Brazil Tourism Forecast Cools for World Cup

Brazil Tourism Forecast Cools for World Cup

By Claire Rivé, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The tourism sector in Brazil has had to adjust their inflated estimates concerning the expected influx of tourists during the FIFA World Cup in June and July this year, leading to big discounts on local and international flights and accommodation during the tournament. Following a […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Housing

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Housing

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The “Telerj Favela” has now come and gone. Rising in early April in the leafy grounds surrounding an abandoned building in Engenho Novo (a neighborhood in Rio’s near north side) the hydra-headed monster threw out hundreds of tentacles, enticing some 5,000 souls to abandon their dwellings […]

Chevron Facing Revived Charges Over 2011 Brazil Oil Leak

Chevron Facing Revived Charges Over 2011 Brazil Oil Leak

By Eduardo Pagnoncelli, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Chevron Corporation confirmed on Friday that a Brazilian appeals court has reinstated criminal charges against the energy giant and eleven of its employees, originating from a 2011 offshore oil spill near Rio de Janeiro, that also led to a reported R$95 million civil settlement by […]

Shopping For the Winter Season in Rio de Janeiro

Shopping For the Winter Season in Rio de Janeiro

By Laura Siqueira, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Although there are still more than two months before the official winter season arrives in Rio de Janeiro, it’s already possible to feel the cooler weather setting in as we head into South America’s autumn. For many Cariocas this time of the year is synonymous […]

Rio’s BRT Transcarioca Running 46 Percent Over Budget

Rio’s BRT Transcarioca Running 46 Percent Over Budget

By Claire Rivé, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Delays and design changes on the Transcarioca Highway connecting Galeão International Airport to Barra da Tijuca have led to the project running 46 percent over budget. The initial cost of the Transcarioca was estimated at R$1.3 billion, but after numerous delays, expenditure now stands at […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on “Straining out Gnats”

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on “Straining out Gnats”

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon quotes Matthew 23:23-24: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! [Y]ou have overlooked … justice, mercy and good faith. Blind guides! You strain out a gnat, yet swallow a camel!” The Curmudgeon has long believed that today’s Brazilian Congress is almost entirely composed of […]

Nightmare in Brazil

Nightmare in Brazil

Letter to the Editor, by Patricia Shawcross SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On January 8th this year Brian Shawcross set off on a four day business trip to São Paulo, Brazil. On the 26th of March he returned. A longer meeting than anticipated? NO! He spent over two months in the São Luiz hospital in São […]

Celebrating a Romantic Honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro

Celebrating a Romantic Honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro

By Laura Siqueira, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Perfect weather, stunning landscapes and friendly people are just some of the reasons to visit Rio de Janeiro at least once in a lifetime, and perhaps there is no better time than for a honeymoon. Like many other cosmopolitan cities, Rio has a wide range […]

Ipanema and Leblon Feeling Effects of Line 4 Construction

Ipanema and Leblon Feeling Effects of Line 4 Construction

By Claire Rivé, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The construction of the long awaited Metro Line 4 through connecting Zona Sul (South Zone) to Barra da Tijuca has been making steady progress this year with its completion in time for the Olympic Games looking like an attainable deadline. However frustration with traffic disruption, […]

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