Women lag behind for Brazil’s state governors and congress

September 25, 2014

CCTV America, 09/24/2014

For the first time ever, three female candidates are competing for the presidency of Brazil, Latin America’s largest country. Two of them are likely to win the election. However, women are still lagging far behind in the election for state governors and congress. CCTV America’s Lucrecia Franco reports from Rio de Janeiro.

President Dilma Rouseff with the Workers’ Party, and Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist party are the presidential front-runners for the October 5th general election. One more woman, Luciana Genro, of the Socialist and Freedom Party, is also in the race.

In Congress, however, women account for less than 10% of the 513 seats, a gender gap that can be seen in all other levels of elected office in Brazil – a pattern that is not likely to change soon.

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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ in numbers

September 23, 2014

FIFA.com, 09/23/2014

FIFA has released an in-depth document detailing the dizzying array of facts and figures that combined to make up the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

Want to know how often Goal Line Technology (GLT) was required? Or how many jobs were created? What about the fastest goal, or the number of HD cameras filming the event? For all these stats and many more, relating both to events on the field and behind the scenes, check out FIFA’s exclusive guide, a few tasters of which are provided below.

5,154,386 attended FIFA Fan Fests in Brazil during the World Cup, with Rio de Janeiro’s spectacular Copacabana site attracting 937,330 – the highest number in any individual city.

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Brazil’s ‘accidental’ presidential candidate

September 23, 2014

Zeyney Zileli Rabanea – Aljazeera, 09/23/2014

Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva’s success story is almost too good to be true for the media. She was born into a poor, mixed race family in the Amazon – one of 11 children. She learned to read at the age of 16 and was the first member of her family to become literate. Living in poverty, she contracted malaria and hepatitis but overcame both.

Silva entered politics by being elected to the Brazilian Senate in 1994. In this initial phase of her career, she established a strong environmentalist position. While serving as minister of environment during Lula da Silva’s presidency she was criticised for slowing down the country’s agricultural growth by her actions to protect the forest resources of the Amazon.

Yet in 2014, no one expected Silva to be so highly regarded as to be put forward as a presidential candidate running against the incumbent Dilma Rousseff. To the surprise of many, her chances of winning are looking good with her popularity rising in polls against Rousseff’s Workers’ Party. Silva entered the race when the presidential candidate of the Socialist Party, Eduardo Campos, was killed in a plane crash and Silva, his running mate, was selected to seek the presidency.

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Brazil’s young professionals look to emerging markets

September 23, 2014

Paulo Cabral – CCTV America, 09/22/2014

Brazil has become a destination for those who look for employment in emerging markets over the last a few years. A growing number of students and young professionals are moving to Brazil. CCTV America’S Paulo Cabral reports.

In one recent survey, 90 percent of the young professionals said they expected to work in at least three or four countries during their lives. Among the BRICS nations, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, Brazil was the preferred destination for 40 percent of the students.

The recession in Brazil hasn’t discouraged young professionals from coming here to build careers. Because of a shortage of skilled workers, the labor market remains tight and unemployment remains close to a record low of 4.9 percent.

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Is Petrobras Becoming Too Tied to Brazil Elections and Sentiment?

September 23, 2014

Jon C. Ogg – 24/7 Wall St., 09/22/2014

Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), or Petrobras, is showing how dangerous it can be for one company to be considered such a key market barometer for upcoming elections. With Brazil having tipped from a great emerging market back into a red-tape economy, and now into an economy that keeps weighing social issues over that of domestic and international finance, the question to ask is whether Petrobras is simply becoming too much of a daily barometer for Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections.

As the October 5, 2014, presidential election comes closer and closer, Petrobras shares seem to rise and fall drastically around predictive polling and news flows each day. From an outsider’s view, it is easy to see how and why a socialist-leaning president would be more liked by the bulk of the population — after all, Brazil’s general population is far from wealthy.

The flip side is also easy to see, and that is that international money is not going to flow into a nation that treats capital so poorly. To say that common stock investors of Petrobras are treated poorly in the capital structure would be the understatement of the year. If Petrobras was an international oil giant that acted like most of its large peers in the Americas and Europe, investors would likely flock back into Petrobras (and likely elsewhere in Brazil).

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Brazil Says No to Anti-Deforestation Plans: The Difficulty of a Global Response to Climate Change

September 23, 2014

Hannah Osborne – International Business Times, 09/23/2014

Brazil has refused to endorse a global anti-deforestation initiative put forward at the UN climate summit because it says it was left out of the consultation process.

According to an exclusive report by the Associated Press, environment minister Izabella Teixeira said her country was “not invited to be engaged in the preparation process” of the plan.

“Unfortunately, we were not consulted. But I think that it’s impossible to think that you can have a global forest initiative without Brazil on board. It doesn’t make sense,” she said. However, a UN official denied her claims, saying “there were efforts to reach out to the Brazilian government”. Charles McNeill, a senior environmental policy adviser with the UN, said: “There wasn’t a response [from Brazil].”

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