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In Brazil on December 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

BUILDING OF THE WEEK

Render of the new headquarters of the media group A Tribuna in Santos (source: A Tribuna). The City of Santos will also see some new Petrobras buildings going up in the Central Business District.

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AMAZON

The BNDES approved two financing projects within the scope of the Amazon Fund. Valued at R$ 8.4 million, one of them aims at creating the Amazon Museum (Musa), in the city of Manaus (AM), which will honor and conserve the region’s natural resources and cultural heritage. The other, totaling R$ 4.6 million, has earmarked funds for the Muraki Institutional Support Foundation, linked to the State University of Amazonas (UEA), to foster the social mapping of 27 communities in the Amazon Biome and to strengthen a network of research involved in the project (BNDES).

NORTHEAST

Fiat SpA plans to invest as much as 1 billion reais ($585 million) to start making Chrysler cars in Suape, in the northeast of Brazil (Bloomberg).

FILM

The gritty cop movie “Elite Squad 2” has quickly become the country’s biggest homegrown film of all time, and is on track to surpass overall champ “Avatar” (Reuters).

PANTANAL

Resting mostly in Mato Grosso do Sul but spreading over parts of Paraguay and Bolivia, the Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world. Eighty percent of the area is flooded during the wet season, providing an enormous region of unparalleled wilderness experiences (The Rio Times).

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RIO

The inhabitants of the Complexo do Alemão and Vila Cruzeiro are starting to believe in a brighter future. But it is a delicate process, as many residents have filed complaints of abuse committed by police during the new occupation. Since the takeover of the area, police officers are going door-to-door in search of drugs, weapons and drug-trafficking related properties (The Rio Times).

With the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics on the horizon, authorities are engaging in two simultaneous battles to improve life in the favelas: implementing “pioneering” pacification schemes in the slums and splashing out billions of dollars remodelling the favelas as part of an urbanisation initiative called Morar Carioca (roughly “Rio Living”) (The Guardian).

The options for nightlife in Rio de Janeiro have long been famously excellent. The meat markets in Ipanema; the Gentleman’s Clubs of Copacabana; masked balls around the Lagoa; blocos passing along the avenidas; samba in the Sambodromo; chorinho in the street; and lately baile funk parties in the favelas. Rapidly growing in popularity, the district of Lapa has a mix of them all (Gringoes).

The army is to take on peacekeeping duties in the poor areas of Rio de Janeiro, which saw a week-long stand-off between security forces and drug dealers last month (BBC).

Rio de Janeiro will receive a 150 million US dollars loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to improve living conditions in low-income neighborhoods, known as favelas (MercoPress).

Rio de Janeiro state Governor Sergio Cabral said he will propose the global legalization of “light” drugs such as marijuana (Bloomberg).

 

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