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2009-04-17 15:27:00

SAO PAULO, April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TAM's (NYSE: TAM; Bovespa: TAMM4) cargo unit, TAM Cargo, and TAP Cargo signed a contract today during Intermodal South America 2009 that expands the range of destinations served by both companies' cargo operations. TAM Cargo will serve 15 new locations in Europe and Africa. TAP Cargo will in turn be able to deliver cargo to 15 additional destinations throughout Brazil and the rest of South America. (Logo:...

2008-10-04 00:00:11

FAMILY TRAVEL Q My husband and I are planning a family holiday to Brazil over the Christmas holidays and are keen to visit the Amazon at some point during the trip. We have wildlife-obsessed twin sons (aged 14) and would like to stay at a lodge that is suitably family-friendly but which will also give us a reasonably "authentic" experience. Any ideas? M Harper, via email A You're right to be choosy. In some instances, tourism to the Amazon region has helped to protect the environment...

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2008-09-12 09:05:00

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Wednesday announced a 350-million-real ($196.6 million U.S. dollar) project for getting better cartographic knowledge of the Amazon. The president made the announcement at the Fourth International Fair of the Amazon, an exhibition promoting the products and technologies in the region in the Amazon city of Manaos. The so-called Cartographic Project of the Amazon intends to update the terrestrial, geological and nautical maps of the Amazon region....

2008-08-28 09:00:55

Delta Air Lines has announced that it will launch a non-stop service between the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, US, and the Eduardo Gomez International Airport in Manaus, Brazil, beginning on December 19, 2008. The airline has also announced that it will start new service between Atlanta and the Fortaleza International Airport via the Guararapes International Airport in Recife, Brazil, on December 21, 2008. This new service increases the number of weekly...

2008-08-27 12:00:00

ATLANTA, Aug. 27, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced it will offer two new direct flights between the United States and Brazil, offering convenient access for customers traveling to the Amazon region and to two of the most popular beach destinations in the Brazilian Northeast. Beginning Dec. 19, 2008, Delta will offer nonstop service between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Eduardo Gomez International Airport in Manaus. On Dec. 22,...

2007-06-06 18:00:24

By TALES AZZONI SAO PAULO, Brazil - The theft of a rare Amazon monkey from a Brazilian zoo could harm biologists' efforts to repopulate the endangered species, zoo officials said Wednesday. Workers arriving at the zoo Tuesday morning noticed the male pied tamarin was missing, and found a wrench and a coat left behind in its cage. "This is a significant loss," said Luiz Antonio da Silva Pires, director of the city zoo in Bauru, 220 miles northwest of Sao Paulo. "The monkey was likely one...

2005-10-31 10:23:33

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Italian screen legend Claudia Cardinale, French director Roman Polanski and Spanish star Victoria Abril are due to be special guests at a film festival in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, Brazil, next weekend, organizers said. It will the second year the World Adventure Film Festival -- "dedicated to the human spirit of adventure" -- has been staged. It features a competition of eight international films based on adventure, another eight ethnic and...

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2005-10-13 08:33:26

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Authorities on Wednesday began a massive relief effort to help thousands of families along the Amazon River hurt by a serious drought that has made river travel to many jungle areas nearly impossible, officials said. The water level of the Amazon - the world's biggest river by volume - has dropped by several feet because of a monthslong drought, officials said. Most of the water course is navigable but some key tributaries have nearly dried up, halting travel and harming...

2005-10-10 11:04:22

By Terry Wade MANAQUIRI, Brazil (Reuters) - The worst drought in more than 40 years is damaging the world's biggest rainforest, plaguing the Amazon basin with wildfires, sickening river dwellers with tainted drinking water, and killing fish by the millions as streams dry up. "What's awful for us is that all these fish have died and when the water returns there will be barely any more," Donisvaldo Mendonca da Silva, a 33-year-old fisherman, said. Nearby, scores of piranhas shook in...

2005-10-04 14:40:00

COLUMBUS , Ohio -- As the Amazon River floods every year, a sizeable portion of South America sinks several inches because of the extra weight "“ and then rises again as the waters recede, a study has found. This annual rise and fall of earth's crust is the largest ever detected, and it may one day help scientists tally the total amount of water on Earth. "What would you do if you knew how much water was on the planet?" asked Douglas Alsdorf, assistant professor of geological...


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