Parintins, site of Brazil’s big annual indigenous festival, is typical of towns in the Brazilian Amazon. The Sateré, and other indigenous groups living or working there, often endure discrimination and work analogous to slavery. Civil rights are few and indigenous populations inhabit the bottom rung of the economic ladder.Now more than ever, indigenous groups fear the loss of their cultural heritage and land rights as guaranteed under the 1988 Brazilian Constitution. New president Jair Bolsonaro wants to achieve indigenous societal “assimilation,” a process by which an ethnic minority group’s traditional way of life and livelihoods is erased.The strongest advocates of indigenous assimilation are the ruralistas, rural wealthy elites and agribusiness producers, who have the most to gain via access to the timber, land and mineral wealth found within indigenous territories. The bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby is strong in Congress, and it supports Bolsonaro.The Sateré, along with other indigenous groups, have endured a long history marked by extermination and exploitation. Brazil’s 900,000 indigenous people are increasingly joining together to fight the anti-indigenous policies proposed by the Bolsonaro administration and supported by the ruralists. Benito Miquiles, a Sateré man. Image by Matheus ManfrediniIn February, a Mongabay reporting team travelled to the Brazilian Amazon, spending time with the remote Sateré-Mawé, documenting their culture and long-time conflict with mining companies and land grabbers. This series looks at new threats imposed on the Sateré and indigenous groups across Brazil as they’re threatened by the ruralist-friendly policies of President Jair Bolsonaro. The trip was funded by the Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund in association with the Pulitzer Center and Mongabay.PARINTINS, BRAZIL – On the banks of the Amazon River, in the Parintins municipal district of Amazonas state, Benito Miquiles, a young Sateré indigenous man watches boats come and go. Francesa, the port where he stands, is located in a small bay where the district’s untreated sewage flows into the river. It’s also here that boats travelling to and from the state’s interior stop to unload, with Indians and fisherfolk hefting heavy bags of manioc flour, copaíba oil and guarana, then forced to walk down a narrow 15-foot-long plank and on into town to sell their wares.Benito, who accompanied and guided the Mongabay reporting team throughout its trip, knows better than most the happenings, sounds and smells of Francesa. He lived here, out in the open, slinging his hammock among the boats, for two years while studying for a college degree in Parintins. Now age 25, he recently earned a diploma in intercultural indigenous studies from the Federal University of Amazonas.“It was a big achievement,” the young Sateré-Mawé acknowledges.Benito is proud to be Sateré, but people in Parintins frequently comment that he doesn’t look like a “real Indian.” His hair is stylishly coiffed, he owns a smart phone, takes “selfies” and wears a cap and sunglasses, but for Benito indigenous identity is something that comes from inside himself, irrespective of what he is wearing: “I was born Sateré, I grew up Sateré, and wherever I go I am Sateré. I can use a coat and tie, trainers, smart clothes, but I will always be Sateré.”
Liberty Entertainment has released yet another talented young artist and so far this one has the “ambitions of a rider.”“My talent and rap skill speaks for itself. I’ve been riding this music thing since I came to Liberia a little over a year ago; and this is where I’m at after all the hard work,” said CNote.Canus Manyeh, commonly known as CNote, will on February 5, 2016 at the Gossip Nightclub, “make it happen” for hundreds of his followers with his all red and white solo album release party.Titled “Z-Code,” the 11 track album features the red hot single: “So Fly” and the motivational: “Take Me Away” – songs that are already making waves on the local airwaves.Apart from guest performances by Tan Tan, Lady Vero, Speedo and CoZ, party people should look forward to prize giveaways for the best: dressed hairstyle and couple; and best jungle juice drinker.“Got to drink the jungle,” CNote joked. “I’ll also be performing a surprise track.” Prizes to be given away include washing machines from Razoouk Brothers, blender from Azmar Brothers, a dinner for two at Musu Spot and Evelyn Restaurant. There’s also dinner for two and a night out at Wulki Farm.The all red and white party is being sponsored by Jungle Juice, Champion Design, UN Supermarket, HottFM, Truth FM and Wulki Farm.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share This!As I mentioned in my review of all of the new 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival items, the number of great options to sample has exploded in recent years as the festival has grown to include fresh and seasonal food offerings. Today, though, I want to visit a few family-friendly returning festival favorites that kids and parents alike will enjoy (with a few options snuck in just for the adults). As always, click on each photo to see a larger view of each delicious dish.Lotus HouseBeijing-style Candied Strawberries ($5.50)While not the most out-of-the-box treat you can sample at Flower and Garden, these strawberries are sure to be a hit with kids (and kids-at-heart) who like to play with their food. A crunchy coating of sugar is fun to crack open with sweet strawberries underneath – simple, but fun and tasty.BauernmarktRoasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-Spiced Chips ($5.00)Currywurst is a pretty popular German snack, and a more unique take on bratwurst than what you can normally sample in the Germany pavilion, so this is always a treat during festival seasons. The curry ketchup is slightly tangy and earthy, a fun new flavor kids will enjoy trying in this small plate. While not a huge portion, this is definitely enough for a hearty snack.Schofferhoefer Zitrone Weizen Mix ($4.25)A treat for adults, this specialty beer is a cousin of the ridiculously popular “grapefruit beer” also served in the Germany pavilion. A seasonal variation, this one focuses on a bright lemon flavor, a truly refreshing drink to enjoy during an afternoon stroll around World Showcase.The Smokehouse Pulled Pig Slider with Crispy Onions and Coleslaw ($6.50)It’s hard to go wrong with good barbecue, and though this seemed a little drier than I remember last year’s sample being, it was still a fair portion that made for a large open-faced sandwich. The bun was far too much bread for my taste for just the sandwich, but the cool coleslaw and slightly crunchy onions brings some necessary texture to the savory and rich pork.Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños ($6.25)My sample of the burnt ends hash (one of my festival favorites from last year) wasn’t very fresh when I was handed it – it had clearly been sitting out for a bit and wasn’t very warm. The burnt ends were a little fattier than last year, too, but the potatoes were nicely cooked, with lots of diced peppers and onions soaking in the just-salty-enough cheese sauce. The pickled jalapenos were barely present in my dish, but for those afraid of spice (or hoping to share with tamer palates), ask for them to be served on the side or not at all.Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans ($3.75)Another adults-only treat (because of the liquor-laced sauce), this one is one of my top picks for this year’s Flower and Garden festival. A huge portion of moist chocolate cake is served warm with an addictively sweet-and-savory caramel and crunchy pecans. Even during a busy tasting day, I ate this whole dish in seconds, and will definitely be back for another sample before the festival ends!Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine ($11.75)This “drink” always seems to hold a lot of promise for me (the flavors sound amazing!) but I never love the execution of it (despite the relatively strong pour). Frozen lemonade (the same slightly-too-sweet kind you can buy nearly anywhere in the parks) comes topped with a serving of blackberry moonshine. This works really well if you are willing to spend the time to mix the moonshine in thoroughly with the lemonade, but I never have that much patience.HanamiFrushi ($5.75)A long-time Flower and Garden festival favorite, Frushi returns as one of the best fun options for families to sample. Though the price is far too much to me, fruit sushi is such a novelty and one of the healthiest dessert options available. Everyone will want a piece of this after they catch a glance at this beautiful plate.Beef Teriyaki Udon – Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger ($6.20)For a little savory bite to balance out the sweet frushi, try the beef teriyaki udon. The thinly sliced sautéed beef and onions are served in an umami-rich sweet and salty soy sauce with a garnish of sweet and tangy pickled ginger. A surprisingly complex dish, I think even picky eaters will find themselves enjoying bites of this, particularly with the thick noodles underneath.Taste of MarrakeshHomemade Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce ($5.00)As is tradition with Morocco’s festival food booths, here we have a smaller sample of a popular dish from one of their pavilion’s restaurants. A few falafel are served with traditional bright and crunchy toppings, with a bit of nutty and creamy tahini drizzled on top to tie it all together. While you’ll find similar-if-not-the-same falafel at nearby Tangierine Café, this is a good stop if you’ve been afraid to branch out and try them.Florida FreshShrimp and Stone-Ground Grits – with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro ($6.50)Packed with flavor, this dish comes with four fairly large shrimp and a slightly spicy sauce over a huge portion of creamy grits. The Andouille sausage and corn make a perfect spicy-sweet mix with the fresh tomato and cilantro in the sauce, and really accentuate the natural sweetness of the shrimp. While it’s probably a little too spicy for the youngest in your family, this is a great, more adventurous dish for older kids to sample that adults will love, too.Watermelon Cucumber Slush ($4.25)One of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks available at any festival, this slightly-sweet but very refreshing slush is absolutely perfect to sample on a hot day. The watermelon and cucumber flavors are pretty mild here – nothing is too overwhelming, making it a perfect treat for the whole family.Fleur de LysTarte à l’Onion Alsacienne – Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust ($4.75)Creamy and sweet caramelized onions on a buttery, flaky crust make for a very rich, but very tasty dish. This is definitely a snack-portion, but the herbaceous freshness of thyme and rosemary make this tart a delicious bomb of classic French flavors.Macaron Chocolat Framboise – Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam ($4.75)A surprisingly great value year after year, this macaron is decadent without being overly sweet – my favorite kind of dessert. The chocolate is deep and dark in flavor with sweet, tart raspberry jam in the middle, with a crisp exterior and marshmallow-y interior on the macaron. I was pleased at the size of this – while not “large”, it’s definitely a reasonable portion for the price and rich enough that you’ll be satisfied after a few bites.Cider HouseHouse-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare ($5.25)Lemon-and-dill-forward and fresh, the smoked salmon tartare on this delicious buttery biscuit is really a treat to try during recent Flower and Garden festivals. The cool sour cream drizzled on top offers a bit of creaminess to cut through the tart and rich salmon, which wasn’t overly fishy as I sometimes fear. While this may not be a first-stop for families with little kids, adventurous older kids may love this shareable treat.Pineapple PromenadeFrozen Desert Violet Lemonade ($3.50)Bright purple, sweet and tart, this frozen lemonade is always a festival favorite, and one of my favorite ways to start any day during the Flower and Garden Festival. Edible flowers on top of the drink typically come straight from Epcot’s Land Pavilion, a fun conversation point if you also get a chance to ride Living with the Land during your visit to see the blooms straight at the source.Pineapple Soft-Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum ($10.25)A few years ago, Flower and Garden Festival blew people’s minds by “legalizing” the tipsy “dole whip” concept, serving up the popular pineapple soft-serve with a splash of rum. It has been ridiculously popular ever since, and this year’s version is no different. A small pour of sweet Parrot Bay Coconut rum comes on top of your cup of soft-serve (also available without alcohol), offsetting a bit of the ice cream’s tartness.Urban Farm EatsWatermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Farms Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese, and Balsamic Reduction ($4.00)Tangy pickled onions and balsamic pair classically with peppery arugula and sweet watermelon, and with the burst of savoriness from the feta cheese, this salad really tickles your tastebuds. I find this dish more interesting than most of the “specialty salads” Flower and Garden tries to sell, and at the cheap price, it’s a great healthy snack before making your way to the heavier dishes around the rest of World Showcase.There you have it – my festival favorites from Flower and Garden 2017. With the festival growing in size every year, it’s becoming harder and harder to limit my list to just a few dishes, and with these favorites and all of the great new dishes, you’re sure to find a fresh bite at #FreshEpcot on your next visit! Flower and Garden menus are available here.
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has urged potential students to contact the department’s call centre to verify the existence of private educational institutions before enrolling. The minister said there were bogus institutions which were not registered with the Department of Education and were therefore not legitimate.Some institutions also offered certain subjects in order to get students to register but ended up teaching other subjects. This was in a bid to get more money from students.He said potential students should call 0800 87 22 22 to check if the institution was in fact registered with the department and what subjects they were registered to offer.The minister was speaking in Pretoria on Thursday at the launch of the Green Paper for Post-School Education and Training, which is aimed at aligning the post-school education and training system with South Africa’s overall development agenda.Earlier this week, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the police would be clamping down on bogus institutions.Operations will be carried out across the country targeting unregistered schools, colleges and universities, and the special investigative team which probes such institutions is to be beefed up.Source: SANews.co.za
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Gaetano Micciche has surprisingly decided to step down from his role as President of Lega Serie A. The resignation comes after Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi alleged there were irregularities with how Micciche was elected President in March 2018. That prompted FIGC prosecutors to open an investigation into the manner in which the banker was voted in. “I wish to announce, with this declaration, my immediate resignation as President of Lega Serie A,” he said in a Press release. “The rumours in today’s newspapers, relating to the closure of the investigation into my appointment 20 months ago and its possible outcome, are unacceptable and required me to make this decision. “I’ve worked in recent months on the transformation of Italian football, adding to competitive and sporting values those of corporate, economic and prospective credibility. “This is essential and preparatory for the arrival of new and serious investors, new and big companies as sponsors, plus new credibility in financial markets. “It’s a transformation that also has the crucial objective of bringing families and fans closer to the world of football and sport in general. “I thank all those who have worked with me, as well as the journalists who have followed my reign with professionalism.” Lega Serie A, which runs the Italian top flight, went without a President for a year before the 69-year-old filled the position.
A fire that broke out at three printing presses and a courier service at South Keraniganj in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon, was finally doused after nearly 11 hours of frantic efforts, reports news agency UNB.The fire gutted Bookman Printers & Publishers, Balaka Press and Publication, and Sarker Printing & Publishing and Janani Courier Service, said Sajib Sarker, inspector of Keraniganj Fire Service.On information, nine units of Fire Service and Civil Defence rushed to the spot and tamed the flame around 2:00am.The cause of the fire is not clear yet, said Monirul, officer-in-charge of South Keraniganj police station.No casualty was reported in this regard.Abul Kalam Azad, owner of Janani Group, the mother concern of three damaged printing presses and courier service, said there are 30 printing machines, 15 binding machines, huge printing materials and books.All valuables were burnt to ashes, causing loss of Tk 50 crore, he claimed.