Rio-Niterói Bridge Toll Will Decrease to R$3.70 in June

Rio-Niterói Bridge Toll Will Decrease to R$3.70 in June

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For everyone that commutes to-and-from Niterói on a regular basis, some welcome news was announced that goes against the trend of price hikes and inflation in Brazil. According to government reports yesterday (May 18th), the toll on the Rio-Niterói bridge will fall from R$5.20 to […]

International Day Against Homophobia Raises Issues in Brazil

International Day Against Homophobia Raises Issues in Brazil

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia, in addition to other celebrations and observances in Brazil, caused issues to resurface concerning obstacles currently faced by the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community in the country. The International Day Against Homophobia marks […]

Brazil’s Rousseff Discusses Budget Cuts With Economic Team

Brazil’s Rousseff Discusses Budget Cuts With Economic Team

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met with her economic team over the weekend to finalize the discussions of budget cuts so that fiscal adjustments, announced by the government since the beginning of the year, as well as the primary surplus, are met. Attending the meeting were […]

Toledo and Conlogue Win the Oi Rio Pro Surf Competition

Toledo and Conlogue Win the Oi Rio Pro Surf Competition

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The World Surf League’s fourth stop on the world tour, the Oi Rio Pro, held in Barra da Tijuca since May 12th came to an end on Sunday, May 17th, with victories of Brazilian Filipe Toledo in the men’s and American Courtney Conlogue in […]

No Victories for Rio’s Clubs in the Brasileirão Série A

No Victories for Rio’s Clubs in the Brasileirão Série A

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The second round of the Série A in the 2015 season of the Brazilian national football (soccer) league, the Brasileirão, wasn’t a lucky one for the three clubs from Rio currently disputing the competition. While Fluminense lost against Atlético-MG, Flamengo and Vasco left their […]

China Agrees to US$53 Billion Investment in Brazil

China Agrees to US$53 Billion Investment in Brazil

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The government announced that on Tuesday (May 19th), during the official visit of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, investment agreements worth US$53.3 billion will be made in the areas of agribusiness, auto parts, equipment transport, energy, railways, highways, airports, ports, storage and services. China is […]

J Mascis to Play in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, May 17th

J Mascis to Play in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, May 17th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Juvenilia Sessions return to Rio de Janeiro with singer-songwriter, musician, and Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis headlining the festival with a solo appearance on Sunday, May 17th. The show will be held at Circo Voador, one of Rio’s most famous music venues, located […]

Domestic Workers Still Waiting for New Law in Brazil

Domestic Workers Still Waiting for New Law in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A new bill introduced in Congress in 2013 which should give domestic workers more rights and benefits, such as an eight-hours work day, pay of overtime and unemployment insurance, is further delayed, making the lives of people working in this sector ever more difficult. Two […]

Half of Rio’s Most Wanted Escaped from Prison Leave

Half of Rio’s Most Wanted Escaped from Prison Leave

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Eight out of Rio de Janeiro’s most wanted sixteen criminals had already been arrested by the police and sentenced to prison and managed to escape when being allowed to temporary leave the prison due to a change of their detention terms after good behavior. […]

New TALKS Series by The Rio Times Opens May 27th

New TALKS Series by The Rio Times Opens May 27th

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Wednesday, May 27th, The Rio Times is hosting their first “TALKS” speaker series event, bringing together a panel of experts in three essential areas for foreigners in Rio; setting up a business, buying real estate and investing in Brazil. The discussion panel will be […]