News from Brazil

Culture & Regional

In Brazil on October 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

BUILDING OF THE WEEK

Render of the new Courts of Justice for Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Source: Skyscrapercity)

CULTURE

Brazil is establishing a fund to help promote the country’s literature at international arena by encouraging translations of Brazilian literature works (Xinhua).

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PORTO ALEGRE

The Rio Times’ focus drops to the South, and Porto Alegre, in our series touring the host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The birthplace of one of the greatest players in the last decade, Ronaldinho Gaúcho started his glittering career at local side Grêmio before French outfit Paris St. Germain snapped him up in 2001 (The Rio Times).

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RIO

Rio de Janeiro reelected its incumbent governor Sergio Cabral by a comfortable majority along with two senators, Lindberg Farias and Marcelo Crivella, and 46 federal, as well as seventy state deputies (The Rio Times).

Petrobras launched the expansion of the facilities of the Leopoldo Américo Miguez de Mello Center for Research and Development (CENPES) on Fundão Island in Rio de Janeiro. These new facilities, which include bold construction techniques, sustainability and eco-efficiency, represent an advance for Petrobras’ technology development (Petrobras).

For the casual visitor, the Corcovado , the Sugar Loaf and the marvelous beaches are enough to inspire that feeling that you’re truly in one of the world’s most stunning cities. But there is much, much more to Rio than this. There are other must-do’s that only a true seeker after the hidden gems of the city will look for (The Rio Times).

All told, nearly 40 songs and assorted musical numbers were employed, to include the original Jobim scoring, for the September 2010 revival of Orfeu da Conceição by poet, performer and songwriter, Vinicius de Moraes, at the Canecão Nightclub in Rio de Janeiro (Gringoes).

When it comes to going out and about in Rio, to blend in with the locals and enjoy the full Carioca experience a foreigner will be faced with the daunting prospect of having to dance Samba. What may at first look easy and natural, however, is definitely no easy feat (The Economist).

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