Uber and Taxi Drivers Clash in Brazil’s Two Largest Cities

Uber and Taxi Drivers Clash in Brazil’s Two Largest Cities

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Clashes between taxi drivers and Uber drivers on Thursday night in Brazil’s two largest cities, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, ended with broken windows and damaged automobiles. In São Paulo, the skirmish occurred outside the Unique Hotel, where a Carnival ball promoted by Vogue […]

Brazil’s Atlético-MG Team Carry Away Florida Cup

Brazil’s Atlético-MG Team Carry Away Florida Cup

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Clube Atlético-MG, from Minas Gerais, were this week crowned champions of the Florida Cup. The Brazilian team was one of nine from around the world to compete in the annual friendly in Florida in the United States. Taking place every January the tournament attracts clubs who […]

São Paulo Establishes Dress Code Law for Taxi Drivers

São Paulo Establishes Dress Code Law for Taxi Drivers

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A new dress code established by São Paulo City officials is forcing taxi drivers across the city to wear slacks, buttoned down work shirts and dress shoes when working the city streets. Women drivers are required to wear skirt or pant suits. The city’s ordinance […]

São Paulo City Offers 20-Minute Dengue Virus Detection Test

São Paulo City Offers 20-Minute Dengue Virus Detection Test

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The city of São Paulo’s public health system has started offering a fast test for dengue, which can detect the virus within twenty minutes, according to city officials. The city’s health department announced that fifty thousand tests were purchased at a cost of more than […]

Heavy New Year’s Eve Traffic Expected Across Brazil

Heavy New Year’s Eve Traffic Expected Across Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Airports and bus terminals in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are expected to be busy at this end of year as travelers hurry to get to their destinations and say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016. According to officials, more than 1.2 […]

Fire Breaks Out at Portuguese Language Museum in Brazil

Fire Breaks Out at Portuguese Language Museum in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Flames tore through one of São Paulo’s most visited landmarks, the Portuguese Language Museum on Monday afternoon, leaving one person dead and halting rail and metro lines for thousands of commuters. More than one hundred firefighters with 37 fire trucks were at the scene to […]

Anti-Impeachment Protesters Take to Streets in Brazil

Anti-Impeachment Protesters Take to Streets in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Three days after pro-impeachment rallies were seen all around the country, it was Rousseff supporters’ and anti-impeachment demonstrators’ turn to take to the streets. According to government press, thousands of government supporters gathered in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília to call for the […]

Brazil Investment Grade Status Drops in Fitch Rating Adjustment

Brazil Investment Grade Status Drops in Fitch Rating Adjustment

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The investment grade of Brazil has been pummeled with the downgrade on Wednesday of the country’s sovereign rating by Fitch Ratings. Along with the downgrade, Fitch also announced that it has issued Brazil a negative outlook, leaving Brazil now as junk status. “Brazil’s downgrade reflects […]

Protests Held in Brazil Calling for Rousseff Impeachment

Protests Held in Brazil Calling for Rousseff Impeachment

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Protesters once again took to the streets on Sunday to demonstrate against the government of President Dilma Rousseff and call for her impeachment. The crowds, however, were much smaller than those seen during the protests in March and April of 2015. Pro-impeachment protests occurred in […]

New Ride-Sharing Transportation Service Arrives in Brazil

New Ride-Sharing Transportation Service Arrives in Brazil

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – BlaBlaCar, a French start-up, began operating in Brazil on November 30th. The app and online service is designed to connect car-drivers with room in their vehicles with members of the public in search of a lift. The passenger then contributes to the cost of […]

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