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In Brazil on June 17, 2011 at 9:08 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the 35-floor Torre Alicante residential tower for Londrina, PR (Source: Skyscrapercity).

ALAGOAS

With 107 murders per 100,000 people, Maceió is the most violent state capital in Brazil, just as, with 60 murders per 100,000, Alagoas is the country’s most violent state. It is a place of sugar and cattle, where the sugarcane cutters settle scores with fists and knives and the well-connected escape punishment by using contract killers instead (The Economist).

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AMAZON

A rural worker has been shot dead in Brazil’s Amazon – the sixth murder in a month in the region, amid conflicts over land and logging (BBC).

In recent years, palm oil development in Malaysia and Indonesia has devastated tropical forests there. With Brazil on the verge of its own palm oil boom, can sustainable cultivation of the crop actually help save the rainforest, rather than hastening its destruction? Read on at Reuters.

Thirty years after he first visited Brazil’s Amazon to observe natural gas seeps, geologist Marcio Mello is back to fulfill what he gleefully calls his “destiny” — to lead a rush for the region’s oil. Mello, chief executive of the recently listed firm HRT, has convinced a range of investors — including one of Russia’s top energy firms — that the vast and remote rain forest is a promising source for oil despite decades of production there and enormous environmental challenges (Reuters).

The Brazilian government signed a partnership agreement with IBM, which will enable Brazil to digitalize information on Amazonian biodiversity with the help of the U.S. company (Xinhua).

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RIO

Four years ago the Police Chief and State Security Secretary José Mariano Beltrame was told by businessmen and representatives of public agencies from all spheres of government that the lack of security and presence of armed gangs was impeding social investments in Rio’s favelas. Today, after seventeen favelas have been pacified, this reason for lack of social investment no longer has the same validity and it’s Beltrame’s turn to voice concern (The Rio Times).

Rio de Janeiro state registered a significant fall in violent deaths but rising criminal numbers in April, official sources said (Xinhua)

Santa Teresa, the bohemian neighborhood nestling itself on a series of hills that span from Laranjeiras to Lapa, has always been a day-trip getaway for tourists and locals alike. Now, the vibrant community, going through dramatic rejuvenation as new restaurants and cafés pop-up, is enjoying perhaps unprecedented levels of popularity (The Rio Times).

The renovation of the Maracanã stadium, which will be the venue for the 2014 World Cup final, will be concluded until December 2012. The promise was made by the undersecretary of Rio de Janeiro’s governor’s chief of staff, César Mastrangelo, during the public hearing held by the Permanent Subcommittee on the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games (Federal Senate).

It’s official: golf will be played for the first time since 1904 in the Summer Olympics, right here in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. The 2009 decision from the International Olympic Commission (IOC) came much to the delight of golf fans around the world. While the current options for golf courses are limited, Rio’s two eighteen-hole courses are top-rate and have unforgettable views of the Cidade Maravilhosa’s famous morros (hills) (The Rio Times).

RIO GRANDE DO SUL

The ash cloud released by Chilean volcano Puyehue covered some 70 percent of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, authorities said (Xinhua).

SAO PAULO

Brazil’s Sports Minister Orlando Silva said Odebrecht SA must charge at least 20 percent less than its $668 million estimate to build a Sao Paulo soccer arena that can host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup. Odebrecht, Latin America’s largest engineering and construction company by revenue, said a new 65,000-seat stadium in Sao Paulo would cost 1.07 billion reais ($668 million), Silva said. The stadium should cost about 800 million reais, said Silva (Bloomberg).

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