D-Day for Combating Zika Virus Mosquitos in Brazil

D-Day for Combating Zika Virus Mosquitos in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A massive one-day campaign has been launched in Brazil this Saturday (February 13th) to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito with more than 220,000 armed forces personnel expected to knock on at least three million homes and establishments looking for and destroying the mosquito’s breeding grounds. […]

Record Number of Companies in Brazil Seek Bankruptcy Protection

Record Number of Companies in Brazil Seek Bankruptcy Protection

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The number of companies in Brazil seeking judicial recovery in 2015 was the largest in the past ten years, according to data released by Serasa Experian, a credit and business research company. In all 1,287 companies that sought bankruptcy protection through a judicial recovery plan, […]

Carnival 2016 Blocos Continue in Rio de Janeiro This Weekend

Carnival 2016 Blocos Continue in Rio de Janeiro This Weekend

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Although the Carnival holiday ended on Wednesday February 10th, the celebrations are far from over as dozens of street parties known as blocos are scheduled to take place this weekend on Saturday February 13th and Sunday February 14th. One notable bloco parading on Saturday […]

Brazil’s Hotels Pick Up TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards

Brazil’s Hotels Pick Up TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A hotel in Santa Catarina, one of Brazil’s southernmost states, has appeared as one of the top 25 luxury hotels in the world. The Ponta dos Ganchos resort in Governador Celso Ramos was voted the eighth best luxury hotel by Trip Advisor in its […]

Zika Virus Linked to Microcephaly in Two Brazilian Newborns

Zika Virus Linked to Microcephaly in Two Brazilian Newborns

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – New evidence announced on Wednesday in the United States strengthens the theory put forth by the Brazilian government that the surge of microcephaly cases in the Northeastern part of the country may be caused by the Zika virus. The U.S.’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) […]

Brazil Unlikely to Meet Primary Surplus Target in 2016

Brazil Unlikely to Meet Primary Surplus Target in 2016

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian government is expected to announce this week a significant cut in the 2016 budget to try to balance public accounts. According to economists however, the reduction is not likely be sufficient for the government to meet its target of a primary surplus of […]

Mangueira Samba School Wins 2016 Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Mangueira Samba School Wins 2016 Rio de Janeiro Carnival

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following the tallying of votes on Wednesday February 10th, judges declared G.R.E.S Estação Primeira de Mangueira samba school the Champion of the 2016 Carnival competition in Rio de Janeiro. This marked the school’s eighteenth official overall Carnival win. Closing the second night of Grupo […]

Rio’s Flamengo Pound Portuguesa 5-0 in Campeonato Carioca

Rio’s Flamengo Pound Portuguesa 5-0 in Campeonato Carioca

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The football team of Rio’s Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, usually referred to as just Flamengo, beat the Associação Atlética Portuguesa, or Portuguesa, in a fast-paced 5-0 match at the Raulino de Oliveira stadium in Volta Redonda on Wednesday night (February 10th). The two […]

Fines for Disorderly Conduct Increase in Rio for 2016 Carnival

Fines for Disorderly Conduct Increase in Rio for 2016 Carnival

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With thousands of partygoers on the streets during the five days of Carnival, some of the main concerns for city of officials in Rio de Janeiro have been dirty streets filled with trash and waste. To curb people causing public disorder the city instituted […]

São Paulo Carnival Attendance and Revenues Increase in 2016

São Paulo Carnival Attendance and Revenues Increase in 2016

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Not nearly as famous as the Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro, or the blocos (street parties) in Salvador or Recife, in the Northeastern part of the country, the number of people attending Carnival festivities in São Paulo has surged in the past few years. […]

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