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Cranking Up The Engine On Brazilian Tourism, From Five Stars To Two

Brazil is expecting huge crowds when it hosts the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. In fact the country’s tourism industry is already heating up – especially in Rio, home to the soon-to-be refurbished Gloria Hotel, and more and more economic alternat

Cearà, Brazil (Roberto Facenda)
Cearà, Brazil (Roberto Facenda)
Rosendo González and Juan Pablo Rioseco

Eike Batista recently shelled out $50 million for the legendary but crestfallen Gloria Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, the Brazilian tycoon took out a $91-million loan to give the grand old Gloria a much needed makeover.

Why? Because the oil and mining magnate, who is already worth an estimated $30 billion, sees a chance to make even more money – by investing in tourism.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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