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In Brazil on June 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Nihon No Uti Japanese Culture Center for – where else – Liberdade district, Sao Paulo (more on 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.

FIFA WORLD CUP 2014

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has signed into law a bill that in principle allows the sale of beer during 2014 World Cup matches. Football’s world governing body, Fifa, had demanded a change in Brazilian legislation banning alcohol at football matches. The new bill, setting a number of rules for the World Cup, does not mention any restriction on the sale of alcohol (BBC).

AMAZON

Deforestation rates in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest have fallen to the lowest level in more than 20 years, the Brazilian government said (Xinhua).

Brazil workers are being exploited as modern-day Amazon slaves. Slavery victims are promised work and find themselves toiling in brutal conditions for little or no pay in the Amazon. A culture of impunity persists (LA Times).

The fund that was created in 2008 to support environmental preservation activities in the Amazon is running into trouble with other demand on the BNDES, the Brazilian development bank, but also with the lack of preparation from civil society organizations and the lack of projects from the government (Folha).

Activists and residents of the region affected by the Belo Monte hydroelectric project on the Xingu River (PA), are preparing a parallel protest during Rio+20. Xingu+23-an allusion to the 23 years since the first Meeting of Indigenous People of Xingu-will be between June 13 and 17 in a community near Vitória do Xingu (945 km from Belém) (Folha).

RIO

The arrival of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, for Brazil, is not only about the global sustainability progress that will be made. The international community is also closely watching to see how Rio will handle the management of such a large event, one of many now on the city’s agenda in the coming years, most notably the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Read about the city’s security and transport plans (The Rio Times).

Rio’s Jardim Gramacho landfill, Latin America’s largest covering a land mass of 1.3 million square meters, officially closes today, June 3rd. Previously scheduled for a May 6th closure, the 35 year-old landfill located in Duque de Caixas has long been controversial and considered responsible for delivering tons of contaminants into Guanabara Bay (The Rio Times).

Santa Teresa has long been a popular tourist destination, with steep rolling cobblestone streets and a distinctly bohemian style of shops and restaurants. However, business in Santa Teresa has suffered since the closing of the trolley, locally known as the bonde, following a tragic accident last year (2011) on August 27th (The Rio Times).

Barra da Tijuca is well-known for having one of the longest stretches of beach in Brazil (20 km) as well as generally less expensive and more spacious living than in Rio’s Zona Sul (South Zone). Barra, as it is popularly called, is also a cultural and economic center of Rio’s Zona Oeste (West Zone) home to many expatriates in Rio (The Rio Times).

The IOC said Rio de Janeiro is making “great strides” in preparations for the 2016 Olympics but warned of tight deadlines and a considerable increase in the amount of work and responsibilities after the London Games end in a few months. The IOC coordination commission ended its annual three-day visit saying Rio officials and local organizers must be prepared to take center stage after Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes receives the Olympic flag in 67 days in London (Washington Post).

SPLIT SECOND POLL

SAO PAULO

Consumer prices in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, slowed in May from the previous month on lower costs of personal expenses and apparel. The IPC-FIPE index rose 0.35 percent last month, compared with an increase of 0.47 percent in April, according to the FIPE economic research institute (Reuters).

You could almost be in a London gentlemen’s club at the bar at the top of landmark Edificio Itália, if it weren’t for the floor-to-ceiling windows providing a 360-degree view of the city. Here on the 41st floor, you are above the city’s other skyscrapers bar none, and even above the helicopters below (Time Out).

The Swedish group Haldex has chosen São José dos Campos to consolidate its activities in South America. In March, the company completed its project of transferring the sales unit in São Paulo and the industrial units in Rio de Janeiro and Flores da Cunha (Rio Grande do Sul) to the city. With the transfer, the company intends to gain agility and optimize the logistics and transportation costs (Investe Sao Paulo).

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