Yamandu Costa was born in Brazil, where he began his guitar studies with his father when he was 7 years old. Later, he perfected his technique with Argentine virtuoso Lúcio Yanel. Until the age of 15, Yamandu's only music school was the folk music he heard from the south of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. He eventually began to study the music of renowned Brazilian musicians such as Baden Powell, Tom Jobim, and Raphael Rabello. When he was 17, he played for the first time in São Paulo at Circuito Cultural Banco do Brasil, which led to his immediate recognition as one of the most gifted guitar players in Brazil.
Now generally regarded as one of the foremost performers of Brazilian music, Yamandu's performances reveal the deep intimacy between him and his guitar. His music does not fit into a single music style; rather, he has created his own. His gave a memorable performance as part of the 92nd Street Y Guitar Marathon in 2008. His performance on the NYCCGS Concert Series will be his first full solo concert in the United States. (("... an incredible facility on the instrument ... Yamandu Costa is a very special musician."- Classical Guitar magazine))
Members of the New York Brazilian Portuguese Meetup group will get 10% off the ticket price for this concert. Check http://www.meetup.com/BrazilianPortuguese for more details.
For more information, check: http://www.yamandu.com.br
To buy tickets, check https://web.ovationtix.com or 646-312-5073 or 866-811-4111.
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave (at 25th St)
New York, NY 10010
Yara Aquino and Renata Giraldi Reporters Agência Brasil
Brasília – As threats of further sanctions against Iran are aired in the United States and Europe because of its nuclear program, president Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, at the BRICS summit in India, reproved what she called “rhetorical protests,” saying that what was needed were dialogue and peaceful negotiations. In comments made at the close of the 4th BRICS summit, Dilma warned of the danger of aggravated tensions due to more restrictions on Iran.
“Brazil does not agree with rhetorical protests that raise the temperature of the discussion. We consider the measures blocking Iran’s ability to make purchases extremely dangerous, even though we do not have commercial relations with them. Now the fact is that other countries do and the purchases are important,” Dilma declared, adding that Brazil is in favor of nuclear research for peaceful purposes and defends Iran’s right to a nuclear program.
In other comments, Dilma condemned “indiscriminate sanctions in Palestine that only deteriorate relations as a whole.”
With regard to Syria, Dilma said that Brazil supported the Kofi Annan mission that was sponsored by the Arab League and the United Nations and its efforts to obtain a ceasefire and the creation of a humanitarian corridor.
Iolando Lourenço Reporter Agência Brasil
Brasília – The 2014 World Soccer Cup law (“Lei Geral da Copa”) approved yesterday, March 28, by the Chamber of Deputies, liberates the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages during soccer games by not prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Specifically, the bill suspends Article 13 of the Soccer Fan Statute ("Estatuto do Torcedor") that prohibits alcoholic beverages at Brazilian soccer games. The statute is a federal law from 2003. The anti-drinking provisions date from 2010 but never really went into effect because they lacked appropriate legislation (“regulamentação”). Even so, some five states do have state laws prohibiting alcoholic beverages at soccer games. Therefore, the bill allows FIFA to negotiate with those states and any other states with informal prohibitions. FIFA did not include such negotiations in its executive power-plan for managing the 2014 World Cup.
The bill that will become law and govern the country for a couple of weeks in the middle of the year 2014 will also permit state governors to decree holidays on days when World Cup games take place in their states. And, last but not least, the federal government will decree national holidays on the days that Brazil’s national soccer team plays.
Allen Bennett – translator/editor The News in English – content modified
Luana Lourenço Reporter Agência Brasil
Brasília – On February 29, the United States announced it was suspending the a contract worth $355 million to purchase 20 Super Tucano (AT-6) aircraft made by the Brazilian aerospace firm, Embraer. The Super Tucano was selected in a competitive bidding process. Most of the aircraft would have been built in Florida, by Embraer and an American partner, Sierra Nevada Corporation.
On March 2, Under Secretary of State, William Burns, was in Brasilia and told Brazilian authorities that the problem was “administrative,” that is, involving documents, meaning the deal faced legal questions (sub judice). Burns said those problems would be resolved quickly.
However, it is known that an American aircraft manufacturer, Hawker Beechcraft, also questioned the deal with Embraer. Its headquarters is in Kansas and Republican congressmen have criticized the deal because it would mean a loss of jobs in Kansas and, perhaps, the closing of a aviation manufacturing center in Wichita. Hawker Beechcraft has reportedly gone to court to contest the decision by the US Air Force to buy the Super Tucanos. All this is a delicate issue in a presidential election year in the United States.
At the same time that the Super Tucano deal was put on hold, both Brazilian and American authorities quickly denied any connection between that deal and the long-pending Brazilian decision on new fighter jets. Brazil should soon select a manufacturer for 36 jets among American Boeing, French Dassault and Swiss Saab options. That deal is worth many billions of dollars.
President Dilma Rousseff is scheduled to visit Washington between April 9 and 11, for a meeting with Barack Obama (exactly a year ago the American president was in Brazil).
The presidents will discuss an ambitious program under which Brazil intends to send thousands to study in American universities (“Ciência sem Fronteiras”), along with cooperation in energy and trade questions.
Allen Bennett – translator/editor The News in English
Elaine Patricia Cruz Reporter Agência Brazil
São Paulo – “The upcoming April Summit of the Americas in Colombia must be the very last that Cuba does not participate in,” declared Hector Timerman, the Argentine Foreign Minister, following a meeting in São Paulo with Antonio Patriota, the Brazilian Foreign Minister.
“Cuba needs to be a part of the Summit of the Americas simply because it is supposed to be a Summit of the Americas,” added Timerman.
Patriota went on to say that the exclusion of Cuba has just gone on longer than a reasonable length of time. “It must be recalled that president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the same thing at the last summit he attended: ‘This should be the last summit that Cuba does not attend.’ However, Cuba will not be in Colombia, continues to be excluded from Summits of the Americas and we are not happy about it.”
Besides the summit and Cuba, Patriota and Timermam also discussed the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands. Argentina recently accused England of sending nuclear weapons to the islands and using them as a military base to control the South Atlantic.
“We – and the region as a whole - reaffirm our firm and unequivocal support for Argentine sovereignty over the islands,” declared Patriota.
The issue will be discussed at the next meeting of the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone in Montevideo. At that meeting it is expected that Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay will be joined by African nations in the South Atlantic region. “We are certain that all the countries in the Peace Zone will support Argentina’s position,” declared Timermam.
The two ministers also discussed a visit by Argentine technicians to the rocket launch base of Alcântara, in the state of Maranhão, this week (on March 15), as part of a bilateral effort to reactivate exchange programs between the two nation-neighbors.
Marcos Chagas Reporter Agência Brasil
Brasília – When the president of Brazil’s allies in Congress get restless they vote against the government. That has happened to Dilma Rousseff twice. The first time was when over 400 out of 513 deputies in the Lower House voted against the administration’s Land Use Law (“Codigio Florestal”) at the end of last year. It happened again this week for the first time in the Senate with a vote of 36 to 31, with one abstention, against the nomination of Bernardo Figueiredo, for the position of director-general of the National Agency of Land Transportation (“ANTT”). Figueiredo was formerly a close aide to president Dilma who has been handling the Rio-São Paulo high-speed train project that the government wants very much to get moving.
Senator Romero Jucá (PMDB-RR), the leader of the government in the Senate, commenting on the defeat of the nomination of Figueiredo, put it this way: “The administration will have to make up for this loss. And although the PMDB, as the biggest party in the Senate, had the most votes against the government it can be seen from the many votes against in other parties that you are dealing with generalized dissatisfaction across the board in all the parties and it is a situation that will demand special attention.”
According to Jucá, talks to calm the restless congressional base can begin as soon as the government makes an appointment. He added that the minister of Institutional Relations, Ideli Salvetti, will participate in any such talks.
The government has been aware of growing discontent among allied senators from various parties for some time, Jucá revealed. Party leaders communicate constantly with the administration regarding complaints by members, he explained, passing along problems with access to ministers and unanswered telephone calls, for example. There are also requests for jobs at the state level and delays regarding what Jucá called euphemistically “budgetary matters” (“questões orçamentárias”) [translation: money].
The leader of the PCdoB (Communist Party of Brazil), senator Inácio Arruda (CE), who voted against the government, said there was a communication problem. Along with Jucá, he said he was in favor of each political party having separate meetings with representatives of the government to discuss problems of individual members.
“There will always be a battle for territory within the government’s base for the simple reason that there is no single party capable of providing sufficient support,” said Arruda, adding that the territory being disputed is in the cabinet and in other positions at lower levels of government.
Meanwhile, the leader of the PT (Dilma Rousseff’s party), Walter Pinheiro (BA), declared that the moment is ripe for learning from the Figueiredo nomination defeat, time to open up channels of communication with allied political parties. He added it was a good moment to regroup.
That seems to be what senator Lindbergh Farias (PT-RJ) had in mind when he halted the progress of two other nominations for the ANTT to give time for the Senate to ponder the advice and consent process further and, perhaps, allow president Dilma an opportunity to make changes in the nominations if that is what she wants to do.
Newark, NJ – February 24, 2012 – The City of Newark and The Blood Center of New Jersey are partnering to hold a blood drive on Monday, February 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in front of City Hall, at 920 Broad Street in Newark. The Bloodmobile will be located in front of City Hall.
The drive is open to the public. Anyone who wishes to donate blood must bring signed identification, know their Social Security number, and weigh a minimum of 120 pounds. All donors will receive a $10 ShopRite gift card.
WHO: The City of Newark and The Blood Center of New Jersey.
WHEN: Monday, February 27
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: City Hall
920 Broad Street
For more information, contact:
Newark Press Information Office – (973) 733-8004.
The Blood Center of New Jersey: Brenda McEntyre-Saunders: (973) 676-4700, ext. 144
“The Newark Police Department was not involved in joint operations with the New York Police Department as was described in the disclosed NYPD report. What we are discovering appears to be an NYPD operation in our city that involved the blanket surveillance of Newark residents and workers based solely on the religion of those individuals. If this is in fact what happened, it is deeply disturbing to me and strikes against my fundamental beliefs as an American. If this is indeed what transpired, it is, I believe, a clear infringement on the core liberties of our citizenry. I strongly believe that we must be vigilant in protecting our citizens from crime and terrorism but to put large segments of a religious community under surveillance with no legitimate cause or provocation clearly crosses a line. My administration will call on the Attorney General's Office to investigate so that we can better understand what actually happened and why, as well as to ensure that our residents are protected from future infringements on civil liberties by law enforcement personnel from any jurisdiction.” - Cory Booker - Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Newark, NJ – February 22, 2012 – Mayor Cory A. Booker and Engineering Director Mehdi Mohammadish announced today that the City of Newark is installing new benches at 104 bus shelters throughout the City’s commercial corridors.
The benches are being installed by AR James Media of Allentown, New Jersey, which owns and maintains the shelters, at no cost to the City. The benches will be completed by June 2012. The benches are partially made of recycled material.
“We are determined to improve the quality of life in the City of Newark,” Mayor Booker said. “Providing benches at our bus stops extends our hospitality to everyone who rides a bus in Newark, resident and visitor alike. I commend the Department of Engineering on this program.”
“These benches are being installed at no cost to the City of Newark,” said Director Mohammadish. “So we are improving our street furniture and quality of life, without burdening taxpayers.”
Under the Booker administration, the Department of Engineering has begun a vigorous program of improving the City’s infrastructure. The City of Newark is close to completing the largest park expansion and rehabilitation initiative in more than a century. On July 28, 2009, Newark opened Nat Turner Park, the largest city-owned park. Through public-private partnerships, the City was able to secure $40 million for the parks initiative, in collaboration with GreenSpaces, a public/private partnership, and the Trust for Public Land. Thus far, the City has completed new parks and fields at St. Peter’s Park, Kasberger Field, Boys Park, First Street and Thomas Silk Parks, Ironbound B Field, and, in cooperation with Newark Public Schools, has built a new athletic complex at Weequahic High School. Parks have been renovated in every ward throughout the City.
In May 2008, the Department of Engineering won the New Jersey Concrete Committee’s Merit Award in the Decorative Category for the first phase of the Broad Street Streetscaping, which saw massive renovations to denote the historic nature of the historic “Four Corners” intersection at Broad and Market Streets. The project reconstructed sidewalks, created fence panels, installed new street furniture and traffic lights to promote pedestrian safety.
In November 2009, the Department won the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers Honor Place Award in the Municipal Construction Management Projects “F” Category for the first phase of the Ferry Street Streetscaping Project. The $1.9 million project, funded by the City of Newark and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, was a partnership with the Ironbound Business Improvement District, designed to enhance the Ironbound’s central artery and gateway to businesses and restaurants in the East Ward, as well as improve safety conditions for pedestrians crossing the busy thoroughfares. Under the program, state-of-the-art sidewalks with planters and decorative lighting were placed down Ferry Street from Union to Madison Streets. These sidewalks improved safety for motorists and pedestrians. The project also reconstructed sidewalks, utilities and drainage, created fence panels and utilized already existing bike paths. New street furniture, signage and traffic lights also enhanced safety for pedestrians.
The Department of Engineering has also undertaken a number of pedestrian safety improvements, highlighted by “Project Red Light,” a partnership with the Police Department, the Municipal Court, and RedFlex Systems. This automated photo enforcement system snaps pictures of license plates of cars that run red lights at key intersections and automatically sends tickets to the cars’ owners. Operating since December 2009, this system has made these intersections safer for both motorists and pedestrians.
The Department has also launched a comprehensive rehabilitation of the City’s Recreation centers, Police precincts, firehouses, and other facilities. At the same time, the Department of Engineering has opened new repair facilities for City-owned vehicles, added environmentally-friendly electric cars to its motor fleet, launched green initiatives, and is continuing the restoration of historic City Hall.
For information on all City of Newark programs and policies, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.