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In Brazil on March 4, 2011 at 10:19 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

The Facade of the classic Hotel Gloria in Rio, under major reconstruction presently and expected to be inaugurated this year as the Gloria Palace Hotel.

AMAZON

A court in Brazil has approved a controversial hydro-electric project in the Amazon rainforest, overturning an earlier ruling (BBC).

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MINAS GERAIS

The Indian tycoon Ratan Tata’s attack on Brazil is expected to gain strength this year, including in its targets the valuation of assets in mining, steel, automotive and information technology sectors in Minas Gerais. Tata is the owner of a conglomerate comprising 98 companies with revenues of US$ 48 billion (India-Brazil Chamber).

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RIO

When Carnival in Rio starts, streets are packed and there are people celebrating everywhere. However, it can all be a bit overwhelming to someone who doesn’t know where to start. Even with a list of all the blocos and their times, one might not know what to expect. To help, here is a five day itinerary guaranteed to hit the highlights of both Rio and Carnival during a short stay.

After a rocky start, Patricia Amorim, the first woman to lead the Flamengo sports club, has won over some of the country’s hard-to-please soccer fans (The New York Times).

Residents of the favelas of the Complexo do Alemão in Rio’s Zona Norte (North zone) feel safer according to a study by Getúlio Vargas Foundation’s Center for Social Policy (FGV). The study was done two months after the massive police and military operation in November 2010 which resulted in the withdrawal of the heavily armed drug traffickers that dominated the area (The Rio Times).

A growing number of favela residents are discovering tourism as a new business opportunity, with hostels, tours and even party venues becoming more widely available. In particular tourism in pacified favelas seems to benefit from the security that the UPP (Police Pacification Unit) stations have introduced (The Rio Times).

Brazil’s Senate has approved the creation of the Olympic Public Authority to coordinate government preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Folha de S.Paulo newspaper says Henrique Meirelles, the former president of Brazil’s central bank, has accepted an invitation by President Dilma Rousseff to head the Olympic agency (USA Today).

São Conrado is an upmarket suburb in Zona Sul (South zone), just some five kilometers from the famous Ipanema and Leblon beaches. The status of this area is well established having been exclusively owned for hundreds of years, originally belonging to the Governor of the city who also later cultivated sugar cane in the area during the Seventeenth century (The Rio Times).

Just a couple of weeks after Brazilian security forces took over nine favelas surrounding the Rio neighborhood of Santa Teresa, residents now await a real estate valuation, which is said to increase the area’s property value by around 30 percent within the next three months (The Rio Times).

SAO PAULO

With the official start of Carnival only a few days away, São Paulo is fighting hard against its image as a city of all work and no play. Though not world renowned for its Carnival celebrations, there is still plenty of revelry to be found, from the São Paulo Sambódromo to the cordões and street blocos (The Rio Times).

Sao Paulo will “without question” host the 2014 World Cup opening match, according to the mayor of Latin America’s biggest city even though work has yet to start on its stadium (Reuters).

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