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Brazil Culture & Regional News

In Brazil on May 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of a villa at Reserva Real, Jaboticatubas, in the Belo Horizonte metropolitan aera (Skyscrapercity).

ART

Strong demand for Brazilian abstract art and works by Colombia’s Fernando Botero propelled Sotheby’s to its best-selling auction of Latin American art with more than $21.6 million in sales (Reuters).

WORLD CUP

Indecision on where and how to build venues have reduced the time left for construction work, significantly increasing the amount needed to be spent in nearly all of the 12 cities hosting World Cup matches three years from now (AP).

AMAZON

Brazil’s lower house of Congress overwhelmingly approved revisions to a key environmental law that would open up land in the Amazon rain forest for agriculture and grant amnesty to producers who deforested protected areas. The Senate still must vote on the measure, which conservationists say could accelerate the pace of deforestation (New York Times).

A prominent Brazilian conservationist and his wife have been killed in the Amazon region, police have said. They said Joao Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espirito Santo were ambushed in Para state, near the city of Maraba (BBC).

An Amazonian tribe has no abstract concept of time, say researchers. The Amondawa lacks the linguistic structures that relate time and space – as in our idea of, for example, “working through the night” (MercoPress).

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RIO

The Rio police carried out anti-drug trafficking operations last weekend in the favelas Mangueira and Tuiuti in the Zona Norte (North zone) of Rio de Janeiro. The police operations left one person dead, two wounded, and six arrested. Mangueira, a community made famous by the renowned Samba School, may now be in line for a Pacification Police Unit (UPP) soon (The Rio Times).

The current positive economic climate in Brazil has motivated the city of Rio and the Association of Professional Investment Analysts of the Capital Markets (APIMEC) to organize a high profile business event, called Rio Investors Day. The event is being held May 30 – 31st at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, with 42 publicly traded Brazilian companies and more then 400 institutional investors and government representatives (The Rio Times).

Surrounded by Botafogo, Lagoa and Jardim Botânico, Humaitá is a small, residential neighborhood full of charm. Roughly just one square kilometer in size, it is one of the few neighborhoods in the Zona Sul (South zone) that still possess riveting colonial architecture. Also, from the main road, Rua Humaitá, it is hard to miss the stunning, immediate view of Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer (The Rio Times).

The city of Rio de Janeiro is seeking to raise 3.5 billion reais ($2 billion) for a real estate fund to renovate its downtown port area ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics (Bloomberg).

The Board of Directors of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) has approved support for three Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica) reforestation projects in the amount of R$ 11.8 million (BNDES).

SAO LUIS

Ponta da Madeira Port Terminal (TPPM) in São Luís will become the country’s leading port in terms of cargo handling capacity and volume in 2012. Besides handling more iron ore, Ponta da Madeira will become an important transport hub for soy and corn produced in the Northeast (mainly Maranhão and Piauí), North (Tocantins) and Center-West regions, using a new route provided by the North-South Railroad (FNS), operated by Vale and interconnected with the Carajás Railroad (EFC) (Vale).

SAO PAULO

Brazilian riot police have fired tear gas to break up a protest in support of the legalization of marijuana in South America’s biggest city. Six people were detained. A court ruled the Marijuana March in Sao Paulo was illegal. About 1,000 people still showed up for the rally Saturday in the city’s financial heart, saying the march was for freedom of expression and not pro-marijuana (Washington Post).

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