Tag Archives: Brazil

07May/17

Cuba holds first transgender Mass

MATANZAS, CUBA (MAY 5, 2016) (REUTERS) – For decades belonging to a religion and being anything but heterosexual was stigmatized in Communist-ruled, macho Cuba, making the Mass held by three transgender pastors in the western Cuban city of Matanzas all the more groundbreaking.
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01May/17

UN human rights commissioner praises player who objected to racist chanting

High commissioner describes Sulley Muntari, who left the pitch after his complaints about racist chanting were ignored, as “an inspiration to all of us”.
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27Feb/17

Rio’s elite samba schools begin world-famous parades in Sambadrome

Rio de Janeiro’s top samba schools compete in the Sambadrome parades.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (FEBRUARY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) – With a bright fireworks display lighting up the night sky, Rio’s top samba schools stepped to the beat as they began their renowned parade competition in the Sambadrome.

The energy was high as Tuiuti School started the parade with drums beating and costumes aflutter.

At least one participant was overcome by the heat and weight of the costume, and was quickly whisked away by emergency officials.

The nationally televised annual parades featuring up to 5,000 dancers each and near-naked Carnival queens are a serious competition for the top samba schools, and are judged on choreography, atmosphere, organization and singing, among other points.

Representing a particular neighbourhood, each samba school functions as a social club with dancers and musicians practicing all year to bring their pageantry to the public.

A disorganised wing or a faulty float can cost a school the title and bragging rights over the next year.

Each school has its own colours, a flag and many life-long supporters who eagerly attend rehearsals and watch the night’s show, rooting for their school.

Over 70 samba schools will compete this year during the five-day festival, with schools ranked in the top division competing on Sunday and Monday.

Each school chooses a central theme or story for its entry.

Flavio Rocha of the Calida Samba School explained how his costume fit into the story.

“It represents a passenger arriving as the sun sets and he is going to go to a favela,” he said, referring to the slums that lie on the outskirts of the city.

This year, the Rio Carnival spectacle plays out as Brazil seeks to emerge from a two-year recession, its worst on record, and political volatility that last year led to a presidential impeachment.

With crime sharply up since the city hosted the Olympics last August and the state suffering an intense fiscal crisis, Rio remains deeply indebted and can barely maintain basic services like police, hospitals and schools.

Despite all that, the annual party, as always, goes on.

The festival, whose roots lie in a tradition of carnal indulgence before the austere Catholic season of Lent, officially ends next Wednesday.

Rio de Janeiro expects Carnival to draw more than 1 million visitors and generate about $1 billion for the local economy.

10Feb/17

Rio samba school at odds with agribusiness over indigenous theme

Rio de Janeiro samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense has received fierce criticism from Brazilian agribusiness associations for promoting a message in this year’s carnival parade they say presents an unfair portrayal of the sector.

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06Jan/17

At least 33 inmates killed in new Brazil prison riot

At least 33 inmates killed in the latest prison riot in Brazil.

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06Dec/16

Highlights of main world events in January and February 2016

Among the highlights of the main World news events for January and February 2016 are — Iranian protesters storm the Saudi embassy; North Korea tests hydrogen nuclear device; the world’s most wanted drug boss is arrested; legendary rock star David Bowie dies; tourists are killed in a suicide bombing in Istanbul; Islamist gunmen storm hotel in Burkina Faso; Iran releases American prisoners; sanctions are lifted on Iran; WHO declares emergency over Zika virus; more than a 100 killed in Taiwan quake; dozens killed in train crash in Germany kills; Syrian government launches offensive in Aleppo and a charity hospital is bombed in Idlib.

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29Nov/16

Chapecoense soccer team in plane crash in Colombia

The Brazilian league soccer team Chapecoense are among 81 people aboard an aircraft that has crashed near Medellin in Colombia.

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29Nov/16
Theo van Seggelen, Secretary General of FIFPro

Worldwide soccer players face modest wages, late payment and initimidation shows survey

The world soccer players’ union FIFPro publishes a survey that highlights low wages, few holidays and other poor working conditions faced by players around the world.

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22Nov/16

U.S. presidential election fresh in mind of International Emmy attendees

Germany and the UK each win three International Emmy Awards ceremony held at the Hilton Midtown hotel in New York that served the victory party site of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

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16Nov/16

New era for Global trade gets underway at APEC

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Lima from November 19-20 will take place just two weeks after the election of Donald Trump affirming his protectionist trade policies, and killing off any chance for a U.S. pivot to Asia through TPP. One expert says the result will be a heightened profile for Asia in Latin America.

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