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For 200 years, the villagers lived 2,600 feet above the cliff. Now they are in housing



A man climbs up the mountain to Atule'er village in Sichuan province, China.

Atule’er, a 200-year-old village in Sichuan province, made headlines around the world when photos of school children appeared in 2016 down a cliff on an unstable rattan staircase – or “sky ladder,” as locals call it. .

A two-hour hike is the only way for villagers to access the outside world, and they must carry agricultural produce on a cliff to be sold at a distant nearby market. In recent years, local authorities replaced their handmade stairs with steel featuring handrails, drastically shorten their travel time.

But this week, 84 Atuleer households left the stairs forever, living in an apartment block closer to downtown Zhaojue district, 75 kilometers (46 miles) away, the Xinhua government news agency reported.

Their new apartments range from 25 square meters (269 square feet) to 100 square meters (1,076 square feet), and have modern kitchens, toilets, piped water, electricity and gas, according to the state television station CGTN.

“I am very happy that today I got a very nice house,” the villagers of Mose Laluo to CGTN.

“After moving to the county, life will be very comfortable for my family. My children will go to school easily, and hospital services will also be comfortable.”

However, not all villagers were relocated – around 30 households planned to stay.

Atuleer has become a tourist attraction in recent years. In 2019, 100,000 visitors generated nearly 1 million yuan ($ 140,878) for the village, according to Xinhua. Further development will serve the industry, with officials planning to build a cable car to bring tourists up and down the cliff, the government-run news website, reported.

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Eradicate poverty

Before the coronavirus attacked, the Chinese government had promised to do it lift all 1.4 billion people out of poverty by 2020.

The resettlement of clifftop villagers is part of a broader push, and they are not alone. About 18,000 poor people – or more than 4,000 households – have moved to the development of new, large urban housing from 92 remote villages in the region, according to Xinhua.

Atule residents who were technically relocated out of poverty, with an average per capita income of 6,000 yuan ($ 845) last year – above the official 2019 poverty line in China of 3,747 yuan ($ 527). But this encouragement also aims to improve the living conditions of rural communities on low incomes.

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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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