Final Olympic Preparations On in Rio With 500 Days to Go

Final Olympic Preparations On in Rio With 500 Days to Go

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With only 500 days to go until the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, Rio de Janeiro enters the final preparation stage in order to get ready for the world’s biggest sporting event both in terms of facilities and infrastructure and athletic preparedness. According to the Local […]

Water Crisis in Brazil May Have Led to Dengue Increase

Water Crisis in Brazil May Have Led to Dengue Increase

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The water shortage crisis in the Southeastern region has created another type of disaster, according to Brazilian health officials. With the campaigns to save and store available water, the incidence of people contracting dengue, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, has surged. In January and February […]

Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The small favela community of Cerro-Corá, located on the edge of Zona Sul (South Zone) held a kickboxing graduation ceremony of their community integration program last week on Thursday, March 19th. The entire program is meant to foster positive relationships between the UPP (Police Pacification […]

Robert Plant and St. Vincent Live in Rio March 24th

Robert Plant and St. Vincent Live in Rio March 24th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Before the Lollapalooza music festival returns to São Paulo on March 28th and 29th, nine international musicians and groups from the festival’s lineup will make their way to Rio de Janeiro to play live this week. British legend Robert Plant and legend in the […]

Big Four and Madureira on Top in Campeonato Carioca

Big Four and Madureira on Top in Campeonato Carioca

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After eleven matches of the first phase of the Campeonato Carioca (before the semifinal and final rounds) Rio’s big four, Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco top the table together with underdog Madureira, a Brasileirão Série C (third league) club. Botafogo is the current leader of […]

Rio de Janeiro Announces Sixty New SuperVia Train Cars

Rio de Janeiro Announces Sixty New SuperVia Train Cars

BY Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The SuperVia train system which is comprising a hundred stations in eleven cities around Rio de Janeiro state, and carries more than 650,000 people per day, has been putting new rail cars into use. The State Government, through the Secretary of Transportation, inaugurated on Saturday […]

Number of Murders in Rio for February is Lowest Since 1991

Number of Murders in Rio for February is Lowest Since 1991

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following a welcome downward trend in homicide statistics for Rio de Janeiro, the state Institute for Public Safety (ISP) reported that 324 people were killed in February, the lowest since 1991. That was the first year this data series was collected and the murder rate […]

Leblon Cachaça Joins The Rio Times 6-Year Anniversary Party

Leblon Cachaça Joins The Rio Times 6-Year Anniversary Party

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Rio Times 6-Year Anniversary Party will be held on Thursday, March 26th, from 7PM to midnight in Ipanema, and already 75 percent of the capacity tickets have been sold. This is no doubt in part because, in addition to an amazing penthouse location, great […]

Lei Seca Celebrates 6 Years in Rio With Less Accidents

Lei Seca Celebrates 6 Years in Rio With Less Accidents

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The anti-drinking and driving law “Lei Seca” (literally Dry Law) and its accompanying car blitz operations celebrate their six year anniversary in Rio de Janeiro. Thanks to the introduction of the project, Rio has become a national reference in the reduction of deaths in traffic. […]

Brazil’s Petrobras Pre-Salt Clusters Set Record Production

Brazil’s Petrobras Pre-Salt Clusters Set Record Production

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite the fallout from the on-going corruption scandal which has tarnished Brazil’s largest state-controlled company, Petrobras, the oil giant announced on Thursday, March 19th, that the output from the Santos and Campos basin pre-salt clusters reached record levels in February. According to a press release, […]