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2011-03-29 13:31:58

A new study funded by NASA has found that Amazon forests are losing their greenness due to last year's record-breaking drought. "The greenness levels of Amazonian vegetation -- a measure of its health -- decreased dramatically over an area more than three and one-half times the size of Texas and did not recover to normal levels, even after the drought ended in late October 2010," Liang Xu of Boston University and the study's lead author said in a statement. Researchers used computer models...

2011-03-22 17:25:00

SAO PAULO, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Former US President Bill Clinton, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and filmmaker James Cameron will all speak at the 2nd INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABILITY, which is scheduled to take place March 24 through 26 in Manaus, Brazil. The event is being produced by SEMINARS, a Brazilian company that plans business seminars, and promoted by LIDE (Brazil's Business Leaders' Group), which includes 750...

2010-10-14 07:01:00

LAKE FOREST, Calif. and MANAUS, Brazil, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world leader in hard drive shipments, today announced that the company will begin hard drive manufacturing operations in Brazil, positioning the company to more effectively meet customer demand in this rapidly growing market and adding a key element to WD's global supply chain infrastructure. To maintain the highest levels of quality and lowest cost, WD will be partnering with...

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2010-07-13 06:45:00

A single, huge, violent storm that swept across the whole Amazon forest in 2005 killed half a billion trees, a new study shows While storms have long been recognized as a cause of Amazon tree loss, this study is the first to produce an actual body count. And, the losses are much greater than previously suspected, the study's authors say. This suggests that storms may play a larger role in the dynamics of Amazon forests than previously recognized, they add. Previous research had attributed a...

2010-06-11 09:36:00

SAO PAULO, June 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL and BM&FBOVESPA: GOLL4), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, will begin flying to Saint Marteen (Netherlands Antilles) in the Caribbean as of June 12. These flights, initially under the charter system, will take place on Saturdays under the VARIG brand, although the Company has already applied for authorization from the authorities to operate regular flights. "The new...

2010-05-19 16:16:00

SAO PAULO, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Novelis do Brasil Ltda., a subsidiary of Novelis Inc., the worldwide leader in aluminum rolled products and can recycling, has signed a multi-year agreement with Rexam, a leading global beverage can producer and the domestic leader in Brazil, to supply aluminum sheet for can production. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070809/NOVELISLOGO ) Under this agreement, Novelis will be the sole supplier of can body sheet for Rexam's ten Brazilian...

2010-03-23 16:04:00

PHILADELPHIA, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK), a leading supplier of metal packaging products worldwide, today announced that its Brazilian subsidiary, Crown Embalagens S.A., plans to double the production capacity of its Estancia, Brazil beverage can plant as well as double the planned capacity at its beverage can plant currently being constructed in Ponta Grossa, Brazil. This investment is being made to meet the growing demand for beverage cans for...

2009-09-16 16:03:00

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown) (www.crowncork.com), today announced that its Brazilian subsidiary, CROWN Embalagens S.A., plans to build a new $60 million beverage can plant in Brazil. The new facility is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2011 and will have an initial annual capacity of 700 million cans. The new plant will be located in Southern Brazil to meet the growing demand of that region. CROWN Embalagens has...

2009-09-02 11:30:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Best-selling Kennedy biographer Laurence Leamer will share background and inside stories about America's most iconic political family. Leamer's comprehensive trilogy, The Kennedy Men, The Kennedy Women and Sons of Camelot, has been lauded by The Washington Post, among others. During complimentary interactive presentations aboard Crystal Symphony's 15-day December 5 cruise from Manaus to Buenos Aires, Leamer will discuss these and other notable...

2009-04-30 07:41:00

SAO PAULO, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (Bovespa: GOLL4 and NYSE: GOL), Brazil's low-cost airline, announces that it has received approval from Anac, the Brazilian civil aviation authority, to operate regular flights from Santos Dumont airport (Rio de Janeiro) to Belo Horizonte (Confins airport), Brasilia and Vitoria. Flights to Vitoria have begun with five daily frequencies, three of which operate Monday through Saturday, two other frequencies...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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