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SHANGHAI, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) — UnionPay International, a subsidiary of China’s UnionPay, the country’s largest bank card payment processor, announced Monday that it has entered into strategic cooperation with the Portuguese bank, Banco Comercial Portugues (BCP).

BCP will be the first European bank to issue UnionPay cards.

UnionPay is used in 160 countries and regions and cards are issued in over 40 countries and regions, said Wang Lixin, deputy president of UnionPay International.

“Currently, UnionPay cards are mainly issued in the Asia Pacific region. We are stepping up localization in Europe. Besides BCP, we are also working with financial organizations in Germany and France,” Wang said.

BCP operates in countries including Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Mozambique and Angola. In 2016, Shanghai-based Fosun became the largest share holder of BCP after acquiring a 16.7 percent stake in the Portuguese lender.

Fosun’s financial arm said it will help more Chinese companies to develop payment, investment and loan business with overseas partners.

Gu Xiaoxu, president of Fosun Financial, said the cooperation is an important step of financial services developing under the Belt and Road Initiative.

China is Portugal’s largest trade partner in Asia. Chinese enterprises are investing more in Portugal and an increasing number of Chinese people are living in the country.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/20/c_136766889.htm

A few weeks ago, as it seemed more and more likely that FCC chairman Ajit Pai would successfully dismantle US net neutrality rules, California Congressional representative Ro Khanna tweeted an alarming-looking screenshot from Portuguese mobile carrier Meo. “In Portugal, with no net neutrality, internet providers are starting to split the net into packages,” he wrote.

Since October 26th, this message has been retweeted over 58,000 times, and liked over 46,000 times. As Techdirt pointed out, it looks remarkably similar to a satirical chart showing internet services split into cable-style bundles, a graphic that’s been used to drive home the importance of net neutrality for years. But it’s also seriously misleading — in a way that misses a more important and subtle point about net neutrality.

The plan Khanna tweeted is called “Smart Net,” and as he correctly notes, it offers monthly subscription packages with names like Messaging, Social, and Video. Each of the five categories includes several big-name apps, including Netflix, FaceTime, Spotify, and Google Drive.

But based on Meo’s website, this doesn’t look like buying cable channels for the internet. It’s an add-on to general-purpose mobile subscriptions, which let you access any service — including the ones above. The idea is apparently that if you’re into apps like Snapchat and Facebook (or… LinkedIn, I guess), you pay around $8 a month to specifically get more “Social” data, so you can use your regular allotment for everything else. It looks a lot like the “Vodafone Pass” service in the UK, where subscribers can pay for unlimited access to a similar stable of services.

Techdirt explains this nuance, as does Quartz. But Khanna’s original tweet — the pithy statement that’s getting passed around context-free on social media — doesn’t. It implies that Meo is blocking or limiting certain “packages” unless you pay for them, the way that you can’t watch HBO without the right cable plan. His office didn’t immediately respond to an email asking for clarification.

“Portugal doesn’t have net neutrality, so it ended up with a dystopian cable-style internet” is also a bad argument for other reasons. For one thing, Portugal is part of the EU, which published widely praised net neutrality rules last year. More importantly, Meo’s plan doesn’t sound radically different from what telecoms are doing elsewhere. It seems philosophically similar to zero-rating, where carriers offer “free” data for apps like Netflix. Meo actually offers straightforward zero-rating for its own storage and entertainment apps, which provides them an even greater potential advantage.


This is the real nightmare scenario for net neutrality

Zero-rating and subscription packages both theoretically encourage mobile subscribers to favor established apps and services over up-and-coming competitors. In fact, you could argue that zero-rating and similar “sponsored data” plans are more insidious, because subscriptions at least make users consider whether they want to pay more for a better experience on certain apps. With zero-rating, they can just slip into using whichever default services offer unlimited data.

And you don’t have to look at Portugal, or a Trumpian future, to see zero-rating in action. General EU regulations call to examine cases on an individual basis, rather than banning the practice altogether, and so do the United States’ current (strong) net neutrality rules. ATT, Verizon, and T-Mobile all offer it in some fashion right now — including T-Mobile’s Binge On, which isn’t that far from a free version of Meo’s video channel.

I’m not saying that these app packages sound good. Besides the competition problems I outlined above, they open the door for carriers to limit generic data pools, pressuring subscribers to buy extra subscriptions. But I haven’t seen a convincing argument that they’re a unique consequence of Portugal flouting EU net neutrality rules, nor something that seems unfathomable under the existing American system. Journalist Julian Sanchez argued that a US carrier could legally use Meo’s entire model right now. The biggest roadblock to US carriers adopting them is probably more public opinion than the FCC.

If there’s a lesson here, it’s that net neutrality isn’t just about writing rules, but about making sure that agencies will meaningfully enforce the spirit of them. The FCC, for example, determined in January that ATT and Verizon’s zero-rating plans did violate net neutrality rules, though T-Mobile’s didn’t. But the report came out less than two weeks before former chairman Tom Wheeler stepped down, and Pai’s FCC has been predictably uninterested in following up with consequences.

Splashy headlines about Portugal’s supposed net-neutrality-free hellscape turn a complex debate over an imperfect policy to a good-versus-evil battle over flipping a single legal switch. The Trump administration has made it tough to have nuanced conversations, and so has Pai, whose proposed “light touch” rules are generally awful and paradoxically restrictive. But it’s better to try than to get lost in alarmist half-truths.

Article source: https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/22/16691506/portugal-meo-internet-packages-net-neutrality-ajit-pai-plan

LISBON, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) — Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Friday said 2020 to 2030 would be “a decade of convergence with the European Union (EU).”

Costa’s comments came in an address to the Regional Council Commission for the Coordination and Development of the Alentejo Region (CCDRA), Portuguese Lusa News Agency reported.

With the Portugal 2020 national strategy program approaching its end, the government has launched a consultancy process to discuss the Portugal 2030 program.

Costa said Portugal had achieved a strong convergence with the EU between 1986, the year Portugal joined the EU, and 2000. But the period since then had been one of “prolonged stagnation and even divergence.”

He claimed his Socialist Party (PS) government, which entered office in November 2015, had turned things around and laid the platform for a new dynamic path.

According to Costa, Portugal’s priorities for the next decade include: energy transition in the face of climate change; the development of a sea-based economic sector; securing Portugal’s position in international trade networks; supporting areas of low population density by investment in forests and agriculture.

In a nod to his audience, Costa also said it was “time for the regions to be heard.”

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/20/c_136909369.htm

LISBON, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) — The wildfire that raged around the Portuguese town of Lousa in October 2017 was caused by an “electrical accident”, an analyst revealed on Thursday.

Paulo Fernandes, a member of the independent technical commission responsible for identifying the reasons of last year’s fires, was speaking in the northern town of Vila Real at an event organized by Porto University. He told local reporters that the fire was caused by “a high tension cable hitting a tree or a tree falling on the cable.”

The commission had already reached the same conclusion about the forest fire that beset the Pedrogao Grande area in June 2017, claiming 66 lives.

Fernandes said such accidents “are relatively common on days with meteorological conditions like that.” It was excessively hot and windy at the time of both the Pedrogao Grande and Lousa tragedies.

The fire in Lousa was among the worst of hundreds of wildfires that erupted across Portugal on Oct. 15, 2017, killing 45. It required 700 firefighters to bring it under control.

Lousa is a town in the Coimbra district, 210 km north of Lisbon.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/19/c_136906556.htm

Nigerian international, Dayo Femi has told Trust Sport that he hopes to play the Portuguese top flight known as Primera Liga next season.

The versatile player, who last played with Remo Stars FC, before travelleing out of the country, is now playing with Ovareness on loan from CD Fereinse.

“I like Portuguese League. It is nice and competitive. You have to be at the top of the game for you play here.

“I am still CD Fereinse player. I am on loan at Ovareness, and I am enjoying all the bit of my stay here with them,” he said.

On his next plan after he finish his loan with Ovareness, Dayo said, “My next ambition is to play in the Primera Liga, which is the first league here.

“I will be fulfilled, and I am sure I will play well because I have garnered the needed experience,” said Dayo Femi.

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An action-packed new trailer has been released for Megalo Box, an upcoming TV anime that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Tomorrow’s Joe (known as Ashita no Joe in Japan) by envisioning a near future world in which boxers enhance their sport through the use of prosthetic exoskeletons.

 

 

Megalo Box is directed by Yo Moriyama and features animation by TMS Entertainment. The story follows J.D. (“Junk Dog”), a boxer who descends into the underground world of “Megalo Box”, in which fighters combine their training with special gear technology to create the ultimate martial art.


Megalo Box will begin broadcasting on TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) and BS-TBS in April of 2018.

 

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Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

Article source: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2018/01/17-1/man-and-machine-test-their-mettle-in-megalo-box-tv-anime-trailer

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) — Chinese Internet giant Tencent teamed up with global toy-maker Lego to develop a safe Internet eco-system covering games, short videos, smart toys and social networking to empower Chinese children online.

The partnership announced Monday includes a Lego video zone for children on Tencent’s video platform and a safe social network for children in China.

Meanwhile, they will develop, publish and operate Lego-branded games on Tencent’s gaming platforms and introduce Lego’s online operating system for Lego Boost coding toys.

Children under the age of 18 account for about 22.5 percent of China’s total online population, making a positive and healthy online experience for children very important.

Anna Gao, vice president of Tencent Games, said the cooperation could leverage technological and innovative means to build a healthy online environment for Chinese children.

“We’ve seen more and more Chinese children engage with the world digitally, and the partnership will bring them safe and imaginative digital Lego content that also supports their needs of learning, development and entertainment,” said Jacob Kragh, general manager of Lego China.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/16/c_136900010.htm

Under terms of the agreement, Boyd Gaming will pay total cash consideration of $575 million to acquire the four assets, representing a multiple of 6.25 times projected EBITDA before synergies. The Company expects the transaction to be free cash flow positive and immediately accretive to earnings.

“This transaction is a compelling opportunity to diversify and expand our nationwide portfolio into new markets at an attractive price,” said Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming. “By adding these four high-quality, well-maintained assets to our portfolio, we will gain strong positions in three of the largest metropolitan areas in the Midwest.  This transaction will expand our Company’s size and scale, grow our customer base, and further enhance our substantial free cash flow profile.”

As part of the transaction, Boyd Gaming will enter into a master lease agreement with Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLPI), which owns the real estate of Ameristar St. Charles, Ameristar Kansas City and Belterra Casino Resort.  GLPI has entered into an agreement to purchase the real estate of Belterra Park from Penn National, and Belterra Park’s real estate will be leased to Boyd Gaming as part of Boyd Gaming’s master lease agreement with GLPI.  The terms of Boyd Gaming’s lease agreement will be substantially similar to Pinnacle’s current master lease with GLPI.

Boyd Gaming expects the transaction to close in the second half of 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.  The transaction is also contingent upon the successful completion of Penn National’s proposed acquisition of Pinnacle.  The Company intends to finance the transaction through cash flow from operations and availability under its existing credit facility.

Morrison Foerster LLP served as legal advisor to Boyd Gaming for the transaction. Moelis Company LLC served as exclusive financial advisor.

Boyd Gaming will host a conference call to discuss the transaction today, December 18, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern. The conference call number is (888) 317-6003, passcode 7651847. Please call up to 15 minutes in advance to ensure you are connected prior to the start of the call.

The conference call will also be available live on the Internet at www.boydgaming.com, or: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/964/23891

Following the call’s completion, a replay will be available by dialing (877) 344-7529 today, December 18, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern and continuing through Monday, December 25 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.  The conference number for the replay will be 10115183.  The replay will also be available at www.boydgaming.com.

The Company is also providing a presentation detailing the transaction at: http://boydgaming.investorroom.com

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LISBON, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) — The governing Socialist Party (PS) on Wednesday said it was ready to offer “greater clarity” in relation to a party finance bill vetoed by the president.

Controversial changes to party finance rules were approved by parliament on Dec. 21. But the president of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa vetoed the bill late on Tuesday, citing a lack of transparency.

The PS parliamentary leader Carlos Cesar admitted to journalists that there had been a “lack of publicity and information” when the new legislation was announced. But Cesar refused to be drawn on whether the PS would redraft the bill.

The new law legislated that the independent Political Finance and Accounting Body approves party accounts at the first instance, in accordance with a Constitutional Court request.

However, it also removed the upper limit on how much money a party could collect through fundraising initiatives and waived VAT on all political party activities. The president demanded more explanation on these two motions.

The Central Social Democratic-Popular Party and the People Animals and Nature Party hailed the president’s intervention, having voted against the law in the first place.

The PS, the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the Portuguese Communist Party and the Left Bloc all voted in favor.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/04/c_136870059.htm

Through sound recordings and moving images, audiovisual heritage provides priceless insight to the past while preserving unique documentation for future generations, the United Nations cultural agency said on the day set aside to raise global awareness about the importance of the fragility of this heritage.

Article source: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=58150

LISBON, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) — Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa vetoed on Tuesday the amendments to the law on the financing of political parties, according to a statement posted on the website of the president.

The statement said that Rebelo de Sousa decided to return, without promulgation, the draft of the parliament concerning party financing, “based on the absence of publicly scrutinizing the change introduced in the mode of financing of political parties.”

The presidential veto obliges the parliamentarians to two options: either change the amendments to overcome the doubts of the head of state or confirm the law with a broad majority of two-thirds in the parliament, it said.

Rebelo de Sousa proposed on Dec. 27 that Prime Minister Antonio Costa and his fellow parliamentarians seek prior approval from the Constitutional Court (TC) before putting new party finance rules into law.

The president was presented with the draft on Dec. 22, one day after it was approved by the parliament in an electronic vote. The Central Social Democratic-Popular Party (CDS-PP) and the PAN (People Animals and Nature Party) voted against the draft law, objecting to the fundraising amendment.

According to the draft law, there will no longer be an upper limit on how much money a party can collect through fundraising initiatives. Furthermore, VAT will be waived on all political party activities.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/03/c_136867830.htm

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LISBON, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) — A Portuguese judge has refused a request to extradite former Angolan vice-president Manuel Vicente, and he will stand trial on corruption charges later this month in Portugal, the office of Portugal’s Attorney General said on Tuesday.

Angolan President Joao Lourenco called Portugal’s refusal to extradite Vicente “offensive”.

However, Portugal’s Public Prosecution Service fears Vicente will be granted diplomatic immunity if he returns to Angola.

“Operation Fizz” revolved around accusations that Vicente paid 760,000 euros (906,550 U.S. dollars) in bribes to Portugal’s former public prosecutor Orlando Figueira. The bribes were designed to halt two corruption inquiries.

Figueira is also facing corruption charges.

The case against Vicente will be heard in Lisbon from Jan. 22.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/10/c_136883480.htm

Newark, NJ–Take a drive down Ferry Street in Newark’s Ironbound section and you’ve entered a bustling hub of commerce and culture, a collision of diverse sights and sounds that have made the area one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Located in the city’s East Ward, the Ironbound is known for its large Portuguese community, with the first Portuguese immigrants planting roots in the area at the turn of the century.

The neighborhood saw a second influx of Portuguese immigrants in the late 50s, many of them merchants who opened restaurants, cafes, bakeries and grocery stores on or around Ferry Street, the main thoroughfare through town. Since then, the community has continued to thrive and prosper over the course of almost a century.

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Sport Club Portugues (SCP), which celebrated its 96th anniversary earlier this month with a gala celebration at its headquarters on Prospect Street., is considered the lifeblood of the Ironbound’s Portuguese community and has played an integral role in the history of the Portuguese in New Jersey’s largest city.

The cultural and social club—one of the oldest organizations of its kind on the East Coast—first opened its doors on December 17, 1921, in a temporary location on Market Street and in 1939 built the facility that has served as the club’s home for nearly 80 years.

Located in the heart of the Ironbound, the club has become a symbol of Portuguese tradition and culture.

The club offers assistance with finding homes and securing jobs and provides networking and social opportunities for community members. In addition, the club offers a Portuguese language school and a variety of cultural events, programs and initiatives that have served as the foundation of the community.

The club is also known for its adult and youth soccer teams, with two of the club’s youth soccer teams winning first place at the Mid-New Jersey Youth Soccer Association this year. In addition, the club’s adult soccer manager, Americo Marques, was recently awarded the “Manager of the Year” by the NJ Soccer Association.

SCP President Jack Costa expressed pride at the milestone and the impact the club has had on the city.

“We’re very proud of 96 years and in many ways, the club is tied to the Portuguese in the Ironbound,” Costa said. “As the immigration wave came in the 50s, 60s and 70s, this club was always a big part of that. We are a monument of the Portuguese community in Newark and the oldest Portuguese club in New Jersey.” 

Costa said the club’s Portuguese school is the foundation of the community, a gathering of youth each Saturday morning where students learn Portuguese language, culture and history.

“The school is one of our most important initiatives,” Costa said. “We are in the process of starting a Portuguese school for adults. They are older and they want to speak and write their parents’ language.”

The club’s famous Sunday dances are also one of the highlights of the organization.

“You hear many stories from those Sunday dances with many people saying that their parents met here at the club at those dances,” Costa said.

The club has attracted a wave of younger Portuguese in their twenties and thirties in recent years, while children and teens remain a vibrant and growing group that takes part in the many activities the club has to offer.

“All these are things that bring kids from outside the laptop and they are making friends and having fun,” Costa said. “We do everything we can to bring people to the club to socialize.”

Former SCP president and longtime member Lui Nogueira said the club played an important role after the Portuguese revolution in 1974.

The Carnation Revolution—known in Portugal as the Revolução dos Cravos—started on April 25, 1974, with a military coup in Lisbon which overthrew the fascist regime of the Estado Novo, or the Second Republic.

The coup, organized by the Armed Forces Movement and composed of military officers who opposed the regime, was soon joined by unexpected civil resistance that eventually led to the fall of the Estado Novo and the withdrawal of Portugal from its African colonies.

The incident was named the Carnation Revolution after members of the public celebrated the victory by placing carnations into the muzzles of rifles and on the uniforms of military men.

“A lot of people came over after the revolution,” Nogueira said. “They worked hard, showed respect and stayed out of trouble. The club helped people get together, socialize and find jobs. By that time, the Portuguese community started to grow and have a huge impact on Newark.”

Nogueira noted that while many other communities dispersed and left Newark after the 1967 riots, the Portuguese community stayed on.

“We stuck around and rebuilt after the riots,” he said. “Other communities like the Polish and German communities left. After the riots, Newark got a big facelift because of the Portuguese community.”

The club is stronger than ever, said Costa, and has remained vibrant through the help of local business and sponsors.

“We depend on local businesses and sponsors such as local banks and construction companies, and rental of the club’s hall is also an important part of our fundraising initiatives,” Costa said. “We are very active because that’s the only way to keep going. Our organization has been a big part of the history of the Portuguese here in Newark. A lot of Portuguese have moved out but they still come back. Even though they don’t live in Newark, they still have a home in Newark.”

Article source: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/newark/articles/sport-club-portugues-celebrates-96-years-in-the-c

Ângelo Rodrigues é o protagonista da nova temporada da série brasileira “(Des)encontros”, produzida pela Sony Entertainment. O ator português tem sido elogiado pela imprensa brasileira, que diz que “a dramaturgista brasileira [da série] ganhou mais um nome português de peso”.

O jovem “moranguito”, de 30 anos, está atualmente a viver no Brasil e a investir na sua formação e experiência profissional. Este não é o primeiro trabalho do artista no país do samba, a sua estreia foi em 2015 com uma participação na série “As Canalhas”.

“(Des)encontros”, a série que começa a ser gravada já na próxima semana, em São Paulo, é uma comédia romântica brasileira, que estreou em 2014, e tem tido anualmente novas temporadas devido ao sucesso junto dos telespectadores. O elenco conta com atores como Duda Nagle, Rainer Cadete ou Julianne Trevisol e a estreia da nova temporada está marcada para o mês de maio.

Na ficção, Ângelo interpreta “Pedro Goldfarb”, um homem decidido, honesto e viajado, quejá foi campeão de xadrez e fez várias missões de voluntariado em África. Recorde-se que também o ator que dá vida a este personagem foi, durante o passado mês de junho, voluntário na ilha de Moçambique.

Article source: http://activa.sapo.pt/celebridades/2018-02-06-Angelo-Rodrigues-protagoniza-serie-brasileira

Recently, China issued a set of zodiac stamps to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog.

The theme for this round of zodiac stamps is “happy family,” and the new stamps depict Chinese domestic dogs.

The year 2018 marks Chinese “Wu Xu Year,” the Year of the Dog.

In fact, not only zodiac stamps, elements of Chinese New Year can be found in many forms of Chinese folk arts.

Zodiac stamps for Year of the Dog

A customer shows a first day cover with the newly issued zodiac stamp in Xicheng District of Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 5, 2018. China Post issued a set of special zodiac stamps for the Year of Dog with two different designs Friday. The Year of Dog, or Chinese traditional lunar New Year of this year, starts from Feb. 16. (Xinhua/Li He)

China Post says the first stamp depicts a male dog with its chin up and its eyes straight ahead. Its two ears point upward, while its hind legs are forcefully thrust against the ground, ready to pounce on any intruders.

The second stamp shows a brown bitch lovingly gazing at its puppy. The black puppy holds its head up high and tries to stand straight. The mother and the puppy stand side by side, demonstrating maternal love.

The two stamps are connected, signifying a peaceful, harmonious family, and a prosperous, flourishing nation.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/10/c_136884128.htm

Ângelo Rodrigues é o protagonista da nova temporada da série brasileira (Des)encontros, produzida pela Sony Entertainment. O ator português tem sido elogiado pela imprensa brasileira, que diz que “a dramaturgista brasileira [da série] ganhou mais um nome português de peso”.

O jovem “moranguito”, de 30 anos, está atualmente a viver no Brasil e a investir na sua formação e experiência profissional. Este não é o primeiro trabalho do artista no país do samba, pois a sua estreia foi em 2015, com uma participação na série As Canalhas.

(Des)encontros, a série que começa a ser gravada já na próxima semana, em São Paulo, é uma comédia romântica brasileira, que estreou em 2014, e tem tido anualmente novas temporadas devido ao sucesso junto dos telespectadores. O elenco conta com atores como Duda Nagle, Rainer Cadete ou Julianne Trevisol e a estreia da nova temporada está marcada para o mês de maio.

Na ficção, Ângelo interpreta Pedro Goldfarb, um homem decidido, honesto e viajado, que já foi campeão de xadrez e fez várias missões de voluntariado em África. Recorde-se que também o ator que dá vida a este personagem foi, durante o passado mês de junho, voluntário na ilha de Moçambique.

Article source: http://caras.sapo.pt/famosos/2018-02-05-Angelo-Rodrigues-protagoniza-serie-brasileira

LISBON, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) — FC Porto beat Rio Ave 2-1 on Sunday night to share the leadership of the Portuguese soccer league with Sporting Lisbon, who were 2-0 victors over Tondela on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Danila and Marega set Porto up for an impressive away victory after a goalless opening period. Nuno Santos pulled one back for Rio Ave with ten minutes to go, but the visitors’ defense held out to maintain the Dragons’ perfect start to the championship.

Sporting are likewise six wins from as many games, with goals from Mathieu and Bruno Fernandes ensuring a comfortable home win for the Lions, and former player Cristiano Ronaldo watching from the stands.

Porto and Sporting are thus joint-top on 18 points, with Porto in pole position thanks to a plus-13 goal difference, versus Sporting’s plus-12.

Benfica slumped to fourth place after losing 2-1 at Boavista on Saturday. The Eagles were leading 1-0 at the interval, Brazilian striker Jonas scoring his seventh of the season, but second-half goals from Renato Santos and Fabio Espinho turned things around for the home side.

Benfica’s goalkeeper, Bruno Varela, was severely at fault for the winning goal, further contributing to a gloomy week for Eagles fans: having lost 2-1 at home to CSKA Moscow in the opening round of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, Benfica are now 5 points behind their rivals Porto and Sporting in the Portuguese soccer league.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/18/c_136618776.htm

RIYADH, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) — The Saudi General Entertainment Authority has promised to achieve 133 billion U.S. dollars revenues by 2030, Al Hayat local newspaper reported on Wednesday.

It also expected to provide 200,000 job opportunities for the same periods.

In May 2016, the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered the formation of the authority, in a move that was welcomed by many Saudis who demand more entertainment activities in the country.

Saudi Arabia lacks a single cinema theatre for religious reasons and depends on entertainments in neighboring countries such as Bahrain and UAE.

The authority said that the expected revenues will be generated in cooperation with the private sector through establishments of various entertainment cities and cultural, social and fun activities.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/11/c_136671972.htm

LISBON, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) — The Portuguese government said Friday it is paying 37.68 million euros (45.25 million U.S. dollars) out of a total of 50.2 million euros to farmers affected by the deadly forest fires erupted on Oct. 15.

The sum paid by the Ministry of Agriculture accounts for 75 percent of the total payment of 50.2 million euros to be made to these farmers, with the remainder to be paid later, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said that 55 percent of the amount “is paid directly by bank transfer to the farmers’ account, the remaining 45 percent is being paid by postal order, within five working days, to 6,650 farmers who do not have a bank account”.

The 37.68 million euros now paid by the Ministry of Agriculture adds to the amount of 3.78 million euros, paid by the Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity to 6,025 farmers who recorded losses up to 1,053 euros.

In total, the government has now allocated 41.5 million euros to 20,567 farmers affected by the fires with losses of up to 5,000 euros.

The forest fires erupted in the north of Portugal on Oct. 15 killed 45 people, only four months after the most deadly forest fires in 40 years killed another 65 people in the Pedrogao Grande area in the central part of the country.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/30/c_136860638.htm

LISBON, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) — Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa woke up “in good spirits” in hospital on Friday, after having undergone umbilical hernia surgery late on Thursday.

The president’s website said that the post-operation recovery process was proceeding without complications.

Intervention surgery had been programmed for January, but the president’s doctor detected a strangulated hernia that required emergency treatment.

The president cancelled all official engagements through to Jan. 1 and entered the Curry Cabral hospital in Lisbon on Thursday afternoon.

Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, who as President of the Assembly of the Republic is placed second in the nation’s hierarchy, visited the president in hospital on Friday. He told local reporters that he’d found the president working, having turned his hospital room into a makeshift office.

Rebelo de Sousa is expected to be discharged from hospital on Sunday.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/30/c_136860592.htm

People of Dong ethnic group attend a parade with national dress during a celebration of traditional Dongnian festival in Guangnan Dong Village of Longsheng Ge Autonomous County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Dec. 28, 2017. Dongnian Festival was held on Thursday during which Dong people gather together to sing and display their costumes. The festival was enlisted as one of the national intangible cultural heritages in 2011. (Xinhua/Huang Yongdan)

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/31/c_136862908.htm

LISBON, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) — Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, underwent an urgent surgery on umbilical hernia on Thursday at a hospital in Lisbon with all his agendas being cancelled by Jan. 1, according to a statement posted on his official website.

Rebelo de Sousa was admitted into Hospital Curry Cabral in Lisbon to be operated on for an umbilical hernia that had become strangulated, the statement said.

The president cancelled all of Thursday’s agenda as well those of the coming days, including the travels planned for Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, to regions affected by the deadly October forest fires, which claimed 45 lives, it said.

Eduardo Barroso, the surgeon who operated on the president said that the surgery was scheduled for Jan. 4, but was brought forward to Thursday after the doctor of the presidency Daniel Matos diagnosed that the hernia was strangulated.

Barroso said that the surgery took about an hour and the president is in “great” mood and can be discharged in 48 hours.

The 69-year-old president, who took office in March 2016, has won acclaim by his frequency to meet and greet the general public.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/29/c_136858333.htm

LISBON, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) — Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa proposed on Wednesday that Prime Minister Antonio Costa and his fellow parliamentarians seek prior approval from the Constitutional Court (TC) before putting new party finance rules into law.

Rebelo de Sousa, writing on the President of the Republic’s website, was commenting on controversial changes to party finance rules approved by parliament in an electronic vote on Dec. 21.

There has been criticism that the changes overstepped their remit and were pushed through parliament during the Christmas holidays, ensuring minimal public scrutiny.

The new law was drafted to meet a TC request, made over a year ago, that changes be made to party finance accountability models. Specifically, the TC called for the independent Political Finance and Accounting Body (ECFP) to approve party accounts at the first instance. The ECFP would thus have the power to implement fines and sanctions.

The new party finance law does as the TC requests, but includes more amendments besides.

There will no longer be an upper limit on how much money a party can collect through fundraising initiatives. Furthermore, VAT will be waived on all political party activities.

The Central Social Democratic-Popular Party (CDS-PP) and the PAN (People Animals and Nature Party) voted against the new law, objecting to the fundraising amendment. On Wednesday, Assuncao Cristas, leader of the CDS-PP, called upon the president to veto the decree.

The president himself said he has yet to read the new law. He was presented with the draft on Dec. 22 and is obliged by protocol to wait eight days before commenting.

His suggestion that proponents of the new law consult the TC directly is thus seen as a means to make use of the eight days and defuse the argument via an independent verdict.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/28/c_136856017.htm

LISBON, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) — Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa proposed on Wednesday that Prime Minister Antonio Costa and his fellow parliamentarians seek prior approval from the Constitutional Court (TC) before putting new party finance rules into law.

Rebelo de Sousa, writing on the President of the Republic’s website, was commenting on controversial changes to party finance rules approved by parliament in an electronic vote on Dec. 21.

There has been criticism that the changes overstepped their remit and were pushed through parliament during the Christmas holidays, ensuring minimal public scrutiny.

The new law was drafted to meet a TC request, made over a year ago, that changes be made to party finance accountability models. Specifically, the TC called for the independent Political Finance and Accounting Body (ECFP) to approve party accounts at the first instance. The ECFP would thus have the power to implement fines and sanctions.

The new party finance law does as the TC requests, but includes more amendments besides.

There will no longer be an upper limit on how much money a party can collect through fundraising initiatives. Furthermore, VAT will be waived on all political party activities.

The Central Social Democratic-Popular Party (CDS-PP) and the PAN (People Animals and Nature Party) voted against the new law, objecting to the fundraising amendment. On Wednesday, Assuncao Cristas, leader of the CDS-PP, called upon the president to veto the decree.

The president himself said he has yet to read the new law. He was presented with the draft on Dec. 22 and is obliged by protocol to wait eight days before commenting.

His suggestion that proponents of the new law consult the TC directly is thus seen as a means to make use of the eight days and defuse the argument via an independent verdict.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/28/c_136856017.htm

KAMPALA, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) — Ugandan security agencies on Monday beefed up security control and raised security levels around churches and entertainment areas on Christmas Day in efforts to prevent possible terror attacks in the East African country.

Emilian Kayima, Ugandan police spokesperson, told Xinhua that security has been beefed up around worship places, entertainment areas and venues planned to hold music concerts on Christmas Day in the capital city of Kampala and major towns.

The security measures are taken in awake of Al-Shabaab, a Somalian militant group which has issued several warnings to launch attacks in Uganda.

“We are alert and prepared. We have enhanced access control measure in places of worships and entertainment,” said Kayima, appealing the public to be more vigilant during the festive season.

“We assure the public of safety over the festive season. We are ready and fully equipped to handle any issue that may come up,” he said.

He said the police and military have also deployed foot and motorized personnel in the streets and busy locations.

The militant group in 2010 launched twin bomb attacks on football fans watching a world cup final in the capital, Kampala, killing about 80 people and injuring several others.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/25/c_136851047.htm

ZHANGZHOU, China, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) — The China E-Sports Carnival concluded here on Sunday as the two champions of the 2017 ESCC China E-Sports Venue League shared 300,000-yuan prizes (about 44,800 US dollars).

The team Joy Base claimed the title of the King Glory while team AN took the crown of League of Legends in the final of the first E-Sports league that based on the venue in China.

Under the slogan of “One tournament, One Summit, One Venue”, the E-Sports Carnival consisted of the ESCC China E-Sports Venue League final, ESCC Pan-entertainment carnival and the 2017 China E-Sports ecology annual meeting.

The three-day carnival recorded more than 5,000 participants and more than 10 million viewers online.

And a series of contracts were signed for cooperation featuring the construction of CNCG E-Sports Venues, the ESCC China E-Sports Venue League, ESCC Asian Dancer, the E-Sports and pan entertainment investment, the conventions service business, the E-Sports featured town and other related industries.

Article source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/24/c_136849148.htm

LISBON (Reuters) – Mario Centeno, appointed on Monday to lead the Eurogroup, used his easy-going style as Portugal’s finance minister to turn his crisis-hit country into a model euro zone pupil, causing him to be described as a “Ronaldo” among euro zone finance ministers.

The soft-spoken Centeno, 50, who will take over as chairman of the euro zone group of finance ministers from mid-January, spent two years nursing his country back to financial health.

He reversed some austerity measures from the 2011-14 bailout – while all the time insisting on meeting Europe’s budget goals.

When he took over the finance portfolio under Socialist prime minister Antonio Costa in 2015, few had confidence he could achieve what was required – especially with two far left parties in government pushing for more spending.

Now, Portugal is set to grow this year at its fastest pace in at least a decade, the budget deficit will fall to its lowest level in modern times and the country has recovered an investment grade credit rating after years in junk territory.

The achievement earned the Harvard-trained Centeno praise from former German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who in May called him the “Ronaldo” of euro zone finance ministers in a reference to the Portuguese soccer star.

Centeno, from the southern Algarve region, is known as a workaholic who seldom loses his good humor.

He is also known as someone who seeks to build consensus, which has helped him handle the far left in Portugal. He has often said he will seek to bring that quality to the Eurogroup job.

Co-workers say he likes to make decisions based on econometric models and economic studies. He was deputy head of the economic research department at the Bank of Portugal between 2004 and 2013 and subsequently worked as a consultant to the central bank board before joining Costa’s government.

He has a PhD from Harvard and is an expert on labor markets.

Centeno is a keen soccer enthusiast and supports Lisbon club Benfica. He wore a Portugal soccer scarf to the first Eurogroup meeting after his country won the European championship in 2016.

While studying at Lisbon’s School of Economics and Management (ISEG), he also dabbled in rugby while studying applied mathematics.

He married one of his co-students from ISEG and has three children.

Additional reporting by Sergio Goncalves; Editing by Richard Balmforth

Article source: https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-eurozone-eurogroup-centeno-newsmaker/centeno-brings-portuguese-charm-to-eurogroup-top-job-idUKKBN1DY2FC

Estar totalmente localizado para Portugus.

Publicado 23/01/2018

A Sony Santa Monica Studios e a Sony Interactive Entertainment anunciaram finalmente a data de lanamento para o aguardado God of War e, mais uma vez, a Amazon antecipou-se.

Foi agora confirmado oficialmente que God of War estar disponvel no dia 20 de Abril em todo o mundo, terminando assim com meses de especulao e rumores sobre a data de lanamento.

Para acompanhar o anncio da data e te deixar ainda mais entusiasmado, a Sony apresentou um novo trailer da histria, que te promete deixar beira do desespero.

Em baixo temos a verso original do trailer, mas tambm temos a verso apresentada pela PlayStation Portugal, que confirma que God of War estar totalmente localizado para Portugus. Ricardo Carrio parece estar de volta como Kratos.

Adicionalmente, foram confirmadas quatro edies diferentes para a Europa: Collector’s, Limitada e normal em formato fsico, juntamente com uma edio Digital Deluxe.

A Collector’s inclui uma esttua de Kratos e Atreus, acompanhada por uma steelbook limitada, mapa, uma embalagem especial e ainda itens para utilizares no jogo.

A edio Limitada inclui uma caixa especial, a mesma steelbok da Collectors, itens digitais e um livro de arte. A Digital Deluxe extras digitais para o jogo, um comic e livro de arte digitais, e ainda um tema (como nas outras edies).

God of War ser lanado no dia 20 de Abril e quem pr-encomendar qualquer uma da verso ter itens adicionais para usar no jogo.

Acerca Bruno Galvo

O Bruno tem um gosto requintado. Para ele os videojogos so mais que um entretenimento e gosta de discutir sobre formas e arte. Para alm disso consome tudo que seja Japons, principalmente JRPG. Ns s agradecemos.

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Article source: http://www.eurogamer.pt/articles/2018-01-23-god-of-war-ganha-data-de-lancamento