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Brazil Weekly’s Brazil Regional News

In Brazil on November 25, 2011 at 10:37 am


Render of a new Golden Tulip Hotel for downtown Belo Horizonte. The hotel will be part of a small cluster of new highrise buildings (Skyscrapercity).


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World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil appeared to publicly slam FIFA chief Sepp Blatter when they launched a campaign against racism in sport (Reuters).


Gunmen killed a chief of the Kaiowa-Guarani Indian tribe in western Brazil, apparently over a land dispute, according to Funai, the federal indigenous affairs agency (New York Times).

The +Unidos Group (or “Mais Unidos” meaning “more united”) is already known for its international development work with disadvantaged Brazilians, but the group will now be helping preserve biodiversity in the Amazon by joining the “Governance in Environmental Frontiers” biodiversity project run by USAID, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and run by Aliança da Terra, a Civil Society Organization of Public Interest (The Rio Times).


Embraer and the Government of Minas Gerais signed a letter of intent for the establishment of an engineering and development office in the state, near Belo Horizonte. “Embraer at this moment is in a very important phase and we are very proud in Minas Gerais with their first drive out of the State of São Paulo, starting with the engineering project office here in the capital. That office will be installed in our large aviation hub, “said the governor of Minas Gerais, Antonio Anastasia (India-Brazil Chamber).


As the metropolitan areas of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro reach levels of saturation, the Brazilian industry has been relocating to other areas. In this article The Brazil Business specifically covers the cities of Campinas, Florianópolis and Porto Alegre.


With living costs skyrocketing in Rio in recent years, for many it is time to consider options beyond Zona Sul (South Zone). Much more affordable real estate can be found in Zona Norte (North Zone) which is quickly becoming more appealing, and with its tremendous size come many options for places to live (The Rio Times).

Regional administrator of Rocinha, Jorge Collares, has announced that the community will receive new enforcement policies to contain its previously unregulated construction practices.  The move has been long anticipated but only recently became a viable option following the Brazilian military’s occupation of Rocinha and neighboring favelas two weeks ago (The Rio Times).


November promises to be a different and exciting month for Santa Catarina’s arts movement with the first-ever “Cultural Marathon” celebrating local and national artists with a series of events this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 25-27) (Floripa Times).


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MRV Engenharia e Participacoes, a Brazilian homebuilder, may receive a fine of as much as 11 million reais ($6.1 million) for allegedly employing workers in slave-like conditions at two construction sites, Agencia Brasil reported, citing a prosecutor at the Labor Ministry (Bloomberg).

With the eyes of the world on Rocinha for the past week, many in Brazil are now also looking at what’s going on in the favela communities in the country’s biggest city, São Paulo. Not only does SP have the largest number of favelas, it also has the largest number of people living in them – a surprise to those who associate favela life with the Cidade Maravilhosa (The Rio Times).

Five cities vying for host right of the 2020 World Expo kicked off their candidature campaigns by presenting their respective bids to the 150th General Assembly of International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) in its Paris-based headquarters. The 2020 World Expo is due to take place from Jan. 4 to June 30, 2020. The winner of the five candidates, namely Izmir of Turkey, Ayutthaya of Thailand, Sao Paulo of Brazil, Ekaterinburg of Russia and Dubai of UAE, will be announced in November 2013 after vote (Xinhua).



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