Author Archives: Kauê S Martins

Ministry of Agriculture bans sale of 6 brands of olive oil

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply banned the sale of six brands of olive oil after the inspection found fraudulent products unfit for consumption. The counterfeit products had an oil mixture without the presence of olive oil. The Oliveiras do Conde, Quinta Lusitana, Quinta D’Oro, Évora, Costanera and Olivais do Porto brands should be collected from supermarket shelves and… Read more »

‘We have two years to reduce and eliminate taxes,’ says Guedes

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Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said on Thursday that the government had two years to “simplify, eliminate and reduce taxes,” referring to the period scheduled for the agreement between Mercosur and the European Union to start coming into force. Before actually starting, the agreement must be approved by the congresses of the countries participating in the blocs. Guedes makes a presentation… Read more »

Senate may vote for a bill that forces prisoners to reimburse their expenses

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The bill that obliges the prisoner to reimburse the state’s expenses for their maintenance can be voted this week in the Senate plenary. The proposal was ruled in May but returned to the Commission on Human Rights and Participatory Legislation (CDH), where it was approved with amendments. Some lawmakers feared that the imposition of payment would lead the prisoner to… Read more »

Professionals only have until today to withdraw salary allowance

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Brazilians who worked at least 30 days in 2018 only have until this Friday to withdraw the money related to the salary allowance of PIS and PASEP. The amount available for withdrawal ranges from R $84 to R $998, according to the period worked in 2017. Those who were employed in the whole year, for example, receive a full minimum… Read more »

UN criticizes Bolsonaro for defending mining in the Amazon

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A report by the UN Human Rights Council (United Nations) cited Brazil as an example of a nation that has taken steps in the opposite direction to addressing climate change. The Jair Bolsonaro government’s pledge to release parts of the Amazon for mining, the restriction on demarcating indigenous lands, and the weakening of environmental protections and agencies are criticized. Environment… Read more »

Pension reform is approved by 44% of the population, says IBOPE

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The pension reform divides the sentiment of the Brazilian population, according to the IBOPE survey hired by the Center for Public Leadership. The survey shows that the reform is supported (wholly or partially) by 44% of the population. Another 49% are against the text and 7% could not answer. An opening of the figures, however, shows that only 19% say… Read more »

Brazil is a wounded whale that can’t move, says Guedes

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With only 0.6% growth per year over the past eight years, Brazil is a whale that has been hit several times and can no longer move, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said at a CFT hearing. Guedes was called in to answer questions about what to do with the resources of the welfare reform economy. For the minister, the pension reform… Read more »

Governors seek funding of $15 billion this year

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On May 24, during a meeting in Recife, President Jair Bolsonaro responded with a joke to the election of the 11 governors of the region covered by the SUDENE (Northeast Development Superintendence).. “Give me a pen I sign now,” said Bolsonaro at the time. The governor of Maranhão, Flávio Dino (PCdoB), drafted the draft of a bill in minutes. Bolsonaro,… Read more »

Protests could raise instability, analysts say

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The projection of new protests against and in favor of the Jair Bolsonaro government on the country’s streets could pose a threat to the pursuit of stability. This is the assessment of political scientists heard by the report. “If society gets into a spiral of protests for and against, it will further strain the already frayed governance. It’s worrying,” says… Read more »