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The great Portuguese hero of the 20th century



There are never unnecessary memories and conversations about the consul Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who is considered one of the great heroes of the last century. He was born in 1885 in Carregal do Sal and belonged to the aristocratic Cabanas de Viriato family.

He lived at Casa do Passal, graduated in Coimbra and pursued a diplomatic career. He began his career in May 1912 and represented Portugal in several countries and continents such as the United States of America, Brazil, Spain, Africa and finally France-Bordeaux.

After reading and consulting with a family still living in Cabanas de Viriato, I learned that he arrived in Bordeaux in 1938, still in the midst of World War II, and that German and Nazi forces were trying to dominate all of Europe like this tried Napoleon. the past, as we all know, is inconclusive; however, the French never committed the atrocities that the Nazis suffered.

However, Dr. Aristides de Sousa Mendes received an order from Salazar not to let foreigners, mainly Jews, in, because Hitler wanted to put an end to those who were not part of the “Aryan race”, clean for the Austrians.

But his courage and love for the thousands of already killed unfortunates and representatives of minorities (not only Jews) killed in concentration camps forced him not to follow Salazar’s orders. The dictator, having learned about this as foreign minister, dismissed him from his diplomatic career. As expected, since then the life of the consul and his large family (about 15 children, not counting the little servants who were always with him) became very difficult. Like Dr. Aristides de Sousa Mendes and his wife, many of the descendants died in poverty, almost all outside Portugal.

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According to the consul’s legal family, I received more information from a direct descendant, cousin Helena Telles Pereira de Sousa Mendes. I learned, for example, that there was also a very close relationship between Dr. Aristides and his wife, D. Angelina, they were legitimate cousins. In addition to his diplomatic career, he also practiced law in Cabanas de Viriato and Viseu. On the other hand, Angelina do Amaral and Abranches (Viscountess) during the Great War asked another cousin, Maria do Patrosinio de Sousa Mendes, who continued to live in Cabanas de Viriato, to direct his house. about the Passal and about the Belgian refugees who arrived on the land of the consul. Later, this woman received a letter of thanks from the refugees for their support, namely for providing everything they need so that they can live their daily life in Cabanas de Viriato.

When the couple died around 1954, not only because of health problems, but also because of the poverty they found themselves in, one of the consul’s sons continued to spend their holidays at Casa do Passal despite being sold, and how proof that they continued to help each other as much as possible. Currently, 84 relatives of the consul and his wife are still alive.

Forgotten for decades, only after the “revolution of carnations” was the existence of this great Portuguese recognized and his dignified attitude to saving lives! In 1974, the state, represented by the first minister, Dr. Mario Soares, recognized the value of this great consul, Dr. Aristides de Sousa Mendes; at the same time, the almost destroyed Casa do Passal began to rebuild thanks to the loving help of Dr. Maria de Jesus Barroso (wife of Dr. Mario Soares).

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This year, the Assembly of the Republic in plenary session reinstated the consul in his title, and he and his relatives from different parts of the world were honored. The ceremony took place on October 19, 2021 at the National Pantheon with the Yad Vashem inscription from 1967 – “Just Among the Nations.” Today, he still has in his memory the Foundation, two virtual museums, one of which is located in Vilar Formoso, with the name “Museu Fronteira da Paz”. Let your name be immortalized in the midst of the joy of Peace and Love for others.

On this occasion, I wish you a healthy party and Christmas joy from living together.

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Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.



Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (KTM) qualified this Saturday in eighth position at the Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix, 16th of 20 races of the season, despite a last-minute crash.

The Portuguese from the Austrian brand set his best lap of 1.55.895 minutes, finishing 0.681 seconds behind fastest Spaniard Marc Marquez (Honda). France’s Johann Zarco (Ducati) was second with 0.208 seconds and South African Brad Binder (KTM) was third with 0.323 seconds.

“I had good speed and potential in the second quarter and on this particular lap. [a última], but I was on the floor in the ninth turn. It was a shame, but I have confidence in tomorrow (Sunday),” commented the Portuguese rider in statements released by the KTM team. “It was difficult to prepare for the race, but we’ll see.” [o que vai acontecer]”- concluded Miguel Oliveira.

The Portuguese left the third row of the grid after falling just three minutes before the end of the session, marred by rain that caused a delay of more than an hour and had already forced the cancellation of the third free game. training session, at night. The fall of the Portuguese rider occurred in the third sector of the track, at a time when his results were improving. When 15 minutes of this second qualifying stage (Q2) ended, Oliveira finished in fourth place.

However, several riders were still halfway to the last lap and the Almada rider ended up being overtaken by Spaniards Jorge Martin (Ducati), Brad Binder and Aprilia Spaniards Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales.

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Pole position was won by Marc Marquez 1,071 days after he was the fastest in qualifying for the MotoGP World Championship, namely the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

“I am very pleased with the pole position. This morning I felt very strong on the wet track and decided to give it a try. This is very important for us and for the future. Tomorrow, on a dry surface, everything will be different. history,” said the Spanish rider, who has already become world champion eight times.

The rain that hit the Motegi track became a headache for the riders and the organization, which was forced to interrupt the Moto2 qualifying nine minutes before the end and cancel the third free practice in MotoGP.

Traffic on the track only resumed after more than an hour, and the wet track was the cause of several accidents, including that of a Portuguese KTM rider who slid off the pavement without physical consequences.

Johann Zarco’s Ducati was the fastest today, reaching 302 kilometers per hour, while Oliveira’s KTM lost 30 kilometers per hour in a straight line (the maximum speed achieved by the Portuguese was 270 kilometers per hour). Luca Marini’s Ducati was the slowest, reaching 255.9 kilometers per hour, leaving the Italian in 10th place.

Champion and championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) of France finished ninth behind Miguel Oliveira, while World Cup runner-up Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) of Italy finished 12th and last in the second quarter, bringing together the top 10 fastest in free practice and the top two in the first quarter.

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Already the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati), the winner of the previous stage in Aragon, remained in Q1, where he fell without physical consequences.

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Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: “You learn and laugh” | alagoas



Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: "You learn and laugh" |  alagoas

“You learn and you laugh” is how Erivaldo Amancio defines the Portuguese language content he offers online. Born in Arapiraque, Alagoas, he humorously gives advice and answers questions about the Portuguese language.

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Erivaldo has 767k followers on Instagram and over 17.5k followers on YouTube. It all started a year and a half ago when he got scolded in a comment on social media.

Because the swearing contained several grammatical errors, Erivaldo responded by posting a video teaching a “lesson” to the hater.

“It happened more than once. Some of these videos were posted on humorous Instagram profiles. It made me stand out,” he said.

A literature student at the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal), Erivaldo wants to prepare even more for face-to-face classes when he is near the end of the course. He says the purpose of the profile is to encourage followers to seek out more knowledge.

“Tips on the web are just a seed, the fruit of which can be curiosity about objects,” he explained.

Through social media, Erivaldo responds to his followers’ doubts about the Portuguese language.

Erivaldo’s profile is also in demand by contestants and students preparing for Enem.

“[Os seguidores] it is said to be a very interesting way of learning. Many regret not learning from teachers who use humor in the classroom,” he said.

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Who is the Portuguese that FIFA 23 has included in the list of potential stars?



Who is the Portuguese that FIFA 23 has included in the list of potential stars?

FIFA 23 is available September 30th, and EA Sports is starting to shed some light on some of the game’s oddities.

If you like to develop talent in Career Mode, you should have a list of young people at hand: these are the 20 players with the most growth potential, that is, those who can improve their general. Among them is a Portuguese.

Diogo Monteiro is one of the “hidden gems” of FIFA 23 for EA Sports. The 17-year-old centre-back who plays for Servette has general 54, but with a potential of 24 points, he could at best go up to 78.

Who is this young Portuguese? Despite his young age – born in 2005 – he already has some experience. Moreover, this season he played three matches for Servette with a total duration of 17 minutes, divided between the championship and the Swiss Cup.

Diogo Monteiro, the son of Portuguese, was born on Swiss soil and started training at Etoile Carouge, but arrived in Servette to play for the under-15 team. In the 2020/21 season, he made his debut in the first team at the age of 16 years and 37 days, having the status of the youngest representative of the Geneva club.

The central defender has made 33 appearances for the Portuguese youth teams, which he has represented since his youth. He is the captain of the 2005 generation, and it was with this status that he reached the European U-17 Championship played this year, in which Portugal reached the semi-finals, having been eliminated from France. Diogo Monteiro, by the way, worked every minute of the competition.

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He was recently called up by Rui Bento to the under-19 team.

Check out the respective gallery to see which players have the most growth potential in FIFA 23.

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