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Valentino Viegas is a historian. And also goa, which was in Panaji when the Indian Union invaded the former territory of Portugal, exactly 60 years ago. This is why it is doubly interesting to read the essay he signs at DN, spanning six decades, from the day Nehru got tired of being a pacifist (and Salazar first realized that a presence of more than four centuries does not guarantee Portugal’s sovereignty) to the present day, in which Indians and the Portuguese are proud of their great relationship.

As Valentino Viegas explains, Goa already existed long before the conquest of Afonso de Albuquerque. But the role played by the small Indian territory in the early centuries of the Portuguese presence is undeniable when it religiously acquired the status of the Rome of the East and, politically, its viceroy exercised power over the many squares that faced the street. from the island from Mozambique to Macau.

And speaking of the latter, Macau, which was the first European possession in China, as well as the last, with its restoration of Chinese sovereignty, completing the imperial cycle that began in 1415 with the capture of Ceuta, I am always tempted to draw a comparison with Goa.

I am well aware of the differences: India, where Vasco da Gama arrived in 1498, was a patchwork quilt, not only at the religious and ethnic level, but also at the political level. Only later did Babur, a native of Central Asia, create the Mughal Empire; Sixteenth-century China was a colossus during the Ming Dynasty and was therefore much more immune to foreign influences. Macau was to be obtained by negotiation in 1557, not by conquest, as happened with Goa in 1510. And the Portuguese presence has always been more insignificant at the mouth of the Pearl River than on the banks of the Mandovi.

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But I also know that history has led to different decisions: Portugal never agreed to negotiate with India and even won several small diplomatic victories until 1961, when Nehru decided to annex by force, knowing that the Portuguese garrison was unable to resist (Governor Vassalo and Silva also noticed this and therefore refused Salazar’s order to fight to the last man), but then he limited himself to embracing the same reality that forced the British to withdraw in 1947, and the French to hand over his possessions shortly thereafter. … Goan families saw their children split between the two countries, and those who remained under the Indian flag gradually stopped passing on the Portuguese language to their children and grandchildren and seeking refuge in English.

At another time, much closer, democratic Portugal, already without colonies, patiently negotiated with China, and an agreement was possible that guaranteed the joint official character of the Portuguese language for half a century, although in Macau our language never had the strength it had. in Goa. In other words, we realized that there are theoretical alternatives to simplifying the desire to resist without the means to do so. I cannot say whether negotiations between Salazar and Nehru were possible, and scholars of that time will probably say that everything opposed them, but how many surprises the history of mutual understanding between opposites presented to us. Perhaps this is why the O Heraldo, born in 1900 and converted to English in 1983, is today not limited to the bold Portuguese page often signed by Valentino Viegas himself.

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Inevitable consolidation? Portugal’s banking was the second most concentrated in Europe in two decades – ECO

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Portuguese citizenship test continues

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Portuguese citizenship test continues

The eighth edition of the Portuguese language test for citizenship began this Monday and will run until December 7th. 142 candidates from 41 countries are registered.

The Portuguese language test, which began this Monday and will end on December 7th, is for foreign nationals who wish to acquire Portuguese citizenship.

The test has two modalities: it can be oral or written, and this modality adds listening, reading, and writing components. Ten sessions will be held in Lisbon, at the Institute for Educational Evaluation (IAVE) and one in the Autonomous Region of the Azores.

Candidates aged 60 and over who cannot read or write or have serious health problems may take the oral test held in Lisbon.

142 candidates registered from 41 countries: Romania, China, Great Britain, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, USA, France, Moldova, Venezuela, Cuba, Russian Federation, Germany, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Hungary, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Syria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Kyrgyzstan, Central African Republic, Turkey and Uruguay.

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Hyatt makes the Portuguese dream come true

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation is launching its all-inclusive luxury collection in Portugal with the rebranding of an existing property in the Madeira archipelago.

The new deal marks the entry of the all-inclusive brand into a fourth European country, marking the latest milestone in Hyatt’s deliberate global expansion into the category.

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Located on the island of Puerto Santo. Dreams Madeira Resort Spa & Marina The resort will have 366 luxury rooms, ranging from standard suites to luxurious villas, as well as a private beach and marina.

The resort will be operated by Apple Leisure Group, a subsidiary of Hyatt and owned by an institutional investor that relies on Okami Hotels to manage the hotel’s assets.

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The hotel is expected to open in early 2024 after renovations are completed. The food and beverage offering includes 10 à la carte restaurants, seven bars and 24-hour room service.

Amenities include an on-site water park, explorers kids club, teen center, and a 9,800-square-foot (3,000 m²) spa. The resort will also have exclusive adult areas and seats reserved for select guests.

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Jaime de la MataSenior Vice President Business Development EMEA at Apple Leisure Group said: “With Dreams Madeira Resort Spa & Marina, we are pleased to announce plans to present an inclusive collection on one of the leading European islands that will attract a wide range of travelers from around the world. In search of an all-inclusive resort holiday.

Javier ColeHead of Apple Leisure Group, responsible for global business development and innovation, added: “Portugal is an ideal place to strengthen our position as a leader in the luxury all-inclusive segment, while expanding our brand presence in the desired directions. Our guests, Hyatt members, customers, owners and the operator world.”

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The Madeira deal follows Hyatt’s recently announced plans to expand to five all-inclusive resorts in Bulgaria. Dreams Resort & Spa Sunny BeachIt joins the brand’s existing comprehensive presence in Spain and Greece.

With the release of new platforms, including the key 220, the brand is also expanding its footprint in North America. Dreams Resort & Spa Saint LuciaOpening by the end of this year; Dreams Playa Esmeralda Punta CanaPlans to introduce 750 numbers in the Dominican Republic in the fourth quarter of 2023; and 500 keys Dreams Hotel em Grand Island CancunQ1 will arrive in Mexico in 2024.

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