Discovering the Chico Mendes Ecological Reserve in Recreio

Discovering the Chico Mendes Ecological Reserve in Recreio

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the main environmentally protected areas of Rio de Janeiro, the Parque Natural Municipal Chico Mendes (PNMCM) located in the neighborhood of Recreio dos Bandeirantes of Zona Oeste (West Zone), celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary this June 2014. Founded in 1989, the park was created […]

Opinion: Rattlesnakes!

Opinion: Rattlesnakes!

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Yesterday’s news, perhaps still today’s, is that a rebellion/revolt/riot in a state prison in Cascavel, Paraná, resulted in at least four dead prisoners, two of whom were beheaded. Two guards were held hostages, and (as of this writing) there may be more victims. One story is […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Presidential Elections

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Presidential Elections

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian Presidential election has been thrown into complete disarray by the accidental death of Eduardo Campos last week. Speculation has been rife, and as this is written (Monday August 18th) only one thing seems clear. Marina Silva, Campos’ running mate for VP, will be chosen […]

Rock in Rio Plans to Hit Las Vegas in 2015

Rock in Rio Plans to Hit Las Vegas in 2015

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The Rock in Rio mega music festival began in Brazil in 1985 by Roberto Medina, an innovative publicist with a grand ambition to create an epic music event. Now after exporting the brand to Lisbon for the last ten years as well as a few […]

Opinion: Whatever Happened to the Good Guys?

Opinion: Whatever Happened to the Good Guys?

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon, notwithstanding his cantankerous moniker and his grumpy grousing about the world, still believes he is a good guy and that there should be other good guys out there. Unfortunately, the good guys have all gone missing in most of the headlines these days, both […]

Wayne Alvin Harvey Dies Thursday, July 24th

Wayne Alvin Harvey Dies Thursday, July 24th

RIP Wayne Alvin Harvey. The American Society of Rio de Janeiro is saddened to announce that we have just learned that Wayne Alvin Harvey, a long-term AmSoc member and its President in 1994, passed away last Thursday, July 24th. The 7th Day Commemorative Mass was held July 31st, at the Igrejinha in São Conrado, at […]

Toll Cost Rising in August for the Niteroi Bridge and Via Dutra

Toll Cost Rising in August for the Niteroi Bridge and Via Dutra

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The National Transportation Agency (Agência Nacional de Transportes Terrestres, ANTT) authorized last week a six percent increase in toll cost of Rio-Niteroi Bridge and the President Dutra Highway (Rodovia Presidente Dutra), beginning August 1st. For passenger cars, the rate will increase from R$4.90 to R$5.20. […]

The American School of Rio de Janeiro: Legacy and Future

The American School of Rio de Janeiro: Legacy and Future

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — With its three impressive campuses in Macaé, Gávea and Barra da Tijuca, a new qualified and motivated headmaster, the American School, or Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro (EARJ), is at the top of the ranks of South America’s finest schools. It offers innovative courses […]

New School of Technology Inaugurated in Barra Mansa

New School of Technology Inaugurated in Barra Mansa

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — State officials in Rio de Janeiro along with the Department of Science and Technology and the Foundation for Support of the School of Technology (Fundação de Apoio à Escola Técnica, FAETEC), inaugurated the tenth School of Technology (Faculdade de Educação Tecnológica, FAETERJ) this July in […]

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