Brazil Arrests Ten for Terrorist Plan During Olympics

Brazil Arrests Ten for Terrorist Plan During Olympics

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Fifteen days to go before the start of the 2016 Olympics, ten men were arrested on Thursday, suspected of planning terrorist attacks in Rio de Janeiro during the Games. According to authorities all the men are Brazilians. Brazil’s Justice Minister, Alexandre de Moraes, said the […]

IMF Calls for Brazil to Reform and Increase Taxes

IMF Calls for Brazil to Reform and Increase Taxes

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Although more optimistic about Brazilian GDP growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recommended on Thursday that the Brazilian government increase taxes to seek to balance its public accounts. According to a document released by the entity, the country should not only decrease expenditures but increase […]

Brazilian Anti-Doping Lab is Reinstated for 2016 Olympics

Brazilian Anti-Doping Lab is Reinstated for 2016 Olympics

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced on Wednesday, July 20th, that, it was lifting the accreditation suspension of the Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory (LBCD), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This reinstatement now allows the Rio lab to conduct anti-doping analysis of athletes’ urine and blood […]

Rio Residents Boost Income by Renting Rooms During Olympics

Rio Residents Boost Income by Renting Rooms During Olympics

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Trying to generate a little extra income during the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics, Rio residents are renting rooms and entire apartments for visitors in August and September. According to Airbnb, an official partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), tens of thousands of listings […]

Court in Brazil Orders Block of WhatsApp, Again

Court in Brazil Orders Block of WhatsApp, Again

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – For the third time in less than a year, the popular online messaging service, WhatsApp, was shutdown in Brazil by a Rio de Janeiro judge on Tuesday (July 19th), leaving millions of users unable to communicate through the mobile app. The decision was overturned by […]

IMF Improves Brazil’s GDP Outlook for 2016 and 2017

IMF Improves Brazil’s GDP Outlook for 2016 and 2017

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The interim government in Brazil celebrated the news that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reduced its negative outlook forecast for the country’s GDP in 2016, from 3.8 percent in April to 3.3 percent in July. The international entity also forecast a mild growth in 2017 […]

As Brazil Tightens Airport Security, Travelers Face Delays

As Brazil Tightens Airport Security, Travelers Face Delays

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Passengers trying to board aircrafts on domestic airports across Brazil continue to face long lines at security gates, as the country tightens security not only for passengers of international flights but also domestic trips. There are reports that passengers at São Paulo’s Congonhas airport, Rio’s […]

Rio to Register R$2.7 Billion in Extra Revenues During Games

Rio to Register R$2.7 Billion in Extra Revenues During Games

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A study conducted by the National Confederation of Trade, Services and Tourism (CNC) shows that the Olympics and Paralympic Games, scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro starting next month should generate revenues of R$2.68 billion to the state’s tourism sector. “This at a […]

Health Equipment Fraud in Brazil Cost Government Millions

Health Equipment Fraud in Brazil Cost Government Millions

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The federal prosecutors office and the federal police in Brazil issued eleven arrest and seizure orders on Monday morning, July 18th, in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro after conducting an investigation of the overpricing of equipment used to help patients with […]

Brazil to Increases Exports to European Union by R$250 Billion

Brazil to Increases Exports to European Union by R$250 Billion

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – An agreement signed at the World Trade Organization (WTO) last week will allow Brazil to export an extra R$250 million per year to the European Union, especially sugar and poultry exports, announced the Brazilian Foreign Relations Ministry, Itamaraty. “After three years of negotiations, conducted in […]

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