Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Why Should The U.S. Care About The Azores?

I just walked by a co-workers office, and he asked me if I had heard of the Azores. I said I knew it was an island, but I didn't know much more about it. Apparently, a lot of people don't know much about them. But, according to this article from OJornal.com, we should know more about them:

"Rep. Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) said his two-day trip to the Azores this week was probably the most productive ever. On Monday and Tuesday, he met with numerous Azorean officials to further strengthen the cooperation efforts being developed between Massachusetts and the Portuguese archipelago.

The legislator also hand-delivered to President Carlos César of the Regional Government of Azores an official copy of the "state sister" protocol signed by César and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick last August.

"It was a continuation of the goals we started last year," Rep. Rodrigues said. "We don't want this protocol and sister agreement to sit idle. We want to continually work one step at a time to move the ball forward to continue to develop a strong economic, cultural and academic relationship with the Azores."

Rep. Rodrigues was accompanied on this trip by his legislative aide Pedro Amaral and Dr. Frank Sousa, director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Dartmouth.

The group met with Andre Bradford, secretary of the presidency of the Regional Government, and discussed the establishment of a center in the Azores to study climate change.

In addition to UMass Dartmouth and the University Azores, two other European and a New Jersey universities are interested in taking part in the project, said Rep. Rodrigues.

"We have this vision of a location where scientists around the world studying global warming and climate change can convene meetings once or twice a year to come together to discuss their scientific research," he said. "We'd like that to be located somewhere in the Azores because it makes the most sense. It's half way between North America and Europe."

To continue reading the rest of this article, go to this page on OJornal.com.


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