Federal Police Threaten Strike During World Cup

Federal Police Threaten Strike During World Cup

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – Federal police in Brazil staged a protest on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach on Sunday, April 13th, calling for better working conditions, higher wages and restructuring of their career paths. The group vows to strike during this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament, which will […]

Brazil Tourism Forecast Cools for World Cup

Brazil Tourism Forecast Cools for World Cup

By Claire Rivé, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The tourism sector in Brazil has had to adjust their inflated estimates concerning the expected influx of tourists during the FIFA World Cup in June and July this year, leading to big discounts on local and international flights and accommodation during the tournament. Following a […]

Protests After Eviction of Occupants from Oi Favela

Protests After Eviction of Occupants from Oi Favela

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Former residents of the recently occupied area known as Favela da Telerj, or Oi Favela, continued protesting their eviction from the site last Friday. Around three hundred people have been camped outside Rio de Janeiro City Hall in Cidade Nova, Zona Norte (North Zone), demanding […]

Campeonato Brasileiro 2014 Starts This Weekend

Campeonato Brasileiro 2014 Starts This Weekend

By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The 2014 Campeonato Brasileiro, the Brazilian national league championship, kicks off this coming weekend following the conclusion of the various state championships. This year, Rio de Janeiro only has three entrants in the Série A, the competition’s premier division. Following the relegation of Vasco […]

Mobile Apps Ready for the World Cup in Brazil

Mobile Apps Ready for the World Cup in Brazil

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The price of smartphones in Brazil is high, especially for the country’s socioeconomic environment, however the burgeoning middle class are becoming increasingly avid consumers. Mobile broadband accounts for 42 percent of all broadband access in Brazil with 3G service, and for these smartphones and tablets […]

Celebrating 2014 Easter in Rio and Brazil

Celebrating 2014 Easter in Rio and Brazil

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With Easter (known as Páscoa in Portuguese) rapidly approaching, it is time for Rio residents to start planning for this special holiday. Brazil, being a country of predominately Christians, and an estimated 125 million Catholics (64 percent of the population), makes a proper celebration […]

Misfits are Back at Circo Voador on April 20th

Misfits are Back at Circo Voador on April 20th

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Punk rock fans in Rio de Janeiro are in for a treat as the iconic American band the Misfits return to the city this Sunday, April 20th bringing with them their legendary horror film influenced punk rock to Lapa’s Circo Voador stage. Throughout their […]

Historic BPE Library Reopens in Centro Rio

Historic BPE Library Reopens in Centro Rio

By William Jones and Claire Rivé, Contributing Reporters RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Biblioteca Parque Estadual do Rio (BPE, Library State Park of Rio), which reopened on March 29th after four years of renovation does its part for doing away with any outdated perceptions one might have of traditional dusty libraries. Offering the public […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Housing

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Housing

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The “Telerj Favela” has now come and gone. Rising in early April in the leafy grounds surrounding an abandoned building in Engenho Novo (a neighborhood in Rio’s near north side) the hydra-headed monster threw out hundreds of tentacles, enticing some 5,000 souls to abandon their dwellings […]

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