Mercado Mundo Mix Returns to Fundição Progresso June 25-26th

Mercado Mundo Mix Returns to Fundição Progresso June 25-26th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL –The Mercado Mundo Mix (MMMix) event will return on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, 26th to take place in Fundição Progresso in Lapa with free admission on both days. Activities and participants will include live music, art exhibitions, independent publications, food trucks, workshops, and fashion […]

Brazil as World’s Most Dangerous Place for Environmentalists

Brazil as World’s Most Dangerous Place for Environmentalists

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – According to a report released on Monday by non-governmental organization Global Witness, Brazil ranks as the most dangerous country in the world for environmental and land activists. The NGO states that fifty activists were killed in 2015, an increase of 59 percent compared to 2014. […]

Rio Police Test Operations While Street Crime Remains

Rio Police Test Operations While Street Crime Remains

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday (June 19th), the security institutions involved with the safety of the Rio 2016 Games held a mock operation aimed at preparations for the opening ceremony of the Olympics, on August 5th. Unfortunately, on the same day, an embarrassing street robbery of an Australian […]

Telecom Oi Files for Largest Ever Judicial Recovery in Brazil

Telecom Oi Files for Largest Ever Judicial Recovery in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – One of Brazil’s largest telephone carriers, Oi, filed a bankruptcy recovery request on Monday, June 20th, in Rio de Janeiro after restructuring talks with major shareholders failed. The company is said to register debts totaling R$65.4 billion. The recovery request is said to be the […]

Longest Tunnel in Brazil Opens in Rio’s Port Zone

Longest Tunnel in Brazil Opens in Rio’s Port Zone

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Writer RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the 2016 Olympics are under fifty days away, the latest in the series of revitalization projects in the city’s port zone opened this past Sunday, June 19th, with Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes inaugurating the Marcello Alencar tunnel. The new tunnel, named after one of […]

Olympic Torch Travels Through Amazon on Way to Rio

Olympic Torch Travels Through Amazon on Way to Rio

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Writer RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This past Sunday, June 19th, the Olympic torch traveled to the city of Manaus, the Amazon’s largest city and the capital of Amazonas state. The Olympic torch has been traveling across Brazil, bound to pass through three hundred towns and be carried by over 12,000 […]

Rio Declares State of Financial Emergency Before Olympics

Rio Declares State of Financial Emergency Before Olympics

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Friday, Rio de Janeiro’s acting governor, Francisco Dornelles, alarmed international media by declaring a financial emergency in the state. However Rio’s mayor, Eduardo Paes assured reporters on Sunday that the current financial crisis faced by the state will have no affect on the 2016 […]

Gunmen Storm Hospital in Rio de Janeiro to Free Prisoner

Gunmen Storm Hospital in Rio de Janeiro to Free Prisoner

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Twenty-five armed men stormed a hospital in the center of Rio de Janeiro, in the early hours of Sunday morning to rescue a drug dealer who was under police custody, according to officials. Their actions left one person dead and two wounded. According to police […]

Public Invited to Paint Giant Art in Rio’s Port Zone June 24th

Public Invited to Paint Giant Art in Rio’s Port Zone June 24th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Friday, June 24th from 9AM to 4PM, the public is invited to help paint six giant panels that will be located on the Largo de São Francisco da Prainha, in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Saúde in the Zona Portuária (Port Zone) […]

Lost Opportunity For Rio’s Flamengo FC in the Brasileirão

Lost Opportunity For Rio’s Flamengo FC in the Brasileirão

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Writer RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This past weekend, the Campeonato Brasileiro (Brasileirão) Série A entered round nine as the top twenty football clubs in Brazil took the pitch on Saturday, June 18h, and Sunday, June 19th for round nine of the 38 round tournament. With a number of game-saving plays […]