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Beyond #MeToo, Brazilian women rise up against racism and sexism

Women’s empowerment recently got a big boost at the Golden Globes, but the United States isn’t the only place having a feminist revival. In 2015, two years before the #MeToo campaign got Americans talking about sexual harassment, Brazilian feminists launched #MeuPrimeiroAssedio, or #MyFirstHarrassment. In its first five days, the hashtag racked up 82,000 tweets detailing the chronic sexual harassment of women in this South American nation. It soon spread across Latin America in Spanish translation as #MiPrimerAcoso. The viral success of #MeuPrimeiroAssedio spurred a spate of social media activism in Brazil, where despite decades of feminist efforts gender inequality remains deeply entrenched. With #MeuAmigoSecreto – #MyAnonymousFriend – women documented misogyny on the streets and at work. Tagging #MeuQueridoProfessor – #MyDearTeacher – university students outed sexism in the classroom. And when the weekly news magazine Veja described the wife of Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, a..

Cubans love Russian classics, Soviet cinema, says deputy minister of culture

HAVANA, January 12. /TASS/. The Cubans know Russian classical literature, ballet, theater, and films well enough and love it, the Cuban Deputy Minister of Culture, Fernando Rojas told TASS on Thursday. "From the 1960’s through the 1980’s, Cuban-Russian cultural relations developed at a fantastic rate," he said. "The Weeks of Soviet Cinema were held in this country regularly. Many works of Russian and Soviet literature were published and Soviet performers came here quite frequently." "Unfortunately, Russian-Cuban cultural relations saw a sharp curtailment after the disintegration of the USSR and there were very few cultural exchanges between our two countries from 1991 and until the beginning of the 2000’s," Rojas said. Cultural ties got a reset in 2009 after a visit to Russia by Cuban Prime Minister Raul Castro. The two sides signed an important agreement in the sphere of culture then. "At this moment, our relations are at a very point level once again," Rojas said. "We maintain perman..

Spiritual Tours of Mexico Announces 2018 Trips

Albuquerque, NM, Jan. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sacred Tours of Mexico, a leading immersion tour provider, announces its 2018 offerings: Mexico City: See the Sights & Feed Your Soul from June 16 – 22. This tour will be an immersion into ancient, colonial and modern history, art and architecture. Highlights include staying in the Historic Centre of Mexico City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; climbing the pyramids of Teotihuacan; exploring the floating gardens of Xochimilco; exploring Templo Mayor; bringing the past into the present with a ceremony with a local curandero, a temazcal (sweat bath), and much more.Xalapa, Veracruz: Dia de los Muertos from October 26 – November 1. Experience an immersion into the indigenous traditions of Día de los Muertos and find your connection to your ancestors. Highlights include seeing Day of the Dead altars from cultures across the state of Veracruz, experiencing Day of the Dead ceremonies at a local cemetery, touring the Pyramids of El Tajín, a UNES..

Former Brown Deer standout Jake Schimenz starring as professional football player in Brazil

Former Brown Deer standout Jake Schimenz playing for Tomahawk, a professional football team in Brazil.(Photo: Submitted) Jake Schimenz had a goal to play professional sports overseas. He figured if an opportunity arose, it would be through baseball, the sport he played in college. But conversations with fellow athletes at Sterling College led the former Brown Deer High School standout to realize there could be opportunities to play professional football. Schimenz began emailing highlight film and a sales pitch to teams across the world. A Brazilian football team was the first to express interest, and Schimenz was soon off to begin his professional career with Tomahawk in the town of Limeira. "I really had no expectations," Schimenz said. "I had no idea what to think of football overseas. I didn't know what the competition would be like." Schimenz was a multi-sport standout in baseball, basketball, football and track and field at Brown Deer. He was a two-time All-State infielde..

The Analytics Guy Failed to Compute One Thing: How to Be Accepted in Mexico

Advertisement HAGERSTOWN, Md. — On a wintry night in December, Anton Dahbura sat on his couch, transfixed by a baseball game 2,000 miles away in Mexico. He winced and shuffled notes. A few times, he yelled at three computer and television screens streaming the game. “Wait,” he exclaimed nervously as the manager of the team he was closely following trudged to the mound. “What’s he doing?” Few baseball fans in the United States were even aware of the game he was obsessing over: Charros de Jalisco versus Venados de Mazatlán. But to Dahbura, a data analytics consultant hired by the Charros, it was like Game 7 of the World Series, and his frustration mounted as detailed scouting reports he had prepared were overlooked once again. “It can be infuriating,” said Dahbura, who also leads a research group in baseball analytics at Johns Hopkins University. “There are times we send down specific information and it just gets ignored.” Dahbura, it turns out, is in the middle of a familiar clash betwe..

Latin America's literature, history, and culture show that we must find our own managerial...

Any attempt to increase Latin America’s productivity should adapt managerial ideas to the Latin American character rather than the other way around, argues Alfredo Behrens (FIA Business School, São Paulo). To find out more, join the author for the launch of his book Gaucho Dialogues on Leadership and Management at Canning House, London, on 23 January 2018. There are many explanations for why Latin America has lagged behind regional leader the United States for over a century. One might point to our recurrent macroeconomic crises, our lower educational level, and our poorer health services. Then there are the poor credit facilities, deficient infrastructure, and weak institutions foregrounded by economists. But these are not explanations but rather expressions of poor productivity, which relates to the way we are organised for work in the broadest sense: the geographical distribution of our populations, huddled in a few large cities along the coastlines; the disenfranchisement of large..

Scientists Name Seven New Spider Species Found in Brazil After Famous Spiders in Pop...

For long, there has been a discussion on how science and technology influence popular culture, including films and books. Simultaneously, there is a strong influence that popular or ‘pop’ culture seems to have on science. An evidence of this is the fact that researchers have taken a liking for naming their new discoveries after popular film and TV series characters, or media personalities and politicians. This enables the researchers to cash in on the pop culture icons and also make science more interesting for people. The latest example of this the news that seven new spider species have been named after all the spiders in pop culture, including Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, to name a few. New Constellations Named After Harry Potter, Serena Williams, Malala Yousafzai; Aim to Get More People Interested in Science Scientists have named seven new spider species found in the caves in Pará, a state in northern Brazil after spiders in fantasy and pop culture. These i..

The World's Best Places to Retire 2018

By Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher: International Living For 38 years, International Living has been researching and reporting about retirement and lifestyle opportunities overseas…the places where money goes the farthest, climate is best, culture and food is most interesting, healthcare is high-quality and affordable, and life just moves at a generally slower, easier pace. We’ve been writing for International Living for 17 of those 38 years, and as it happens, we’re very familiar with many of the destinations that top the newly released 2018 Global Retirement Index, because we’ve lived in several of them and repeatedly visited and reported on most of the others. In fact, we were married in this year’s top retirement destination, Costa Rica, back in 1997, and we’ve been back nearly every year since. The Index itself lists all the reasons Costa Rica came out on top for 2018, and we agree with every one…especially the part about pura vida. It’s the country’s unofficial slogan, and it mean..

Exploring the History of Afro-Mexicans

About all that Mara Sanchez Renero knew about Afro-Mexicans was that they existed. And even that did not prepare her for the surprise she felt when she visited one of their communities in the Mexican state of Guerrero in 2014. There, during a ceremonial dance with African roots known as the Dance of the Devil, she encountered scores of Afro-Mexicans. “There was another dance that is like a courtship between a man and woman, with very smooth music,” said Ms. Sanchez Renero, who was born in Mexico and spent a decade studying in Barcelona, Spain, where she studied photography. “And the people, so many people. I had been told that in one area they arrived a long time ago when a boat had capsized. That story stayed with me. I had not known the story of slavery and the importance of blacks in Mexico. I found this story, and my ignorance.” That realization led her to look at a community that had long been denied recognition by the Mexican government. They date back to the colonial era when t..

Argentina secures FTA World Cup coverage

Public broadcaster Televisión Pública Argentina will live broadcast 32 games of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer.While it continues cutting back the broadcaster’s budget in other areas, the Sistema Federal de Medios y Contenidos Públicos has paid $8 million to secure the World Cup’s free-to-air coverage.According to Hernán Lombardi, Minister for Culture, speaking to the newspaper La Nación, the budget doesn’t include production expenses yet, as the broadcaster has still to define the coverage strategy. “In financial terms, we expect to profit from the deal,” said Lombardi, explaining that it is expected to invoice between $10-12 million through advertising. The rights include all the games of Argentina’s national team, led by Leo Messi and Sergio Agüero, as well as the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final, among other matches. Televisión Pública Argentina, which also broadcast the Brazil 2014 World Cup, will share the rights with DirecTV, which is to air all 64 games of ..

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