Sustainability Becomes a Main Attraction in São Paulo

Sustainability Becomes a Main Attraction in São Paulo

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Sustainability is not top-of-mind when one thinks of São Paulo, Latin America’s largest city and one of the world’s most populous metropolis. This weekend a group will try to make those who live in this bustling city think about creative ways to living, sustainability, environment […]

Brazil’s PT Worker’s Party Campaigns For Support

Brazil’s PT Worker’s Party Campaigns For Support

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – An all-out campaign was launched by the PT (Workers’ Party) on Thursday, August 27th, to show support for the government of President Dilma Rousseff and the Workers’ Party itself. Officials at the seminar for PT state representatives in São Paulo decided to launch an offensive […]

Accidents Decline with Reduced Speed Limits in São Paulo

Accidents Decline with Reduced Speed Limits in São Paulo

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite complaints by automobile drivers in São Paulo City about the reduction of the speed limits on major thruways, the city’s traffic engineering department (CET) says accidents have dropped by nearly thirty percent on the Tiete and Pinheiros Marginais (São Paulo’s beltway) since the measure […]

Rousseff Speaks to Social Movements Ahead of Protests

Rousseff Speaks to Social Movements Ahead of Protests

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Representatives from dozens of social movements met in Brasília on Thursday (August 13th) to show solidarity with Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, before scheduled mass protests in the country’s major cities against the government on Sunday, August 16th. Rousseff, who was present at the meeting, heard […]

Brazil’s Supreme Court to Decide Decriminalization of Drugs

Brazil’s Supreme Court to Decide Decriminalization of Drugs

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Supreme Court in brazil is expected to vote this month if the country will decriminalize the possession of drugs and the cultivation of plants for personal use. The Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether the prohibition is unconstitutional. The Court’s decision would […]

Brazil Launches First Monorail in São Paulo After Delays

Brazil Launches First Monorail in São Paulo After Delays

By Shalina Chatlani, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The first monorail in São Paulo, the Linha-15 Prata (Silver-15 Line), opens commercially to the public today after a year of testing and several delays in building. The train system, located in São Paulo connecting Ipiranga and Cidade Tiradentes, will open part of the final […]

Mercedes-Benz Plans 2,000 More Layoffs in São Paulo Plant

Mercedes-Benz Plans 2,000 More Layoffs in São Paulo Plant

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After a difficult year in Brazil’s automotive industry, Mercedes-Benz announced another volunteer layoff plan for their plant in São Bernardo do Campo, a municipality located 27 kilometers south of São Paulo city. According to the company, the measure is a further attempt to “manage the surplus […]

Getting Around: Traveling by Bus in Brazil

Getting Around: Traveling by Bus in Brazil

By Georgia Grimond, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Making use of Brazil’s extensive coach network has always been a good way to get around the country. Without a train system, buses provide a safe, comfy and affordable way to cover vast distances, as well as shorter ones, and enjoy the scenery at the […]

Brazil Announces Export Plan to Boost Economy

Brazil Announces Export Plan to Boost Economy

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The government of Brazil announced this week its National Export Plan (PNE) with the objective of increasing Brazilian exports to help the country’s ailing economy. According to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, companies should take advantage of the favorable foreign exchange rate to increase their export […]

Brazil’s Central Bank Increases Inflation Forecast for 2015

Brazil’s Central Bank Increases Inflation Forecast for 2015

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Central Bank delivered more negative economic news on Wednesday (June 24th), increasing its inflation forecast and estimating a greater decline in the country’s GDP for this year. According to the Quarterly Inflation Report inflation should rise to nine percent this year in Brazil, from […]

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