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Australia’s border community is split in two by locking coronavirus



Australia's border community is split in two by locking coronavirus

Located on each side of the Murray River which separates New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga, more commonly called Albury-Wodonga, have long operated as one community and one economy.

Many of their 100,000 residents cross the border to travel to work and school every day. Business runs on both sides of the river. The two cities even share the same hospital, which is located in Albury on the NSW side but is covered by the Victoria health system.

But the border was closed on Wednesday as authorities tried to prevent a second wave of infections from spreading throughout the country. Over the past few weeks, Victoria has struggled to contain the re-emergence of the corona virus in Melbourne, as the number of cases continues to increase.

Authorities blocked major roads between Victoria and NSW after midnight – the first time in 100 years since the last border was closed during the Spanish flu pandemic.

People from Victoria are prohibited from entering NSW, but exemptions are made for a number of purposes and professions, including cross-border residents in settlements such as Albury-Wodonga.

The online application for cross-border permits began on Tuesday night, but the website crashed only 45 minutes after it was launched when 44,000 people applied, according to Australian national broadcaster ABC.

There are 55 land crossings between Victoria and NSW, on the border which stretches more than 1,000 kilometers (621.3 miles). Albury-Wodonga is located at the busiest crossing of them all – and on Australia’s largest transport route, raising concerns about the potential economic damage in the region.

“Totally frustrated and chaotic”

Early on Wednesday morning, traffic stretched for miles at the border checkpoint on Lincoln Causeway, the main highway that connects Albury and Wodonga, when police officers inspect every car that is crossing.

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It took several Wodonga residents – from the Victoria side of the border – 50 minutes to pass the checkpoint at 6 am to go to work in Albury, said Wodonga Mayor Anna Speedie, who called the situation “unacceptable.”

“Unfortunately today has indeed begun as we had hoped with frustration and chaos,” Speedie told reporters next to the checkpoint.

“At 7:30 in the morning, we had traffic turning into the middle of my city, right in the heart of the city,” he said.

Police stopped and questioned the driver at a checkpoint on July 8 in Albury, Australia.

Speedies said his government would continue to work with the NSW police to implement several more practical approaches.

“We have to do better, we really need to find a solution because this is absolutely unattainable for our community.”

Albury Mayor Kevin Mack said three people from Melbourne were found trying to drive across the state border into Albury since 2am Wednesday. They were returned by police, he said.

This week, Albury recorded two new cases of corona virus for the first time in weeks. A resident who returned from Melbourne was infected with the virus and transmitted it to family members, according to local health authorities.

Bikram Gujral, a truck driver who was queuing at the checkpoint, said he understood the strict boundaries that had been imposed.

“Obviously it is frustrating for anyone. But whatever the government does is in our interests, so I feel it is the right thing to do if it’s for our sake to be safe,” he said.

Separated by border

But for some people, closing borders might make them miss the last chance to see their loved ones.

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April Smithers, 29, is being treated for terminal bone cancer at the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Center in Albury, on the NSW side of the border.

She and her husband Chris Carter live in Wodonga, on Victoria’s side.

“Our home is in Victoria. We cross into New South Wales almost every day to come to this hospital. With the closure of the border … I will stay here. Luckily the hospital gave me a bed last night,” Carter said.

April Smithers (left) being treated for bone cancer at Albury in New South Wales. She and her husband Chris Carter (right) live in Wodonga, crossing the state border in Victoria.

But Carter’s parents, who had traveled from Canberra to Wodonga to see the couple, could not cross to the NSW side, he said.

“My parents came to help me and April through all this,” Carter said. “But now they are not residents, they don’t have their own medical treatment to go to New South Wales … They can’t see April until we find out how they got their permission.”

The reappearance of the virus refers to the difficulties faced by authorities around the world, as they try to reopen cities after protracted lockouts. Australia has been heralded as one of the most successful countries in the world in tackling and restraining the virus, closing its borders and limiting international travel early.

Australia will reinstate the locking of the six-week corona virus in the second largest city as a country facing a potential second wave
But weeks after countries in Australia relaxed social restrictions, a new outbreak resurfaced in Melbourne last month. On Tuesday, Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced Melbourne’s wishes back to six week lockdown starting from midnight Wednesday.

Residents in Australia’s second largest city will no longer be allowed to leave their homes except for shopping, caring, exercising, or working. Cafes and restaurants that were allowed to reopen last week will return for pick up and delivery only. Beauty and personal services will be closed, as well as cultural and entertainment venues.

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Lucas Chazarreta becomes the Portuguese market leader Japan Tobacco International – Marketing Specialist



Lucas Chazarreta becomes the Portuguese market leader Japan Tobacco International - Marketing Specialist

Lucas Chazarreta has become the new CEO of Japan Tobacco International (JTI) for the Portuguese market. The professional replaced Yannick Giraud as the head of a team of 46 professionals at the Japanese multinational corporation that produces the tobacco brands Winston and Camel.

Lucas Chazarreta, 42, born in Argentina, has been with JTI since 2004. He holds a business administration degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and a degree in marketing from Martin College in Australia, and attended the Swiss School of Rio de Janeiro in January.

Lucas Chanzarreta has over 15 years of experience at JTI, having come to Portugal from Mexico. Previously, he has served as General Manager of the JTI Americas Cluster (Argentina, Bolivia and Peru) and Director of Marketing and Trade Marketing for Brazil, Peru and Argentina.

“My mission is to drive sustainable growth in the organization’s profitability and market share, and to provide professional growth opportunities for my team members. JTI has a very successful track record in Portugal, being the fastest growing company in the sector for several consecutive years. This growth is based on a portfolio of world famous brands and a very well trained and professional team of employees,” Lucas Chazarret said in a statement.

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Portimonense beat Pacos de Ferreira to become Portuguese champion



This Monday, Portimonense took their first win of the season at Portuguese Championship when visiting Pacos de Ferreira. The guests came out victorious, defeating the hosts with a score of 3:0.

Pacos de Ferreira takes on Estoril in the next round. The match will take place next Friday at 16:15 (Brazil time). With the defeat, the hosts continue without points and occupy the 15th position.

Portimonense finishes the second round of the Portuguese Championship in seventh position with three points. The team’s next match will be against Vitoria de Guimarães on Sunday at 16:30 at the Municipal Stadium of Portimão.

The first goal of the match was scored in the 31st minute. Iago Cariello shot on goal and fired into the right corner. Guests only increased their advantage in the final segment of the match, when in the 35th minute of the second half, Lukinha received at the entrance to the penalty area and hit hard.

The third and final goal of the game was scored four minutes later, in the 39th minute: Everton got a free kick in the penalty area and hit the net.

Check out the results of this Monday in the championship of Portugal:

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Aroca 1 x 0 Gil Vicente

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Is there an exam in Brazilian Portuguese?



if you are studying Brazilian Portuguese more likely than European Portuguese, you might be wondering which exam you can work on. Most people are familiar with the Portuguese CAPLE system, which corresponds to the A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 format of the European CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) standard.

Although there are many crossovers between European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese and they are essentially the same language, many people choose to focus on Brazilian Portuguese rather than European Portuguese. In most cases, if you’re planning to live in Portugal, you should probably focus on European Portuguese, as that’s what you’ll be in the most contact with. However, there are several reasons why you might decide that Brazilian Portuguese is the right choice for you.

The first and main reason if you are planning to move to Brazil is mainly for work or study. CELPE-Bras is the only language proficiency test recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education that may be required for a position or vacancy at a Brazilian university. Another reason could be that you don’t spend much time in Portugal and speak more Brazilians than Portuguese.

CELPE-Bras exam levels: Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced and Upper Advanced. They roughly correspond to B1, B2, C1 and C2. Once you have decided which level you want to test at (eg B2), the next step is to find a course that will take you to that level. Portuguese Pod101 e Portuguese semantics both offer content at this level, for example.

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It is recommended to sign up for the test in advance or at least set a date for the test. You should also read about what the test includes, which is a 20 minute oral component and a 3 hour written component based on the texts you read and the video and audio you listen to.

Some people are tempted by Brazilian Portuguese as it seems to be easier than European Portuguese, but that is not a good reason to learn it instead of Portuguese Portuguese. In addition, if you plan to apply for citizenship in Portugal – for example, if you qualify after five years of residence in Portugal – you will need to submit Portuguese level A2, which is actually a level below the easiest level you can get through in CELPE-Bras: Intermediate.

If you are interested in Brazilian Portuguese but want to learn Portuguese as a world language, there is a book dedicated to this: Meeting point: Portuguese as a world language. You can also find Brazilian and Portuguese teachers on websites like Italki which can help you practice your conversation and correct it when you confuse the two. However, in general, most courses focus on one or the other, so you need to figure out how to learn and support both.

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