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In Brazil on August 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Tarik Business Hotel for Itabuna, Bahia (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.

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FIFA WORLD CUP 2012

Brazilian organizers of the 2014 World Cup on Wednesday unveiled an online catalogue of training centres selected to accommodate the 32 teams that will compete in the high-profile event (Yahoo).

AMAZON

Violent disputes over indigenous land are on the rise in Brazil, sparking heightened militancy by natives angered by broken promises of compensation and slower government registrations (MercoPress).

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest fell 23 percent in the 12 months ending in July 2012 from the previous year, the Brazilian government announced (Xinhua).

A federal judge has ordered Brazilian mining company Vale to suspend its planned expansion of a rail line in northern Brazil because it would endanger the livelihood of an Indian tribe living in the region (Washington Post).

NORTH EAST

The number of tourists staying at hotels in São Luís (Maranhão) during this year’s high season – famous for the June festivals, the bumba meu boi parades and vacations – has plunged. The sector blames the dirty beaches (Folha).

RIO

Growing businesses, beautiful beaches and affordable housing have many home-buyers taking a closer look at Niterói, the city across the bay. Accessible from Rio via the Rio-Niteroi bridge and two ferry services, Niterói is perhaps best known for its iconic landmark, the Museu de Arte Contemporânea (The Contemporary Art Museum) (The Rio Times).

Facing its more famous partner across the Guanabara Bay, the city of Niterói hosts a vibrant fish market with one key added allure: you can eat your ‘catch’ there.  For foodies and hunters of Brazil’s more authentic side, a trip to the daily São Pedro fish market provides an excellent opportunity for a culinary adventure off the beaten tourist path (The Rio Times).

The Secretary of State for the Evironment (SEA), the State Environmental Institute and the Chico Mendes Institute signed the Termo de Ajustamento de Conduta (TAC), to regulate the air-taxi company Helisul. The objective of the agreement is to stem the noise pollution created by frequent helicopter flights over Rio’s scenic areas, a large concentration of which are in the Zona Sul (South Zone) (The Rio Times).

A new exhibition brings together Salvador Dalí images at Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro. Come take a journey into the subconscious world of dreams with “Dalí: The Divine Comedy”. The show brings together 100 pictures by surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, depicting scenes from the acclaimed literary work “The Divine Comedy”, by Dante Alighieri. The story leads the audience into Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, through the vision of these two artists (Rio Official Guide).

SAO PAULO

Inflation in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, posted an unexpected slowdown in July as a spike in food prices lost momentum and apparel costs declined from the prior month. The IPC-FIPE index rose 0.13 percent last month, compared with an increase of 0.23 percent in June (Reuters).

All mobile numbers in São Paulo starting with “11″ should now be dialed with an additional 9 before the regular number (+55) 11-9-XXXX-XXXX.  This change increases capacity to a limit of ninety million numbers, from the current 44 million, according to ANATEL (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações, National Telecoms Agency) (The Rio Times).

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