Rock in Rio 2015 Line-Up Continues to Take Shape

Rock in Rio 2015 Line-Up Continues to Take Shape

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the recent announcement of the additions of Paralamas do Sucesso and Lulu Santos to the 2015 Rock in Rio line-up, the upcoming seven-day music festival continues to take shape. The festival will again be held in Barra da Tijuca’s Cidade do Rock, taking […]

Solar Energy Pilot Program to Be Tested in Brazil

Solar Energy Pilot Program to Be Tested in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – To relieve the pressure on hydroelectric plants, which today supply more than seventy percent of Brazil’s electricity, the country’s government is testing a pilot project where solar energy will be used in hydroelectric reservoirs. The pilot project is expected to start within the next 120 […]

Clube Orgânico to Offer Organic Food Deliveries in Rio

Clube Orgânico to Offer Organic Food Deliveries in Rio

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On April 6th the Clube Orgânico will officially launch in Rio de Janeiro. The organic food club will offer weekly delivery of organic food baskets, directly connecting health conscious consumers and organic producers, as interest for healthy food offerings have increased in the city. […]

Even Without Rain São Paulo Cantareira Water Supply Rises

Even Without Rain São Paulo Cantareira Water Supply Rises

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Despite recent rain in Rio de Janeiro state, water levels remain critically low in the Southeast of Brazil. However the level of the Cantareira System, the largest supply source of the metropolitan region of São Paulo, reached the 21st consecutive day high. Even without rain […]

Former Petrobras CEO Testifies Before Brazilian Congress

Former Petrobras CEO Testifies Before Brazilian Congress

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s former Petrobras CEO, Maria das Graças Foster, told a Congressional committee on Thursday (March 26th) that she felt ashamed about the widespread corruption scandal that has engulfed one of the country’s largest companies, but reiterated that she knew nothing about the bribes-for-contracts scheme. During […]

Brazil’s 2014 GDP Surprises Officials and Grows

Brazil’s 2014 GDP Surprises Officials and Grows

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s 2014 Gross Domestic Product results surprised government officials by growing 0.1 percent last year and totaling R$5.2 trillion (approximately US$1.7 trillion), according to the IBGE (Brazil’s Statistics Bureau). Earlier this week Brazil’s Central Bank had forecast a retraction of the GDP by 0.1 percent […]

Foster the People and Bastille in Rio on March 27th

Foster the People and Bastille in Rio on March 27th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Before they play as part of the São Paulo Lollapalooza music festival lineup on March 28th and March 29th, Amercian indie pop trio Foster the People and English rock band Bastille will perform live at Rio de Janeiro’s Citibank Hall on Friday, March 27th. […]

Consumer Confidence in Brazil Falls to Historic Levels

Consumer Confidence in Brazil Falls to Historic Levels

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The latest consumer confidence survey in Brazil by the Instituto Brasileiro de Economia – IBRE (Brazilian Institute of Economy) at the Fundação Getulio Vargas Institute shows that the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) retreated by 2.9 percent from February to March, going from 85.4 to 82.9 […]

Lollapalooza’s Best EDM Acts in Rio on March 26th

Lollapalooza’s Best EDM Acts in Rio on March 26th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Skrillex, Major Lazer, and Dillon Francis will perform live at Estação Leopoldina in Centro on Thursday, March 26th. Arguably at height of their respective careers, the three well known electronic dance music (EDM) acts will perform here in Rio de Janeiro before going on […]

Inflation Rate May Top Eight Percent in Brazil in 2015

Inflation Rate May Top Eight Percent in Brazil in 2015

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Financial analysts have increased forecasts for the annual inflation in Brazil for 2015 to 8.12 percent, according to the latest Focus Survey, released by the Central Bank. The previous survey forecast annual inflation at 7.93 percent. This is the first time this year that inflation […]

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