Marina Silva Candidacy Shakes Up Brazil Presidential Elections

Marina Silva Candidacy Shakes Up Brazil Presidential Elections

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The untimely death last week of presidential hopeful, Eduardo Campos, from the PSB (Socialist Party) has shaken up this year’s presidential election just seven weeks before the first round of voting – scheduled for October 5th. The replacement of Campos by his running mate, Marina […]

2014 Oil & Gas Expo to Discuss Strategies and Development

2014 Oil & Gas Expo to Discuss Strategies and Development

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil is the tenth largest producer of energy in the world with more than half (55 percent) of its energy source coming from oil and other liquid fuels and natural gas. In September hundreds of energy experts are expected to gather in Rio de Janeiro […]

Gunman Takes Hostage in Church in Ipanema: Daily

Gunman Takes Hostage in Church in Ipanema: Daily

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Parishioners at Nossa Senhora da Paz (Our Lady of Peace) Church in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, were startled by an armed gunman who fled into the Catholic Church on Sunday during mass, taking a hostage. The gunman, who had just robbed a pharmacy two […]

Plane Crash Kills Presidential Hopeful, Eduardo Campos: Daily

Plane Crash Kills Presidential Hopeful, Eduardo Campos: Daily

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos, from the PSB (Socialist Party) was killed Wednesday in a plane crash in the coastal town of Santos, about forty miles from São Paulo city. The two-time governor of Pernambuco state was coming from Rio de Janeiro to conduct TV interviews […]

Health Ministry’s Drug Program Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Health Ministry’s Drug Program Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – News of people dying while waiting for care in Brazil’s public hospitals is not uncommon and most health analysts agree that Brazil’s Health System is extremely deficient. Many in the field, however, praise the country’s Farmacia Popular (Popular Pharmacy) and its Saúde Não Tem Preço […]

Petrobras Forecasts Hike in Production, Exports and Prices

Petrobras Forecasts Hike in Production, Exports and Prices

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite continuing to set records for oil production in the past few months, net profits for Brazil’s giant oil conglomerate, Petrobras, plunged 25 percent, to R$10.3 billion in the first semester of 2014 in comparison to the same period last year. In both June and […]

Brazil Inflation Rate Drops with Decrease in Travel: Daily

Brazil Inflation Rate Drops with Decrease in Travel: Daily

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As expected, airline tariffs and hotel costs registered a downward trend after the end of the World Cup, leading to a decline in Brazil’s inflation rate for July, according to the IBGE (Brazilian Statistics Bureau). The IPCA (Consumer Price Index) registered a decline from 0.4 […]

Brazil Petroleum Production Sets Record in June: Daily

Brazil Petroleum Production Sets Record in June: Daily

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Oil production in Brazil set a record in June, totaling 2.79 million barrels of BOE (barrel of oil equivalent), according to data from the ANP (National Petroleum Agency). The volume is 2.6 percent greater than that registered in May of 2014 and 6.9 percent higher […]

U.S. Visa Delays Change Some Brazilian Travel Plans

U.S. Visa Delays Change Some Brazilian Travel Plans

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Late last week the United States issued a statement saying it was having problems in its worldwide visa processing system and that delays were expected. During the first six months of 2014 more than half a million visas were issued to Brazilian nationals and foreigners […]

Rio Port May Lose Millions from 2016 Olympic Trial Races

Rio Port May Lose Millions from 2016 Olympic Trial Races

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Although the 2016 Olympics are still two years away, trial test races for the upcoming games are already disrupting Rio de Janeiro’s port and are likely to cause million-dollar losses says Andre de Seixas, director at IRO-Log, a logistics company which operates in Rio de […]

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