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In Brazil on January 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of Eike Batista’s Acu Superport in northern Rio State (More).

CULTURE

19th century Brazilian music finds the spotlight through Americantiga concert at NGA (Washington Post).

Sometimes they limit themselves simply to producing movies, though on many other occasions they have also written, directed or actually filmed them. But by any standard the Barretos — Luiz Carlos and Lucy and their children, Bruno, Fábio and Paula — are the first family of cinema in Brazil (New York Times).

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FIFA WORLD CUP

Brazil had been demanding too much in negotiating the conditions for hosting the 2014 World Cup but a legal dispute should be settled within days, FIFA said (Reuters).

Beer must be sold at all venues hosting matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, football’s world governing body, Fifa, has insisted (BBC).

An organized movement of soccer fans in Rio de Janeiro joined together outside the Maracana stadium. The purpose of the rally is to protest the 2014 World Cup’s game schedule. Based on the schedule issued by FIFA, the Brazilian national soccer team will only play in the Maracana stadium if they are able to make it to the finals (Xinhua).

AMAZON

Scomi Engineering of Malaysia, along with three Brazilian partners, signed an agreement with the Infrastructure Secretariat of Amazonas state to develop a monorail system for the Manaus metropolitan region (Reuters).

Amazonia: What’s happening to the world’s biggest rain forest? Read the article in Time Magazine.

Instead of being pristine forests, barely inhabited by people, parts of the Amazon may have been home for centuries to large populations numbering well into the thousands and living in dozens of towns connected by road networks, explains the American writer Charles C. Mann. In fact, according to Mr. Mann, the British explorer Percy Fawcett vanished on his 1925 quest to find the lost “City of Z” in the Xingu, one area with such urban settlements (New York Times).

NATAL

Often referred to as the “esquina do continente” (corner of the continent), Natal in Rio Grande do Norte State is perhaps best known for its vast sand dunes, a playground for tourists taking dune-buggy rides. The entire region however, which gets around 300 days of sun per year and has an average year-round temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, has a strong draw for those looking for the good life (The Rio Times).

RIO

The 19th Police Pacification Unit (UPP) has to officially come into operation in the favela communities of Vidigal and Chácara do Céu. An inauguration ceremony will take place at 10AM in the Olympic village in Vidigal on Avenida João Goulart with vehicle access to the area restricted throughout the morning (The Rio Times).

Entrepreneurs starting up new businesses in Rio de Janeiro state have been increasingly attracted by the construction sector over the past two years, new figures show. Industry analysts are looking towards the city playing host to upcoming major sporting events – the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics – as even greater encouragement for further revitalization in the area (The Rio Times).

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil’s tourist magnet now has less to fear. Read the account in the Washington Post.

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SAO PAULO

Got 48 hours to explore the vast, vibrant metropolis that is not only Brazil’s commercial centre, but its artistic and gastronomic heart? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to Sao Paulo, the city where trees are an integral part of the architecture and surround its museums, restaurants and shops (Reuters).

What began in early January as a heavy-handed police operation to clean up an area of downtown Sao Paulo has sparked an impassioned debate about drug policy and urban regeneration — with some strange twists and turns. Sao Paulo’s ornate old city center was once one of its most desirable addresses. But in recent decades it became notorious for crime, drug addiction, homelessness and prostitution. Nowhere was the change more apparent than in the warren of narrow streets and alleys where for more than a decade crack has been openly sold and consumed: an area known as “Cracolandia,” or Crackland (Bloomberg).

U.S. software giant Microsoft inaugurated a major technology center in Brazil’s largest city Sao Paulo. With an area of 1,300 square meters, the new Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) is the largest of its kind in Latin America, and will operate as a tech simulation center. The MTC will be open to Microsoft’s partners, corporate clients, NGOs, and students (Xinhua).

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