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Sino-Portuguese Laboratory Joins China’s One Track Initiative, One Route



Macau, China, Dec 9, 2021 (Lusa) – China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has announced that the Sino-Portuguese Ocean Monitoring Technology Laboratory has become part of China’s One Strip Initiative, One Route.

The Sino-Portuguese Joint Space and Marine Technology Laboratory (STARLab) received the award via videoconference, according to a statement released on Wednesday.

STARLab is a joint project between the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation and the Academy of Sciences of China Microsatellite Innovation Academy (IAMCAS).

Portugal’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education told Lusa that the laboratory was founded on a scientific and technical cooperation agreement signed during Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s 2018 visit to Lisbon.

According to the Xinmin Evening News, IAMCAS director Zhang Yonghe said the lab is studying climate change, deep sea currents and the state of marine ecosystems.

“The goal of STARLab is to create technology that allows not only to control and protect the oceans, but also to contribute to the sustainable development of the maritime economy,” added the scientist.

The laboratory serves as a platform for collaboration with universities and research institutions in Portugal, said IAMCAS Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lin Baojun, quoted by the Chinese state daily.

Nearly 40 representatives from universities and research institutes in China and Portugal attended the seminar on Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.

Portugal’s Science, Technology and Higher Education Minister Manuel Haitor and his Chinese counterpart Wang Zhigang also met online Tuesday.

During the working meeting, Manuel Haitor called for a wider exchange of student scientists and researchers between Portugal and China.

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Wang Zhigang argued that since 2018, there has been “significant progress” in bilateral cooperation in areas such as climate change, sustainable development and the protection of cultural heritage.

Both ministers called for a stronger role for Macau in scientific and technological cooperation between Portugal and China.

The STARLab Portugal hub was opened in Caldas da Rainha in July 2019 as part of a public-private partnership, which from the Portuguese side included the aerospace company Tekever and CEiiA – Center for Engineering and Product Development.

The project included the launch into space of the Portuguese microsatellite Infante to collect data on the sea and land surface by the end of 2021.

In April 2021, a source in Tekever told Luce that the Infante should be ready in October, but it no longer has a launch date.


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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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