I am closely following the story reported above, from the regional Tribuna media group of Santos. A local alderman was murdered in the seaside town of Guarujá. Political motivations are suspected.
I have a little running “adopt a corpse” feature on my Portuguese-language blog, based on the principle of “treat thy neighbor’s corpse as though it were your own.”
TV Globo SP budgeted 45 seconds of coverage to the assassination. Tribuna, 15 minutes.
Cuts in the Brazilian Treasury Ministry’s budget for the National Development Bank — BNDES — will begin with and to interest-rate subsidies on the bank’s loans to the private sector for equipment and machinery purchases. The cuts will take effect in the second quarter.
Relatório Reservado, the investment banking tip sheet, claims that
Two of Brazil’s largest cell phone manufacturers are about to butt heads. Samsung is arming itself to the teeth for a court battle over the tax-free empire conquered by Nokia in the Manaus Free Trade Zone more than a decade ago.
Samsung and Nokia appear to have a sort of «coopetive» relationship in Brazil, as they say at Harvard Business.
The Android-powered Galaxy S goes head to head against the iPhone here, but you also see some discreet joint sponsorship of youth marketing campaigns as well, coordinated through the Assocation for Youth Movements. GE Brasil is a co-sponsor of YouthActionNet projects in São Paulo.
Nokia, Semp Toshiba and Evadin were manufacturing about 580,000 handsets a month in Manaus, in Amazonas state, in January 2009 — down 61% year on year, they say, thanks to the financial crisis.
Samsung may be best known for its locally made TV sets. I have one. The wife has a Gradiente TV, which is also the make of our cheap cell phones.
Samsung’s extensive Wikipedia article in Portuguese is plagiarized directly from the company profile — which is a bummer because this is a general history and not a breakout of the company’s profile in-country here.
The Koreans are a growing presence, sending cultural missions and such like — much as the Dutch punctuated their trade propositions recently with sponsorship of the carnival celebration in Recife, once briefly under Dutch rule.
The governments of Brazil and the U.S. are negotiating a broadening of their deal for U.S. access to the rocket-launching base at Alcântara, in Maranhão. The package includes technology transfer over ten years.
Technology transfer makes the Brazilians happy, and has been a sticking point in its procurement of new jet fighters for the FAB — narrowed down to the French Rafale, the Swedish Griffen, and the good old F-16.