Sports Minister ensures that Arena das Dunas will not be a “White Elephant”

Mr Aldo Rebelo, Brazil´s Sports Minister, visited the stadium in Natal and is confident that the Arena das Dunas Football Stadium located  in Lagoa Nova District, will be delivered before December this year. The Sports Minister,  visited the Stadium Arena das Dunas on the morning of Monday 15th April, accompanied by the governor of Rio Grande do Norte, Rosalba Ciarlini.  Currently, the work at Arena das Dunas is over 61% concluded, 9% more than planned in the original schedule submitted to FIFA. Aldo Rebelo is confident that the Stadium will be delivered before December and therefore, before the delivery deadline which is December 31, 2013. Regarding the mobility work, the minister said he planned to talk with the governor and the Natal’s Mayor in search of possible solutions, but ensured that even those unfinished works should be continued after the World Cup. The Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, rejected the possibility that Arena das Dunas, as well as other stadiums built for the World Cup, could become a so-called "white elephants", ie large works useless after the event. "I do not share the view that part of the stadiums will become 'white elephants'. Brazil is going through a modernization process of our football. I believe we will have no 'white elephant' and the Arena das Dunas, with its ability to be not just as a football field but  a multi-purpose arena. Moreover, it is up to the needs and challenges of the city and the state. " he said.  
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Sunday brought the new project “Costeira Viva” (Living Coast) to Natal

The project "Costeira Viva" from the State Department of Tourism had a new edition on Sunday 14th April in Natal. The project aims to encourage the population of  Natal  and tourists to make the Coastal Highway a place of recreation and tourist attraction, so they can enjoy the best of the natural and ecological potential that the site provides. According to the Secretary of State of Tourism, Renato Fernandes, "Costeira Viva", aims to make the Coastal Highway a meeting point between families and tourists visiting the city. "We want to transform the street into a place of leisure and fun with walking, jogging and other sports activities," he said.  From now on, the project will take place every Sunday, starting at 4pm until 8pm, from the Convention Centre to the Hotel Pestana Natal, in total 2.5 kilometers. The Convention Centre parking is available and people can use it for free.   In this first edition several actions were developed such as water distribution, blood pressure checking, educational workshop for children and cultural shows with artists.
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Recovery Work of Ponta Negra’s Promenade Begins this Month

The recovery work of Ponta Negra’s beach promenade will be begin on the 20th April. The project will be funded by the Ministry of National Integration, totaling 23.9 million reais and will be implemented in two stages: the first, starting on the 20th, includes the protection of the promenade for a distance of two kilometres. The end of this phase is scheduled for October this year. The second phase will begin soon after including the extension of the promenade itself. This renovation will give the assurance that more landslides will not be repeated on the promenade of Ponta Negra,as it was revealed that such projects have been executed on the beaches of Olinda and Paulista already and the results are fulfilling the expectations.
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Natal’s Real Estate Fair starts this year with higher offer

On Wednesday, March 13th begins the 12th Real Estate Fair in Rio Grande Norte. The event, which runs until next Sunday (17th) at the Convention Center on Natal’s Coastal Highway, will offer 25,000 housing units - 25% more than in 2012. The purpose of the event, according to organizers, is to leverage industry sales in the state and generate at least R$500 million in business during the fair. This year the fair will have a smaller share of Minha Casa, Minha Vida, this is, according Ocimar Damasio, organizer of the fair, a reflection of the increased participation of properties of medium and high standard, with a value exceeding R$ 180,000. However according to Larissa Dantas, vice president of the Construction Industry Union of RN(Sinduscon / RN), this decrease at the event does not mean that the housing program has lost steam. It remains strong and far from saturation, analyzes Larissa. Despite the drop in participation, Ocimar ensures that those looking for a property in the program will find framed units for up to R$70,000 and still be able to rely on grants of R$17,000 from the federal government. At the show there are plots, houses, apartments for sale ranging in price from R$70 thousand to R$5 million. "Our intention is to serve all audiences," explains Ocimar. All developments will be financed by Caixa Economica Federal. "The visitor can now leave the event with the key already in his hand. Just look for the desired option and then seek the Caixa Economica Federal to settle the financing. Therefore, we instruct all visitors to bring their documents to facilitate the process already at the venue, "said Ocimar. Forty thousand people are expected during the five days of the fair, the event received 30,000 people last year. "But given the record in funding last year and the large number of launches, we believe our audience should reach 40,000 visitors for five days," calculates Ocimar Damasio, the organizer.
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Immigration increases by 339% in RN

The number of foreigners who managed authorization to invest or work in Natal and Rio Grande do Norte grew 339% in the last four years. In 2009, the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MET) recorded the entry of 189 foreigners in the state. Last year that number jumped to 831. At the top of the list are Mexicans and Americans  but there is also room for Europeans and Asians,  Spanish, Italians and Chinese are included in the ranking. The search for a better quality of life and the escape from the economic crisis are some factors that explain the demand for the land of the "Potiguar" in order to invest or live. The total foreign investment by individuals also had an increase during this four years in Natal and Rio Grande do Norte. The data shows that from 2009 to 2011, the amounts invested were below R$ 30 million (in 2009, R$ 29,083,900.18, and in 2011, R$ 27,005,760.54). Last year in 2012, however, the amount recorded R$ 43,524,409.51.   The international crisis that hit the eurozone was crucial for this record of this movement in Natal for those looking for better days.  
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Jobs in Small Businesses Grow 129%

Small or micro businesses - those who bill up to a maximum of 3.6 million R$ per year - were responsible for generating 106,800 jobs with a formal contract in the state of Rio Grande do Norte between 2000 and 2011. The number of jobs increased from 82,800 to 189,600 in this period, representing a growth of approximately 129%. The segment recorded in the state an average annual growth of around 7.8% per year, the second largest in Brazil's North East Region, only behind the state of Maranhão, where the growth rate was 8.5% per year. 
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Carlos Eduardo – Natal’s Mayor

The elected mayor of Natal, Carlos Eduardo, 53 and his deputy mayor Wilma Faria, 67, took office for the next four years on Tuesday the 1st of January. The ceremony of handing over the key to the city was held at the Teatro Alberto Maranhão in the historical Ribeira district.  "I am prepared to make our Natal a national reference in public administration. This is my most daring," he said during his inauguration speech. The mayor was born in Rio de Janeiro on the 5th of June in 1959. Carlos Eduardo is the son of the politician and journalist, Agnelo Alves. Since the age of two, he lives in Natal. He graduated in Law from the Catholic University Santa Ursula in Rio de Janeiro and newly formed, he soon began his political activity. He returned to Natal and was elected state deputy in 1986. In 2000 he was elected as Natal’s vice mayor and in 2002 he had assumed command of the Municipal Executive Carlos Eduardo was reelected in 2004 and last October he was elected in the second round as mayor once again. Therefore, Carlos Eduardo is assuming Natal for the third time. Among his main campaign points, Carlos Eduardo wants the recovery of the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, with investments in health, education and public transport. The new mayor’s fist jobs were the cleaning of the city and the street recovery. He also promised to make an effort to start the mobility works for the World Cup 2014. In relation to crisis management, Carlos Eduardo said: "We will face the crisis with a competent team and seek alternatives for solving all problems, particularly in the education and health areas." Wilma de Faria, the deputy mayor, said that from now on she will defend the interests of the population, "I'm not nervous with the mission to rule Natal, since it was here that I learned to govern."
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Rain Brings Hope for the Winter Farmers

Farmers are relieved with the rain that fell in 106 cities in the state of Rio Grande do Norte this last weekend. Their hopes for a rainy winter, different from the registered winter in 2012, are renewed. Also the meteorologist makes the forecast for a rainy winter and according to him the time is ripe to start planting. Based on this new scenario, the Ministry of Agriculture, distributed 450 tons of corn, beans and sorghum seeds to 42,000 farmers across the state.
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2013 Carnival in Natal

In Ponta Negra the Carnival takes the first people to the streets The Carnival began in Ponta Negra on Saturday, February 9th, with the groups Poetas, Carecas, Bruxas e Lobisomens“ (Poets, Bald Heads, Witches and Werewolves). This festival is a mix of dressed up families, children, adults and the elderly coming together to enjoy the traditional Carnival marches and frevo.  South of the City, the virgins are presented at Pirangi Beach On Monday, February 11th, the Carnival was marked by the joy and irreverence of the group "As Virgens" (The Virgins) in Pirangi. During this day, Forró bands play and the men dress up as women. Among the revellers  the mood was joking and fun. The girlfriends, sisters and friends also joined the revelry and, unlike the boys, wore men's clothing. "Today it’s the opposite: he came shining and I dressed as a man," said Soares Glícia a student. North of the City, the group Os Cão (The Dog) animates Redinha Beach Movement in the mangroves of the Redinha Beach, began early on Tuesday, 12th of February. Around 8:30am, a group of people already started preparing for the traditional and irreverent parade group "Os Cão". Gradually, the movement was getting bigger and at 11am, a group of more than 10,000 people were gathering together to get muddy and to have lots of fun. This is already the 49th edition of this group in which everyone can participate. It only takes a mud bath to stamp the passport and board the crowd.  This group exists for 28 years and is the most famous parade of the beaches in the southern coast of the state. The creator of the project, Raimundo Antunes, 63, said that year by year, he sees the renewal of revellers  "Every year is a new joy, audiences come to play and have fun. It's always a party," he said.
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Natal to get Rio Grande do Norte´s Technology Park

Rio Grande do Norte will have its first Technology Park to gather in on space, companies, universities, research institutions and government agencies. The idea is to expand the access for education enterprises and institutions and research in science and technology, which, according to the state government, will contribute to the state’s innovation and economic growth. The site will be installed in the metropolitan area of ​​Natal. The funds for construction of the park have been secured and will be funded by the State Government together with the World Bank. By the end of March, the Department of Economic Development will open the bidding process to hire a company - under consultancy - for drafting the technical feasibility, economic and financial.
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