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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Rio Times

Belo Monte Dam Operator in Brazil Ordered to Pay Damages

Belo Monte Dam Operator in Brazil Ordered to Pay Damages
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Less than two months after starting partial operations, the operator of Belo Monte Hydroelectric, Norte Energia, has been ordered to pay R$15 million for moral damages caused to the population who lives in the surrounding regions. Norte Energy, which operates Belo Monte, the world’s fourth […]

Rio de Janeiro State Cuts Social Programs to Reduce Deficit

Rio de Janeiro State Cuts  Social Programs to Reduce Deficit
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Facing one of the worst economic crises in its history, the Rio de Janeiro state government announced Thursday a series of decrees to curb expenditure. Among the actions is the suspension of social programs and reduction of state secretaries, from 25 to 20. According […]

Military Police in Rio Gain Two New Helicopters for Olympics

Military Police in Rio Gain Two New Helicopters for Olympics
By Charlotte Markham, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Military Police will gain two EC145 model helicopters to help ensure the safety of athletes and tourists during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The newly acquired aircraft are adaptable to multiple functions such as aerial imagery, transport of intervention teams and rescue operations. The […]

Celebrating Dia dos Namorados 2016 in Rio de Janeiro

Celebrating Dia dos Namorados 2016 in Rio de Janeiro
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Observed every year on June 12th, Dia dos Namorados (Lovers’ Day/Boyfriends, Girlfriends’ Day) honors love and relationships in Brazil and features celebrations similar to Valentine’s Day with dates, flowers, dining out, gifts, decorations, and parties. While most countries, including other Portuguese-speaking nations, celebrate Valentine’s […]

Ilha Grande in Rio State is Set for Major Infrastructure Renovation

Ilha Grande in Rio State is Set for Major Infrastructure Renovation
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week, state government officials announced that they are about to undergo a major redevelopment project in the town of Abraão, on Ilha Grande off the coast of Angra dos Reis. The work, which will be coordinated by the Câmara Metropolitana de Integração Governamental (Metropolitan […]

Impeachment Trial Begins for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Impeachment Trial Begins for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The first witnesses for the prosecution took the stand on Wednesday (June 8th) in the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The witnesses, speaking before Brazilian senators, stated that the Executive branch knew that what it was doing was illegal. The first witness to […]

Brazil Maintains its Benchmark Interest Rate Unchanged

Brazil Maintains its Benchmark Interest Rate Unchanged
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – For the seventh consecutive meeting, the Brazilian Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (COPOM) decided to leave the benchmark interest rate (Selic) unchanged at 14.25 percent per year. Due to the weakened economy and the negative economic data, this decision was already expected by analysts. “The […]

Food, Drink and Music Round Out the TALKS Event Tonight

Food, Drink and Music Round Out the TALKS Event Tonight
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Tonight, Thursday, June 9th, The Rio Times is hosting their “TALKS” speaker event, bringing together a panel of experts in three areas regarding the Rio 2016 Olympics; organization, tourism and immigration issues (visas). Helping make the event possible, are the sponsors, Fine Wines, Rekorderlig Cider, […]

Rio Olympics Set to be Most Connected Games in History

Rio Olympics Set to be Most Connected Games in History
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With hundreds of thousands about to descend on the Cidade Maravilhosa for the 2016 Olympic Games, the demand for telecommunications bandwidth will be greatest the city has ever seen. On Wednesday, June 8th, América Móvil Group announced that the three biggest telecommunications companies in Brazil, […]

Education Goals in Brazil Unlikely to be Met in 2016

Education Goals in Brazil Unlikely to be Met in 2016
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The targets scheduled be met in Brazil’s ten-year National Education Plan (PNE) by June 24th are unlikely to be achieved, due to lack of revenues, according to entities that work with education. Representatives of Brazil’s largest education entities, at hand in Brasilia on Tuesday to […]
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