News from Brazil

Brazil Weekly’s Culture & Regional News

In Brazil on December 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Legend Santos hotel and residential complex for the Gonzaga area of Santos, Sao Paulo (Skyscrapercity).

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FIFA WORLD CUP

Brazil, plagued by delays and in-fighting in its preparations for the 2014 World Cup, could stage the event in two months’ time if necessary, the country’s sports minister said. Aldo Rebelo said work at all but one of Brazil’s 12 venues was now on schedule and promised that other infrastructure, including airports, could handle the expected number of visitors (Reuters).

Brazil has moved closer to overturning a ban on alcoholic drinks at sports venues, drafting a bill that would allow for their sale at 2014 World Cup matches out of deference to world soccer’s governing body FIFA (Reuters).

AMAZON

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region fell to its lowest in 23 years in the year through July, the government said, attributing the drop to its tougher stance against illegal logging (Reuters).

After years of allowing clear-cutting and rapid deforestation in the Amazon, Brazil has managed to save its forests. But a new law landing on the President’s desk could undo much of that — and open the door to the bad old days of massive deforestation (Time).

Brazil’s new Forest Code means it will struggle to meet its targets on curbing greenhouse emissions, according to a former environment minister. On the sidelines of the UN climate talks in South Africa, Marina Silva said the move will also reduce Brazil’s global leadership on forests (BBC).

BAHIA

A collision between a bus and two trucks in Bahia in the early hours of Saturday morning left some 36 people dead and eleven wounded – some critically. The crash happened on a stretch of the BR-116 highway between the towns of Milagres and Brejões (The Rio Times).

NORTH EAST

Brazil is going through a wind power boom as production prices fall and government incentives attract a growing number of foreign suppliers. The wind power sector has a current capacity of around 1,400 megawatts, and is expected to grow nearly eight-fold by 2014, according to the Brazilian Association of Wind Energy ABEEolica (MercoPress).

RIO

Located 105 miles north of Rio de Janeiro is the buzzing peninsula of Armação dos Búzios. Better known simply as Búzios, this small piece of land juts out into the clear Atlantic and boasts over twenty beaches. When the opportunity of a weekend trip arrives, there’s no need to look elsewhere (The Rio Times).

The city displays beautiful beaches and small patches of virtually untouched nature which invite us to long outdoor walks in the amazing sceneries between beach and mountains. Get ready for breathtaking moments of beauty and amazement. Jungle Me and Jeep Tour are two companies that offer individual and collective tours for around R$100 almost every day of the week. Choose your setting, take a deep breath, wear cool and comfortable clothing, let yourself relax, have fun and get to know a little bit of the history of the Marvelous City (Rio Official Guide).

The president of the Rio 2016 Olympic committee is lamenting the resignation of former FIFA president Joao Havelange from the IOC. Carlos Nuzman says Havelange’s support was crucial for Rio winning the bid to host the games and that the organizing committee is “honored to continue to count on the support and the experience of Havelange” (Washington Post).

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SAO PAULO

Consumer prices in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, rose in line with expectations in November, gaining more briskly than in October. The IPC-FIPE index rose 0.6 percent last month, compared with an increase of 0.39 percent in October, according to the FIPE economic research institute (Reuters).

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