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 […]

Olympic Preparations in Rio ‘On Track’ According to IOC

Olympic Preparations in Rio ‘On Track’ According to IOC

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has visited Rio this week in order to assess the progress of the preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games that at one time had been described as the “worst” in Olympic history. However, this time the IOC was full of […]

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 […]

Rio 450th Anniversary Celebrations Kick Off in March

Rio 450th Anniversary Celebrations Kick Off in March

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Founded on March 1, 1565, the city of Rio de Janeiro is celebrating its 450th anniversary this year with over 200 events ranging from concerts to openings to activities including marathons, installations and more taking place throughout the city. With this weekend marking the […]

What R$3,000 Rents in Rio de Janeiro in 2015

What R$3,000 Rents in Rio de Janeiro in 2015

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter¨ RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While the real estate market in Rio de Janeiro is slowing down and some neighborhoods see rents increasing below inflation or even falling, renting an apartment in Rio de Janeiro, especially in Zona Sul (South Zone), is still rather expensive. This week, we’ll give an […]

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 […]

Brazil’s Petrobras Rating Downgraded to Junk Status

Brazil’s Petrobras Rating Downgraded to Junk Status

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – International rating agency Moody’s has downgraded the rating of Brazil’s oil giant Petrobras to Ba2, two grades below investment grade status, on Tuesday February 24th. This is the second downgrading of the company in less than a month. Petrobras, currently involved in a large-scale corruption […]

Museu do Amanhã Scheduled to Open in Rio March 1st

Museu do Amanhã Scheduled to Open in Rio March 1st

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After numerous setbacks, the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) is scheduled to officially open on Sunday, March 1st in Rio de Janeiro’s Zona Portuária (Port Zone). The opening will be part of the city’s year-long celebrations of its 450th anniversary. Promising to be […]

The Best of U.S. and Brazilian Beach Volleyball at Copacabana

The Best of U.S. and Brazilian Beach Volleyball at Copacabana

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The best players from beach volleyball leading nations Brazil and the U.S. will show off their skills at Copacabana beach starting on Thursday, February 26th until Sunday, March 1st. All matches are open to the public and free of charge. The tournament titled as “The […]

Fewer Murders, More Robberies in Rio de Janeiro in January

Fewer Murders, More Robberies in Rio de Janeiro in January

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Data released by the Institute for Public Safety (ISP) on Monday, February 23rd showed that while fewer murders were committed in January 2015 compared to the first month of 2014, robberies of various types as well as violence against the police were on the rise […]

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