By Bruno De Nicola, Senior Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO - February may still be three months off, but the majority of those involved with Carnival have already been hard at work, the weekly rehearsals are underway, and Portela Samba School, founded on Rua Portela in the Madureira neighbourhood of Zona Norte, is readying itself for success in 2010.
Also known by some as a 'Gremio', Portela's Escola de Samba has a rich history in the competition and is a popular choice to take first place at . . .