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Brazil Weekly’s Brazil Culture & Regional News

In Brazil on March 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Empresarial West Tower for  Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte (Skyscrapercity).

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CULTURE

All over the world cultural organizations are tightening their budgets and paring back productions. But Danilo Miranda faces a different challenge, one that makes him the envy of his peers. As the director of the leading arts financing entity in Brazil, his budget is growing by 10 percent or more annually, and he must figure out ways to spend that bounty, which amounts to $600 million a year (The New York Times).

MEDIA

Two Brazilian journalists working near the Paraguayan border were killed over the weekend. The deaths of newspaper owner Onei de Moura and radio reporter Divino Aparecido Carvalho, both in Paraná state, add to an increasingly grim toll in the country (The Guardian).

SPLIT SECOND POLLS

FIFA WORLD CUP 2014

Football’s world governing body, Fifa, has welcomed the approval of a bill by Brazil’s lower house of parliament which will allow the sale of alcohol in stadiums during the 2014 World Cup. Alcohol sales in Brazil’s stadiums are usually banned to help cut violence. Fifa’s demand for a temporary exception to the ban has faced considerable opposition in the country (BBC).

BAHIA

Bahia state has approved a law banning the use of public funds to pay for events where songs that offend women and gays are played. The state legislature of Bahia approved the law Tuesday night. Governor Jacques Wagner must now sanction it (Washington Post).

MINAS GERAIS

Set in the highlands of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Gustavo Penna’s Lincoln Residenceis an elegant minimalist home that emphasizes its beautiful surrounding landscape. The home was built using simple materials such as glass and painted brick walls, and features wide windows that take advantage of the view while conserving energy (INHabitat).

Brazilian police are investigating whether the fatal shooting of three rural activists was tied to their effort to win rights to land also contested by owners of a sugar mill (Washington Post).

RIO

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional SA said it is discussing construction of a new iron ore export port in Brazil with steelmaker and mining company Gerdau SA and oil and gas producer Petrobras. The new port with the partners may be ready to emerge in 2015. The port project, named Porto da Pedra, will be sited at Itaguai in Rio de Janeiro state, southeast Brazil, alongside CSN’s existing Tecar iron ore export and coal import port, and its Tecon containers port (Fox Business).

A 41 year-old community leader from Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio was killed. This is the sixth reported murder since the November pacification force has occupied the area, and took place even though police presence was increased last week in Rocinha (The Rio Times).

Last week the Federal Government announced funding of R$1.63 billion (around US$1 billion) to finance the development of two key transportation projects in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. These projects are the construction of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line on Avenida Brasil, known as the “Transbrasil” and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in Centro (The Rio Times).

Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), at an impressive 98 feet high and more than 2,326 feet above sea level, is one of Rio’s – and the world’s – greatest attractions. Standing next to the awesome Christ statue atop Rio’s Corcovado Mountain, gazing up at the monument and then out over Guanabara Bay is sure a thrill, but getting there can also be part of the adventure (The Rio Times).

SAO PAULO

Now that the two main candidates are known for the Sao Paulo Mayoral contest later this year, we would like to know from our readers which one should win:

The abiding memory from many a business trip to São Paulo is of traffic jams. But South America’s biggest city now offers a new way to nip between meetings. Line 4 of the city’s metro, opened in stages over the past two years, links several business districts—the city centre, Avenida Paulista and Faria Lima—for the first time. Unsurprisingly, demand on Line 4 is overwhelming. It already carries 550,000 passengers a day and expects 1m once it is complete (The Economist).

Brazilian police say they are hunting a gang of mostly blonde young women who have committed a series of kidnaps and robberies in Sao Paulo. The criminals have been targeting wealthy women in shopping centres, Sao Paulo’s anti-kidnap police unit says. The victims are followed to their cars, where they are robbed and held captive at gunpoint while the gang uses their credit cards to make luxury purchases (BBC).

Authorities are concerned with escalating fan violence in Brazil, with the death of a fan in Sao Paulo over the weekend sparking fears of a new wave of confrontations (Washington Post).

Silicon Valley has led the world in innovation and entrepreneurship because of its culture of information sharing and mentoring. No other region in the world is like it. But things are changing. In my travels to countries like India, China, and Chile, I’ve witnessed a noticeable evolution in entrepreneurial culture over the past five years. Networking groups are emerging, and entrepreneurs are becoming more open. One of the most impressive examples of this is in Campinas, Brazil—a university town on the outskirts of Sao Paulo (Washington Post).

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