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Appointed: Joana Pimenta director of the Film Study Center Going virtual: Portuguese American writers celebrating freedom Basta! Foreign waste and rubbish disposal banned Travel: TAP Air Portugal badly hit struggles to survive May 5th: World Portuguese Language Day celebrated by many countries
 

Appointed: Joana Pimenta director of the Film Study Center – Harvard University

Portuguese filmmaker, Joana Pimenta, has been appointed interim director of the Film Study Center at Harvard University, effective July 1, the institution announced. She will be acting director until the new permanent director is appointed, a position held since 2002 by Lucien Casting-Taylor, said the announcement. Joana Pimenta, who has been associated with Harvard University […]

Going virtual: Portuguese American writers celebrating freedom – UMass Dartmouth

In celebration of Frank Gaspar’s new book, The Poems of Renata Ferreira, the publication of the latest issue of No 32 Luso-American Literature and Culture Today and the 46th anniversary of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution, a ground-breaking global virtual literary reading was held on Saturday, April 25th, 2020.  Organized by Professor Christopher Larkosh and sponsored […]

Basta! Foreign waste and rubbish disposal banned – Portugal

By Len Port In contrast to enthusiastically encouraging conditions that attract the return of foreign holidaymakers, the Portuguese Government is banning the importation of all plastic waste and other rubbish. Portugal has been an attractive dumping ground for huge amounts of waste because of the low fees charged for disposals in landfill sites here. Waste […]

Travel: TAP Air Portugal badly hit struggles to survive – Portugal

Portugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa, and the Minister of Economy, Pedro Siza Vieira, have admitted the possibility of nationalizing TAP Air Portugal, the national flag carrier, badly hit by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “We cannot exclude the need to nationalize TAP or other companies that are absolutely essential for the country. We cannot […]

May 5th: World Portuguese Language Day celebrated by many countries – Portugal

The Lusophone world is celebrating May 5th as the international day of the Portuguese language and culture.  Previously celebrated as “Portuguese Language Day” for the first time May 5th is celebrated as the “World Portuguese Language Day” by UNESCO. The ceremony, which took place in Paris, France, was acknowledged in about five dozen countries. Portugal […]

Phone call: President Trump congratulates President Rebelo de Sousa – Portugal

01 May 2020

The President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, received a phone call this Friday, from President Donald Trump, praising the Portuguese government performance in battling the COVID19 epidemic, the office of the Portuguese President reported. During the call, President Trump congratulated Portugal and offered “all the useful help necessary and considered useful.” Bilateral issues of […]

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Today in History: “Dia da Liberdade” celebrated under duress – Portugal

25 April 2020

Since 1974 the Portuguese nation has been celebrating “Dia da Liberdade” [Freedom Day], with a national holiday on 25th April Revolution, to mark the bloodless military coup which brought democracy and civil liberties to modern Portugal. This year, due to the COVID19 epidemic, the celebrations have been simplified to a shorter non-public ceremony in the […]

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

Postponed: Pope Francis cancelling World Youth Day in Lisbon – Portugal

20 April 2020

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, Pope Francis has cancelled his pastoral visit to Lisbon, Portugal, in 2022, to preside to the World Youth Day – the Vatican announced this Monday. The event was postponed to August 2023. According to the announcement, “given the current health situation and its consequences, the Holy Father decided to postpone […]

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Pandemic: No end in sight forces more restrictive measures – Update

11 April 2020

This Saturday, Portugal has confirmed 470 deaths associated with the COVID19 pandemic, with 15,987 infected, according to official sources. The state of emergency was extended by another 15 days, to end April 17, as more measures to restrict movements were implemented, including during the Easter holiday weekend. Except for health reasons or imperative urgency, people […]

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COVID’19 – Faith, facts and fears – Commentary  

11 April 2020

By Len Port During Easter, people of faith will be among those supporting the COVID-19 emergency measures imposed by politicians on the advice of scientists. All places of worship in Portugal will remain closed at least until April 17 – and longer should the present state of emergency be extended.  Catholics, by far the largest […]

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Travel: Portuguese passport makes top 10 – Henley&Partners

10 April 2020

After the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic, the Portuguese passport moved up one place in the list of the most powerful in the world, to occupy the sixth position, which means that it is issued without a visa in 186 countries. Currently, entry restrictions in several countries and the end of some air routes have […]

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