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Brazil Weekly’s Brazil Regional News

In Brazil on July 13, 2012 at 10:01 am


Render of what is just a small part of a grandiose scheme for the Campus Universitário of the Universidade do Estado do Amazonas (UEA), to be located in Iranduba in the Metropolitan Region of Manaus. The campus will be situated at a distance of 20 kilometres from the city centre, across the Rio Negro bridge (Skyscrapercity).


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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.


Brazil is set to double its annual tourist arrivals to 10 million by 2020. Flavio Dino, president of the Brazilian tourism institute Embratur, said the country, which will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, is striving to become more attractive to overseas travelers. Last year, despite the appreciation of the Brazilian currency real and the global economic crisis, Brazil received a record high of 5.4 million tourists (Xinhua).


Ex-FIFA President Joao Havelange and his former son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira took multi-million dollar bribes on World Cup deals, Swiss prosecutors said in a legal document, dealing a fresh blow to world soccer’s ruling body (Reuters).


In its birthplace in northeast Brazil the folksy, accordion-driven and highly danceable music style known as forró used to be derided as “music for maids and taxi drivers.” No more: not only has the style become popular with a certain hip crowd in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in recent years, but this also seems to be the summer of forró in New York (The New York Times).


The extinction of dozens of Amazon species may be prevented in the next three decades by protecting more forests and reusing cleared land, according to an article in Science (Bloomberg).

About 300 Brazilian Indians have decided to end their three-week occupation at one of the work sites of the Belo Monte dam in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Both the Norte Energia consortium heading the hydroelectric project and activist groups assisting the Indians say the protesters left the work site (Washington Post).


In its 10th year, Brazil’s biggest literary festival, held in Paraty on the coast, attracted 25,000 visitors, nearly as many people as live in the picturesque colonial town. They came for the celebrity authors and films, sure, but mostly for an intimacy with books (Bloomberg).

Paraty is the sort of bucolic Brazilian beach town for which words like ‘picturesque’, ‘colonial’, ‘charming’ and ‘ambling’ could have been invented. But it buzzes with life, ideas and conversation for FLIP when writers are the stars and Brazilian names like Luís Fernando Veríssimo get stopped on the street for photographs. It’s awfully civilized and more than a little posh, but it’s also a lot of fun (Folha).


Copacabana celebrated its 120th birthday. It was commemorated with a series of samba concerts on the beach in front of Copacabana Palace, with large LED screens displaying old and new photos of Copacabana to show the changes that have taken place in the famous neighborhood over the years. One of the more noticeable changes are the number of new kiosks that have sprung up all along the beach in recent years. These sport underground kitchens and expanded covered seating areas, as well as sleek new circular designs (The Rio Times).

UPP (Police Pacifying Unit) officers working inside Rio’s favela communities will from now on have their work closely monitored by a special police force. The measure comes as a response to a corruption scandal involving twelve UPP police officers in the favela of Mangueira (The Rio Times).

Rio de Janeiro’s former archbishop who provided shelter to thousands of people opposed to the military regimes that once ruled Brazil, Argentina and Chile has died at age 91. The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro said that Eugenio de Araujo Sales died of a heart attack in his sleep (Washington Post).


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Eight people have been shot dead in greater Sao Paulo during celebrations for the win by local team Palmeiras in the Brazilian Cup final, police say. Men on motorbikes and in cars drove through the town of Osasco, opening fire in different locations (BBC).


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