São Tomé Tourism – Turismo STP http://turismo-stp.org/ Tue, 04 May 2021 02:15:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 https://turismo-stp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default.png São Tomé Tourism – Turismo STP http://turismo-stp.org/ 32 32 Black Stars come under attack ahead of big tournaments, says former Ghana assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko https://turismo-stp.org/black-stars-come-under-attack-ahead-of-big-tournaments-says-former-ghana-assistant-coach-ibrahim-tanko/ https://turismo-stp.org/black-stars-come-under-attack-ahead-of-big-tournaments-says-former-ghana-assistant-coach-ibrahim-tanko/#respond Sat, 01 May 2021 09:19:07 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/black-stars-come-under-attack-ahead-of-big-tournaments-says-former-ghana-assistant-coach-ibrahim-tanko/ Former Ghana assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko has shockingly revealed that the senior national team, the Black Stars, are under attack ahead of big tournaments. The Black Stars always have good preparation but don’t shine. According to Tanko, the Black Stars undergo some form of challenge even before the team leaves for the big tournaments. “When […]]]>


Former Ghana assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko has shockingly revealed that the senior national team, the Black Stars, are under attack ahead of big tournaments.

The Black Stars always have good preparation but don’t shine.

According to Tanko, the Black Stars undergo some form of challenge even before the team leaves for the big tournaments.

“When I look at the two qualifiers we played against South Africa and São Tomé, the players who came are of quality,” the former Ghana international told the Nabila Show.

“There are still some quality away players who haven’t come.

“We all have our quality players, it’s up to us to form a good team to go against them.

“We have to believe in ourselves, honestly it won’t be possible for all of Ghana to support the team, but I think as far as the national team is concerned, that’s what we should be doing.

“We are divided before we even go to the tournament, you see people fighting spiritually against the team and it will make it very, very difficult for us to win it.[AFCON]Added the former Ghana Under-23 coach.

He was assistant coach of the team at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] in Egypt.

Tanko was previously assistant to German Volke Finke in the Cameroon national team.

The soft-spoken Tanko has spent his entire playing career in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg respectively.

The Black Stars last got their hands on the AFCON Trophy in 1982 and have since made three final appearances in the 1992, 2010 and 2015 editions.

Ghana qualified for CAN 2021 to be held in Cameroon in January next year.

The Black Stars will be looking to break the long trophy drought by adding a fifth trophy to their wardrobe.

They are four times laureates in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982.



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Central African architecture highlights include projects from Equatorial Guinea and Angola https://turismo-stp.org/central-african-architecture-highlights-include-projects-from-equatorial-guinea-and-angola/ https://turismo-stp.org/central-african-architecture-highlights-include-projects-from-equatorial-guinea-and-angola/#respond Wed, 21 Apr 2021 11:20:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/central-african-architecture-highlights-include-projects-from-equatorial-guinea-and-angola/ For the penultimate article of our collaboration with Dom Publishers, the editors of the Guide to Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa have selected their architectural strengths in Central African countries. Written to be a comprehensive guide to the architecture of the 49 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Guide to Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa features over 850 […]]]>


For the penultimate article of our collaboration with Dom Publishers, the editors of the Guide to Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa have selected their architectural strengths in Central African countries.


Written to be a comprehensive guide to the architecture of the 49 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Guide to Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa features over 850 buildings.

Dom Publishers Architecture Guide for Sub-Saharan Africa

Named Central Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, the sixth volume of the publication features buildings in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Central African Republic and Angola.

Read on for the choices of each country in the region selected by editors Philipp Meuser and Adil Dalbai:


Yaoundé Town Hall, Yaoundé, by Armand Salomon
Photo is by Bob Scaff

Cameroon
Yaoundé Town Hall, Yaoundé, by Armand Salomon

The town hall of Youndé is one of the icons of African architecture as a whole.

Built in the early 1980s, it looks like a 1960s cosmic-era spacecraft that landed too late. Nevertheless, its architectural expressiveness has no comparison in Central Africa.

The French building architect, Armand Salomon, first arrived in Cameroon around 1956, when the country was still under French rule. He was the first foreigner to be a certified architect in Cameroon.

Although of European descent, Salomon felt it was important to create architecture inspired by African design. The Town Hall is one of the most successful examples.


Sipopo Congress Center, near Malabo, by Tabanlıoğlu Architects
Photo is by Emre Dörter

Equatorial Guinea
Sipopo Congress Center, near Malabo, by Tabanlıoğlu Architects

The Sipopo convention center near Malabo is nestled in a semi-transparent metal shell like a shield protecting it from strong light and creating a security implication. This protects interiors from bright sunlight while providing them with optimal daylight benefit.

Through the placement of metal panels in variations at different levels and angles, the facade is seen as an assortment of playful geometries sparkling with daylight, echoing not only the colors and tones but also the movements of winds and waves. .

Tabanlıoğlu Architects celebrated the typical surface trend of the Turkish design scene, which is quite appropriate for an international venue but does not contribute anything to the local architecture.


São Tomé and Príncipe Telecommunications Company
The photo is by Francisco Nogueira

Sao Tome and Principe
Telecommunications company, São Tomé, by José Pinto da Cunha and José Pereira da Costa

This building by two Portuguese architects positively enriches the urban landscape. Located near the coast, it occupies an important place in the landscape of Ana Chaves Bay.

Former headquarters of the Post Office and Tourism, it has a modernist design, and is clearly adapted to the tropical context.

Reinforced concrete technology was adopted for the solar shading grid on the facade. This highlights the horizontality of the building, despite its height, and fulfills the functions of shading and ventilation while having a strong aesthetic impact.

The building of the telecommunications company is one of the most innovative and important works of modernist architecture in São Tomé. The interior remains virtually unchanged; it retains the modernist image of the structure.


E3MG Campus Moanda, Moanda, by Maïssa Architectures
The photo is from Maïssa Architectures

Gabon
E3MG Campus Moanda, Moanda, by Maïssa Architectures

Jean Pierre Maissa is the only architect from his country to have successfully presented his buildings to an international festival audience.

The fact that he was allowed to build such a modern campus in Moanda, 500 kilometers from the capital, is undoubtedly due to Gabon’s rich mineral resources. Admittedly, the E3MG looks like a spaceship that has landed in the African jungle. But it’s still a visual phenomenon.


Concorde Sports Complex, Brazzaville, by China State Construction and Engineering Corporation
Photo is from Dorellkongo

Republic of Congo
Concorde Sports Complex, Brazzaville, by China State Construction and Engineering Corporation

In 1965, Brazzaville hosted the first Pan-African Games. In 2015, the old Massamba-Débat stadium, with its 33,000 seats, was insufficient for the eleventh matches and their fiftieth anniversary.

Built from 2013 to 2015 for the African Games, the stadium accommodates 60,000 spectators, protected from bad weather by a metal roof with petal shapes.

The complex also includes a gym, Olympic size swimming pool, conference center, offices and hotels. It was built as part of bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Congo and China by the China State Construction and Engineering Corporation (CSCEC).

It is always surprising to see where China is erecting new large-scale buildings for African governments. Beijing stadium diplomacy has a long tradition. After all, China also built a stadium along the Congo River embankment in the 1960s across the river in Kinshasa.


Bukavu Cathedral, Bukavu, by Georges Nef
The photo is by Christophe Graz

Democratic Republic of Congo
Bukavu Cathedral, Bukavu, by Georges Nef

With such a distinctive silhouette, consisting of two hinged roofs in the shape of a pointed arch and a modern, contoured dome perforated with slits for natural ventilation, Bukavu Cathedral is one of the most remarkable architectural projects in Central Africa.

The way in which the architect Georges Nef developed the architectural form of this cathedral in 1950 deserves to be commended. In the form of local huts with their roofs reaching to the ground, he designed this place of worship on a transverse plane.

To this day, the building remains an icon of late colonial architecture from Belgium in Africa and a good example of the rapprochement between tradition and modernity.


Emergency pediatric center, Bangui, by Studio TAMassociati
The photo is from Studio TAMassociati

Central African Republic
Emergency pediatric center, Bangui, by Studio TAMassociati

Following the completion of the Salam Cardiac Surgery Center in Sudan, satellite clinics were planned in the nine neighboring countries, including the Central African Republic. Bangui, the capital of a country where life expectancy averages around fifty years for men and fifty-five for women, hosted the first of these clinics.

Built around a central patio, the Bangui Emergency Pediatric Center offers health assistance to children under the age of fifteen and also provides training courses on hygiene and health. On average, 100 children and 20 pregnant women are treated there every day.

The questionable activities of the Russian government and private mercenaries close to it contribute to the fact that the Central African Republic receives virtually no assistance from the international community.

In this context, the emergency pediatric center of Italian architects is like a beacon in the rough ocean.


Nossa Senhora da Conceição Church, Sumbe, by Francisco Castro Rodrigues
Photo courtesy of Fernando Macedo

Angola
Nossa Senhora da Conceicão Church, Sumbe, by Francisco Castro Rodrigues

Designed by Portuguese architect Francisco Castro Rodrigues from 1960 to 1966, Nossa Senhora da Conceicão Cathedral overlooks the sea in the town of Sumbe.

Rodrigues and his wife translated Le Corbusier’s Charter of Athens into Portuguese in 1948 and after moving to southwest Africa in 1953, the mayor of Lobito entrusted him with transforming Lobito into a modern port city.

Rodrigues made a name for himself during his three decades of architectural work in Lobito as well as in the Nordic town of Sumbe, where he designed a cathedral in a modern style. His work also underscores the thesis that it is only possible to create architectural masterpieces at a time when powerful clients are filling architects’ order books.



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FM Shahid discusses strengthening cooperation with São Tomé and … https://turismo-stp.org/fm-shahid-discusses-strengthening-cooperation-with-sao-tome-and/ https://turismo-stp.org/fm-shahid-discusses-strengthening-cooperation-with-sao-tome-and/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/fm-shahid-discusses-strengthening-cooperation-with-sao-tome-and/ Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid has initiated discussions on strengthening cooperation between the Maldives and the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. In a virtual meeting with his counterpart in São Tomé and Príncipe, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Community Edite Ten Jua, FM Shahid expressed his keen interest in elevating multilateral and bilateral […]]]>


Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid has initiated discussions on strengthening cooperation between the Maldives and the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe.

In a virtual meeting with his counterpart in São Tomé and Príncipe, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Community Edite Ten Jua, FM Shahid expressed his keen interest in elevating multilateral and bilateral cooperation between the two countries , in particular in the exchange of experiences on tourism and development.

The meeting saw FM Shahid and Minister Jua engage in a conversation about common priorities in international forums as Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Some of the topics covered include sea level rise, climate change as well as sustainable development.

The two ministers also briefed each other on the evolution of the situation surrounding the global Covid-19 pandemic and the measures currently in place to curb the spread of the virus and lead to a full and complete recovery after the pandemic.

Reaffirming their commitment to increase cooperation between the two countries, the couple discussed strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries, as well as increased cooperation and sharing of expertise in the field of tourism.



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Data reveal a significant drop in national registrations in São Tomé and Príncipe https://turismo-stp.org/data-reveal-a-significant-drop-in-national-registrations-in-sao-tome-and-principe/ https://turismo-stp.org/data-reveal-a-significant-drop-in-national-registrations-in-sao-tome-and-principe/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/data-reveal-a-significant-drop-in-national-registrations-in-sao-tome-and-principe/ São Tomé and Príncipe is an island country located on the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. The country consists of two islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, respectively. The official language is Portuguese due to the Portuguese occupation which lasted until the country’s independence from Portugal in 1975. The country has over 200,000 inhabitants and […]]]>


São Tomé and Príncipe is an island country located on the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. The country consists of two islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, respectively. The official language is Portuguese due to the Portuguese occupation which lasted until the country’s independence from Portugal in 1975.

The country has over 200,000 inhabitants and is considered by many to be a paradise, but it remains relatively unexplored by the tourism industry.

Global data analysis

Data from the past 15 years shows that São Tomé and Príncipe has a disproportionately mixed trademark registration system. The Madrid Protocol entered into force in 1995 and the country acceded to the WIPO Convention in 1998. In this sense, and because the country is known in practice for its pro-applicant trademark procedures, most registered trademarks in São Tomé and Príncipe are international registrations. Over 14,000 trademark applications have been filed over the past 15 years. However, only around 3,000 are national repositories. The others are international registrations. The number of national applications has been declining since 2004, reaching only 74 national trademark applications in 2020. In addition, the total number of registrations has decreased by around 16%. If we include applications for trademarks designating Sao Tome and Principe, 750 applications were filed in 2020, 300 less than in 2019.

Classification

Class 9 (software) is the most popular Nice class for trademark applications in São Tomé and Príncipe. However, Class 35 is the most popular for domestic applications in particular. The most widely used product for national trademark applications is tobacco.

Candidates

The companies with the most brands in São Tomé and Príncipe are:

  • Apple Inc
  • Avon Products, Inc
  • Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd
  • TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA (also marketed as TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION)
  • Novartis AG
  • ROLEX, SA
  • Celgene Corporation (NJ)
  • Omega SA (Omega AG) (Omega Ltd)
  • PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS SA
  • AUDI AG
  • Intel Corporation (CA)
  • GUCCIO GUCCI SpA
  • Nissan Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha (also marketed as Nissan Motor Co, Ltd)
  • Hyundai Motor Company
  • L’OREAL
  • British American Tobacco (Brands) Inc (DE)
  • BASF SE
  • TISSOT SA
  • Rigo Trading SA
  • Watches Tudor SA

The fact that this list does not include any national companies indicates the low local use of the intellectual property system by companies in São Tomé and Príncipe. Such use should be encouraged in the years to come.

Nationalities of candidates

The countries with the highest number of candidates in São Tomé and Príncipe are:

  • United States
  • China
  • Switzerland
  • Portugal
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • UK
  • France

Topping the list is the United States, with nearly 2,000 applications from São Tomé and Príncipe. In comparison, companies in São Tomé only have around 200 applications. This not only demonstrates the international presence of the United States in the local market, but also their growing commitment to local commerce in São Tomé.

This is a co-published article, originally published in the World Trademark Review (WTR).



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How African environmentalists are succeeding despite the pandemic https://turismo-stp.org/how-african-environmentalists-are-succeeding-despite-the-pandemic/ https://turismo-stp.org/how-african-environmentalists-are-succeeding-despite-the-pandemic/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/how-african-environmentalists-are-succeeding-despite-the-pandemic/ As a result of the pandemic, tourism practically came to a halt in Africa last year. The financial pressure on the travel industry has also been felt by conservation groups, who depend on tourism to increase traffic in parks, which can keep poachers away, and also to uplift local communities who might otherwise succumb to […]]]>


As a result of the pandemic, tourism practically came to a halt in Africa last year. The financial pressure on the travel industry has also been felt by conservation groups, who depend on tourism to increase traffic in parks, which can keep poachers away, and also to uplift local communities who might otherwise succumb to illegal hunting for bushmeat. A number of groups have set out to combat this. Wilderness Safaris, for example, delivered 6,000 food packages in 2020 to families in remote areas of Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

While the full impact of the pandemic on the illegal bushmeat trade and poaching is unknown, recent data for South Africa is surprisingly encouraging, showing a massive drop in rhino poaching. The Ministry of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries revealed that reported cases of rhinos killed for their horns were down 33% from the previous year.

This success is in part due to the wise deployment of new technologies. In March, Samsung teamed up with American internet media company Africam.com and the Black Mamba anti-poaching unit, an all-female patrol group, to launch Wildlife Watch. With handsets broadcasting live footage of Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Great Kruger National Park where poaching is rife, this initiative encourages people around the world to help the poaching unit by monitoring wildlife. online.

There was also good news for other conservationists on the continent, with the Whitley Fund For Nature providing £ 40,000 to three different initiatives. This will help rebuild the habitats of critically endangered people. Hirola (a species of antelope) in Kenya, chimpanzees in Nigeria and frogs in South Africa.



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Registration opens for the charity marathon in support of the Foundation’s school in Sao Tome and Principe https://turismo-stp.org/registration-opens-for-the-charity-marathon-in-support-of-the-foundations-school-in-sao-tome-and-principe/ https://turismo-stp.org/registration-opens-for-the-charity-marathon-in-support-of-the-foundations-school-in-sao-tome-and-principe/#respond Wed, 03 Mar 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/registration-opens-for-the-charity-marathon-in-support-of-the-foundations-school-in-sao-tome-and-principe/ the Real Madrid Foundation supports the first edition of São Tomé Charity marathon, organized by the Filhos de São Tomé y Príncipe Foundation, the social partner of the school of social sports developed in this country. It will take place on June 6, 2021 in the city of São Tomé. For all those who want […]]]>


the Real Madrid Foundation supports the first edition of São Tomé Charity marathon, organized by the Filhos de São Tomé y Príncipe Foundation, the social partner of the school of social sports developed in this country. It will take place on June 6, 2021 in the city of São Tomé. For all those who want to get involved but cannot attend, there is also the possibility of helping with a charitable contribution, which will allow other local populations without resources to participate and at the same time to directly contribute to the charity project.

The objective of this initiative is the sustainability of the social sports school which welcomes more than 250 children at risk of severe exclusion and the increase in the number of children who can participate in sports activities. Thanks to this, these young people will have a healthy leisure alternative, working on values ​​that will move them away from the usual dangers in this region such as alcohol, drugs or teenage pregnancies and will thus have the motivation to achieve a future full of life. opportunities.

Methods and registration
The event will also promote sport in the country in collaboration with the Athletics Federation and the Ministry of Sports. In order to make it accessible to all levels, in addition to the 42 km race, there will also be a 21 km half marathon and a 10 km race. Registration will close on April 30, 2021 or when the number of places is full.



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IMF Executive Board Completes Second Review of Extended Credit Facility Agreement for the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe https://turismo-stp.org/imf-executive-board-completes-second-review-of-extended-credit-facility-agreement-for-the-democratic-republic-of-sao-tome-and-principe/ https://turismo-stp.org/imf-executive-board-completes-second-review-of-extended-credit-facility-agreement-for-the-democratic-republic-of-sao-tome-and-principe/#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/imf-executive-board-completes-second-review-of-extended-credit-facility-agreement-for-the-democratic-republic-of-sao-tome-and-principe/ IMF Executive Board Completes Second Review of Extended Credit Facility Agreement for the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe February 26, 2021 The decision of the IMF Executive Board authorizes an immediate disbursement of approximately US $ 2.73 million to São Tomé and Príncipe to help meet the country’s financing needs, support social spending […]]]>


IMF Executive Board Completes Second Review of Extended Credit Facility Agreement for the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe

February 26, 2021

  • The decision of the IMF Executive Board authorizes an immediate disbursement of approximately US $ 2.73 million to São Tomé and Príncipe to help meet the country’s financing needs, support social spending and post-pandemic recovery.
  • The authorities’ actions and unprecedented international financial support are helping the country overcome the emergency, but serious economic challenges remain.
  • The ECF agreement continues to support the government’s efforts to restore macroeconomic stability, reduce debt vulnerability and create the foundation for stronger and more inclusive growth.

Washington DC: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the second review of the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Agreement for São Tomé and Príncipe. The Council’s decision allows for the immediate disbursement of SDR 1.90 million (approximately US $ 2.73 million). This brings São Tomé and Príncipe’s total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 7.19 million (approximately US $ 10.34 million).

São Tomé and Príncipe’s 40-month FEC deal was approved on October 2, 2019 for SDR 13.32 million (around US $ 18.15 million, or around 90% of the country’s quota)

(see press release n ° 19/363). The program aims to support the government’s economic reform program to restore macroeconomic stability, reduce debt vulnerability, ease pressures on the balance of payments and lay the foundation for stronger and more inclusive growth.

The first review was completed in July 2020, with a disbursement of approximately US $ 2.67 million, and at the same time, an increase in the ECF arrangement of US $ 2.08 million was approved by the Executive Board of the IMF (see press release n ° 20/272). In April 2020, the Board of Trustees also approved emergency funding of US $ 12 million for São Tomé and Príncipe under the Rapid Credit Facility (CRF) and the Service Relief of the IMF debt under the Containment and Disaster Relief Fund (CCRT) to meet external financing needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (see press release No. 20/179).

The pandemic continues to have a severe impact on the economy of São Tomé and Príncipe, exacerbating external and budgetary imbalances. A complete shutdown of international tourism and a sharp drop in foreign remittances have exacerbated the need for external financing. Although the epidemic was generally under control, containment measures and the weakness of external demand caused a deep recession and increased budgetary financing needs, in a context of already high public debt.

The authorities’ actions and unprecedented international financial support are helping the country overcome the emergency, but deep economic challenges remain. The authorities have improved health services and provided assistance to vulnerable households. However, although sustainable, public debt has risen from already high levels. Problems in the energy sector continue to create debt and hamper growth. External balances and buffers remain under pressure. In addition, in recent years, growth has been insufficient to reduce poverty and meet the needs of a young and growing population.

Following the Board’s discussion on São Tomé and Príncipe, Mr. Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director and Acting President, made the following statement:

“The rapid response of the Sao Tome authorities to the pandemic, supported by emergency funding from the Fund, this ECF agreement and other unprecedented international aid, has helped the country overcome the initial impact of the pandemic.

“Although the COVID-19 crisis affected the performance of the program in the first half of the year, the authorities have taken the appropriate corrective measures and the preliminary information on performance at the end of 2020 is encouraging. In addition, the authorities remain committed to improving tax transparency and public financial management and have started publishing important government contracts and monthly reports on COVID-19-related spending.

“Budget 2021 rightly focuses on meeting immediate social and economic needs, supporting the nascent economic recovery, and initiating the gradual fiscal consolidation needed to preserve debt sustainability and external buffers. In this context, it will be crucial to keep the authorities’ commitment to introduce a VAT in 2021 and to contain the dynamics of spending in the future, in particular on staff costs. Accelerating energy sector reforms would also help reduce debt and exchange rate pressures over time, strengthen energy security and support long-term growth.

“Monetary policy should continue to support the peg in the exchange rate and the start of the recovery, in particular by actively managing liquidity. It is also important to continue with financial sector reforms, such as strengthening the capacity of the central bank to monitor and manage vulnerabilities and risks in the banking sector, tackle existing non-performing loans and implement the recommendations of the safeguards assessment.

“Promoting more resilient and inclusive growth is essential to advance the country’s development. There is an urgent need to implement large-scale structural reforms that facilitate private investment and develop the tourism sector, such as modernizing the national payment system, taking measures to remove the country from the aviation safety list of the EU and the implementation of the planned infrastructure and climate. adaptation projects. ”

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Inside a house in Sao Paolo by Maria Augusta Louro https://turismo-stp.org/inside-a-house-in-sao-paolo-by-maria-augusta-louro/ https://turismo-stp.org/inside-a-house-in-sao-paolo-by-maria-augusta-louro/#respond Fri, 19 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/inside-a-house-in-sao-paolo-by-maria-augusta-louro/ A verdant countryside retreat in Jarinu, an hour from São Paulo, had long provided comfort and stimulation to Viveka Kaitila. As one of two residences on a property that has been in his family for some 40 years, it is the site of countless happy memories – climbing trees, visiting neighbors – of his childhood. […]]]>


A verdant countryside retreat in Jarinu, an hour from São Paulo, had long provided comfort and stimulation to Viveka Kaitila. As one of two residences on a property that has been in his family for some 40 years, it is the site of countless happy memories – climbing trees, visiting neighbors – of his childhood. But since her parents returned to their native Finland, the homes had been neglected for decades. Yet it only took them mentioning sell so that Kaitila hits the brakes.

In 2018, her parents transferred the deed to Kaitila’s name and she hired designer Maria Augusta “Guta” Louro to oversee the restoration. “I didn’t want it to change so much that I wouldn’t recognize it as a space where I spent my childhood”, Kaitila said, “and that’s what [Louro] managed to capture: the history and energy of what the house was like. Without changing the structure or the footprint, a conservation conscious construction saw the 861 square foot primary residence modernized with a new roof, updated electricity, a modified layout that created two additional bathrooms (one en suite) and a dedicated laundry room.

But Louro’s main goal was to stylistically align the main house with the secondary house, overtly influenced by the Brazilian colonial period. the
the main house “had no style in itself,” she recalls. “We wanted the houses to speak the same language and for the energy of Viveka to be reflected in the materials and colors.” Being a vacation home, the space also had to be a place where its owner – now President and CEO of GE Brazil – could entertain, relax, and “walk around barefoot” when he visited.

Louro and his team sourced local materials wherever possible, looking to Minas Gerais, a Brazilian state known for its colonial architecture, for ideas: salvaged wood floors in Peroba Rosa to replace the cold tiles, new, custom-made cumaru wood doors and cabinets – colored hydraulic tiles in the bathrooms and São Tomé stone on the outside.

After the renovations were completed in December 2019, Kaitila was able to organize a final holiday gathering for her extended family in Jarinu before COVID-19 forced Brazil into lockdown. The newly renovated house served as Kaitila’s primary residence (and remote office) during the pandemic and the quarantine that followed, giving her access to nature and, best of all, a fully separate residence for her adult son to live in. for an extended period. rest. “It keeps us independent,” Kaitila says, “but we can also be together.”


Covered veranda

ROMULO FIALDINI

Designer Maria Augusta “Guta” Louro sourced local materials for this home outside of São Paulo, then accented it with blue accents. “We wanted to keep it sophisticated, clean and colorful,” she says. To paint: Banho de Espuma (doors and windows) and Calça Jeans (shutters) by Suvinil. Swivel chairs: Franccino.


The living room

the living room

ROMULO FIALDINI

“If you like something, it has to stay there, and we’ll make it work,” says Louro, who had the existing client. sofa covered with Donatelli fabric. Leather armchairs: Gustavo Bittencourt. Art: Wall necklace (back room) by Eva Soban for Dpot Objeto; wooden necklace by Maria Helena Emediato (back right). Wall lights (records): Lumini. Daybed: Estar Móveis. Chairs: Sergio Rodrigues in Artefacto. Blanket: Concept of Phenicia.


Cooked

cooked

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The addition of custom cabinetry and woodwork from Guta Louro Designs gave the room a more traditional feel. Ground: Portinari. Louro selected the Lumini lampshade (to Azul Turqueza) to match the interior of Formica shelving (in the Mediterranean) in the closet she designed. Board: custom, Guta Louro Designs.


Reading room

reading room

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A sofa, disguised in Donatelli velvet fabric, opens for overnight guests. Art: customer-specific. Pillows and throw blanket: Home of the Codex. Light: Ypiranga chandeliers. Blanket: Concept of Phenicia.


Bathroom

bathroom

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The traditional hydraulic tiles of the property’s second home inspired similar improvements to the main house.


Pergola

outdoor pergola

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A covered grill and wet bar allow for outdoor entertaining without the plumbing required for a full outdoor kitchen. Chairs and board: Franccino. Mini fridge: Electrolux. Pierre: São Tomé.


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Rising heat and snow-capped peaks chill Nepal’s mountain economy https://turismo-stp.org/rising-heat-and-snow-capped-peaks-chill-nepals-mountain-economy/ https://turismo-stp.org/rising-heat-and-snow-capped-peaks-chill-nepals-mountain-economy/#respond Thu, 18 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/rising-heat-and-snow-capped-peaks-chill-nepals-mountain-economy/ Originally posted by Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 03:30 GMT Hurt by COVID travel restrictions, tourist towns relied on local visitors – but lack of snow linked to climate change means few have come * Nepal is warming at the rate of 0.6 degrees Celsius per decade * High altitude regions experience […]]]>


Originally posted by Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 03:30 GMT

Hurt by COVID travel restrictions, tourist towns relied on local visitors – but lack of snow linked to climate change means few have come

* Nepal is warming at the rate of 0.6 degrees Celsius per decade

* High altitude regions experience the greatest temperature increases

* Lack of snow leaves hotel rooms empty and affects crops

DHAMPUS, Nepal, February 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – During the 12 years that Baburam Giri worked as a cook in a hotel in the village of Dhampus – a major tourist draw with its view of the towering mountain range of the Annapurna – winters became less snowy.

“The snowfall we had five years ago was over 2 feet deep – but we didn’t have any significant snowfall afterward,” lamented Giri, standing in front of his stove in the Yama Sakura hotel.

As hotels around the world feel the financial pain of travel restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Giri said his community in central Nepal mainly relies on Nepalese tourists, who come every year attracted by the wintry weather.

But this year, bare ground means few visitors.

“Many national and local tourists come to this region to play in the snow whenever there is snowfall,” Giri told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“But (now) the hotel is almost empty.”

From tourism to agriculture, industries based in the mountains of Nepal are suffering from declining income due to lack of heavy snowfall in recent years – a phenomenon that scientists associate with rising temperatures.

Hotel worker Baburam Giri cooks on the stove at the Yama Sakura Hotel in Dhampus, a town overlooking the towering Annapurna mountain range in north-central Nepal, January 16, 2021. Thomson Reuters Foundation / Aadesh Subedi

According to Arun Bhakta Shrestha of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), studies using remote sensing technology show that snow cover has steadily declined in Nepal and the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

“Nepal’s temperature is increasing at the rate of 0.6 degrees Celsius (1.08 Fahrenheit) per decade,” said the regional director of the program.

A report released by the Nepalese Department of Hydrology and Meteorology in December predicted that the average temperature in the country this winter would be above normal and average precipitation below normal.

For Budhhi Man Gurung, the owner of the Yama Sakura hotel, the combination of climate change and COVID-19 has resulted in an 80% drop in income compared to last year.

“It has become difficult for me to pay staff salaries,” he said.

There are no comprehensive studies on the economic impact of reduced snowfall on Nepal’s tourism industry, but Dhananjay Regmi, CEO of the country’s tourism board, said that at in the long term, climate change would undoubtedly reduce the number of visitors.

“Most tourists come to Nepal to see snow capped mountains, but if those mountains turn into black hills, it will ultimately affect tourism,” he said in a telephone interview.

The council had made plans to promote snow tourism, such as ski vacations, to attract more tourists to the area, Regmi said.

“But the irregular snowfall these days has made us wonder if this plan will succeed,” he added.

Cold weather pest control

Tourism is not the only industry struggling with the lack of snow in central Nepal.

Shanta Bahadur Bishowkarma, a farmer from Dhampus, said just a few years ago that he could feed his family with the food he grew in his field.

Now, without heavy snow, he is struggling to access enough water to grow enough corn, millet and vegetables to feed his family.

During the winter growing season, he depended on melting snow to water his crops. These days, he says, he sometimes has to resort to using potable water.

Snow and cold were also good for keeping his crops free of pests, Bishowkarma explained, noting that the cold temperatures harmed many insects and diseases that could destroy his plants.

“Since the days of our ancestors, there has been the belief that there would be a bumper crop in a year that saw enough snowfall,” said the farmer.

But as warmer temperatures hit his fields, “I now have to buy food from outside,” he said.

Farmer Shanta Bahadur Bishowkarma looks at the produce on his land in Dhampus, a town overlooking the towering Annapurna mountain range in north-central Nepal, January 16, 2021. Thomson Reuters Foundation / Aadesh Subedi

Arjun Rayamajhi, a plant protection official at the government’s Agriculture Knowledge Center in Darchula, one of Nepal’s mountainous districts, said low temperatures reduce insect reproduction rates.

And just like in other warming parts of the world, the warmer temperatures in the mountains of Nepal are attract pests that once found them too cold.

“Due to the rising temperatures in the higher regions, the insects are moving from the lower belt, so new pests are seen in the higher regions these days,” Rayamajhi said.

Global warming is also preventing mountain farmers in Nepal from growing traditional crops that typically thrive in colder climates, such as apples.

“Even cattle are affected, because the lack of snow … leads to a moisture deficit in winter and the grasses they feed on cannot grow properly,” he said.

“The mountainous districts are already grappling with food insecurity and these things are making the problem worse.”

Unusual warming

Climate scientists warn that snowy winters will become rarer in Nepal in the coming decades.

A Evaluation of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region published by ICIMOD in 2019 predicted a 50-60% drop in snowfall in the Ganges basin, which covers part of Nepal, by 2071-2100.

The research shows “unusually large” temperature rises in high-altitude areas of the region, the report notes, adding that “warming is estimated at nearly two to three times the global average.”

Sushil Raj Poudel, president of the Association of Trekking Agencies Association of the Western Region of Nepal, said the group members could no longer count on the tourism boom they used to see some days after each heavy snowfall.

“Not to see any snowfall at this time of year in Nepal is a very strange thing,” he said.

“I have heard that climate change is happening in other countries, but now we are experiencing it in front of our eyes.”



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Travel alert: TAP suspends 93% of its international operations – Portugal https://turismo-stp.org/travel-alert-tap-suspends-93-of-its-international-operations-portugal/ https://turismo-stp.org/travel-alert-tap-suspends-93-of-its-international-operations-portugal/#respond Thu, 18 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://turismo-stp.org/travel-alert-tap-suspends-93-of-its-international-operations-portugal/ Posted on February 18, 2021. TAP Air Portugal has announced the suspension of 93% of its international operations, from February 18 to March 30, on top of the previously planned 73% reduction. TAP Board Chairman Miguel Frasquilho and Executive Board Chairman Ramiro Sequeira informed that given the new COVID’19 travel restrictions and “a further drop […]]]>


Posted on February 18, 2021.

TAP Air Portugal has announced the suspension of 93% of its international operations, from February 18 to March 30, on top of the previously planned 73% reduction.

TAP Board Chairman Miguel Frasquilho and Executive Board Chairman Ramiro Sequeira informed that given the new COVID’19 travel restrictions and “a further drop in demand,” TAP has decided to “Suspend 93% of the total of its operation. As a result, TAP plans to lay off 458 pilots.

It was also stated that TAP will maintain most domestic flights such as routes between Lisbon, Porto, Madeira and the Azores, and destinations with large Portuguese communities.

In the United States, the reduction will affect air links to Lisbon from Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, New York (John F. Kennedy) and New York (Newark) to Porto.

Despite the large capacity reductions, TAP will continue to operate other international routes, notably to France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain in Europe and Cape Verde and Mozambique in Africa.

The reductions in flights are the result of restrictions and quarantines in key markets such as Europe, Brazil, Canada and the United States at the time, air links between Portugal and the United Kingdom were suspended, as well as between Portugal and Angola, it was reported.

In a statement, the airline said that in addition, it will provide international air links to cities with important Portuguese communities, such as Newark, Boston, Toronto, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Malaga, Valencia, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, Paris. , Nice, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Milan, Rome, Bissau, Conakry, Dakar, Maputo, Praia, São Vicente and São Tomé and Príncipe. “

“We will provide flights on all routes where possible, in order to meet the mission of bringing our customers home, and we will seek, together with the Portuguese and foreign authorities, to carry out humanitarian flights. and repatriation, whenever necessary, ”they guarantee.

The carrier has also informed that all reservations made can be changed free of charge.

Merger of TAP and SATA Airlines

It has been suggested that the pandemic could bring a new vision to the aviation sector in Portugal and that a merger between TAP and SATA Azores Airlines would be beneficial for both public operators. The country does not have the size to have two public airlines. This would save on insurance, fuel and other operating expenses.

Airlines officials predict the recovery will be slow. However, “if the recovery takes place earlier than expected, we will have the capacity to respond to it, since we are adapted to the level of demand expected for 2022, as foreseen in the restructuring plan,” said TAP Director Ramiro Sequeira.

US citizens cannot travel directly from the United States to Portugal for non-essential trips such as tourism. Only Portuguese nationals, holders of Portuguese and EU residence permits and holders of other long-term visas issued by the Portuguese authorities can enter the country.

Among the new measures adopted to fight the pandemic, travelers are required to present negative tests on boarding, the imposition of quarantines, the ban on entry of travelers and citizens of the countries most affected by the pandemic , the suspension and prohibition of flights and compulsory confinements. For more information on travel restrictions in Portugal and the Islands visit the US Embassy in Lisbon.

PAJ / Staff / This story is under development and will be updated.



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