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In Brazil on September 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the 138m/36 floors Charles Darwin Tower and the Rio Ave Corporate Center for the Ilha do Leite in Recife (Skyscrapercity).

MEDIA

The Latin American Conference on Investigative Journalism awarded its top investigative reporting prize to four Brazilians as the conference ended on Sept. 5 in Guayaquil, Ecuador (Knight Centre).

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AMAZON

A court upheld the conviction of an Amazon rancher for orchestrating the 2005 killing of an American nun and rain forest activist (New York Times).

An indigenous Brazilian may be the oldest woman in the world – and by some distance. Maria Lucimar Pereira, a member of the Kaxinawa tribe in the Amazon, is 121 years old, says a tribal rights group (BBC).

Oil extraction in the Amazon Rainforest: the HRT company expects daily production of 50,000 barrels of oil in the Solimões Basin by 2014 (Forbes).

Malaria cases in the Brazilian Amazon reached 115,708 in the first half of the year, a figure that was down 31 percent compared with the same period in 2010, the Health Ministry said (LAHT).

RIO

Mayor Eduardo Paes’ Operação Choque de Ordem (Operation Shock of Order) came to Centro this week. The Prefeitura created Choque de Ordem in 2009 to combat disorder in Rio’s public spaces, and it has carried out operations all over the city. This will be the second permanent Unidade de Ordem Pública (Public Order Unit) in Rio; the first was installed in Tijuca four months ago (The Rio Times).

Extra police and troops have been sent to a Rio slum after soldiers patrolling as part of a security operation came under fire, Brazilian officials say. A 15-year-old girl was reported to have been killed during the shooting. The Alemao slum, a stronghold for drug traffickers, was retaken by security forces in November as part of what is known as a pacification programme (BBC).

Discover Brazilian art at MAM. Very close to the heart of the city, in Flamengo Park, the imposing building was designed by architect Affonso Eduardo Reidy. It started being built in 1954 and was completed (at least two of its main buildings) in 1967. Its gardens, designed by landscape architect Burle Marx, overlook the most beautiful Art Deco set in Rio (Rio Official Guide).

The Cidade Maravilhosa has dedicated many historical buildings across the city to house cultural centers. Within the vicinity of downtown Centro, one can visit several of these beautiful sites and discover some of their story, architecture and the exhibits they host. One such site definitely worth visiting is the Centro Cultural Justiça Federal CCJF (Federal Justice Cultural Center), located on Avenida Rio Branco, right across from Cinelândia (The Rio Times).

Decades of neglect and unplanned growth have long caused foul beaches and health hazards for local residents, but now officials are struggling to clean it up before the global spotlight hits Brazil with the world’s two biggest sporting events, the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics (Washington Post).

Since October 2009, when it won its bid to hold the Olympics, Rio has unveiled a host of projects that will build modern arenas and museums, as well as metro and bus lines, improved housing and a revitalized port area in the geographically spectacular but socially troubled city. The most unexpected changes, however, are taking place in its favelas, the almost 1,000 hillside slums that for decades were plagued by the stray bullets and bloody turf wars that often spilled out into the city below (Time).

The swelling ranks of Brazil’s middle class are turning shopping malls like Rio de Janeiro’s Riosul into magnets for the country’s increasingly affluent consumers. Less than 500 metres from one of the city’s hundreds of shantytowns, Riosul offers shoppers a secure, air-conditioned oasis that keeps street thieves, sticky heat and tropical rains at bay (Globe & Mail).

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SAO PAULO

While the rest of the world’s housing market looks shaky, Brazil has been booming and new figures reveal that in São Paulo prices have risen by nearly twenty percent in the last year. A report published by the Global Property Guide last week shows a rise of 19.50 percent in advertised property prices during the year ending in the second quarter of 2011 (The Rio Times).

At least one person was stabbed to death and three others were wounded over the weekend in a fight involving a gang of punks and rival skinheads in Sao Paulo, Brazilian police said, adding that eight people were arrested (LAHT).

A businessman who aspired to run in next year’s mayoral election in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo, the political birthplace for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was shot to death at a restaurant (LAHT).

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