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Brazilian band visits campus

first_img40 members of the Brazilian youth band Meninos do Morumbi arrived on campus Tuesday to visit the University and perform during the halftime show on Saturday at the Notre Dame-Stanford football game. In English, Meninos do Morumbi means “Kids of Morumbi,” the neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil, where the band is based. The students will remain on campus until Sunday and are lodging at the Sacred Heart Parish Center. According to the Notre Dame Band website, in 2011, 66 members of the Notre Dame band toured Brazil and performed for Meninos do Morumbi in São Paulo, the country’s largest city and Dr. Ken Dye, director of bands, said he enjoyed the visit to Brazil. “They were very gracious hosts and shared their exciting music with our band,” Dye said. The band later invited the youth band to Notre Dame to perform and experience campus life. Dye is looking forward to the interaction between the Notre Dame Band members and the young performers from Brazil. According to their website, Meninos do Morumbi is a social project that gives youth an alternative to delinquency, violence and drugs through music. “We attend around 2,000 children and young from 22 slums of São Paulo,” Ana Paula Costa, the band’s spokeswoman,said. According to Costa, Meninos do Morumbi has had 14,000 youth participants thus far. Musician and current director Flávio Pimenta founded the band in 1996. “I originally invited children from the slums and poor communities found begging on the streets of my neighborhood to teach music in my studio in my house,” Pimenta said. “The idea was not and is not charity.” According to Pimenta, the band has greatly impacted the students’ lives. “Not only the music, but the experience of good values. We are a place for good values,” Pimenta said. According to a press release, the group provides an escape from situations of personal and social risk through many expressions. “We offer them a range of activities in the areas of culture, music, arts, education and sports,” Costa said. The band has performed for former U.S. President George W. Bush as well as singer Madonna, according to Costa. They have also performed in the United Kingdom and France. The band’s style of music interprets songs of Brazilian and African folklore. According to Costa, the youth play music from Brazilian genres including jongo, maracatu, funk and samba. Sandra Teixeira, a Notre Dame Portuguese professor originally from Brazil, is excited for the band’s visit. “The Portuguese and Brazilian studies program is very excited about this incredible opportunity,” Teixeira said. “The visit will share an important aspect of Brazilian culture, as well as our love for music and dance, with the entire Notre Dame community.” Meninos do Morumbi will participate in many events throughout Notre Dame’s campus. The band is holding a performance today and a Brazilian instrument and dance workshop at the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, the Brazil and Portuguese Language Clubs of Notre Dame will host a welcome reception and social hour in the ballroom of Lafortune Student Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. “Besides having the unique opportunity to watch a vibrant and culturally infused show, students will be able to witness a very successful story of the determination and talent exemplified by these kids and mentors,” Teixeira said.last_img read more

France cancels Bastille Day parade over coronavirus

first_imgFrance on Thursday cancelled the 2020 Bastille Day military parade due to coronavirus social distancing requirements, replacing it with a tribute to health workers fighting the pandemic.Rather than the traditional march of soldiers and military hardware down the Champs-Elysees on July 14, this year will see a much smaller ceremony at the Place de la Concorde, the presidency said.The annual parade to mark the July 14, 1789 storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris during the French Revolution, has been held on the Champs-Elysees since World War I.  The event will include a highlight of the yearly show — the flypast — in honor of medical personnel, military and all others “mobilized against the virus”, the presidential palace said. De Gaulle tributeFour other countries — Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg — have been invited to attend this year’s event to thank them for having taken coronavirus patients into their hospitals in regions bordering France, said the presidency.The event will likely not be open to the public, although this decision could be re-evaluated if the health situation improves.Every year, thousands of people throng the Champs-Elysees to view the spectacle of men, women and their weapons of war rolling down the avenue to army bands as French flags flutter everywhere.Last year’s parade, themed to celebrate European military cooperation, was marred by violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters.A year earlier, two motorcyclists from the French national gendarmerie collided and fighter jets sprayed the colors of the nation’s flag in the wrong order.President Emmanuel Macron, in his first months in office, used the 2017 Bastille Day parade to wow his guest of honor, freshly inaugurated US President Donald Trump.This year’s ceremony will also pay tribute to resistance hero-turned-president Charles de Gaulle who died 50 years ago this year. This will be the first year without one since the end of World War II.It normally starts at the Arc de Triomphe, a monument to those who  fought for France, and ends at  Concorde, where King Louis XVI was beheaded in 1793 in the revolution that overthrew France’s monarchy.This year, the square will host a military ceremony with some 2,000 participants and 2,500 guests, who will gather in strict respect of social distancing rules seeking to halt the spread of the virus that has killed more than 29,000 people in France.”It will be a reinvented 14th of July adapted to the circumstances,” Defense Minister Florence Parly said. Topics :last_img read more

Betfair customers write off French Socialist party ahead of debates

first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon According to the Betfair Exchange Manuel Valls and Arnaud Montebourg boast little chance of success in the upcming French election.Ahead of the first of the Socialist Party TV debates Valls and Montebourg have been given just a 2% chance of victory.The debates are an opportunity for those wishing to become France’s Socialist Party candidate ahead of the presidential primary elections later this month. Arnaud Montebourg is a 49/1 shot while Manuel Valls is around 64/1. The race appears to be between National Front candidate Marine Le Pen and Republican Francois Fillon. Naomi Totten, Spokesperson for Betfair, said: “Interest in politics and political betting has never been higher with the recent US Election trading an inconceivable £200m on the Next President market alone. Now attention turns to the market for the next French President which had only traded around £15k on the day of the US Election but now has nearly £2m matched.“Francois Fillon is the early 4/5 favourite ahead of National Front representative Marine Le Pen trading at 7/2 and also seeing plenty of support, but with the Socialist Party primaries still to come and modern political campaigns stopping at nothing to be elected there is likely to be plenty of moving and shaking in the market over the next few months.”The outgoing President Francois Hollande has left the Socialist Party in need of a strong leader who can reinspire confidence in it. As it stands, that’ll be a push with Fillon the odds-on favourite at 4/5 with a 56% chance of winning the election having leap-frogged far-right candidate Marine Le Pen who was trading at around 2.92 on November 12th.Of course that’s no reason to say this won’t change, as we’ve seen more than once in recent times, political markets can be quite volatile. Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

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