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Portuguese Democratic Regime “Failed in Sensitive Areas”

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Portuguese Democratic Regime "Failed in Sensitive Areas"

The Global State of Democracy Report shows that Portugal was the only country in Western Europe to experience a drop in three parameters measuring the quality of democracy.

The report of the International Institute for Democracy and Social Security (International IDEA) based in Stockholm – measures democratic performance in 158 countries since 1975 and seeks to diagnose the state of democracies around the world.

Overall, the report shows that the world is becoming more authoritarian, and democratic governments are retreating, resorting to repressive methods and weakening the rule of law.

About Portugal, the report concludes that the democratic regime has failed in sensitive areas – independence of the judiciary, absence of corruption and equality before the law – this is the only country in Western Europe that recorded a drop in three parameters of assessment.

Eastern Europe has countries like Hungary, Poland and Slovenia that fell in four dimensions, but in the west, the Portuguese regime was the worst compared to the 2019 report.

However, in terms of various dimensions for measuring the state of democracy, Portugal scores positively against the average of the Western European group, which includes Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, and even outperforms the Southern European group. middle – where it is located, next to Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

In terms of government representation, Portugal received 0.87 points versus 0.84 for Western Europe and 0.80 for Southern Europe; in terms of election transparency, Portugal’s rating is 0.92 versus 0.90 for Western Europe and 0.84 for Southern Europe; in terms of freedom of political parties, Portugal received 0.79 points against 0.76 for Western Europe and 0.75 for Southern Europe; and in the area of ​​civil liberties, Portugal’s rating is 0.89 versus 0.87 for Western Europe and 0.75 for Southern Europe.

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The weaknesses of the Portuguese democratic regime are mainly manifested in areas where the country has failed since 2019.

In access to justice, Portugal scored just 0.71 points.against 0.87 for Western Europe and 0.74 for Southern Europe; in the field of judicial independence, Portugal’s score is 0.74against 0.78 in Western Europe and 0.64 in Southern Europe; in the absence of corruption, Portugal’s score is 0.66against 0.85 for Western Europe and 0.62 for Southern Europe; and further civil society participation, Portugal score – 0.58against 0.81 for Western Europe and 0.62 for Southern Europe.

Portugal has seen a slight decline in three dimensions – judicial independence, lack of corruption and equality before the law – compared to the previous 2019 report, which was based on pre-pandemic data.

“Portugal remains in the intermediate group for the quality of democracy. And she even shows very positive indicators on several parameters. The biggest weakness appears to be in the administration of justice and efforts to combat corruption, ”said Kevin Luce Casas. -Zamora, Secretary General of the International IDEA.

In terms of corruption, Casas Zamora attributes more alarming signs of increasing public awareness of the problem in Portugal. “As far as we can tell, there have been a number of judicial investigations that have revealed serious problems with corruption. with the participation of judges and high-ranking politicians, “concluded the Secretary General of the organization responsible for the report.

More than two-thirds of the world’s population lives in countries that are retreating from democracy.

The health crisis may have had a negative impact on Portuguese democracy, as has happened in many countries around the world, researchers at International IDEA conclude.

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This year’s version shows that the number of democracies that have experienced setbacks has doubled over the past decade, including countries such as the United States and some European Union countries such as Hungary, Poland and Slovenia.

Faced with this situation, the report reveals that more than two-thirds of the world’s population currently live in retreating democracies or autocratic regimes.

The document also shows that the number of countries moving towards authoritarianism in 2020 exceeded the number of those moving towards democracywhen the world is losing democratic regimes due to incorrect elections or military coups.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this global democratic crisis, the report concludes, which shows that 64% of countries analyzed have taken at least one measure to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, which could be considered disproportionate, unnecessary or illegal.

Even so, some democracies have capitalized on the pandemic by introducing or expanding democratic innovation in their systems and adopting transparent methods to tackle the health crisis and conduct elections in challenging environments in the face of misinformation threats.

“The political imperfections and social rifts exposed by the pandemic will push more people towards populist and authoritarian leaders who rarely apply durable solutions to citizens’ problems,” explained IDEA International Secretary General Kevin Casas-Zamora.

In a positive sense The report shows that there have been many examples of the strength of civic engagement around the world over the past few months.through pro-democracy movements in countries such as Belarus, Cuba, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan.

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In the Asia-Pacific region, IDEA International found a “rising tide of authoritarianism” with crises affecting Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Myanmar, as well as “erosion” in India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. general democracy “.

In Africa and the Middle East, the report refers to “the recent decline of democracy,” highlighting four military coups that overthrew regimes that used democratic methods: Chad, Guinea, Conakry, Mali and Sudan.

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Nintendo’s official arrival brings physical media in Portuguese to Brazil

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Nintendo's official arrival brings physical media in Portuguese to Brazil

Nintendo officially enters the Brazilian market with physical media in an announcement at BGS.

  • Games include classic console games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild;

  • The recommended price of each game will be 349 reais;

  • Sales will take place in selected stores.

Nintendo wasn’t kidding when it set itself the goal of increasing its presence in Brazil. In addition to opening dedicated social media accounts for the Brazilian public, the company will also introduce physical versions of its games by the end of this year.

Each of them will be accompanied by a national age rating, a description of the title in Portuguese, and illustrations and information on the back cover, also in our language. The novelty was presented during the opening of the Brasil Game Show. “Bringing smiles to Brazilian families is part of our mission in the country,” said Bill van Zill, Nintendo of America Senior Director and General Manager Latin America.

The first games to hit the Brazilian market will be a great choice. They will be present from classic games on the console to even recent releases. They are:

  • Super Smash Bros: Ultimate;

  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus;

  • platoon 3;

  • Mario Strikers: Battle League;

  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Rage;

  • Mario party superstars;

  • Super Mario Odyssey;

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild;

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons;

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

“The arrival of select physical Nintendo games for the Nintendo Switch in Brazil symbolizes our commitment to offering consumers a variety of options to access Nintendo products and content.”

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Each of them will be offered at a suggested price of 349 reais and will be sold in selected stores. Nintendo has also released an exclusive package for the Brazilian market, consisting of the Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe digital version.

The package is on sale from September 30 at a price of 2599 reais. In addition to the console and game, the consumer will also receive a three-month subscription to Nintendo Switch Online.

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Real Hospital Portugus promotes Pink October campaign

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In order to promote the prevention of breast cancer, the most common type in the world, surpassing lung cancer, Real Hospital Português is running the Pink October campaign. Early diagnosis is essential for quality of life, successful treatment, and increased chances of a cure. Thus, the October Rosa do Real Hospital Português will be divided into three areas: social action, an educational campaign and a running and walking circle.

With the completion of 50 biopsies in patients from the public network, the institution will facilitate access to the main examination for the diagnosis of breast cancer. “We will positively impact the lives of these patients with our work. Real Hospital Português is a center for the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and together we will take an unprecedented initiative by providing services to the community,” emphasizes Luciana Limongi, a mastologist. The campaign will be held in partnership with the Real Instituto de Mastologia (RIMA), Real Patologia and Real Imagem, which have recently received the PADI Seal – Accreditation Program in Diagnostic Imaging.

Rosa’s October Run and Walk Scheme aims to warn of the importance of early breast cancer detection and encourage physical activity. According to the National Cancer Institute (Inca), about 30% of all cancers diagnosed in Brazil can be avoided through lifestyle changes. “Behavioral risk factors such as obesity and lack of physical activity are directly linked to the occurrence of breast cancer. That is why it is so important to develop healthy habits,” emphasizes the mastologist. The sporting event will take place on October 29, starting at 16:00, from Cais da Alphandega and will cover a 5 km route. Registration is open to the public at soucorredor.com.br.

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In addition, the educational campaign “To be strong, you must have a chest, take care of yourself and overcome yourself” painted the institution and social networks in pink, recalling that early diagnosis increases the chances of successful treatment by 90%. Therefore, it is necessary to conduct regular examinations and consult with a mastologist.

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Another Portuguese club declared insolvent

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Cova da Piedade x Estoril Campeonato Português

After Académica OAF, another Portuguese club is in a delicate position.

SAD CD Cova da Piedade, a team that played in the Portuguese Second League until 2021, has become the latest Portuguese sports organization to file for insolvency.

After being relegated due to failing to submit all legal paperwork to play in the Segunda Liga in 2021/2022, Margem Sul’s SAD ended up playing in Ligue 3 and decided to suspend seniors this season and juniors. football 19.

In a conversation with Lusa, club president Paulo Veiga said he was waiting “further position from the club’s legal department.” However, the club, which is also one of the largest creditors of SAD do Cova da Piedade, is confident of a football asset as early as next season: “Guaranteed next season we will have a senior team and a junior team representing the colors of Cova da Piedade.”

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