Fines for Disorderly Conduct Increase in Rio for 2016 Carnival

Fines for Disorderly Conduct Increase in Rio for 2016 Carnival

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With thousands of partygoers on the streets during the five days of Carnival, some of the main concerns for city of officials in Rio de Janeiro have been dirty streets filled with trash and waste. To curb people causing public disorder the city instituted […]

São Paulo Carnival Attendance and Revenues Increase in 2016

São Paulo Carnival Attendance and Revenues Increase in 2016

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Not nearly as famous as the Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro, or the blocos (street parties) in Salvador or Recife, in the Northeastern part of the country, the number of people attending Carnival festivities in São Paulo has surged in the past few years. […]

Renting in Brazil to be Made Easier with Electronic Signatures

Renting in Brazil to be Made Easier with Electronic Signatures

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A website which aims to ease the inconvenience and bureaucracy of renting a property in Brazil has recently made it possible to sign a lease online in São Paulo and Campinas. By joining up with DocYouSign, users of QuintoAndar can now rent a property […]

Zika Testing Not Yet Covered by Health Plans in Brazil

Zika Testing Not Yet Covered by Health Plans in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Although Brazilian health plan operators are required to cover costs of tests for the detection of dengue and chikungunya fever, the National Complementary Health Agency (ANS) has not made it mandatory for health plans to cover the test to detect the Zika virus. According to […]

Brazilian Banks Struggle to Keep Afloat in Troubled Economy

Brazilian Banks Struggle to Keep Afloat in Troubled Economy

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Although large financial institutions in Brazil, such as Itau, Unibanco and Bradesco registered billion dollar profits last year, the small and medium sized banks in the country are struggling to stay afloat. These struggling institutions are now being carefully watched and have become attractive as […]

Final Six Samba Schools Parade for 2016 Carnival in Rio

Final Six Samba Schools Parade for 2016 Carnival in Rio

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With themes ranging from an homage to a politician to celebrations of clowns and tricksters to tributes to national musicians, the remaining six samba schools paraded in Rio de Janeiro`s Sambódromo on Monday, February 8th as part of the second and final night of […]

Final Day of Blocos for Official Carnival 2016 in Rio de Janeiro

Final Day of Blocos for Official Carnival 2016 in Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As Carnival reaches its last official date (February 9th) of the 2016 season, Rio de Janeiro will have one more day of blocos (street parties) spread out across the city. Of the 505 officially licensed blocos for the year, there will be 103 today, starting […]

Former Executives in Brazil Talk in Exchange for House Arrest

Former Executives in Brazil Talk in Exchange for House Arrest

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Two executives from one of Brazil’s largest construction conglomerates, Andrade Gutierrez, have agreed to turn state’s evidence in exchange for house arrest. According to Brazil’s Ministerio Público Federal (Federal Public Ministry) former company president, Otávio Marques de Azevedo and former director Elton Negrão will be […]

Samba Schools in Brazil Shine Despite Economic Woes

Samba Schools in Brazil Shine Despite Economic Woes

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the wailing economy and the devaluation of the Brazilian real in relation to the U.S. dollar, Rio de Janeiro samba schools had to scramble and use their creativity to work the same magic with less money. Companies and government funds for this year’s […]

First Six Samba Schools Parade for 2016 Carnival in Rio

First Six Samba Schools Parade for 2016 Carnival in Rio

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With themes ranging from São Jorge to Don Quixote to Marques de Sapucai to a celebration of the Olympic Games, six samba schools paraded in Rio de Janeiro`s Sambódromo on Sunday, February 7th, the first night of two of the 2016 Grupo Especial (Special […]

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