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Culture & Regional

In Brazil on February 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Tour Chapelle for the resort town of Balneario Camboriu in Santa Catarina (source).

CINEMA

A Brazilian garbage worker may be sharing the Oscar stage with the likes of Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp next month after his starring role in a documentary on the transformative power of art (Reuters).

The unabashedly entertaining “Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within,” the most successful Brazilian movie in history, gave Sundance audiences a welcome break from the usual angst and weirdness (Reuters).

AMAZON

Last year’s drought in the Amazon raises concerns about the region’s capacity to continue absorbing carbon dioxide, scientists say (BBC).

New pictures have been released of an isolated tribe living in rainforest on the Brazil-Peru border (BBC).

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NORTH EAST

Japan will help Brazil develop a “tuna hub” at the north of the country with the purpose of doubling tuna catches. State of the art Japanese equipment together with Brazilian personnel specially trained to operate the new logistics are at the heart of the ambitious project which plans to turn the north-eastern impoverished state of Rio Grande do Norte into a tuna hub covering an extensive zone of the Atlantic (Mercopress).

PARANA

The thunderous sounds of thousands of liters of water, roaring furiously over the jagged rock edges, fringed as far as the eye can see with a rainforest jungle means you have arrived at Iguaçu Falls. “Big Water” in Tupi or Guarani (the native Indian languages of the area), the Iguaçu Falls lie on the border between Paraná state in Brazil and Argentina, and is more incredible the closer you get (The Rio Times).

RIO

While not exactly easy to get to, the city of Araruama is 115 kilometers east of Rio de Janeiro city in an area often referred to as the Lake Region. With a population of roughly 100,000 people, Araruama’s proximity to Rio has made it a popular place to invest in recent years and like many parts of Brazil, property prices are sky-rocketing (The Rio Times).

Rio de Janeiro state governor Sergio Cabral said that the administration of the Tom Jobim International Airport, one of the largest in Brazil, should be conceded to the private sector (Xinhua).

Emergency construction has started, with the priority on rebuilding schools, hospitals, roads and bridges in an effort to restore the daily life in the region. About 30,000 people have been dislocated, as over 11,000 residents of the city of Teresópolis have lost their homes, followed by 6,000 in Petrópolis, and over 5,000 in Nova Friburgo (The Rio Times).

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff picked former central bank chief Henrique Meirelles to manage an agency coordinating investments for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (Reuters).

Ten UPP bases (Police Pacification Units) are planned to be installed in the Complexo do Alemão and Vila Cruzeiro in the Zona Norte (North Zone). Public Security Secretary José Mariano Beltrame announced his plans last week, and according to the Secretary, it is impossible to have just one base in the large area of favelas (The Rio Times).

SAO PAULO

Simple yet bold white letters on a black background in front of the Bienal building in Parque Ibirapuera announce that São Paulo Fashion Week started. From the outside, the event appears understated and low key, however with a host of A-list celebrities both modeling and watching, plus some home-grown design talent that is starting to hold its own on the international stage, SPFW is anything but (The Rio Times).

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