Cape Verde – Turismo STP http://turismo-stp.org/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 00:49:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://turismo-stp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default.png Cape Verde – Turismo STP http://turismo-stp.org/ 32 32 Nicolas Maduro: Imperialism continues to threaten Venezuela | New https://turismo-stp.org/nicolas-maduro-imperialism-continues-to-threaten-venezuela-new/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 00:49:21 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/nicolas-maduro-imperialism-continues-to-threaten-venezuela-new/ “Imperialism continues to threaten our homeland, imperialism continues to manipulate with arrogance and arrogance, to try to manipulate Venezuela and Venezuelans,” Maduro said during a speech broadcast on the public channel Venezolana de Televisión. The president said that despite the threats, his country is still standing and that 2022 has been a year of progress. […]]]>

“Imperialism continues to threaten our homeland, imperialism continues to manipulate with arrogance and arrogance, to try to manipulate Venezuela and Venezuelans,” Maduro said during a speech broadcast on the public channel Venezolana de Televisión.

The president said that despite the threats, his country is still standing and that 2022 has been a year of progress.

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“I call on you, deepest Venezuelan compatriot, to consolidate 2022 as a great year of economic growth, economic expansion, social recovery and consolidation of the greatest political force that exists in Venezuela and Latin America,” he pointed out.

On September 15, Joe Biden’s administration threatened the Maduro administration with tougher sanctions if it did not resume negotiations with the opposition in Mexico, suspended in October 2021 following the extradition of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab. from Cape Verde to the United States.

On Tuesday, Maduro asked Biden not to manipulate the issue of migration from Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We demand that President Joe Biden not manipulate the issue of migration from Latin America and the Caribbean, and even less the issue of Venezuela, victim of the most cruel sanctions of the American empire,” he said. he declares.

Maduro said the United States was lying about the number of migrants and said his country had suffered attacks and sanctions, which is why part of the population decided to migrate.

The president also said that more than half of the population that migrated between 2018 and 2021 returned to Venezuela.

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https://turismo-stp.org/5792-2/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 03:22:30 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/5792-2/ ISLAMABAD: It would be worthwhile to examine whether such unilateral concessions have been in Pakistan tariff’s best interest. It is a fact that since the award of GSP Plus, Pakistan’s exports to the EU have increased from €3.56 billion in 2013 to €6.64 billion in 2021, or about 86%. However, a similar growth (66%) was […]]]>

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It would be worthwhile to examine whether such unilateral concessions have been in Pakistan tariff’s best interest. It is a fact that since the award of GSP Plus, Pakistan’s exports to the EU have increased from €3.56 billion in 2013 to €6.64 billion in 2021, or about 86%. However, a similar growth (66%) was also seen in exports to the US where Pakistan has no duty-free access.

But the growth of exports in these two markets and for a limited category of goods, did not lead to any increase in Pakistan’s overall exports, which were around 25 billion dollars in 2013 and were of the same value in 2021. percentage of GDP, Pakistan’s exports have seen a considerable fall during this period. Similarly, Pakistan’s share of global trade has shrunk.

By contrast, many other developing countries that have integrated regionally and globally (rather than seeking GSP Plus-type facilities) have significantly increased their exports and share of world trade. For example, exports from Vietnam, which now has FTAs ​​with 56 economies, and which had the same level of exports as Pakistan in 1995 at around $5 billion, jumped to $336 billion in 2021.

Under its latest FTA, signed on June 30, 2019, the EU agreed to eliminate 99% of all tariffs on Vietnamese products compared to the 66% of tariff lines we get under GSP Plus .

Since the EU-Vietnam FTA is a bilateral agreement and not a unilateral concession, Vietnam will not have to suffer EU control over its domestic policies like Pakistan will have to to stay in the scheme.

Due to its unique focus on these programs, Pakistan allocates all government grants (estimated at $800 million) to only a few selected sectors that can benefit from the GSP Plus program. It’s a similar approach to what influential industrialists enjoy in the domestic market through industry-specific SROs.

Compared to GSP Plus, we have made no effort to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), which is in many ways the Asian equivalent of the European Union or the North American trading bloc. To grow its exports and thrive, Pakistan has to broaden its vision, as many prosperous countries have done. Its overall exports cannot increase if it remains trapped in past policies.

Continued heavy reliance on EU and US markets and a few products is risky. If Pakistan doesn’t look beyond GSP Plus, 10 years later it could end up in the position it is in now – a low-income, vulnerable country dependent on EU largesse.

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The European Parliament condemns the growing repression of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua and calls for the release of the bishop | National Catholic Registry https://turismo-stp.org/the-european-parliament-condemns-the-growing-repression-of-the-catholic-church-in-nicaragua-and-calls-for-the-release-of-the-bishop-national-catholic-registry/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 15:21:05 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/the-european-parliament-condemns-the-growing-repression-of-the-catholic-church-in-nicaragua-and-calls-for-the-release-of-the-bishop-national-catholic-registry/ The resolution also drew attention to the expulsion of the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, and numerous other crackdowns on members of the Catholic Church. By a large majority, members of the European Parliament on Thursday condemned the escalating crackdown on the Catholic Church and others in Nicaragua. The resolution, adopted on September 15., […]]]>

The resolution also drew attention to the expulsion of the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, and numerous other crackdowns on members of the Catholic Church.

By a large majority, members of the European Parliament on Thursday condemned the escalating crackdown on the Catholic Church and others in Nicaragua.

The resolution, adopted on September 15., critical the arbitrary”Stop of Bishop Rolando Álvarez” of Matagalpa and called “for his immediate and unconditional release and that of the others and the cancellation of all legal proceedings against them”.

The European Parliament text recognized Bishop Álvarez as playing “an important role as mediator in the 2018 national dialogue” and having consistently called “for a peaceful and reasoned dialogue in Nicaragua.”

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, is watched by police in early August 2022. Photo credit: Diocese of Matagalpa

The resolution also drew attention to the expulsion of the Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, and numerous other repressions against members of the Catholic Church. These include the detention of Father Manuel Salvador García, the expulsion of 18 Missionaries of Charity, and the silence Catholic media.

Pope Francis on Thursday called for dialogue, saying, “There have been talks with the government; there is dialogue. This does not mean that you approve of everything the government does or that you disapprove of everything. It’s not. There is a dialogue and you have to solve the problems.

Speaking to reporters on the flight of from Kazakhstan to Italy, the pontiff said: “Right now there are problems. At least I expect Mother Teresa’s sisters to be able to return. These women are good revolutionaries, but of the Gospel! They don’t make war on anyone.

Pope Francis speaking to reporters on the flight back to Rome from Kazakhstan on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis speaking to reporters on the flight back to Rome from Kazakhstan on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis also said the Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua was “a good person who has now been appointed elsewhere. These things are hard to understand and also hard to swallow. But in Latin America, there are situations like that in various places.

Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania in <a class=Africa on September 6, 2022. Photo credit: César Pérez / Archdiocese of Managua” class=”img-fluid” src=”https://admin.catholicnewsagency.com/storage/image/nuncionicaragua-120322.jpg.webp”/>

Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania in Africa on September 6, 2022. Photo credit: César Pérez / Archdiocese of Managua

In the European Parliament resolution, the Daniel Ortega regime is called upon to immediately allow international organizations such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and United Nations representatives to visit the country to monitor the human rights situation. rights and start a national dialogue to resolve the crisis in the country.

MEPs urged the Nicaraguan regime to repeal legislation that “unduly restricts the country’s civic and democratic space”. They ask the EU to continue to support civil society organizations there.

The resolution was adopted by 538 votes for, 16 against and 28 abstentions.

Parliament has said it wants the EU and the UN Security Council to open a formal investigation into Nicaragua and its president, Daniel Ortega, for crimes against humanity.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.  Taiwan Presidential Office (CC BY 2.0)

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Taiwan Presidential Office (CC BY 2.0)

The resolution further notes “that a framework of state repression has taken hold in Nicaragua, characterized by systemic impunity for human rights violations, deterioration of institutions and the rule of law, and connivance between the executive and the judiciary.

The resolution was forwarded to the European Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, the Central American Parliament, the of Lima, in the Vatican — and the Government and Parliament of the Republic of Nicaragua.

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South before East >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News https://turismo-stp.org/south-before-east-scuttlebutt-sailing-news/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 20:05:44 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/south-before-east-scuttlebutt-sailing-news/ American Joe Harris and Roger Junet are taking part in the Globe40, a double-handed round-the-world race in several stages in Class40. Seven teams were at the start on June 26, with five teams now on the third leg from Mauritius to Auckland, New Zealand. After leaving the Indian Ocean island nation on September 11, Harris […]]]>

American Joe Harris and Roger Junet are taking part in the Globe40, a double-handed round-the-world race in several stages in Class40. Seven teams were at the start on June 26, with five teams now on the third leg from Mauritius to Auckland, New Zealand.

After leaving the Indian Ocean island nation on September 11, Harris files this report on board GriffonSolo2:


We are back at sea here on day 3, heading south to find westerly winds before heading east towards Australia. The stopover in Mauritius was great. My wife Kim, my son Emmett and my daughter Sophie all made the 24 hour trip from Boston and met us at the dock when we arrived which was lovely.

First we all cleaned the boat alongside my co-skipper Roger Junet and his girlfriend Hannah Morrill, then we set off to explore Mauritius!

After staying near the marina for a few days, we headed south to the town of Flic et Flac (we went there mainly for the name) and rented an Airbnb for four days, and finally we were a little relaxed and decompressed. Roger and I were pretty exhausted and exhausted and needed a break.

The apartment was right on the beach so we walked, swam and lay in the sun, ate a lot and drank a lot and generally completely relaxed. However, each day there were still boat issues to deal with in terms of sails, maintenance, repairs etc. but it was a really nice break after being offshore for 39 days (7 000 nautical miles from the Cape Verde Islands to Mauritius).

We also all needed to stretch our legs so we hiked for two days in the southern end of Mauritius where there is a very vertical volcanic mountain which we climbed with a guide which turned out proved extremely difficult.

It started with soft terrain, then halfway through it became more hand climbing and finally the last terrain to the top was really exposed and difficult climbing.

We all breathed a big sigh of relief when we got to the top and looked out over this sheltered bay where over 50 kite surfers buzzed like little insects on the shallow reef protected waters. If you want to learn to kite surf, Mauritius is the place for you. All in all a very nice break and respite from being at sea and wonderful to be back with my family.

When we got back to the boat in Port Louis my family went home and Roger, Hannah and I had six days to work on the boat to get her ready for this leg.

The masthead wind rod was replaced after it acted funky, we had our A2 kite repaired after its catastrophic tear and carefully looked at every aspect of the boat. We then went shopping for 35 days at sea and did a ‘parade of Sail’ with Mauritian guests on the Friday before the Sunday departure which was fun.

So now we’re back in the saddle, resuming the old routines of 3 hour watches, trimming and changing sails, sailing, fixing stuff, sleeping, eating and living on a boat 40 feet offshore. It’s not all joy, but the weather has been good so far, so we’re grateful.

We look forward to the challenge ahead of the Southern Ocean as we travel over 1,000 miles south before turning left and into strong prevailing westerly winds and seas from behind as we head south. is heading to Australia and finally to New Zealand.

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To note: As the scoring format gives extra value to the longer legs, leg 3 is similar to leg 2 as it is worth a coefficient 3.

Results of the second stage:

Results of the first stage:

The inaugural Globe40 is an eight-stage round-the-world race for double-handed Class40 teams. As all steps count towards the cumulative score, longer distances are weighted more heavily. The first stage, which lasted seven to eight days, had a coefficient 1 while the second stage is classified as a coefficient 3 stage. the starting line for stage 1 eliminated The Globe En Solidaire with Eric and Léo Grosclaude (FRA) while the Moroccan team of Simon and Omar Bensenddik on IBN BATTOUTA retired before the start of stage 2.

Begin:
Tangier, Morocco – June 26

Stopovers:
Departure of stage 2: Sao Vincente, Cape Verde Islands – July 17
Departure of stage 3: Port Louis, Mauritius – September 11
Departure of stage 4: Auckland, New Zealand
Departure of stage 5: Papeete, French Polynesia
Start of stage 6: Ushuaia, Argentina
Departure of stage 7: Recife, Brazil
Start of stage 8: St Georges, Grenada

Finish:
Lorient, France

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What’s New in Global Immigration? https://turismo-stp.org/whats-new-in-global-immigration/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 07:04:03 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/whats-new-in-global-immigration/ This week, the Smith Stone Walters Global Immigration team would like to highlight the following recent updates from Bahrain, Canada, Ireland, Poland and Portugal. Bahrain: multiple entry electronic visa The Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) has announced the introduction of an electronic multiple entry visa for training purposes which allows its holder to stay […]]]>

This week, the Smith Stone Walters Global Immigration team would like to highlight the following recent updates from Bahrain, Canada, Ireland, Poland and Portugal.

Bahrain: multiple entry electronic visa

The Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) has announced the introduction of an electronic multiple entry visa for training purposes which allows its holder to stay in the Kingdom for six months.

The visa can be extended for another six months. Applications can be submitted on line for an amount of BD60. The candidate must attach a letter from a host organization detailing the details of the training.

Canada: New Measures to Streamline Application Processing

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced new online services and other measures to streamline application processing.

Applicants for permanent and temporary residence already in Canada who meet certain criteria will be exempt from the immigration medical examination requirement.

The department has resumed in-person interviews with sponsors and applicants at Canadian and international offices for family reunification applications. Virtual interviews will continue to be available where possible and will be expanded in overseas offices, including through a pilot project allowing spousal sponsorship and other clients to participate in virtual interviews at select centers visa application rather than having to go to a visa office.

On September 23, 2022, IRCC will begin the transition to 100% digital applications for applicants for permanent residence.

In February 2022, IRCC also launched a new application status tracker that made it easier for permanent residence applicants, sponsors and their representatives in the spouse, partner and dependent child categories to check the status. of their online application. By spring 2023, this application status tracking will expand to include seven additional permanent residence and temporary residence programs. IRCC also introduced a citizenship application status tracker for clients in May 2021, which will be expanded to include access to representatives this month.

Starting in fall 2022, IRCC will publish forward-looking estimates of how long it will take to process an application.

IRCC also plans to expand its online citizenship application tool to minors under 18 by the end of 2022.

Ireland: Electronic work permits and new authorization for doctors

From September 1 to October 31, 2022, the Department for Business, Trade and Employment began issuing all work permits in electronic form with the addition of the signature of a senior official on behalf of the Minister , as well as a unique permit number. There is no need to exchange current permits for this updated permit format and all existing permits issued will remain valid.

Also from 1 September 2022, non-EEA doctors who have already been in Ireland for 21 months or more on a general work permit can apply for a new authorization granting them the right to work without a permit. Their spouses or partners will also receive an authorization allowing them to work.

The Stamp support letter form request 4 must be completed and returned, along with a recent payslip, to [email protected] mark topic title Doctors Stamp 4 Request. An acknowledgment email will be sent shortly after the form is submitted. No further action is required from the applicant.

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment will notify applicants once applications have been approved and will send applications on behalf of applicants to the Department of Justice. The Ministry of Justice will then process the applications and issue the Stamp 4 authorization directly to the doctors concerned. Applicants should ensure that their address and contact details held by the Ministry of Justice are correct.

Poland: extension of the Poland Business Harbor (PBH) program

Poland has expanded its Poland Business Harbor (PBH) program to cover nationals of all countries working in strategic industries. Originally, the program was only available to nationals of Belarus, and in 2021 it was expanded to include nationals of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

Under this program, individual IT specialists, start-ups and mature companies sponsored by a Polish partner company can obtain a special visa allowing the holder to work without a work permit, establish a business activity and bring his immediate family in Poland.

Portugal: new mobility agreement for nationals of Portuguese-speaking countries

Under a recently approved mobility agreement, Portugal will expedite visa processing for nationals of other Portuguese-speaking countries.

The member states of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) are Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and Sāo Tomé and Principe.

Portuguese consulates can now issue short-stay, temporary or residence visas to citizens of these countries without prior notice from the Borders and Immigration Agency (SEF).

Other changes introduced recently include:

  • A new jobseeker visa, issued for a stay of 120 days, renewable for an additional 60 days. If the holder finds a job during this period, they can apply for work-based residency status from within Portugal, rather than having to go out and apply from abroad.
  • The possibility of granting a temporary stay and residence visa to professionals who work remotely outside Portugal (digital nomads).
  • The EU Blue Card is now valid for an initial period of two years, renewable for three years at a time. Previously, it was valid for one year and renewable for two years at a time.
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How to communicate with people in Portuguese-speaking countries https://turismo-stp.org/how-to-communicate-with-people-in-portuguese-speaking-countries/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 12:30:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/how-to-communicate-with-people-in-portuguese-speaking-countries/ While English can help people navigate many countries while traveling, it’s also a good idea to know the basics of some other languages. For example, Portuguese has more than 232 million native speakers, according to Babel, and it is the official language in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Macao, Cape Verde […]]]>

While English can help people navigate many countries while traveling, it’s also a good idea to know the basics of some other languages. For example, Portuguese has more than 232 million native speakers, according to Babel, and it is the official language in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Macao, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Although travelers don’t experience culture shock in most of these countries, knowing at least some Portuguese could make traveling to at least three continents easier. Although it is easy to travel to Portugal speaking only English, the rule does not apply to all countries. In Brazil, for example, only 5% of the population speaks English, so it’s always a good idea to try and learn some Portuguese before exploring the natural beauties of the country.

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Knowing more about the language will also enrich the experience of visiting other countries, as tourists can connect with the locals and learn more about its culture. Discovering Portuguese is also an immersive experience in a new culture, with a dynamic language and a fascinating history.

Another good reason to learn Portuguese is that it can help people learn other Romance languages, including Spanish, French, Roman, and Italian. Of course, this also increases the opportunities for people who wish to settle in one of these Portuguese-speaking countries.

There are key differences in each country

Before diving into Portuguese, people should be aware that there are differences in the language depending on the country. Officially, there are two types of Portuguese: European and Brazilian. In the past, Brazil was a Portuguese colony and received the influence of the natives and the slaves who lived there, which helped to create a new language. The country is also continental in size, and naturally the language has evolved differently there.


Although Brazilian Portuguese speakers can understand European Portuguese and vice versa, there are some notable differences between them, including grammar, verbs, and vocabulary. For example, the word breakfast can translate to Cafe da Manha in Brazil and Pequeno almoco in Portugal. A cell phone is called cellular (Brazil) or telemovel (Portugal).

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African Portuguese is more like European Portuguese. But which Portuguese should you learn? The answer won’t just depend on where people want to travel, what culture interests them most, and even what accent they prefer.


Immersion is the best way to learn Portuguese

The best way to learn Portuguese and any other language is to have as much contact with the language as possible. Traveling is obviously a guarantee of having contact with the language 24/7, and in almost all major cities it is possible to find courses for foreigners. While it’s normal to feel insecure communicating when you’re not fluent, native speakers often appreciate the effort and try to help.

It is also possible to start learning before travelling. According to Babbel, there are nearly 700,000 Portuguese speakers in the United States and 220,000 in Canada. The good idea is to try to watch movies, novelties (soap operas are extremely popular), series, read books and listen to music and audiobooks in Portuguese. These are great ways to get familiar with the sound of the word and how to spell them correctly.


Those looking to become more confident in speaking can record themselves reading something. Listening to the audio will help identify areas that can be improved.

The main challenges when learning Portuguese

Portuguese is a beautiful language, but it is also delicate. While most sounds are familiar to English speakers, some simple words can be tricky. Here are a few.

nasal words

The language has a lot of nasal words, which is often one of the main pronunciation challenges. Nasal sounds occur in words such as pao (bread), maca (apple)and calcão. (short), and in words with vowels followed by M or N: Lie to (lie) and panela (stove).


Since sound does not exist in English, the best way to practice is to listen to it and repeat the words.

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Fake friends

When studying Portuguese, people will find words that sound almost identical to English but have completely different meanings. This is why they are called false friends. Here are a few:

Expect: to answer (the door, the telephone). Attend: to participate

assume: resume a position. Assume: presume

Collegio: school Middle School: faculty

Suit: habit Suit: fancy

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Technology helps a lot

Needless to say how much technology has made traveling easier in recent years. Of course, it also helps to navigate a country where a traveler is not fluent in a language. For example, if someone is having trouble ordering food in Lisbon, they can use Google Translator. A good tip is to download the language catalog so that it can be accessed even when telephone service is not available.

When the technology is not available, it is always possible to use sign language which helps tourists to find their way around or to order food, for example.

Portuguese words and expressions

Ola = Hello

How are you? = How are you?

Chaou = Goodbye

By favor = Please

Me ajude = Help me

With license = Excuse me

Banheiro = Bathroom

Comida = Food

Agua = Water

Hotel = Hotel

Airport = Airport

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First NOAA flight to Cape Verde inaugurates hurricane research — Quartz Africa https://turismo-stp.org/first-noaa-flight-to-cape-verde-inaugurates-hurricane-research-quartz-africa/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 14:25:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/first-noaa-flight-to-cape-verde-inaugurates-hurricane-research-quartz-africa/ Last month, in an effort to better understand how storms form, scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew their hurricane-fighter jet over Cape Verde for the very first time. . The island nation off the West African coast is the source of a large majority of powerful storms that hit American […]]]>

Last month, in an effort to better understand how storms form, scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew their hurricane-fighter jet over Cape Verde for the very first time. .

The island nation off the West African coast is the source of a large majority of powerful storms that hit American cities during Atlantic hurricane seasons. But ‘hurricane chasers‘ that chase storms before they die out or fully form and make landfall had never been around to collect data, until now.

So, for four days until August 12, NOAA scientists flew their US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft more than 3,000 miles east, taking pressure and wind. “We kind of opened the door to try and do more science there,” says Jason Dunionsenior mission scientist, to CNN.

A taste of Saharan dust events

At least two of the five costliest hurricanes in US history – Harvey (which took forecasters by surprise) and Maria, both in 2017 – first formed as tropical waves off the coast of the United States. West African coasts. Hot, dry air from the Sahara Desert collides with cooler moist air from the Gulf of Guinea to form the storm’s initial energy.

During their trip to Cape Verde, Dunion’s nine-member team got a “breathtaking” view of dust waves forming from the ground in the Sahara. The experiment, which the crew hopes to get another glimpse of before this year’s hurricane season ends in November, could be invaluable for future hurricane research.

This year’s hurricane season got off to a slow start, in part because dry air from the Sahara Desert hovers over the ocean for an unusually long time. In Cape Verde, NOAA hurricane hunters only flew into a potential storm that did not become a tropical storm. To truly understand the region’s storms, scientists will need to find ways to get real-time data for longer periods to guide risk assessments.

Still, a first foray into the Portuguese-speaking archipelago appears to be a big first step for science towards preventing the devastation of annual hurricanes.

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Remembering Hurricane Irma – five years later https://turismo-stp.org/remembering-hurricane-irma-five-years-later/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 01:29:02 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/remembering-hurricane-irma-five-years-later/ – Advertising – By Gemma Handy [email protected] Everyone remembers where they were the night of Hurricane Irma. Many too will testify to those busy and pensive days in early September 2017 as we sat glued to TV screens, radios and social media, watching in trepidation as the ninth named storm of the season escalated with […]]]>

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Everyone remembers where they were the night of Hurricane Irma. Many too will testify to those busy and pensive days in early September 2017 as we sat glued to TV screens, radios and social media, watching in trepidation as the ninth named storm of the season escalated with ferocious speed and rush to our small islands.

Within a day of developing off the Cape Verde Islands, Irma had already become a category three hurricane – and would soon become what was then the most powerful on record in the open Atlantic.

By the time it made landfall on our country, Irma’s wind speed exceeded a colossal – and terrifying – 185 miles per hour.

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The category five storm hit Barbuda with 185mph winds (Photos by Gemma Handy)

Antigua was largely spared his wrath. But no sooner had we on the mainland heaved a collective sigh of relief than our thoughts quickly turned to our little sister island.

The silence was deafening. And long.

Hours later, news slowly spread that Barbuda had been hit head-on by Irma, its low-lying landscape not matching what Prime Minister Gaston Browne would later describe as “like a bomb “.

That week, small and modest Barbuda made headlines around the world, with the vast majority of its homes and infrastructure devastated.

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The island’s world famous frigate bird sanctuary has been badly damaged (photo by Shayna Brody)

As today marks the fifth anniversary of the worst disaster in Barbuda’s history, there are undoubtedly many scars left.

A dozen residents who lost their homes are still living in tents, a family is still mourning the loss of a toddler, the island’s community center and council hall have yet to be rebuilt, and the hospital and primary school still need work.

The emotional toll is even heavier. Not only has the disaster exposed bitter divisions between factions on the two islands, but many Barbudians say highly controversial changes to the way land is governed on the sister island are eroding their cultural identity.

It took three full weeks before the Barbudans – evacuated en masse to avoid further tragedy from Hurricane Jose – were allowed to return home to begin the laborious task of cleaning up and salvaging what little they could.

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Barbudians have been evacuated en masse to avoid further tragedy from Hurricane Jose (Photo by Gemma Handy)

They also returned home with the backdrop of fear that life there would never be the same.

Many say these concerns have been realized. Barbuda is currently in the throes of a construction boom following legislative decisions overturning the centuries-old system of communal land ownership by residents.

There are clear benefits to the ongoing developments: the injection of hundreds of millions of US dollars and a flood of employment opportunities are not to be despised.

Prime Minister Browne told Observer Barbuda yesterday that he had ‘grown by leaps and bounds’ over the past five years.

“No one would have expected Barbuda to become one of the premier luxury islands in the Caribbean. It is poised to eclipse St. Barths due to the investment we have attracted,” he said. declared.

Examples he cited include the resort and residential program Peace, Love and Happiness, and the Nobu resort created by Hollywood actor Robert De Niro and Australian billionaire businessman James Packer.

“I am very happy with the progress made; we have rebuilt better,” continued the Prime Minister. “Ninety-five percent of people who have lost their homes have had it repaired or rebuilt. They got much better, climate-resilient houses for free,” he added, crediting his government with successfully applying for funding from the European Union and China.

Not everyone would agree.

Browne has been a controversial figure on the small island, notoriously calling Barbudians ‘uprooted fools’ when they protested what they described as ‘land grabbing’.

Barbuda MP Trevor Walker yesterday welcomed the completion of 104 EU-funded homes.

But he lamented the ostensible sidelining of ordinary Barbudians in the restoration of their island.

“We’ve come a long way, but one thing that stands out for me is that central government hasn’t had the kind of local involvement in the recovery decision-making process that it should have had,” he said. to Observe.

“It was our worst hurricane, but it wasn’t our first. Greater input from Barbuda Council and local residents would have allowed for more focus on priorities.

“It would have made a huge difference, compared to centralizing everything from Antigua and NODS [National Office of Disaster Services].”

Barbuda Council President Mackenzie Frank told the Observer that there is still a lot of work to be done.

While the progress made in primary and secondary schools is to be welcomed, “there also remains work to be done to completely restore them”.

“We are also not happy that work on the community center has not yet started five years after Irma. It’s the same with the boardroom; nothing has been done so we have to meet wherever we can for board meetings,” Frank explained.

“The hurricane storage facility, which is supposed to store all the items you need in the event of a storm, wasn’t even touched.

“And some rooms in the hospital aren’t full either. The Indian government has invested US$1 million in it and this part is wonderful; it is an air-conditioned unit with male and female rooms and children’s facilities.

“We would really like to thank the Government of India for the tremendous job they have done in restoring our health services.”

A number of residents were also never reconnected to the power grid, Frank added.

For many Barbudians, the psychological trauma of the early hours of September 6, 2017 will take the longest to heal.

Frank was at home a mile from Codrington, curled up with seven relatives, when Irma knocked.

“I remember the power of the wind and my roof bouncing up and down,” he said. “The double front door started trying to open under the pressure of the wind. Seven of us had to push on it and nail 2X4s on it.

“Then the galvanized started to go on the roof; it was scary. We just had to hope that we would get out of it. This storm was so powerful, different from previous ones like Hugo in 1989.

“This one was scary.”

Walker was also at home, with his wife and son.

“Irma was like nothing we had ever known; we wondered if we were going to survive or not,” he said.

“I tried to leave the house when the eye passed, but when I came out it was just littered with debris. We had no choice but to huddle until it was all over.

“Every time my now 12-year-old nephew hears the word ‘hurricane’, he becomes very quiet. He says he doesn’t want to hear about it.

“I guess there are quite a few people on the island with that feeling.”

Many Barbudians will testify to a somewhat more intangible consequence of Irma. While the government maintains that the massive infusion of investor funds will reap dividends in the island’s economic future – which many would agree – others lament what they see as the irreparable loss. of Barbuda yesterday.

The island has a different vibe, Frank said.

“And not just because of the damage Irma has caused and the dislocation people have suffered.

“About 350 to 360 people from Haiti, Mexico, other islands and even Antigua come daily and weekly, which has changed the general feeling,” he explained.

“Barbudians fear that their way of life will be crushed, their culture set aside and their land grabbed by people who do not enjoy the rights we have cultivated since 1684 and also 1834 after slavery.

“But I don’t look back anymore; I am a very forward-looking person. I’m not looking for a golden past, I’m looking for a golden future in which the people of Barbuda continue to dominate the way their culture is developed and the types of industries we create so that they can spend useful time on Earth, ” he added.

Walker agreed.

“We have recovered somewhat, but there is a feeling, given the trajectory of the central government, that we are losing our island.

“Barbudians are not just in control but are not part of the direction Barbuda is heading – and that is very scary.

“We believe that if this continues, in 10 to 15 years we will have a huge problem in terms of cultural heritage and way of life as a people.”

Still, Walker remains positive for the road ahead.

“I would say to the people of Barbuda: we have been through a lot and our lives have changed. But we are resilient people and I am optimistic about the future,” he said.

“We hope that through it all we hold it together; we just have to stay strong, support each other and we will get there eventually.

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Saudi Arabia and Italian energy company Eni sign a memorandum of understanding https://turismo-stp.org/saudi-arabia-and-italian-energy-company-eni-sign-a-memorandum-of-understanding/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 11:27:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/saudi-arabia-and-italian-energy-company-eni-sign-a-memorandum-of-understanding/ RIYADH: Saudi Arabia may be famous for its sand dunes and jagged mountain ranges, but it is also home to a lesser-known and quite different environment – a cool, silent, kaleidoscopic environment teeming with animal life and vegetable. This is the underwater world of the Kingdom’s coastal zone, which is rapidly becoming a global scuba […]]]>

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia may be famous for its sand dunes and jagged mountain ranges, but it is also home to a lesser-known and quite different environment – a cool, silent, kaleidoscopic environment teeming with animal life and vegetable.

This is the underwater world of the Kingdom’s coastal zone, which is rapidly becoming a global scuba diving destination, with a simultaneous increase in the number of Saudi divers.

But for all its wonder and beauty, diving without proper training can be dangerous and even deadly.

All the equipment including bodysuit, oxygen tank, breathing regulator, mask and fins can cost you upwards of SR4,000, but everything is available to hire from one of the many diving that have emerged in recent years.

PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, a global organization based in California, offers training and certification, and has been active in the Kingdom for decades.

Raul Ausemestre, a Riyadh-based PADI Master Instructor with 20 years of diving experience, explains the certification process.

“The first part is the knowledge exam, which is the theoretical aspect,” he told Arab News. “It is made up of nine chapters with a test at the end, which is either manual or online.

THE RAPIDITYLILY

• The total cost of training and certification is between SR2,000 and SR3,000.

• The Kingdom’s scuba diving scene has been transformed by recent social reforms allowing Saudi women to dive without restriction.

“Then you are qualified to move on to confined water training in a swimming pool, where you learn a total of 24 skills, including how to assemble your scuba gear, becoming familiar with the breathing regulator, removing equipment, etc

“Once you complete confined water training, you move on to open water training and testing, either in Jeddah on the West Coast or Alkhobar in the Eastern Province. This consists of four dives over two days, again practicing these 24 skills, to less than 60 feet deep.

“There’s a formula for how many minutes you can stay at a certain depth, and you have to stick to the limit to avoid decompression sickness (also called bends). If you go too far and come back too fast, there is a risk of air bubbles forming in your blood or even in your brain, which is potentially fatal. Today, the calculations are automated on a dive computer, which is worn on the wrist like a watch.

The total cost for training and certification is between SR2,000 and SR3,000 ($500 to $750).

All the equipment including bodysuit, oxygen tank, breathing regulator, mask and fins can cost you upwards of SR4,000, but everything is available to hire from one of the many diving that have emerged in recent years.

The Kingdom’s scuba diving scene has been transformed by recent social reforms allowing Saudi women to dive without restriction. This has been a boon for Noura, who refuses to give her last name.

“I have been fascinated with scuba diving since my childhood as several members of my family were qualified divers,” Noura told Arab News. “Plus, I’ve always loved swimming and snorkeling, so diving was the natural progression.

“I got my diving certificate in 2016, but until a few years ago I couldn’t go out on a boat without a male companion – brother, father or husband – so I was limited to diving ever since. land. It was quite frustrating for me as I wanted to go and see some of the wrecks and coral reefs further off the coast. Now I’m free to do all of that.

“My most incredible experience as a diver was in Jeddah. I went diving with a buddy and there was no one else in the water. It was octopus mating season, and it t was the first time I had seen an octopus in its natural habitat. The two of them did a dance and changed colors. It was a fascinating showcase of what they could do with their bodies, and a unique moment in which we were witnesses.

So far, Saudi Arabia has been spared the mass tourism that has plagued the coasts of Egypt and most Mediterranean countries, and its coastal waters remain clear, with many pristine marine environments.

The reefs around Yanbu on the Red Sea coast, and around the Farasan Islands further south, are particularly spectacular, with multicolored corals and an abundance of marine life, including mostly benign sharks, scorpion fish , manta rays and even the occasional whale.

Plunging into the Realm also serves a more serious purpose. A team of marine archaeologists are currently excavating an 18th-century Red Sea shipwreck of Egyptian origin with a hoard of around 2,000 ceramic tableware items, while Ausemestre led a group of geologists on a landscape survey submarine and the life it contains, near the Saudi border with Jordan.

But this spike in underwater human activity poses the risk of damage to the sensitive tissue of marine life, threatening the very qualities that make Saudi Arabia unique as a diving destination.

Medylene Ocampo – who couldn’t even swim when she arrived in the Kingdom from her native Philippines and became a diving coordinator with RIA Divenet, based in Riyadh (a PADI-qualified training organization) – warns that the explosion expected in tourism in Saudi Arabia could jeopardize its marine ecosystems.

“Just touching or stepping on a coral growth could potentially destroy it and many newbie divers don’t understand that,” Ocampo told Arab News. “There is a bright future for tourism of all kinds in the Kingdom, but this must be accompanied by advocacy to care for the ocean.”

“It’s great to see the growing interest in diving,” Noura said, “but I also want to see more protection for the marine environment.”

She described the growth in the number of people interested in the sport as “a beautiful thing” which also helps to take care of the underwater world.

“Divers are invested in this world,” she said.

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Art in the Pearl, Symphony Waterfront Concert and Lucibela: 9 things to do this week https://turismo-stp.org/art-in-the-pearl-symphony-waterfront-concert-and-lucibela-9-things-to-do-this-week/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/art-in-the-pearl-symphony-waterfront-concert-and-lucibela-9-things-to-do-this-week/ The Last Breath of Summer features time-tested events including Art in the Pearl, the Symphony Waterfront Concert and the Portland Grand Prix, as well as an outdoor festival that raises money for emergency supplies in Ukraine. Before heading back to school and welcoming the approaching fall weather, get outside and enjoy family fun, music, and […]]]>

The Last Breath of Summer features time-tested events including Art in the Pearl, the Symphony Waterfront Concert and the Portland Grand Prix, as well as an outdoor festival that raises money for emergency supplies in Ukraine. Before heading back to school and welcoming the approaching fall weather, get outside and enjoy family fun, music, and community.

Although the Statewide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website information for specific COVID safety requirements.

Grand Prix racing returns to the PIR over Labor Day weekend. File photo. J.T. Tami

Portland Grand Prix

The IndyCar racing series returns to Portland International Raceway for three days of speed and thrills. Various types of races are featured, including Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, USF 2000 Championship, and ARCA Menards Series West. Some of the biggest names in racing are set to compete in Portland this weekend, including Alex Palou, Will Power and Takuma Sato. The field will also include seven Indianapolis 500 winners.

Doors 8:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2-4, PIR, 1940 N. Victory Blvd; tickets start at $20, ages 12 and under get free general admission; portlandgp.com

Art in the Pearl 2020

Art in the Pearl returns to the North Park Blocks on Labor Day weekend for a show featuring over 100 artists. File photo. Courtesy of Art in the Pearl

The art in the pearl

Portland will end the summer with the 26th annual arts festival that fills the park’s north blocks with color, texture and music over Labor Day weekend. This year, traveling musical performers replace the old songwriters stage. The juried exhibition features three days of artwork from over 100 creators in a variety of media. Art In The Pearl is Portland’s largest outdoor art fair, attracting thousands of people each year under the canopy of trees in the historic North Park blocks of the Pearl District. Meet the artists and buy original works of art.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2-5, North Park Blocks, Pearl District on Eighth Avenue between Northwest Davis and Flanders Streets; FREE ENTRANCE; https://artinthepearl.com

Tree sculptures outside a glass-walled museum

Stevenson’s Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum is hosting a weekend “Show n’ Shine” car exhibit and swap meet. Oregon Archive Photo. Jamie Hale / The Oregonian

Motor show “Show n’ Shine”

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum hosts its 25th Annual Auto Show and Swap Meet. More than 125 vehicles are expected to arrive at Stevenson for the show and set up along the lawn on the museum grounds. Come admire the classic cars and trucks, listen to live vintage music, and shop the gear-driven merchandise vendors. Food vendors will offer burgers, Polish sausages, popcorn, ice cream, drinks and strawberry shortcakes.

Trading hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., car show hours 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, 990 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, Wash.; free spectator entry; columbiagorge.org

Ukrainian PDX Day

The Ukrainian American Community of Oregon and Southwest Washington offers a Ukrainian Day with the help of the Ukrainian Foundation. Enjoy live music from Ukrainian musicians as well as local artists. Watch traditional dances and taste national dishes. Artists will demonstrate their skills, and workshops and classes are available for all ages. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of vital medical supplies for war-affected Ukrainians.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Westmoreland Nature Playground, 7530 SE 22nd Ave.; ukrainian.foundation

symphony musicians perform in a lighted outdoor concert tent

The Oregon Symphony performs at the annual outdoor music festival This image is from 2021. Image courtesy of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra

Concert and festival by the water

Oregon Symphony announces the return of Oregon’s largest free community concert. Each year, symphonic musicians take to the grass at Tom McCall Waterfront Park to perform a family concert of music from popular films such as “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”, “Hocus Pocus” and the Harry Potter films, chefs -works by iconic composers such as Mozart, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, and pieces from distant lands. The concert begins with several performances by local artists, including Portland Taiko, MYSfits, singers Alonzo Chadwick and Zoulful, and blues and gospel singer LaRhonda Steele. The evening ends with a moving interpretation of the 1812 Overture – like fireworks for your ears.

1 p.m. Saturday, September 3, Tom McCall Waterfront Park in the bowl south of the Hawthorne Bridge; free; orsymphony.org

The competition will crown the best impersonator

Bebe J won the 2007-2008 La Femme Magnifique International competition at the Portland Convention Center. Oregon Archive Photo. LC – The Oregonian

40 years of the Magnificent Woman Contest

Darcelle XV continues to bring some of drag’s most talented performers to Portland for the prestigious annual pageant. Celebrity judges voted in multiple categories, including formal wear, talent, and Vegas showgirl. Who will be this year’s winner? The evening also includes performances by former defending champions.

6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., tickets $50; DarcelleXV.com

“Diamonds and Frogs: A Moving Piece”

Speculative drama and Susurrations present a play inspired by the classic tale of Charles Perrault, the stories of Baba Yaga and Appalachian folklore. What makes a family a family? And what is the difference between a curse and a blessing? Explore these questions and more in a production that offers a mix of standing room and improvised seating. The spectators move and the play unfolds around them. Accommodations are available. Please email speculative.drama@gmail.com for accessibility details and to arrange accommodation.

Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 8 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through September 24, at the steep and thorny Path to Heaven, southeast of Second Avenue on Hawthorne Boulevard; tickets $20; rsvpdx.com/diamonds

Lucibela

The West African-born singer performs songs from her latest album, ‘Amdjer’, during a rare North American tour. The 12-song album brings together music from composers and authors of different generations but who are all influenced by Cape Verdean traditions. Lucibela performs music that honors and builds on the Cape Verdean tradition in which she was trained. Cape Verdean music grew out of the experience of forced migration and originated in the ten-island archipelago created from the transatlantic slave trade in the 1400s.

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.; $30 in advance, $35 on the day; events.humanitix.com

Best A&E Bets

The watercolor “Concert of Birds with Fruit and Pedestal” by Sherrie Wolf will be on display in the “Art of Food” exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Image courtesy of Russo Lee Gallery, Portland.

Exhibition “The art of the table”

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University offers “The Art of Food,” an exhibit from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Family Foundation. The exhibition shows how some of the most eminent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries have considered the universal subject of food. It features works including drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures and ceramics by 37 artists. Discover the work of John Baldessari, Enrique Chagoya, Alex Katz, Alison Saar, Lorna Simpson, Andy Warhol and four Oregon-based artists, Katherine Ace, Chris Antemann, Malia Jensen and Sherrie Wolf. The exhibition invites the public to consider not only the purpose of food as artistic inspiration, but also the complex place it occupies in our lives.

Opening reception and artist talk featuring Antemann 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, JSMA at PSU, 1855 SW Broadway; free. The exhibition remains visible during the opening hours of the museum until December 3. Details : pdx.edu/fall-2022-exhibition/the-art-of-food

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—Rosemarie Stein

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