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Issue: # 6 JUNE/2010

Sonia and Diego
Welcome to our fifth issue. We help you stay in touch with the latest news, events and travel information related to your favorite little town in Brazil.  Every month we will strive to bring you some useful and interesting information.  Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would enjoy it.
American 767American Airlines Direct to Brasilia
Starting November 18th, American Airlines will start offering a new flight direct from Miami to Brasilia 4 times a week as well as new flights from New York to Rio.    American now Join's Delta and TAP as the only international airlines outside South America with direct flights to Brasilia.  Currently Delta and TAP fly to Brasilia from Atlanta and Lisbon respectively.

The new flights will be use a Boeing 757 with 182 seats. Of these, 16 are for executive class and 166 for coach. and  will depart Miami four times a week: Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.


SPECIAL FEATURE - Medium Joao's Birthday
On Friday June 24th, the casa celebrated Medium Joao's Birthday.  After the long lines through the current and some wonderful healing experiences were done, we all reconvened in the parking lot across the street from the casa, along with thousands of Abadiania residents who joined the festivities.

The parking lot was transformed into a large party hall with a full stage for speeches and musical performances.   A full stage lighting setup as well as makeshift street lighting helped create the mood.  There were food tents sponsored by the Pousada owners to feed the guests.  In the back of the parking lot,  a large tent housed a few dozens of Medium Joao's closest friends and the casa staff and volunteers.  In this area was also the four large birthday cakes that would be shred with all the guests. All the cakes put together were over 16 feet long (4.8 meters.) 

After the speeches by various officials and the casa manager, Medium Joao said a few words followed by cheers and applause.   A spectacular fireworks display followed  lighting the Abadiania sky for twenty minutes or more.  The last fireworks rocket was actually tied to a wire and traveled sideways to light the top of the 20 ft bonfire that was set up by the Taxi Drivers.  It was quite dramatic.  The Fire burned for hours after the official celebration was over.

Medium Joao made his way to the back tent waling through the crowd and seemed to enjoy himself talking to friends hugging and laughing a lot.   Government officials, local authorities, friends and family alike enjoyed a wonderful evening celebrating the life of this most amazing man who from his humble beginnings has managed to make a difference in the lives of so many people.

Guava Goiaba
Goiaba also known as Guayaba in Spanish or Guava in English speaking countries are plants in the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) genus Psidium (meaning pomegranate in Latin.).  They are native to Mexico, central America and northern South America.  Their pungent flavor and aroma have made them a favorite of children and adults alike.  Their popularity is increasing all over the world.  Goiabas are consumed as a raw fruit, but more often they are used for juices, sauces, preserves, ice creams and sweets.

Nutritional Value.
Goiabas or Guavas are considered a superfruit.  They are rich in Vitamins A and C.  The seeds are rich in Omega 3 and omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and dietary fiber.   A single guava fruit contains more than four times the amount of vitamin C as a single orange as well as significant quantities of potassium and magnesium.  Although the nutrient contents vary according to the particular variety of guava you encounter.  These values are representative of  the most commonly available varieties.

Medical Uses.
Guavas, particularly the leaves have been the subject of research for pharmacological properties and history of use in folk medicine.    From preliminary medical research in laboratory models, extracts from guava leaves or bark are implicated in mechanisms against cancer, bacteria, infections, inflammation and pain.  Essential oils from the guava leaves display anti cancer activity in vitro.   Guava leaves are used in folk medicine as a remedy for diarrhea.  Leaves and the bark are used for their antimicrobial and astringent properties.

Click here to find Goiaba products

Finally, the loHealing Filmng awaited film by German director David Utenberg has been released.  This beautiful, touching and professional documentary about John of God and his work has won the prestigious Angel award in 2008  and has been making its way through the intricacies of the international film distribution market.  For now the film has only been released for European or Brazilian customers.  The version that has been released is in PAL format and is not compatible with the NTSC system used in the United States.  That version will be released soon

EUROPE - To purchase the European (PAL) version of this film in Germany Click Here.
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Diego & Sonia
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