May 5, 2012

Imperial Era Dock Foundation Unearthed

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Mayor Eduardo Paes announced on Friday afternoon, the discovery of the foundation stone of the Dom Pedro II Dock, laid on September 15, 1871 by engineer André Rebouças. Rio's mayor posted a photo of the stone - which was found in the construction to revitalize the harbor area of the city - on Twitter.

The foundation stone for the Dom Pedro II Dock in Rio de Janeiro, laid on 15 September 1871, was unearthed on Friday 04 May 2012.

Dom Pedro II Dock Stone (Photo: O Globo)

Pro-cannabis Mag 'semSemente' to Debut

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Today's debut edition of the first Brazilian magazine dedicated exclusively to marijuana had to be delayed after the printer backed out. The magazine “semSemente” was to have debuted at today's protest in favor of decriminalization of marijuana in Rio de Janeiro, reported Brazilian online media.

The cover of semSemente magazine whose debut issue was delayed when the printer backed out.

semSemente Magazine  (Photo: Folha)

May 4, 2012

Hospital Patient Shot Dead in Bed

Brazil News

| FLORIANÓPOLIS, Brazil – Gunmen entered the largest hospital in Santa Catarina state on Friday afternoon and shot a patient nine times. The 25-year-old patient, who was in the hospital recovering from another shooting, died, reported Brazilian online media.

A patient was shot dead in his hospital bed at the Hospital Regional de São José, in metropolitan Florianópolis, on Friday 04 May 2012.

Hospital Regional de São José (Photo:

France's Honorary Consul found Dead

Brazil News

| FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil – Police in southern Brazil are investigating the death of the Honorary Consul of France, who was found dead in Santa Catarina state. Workers at a deluxe hotel in Joinville, 190 km from the state capital, Florianópolis, discovered the body of Francisco Julio Borghoff, 64, in a pool of blood, reported Brazilian online media on Friday.

Francisco Julio Borghoff, France's Honorary Consul in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil was found dead Thursday night, 03 May 2012, in a deluxe hotel room in Joinville

Francisco Julio Borghoff (Photo: Diario Catarinense)

Oscar Niemeyer Hospitalized in Rio

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Iconic Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, 104, was hospitalized on Wednesday at Samaritan Hospital, in Botafogo, in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. According to a spokesman for the hospital, Niemeyer was admitted at about 7 pm and his prognosis is good.

Oscar Niemeyer photographed in 2008, was hospitalized in Rio de Janeiro for dehydration related to the flu on Wednesday 02 May 2012.

Oscar Niemeyer – 2008 (Photo: Dida Sampaio/AE/Veja)

May 3, 2012

E-Commerce Opportunities in Latin America

Google Press Summit 5.0 Santiago

| SANTIAGO, Chile – The lack of content in local languages (Spanish and Portuguese) is a major obstacle to developing more business opportunities via the internet in Latin America, reported South American online media on Thursday.

Google Press 5.0 Summit Santiago Chile Thursday and Friday, 03, 04 May 2012.

Google Press Summit 5.0 (Photo: Bruno Ortiz)

May 2, 2012

'Jetman' Flies Around Rio de Janeiro

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Swiss aviator Yves Rossy, known as Jetman, flew around Rio de Janeiro today, 2 May 2012. He jumped from a helicopter high above the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado, activated his equipment, and used his body to fly around the statue and eventually land on Copacabana Beach in the city's South Zone.

Jetman flies around Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday 02 May 2012

Jetman above Rio (Photo: Brietling/G1)

Bribery Attempt Land Siblings in Jail

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – A brother and sister team was arrested last Tuesday in the Portal do Morumbi region of Sao Paulo. The man was arrested for possession of cloned bank cards and the woman for trying to bribe police into releasing him.

Sao Paulo siblings try to bribe police with R$15,000 reals in cash but were arrested instead.

R$15,000 bribe (Photo: G1)

May 1, 2012

Iranian Diplomat Shot in Brasilia

Brazil News

| BRASILIA – An official of the Iranian Embassy in Brasilia was shot at around 10:45 pm last night in the capital. The Iranian, identified by police as a driver for the Iranian diplomatic mission, was approached by three assailants who tried to take the car he was driving. The driver didn't speak Portuguese, resisted and was shot.

Brazil and Iran crossed flags

Brazil and Iran Flags (Photo:

Rare Urutau Bird Photographed Atop Pole

Brazil News

| CAMPO GRANDE, Brazil – An alert G1 reader in Central-West Brazil spotted a rare urutau bird, which is able to 'cloak' itself. Business manager Lucia Teixeira de Moraes, 53, of Parque Novos Estados in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul state, snapped a photo of the bird and uploaded it to G1.

A rare urutau bird photographed sitting atop a pole in Central-West Brazil in a 'cloaking' position

Rare Urutau Atop Pole (Photo: Lucia Teixeira de Moraes/G1)

Stolen Radioactive Device Located

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – A tip made to the Civil Defense led to the recovery of the car containing a device containing radioactive selenium 75. The car and the device - which were stolen Saturday night - were both recovered, apparently intact, on Tuesday morning.

Civil Defense recovered a stolen Renault Logan which contained radioactive selenium 75 used in the inspection of welds.

Stolen Car Recovered (Photo: G1)

Apr 29, 2012

Radioactive Material Stolen in Rio

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Police in Rio de Janeiro tonight are searching for a stolen car which contains a capsule of radioactive material. The car containing the material, which belongs to an industrial inspection and maintenance company, was stolen Saturday night in the northern suburbs of the city.

A device similar to this was in a car that was stolen on Saturday 18 April 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. The device contains Selenium 75, a very dangerous radioactive material.

Radioactive Device Stolen (Photo: G1)

Blumenau Dog Walk Draws Thousands

Brazil News

| FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil – Over 4,000 people and 1,284 dogs of various breeds participated on Sunday morning in the 13th annual communal dog walk, or Cãominhada, in Blumenau, Santa Catarina state, reported Folha de Sao Paulo.

 Over 4,000 people and 1,284 dogs of various breeds participated on Sunday morning in the 13th annual communal dog walk, or Cãominhada, in Blumenau, Santa Catarina

 Cãominhada Blumenau Brazil (Photo: Folha)