Ambev Expands into the Caribbean

Ambev Expands into the Caribbean

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian beverage giant, Ambev, announced on Monday that it had entered into a strategic alliance with the Dominican Republic’s biggest company, E. Leon Jimenes SA (ELJ), to form the leading beverage company in the Caribbean. Their combined business operations will include beer, […]

Brazil Among Most Expensive for Business

Brazil Among Most Expensive for Business

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Out of the world’s five major high-growth economies – Brazil, China, India, Mexico and Russia – Brazil is ranked the most expensive country to do business in, according to a recent report. The 2012 Competitive Alternatives survey, released by KPMG International, compares […]

Police Corporal Killed in Rocinha: Daily

Police Corporal Killed in Rocinha: Daily

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Corporal Rodrigo Alves Cavalcante, a Military Police (PM) officer with the Batalhão de Choque (Shock Batalion), was shot and killed in Rocinha. He becomes the first police officer, and the ninth person in total, to […]

Guanabara Bay Cleanup Plan Launched

Guanabara Bay Cleanup Plan Launched

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At the end of March, Rio State Governor, Sérgio Cabral, announced new plans to clean up Guanabara Bay, one of Brazil’s most iconic and beautiful natural landmarks. The Environmental Sanitation Program for the Guanabara Bay Area (PSAM) will be one of the […]

PAC Sanitation Projects Fall Behind

PAC Sanitation Projects Fall Behind

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Five years on from the launch of the government’s Program for Accelerated Growth (PAC) in 2007, a new study shows that sanitation projects financed by the plan are behind schedule. Just eight of the 114 projects monitored by the study had been […]

Police Accused of Abuse in Brasília: Daily

Police Accused of Abuse in Brasília: Daily

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A report published yesterday by the Brazilian government communications bureau, Agência Brasil, says that young people living on the streets of the Federal District have accused military police officers (PM) of physical and psychological abuse. Of the 127 adolescents interviewed in the […]

Coup Commemoration Ends in Chaos: Daily

Coup Commemoration Ends in Chaos: Daily

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A commemoration by the military of Brazil’s 1964 military coup ended in chaos yesterday after it was hijacked by activists demonstrating on behalf of the people who were tortured or went missing during the military regime. Reports suggest that between 300 and […]

Transport Funds Secured for Rio 2016

Transport Funds Secured for Rio 2016

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last week the Federal Government announced funding of R$1.63 billion (around US$1 billion) to finance the development of two key transportation projects in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. These projects are the construction of a Bus Rapid Transit […]

Manaus Sustainability Forum Pushes for Goals

Manaus Sustainability Forum Pushes for Goals

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last weekend, the Tropical Hotel in the Amazonian capital Manaus hosted the World Sustainability Forum. The upcoming Rio+20 UN Conference for Sustainable Development was a hot topic on the agenda, and speakers emphasized the importance of setting concrete sustainability goals at the […]

Tourist Dies in Paragliding Accident: Daily

Tourist Dies in Paragliding Accident: Daily

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Police are investigating the death of a tourist who was killed on Sunday when she fell from an airborne paraglider above São Conrado beach, in the city’s Zona Sul (South Zone). The victim was 24-year-old Brazilian woman, Priscilla Boliveira, sister of the […]

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