Brazil has won the Copa America Femenina and in the process has qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019 (for the 8th consecutive time) and the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo in 2020. Brazil played seven games in the Copa America , won seven, scoring 31 goals and conceding just two.
Chile has taken the second spot for the World Cup, but will have a play off with an African nation for a spot at the Tokyo Olympics.
Two Brazilian directors will have their films screened in the official section of this year’s Festival de Cannes
Carlos Diegues, who has had three films screen in competition at Cannes, will receive a special screening and the world premiere of his latest film “O Grande Circo Místico” (The Great Mystical Circus – photo). In 2012 Diegues’was chair of the Caméra d’or jury.
Sao Paulo born, LA based director Joe Penna, better known to his You Tube followers as Mystery Guitar Man, is to get a special midnight screening of his first feature, the thriller “Arctic” which stars Mads Mikkelsen, who headlined NBC’s Hannibal series.
Beija-Flor – Chamions in 2018
The results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2018 were:
- Beija-Flor (269.6 points out of 270)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti (269.5)
- Salgueiro (269.5)
- Portela (269.94)
- Mangueira (269.3)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (269.3)
- Unidos da Tijuca (269.1)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (268,8)
- Vila Isabel (268.1)
- União da Ilha (267.3)
- São Clemente (266.9)
- Grande Rio (266.8)
- Imperio Serrano (265.6)
Grande Rio and Imperio Serrano are relegated while Viradouro has been promoted to parade amongst the elite samba school of Rio on 3 and 4 March 2019.
Based on the results of the last six carnivals (2013-2018), the League of Samba Schools (LIESA) ranks the top ten samba schools in Rio de Janeiro as:
- Beija-Flor (73 points)
- Salgueiro (72)
- Portela (66)
- Unidos da Tijuca (61)
- Mangueira (45)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (37)
- Grande Rio (36)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (33)
- Unidos de Vila Isabel (27)
- União da Ilha do Governador (18)
[Schools score 20 points for a win, 15 for 2nd, 12 for 3rd, 10 for 4th, 8 for 5th, 6 for 6th, 4 for 7th, 3 for 8th, 2 for 9th and 1 for 10th]
As we countdown to carnival in Rio the main samba schools, that make up the Grupo Especial, will parade on the nights of Sunday, 11 February and Monday, 12 February.
13 schools will parade in 2018, that is one more than normal after no school was relegated in 2017 and Império Serrano were promoted. It is expected that two schools will be relegated this year.
Following the draw by the League of Samba School (LIESA), seven schools will parade on Sunday, 11 February and six on Monday, 12 February. The order (and approximate start time) is:
Sunday, 11 February
- Império Serrano (21.15)
- São Clemente (22.00-22.30)
- Vila Isabel (23.25-23.45)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti (00.30-01.00)
- Grande Rio (01.35-02.15)
- Mangueira (02.40-03.30)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (03.45-04.45)
Monday, 12 February
- Unidos da Tijuca (21.15)
- Portela (22.00-22.30)
- União da Ilha (23.25-23.45)
- Salgueiro (00.30-01.00)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (01.35-02.15)
- Beija-Flor (02.40-03.30)
The titles and rough theme of each samba school for 2018 – and many are likely to be political in content – are:
Sunday, 11 February
- Império Serrano – O Império na Rota da China (A look at the silk route and the influences of China in Brazil)
- São Clemente – Academicamente Popular (A celebration of the centenary of Rio’s Escola de Belas Artes – School of Fine Arts)
- Vila Isabel – Corra, que o futuro vem aí!(Man’s discoveries and inventions and their impact on the environment and how we live)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti – Meu Deus, meu Deus, está extinta a escravidão? (The story of slavery in Brazil)
- Grande Rio – Vai para o trono ou não vai? (A celebration of the centenary of the birth of one of Brazil’s most popular entertainers and communicators, Chacrinha)
- Mangueira – Com dinheiro ou sem dinheiro, eu brinco (A comment on the importance of carnival to the people and city even in an economic crisis)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel – Namastê… A Estrela que habita em mim saúda a que existe em você (A look at the impact and influences of India on Brazil)
Monday, 12 February
- Unidos da Tijuca – Um coração urbano, Miguel, o arcanjo das artes, saúda o povo e pede passagem! (The school honours the popular actor, director and writer Miguel Falabella)
- Portela – De repente de lá pra cá e dirrepente de cá pra lá (Looks at immigrants across the ages and their search for peace and liberty)
- União da Ilha – Brasil bom de boca (A look at Brazil’s culinary delights)
- Salgueiro – Senhoras do Ventre do Mundo (The importance and power of black women)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense – Uma noite real no Museu Nacional (The theme is the 200 year history of the National Museum, once home to the Emperors)
- Beija-Flor – Monstro é aquele que não sabe amar. Os filhos abandonados da pátria que os pariu (Using the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Frankenstein” as the hook, the school looks at intolerance to those who are different)
Amaszonas Paraguay, a subsidiary of the Bolivian operator Amaszonas, has added two new Brazilian destinations to its route map this week, with the carrier launching flights to-and-from Asuncion (ASU) to Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) and Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP).
Fights linking Rio and Asuncion are flown three times weekly, while Sao Paulo is served four times weekly.
The one-hour flight between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is again the busiest airline route in the Americas, new research by Routesonline has found.
More than four million people travelled the 378 km between São Paulo Congonhas (CGH) and Rio de Janeiro’s Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) over the past 12 months, putting it comfortably at number one in the rankings.
With an average of 110 flights per day – or one every 13 minutes – the short hop connects São Paulo with Rio de Janeiro. The route is served by GOL Linhas Aereas, LATAM Airlines Brasil and Avianca Brasil, with the three airlines having a 42 percent, 40 percent and 18 percent capacity share of the market respectively. The average base fare for the journey is $93.
Routesonline’s research used OAG’s Schedules Analyser to identify the top 200 routes in North and South America by capacity from 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017. The routes were then ranked by passenger figures using data provided by Sabre Airline Solutions over the same time period.
The second busiest route in the Americas connects the capital of Mexico with the tourist hotspot of Cancún. Almost 3.7 million passengers travelled the 1,294 km between Mexico City Juarez (MEX) and Cancun (CUN), with the average cost of a ticket $72.
Guia Rio Show, the guide to Rio published by the city’s main daily newspaper, O Globo, has sent a team of reviewers out to visit over 200 of the city’s bars and restaurants to review them and to pick the and list the very best.
For the 15th edition of Guia Rio Show, eight of the 200 establishments were considered worthy of the judges’ maximum score. They are:
Fasano Al Mare (Seafood – Ipanema)
Gero (Italian – Ipanema)
Lasai (Contemporary Brazilian – Botafogo)
Mee (Pan-Asian – Copacabana – PHOTO)
Naga (Japanese – Barra)
Nosso Bar (Bistro – Ipanema)
Oro (Contemporary – Leblon)
Shiso (Japanese – Barra)
Veja, one of Brazil’s top weekly news magazines, has chosen its top restaurants and bars in Rio de Janeiro for 2017 from over 600 featured in the 22nd edition of the publication’s Comer & Beber (Eat & Drink) guide. Felipe Bronze of Oro in Leblon was elected “Chef of the Year”, the chef considered this year’s “revelation” was Nello Cassese of the Copacabana Palace’s Cipriani, while sommelier of the year was Jorge Nunes of Eleven Rio, located on the Lagoa. Laguiole in Flamengo got a special mention for its wine list.
Others to be chosen by the publication’s panel of judges include as “best in class”:
- Asian: Mee (Copacabana)
- Brazilian: Capim Santo (Barra)
- Cheap and Cheerful: L’Ulivo Cucina e Vini (Copacabana)
- Contemporary: Lasai (Botafogo)
- French: Le Bistrot du Cuisiner (Ipanema)
- Gastronomy: Eleven Rio (Lagoa)
- Italian: Fasano al Mare (Ipanema)
- Japanese: Naga (Barra)
- Meat: Giuseppe Grill (Centro / Leblon)
- Pizza: Braz (Jardim Botanico)
- Portuguese: Rancho Portugues (Ipanema)
- Vegetarian: Org Bistro (Barra)