segunda-feira, 30 de novembro de 2009

domingo, 29 de novembro de 2009

domingo, 4 de outubro de 2009


Voters concentrated on economic issues - Cowen

Sun, Oct 04, 2009
Taoiseach Brian Cowen said one of the main reasons for the passing of the Lisbon Treaty was that voters had focused on “economic issues” and made a decision based on how “we promote and defend our own interests”.
Speaking on Sky News this morning after the country overwhelmingly approved the treaty, Mr Cowen said as a small open economy Ireland was particularly dependent on access to Europe because of the small size of the domestic consumer market.
“We are a small open economy, we need those [European] markets – two out of three of our jobs in this country are based in enterprises that have orders in European markets.”
“Clearly the economic issues were focused on by the people where the other issues that are not central or germane did not dominate this time.”
Mr Cown said the result did not mean Ireland expected any additional help from Europe. “We are members of the euro, and that zone of stability has helped us stabilise our public finances.”
The referendum was passed with a majority of 67 per cent in favour and just two of the 43 constituencies voting against it.
European attention has now turned to Poland and the Czech Republic to fast-track the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. British Conservative Party leader David Cameron today repeated a pledge to hold a referendum on the treaty if his party takes power before it is ratified.
The referendum was carried with 67.1 per cent of the electorate voting in favour, reflecting a 20.5 per cent swing to the Yes side since the June 2008 referendum. In the first Lisbon poll, the No side secured 53.4 per cent of the vote.
The turnout was 58 per cent with 1,214,268 people voting for the treaty and 594,606 voting against. This was higher than the 53.13 per cent turnout for the first referendom on Lisbon.
Dublin South recorded the highest support for the treaty, with 82 per cent of ballots in favour. This was closely followed by Dún Laoghaire, which had an 81 per cent Yes vote, a 17.7 per cent swing compared to last year.
Across all 12 Dublin consitutencies support for the treaty was 69 per cent, with a turnout of 59.3 per cent.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said he saw the Yes vote as indicative of the Irish electorate's confidence in the European Union and as a “sign that Ireland recognises the role that the European Union has played in responding to the economic crisis”.
Tipperary South was first constituency to declare a result today, reporting resounding majority in favour of the treaty. It was quickly followed by Yes majorities across the State as almost all constituencies reported significant swings in favour of the treaty. The counting, which began at 9.00am, was completed by 4.30pm.
The exceptions to the national trend were Donegal North East and Donegal South West, which rejected the treaty, the latter by a narrow margin of 50.3 per cent against. Donegal South West is the constituency of Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Mary Coughlan. Both Donegal constituencies rejected the treaty last year.
No campaigners conceded defeat within hours of ballot boxes being opened this morning as the extent of their defeat quickly became apparent.
Libertas leader Declan Ganley told reporters the result was “a very convincing win".
"I'm surprised how big the Yes vote is and it shows how scared people are," he said. "This is a very convincing win. It's a mandate of sorts. I wish him [Taoiseach Brian Cowen] the best of luck."
"I politically admire a masterful campaign from a masterful politician who has made absolute glove puppets out of the opposition," Mr Ganley said.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin said he was delighted and noted that the guarantees secured by the Government had played a crucial role, while Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan said the result was "an essential first step towards economic recovery".
Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore said the decision was secured “despite the anger and frustration people feel at a very unpopular Government. The biggest obstacle we had throughout this campaign was the unpopularity of the Government."
At the central count centre in Dublin Castle, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny said the people of Ireland had exercised their power in an enlightened way.
“It was a victory clearly for the people who rose above the anger of politics and the cynicism of politics to put their country first,” he said.
Sinn Féin vice-president and anti-Lisbon campaigner Mary Lou McDonald said the vote should not be seen as an indication of support for the Government parties. "This vote does not mean that the Government has a mandate for Nama or the upcoming budget and let them not think that or fall into that false sense of security. People still want change."
Pat Cox, a former president of the European Parliament who headed the Ireland for Europe group, claimed the voters of Ireland had put their country first. “This was a mature vote in which the Irish people rejected those voices telling them to make the referendum a verdict on the government and on national policies," he said.
Minister for Commutations, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan said the result could be a turning point for the country after a difficult 18 months.
In the first referendum on Lisbon on June 12th, 2008, the treaty was rejected by 53.4 per cent to 46.6 per cent.
In the previous EU referendum on October 19th, 2002, the Nice Treaty was approved by 62.89 per cent to 37.11 per cent. In an earlier referendum on June 7th, 2001, Nice was rejected by 53.87 per cent to 46.13 per cent.
© 2009


Yes camp confident after voter turnout of over 50%


Sat, Oct 03, 2009

A SOLID turnout of more than 50 per cent of the electorate was reported in the second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty with the Yes camp expressing confidence in victory last night after the polls closed.

The turnout in Dublin was reported to be high with the indications of a strong Yes vote in the capital. The turnout in Munster was reported to be up on last year but it was slower in other parts of the country.

An exit poll conducted by Fine Gael, the main Opposition party, indicated a decisive victory for the Yes campaign by a margin close to two to one.

A party spokesman said that the poll was conducted among a representative sample of 1,000 voters at 33 locations and it demonstrated a decisive swing since the last referendum in June 2008 with a Yes vote of over 60 per cent. The Fine Gael poll showed a massive Yes vote in Dublin, touching close to the 70 per cent mark, while it was nearer to 60 per cent in the rest of the country.

“This is a very encouraging finding for the Yes side,” said the Fine Gael director of elections, Billy Timmins, last night. “It is a tribute to the nationwide campaign run by Fine Gael and its leader, Enda Kenny, and all the efforts of the Yes campaign.”

If the referendum result today bears out the poll figures it will come as a huge relief to both the Government and the main Opposition parties.

Fears that the unpopularity of the Government might be reflected in another rejection of the treaty eased in the light of the turnout figures and the exit poll.

More than 3 million people were entitled to vote in the referendum, and polling stations were open from 7am until 10pm. A spokeswoman for the Dublin city returning officer said voter turnout across the six constituencies averaged 44 per cent at 7pm last night and it had risen to over 50 per cent in many areas by 9pm.

The turnout was said to be particularly strong in Dún Laoghaire, which had the biggest vote in favour of the treaty in 2008 but it was also high in Dublin South West, one of the constituencies with the biggest No vote last year.

In commuter counties in Leinster, which have large populations of people working in Dublin, turnout showed a sharp rise last night after a slow start and was as high as 60 per cent in some areas. Turnout was reported to be about 50 per cent across most of Munster.

There was also a surge in turnout in many areas of Connacht with about 50 per cent of voters having cast their ballots in Galway. In Carlow and Kilkenny, turnout was estimated at about 50 per cent in many areas, even before the polls closed.

Political parties reported that older people appeared to be voting Yes by a substantial majority although the vote was more evenly split among younger voters. They also said that a significant percentage of people who had not voted in 2008 had turned out this time to boost the Yes side.

Among the first to vote was President Mary McAleese, who cast her ballot in St Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park. The Taoiseach Brian Cowen, joined by his wife Mary, cast his vote at Mucklagh National School, Co Offaly.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny cast his vote in his home town of Castlebar, Co Mayo, while Labour leader Eamon Gilmore cast his ballot in Scoil Mhuire in Shankill, Co Dublin.

Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin cast his vote at St Patrick’s Hall in Monaghan town. Socialist Party MEP for Dublin Joe Higgins was in Huntstown School in Mulhuddart, Co Dublin, while Libertas leader Declan Ganley, accompanied by his family, cast his ballot at Brierfield National School in Tuam, Co Galway.

The ballot boxes will be opened at 9am today at counting centres in all 43 constituencies. Each constituency will forward its results to the central count centre in Dublin Castle where the result will be formally announced this evening.

© 2009 The Irish Times

quarta-feira, 30 de setembro de 2009


The Prologue of "THE CANTERBURY TALES" in Middle English


The Prologue of "Beowulf" in Old English



sexta-feira, 28 de agosto de 2009


The Health Minister has this week lambasted the "anti-social behaviour" of potential swine flu sufferers who she says have shown a clear disregard for the health of fellow citizens. Following the "alert" issue by Ana Jorge, the Attorney-General's office released a statement explaining the spread of a contagious virus is punishable as a crime and carries prison sentence. The Portuguese Penal Code stipulates a prison term up to eight years for intentional contamination, while neglectent acts resulting in the contamination of others is punishable with a five-year jail sentence.

from The Portugal News, 15 Aug 2009


The Professional Footballers Union (SJPF) has this week publicly objected the Portuguese Football Federation's (FPF) plans of expediting citizenship for the Brazilian footballer Liedson, adding that they will be asking for a meeting with the chairman of the FPF and the national team's manager regarding the matter.
Joaquim Evangelista, chairman of the SJPF, said that Portuguese footballers are in danger of 'extinction' and that the FPF's intentions of providing citizenship to Liedson, in order to play for Portugal, will endanger the country's future as it will open the floodgates for other foreign players.
The prolific Sporting striker, seen by many as a solution to the national team's inability to convert their dominance on the pitch into goals, will become the third Brazilian to play for Portugal, following the footsteps of Deco and Pepe.
The SJPF said it has nothing against foreign players, but expressed concern that Portuguese footballers will lose value, which will finally lead to the loss of the national team's identity.
Evangelista says he needs to speak of the matter with Luís Figo and Carlos Godinho, sporting director of FPF, as figures suggest that there is a growing tendency of hiring foreign players, with fewer Portuguese athletes playing football, which in turn doesn't afford them the possibility of progressing in their careers.
His claims were made during the presentation of a study that looked into the use of foreign players in the 2008/09 season, showing that 55 percent of players competing in the First League were foreigners, one of the highest ratio's in Europe, second only to England.
The study also showed that club teams favour older players (46 percent) aged between 24 and 28 years old. Rio Ave was the team with most Portuguese players, whilst Nacional da Madeira were on the opposite end of the list.
The analysis was made of thirty European leagues and Portugal came second when it comes to foreign players competing in the top league of the country (53.7 percent), beaten only by England, which has 59.1percent of non-national players.
from The Portugal News, 8 Aug 2009

segunda-feira, 8 de junho de 2009





quinta-feira, 21 de maio de 2009

Cascais Environmental Problems


By Vera Beja and Vera Serra Lopes (also known as Vera Pepper)

Cascais Environmental Problems


By Carolina Camões, Carolina Marques, Carolina Pontes and Joana Rodrigues

Cascais Environmental Problems


By Pedro Ribeiro and Constantin Groza

quinta-feira, 7 de maio de 2009

sexta-feira, 1 de maio de 2009

quarta-feira, 29 de abril de 2009

quinta-feira, 16 de abril de 2009

domingo, 29 de março de 2009


The Irish have a philosophical, humorous acceptance of the misfortunes of life, summed up by the phrase 'ah, sure, it could be worse'.


In life, there are only two things to worry about -
Either you are well or you are sick.
If you are well, there is nothing to worry about,
But if you are sick, there are only two things to worry about -
Either you will get well or you wiil die.
If you get well, there is nothing to worry about,
But if you die, there are only two things to worry about -
Either you will go to heaven or to hell.
If you go to heaven, there is nothing to worry about.
And if you go to hell, you'll be so busy shaking hands with all your friends
You won't have time to worry!


sexta-feira, 13 de março de 2009


I am a dreaming girl who loves to sing
I wonder what will happen in the future
I hear a howl in the night
I see a dark grey wolf starring at me
I want to be like him to be able to protect the ones I love
I am a dreaming girl who loves to sing

I pretend to be a wild animal
I feel the wind on my skin
I touch the ground feeling its strength
I worry if I’ll become a prey
I cry in order to be a stranger
I am a dreaming girl who loves to sing

I understand the pain of living
I say we’re all the same
I dream about being able to fly
I try to be myself
I hope my voice will reach the others
I am a dreaming girl who loves to sing
Raquel Godinho (11º ano E)

I am a girl who has a dream
I wonder how large the Universe is
I hear the sound of the Ocean
I see an angel, far away
I am a girl who has a dream

I pretend to cross the world
I feel the world between my fingers
I touch my soul, a fantasy
I worry about the future, it concerns me
I cry because I’m far away
I am a girl who has a dream

I understand the meaning of sadness
I say that love happens
I dream about walking on the moon
I hope to be free
I am a girl who has a dream
Ana Carolina Marques (11º ano E)

I am a girl who loves to live and to be alive
I wonder if God really exists
I hear the sound of a broken string
I see my twin soul in the paradise
I want you close to me
I am a girl who loves to live and to be alive

I pretend to love people around me
I feel you’re thinking about me
I touch your angel face
I worry about the environment
I cry for the future of our children
I am agirl who loves to live and to be alive

I understand it is not easy to survive on these days
I say people are all equal but different
I dream about the days everyone can express his own culture
I try to understand suicide
I hope not to try to do it
I am a girl who loves to live and to be alive
Joana Fernandes (11º ano E)

quinta-feira, 5 de março de 2009

William Shakespeare - Sonnet XVIII

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd:
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

David Gilmore - Sonnet XVIII (William Shakespeare)

terça-feira, 3 de março de 2009

Linkin Park - "What I've done"

In this farewell
There's no blood, there's no alibi
'Cause I've drawn regret
Fromthe truth of a thousad lies

So let mercy come
And wash away
What I've done

I'll face myself
To cross out what I've become
Erase myself
And let go of what I've done

Put to rest
What you thought of me
While I clean this slate
With the hands of uncertainty


Radiohead - "Fake Plastic Trees"

A green plastic watering can
For a fake Chinese rubber plant
In the fake plastic earth
That she bought from a rubber man
In a town full of rubber plants
To get rid of itself

And it wears him out, it wears him out
It wears him out, it wears him out

She lives with a broken man
A cracked polystyrene man
Who just crumbles and burns
He used to do surgery
On girls in the eighties
But gravity always wins

It waers her out, it wears her out
It wears her out, it wears her out