|This appeared in the Jornal do Brasil online newspaper – a Rio newspaper.
Maradona, the Argentine futebol icon, and Presidente Chaves of Venezuela.
Saturday, 17 October 2009, at midnight Summer time will be implemented in Brazil.
Time is adjusted to one hour forward.
This is valid until 20 February, 2010.
STATES: Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul e Distrito Federal
The last few days have been similar to those during the dry season….hot and cloudless skies. Today it is 35C/95F and only some scattered clouds. This morning there was not a cloud in the sky. During the dry season (May to September), there are days (many days) when there is not a cloud to be seen and the humidity will drop to Sahara Desert levels. The Sun is still high in the sky and will burn you quickly if not protected. In June and July, it may still be very warm, but the Sun’s rays are much less intensive. Living in the tropics is good, but it has its downside.
I found it interesting that Mr. Lemman, a Brazilian businessman and the man behind the Inbev takeover of Anheuser-Bush, would give US$14 million to an American university to set up a Brazilian Studies Center. Wonder why he didn’t give the money to a private Brazilian university to set up a North American Studies Center?
Regardless, still nice to see a Brazilian businessman donating money to a university. Not seen here enough; however, the locals in St. Louis seem not to be too happy with the donation. Understandabley, considering the meltdown in the US, President Lula might agree with the local, American workers.
Percy is on the left! :-)
Read the other day that Brad Pitt will play the role of Percy Fawcett; an English explorer who vanished in Northeast Mato Grosso in 1925 while searching for the Lost City of Z. The news clip said Brad and Angelina would move to Brazil during the filming. Mato Grosso? I wonder……? I doubt it unless they actual film in Mato Grosso, which I think would be very unlikely.
The Survivor TV program is filming its reality show in the Jalapão region of the State of Tocantins. It sure has put Tocantins on the map.
And, of course, Tom Cruise was in Rio promoting his latest film. He and the wifey went to the beach, ate out in a restaurant in Leblon (sushi, I believe) and flew by helicopter down to Angra dos Reis. He waved and said “Gracias” and “Hola” the whole time. Someone forgot to tell him the language here is Portuguese; not Spanish. As far as I know, he didn’t mention Buenos Aires as being the capital of Brazil. Another error many Gringos make when visiting Brazil.
- Percy Fawcett – Wikipedia
- Survivor – CBS TV
- State of Tocantins – Wikipedia
- Site State Government of Tocantins – Jalapão
- Angra dos Reis
As a kid growning up in Southwest Oklahoma in the early 50′s, I can remember official racism -water fountains (white/colored), restrooms (white/colored), schools (white/colored). Yet, I also remember the “colored” woman who had a small farm to the west of ours and as I walked the country road from country school to home, she would give me a ride.
I remember the Supreme Court ruling in 1954 against “equal but separate” and the chaos that followed over the years…the Forrest Gump years.
So today is a big step forward for the United States on a journey that has yet to end. Perhaps, it is even a bigger step for the American people; especially African-Americans.
Last night (22 April – Tuesday, 9:00 p.m. local time) an earthquake hit off the coast of São Paulo State. 5.2 on the Richter scale, which is kind of small time as earthquakes go, but for Brazil, this is an “attention getting”. It was felt in Rio, Santa Catarina and Paraná States. Some in São Paulo City even fed their apartments and stayed out on the streets.
This is unusual for Brazil. The strongest earthquake in Brazil occured in 1955 (6.2 on the Richter scale), the region of Portos Gaúchos, an isolate area in the State of Mato Grosso.
Prof. George Sand de França, of the Observatório Sismológico da UnB – Universidade de Brasília, says these events happen about every 10 years.
On 9 December, Sunday, there was a 4.9 earthquake near Itacarambi, Minas Gerais, which is about 355 km north of Belo Horizonte. It actually damaged some homes in the area and unfortunately killed a five year old girl. This is the first death contributed to an earthquake since record keeping began in 1968.
The area has been declared a “risk area” for earthquakes and the families living there will be relocated.
Unlike the earthquake prone Andes Countries to the West, Brazil very seldom has earthquakes and ones that cause damage almost never.
Brazil is very fortunate when it comes to natural disasters – it seldom has them. Flooding is the most damaging and dangerous. There is sometimes the occasional thunderstorm that will produce hail and strong winds. These usually take place in the southern part of the country.
22 April 2008
8 June 2009