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World Cup fans will have to dig deep as prices soar in Brazil

A protester's poster reads: 'World Cup in Brazil is more expensive than the last three editions.' Photo: AP

Prices have gone through the roof, particularly in the country's tourism gateway Rio, which this month is one of the hosts for the Confederations Cup and in July welcomes Pope Francis for a major Catholic youth festival.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 9:51am

Rio's revamped Maracana overcomes setback to host England friendly

Wayne Rooney (right) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Photo: EPA

After an embarrassing brush with cancellation, the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro will host its first official match since an extensive renovation when Brazil tackle England today in a glamorous friendly.

2 Jun 2013 - 4:58am

Brazil’s Carnival reaches its crescendo

A dancer from Vila Isabel samba school performs during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. AFP

Rio’s Carnival festivities reached their crescendo late on Monday with a final night of samba school parades, part of a contest appropriately dubbed the greatest show on earth.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:00pm

Brazil police easily occupy Rio slum complex

Brazilian policemen are deployed to pacify Jacarezinho shantytown, known as 'Crackland', in Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Brazilian police say about 2,000 officers met no major resistance when carrying out the planned occupation of a complex of shantytowns long held by Rio de Janeiro’s largest drug-dealing faction.

15 Oct 2012 - 11:50am

Rio mayor Paes re-elected

Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes after voting in municipal elections in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Photo: AP

Riding a wave of support from Rio’s slums, Eduardo Paes was re-elected mayor and now takes up the challenge of overseeing major infrastructure projects ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

8 Oct 2012 - 3:32pm


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26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Jet Set: Michael Roche

Michael Roche, executive director, Singapore Formula 1 (above)

What's your favourite seat on a plane?

I'm a window guy and I sit as close to the front as I can: it's less claustrophobic, but away from the galley and washrooms.

How can we become more airport-friendly travellers?

10 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Kin may receive record mainland payout

The next of kin of one of the Chinese passengers aboard Air France flight 477 may receive 9.6 million yuan (HK$10.9 million) from PICC Life Insurance - the largest personal insurance payout in mainland history.

The client, who was not named, purchased a policy with a premium of 240,000 yuan last year.

5 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Eight Chinese passengers named

Six of the nine Chinese aboard the missing Air France plane were staff of the Liaoning-based Benxi Iron & Steel Company, who arrived in Brazil on May 26 to negotiate the purchase of iron ore.

The Chinese embassy in Brazil had previously said only eight Chinese nationals were on board, but a passenger list released later by the airline showed there were nine.

3 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

The story behind samba

Like the mambo and the salsa, the roots of the samba lie with the religious traditions and the people of West Africa, exported to Brazil with slavery in the years between 1600 and 1888.

The word 'samba' is said to come from Kimbundu, the African Bantu language spoken by slaves from the area of Africa now known as Angola.

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

HK pair such a hit in Brazil, soccer school says send us 12

A dozen young footballers from Hong Kong will be offered the chance to meet some of Brazil's soccer greats and play in a tournament at the world-famous Maracana stadium next year.

Brazilian Soccer Schools (BSS), which coaches hundreds of children in samba-style soccer, hopes to give 10 to 12 students the opportunity to train in Rio de Janeiro next July.

3 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Experience the thrill of Rio in Central

Annual street party offers non-stop fun with Brazilian dancers, African drumming, parades and more

9 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

11 firms to bid for Brazil port

A field of 11 companies is expected to compete in the privatisation of Brazil's Sepetiba port terminal, which is expected to become South America's biggest container shipping hub, according to Transportation Minister Eliseu Padilha.

Mr Padilha said the port was likely to raise 50 to 60 per cent more than its minimum asking price of 92 million reals (about HK$613.78 million).

12 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Evergreen to launch Americas services

Taiwan's Evergreen is to start a weekly, fixed-day service in May between ports on the east coasts of North America and South America.

The service also will carry Asian and European cargoes to South America, transshipping at Evergreen's new Colon Container Terminal (CCT) in Panama.

29 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Brazilian railway deal agreed

A stock market official in Rio de Janeiro says a consortium led by Brazilian steelmaker CSN and the privatised mining concern CVRD has paid 15.8 million reals (about HK$115 million), 38 per cent more than the reserve price, for a 30-year concession to operate the Northeast railway.

21 Jul 1997 - 12:00am