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 […]

Overcrowding in Brazilian Prisons May Increase with New Law

Overcrowding in Brazilian Prisons May Increase with New Law

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Ministry of Justice released a study on Tuesday showing that Brazil is the country with the fourth largest prison population in the world, falling only behind the United States, China and Russia. Now according to Brazil’s Justice Minister, Eduardo Cardozo, if the bill on […]

Brazil Announces R$29 Billion for Family Farming Harvest Plan

Brazil Announces R$29 Billion for Family Farming Harvest Plan

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s government announced on Monday (June 22nd) it would make available R$28.9 billion (over US$9.3 billion) for the 2015/2016 Family Farming Harvest Plan. The volume of resources is twenty percent greater than that made available in the 2014/2015 harvest season. The announcement is part of […]

Brazilians Agree with Reduction of Criminal Responsibility Age

Brazilians Agree with Reduction of Criminal Responsibility Age

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The latest survey by Datafolha shows that an overwhelming number of Brazilians are in favor of decreasing the age of criminal responsibility from eighteen to sixteen years old. According to the survey, more than 87 percent of those interviewed defended the measure which would allow […]

São Paulo Exhibit of Women Artists: The Pioneers (1880-1930)

São Paulo Exhibit of Women Artists: The Pioneers (1880-1930)

Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – While today we take for granted that female artists work and present their efforts in public, just a hundred years ago it was considered taboo. An exhibit in São Paulo is honoring the Brazilian female artists that blazed the trail, with “Women Artists: The Pioneers (1880-1930)” which […]

Lava Jato Operation Arrests High-Level Executives in Brazil

Lava Jato Operation Arrests High-Level Executives in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Federal Police in Brazil issued warrant arrests for twelve suspects in the 14th phase of the mega bribery and corruption scheme known as Operação Lava Jato (Carwash Operation). Among those arrested early Friday morning were the owner and president of Odebrecht and the president […]

New Unemployment Law in Brazil Could Save R$15 Billion

New Unemployment Law in Brazil Could Save R$15 Billion

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Determined to push through much needed fiscal adjustments to boost Brazil’s ailing economy, President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned on Wednesday (June 17th) a law which will limit unemployment benefits. With unemployment rates slowly beginning to rise, the federal government hopes to spend less on benefits with […]

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