Barcode Quartet Performs Live in Rio de Janeiro August 29th

Barcode Quartet Performs Live in Rio de Janeiro August 29th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Quintavant/QTV and Audio Rebel will present a live performance by European improvisational group, Barcode Quartet in Botafogo on Saturday, August 29th. The ensemble, which consists of British violinist Alison Blunt and three Austrian musicians, pianist Elisabeth Harnik, vocalist and electronic musician Annette Giesriegl, and […]

Brazil Plans to Reduce Number of Government Ministries

Brazil Plans to Reduce Number of Government Ministries

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In an effort to reduce government spending and improve the Administration’s cost efficiency, Brazil’s Planning Minister, Nelson Barbosa, announced the government’s plans on Monday, August 24th to reduce the number of ministries in the Rousseff Administration from 39 to 29 in the short-term and then […]

Rock in Rio Boosts Holiday Rentals and Hotel Bookings in Rio

Rock in Rio Boosts Holiday Rentals and Hotel Bookings in Rio

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rock in Rio music festival, which will hold its sixth edition in Brazil in Barra de Tijuca from September 18th-27th, is causing a surge of interest in short-term rental properties, according to online travel company Trip Advisor. Searches on the site for the week […]

Tickets for Rio’s Paralympics to Go On Sale on September 7th

Tickets for Rio’s Paralympics to Go On Sale on September 7th

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Tickets for the 2016 Paralympic Games, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro two weeks after the Olympic Games from September 7-18, 2016, will go on sale on September 7th. Similar to the Olympic ticket process, the first round will be decided by […]

Brazil May Register the Lowest GDP Growth in 25 Years

Brazil May Register the Lowest GDP Growth in 25 Years

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Estimates by financial analysts for Brazil’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2015 have decreased for the sixth consecutive time this year, from a contraction of 2.01 percent at the beginning of August to 2.06 percent last week, according to the latest Focus Survey, released […]

Renovations at Rio’s Alvorada Terminal Will Double Capacity

Renovations at Rio’s Alvorada Terminal  Will Double Capacity

By Shalina Chatlani, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Details for the renovation of the Alvorada bus terminal were released in a public hearing in Barra da Tijuca’s Community Hall. The reforms, aimed at reducing congestion in the main transit area of the neighborhood and doubling the current capacity of the Transoeste BRT, were […]

New Novela Aims to Portray Life in Rio’s Favelas “Realistically”

New Novela Aims to Portray Life in Rio’s Favelas “Realistically”

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – “A Regra do Jogo” (The Rules of the Game), the hotly-anticipated novela (soap opera) scheduled to premiere on the Globo network on August 31st at 9PM, uses reality show filming techniques and carefully crafted, extensive and intricate set design in an attempt to “realistically” […]

Marathon Swimming and Sailing Olympic Test Events Come to End

Marathon Swimming and Sailing Olympic Test Events Come to End

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Under blazing winter sunshine and in temperatures of up to 34 degrees athletes took to the waters off Rio de Janeiro this weekend, August 22nd and 23rd, to compete in the Aquece Rio Marathon Swimming and Sailing test events. Both events passed off successfully, […]

Rio’s Vasco da Gama in Crisis in 2015 Brasileirão

Rio’s Vasco da Gama in Crisis in 2015 Brasileirão

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro football (soccer) club Vasco da Gama continued their negative series in the 2015 Brasileirão when losing to Goiás with 0-3 this weekend. The club has gained the fewest points ever after twenty rounds, since the championship has been introduced in its […]

Brazil and Germany Sign Cooperation Agreements

Brazil and Germany Sign Cooperation Agreements

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The two day visit by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to Brazil last week proved fruitful for the South American country, with cooperation agreements being signed in the environment, food, trade and world security. Merkel visited Brazil with several of her key cabinet members, who were […]