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In Brazil on February 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm


Render of the Opera Thaetre of Campinas (Skyscrapercity).


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Workers building and renovating Brazil’s stadiums for the 2014 World Cup are threatening to go on strike if employers don’t agree to their demands for unified salaries and benefits (The Republic).


The rhythm of deforestation in Brazil slowed significantly in 2008 and 2009 in the regions known as Atlantic Rainforest (“Mata Atlântica”), Pantanal and Pampas, according to a report released by the Ministry of Environment (Agencia Brasil).

It depends how one defines “good” news. Last week Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras announced that it had struck good-quality light oil in its Amazonas state’s Solimoes Basin SOL-T-171 concession block, which it owns 100 percent (Huffington Post).


Hundreds of striking police officers agreed to leave a state assembly house they had occupied for 10 days in Salvador, easing tensions in a walkout that unleashed a bloody crime wave and cast doubt on upcoming carnival celebrations across the country (Reuters).


Police went on strike in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, risking a surge in crime just days before the beach city’s famed carnival celebrations (Reuters).

After the collapse of three buildings in downtown Rio de Janeiro in late January left at least seventeen people dead, new concerns about the condition of high-rise residential and office blocks are being raised. Now questions are being asked of CREA (the Regional Council of Engineering and Architecture), the institution whose responsibility it is to ensure those who own building comply with legal requirements (The Rio Times).

Prior to the pacification of Vidigal in November 2011, a visit to the favela was usually only made by adventure travelers, or those who had friends to escort them. The idea of a foreigner owning real estate and starting a business in the area was reserved only for a special group of forward-thinking entrepreneurs, those who saw the potential of a hillside that enjoyed one of the most stunning views in Rio (The Rio Times).


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Every two years, the city of Caxias do Sul, 120 km south from Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, prepares itself for the Festa da Uva (Grape Festival). This year, from February 16th to March 4th, one million people are expected to be involved in the event, that happens to overlap with Carnival (The Rio Times).



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