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In Brazil on February 11, 2011 at 9:38 am


Render of the Cone Multicenter for Cabo de Santo Agostinho, near the Port and Industrial Complex of Suape, in Pernambuco. The center will boast a congress centre and many businesses, well situated halfway between Suape and Recife Airport (Skyscrapercity).


Oliver Stuenkel discusses Larry Rother’ s Brazil on the Rise: The story of a country transformed (Post Western World).


Historical towns and rural landscapes are just a couple of the great things about Brazil. However, they perhaps come together most vividly in the state of Minas Gerais, the state northwest of Rio de Janeiro, where mountain ranges and verdant hills coexist beautifully with unspoiled colonial towns (The Rio Times).


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The BNDES has approved R$ 400 million in financing to implement Arena Pernambuco, one of the venues for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The stadium, with capacity for 46,000 spectators, will be built in the city of São Lourenço da Mata, metropolitan area of Recife (BNDES).



Rio’s Governor Sergio Cabral tweeted: “São Carlos and Santa Teresa can celebrate liberty, they are free from the rule of criminals. Viva Rio!” It took seventeen armored vehicles, 150 marine soldiers, 700 military, federal and civil police officers, one hour, forty minutes and not a single gunshot to overtake nine favelas around the hillsides of Centro’s popular neighborhood Santa Teresa (The Rio Times).

Rio do Janeiro  presented its new weapon to combat organized crime and drug dealers that have control over urban shanty towns: an armoured US manufactured Bell Huey II helicopter which can transport 13 troops and two crew members (Mercopress).

The president of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), Luciano Coutinho, announced the creation of two Bank programs to assist municipalities in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro affected by the heavy rains (BNDES).

A devastating fire raged through the Cidade do Samba, completely destroying three Barracões (Carnival industrial workshops) within the Carnival industrial complex in Gamboa, down-town Rio. A silver-lining is that G.R.E.S. Portela was running behind schedule on some of their work, which means less was destroyed, offering a better chance to recover (The Rio Times).

Render of Eike Batista’s Acu Superport under construction north of Rio de Janeiro (LLX).

Rio de Janeiro’s mayor Eduardo Paes has assured that this year’s Carnaval will take place as planned in spite of the fire that damaged some of the costumes and floats being designed by three out the 12 samba schools based at Samba City venue. Fortunately no one was injured in the blaze (Rio Official Guide).

Visions of university students playing football (soccer) along Praia Vermelha, and old men fishing along the rocks leading to the Atlantic Ocean are common in Urca. With sweeping views of Guanabara Bay and set along the backdrop of the Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf), it’s hard not to fall in love with this small neighborhood nestled on the peninsula between Leme and Botafogo (The Rio Times).

The Porto Novo Consortium – formed by Odebrecht Infraestrutura (EPC leader), OAS and Carioca Engenharia – together with the Rio de Janeiro City Government, signed the country’s first public-private partnership (PPP) for Rio’s huge Porto Maravilha docklands project. The R$ 7.6 billion contract is the largest to be established in Brazil under the PPP category (Odebrecht).


Since the end of 2010, heavy flooding in Brazil’s financial capital has taken at least 25 lives, and caused countless economic losses. Geraldo Alckmin, the Governor of São Paulo since 2001, working with the new Rousseff administration, is now faced with perhaps the biggest challenge of his new term (The Rio Times).