Diposting oleh On 07.08

This Brazil Presidential Hopeful Has Votes But No Sidekick

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Source: Google News South Brazil | Netizen 24 Brazil

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Diposting oleh On 07.08

Brazil reports at least 744 infected with measles

July 18 at 5:02 PM

SAO PAULO â€" Brazil’s Health Ministry says at least 744 people have been infected with measles in a growing outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela.

The total includes 67 indigenous Venezuelans and Brazilians. The indigenous rights group Survival international has warned that the outbreak could devastate isolated tribal groups that have little resistance to such diseases and live on both sides of the Brazil-Venezuela border.

Four people have died, including one indigenous child.

The Health Ministry said Wednesday the majority of cases are in two Brazilian border states. All are linked to an outbreak in Venezuela, where health services have collapsed amid political turmoil.

Measles spreads through the air and is highly contagious. While there is no specific treatment, the vaccine is very effective. Brazil is ramping up vaccination effo rts.

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Diposting oleh On 12.42

Brazil M&A seen slowing in run-up to presidential election

Shutterstock photo Brazil M&A seen slowing in run-up to presidential election

SAO PAULO, July 18 (Reuters) - Bankers and lawyers expect the pipeline of big deals in Brazil to shrink in coming months as financial and strategic acquirers avoid taking risks due to market volatility during a presidential campaign and doubts about the economy's recovery.

The total value of deals in the first half of the year fell 26 percent from the same period in 2017, to $26.3 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Leading candidates have been vague about their economic proposals, raising concerns about whether the next government will carry on with economic reforms proposed by unpopular President Mich el Temer.

Excluding the largest deal of 2017 â€" the $21 billion conversion of shares of miner Vale SA into a single class of stock â€" M&A activity rose 84 percent in the period compared to a year earlier.

"Market volatility during most of the first half was not as high as it is now, so it did not have much impact on the level of activity," said Alessandro Zema, Morgan Stanley's head of investment banking in Brazil.

The largest transactions of 2018 so far have been driven by industry consolidation in search of cost savings, Zema added. He cited the acquisition of pulpmaker Fibria Celulose SA by rival Suzano Papel Celulose e Papel SA and the takeover of for-profit education company Somos Educação SA by rival Kroton Educacional SA .

Cross-border deals have also featured Brazilian companies expanding into neighboring countries to avoid harsher antitrust scrutiny at home, where antitrust watchdog Cade bloc ked recent deals in education and oil and gas.

Raízen Energia SA, a joint venture between Brazil'sCosan SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc acquired Shell's downstream operations in Argentina, including a network of gas stations and a refinery, for $1 billion.

The investment banking unit of Itaú Unibanco Holding SA was the most active by total value of deals, considering only Brazilian targets. Morgan Stanley, which advised the Raízen acquisition, led the ranking of deals with any Brazilian involvement.


Buyout firms have also moved to the sidelines this year, as volatility in currency markets lowered the odds of obtaining strong returns in dollars on new investments.

According to data by Brazilian capital markets industry association Anbima, the percentage of deals in which buyout firms participated in the first quarter was around 3 percent, well below the 15 percent of the total d eals last year.

"It's much harder to predict investment returns when the exchange rate is so volatile," said Itaú BBA's M&A managing director Eduardo Guimarães.

Mario Malta, a board member of the Brazilian private equity group AbvCap who represents buyout firms, said volatile markets are also curbing initial public offerings, which are the most common exit strategy for investment firms. As a result, some 28 billion reais ($7.3 billion) are tied up in these funds.

The only large deal announced last quarter by a private equity firm was Advent International's acquisition of the Brazilian unit of Walmart Inc . Although Advent did not pay Walmart, it committed to millions of dollars of investments in the stores.

Bankers expect other large deals, such as the acquisition of petrochemical producer Braskem SA by LyondellBasell Industries NV, to close this year.

"Some of the largest deals are progressing well, we see a larger effect of the volatility on global deal value next year," said Bruno Amaral, head of mergers and acquisitions at Banco BTG Pactual SA , which got the most mandates in the first half of the year.

($1 = 3.86 reais)

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Diposting oleh On 12.09

Who Is Alisson? Liverpool Make Brazilian Soccer Star the Most Expensive Goalkeeper Ever

Liverpool have broken the transfer record for a goalkeeper, after Roma accepted their $87.2 million offer for Alisson.

Last season’s Champions League runners-up have already made arrangements for a medical for the 25-year-old, who started each of Brazil’s five games at the World Cup and reportedly spoke to Reds manager Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday.

Chelsea were interested in the Brazilian but failed to submit an offer for the player, who has now become the most expensive goalkeeper in history, eclipsing the $52.1 million Manchester City paid Benfica for Ederson last summer.

GettyImages-993305552 Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson leaves his team's hotel in Kazan on July 7, 2018, a day after the five-time champions cra shed out of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament after a 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Belgium. The Brazilian has joined Liverpool in a $87 million deal.

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Liverpool initially had an $81.5 million offer rejected, but their second bid convinced Roma and the offerâ€"which includes add-ons and will be paid over two yearsâ€"was accepted.

The Brazilian becomes Liverpool’s fourth signing of the summer and would provide an immediate upgrade on Simon Mignol et and Loris Kariusâ€"whose two mistakes cost Liverpool the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Mayâ€"neither of whom has fully convinced Klopp.

Born in Novo Hamburgo, in Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, Alisson made his professional debut with Internacional in 2013, after spending four years in the youth ranks of the Port Alegre-based team.

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After winning the Campeonato Gauchoâ€"Rio Grande do Sul’s state championshipâ€"in each of the four seasons at the club and making a combined 56 appearances in Brazil’s national league and the Copa Libertadores, Alisson moved to Roma in an $8.7 million deal.

In his first season in the Eternal City, the Brazilian did not play a single league game as he spent the campaign as Wojciech Szczesny’s understudy. However, last summer the Poland international left for Juventus, opening the door of the first team to Alisson.

Given the chance to impress, the latter seized the opportunity admirably, emerging as one of Serie A’s best goalkeepers and his 80.1 percent save success rate was the best of any of his colleagues in Italy.

By comparison, only Manchester United’s David De Gea had a better success rate among Premier League goalkeepers, with 80.3 percent.

Alisson’s performances helped the Giallorossi to a third-place finish and to the Champions League semifinals, where they were eliminated by Liverpool.

Extremely agile and reactive despite his imposing frame, the goalkeeper was one of Brazil’s ever-present players at the World Cup and has now amassed 31 caps with the Selecao, since making his debut in October 2015 against Venezuela in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The new Liverpool man represented his country at Under 17 and Under 20 levels, winning the prestigious Toulon tournament with the latter group in 2013.

The Brazilian married his wife Natalia, a doctor he met while p laying for Internacional, and the couple have a young daughterâ€"Helena.

A fan of chimarrao teaâ€"a favorite drink of many South American soccer players in Europeâ€"and a good guitar player, Alisson has long been tipped to follow in the footsteps of fellow Brazilian goalkeepers Claudio Taffarel, Dida and Julio Cesar, who established themselves in Europe.

For now, Liverpool would be delighted if Alisson has the same impact as the last player they signed from Roma, Mohamed Salah.

Source: Google News South Brazil | Netizen 24 Brazil

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Diposting oleh On 06.29

Celebrity cosmetic surgeon Dr Bumbum vanishes after patient dies in Brazil

A Brazilian celebrity bottom-enhancement surgeon called Dr Bumbum has gone on the run following the death of a patient just hours after undergoing cosmetic surgery at his home in Rio de Janeiro.

Denis Furtado was considered capable of performing magic on women's bodies, in particular their bottoms, and became known throughout the country for his expertise.

The 45-year-old's Instagram account reflects his popularity with 650,000 followers.

But now he is wanted by police after Lilian Quezia Calixto died just hours after a bottom enlargement procedure allegedly carried out at his home in the swanky Barra de Tijuca neighborhood.

Calixto had travelled 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) from her home in Cuiaba to see the surgeon to the stars.

But following the alleged injection of controversial acrylic glass filler, Calixto started feeling ill.

Upon arriving at hospital on Sunday, she was suffering from a racing heart-beat and hypertension, and after four heart attacks she died.

Source: Google News South Brazil | Netizen 24 Brazil

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Diposting oleh On 19.45

Could Brazil's midfield deficiency be aided by changes to the domestic league?

7:20 PM ET

  • Tim Vickery, South America correspondent

Had Brazil won the World Cup, then the team's homecoming and victory parade would be competing for attention with the prompt resumption of domestic football.

There were cup games on Monday, little more than 24 hours after the final ball was kicked in Russia. And the league resumes on Wednesday, when the 13th round kicks off. The previous 12 were crammed in between mid-April and the eve of Russia 2018.

Brazil's football calendar is a permanent quest to fit three litres into a bottle designed to hold two, and the problem becomes especially acute in World Cup year, when the need to pause for a month brings extra complications.

The root cause is the federal nature of the country's football organisation. Brazil is divided into 27 states. Each state has a football federation. And, rat her than the clubs, it is these state federations that hold the balance of power inside the CBF, the national governing body.

For this reason, the clubs still spend several months of the year playing the now largely meaningless state championships -- one for each of the states. Once the highlight of the calendar, these tournaments now serve little purpose. They oblige the big clubs to play months of meaningless matches against insignificant opposition and they have a detrimental effect on the real main event, the national league, rendering it unable to reach its considerable potential.

Might the Brazilian national team perform better than it has in recent times if the domestic game had a more rational calendar?

The obvious counter-argument is one of relevance. Considering all the leading players are based in Europe, holds this view, it hardly matters any more what happens in Brazil.

This line of thought may be superficially attractive, but it runs into two pr oblems.

The first is that domestic Brazilian football has the potential to be in a much stronger financial position. A well-organised national league could attract much more global attention. Doing away with the meaningless games would be an incentive for more players to stay. It is hard to see how the top stars can be kept at home. But in different circumstances they could be encouraged to stay longer, with all the positive knock-on effects this entails in terms of the quality of play and the size of crowds.

The other point is that even if the players move abroad early, a key part of their development is still taking place at home. And there is reason to believe that it is happening under flawed circumstances.

This was the World Cup of the all-round midfielder, of the player with the talent, vision and engine to run the game from box to box -- in different styles, we can cite Paul Pogba, Luca Modric and Kevin De Bruyne as examples.

There is no Brazilian equi valent. An attempt was made to shoehorn Philippe Coutinho into the role. As befits a fine player, he enjoyed some superb World Cup moments. But the demands put too much of a strain on him. By the end of the campaign, he was no longer defending effectively nor attacking with consistent efficiency. This is hardly surprising; he was being asked to carry out a role that covered much more of the pitch than he does in his usual duties. And so the question becomes, why did Brazil feel a need to improvise? If Belgium can produce a De Bruyne and Croatia a Modric, then why have Brazil not been able to do something similar?

The answer, perhaps, lies in those domestic defects. The Brazilian game got itself trapped in a cul-de-sac. Midfields have been divided into those who defend and those who attack. This became the default position. And an over-cluttered calendar gives coaches very little time to train and work on something different.

And the coaches exist with very little job sec urity. All over the world, the coach is the fall guy, the convenient scapegoat when results are disappointing. In Brazil, poor organisation means that the coach has more to fall for. The natural temptation is to play it safe, to do what everyone else does. When Brazil have problems producing world-class all-round midfielders, when centre-forward remains a problem position, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that something is wrong, that things could -- and should -- be much better.

Source: Google News South Brazil | Netizen 24 Brazil