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In Brazil on March 11, 2011 at 10:37 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Grande Hotel Bolonha for the city of Belem, capital of Para state (Source).

INTERNET

Brazil is on the way to becoming Google Inc’s sixth-largest global market, Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said as the company opens new offices in the fast-growing Latin American region (Brazilcham).

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URBAN

The 24 biggest Brazilian cities will receive R$ 18 billion (US$ 10.5 billion) in investments via Growth Acceleration Program (PAC, in Portuguese) to enhance their public transportation infrastructure (India-Brazil Chamber).

The onset of Carnival sends many Brazilians scrambling to buy tickets to legendary parades or costumes for street parties — but millions of others want to run for the hills to escape the Bacchanalian revelry (Reuters).

SANTAREM

Carnival ended in Brazil, which means that over the last week or so, international travelers have flocked to Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, cities known for transforming themselves into international redoubts of hedonism for five days before Lent and hiking their prices way up in the process. The New York Times checked out the scene in Santarem do Para.

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RIO

Who won Carnival? Two favorites ended up on the top positions but as a bit of surprise for some and indignation for others, Beija-Flor de Nilópolis took the title with only 1.4 points ahead of Unidos da Tijuca (The Rio Times).

The recently appointed head of the Rio’s Civil Police, Martha Rocha, made surprise inspection visits to seven police precincts during Carnival weekend to meet with police officers as well as check for irregularities. The inspection began at the 14th Precinct in Zona Sul’s (South zone’s) Leblon where Rocha checked if all police officers scheduled for duty were working (The Rio Times).

The historic Cais do Valongo, once the Brazilian slave port, was unearthed in Rio’s Olympic facelift when archaeologists uncovered its ruins (The Guardian).

U.S. President Barack Obama will tour a slum during his upcoming visit to Brazil, Rio de Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral said.

U.S. President Barack Obama will tour a slum during his upcoming visit to Brazil, Rio de Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral said. The governor said he would like Obama to visit Chapeu Manguiera in the south of the city facing the Leme beach, the shooting scence of the Brazilian movie “Orfeu Negro” that was described in details by the U.S.president in his autobiography (Xinhua).

The Rio city hall and the U.S. government haven’t chosen a slum for the visit, but the governor said he would like Obama to visit Chapeu Manguiera facing the Leme beach, the shooting scence of the Brazilian movie “Orfeu Negro” that was described in details by the U.S.president in his autobiography.

SAO PAULO

The constant drizzle and cold could not dampen the party spirits in the São Paulo Sambódromo and Vai-Vai Samba school was crowned winners of the Special Group for the 2011 Carnival celebration. Judges praised the school for their luxurious floats and celebrities, such as singer Maria Rita and Model Ana Hickmann helped rally the crowds (The Rio Times).

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