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La Academia Latina de la Grabación (LARAS) reconoció a los ganadores de la décima octava edición de
Latin GRAMMY
en Las Vegas y que está siendo transmitida en livestreaming por
Univision.

La gran ganadora de la noche fue
‘Despacito’ que le otorgó cuatro gramófonos a sus creadores. La gran sorpresa de la noche fue
Vicente García con tres gramófonos y uno para su productor Eduardo Cabra. Por su parte, tanto
René Pérez ‘Residente’ como Natalia Lafourcade, Juanes y Ruben Blades se retiraron con dos preseas.

Aquí la lista completa de ganadores en cada categoría:

Álbum del año

Salsa Big Band — Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado Orquesta – GANADOR
Obras son amores – Antonio Carmona
A la mar – Vicente García
Fénix –
Nicky Jam
Mis palnes son amarte –
Juanes
La trenza – Mon
Laferte
Musas (un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano en manos de los macorinos, vol. 1) – Natalia Lafourcade
Residente – Residente
El Dorado –
Shakira
Palabras manuales – Danay Suarez

Grabación del año

La flor de la canela – Rubén Blades
El surco – Jorge Drexler
Quiero que vuelvas –
Alejandro Fernández
Despacito – Luis Fonsi con Daddy Yankee – GANADOR
El ratico –
Juanes Featuring Kali Uchis
Amárrame – Mon
Laferte Featuring
Juanes
Felices los 4
Maluma
Vente pa’ca – Ricky Martin Featuring
Maluma
Guerra -
Residente
Chantaje –
Shakira Featuring
Maluma

Canción del año

Amárrame – Mon Laferte, songwriter (Mon
Laferte Featuring
Juanes)
Chantaje – Kevin Mauricio Jiménez Londoño, Bryan Snaider Lezcano Chaverra, Joel Antonio López Castro, Maluma
Shakira, songwriters (
Shakira Featuring Maluma)
Desde que estamos juntos – Descemer Bueno Melendi, songwriters (Melendi)
Despacito — Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender y Luis Fonsi, compositores (Luis Fonsi con Daddy Yankee) – GANADOR
Ella – Ricardo Arjona, songwriter (
Ricardo Arjona)
Felices los 4 – Mario Cáceres, Kevin Mauricio Jiménez Londoño, Maluma, Servando Primera, Stiven Rojas Bryan Snaider Lezcano, songwriters (Maluma)
Guerra – Residente Jeff Trooko, songwriters (Residente)
La fortuna – Diana Fuentes
Tommy Torres, songwriters (Diana Fuentes Featuring
Tommy Torres)
Tú sí sabes quereme – Natalia Lafourcade, songwriter (Natalia Lafourcade Featuring Los Macorinos)
Vente pa’ca – Nermin Harambasic, Maluma, Ricky Martin, Mauricio Montaner, Ricky Montaner, Lars Pedersen, Carl Ryden, Justin Stein, Ronny Vidar Svendsen Anne Judith Stokke Wik, songwriters (Ricky Martin Featuring Maluma)

Mejor artista nuevo

Paula Arenas
CNCO
Vicente García – GANADOR
Martina La Peligrosa
Mau y Ricky
Rawayana
Sofía Reyes
Rosalía
Danay Suárez
Sebastián Yatra

Otras categorías:

Mejor Álbum Vocal Pop Contemporáneo

Hijos del mar –
David Bisbal [Universal Music Spain S.L.]
Rompiendo fronteras – Alejandro Fernández [Universal Music Latino]
Flora y fauna – Camila Luna [Cinq Music]
El Dorado – Shakira [Sony Music Latin] – GANADOR
Extended play yatra – Sebastián Yatra [Universal Music Latino]

Mejor Álbum Vocal Pop Tradicional

Libre – Franco De Vita [Sony Music Latin]
Salón, lágrimas y deseo – Lila Downs [Sony Music Entertainment México] – GANADOR
Vestido de etiqueta por Eduardo Magallanes – Juan Gabriel [Fonovisa/Universal Music Group]
Una vida – Ednita Nazario [Sony Music Latin] El tren de los regresos – Yordano [Sony Music Latin]

Mejor Fusión/Interpretación Urbana

Si tu novio te deja sola – J. Balvin Featuring Bad Bunny [EMI Latin (LAT)]
Despacito (Remix) – Luis Fonsi Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber [Universal Music Latin Entertainment] – GANADOR
El amante – Nicky Jam Track from: Fénix [Sony Music Latin]
Dagombas en tamale – Residente Track from: Residente [Sony Music Latin]
Chantaje -
Shakira Featuring Maluma Track from: El Dorado [Sony Music Latin/Ace Entertainment S.ar.I.]

Mejor Álbum de Música Urbana

Big Yauran – J Álvarez [On Top Of The World Music]
El círculo – Kase.O [Altafonte Bajo Licencia De Boa Musica/Rap Solo]
Rap komunion – Arianna Puello [Millenium]
Coisas do meu imaginário – Rael [Laboratório Fantasma]
Residente – Residente [Sony Music Latin] – GANADOR

Mejor Canción Urbana

A chapa é quente! – Emicida Rael, songwriters (Língua Franca) [Sony Music Entertainment Brasil]
Coqueta – Luis Díaz, Alejandro Estrada, Bruno Og Jonathan Torres, songwriters (Ghetto Kids) [Ghetto Kids]
El amante – Nicky Jam, Juan Diego Medina Vélez Cristhian Mena, songwriters (Nicky Jam) Track from: Fénix [Sony Music Latin]
Hey ma (Spanish Version) – J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Phillip Kembo, Johnny Michell, Pitbull, Rosina “Soaky Siren” Russell, Jamie Sanderson Tinashe “T-Collar” Sibanda, songwriters (Pitbull J Balvin Featuring Camila Cabello) Track from: Fast Furious 8 – The Album [Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group]

Papa – Lápiz Consciente Vico C, songwriters (Lápiz Consciente Featuring Vico C) Track from: Latidos [Sony Music Latin]
Somos anormales – Rafael Arcaute, Igor Koshkendey Residente, songwriters (Residente) Track from: Residente [Sony Music Latin] – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Rock

Mutante – Daniel Cadena
II – De La Tierra
La gran oscilación – Diamante Eléctrico – GANADOR
Barro y fauna – Eruca Sativa
Todos nuestros átomos – Utopians

Mejor Álbum Pop/Rock

El hombre sin sombra – Mikel Erentxun [Warner Music Spain]
50 palos – Jarabe de Palo [Tronco Records]
Mis planes son amarte – Juanes [Universal Music Latino] – GANADOR
Fuerte – Miranda! [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
Lo niego todo – Joaquín Sabina [Sony Music Entertaiment España S.L.]


Mejor Canción de Rock

EMPATE
Armas gemelas – Eruca Sativa, songwriters (Eruca Sativa) Track from: Barro Y Fauna [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
Déjala rodar – Diamante Eléctrico, songwriters (Diamante Eléctrico) Track from: La Gran Oscilación [Mercado Negro/Tigo Music] – GANADOR
Días contados – Rafael Bonilla Jorge Holguín “Pyngwi”, songwriters (Rafa Bonilla) Track from: Rafa Bonilla Los Que Sobran [GuitarLabs Records]
La noche – Andrés Calamaro, songwriter (Andrés Calamaro) [Warner Music Spain] Para cuando me muera – Emiliano Brancciari, songwriter (No Te Va Gustar) [Popart Discos] – GANADOR
Que no – Enrique Rangel, songwriter (Café Tacvba) Track from: Jei Beibi [Café Tacvba]

Mejor Álbum de Música Alternativa

Jei Beibi – Café Tacvba [Cafe Tacvba] – GANADOR
Apocalipsis zombi – El Cuarteto De Nos [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
La trenza – Mon
Laferte [Universal Music Group/Discos Valiente]
La promesa de Thamar – Sig Ragga [S-Music S.A./Sony Music]
Palabras manuales – Danay Suárez [Universal Music Group Latino]

Mejor Canción Alternativa

Amárrame – Mon Laferte, songwriter (Mon Laferte Featuring
Juanes) Track from: La Trenza [Universal Music Group/Discos Valiente] – GANADORA
Antonia – Sig Ragga, songwriters (Sig Ragga) Track from: La Promesa De Thamar [S-Music S.A./Sony Music] Apocalipsis zombi – Roberto Musso, songwriter (El Cuarteto De Nos) Track from: Apocalipsis Zombi [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
Apocalíptico – Rafael Arcaute Residente, songwriters (Residente) Track from: Residente [Sony Music Latin] Integridad – Stephen Marley Danay Suárez, songwriters (Danay Suárez Featuring Stephen Marley) [Universal Music Latino]

Mejor Álbum de Salsa

Tributo a la salsa colombiana – 7 Alberto Barros [Barros Production/Fonovisa]
Salsa Big Band – Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado Orquesta [Rubén Blades Productions] – GANADOR
Fase Dos – Juan Pablo Díaz [Juanpi Música]
ADN – Alain Pérez [Egrem]
Isidro Infante Presenta Cuba y Puerto Rico ‘Un Abrazo Musical Salsero’ (Varios Artistas) Isidro Infante, álbum producer [Bis Music/Visión Musical VYT]

Mejor Álbum de Cumbia/Vallenato

Ni un paso atrás – Jorge Celedón y Sergio Luis Rodríguez [Independiente] – GANADOR

Gente valiente – Silvestre Dangond [Sony Music Latin]
Sin límites – El Gran Martín Elías y Rolando Ochoa [Sony Music]
Cumbia del río Magdalena – Juventino Ojito y Su Son Mocaná [Fundación Cuarto Verde]
Patrimonio cultural – Jorge Oñate y Alvaro López [Sony Music]

Mejor Álbum Tropical Contemporáneo

Teatro – Lucas Arnau [Arnau Music]
La parranda de Gaitanes – Gaitanes [Gaitán Bros Productions Corp.]
Bidimensional – Guaco [Producciones Guaqueros C.A.] – GANADOR
Devuélveme mi libertad – Frank Reyes [Mojito Records/Frank Reyes Asociados]
Five – Prince Royce [Sony Music Latin]

Mejor Álbum Tropical Tradicional

Albita – Albita [Innercat Music Group]
Cuba sobre cuerdas – Babalú Quinteto [Merlín Producciones]
Raíz – El Septeto Santiaguero [Egrem]
El añejo jardín – La Colmenita (Varios Artistas) José Manuel García Suárez, producer [Egrem]
To Beny Moré With Love – Jon Secada Featuring The Charlie Sepúlveda Big Band [BMG/ Peermusic] – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Fusión Tropical

Coletera – Colectro [Tambora Records]
Contra Corriente – Gabriel [The United Talent Factory]
Porrock – Adriana Lucía [Sony Music]
Salsangroove – Salsangroove [Independiente]
Olga Tañón y Punto – Olga Tañón [Mia Musa Music/ Sony Music Latin] – GANADOR

Mejor Canción Tropical

Bachata En Kingston – Vicente García, songwriter (Vicente García) Track from: A La Mar [Sony Music] – GANADOR

Cuando beso tu boca – Raul Del Sol Jorge Luis Piloto, songwriters (Mojito Lite) [Sinfonic]
Deja vu – Manny Cruz, Prince Royce, Daniel Santacruz
Shakira, songwriters (Prince Royce With
Shakira) Track from: Five [Sony Music Latin]
Deje de Amar – Medardo Rovayo, songwriter (Felipe Muñiz Featuring
Marc Anthony) [Magnus Media, LLC] HIJOS DEL CAÑAVERAL Hijos del Cañaveral – Residente, songwriter (Residente) Track from: Residente [Sony Music Latin]

Mejor Álbum Cantautor

Erika Ender
A la Mar – Vicente García – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Música Ranchera/Mariachi

Las caras lindas – Flor De Toloache [Chulo Records] – GANADOR
Pero no llorando – Nocturna – Majida Issa [Independiente]
Nuestra herencia – Mariachi Herencia De México [Mariachi Heritage Foundation]
Aún estoy de pie – Mariachi Imperial Azteca [Mariachi Imperial Azteca]
36 aniversario Mariachi Oro de América – Mariachi Oro De América [Elith Records]

Mejor Álbum de Música Banda

Ayer y hoy – Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga [Fonovisa/Universal] – GANADOR
Mis decretos – El Chapo De Sinaloa [Luz Record / Sony Music]
Besos Callejeros –
Maribel Guardia [Tico Sounds]
El mayor de mis antojos – La Original Banda El Limón De Salvador Lizárraga [Luz Record / Sony Music]
Un millón de primaveras – Lalo Mora [Mora Music]

Mejor Álbum de Música Tejana

Debido al bajo número de inscripciones, esta categoría no será premiada este año.

Mejor Álbum de Música Norteña

Gallo Fino – Leonardo Aguilar [Machín Records]
Alma Bohemia – Los Huracanes Del Norte [Garmex Music LLC.]
No. 50 – Los invasores de Nuevo León [Remex Music]
Piénsalo – Los Palominos [M Music Entertainment Group, LLC / Freddie Records] – GANADOR
Los Tercos – Los Tercos [Discos Y Cintas Serca S.A. de C.V.]

Mejor Canción Regional Mexicana

Compromiso descartado –
Espinoza Paz, compositor (Leonardo Aguilar) [Machín Records]
Ganas de volverte a amar – Horacio Palencia, compositor (Horacio Palencia) [Fonovisa]
Sentimiento emborrachado – Raúl Jiménez E. Chucho Rincón, compositores (Santiago Arroyo) Track from: Sentimiento [CHR Records]
Siempre es así – Juan Treviño, compositor (Juan Treviño Featuring AJ Castillo) Track from: Fragmentos [Penfo Music] – GANADOR
Vale la pena – Edgar Barrera, Martín Castro Ortega Alfonso Lizárraga, compositores (Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga) [Fonovisa/Universal]

Mejor Álbum Instrumental

Joined – Cesar Camargo Mariano Featuring Rudiger Liebermann, Walter Seyfarth And Benoit Fromanger [Clef / Pra Produções Ltda]
Spain forever – Michel Camilo Tomatito [Universal Music Spain S.L.] – GANADOR
Conversations with Vladimir Stowe – Gustavo Casenave [Fula Records]
Origen – Daniel Minimalia [Zouma Records]
El tren – Luis Salinas [Luis Salinas]

Mejor Álbum Folclórico

Piango, Piango – Yuvisney Aguilar Afrocuban Jazz Quartet [Rumor Records/ P.a. Rumor SL]

El orisha de la Rosa – Magín Díaz [Noname]
Musas (Un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano en manos de los macorinos, Vol. 1) – Natalia Lafourcade [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.] – GANADOR
Pa’ qué más (Música andina colombiana) – Quinteto Leopoldo Federico [Hoot/Wisdom Recordings]
El Tuyero Ilustrado – Edward Ramírez y Rafa Pino [Independiente]

Mejor Álbum de Tango

Bucles – Patricia Malanca [Epsa Music]
13 – Rodolfo Mederos [BN]
Mixturas – Orquesta de tango de la una [Epsa Music]
20 Años – En vivo en café vinilo – Orquesta El Arranque [Vinilo Discos]
Solo Buenos Aires – Fernando Otero [Rycy Productions, Inc.] – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Flamenco

Memoria de los sentidos – Vicente Amigo [Legacy Recordings /Sony Music Entertainment] – GANADOR
Vengo Caminando – Diego Guerrero [Diego Guerrero Music]
Vente conmigo – Las Migas [Concert Music Entertainment]
Se Llama Flamenco – José Mijita [El Flamenco Vive S.L.]
Directo en el círculo flamenco de Madrid – Tomasa La Macanita y Manuel Valencia [El Flamenco Vive S.L.]

Mejor Álbum de Jazz Latino/Jazz

Hybrido / From Rio to Wayne Shorter – Antonio Adolfo [AAM Music]
Bajo mundo – Oskar Cartaya [Bajo Mundo Music]
Dance of Time – Eliane Elias [Concord Jazz] – GANADOR
Mr. EP – A tribute to Eddie Palmieri – Charlie Sepúlveda The Turnaround [Highnote Records]
Típico – Miguel Zenón [Miel Music]

Mejor Álbum Cristiano (En Español)

Generación radical – Barak [Mar de Cristal Music Ministerio Barak]
Momentos – Alex Campos [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.] – GANADOR
Tu Amor – Gabriela Cartulano [Gabriela Cartulano]
Sol, detente – Álvaro López ResQBand [Independiente]
Confío – Jaci Velasquez [Integrity Music]

Mejor Álbum Cristiano (En Portugués)

Acenda a sua luz – Aline Barros [MK Music] – GANADOR
Piano e Voz…. Amigos e Pertences 2 – Paulo César Baruk Leandro Rodrigues [Musile Records]
Ao vivo em Israel – Fernanda Brum [MK Music]
Clareou – Padre Fábio De Melo [Sony Music Entertainment Brasil]
Incomparável – Bruna Karla [MK Music] Memórias – Eli Soares [Universal Music]

Mejor Álbum Pop Contemporáneo en Lengua Portuguesa

Anavitória – AnaVitória [Universal Music]
Boogie Naipe – Mano Brown [Radar Records]
Troco Likes Ao Vivo: Um filme de Tiago Iorc – Tiago Iorc [Som Livre] – GANADOR
Tudo Nosso – Jamz [Som Livre]
A danada sou eu – Ludmilla [Warner Music]

Mejor Álbum de Rock o Música Alternativa en Lengua Portuguesa

Brutown – The Baggios [Toca Discos]
Aventuras II – Blitz [Deck]
Boca – Curumin [Natura Musical]
MM3 Metá Metá [Jazz Village]
Jardim-Pomar – Nando Reis [Relicario] – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Samba/Pagode

+ Misturado – Mart’nália [Biscoito Fino] – GANADOR
Na Luz do Samba – Luciana Mello [Radar Records]
Alma brasileira – Diogo Nogueira [EMI Records Brasil]

Delírio no Circo – Roberta Sá [MP,B Discos/Bis/Som Livre]
Samba book: Jorge Aragão (Varios Artistas) Alfonso Carvalho, album producer [Musickeria]

Mejor Álbum Música Popular Brasileña

Dos navegantes – (Edu Lobo, Romero Lubambo, Mauro Senise) [Biscoito Fino] – GANADOR
DNA Musical – Alexandre Pires [Som Livre]
Silva Canta Marisa – Silva [Slap Música Brasil]
Até Pensei Que Fosse Minha – António Zambujo [MP,B Discos/Universal Music Portugal]
Zanna – Zanna [Zanna Agencia De Som Ltda – Me]

Mejor Álbum de Música Sertaneja

Daniel – Daniel [Universal Music] – GANADOR
(…) Day Lara [Sony MusicEntertainment Brasil]
1977 Luan Santana [Som Livre]
Realidade – Ao vivo em manaus – Marília Mendonça [Som Livre]
Live – Simone Simaria [Universal Music]

Mejor Álbum de Música de Raíces Brasileñas

Batom Bacaba – Patricia Bastos [Tratore]
No embalo do samba – Pinduca [Na Music]
Canta o Nordeste – Trio Nordestino [Biscoito Fino]
Ascensão (Varios Artistas) – Serena Assumpção, Dipa Dipo Pegoraro, album producers [Selo Sesc]
Ao Vivo – Melodias do Sertão – Bruna Viola [Universal Music] – GANADOR
Chamamé – Yangos [Independente]

Mejor Canción en Lengua Portuguesa

Noturna (Nada de novo na noite) Marisa Monte, Silva Lucas Silva, songwriters (Silva com Marisa Monte) Track from: Silva Canta Marisa [Som Livre]
Pé na aréia – Cauique, Diogo Leite Rodrigo Leite, songwriters (Diogo Nogueira) Track from: Alma Brasileira [Universal Music]

Só posso dizer – Nando Reis, songwriter (Nando Reis) Track from: Jardim – Pomar [Relicario]
Trevo (Tu) – Ana Caetano Tiago Iorc, songwriters (AnaVitória Featuring Tiago Iorc) Track from: AnaVitória [Universal Music] – GANADOR
Triste, louca ou má – Francisco, El Hombre, songwriter (Francisco, El Hombre) Track from: Soltasbruxa [Francisco, El Hombre]

Mejor Álbum de Música Para Niños

¡Churo! – Mariana Baraj [S-Music S.A.]
¡Viva mi planeta 2! – Cantajuego [Sony Music Entertainment España S.L.]
Gracias Cepillín [Alternativa Representa, S.A. de C.V.]
Queridos (en vivo) – Luis Pescetti [LMP]
Aprendendo ritmos da América – Sophia [Nb Music]
Marc Anthony for babies – (Varios Artistas) Marc Anthony, Carlos Escalona Cruz Miguel Ignacio Mendoza, producers [Magnus Music, LLC] – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Música Clásica

Alta Gracia – Nathalie Peña Comas; Nathalie Peña Comas, album producer [Rechord Sounds]
Dixit Dominus: Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel – Jordi Savall; Manuel Mohino, album producer [Alia Vox]
Horacio Gutiérrez Plays Chopin Schumann – Horacio Gutiérrez; Adam Abeshouse, album producer [Bridge Records, Inc.]
Música de compositores costarricenses vol. 2 – Eddie Mora, Directing The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional De Costa Rica; Winnie Camila Berg, solista; Carlos Chaves, album producer [Independiente] – GANADOR
Textures from the North of South In-Hong Cha, Conducting The Orquesta Sinfónica De Venezuela; Hildemaro Álvarez, album producer [Interactive Line Producciones Y Media]

Mejor Obra/Composición Clásica Contemporánea

Ave Maria – Manuel Tejada, composer (Nathalie Peña Comas) Track from: Alta Gracia [Rechord Sound] Azucena – Hebert Vásquez, composer (Susan Narucki) Track from: Cuatro Corridos: A Chamber Opera [Bridge Records, Inc.]
Nene – Diego Schissi, composer (Sibelius Piano Trio) Track from: Sibelius Piano Trio [Yarlung Records] Recordatio – Aurelio De La Vega, composer (Anne Marie Ketchum) [RYCY Productions, Inc.]
Sonata del Decamerón Negro – Leo Brouwer, composer (Mabel Millán) Track from: Gran Recital [ADLib MusicMx] – GANADOR
Sonata for viola and piano – Flavio Chamis André Mehmari, composers (André Mehmari Tatjana Chamis) [Estúdio Monteverdi]

Mejor Diseño de Empaque

El orisha de la rosa – Carlos Dussán, Juliana Jaramillo, Juan Felipe Martínez Claudio Roncoli (Magín Díaz) [Chaco World Music / Noname] – GANADOR
Na medida do impossível – Ao vivo no Inhotim – André Coelho Mariana Hardy, art directors (Fernanda Takai) [Deck]
Pirombeira – Lia Cunha, art director (Pirombeira) [Independente]
Sol – Barão Di Sarno Ciça Góes, art directors (Gustavo Galo) [Independente]
Três no Samba – Fabio Prata, art director (André Mehmari, Eliane Faria Gordinho do Surdo) [Sesc]

Mejor Ingeniería de Grabación para un Álbum

Alas canciones – Guillermo Bonetto, Nahuel Giganti, My-TBeats Pedro Pearson, (Los Cafres) [Popart Discos]

Dance of time – Rodrigo De Castro Lopes, Pete Karam, Paul Blakemore, (Eliane Elias) [Concord Jazz]
Ilusión – Craig Parker Adams Gabe Roth, Juan Pablo Berreondo Gabe Roth, JJ Golden, (Gaby Moreno) [Metamorfosis]
Mis planes son amarte – Josh Gudwin, Tom Coyne, (Juanes) [Universal Music Latino] -GANADOR
ZANNA Moogie Canazio, Moogie Canazio, Moogie Canazio, Carlos De Andrade Ricardo Dias, (Zanna) [Zanna Agencia De Som Ltda – Me]

Productor del Año

Eduardo Bergallo
Al Este (Balboa) (T)
• El Tesoro (El Mató A Un Policía Motorizado) (T)
• Halo (Juana Molina) (A)
• La Promesa De Thamar (Sig Ragga) (A)
• Madre (El Mató A Un Policía Motorizado) (T)
• Mona Lisa (Balboa) (T)
• Postales Negras (El Mató A Un Policía Motorizado) (T)
• Tanguedia (Gabriela Bergallo) (A)
• Yo Soy (Balboa) (T)

Eduardo Cabra – GANADOR
• A La Mar (Vicente García) (A)
• La Fortuna (Diana Fuentes Featuring Tommy Torres) (S)
• La Lucha (La Vida Bohème) (A)
• Sofá (Silvina Moreno) (A)
• Somos (Swing Original Monks) (A)

Moogie Canazio
• Zanna (Zanna) (A)

Hamilton de Holanda, Marcos Portinari, Daniel Santiago
• Casa De Bituca (Hamilton De Holanda Quinteto) (A)

Armando Manzanero
• Armando Manzanero Presenta A Alvera Aquí (Alvera) (A)

Mejor Video Musical Versión Corta

Soy Yo Bomba Estéreo Torben Kjelstrup (director); The Woerks (productor) [Sony Music Latin]
Despacito (Luis Fonsi Featuring Daddy Yankee) Carlos R. Perez (director); Carlos R. Perez (productor) [Universal Music Latino] – GANADOR
Sincericido Leiva Zipi (director); Blur Films (productor) [Ariola/Sony Music Entertainment]
Los charcos Dani Martín Daniel Etura (director); Wonder (productor) [Sony Music Entertainment]
Desencuentro Residente featuring Soko Residente (director); Adiela Marie (productor) [Sony Music Latin]

Mejor Video Musical Versión Larga

MTV Unplugged Miguel Bosé Miguel Roldán, video director; Luis Roberto López, video producer [Warner Music Spain]
Primera Fila Bronco Diego Álvarez, video director; Gastón Etchechoury Miguel Tafich, video producers [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.]
Semblanza Guaco Alberto Arvelo, video director; Gilberto Aguado, Gustavo Aguado, Luis Fernando Borjas, Gabriela Camejo, Victor Márquez Juan Carlos Salas, video producers [Producciones Guaqueros C.A.]
Mis Planes son Amarte
Juanes Kacho Lopez, video director; María Tristana Robles, video producer [Universal Music Latino/National Own]
Musas, El Documental Natalia Lafourcade Bruno Bancalari, video director; Juan Pablo López Fonseca, video producer [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.] – GANADOR

Previamente, LARAS entregó a
Alejandro Sanz el reconocimiento como Persona del año 2017 y el
Premio a la Excelencia Musical reconocerá la trayectoria y aportación de artistas como
Guadalupe Pineda,
Lucecita Benítez,
João Bosco,
Los del Río,
Ilan Chestar,
Victor Heredia y
Cuco Valoy.

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La Academia Latina de la Grabación (LARAS) reconoció a los ganadores de la décima octava edición de
Latin GRAMMY
en Las Vegas y que está siendo transmitida en livestreaming por
Univision.

La gran ganadora de la noche fue
‘Despacito’ que le otorgó cuatro gramófonos a sus creadores. La gran sorpresa de la noche fue
Vicente García con tres gramófonos y uno para su productor Eduardo Cabra. Por su parte, tanto
René Pérez ‘Residente’ como Natalia Lafourcade, Juanes y Ruben Blades se retiraron con dos preseas.

Aquí la lista completa de ganadores en cada categoría:

Álbum del año

Salsa Big Band — Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado Orquesta – GANADOR
Obras son amores – Antonio Carmona
A la mar – Vicente García
Fénix –
Nicky Jam
Mis palnes son amarte –
Juanes
La trenza – Mon
Laferte
Musas (un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano en manos de los macorinos, vol. 1) – Natalia Lafourcade
Residente – Residente
El Dorado –
Shakira
Palabras manuales – Danay Suarez

Grabación del año

La flor de la canela – Rubén Blades
El surco – Jorge Drexler
Quiero que vuelvas –
Alejandro Fernández
Despacito – Luis Fonsi con Daddy Yankee – GANADOR
El ratico –
Juanes Featuring Kali Uchis
Amárrame – Mon
Laferte Featuring
Juanes
Felices los 4
Maluma
Vente pa’ca – Ricky Martin Featuring
Maluma
Guerra -
Residente
Chantaje –
Shakira Featuring
Maluma

Canción del año

Amárrame – Mon Laferte, songwriter (Mon
Laferte Featuring
Juanes)
Chantaje – Kevin Mauricio Jiménez Londoño, Bryan Snaider Lezcano Chaverra, Joel Antonio López Castro, Maluma
Shakira, songwriters (
Shakira Featuring Maluma)
Desde que estamos juntos – Descemer Bueno Melendi, songwriters (Melendi)
Despacito — Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender y Luis Fonsi, compositores (Luis Fonsi con Daddy Yankee) – GANADOR
Ella – Ricardo Arjona, songwriter (
Ricardo Arjona)
Felices los 4 – Mario Cáceres, Kevin Mauricio Jiménez Londoño, Maluma, Servando Primera, Stiven Rojas Bryan Snaider Lezcano, songwriters (Maluma)
Guerra – Residente Jeff Trooko, songwriters (Residente)
La fortuna – Diana Fuentes
Tommy Torres, songwriters (Diana Fuentes Featuring
Tommy Torres)
Tú sí sabes quereme – Natalia Lafourcade, songwriter (Natalia Lafourcade Featuring Los Macorinos)
Vente pa’ca – Nermin Harambasic, Maluma, Ricky Martin, Mauricio Montaner, Ricky Montaner, Lars Pedersen, Carl Ryden, Justin Stein, Ronny Vidar Svendsen Anne Judith Stokke Wik, songwriters (Ricky Martin Featuring Maluma)

Mejor artista nuevo

Paula Arenas
CNCO
Vicente García – GANADOR
Martina La Peligrosa
Mau y Ricky
Rawayana
Sofía Reyes
Rosalía
Danay Suárez
Sebastián Yatra

Otras categorías:

Mejor Álbum Vocal Pop Contemporáneo

Hijos del mar –
David Bisbal [Universal Music Spain S.L.]
Rompiendo fronteras – Alejandro Fernández [Universal Music Latino]
Flora y fauna – Camila Luna [Cinq Music]
El Dorado – Shakira [Sony Music Latin] – GANADOR
Extended play yatra – Sebastián Yatra [Universal Music Latino]

Mejor Álbum Vocal Pop Tradicional

Libre – Franco De Vita [Sony Music Latin]
Salón, lágrimas y deseo – Lila Downs [Sony Music Entertainment México] – GANADOR
Vestido de etiqueta por Eduardo Magallanes – Juan Gabriel [Fonovisa/Universal Music Group]
Una vida – Ednita Nazario [Sony Music Latin] El tren de los regresos – Yordano [Sony Music Latin]

Mejor Fusión/Interpretación Urbana

Si tu novio te deja sola – J. Balvin Featuring Bad Bunny [EMI Latin (LAT)]
Despacito (Remix) – Luis Fonsi Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber [Universal Music Latin Entertainment] – GANADOR
El amante – Nicky Jam Track from: Fénix [Sony Music Latin]
Dagombas en tamale – Residente Track from: Residente [Sony Music Latin]
Chantaje -
Shakira Featuring Maluma Track from: El Dorado [Sony Music Latin/Ace Entertainment S.ar.I.]

Mejor Álbum de Música Urbana

Big Yauran – J Álvarez [On Top Of The World Music]
El círculo – Kase.O [Altafonte Bajo Licencia De Boa Musica/Rap Solo]
Rap komunion – Arianna Puello [Millenium]
Coisas do meu imaginário – Rael [Laboratório Fantasma]
Residente – Residente [Sony Music Latin] – GANADOR

Mejor Canción Urbana

A chapa é quente! – Emicida Rael, songwriters (Língua Franca) [Sony Music Entertainment Brasil]
Coqueta – Luis Díaz, Alejandro Estrada, Bruno Og Jonathan Torres, songwriters (Ghetto Kids) [Ghetto Kids]
El amante – Nicky Jam, Juan Diego Medina Vélez Cristhian Mena, songwriters (Nicky Jam) Track from: Fénix [Sony Music Latin]
Hey ma (Spanish Version) – J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Phillip Kembo, Johnny Michell, Pitbull, Rosina “Soaky Siren” Russell, Jamie Sanderson Tinashe “T-Collar” Sibanda, songwriters (Pitbull J Balvin Featuring Camila Cabello) Track from: Fast Furious 8 – The Album [Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group]

Papa – Lápiz Consciente Vico C, songwriters (Lápiz Consciente Featuring Vico C) Track from: Latidos [Sony Music Latin]
Somos anormales – Rafael Arcaute, Igor Koshkendey Residente, songwriters (Residente) Track from: Residente [Sony Music Latin] – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Rock

Mutante – Daniel Cadena
II – De La Tierra
La gran oscilación – Diamante Eléctrico – GANADOR
Barro y fauna – Eruca Sativa
Todos nuestros átomos – Utopians

Mejor Álbum Pop/Rock

El hombre sin sombra – Mikel Erentxun [Warner Music Spain]
50 palos – Jarabe de Palo [Tronco Records]
Mis planes son amarte – Juanes [Universal Music Latino] – GANADOR
Fuerte – Miranda! [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
Lo niego todo – Joaquín Sabina [Sony Music Entertaiment España S.L.]


Mejor Canción de Rock

EMPATE
Armas gemelas – Eruca Sativa, songwriters (Eruca Sativa) Track from: Barro Y Fauna [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
Déjala rodar – Diamante Eléctrico, songwriters (Diamante Eléctrico) Track from: La Gran Oscilación [Mercado Negro/Tigo Music] – GANADOR
Días contados – Rafael Bonilla Jorge Holguín “Pyngwi”, songwriters (Rafa Bonilla) Track from: Rafa Bonilla Los Que Sobran [GuitarLabs Records]
La noche – Andrés Calamaro, songwriter (Andrés Calamaro) [Warner Music Spain] Para cuando me muera – Emiliano Brancciari, songwriter (No Te Va Gustar) [Popart Discos] – GANADOR
Que no – Enrique Rangel, songwriter (Café Tacvba) Track from: Jei Beibi [Café Tacvba]

Mejor Álbum de Música Alternativa

Jei Beibi – Café Tacvba [Cafe Tacvba] – GANADOR
Apocalipsis zombi – El Cuarteto De Nos [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
La trenza – Mon
Laferte [Universal Music Group/Discos Valiente]
La promesa de Thamar – Sig Ragga [S-Music S.A./Sony Music]
Palabras manuales – Danay Suárez [Universal Music Group Latino]

Mejor Canción Alternativa

Amárrame – Mon Laferte, songwriter (Mon Laferte Featuring
Juanes) Track from: La Trenza [Universal Music Group/Discos Valiente] – GANADORA
Antonia – Sig Ragga, songwriters (Sig Ragga) Track from: La Promesa De Thamar [S-Music S.A./Sony Music] Apocalipsis zombi – Roberto Musso, songwriter (El Cuarteto De Nos) Track from: Apocalipsis Zombi [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
Apocalíptico – Rafael Arcaute Residente, songwriters (Residente) Track from: Residente [Sony Music Latin] Integridad – Stephen Marley Danay Suárez, songwriters (Danay Suárez Featuring Stephen Marley) [Universal Music Latino]

Mejor Álbum de Salsa

Tributo a la salsa colombiana – 7 Alberto Barros [Barros Production/Fonovisa]
Salsa Big Band – Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado Orquesta [Rubén Blades Productions] – GANADOR
Fase Dos – Juan Pablo Díaz [Juanpi Música]
ADN – Alain Pérez [Egrem]
Isidro Infante Presenta Cuba y Puerto Rico ‘Un Abrazo Musical Salsero’ (Varios Artistas) Isidro Infante, álbum producer [Bis Music/Visión Musical VYT]

Mejor Álbum de Cumbia/Vallenato

Ni un paso atrás – Jorge Celedón y Sergio Luis Rodríguez [Independiente] – GANADOR

Gente valiente – Silvestre Dangond [Sony Music Latin]
Sin límites – El Gran Martín Elías y Rolando Ochoa [Sony Music]
Cumbia del río Magdalena – Juventino Ojito y Su Son Mocaná [Fundación Cuarto Verde]
Patrimonio cultural – Jorge Oñate y Alvaro López [Sony Music]

Mejor Álbum Tropical Contemporáneo

Teatro – Lucas Arnau [Arnau Music]
La parranda de Gaitanes – Gaitanes [Gaitán Bros Productions Corp.]
Bidimensional – Guaco [Producciones Guaqueros C.A.] – GANADOR
Devuélveme mi libertad – Frank Reyes [Mojito Records/Frank Reyes Asociados]
Five – Prince Royce [Sony Music Latin]

Mejor Álbum Tropical Tradicional

Albita – Albita [Innercat Music Group]
Cuba sobre cuerdas – Babalú Quinteto [Merlín Producciones]
Raíz – El Septeto Santiaguero [Egrem]
El añejo jardín – La Colmenita (Varios Artistas) José Manuel García Suárez, producer [Egrem]
To Beny Moré With Love – Jon Secada Featuring The Charlie Sepúlveda Big Band [BMG/ Peermusic] – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Fusión Tropical

Coletera – Colectro [Tambora Records]
Contra Corriente – Gabriel [The United Talent Factory]
Porrock – Adriana Lucía [Sony Music]
Salsangroove – Salsangroove [Independiente]
Olga Tañón y Punto – Olga Tañón [Mia Musa Music/ Sony Music Latin] – GANADOR

Mejor Canción Tropical

Bachata En Kingston – Vicente García, songwriter (Vicente García) Track from: A La Mar [Sony Music] – GANADOR

Cuando beso tu boca – Raul Del Sol Jorge Luis Piloto, songwriters (Mojito Lite) [Sinfonic]
Deja vu – Manny Cruz, Prince Royce, Daniel Santacruz
Shakira, songwriters (Prince Royce With
Shakira) Track from: Five [Sony Music Latin]
Deje de Amar – Medardo Rovayo, songwriter (Felipe Muñiz Featuring
Marc Anthony) [Magnus Media, LLC] HIJOS DEL CAÑAVERAL Hijos del Cañaveral – Residente, songwriter (Residente) Track from: Residente [Sony Music Latin]

Mejor Álbum Cantautor

Erika Ender
A la Mar – Vicente García – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Música Ranchera/Mariachi

Las caras lindas – Flor De Toloache [Chulo Records] – GANADOR
Pero no llorando – Nocturna – Majida Issa [Independiente]
Nuestra herencia – Mariachi Herencia De México [Mariachi Heritage Foundation]
Aún estoy de pie – Mariachi Imperial Azteca [Mariachi Imperial Azteca]
36 aniversario Mariachi Oro de América – Mariachi Oro De América [Elith Records]

Mejor Álbum de Música Banda

Ayer y hoy – Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga [Fonovisa/Universal] – GANADOR
Mis decretos – El Chapo De Sinaloa [Luz Record / Sony Music]
Besos Callejeros –
Maribel Guardia [Tico Sounds]
El mayor de mis antojos – La Original Banda El Limón De Salvador Lizárraga [Luz Record / Sony Music]
Un millón de primaveras – Lalo Mora [Mora Music]

Mejor Álbum de Música Tejana

Debido al bajo número de inscripciones, esta categoría no será premiada este año.

Mejor Álbum de Música Norteña

Gallo Fino – Leonardo Aguilar [Machín Records]
Alma Bohemia – Los Huracanes Del Norte [Garmex Music LLC.]
No. 50 – Los invasores de Nuevo León [Remex Music]
Piénsalo – Los Palominos [M Music Entertainment Group, LLC / Freddie Records] – GANADOR
Los Tercos – Los Tercos [Discos Y Cintas Serca S.A. de C.V.]

Mejor Canción Regional Mexicana

Compromiso descartado –
Espinoza Paz, compositor (Leonardo Aguilar) [Machín Records]
Ganas de volverte a amar – Horacio Palencia, compositor (Horacio Palencia) [Fonovisa]
Sentimiento emborrachado – Raúl Jiménez E. Chucho Rincón, compositores (Santiago Arroyo) Track from: Sentimiento [CHR Records]
Siempre es así – Juan Treviño, compositor (Juan Treviño Featuring AJ Castillo) Track from: Fragmentos [Penfo Music] – GANADOR
Vale la pena – Edgar Barrera, Martín Castro Ortega Alfonso Lizárraga, compositores (Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga) [Fonovisa/Universal]

Mejor Álbum Instrumental

Joined – Cesar Camargo Mariano Featuring Rudiger Liebermann, Walter Seyfarth And Benoit Fromanger [Clef / Pra Produções Ltda]
Spain forever – Michel Camilo Tomatito [Universal Music Spain S.L.] – GANADOR
Conversations with Vladimir Stowe – Gustavo Casenave [Fula Records]
Origen – Daniel Minimalia [Zouma Records]
El tren – Luis Salinas [Luis Salinas]

Mejor Álbum Folclórico

Piango, Piango – Yuvisney Aguilar Afrocuban Jazz Quartet [Rumor Records/ P.a. Rumor SL]

El orisha de la Rosa – Magín Díaz [Noname]
Musas (Un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano en manos de los macorinos, Vol. 1) – Natalia Lafourcade [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.] – GANADOR
Pa’ qué más (Música andina colombiana) – Quinteto Leopoldo Federico [Hoot/Wisdom Recordings]
El Tuyero Ilustrado – Edward Ramírez y Rafa Pino [Independiente]

Mejor Álbum de Tango

Bucles – Patricia Malanca [Epsa Music]
13 – Rodolfo Mederos [BN]
Mixturas – Orquesta de tango de la una [Epsa Music]
20 Años – En vivo en café vinilo – Orquesta El Arranque [Vinilo Discos]
Solo Buenos Aires – Fernando Otero [Rycy Productions, Inc.] – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Flamenco

Memoria de los sentidos – Vicente Amigo [Legacy Recordings /Sony Music Entertainment] – GANADOR
Vengo Caminando – Diego Guerrero [Diego Guerrero Music]
Vente conmigo – Las Migas [Concert Music Entertainment]
Se Llama Flamenco – José Mijita [El Flamenco Vive S.L.]
Directo en el círculo flamenco de Madrid – Tomasa La Macanita y Manuel Valencia [El Flamenco Vive S.L.]

Mejor Álbum de Jazz Latino/Jazz

Hybrido / From Rio to Wayne Shorter – Antonio Adolfo [AAM Music]
Bajo mundo – Oskar Cartaya [Bajo Mundo Music]
Dance of Time – Eliane Elias [Concord Jazz] – GANADOR
Mr. EP – A tribute to Eddie Palmieri – Charlie Sepúlveda The Turnaround [Highnote Records]
Típico – Miguel Zenón [Miel Music]

Mejor Álbum Cristiano (En Español)

Generación radical – Barak [Mar de Cristal Music Ministerio Barak]
Momentos – Alex Campos [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.] – GANADOR
Tu Amor – Gabriela Cartulano [Gabriela Cartulano]
Sol, detente – Álvaro López ResQBand [Independiente]
Confío – Jaci Velasquez [Integrity Music]

Mejor Álbum Cristiano (En Portugués)

Acenda a sua luz – Aline Barros [MK Music] – GANADOR
Piano e Voz…. Amigos e Pertences 2 – Paulo César Baruk Leandro Rodrigues [Musile Records]
Ao vivo em Israel – Fernanda Brum [MK Music]
Clareou – Padre Fábio De Melo [Sony Music Entertainment Brasil]
Incomparável – Bruna Karla [MK Music] Memórias – Eli Soares [Universal Music]

Mejor Álbum Pop Contemporáneo en Lengua Portuguesa

Anavitória – AnaVitória [Universal Music]
Boogie Naipe – Mano Brown [Radar Records]
Troco Likes Ao Vivo: Um filme de Tiago Iorc – Tiago Iorc [Som Livre] – GANADOR
Tudo Nosso – Jamz [Som Livre]
A danada sou eu – Ludmilla [Warner Music]

Mejor Álbum de Rock o Música Alternativa en Lengua Portuguesa

Brutown – The Baggios [Toca Discos]
Aventuras II – Blitz [Deck]
Boca – Curumin [Natura Musical]
MM3 Metá Metá [Jazz Village]
Jardim-Pomar – Nando Reis [Relicario] – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Samba/Pagode

+ Misturado – Mart’nália [Biscoito Fino] – GANADOR
Na Luz do Samba – Luciana Mello [Radar Records]
Alma brasileira – Diogo Nogueira [EMI Records Brasil]

Delírio no Circo – Roberta Sá [MP,B Discos/Bis/Som Livre]
Samba book: Jorge Aragão (Varios Artistas) Alfonso Carvalho, album producer [Musickeria]

Mejor Álbum Música Popular Brasileña

Dos navegantes – (Edu Lobo, Romero Lubambo, Mauro Senise) [Biscoito Fino] – GANADOR
DNA Musical – Alexandre Pires [Som Livre]
Silva Canta Marisa – Silva [Slap Música Brasil]
Até Pensei Que Fosse Minha – António Zambujo [MP,B Discos/Universal Music Portugal]
Zanna – Zanna [Zanna Agencia De Som Ltda – Me]

Mejor Álbum de Música Sertaneja

Daniel – Daniel [Universal Music] – GANADOR
(…) Day Lara [Sony MusicEntertainment Brasil]
1977 Luan Santana [Som Livre]
Realidade – Ao vivo em manaus – Marília Mendonça [Som Livre]
Live – Simone Simaria [Universal Music]

Mejor Álbum de Música de Raíces Brasileñas

Batom Bacaba – Patricia Bastos [Tratore]
No embalo do samba – Pinduca [Na Music]
Canta o Nordeste – Trio Nordestino [Biscoito Fino]
Ascensão (Varios Artistas) – Serena Assumpção, Dipa Dipo Pegoraro, album producers [Selo Sesc]
Ao Vivo – Melodias do Sertão – Bruna Viola [Universal Music] – GANADOR
Chamamé – Yangos [Independente]

Mejor Canción en Lengua Portuguesa

Noturna (Nada de novo na noite) Marisa Monte, Silva Lucas Silva, songwriters (Silva com Marisa Monte) Track from: Silva Canta Marisa [Som Livre]
Pé na aréia – Cauique, Diogo Leite Rodrigo Leite, songwriters (Diogo Nogueira) Track from: Alma Brasileira [Universal Music]

Só posso dizer – Nando Reis, songwriter (Nando Reis) Track from: Jardim – Pomar [Relicario]
Trevo (Tu) – Ana Caetano Tiago Iorc, songwriters (AnaVitória Featuring Tiago Iorc) Track from: AnaVitória [Universal Music] – GANADOR
Triste, louca ou má – Francisco, El Hombre, songwriter (Francisco, El Hombre) Track from: Soltasbruxa [Francisco, El Hombre]

Mejor Álbum de Música Para Niños

¡Churo! – Mariana Baraj [S-Music S.A.]
¡Viva mi planeta 2! – Cantajuego [Sony Music Entertainment España S.L.]
Gracias Cepillín [Alternativa Representa, S.A. de C.V.]
Queridos (en vivo) – Luis Pescetti [LMP]
Aprendendo ritmos da América – Sophia [Nb Music]
Marc Anthony for babies – (Varios Artistas) Marc Anthony, Carlos Escalona Cruz Miguel Ignacio Mendoza, producers [Magnus Music, LLC] – GANADOR

Mejor Álbum de Música Clásica

Alta Gracia – Nathalie Peña Comas; Nathalie Peña Comas, album producer [Rechord Sounds]
Dixit Dominus: Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel – Jordi Savall; Manuel Mohino, album producer [Alia Vox]
Horacio Gutiérrez Plays Chopin Schumann – Horacio Gutiérrez; Adam Abeshouse, album producer [Bridge Records, Inc.]
Música de compositores costarricenses vol. 2 – Eddie Mora, Directing The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional De Costa Rica; Winnie Camila Berg, solista; Carlos Chaves, album producer [Independiente] – GANADOR
Textures from the North of South In-Hong Cha, Conducting The Orquesta Sinfónica De Venezuela; Hildemaro Álvarez, album producer [Interactive Line Producciones Y Media]

Mejor Obra/Composición Clásica Contemporánea

Ave Maria – Manuel Tejada, composer (Nathalie Peña Comas) Track from: Alta Gracia [Rechord Sound] Azucena – Hebert Vásquez, composer (Susan Narucki) Track from: Cuatro Corridos: A Chamber Opera [Bridge Records, Inc.]
Nene – Diego Schissi, composer (Sibelius Piano Trio) Track from: Sibelius Piano Trio [Yarlung Records] Recordatio – Aurelio De La Vega, composer (Anne Marie Ketchum) [RYCY Productions, Inc.]
Sonata del Decamerón Negro – Leo Brouwer, composer (Mabel Millán) Track from: Gran Recital [ADLib MusicMx] – GANADOR
Sonata for viola and piano – Flavio Chamis André Mehmari, composers (André Mehmari Tatjana Chamis) [Estúdio Monteverdi]

Mejor Diseño de Empaque

El orisha de la rosa – Carlos Dussán, Juliana Jaramillo, Juan Felipe Martínez Claudio Roncoli (Magín Díaz) [Chaco World Music / Noname] – GANADOR
Na medida do impossível – Ao vivo no Inhotim – André Coelho Mariana Hardy, art directors (Fernanda Takai) [Deck]
Pirombeira – Lia Cunha, art director (Pirombeira) [Independente]
Sol – Barão Di Sarno Ciça Góes, art directors (Gustavo Galo) [Independente]
Três no Samba – Fabio Prata, art director (André Mehmari, Eliane Faria Gordinho do Surdo) [Sesc]

Mejor Ingeniería de Grabación para un Álbum

Alas canciones – Guillermo Bonetto, Nahuel Giganti, My-TBeats Pedro Pearson, (Los Cafres) [Popart Discos]

Dance of time – Rodrigo De Castro Lopes, Pete Karam, Paul Blakemore, (Eliane Elias) [Concord Jazz]
Ilusión – Craig Parker Adams Gabe Roth, Juan Pablo Berreondo Gabe Roth, JJ Golden, (Gaby Moreno) [Metamorfosis]
Mis planes son amarte – Josh Gudwin, Tom Coyne, (Juanes) [Universal Music Latino] -GANADOR
ZANNA Moogie Canazio, Moogie Canazio, Moogie Canazio, Carlos De Andrade Ricardo Dias, (Zanna) [Zanna Agencia De Som Ltda – Me]

Productor del Año

Eduardo Bergallo
Al Este (Balboa) (T)
• El Tesoro (El Mató A Un Policía Motorizado) (T)
• Halo (Juana Molina) (A)
• La Promesa De Thamar (Sig Ragga) (A)
• Madre (El Mató A Un Policía Motorizado) (T)
• Mona Lisa (Balboa) (T)
• Postales Negras (El Mató A Un Policía Motorizado) (T)
• Tanguedia (Gabriela Bergallo) (A)
• Yo Soy (Balboa) (T)

Eduardo Cabra – GANADOR
• A La Mar (Vicente García) (A)
• La Fortuna (Diana Fuentes Featuring Tommy Torres) (S)
• La Lucha (La Vida Bohème) (A)
• Sofá (Silvina Moreno) (A)
• Somos (Swing Original Monks) (A)

Moogie Canazio
• Zanna (Zanna) (A)

Hamilton de Holanda, Marcos Portinari, Daniel Santiago
• Casa De Bituca (Hamilton De Holanda Quinteto) (A)

Armando Manzanero
• Armando Manzanero Presenta A Alvera Aquí (Alvera) (A)

Mejor Video Musical Versión Corta

Soy Yo Bomba Estéreo Torben Kjelstrup (director); The Woerks (productor) [Sony Music Latin]
Despacito (Luis Fonsi Featuring Daddy Yankee) Carlos R. Perez (director); Carlos R. Perez (productor) [Universal Music Latino] – GANADOR
Sincericido Leiva Zipi (director); Blur Films (productor) [Ariola/Sony Music Entertainment]
Los charcos Dani Martín Daniel Etura (director); Wonder (productor) [Sony Music Entertainment]
Desencuentro Residente featuring Soko Residente (director); Adiela Marie (productor) [Sony Music Latin]

Mejor Video Musical Versión Larga

MTV Unplugged Miguel Bosé Miguel Roldán, video director; Luis Roberto López, video producer [Warner Music Spain]
Primera Fila Bronco Diego Álvarez, video director; Gastón Etchechoury Miguel Tafich, video producers [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.]
Semblanza Guaco Alberto Arvelo, video director; Gilberto Aguado, Gustavo Aguado, Luis Fernando Borjas, Gabriela Camejo, Victor Márquez Juan Carlos Salas, video producers [Producciones Guaqueros C.A.]
Mis Planes son Amarte
Juanes Kacho Lopez, video director; María Tristana Robles, video producer [Universal Music Latino/National Own]
Musas, El Documental Natalia Lafourcade Bruno Bancalari, video director; Juan Pablo López Fonseca, video producer [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.] – GANADOR

Previamente, LARAS entregó a
Alejandro Sanz el reconocimiento como Persona del año 2017 y el
Premio a la Excelencia Musical reconocerá la trayectoria y aportación de artistas como
Guadalupe Pineda,
Lucecita Benítez,
João Bosco,
Los del Río,
Ilan Chestar,
Victor Heredia y
Cuco Valoy.

Article source: http://www.univision.com/especiales/latin-grammy/estos-son-los-ganadores-de-latin-grammy-2017

A estreia do ano chegou. Star Wars: Os Últimos Jedi, oitavo capítulo da space opera iniciada por George Lucas, chega finalmente aos cinemas. As primeiras críticas são altamente positivas… menos em Portugal.

É inevitável: o novo filme de Star Wars é a estreia do ano. Os Últimos Jedi é a mais recente adição a um legado iniciado por George Lucas há, precisamente, 40 anos atrás. A saga parecia concluída – e não nos melhores termos – com A Vingança dos Sith, em 2005. Mas, após a venda da Lucasfilm à Walt Disney Pictures, em 2012, tudo mudou. A Disney não quis renunciar um dos maiores sucessos da história do cinema e, por isso, decidiu dar continuidade à saga.

Em 2015 estreava assim Star Wars: O Despertar da Força. Novos heróis e heroínas juntaram-se aos personagens originais que todos reconheciam neste sétimo episódio da saga. A frescura aliou-se à nostalgia e o público respondeu da melhor forma. O Despertar da Força gerou quase dois mil milhões de euros em todo o mundo e tornou-se no terceiro filme mais rentável da história do cinema. Estavam assim lançadas as bases.

Dois anos depois (e com Rogue One: Uma História de Star Wars pelo meio), estreia a sequela de O Despertar da Força. Os Últimos Jedi tem sido apoiado por uma eficaz campanha de marketing que deixou o público repleto de adrenalina. Também a crítica parece estar a render-se ao filme. Mas vamos por partes.

Retomando os eventos do filme anterior, Os Últimos Jedi mostra-nos Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), o lendário Jedi que ajudou a derrubar o império. No entanto, Skywalker não conseguiu reconstruir os Cavaleiros Jedi, resignando-se por isso ao exílio e a uma vida de paz. Mas a ameaçadora Primeira Ordem, nascida das cinzas do império, ameaça a liberdade de todos os povos da galáxia.

A resistência à Primeira Ordem é liderada pela General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), cuja experiência no comando é fulcral. Apesar disso, Leia sabe que a resistência precisa da ajuda do seu irmão. É neste sentido que Rey (Daisy Ridley) é enviada para encontrar Skywalker. A jovem sente o poder da força a despertar cada vez mais dentro de si só ela poderá apelar ao velho Jedi.

Mas, após a derrota da primeira batalha, a Primeira Ordem reorganiza-se. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), jovem Sith, é a principal arma do Líder Supremo Snoke (Andy Serkis) para destruir Luke e Leia.

O regresso de Hamill e a ausência de Fisher

O regresso de Mark Hamill é, talvez, o principal cartão de visita de Os Últimos Jedi. O ator americano, protagonista central da trilogia original, regressa finalmente ao grande ecrã para reinterpretar o papel da sua carreira. Hamill esteve envolvido no filme anterior, mas as cenas que protagonizou foram escassas. Com o rumo da história diretamente focado em Luke Skywalker e no seu caminho de redenção, é esperado que o ator se assuma como um dos protagonistas.

De regresso estão igualmente Daisy Ridley e Adam Driver. A estes juntam-se John Boyega, o stormtrooper desertor que agora luta pela resistência, e Oscar Isaac, um piloto também da resistência. Domhnall Gleeson regressa também para interpretar General Hux, ex-líder de uma base da Primeira Ordem. É esperado também maior protagonismo para Gwendoline Christie (a Brienne de Game of Thrones), que voltará a interpretar a Captain Phasma, comandante dos stormtroopers.

Mas ao impressionante elenco juntam-se também novos nomes. O oscarizados Benicio Del Toro é o nome mais sonante, assim como a atriz Laura Dern. Há também uma galeria de divertidos cameos e pequenas participações especiais que o público poderá descobrir. Atores como Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy ou Simon Pegg estão algures “escondidos” no filme.

O elenco é também assolado pela ausência de Carrie Fisher. A atriz, que se celebrizou no papel de Leia Organa, perdeu a vida há um ano atrás. Vítima de paragem cardíaca, Fisher viria a falecer no dia 27 de Dezembro, causando o luto entre os fãs. Embora já tivesse terminado as filmagens para Os Últimos Jedi, era esperada a sua presença no Episódio IX, com estreia marcada para 2019.

“In loving memory of our princess”

Apesar da perda de Fischer, o realizador de Os Últimos Jedi garante que o arco da sua personagem não foi alterado. Em entrevista à Entertainment Weekly, Rian Johnson disse esperar que os fãs gostem da conclusão dada à personagem. “Não podíamos saber que este seria o último filme de Star Wars em que ela estaria, não fizemos o filme a pensar num final para a personagem. Mas haverá uma reação muito emocional ao que ela vai fazer neste filme“, disse Johnson.

O realizador revelou já também que o filme é dedicado à memória da atriz. O público que já viu o filme confirma-o, enaltecendo a mensagem presente nos créditos finais: “In loving memory of our princess, Carrie Fischer.” Adicionalmente, Johnson fez questão em recordar Carrie Fisher na noite de estreia do filme. “Dedico esta noite à Carrie. Sei que ela está lá em cima a dizer ‘Bolas Rian, como é que te atreves a deprimir as pessoas assim numa noite destas?’. Por isso vamos divertir-nos pela Carrie.”

Os Jedi dormem?

Naturalmente que, tratando-se do franchise que é, as ações de promoção têm sido constantes. O elenco esteve presente no talk-show de Jimmy Kimmel, onde abordou diferentes assuntos. A importância da saga para cada membro, a singularidade da palavra “Jedi” e até a perspectiva do elenco sobre porgs foram alguns dos hilariantes tópicos abordados.

Mark Hamill brindou o público com a sua imitação de Harrison Ford, mas foi Kimmel o maior aliado do espectador. Não disfarçando o entusiasmo, o apresentador conseguiu arrancar uma informação interessante: a primeira palavra dita em Os Últimos Jedi é “nós”.

E o que diz a crítica?

Embora estreie apenas amanhã, já estão disponíveis as primeiras reações ao filme – e são altamente positivas. O site Rotten Tomatoes regista para já uma taxa de aprovação de 94%. O consenso do site é de que o filme “honra o legado da saga e adiciona algumas surpresas, dando aos fãs a ação carregada de emoção que esperam.”

O The Guardian atribui quatro estrelas (em cinco) e fala de um “espetáculo de adrenalina, um filme que vibra com a crença em si mesmo e no seu universo mítico. É impossível não ser varrido” O The Independent segue a mesma nota e classifica este como “o mais divertido filme Star Wars que já vimos.” A Entertainment Weekly atribui um B+ ao filme, que descreve como “um triunfo com falhas. Mas com essas falhas, mostra-nos uma mensagem tão velha como o tempo. Os heróis não vivem para sempre.“Já a Empire chega mesmo à nota máxima, dizendo que este é “um tributo adequado a Carrie Fisher.”

Curiosamente, a crítica portuguesa parece não estar de acordo. O Público descreve Os Últimos Jedi como tendo “uma sensação de claustrofobia intensa que só as coisas muito aborrecidas proporcionam“. O jornal português atribuiu a classificação mínima ao filme.

O público português terá hipótese de julgar por si mesmo, a partir de dia 14.

Article source: https://espalhafactos.com/2017/12/13/star-wars-os-ultimos-jedi-estreia-do-ano/

Here’s a look at Rita Moran’s recent restaurant reviews, in chronological order. Moran visits restaurants unannounced and pays for her meals.

Natas Pastries, Portuguese Cafe and Restaurant, 2388 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 497-3653, nataspastries.com. The new eatery, open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch food, blending interesting Portuguese dishes with the long list of breakfast and lunch items. Among the options are a trio of Mediterranean dips served with pita bread; the surprising Caldo Verde, a traditional soup featuring mashed potatoes and kale; several salads highlighting Portuguese tuna; a Pizza a Portuguesa; and of course pastries that taste as good as they look.

The Nest, 401 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 798-9035. The new informal restaurant just off Montgomery Street is run by Kiona Wachter, in partnership with her father, Erik Wachter, who originated Erik Ericsson’s, now on the Ventura Pier. Across from the restaurant, Kiona created Beach House Tacos, a popular small drop-in spot. Menus at The Nest can change daily but are always likely to include snacks, aka appetizers, tacos, sandwiches and salads, plus a mini pizza for kids.There’s a large patio and a small inside dining area, and of course there’s always takeout. Beach House and cauliflower tacos, and the Tireman smoked brisket sandwich, are a trio of the site’s tasty items.

Bazille at Nordstrom, The Oaks, 346 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 418-4500. The new Bazille restaurant at Nordstrom in Thousand Oaks changes the space’s  ambiance as well as its menu. More light streams in from the tall windows that in the past more shaded atmosphere. But the menu is more interesting than the lighting. There are still items to share or enjoy during a quick stop between shopping stints, but there are also unusually well thought out plates that could serve as hearty lunch or ample dinner. From a simple but innovative plate of Maple Bacon Deviled Eggs to a hearty Warm Asian Glazed Chicken salad or a delicate but highly satisfying plate of seared scallops with lemon-scented risotto, crisp green beans and grilled corn, there are lots of choices. 

Anacappuccino, 289 E. Port Hueneme Road, Port Hueneme. 488-9580. The coffee shop with food for breakfast and lunch opened in 2003 and is family owned and operated. Reasonably priced food items include sandwiches, wraps, salads and soup. Popular early in the weekdays when it opens at 5 a.m. are a breakfast sandwich, oatmeal and croissants. Sandwiches and salads are always available. But for coffee fans, the wide variety of specialty drinks and espresso items offers something for just about every sipper’s taste.

Caribbean Haven, 1780 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 339-0706, caribhaven.com. The new restaurant introduced by Hutton John, a decade-long food catering presence in the Ventura area, features Caribbean and Filipino cuisine prepared with quality and freshness as guides. Options range from appetizers of Crispy Pineapple Sugercane Wings to desserts like cassava pie, with generously portioned entrées like braised oxtail stew, grio pork belly and rasta curry pasta with shrimp. It’s order-at-the-counter, but presented at the table by cheerful and knowledgeable staff.

Greek Cuisine: 315 Carmen Drive, Camarillo. 388-8088. Owners Nikos and Marika Sklavenitis have expanded their restaurant space, thriving since 2007, with the new Greek Cuisine, which of course comes naturally to them, as she’s from Sparta and he’s from Lefkada. The new large area is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., except on Mondays, and offers a good range of Greek favorites, beginning with a stellar avgolemono soup with its zesty twist of lemon, eggs, broth and rice. Plates include a luscious lamb souvlaki and specialty entrées such as dolmathes, spanakopita and moussaka. 

Body Fuel Bistro: 599 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Port Hueneme. 228-1554 bodyfuelbistro.com. The new bistro run by mother and daughter Angie and Hailey Wiggins, who come from a fitness background, offers items that are not only good, but good for you. Food is available for dining at the site or for take-out. All of it comes in sturdy packaging that accommodates both on-site dining and take-out. The very fresh and tasty items include sesame ahi salad, a roast beef sandwich to remember, Shepherd’s Pie and Grand Prix Chili. 

All Things Tea, 300 Lantana St., Suite 37, Camarillo. 445-TEAS, www.tea-liteful.com. A wide range of teas are available at the serene spot in a corner of Paseo Camarillo center, along with British delicacies that accompany High Tea, a specialty of the house, along with other tea settings. There are also salads, sandwiches, sweets, rolls, wraps and quiche for those who prefer just a sample of the good food and preparation offered at the pleasant establishment.

Yolanda’s Mexican Restaurant, 2753 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-2700, yolandasmexicancafe.com. The newly reopened East Ventura restaurant is going full bore now that major hospital construction behind the restaurant has been sufficiently completed. There still is parking directly behind the restaurant, as well as a new multi-story parking garage within the same block. The restaurant has used its downtime well, with a lighter, brighter look and refurbished furnishings. It’s still a pleasant place to order familiar Mexican specialties and the atmosphere is welcoming. Carnitas Veracruz is a standout, soups are bubbling with flavor and desserts are impressive. 

Wildflour Bakery Cafe, 29105 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-8774, www.wfbakery.com. Wildflour is a superior bakery that also serves up fresh and healthy breakfast and lunch dishes, often with slices of its exceptional breads. Among appealing lunch items are the Crispy Chicken on a sesame brioche and the WF chicken salad and quinoa tabouli bowl.

Sea Ranger Seafood Station, 2950 Johnson Drive, 131-B, Ventura. 765-4715. New at the shopping area just off Hwy. 101 that formerly featured a film theater, later transformed into a church. Sea Ranger is one of a handful of counter sites inside one building, with some comfortable table seating shared by all of the food-service spots there, plus a few patio tables. The basic fish items are fresh and well prepared and there are a number of vegan items on the menu, as well as some Paleo Sea Dishes. Available seafood includes fried Alaskan cod, shrimp, a whole red snapper or tilapia, charbroiled fish, seafood salads, soups and sides. 

Cafe Ficelle,390 S. Mills Road, Ventura. 941-3444, www.cafeficelle.com. The recently opened cafe at the corner of Mills and Maple Street has quickly become popular because of its well-prepared French dishes served for breakfast to closing at 2 p.m. Lunch items join the menu at 11 a.m. Breakfast items and pastries are made with impressive skill and attention to quality. Small plates and sandwiches are also popular, along with a wide range of special coffee preparations and distinctive teas.

DiGuardi’s Italian Deli, 417 E. Port Hueneme Road, Port Hueneme. 874-1028. www.diguardisitaliandeli.com. The take-out deli is small put packed with fresh ingredients, with an emphasis on good Italian sausages but also including vegetarian options. There’s a wide range of olives and other enhancements to add to your enjoyment. The Classic hoagie and the Gene hoagie are especially good, and the Italian salad is full of fresh, flavorful ingredients. Nearby parks and of course the beach are inviting spots to enjoy your sandwiches and salads. 

Orozco’s de Ventura, 839 E. Front St., Ventura. 628-3419. The new restaurant near the end of Front Street may be a bit difficult to spot, but once you’ve tried the food you’ll remember where it is. Inside, it’s handsomely decorated with rock wall treatments and furnished with sturdy blond tables and chairs. Hours, and what on the menu is available at the moment, seem to fluctuate, but you might want to try Huevos Divorciados for breakfast or camaron a la Mexicana for lunch or dinner. 

Xielo Artisan Desserts, 212 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 240-1122. A fine family-owned and -operated spot that is small but whose output is of high quality. Crepes, quiches, empanadas and a wide range of exceptionally good cookies are available, along with beverages including coffee, Mexican hot chocolate and shaved ice raspados. The asparagus and bacon quiche is a sure winner.

Q Sushi, 3070 Russell Ranch Road, The Shoppes, Westlake Village. 818-540-3231. An upscale sushi spot, with other fascinating Asian items, and the Kieu Hoang Wine Lounge offer a serene and attractive setting, excellent service and a wide range of sushi, grilled items and izakaya (shared) plates. From a simple American Kobe skewer with truffle salt to the Salmon Festival, a multifaceted special roll, diners can go from light food to full meals with confidence that everything is made with care and an understanding of quality.

Ojai Harvest, 307 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105. 633-9232. The new casual eatery, and its adjacent Harvest Bar, really does serve food that comes from Ojai harvests, gathering in the area’s fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats and converting them into creative and tasty dishes, whether you’re making a brief stop are staying for a meal. Among the goodies that might be available when you stop by the season-driven restaurant are liver mousse, orecchiette and cheese, salmon ciabatta, Cubano Melt or just a perfect fried chicken sandwich. Whatever your tummy tells you, Ojai Harvest has the goods.

Casa Bella Prime Steak and Seafood, 391 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1055. The latest restaurant opened by owner Jan Schuster, who also helms Prime Steakhouse restaurants in Ventura and Agoura Hills. Casa Bella adds spice to the menu, accents that echo those in Mexico City cuisine. Among the lively starters are pleasantly spicy crab cakes and delicious seared scallops. Entrées include a hearty pork chop and tender skirt steak among multiple options. Bread pudding was a delicious dessert that easily satisfied two.

​​​​​​Tio’s Cafe, 2248 Tapo St., Simi Valley. 638-0240, www.tios-cafe.comThe spacious breakfast and lunch cafe offers a wide range of popular wake-up items beginning at 7 a.m. and continues through 3 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch. Options run from basic steak eggs to a lox Benedict; scrambles full of flavor, such as a day’s special artichoke version; French toast and waffles like the fresh fruit-topped Howie’s version; South of the Border Specials; plus lots of sandwiches for the lunch bunch.

Fluid State Beer Garden, 692 E. Main St., Ventura. 699-6467. Buoyed by carefully chosen food, a wide selection of beverages and a delightful sense of humor, the new spot is a welcome addition to Downtown Ventura. Orders are taken at a counter, with a daily menu available to peruse before choosing. The day’s special charcuterie plate is also listed on a blackboard. A simple slice of pizza, with an especially rustic crust and unusual combinations of toppings is a good place to start, but even items as simple as a deviled egg or as basic as a salad are treated with a sense of the possibilities of basic foods.

Le Petit Cafe Bakery, 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 112, Ventura Harbor. 642-1191. The cafe and bakery, thriving at its present location since 2001, is open for lunch and dinner, with different hours for different days of the week. Ample French favorites, from crepes to croissants and Croque Monsieur to Confit de Canard, are available and enlivened by fresh local ingredients. There are surprises like a day’s special soup of a surprisingly pleasant blend of sweet potatoes and jalapeños, or a delightfully light goat cheese baguette with sun-dried tomatoes. And there’s always the bakery, also with a French accent.

​​​​​​Dong Ting Spring, 520 N. Ventu Park Road, Suite 150, Thousand Oaks. 262-0888. If you’re looking for authentic Hunan-style Chinese food, this is the place to find it. There are lots of items on the new restaurant’s menu that you won’t find on other area Chinese eatery menus, among them specialty fish filet with pickle, egg and corn sweet soup, house beef rolls, chicken feet, stinky tofu and spicy duck necks. More familiar items also are served, but the main dishes really stand out as coming from a different take on Chinese food.

​​​​​​PokeRamen, 429 E. Hueneme Road, Port Hueneme. 246-5541, www.pokeramen.comThe months-old restaurant features appealingly fresh poke, ramen and cupbop dishes with a Korean sensibility along with a small assortment of sushi rolls. It’s ordered at the counter but served at tables. Owner and staff are particularly helpful to customers, especially at times when there isn’t a large crowd during its lunch or evening hours. The poke is especially appealing and fresh, the ramen tingles the tongue with its bright flavors and the cupbop is very satisfying.

Finney’s Crafthouse and Kitchen, 982 S. Westlake Blvd., at Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks. 230-9950. Greg Finefrock’s new watering spot offers Craft Draft with emphasis on local and regional brews. The food is fun and fine, too, with Bratwurst Minis, mahi-mahi tacos, mushroom burgers and The Daisy Club Sandwich among the offerings.

CiCi’s Cafe, 30990 Russell Ranch Road, Westlake Village. 818-874-3391. Following in the successful footsteps of its sister cafe, which opened in 2006 in Tarzana, the new site offers an amazing array of pancakes, waffles, French Toast and crepe options, along with salads, burgers and such, served in the pleasant indoor area or on the sunny patio. Forget-Me-Not crepes are memorable, as are the Corn Island pancakes, to mention a few of the countless tempting options. The service is as good as the food.

EMC Seafood Raw Bar, 511 Town Center Drive, The Collection, Oxnard. 278-4997. The recently opened shellfish and other seafood restaurant features an abundance of choices including oysters, seafood sashimi and carpaccio, sushi rolls and small plates among starters, plus main dishes from the grill or steamer and combinations teamed with pasta or rice. Arriving during happy hour, 3 to 6:30 p.m. will get you price reductions on some of your favorites. 

Sakura Cha Ya, 2810 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands, Oxnard. 901-3104. The homestyle preparation at the Japanese kitchen in the harbor’s food court features fresh traditional dishes that range from a flavorful okonomiyaki, Japanese-style pizza, to familiar curries, tempura, bowls, noodle dishes and rice balls. If you’re hungry it’s best to get there well before 5 p.m., when they close Tuesdays through Thursdays, and Sundays. On Friday and Saturday nights, the eatery remains open till 8 p.m. Pork katsu don features a generous portion of breaded pork cutlet and there may be surprises that aren’t on the menu but are featured for the day. 

Burgerim, 587 N. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. 375-0066, www.burgerim.comFirst of the chain of restaurants founded in Israel to arrive in Ventura County, it features mini burgers with main item patties available made of beef, turkey, lamb, dry-aged beef, chicken, chorizo, salmon, veggies, spicy beef and Wagyu beef. The lamb and dry-aged beef stand out with fuller flavors and a touch of moisture. The mini burgers come with house sauce, lettuce, tomato and onions, and customers may add toppings that range from pineapple and jalapeño, to sautéed mushrooms or even a sunny-side up egg.

Blaze Pizza, 301 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. 368-0593. The concept is simple. All of the pizzas are built on thin crusts as customers choose either a Signature Pizza for which the ingredient combinations are already designed or choose-your-own toppings, freelancing through the array of sauces, cheeses, meats, veggies and “finishes,” with counter staff adding whatever you point at. It doesn’t matter, as it all costs the same price per pizza, $8.45. Salads and desserts are also available, with the former possible as one of the toppings on your personalized pizza. The Art Lover pizza is popular, and even if you don’t find all the toppings you want on that particular pie, you can have some more ingredients added as you pass along the line.

Lucky Thai Cuisine, 1141 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura. 444-4563, www.luckythaiventura.comLess than a year old, the wide-ranging Thai restaurant offers oodles of options in its appetizers, soups, main dishes and desserts, with tom kha and tom yum among the soups; green, red, yellow, pumpkin or mango among the curries; pad see ew a choice among the noodles; spicy basil duck among the fried rice offerings; and cashew nut with shrimp a wok possibility. Thai iced coffee is as refreshing in looks as it is in flavor.

Article source: http://www.vcstar.com/story/entertainment/dining/2017/11/20/second-helpings-recent-restaurant-reviews/836186001/

Desenvolvido pelo estúdio independente Little Car Feet e publicado pela Degica Games, conhecida pelo RPG Maker, o game OneShot chega ao Brasil nesta terça-feira (12) para PC, por meio do Steam. Lançado originalmente no final de 2016, o jogo agora está completamente traduzido para o português.

OneShot é ambientado em um mundo pós-apocalíptica e traz como principal destaque a sua narrativa envolvente e cheia de momentos de reflexão.

Desde a sua publicação, o game vem recebendo avaliações extremamente positivas no Steam por trazer uma experiência muito curiosa que mistura elementos de puzzle com mecânicas exclusivas.

O game já está disponível no Steam por R$ 19,99, pela versão básica, e pelo valor de R$ 38,22, pelo pacote que inclui o game e a trilha sonora completa da obra.

Fonte: Steam

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Chamber Music Amici to play works of Bach

Chamber Music Amici performs “Bach in the Family” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Wildish Theater, 630 Main St., Springfield. Guest artists include flutist Molly Barth, ­harpsichordist Julia Brown, Arnaud Ghillebaert on violin and viola, cellist Steve Pologe and violinist Sharon Schuman. The concert will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach and three of his sons, such as Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1039, Violin Sonata in E Minor and BWV 1023.

Tickets start at $28 to $40 and $5 for students, available from chambermusicamici.org, 541-953-9204 or email info@chambermusicamici.org.

Dance troupes to give performance Thursday

A collaborative concert, which focuses on bringing people of all abilities together through dance and movement, will feature “Spectrum” by DanceAbility, directed by Alito Alessi, and University of Oregon Dance, directed by Shannon Mockli. The free performance at 7 p.m. Thursday will be held at the Dougherty Dance Theater in the Gerlinger Annex, 1484 University St., on the UO campus. Senior undergraduate dance students took classes with DanceAbility International that enhanced student’s skills while working with mixed-­ability dancers. Information: danceability.com .

Symphony to perform Messiah by Handel

Eugene Symphony presents Handel’s ­Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Eugene Symphony Chorus joins the ­orchestra for the complete ­Messiah, ­featuring all of the traditional arias and choruses. ­Tickets to the ­performance in the Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center, Willamette Street and Seventh Avenue, are $41 to $67 and $10 for ages 6 to 18, available at hultcenter.org or by calling 541-682-5000.

Portugese music’s ‘newvoice’ to play on Friday

California-based artist and composer Ramana Vieira will pay tribute to Portugese Fado queen Amalia Rodrigues during her performance at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Axe Fiddle, 657 E. Main St. in Cottage Grove.

Vieira has been described by the Mundo Portugues newspaper as the “New voice of Portuguese world music.” Vieira has a personal history with Fado music. Her grandfather was a well-known musician and composer from Madeira Island, Portugal. Fado music dates back to the early 19th century as a genre of Portuguese music. Being raised in the Bay Area, California Vieira’s style has fused American and Portuguese classics.

Tickets are $15 in advance (axeandfiddle.com) and $17 at the door.

To learn more about Vieira and to hear samples of her music, visit ramanavieira.net.

Cascade Chorus holds Christmas show Sunday

The Cascade Chorus Annual Christmas Show will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road. The Cascade Chorus, the Eugene chapter of the Barbershop Harmony ­Society, performs for its 29th year. The show, which includes community members singing in the Cascade Community Christmas Chorus; men’s quartet, Social Insecurity; women’s quartet, the Diamond Dames; the Medford Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Rogue Valley Harmonizers; and the jazz vocalist group from Sheldon High School, the Dublinaires. Tickets start at $12 to $15 and $6 to $7.50 for ages 12 and younger, available at the door.

‘Sounds of Christmas’ features organ, brass

“The Sounds of Christmas,” a Wurlitzer pipe organ and brass concert, will be held at noon Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, 229 S. Broadway, Coos Bay. With Lee Littlefield and Pail Quarino on the Wurlitzer pipe organ and The Christmas Brass, the free concert that has been running for four decades returns to downtown Coos Bay. Information: Call the Egyptian Theatre at 541-808-8295.

Youth Ballet presents shortened ‘Nutcracker’

“The Nutcracker: Short and Suite” performed by the Eugene Youth Ballet is a child-sized version of the classic “Nutcracker” ballet. Two free shows, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., will be held on Wednesday at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave. The dancers will take the audience around the globe and leave them dreaming of sugar plum fairies. Information: Call 541-682-8316 or visit eugene-or.gov/library.

Songwriters’ concert celebrates holidays

The sixth annual Eugene Songwriters’ Concert will celebrate the holiday season and benefit the Egan Warming Center. The Eugene Caldera Songwriters, a group of local musicians, offer an evening of community, celebration and song starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St. The evening, hosted by Beth Wood and Laura Golden, will feature songs in various styles, haiku poetry and humor. Planned performances by Beth Wood, Cross Current, Anna Tivel, Jeffrey Martin, Stacy Henle, Dave Taylor, Wandering Thyme, Laura Golden, Len Grillo, Willie McEachern, John Shipe, Do Mi Stauber and Kathy Marshall.

The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are a suggested donation of $5 to $20. All proceeds benefit the Egan Warming Center. Donations of hats, gloves, blankets, coats, sweaters, pillows, white socks and toiletries are appreciated. Information: 541-345-8986 or visit tsunamibooks.org.

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LISBON, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — Portuguese unemployment rate fell further than forecast in August and is expected to register a 9-and-a-half year low in September, the National Statistics Institute (INE) announced on Monday.

The August 8.8 percent figure was a 0.1 percentage point down from the previous month and 0.4 percentage points less than three months earlier.

The fall continues a downward trend which began in January 2013, when unemployment peaked at 17.5 percent.

The INE also released provisional figures for September, with the headline rate expected to drop again, down to 8.6 percent. If this is confirmed, unemployment will be at its lowest rate since April 2008.

The unemployed population was estimated at 442,000 for September, with 4.71 million people in work. This represents a 0.8 percent climb in employment over the past three months.

However, the positive news was slightly tempered by a rise in youth unemployment. In the 15- to 24-year-old bracket, unemployment was estimated at 25.7 percent for September, up 0.9 percent in August and 2.5 percent in July.

Article source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/30/c_136715735.htm

LISBON, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — Portuguese unemployment rate fell further than forecast in August and is expected to register a 9-and-a-half year low in September, the National Statistics Institute (INE) announced on Monday.

The August 8.8 percent figure was a 0.1 percentage point down from the previous month and 0.4 percentage points less than three months earlier.

The fall continues a downward trend which began in January 2013, when unemployment peaked at 17.5 percent.

The INE also released provisional figures for September, with the headline rate expected to drop again, down to 8.6 percent. If this is confirmed, unemployment will be at its lowest rate since April 2008.

The unemployed population was estimated at 442,000 for September, with 4.71 million people in work. This represents a 0.8 percent climb in employment over the past three months.

However, the positive news was slightly tempered by a rise in youth unemployment. In the 15- to 24-year-old bracket, unemployment was estimated at 25.7 percent for September, up 0.9 percent in August and 2.5 percent in July.

Article source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/30/c_136715735.htm

There are few things more satisfying than breaking up with your major cable company. You no longer have to install a satellite or pay through the nose for a massive cable package when you only care about a handful of channels. But while Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime might satisfy your need for on-demand movies and TV shows, you may still find yourself wanting live TV streaming, especially if there’s a series you want to watch in real time or there’s a big game on you just can’t miss.

Thankfully, there are plenty of live TV streaming options to choose from—too many in fact. In the last two years, the market has been flooded with new services, and figuring out which one is right for you can get complicated quickly. We’ve broken down all of the best options below to help the decision-making process easy for you.

The best live TV streaming options

Hulu with Live TV

Launched in 2017, Hulu with Live TV is exactly what it sounds like: a live TV streaming option from one of the leaders in on-demand entertainment. The best part about it is that it comes with free access to Hulu with Limited Commercials (a $7.99/month value), unlocking its deep library of movies TV showsanimedocumentariesscary movies, and must-see Hulu originals.

Cost: Hulu with Live TV has just one tier of pricing: $39.99 per month. Hulu also offers premium channel offerings like HBO ($14.99/month), Cinemax ($9.99/month), and Showtime ($8.99). 

Channels: Hulu with Live TV offers over 50 channels, though the exact number is dependent upon on the number of local channels you’ll be able to pick up. You can expect to find popular favorites like Food Network, Nat Geo, TNT, and the Travel Channel, along with ESPN and each of the major news networks. Sadly, Hulu doesn’t have a deal with Viacom, so you won’t get Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, or Nickelodeon. AMC is also missing. 

Devices: Hulu with Live TV works on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

Special features: Each subscription comes with 50 hours of DVR recording time, with no time limits on how long you can store material. If 50 hours isn’t enough, you can get 200 hours of Cloud DVR for $15 a month. Please note, you can’t fast forwards through ads on your DVR’d shows unless you subscribe to Hulu’s $4 a month ad-free service.

Why you’ll love it: Hulu is a brilliant middle ground, offering a world-class streaming service in addition to streaming live TV. However, while its design is beautiful, it can take some getting used to, especially given the way it curates channels based on what you watch. If you want to surf or find your DVR shows, you’ll need to dig through menus, which often feels like a hassle. Still, for the cost and what you get, Hulu with Live TV is an incredible deal. We just don’t recommend it if you find existing streaming services difficult to navigate.

PS Vue

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to own a PlayStation to use PS Vue. Launched in 2015, PS Vue is a standalone streaming service that offers some of the best bonus features around but at a premium price.

Cost: PS Vue comes in four different tiers of service: $39.99 for 45-plus channels, $44.99 for 60-plus channels, $59.99 for 90 channels, and $74.99 for those same 90 channels plus HBO and ShowtimeIn addition to the standard tiers, Vue offers several add-on channel packages, such as the Español Pack or the gamer-focused Machinima. 

Channels: Each of PS Vue’s four tiers comes a myriad of channels, with popular channels like ESPN, SYFY, FX, Disney, and Food Network includes at all levels. The major difference between the base Access package ($39.99/month) and the Core package ($44.99/month) is the addition of sports channels like ESPN 3 and the NFL Network, while the Elite package ($59.99/month) adds BBC World News, Epix, and NBA TV. Finally, the $74.99 Ultra package gives you everything included in the Elite plan, with the addition of both HBO and Showtime. For even more sports action, the add-on Sports Pack tacks on NFL RedZone, MLB Network Strike Zone, ESPN Goal Line and a few other channels for $10/month. Like Hulu with Live TV, PS Vue doesn’t have access to Viacom channels anymore, though it once did and perhaps might again someday.

PS Vue channels available for $74.99/month Ultra package

Devices: PS Vue is available on PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku devices, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV devices, iOS, Android, web browsers, Chromecast, and Kodi.

Special features: Vue subscribers can store most shows on cloud DVR for up to 28 days after they were recorded, though some channels and sporting events are blocked from recording. While Vue’s DVR is limited, the service’s Catch-Up feature makes up for it. It allows you to go back to your channel listings up to three days and watch almost anything. Users who watch on a PS4 can watch up to three live channels at once on their screen, a particularly nice perk for Sony loyalists.

Why you’ll love it: If you long for the days of your massive cable package and don’t mind paying a little extra, PS Vue is a competitive position, but it’s the most expensive service available. That said, with PS Vue, up to five total streams are supported at once, so if you’re trying to find a package that you can split with roommates or family, it’s a great option. 

Sling TV

Sling TV is arguably the most established and well-known live streaming TV service. It launched in 2015 and has earned a loyal following for its cheap plans and à la carte options.

Cost: Sling TV’s Orange package is just $20 a month, its Blue package costs $25 a month, while the combination Orange + Blue package run $40 a month. Yes, you have to pay extra for ABC ($5/month). HBO costs $14.99, the same it does most other places. While the start-up cost is low, when you factor in add-on channels, Sling TV quickly adds up.

Channels: Sling Orange comes with around 30 channels, while the Blue package comes with 45, depending on what local options are available to you. If you bundle the two packages together there is some overlap, so you’ll only end up with about 50 channels. If you’re looking for the cheapest access to ESPN, Sling TV is for you, with the $20 Orange package delivering all the sports you can handle. Each of the three packages includes CNN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, FX, AMC, NFL Network, and more. Sadly there’s no MTV.

Devices: Sling TV works on a remarkable number of devices, with the notable exception of Sony devices. Sling TV can be streamed via Amazon Fire devices, Apple TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, certain LG smart TVs, Roku, and Xbox One.  

Special features: Sling offers DVR, but it costs an extra $5 a month for 50 hours of storage, but take note that many channels can’t be recorded. You can find a complete list of those channels here.

Why you’ll love it: Sling TV is a winner when it comes to price and interface. You can’t beat its $20 entry point, and once you’re logged in, navigating is a breeze. Unlike Hulu with Live TV and PS Vue, Sling TV has a menu system that’s easy to pick up from the get-go. Still, if you’re looking to add channels beyond the standard package, Sling TV’s monthly price can creep up.

DirecTV Now

Technically, you wouldn’t be breaking up with your cable company if you signed up for DirecTV Now, but its live TV streaming service has a lot to offer, especially if you already have an ATT Unlimited plan.

Cost: DirecTV Now offers four different channel packages: Live a Little ($35/month), Just Right ($50/month), Go Big ($60/month), and Gotta Have It (a whopping $70/month). DirecTV Now has the best price for HBO as an addon (just $5/month) and Starz ($8). Even better, ATT Unlimited data plan subscribers can knock $25 off the cost of service each month, making the starting price just $10 a month.

Channels: DirecTV Now gives viewers a lot for their money, starting with the $35 package. The base level package gives you 60-plus channels, which includes ESPN, CNN, Cartoon Network, SYFY, Food, Disney and more. Each tier beyond that adds an average of 20 channels, meaning you get 80-plus channels with Just Right, 100-plus channels with Go Big, and 120-plus channels in the Gotta Have It level. That’s more channels for your dollar than PS Vue offers, but it also might be more than you’ll need. 

DirecTV Now Gotta Have It’s package is $70/month

Devices: DirecTV Now supports Apple TV, iOS and Android, Chromecast, Fire TV and tablet devices, Roku, and select smart TVs.

Special features: Similar to PS Vue, DirecTV Now subscribers can go back 72 hours in their channel listings to watch almost any program that has already aired. At the moment, DirecTV Now does not support cloud DVR, but the service has started beta testing the feature, meaning it will be available in the near future. The service is also zero-rated for ATT subscribers, even if they don’t have an unlimited plan. That means you can watch DirecTV Now content on your phone without it using up all of your data allotment. 

Why you’ll love it: DirecTV Now feels just like a normal cable experience, down to its grid interface for surfing channels. Beyond that, it’s an incredible deal, giving you more for less than any other service. As soon as they fix its DVR situation, DirecTV Now will be the clear leader of the pack.

FuboTV

Originally launched as a way to watch sports online, FuboTV has expanded its offerings to compete with other live TV streaming, and it’s competitively priced.

Cost: FuboTV offers three levels of service. Fubo Premier, the standard package, costs $39.99/month (after a two-month introductory rate of $19.99/month). The service also offers two specialty streaming packages—Fubo Latino for $14.99 a month, and Fubo Portugues for $19.99 a month—but those packages come with deeply limited channel options.

Channels: If you want a mostly standard TV package, Fubo Premiere is the only way to go. Subscribers get 70-plus channels, depending on what local channels are available in your area. FuboTV is heavily weighted towards sports, particularly soccer. In fact, over 20 of the channels that come with the basic package are focused on sports, but it glaringly omits ESPN. Other standard programming channels like Bravo, FX, FXX, Nat Geo, USA, MSNBC, Fox News, SyFy, Food Network, Travel Channel, History, and other major cable options are included. Yet again, Viacom properties like MTV, Comedy Central, and VH1 are absent.

Fubo’s Latino and Portugues packages are expensive for what you get, but a useful option for the people they’re intended for. Fubo Latino offers 13 channels with your subscription, while Fubo Portugues offers just five. Fubo Latino includes Univision, Univision TDN, Fox Deportes, UniMas, and Nat Geo Mundo among its channels. Meanwhile, Fubo Portugues comes with Benfica TV, a Portuguese sports channel; RTP International, the international service for Portuguese public broadcasting; and the soccer-focused GOL TV.

FuboTV’s Premier channels ($39.99/month)

Devices: FuboTV is another service that leaves game console viewers out in the cold, but thankfully there are plenty of other options to choose from. Roku, Apple TV, iOS and Android, Amazon Fire devices, Android TV, and Chromecast all support FuboTV.  

Special features: Fubo has recently upgraded its service, offering 30 hours of cloud DVR to all users, upgradable to 500 hours for an extra fee. In addition, the service has also introduced its own 72-hour lookback feature, letting you go back to your listings to watch shows that have already aired.

Why you’ll love it: FuboTV feels like a good service on the verge of becoming a great one. For a sports-focused company, the lack of ESPN is odd, but no one else in the game offers as many options for sports fans, and its’ Sports Plus package adds 15 additional channels that include NFL RedZone and five Pac 12 channels. 

YouTube TV

Launched in April 2017, YouTube TV offers solid competition in the world of live TV streaming and boasts some of the best features around. You’ll get a free Google Chromecast just for signing up.

Cost: YouTube TV’s basic plan costs $35/month. Additional channels like Shudder and Sundance can be added for an extra $5 and $7 a month, respectively.

Channels: The service boasts just over 50 channels, ranging from CBS to ESPN, though there are some odd holes in the lineup. You get Fox and MSNBC, but not CNN, for example.Still, there are plenty of solid options, including AMC, FX, and SYFY, and Nat Geo. Showtime, Fox Soccer Plus, Shudder, and Sundance are all also available for an extra fee.

Devices: Other than the PlayStation ecosystem, YouTube TV works almost everywhere. It supports iOS, Android, Chromecast, Android TV, some Samsung and LG smart TVs, and Xbox One.  

Special features: YouTube TV has some of the most generous special features in the live TV streaming world. While every service allows multiple users to watch at the same time on one account, YouTube takes it to the next level by offering six accounts per household. Each with their own personal login and unlimited DVR, meaning you’ll never accidentally record over your roommate or Mom ever again. YouTube is also one of the only services that lets you fast forward through ads on your DVR’d shows, which is always a bonus. YouTube TV also gives you access to YouTube Red Originals. 

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Why you’ll love it: YouTube TV is odd. It’s more expensive than Sling TV and only $5 less than Hulu with Live TV, but its unlimited cloud DVR is hard to beat. The interface takes some getting used to, but the service’s live TV grid view is helpful for planning your viewing schedule. YouTube TV is best for houses with multiple viewers all sharing an account.

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

Article source: https://www.dailydot.com/debug/live-tv-streaming/

Japan’s Sony Corp announced on Wednesday it had brought back Aibo more than a decade since it last made the robotic dog. The report comes one day after Sony confirmed its resurgence by forecasting its highest-ever profit this financial year, sending its shares up to a nine-year high.

“AIBO” is an acronym for “Artificial Intelligence Robot” but is also similar to the word pal or partner in Japanese. Sony’s Aibo is billed as an “entertainment robot” that behaves like a real dog using artificial intelligence (AI) and is another homage to the past. It can learn and interact with its owner and surroundings. Its upgraded equipment also has new sensing and movement technologies allowing it to move more smoothly and naturally.

Sales are set to begin in Japan in January, though preorders are already being taken. Priced at 198,000 yen (1,500 euros, $1,700) anyone can take one home if they agree to the additional monthly fee for cloud-based services which will allow updates.

The tail wagging the dog

Sony pioneered such entertainment robots with its original Aibo in 1999. It sold about 150,000 of the models in Japan before ceasing production seven years later in 2006 when its core consumer electronics business struggled in price wars with emerging Asian rivals. In July 2014, the company stopped providing repairs and customer service for Aibo products altogether.

“It was a difficult decision to stop the project in 2006, but we continued development in AI and robotics,” Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai said at a news briefing.

Like many other tech firms, Sony sees artificial intelligence as a major force for future growth and a way to rebuild its reputation for innovation after years of restructuring.

The company also invested an undisclosed sum last year in Cogitai, an American AI startup focusing on technology that allows machines to learn continually and autonomously from interactions in the real world.

Additionally, the Japanese conglomerate has established a venture capital fund to build partnerships with researchers and startup companies in artificial intelligence and robotics.

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    The world’s most successful video game franchise

    Super Mario is a well-known leading man among children and adults alike (above at the 2017 Gamescom fair in Cologne). Since 2005, he has had a star on the Walk of Game, a spin-off of the Walk of Fame, which can be found in a San Francisco shopping center. But the famous Hollywood sidewalk could still yet be a possibility…

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    Creator Shigeru Miyamoto

    The brains behind Super Mario also came up with other video game success stories like “The Legend of Zelda” and “Pimkin.” After a short interlude as CEO in 2015, Miyamoto is currently Creative Fellow at Nintendo, an honorary position for the legendary game designer.

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    It all started with an ape

    In the 1981 arcade game “Donkey Kong,” the girlfriend of an overall-wearing carpenter (Mario had a previous handyman career before becoming a plumber) is captured by a gorilla and must be saved. The game was Nintendo’s breakthrough into the American market, becoming the second most-successful arcade game in the US after Pacman.

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    Mario becomes a star

    Mario’s design was significantly influenced by graphic capabilities. A mustache was easier to portray than a mouth, and the hat spared designers the complicated work of depicting hair. Mario also wasn’t always the little man’s name. His previous monikers include “Mr. Video” as well as “Jumpman.”

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    The dream team of Mario und Luigi

    Mario’s brother Luigi made his appearance in the 1983 “Mario Bros.” But it was only with the next game, the 1985 “Super Mario Bros” that the plumbing brothers made video game history. Today it remains one of the most successful video games of all time. It had a profound influence on the Jump’n’Run genre and inspired many future designers. It also introduced Princess Peach to the world.

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    Big screen problems

    TV series and a feature film followed on the heels of the console game’s success, but the other mediums didn’t do nearly as well. Despite famous actor Bob Hoskins in the role of Mario (above) and co-star Dennis Hopper, the 1993 “Super Mario Bros.” movie flopped in cinemas. The confusing plot and the gloomy setting may have turned off viewers.

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    Mario, Mario and, once again, Mario

    However, the subsequent “Mario Bros.” games found success, and not just in homes. The games were played on the 1990s most popular mobile console, GameBoy, as well as on the Nintendo Wii console, introduced in 2006 and complete with motion sensors. Mario also appeared in 3D and an extra Mario Kart series was developed. And as of 2016, you can find Mario games on your Smartphone, too.

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    ‘It’s-a-me-Mario’

    Everyone may have a little Mario inside of them, but there is only one true Mario voice, that of Charles Martinet. Since 1995, the US actor has lent his voice to the pudgy plumber and given him his calling-card motto. You can also hear Martinet in the Japanese version of the game. The actor can often be spotted at gaming events around the world.

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    Mario universe

    The number of characters in Mario’s world have grown significantly over time. Yoshi, Bowser, King Buu Huu – more than 37 friends and acquaintances can be found romping around the Mario universe.

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    The adventure continues

    “Super Mario Odyssey” is the latest gaming escapade. The game was designed for the new Nintendo console Switch and will be released at the end of October. In the meantime, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is working on a new Mario theme park in Japan. It should be finished by the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. In Mario’s own words, “Mamma mia!”

    Author: Julia Hitz


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Article source: http://www.dw.com/en/sony-revives-discontinued-robo-dog/a-41193040

LISBON, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was here on Monday to take part in a Portuguese Council of State meeting.

“It is an honor for I know it is rare for a Portuguese to be invited to these meetings,” Junker said. The EC president was invited to take part in the meeting by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

Junker spoke briefly to the press outside the presidential palace where he spoke about Portugal’s wild fires. Over 100 people have died in wild fires in Portugal in the last four months.

“I would like to express my condolences to all the families, the men, women and children who were victims of this natural disaster,” Junker said.

Junker met Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, earlier in the day and promised to revamp the European Union‘s civil protection procedures.

“We will do everything we can to show Europe’s solidarity with Portugal,” he added.

Article source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/31/c_136715949.htm

Following Equashield’s successful entry into the Spanish market with Palex Medical SA, the company will expand its current relationship with the distributor to bring its CSTD to Portugal, a market that has not yet adopted the specialized syringes for safe handling of hazardous drugs.

“When we introduced Equashield’s CSTD to the Spanish market, there was low awareness of the need for closed systems,” remarked Adela Turienzo, Marketing Manager for Palex Medical SA. “We have seen a significant shift over the past two years, as hospitals that were using other systems shifted to Equashield for its superior ease-of-use. Other hospitals that were not using any CSTD came to understand the necessity for these devices. We anticipate a similar outcome in Portugal as the market becomes educated on the hazards associated with exposure to antineoplastic agents.”

In a 2014 study conducted in two Portuguese hospitals, researchers analyzed 327 wipe samples to test for surface contamination of three drug surrogates. In 121 (37%) of the samples, it was possible to detect and quantify at least one of the three drug surrogates, and an additional 28 samples (8.6%) indicated that more than one drug surrogate contaminated the surface in both hospitals, primarily in administration areas. Researchers recommended that specific safety measures be taken to protect workers.

“There is a clear and present danger to hospitals and healthcare facilities not using closed systems for both compounding and administration of hazardous drugs. That’s why new regulations are coming into effect in the United States, such as USP 800, which mandates CSTD-use for hazardous drug administration,” explained Adi Shor, VP Sales ROW for Equashield. “We are confident in our strong partnership with Palex Medical. We want to work with them to help educate the Portuguese market, and improve the current safety practices of healthcare practitioners in pharmacy and nursing.”

About Palex Medical  

Palex Medical is a leading supplier of medical devices, supplies and equipment for the hospital sector in Spain. Palex’s subsidiary, LusoPalex, is also a major medical supplier in neighboring Portugal. Palex has extensive experience in the marketing and distribution of healthcare products from major international companies, all of which bring interesting innovations to their respective fields.

Palex Medical has extensive knowledge of the market, with more than 60 years of experience, and has made important contributions in fields such as cardiac surgery and interventional therapies, orthopedics, minimally invasive surgery, hospital automation, pharmacy, oncology, disposable material and home therapies. Palex accredits its business successes to its long-lasting relationships with the companies it represents and their customers.

Currently, Palex Medical has work centers in Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon, and has a team of 400 professionals specialized in providing advanced solutions to its customers.

About Equashield 

Equashield is a leading provider of a full range of manual and automated solutions to hospitals for the compounding and administration of hazardous drugs.  Equashield’s product suite includes EQUASHIELD II, its flagship Closed System Transfer Device (CSTD), and EQUASHIELD® Pro, the first ever closed system drug compounding robot.  Equashield’s CSTD is clinically-proven to protect healthcare professionals from hazardous drug exposure.  The globally awarded EQUASHIELD® II covers more routes of exposure than alternative systems by preventing contamination of syringe plungers and drug residuals on connector surfaces, as well as exposure to drug vapors. Studies have shown Equashield’s CSTD to be faster to deploy and easier to use than competing systems, and the system has passed the proposed 2015 alcohol vapor containment protocol from NIOSH, confirming that it can contain the harshest vapors emissions. EQUASHIELD is in use by hundreds of hospitals and clinics around the world, and has been both cleared by the FDA under the ONB product code, and substantiated in FDA-cleared labeling as preventing microbial ingress for up to seven days. 

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Cutting the cord doesn’t mean you can’t watch live sports or primetime shows. While the market for video streaming services is saturated, fuboTV is one of the few that primarily caters to sports fans. This “sports-first, but not sports-only” service combines 82 channels of bona fide sports and other entertainment content, easy-to-use DVR capabilities, and reliable performance. The best part is that fuboTV covers practically every major sport and league at the college, national, and international level and is available on a wide range of platforms. It’s almost as expensive as a standard cable subscription and could benefit from a few extra capabilities, but otherwise, it’s a great experience for sports fans.

Sports and Entertainment Galore

fuboTV’s flagship subscription plan, fubo Premier, costs $19.99 per month for the first two months, but that quickly jumps up to $39.99 per month after the introductory period. This plan includes 82 total channels spread out across the sports and entertainment markets. To be clear, these are not watered-down versions of channels; they are the real thing. You can watch the channels live, record content to DVR storage, and binge through a ton of on-demand shows and movies.

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The premier plan offers sports programming from NBC, CBS, FOX, NFL Network, NBA.TV, MSG, NESN, and several international channels. Basically, if there’s a game you want to watch, there’s a very good chance fuboTV carries it, regardless of the sport or league. One limitation is that you only get the games in your local market, which means they are subject to the same blackout restrictions as cable providers.

There’s also an impressive collection of entertainment channels. For example, fuboTV offers the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Food Network for lifestyle content. You can get financial news from CNBC and FOX Business. FX, USA, SYFY, National Geographic, and the Weather Channel also make an appearance. In this sense, fuboTV is comparable to SlingTV and YouTube TV, although with a larger focus on sports.

One major omission, however, is ESPN. None of the subscription tiers or add-ons include ESPN programming, which could persuade some sports fans to look elsewhere. Also, the service doesn’t have much traditional news programming. I wish it carried content from at least some major news networks other than MSNBC; for me, this would broaden its appeal.

fubo Latino is the cheapest option, at $14.99 per month, and it includes 13 total channels, such as Univision, Unimax, two from beIN sports, GOL TV, and Nat Geo Mundo. fubo Português only features five channels, but two of them, RTP and Benfica TV, are native to the Portuguese market. It costs $19.99 per month.

You can supplement any of these base plans with add-on content, though fubo Premium gives you the most options. For example, you can combine the Premium plan with the Latino or Português packages respectively for $12.99 and $14.99 per month. There’s also an $8.99 Sports Plus option, which adds channels like the NFL Network’s Red Zone and Fox College Sports.

On a desktop, you can only access fuboTV via the web (it recommends using Google Chrome). The plus side of that is that you won’t run into any compatibility issues with Windows or macOS. fuboTV offers apps for Android, iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and Fire OS platforms. You can try the service with a free 7-day trial on any platform, but unfortunately, this option requires a credit card. I tested out fubo Premium on a Windows 10 PC and a Google Pixel running Android 8.0 Oreo.

Search and Select

Setting up a fuboTV account requires an email, a zip code, and a valid credit card. After you select your content plan, it takes you to the main page immediately. fuboTV gets points for not making users fuss with configuration settings, but, I dislike that I had to provide a credit card up front. Both Netflix and Hulu have the same requirement, but that doesn’t make it any less irritating.

fuboTV’s interface is clean and features a good amount of whitespace, which helps it organize and prioritize content. The dark blue and white color elements complement each other, but I would like to see the orange accent used more prominently. The one negative aspect of so much whitespace is that it’s annoying to browse fuboTV at night. Neither the desktop or mobile apps have a dark mode.

At the top, there’s a menu for Sports, Entertainment, Guide, and My DVR options. In the upper right-hand corner, you can access account settings and quickly toggle between English and Spanish language options. The starting page of both the sports and entertainment sections show a couple of featured events in a top-level slider that may be of interest, though it doesn’t seem to use any sort of personalized recommendation engine to come up with this content.

The sports tab (default) includes a secondary menu across the screen with different categories of sports. Below that, it lists all the significant upcoming events for that day. I like that under each main sports category, it shows a list of leagues across the top for further filtering. From here, you can jump into watching a live event or hit the DVR button to schedule a recording. Alternatively, you can navigate up to 72 hours backward in time from the day to view Lookback content (more on that later) or forwards to schedule a future recording.

The Entertainment section slightly breaks that design scheme. It does have a consistent secondary menu broken down into Series and Movies, but it organizes this content by those that are currently live (showing on cable) and those that recently aired. You can browse on-demand content by title and DVR upcoming shows and movies as you please.

The Guide takes heavy inspiration from a regular cable channel guide. You can scroll down through the channels to browse for something to watch and even record content to your DVR storage directly from this screen. From the calendar icon in the upper right, you can view the program listings up to seven days in advance. Strangely, you can’t navigate backward from the current day to view Lookback content from the guide. Occasionally, if a game runs longer than its allotted time, the guide indicates that it has already ended, but that’s more the fault of the Electronic Program Guide (EPG) listings.

The DVR screen features large thumbnails and organizes content into a simple list structure. You can use a search bar to search for a team, league, sport, or channel, but I wish I could search by date, as well. Also, the search doesn’t pick up on general sports names either, so instead of “baseball,” I had to search for “MLB.” This might not be too much of an issue if you don’t plan on recording a lot, but it could become an issue if you tend to horde content.

I like the video playing interface’s Closed Captioning option, as well as the 10-second skip and rewind buttons. The overlay is minimally intrusive and disappears quickly into the background, as it should. Live events and DVR content launch quickly and I rarely encounter lag or stutters while streaming. In fact, the whole interface is snappy. I had no trouble watching live NFL games, election results on MSNBC, or Chopped on The Food Network. Switching between channels is painless and streams launch quickly.

Record and Rewind

fuboTV has robust DVR functionality. The base account includes 30 hours of DVR storage, though you can increase that to 500 hours for an extra $9.99 per month. It records DVR content to the cloud, and it never gets deleted until you remove it manually. DVR recording also conveniently records the entirety of an event regardless of when you actually start recording. To record content, just click on the record button next to a show, and it automatically adds it to the My DVR menu.

I like that you can schedule DVR recordings well into the future. Unfortunately, there’s no option for watching DVR content online on a desktop (because it runs in a web browser), but this would be a great addition on mobile. Catching up with the game on a long flight or commute would surely appeal to many users. Or if a video takes up too much space to store or is simply inconvenient, an option to just listen to the game’s audio should be an option.

Another cool feature of fuboTV is Lookback. With Lookback, you can go back up to 72 hours in the past to view any sports or entertainment events that you missed. All you have to do is click on the calendar and navigate back to the original airdate. Unfortunately, you can’t record Lookback content to DVR storage. Further, although the vast majority of channels do support Lookback, some do not.

With fuboTV, the maximum streaming resolution is 1080p. It doesn’t support 4K or HDR content, but that limitation is down to the broadcast side of the equation. That’s understandable, but I wish it had a picture-in-picture mode for large-screen devices. When I watched the US Men’s Soccer team fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, for example, I would have liked to keep an eye on the some of the other matches in the qualifying group at the same time.

Watch Wherever You Are

Downloading and signing in to the mobile app is a pain-free experience, though you do have to give it permission to access your location (not uncommon for this sort of service). The app boasts a dark blue theme with orange and white accents, consistent with the desktop’s design, though again there’s no dark mode.

From the main view, you can scroll through a list of currently watchable events, which is somewhat overwhelming. Thankfully, it lets you filter or search for specific events. fuboTV shows a useful Jump to Today pop-up if you scroll away from the current date. On the bottom, you can tap to switch between the Sports section (the default), Entertainment, Guide, My DVR, and the Settings. Annoyingly, you can’t swipe to navigate between sections. From the settings, you can connect a Facebook or Google account, but that’s pretty much all you can do. There’s no way to control privacy preferences, manage your subscription, or even customize the way the app looks.

The mobile app offers all of the same functionality as the desktop app, so you can watch any live events, record content to your DVR storage, and even watch Lookback content. Performance is quick. It only took a few seconds before it launched a live stream at full quality. I used PCMag’s fast 60Mbps (download) Wi-Fi connection for testing on mobile, three times as fast as fuboTV’s recommended bandwidth of 20Mbps. I don’t recommend trying to stream over a cellular network, as to avoid ridiculous data-usage costs. Playing recorded DVR content worked just as quickly on mobile.

Go Team!

If you don’t have a cable subscription, you have many options when it comes to streaming content. However, this selection gets considerably smaller when it comes to streaming live sports. fuboTV offers an impressive 82-channel lineup of sports and entertainment content, multi-platform support, and dead-simple DVR functionality. It costs almost as much as a standard cable subscription and could still benefit from additional channels (especially ESPN), but it’s an otherwise excellent option for cord-cutters.

Article source: http://in.pcmag.com/fubotv/117824/review/fubotv

Cutting the cord doesn’t mean you can’t watch live sports or primetime shows. While the market for video streaming services is saturated, fuboTV is one of the few that primarily caters to sports fans. This “sports-first, but not sports-only” service combines 82 channels of bona fide sports and other entertainment content, easy-to-use DVR capabilities, and reliable performance. The best part is that fuboTV covers practically every major sport and league at the college, national, and international level and is available on a wide range of platforms. It’s almost as expensive as a standard cable subscription and could benefit from a few extra capabilities, but otherwise, it’s a great experience for sports fans.

Sports and Entertainment Galore

fuboTV’s flagship subscription plan, fubo Premier, costs $19.99 per month for the first two months, but that quickly jumps up to $39.99 per month after the introductory period. This plan includes 82 total channels spread out across the sports and entertainment markets. To be clear, these are not watered-down versions of channels; they are the real thing. You can watch the channels live, record content to DVR storage, and binge through a ton of on-demand shows and movies.

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The premier plan offers sports programming from NBC, CBS, FOX, NFL Network, NBA.TV, MSG, NESN, and several international channels. Basically, if there’s a game you want to watch, there’s a very good chance fuboTV carries it, regardless of the sport or league. One limitation is that you only get the games in your local market, which means they are subject to the same blackout restrictions as cable providers.

There’s also an impressive collection of entertainment channels. For example, fuboTV offers the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Food Network for lifestyle content. You can get financial news from CNBC and FOX Business. FX, USA, SYFY, National Geographic, and the Weather Channel also make an appearance. In this sense, fuboTV is comparable to SlingTV and YouTube TV, although with a larger focus on sports.

One major omission, however, is ESPN. None of the subscription tiers or add-ons include ESPN programming, which could persuade some sports fans to look elsewhere. Additionally, fuboTV’s news lineup is missing some key players. It does include channels such as MSNBC, NBC, and CBSN, but CNN and PBS are notably missing. Also, I wish it carried international news channels such as BBC World News and Al Jazeera; for me, this would broaden its appeal.

fubo Latino is the cheapest option, at $14.99 per month, and it includes 13 total channels, such as Univision, Unimax, two from beIN sports, GOL TV, and Nat Geo Mundo. fubo Português only features five channels, but two of them, RTP and Benfica TV, are native to the Portuguese market. It costs $19.99 per month.

You can supplement any of these base plans with add-on content, though fubo Premium gives you the most options. For example, you can combine the Premium plan with the Latino or Português packages respectively for $12.99 and $14.99 per month. There’s also an $8.99 Sports Plus option, which adds channels like the NFL Network’s Red Zone and Fox College Sports.

On a desktop, you can only access fuboTV via the web (it recommends using Google Chrome). The plus side of that is that you won’t run into any compatibility issues with Windows or macOS. fuboTV offers apps for Android, iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and Fire OS platforms. You can try the service with a free 7-day trial on any platform, but unfortunately, this option requires a credit card. I tested out fubo Premium on a Windows 10 PC and a Google Pixel running Android 8.0 Oreo.

Search and Select

Setting up a fuboTV account requires an email, a zip code, and a valid credit card. After you select your content plan, it takes you to the main page immediately. fuboTV gets points for not making users fuss with configuration settings, but, I dislike that I had to provide a credit card up front. Both Netflix and Hulu have the same requirement, but that doesn’t make it any less irritating.

fuboTV’s interface is clean and features a good amount of whitespace, which helps it organize and prioritize content. The dark blue and white color elements complement each other, but I would like to see the orange accent used more prominently. The one negative aspect of so much whitespace is that it’s annoying to browse fuboTV at night. Neither the desktop or mobile apps have a dark mode.

At the top, there’s a menu for Sports, Entertainment, Guide, and My DVR options. In the upper right-hand corner, you can access account settings and quickly toggle between English and Spanish language options. The starting page of both the sports and entertainment sections show a couple of featured events in a top-level slider that may be of interest, though it doesn’t seem to use any sort of personalized recommendation engine to come up with this content.

The sports tab (default) includes a secondary menu across the screen with different categories of sports. Below that, it lists all the significant upcoming events for that day. I like that under each main sports category, it shows a list of leagues across the top for further filtering. From here, you can jump into watching a live event or hit the DVR button to schedule a recording. Alternatively, you can navigate up to 72 hours backward in time from the day to view Lookback content (more on that later) or forwards to schedule a future recording.

The Entertainment section slightly breaks that design scheme. It does have a consistent secondary menu broken down into Series and Movies, but it organizes this content by those that are currently live (showing on cable) and those that recently aired. You can browse on-demand content by title and DVR upcoming shows and movies as you please.

The Guide takes heavy inspiration from a regular cable channel guide. You can scroll down through the channels to browse for something to watch and even record content to your DVR storage directly from this screen. From the calendar icon in the upper right, you can view the program listings up to seven days in advance. Strangely, you can’t navigate backward from the current day to view Lookback content from the guide. Occasionally, if a game runs longer than its allotted time, the guide indicates that it has already ended, but that’s more the fault of the Electronic Program Guide (EPG) listings.

The DVR screen features large thumbnails and organizes content into a simple list structure. You can use a search bar to search for a team, league, sport, or channel, but I wish I could search by date, as well. Also, the search doesn’t pick up on general sports names either, so instead of “baseball,” I had to search for “MLB.” This might not be too much of an issue if you don’t plan on recording a lot, but it could become an issue if you tend to horde content.

I like the video playing interface’s Closed Captioning option, as well as the 10-second skip and rewind buttons. The overlay is minimally intrusive and disappears quickly into the background, as it should. Live events and DVR content launch quickly and I rarely encounter lag or stutters while streaming. In fact, the whole interface is snappy. I had no trouble watching live NFL games, election results on MSNBC, or Chopped on The Food Network. Switching between channels is painless and streams launch quickly.

Record and Rewind

fuboTV has robust DVR functionality. The base account includes 30 hours of DVR storage, though you can increase that to 500 hours for an extra $9.99 per month. It records DVR content to the cloud, and it never gets deleted until you remove it manually. DVR recording also conveniently records the entirety of an event regardless of when you actually start recording. To record content, just click on the record button next to a show, and it automatically adds it to the My DVR menu.

I like that you can schedule DVR recordings well into the future. Unfortunately, there’s no option for watching DVR content online on a desktop (because it runs in a web browser), but this would be a great addition on mobile. Catching up with the game on a long flight or commute would surely appeal to many users. Or if a video takes up too much space to store or is simply inconvenient, an option to just listen to the game’s audio should be an option.

Another cool feature of fuboTV is Lookback. With Lookback, you can go back up to 72 hours in the past to view any sports or entertainment events that you missed. All you have to do is click on the calendar and navigate back to the original airdate. Unfortunately, you can’t record Lookback content to DVR storage. Further, although the vast majority of channels do support Lookback, some do not.

With fuboTV, the maximum streaming resolution is 1080p. It doesn’t support 4K or HDR content, but that limitation is down to the broadcast side of the equation. That’s understandable, but I wish it had a picture-in-picture mode for large-screen devices. When I watched the US Men’s Soccer team fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, for example, I would have liked to keep an eye on the some of the other matches in the qualifying group at the same time.

Watch Wherever You Are

Downloading and signing in to the mobile app is a pain-free experience, though you do have to give it permission to access your location (not uncommon for this sort of service). The app boasts a dark blue theme with orange and white accents, consistent with the desktop’s design, though again there’s no dark mode.

From the main view, you can scroll through a list of currently watchable events, which is somewhat overwhelming. Thankfully, it lets you filter or search for specific events. fuboTV shows a useful Jump to Today pop-up if you scroll away from the current date. On the bottom, you can tap to switch between the Sports section (the default), Entertainment, Guide, My DVR, and the Settings. Annoyingly, you can’t swipe to navigate between sections. From the settings, you can connect a Facebook or Google account, but that’s pretty much all you can do. There’s no way to control privacy preferences, manage your subscription, or even customize the way the app looks.

The mobile app offers all of the same functionality as the desktop app, so you can watch any live events, record content to your DVR storage, and even watch Lookback content. Performance is quick. It only took a few seconds before it launched a live stream at full quality. I used PCMag’s fast 60Mbps (download) Wi-Fi connection for testing on mobile, three times as fast as fuboTV’s recommended bandwidth of 20Mbps. I don’t recommend trying to stream over a cellular network, as to avoid ridiculous data-usage costs. Playing recorded DVR content worked just as quickly on mobile.

Go Team!

If you don’t have a cable subscription, you have many options when it comes to streaming content. However, this selection gets considerably smaller when it comes to streaming live sports. fuboTV offers an impressive 82-channel lineup of sports and entertainment content, multi-platform support, and dead-simple DVR functionality. It costs almost as much as a standard cable subscription and could still benefit from additional channels (especially ESPN), but it’s an otherwise excellent option for cord-cutters.

Article source: https://www.pcmag.com/review/357278/fubotv

Judy Parker was introduced to ‪Bob Gaudio, a founding member of The Four Seasons, in 1973 at the Motown Studios in Los Angeles, while Bob was recording a ‪Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross duet. They dated for 8 years and were married on April 5,1981. In their 45 years together, they co-wrote a number of top 5 songs for ‪Frankie Valli  The Four Seasons. Some of those were prominently featured in the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys, which became the 12th longest-running musical in Broadway history.

Born and raised in Michigan, Judy was one of seven children and the daughter of an Army Colonel; she also attended Michigan State University. Before her songwriting career began, Judy pursued a career in acting and modeling, including four years working in Rome, Italy. This young Michigander adopted the Italian language and culture quite quickly. 

When she moved back to the U.S. in the late 1960’s, Judy secured featured roles in a number of television shows, including Batman, Bonanza, and My Three Sons. Additionally, her work in commercials included United Airlines, and a wide variety of hair products such as Breck, Halo, Prell and Lilt Home Permanent. 

Of all her successes, a significant moment came for Judy when she co-wrote, with her husband, the title song for ‪Neil Diamond’s 1977 NBC TV special, “Glad You’re Here with Me Tonight.”

Judy was an incredibly entertaining storyteller with a wicked sense of humor. Songwriting, interior decorating, and family were her loves, along with the Sunday New York Times’ crossword puzzle. A woman of strong faith and philanthropic spirit, she gave generously to Samaritan’s Purse and Wounded Warrior Project. Judy and Bob made homes at the San Remo on Central Park West and Montauk, NY, however, they always maintained their primary residence in Nashville, TN. 

Judy Parker Gaudio passed away at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, TN ‪at 4:55 pm on her birthday. It was, ironically, within 10 minutes of her time of birth. Now, is that style or what?

Judy was preceded in death by parents, Dorothy and Wilbur Small, sister Janice McKinley, and brother, Bill Small

She is survived by a cast of thousands.

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It’s time to get ready for Taipei Pride 2017!

In the United States, the end of October brings Halloween. But in Taiwan, it’s the start of Pride. Taipei Pride gives the colorful and vibrant queer community a place to be seen. But as we all know, Pride’s not just about fun — it’s also a way to fight for change and equality.

This year’s Pride is sure to be an historic event. This is the first Pride celebration after Taiwan ruled that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. A record number of people are expected this year, so Taipei’s city officials added a third parade route, the west route — and that’s where the gay social networking app Hornet is going to be.

Dance along with Hornet’s parade float

As the leading gay social media app, Hornet takes its responsibility to the LGBTQ community very seriously. For the first time, Hornet will have their own parade float this year. Hornet’s bringing along DJ Victor Cheng to spin records — and what would a party be without drag queens? Not a party we’d want to go to! So Hornet’s also bringing along Gina Tonique and Amily Givenchy… along with go-go boys, the host of Hornet’s Count Off talk show,Tree Chen, and Judy Chou, the Taiwanese queen of the gays!

As if all that entertainment weren’t enough, Hornet’s also giving out gym bags and fans — so just follow the big orange Hornet flag to find the swag.

 

The Taipei Pride 2017 theme is “Make love, not war — sex ed is the way to go”

The best way to fight for acceptance of all genders is with education. And since Taipei Pride has a huge platform, they’re going to use it to promote gender equality. This year’s theme is “Make love, not war — sex ed is the way to go.”

Taipei Pride 2017 is calling for a diverse approach to sex and gender education. By focusing on diversity, students will understand each other’s differences leading to a point where all kinds of consensual sexual expression is treated equally. They’re calling for an end to sex-shaming, opting instead for open discussions about lust, sexual orientation, kink and intimacy. By letting everyone find their own place in the world, we may finally end the stigma of being queer.

 

The Sex Ed Street Classroom

Taipei Pride’s calls for better sex education aren’t just lip-service. This year, they’ve started the Sex Ed Street Classroom. Educators will be there to help ask questions and teach people things they might not already know. The Sex Ed Street Classroom is a bit more fun than normal classes, though — and if you post a picture on the event page, just hashtag #SupportSexEd, and you’ll get a free gift!

 

Taipei Pride 2017 starts Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Hornet will be on the West Route, which starts at Ketagalan Boulevard.

 

Translated by Igor Scheurkogel

Article source: https://hornetapp.com/stories/taipei-pride-2017/

O Lisboa Games Week (LGW) terminou no passado domingo. Pelos 25 mil metros quadrados de exposição da FIL, dedicados aos videojogos, passaram 55 mil pessoas que puderam assim ficar conhecer todas as novidades do mercado durante os quatro dias que durou o evento. A presença com maior destaque foi justamente o da Sony PlayStation (não fosse Portugal apelidado de PlayStationlândia, pelo predomínio da marca no nosso mercado), que trouxe em cerca de dois mil metros quadrados de área expositiva e dezenas de títulos diferentes, jogos que já foram lançados e alguns que só verão a luz do dia no próximo ano, mas que puderam ser vistos em primeira mão pelo público português.

Na edição de 2016, foi o PSVR que esteve em destaque, com a zona frontal do LGW dedicada à chegada do primeiro dispositivo de Realidade Virtual para o mercado doméstico das consolas, mas este ano coube ao PlayLink, a tecnologia desenvolvida pela Sony que permite transformar qualquer smartphone num controlador da PlayStation 4 (PS4), o lugar de maior importância. Foi sobre este destaque, o convite a Herman José para ser o apresentador virtual de um dos títulos do PlayLink e o panorama atual da PlayStation (e do próprio mercado português) que falámos com Liliana Laporte, Diretora-Geral da Sony Computer Entertainment Iberia.

Pode ver a entrevista aqui:

A duplicação do espaço expositivo multiplicou as oportunidades e o número de jogos disponíveis para o público experimentar. O regresso da Nintendo à maior feira de videojogos portuguesa — depois de ter estado ausente — coincide com o “regresso à ribalta” da companhia nipónica, muito alavancada pelo sucesso que a Switch está a ter neste primeiro ano de vida. A maior ausência (e também a que já há muito era sabida) foi a da Microsoft, cujos resultados da Xbox One continuam a ficar muita aquém das expectativas (nem o tímido lançamento da Xbox One X há poucas semanas, inverteu a tendência decrescente da empresa em Portugal). Esta é, aliás, a maior certeza que o LGW nos deixou em relação à Microsoft: em Portugal, a batalha contra a grande concorrente, a PlayStation, já está mais do que perdida.

Isto não significa, porém, que a Xbox One X, a “consola mais poderosa do mercado”, não estivesse representada no LGW. Através de um acordo e promoção internacional feito pela Microsoft com Shadow of War, o stand da Warner Bros dedicado ao novo jogo baseado na Terra-Média de Tolkien tinha a consola em todos os postos de jogo. A ausência da Microsoft a título oficial deixa antever a contração da gigante norte-americana no mercado português (pelo menos em termos do mercado de consolas), e é possível que a edição de 2016 do LGW tenha sido a última em que pudemos contar com uma grande promoção pública da Xbox — pelo menos nesta geração de consolas.

Os eSports são um verdadeiro fenómeno competitivo a título mundial, com campeonatos e torneios com milhões de euros de prémios. Isso fez-se sentir no LGW, com a entrada da Federação Portuguesa de Futebol neste mercado e a construção de uma arena onde ocorreram as competições nacionais de FIFA. Foram, porém, as finais dos campeonatos nacionais de League of Legends e Counter-Strike: Global Offensive — dois dos títulos competitivos mais jogados em todo o mundo e aqueles que mais fãs arrastam em Portugal –, encheram o palco da ASUS, com o público a torcer fervorosamente.

A outra grande diferença sentida em relação aos eSports nesta edição do LGW foi a entrada de diversas marcas (como os CTT, a HP e a Worten), que criaram os seus próprios torneios e competições. O anúncio do maior evento competitivo de videojogos de sempre em Portugal, o XL eSports, que irá decorrer nos dias 9 e 10 de junho no Altice Arena, mostra bem o como este mercado está em expansão.

Já o referimos na nossa antevisão da E3, da Gamescom e da Paris Games Week, e com o aproximar do lançamento mais certezas temos — Detroit: Become Human é um dos grandes títulos reservados para 2018 e marca o retorno de David Cage e do estúdio Quantic Dream às grandes produções, que resvalam na experiência cinematográfica interativa. De modo a afirmar a grande importância do título para o catálogo da PS4, a Sony trouxe a Portugal o principal argumentista de Detroit, Adam Williams. Além de ter demonstrado as diversas ramificações do novo jogo, na apresentação ao público, Williams falou também de quão diferente será a experiência de jogador para jogador, uma vez que a história avança de acordo comas escolhas de cada um.

Os paralelismos conceptuais entre Detroit: Become Human e Blade Runner são inevitáveis e os autores assumem essa influência. Denunciam que querem ir mais longe, espraiando pela narrativa do jogo os dilemas morais com que somos confrontados alguns temas que estão, infelizmente, na ordem do dia. Foi sobre a importância e os desafios de escrever múltiplas ramificações de uma história tão complexa como a de Detroit: Become Human que tivemos o prazer de conversar com Adam Williams, da Quantic Dream. A entrevista completa está disponível aqui:

Texto e entrevista: Ricardo Correia
Imagem: Ana Beatriz Brás e Roberto Gil, Rubber Chicken

Article source: http://observador.pt/2017/11/26/o-lisboa-games-week-cresceu-a-playstation-tambem/

O ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros da China começa sempre o ano com uma viagem a África. É assim há mais de duas décadas. Em 2009, a China tornou-se o maior parceiro comercial de África, mas o ritual mantém-se. “É uma bela tradição”, disse o porta-voz do MNE chinês em janeiro, quando anunciou a visita do ministro Wang Yi a Madagáscar, Nigéria, República do Congo, Tanzânia e Zâmbia. (No ano anterior, Wang Yi esteve nas Ilhas Maurícias, Malawi, Moçambique e Namíbia, e em 2015 foi a vez dos Camarões, Guiné Equatorial e Sudão). “Só os chineses é que fazem isto”, comentou um diplomata europeu. “Fazem isto” e muito mais. A nova sede da União Africana, por exemplo. É o mais alto edifício de Adis Abeba, com 22 andares e uma sala de conferências com 2500 lugares — “oferta da China a África”. É também em África, na costa oriental do continente, que a marinha chinesa está a construir a sua primeira base fora da China.

“Qualquer que seja o nível de desenvolvimento que venha a atingir, a China nunca procurará a hegemonia nem se tornará expansionista”, afirmou o Presidente Xi Jinping no XIX Congresso do Partido Comunista Chinês, concluído em finais de outubro. O “homem mais poderoso do mundo”, como lhe chamou a revista “The Economist”, realçou, contudo, que a China entrou numa “nova era”, “mais forte e mais próspera”, e, no plano internacional, “está cada vez mais perto de tomar a dianteira e dar maiores contributos à Humanidade”.

No inverno de 2011, quando eclodiu a guerra civil na Líbia, a China retirou daquele país 35.860 cidadãos chineses, na maior operação do género jamais realizada pelo Governo de Pequim. Mais do que a capacidade logística, o que surpreendeu foi o número. Não se sabia que havia tantos chineses na Líbia. Em Angola havia sete vezes mais, mas isso só seria confirmado no ano seguinte, quando o ministro angolano do Interior visitou a China. “Há 258.920 chineses a viver em Angola, 258.391 dos quais com ‘vistos de trabalho’”, precisou então o diretor do Serviço de Migração e Estrangeiros, Freitas Neto. Dizia-se que seriam muitos mais, talvez 500 mil. “Estes são os números que temos nos nossos serviços”, indicou Freitas Neto.

Quantos chineses vivem em África? Cerca de um milhão, como é habitualmente referido, incluindo na imprensa oficial chinesa? “Ninguém sabe”, afirma Hannah Postel, investigadora do Center For Global Development, especialista em emigração. “As estimativas variam entre 250 mil e dois milhões”, mas segundo Postel “os números têm sido maciçamente sobrestimados”. Há dez anos, em Luanda, corria o rumor de que o Governo angolano “planeava convidar até três milhões de chineses”, muitos deles para se estabelecerem no planalto central do país e aí relançarem a agricultura, conta um professor da London School of Economics, Chris Alden, no livro “China in Africa”.

As estimativas acerca das empresas chinesas que operam em África também variam muito. Um estudo divulgado este verão pela consultora norte-americana McKinsey aponta para “mais de 10 mil” — “muito mais numerosas e diversas do que os dados oficiais sugerem”. Aquele número é uma projeção baseada em inquéritos realizados na África do Sul, Angola, Costa do Marfim, Etiópia, Nigéria, Quénia, Tanzânia e Zâmbia, oito países que, no conjunto, representam dois terços do Produto Bruto da África Subsariana e metade do investimento chinês no continente. O estudo da McKinsey, com 84 páginas, tem este título: “Dance of the Lions and Dragons”. Um terço dos ‘dragões’ dedica-se à produção industrial. Sim: também há empresas chinesas que deslocalizam as suas fábricas.

“Normalmente os trabalhadores chineses ficam apenas três ou quatro anos em África”, contou Chen Jianxing, antigo funcionário da embaixada da China na Tanzânia, formado em Economia. “A maioria vem por causa do dinheiro.” Os salários são atraentes e como as empresas pagam a alimentação, o alojamento e as viagens de férias, poupa-se muito. Um engenheiro em início de carreira poupará o suficiente para comprar um automóvel e uma casa na província. Um jovem intérprete pode ganhar 20 mil yuan (2500 euros) por mês. (Em Xangai, uma das cidades com melhor nível de vida da China, o salário mínimo mensal não chega a 300 euros).

Ao fim de três anos, Chen Jianxing deixou a carreira diplomática e foi trabalhar para um dos parques naturais da Tanzânia: “Adoro animais. A primeira coisa que me interessa num país é saber quantas espécies animais tem e como vivem. A minha mulher costuma dizer que, numa vida anterior, eu devo ter sido africano.” Nem todos os chineses têm essa paixão. Até há muito pouco tempo, a China representava 70% do mercado mundial de marfim, estimulando indiretamente a morte de milhares de elefantes. Estima-se que 144 mil elefantes (um terço da população total da espécie) foram abatidos em África durante os últimos sete anos. Numa decisão saudada como “histórica” pelo World Wide Fund (WWF) e organizações similares, em dezembro passado, o Governo chinês anunciou que ia proibir a produção e venda de objetos feitos de marfim. A nova política entrou em vigor há seis meses. O preço do marfim, que chegou aos 2100 dólares por quilo, caiu para 370 dólares. Isso deverá desencorajar a caça aos elefantes.

Enquanto a Europa e a América do Norte enfrentavam a pior crise financeira desde a II Guerra Mundial, a China tornou-se o maior parceiro económico de África. Além de primeiro parceiro comercial, é o que mais investe nas infraestruturas do continente. Pelas estatísticas chinesas, em 2015 o comércio China-África somou 169 mil milhões de dólares — mais do dobro do comércio de África com a Índia, que, entretanto, subiu para o segundo lugar, ultrapassando os Estados Unidos, França e Alemanha. Angola é já o terceiro maior fornecedor de petróleo à China, depois da Rússia e da Arábia Saudita. Cobre, ferro e outras matérias-primas pesam também muito na balança comercial, mas o valor das exportações chinesas excede o das importações. Naquele ano, um ano em que o preço do petróleo caiu a pique, o défice comercial de África com a China atingiu 35 mil milhões de dólares.

“Em cada três produtos à venda nos grandes supermercados de África, dois são oriundos da China”, salientou um economista queniano, Zachary Ochuodho. Os preços dos telemóveis, televisores, eletrodomésticos, leitores de DVD, microondas, vestuário, malas e muitos outros produtos feitos na China “ajustam-se bem ao orçamento de qualquer família africana”, afirmou Ochuodho num artigo publicado o mês passado num jornal oficial chinês.

Caminhos de ferro, estradas e outras infraestruturas são geralmente adjudicadas a consórcios estatais. Em alguns casos, a própria mão de obra vem da China. “Quando há concursos para grandes empreitadas, eles, com o Estado por trás, limpam tudo”, disse um observador europeu residente na África Ocidental. Mas segundo o estudo da McKinsey, 90% das empresas chinesas estabelecidas em África são privadas e empregam “vários milhões de trabalhadores africanos”.

Os jornalistas Serge Michel e Michel Beuret já tinham alertado para este fenómeno em 2008, numa reportagem de 350 páginas, através de 16 países: “Aviso aos que pensam que os chineses em África só se interessam pelas matérias-primas, em troca de gigantescas infraestruturas financiadas pelo seu Governo: eles são, também, os novos empreendedores e os novos investidores no continente africano; negócios privados e muito florescentes.”

Oportunidades de investimento

Zhan Qiaoyong, presidente do grupo Huafeng, encaixa bem nesse perfil. Conheci-o em Pequim, em 2013. O Huafeng — um consórcio sediado em Luanda, com interesses na construção civil, reparação automóvel, exploração florestal e outras indústrias — empregava então quase mil pessoas, incluindo uma dezena de técnicos portugueses. “Cerca de 500 dos nossos trabalhadores são chineses e 400 angolanos”, precisou Zhan Qiaoyong.

“Só conheci Angola depois de a guerra acabar. Fui lá pela primeira vez em 2003 e gostei logo”, contou. “Gosto das pessoas, do ambiente e das oportunidades de investimento. É em Angola que me vou reformar.” Ainda falta muito tempo. Zhan Qiaoyong nasceu na província de Zhejiang, no Leste da China, em 1963, filho de “simples funcionários públicos”. “Naquele tempo não havia empresários, só funcionários.” Aos 18 anos emigrou para Portugal: “O que sabia de português era zero.” Começou por trabalhar num restaurante no Algarve, depois criou o seu próprio negócio, também na área da restauração, e mais tarde investiu na exportação de vinhos para a China.

Objetivo. Normalmente, os trabalhadores chineses ficam apenas três ou quatro anos em África. 
A maioria vem por 
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“Huafeng” significa ‘monumento da China’. É uma homenagem ao rápido crescimento económico do país (cerca de 10% ao ano ao longo das últimas três décadas) e ao espírito empreendedor dos chineses ultramarinos. Pelas contas de Zhan Qiaoyong, havia cerca de 45 milhões de chineses radicados fora da China e cujos ativos excediam os 2,5 biliões de dólares (1,87 biliões de euros): “Eu faço parte deles”, rematou o empresário, num português fluente. A última vez que ouvi falar de Zhan Qiaoyong foi em novembro passado, quando o grupo Huafeng anunciou a intenção de investir mais mil milhões de dólares em Angola nos próximos cinco anos.

“Terra de oportunidades”, África é também uma “nova fronteira” para as máfias chinesas. Um dos casos mais publicitados ocorreu em novembro de 2011, quando um jornal de Pequim anunciou “a libertação de 19 jovens chinesas forçadas a prostituir-se num clube noturno de Luanda”. Oriundas de regiões pobres, as mulheres foram contratadas para trabalhar num hotel, onde ganhariam 6000 yuans por mês (750 euros). À chegada a Luanda, os patrões confiscaram-lhes os passaportes; o ‘hotel’, propriedade de dois irmãos chineses, era um bordel, chamado ZhongAn International Entertainment Club. A ‘libertação’ foi conduzida pela polícia chinesa, numa operação sem precedentes em África. Quando entraram no ‘clube’ os agentes encontraram três mulheres e “num quarto escuro de uma cave” localizaram mais 16. Durante a sua missão em Angola a polícia chinesa prendeu e repatriou 37 pessoas suspeitas de proxenetismo, raptos, roubos, extorsão e outros crimes.

As notícias de chineses assaltados ou sequestrados em Angola, Nigéria, Sudão ou Camarões não acabaram. O ano passado, em Luanda, quatro chineses foram “brutalmente espancados até à morte” por um grupo de angolanos quando negociavam a compra de um terreno de dois hectares. Algumas pessoas “veem-nos como uma máquina multibanco ambulante”, observou um empresário chinês. A ‘atração’, no entanto, mantém-se. “Apesar de algumas preocupações quanto à segurança”, muitos empresários consideram que “as possibilidades de sucesso em África são superiores às da Europa ou da América”, disse um jornal chinês.

A longa reportagem de Serge Michel e Michel Beuret, publicada em Portugal com o título “Safari Chinês — Pequim à Conquista do Continente Negro”, começou nas vésperas da 1ª Cimeira China-África, realizada em Pequim em novembro de 2006. Foi a maior reunião de líderes africanos fora do seu continente, com representantes de 48 países, entre os quais 35 chefes de Estado e de Governo. (Na altura, São Tomé e Príncipe e quatro outros países africanos mantinham relações oficiais com Taiwan, ilha que Pequim considera uma província chinesa e não uma entidade política soberana).

A China ainda não era a segunda economia mundial (isso só aconteceria quatro anos mais tarde). Teóricos do Partido Comunista Chinês (PCC) hesitavam quanto à melhor maneira de designar a crescente pujança do país: “ascensão” ou “desenvolvimento pacífico”? Durante algum tempo, prevaleceu a segunda fórmula, considerada mais tranquilizadora para os países vizinhos, sobretudo Japão e Vietname. O então Presidente da Nigéria, Olusegun Obasanjo, não tinha esse tipo de inibições: “Nós desejamos que a China dirija o mundo”, proclamou.

Uma década depois, sob a liderança do Presidente Xi Jinping, a China já não esconde a sua força. “Enquanto os Estados Unidos se debatem com o caos, a China responde com estabilidade”, dizia um editorial do “Global Times”, tabloide nacionalista do PCC, a propósito das recentes manifestações racistas e nazis em Charlotesville. A experiência chinesa — afirmou Xi Jinping no relatório apresentado ao XIX Congresso do PCC — “oferece uma nova opção para outras nações que queiram acelerar o seu desenvolvimento e ao mesmo tempo preservar a sua independência”.

O mais moderno estabelecimento de ensino da Namíbia, construído pela cooperação chinesa nos arredores de Windhoek, e inaugurado o ano passado, chama-se Escola Secundária Presidente Mao Zedong. A lista de países que (ainda) mantêm relações diplomáticas com Taiwan está reduzida a dois: Burkina Faso e Suazilândia.

preocupações ecológicas

Milhares de chineses já foram deportados do Gana por extração e prospeção ilegal de ouro. Não eram os únicos que se dedicavam ao negócio, mas, financeira e tecnologicamente, eram considerados os mais bem equipados. O combate à poluição, na China, é uma prioridade muito recente. Algumas empresas chinesas trabalham sem preocupações ecológicas, contaminando a paisagem em redor. Há queixas disso na Gâmbia e noutros países.

Na Zâmbia, protestos de mineiros contra os baixos salários (inferiores ao salário mínimo, de 200 dólares por mês) culminaram com a morte de um gestor chinês da mina, em agosto de 2012. Dois anos antes, na mesma mina, responsáveis chineses dispararam sobre um grupo de trabalhadores, ferindo mais de uma dezena. Em Moçambique, país que exporta para a China cerca de 90% da sua madeira, mesmo a que está protegida por lei, os Oxpeckers Reporters garantem que “as florestas estão a ser dizimadas”. “É um crime ecológico”, denunciou aquele coletivo da África Austral, dedicado ao “jornalismo de investigação ambiental”.

Nova “pilhagem” de África? Neocolonialismo? O Governo chinês responde com os milhares de quilómetros de estradas e vias férreas e as dezenas de hospitais, escolas, estádios e edifícios públicos que construiu pelo continente fora. A mais recente empreitada do género, concluída no final do ano passado, é a linha férrea Adis Abeba/Djibouti, com 750 quilómetros de extensão e um orçamento de 3400 milhões de dólares. Em vez de três ou quatro dias por estrada, a viagem demora agora dez horas. O Exim Bank, um banco de fomento dependente do Conselho de Estado chinês, o órgão executivo do Governo, financiou 70% da obra.

“Por princípio”, como o Governo chinês gosta sempre de enfatizar, “a China não interfere nos assuntos internos de outros países, nem impõe condições políticas para apoiar o seu desenvolvimento”. Líderes africanos diabolizados na Europa — tipo Robert Mugabe, Presidente do Zimbabwe há 40 anos, ou o sudanês Omar al-Bashir, que também está no poder há décadas — são recebidos em Pequim com todas as honras devidas a um chefe de Estado. (No caso do Dalai Lama o protocolo chinês não faz cerimónia: trata-se de “um perigoso separatista” e de “um lobo com as vestes de monge”. Em julho passado, assim que foi anunciada a deslocação do Dalai Lama ao Botswana, para uma conferência sobre direitos humanos, o Governo chinês advertiu que “a China não tolerará que nenhum país prejudique o cerne dos seus interesses”. O exilado líder espiritual tibetano, galardoado com o Prémio Nobel da Paz, acabou por cancelar a viagem. Três anos antes, também por pressão de Pequim, o Governo sul-africano recusou conceder o visto ao Dalai Lama).

Uma sondagem feita o ano passado em 36 países pelo Afrobarometer apurou que cerca de dois terços dos africanos têm uma opinião positiva da China. Quanto ao “modelo de desenvolvimento”, 30% preferem os Estados Unidos, mas a China vem logo a seguir, com 24%, à frente dos antigos colonizadores (13%), da África do Sul (5%) e da Índia (2%). Na Libéria e em Cabo Verde, a maioria (67% e 52%, respetivamente) vota no modelo americano. São os únicos. Nos restantes países, as preferências estão mais divididas e há 13 — Benim, Camarões, Egito, Lesoto, Mali, Moçambique, Namíbia, Níger, Sudão, Suazilândia, Tanzânia, Tunísia e Zâmbia — em que a China bate os Estados Unidos. África é mesmo o continente em que a China regista maior popularidade, mais do que na própria Ásia, concluiu outra sondagem, realizada pelo Pew Research Center, de Washington.

Na última década, o número de africanos matriculados nas universidades chinesas cresceu em média 35% ao ano, atingindo em 2017 cerca de 60 mil. Em 2003 não chegavam a dois mil. (No mundo inteiro, apenas a França tem mais estudantes oriundos de África). “Além de estudarem, os jovens africanos têm a oportunidade de aprender as qualidades que permitiram à China um desenvolvimento tão rápido”, escreveu o diplomata gabonês Samuel Okouma Mountou, formado em Pequim. Segundo o estudo da McKinsey, 44% dos quadros das empresas chinesas estabelecidas em África são africanos.

Toda a gente tem em casa qualquer coisa “made in China”. Do mais sofisticado iPhone à imitação de um relógio de marca que dura apenas duas ou três semanas, a China faz tudo. Faz ou fazia. Com o contínuo aumento dos custos laborais (12% ao ano, segundo alguns cálculos), a China já não é o país da mão de obra barata. E devido ao controlo da natalidade imposto durante mais de três décadas (“um casal, um filho”), a população ativa começou a diminuir. África, pelo contrário, está em plena explosão demográfica. Em 2050 deverá atingir os 2000 milhões de habitantes. “Os empresários chineses estão a ser, ao mesmo tempo, empurrados e atraídos por África”, afirma Irene Yuan Sun, investigadora chinesa formada na Universidade de Harvard, nos Estados Unidos, e coautora do estudo divulgado pela McKinsey.

Cerca de 5% da manufatura chinesa já terá sido transferida para África, o que “está a mudar a economia africana”, estima Irene Sun. “Muitas das coisas que os americanos compram nos centros comerciais são feitas por companhias chinesas, não na China mas em África.” A mesma investigadora cita o caso do Lesoto, um pequeno país da África Austral, com dezenas de fábricas que produzem vestuário para a Levi’s e a cadeia Walmart: “Os trabalhadores podem ser do Lesoto, mas os proprietários são chineses ou taiwaneses.”

Num artigo publicado há dois meses na “Harvard Business Review”, Irene Sun relata o seu encontro com um compatriota de Wenzhou, dono de uma fábrica de cerâmica na Nigéria, que está a construir uma zona económica especial naquele país. “Isto é exatamente como a minha terra há 30 anos. Se nós conseguimos, então este sítio também pode conseguir”, disse-lhe o industrial chinês. Wenzhou, na costa leste da China, é considerada o berço da iniciativa privada chinesa.

“Vermelhos” ou não, os novos “capitalistas” chineses tiveram papel decisivo na acelerada industrialização do país. Irene Sun não tem dúvidas: África será “a próxima fábrica do mundo”. b
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Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa attends a debate of a no-confidence motion in Lisbon, Portugal on Oct. 24, 2017. The Portuguese government survived a vote of no confidence over forest fires in parliament on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Zhang Liyun)

LISBON, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) — The Portuguese government survived a vote of no confidence over forest fires in parliament on Tuesday.

The motion was brought about by the center-right Central Social Democratic-Popular Party (CDS-PP) following the death of more than 100 people in forest fires in four months.

For the motion to pass, the CDS-PP needed a parliamentary majority, meaning the support of at least 116 of 230 lawmakers. The government would then have fallen.

In the event, 122 lawmakers backed the Socialist Party government in a vote held after a 3-hour parliamentary debate.

Forest fires on Oct.15 raged through northern and central Portugal, killing 45 and devastating 500,000 hectares of land. In June, 64 people perished in a conflagration in the Pedrogao Grande area of central Portugal.

The CDS-PP claimed the motion was “an act of political indignation” brought on behalf of the Portuguese people. Introducing the bill, Assuncao Cristas, leader of the CDS-PP, said “the government had failed” due to “profound incompetence and mismanagement at the political and operational level.”

Prime Minister Antonio Costa responded by promising reform to forestry policy, but calling for consensus. “Deep reform can only come through institutional cooperation and the best of scientific knowledge,” he said.

Catarina Martins, leader of the Left Bloc (BE), which supported the government, called the motion “obscene” in reference to the fact that Cristas, as Minister for the Environment in the previous government, removed restrictions on eucalyptus planting. Eucalyptus trees are highly flammable and their prevalence was a major factor in both tragedies.

The Portuguese Social Democrat Party (PSD) voted with the CDS-PP. Luis Montenegro of the PSD said the government “deserved censure” for its handling of the crisis.

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Mr. Holdren brings to Caesars more than two decades of diverse marketing experience, including, most recently, serving as Chief Marketing Officer of Handy, a high-growth technology startup. Prior to Handy, Mr. Holdren spent more than 15 years at Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide where he helped drive the company’s substantial growth and oversaw the company’s award-winning loyalty and digital programs, insights and analytics, digital experiences and innovative partnerships.  He previously held roles at The Walt Disney Company where he directed the creation of unique digital experiences for their properties, and Saban Entertainment where he also produced interactive content and had additional marketing responsibilities.     

“Chris has broad marketing experience overseeing one of the best-known and most successful loyalty programs in the hospitality industry, as well as leading analytics, digital and partnerships.  His experience will complement our efforts to further cement Caesars Entertainment’s marketing leadership in the gaming and hospitality space,” Mr. Frissora said. “I am also confident that Chris will be an excellent steward for our portfolio of brands and help drive new growth for the company by further leveraging our recent investments in technology to optimize our database and continue to deliver innovative guest experiences.”

Holdren joins Caesars Entertainment as the company is pursuing new avenues of growth, including brand-licensing initiatives, new marketing initiatives and new development opportunities, among other things. The company is pursuing a balanced agenda of investment in growth, while maintaining operating discipline and focus on customer satisfaction and employee engagement. 

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This appointment is subject to customary gaming regulatory approvals.

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Daqui a umas décadas, 2016 vai muito provavelmente ser relembrado como o ano do renascimento da realidade virtual. Foi o ano que viu chegar ao mercado aquelas que são, até à data, as três plataformas de realidade virtual tecnologicamente mais avançadas: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive e PlayStation VR.

Nenhuma destas três é a plataforma de realidade virtual mais popular – já foram expedidos dez milhões de unidades dos Google Cardboard e cinco milhões dos Samsung Gear VR -, mas são aquelas que permitem sentir verdadeiramente os níveis de imersão que a tecnologia proporciona, assim como o seu potencial futuro.

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Ainda que sejam ecossistemas rivais – direta ou indiretamente, visto que os PlayStation VR são dedicados para consolas -, todos estão a remar para o mesmo lado em pelo menos um ponto: na educação do mercado.

Antes de 2016 os utilizadores não encontravam muitos equipamentos ou experiências de realidade virtual. A tecnologia tem sido democratizada muito graças aos esforços de marketing, de desenvolvimento e também comerciais que têm sido feitos em torno dos Oculus Rift, dos HTC Vive e dos PlayStation VR.

É interessante que esta missão de educar o mercado tem sido de alguma forma repartida. Os Oculus Rift têm desbravado os mercados americanos, a HTC tem focado os Vive nos mercados asiáticos e a PlayStation, fruto da sua base instalada de 63 milhões de consolas, tem evangelizado a realidade virtual um pouco por todo o mundo, mas sobretudo na Europa onde os outros dois equipamentos não têm uma presença tão forte.

É também este o caso do mercado português. Em Portugal é a marca PlayStation aquela que mais tem ajudado a democratizar a realidade virtual junto dos consumidores.

“As novas tecnologias são feitas deste equilíbrio, se calhar aqui na Europa e se calhar aqui em Portugal coube mais ao PlayStation VR. (…) Diria que antes de mais é muito desafiante sermos nós a levar um pouco a introdução desta experiência ao mercado português. O que também nos permite aprender, a verdade é essa”, começou por dizer o gestor de relações públicas da Sony Interactive Entertainment para Portugal e Espanha, João Lopes, em entrevista ao FUTURE BEHIND.

Apesar de toda a experiência que tem em vender consolas domésticas, sobretudo em Portugal que já foi classificado como um dos melhores mercados globais da PlayStation em termos de quota de mercado, vender sistemas de realidade virtual é um jogo completamente diferente.

Neste caso a PlayStation não teve a possibilidade de aprender por osmose, pois os Oculus Rift não são comercializados diretamente em Portugal e a venda dos HTC Vive é feita acima de tudo através da internet.

“Não digo que haja uma dificuldade em vender. O que sentimos é que a nossa estratégia de comunicação com o PlayStation VR teve de estar sempre muito assente na experimentação. As pessoas percebem naturalmente o que é a realidade virtual e está a tornar-se um tema cada vez mais tangível. Mas eu acredito que só efetivamente depois de se experimentar é que o consumidor vai ficar ou convencido ou não convencido. É mesmo assim”, explicou o porta-voz da PlayStation.

“Se assistir a um vídeo de jogabilidade do Horizon Zero Down no YouTube, fico com uma ideia e a seguir vou jogar. Feliz ou infelizmente, com o PlayStation VR não pode ser feito assim. Digo felizmente porque é muito impactante, é tão imersivo que é difícil ser explicado sem ser de facto experimentado”.

Recorrendo a uma expressão mais popular, é preciso ‘meter a mão na massa’ para realmente sentir aquilo que a realidade virtual lhe pode dar, neste caso enquanto sistema de entretenimento.

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Os PlayStation VR já estão disponíveis no mercado há sensivelmente um ano, um período de tempo que já permite à Sony Interactive Entertainment tirar as suas primeiras conclusões relativamente a esta aposta. Perguntámos a João Lopes se soubesse em outubro de 2016 aquilo que sabe hoje sobre os PlayStation VR, se a abordagem ao mercado teria sido de alguma forma diferente.

“Sinceramente sentimos que foi a estratégia mais acertada. (…) A nossa prioridade vai para mostrar (…) experiências diferentes, em diferentes ambientes, em diferentes formas de interagir na realidade virtual. (…) No final o PlayStation VR é isso, é criar emoções, é fazer com que cada pessoa também sinta a experiência à sua maneira”, respondeu.

Um mercado em crescimento

Na entrevista de balanço ao primeiro ano dos PlayStation VR em Portugal quisemos saber quantas unidades já foram comercializadas. Sem espanto, a Sony não revela o número, partilhando apenas indicadores positivos não tangíveis.

“Estamos muito satisfeitos com o retorno que temos tido. (…) Muitas vezes nos dias de hoje já tomamos as coisas muito como adquiridas e esquecemo-nos que de facto, como qualquer nova tecnologia, tem o seu tempo de maturação e o seu período de aprendizagem. Aquilo que se conseguiu neste período é de facto muito, muito bom”, revelou João Lopes.

O máximo que conseguimos perceber relativamente a vendas é que Portugal está a acompanhar o rácio comercial dos PlayStation VR a nível mundial. Em junho a SIE anunciou a comercialização de um milhão de unidades dos PlayStation VR a nível global, sendo que nessa altura já tinha vendido perto de 60 milhões de PlayStation 4 a nível global. Ou seja, por cada 60 consolas vendidas há alguém que também decide apostar nos PlayStation VR.

Dito assim pode não parecer muito, mas a realidade virtual está, como dissemos no início do texto, na sua fase de renascimento. Ainda tem muito para provar ao mercado e quase todas as outras empresas que estão a investir forte no segmento, como o Facebook e a Google, dizem que só dentro de cinco a dez anos é que teremos a realidade virtual como uma tecnologia mais massificada.

Significa isto que um produto como os PlayStation VR ainda é de nicho?

“Não, de todo, de todo, não é um produto de nicho. Diria que está cada vez mais massificado, também por ser neste caso o PlayStation VR a oferta mais acessível que temos no mercado, sentimos que também é aquela que mais facilmente consegue chegar às pessoas. (…) Sentimos cada vez mais que não é um objeto estranho, já é facilmente perceptível como utilizar, o que esperar e isso para nós é um indicador de que a realidade virtual, a experiência de realidade virtual, está cada vez mais massificada”.

João Lopes define o comprador dos PlayStation VR como alguém que está atento às inovações tecnológicas e que mesmo na PlayStation 4 gosta de experiências de jogo diferenciadoras, como a que existe num jogo como mais narrativo como Uncharted 4 por exemplo.

“Efetivamente sentimos que há uma procura cada vez maior da experiência do PlayStation VR e isso também só é sustentável com a produção de conteúdos, temos vindo cada vez mais a verificar que há um aumento da aposta dos estúdios nesta plataforma. Naturalmente Portugal não foge a essa tendência”, detalhou o gestor de relações públicas.

Primeiro ano promissor

Falámos recentemente de como a indústria portuguesa de videojogos tem evoluído e há um elemento que ainda é claro: existe preferência por lançar jogos para computador do que para consolas domésticas ou portáteis. Foi preciso esperar alguns anos até existir um jogo totalmente feito em Portugal para a PlayStation 4, por exemplo, mas o cenário parece ser bem diferente para os PlayStation VR.

Vários estúdios independentes já deram o seu feedback de como é desenvolver para plataformas de realidade virtual e uma parte diz que em termos financeiros não compensa. Por outro lado, o facto de ser ainda um mercado em expansão e pouco saturado melhora as hipóteses de um jogo ter sucesso.

Talvez isso ajude a explicar o motivo pelo qual os PlayStation VR tiveram logo no seu primeiro ano mais atenção dos estúdios portugueses do que os outros sistemas da PlayStation no passado.

Atualmente já está disponível uma experiência VR baseada no jogo Syndrome, codesenvolvida entre os estúdios Camel 101 e Bigmoon Entertainment. Na edição de 2016 dos prémios PlayStation o jogo vencedor foi VRock, desenvolvido pela Game Studio 78, pelo que este é outro trabalho de realidade virtual que está na calha. E para a edição 2017 dos prémios PlayStation concorrem outros títulos VR, casos de Ganbatte, do estúdio Mimicry Games, e de Iteration, do estúdio Those Kids.

É caso para dizer que Portugal está de olho nos PlayStation VR e que o esforço de democratização que tem sido feito pela Sony está a ser recompensado nesta medida.

“É um indicador excelente de que a realidade virtual não é um produto só de consumidor, é de facto uma alternativa muito interessante para os estúdios poderem apresentar novas ideias e novos projetos”, disse João Lopes a propósito do interesse mostrado pelos estúdios portugueses.

Sobre os jogos VR que mais sucesso fizeram entre os portugueses, o representante da PlayStation diz que é “difícil de dizer”, mas ainda assim apontou Resident Evil VII como um “sucesso enorme”, assim como Far Point. “O Gran Turismo também está a ser muito bem recebido”, revelou.

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Se esperou pelo primeiro ano dos PlayStation VR para ver como evoluía a plataforma e está a ponderar um investimento nos óculos de realidade virtual, o próximo passo é escolher uma experiência imersiva à sua medida. Se não souber por onde começar, pode ficar com a recomendação daquele que é o jogo VR preferido do próprio João Lopes.

“Confesso que eu continuo a gostar muito do Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. Fui a um antigo, não vou estar aqui a falar da última novidade, mas o Rush of Blood é muito divertido, tem um humor um bocadinho negro que a mim pessoalmente me atrai imenso, mas acima de tudo porque é muito divertido e ao mesmo tempo altamente imersivo, são duas qualidades que aprecio”.

Article source: https://www.futurebehind.com/primeiro-ano-playstation-vr-portugal/

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LUANDA, Angola, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — The National Bank of Angola (BNA) is taking part in the two-day summit of the central banks of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) that opened in Lisbon Monday to discuss ways to boost multilateral cooperation.

The 27th Lisbon summit aims to strengthen cooperation between the Bank of Portugal and the central banks of other CPLP countries.

The meeting also discussed issues related to the international financial system and financial integration in Portuguese-speaking countries.

The summit was a preparatory gathering for the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, taking place from Oct. 9-15 in Washington, the United States.

The Angolan delegation was headed by BNA Deputy Governor Suzana Camacho Monteiro.

The CPLP, created in 1996, has nine member states: Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, and Timor-Leste.

Article source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/10/c_136669684.htm

“Despacito” has already topped the charts for months, but one of the song’s co-writers, Erika Ender, is betting that it still has plenty of room left to soar in at least one giant market: her native Brazil.

While Brazilians have already embraced the original version of “Despacito,” written by Ender, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi and Puerto Rican superstar Daddy Yankee — and the remix featuring Justin Bieber is now being streamed more by Spotify’s Brazilian users than the original — the official Portuguese version released Friday could give the song even more juice to reverberate throughout the lusophone world.

The Portuguese “Despacito” features both Brazilian star Israel Novaes and Fonsi singing in Portuguese, and the Panamanian-Brazilian Ender tells Billboard she personally translated it from the Spanish and coached Fonsi carefully to make sure his Portuguese pronunciation was spot on.

Fonsi’s dedication to perfecting his Portuguese accent was that of a “true professional who is thoughtful, passionate and focused,” Ender says, adding that Bieber’s foray into Spanish for his remix also “showed his dedication to the craft.”

Even as streaming accelerates the speed at which a song can take over the world, chart data highlights the opportunity that remains in catering local tastes and languages. While the Bieber version of “Despacito” has overtaken the original on the Spotify charts in the U.S., Brazil, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bolivia and the United Kingdom, the Spanish-language original still reigns in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru and Spain.

Countries that primarily speak neither English nor Spanish — such as Brazil — represent fertile ground for Despacito remixers. (Portuguese-speaking Portugual wasn’t sold on Bieber’s remix, for example: the Spanish-language original charts higher there.) Ender says she and Fonsi are fielding dozens of calls weekly seeking permission to record new versions and remixes, while new unsanctioned versions surface every week. There are versions in pop, salsa, merengue, metal, urban and even an orchestral rendition by the Croatian cellists Luka and Stjepan Hauser known as 2CELLOS, whose interpretation on YouTube — released a little more than a week ago — has clocked more than 5.5 million views.

“It’s out of control,” Ender tells Billboard. “This one just struck a chord with so many people.”

While the new Portuguese edition isn’t yet among the top-streamed songs in Brazil, it could gain traction thanks to Israel Novaes’ one million monthly visitors on Spotify and his nearly three million followers on Instagram. The day before the release of the track last week, Novaes posted the cover art for the song, which was liked by 50,000 followers.

Pablo Flores, who has remixed songs with a Latin flavor for everyone from Madonna to Ricky Martin, tells Billboard that giving songs “that feel that can be attractive in certain countries more than others.”

Carlos de Yarza, who remixed the Los Del Rio song the ‘Macarena’ — the last Spanish-language song to hold the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 starting in 1996 before “Despacito,” tells Billboard that remixes didn’t always travel so easily. In the 80s, de Yarza recalls running to record stores with his buddies in hopes that remixes from overseas had arrived.

“The Internet has made it so that remixes are available to the world,” says  de Yarza.

As for Ender, who spoke to Billboard from Madrid recently, she is celebrating 25 years in the music business, recently releasing her album Tatuajes (Tattoos) and being inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“The song is opening doors for all of us and that’s a great responsibility that I do not take lightly,” Ender says. “It’s like winning the lottery.”

Article source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/7874112/despacito-portuguese-version-brazil-lus-fonsi-israel-novaes

LISBON, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) — The Portuguese Minister of Internal Administration, Constanca Urbano de Sousa, announced her resignation on Wednesday, in the wake of Portugal’s devastating forest fires.

In her resignation letter, she said: “I believe the conditions for me to remain in office have been exhausted and so I am formally offering my resignation, which must be accepted, not least to preserve my own dignity.”

Prime Minister Antonio Costa accepted her resignation and publicly thanked her for her “dedication and commitment in serving the country and fulfilling her role.”

Urbano de Sousa had been heavily criticized for her handling of the crisis and for failing to learn the lessons of previous fires.

More than 100 people have died in forest fires in Portugal in the last four months.

Some 500 wild fires flared up across the north and center of the country on Sunday, with 41 people confirmed dead. An earlier conflagration, in the Pedrogao Grande area in June, claimed 64 lives.

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Presidential Palace on Tuesday night to express their anger at the way the disasters have unfolded. Many held placards demanding that Urbano de Sousa be dismissed.

In her resignation letter, Urbano de Sousa revealed that she had offered to step down after the Pedrogao Grande tragedy. Costa had asked her to stay on then, but had no hesitation in agreeing to her request this time.

The prime minister and president have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to further discuss the situation.

Article source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/18/c_136689406.htm

LISBON, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) — Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa apologized to the nation on Wednesday as the death toll from the weekend’s forest fires rose to 42.

Costa’s apology came in parliament during prime minister’s question time. Hugo Soares, parliamentary leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), challenged Costa to ask forgiveness of the Portuguese people for the devastating consequences of the forest fires.

Costa duly apologized, and said “I take responsibility as prime minister and so when I apologize I do so as a citizen.”

More than 500 wild fires flared up across the north and center of Portugal on Sunday, claiming 42 lives, the National Civil Protection Authority confirmed. Some 70 people remain injured, more than a dozen seriously.

More than 100 people have died in forest fires in Portugal in the last four months.

The government has been heavily criticized for its handling of the crisis. Minister of Internal Administration Constanca Urbano de Sousa announced her resignation on Wednesday and the Central Social Democratic-Popular Party has tabled a vote of no confidence in the government for next week.

When challenged by Soares to trigger a counter vote of confidence, the prime minister refused to be drawn. “Parliament will decide next week whether it has no confidence in the government or whether it supports the government to continue to perform its duties,” Costa said.

Article source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/19/c_136691064.htm

LISBON, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) — Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa apologized to the nation on Wednesday as the death toll from the weekend’s forest fires rose to 42.

Costa’s apology came in parliament during prime minister’s question time. Hugo Soares, parliamentary leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), challenged Costa to ask forgiveness of the Portuguese people for the devastating consequences of the forest fires.

Costa duly apologized, and said “I take responsibility as prime minister and so when I apologize I do so as a citizen.”

More than 500 wild fires flared up across the north and center of Portugal on Sunday, claiming 42 lives, the National Civil Protection Authority confirmed. Some 70 people remain injured, more than a dozen seriously.

More than 100 people have died in forest fires in Portugal in the last four months.

The government has been heavily criticized for its handling of the crisis. Minister of Internal Administration Constanca Urbano de Sousa announced her resignation on Wednesday and the Central Social Democratic-Popular Party has tabled a vote of no confidence in the government for next week.

When challenged by Soares to trigger a counter vote of confidence, the prime minister refused to be drawn. “Parliament will decide next week whether it has no confidence in the government or whether it supports the government to continue to perform its duties,” Costa said.

Article source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/19/c_136691064.htm

Estúdio Português à frente do projecto.

A Bigmoon Entertainment anunciou o seu novo projecto ontem durante o Lisboa Games Week: Dakar 18.

Este estúdio Português que esteve durante muito tempo a fazer projetos para outros estúdios, está agora encarregue do jogo oficial da competição do Dakar. O jogo será lançado para Playstation 4, Xbox One e PC. Ainda não existe data de lançamento.

Mais informações em breve.

Article source: http://foxbyte.pt/noticias/bigmoon-entertainment-anuncia-dakar-2018/