São Paulo May Run Out of Water in November

São Paulo May Run Out of Water in November

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Residents living in the largest city in South America, São Paulo, may run out of water by the end of next month, according to SABESP (São Paulo’s water utility company). SABESP registered on its website on Thursday that the main water reservoir for the city, […]

SP International Film Festival Honors Spain, Karmitz

SP International Film Festival Honors Spain, Karmitz

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The 38th edition of the SP International Film Festival starts today in São Paulo and during fourteen days 345 films will be shown in 35 venues around the city. This year’s festival will highlight productions from Spain and some of its directors as well as […]

Guinean Man Tests Negative for Ebola Virus in Brazil

Guinean Man Tests Negative for Ebola Virus in Brazil

Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Health Ministry announced on Monday that the two tests performed on Souleymane Bah, a 47 year-old refugee from Guinea, tested negative for the Ebola virus. Bah, who has been in Brazil less than a month, had sought medical help for symptoms similar to those of […]

Marina Silva Endorses Neves in Brazil’s Presidential Race

Marina Silva Endorses Neves in Brazil’s Presidential Race

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Presidential candidate Aecio Neves received a crucial endorsement on Sunday in his bid for the top spot in Brazil. Third-placed candidate Marina Silva, of the PSB (Socialist Party) officially endorsed Neves, of the PSDB (Social Democracy Party) in this year’s presidential elections. “Due to the […]

In Brazil Inflation Up and Economic Growth Down

In Brazil Inflation Up and Economic Growth Down

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s IPCA (Consumer Price Index) rose by 0.57 percent in September according to the IBGE (Brazilian Statistics Bureau) after registering an increase of 0.25 percent in August. In September of 2013 the IPCA rate was at 0.35 percent. According to Eulina Nunes dos Santos, coordinator […]

Markets in Brazil React Favorably to Neves’ Candidacy

Markets in Brazil React Favorably to Neves’ Candidacy

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The surprising outcome of Sunday’s presidential elections, with Aecio Neves of the PSDB (Social Democracy Party) winning more than 33 percent of the votes and making it to the second round of elections boosted investors’ spirits in Brazil. The country’s stock market (Bovespa) registered on […]

Brazil’s Presidential Race is Between Rousseff and Neves

Brazil’s Presidential Race is Between Rousseff and Neves

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – More than 142 million Brazilians went to the polls on Sunday and more than a few surprises were registered. Although polls over the weekend pointed to a slight lead of Aecio Neves of the PSDB (Social Democracy Party) over Marina Silva of the PSB (Socialist […]

Brazil’s Presidential Candidates Announce Plans for Economy

Brazil’s Presidential Candidates Announce Plans for Economy

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Rising inflation and plunging economic growth have been major concerns for Brazilians this election year. According to government data, Brazil’s GDP has gone from a growth of 7.5 percent per year in 2010 to forecasts of 0.7 percent in 2014, and Brazil’s Central Bank forecasts […]

Brazil’s Presidential Candidates on Education, Health

Brazil’s Presidential Candidates on Education, Health

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On October 5th more than 140 million Brazilians will go to the polls to choose the country’s next president. Voters will be looking at the candidates’ positions on important issues, such as health and education to make their choices. The three top candidates, incumbent President […]

Eight-Hour Standoff With Hostage in Brasilia Hotel

Eight-Hour Standoff With Hostage in Brasilia Hotel

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After taking a hostage and holding police at bay for almost eight hours outside a hotel in the center of Brasilia, a gunman identified as Jac Souza dos Santos, 30, released his hostage and surrendered to police late Monday afternoon. The commotion started early in […]

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