Police in Brazil Say Seventy Percent Have Had Colleagues Killed

Police in Brazil Say Seventy Percent Have Had Colleagues Killed

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Recent and ongoing reports have illustrated the high number of people killed by police in Brazil, and the fact that many deaths go unreported as some states do not even keep a record. Another concern in the Brazilian security situation however is the high number […]

Rio’s Fábrica da Bhering Hosts Open Door Event on August 1st

Rio’s Fábrica da Bhering Hosts Open Door Event on August 1st

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Antiga Fábrica da Bhering located in Santo Cristo will host the monthy “Circuito Fechado” (“Internal Circuit”) this Saturday, August 1st. Running from 12PM to 8PM, the event will once again feature the designers, artists and artisans currently located and working within the repurposed Rio […]

Gringo Cafe in Rio With “Garage” Sale on Saturday, August 1st

Gringo Cafe in Rio With “Garage” Sale on Saturday, August 1st

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Gringo Cafe in Ipanema will hold a “Garage Sale” on Saturday, August 1st from 4PM to 8PM. In addition to the buying and selling of items, there will be drinks promotions and DJ Slim Seleem will spin the best of funk, disco and […]

Series of Olympic Test Events to Start This Weekend in Rio

Series of Olympic Test Events to Start This Weekend in Rio

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With almost exactly one year to go until the 2016 Olympic Games start in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016, several disciplines begin to hold test events in the city to check out the sporting venues. The series of events starts this weekend […]

Itaipava Hosts Food, Fashion and Music Festival This Weekend

Itaipava Hosts Food, Fashion and Music Festival This Weekend

By Georgia Grimond, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following the knock-out success of food-truck events in Rio and São Paulo, the first Food Truck Park event will take place this weekend, August 1st and 2nd, in the Castello de Itaipava (Itaipava Castle) in the hills outside Rio de Janeiro city, showcasing food from […]

Selic Interest Rate Increased for the Seventh Time in Brazil

Selic Interest Rate Increased for the Seventh Time in Brazil

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s benchmark interest rate, the Selic, has been increased for the seventh time in a row by the Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee, COPOM. This time, another 0.5 percent were added to the rate, which now reaches 14.25 percent, a level last seen in […]

Controversy Over Olympic Waters Continues in Rio With New Data

Controversy Over Olympic Waters Continues in Rio With New Data

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The controversy over the pollution of the sea and lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, which host several water sports competitions at the 2016 Olympic Games, continues with new data collected by Associated Press. The samples taken in the new test show heavy pollution of […]

Brazil Credit Rating Not Downgraded but Outlook Negative

Brazil Credit Rating Not Downgraded but Outlook Negative

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Against widespread expectations from financial experts, rating agency Standard & Poor’s has decided not to downgrade Brazil’s credit rating yet. The country’s current rating status of BBB- is still within investment grade and will be maintained, while the agency changed the outlook to negative. […]

Festival Multiplicidade Returns to Rio de Janeiro Starting July 30th

Festival Multiplicidade Returns to Rio de Janeiro Starting July 30th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Festival Multiplicidade returns this week to Rio de Janeiro on July 30th and will include events held at Oi Futuro Flamengo, Planetario da Gavea and EAV Parque Lage through November 7th. Celebrating its tenth anniversary last year, this edition of the avant-garde festival, […]

New York Bassoonist Janet Grice Performs in Rio de Janeiro

New York Bassoonist Janet Grice Performs in Rio de Janeiro

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Traveling to Brazil annually, New York-based American bassoonist Janet Grice has returned to Rio de Janeiro to perform live jazz, and Brazilian chamber, contemporary, and classical music with her group, the Vento Trio. “The bassoon is a deep, expressive instrument that is often overlooked. […]