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Kim Jong Un works without days off



Kim Jong Un works without days off

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may not be seen, but he has worked hard 365 days a year – without taking time off for holidays, birthdays and even sleeping, according to state media.

“From the beginning, our leader’s revolutionary calendar … had no holidays, holidays or birthdays,” a special article in the Royal Hermit Rodong Sinmun daily reported, according to NK News based in South Korea.

The official paper of the Korea Labor Party Central Committee dedicated the entire front page to praise the last eight years of Kim’s closed leadership.

“Our party, in compiling and implementing all policies, has prioritized the benefits of the people … and has thrown a merciless hammer at anyone, those who violate the people’s benefits by abusing power, bureaucratism, and corruption,” the piece said.

The article, published Saturday, was published when Kim was once again invisible for more than two weeks after his disappearance, which sparked rampant speculation and rumors about his health.

After three weeks of absence, Kim appeared on May 1 for a ribbon-cutting event to open a new fertilizer factory.

However, speculation about his health – a closely guarded secret in the rogue regime – continues, including that Kim has used a double body.

Rodong stressed that “Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’s friend is … continuing his schedule without sleep, without rest, high intensity … at the moment.”

The article focuses on Kim’s “people-first” policy, adding that he does not hesitate to punish those who abuse their positions – possibly referring to his orders to the military to eradicate corruption in his ranks.

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The outlet also praised Kim’s love for the people and praised his leadership despite the “unprecedented difficulties” and “severe conditions” that the country has been through, including “pressure” by foreign powers.

“Hostile forces place unprecedented high-intensity pressure” on Pyongyang, Rodong said, claiming that the pressure was rising when Kim replaced his late father Kim Jong Il.

“The imperialists see the shift of our revolutionary generation as … a golden opportunity to realize a half-century anti-DPRK strategy to crush us to death and mobilize all methods,” the article said, criticizing “pressure” on the North.

Kim Jong Un attended the completion of the fertilizer factory
Kim Jong Un attended the completion of the fertilizer factory.Reuters

Under Kim’s rule, the military has been strengthened until the country is considered a “global military force,” the article said, adding how not too far in the future that the economic sector would enjoy world-class success.

One expert said that what was important about the work was not the content but the context – how it looked originally aimed at the April commemoration of Kim’s eight-year government, not May.

“I consider it coming out later than expected because the authorities need to focus elsewhere elsewhere last month,” Christopher Green, a lecturer at Leiden University, told NK News.

“That could be because they have something to say, or because they are not in a position to carry out propaganda strategies – public appearances by Leaders and such – which will usually accompany relatively important warnings,” he said.

Green shows how Kim did not appear in public on April 15 for one of North Korea’s biggest holidays in commemoration of Kim Il Sung’s birthday.

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“Anything that stops Kim from appearing on that date may have caused this part to appear a month after the fact,” he told the outlet.

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Computer exam | The PLATO mission is looking for another “Earth”. And there is a Portuguese name associated



The PLATO observatory will have 26 telescopic cameras to detect planets like ours in size, density and distance from a star orbiting thousands of sun-like stars. Portugal is actively engaged in science, development and processing of observations of this mission and will be able to name one of the cameras that are part of the mission.

The IA has now opened a vote to choose a Portuguese name, which will then be the identification of one of the cameras “during the existence of the mission in space, as a way to honor the astronomers who prepared the science that the PLATO mission will allow to advance,” can be read on the institute’s online page.

Taking into account the criteria that it must be a person who was born somewhere within the current boundaries of the territory, who contributed to astronomy in our country, especially in the study of stars and planetary systems, and who cannot be a living person, the IA proposes the following personalities:

– Teodoro de Almeida (1722-1804)

– José Monteiro da Rocha (1734-1819)

– Campos Rodriguez (1836-1919)

– Francisco de Miranda da Costa Lobo (1864-1945)

– Manuel de Barros (1908-1971)

See a brief biography of each of these personalities here and take the opportunity to vote.

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Switzerland hosts Portuguese cinema in Locarno



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The film “Nasao Valente” by Carlos Conceisan is part of Film Festival in Locarnoin Switzerland in August, in an edition containing other Portuguese and co-produced works, out of competition.

According to the schedule for the 75th edition, released this Wednesday, the international feature film competition is hosting “Nacao Valente,” a feature film by Carlos Conceicao that, according to producer Terratreme Filmes, is about “the end of Portuguese colonialism, the independence of Angola.” and the Trauma of Colonial War.

The film features actors such as João Arraes, Anabela Moreira, Gustavo Sumpta and Leonor Silveira and was co-produced with France and Angola, where Carlos Conceição was born in 1979.

Carlos Conceição is the author of films such as Versailles presented in Locarno in 2013, Bad Bunny (2017), Serpentario (2019) and A Thread of Scarlet Spit (2020).

At the Locarno Film Festival, which will be held from 3 to 13 August, other Portuguese films will also be presented out of competition, namely “Where is this street? Or without before and after”, Joao Pedro Rodriguez and Joao Rui Guerra da Mata, also producer of Terratreme.

In Locarno, where they have already received awards, the two directors will present the premiere of a documentary filmed in Lisbon, revisiting the scenes of Paulo Rocha’s Os Verdes Anos (1963) with actress Isabelle Ruth.

Also out of competition and in the program dedicated to the first works will be “Objetos de Luz”, a visual reflection on the importance of light in cinematic creativity, signed by director of photography Acasio de Almeida and Marie Carré, producer of Bando à Part.

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The “Pardi di domani” competition for short and medium films features the animated film “L’ombre des papillons” by Moroccan director Sophia El Hyari, co-produced by France, Qatar, Morocco and Portugal. Cola Animation.

Day of Despair (1992), a film by Manoel de Oliveira about the last days of the life of the writer Camilo Castelo Branco, will be screened in Locarno in the Film History(s) section.

On the eve of the Locarno festival, in Piazza Grande, the animated film “No Dogs and Italians” directed by Alain Ughetto, recently awarded in Annecy, a Portuguese co-production with Ocidental Filmes, will be screened. .

Giona A. Nazzaro, second year as Artistic Director of the Locarno Festival, described this year’s program as “broad, varied and comprehensive”.


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Portuguese heritage at the Jewish cemetery in Hamburg



Portuguese heritage at the Jewish cemetery in Hamburg

The Jewish-Portuguese cemetery in Hamburg is an outstanding example of the Portuguese presence in the world, where history confirms the well-known ability of the Portuguese to adapt to the most unexpected contexts and situations.

Built in 1611 with over 1,500 graves recorded, according to some sources, the cemetery was officially closed almost a century and a half ago and is today a heavily visited site and the oldest in the city and northern Europe. You pass the gate that protects it, and the visitor is immediately enveloped in tall and scattered trees, which give shade and freshness to the tombstones inscribed in Portuguese, others in Hebrew, many covered with a veil of soot and moss, some fallen vertically.

Fleeing from Portugal due to the Inquisition at the end of the 16th century, the new Christians were well received in Hamburg, where they found a place to live without hiding their religion and Jewish rituals. Located then in one of the most noble districts of the city, the name of the Königstraße, Rua dos Reisis a reflection of this.

The land was acquired by the Portuguese merchants André Falero, Rui Cardoso and Alvaro Dinis, who won the sovereign’s favor and thus managed to ensure that “the Portuguese people could bury their dead,” the Sephardic Jews, according to the little book. Stone Archive – 400th Anniversary of the Jewish Cemetery in Königstraße. Through their actions, they have left to posterity an extraordinary legacy in which to find part of the history of Portugal and Hamburg, which certainly contributed to the fact that this city is today the most Portuguese in Germany, with countless traces of our presence, starting with the “Portuguese Quarter”, crowded with restaurants , to the old school ship Sagres anchored in port, from the ubiquitous custard tarts to the only bust of Vasco da Gama to be found abroad.

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Later, the cemetery was expanded through the acquisition of adjacent land by Ashkenazi and German Jews, where members of illustrious families such as the poet Heinrich Heine or the philosopher Mendelssohn were buried.

The cemetery withstood the passage of time, wars and Nazi bombardments. Just as he resisted the theft and anti-Semitic vandalism that hit him several times, apparently on some of the tombstones, broken or damaged.

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