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Rio Chiefs Meet To Discuss Hovercrafts For World Cup Tourist Transportation

04 / 17 / 14

Rio de Janeiro "is eyeing a new way to bring World Cup tourists to the city from the airport: hovercraft," according to David Biller of BLOOMBERG. Rio state’s Tourism Secretary Claudio Magnavita met with Transport Secretary Tatiana Vaz Carius on April 13 "and discussed the idea." The state "wo...

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03/24/14
FIFA Apologizes To Brazil For 'Advice'

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03/24/14
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FIFA said on Friday that a financial impasse that has threatened to cause more delays at Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium "has been resolved," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The Itaquerao stadium, "being built by the Corinthians club, is due to open on April 15, nearly four months after the De ...

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03/24/14
Brazil To Declare No-Fly Zone

The Brazilian Air Force will declare no-fly zones over World Cup stadiums to prevent terrorist attacks during this year's tournament, "but there's a catch: it can't shoot down intruders, for now," according to Anthony Boadle of REUTERS. By law, Brazil's military "can only shoot at unresponsive civi ...

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03/21/14
Sao Paulo Warned To Conserve Water

The World Water Council is warning Sao Paulo "to take emergency measures to conserve water as the region reels from a record drought or risk supply shortages during the World Cup," according to Christiana Sciaudone of BLOOMBERG. Benedito Braga, president of Sabesp, Brazil’s largest water util ...

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03/21/14
Brazil Reveals Olympic Football Stadiums

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03/20/14
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