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There is only one honorary doctorate in civil protection and that is from the Portuguese.



There is only one honorary doctorate in civil protection and that is from the Portuguese.

Pedro Simões, Professor at the Guarda Polytechnic Institute, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Protection and Security from Graendal University in Miami, United States of America (USA). This degree, which recognizes paths of merit and excellence, was awarded to a teacher for the work he has done in this field in Portugal, the United States and Spain.

“This is the only doctorate in the world that does not have a civil defense doctorate,” Prof. Pedro Simões guarantees. “There are several honorary doctorates in the world, but the only one is the relatively new topic “Civil Protection”. I have been part of civil protection higher education since the founding of the defunct independent university in Lisbon over 18 years ago, and degrees and masters have been approved, but no doctoral degrees,” says the researcher. Renaissance.

The award ceremony took place on November 25, 2022 in Caracas, Venezuela, in a ceremony attended by several government and diplomatic figures.

At the age of 55, Pedro Simões achieved international recognition for his many years of work in the field of civil protection and security. “My career started with journalism and communication, I experienced a renaissance for several years, this is very important, not many people get this degree honoris causa, you can’t buy it,” he emphasizes, believing that “the honor to distinguish oneself from working in the field of civil protection, mainly because it is a unique recognition. There is no doctoral degree in civil protection and security anywhere in the world,” he insists.

“This award confirms my commitment, together with the Guarda Polytechnic Institute, to continue working to strengthen teaching in this area and create new training at the higher education level,” he concludes.

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A teacher for 32 years, Pedro Simões was a pioneer of national and international higher education in the field of civil protection, CTeSP coordinator for risks and civil protection of the Polytechnic Institute of the Guard, had connections with the Portuguese government, facilitated training activities with the police, military, fire and business ties ( director general of several organizations) in Portugal, Spain and the United States in the field of security, defense and civil protection.

Born in Caldas da Rainha, Pedro Simões has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in communications, as well as several postgraduate and specialist degrees in his curriculum. A professor at several national and international institutions of higher learning, he was one of the founders of the Observatorio de Segurança Criminalidade e Terrorismo and Asprocivil, the first civil protection and security association, representative of the National Fire Service and Civil Protection, and head of the Iberian Firefighter’s Combat Challenge, the World Fire Fighting Championship.

The professor was one of those responsible for the development of the CTeSP in the field of risks and civil protection, launched by the Guarda Polytechnic Institute in the 2020/2021 academic year. The training, which is being held in the second edition, is aimed at training specialists who are able to develop preventive actions in the event of imminent risk and disasters.

Pedro Simões worked in the field of communications from 1988 to 1990 as an announcer for Renascença, RFM, where he accompanied the station’s first steps.

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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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