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In Brazil on November 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Ed. Connect Towers for Taguatinga, Brasilia, DF (More).

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WORLD CUP

Brazil must hurry up and pass a package of new laws if the 2014 World Cup is to go ahead, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke told the country’s Congress, adding there was “not a day to lose” (Reuters).

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has dismissed claims of corruption against Brazilian football chief Ricardo Teixeira.Teixeira has faced bribery and fraud accusations in recent weeks, as he continues the task of preparing Brazil to host the World Cup in 2014 (MercoPress).

SPLIT SECOND POLL

AMAZON

Bonito is an ecological paradise in Brazil, a place full of hills, caves, rivers and waterfalls and the bluest and clearest lakes in the world. Located in the Serra do Bodoquena region of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, only a short distance from the wetlands of the southern Pantanal, it is an area almost totally undiscovered by foreigners which, true to its name, is breathtakingly beautiful (The Rio Times).

Tiny temperature changes on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans provide an excellent way to forecast wildfires in South American rainforests, according to University of California, Irvine (UCI) and other researchers funded by NASA (Xinhua).

A Brazilian federal court rejected an appeal for suspending construction of the controversial 11 billion dollars Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon until after indigenous people has been consulted (MercoPress).

More than 1,000 Indians are celebrating Brazil’s indigenous cultures with a weeklong sports competition in the northern city of Porto Nacional. Brazil’s federal Indian agency that cosponsors the games says they are one of the biggest indigenous sporting events in the Americas (Washington Post).

MINAS GERAIS

Foreign sales of advanced tech products in Minas Gerais showed upward trend from 12.7% in the first half of 2011, totaling U.S. $ 1.827 million. In the face of Brazilian exports of such products, the state holds a prominent position (India-Brazil Chamber).

RIO

Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Rio de Janeiro against an oil law that could cost the beachside city and surrounding state billions of dollars in revenues.  The government of Rio state, which organized the protest, has said the proposal would strip it of funds for basic social services and hurt its ability to prepare for the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and 2016 Olympic games (Reuters).

Brazilian government scandals, a string of resignations and lagging 2014 soccer World Cup preparations will not affect progress for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a senior International Olympic Committee IOC.L member said (Reuters).

Antonio Bonfim Lopes, the alleged drug lord of the teeming Rocinha slum, was captured in bizarre circumstances when police found him in the trunk of a luxury car of a man who claimed to be a senior diplomat from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters).

Levels of violent crime reported in Rio de Janeiro state have fallen significantly in three target areas, according to figures for the first seven months of 2011 released by the state’s Instituto de Segurança Pública, the ISP (Institute of Public Security). The statistics show that cases of lethal violence, encompassing any crime which led to or was followed by a death, were down by 13.2 percent: 3,559 incidents registered in 2010 dropped to 3,088 for the same period this year (The Rio Times).

A Brazilian cameraman was killed in a Rio shoot-out during a police drugs raid. Experienced crime photographer Gelson Domingos da Silva was hit while covering a dawn special forces raid on the Antares favela (The Guardian).

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SAO PAULO

Sao Paulo’s military police sent in 400 men at dawn on Nov. 8, supported by mounted officers and helicopters, and arrested 72 people who had been protesting against the police presence on campus at the University of Sao Paulo, or USP. Coming just days after a television news cameraman was killed during a police operation in a Rio de Janeiro favela, this heavy-handed operation against a relatively soft target led some to criticize the increasing “militarization” of public life in Sao Paulo. But many others blamed the students and welcomed the police action (Bloomberg).

As home to the largest Japanese diaspora in the world, Brazil, and particularly São Paulo – both city and state – have been tremendously influenced by Japanese culture and architecture. The most recognizable may be the now famed Japanese neighborhood of Liberdade, and separately, the esteemed work of Japanese-Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake (The Rio Times).

SOUTH

Twenty years after being closed down for much-needed repairs, the Hercílio Luz Bridge will not be reopening as scheduled next year (Floripa Times).

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