Truckers Continue to Block Highways in Brazil’s South

Truckers Continue to Block Highways in Brazil’s South

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite an agreement between Brazil’s federal government and several truckers’ associations on Wednesday, February 25th, to unblock federal highways, a report by the country’s Federal Highway Police on Thursday afternoon showed that truckers continue to protest on at least 88 federal highways, blocking traffic on […]

Truckers Agree to Unblock Brazil’s Federal Highways

Truckers Agree to Unblock Brazil’s Federal Highways

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A meeting held on Wednesday afternoon, February 25th, between government officials and truck driver associations may put an end to the week-long protests, which blocked several federal highways throughout Brazil and caused thousands of dollars in losses, according to officials. According to the government among […]

Foreign Investors Look to Brazil’s Health Sector

Foreign Investors Look to Brazil’s Health Sector

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite the weak economy, rising inflation and the forecast of a zero or negative GDP in 2015, foreign companies have continued to show interest in investing in Brazil, especially in sectors which have traditionally been controlled by the government, such as health and infrastructure. A […]

Operation Carnival 2015 Already Under Way in Brazil

Operation Carnival 2015 Already Under Way in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As hundreds of thousands of Brazilians get ready to head out to celebrate Carnival, this year held from February 14th to 18th, the country’s busiest airports and bus stations have set up special operations to ensure easy transit for travelers. At the seven airports which […]

Explosion on Oil and Gas Ship in Brazil Leaves Dead and Injured

Explosion on Oil and Gas Ship in Brazil Leaves Dead and Injured

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – An explosion in an oil and gas production ship rented by Petrobras killed at least five workers, injured ten and four are still missing, according to the company. Reportedly no oil has leaked from the ship that carried 74 persons at the time of the […]

Federal Police Confiscate Eike Batista’s Yacht, Cars and Money

Federal Police Confiscate Eike Batista’s Yacht, Cars and Money

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Federal Police raided the home of Eike Batista’s former wife and sons on Thursday morning (February 12th), confiscating three automobiles. The move comes a day after federal police knocked on Batista’s Angra dos Reis resort home, apprehending the former tycoon’s yacht, three jet skis and a speedboat. Things have not […]

BRICS Officials Discuss Demography Issues in Brasília

BRICS Officials Discuss Demography Issues in Brasília

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Representatives of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are meeting in Brasília this week to discuss issues related to their countries’ population and create a joint agenda to face problems such as maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, rural to urban migration and […]

Brazil to Announce New Export Policy Plans in March

Brazil to Announce New Export Policy Plans in March

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) in Brazil announced on Monday, February 9th, plans to increase the country’s exports, including finding new markets for Brazilian products and doing away with some of the bureaucracy of exporting abroad. “This is not only the […]

Water Bill Fines Applied to São Paulo City Residents

Water Bill Fines Applied to São Paulo City Residents

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Facing the worst water shortage in history, the nine cities which make up the São Paulo Metropolitan area have began to take action to try to reduce water consumption. On Monday, February 9th, São Paulo’s water utility agency SABESP will start to deliver water bills […]

Banco do Brasil President Chosen as New Petrobras CEO

Banco do Brasil President Chosen as New Petrobras CEO

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian government has chosen Banco do Brasil President, Aldemir Bendine, to head oil giant Petrobras, after its CEO, Maria das Graças Foster resigned on Wednesday, February 4th, according to national daily, O Globo. Petrobras’ board of directors is currently meeting to discuss the nomination […]

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