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Coursera Announces Top Online Learning Trends for Brazil in 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 novembre 2019

Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform, today announced 2019’s most popular courses for Brazilian and global learners. Brazil’s more than two million learners flocked to business and tech courses on Coursera from globally-ranked Brazilian universities like Universidade de São Paulo and Insper.“Online learning has the power to give anyone, anywhere the opportunity to learn new skills,” said Dil Sidhu, Chief Content Officer at Coursera. “Brazil is one of our top markets and their learners’ enthusiasm for business and tech courses illustrates a broader need for citizens to equip themselves with the necessary skills to remain competitive amid the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”Coursera currently has five Brazilian partners, while more than 30 organizations in the country use Coursera for Business to upskill their employees.

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Alessandra Almeida Joins Avalara as Managing Director of Brazil and Latin America

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 Maggio 2019

Avalara, Inc. (NYSE:AVLR), a leading provider of tax compliance automation for businesses of all sizes, today announced the appointment of Alessandra Almeida as managing director of Brazil and Latin America. Almeida, who will be based in Avalara’s São Paulo office, will oversee day-to-day operations in Brazil, working closely to align on strategy and goals for Avalara’s business in the region.With more than 30 years of experience across banking, technology, and services, Almeida has proven success leading sales and services operations and delivering against growth plans for multinational companies. She most recently served as the chief operating officer for the Americas at TMF Group, a European-based provider of high-value business services. She also spent more than 15 years with SAP in various roles where she was responsible for business and sales operations, growth strategy and customer relationship management.
“Brazil has one of the most complex indirect tax systems in the world, and Avalara offers a cloud-based tax solution for businesses of all sizes. I’m thrilled to join the Avalara team where I can leverage my experience to support the company’s ambitious vision and strategic growth initiatives,” said Almeida.Pascal Van Dooren, EVP, International at Avalara, commented, “Alessandra brings a sought-after combination of innovative leadership skills, a deep understanding of business operations, and a passion for working closely with partners and customers, which we expect will drive positive outcomes in what is a very important market for us. We’re excited to welcome her on board as managing director of Brazil.”
Avalara continues to invest in its team, its technology, and its expertise. Almeida’s appointment comes after the company’s February announcement that Steve Lomax joined Avalara to serve as managing director of EMEA.

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Comment on the next general election in Brazil

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 ottobre 2018

From Tim Jagger, Head of Emerging Market Debt, e Ilan Furman, Portfolio Manager, Global Emerging Markets Equities di Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Since former President’s Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment in December 2015, the Brazilian administration has been pushing measures aimed at stabilising Brazil’s fiscal path and turning around state-owned companies. However, the country experienced a deep recession in 2015 and 2016, with GDP contracting by 3.5% each year. Since then the Government’s reform agenda, coupled with a recovery in commodity prices (such as iron and oil) have helped Brazil’s recovery as evident in GDP growth resumption coupled with low inflation and low interest rates.
Brazil’s general election starts this weekend with the first round of voting taking place on 7 October. The outcome is particularly hard to predict given the country’s very polarised political landscape. The current administration, PSDB, led by Geraldo Alkmin, has little public support, even though it brought about positive reform for the country and the politician with the most support, Lula, has been ruled out of the process by the courts as he is current serving time in jail.The Brazilian election process takes place in two rounds and two main candidates have emergedFernando Haddad, the former mayor of Sao Paulo, is supported by the popular Lula and represents the worker’s party (PT) Jair Bolsonaro, often referred to as the Brazilian Donald Trump, is a relatively controversial figure in Brazil due to some of his far right views. However, he is the favoured candidate by the markets, due to his choice of economics team, led by Pulo Guedes, a Chicago trained economist and a successful entrepreneur in Brazil’s financial markets. We expect there to be no winner during the first round of elections on 7 October, with Jair Bolsonaro likely to face Fernando Haddad in the second round on 28 October. However, there is no clear leader between them in the polls.While the election uncertainty is high, the country’s macroeconomics and corporate sector are in good shape, especially when compared to two or three years ago. Brazil’s corporate sector has many high-quality companies with strong balance sheets and strong market positioning. This has led to high structural profitability and attractive dividend yields.Several companies in Brazil are exposed to secular growth, where trends are driven by factors such as lower banking penetration and labour force formalisation. This is resulting in high growth in sectors such as asset management and insurance; and digitalization of the retail sector, reflected by high growth rates of digital payments companies. In our portfolios we continue to focus on high-quality names, using election volatility to our benefit. (by BC Communication)

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MEPs give green light to Europol-Brazil deal to fight crime and terrorism

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 aprile 2016

san paolo brasileA new cooperation agreement between the European Police Office (Europol) and Brazil to crack down on organised crime and terrorism was backed by Parliament on Tuesday. Europol says that Brazil is increasingly relevant in the fight against organised crime, including illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings. It also has an eye on the 2016 Olympic Games, which, like other major sports events, could create opportunities for increased criminal activity.”The agreement on strategic cooperation between Brazil and Europol will be of particular importance, particularly in the run-up to the 2016 Olympic Games, to support the fight against organised crime, including human trafficking and cybercrime”, said Civil Liberties Committee Chair and rapporteur on this file, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK).”This agreement will enable the exchange of specialist knowledge, information as well as advice and support related to criminal investigations, with full respect for fundamental rights to privacy and without involving the exchange of personal data”, he added.
Brazil is increasingly relevant in the fight against organised crime, such as facilitated illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings, drug-related crimes and credit card fraud, as well as other cybercrime-related activities, says Europol. It is also of particular interest in the area of counter-terrorism and asset recovery, it adds.The agreement, approved by 516 votes to 68 with 126 abstentions, provides for the exchange of information, which may include specialist knowledge, general situation reports, results of strategic analysis, information on criminal investigation procedures and crime-prevention methods, participation in training activities, and the provision of advice and support in individual criminal investigations. It does not provide for the exchange of personal data.
Now that Parliament has been consulted, the Council of Ministers can authorise Europol to formally conclude the agreement with Brazil, enabling it to enter into force. The UK, Ireland and Denmark are taking part in approving and applying the deal.
Under current rules, Parliament must be consulted before the Council establishes police cooperation agreements with third countries. However, in recently-concluded talks on new rules to govern Europol, Parliament’s negotiators insisted on inserting a review clause in all such agreements. This means that all existing international agreements between Europol and third countries must be assessed within five years of the new regulation’s entry into force, in order to check that they comply fully with data protection standards and meet EU standards on policing.Under the Lisbon Treaty, Parliament decides on an equal footing with Council on the rules governing Europol. Once the new Europol regulation enters into force, Parliament will be required to approve all new international police agreements.

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Brazil is Top Foreign Country Searching for South Florida Real Estate

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 dicembre 2015

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaMIAMI — Brazil continues to lead all global consumers searching online for South Florida real estate, according to new statistics from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI), America’s largest local Realtor group. The South American nation of 200 million residents finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, http://www.Miamire.com, in October 2015.Brazil has now ranked as the top foreign nation using http://www.Miamire.com in 16 of the last 17 months. The last time Brazil didn’t rank first was July 2015 when Colombia took top honors. The newly-released MIAMI statistics also showcase increased interest from India and the United Kingdom.“Like all international home buyers, Brazilians are at home in South Florida and love the world-class amenities, restaurants, shopping and security of investment,” said Christopher Zoller, a 27-year Miami-based Realtor and the 2015 Residential President of MIAMI.Brazilian home buyers purchase the third-most South Florida real estate among all foreign countries, according to the 2014 Survey of International Home Purchases conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) for MIAMI. Brazil registered 11 percent of all foreign South Florida deals last year. Venezuelan and Argentinian buyers finished first and second, respectively, at 16 and 12 percent.Brazilians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Brazilians spend the most on average on Miami-Dade and Broward properties among foreigners: $495,000 average sale price compared to $245,000 among all buyers in Florida.
Consumers from India and the United Kingdom increased their online interest in South Florida real estate in October 2015. India’s fifth-place finish was the country’s highest since it also ranked fifth in February 2015. India is the second-most populous country in the world with more than 1.2 billion residents. The United Kingdom registered its highest-finish since it took seventh in February 2015.
Nationally, Miami is one of the top markets for most of the highest ranking countries searching for property in the U.S. – including Brazil, Germany, and France.

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Brazil Leads All Global Consumers Searching for South Florida Real Estate

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 novembre 2015

san paolo brasileMIAMI — Brazil is once again the top foreign country searching online for South Florida real estate, according to new statistics from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI), America’s largest local Realtor group. The South American nation of 200 million residents finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, http://www.Miamire.com, in September 2015.Brazil has now ranked as the top foreign nation using http://www.Miamire.com in 15 of the last 16 months. The last time Brazil didn’t rank first was July 2015 when Colombia nabbed the top spot. The newly-released MIAMI statistics also showcase increased interest in South Florida real estate from countries such as Israel and Ecuador.“Miami is the most international city in the United States, a distinction that Brazilians and all international buyers love,” said Christopher Zoller, a 27-year Miami-based Realtor and the 2015 Residential President of MIAMI. “South Florida’s multiculturalism and increasingly diversified economy are attracting more home buyers from South America’s largest economy who want a safe, secure place to invest their hard-earned money.”
Brazilian home buyers purchase the third-most South Florida real estate among all foreign countries, according to the 2014 Survey of International Home Purchases conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) for MIAMI. Brazil registered 11 percent of all foreign South Florida deals last year. Venezuelan and Argentinian buyers finished first and second, respectively, at 16 and 12 percent.Brazilians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Brazilians spend the most on average on Miami-Dade and Broward properties among foreigners: $495,000 average sale price compared to $245,000 among all buyers in Florida.
Consumers from Israel and Ecuador increased their online interest in South Florida real estate in September 2015. Israel posted its highest-ever finish, checking in with the fourth-most online searches among global consumers in September. Israel, which had never finished in the top-10, has now ranked fourth and ninth, respectively, in the last two months. Ecuador, meanwhile, registered its second-most web searches for South Florida real estate. Ecuador ranked ninth among global consumers in September, nearly eclipsing its highest-finish of eighth in October 2014.

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Brazil Tops International Web Searches for South Florida Real Estate

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 ottobre 2015

lyndaMIAMI — Brazil leads all global consumers searching online for South Florida real estate, according to new statistics from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI), America’s largest local Realtor group. The South American nation of 200 million residents finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, http://www.Miamire.com, in August 2015.
Brazil, which placed second to Colombia in July 2015 searches, has now ranked as the top foreign nation using http://www.Miamire.com in 14 of the last 15 months. The newly-released statistics also detail rising interest in South Florida properties from countries such as Spain and Israel.
“Miami’s world-class shopping venues, restaurants, and beaches have a unique appeal to not only Brazilian home buyers, but all consumers,” said Christopher Zoller, a 27-year Miami-based Realtor and the 2015 Residential President of MIAMI. “South Florida is known around the world for its multiculturalism and global business center, and this month’s Website statistics display the strong international interest in local real estate.”
Brazilian home buyers purchase the third-most South Florida real estate among all foreign countries, according to the 2014 Survey of International Home Purchases conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) for MIAMI. Brazil registered 11 percent of all foreign South Florida deals last year. Venezuelan and Argentinian buyers finished first and second, respectively, at 16 and 12 percent.Brazilians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Brazilians spend the most on average on Miami-Dade and Broward properties among foreigners: $495,000 average sale price compared to $245,000 among all buyers in Florida. Consumers from Spain and Israel increased their online interest in South Florida real estate in August 2015. Spain tied its highest-ever finish by finishing with the eighth-most web searches on Miamire.com among foreign countries. Israel recorded its first appearance in the top-10, checking in with the ninth-most online searches among global consumers. (Photo lynda)

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Brazil Tops All Global Consumers Searching South Florida Real Estate in June

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 agosto 2015

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Brazil, a nation of 200 million residents, has been the top foreign country searching Miamire.com in 16 of the last 19 months. The last time Brazilian consumers didn’t finish with the most web hits was May 2014 when Colombia took first. In June 2015, Colombia finished with the second-most visits followed by Canada, Venezuela, Russia and Ukraine. Russia’s ranking was its highest finish since it took third in Jan. 2015, and Ukraine had never finished in the top-10.
“Brazil perennially ranks among the top international markets purchasing Miami real estate,” said Christopher Zoller, a 27-year Miami-based Realtor and the 2015 Residential President of MIAMI. “Brazilians not only love Miami’s shopping, restaurants, and beaches, but they love Miami’s diversity and are totally at home here. Miami, which has thousands of Brazilians living here, is America’s most international city with 51 percent of residents born in foreign countries.” In 2014, Brazilians registered 11 percent of all South Florida international real estate deals, according to a report conducted by the National Association of Realtors for MIAMI. Brazil had the third-most property transactions in Miami and Broward Counties among all global consumers last year, trailing only Venezuela (16 percent) and Argentina (12 percent).Brazilians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Brazilians spend the most on South Florida properties among foreign consumers, paying an average of $495,000. On average, Miami’s international buyers paid $444,000 per purchase, compared to $245,000 statewide.The top-four countries searching Miamire.com —Brazil, Colombia, Canada, and Venezuela — remained unchanged from May 2015. June, however, saw growing interest from Russia and Ukraine. Russia, which finished with the seventh-most searches in May, rose to No. 5. Ukraine, an eastern European country bordering Russia, had never finished among the top-10 searches on Miamire.com.

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Brazil Continues to Lead All Global Consumers Searching S. FL Real Estate

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 luglio 2015

miamiMIAMI – South America’s largest nation continues to be the top foreign country searching for South Florida real estate on the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) website, according to new statistics from the nation’s largest local Realtor group. For the 12th consecutive month, Brazil led all global consumers using MIAMI’s search portal, Miamire.com, in May 2015.Brazil has been the top foreign country searching for Miami properties in 15 of the last 18 months. The last time Brazil didn’t finish with the most web hits on Miamire.com was May 2014 when Colombia took first. Colombia finished with the second-most traffic on Miamire.com in May 2015 for the fifth consecutive month. Canada and Venezuela ranked third and fourth, respectively.An international city with world-class amenities, Miami has long been a top place for foreign real estate investment. Overseas buyers view South Florida as a secure place to invest. While Miami residential prices have risen in recent years, the region is still considered inexpensive relative to other world-class cities. A 120-square meter condo in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach costs $149,900 on average, according to the National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of Home Buying Activity of International Clients. The average price for the same condo in London ($960,840), Hong Kong ($776,280), and New York ($1.6 million) cost at least five times more.In 2014, Brazilians registered 11 percent of all South Florida international real estate deals, according to a report conducted by the National Association of Realtors for MIAMI. Brazil had the third-most property transactions in Miami and Broward Counties among all global consumers last year, trailing only Venezuela (16 percent) and Argentina (12 percent).Brazilians moving to South Florida are often upper-middle-class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in their homeland as professionals and entrepreneurs. Brazilians spend the most on South Florida properties among foreign consumers, paying an average of $495,000. On average, Miami’s international buyers paid $444,000 per purchase, compared to $245,000 statewide.
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 95 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of five organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, the YPN Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents more than 36,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S., and has official partnerships with more than 125 international organizations worldwide.

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Visits to MIAMI Properties Soar in September

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 ottobre 2013

Brickell Skyline from the Miami River

Brickell Skyline from the Miami River (Photo credit: Exploratus)

Venezuela Tops Lists of Countries Searching Miami Properties Miami, FL – There were 114,338 visits to the MIAMI website, Miamire.com, in September 2013, an increase of 47% compared to the prior year, according to the 30,000-member MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI). In addition, there were 9,557 additional unique visitors, totaling 43,016 people, searching for properties and information about the South Florida real estate market, an increase of 29%.Venezuela topped the list of countries that conducted searches on the MIAMI site in September. This is consistent with recent reports of political instability in the Latin American nation and a significant interest in the Miami real estate market. Accordingly, Venezuela was sixth in the list of nations that visited the MIAMI site during the same period last year. Following Venezuela were Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Lithuania, France, Italy, Spain and the Philippines, eight of which also made the top ten list last year.“The double-digit growth in both the visits and visitors to our website is a sign of a strong interest in Miami’s booming real estate market,” MIAMI Chairman of the Board Natascha Tello said. “It’s very impressive that Miami continues to be the premier real estate destination for international buyers from Venezuela to as far as Lithuania and the Philippines.”Top Ten Countries visiting Miamire.com in September:2013: 1) Venezuela 2) Canada 3) Colombia 4) Brazil 5) Argentina 6) Lithuania 7) France8) Italy 9) Spain 10) Phillipines
2012: 1) Brazil 2) Canada 3) Colombia 4) Argentina 5) France 6) Venezuela 7) Spain 8) United Kingdom 9) Italy 10) Russia
“Miami continues to attract consumers from around the world including countries such as Lithuania and the Philippines that may not have been strong markets for South Florida in the past,” said 2013 MIAMI Association of REALTORS Residential President Fernando I. Martinez. “Miami is a global city that benefits by attracting buyers and investors throughout the country and the world, fueling its vibrant real estate market.”

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Brazil Reclaims Top Spot for Foreign Consumers Searching Miami Properties

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 settembre 2013

Miami, FL – In August, Brazil moved back into the top spot for consumers searching Miami properties on Miamire.com, according to the 30,000-member MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI).Brazil topped the list of countries—second only to the U.S.—that conducted searches on the MIAMI website (www.miamire.com) in June. Despite the weakening of the Brazilian currency in recent months, Brazil remains a top market for Miami real estate. Following Brazil were Argentina, Colombia, and Venezuela. Rounding out the top 10 were Russia, Malaysia, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
MIAMI is the ambassador association for the National Association of Realtors to SECOVI-SP in Brazil and has conducted extensive outreach to Brazilian agents and buyers since 1996. MIAMI has more than 100 partnerships with real estate associations worldwide, including FENACI, COFECI, and the Balneario Camboriu Association (ACIBC) also in Brazil. MIAMI also shares listings with Brazilian associations through its landmark International Data Exchange, which further promotes MIAMI members and the South Florida market. In August, Balneario Camboriu signed an agreement to share listings with MIAMI, further boosting exposure for Miami properties in Brazil. Miami also promotes the Miami real estate market at international events, including Salon de l’Immobilier in Paris, SIMA in Madrid, and in the upcoming Jornada Internacional Inmobiliaria in Argentina.“Brazil remains a very strong market for Miami real estate, as reflected by our property search and closed sales statistics,” MIAMI Chairman of the Board Natascha Tello said. “It’s very rewarding to see the success of our international outreach with markets like Argentina, Brazil, France, Russia and Spain. It’s also exciting to see new markets we’ve been targeting, such as Germany and India, cement their interest in the Miami market.”

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Marcopolo Revolutionizes Bus Driving and Travel Experience With Ixonos IVI Connect Infotainment Solution

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 aprile 2013

Helsinki, Finland and Caxias Do Sul, Brazil, PRNewswire Ixonos has signed a contract to deliver the user experience design and software for Marcopolo’s next generation infotainment solution for its future luxury coaches. The infotainment system utilizes Ixonos IVI Connect solution, which integrates in-vehicle infotainment systems with mobile devices and cloud. Ixonos also designs the human-machine-interface (HMI) and user experience for both driver and the passengers. The system will be implemented in mass production by Marcopolo in due time.
Ixonos is a creative mobile solutions company. We develop wireless technologies, software and solutions for connected devices and mobile services. Together with our corporate customers, we design products and services that let consumers enjoy inspiring mobile experiences. We enhance the competitiveness of our customer companies by enabling superior user experiences as well as faster time-to-market for their devices and services. We have offices in Finland, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Slovakia, South Korea and the U.S. Ixonos Plc is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. In 2011, the company’s turnover was 81.4 million euros and its operating profit was 1.9 million euros.
Marcopolo is a leader in the Brazilian market in the bus sector and is positioned among the biggest manufacturers in the world. It amplified production and commercialization operations and, today, it has an active presence in more than a hundred countries in five continents. Established in 1949 Marcopolo is today a global leader in bus body manufacturing with more than 18.000 employees globally.

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Greenpeace Goes Around The Bend

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 Maggio 2012

And now we’ve heard them all. Greenpeace claims that after two years of investigation they have found that “end users including major global car manufacturers – indirectly or directly source pig iron whose production is fueled by forest destruction and slave labour in their supply chain.” You hear that? Detroit is responsible for the destruction of the Amazon rain forest! The timing of this report’s release is also far too convenient, especially when figures released have revealed that “ U.S. manufacturing grew in April at the fastest pace in 10 months.” Thus, all Greenpeace is attempting to do is target a growth industry—it’s part of their playbook. But it’s curious that Greenpeace would make so much noise about the Amazon, when according figures published by the George Soros-backed Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), deforestation in Brazil has actually plummeted by some 70 percent. Rather than attempting to target America’s booming manufacturing sector, shouldn’t Greenpeace be out celebrating this noble achievement?

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New Forest Code Passes in Brazil

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 aprile 2012

Brazil’s Congress has passed the country’s new forest code, leaving a possible veto by President DIlma Rousseff as the only barrier to the law being implemented. The passing of the new law has drawn significant ire from environmental groups. The legislation was passed by a majority vote of 274-184. The Bill effectively updates the country’s 1965 forest code. The key point of contention for environmental campaigners was the loosening of restrictions on agricultural land with forest cover, and the ‘grandfathering’ of illegal land-clearing by farmers that had not undertaken remedial works. The CNA, Brazil’s leading farmers’ organisation has publicly commended the passing of the new law. “This new legislation will prevent new deforestation while at the same time recognising the importance of the agriculture sector for the Brazilian economy,” CNA official Ahasuerus Dock Veronez told the Financial Times. According to Veronez, a continually changing regime of laws and regulations has ‘criminalised’ farmers by retrospectively decreasing the amount of land they can use for farming. WWF has described the passing of the Bill as ‘embarrassing’, despite the development of farmland in the Brazilian Amazon making Brazil the second-largest global producer of soybeans and spurring economic development.Even though the passing of the law was transparent, democratic and legal, campaign groups such as Greenpeace and WWF have declared they will attempt to pressure President Rousseff into vetoing the Bill in the lead-up to the Rio+20 conference, which is to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June.

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Greenpeace’s Battleship Bombards Brazil

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 aprile 2012

Wonder where Greenpeace’s battleship ‘The Rainbow Warrior III’ is right now? Brazil apparently. Like a lost Battlestar Galactica, the Rainbow Warrior III is coasting without a cause up the Amazon in order to highlight various threats facing the rainforest, including “logging, cattle ranching, soya plantations and of co urse climate change.” The Greens are seeking to collect some “1.4 million signatures from Brazilians at home and abroad for a law to end Amazon destruction.” Unfortunately, as ever, facts are proving to be stubborn things for Greenpeace. According to figures published by the George Soros-backed Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), deforestation in Brazil has actually plummeted by some 70 percent. Rather than protesting against deforestation in Brazil, Greenpeace should be praising successive governments for implementing policy measures that both encourage economic growth and respect conservation projects. But this is all too familiar. Even when far-left groups are acknowledging the Brazilian government’s success in mitigating deforestation, Greenpeace still has to raise the alarm and warn of an impending crisis. This is because Greenpeace lives – and fundraises – off crises. If anything this proves that these kinds of fundamental decisions are best made by sovereign governments, not unaccountable – and fundamentalist – non-government organizations. Brazilians must finally take a stand against Greenpeace and warn them that their economic well-being will not be sacrificed so that radical environmentalists can raise money and subject more people in the developing world to abject economic misery. We clearly have two competing visions in Brazil. Only one guarantees the sustainability and economic prosperity that Brazilians have become used to.(by Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity)
The Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity educates, empowers and mobilizes people to stand up against Green injustice. As an action-oriented alliance of advocacy groups that promotes economic growth and pro-consumer policies around the world, the Consumers Alliance works to counter the costly collaboration between environmentalists, the corporate sector, trade unions and others.

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