São Paulo Roads and Transit System Brace for Holiday Rush

São Paulo Roads and Transit System Brace for Holiday Rush

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the Corpus Christi holiday on Thursday, May 26th, most Brazilians will take this opportunity to travel out of town to enjoy a four-day weekend. In São Paulo, one of the biggest cities in the world, the roads and transportation system are expected to reach […]

Brazilian Government Announces New Economic Measures

Brazilian Government Announces New Economic Measures

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The interim government of brazil announced on Tuesday the first economic measures to try to improve the country’s ailing economy, by cutting down spending and reducing Brazil’s public debt. Finance Minister, Henrique Meirelles, said that one of the measures include the creation of a ceiling […]

Children of Bodom Perform in Rio de Janeiro on May 29th

Children of Bodom Perform in Rio de Janeiro on May 29th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Known for their growling vocals and melodic progressions, Finnish death metal band Children of Bodom will perform live at Lapa’s Circo Voador on Sunday, May 29th. The group will stop in the city as part of an ongoing tour in support of their ninth […]

America’s Day 2016 Set for June 4th in Rio de Janeiro

America’s Day 2016 Set for June 4th in Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Saturday, June 4th, the American Society of Rio de Janeiro (AmSoc Rio) will host their annual America’s Day celebration at the Escola Americana Rio de Janeiro (the American School, or EARJ) in Gávea from 12:30 to 4PM. As always, the event promises a range […]

Rio 2016 Olympic Test Events End, Preparations Race Forward

Rio 2016 Olympic Test Events End, Preparations Race Forward

By Charlotte Markham, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week the 2016 Olympic preparations in Rio de Janeiro passed a couple of major milestones; the conclusion of over 44 test events around the city, and the opening of South Pier in Terminal 2 at Galeão/Tom Jobim International Airport, an area of 100,000 square […]

Brazil’s New Planning Minister Steps Down Amidst Scandal

Brazil’s New Planning Minister Steps Down Amidst Scandal

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The new interim government in Brazil was shaken early Monday morning with the release of a recording where Planning Minister, Romero Jucá, allegedly tells a colleague that impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff are necessary so as to limit investigations on the Lava Jato (Carwash) […]

Homicides in Rio de Janeiro Spike 38.9 Percent Since 2015

Homicides in Rio de Janeiro Spike 38.9 Percent Since 2015

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While the bad news piles up for Brazil and Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics, last week on May 19th the Public Security Institute (ISP) released their state security crime report for the month of April with an alarming increase in homicides. In […]

Congress in Brazil Expected to Approve New Primary Deficit

Congress in Brazil Expected to Approve New Primary Deficit

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The interim government of Brazil estimates that the primary budget deficit will reach R$170.5 billion in 2016, approximately 2.5 percent of the country’s GDP. The new estimate is a jarring 76.4 percent higher than the R$96.7 billion deficit estimated in March by the Rousseff Administration. […]

Rio’s Mayor Paes Says Ciclovia Bike Path to Reopen in 2016

Rio’s Mayor Paes Says Ciclovia Bike Path to Reopen in 2016

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One month removed from the tragic collapse of a section of the city’s coastal Tim Maia bike path, which killed two and injured many others, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes announced on Friday, May 20th, that he was optimistic that the cycle path could be reopened […]

Soup Festival Opens in Centro as Rio’s Winter Season Starts

Soup Festival Opens in Centro as Rio’s Winter Season Starts

By Charlotte Markham, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the temperatures drop in Rio de Janeiro to 20°C (or 69°F) low averages in May for the winter season of the southern hemisphere, many are breaking out their ‘cold’ weather wardrobes and expanding their menus to include soups and stews. This week the Mangue […]

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