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In Brazil on April 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the future Convention Centre for Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais.

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TRAVEL & TOURISM

It is only in the larger tourist cities that you will find pousadas though, and in places like Rio de Janeiro and Salvador for example there is a wonderful choice of high-ceiling colonial townhouses, design mansions and chic apartment Bed & Breakfast’s- in all price ranges from budget to luxury (The Rio Times).

Since Brazil was chosen as the host country for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Ministry of Tourism (MTur) has been drawing up a work plan to develop 65 Brazilian destinations into models of high quality tourism. This goal was established by the National Tourism Plan to enable the destination to provide excellent tourism facilities. In the World Cup year, Brazil will welcome eight million visitors, 600,000 of them during the World Cup month alone. Up to three million Brazilians could be traveling in the country during the event (Portal Brasil).

SPORTS

Alarm bells are ringing over Brazil’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup. Plans have already been criticised by Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, and it emerged that the Maracana stadium, which is to host the final, will require a new roof and may not be ready until 2013 (Telegraph).

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Through the lives of two powerful families, Brazil depicts five turbulent centuries in the history of a remarkable land. From colony to kingdom, from empire to nation, Brazil is filled with memorable people living through one of the great adventures in human history (Brazil – a novel).

AMAZON

The BNDES, under the Amazon Fund, approved R$ 9.3 million in financial support for the Federation of Organs for Social and Educational Assistance (FASE) to be used to develop the Dema Fund project – Sustainable Use in Pará state area within the Amazon (BNDES).

Novelist Edward Docx has spent almost a decade travelling to the Amazon, watching as multinational companies ravage the land he loves. Here is his heartfelt dispatch on the forest’s final frontier – still home to as many as 100 tribes of uncontacted Indians (The Guardian)

RIO

Throughout Rio, the implantation of UPPs in favelas have had predictable affects on bordering middle- and upper-class communities. As reported earlier, Santa Teresa is in the midst of a property boom, as real estate prices soar with the recent inauguration of UPPs in the favela communities of Prazeres and Escondidinho (The Rio Times).

The country is shaken by a tragic shooting at the Municipal School Tasso da Silveira in Rio de Janeiro’s western Realengo area of Zona Oeste (West zone). A gunman killed nine girls and one boy between the ages of 12 and 14. Thirteen children are being treated in various hospitals, four of which are in critical condition (The Rio Times).

Surgeons tell of relief as gunshot cases fall after ‘pacification’ of Rio’s favelas before the 2016 Olympics (The Guardian).

SAO PAULO

With a total of 535,000 visitors, the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, held between September 19 and December 12, 2010, ranked as the 12th most visited exhibition in the world last year (Portal Brasil).

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