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In Brazil on July 20, 2012 at 10:03 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of a 85-floor, 350 metre high, commercial tower project for Belo Horizonte, whihc would be Latin America’s tallest, if built (More).

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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

Add another headache to the construction delays, cost overruns and overall unease about Brazil’s sports infrastructure as it gears up to host the World Cup and Olympics later this decade: an embarrassing name on one of the country’s marquee stadiums, the João Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro (Reuters).

CULTURE

Jorge Amado, who died in 2001, would have turned 100 on 10 August, and the excellent Museu da Língua Portuguesa – Museum of the Portuguese Language – is anticipating the centenary with the exhibition ‘Jorge Amado e Universal’ (‘Jorge Amado/Beloved and Universal’) (Time Out Sao Paulo).

AMAZON

Police in Brazil have arrested 18 people in connection with the killing of an indigenous leader last November. Gunmen shot Nisio Gomes in Mato Grosso do Sul and took away his body, which is still missing (BBC).

Brazilian police have carried out a big operation against illegal gold miners in the Amazon, arresting at least 26 people. Gold, mining equipment and several aircraft used to take men and supplies into the remote region were seized (BBC).

RIO

A recent study conducted by Cândido Mendes University in Rio de Janeiro indicated that a large number of officers in the Police Pacifying Unit (UPP), which has been the foundation to a program of law enforcement inside the city’s favelas, are unhappy with their work and, according to the study, still “don’t wear the shirt” (The Rio Times).

With less than a fortnight before the starter pistol fires on London’s 2012 Olympic Games, across the Atlantic construction work has officially begun at what will be a key venue for the global sporting event in four years time. Officials gathered in Rio’s western neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca earlier this month (July 6th) to lay the foundation stone of the Olympic Park, a planned complex of sporting facilities that will host over half the events in 2016 (The Rio Times).

Rio’s sunny disposition leaves a plethora of outdoor activities to be enjoyed, on a rainy day however, many people can be left twiddling their thumbs. For those who enjoy a bit of retail therapy Rio’s super-sized mall, Rio Sul in Botafogo will more than likely keep you busy for the day (The Rio Times).

Work is advancing at the Acu Superport, developed by Eike Batista’s LLX (More pics).

SAO PAULO

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following ratings for the State of Sao Paul. Read their analysis of the state’s economy at Reuters.

More than a million Brazilian Christians have taken part in a “March for Jesus” in Sao Paulo. Huge crowds thronged through the city’s main avenues, accompanied by floats blasting out gospel music. The evangelical groups who organised the march described it as the “largest Christian event in the world”. Brazil has the largest Roman Catholic population in the world, but other Christian churches have grown enormously in recent decades (BBC).

Drug traffickers are behind the wave of violence that has affected Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, over the past few weeks, Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin said (Fox News).

SPLIT SECOND POLL

SOUTH

Brazilian biologists are investigating the deaths of more than 500 penguins found washed up on the beaches of Rio Grande do Sul state. Autopsies are being conducted on some of the birds to determine the cause of death. Researchers said the penguins appeared to have been well-fed, with no apparent injuries and no oil on their bodies (BBC).

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