By Alice Taranto | 07/19/2010 - 15:53
While child abuse is already on the books as a crime, Brazil just made spanking illegal. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sent a bill to Congress last week banning domestic corporal punishment (or spanking). The bill says small-scale, quick punishments for misbehavior are seen as "cruel and degrading." Parents caught breaking the law will receive a warning and possibly psychological treatment.
By Yuliana Gomez | 06/30/2010 - 13:00
World Cup fever continues in the Latina offices!
By Grace Bastidas | 05/24/2010 - 11:00
Singer-songwriter Luísa Taubkin Maita was born in São Paulo, a gritty city that inspired many of the songs on her sultry debut album, Lero-Lero (out July 27; Cumbancha), which is influenced by everything from pop and jazz to samba and bossa nova. Raised in an ethnically mixed home—her dad is of Syrian Muslim roots and her mom is of European Jewish heritage—the 28-year-old singer has a soulful voice that I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot of in the coming months. I recently had a chance to get to know her and here’s what she had to say:
By Mariela Rosario | 05/20/2010 - 16:38
Beautiful people Camila Alves and Gisele Bundchen were recently snapped leaving a gym after working out together, which made us wonder: Are they new BFF's?
It's not that crazy of a question to ponder, the two ladies have so much in common. Let's break it down:
1. They're both brasileña.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/07/2010 - 16:45
By Mariela Rosario | 02/09/2010 - 13:54
Some people are up in arms about a recent report that the Viradouro samba school has selected seven-year-old Julia Lira to be their Queen for the huge annual Carnival parade in the Sambodromo. Julia's father, Marco Lira, is the owner of the samba school and her mother, Monica Lira, is a police official. Both parents think it is totally acceptable for their daughter to take on the role, even though it is normally reserved for women in their late teens and twenties.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/17/2009 - 15:17
David Goldman and his son are at the center of a very high-profile 5 year long custody battle that may finally be coming to an end. Yesterday, a Brazilian Federal Regional Tribunal court ruled unanimously that a the 16th Federal Court in Rio was correct in ordering Goldman's son, Sean, returned to his father in accordance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/07/2009 - 16:17
A band of Brazilian thieves managed to pilfer 10 million reais (almost six million dollars) on Sunday, while most of their countrymen were engrossed in a national final soccer championship. The gang used the finals of Brazil's premiere league to cover the brazen robbery.