GDP grows 0.5% in May, after three consecutive monthly declines

The Brazilian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) advanced 0.5% in May compared to April, according to the GDP Monitor, released on Wednesday by the Brazilian Institute of Economics of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Ibre / FGV). The high broke a sequence of three monthly declines in a row. Compared to May 2018, GDP grew 4.3%, but the result was contaminated by… Read more »

247,000 consumers have already requested telemarketing blocking

In just over 12 hours of operation, the Do Not Disturb platform received 247,000 telemarketing call block requests in Brazil. The site registered, on average, 13,000 simultaneous hits, peaking over 40,000 hits in the morning of Tuesday. Brazil has 266 million fixed and mobile telephony customers. How to block The digital platform will allow the customer to register their telephone… Read more »

Families return home after dam burst in Bahia

Homeless families in the municipality of Coronel João Sá, hit by the flooding of the Rio do Peixe because of the overflow and rupture of the Quati dam, have begun to return to their homes. The information is from the secretary of communication of the city hall, Valdomiro da Conceição Jr. According to him, “the day dawned with sunshine. There… Read more »

Brazilian who lived in a shelter wins a place to study in the USA

He never met his father, went to live at the age of six in a shelter and recently managed to be one of 30 winners in a selection process among 500 competitors to study in the US. Yuri de Melo Costa, 20, was approved last March to join Watson Institute’s Fall 2019 Semester Incubator, a semi-annual incubator for social project… Read more »

Seven out of ten Brazilians support pension reform

Based on research conducted by the National Confederation of Shopkeepers (CNDL) and SPC Brazil, most Brazilians support the pension reform. The proportion, according to the survey organizers, is seven supporters in each group of ten surveyed. The survey listened to 800 people aged 18 and over in the 26 states and DF. The opening of the survey shows that 40%… Read more »

Colleagues mourn the death of journalist Paulo Henrique Amorim

Journalists and co-workers mourned the death of journalist Paulo Henrique Amorim on Wednesday. Amorim was at home in Rio de Janeiro when he suffered a massive heart attack. Journalist Michael Keller, in an interview with Record TV, described Amorim as a great journalist. “A controversial person? Yes! But no one can deny his contribution. He was a very interesting man…. Read more »

Senate commission approves stadium smoke ban

The Senate Social Affairs Commission on Wednesday approved a ban on smoking at sporting events, including football stadiums and gyms. Reported by Senator Romário (Somos-RJ), the proposal now goes to the Chamber of Deputies. The bill is by Senator Eduardo Girão (Somos-CE). If approved by the House, the proposal will allow smoking for the first time in open spaces. Initially,… Read more »

Father and son suspected of joining Italian mafia will be arrested in SP

The two suspected members of the Italian mafia arrested in Praia Grande, São Paulo coast, were transferred on Monday night to the Federal Police Superintendence in the capital. Yesterday, PF agents seized with them about $770,000 in cash, plus $24,400 USD and 6,165 euros. Also found were three pistols, ammunition, and almost 4 kg of a white powder that investigators… Read more »

Bolsonaro says he is confident House will approve Social Security

President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he was confident that the House of Representatives would approve this week the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) of the Social Security reform . Asked by journalists about the expectation for the Social Security vote, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday in the House’s plenary, after being approved by the House’s special… Read more »

Chemical castration of rapist is unconstitutional, lawyers say

The Styvenson Valentine senator’s bill (We-RN) which provides for the voluntary chemical castration for repeat offenders convicted of crimes of rape and sexual harassment is unconstitutional and violates human rights, according to the evaluation of lawyers and experts. By the proposal presented, the convict who accepted this treatment would be granted parole. The text is awaiting an opinion in the… Read more »