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Brazil Weekly’s Brazil Culture & Regional News

In Brazil on August 26, 2011 at 10:31 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the new home of the Sao Paulo Companhia de Danca, next to the Nova Luz redevelopment area and Luz Station, Sao Paulo (source).

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MEDIA

The “Diputadómetro,” an online ranking run by the Federation of Business Associations in Santa Catarina (Facisc in Portuguese ) evaluating the jobs of state legislators in Santa Catarina in southern Brazil, did not last more than a day. The online ranking was so controversial that it was suspended after legislators voiced their complaints, calling the site “unfair” (Knightcentre).

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TRAVEL

Eating out in Brazil has improved massively over the last thirty years, and these days in major cities you can find restaurants specializing in everything from traditional Brazilian dishes to contemporary fusions of Arabic and Asian cuisine. Off the beaten track, however, you are still more likely to get the meat-rice-and-beans staple, or a “kilo” buffet where you pay for what you eat, so many pousadas catering to international tourists have gone the route of providing a high-class dining experience either as part of the package or an optional extra (The Rio Times).

Brazil’s hotels are likely to set a record for growth in demand this year, spurring international chains to double their market share in South America’s largest country within a decade, Jones Lange LaSalle Hotels said (Bloomberg).

BHG S.A., Brazil Hospitality Group, announced the acquisition and administration of 5 new hotels in Belém, totaling 7 properties in the state capital of Pará (BHG).

WORLD CUP 2014

Brazil’s government plans to lift a ban on sales of alcoholic beverages at soccer games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, after receiving a request from the sport’s governing body (Bloomberg).

AMAZON & WILDLIFE

Google Street View is to expand into the deepest depths of the Amazon in an attempt to raise awareness over global sustainability. Using riverboats and specially designed off-road tricycles, the company has begun to photograph the Amazon and Rio Negro rivers of northwest Brazil (BBC).

The Amazon has a twin river that flows 4.000 metres below the ground. Brazilian scientists say they have found signs of a huge underground river flowing far beneath the Amazon River (MercoPress).

A new monkey species has been discovered in the Amazon. The discovery of a new type of titi monkey was made in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil (The Guardian).

RIO OR SAO PAULO

For many years, São Paulo has been the place for multinationals to open a Brazil office. It may be less glamorous than Rio, as the two cities’ nicknames suggest: Rio is Cidade Maravilhosa (the Marvellous City); São Paulo is Cidade da Garoa (the City of Drizzle). But the choice is harder than it used to be (The Economist). And what do you think?

RIO

Cities across the globe are using mega events like the World Cup and Olympics to catalyze urban development and social and economic change. Being a host city is a way in which cities can express their personality, enhance their status, and advertise their position on the global stage, hence the increasing number and value of bids. Brazil and Rio de Janeiro’s successful bids and subsequent planning for these events is drawing heavy anticipation of success, as well as focus on the long-term outlook after the games have gone (The Rio Times).

As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games two years later, attention is not only on the progress of its stadiums but how well authorities are tackling high levels of crime. In Rio de Janeiro, a policy of police occupation of the city’s slums, or favelas, aimed at expelling the heavily armed drug traffickers who previously dominated them, is changing the face of the city (BBC).

Anyone who has made the transition from ‘temporado’ to resident by signing a long-term rental lease in Brazil knows that finding the right apartment is just the first step in settling into a new home. Perhaps the biggest roadblock for foreigners, beyond negotiating an affordable apartment in Rio’s sky-high real estate market is an additional line item on the budget called the ‘seguro fiança’ – or insurance deposit (The Rio Times).

The murder of a Brazilian judge by the mafia that runs illegal public transport in a Rio suburb draws attention to the links between death squads, the police, and providers of bootleg services in the city (Insight Crime).

SAO PAULO

Coming up: Anima Mundi, Festival of Winter in Campos Do Jordão, Nossa Senhora Achiropita, São Paulo Restaurant Week (Time Out Sao Paulo).

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