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Portuguese, brotherly and family language

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João Ribeiro de Almeida, President of Instituto Camões, was one of the participants in the Jornada Agostinho da Silva in Lisbon yesterday, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the CPLP and also served as the presentation of the book. An overview of Brazil’s contribution to the spread of the Portuguese language… And when he intervened in the debate about which language is the fifth most spoken in the world, he described Portuguese as the language of “brotherhood and family”, and in front of an audience that was living testimony of this, there was such an eccentric manner with which Brazilians were present – and they were in the majority, perhaps because the Federal Senate and the Chamber of Deputies were organizers – they welcomed the Portuguese, Angolans or Mozambicans, or the latter with each other, or the Cape Verdeans with the Portuguese and vice versa, and Guineans for everyone, even Timorese for Brazilians and Portuguese and so on.

There was no shortage of references to the thought of Agostinho da Silva, a Portuguese philosopher who lived for many years in Brazil and always spoke a language that unites peoples. And from Esio Neves, deputy and former presidential candidate, to Arthur Lear, president of the Chamber of Deputies, several speakers recalled the role of the Brazilian Jose Aparecido de Oliveira in the creation of the Community of Portuguese Countries in 1996 (his son Jose Fernando Aparecido de Oliveira was especially emotional) … The seven founding countries were joined by two – Timor-Leste and Equatorial Guinea.

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In the afternoon conversations, which passed with a fluidity that refuted the importance sometimes attached to different pronunciation, much was said about the sentimental value of the language, as well as about its economic potential and even about its geopolitical role. And it was this last moment that brought me back to the interview with João Ribeiro de Almeida, when the diplomat took over as President of Camões. We talked about his experiences, including being ambassador to Colombia and Argentina; and, above all, the passage through Timor-Leste when the country was preparing for its official independence in 2002, and how not everything could have gone the way it did, even after the 1999 referendum that liberated the former Portuguese colony from Indonesian occupation. “I witnessed how the authorities of Timor put great pressure on Timor so that Portuguese would not be the official language,” President Camões told me at the time.

Language plays a role in geopolitics, as does religion (if Brazil is the most populous Catholic country in the world, and Timor-Leste the most Catholic country in Asia, this cannot be separated from the heritage of Portugal), as well as in determining the fate of Timor. -Leste was decisive. Portugal, the administering Power, supported the Timorese struggles at the UN, Brazil announced at the time that it was present, and Sergio Vieira de Mello rose to fame as administrator of the territory during the transition to independence. In film Sergio, the biography of a prominent Brazilian diplomat who died in an attack in Iraq, you can see how the fluency in Portuguese has made a difference in many ways. After all, it was a family.

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The CPLP’s Executive Secretary is Zacarias da Costa of Timorese, who certainly did not miss the Brazilian event to celebrate the Portuguese language, the language of 300 million people.

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Portuguese fund CA Património Crescente wins European award for highest return – Imobiliário

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Open-ended real estate investment fund CA Património Crescente has once again received the MSCI European Property Investment Awards in the Diversified Portfolio category for 2021.

This is the 12th time that the Portuguese fund, established in 2005, has received this award, which distinguishes the national real estate portfolio with the best return. In 2021, CA Património Crescente’s real estate portfolio returned 7.8%, compared to 6.3% in the benchmark.

The largest share of real estate income was received through shopping centers and offices: 8.7% and 8.6% respectively, according to the Portuguese fund Negócios, which at the end of August had a portfolio of 141 assets worth 1,031 million euros.

CA Património Crescente is one of the six funds managed by Square Asset Management, with Grupo Crédito Agrícola being the custodian bank and responsible for its marketing and investments mainly in real estate destined for trade, offices, services, industry, logistics or hotels.

The CA Património Crescente fund returned an annualized return of 5.1% in April, which declined slightly to 4.23% after two years, rising to 4.72% after three years and 4.74% after five years. . The average ten-year yield was 3.95%.

Square AM was also once again awarded by Euromoney, which recognizes major leaders in real estate financial products and services, as the “Best Investment Manager” of 2022.

Square AM has been on the market for 17 years and is one of the largest real estate fund managers in Portugal with €1.3 billion in assets and over 25,000 investors.

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Benfica announces a partnership with Portuguese driver Miguel Santiago.

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Benfica announces a partnership with Portuguese driver Miguel Santiago.



Young competes at the National Speed ​​Championship and the FIM GP Junior World Championship.

Benfica have announced a partnership with driver Miguel Santiago, a Portuguese driver who works in the National Speed ​​Championship and the FIM Junior World Championship. Santi, who started taking his first steps in motorsport in 2016, was pleased with someone during the presentation. “The dream has come true! When I was little, before riding motorcycles, I played football, went to Benfica’s school in Mafra, I always dreamed of becoming a Benfica athlete. I never thought! A few years ago, if you had asked me, I would have said no, I believed that one day I would be here, it is a great pride. I have no words. I just hope to reach the goals, glorify the club. I have the race, the desire and the ambition.” , repeated the 18-year-old BTV pilot.

Miguel Santiago is thinking about becoming the queen of motorcycle racing.

“In recent years, the FIM Junior GP has attracted many riders to the Moto GP where 20 out of 24 riders [que participam] come from this contest. Participation in Moto GP is considered the greatest school of prodigies, I am proud to be there and so close to the level of Moto GP,” he said.

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“Unthinkable”. Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

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"Unthinkable".  Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

QuestionAs World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled the statistics released today by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation is “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that more than 1.2 million tons of food was thrown away by families this year, followed by catering (over 237 thousand tons), trade and distribution (214 thousand tons), primary production (over 101 thousand tons) and food nutrition. industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, let it spoil. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash, ”said an official who spoke at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable these days,” he complained.

Jorge Moreira da Silva, President of the Platform for Sustainable Growth, former Minister of the Environment, another participant in the debate, recalled a recent report stating that the impact of food waste could be as high as 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that the impact on the economy is a billion dollars.

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“Food waste alone is a quarter of what is needed to achieve the sustainable development goals,” he said, adding that while food is thrown out the window, 823 million people go to bed without “decent food.”

Jorge Moreira da Silva said that there are targets in the European Union to reduce food waste that are not being met and that mandatory targets will be announced soon.

The debate participants agreed that it is necessary to inform and attract the attention of families who often spend money without knowing it. “Most people have no idea about the impact of food waste. Nobody will change if they don’t understand the problem,” said Jorge Moreira da Silva.

The debate also spoke about the importance of water, which is present in the production and preparation of food. Ana Margarida Luis from Aguas de Portugal picked up an orange to say that throwing away an orange is equivalent to throwing out 80 liters of water.

Other figures released as part of the initiative are part of an awareness campaign that warn that food waste generates three times more greenhouse gas emissions than oil production, generates the equivalent of 25% of vehicle pollution, and pollutes four times as much as anything else. commercial aviation flights.

[Notícia atualizada às 21h09]

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