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Brazil Weekly’s Brazil Culture & Regional News

In Brazil on September 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Pei Partnership Architects designs for the first time to Brazil. This development consists of a 58,000-sq. meter office building and a 2,000-sq. meter multipurpose building on an unusually large site along the main avenue, Faria Lima in São Paulo (Source).

MEDIA

The courts in the Brazilian state of Ceará blocked access to $140,000 in the accounts of Google Brasil after the Internet giant refused to take down a series of blogs with content “offensive” toward the mayor of Várzea Alegre (Knight Ccentre).

AMAZON

A subterranean river said to be flowing beneath the Amazon region of Brazil is not a river in the conventional sense, even if its existence is confirmed (BBC).

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NORTH EAST

The geography of violence in Brazil has been turned on its head the past few years. In the southeast, home to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and many of the country’s most enduring stereotypes of shootouts and kidnappings, the murder rate actually dropped by 47 percent between 1999 and 2009, according to a study by José Maria Nóbrega, a political science professor at the Federal University of Campina Grande. But in the northeast the murder rate nearly doubled in the same 10-year period, turning this area into the nation’s most violent (New York Times).

MINAS

The BNDES has approved R$ 400 million in financing to remodel and refit the Governador Magalhães Pinto soccer stadium, known as Mineirão, which will be one of the venues of the 2014 World Soccer Cup in Brazil (BNDES).

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RIO

Officers are investigating the cause of Saturday’s bonde (streetcar) derailment in Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood, which left five people dead and 54 wounded after the brakes failed on a downhill stretch of track. Preliminary findings suggest that parts of the brakes were being held together with wires instead of screws, and that there was evidence of recent soldering and substandard repair work to the brakes (The Rio Times).

As the host of the 2014 World Cup Finals and the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil is busy preparing for the big events by building new airports, stadiums and metro lines. New modern office buildings and residential projects have rose throughout its cities, and it seems as if Rio de Janeiro has slowly turned into one huge construction site. Despite the fact that a lot of work is getting done, there are some major concerns (The Rio Times).

Nestled between the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana lies Arpoador, a tiny neighborhood best known for surfing and romance. Arpoador’s residents are walking distance from the 24-hour Zona Sul supermarket, the General Osório metro station, and the bars and shops of Copacabana. Buses and vans run through it to connect to Centro, Barra, and the rest of the Zona Sul (South Zone) (The Rio Times).

Famous for its vibrant culture, music and arts, scores come to Rio each year from all over the world to get a taste of the magic. When tourists try to pack in some cultural stops in between the sunny beaching, culinary delights and nightlife, they turn to a number of guidebooks and websites that often overlook or undersell a hidden gem: the Parque Lage (The Rio Times).

SPLIT SECOND POLLS

SAO PAULO

In their internet portal the ‘Rota’ elite forces from the Sao Paulo police underscore their achievements in recent history and vindicate the 1964 coup (Mercopress).

Funeral workers are on strike in Brazil’s largest city, and it’s causing delays in burials (Washington Post).

Sky-high rates of car theft in Sao Paulo are fueled by an international car trafficking industry that reportedly funds Brazil’s drug and weapons trades. According to Brazil’s O Globo, figures recently released by the Sao Paulo Secretariat of Public Safety indicate that, on average, 583 vehicles are stolen daily in the state (Insight Crime).

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