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In Brazil on March 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the 45 floor Concordia Corporate Tower, planned for Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. It will be one of the tallest buildings of Brazil (Source: Skyscrapercity).

INTERNET

A nationwide program aimed at providing internet access to 80 percent of the country’s population by 2014 is forging ahead in Brazil, Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo said (Xinhua).

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WORLD CUP

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff tried to ease concerns about preparations for the 2014 World Cup. She said in the president’s blog that Brazil will invest nearly $20 billion in infrastructure to ensure the World Cup is successful. She said 68 percent of that amount will come from the federal government (Washington Post).

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BAHIA

The small island of Boipeba may lack glamour, but it compensates with ridiculously perfect weather and the kind of vacant, palm-shrouded beaches that make you forget about the pleasures of air-conditioning (The New York Times).

RIO

This year, it is estimated that around 1,000,000 tourists attended the annual celebration that has been going on for more than 350 years, up from last year’s estimate or 750,000. A large percentage of those tourists have always been visiting from the U.S., Europe, and Canada, bringing millions into the city’s economy (The Rio Times).

Brazil’s former central bank chief, Henrique Meirelles, has been appointed to lead preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (BBC).

Ask a Carioca ‘What’s your opinion on Flamengo?’ and it’s unlikely the answer will be about the neighborhood. Flamengo is football (soccer), the name of Rio’s favorite team. But it is also a small and vibrant middle class neighborhood located between Botafogo and Centro with the most spectacular view of the Sugar Loaf (The Rio Times).

SAO PAULO

The New York Times has an interesting list of what can be done in 36 hours in São Paulo.

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