"O que foi distinguido hoje pela Unesco não é apenas um conjunto de edifícios antigos e bonitos. A Universidade de Coimbra foi reconhecida como o ícone de uma cultura e de uma língua que é portuguesa, que ajudaram a modelar o mundo como o conhecemos. É uma coisa de uma dimensão extraordinária"
Reitor da UC, in Público 



UMA grande história no WP:

Jason Trigg went into finance because he is after money — as much as he can earn.
The 25-year-old certainly had other career options. An MIT computer science graduate, he could be writing software for the next tech giant. Or he might have gone into academia in computing or applied math or even biology. He could literally be working to cure cancer.
Instead, he goes to work each morning for a high-frequency trading firm. It’s a hedge fund on steroids. He writes software that turns a lot of money into even more money. For his labors, he reaps an uptown salary — and over time his earning potential is unbounded. It’s all part of the plan.
Why this compulsion? It’s not for fast cars or fancy houses. Trigg makes money just to give it away. His logic is simple: The more he makes, the more good he can do.
He’s figured out just how to take measure of his contribution. His outlet of choice is the Against Malaria Foundation, considered one of the world’s most effective charities. It estimates that a $2,500 donation can save one life. A quantitative analyst at Trigg’s hedge fund can earn well more than $100,000 a year. By giving away half of a high finance salary, Trigg says, he can save many more lives than he could on an academic’s salary.
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"SERÁ o livro da minha bisavó melhor que o teu?" - Hiper-texto do Pedro Ribeiro sobre livros e as formas de os ler.


"WHETHER it was youthful naïveté or just ignorance, Mr. Snowden’s positive view of Hong Kong no longer matches the reality. Shortly before his arrival, the international organization Freedom House ranked Hong Kong 71st in the world in protection of political rights and civil liberties. Reporters Without Borders has dropped Hong Kong on its ranking of press freedom to No. 58, from No. 18 in 2002.
Mr. Snowden’s initial choice of Hong Kong as a place of refuge may not have been entirely illogical. Here, he met with two journalists from The Guardian and a documentary filmmaker. Hong Kong remains a hub of the global media, not least because of its proximity to the economic boom in southern China and the ease of access to many other Asian cities. The publicity could complicate efforts by the United States to charge Mr. Snowden and have him deported. 
But the local coverage of Mr. Snowden’s case, which has largely ranged from bemused to unsympathetic, helps underscore the erosion of press freedom since 1997. A poll conducted last month by the Public Opinion Program of the University of Hong Kong found that nearly half (48 percent) of respondents believed that the local news media practiced self-censorship. These readers are on to something. More than one-third (36 percent) of media employees responding to a survey by the Hong Kong Journalists Association in April and May 2012 said that they or their supervisors had practiced self-censorship in the past 12 months."
(NYT column, more here


NO Western performing group can claim to have had a closer relationship with China than the Philadelphia Orchestra. Certainly not in the 20th century. (good report on the SCMP Sunday magazine)

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‘Fado’ promises fine dining rooted in traditional gastronomy

Marco Gomes and Luís Américo

TWO well-known chefs from Portugal have opened a new restaurant in Macau. Located at Hotel Royal, the establishment is named after the famous Portuguese musical genre. According to chef Marco Gomes, “Fado Restaurant” promises to bring “an author’s cuisine rooted in traditional gastronomy. It’s a delicate cuisine that never forgets the original flavors and tastes.”
Marco Gomes runs a restaurant in Oporto, called Foz Velha, that recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. He set up a center for cooking classes and wine courses. Luís Américo runs three restaurants in the Oporto area. He also owns a consultancy company that advises hotels and restaurants.
The two Portuguese chefs took an interest in Macau during a visit three years ago. Their food presentation was included in a Food Festival at the Military Club, and was received with enthusiasm. “During the festival, the Hotel Royal owners went there several times and rather liked our food presentation. Four years ago the hotel had a Portuguese restaurant called Vasco da Gama but it was closed. They were looking for a different formula than the one that existed in Macau,” Luís Américo recalls to the Times. This “new formula” set up by the Portuguese chefs after a study of the local market, tries to avoid the counter effects of the “cuisine fusion that ended up by confounding Macanese and Portuguese cuisines.” They thought it made sense to bet on Portuguese cuisine in a fine dining environment, capable of reaching other audiences.
Before “Fado’s” opening in mid-May (currently only open for dinner), the chef’s had testing sessions over several weeks. Luís Américo says “it was very interesting, because people weren’t expecting to see Portuguese gastronomy presented in this way. There’s a lot of enthusiasm, people love the flavors and find it very agreeable.” The dining experience starts with traditional snacks, like rissoles, salt cod fritters, cheeses and sausages, that can be tasted in the communal tables, before the clients are seated. Gomes described the menu to include “several moments and presentations through the dinner,” and some plates are cooked in-front of the client, namely ‘Ameijoas à Bolhão Pato’ [clams] and ‘Bacalhau à Braz’ [cod baked with eggs and fried potatoes]. “The Asian market loves them and they are very simple to cook. We also want to demystify the work around certain recipes.”
Concerning deserts, Luís Américo says that the highlight are the typical Portuguese sweets “presented in a sophisticated way and other candies that are typical but quite unknown here like ‘Castanhas de Ovos de Viseu’ and ‘Areias de Cascais’.” A ‘Pastel de Nata’ [egg tart] is offered for costumers to take home and eventually “make the experience last until the following day.” The average price of a meal is MOP400 per person, but an executive menu, with several choices, will be available for lunch, is priced at MOP140.
The chefs do not plan to stay permanently in Macau, but their Macau partners intend to expand the Fado model to other cities such as Hong Kong and Shanghai. “Probably in the future we will spend part of our time here and part in Portugal. The opportunities here are completely different from those in Europe,” says Luís Américo, who complained that “the Portuguese government’s policies make it very hard to run a fine dining restaurant since taxes reached twenty three percent and there’s been a drop in consumption.”
(in MDT)



Tom Waits on Anton Corbijn's portraits

Q: Is there a photograph in the book that sums you up?

A: Not one. It's different aspects of yourself. But I do like the one where I'm midair looking like a monkey. Stuff like that won't come out right if it's in the wrong hands.
The thing is, is it more interesting not to know the origin of things or interesting to know? I think we know too much about stuff these days. We're in a deficit of wonder now because we're buried between huge piles of information. I think things were better when we knew little. In the old days you just had the album cover to look at and you had to guess what it was about. For the picture, bring a tuba, a pitchfork and don't shave. What does that mean? You decide. I don't care. You were challenged to use your imagination about what that is. I think it's just better to either be lied to or know nothing. I have a reality distortion box, and everything comes out of there.
The rest of Tom Wait's interview can be found here.

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Festival Músicas do Mundo, Sines (talvez o melhor festival português, este ano com cartaz de luxo. sublinho os meus destaques )

COM 43 espetáculos entre 18 e 27 de julho, será o maior programa de música da história do festival, para comemorar o seu 15.º aniversário. De Hermeto Pascoal a Rokia Traoré, de Trilok Gurtu a Femi Kuti, Sines volta a convidar o público para ver ao vivo os melhores artistas do mundo e para ouvir a música que exprime o sentir dos povos e a diversidade da voz humana. Na organização e logística, destaque para a descida do preço dos bilhetes em cerca de 33% e para o regresso do palco da praia à Avenida Vasco da Gama.

:: Quinta, 18 de julho

18h30 [C] Custódio Castelo (Portugal) *
21h30 [C] Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba (Mali)
23h00 [C] Hazmat Modine (EUA)
00h30 [C] Amadou & Mariam (Mali) - absolutamente brilhante
02h00 [C] Cabruêra (Brasil)

:: Sexta, 19 de julho

18h30 [C] Celina da Piedade (Portugal) *
21h30 [C] Barbez (EUA)
23h00 [C] Lo'Jo (França)
00h30 [C] Baloji (R. Congo / Bélgica)
02h00 [C] Dubioza Kolektiv (Bósnia-Herzegovina)

:: Sábado, 20 de julho

18h30 [C] Reijseger Fraanje Sylla (Holanda / Senegal) *
21h30 [C] JP Simões (Portugal)
23h00 [C] DakhaBrakha (Ucrânia)
00h30 [C] Hermeto Pascoal (Brasil)
02h00 [C] Batida (Portugal / Angola)

:: Segunda, 22 de julho

22h00 [A] Jon Luz (Cabo Verde)
23h00 [A] Mari Kvien Brunvoll (Noruega)

:: Terça, 23 de julho

22h00 [A] Sílvia Pérez Cruz (Catalunha - Espanha)
23h00 [A] Aline Frazão (Angola / Portugal)

:: Quarta, 24 de julho
18h30 [C] Carlos Bica “Azul”, com Frank Möbus e Jim Black (Portugal / EUA) *
20h00 [P] Imidiwan (Portugal / Mali) *
21h45 [C] Extremadura Territorio Flamenco (Extremadura - Espanha)
23h15 [C] Asif Ali Khan & Party (Paquistão)
00h45 [C] Rokia Traoré (Mali)
02h45 [P] Ondatrópica (Colômbia) *

:: Quinta, 25 de julho

18h30 [C] Carlos Bica “Azul”, com Frank Möbus e Jim Black (Portugal / EUA) *
20h00 [P] Imidiwan (Portugal / Mali) *
21h45 [C] Extremadura Territorio Flamenco (Extremadura - Espanha)
23h15 [C] Asif Ali Khan & Party (Paquistão)
00h45 [C] Rokia Traoré (Mali)
02h45 [P] Ondatrópica (Colômbia) *

:: Sexta, 26 de julho

18h30 [C] Gaiteiros de Lisboa (Portugal) *
20h00 [P] Winston McAnuff & Fixi (Jamaica / França) *
21h45 [C] Trilok Gurtu & Tigran Hamasyan (Índia / Arménia)
23h15 [C] Rachid Taha (Argélia / França)
00h45 [C] Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra (Japão)
02h45 [P] Bomba Estéreo (Colômbia) *

:: Sábado, 27 de julho

18h30 [C] Cristina Branco (Portugal) *
20h00 [P] Dawanggang (China) *
21h45 [C] Tamikrest (Povo Tuaregue - Mali)
23h15 [C] Akua Naru (EUA / Alemanha)
00h45 [C] Femi Kuti & The Positive Force (Nigéria)
02h45 [P] Skip & Die (África do Sul / Holanda)

[P] Avenida da Praia (ou Vasco da Gama) [A] Centro de Artes de Sines [C] Castelo
(*) Concerto de entrada livre


Em Macau: Em Lisboa:
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