Going to the Movies in Rio this Easter Weekend: Daily

Going to the Movies in Rio this Easter Weekend: Daily

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Movie theaters in Rio de Janeiro are offering a wide range of options for movie buffs of all ages during this holiday weekend. In keeping with the spirit of Easter weekend, cinemas are screening a number of religious titles. Perhaps one of the most […]

More Perimetral Highway to be Demolished in Rio: Daily

More Perimetral Highway to be Demolished in Rio: Daily

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — With many people heading out of town this weekend for the extended Easter holiday, the city of Rio will continue to work on its renovation of the Port Zone area of Centro with more demolition of the Perimetral elevated highway. Along with the effort, Rio […]

Brazil Increases Rio 2016 Olympic Budget: Daily

Brazil Increases Rio 2016 Olympic Budget: Daily

By William Jones, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Officials in Brazil have revealed that the infrastructure budget for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 will be R$24.1 billion (US$10.76 billion). The figure is a lot more than first expected but is being viewed as a statement of intent to prepare the city, […]

Vasco Progress Over Resende in Copa do Brasil: Daily

Vasco Progress Over Resende in Copa do Brasil: Daily

By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Vasco made it through to the second round of the Copa do Brasil with a 1-0 win over Resende at São Januário last night. There was further controversy for the Cruz-Maltino following Sunday’s Campeonato Carioca final, when right-back André Rocha had a goal wrongfully […]

Federal Police Threaten Strike During World Cup

Federal Police Threaten Strike During World Cup

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – Federal police in Brazil staged a protest on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach on Sunday, April 13th, calling for better working conditions, higher wages and restructuring of their career paths. The group vows to strike during this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament, which will […]

Brazil Tourism Forecast Cools for World Cup

Brazil Tourism Forecast Cools for World Cup

By Claire Rivé, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The tourism sector in Brazil has had to adjust their inflated estimates concerning the expected influx of tourists during the FIFA World Cup in June and July this year, leading to big discounts on local and international flights and accommodation during the tournament. Following a […]

Protests After Eviction of Occupants from Oi Favela

Protests After Eviction of Occupants from Oi Favela

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Former residents of the recently occupied area known as Favela da Telerj, or Oi Favela, continued protesting their eviction from the site last Friday. Around three hundred people have been camped outside Rio de Janeiro City Hall in Cidade Nova, Zona Norte (North Zone), demanding […]

Campeonato Brasileiro 2014 Starts This Weekend

Campeonato Brasileiro 2014 Starts This Weekend

By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The 2014 Campeonato Brasileiro, the Brazilian national league championship, kicks off this coming weekend following the conclusion of the various state championships. This year, Rio de Janeiro only has three entrants in the Série A, the competition’s premier division. Following the relegation of Vasco […]

Mobile Apps Ready for the World Cup in Brazil

Mobile Apps Ready for the World Cup in Brazil

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The price of smartphones in Brazil is high, especially for the country’s socioeconomic environment, however the burgeoning middle class are becoming increasingly avid consumers. Mobile broadband accounts for 42 percent of all broadband access in Brazil with 3G service, and for these smartphones and tablets […]

Celebrating 2014 Easter in Rio and Brazil

Celebrating 2014 Easter in Rio and Brazil

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With Easter (known as Páscoa in Portuguese) rapidly approaching, it is time for Rio residents to start planning for this special holiday. Brazil, being a country of predominately Christians, and an estimated 125 million Catholics (64 percent of the population), makes a proper celebration […]

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