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The investigation condemns the collapse of European supermarkets. In the 14 worst there is a Portuguese



The investigation condemns the collapse of European supermarkets.  In the 14 worst there is a Portuguese

A new investigation by the Market Change Foundation, a leading organization within the Free Plastic movement, shows that European supermarkets lack plastic-free targets and Portugal is not in the best position.

More than 130 retailers in 13 European countries were surveyed in three categories – transparency and efficiency, commitment and public policy support – and were given a percentage score.

Portugal sits in the middle of the table, in seventh place with a percentage of 10.3% in this matter. The UK leads with 39.6%, France and Denmark close the podium with ratings of 23.3% and 17.1% respectively.

The analysis also assessed supermarkets in different countries, studied separately. The overall average score obtained by retailers in the three categories was only 13.1 points (out of 100), or 13%.

According to the researchers, only two companies topped the 60% top spot in the table: Aldi in the UK with 65.3% and Aldi in Ireland with 61%.

The rest of the top-scoring companies lagged far behind, with Lidl in the UK at 44.7%, Carrefour in France at 41.7% and French organic supermarket BioCoop at 37%, making up the top five.

On the other hand, 14 companies received no points, and one Portuguese company: Cora (Belgium); BILLA and PENNY (REWE Group), Coop and Tesco (Czech Republic); Maxima, Prisma and Selver (Estonia); Leclerc (France); Musgrave and Dunnes stores (Ireland); Intermarch (Portugal); Metro (Ukraine); and Carrefour (Spain).


Five retailers were evaluated in Portugal: Aldi, Auchan, Intermarché, Jerónimo Martins and Lidl. Jeronimo Martins managed to take 20th place in the ranking, but only 17.7 points out of 100. Lidl and Aldi scored 13 points, while Auchan got eight. Intermarche is at the bottom of the list with a zero score.

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“Plastic pollution is having a devastating impact on ecosystems, affecting wildlife, exacerbating the climate crisis and compromising our health,” the authors warn.

According to the report, “only a week goes by without yet another horrifying fact about the devastating toll plastic is taking on the planet and its inhabitants.”

“So far, only in 2022 have we found microplastics deep in the lungs of people, in the tissues of patients who underwent surgery, and in the blood of the population,” they emphasize.

The researchers say they have learned “that chemicals found in everyday plastic are destroying human fertility to the point that by 2040 they could make self-reproduction impossible.”

“Despite outrage, coordinated action, and growing pressure from all walks of life, the amount of plastic the industry is putting on the market is growing and skyrocketing,” they conclude.

Therefore, the report recommends that retailers be transparent and disclose the plastic footprint of their own brand and branded plastic products, and set consistent targets in the markets in which they operate.

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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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