Wednesday, 14 May 2008

“ECHOES FROM THE ANGOLAN PRESS”






A NOTE TO THIS BLOG’S ENGLISH READERS

As you might have noticed, for the last few weeks I have been posting here a series titled “Ecos da Imprensa Angolana.” Since I’ve received a few enquiries about it, let me explain what it is about:

It contains full transcripts of selected articles published in Angolan newspapers, which I have been receiving weekly from Luanda. Most of them are taken from the weekly private/independent papers (there is only one daily paper in Angola – the state-owned Jornal de Angola). Some of them can be found online (e.g. Jornal de Angola, Semanario Angolense and Jornal Angolense – their links are at the bottom of this page), others not. Online access can be free in some cases, restricted in others. Some publish online the full contents of their paper versions, others don’t.

I intended this series primarily to serve those Angolans and other Portuguese-speakers outside the country who might have limited and/or irregular access to the Angolan media. However, I trust that speakers of other languages will be able to resort to the existing online translators, if so interested.

Let me take this opportunity to bring to your attention an update to a story carried in the last two posts of this series, which some of you might have also come across in the international media, namely the alleged mugging on stage of American “rapper” 50 Cent, during a music event in Luanda. The article that follows, which I translated from the original in Portuguese, is published in the current edition of Semanario Angolense:

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?
50 Cent recovers necklace


The necklace supposedly robbed from 50 Cent on April 30th, during a show in Luanda, has already been returned to his legitimate owner, it can be read in the news section of the MTV channel website (www.mtv.com). Citing a statement by a member of 50 Cent’s band, G-Unit, to another website (www.tmz.com), according to which “the necklace is back on 50 Cent’s neck”, the article does not present any details about how the piece, estimated to be worth around USD 2 million, was recovered.

Still according to that MTV news article, signed by Gil Kaufman, the artist’s spokesperson at Interscope Records said to The New York Times that “50 Cent’s necklace was recovered.” Meanwhile, at the artist’s site (www.thisis50.com) the supposed mugger, named as Bruno Carvalho, is not mentioned as having snatched the diamond encrusted piece. Instead, it is said that security at the event was precarious, which allowed some fans to get too close to the artist, having one of them “tried to grab 50 Cent’s necklace”.








A NOTE TO THIS BLOG’S ENGLISH READERS

As you might have noticed, for the last few weeks I have been posting here a series titled “Ecos da Imprensa Angolana.” Since I’ve received a few enquiries about it, let me explain what it is about:

It contains full transcripts of selected articles published in Angolan newspapers, which I have been receiving weekly from Luanda. Most of them are taken from the weekly private/independent papers (there is only one daily paper in Angola – the state-owned Jornal de Angola). Some of them can be found online (e.g. Jornal de Angola, Semanario Angolense and Jornal Angolense – their links are at the bottom of this page), others not. Online access can be free in some cases, restricted in others. Some publish online the full contents of their paper versions, others don’t.

I intended this series primarily to serve those Angolans and other Portuguese-speakers outside the country who might have limited and/or irregular access to the Angolan media. However, I trust that speakers of other languages will be able to resort to the existing online translators, if so interested.

Let me take this opportunity to bring to your attention an update to a story carried in the last two posts of this series, which some of you might have also come across in the international media, namely the alleged mugging on stage of American “rapper” 50 Cent, during a music event in Luanda. The article that follows, which I translated from the original in Portuguese, is published in the current edition of Semanario Angolense:

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?
50 Cent recovers necklace


The necklace supposedly robbed from 50 Cent on April 30th, during a show in Luanda, has already been returned to his legitimate owner, it can be read in the news section of the MTV channel website (www.mtv.com). Citing a statement by a member of 50 Cent’s band, G-Unit, to another website (www.tmz.com), according to which “the necklace is back on 50 Cent’s neck”, the article does not present any details about how the piece, estimated to be worth around USD 2 million, was recovered.

Still according to that MTV news article, signed by Gil Kaufman, the artist’s spokesperson at Interscope Records said to The New York Times that “50 Cent’s necklace was recovered.” Meanwhile, at the artist’s site (www.thisis50.com) the supposed mugger, named as Bruno Carvalho, is not mentioned as having snatched the diamond encrusted piece. Instead, it is said that security at the event was precarious, which allowed some fans to get too close to the artist, having one of them “tried to grab 50 Cent’s necklace”.



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