.
In the report, made public this week, Gomart told the commission that he had been informed of the plot — planned by a Brazilian national — “by our partners”.
No other details on the claims were made available by the French authorities.
Brazil’s institutional security cabinet, which co-ordinates the information services in the country, told AFP they had received no information from the French authorities.
“We were not the source of information and the Brazilian intelligence agency (ABIN) was not officially informed either of this matter,” a spokesman told Agence France-Presse.
In early July, the Brazilian Minister of Justice, Alexandre Moraes, said a jihadist attack in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics was a “possibility” but “not a probability”.
Almost third of Rio Olympic tickets unsold
Nearly a third of tickets to the Rio Olympics remain unsold just over three weeks from the opening ceremony, an official said Wednesday, insisting that sales were on course.
The total unsold so far amounts to some 1.7 million tickets to events at the first Olympics ever held in South America, he said.