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Brazil Weekly’s Cultural & Regional News

In Brazil on July 8, 2011 at 11:34 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the new iconic terminal for Guarulhos International Airport, Sao Paulo, designed by Biselli + Katchborian Arquitetos. More here.

BOOKS

What wilder botanical battlefield is there than Amazonia? Its vast size and impassable interior seem to defy exploration, which is the allure for two talented novelists, one British and the other American. Both test their protagonists to the limit as a way of exploring our continued fascination with the rainforest and the extraordinary power it wields over those who are unprepared or ill-equipped to deal with its mental and physical demands (The Economist).

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AMAZON

For several years now, the Brazilian government has insisted that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has declined sharply. But earlier this year, it suddenly jumped again, to a rate five times higher than last year. These trees play a vital part in the management of global weather patterns. They absorb carbon dioxide, which otherwise would contribute to climate change. That is why Brazil is under pressure to protect the forest (BBC).

The Amazon Fundo, managed by Brazil’s state-owned development bank, (BNDES), is to support protection efforts for Kayapo Indigenous Lands. Up to US$ 11 million will be provided in grants to set up a long-term and innovative operational and financial mechanism called the Kayapo Fund (Brasil Portal).

BELO HORIZONTE

Belo Horizonte (MG) was considered the number 1 city of Brazil on a digital index that measured the use of Information Technology and Communication Technology (ICT) in 75 municipalities. According to “Digital Cities Brazil Index,” first held by Time Publishing, in partnership with the institution CPqD, Curitiba (PR) was in second place, followed by Porto Alegre (RS) (India-Brazil Chamber).

FLORIANAPOLIS

Local property values on Florianopolis have increased 8 percent to 10 percent during the last five years. The city, home to 420,000 people, is the capital of Santa Catarina State. Brazilians often use the same name — or a shortened version, Floripa — to refer to the entire island, which is 53 kilometers, or about 33 miles, long (The New York Times).

RECIFE & SUAPE

The excellent Valor Economico newspaper publishes a new monthly series about Brazil’s metropolitian regions. The best news is they are bilingual! After Campinas and Salvador, the Northeast’s Recife has been the focus of the last issue.

RIO

Favela Morro da Formiga, in Zona Norte, has just completed its first year with the UPP presence. Police captain Alessandra Carvalhaes is very positive about her experiences: “The community has exceeded my expectations in terms of acceptance of our police work. Residents and police share the same goal: to make Formiga a better place to live” (The Rio Times).

Unless you live inside a favela, or go sightseeing from Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf), sweeping views from above are rarely found. Naturally, living close to the beach has its perks, but neighborhoods with breathtaking views will always be in demand. At the top of the list for many buyers is Santa Teresa, followed by Alto Leblon and Botafogo (The Rio Times).

Tijuca National Park occupies  3,5% of the Rio de Janeiro territory, one of the most beautiful preserved green areas of the country, that celebrates this month 50 years of its innauguration. The park receives 2 million visitors per year, seeking for entertainment, a space to practice sports and scientific research and it spreads over the north, west and south zones of the city (Rio Official Guide, picture source).

BHG S.A. – Brazil Hospitality Group confirmed the final deal between BHG and Veplan Hotéis e Turismo S.A. (“Veplan”), a company in bankruptcy reorganization (Chapter 11) for the acquisition of the Hotel Rio Palace (currently operated by the “Sofitel” brand) (BHG).

Billionaire Eike Batista’s renovation of the historic Hotel Gloria in Rio de Janeiro has run into a two-year delay, pushing the projected completion date to five months before the country hosts the World Cup in 2014 (Bloomberg).

SAO PAULO

Time Out Sao Paulo presents 20 great things to do in São Paulo: sway to samba, volunteer in a favela and pop a ‘cure-all’ berry (Time Out).

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  1. that’s a great article from time out sao paulo, thanks for the news updates, love it!

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