News from Brazil

Regional & Travel

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm

BUILDING OF THE WEEK

Rio’s Olympic Village, to be built in Barra da Tijuca (Rio2016).

FOOTBALL

UBS Wealth Management Research, which correctly predicted Italy would win the 2006 soccer World Cup, says Brazil will triumph this year in South Africa. “Our forecast is based on in-depth quantitative analysis that places great emphasis on a country’s previous performance at World Cup tournaments,” UBS said (Bloomberg).

SAO PAULO

Alex Atala’s D.O.M. restaurant has risen 6 places to position number 18 on the World’s Top 50 Best Restaurants List sponsored by San Pellegrino.

MEDICAL TOURISM

Brazil has the dubious honor of being the only country in the world to have a cosmetic surgery procedure named after it. The ‘Brazilian Butt Lift’ involves lifting and reshaping the buttocks, often by sucking out fat from around the abdomen, flank and back areas and injecting it back into the buttocks to create firmer, more voluminous cheeks known as a “bubble butt” (The Rio Times).

AMAZON

A court in Brazil sentenced on Saturday a second rancher to 30 years in prison for ordering the murder in 2005 of U.S.-born nun Dorothy Stang, who defended poor peasants and opposed the destruction of the Amazon rain forest (Reuters).

The Brazilian Amazon saw a record low annual deforestation rate since the country started monitoring the region with satellite in 1988, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) (Xinhua).

MST

More than 25 years after emerging in defiance of a teetering military dictatorship, the Brazilian Landless Worker’s Movement, or Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), again forced itself into the nation’s attention last week as members occupied several government offices in Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (The Rio Times).

RIO

Sitting on the beach in Copacabana or Ipanema, work is often the last thing that comes to mind. Yet to many, it means a way to stay for longer than just a vacation, providing that work can happen here in the Cidade Maravilhosa (The Rio Times).

Current buzz says it is cool to shoot in Rio. According to ANCINE, the Brazilian Government National Film Agency created to protect, promote and regulate the national film and video industry – 45 foreign production teams were cleared to shoot all over town since January 2010 (The Rio Times).

The trends of population growth and increased urbanization has put serious pressures on the housing market of Rio de Janeiro. Much of the urban growth of of the city has spread outwards into surrounding areas, while businesses have remained centrally located. The result is cheaper housing on the outskirts, but often nightmarish commutes into the center (The Rio Times).

Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro (TMRJ) theatre shall be reopening this Sunday, May 2, with a performance of “Carmen”, the ballet play by Roland Petit, in Brazil (Rio Official).

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