• Fifa Report: 4:0 Germany vs. Portugal

    GermanyThe first hat-trick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup courtesy of Thomas Müller led Germany to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Portugal in their opening group game.

    Portugal led by two time world player of the year Cristiano Ronlado, were clearly outplayed and their chances of winning were compounded by a first half red card from Pepe.

    What happened to Portugal?

    Pepe is no stranger to red cards and moments of madness but even by his standards, picking up a first half red card in a world cup match against Germany is ridiculous. In an off-the-ball incident, in plain sight of the referee, Pepe swooped down to head-butt Germany’s Thomas Müller who had moments earlier gone down a little softly, clutching his face following a flailing arm from Pepe. Joey Barton who is no stranger to controversy on the pitch tweeted: (more…)

  • Apple prepared to open New iPad Factory in Brazil

    Apple prepared to open New iPad Factory in BrazilAccording to reports, Apple has opened an iPad factory in Brazil. There has been a ton of rumors and news on iPad 3 production; and the addition of TSMC, and the dispute for Foxconn to reign supreme as Apple’s lone supplier.

    This report focuses more on Apple’s reach with their tablet and how they will be able to fully supply the growing demand for their product in Brazil. Aloizio Mercadante who is Brazil’s Minister of Science and technology went on to confirm that the plant is set to start production on the iPad, and officially shipping in the country sometime in December of 2011.

    The new factory will likely start producing the Apple iPad 2 initially for December, but as a manufacturer they will likely be able to supply native consumers with the iPad 3 at some chose upon date in the future as well.  (more…)

  • Brazil Job Market Continues to Impress

    Brazil Job Market Continues to Impress

    Can Brazil’s record employment rate get any better? The Labor Ministry reported the creation of 280,799 last month. Beating the 209,425 posted last January. Before the numbers came out, the market was suggesting gains of 206,000.

    What do the numbers mean? Other than the fact that Brazil is still hiring like mad, it means demand is still there. And demand for goods and services means inflation, which is already 6%, its highest in around 8 years.

    Last week, the Labor Ministry reported that the country’s hiring frenzy is bringing in more workers from abroad. In 2010, Brazil companies hired 56,006 workers from other countries, up 30% from 2009.

    “The increase in these authorized workers since 2006 is because of increased foreign investments in Brazil,” says the Labor Minister’s General Coordinator for Immigrant Workers, Paulo Sergio Almeida. He cited hiring especially at industrial factories, and at oil and gas companies.

    In the industrial sector, the increase in workers is due to our own industrial park expansion, including modernization and implementation of new industrial segments. The acquisition of new equipment and technology from abroad demands that you bring in professionals specialized in supervising the building and execution of the most sensitive steps in the process of setting up this equipment in order for a decent transfer of technology to happen,” he says.

    Most of Brazil’s highest paid, high demand jobs are specialized.

    A quick look at where Brazil’s jobs will be in the next 10 years.  (more…)