Air traffic controllers suspend all flights for 6 hours in Brazil

Problems caused by a flawed system of air traffic control started in Brazil late last year, and have tormented travelers for the past few months with flight delays and cancelations on a regular basis. At 6:44pm yesterday, Brazilian traffic controllers went on strike in protest at their working conditions, and all flights were cancelled. Airport lobbies immediately became packed with travelers who were waiting to board. Air traffic controllers returned to work after reaching an agreement with the government shortly after midnight. The effects of last night's strike, however, are expected to last for the next 4 days. The strike also resulted in delays of all major international flights between South American countries and Europe.

In the past six months, pretty much every single flight I booked in Brazil was delayed, and a few were canceled at the very last minute. I hope last night's strike is going to force the government to finally take action to develop a better infrastructure for travelers. People have become so used to these issues that everyone I know books tickets with a two hour window for delays, which is insane when you think about it.

Soldati Sails...

Along with a selection of the hottest male models of the moment in the new issue of V Man.

Get a copy of the magazine asap in case you haven't yet. There is a large scan of the picture above with Evandro after the jump.

A Drag Queen's Dream Come True

The Beyoncé media takeover has been unleashed. Put your freakum dress on...

Behind The Scene At Vanity Fair With Rody

Models Leandro Ghidini, Saulo Melo, Rody Cezar, and Renato Rangel take a break at the shoot for the Latin American edition of Vanity Fair magazine over the weekend in Rio.

After playing in the pool, model Rody Cezar had to change from his board shorts into a swimsuit. The entire process is captured in exclusive pictures after the jump.

A Semana: Nightclubs, Airlines, Underwear, And The Future Of Dior

São Paulo's hot nightclub The Week will be opening its first franchise in the country by the end of May. Will it be in Floripa, Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Salvador or Rio? Club owner André Almada is keeping the new location a mistery for the time being.

Gol Airlines announced this week that it will acquire rival Varig in a deal valued at $320 million. The carriers will maintain separate financials, and operate under their own brands with independent executive teams. The airlines combined will carry more than 20 million passengers annually. FYI, Varig emerged from bankruptcy protection last July after being sold for just $24 million to a group of investors.

President Lula da Silva talks about Brazil's partnership with the US in developing biofuels.

Aussiebum finally released a Property Of Brasil wonderjock (and that is Brasil with an "S").

Still on the underwear topic, the hot soccer players are back on the new Dolce & Gabbana ads.

Requested by John Galliano himself, Brazilian model Viviane Orth is flying to Paris to shoot the fall Dior catalog.

Talking about Dior, Kris Van Assche is going to replace Hedi Slimane as creative director of Dior Homme, which sort of explains why Mr. Slimane seemed so relaxed working out at Chelsea Piers this week.

From Out To Vanity Fair: Saulo Melo

I first bumped into Saulo Melo back in January during the shows at Fashion Rio. Then I was happy to see him gracing the pages of Out magazine for their swimsuit extravaganza shot in Rio. This week I found out that he was booked for the upcoming and much talked about Latin edition of Vanity Fair magazine, photographed in Rio by Mr. Testino. AND here are some exclusive behind the scenes pictures from the shoot.

There are large pictures of Saulo Melo after the jump.

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