Drought and Heat Hinder Brazil’s Daylight Saving Time

Drought and Heat Hinder Brazil’s Daylight Saving Time

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Due to the severe drought registered in parts of the Center-West and Southeastern regions of Brazil in the past few months, daylight saving time will not be as successful in reducing energy consumption levels as it did last year, say government officials. Savings estimates for […]

São Paulo May Run Out of Water in November

São Paulo May Run Out of Water in November

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Residents living in the largest city in South America, São Paulo, may run out of water by the end of next month, according to SABESP (São Paulo’s water utility company). SABESP registered on its website on Thursday that the main water reservoir for the city, […]

SP International Film Festival Honors Spain, Karmitz

SP International Film Festival Honors Spain, Karmitz

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The 38th edition of the SP International Film Festival starts today in São Paulo and during fourteen days 345 films will be shown in 35 venues around the city. This year’s festival will highlight productions from Spain and some of its directors as well as […]

Project in Rio Hopes to Attract New Off-Shore Industry

Project in Rio Hopes to Attract New Off-Shore Industry

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – To attract investments and manufacturers of subsea (offshore, underwater) equipment the government of Rio de Janeiro launched last week a project, dubbed the “Cluster de Subsea”, to guarantee supply of local demand and the gradual substitution of imported equipment by those to be manufactured […]

Guinean Man Tests Negative for Ebola Virus in Brazil

Guinean Man Tests Negative for Ebola Virus in Brazil

Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Health Ministry announced on Monday that the two tests performed on Souleymane Bah, a 47 year-old refugee from Guinea, tested negative for the Ebola virus. Bah, who has been in Brazil less than a month, had sought medical help for symptoms similar to those of […]

Marina Silva Endorses Neves in Brazil’s Presidential Race

Marina Silva Endorses Neves in Brazil’s Presidential Race

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Presidential candidate Aecio Neves received a crucial endorsement on Sunday in his bid for the top spot in Brazil. Third-placed candidate Marina Silva, of the PSB (Socialist Party) officially endorsed Neves, of the PSDB (Social Democracy Party) in this year’s presidential elections. “Due to the […]

In Brazil Inflation Up and Economic Growth Down

In Brazil Inflation Up and Economic Growth Down

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s IPCA (Consumer Price Index) rose by 0.57 percent in September according to the IBGE (Brazilian Statistics Bureau) after registering an increase of 0.25 percent in August. In September of 2013 the IPCA rate was at 0.35 percent. According to Eulina Nunes dos Santos, coordinator […]

Rio Elects Sports Hero; Governor Race Goes to Run-Off

Rio Elects Sports Hero; Governor Race Goes to Run-Off

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The voters in the state of Rio de Janeiro went to the polls on Sunday to vote for president, governor, senator and federal and state representatives. Residents from Rio de Janeiro voted massively for the two left-wing presidential candidates – Dilma Rousseff (35.6 percent) […]

Markets in Brazil React Favorably to Neves’ Candidacy

Markets in Brazil React Favorably to Neves’ Candidacy

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The surprising outcome of Sunday’s presidential elections, with Aecio Neves of the PSDB (Social Democracy Party) winning more than 33 percent of the votes and making it to the second round of elections boosted investors’ spirits in Brazil. The country’s stock market (Bovespa) registered on […]

Brazil’s Presidential Race is Between Rousseff and Neves

Brazil’s Presidential Race is Between Rousseff and Neves

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – More than 142 million Brazilians went to the polls on Sunday and more than a few surprises were registered. Although polls over the weekend pointed to a slight lead of Aecio Neves of the PSDB (Social Democracy Party) over Marina Silva of the PSB (Socialist […]

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