By Brad Haynes and Anthony Boadle SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Nike Inc and some other big international companies face a grilling over their powerful role in Brazilian soccer as a former star player turned senator vows to expose what he describes as suspect marketing contracts and their links to corrupt payments. Romario, a revered striker who led Brazil to victory at the 1994 World Cup wearing the U.S. sportswear giant’s boots, is leading a new congressional probe into sponsorship deals in the wake of U.S. graft charges that have shaken the soccer world. Three Brazilians were among those named and charged in the U.S. indictment, including a former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). Source: Reuters
UPDATE 3-Rousseff win rattles Brazil markets, focus shifts to economy
(Recasts with markets opening, adds questions on new cabinet)
By Brad Haynes and Paulo PradaSAO PAULO Oct 27 (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff’s
narrow re-election victory met with cold reality on Monday as
Brazil’s financial markets tumbled on doubts that can restore
confidence in the economy and maintain political support in a
sharply divided nation.Rousseff overcame dissatisfaction with a sluggish economy
and poor public services to clinch a second term on Sunday by a
slim margin, dashing the hopes of investors and nearly half the
electorate who bet on her pro-business challenger.After a bitter, unpredictable campaign, Rousseff now faces
the challenge of making good on a promise to expand social
benefits for the poor while balancing a strained federal budget.Most investors are skeptical that Rousseff can pull off a
swift recovery after four years of ineffective industrial
policies. Brazil’s benchmark Bovespa stock index fell
around 5 percent in early trading, while Brazil’s real currency
slumped 3 percent to a nearly six-year low.Rousseff and aides consistently shrug off market pessimism
as little more than tantrums by speculators. As her camp
celebrated victory late on Sunday, longtime foreign policy
advisor Marco Aurelio Garcia told reporters that investors
should relax and “take tranquilizers.”Investors are awaiting the name of a replacement for the
beleaguered Guido Mantega, her outgoing finance minister.They hope for a more market-friendly minister who can help
restore fiscal discipline, bring transparency to the federal
budget and better engage with business leaders. Some believe
that Rousseff will be forced by economic realities to soften
some of her interventionist policies.Announcements of new cabinet members are unlikely in coming
days, presidential aides said, as Rousseff rests after a
demanding campaign that went down to a photo finish.Speaking to a relieved crowd of supporters on Sunday night,
Rousseff struggled to raise her voice as she acknowledged the
call for change expressed by many voters in remarks that some
observers hoped were a sign of a shift to the center.”I know that I am being sent back to the presidency to make
the big changes that Brazilian society demands,” she said after
winning the runoff with 51.6 percent support. “I want to be a
much better president than I have been until now.”Her slim, three-point margin over centrist candidate Aecio
Neves came largely thanks to gains against inequality and
poverty since the Workers’ Party first came to power in 2003.Using the fruits of a commodity-fueled economic boom in the
last decade, Brazil’s government expanded welfare programs that
helped lift more than 40 million people from poverty despite the
current economic woes.The “Brazilian model” has been adopted by center-left
parties across Latin America and Rousseff’s victory, however
narrow, is a blow for conservatives in the region.It also means there will be no dramatic improvement in ties
with the United States, hit in recent years by trade disputes
and U.S. government spying programs that infuriated Rousseff.LITTLE ROOM FOR REFORMAbout 40 percent of Brazil’s 200 million people live in
households earning less than $700 a month, and it was their
overwhelming support that gave Rousseff victory on Sunday.Now, she pledges to deepen social benefits while working to
revive an economy that fell into recession this year.In her victory speech, Rousseff also renewed her calls for a
political reform to reduce corporate influence in campaign
finance and restore faith in Brazil’s messy multi-party
politics. The president will have a tougher time with
far-reaching reforms, however, after her coalition lost seats in
both houses of Congress in this election.”Such a tight result reduces her capacity to radicalize
policies,” said Alberto Bernal, a Miami-based economist with
Bulltick Capital Markets. “Pretty much half of the country is
against what she has been doing.”But Neves, a senator and former state governor who enjoyed
support among many business leaders and upper-middle class
Brazilians, failed to convince most voters that he had enough
new ideas to pull Rousseff from power.It didn’t help that many poor Brazilians associate his
centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party with a less inclusive
past, a perception that the Rousseff camp deftly exploited.”Even if things are getting worse, many voters prefer to
stick with what they know than take a risk on the unknown,” said
Fernando Abrucio, a political science professor at the Getulio
Vargas Foundation, a business school in Sao Paulo.A second Rousseff term will not be easy, especially as a
slowing economy strains a government model accustomed to high
tax revenues to finance social programs and subsidized credit
for companies and consumers.Brazil’s economy, after growing by as much as 7.5 percent
the year before she took office, is on track to expand less than
1 percent this year. Prior efforts to gun growth, largely
through tax breaks and other subsidies for select industries,
have largely fallen flat.Meanwhile, inflation, long a problem in a country with a
history of runaway prices, is now hovering above the
government’s tolerance ceiling of 6.5 percent.And while unemployment is near record lows, economists don’t
expect it to remain so for long as plunging investment, slower
growth and further uncertainty prompt employers to cut back.To correct the course, economists say Rousseff must pursue
long-pending tax and labor reforms in order to increase
productivity and engage further with the global marketplace.But Rousseff will face gridlock in a Congress increasingly
weary of the ruling party, which lost seats in this election
along with its most important ally. Leading lawmakers promise to
make hay over a snowballing corruption scandal at the state-run
oil company known as Petrobras.”She will face resistance on a number of fronts,” said
Carlos Melo, a political scientist at Insper, a Sao Paulo
(Additional reporting by Anthony Boadle, Jeferson Ribeiro and
Walter Brandimarte; Editing by Todd Benson and Kieran Murray)
Rousseff win rattles Brazil markets, focus shifts to economy
By Brad Haynes and Paulo Prada SAO PAULO (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff’s narrow re-election victory met with cold reality on Monday as Brazil’s financial markets tumbled on doubts that can restore confidence in the economy and maintain political support in a sharply divided nation. Rousseff overcame dissatisfaction with a sluggish economy and poor public services to clinch a second term on Sunday by a slim margin, dashing the hopes of investors and nearly half the electorate who bet on her pro-business challenger. … Source: Reuters
By Brad Haynes and Mary Milliken SAO PAULO/CUIABA (Reuters) - World Cup fever intensified across Brazil on Friday as violent protests subsided, fans streamed to a second day of matches and a crushing defeat for defending champions Spain set the tournament alight. Raucous fans watched the Netherlands humiliate Spain, the team that beat the Dutch for the title four years ago, with a 5-1 pummeling. A plucky Mexican team, despite having two goals controversially disallowed, then beat Cameroon 1-0 under a downpour. After years of construction delays, alleged corruption and sometimes violent protests over the $11 billion spent by Brazil to host the World Cup, the tournament has had a good start. Source: Reuters
By Silvio Cascione and Brad Haynes BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s financial markets have rallied on the prospect of environmentalist Marina Silva unseating President Dilma Rousseff in next month’s election, but political donations show plenty of companies may be wary of a new administration. Silva’s market-friendly proposals promise relief for oil giant Petrobras, ethanol mills and private banks. But they could also cause headaches for a range of firms facing tougher competition, higher borrowing costs and maybe even more taxes, especially in the energy and auto industries. … Source: Reuters
Investigadores en Brasil esperan tener tratamiento para virus Zika en un año
Por Daniel Flynn y Brad Haynes
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Investigadores en Brasil están desarrollando técnicas utilizadas en la lucha contra el ébola con la esperanza de desarrollar un tratamiento para el virus de Zika que pueda ser probado en humanos en un año.
El profesor Jorge Kalil, director del estatal Instituto Butantan, dijo a Reuters esta semana que los científicos del centro planearon usar animales para producir anticuerpos contra el virus, que se sospecha causó problemas neurológicos en más de 4.000 recién nacidos en Brasil.
Científicos usaron una técnica similar de investigación en busca de un tratamiento para el ébola.
El virus de Zika, descubierto por primera vez en Uganda en 1947, no tiene cura ni tratamiento. En Brasil fue detectado por primera vez el año pasado y desde ese momento se extendió al menos a 26 países de América.
Kalil, que es un inmunólogo, dijo que el instituto está cultivando el virus en cantidad suficiente como para comenzar a hacer pruebas en anticuerpos aislados en roedores. Luego, los investigadores tratarían de producirlos en mayores cantidades en caballos y purificar los anticuerpos en laboratorios antes de comenzar las pruebas en seres humanos.
“Los anticuerpos (…) podrían ser inyectados en mujeres con Zika para neutralizar el virus”, destacó Kalil en una entrevista. “Creo que podemos llegar a ese punto en un año”.
El virus tiene efectos leves, como fiebre, sarpullido y dolores de articulaciones. Además, casi el 80 por ciento de los infectados no experimentan síntomas.
La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) declaró el lunes al virus de Zika como una emergencia sanitaria mundial.
Los investigadores no tienen claro la forma en que el virus opera en animales o humanos. Muchas organizaciones trabajan con roedores y monos debido a lo urgente de la situación, sostuvo Kalil.
“La gente debe entender que esta es una emergencia”, destacó Kalil. “Si tenemos una idea y un producto que no causa daños, tenemos la obligación de probarlo”.
Un segundo paso sería producir un suero convaleciente con anticuerpos de humanos, explicó Kalil.
Another shot from Guides by @Lonely Planet ’s App. Prototyping was pretty important while designing the app. We used @[574541:Framer] to test animations and illustrate interactions and transitions. In this example we used a horizontal page component for the text while we are changing the state of the images underneath on each page. Changes on their ‘state’ included opacity and a subtle 'ken burns effect’ zoom.
Check the video attached to see the full carrousel
As always a big shout out to @[2135:Brad Haynes] , @[7856:Diego Jiménez] and team for their awesome work.
Brazil's Embraer supplies Phenom 100 for UK military training
SAO PAULO, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Brazilian planemaker Embraer will supply five Phenom 100 ultralight executive jets to train pilots in the British armed forces, the company said on Wednesday.
Embraer struck the deal, which covers support services and options for more aircraft, with Affinity Flight Training Services, a consortium of Lockheed Martin and Babcock International contracting with the Ministry of Defense.
The agreement follows a November order from the Emirates Flight Training Academy for five Phenom 100 aircraft and marks further inroads by the Brazilian company with NATO armed forces.
Embraer won a U.S. Air Force deal in 2013 to supply 20 light attack planes for counterinsurgency missions in Afghanistan.
Brazil's Embraer supplies Phenom 100 for UK military training
SAO PAULO, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Brazilian planemaker Embraer
will supply five Phenom 100 ultralight executive jets
to train pilots in the British armed forces, the company said on
Embraer (Sao Paolo: R2:EMBR3S.SA - news) struck the deal, which covers support services and
options for more aircraft, with Affinity Flight Training
Services, a consortium of Lockheed Martin (Swiss: LMT.SW - news) and Babcock
International contracting with the Ministry of Defense.
The agreement follows a November order from the Emirates
Flight Training Academy for five Phenom 100 aircraft and marks
further inroads by the Brazilian company with NATO armed forces.
Embraer won a U.S (Other OTC: UBGXF - news) . Air Force deal in 2013 to supply 20 light
attack planes for counterinsurgency missions in Afghanistan.
(Reporting by Brad Haynes)
Guides by Lonely Planet - Promo Material: Hey friends,
Last year I worked with @lonelyplanet ’s amazing team on their new iOS and Android apps. It was a pleasure working side by side with such talent, a big shout out to @[2135:Brad Haynes], @diegojimenez and team for their awesomeness.
To promote the app in social media I created some still-frames and edited a rough cut based on a pretty basic idea - showcasing locations as seen throughout the app.
Check out the video and a bigger version of the still frames attached. You can also download the app here:
Beyond stoked to finally release our very latest @lonelyplanet app: Guides by Lonely Planet
With offline maps, ‘near me’ functionality, essential tips and must-see sights, the app is a trustworthy travel companion that will help you make the most of your experience. We’ll be improving it and adding content to it every day from today on - the best is yet to come!
It’s been an absolute honor to work with some of the most talented people I know on this project. A big shout out to @mmccroskey, @frowing, @brad.haynes, @claudioguglieri, @postmechanical and @onelogic - you guys rock!