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Alex Zanardi in a coma after a terrible motorcycle accident in Italy



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53-year-old Zanardi, whose legs were amputated after a motorbike accident nearly 20 years ago, lost control of his handbike when competing in the ‘Obiettivo tricolore’ relay race in Tuscany, Italy on Friday.

According to some reports, he crossed the white line into the oncoming truck lane, which he couldn’t avoid.

After the accident, the Italian was flown to the Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena where he underwent three hours of emergency neurological surgery for head injuries on the face.

A statement released by the hospital said Zanardi was in “stable” condition in intensive care after his surgery.

“He was incubated and supported by artificial ventilation while the neurological picture remained serious,” read the medical bulletin.

Zanardi’s fate made headlines in all major Italian sports newspapers as the news spread the seriousness of his accident.

“No, Alex, no!” said Corrierre dello Sport, while Italian prime minister Giusseppe Conte wrote on Twitter: “Come on Alex # Zanardi, don’t give up. All Italians fight with you.”

Zanardi raced for Jordan, Minardi and Lotus in F1 before successfully switching to CART racing in the US where he won the series in 1997 and 1998.

He returned to F1 with Williams for one season in 1999 before returning to the CART series.

It was in this formula that he had a famous 320kmh accident at Lausitzring in Germany in September 2001, escaping with his life, but lost both legs.

In showing extraordinary determination and enthusiasm, Zanardi adapted to prosthetic limbs and returned to compete at the European Tour Car Championship in 2003, driving a BMW.

But it was because of the exploitation on hand bicycles that the man from Bologna had become the most recognized by an audience throughout the world, winning several medals at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics and world championships.

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He is in training for Tokyo Paralympics this year, hoping to add to his impressive number of gold medals, until it is postponed.

Zanardi also competed in the grueling Ironman triathlon race, creating the best new world for Paralympic athletes at a race in Italy last September and continuing to race BMW that was specially adapted at various durable motorsport events.

Messages of support have flooded the entire sports world, with former F1 world champion and Indy Car legend Mario Andretti writing: “I’m so worried and scared about Alex Zanardi that I’m holding my breath. I’m a fan. I’m a fan of his friend.

“Please do what I do and pray, pray for this extraordinary man,” he tweeted.

“Alex is one of those people who truly inspires life and, as we all know, is a fighter who is perpetual. Stay strong and Forza Alex,” his former Williams team posted on Twitter.

“Fight as you know how to do it, Alex. You are a very great man, courage,” Ferrari star Charles Leclerc tweeted in Italian.

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September, Holiday Month for the Deaf – Portuguese (Brazil)



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September is a very important and visible month for deaf people, with three dates that raise awareness and celebrate achievements that are part of the entire community’s trajectory and struggle. These are: – International Sign Language Day, September 23; – Day of the Deaf, 26 September; and Libra National Interpreter and Translator Day on September 30th. With a focus on the deaf community, the Department of Education is promoting several initiatives in this area.

The first is aimed at changing the scenario of educational and language policy based only on the inclusive perspective of including a deaf student in the school environment without guaranteeing procedures that enhance accessibility in his education. The National Guidelines for Bilingual Education for the Deaf integrate all stages of basic education and are based on the promotion of bilingual curricula and pedagogical practices for the deaf: Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) and written Portuguese.

Through the Department of Special Education, the MEC coordinates with interested municipalities the construction, renovation or expansion of bilingual schools for the deaf. To date, 11 locations in Brazil have shown interest in the project. To complement this phase, the Libras National Textbook Program (PNLD) provides accessible formats to deaf students and public school teachers of basic education in the country.

In the academic world, in partnership with universities, advanced training courses are offered for teachers, managers and professionals who want to work with bilingual education for the deaf. Thanks to the projects of various institutions, there are currently 3,520 vacancies for teaching the deaf.

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On the Internet, Canal Libras is a space for communication and content distribution with a focus on the national educational network, from early childhood education to higher education.


Another important date: The National Institute for Education for the Deaf (Ines) turns 165 on the same Libra and the Deaf Day, September 26th. Within the structure of the Ministry of Education, the Institute stands out as a national reference in the field of deafness, necessary to support the formulation of public policies, and then for their implementation in the field. The Institute works to promote education for deaf children, youth and adults.

With information from Ministry of Education.

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Mother of autistic boy attacked by CR7 criticizes Portuguese again



Mother of autistic boy attacked by CR7 criticizes Portuguese again

The case of Cristiano Ronaldo’s aggression against an autistic fan continues to be heard in England. Sarah Kelly, mother of Jake Harding, has asked the English Football Federation to punish the Portuguese star.

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Sarah’s complaint comes after the league filed a complaint against a Manchester United player for aggression against Jake in the Manchester team’s match against Everton on April 9 last season in the Premier League. After an unsuccessful result, the Portuguese dropped a fan’s mobile phone on the way to the locker room.

According to Sarah, she and her son once again became victims of offenses in social networks after the announcement of the complaint against the attacker.

“People are following me, saying that I am rebelling again, but I didn’t know anything about it. The case should have been heard six months ago. My son talks every day about what happened to him. He still hasn’t returned his phone,” he said.

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Jake’s mother still asks how the player manages to sleep at night after what happened. “Let’s hope he finally gets the right punishment. He can’t keep getting away with it. Your behavior is unacceptable…” Sarah concluded.

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Marseille in California. ″Where the Portuguese is, there is Portugal″



Marseille in California.  ″Where the Portuguese is, there is Portugal″

“You are the future,” President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza told a three-year-old girl dressed in traditional Portuguese clothing who came out to greet him on the podium where he spoke at Artesia Portuguese Salon. The city, located on the outskirts of Los Angeles, has not hosted the President of the Portuguese Republic since 1989. This weekend, he did it with pomp and the setting of an ornate Portuguese-American community bursting with pride.

“We have never lost the honor and responsibility of being representatives of this beautiful flag,” said Jimmy Enes, a member of Artesia DES, a Portuguese descendant, in a welcoming speech delivered in perfect Portuguese. “When we are asked who we are, we always answer”i am portuguese“and not”Portuguese-American“or ‘Portuguese American’,” he said. “That’s why we’re trying step by step to protect our heritage on the outskirts of Los Angeles, one of the greatest cities in the world.”

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