Africans are optimistic about their futures and that of the next generation, according to a poll conducted in 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa by The New York Times and the Pew Global Attitudes Project. While many Africans are concerned about crime, the spread of H.I.V./AIDS, the quality of drinking water, and corruption, a majority or [...]
Africans are optimistic about their futures and that of the next generation, according to a poll conducted in 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa by The New York Times and the Pew Global Attitudes Project. While many Africans are concerned about crime, the spread of H.I.V./AIDS, the quality of drinking water, and corruption, a majority or plurality of the respondents in most countries said their family’s financial situation had improved over the past five years. Following this link for some insight into the views of a sample of Sub-Saharan African countries. LINK.
Senhoras e Senhors, Colegas e Amigos, Ã© com muito prazer que eu aceitei o convite de dar as boas vindas nesta ocasiÃ£o do espetÃ¡culo da Orquestra dos Pequenos Violinos. Ben vindo a todos. Quando eu recebi um telefonema dos organizadores recentemente para falar sobre o concerto, houve automaticamente um avalanche [...]
Senhoras e Senhors, Colegas e Amigos, Ã© com muito prazer que eu aceitei o convite de dar as boas vindas nesta ocasiÃ£o do espetÃ¡culo da Orquestra dos Pequenos Violinos. Ben vindo a todos. Quando eu recebi um telefonema dos organizadores recentemente para falar sobre o concerto, houve automaticamente um avalanche de ideias que podiam-se ser communicadas hoje. Entre umas das ideias foi o desenvolvimento da crianÃ§a
The event tonight represents the meeting of cultures, communities and musical talents. The cultures are those of the Portuguese meeting the South African, the Mozambiquan meeting the Portuguese and the South African meeting the Mozambiquan. Of course it is not the first time that the cultures and communities have met. We have done so very successfully in the past â€“ mostly in the construction, farming, healthcare and trading economic sectors. Each community has interacted well at this level. However, what makes tonight unique is that we are meeting tonight not to conduct business and discuss the political status of our communities. We are rather here to celebrate the success and musical talents of our youth, and what better way is there than organizing an event such as this one.
ÂIâ€™m reminded of a few inspirational words about children and how they live what they learn.
ÂIf a child lives with criticism
He learns to condemn
If a child lives with ridicule
He learns to be shy
If a child lives with shame
He learns to be guilty
If a child lives with fairness
He learns justice
If a child lives with encouragement
He learns confidence
If a child lives with security
He learns to have faith
If a child lives with approval
He learns to appreciate
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship
He learns to find love in the world.
There is no doubt in my mind that the children we will listen to tonight represent all the goodness in the words expressed above. They are confident, faithful, appreciative, dedicated, motivated and their success has not come without sacrifice and long hours of hard work. The children we will listen have derived their success from making a decision to remain focused on their passion. I am certain they have sacrificed many nights of not going to the cinema with their friends, many football matches and countless hours of watching television. Their success has also come with the unconditional support of their parents and the communities they live in.
The closest analogue I can relate to tonightâ€™s event is that of a tree bearing fruit. To ensure a tree produces the best fruit possible, it requires many factors. It must be exposed to the correct amount of wind, not too much frost, enough rain, sufficient balanced nutrients in the soil and abundant sunlight. The tree must also be attended to regularly. This entails timely pruning and regular spraying before the best fruit can be produced. Too much or too little of each of the above factors will often result in a disastrous crop of fruit. The same can be said of a childâ€™s development.
In short and without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, tonightâ€™s event is a culmination of the worth and potential of the Portuguese, Mozambiquan and South African communities. Tonight is also a celebration of the efforts of each of the communities to produce talented young musicians. The time has arrived for us to revel in our joint efforts and listen to what our youth are capable of offering. I look forward to attending many more of these events in the future.
19 Nov 2006 – www.pforum.org.za
Friends, colleagues and countrymen â€“ lend me thy ears. What does it mean to be Portuguese? This is the one question that I would like to pose to you this morning. What does it mean to be Portuguese? The question is important because at the root of [...]
19 Nov 2006 – www.pforum.org.za
Friends, colleagues and countrymen â€“ lend me thy ears. What does it mean to be Portuguese? This is the one question that I would like to pose to you this morning. What does it mean to be Portuguese? The question is important because at the root of it is something that we identify with, something that we see in ourselves, something that we believe, things that we say and do. So, what does it mean to be Portuguese?
Iâ€™m positive that during the course of this morningâ€™s National Conference we will get one step closer to answering this question. There are numerous presentations and updates planned with the aim of keeping you informed of the developments within The Forum.
So, what does it mean to be Portuguese? To partly answer this question I wish to talk to you from my personal experience. Iâ€™ll aim to avoid as many technicalities as possible. I recall as a child when being brought up going to an English-speaking primary school. During this stage of my life I came to realize that I was different â€“ I was a minority -amongst the predominantly English-speaking children. My home language was Portuguese and my name was very different compared to the average child. Teachers and my classmates could not pronounce my first name â€“ JoÃ£o, let alone all my other names. So strong was this external influence that I changed my first name to John â€“ an Anglo-Saxonised version of JoÃ£o, simply to avoid the mispronunciation of my name and also integrate better. I however had an escape route in that I attended
So, what does it mean for you to be Portuguese? I was fortunate to have been sent to
So, what does it mean to be Portuguese? The Portuguese community in
Here we are one year later at The Forumâ€™s National Conference. Each of the speakers scheduled today will share with you activities they have undertaken over the part 12 months. Iâ€™m asking that each of the speakers be rigorous in sticking to the allocated time for their presentation. Iâ€™m confident that during these presentations more answers will arise for the question – what does it mean to be Portuguese? I invite the audience to also find an answer. Before the end of this conference, together we could easily identify 10 reasons what it means to be Portuguese. Lets then publish these 10 reasons in Voz Portuguesa and ask for contributions for the next 10 reasons. And the next 10, and the next until we reach 100 reasons that describes our unified identity and that reflects our diversity.
Ten Reasons What is Means to be Portuguese
- Our language.
- We are descendants of the Portuguese that explored the world during the 15th and 16th century.
- Our knowledge and passion for the land we work with.
- Our assertiveness and ability to negotiate creative solutions.
- ForÃ§a Portuguesa!
- Willingness to stand together during times of difficulty.
- Youthful energy displayed by JAGUAR and Epoca UniÃ£o.
- Our food.
- Hearing a distinctly Portuguese ring tone pierce the air during a National Conference.
- Our skillful sports men and women.
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The link below has a great report by Steve Kroft on this subject:
Go to www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=3108688n
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