Latin America’s biggest economy, Brazil, is betting on vast offshore oil treasures to leapfrog ahead of the world’s top crude producers. But sometimes the obstacles seem too huge for the country to reach its ambitious targets. Meanwhile, the fuel-guzzling United States hopes that a friendly country like Brazil will help wean it off an unhealthy dependency on other, drama-prone oil suppliers. Will Brazil fit the bill?
According to a report in the Spanish newspaper, Sports, Jay-Z's new sports agency has set its sights beyond the traditional four major North American sports and is hoping to sign Brazilian soccer star Neymar and UFC champion Jon Jones (via Yahoo! Sports).
The Cuban doctors are expected to be sent to poor areas of Brazil's northeast and Amazon jungle regions, despite Brazilian medical associations expressing their opposition to Cuban-trained medical professionals.
This past weekend, the Sherpas for the group of 20 nations met for the third time in St. Petersburg to lay the ground work for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in September. Absent from any public disclosures of these meetings and the proposed fall agenda, so far, have been a newly revealed underbelly of disease and poverty in the G20 countries resulting from a group of chronic and debilitating infections known as the neglected tropical diseases or “NTDs.” NTDs are long-lasting and disabling parasitic and related infections that few people know about, such as leishmaniasis, elephantiasis, liver fluke, Chagas disease, and hookworm infection. They are the most common infections of poor people, rendering them too sick for work or productive activities and with the ability to reduce child intellect and future wage earning. The NTDs disproportionately affect girls and women.
The exhibition match will be between teams of some of soccer's biggest stars of the past and present — captained by Ronaldo and Bebeto — and will be watched by around 30,000 super fans, including President Dilma Rousseff and 21,000 workers involved in the renovations, as well as their relatives.