Brazil’s Real Falls Due to Weakening Economy

Brazil’s Real Falls Due to Weakening Economy

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s currency, the real, fell to its weakest level against the U.S. dollar since 2005 in February this year and according to an international economic consultancy group the reason is not the current corruption scandals at oil giant Petrobras, but deteriorating economic fundamentals. According to […]

Truckers Continue to Block Highways in Brazil’s South

Truckers Continue to Block Highways in Brazil’s South

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite an agreement between Brazil’s federal government and several truckers’ associations on Wednesday, February 25th, to unblock federal highways, a report by the country’s Federal Highway Police on Thursday afternoon showed that truckers continue to protest on at least 88 federal highways, blocking traffic on […]

Truckers Agree to Unblock Brazil’s Federal Highways

Truckers Agree to Unblock Brazil’s Federal Highways

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A meeting held on Wednesday afternoon, February 25th, between government officials and truck driver associations may put an end to the week-long protests, which blocked several federal highways throughout Brazil and caused thousands of dollars in losses, according to officials. According to the government among […]

Electricity Bills to Increase by 70 Percent in Rio and São Paulo

Electricity Bills to Increase by 70 Percent in Rio and São Paulo

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The costs for electricity consumption are already on the rise and are expected to reach an increase of up to seventy percent in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo until the end of the year due to a combination of factors such as high temperatures, […]

Operation Carnival 2015 Already Under Way in Brazil

Operation Carnival 2015 Already Under Way in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As hundreds of thousands of Brazilians get ready to head out to celebrate Carnival, this year held from February 14th to 18th, the country’s busiest airports and bus stations have set up special operations to ensure easy transit for travelers. At the seven airports which […]

Explosion on Oil and Gas Ship in Brazil Leaves Dead and Injured

Explosion on Oil and Gas Ship in Brazil Leaves Dead and Injured

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – An explosion in an oil and gas production ship rented by Petrobras killed at least five workers, injured ten and four are still missing, according to the company. Reportedly no oil has leaked from the ship that carried 74 persons at the time of the […]

Federal Police Confiscate Eike Batista’s Yacht, Cars and Money

Federal Police Confiscate Eike Batista’s Yacht, Cars and Money

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Federal Police raided the home of Eike Batista’s former wife and sons on Thursday morning (February 12th), confiscating three automobiles. The move comes a day after federal police knocked on Batista’s Angra dos Reis resort home, apprehending the former tycoon’s yacht, three jet skis and a speedboat. Things have not […]

BRICS Officials Discuss Demography Issues in Brasília

BRICS Officials Discuss Demography Issues in Brasília

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Representatives of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are meeting in Brasília this week to discuss issues related to their countries’ population and create a joint agenda to face problems such as maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, rural to urban migration and […]

Brazil to Announce New Export Policy Plans in March

Brazil to Announce New Export Policy Plans in March

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) in Brazil announced on Monday, February 9th, plans to increase the country’s exports, including finding new markets for Brazilian products and doing away with some of the bureaucracy of exporting abroad. “This is not only the […]

Water Bill Fines Applied to São Paulo City Residents

Water Bill Fines Applied to São Paulo City Residents

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Facing the worst water shortage in history, the nine cities which make up the São Paulo Metropolitan area have began to take action to try to reduce water consumption. On Monday, February 9th, São Paulo’s water utility agency SABESP will start to deliver water bills […]

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