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Monday, December 28, 2015

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Floods in Southern Brazil Force Thousands From Homes

Floods in Southern Brazil Force Thousands From Homes
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Thousands of families in the Southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul were forced to spend Christmas Day away from their homes due to the heavy rains that flooded the region. At least 38 municipalities reported rising waters in what officials are calling the […]

Santa Teresa Bonde Returns to Largo dos Guimarães in Rio

Santa Teresa Bonde Returns to Largo dos Guimarães in Rio
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Since the tragic accident in 2011, the iconic bonde tram in Rio’s hillside Santa Teresa has been sorely missed. While this year has finally seen parts of the rail system back in operation, the bonde will now return to the heart of the neighborhood, Largo […]

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes Celebrates Rio’s 450th Anniversary

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes Celebrates Rio’s 450th Anniversary
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Museu Nacional de Belas Artes in Cinelândia is helping to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the city of Rio de Janeiro with it’s final exhibition of this year, “Você está aqui! Rio de Janeiro” (“You are here! Rio de Janeiro”). The exhibition, which […]

Christ the Redeemer Illuminated for Christmas in Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer Illuminated for Christmas in Rio de Janeiro
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The famous Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue lit up with illustrations and designs by French-Italian artist Gaspare di Caro on December 23rd and December 24th to help the city of Rio de Janeiro celebrate Christmas 2015. Perched on top the Morro do Corcovado, […]

Healthcare System in State of Emergency in Rio de Janeiro

Healthcare System in State of Emergency in Rio de Janeiro
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The healthcare system in Rio is officially in a state of emergency. The measure was signed late yesterday (December 23rd) by the state governor, Luiz Fernando Pezão, after meeting with secretary of healthcare Alberto Beltrame of the federal Minister of Health. Beltrame pledged to release […]

Rio Rugby Club Throws New Year’s Eve Party in Cantagalo

Rio Rugby Club Throws New Year’s Eve Party in Cantagalo
By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – To round off a busy year and mark the beginning of a new one, Rio Rugby Club will be hosting a réveillon party the Tiki Hostel in the Cantagalo favela community in Ipanema on December 31st. Everyone is welcome and proceeds from the night […]

Traveling In and Around Rio de Janeiro During the Holiday Season

Traveling In and Around Rio de Janeiro During the Holiday Season
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the holidays now in full swing, millions are traveling by planes, trains, automobiles, and buses to around the city of Rio de Janeiro between now and the beginning of the new year. A new study by Ecoponte estimates that between Wednesday, December 23rd […]

Important Discussions Halt as Congress Starts Recess in Brazil

Important Discussions Halt as Congress Starts Recess in Brazil
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Congress begins its scheduled legislative recess on Wednesday, December 23rd, only returning in early February 2016 to continue to discuss the start of impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff and the possible ousting of Chamber of Deputies president, Eduardo Cunha. Until the beginning of […]

Celebrating Christmas 2015 in Rio de Janeiro

Celebrating Christmas 2015 in Rio de Janeiro
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Celebrations of Christmas in Brazil are similar to many held around the world with the main focus points on family, gift-giving, religious observances, togetherness, and holiday meals. Traditionally most Brazilians celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Most businesses close early, then at home, […]

Fire Breaks Out at Portuguese Language Museum in Brazil

Fire Breaks Out at Portuguese Language Museum in Brazil
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Flames tore through one of São Paulo’s most visited landmarks, the Portuguese Language Museum on Monday afternoon, leaving one person dead and halting rail and metro lines for thousands of commuters. More than one hundred firefighters with 37 fire trucks were at the scene to […]
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