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Brazil Weekly’s Brazil Regional & Culture News

In Brazil on March 9, 2012 at 11:50 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the iconic Fortaleza Aquarium, to be built on Iracema Beach (Skyscrapercity).

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CULTURE

The creators have christened it Tropicália – a luxury beachside condominium in north-eastern Brazil boasting outdoor swimming pools, a private cinema and even a replica castle for youngsters. But the naming of the palm-flanked condo – intended as a tribute to the avant-garde movement that revolutionised Brazilian culture in the 1960s and influenced global musicians such as Kurt Cobain and Beck – has triggered a war of words between the construction firm and the pioneers of the genre (The Guardian).

If you want a decent return on your investment by learning another language there really is only one rational choice: Brazilian Portuguese. Brazil is big (190m residents; half a continent). Its economic prospects are bright. São Paulo is Latin America’s business capital. No other country has flora and fauna more varied and beautiful. It is home to the world’s largest standing forest, the Amazon. The weather is great and so are the beaches. The people are friendly, and shameless white liars. You’ll be told “Your Portuguese is wonderful!” many times before it is true (Intelligent Life).

Music is an indelible part of Brazil’s soul, a country which has nurtured and immortalized some of the world’s most distinct and renowned styles including samba, bossa nova and baile funk. Today, in Brazil at least, the sound of axé has swept the country with mega-stars like Claudia Leitte and Ivete Sangalo (The Rio Times).

FIFA WORLD CUP

FIFA president Sepp Blatter sought to defuse a war of words between FIFA and Brazil by personally apologising for disparaging remarks made by a top official about the country’s slow progress in preparing for the 2014 World Cup (Reuters).

Sepp Blatter and Brazil ‘s sports m inister pledged to mend relations after the FIFA president personally apologised for disparaging remarks made by a top official about the country’s slow progress in preparing for the 2014 World Cup (Reuters).

But Ronaldo defended FIFA’s Secretary General Jerome Valcke’s recent harsh words towards the Brazil’s delayed World Cup preparations upon his arrival for routine inspections (Xinhua).

The president of Brazil’s soccer confederation (CBF) and head of the country’s 2014 World Cup organizing committee Ricardo Teixeira has taken a medical leave of absence, Brazilian state soccer chiefs said (Reuters).

SPLIT SECOND POLL

AMAZON

Environmentalists and small farmers marched outside the National Congress to urge President Dilma Rousseff to veto changes to the country’s forestry code they fear will accelerate deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. The bill, which is backed by the powerful agribusiness sector, would allow huge areas of the country to be farmed if they were illegally logged before July 2008, and would allow farming along environmentally sensitive riverbanks (AFP).

RIO

Recent tests have shown that water emitted from chuveirinhos barraqueiros (beach showers) in Zona Sul (South Zone) are not treated and can pose serious health risks. Analysis conducted by microbiologists has exposed traces of sewage contamination in samples of water collected from showers on Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana and Leme beaches (The Rio Times).

Gearing up for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held here, officials celebrated plans for a futuristic “Olympic Park,” replete with a waterside park and athlete villages, promoting it as “a new piece of the city.” There was just one problem: the 4,000 people who already live in that part of Rio de Janeiro, in a decades-old squatter settlement that the city wants to tear down. Refusing to go quietly and taking their fight to the courts and the streets, they have been a thorn in the side of the government for months (The New York Times).

The reality of creating an Olympic legacy is a familiar problem for the residents of Rio’s Vila Autódromo, a favela community neighboring the site of the future Olympic Park. The future of the favela, however, is far from certain, despite the fact that a 2013 demolition date was announced by the press in 2011 (The Rio Times).

On March 1st, the new English language school – One English – celebrated their opening in the heart of Ipanema. Launched by Englishman Robin Ward, and Brazilian Paola Castilho Dunham, the school is unique in the sense that the majority of its English teachers are British nationals who teach the Common European Framework syllabus, internationally recognized and relevant regardless of age and objective (The Rio Times).

The pacification of Rio’s largest favela – Rocinha – as well as neighboring Vidigal in November 2011, has had a dramatic effect on the communities, causing much interest in real estate developers. Yet while the pacification has affected the sense of security in neighboring Leblon and Gávea, it has not had the same dramatic impact on the real estate market as the city has seen in other areas (The Rio Times).

Pão de Açucar (The Sugarloaf) sits impressively between the ocean and the riveting landscape that makes up Rio de Janeiro. One hundred years after its cable car inauguration in 1912, locals and tourists alike still marvel at its unique beauty and spectacular vantage point of the Cidade Maravilhosa (The Rio Times).

Celebrating the 90th anniversary of São Paulo’s Modern Art Week, Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro presents, from March 6th to April 29th,  “Modernismos – 90 anos de 1922”, an exhibit celebrating and importance of the modernist movement in Brazil. The show’s curatorship is by Daniela Name and Marcus de Lontra Costa, and it focuses on the several aspects of modern thinking and aesthetics (Rio Official Guide).

This article will point out the costs that a professional relocating to Rio de Janeiro must maintain the same standard of living. Have in mind that a European or American life style is not cheap in Brazil (The Brazil Business).

SAO PAULO

Fuel delivery truckers have ended a three-day strike that emptied many gas stations in South America’s biggest city. Drivers started delivering fuel to the city’s 2,000 gas stations under police escort, said Claudio Ferreira, a spokesman for the Sao Paulo truck drivers union (Washington Post).

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