Rio Artists and Designers Open their Spaces to the Public

Rio Artists and Designers Open their Spaces to the Public

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Creative talents in Rio have been taking studios in the former Bhering coffee factory for years, but recently the artistic hub has taken on a more commercial role as a showroom where the public can buy original design and art. The monthly opening is once […]

UN Envoy Calls for Change in Brazil’s Prisons

UN Envoy Calls for Change in Brazil’s Prisons

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — In the last week of August, riots broke out in four prisons across Brazil, killing eight inmates and prompting the UN to call for reforms as overcrowding and poor conditions have made prisons hotbeds for crime and violence. The week began in Cascavel, Paraná, on […]

Brazil Moves to Protect 3.28 Million Hectares in Amazon: Daily

Brazil Moves to Protect 3.28 Million Hectares in Amazon: Daily

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Legal Land Program headed by the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) has allocated 3.28 million acres of federal land in Acre, Amazonas, Pará and Rondônia for land reform and environmental the conservation of the environment. Speaking at a public meeting, the Minister of Agrarian […]

Brazil’s 2014 Presidential Elections May See Second Round

Brazil’s 2014 Presidential Elections May See Second Round

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — With her unconditional backing of former president Lula, some had suggested incumbent president Dilma Rousseff could win the 2014 election in the first round of the 2014 elections. However the announcement of Marina Silva as candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), along with competition […]

Conference in Rio on Brazil’s Fight Against Corruption: Daily

Conference in Rio on Brazil’s Fight Against Corruption: Daily

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Speaking in Rio on Wednesday (August 20th), Gustavo Ungaro, president of the National Council of Internal Control (CONACI), defended the proposed amendment to the constitution (known as PEC 45) that would see a change in control of public administration and is currently under review in […]

Learn to Cook Indian Food in Rio with Rashmy Naik

Learn to Cook Indian Food in Rio with Rashmy Naik

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Two of the most challenging aspects of moving to a different country can be making new friends, and missing some favorite foods from home. For those in Rio, Authentic Indian Cooking created by Rashmy Naik, is a home cooking class in Leblon where one can […]

Series of Short Films Cast Light on Forced Labor in Brazil

Series of Short Films Cast Light on Forced Labor in Brazil

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Although the Brazilian government has been reducing forced labor in the country since 1995, extreme exploitation of workers still exists and has become more concentrated in urban areas, with 1,068 people freed from slave-like working conditions in the country’s cities last year. A new series […]

Bradesco Approves R$10B for Small and Medium Biz: Daily

Bradesco Approves R$10B for Small and Medium Biz: Daily

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — While some small businesses are struggling as Brazil’s economy falters, one of the country’s biggest banks, Bradesco has launched a credit package of up to R$10 billion for new loans to their small and medium business customers. The program has been put in place after […]

No Sign of Recovery for Brazil’s Economy in Short-Term: Daily

No Sign of Recovery for Brazil’s Economy in Short-Term: Daily

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – According to the Economic Climate Indicator (ICE) released by the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) on Wednesday, August 13th the economic climate in Latin America in July is the worst since 2009, with Brazil performing badly in key areas. The index, which is done in partnership […]

Indie Filmmaker Wraps “The Fates” in Rio de Janeiro

Indie Filmmaker Wraps “The Fates” in Rio de Janeiro

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — While the story of boy meets girl has been retold countless times in film, a new feature ‘The Fates’ (Portuguese title, ‘You + Me’), set against the backdrop of Rio’s infamous favelas, offers a fresh take on the convention. The film has been a journey […]

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