By Dialogo October 26, 2012 During the last two weeks, the Brazilian Armed Forces carried out an operation on the borders with Peru and Bolivia to test new radioactive material detectors, in addition to the brand new unmanned air vehicles, the Ministry of Defense reported on October 24. Early this week, Operation Ágata 6 came to an end after seizing 3.7 tons of drugs, as well as 67 vehicles and 201 ships, said the Ministry in a statement. The Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Defense Platoon participated in the operation that patrolled the rivers of Pantanal, a huge biodiversity rich marshland in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul (center-west), Brazil. “The goal was to test new radioactive material detection equipment in vessels operating in the region,” informed the Ministry. “The control of this kind of crime is essential to public safety and nature. In case of contamination, biodiversity can cause damage and infect people,” stated Lieutenant Mauricio Ribeiro de Paiva Júnior. The Military personnel informed that a harmful substance was detected. During the operation, the brand new unmanned air vehicles were also used for the first time, the Ministry told AFP. Both unmanned air vehicles, manufactured in Israel, will be used for surveillance activities on Brazilian borders. Operation Ágata is part of the strategic plan launched by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in June 2011. It aims at the periodic mobilization of border Military contingents supported by armored vehicles, planes and boats, in order to bust traffickers. About 17,000 Military members participated in Operation Ágata 5 on the border area of Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay, an area that encompasses 10,107 kilometers. The operation came to an end in August. In 15 days, the troops detained 31 people and seized six tons of drugs, according to the Ministry of Defense. Brazil shares a border of about 25,750 kilometers, of which about 14,500 kilometers are basin territories with Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay, Venezuela, and French Guiana.
Boys’ Town will face some former players and coaches, but Nicholson says he will always find different ways to play. “I expect a good game from both teams. They have people who know about us but I will find a different way to play, so it won’t be easy for Tivoli to stop our team,” he said. In the last encounter, Nicholson was injured and replaced in the second half. The club was also without vocal coach Price on the sideline. “I was injured in the last game and did not score, plus we were also without coach Price. It will be different with coach Price back on the bench. It will make a big difference as he is always telling us what to do during games,” Nicholson noted. FORMER PLAYER Boys’ Town FC will look to step out of relegation zone when they face neighbouring Tivoli Gardens FC in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) on Sunday at Barbican Complex in St Andrew. The game that will be live on Television Jamaica is set to kick off at 3 p.m. After a poor start with losses in the first four games, Boys’ Town defeated fast-rising newcomers Jamalco FC two weeks ago, then earned a 1-1 draw against Maverley-Hughenden last Sunday to be on four points and in 11th position in the 12-team league. The Red Brigades believe that they are ready to continue the fight and see the game against Tivoli as crucial at this point. IMPORTANTGAME Boys’ Town’s leading striker Shamar Nicholson is looking forward to the game against Tivoli. “It is a very important game for us as a win would put us level on points with Tivoli and off the bottom of the table,” Nicholson said during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe yesterday. “We started slowly and have been working hard in training. With the inclusion of some senior players, the team is doing better. Now, hopefully we can get it together and go on a consistent run,” the 19 year-old, who is in his third RSPL season added. Nicholson has scored four of his team’s five goals this season and is relishing the responsibility given to him by coach Andrew Price. “Since playing in the Premier League, I have always been the top scorer for Boys’ Town because I find myself in the right place at the right time,” he explained. “Coach (Price) is confident in my ability to score goals, so I am the man. My target for the season is 30 goals which is a lot but that is the target,” the confident Nicholson said.