News from Brazil

Culture & Regional

In Brazil on September 3, 2010 at 10:02 am

BUILDING OF THE WEEK

Render of the new office tower of Forluz (Social Security Institution) of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte (source Skyscrapercity).

FILM

5x Favela, Agora por Nós Mesmos (5x Favela, Now by Ourselves), a low-key production composed of five short films all written, directed, and acted by promising artists from the favelas of Rio, hits the cinemas (The Rio Times).

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MEDIA

In an article in the pioneer edition of Jornal do Brasil (www.jb.com.br) as the first 100% digital newspaper in the country, this Wednesday (9/1/2010), President Lula highlights “JB’s tradition of innovation.” Lula emphasizes, “Brazil needs good newspapers. It does not matter if they are printed or on electronic platforms” (Reuters).

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GASTRONOMY

French chef Philippe Gobet, director of Ecole Lenotre in Paris, has been traveling to Brazil for 15 years. He has witnessed the gastronomic changes in the country and believes that Brazil may rank among the top countries in gastronomic culture in ten years (Xinhua).

TRAVEL

SAS and Star Alliance have launched the new Brazil air pass, which allows travel to 45 destinations in Brazil. The routing can be freely selected and needs to cover between four and nine flight coupons (TravelDailyNews).

REAL ESTATE

Cocktail parties, with dozens of real state agents pitching their best offers, have become frequent events in big Brazilian cities in recent months. It has all come about because of a sharp drop in mortgage rates, which fell to single-digit figures last year (BBC).

BRASILIA

Brazil’s fourth largest city, and the capital since 1960, lies in the Central-West region of the country and is famous for the famous “fifty years in five” quip from president Juscelino Kubitschek; his ideal was to make Brazil’s economy grow as much in his five year reign as it had in the past fifty, and he chose Brasilia as the heartbeat of this bold assumption (The Rio Times).

BUZIOS

Breezes Buzios Resort & Spa, the newest addition to SuperClubs’ international family of Super-Inclusive resorts, is now open for business. Located in Brazil’s popular beach resort town of Buzios in the famous state of Rio de Janeiro, the top all inclusive hotel boasts a spectacular beach, elegant accommodations, one of Latin America’s largest swimming pools and countless activities for singles, couples and families of all ages (Reuters).

RIO

With companies like Shell, BG and Halliburton placing growing numbers of engineers and executives in Rio ahead of the huge pre-salt drilling operations, the rental market in the city is buoyant. However, rocketing prices, insufficient supply and a largely inefficient real estate industry make the process painstakingly frustrating for the vast majority (The Rio Times).

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