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In Brazil on May 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Palhano Business Centre for Londrina (Skyscrapercity).

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BRAZIL WEEKLY’S BRAZIL’S NEXT 10 HOTTEST BUSINESS CITIES

No doubt the biggest and most important business centres of Brazil are the megacities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and do not forget most other state capitals like Belo Horizonte, Salvador da Bahia, Recife, Fortaleza, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.  But Brazil is big and there are plenty of other fast developing cities, not being state capitals. So for a minute forget Sao Paulo, Rio and those other 2014 World Cup host cities and check out Brazil Weekly’s Brazil’s Next 10 Hottest Business Cities.

SPLIT SECOND POLLS

FIFA WORLD CUP

Brazil’s Senate approved a set of rules needed for the country to host the 2014 soccer World Cup, including the lifting of a federal ban on the sale of alcoholic drinks in stadiums during the tournament. Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world’s largest brewer, extended in October its beer sponsorship for the FIFA World Cup through 2022. The legislation now needs to be signed by President Dilma Rousseff (Bloomberg).

AMAZON

The revolt on the banks of the Madeira River, the Amazon’s largest tributary, flared after sunset. At the simmering end of a 26-day strike by 17,000 workers last month, a faction of laborers who were furious over wages and living conditions began setting fire to the construction site at the Jirau Dam (The New York Times).

Brazil is deploying 500 troops, a field hospital and three Navy ships to help people hit by some of the worst flooding in decades in the Amazon. Rivers began overflowing their banks in March and some 70,000 families have so far been left without shelter. Local officials say dozens of communities are in a critical state as a result of the heavy rains (BBC).

A former Brazilian police officer sentenced for involvement in the killing of 19 landless protesters in the Amazon has been arrested 16 years after the massacre. Colonel Mario Colares Pantoja was sentenced to 258 years in jail in 2002. He had managed to remain free until now while he appealed against his sentence. But a judge in Brazil’s northern Para state said the appeals process was exhausted, and ordered his and a fellow officer’s arrest (BBC).

CEARA

BNDES approved R$ 358 million in financing for the construction of four wind farms in the state of Ceará. The projects comprise the Trairi Project, which will have a total installed capacity of 115.4 MW and will begin operations in January 2013. The wind farms, consisting of Special Purpose Companies, are controlled indirectly by Tractebel Energia S.A. and directly by Energias Eólicas do Nordeste S.A (BNDES).

RIO

The municipality of Maricá is situated on the coast of Rio de Janeiro State just about twenty kilometers away from Niterói, and only about sixty kilometers (forty miles) north from the city of Rio. Not only does Maricá provide residents with plenty of calm and tranquility, but the small city and long coastline offers a variety of rental and purchase options much more affordable than in Cidade Maravilhosa (The Rio Times).

For most travelers in Rio, an idle dip in the waters along the sweeping sandy beaches of Zona Sul (South Zone) is enough ocean to make the trip, and a few more might find their way on a surfboard. For those looking to get into some deeper waters though, Marina da Glória is the next port of call (The Rio Times).

SPLIT SECOND POLL

SAO PAULO

The percentage of people in São Paulo who have fallen behind in making installment payments rose to 21.8% in April, up from 18.5% in March (Agencia Brasil).

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