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In Brazil on March 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the sofisticated 150 meter high Josephine Baker residential tower for Sao Paulo (source).

SPORTS EVENTS

Brazil sports minister Orlando Silva is seeking help from the country’s Congress to simplify the bidding process and expedite work ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Rio (Washington Post).

President of the U.S. Export-Import Bank Fred Hochberg announced a financing of 1 billion U.S. dollars for Brazilian companies involved in projects for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The money must be used to purchase products made by U.S. companies (Xinhua).

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AMAZON

The first round of projects to be supported by Brazil’s National Climate Change Fund will focus on greenhouse gas reduction in the agricultural, energy and steel sectors, the Fund’s steering committee announced last week. With a budget of US$ 143 for 2011 (R$ 238 million), the Fund will also finance projects aimed at preventing deforestation and fires in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes (Portal Brasil).

PARATY

Paraty is a world heritage site, a beautiful cobbled colonial town, with a traffic-free historical center. Outside festival season at least, it appears to have stopped in time. The original inhabitants were Guaiana Indians, but the present town was founded in 1667 (The Rio Times).

RIO DE JANEIRO

According to the latest report published by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, there have been 7,030 cases of dengue in the municipality of Rio since the beginning of the year, among them four deaths were registered (The Rio Times).

Obama’s time in Rio consisted of a morning look at the favela Cidade de Deus (City of God) in Zona Oeste (West zone), a speech at the Theatro Municipal to the Brazilian public, followed by a visit to Christ the Redeemer (The Rio Times).

Rio, boasting picture-postcard scenery and plans for big investments ahead of the soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games two years later, is not alone in a Brazilian housing boom that is inevitably raising fears of an asset bubble in one of the world’s hottest emerging markets (Reuters).

With the excesses of Carnival and the stifling heat of summer fading, now is the time to get out of the city and into the countryside. There are no shortage of places to indulge these healthy urges, but for those looking for both views and a beach, Itacoatiara in Niteroi offers the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure (The Rio Times).

RIO GRANDE DO SUL

For years, so many twins have been born in the small southern Brazilian town of Cândido Godói that residents wonder whether something mysterious lurks in the water, or even if Josef Mengele, the Nazi physician known as the Angel of Death, conducted experiments on the women here. Now the mystery appears to be solved  (The New York Times).

SPLIT SECOND POLLS

SAO PAULO

At the end of last year The Rio Times explored what R$2,000 per month can afford in Brazil’s largest city, this week they return their look at the rental market, but now at the top end with R$10,000 per month to spend.  At this level the options flatten out, and what you can get is comparable in all the top districts in São Paulo (The Rio Times).

The ethanol-powered bus, which first debuted with great success in Europe six years ago and arrives on the streets of São Paulo next May, can be a viable and effective solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and common pollutants statewide. Representatives from the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) and Swedish bus and truck manufacturer Scania took that message to Geraldo Alckmin, Governor of Brazil’s wealthiest state, São Paulo (Unica).

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