Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots Revealed

Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots Revealed

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On the night of Sunday, November 23rd, the 2016 Rio Organizing Committee revealed the official mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic games. The two mascots, a yellow creature chosen for the Olympic Games and a green and blue being picked for the Paralympic games, […]

Cruzeiro Win the 2014 Brasileirão Championship

Cruzeiro Win the 2014 Brasileirão Championship

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Two rounds before the end of the 2014 Brasileirão Cruzeiro was crowned champion after a 2×1 win over Goiás in the Mineirão stadium. It is the second title in a row for the club from Belo Horizonte and the fourth in total. Goals were scored […]

Famous Olympic Mascots in Rio de Janeiro

Famous Olympic Mascots in Rio de Janeiro

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Saturday, November 22nd, Olympic mascots from previous games visited Rio’s Maracanã Stadium in anticipation of the unveiling of the official mascots for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. While the visit was cut short due to the heat combined with the heavy […]

New Infrastructure Projects in Rio Going Ahead

New Infrastructure Projects in Rio Going Ahead

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Several infrastructure projects from a bikeway at Avenida Niemeyer, to plans of a new metro line in Zona Sul (South Zone) to the start of construction of a fourth major BRT line took shape in the last two weeks, all designed to improve movement in […]

Brazil’s CB Freezes R$47 Million in Assets from Lava Jato Scheme

Brazil’s CB Freezes R$47 Million in Assets from Lava Jato Scheme

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Central Bank of Brazil announced Thursday, November 20th, it has frozen more than R$47 million in assets from individuals and companies arrested last week in the Lava Jato (Carwash) money-laundering scheme involving Brazil’s oil giant, Petrobras. The measure had been requested by Federal Judge […]

CADEG’s 2nd Annual Bacalhau Food Festival in Rio’s Zona Norte

CADEG’s 2nd Annual Bacalhau Food Festival in Rio’s Zona Norte

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After the success of the first culinary festival in 2013, the Centro de Abastecimento do Estado da Guanabara, better known simply as CADEG, is back and again celebrating bacalhau (salted cod) dishes during its second edition. Located in the Benfica neighborhood in Zona Norte […]

Cruzeiro Three Points Away from Title, While Carioca Clubs Lose

Cruzeiro Three Points Away from Title, While Carioca Clubs Lose

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This weekend, in the 36th round of the Brasileirão, Belo Horizonte outfit Cruzeiro could grab their second Serie A title in a row. The team from Minas Gerais won 2×1 against Grêmio yesterday (Thursday, November 20th) and tops the table with a seven point lead, […]

Dia da Consciência Negra: Black Awareness Day in Brazil

Dia da Consciência Negra: Black Awareness Day in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Thursday, November 20th, Brazil celebrates Consciência Negra (Black Awareness Day) with a little over 18.8 percent of Brazilian municipalities observing it as a holiday. It is, according to analysts it is not a day to celebrate but rather reflect on the social and political […]

Juana Molina Performs in Rio on November 21st and 22nd

Juana Molina Performs in Rio on November 21st and 22nd

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd, Argentinian electronic musician Juana Molina will take to Rio de Janeiro’s Oi Futuro Ipanema stage to perform as part of the ongoing 2014 Sonoridades Music Festival. Singing mostly in her native Spanish, Molina is a former […]

Brazil’s Unemployment Rate Falls Again in October

Brazil’s Unemployment Rate Falls Again in October

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil registered an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent last month, the lowest rate for the month of October since the start of the series, in March of 2002, according to the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics). October’s results were 0.2 percent lower than […]