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Book: Lajes: Decontamination of Terceira island soils must be a top priority Education: Portuguese language qualifies for college placement and credit Book: Scholarships: Portugal Summer Study Program

Book: ‘The Midwife of Torment & Other Stories’ by Paulo da Costa – Editor’s Note

The Midwife of Torment & Other Stories is a collection of sudden fiction that compresses its narrative to deliver a variety of stories that alternate the flavor of a philosophical reflection with the whimsical enchantment of a fable with a twist. These stories also often dwell on the strange–and the horror–found in our mundane lives. […]

Lajes: Decontamination of Terceira island soils must be a top priority – Azores

The President of the Government of the Azores, Vasco Cordeiro,  is concerned that the decontamination of soils on Terceira island, resulting from the US  presence in Lajes Air Base, is not being addressed as a “top priority” by the Portugal/USA Permanent Bilateral Commission. In a prepared statement, President Cordeiro stated that, “[T]he position taken by […]

Education: Portuguese language qualifies for college placement and credit – NEWL

Effective April 2017, college bound secondary education students in the United States will be able to earn college placement and college credits for Portuguese as a foreign language’. To qualify, students will take the National Examinations in World Languages (NEWL), a test developed by the American Councils for International Education and recognized by the Advanced […]

Book: ‘The Lusophone World’ by Sarah Ashby – Editor’s Note

Portugal’s European Union honeymoon has officially ended. It was the victim of a Europe-wide political and financial crisis and an unstable EU identity increasingly splintered along regional and economic fractures. What does this mean for the former ‘‘good student’’ of European democracy? The answer may lie in renewed Portuguese efforts to deepen and strengthen ties […]

Scholarships: Portugal Summer Study Program – UMass, Lowell

The Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture and Research, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, has announced a 2017 summer abroad program in Lisbon, Portugal. Financial aid and/or scholarships are available for eligible students. Students can choose Option 1 (4 week program) departing the US on June 3 and returning June 30, 2017. Students who choose […]

Europe: Portuguese rank second with more emigrants leaving the country – Portugal

25 February 2017

Portugal ranks second after Malta among the European countries losing more population to emigration, the Lisbon-based Emigration Observatory [Observatório da Emigração] reported. According to the report, an average of 110,000 Portuguese/year have left the country between 2013 and 2015. It is estimated that currently 2.3 million (22%) Portuguese born nationals live abroad, a figure only […]

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Posted in Azores, Community, Featured, Heritage, Madeira, People, Portugal, World

Joe Perry: Aerosmith lead guitarist speaks of his Portuguese heritage – Exclusive

24 February 2017

Recently, Aerosmith’s lead guitarist Joe Perry was bestowed with the 2017 ‘Les Paul Award’ at the NAMM TEC Awards convention, one of the top music product trade shows in the world. Of Portuguese and Italian descent, Joe Perry is the consummate guitarist who is also a singer, song writer and lyricist. It is no wonder […]

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Posted in Arts&Culture, Community, Entertainment, Featured, Heritage, Madeira, Music, People, Portugal, World

Book: ‘Out of the Shadows’ by Neill Lochery – Editor’s Note

23 February 2017

‘Lisbon and Portugal’s best days are behind them’ is a common theme put forward by writers who focus their attention on the golden era of Portuguese discoveries, the Empire and the role of Lisbon as a major Atlantic power. Professor Lochery’s book demonstrates that Portugal is not suffering from such inevitable decline. Out of the […]

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Posted in Arts&Culture, Azores, Books, Featured, Heritage, Madeira, People, Politics, Portugal, World

Fado: Gisela João to debut at the Schimmel Center – New York, NY

19 February 2017

Portuguese new fado sensation, Gisela João, will make her New York City debut at the Schimmel Center, Pace University, on Saturday, February 25, at 7:30pm as part of the first NY Fado Festival. Her voice evokes fado as a music of the streets, where it began, infused with all the ardor, passion and honesty of […]

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Brexit: British expats’ angst rising alarmingly – By Len Port

17 February 2017

By Len Port, Contributor (*) With the triggering of article 50 and the start of the formal process of leaving the European Union just weeks away, feelings of insecurity are mounting across the EU, including among the 50,000 or more British expatriates in Portugal and four times that number of Portuguese nationals in the UK. […]

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Human Rights: Portuguese parliament condemns President Trump travel ban – Portugal

04 February 2017

Portuguese lawmakers have condemned President Trump’s migration policies which ban refugees from a select group of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States. In a new decree signed Friday of last week, President Trump suspended for 90 days the entry of refugees into US territory for travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria […]

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