Natal Brazil

Information about the city of Natal, in Brazil.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Salaries of teachers in Natal will be raised.

Carlos Eduardo Alves, Mayor of Natal
Carlos Eduardo,
Mayor of Natal.

Good news for anyone who likes Natal.

The mayor Carlos Eduardo Alves announced today a raise in salaries of the teachers of the municipal schools, starting March of this year.
The raise will be of 23.74%. This is surprising, not only because inflation rate last year was around 3%, but also because the Government and the Union of teachers had already agreed on an increase of 17.81%.

If this raise is confirmed, the accumulated raise since January of 2001, when Mr. Alves took office as Mayor, will be of 93.1%, way above the inflation indexes, which stayed at around 55%. Besides, Mr. Alves declared that, among other actions to support education, his Government created a Career Plan to teachers, invested in new schools and started providing free uniform and learning material to students.

With this raise, the new minimum salary of a teacher, for a shift of 20 hours per week, will be R$ 842.90, or around US$ 400 (the minimum salary for general workers will be R$ 380, for a 40 hour shift); a teacher at the top of career will earn around R$ 2,000.00, also for a 20 hour shift.
The Mayor says that Natal will be the city in the Northeast of Brazil which pays the highest salaries to teachers.

Our congratulations to the Mayor Carlos Eduardo Alves.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Natal is behind Salvador and Fortaleza

The States of the Northeast of Brazil (the area of the coast with latitudes between the Equatorial Line and the Tropic of Capricorn) compete fiercely for tourists, both domestic and foreigner.

Infraero is a federal agency which controls most Brazilian airports (it is to Infraero that travelers pay the outrageously expensive Brazilian boarding tax); Infraero keeps statistics about the number and nationality of people who use the airports.

Infraero released statistics about international visitors in the airports of the Northeast in the period January-2006 to October-2006.
According to Infraero, the airport Luis Eduardo Magalhães, in Salvador had the highest number of foreign visitors, with 308.507 passengers; airport Pinto Martins, in Fortaleza, came second, with 218.491 passengers; airport Augusto Severo, in Natal, had 203.477 passengers; airport Gilberto Freire, in Recife, had 140.353 passengers; Maceió was next, with 21.024 passengers.