2.04.2006

back to the portuguese business

After taking a small break to reflect upon how much this blog means to me, I've decided to get back to the Portuguese business and this post will be shock full of tidbits for those wanting to know the latest and greatest reasons why I love to discuss that country.

First, off, some items making news of late...

Proving just how backwards that country sometimes is, a lesbian couple was denied a marriage license. (Pictured: Helena Paixão and Teresa Pires) Our Spanish neighbour appears to not have any problems with having an open-mind, even though the Roman Catholic church opposed the change. At least, the Portuguese have a saving grace - the Leftist Bloc is pushing for this in the government. What makes this such a hot topic is that the constitution says that sexual discrimination is not allowed, but they can discriminate when giving out marriage licenses? These 2 women have as much right to be married to each other as any other 2 people in the world. If they want to spend their life with each other, all the power to them.

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There's a very rich person in Portugal after yesterday's Euro Millions lottery draw. I wonder if I'm related.
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The golden arches have elected Portugal as its best in Europe. We love beer and burgers!

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Some consider the election of Cavaco Silva just another nail in the coffin of liberalism. I don't agree much with her point of view. A "see-it-through-the-eyes-of-a-conservative" read:


Not long before Canada's rightward swing, Portugal’s Anibal Cavaco Silva, a former conservative prime minister, won Portugal's presidential election, becoming the first conservative politician to be elected president in Portugal since 1974 when revolution ushered in democracy.

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Microsoft plans to save the day in Portugal. Good luck with that, although, it is a positive project:

The projects, as announced by Bill Gates and Prime Minister Jose Socrates,
will, according to Reuters:

The projects include technology training for students, workers and police,
aid in fighting cybercrime, apprenticeships, software development centres and
programmes aimed at Portuguese-speaking African nations.

This is part of a larger program Socrates calls a "technology shock",
designed to bring Portugal's economy in line with European Union growth.

As part of the programme, the government has launched English instruction in
primary schools and provided all schools to broadband Internet links.

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The golden boy is slowly, but surely falling from grace. Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for one game for his obscene behaviour in a game against Benfica.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for one match by UEFA for a gesture towards Benfica fans in a Champions League match last month.

The 20-year-old Portugal winger made the one-fingered sign at the Estadio da Luz on Dec. 7 when United were eliminated from the competition after losing the Group D match 2-1.

Ronaldo played for Sporting, Benfica's rivals, before joining United in August 2003.

Because United have been eliminated from Europe this season, the ban will come into effect next season should United qualify for a European competition. They are second in the Premier League behind Chelsea.


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Lots to think about...don't you think? Don't forget, we still have soccer. The 21st round of the Portuguese tournament is in full swing.


U. Leiria vs. SL Benfica
FC Porto vs. Braga
Penafiel vs. Maritimo
E. Amadora vs. Rio Ave
V.Guimarães vs. Belenenses
Gil Vicente vs. V.Setubal
Sporting CP vs. Nacional
Académica vs. P.Ferreira
Boavista vs. Naval

Current standings:

FC Porto - 44
SL Benfica - 40
Nacional - 39
Braga - 39
Sporting CP - 37
Boavista - 35
V.Setubal - 33
Maritimo - 27
Académica - 26
U. Leiria - 25
Rio Ave - 25
E. Amadora - 25
Belenenses - 24
P.Ferreira - 22
Gil Vicente - 21
Naval - 18
V.Guimarães - 16
Penafiel - 8

If all else fails, watch this video:

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