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In Brazil on May 25, 2012 at 10:02 am


Render of a multi-use complex on the Cruzeiro site for Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Source).


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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.


Forbes announced the introduction of its twenty-second international edition, Forbes Brazil, in partnership with BPP LTDA, the publisher of Billboard in Brazil. The new edition is scheduled to launch on July 31st, 2012, in the Portuguese language and distributed throughout Brazil (Marketwatch).

The BBC will launch its first high-definition channel in Brazil next Monday. For now, BBC HD is in included only in cable TV Net’s Top HD package (which costs some R$ 140 a month) and will have subtitles in most programs. By the end of the year, the BBC wants to have its HD channel transmitted by other operators (Folha).


Just two years before the start of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil has broken ground on barely half of the planned infrastructure projects that it’s touting as the soccer tournament’s biggest legacy (Bloomberg).

The Brazilian government informed that only five percent of the infrastructure projects of 2014 FIFA World Cup had been completed (Xinhua).

Former Fifa president Joao Havelange has been discharged from hospital in Brazil after recovering from a serious infection. The 96-year-old was taken to hospital in Rio de Janeiro two months ago with septic arthritis in his ankle (BBC).



Brazil said it was working hard to stop illegal logging in Amazon rainforest land inhabited by the ethnic Awa people, a group said to be threatened with extinction. “The Brazilian state must accomplish this task with the utmost determination and we are working hard on it,” Maria do Rosario, the minister in charge of human rights, told foreign reporters (AFP).


The Brazilian state of Pernambuco was once known for its vast plains of parched dirt and roving bandits called cangacos, who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. Today, an economic boom has given locals good reasons to stay put, and large numbers of Brazilians are even making their way north in search of a better life (Los Angeles Times).


Petrobras is in talks to buy land in Rio de Janeiro to expand its headquarters, Veja magazine said (Bloomberg).

Part of another building crumbled to the ground in Centro, stressing the dire need for attention for much of the aging infrastructure of Rio de Janeiro buildings. A building belonging to the Bola Preta Association (Cordão da Bola Preta), partially collapsed in the corner of Rua do Lavrádio and Rua da Relação, in the Lapa section of Centro (The Rio Times).

Work on the Hotel Gloria, owned by Eike Batista, is still continuing. Here are some renders of the interior.

The 4th Civil Chamber of the State Appellate Court of Rio de Janeiro confirmed the validity and effectiveness of the acquisition of Hotel Rio Palace, in Rio de Janeiro, by the BHG Group, overturning the first-instance ruling by the 6th Corporate Court of Rio de Janeiro, thereby rejecting the supposed preference rights of Nova Riotel and confirming BHG’s acquisition (BHG).



Commuters sat in lines for more than three hours, protests broke out at a train station, and angry voters promised revenge as Brazil’s biggest city entangled itself in a record traffic jam, highlighting how the country’s infrastructure has failed to keep pace with economic growth (Reuters).

The Mercadão is a laboratory of the edible, spanning all of the city’s most important ethnic cuisines and displaying an incredibly colourful array of fruits and vegetables. It opened on 25 January 1933, and was located alongside the Tamanduateí and Anhangabaú rivers, which in pre-automobile days were the farm-to-market highways. The areas around the market have long since gone to seed, but the market itself recovered from its nadir in the 1970s and was completely restored in 2004 (Time Out).



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