Rio Designers Turn Scrap Wood Into Artisanal Sunglasses

Rio Designers Turn Scrap Wood Into Artisanal Sunglasses

By Anna Harcourt, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A group of young Brazilian designers are turning scrap wood from construction sites into high-fashion sunglasses.The Zerezes sunglasses are part of the growing world of sustainable fashion, mixing trends in international design with local materials and production. The small-scale business was founded in 2012 by […]

Rio is Ready to Watch the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday

Rio is Ready to Watch the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With American football gaining popularity in Brazil and around the world, fans of game, those interested in learning more about the sport and American expats in Rio de Janeiro, will gather together in various locations in the city this Sunday, February 1st to watch […]

Petrobras Losses to Corruption May Top US$1.5 Billion

Petrobras Losses to Corruption May Top US$1.5 Billion

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The investigation which seeks to determine the financial losses to Brazil’s oil giant, Petrobras, due to Operação Lava Jato (Operation Carwash) may take up to three years to be concluded and total R$4.06 billion (over US$1.5 billion), according to Petrobras President, Maria das Graças Foster. […]

Salgueiro Samba School Set for Carnival 2015

Salgueiro Samba School Set for Carnival 2015

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday, February 15th, G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Salgueiro will be the fifth samba school of the Grupo Especial (Special Group) to parade down Rio de Janeiro’s Sambódromo during the 2015 Carnival competition. Also known simply as Salgueiro, the popular school is a nine-time Carnival […]

Campeonato Carioca to Kickoff this Weekend in Rio

Campeonato Carioca to Kickoff this Weekend in Rio

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After about a month-long hiatus from club football (soccer), the ball is rolling again this weekend, in the 110th edition of the Rio state championship, the Campeonato Carioca. In this pre-Brasileirão tournament Rio’s top four teams compete with the smaller ones in Rio state for […]

Domestic Air Travel in Brazil Grew in 2014

Domestic Air Travel in Brazil Grew in 2014

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite the economic slump faced by Brazil in 2014, domestic air transportation demand in Brazil grew by 5.7 percent last year, according to ABEAR (Brazilian Association of Airline Companies). According to the association however the growth is lower than that registered in 2013, when the […]

União da Ilha Samba School Parades at Rio Carnival Feb 16th

União da Ilha Samba School Parades at Rio Carnival Feb 16th

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The G.R.E.S. União da Ilha samba school from Ilha do Governador (Governor’s Island) will compete for the title of this year’s Carnival championship on the second day of the Special Group parades on Monday, February 16th. The school is set to enter the Sambódromo as […]

Rio to Break Olympic Guanabara Cleanup Pledge, No Plan B

Rio to Break Olympic Guanabara Cleanup Pledge, No Plan B

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After the confession of Rio state environmental minister André Correa that the Guanabara Bay will not be cleaned in time for the 2016 Olympic sailing and windsurfing contests, officials have admitted that there is no “Plan B” to hold the competitions at a different place. […]

Brazil’s Rousseff Urges Cabinet to Reduce Spending

Brazil’s Rousseff Urges Cabinet to Reduce Spending

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, asked cabinet ministers to maintain strict control over government spending and combat corruption, during a meeting with her new cabinet members on Tuesday, January 27th. This is Rousseff’s first cabinet meeting since she started her second term in office, on January […]

Brazil’s Petrobras Releases Third Quarter of 2014 Results

Brazil’s Petrobras Releases Third Quarter of 2014 Results

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After twice postponing the release of the third quarter financial results for 2014, Brazilian oil giant Petrobras released the report early Wednesday (January 28th) morning. The results show a net profit of R$3.084 billion. These results represent a 38 percent decline from the second quarter […]

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