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Alex Zanardi in a coma after a terrible motorcycle accident in Italy



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53-year-old Zanardi, whose legs were amputated after a motorbike accident nearly 20 years ago, lost control of his handbike when competing in the ‘Obiettivo tricolore’ relay race in Tuscany, Italy on Friday.

According to some reports, he crossed the white line into the oncoming truck lane, which he couldn’t avoid.

After the accident, the Italian was flown to the Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena where he underwent three hours of emergency neurological surgery for head injuries on the face.

A statement released by the hospital said Zanardi was in “stable” condition in intensive care after his surgery.

“He was incubated and supported by artificial ventilation while the neurological picture remained serious,” read the medical bulletin.

Zanardi’s fate made headlines in all major Italian sports newspapers as the news spread the seriousness of his accident.

“No, Alex, no!” said Corrierre dello Sport, while Italian prime minister Giusseppe Conte wrote on Twitter: “Come on Alex # Zanardi, don’t give up. All Italians fight with you.”

Zanardi raced for Jordan, Minardi and Lotus in F1 before successfully switching to CART racing in the US where he won the series in 1997 and 1998.

He returned to F1 with Williams for one season in 1999 before returning to the CART series.

It was in this formula that he had a famous 320kmh accident at Lausitzring in Germany in September 2001, escaping with his life, but lost both legs.

In showing extraordinary determination and enthusiasm, Zanardi adapted to prosthetic limbs and returned to compete at the European Tour Car Championship in 2003, driving a BMW.

But it was because of the exploitation on hand bicycles that the man from Bologna had become the most recognized by an audience throughout the world, winning several medals at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics and world championships.

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He is in training for Tokyo Paralympics this year, hoping to add to his impressive number of gold medals, until it is postponed.

Zanardi also competed in the grueling Ironman triathlon race, creating the best new world for Paralympic athletes at a race in Italy last September and continuing to race BMW that was specially adapted at various durable motorsport events.

Messages of support have flooded the entire sports world, with former F1 world champion and Indy Car legend Mario Andretti writing: “I’m so worried and scared about Alex Zanardi that I’m holding my breath. I’m a fan. I’m a fan of his friend.

“Please do what I do and pray, pray for this extraordinary man,” he tweeted.

“Alex is one of those people who truly inspires life and, as we all know, is a fighter who is perpetual. Stay strong and Forza Alex,” his former Williams team posted on Twitter.

“Fight as you know how to do it, Alex. You are a very great man, courage,” Ferrari star Charles Leclerc tweeted in Italian.

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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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