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In Brazil on January 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Trx project for cool Vila Madalena district of Sao Paulo (Skyscrapercity).

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FIFA WORLD CUP

Romario, now a politician with Brazil’s Socialist Party (PSB), warned that the total cost for staging the competition in 2014 could jump from an estimated $44 billion to $55.5 billion and also claimed that renovation work on stadiums and transport in the country would not be complete in time (Soccernet).

CINEMA

“Lula: Son of Brazil” is an unabashed hagiography that follows the rise from poverty to national prominence of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who served as president of Brazil from 2003 through 2010. The film ends in 1980, the year his beloved mother died while he was in prison. In the same year he helped found the left-wing Workers Party, which stood up against the country’s right-wing military government (New York Times).

AMAZON

President Dilma Rousseff signed the decree for the construction of five new hydroelectric dams in the Amazon basin and readies for a renewed attack from domestic and international environmentalists against the project (MercoPress).

RIO GRANDE DO NORTE

Rio Grande do Norte State is situated on the part of the South American continent that sits the furthest out in the Atlantic Ocean, blessing a year-round summer climate with a steady ocean breeze. The state’s capital is named Natal (Christmas) which has a history of lodging U.S. armed forces during World War II, and has experienced notable growth in the last decade (The Rio Times).

RIO

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s capital of samba and Carnival, is a city forever defined in people’s imagination by its miles of golden beach that on weekends draw millions of sun-worshippers. But there is much more to Brazil’s second city, which is gradually shaking off a reputation for crime and decadence as it surfs an economic boom and prepares to host the World Cup and the Olympic Games in the next four years. Local correspondents help you get the most out of a stay in Brazil’s former capital which was also once the capital of the Portuguese empire: 48 hours in Rio (Reuters).

In recent months, signs have emerged that the militias are expanding beyond their bastion in Rio. A report in the newspaper O Globo described how militias had spread to 11 of Brazil’s 26 states, often initially winning over slum residents by killing drug traffickers before imposing their own methods of coercion and control (New York Times).

With the apparent success of Police Pacification Units (UPPs) in nineteen favelas communities in Rio, there has been much speculation over what steps the government will take to integrate these newly liberated communities within the State. The announcement on January 5th to establish centers for ‘The Prevention of Violence and Promotion of Security’ in the these communities, will interest both skeptics and enthusiasts of the pacification process (The Rio Times).

Gamboa, along with Santo Cristo and Saúde, is one of the oldest boroughs of Rio. It was originally settled by the aristocracy, due to the attractive position on the shores of Guanabara Bay, but lost its glamour when the docks were built. Along with this history, the area also hosts The English Cemetery at Gamboa, one of the oldest British institutions in Rio (The Rio Times).

One of the best ideas for the new year is paying a visit to the 19th edition of Senac Rio Fashion Business. The event is one of the most important in the industry, as it reinforces a view of fashion as a strategic tool which can be used to increase a country’s economic and social development. 70 thousand visitors and 20 thousand retailers are expected to make an appearance at the event, as well as VIP guests. This edition hopes to increase their sale value by 10% comparing to last year’s edition, in an estimated total of around R$ 760 million (Rio Official Guide).

Birthplace of carioca samba, the port zone begins its revitalization process for the next big events that will happen in the city. And with this process, culture and tradition of the samba circles are rescued and renewed in bars and on the streets of the neighborhood. With a diverse and effervescent  schedule, Trapiche Gamboa, the samba of Pedra do Sal and Imaculada Bar & Galeria, blend good food, cold beer, music and culture, providing locals and tourists great entertainment options (Rio Official Guide).

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SAO PAULO

Police said they have doubled the number of officers assigned to a haven for crack cocaine addicts as they battle a growing drug epidemic in South America’s biggest city. Police commander Alvaro Batista Camilo told reporters that close to 300 policemen have been deployed to clean up “Cracolandia” — “Crackland” — an open-air crack cocaine market in the heart of Sao Paulo (Kens5).

 

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