Monday, February 11, 2013
Apparently, this phenomenon of "raining spiders" is normal and occurs mainly in the cities of São Paulo in Brazil.
Framingham residents had a blizzard over the weekend and it left a couple of feet of snow. In fact, a trained spotter with the National Weather Service says Framingham received 32.2 inches - one of the tops in New England for the Blizzard of 2013. (See measurements from Service attached.) Unhappy with the snow? It could be worse. In Brazil, it is raining spiders. Attached is a You Tube video from a filmed in Santo Antonio da Platina this month in Brazil. According to Gawker, a Brazilian news service, the footage was filmed by a 20-year-old web designer, Erick Reis, as he was coming home from a friend's engagement party earlier this month. The Brazilian news service interviewed a biologist who identified the spider species as the Anelosimus…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Governor Deval Patrick met with Antonio Anastasia, Governor of Minas Gerais, Brazil to foster economic and cultural ties between Massachusetts and Brazil – the sixth largest economy in the world.
Governor Deval Patrick today welcomed Governor of Minas Gerais, Brazil Antonio Anastasia for a meeting and conversation with delegation members of the 2011 Massachusetts Brazil Innovation Mission. The visit served as an opportunity to foster new and existing economic and cultural ties between Massachusetts and Brazil – the sixth largest economy in the world. Today’s event marks the second official visit from a Brazilian elected official since the 2011 Massachusetts Brazil Innovation Mission. In April, Governor Patrick welcomed President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff to the State House. The visit is part of an ongoing effort by the Patrick-Murray Administration to develop the Commonwealth’s economic relationship with Brazil. Framingham is home …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Although there is concerns about orange juice produced in Brazil, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency say imported orange juice is safe to drink.
Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday it was the company that alerted federal regulators about low levels of fungicide in its own orange juice and in competitors' juice this week, prompting increased government testing for the residue. The Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have said orange juice is safe to drink and the levels of the fungicide carbendazim found are below levels of concern. Carbendazim is not currently approved for use on citrus in the United States, but it is used to combat mold on orange trees in Brazil, which exports orange juice to the United States. On Wednesday, the FDA said it would temporarily halt all imports of foreign orange juice. The blockade was prompted by fears that some foreign …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Governor Deval Patrick is on a trade mission to Brazil this week; Framingham has one of the largest Brazilian population in New England.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Governor Deval PatrickTuesday joined members of the São Paulo Research Foundation to discuss job creation in the science and technology sectors and initiatives to cultivate industry partnerships and research collaborations between Massachusetts and Brazil in the innovation economy. “Massachusetts is a global leader in innovation and home to world-class academic and research institutions,” said Patrick. “Today we are exploring ways to expand job growth opportunities and scientific discovery in our common innovation industries.” Patrick met with Celso Lafer, President of FAPESP, who discussed Brazil’s efforts to create jobs in the innovation economy. Like Massachusetts, Brazil’s focus on innovation is driving job growth and catalyzing …
Friday, July 15, 2011
Consulate, embassy workers hired abroad, including in America, are fighting the lack of labor protections. A strike could mean delays in many services, including leaving and entering Brazil.
Services at the Brazilian Consultant in Boston are slow, and services could get worse if staff members go ahead with a threatened strike. Framingham hosts the largest Brazilian community in Massachusetts. Framingham's large Brazilian community is the reason the Brazilian consulate of Boston announced it would offer itinerary services in town starting in August. Staff protests and a threatened strike could affect that. Yesterday and today, July 15, consulate and embassy workers hired abroad started a new type of protest against working conditions. Called “Operation Turtle,” staff are wearing black and performing their duties slower than they normally would. “Staff of Brazilian diplomatic missions in the United States will begin a protest …