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May 14, 2010

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FIFA unveils official emblem of the 2014 Brazil World Cup

To me, the emblem has a non-professional appearance. CBF (the Brazilian Confederation) should have promoted a contest amongst designers and then select the best work. However, nobody knows who designed this emblem, and it was chosen by a set of seven people, none of them being particularly knowledgeable in design.  (Jul 10, 2010 | post #1)

Brazilian president to be awarded by UN for fighting hunger

The Zero Hunger programme was a failure; not even the Brazilian Government refers to the programme any more. This programme intended to distribute food coupons to the poorest families; the families then would be allowed to exchange coupons for food (and food only) in pre-authorized merchants (who would redeem the coupons against cash). Currently, the main social programme is Bolsa Familia (Family Dole), by which a small stipend (around R$ 100, or US$ 60, per child) is paid to the poor families, provided that the children attend school. While there are doubts whether such money can bring anyone out of misery (even more because children must only attend school, there is no obligation of being approved in educational exams), it seems that the money is putting some food on the table.  (May 14, 2010 | post #2)

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