December Street Robberies Increased by 12.5% in Rio

December Street Robberies Increased by 12.5% in Rio

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – According to a survey released on Friday by the Public Security Institute (ISP), cases of pedestrian robberies rose again since last year. There was an increase of 12.5 percent, with 5,667 reported incidents in December 2013 and 6,374 in the same month in 2014. Fortunately […]

Beija-Flor de Nilópolis Samba School Set for Carnival 2015

Beija-Flor de Nilópolis Samba School Set for Carnival 2015

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On the second night of Rio’s famous Grupo Especial (Special Group) Carnival samba school parades on Monday, February 16th, the Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Beija-Flor school from Nilópolis is scheduled to enter the Sambódromo as the third school at 11:10 PM. Beija-Flor (meaning hummingbird) […]

Ex-Petrobras Director Got US$1.5 Million For Pasadena Deal

Ex-Petrobras Director Got US$1.5 Million For Pasadena Deal

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former Petrobras director, Paulo Roberto Costa, told investigators that he received US$1.5 million from a lobbyist to aid in the purchase of the Pasadena refinery in the United States. The statement was made in September as part of his agreement with authorities for a reduced […]

Brazil has the 4th Costliest Big Mac in the World

Brazil has the 4th Costliest Big Mac in the World

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – According to a survey conducted by British weekly, The Economist, Brazil has the fourth most expensive Big Mac in the world. The latest Big Mac Index, released on January 22nd, shows that the ever-popular sandwich can be bought at McDonald’s restaurants all around the country […]

Live Earth Concert to Return to Rio de Janeiro

Live Earth Concert to Return to Rio de Janeiro

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After the first edition in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, the Live Earth concert event is scheduled to return to the city for a second round, this year on June 18th. The show will be one of seven held during a 24-hour global event […]

Lava Jato Main Suspect Youssef‘s Plea Bargain Revealed

Lava Jato Main Suspect Youssef‘s Plea Bargain Revealed

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The details of the plea bargain of black market money dealer and Lava Jato (car wash) scandal mastermind Alberto Youssef have been revealed on Wednesday, January 21st. Youssef will receive a maximum sentence of five years if he cooperates with the investigators. Youssef, who has […]

Samba School Mocidade Ready for Carnival 2015

Samba School Mocidade Ready for Carnival 2015

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This year G.R.E.S. Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel will make their way through the famed Sambódromo as the third Grupo Especial (Special Group) samba school to parade during the first day of competition on Sunday, February 15th. Best known simply as “Mocidade” or “Mocidade […]

FIFA World Cup Legacy Fund Pays US$100 Million to Brazil

FIFA World Cup Legacy Fund Pays US$100 Million to Brazil

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – World Cup organizer and football (soccer) governing body FIFA has announced the creation of a special fund of US$100 million to support sports facilities, youth and women’s football, and medical and health projects in Brazil to mitigate the effects the tournament had on the host […]

Brazil to Adopt Actions to Assure Energy Generation

Brazil to Adopt Actions to Assure Energy Generation

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The government of Brazil is discussing measures to reinforce the generation of energy in the country after a partial blackout in eleven states and the capital, Brasília, on Monday, January 19th. The causes of Monday’s blackout are still in dispute, the Ministry of Mines and […]

Real Estate Market Cools in Brazil, But Not Crashing Yet

Real Estate Market Cools in Brazil, But Not Crashing Yet

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The real estate market in Brazil saw staggering growth in the last seven years, and coupled with a national booming economy it looked like a positive trend. However most analysts, and certainly those hoping to buy or rent, have been waiting for a housing bubble […]