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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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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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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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