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I agree. The law that prevents the free distribution of plastic bags does not represent an environmental solution as the idea behind the prohibition intended to provide.

To be fair, I also tend to agree with certain relevant facts exposed by the other side of the debate, especially those related to the short and long-term effects resulting from their use. However, at the moment, I think there is a fundamental problem in the way the law is being applied - its elitist character and the commercial abuse.

And, after all, we do not see the necessary changes resulting from the regulation and the central problems still remain...

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Definitely not! I agree that compulsory voting can be seen as infringing a civil right - freedom of expression and of speech by the citizen.

Mandatory electoral participation appears to be a solution to control low turnout, giving us a increased sense of a representative government and of a legitimate election. Just that.

Understanding politics and some sort of engagement seem vital. However, there are several other ways that work more effectively to improve democracy than obligatory attendance to polling stations.

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It seems to me this issue is more serious than we usually tend to consider.

Young people are engaging in sexual experiences very early these days, frequently with insufficient orientation to defend themselves against the related risks. When we look at the teen pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted diseases, for instance, it makes sense to have this particular type of education in the school curriculum.

Many parents find such talk uneasy and all these issues can be properly and smartly dealt within an educational setting by professionals.

Knowing more about such a crucial topic makes difference and sometimes can be life-altering

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Whatever can be said about plagiarism - a very touchy issue - I really do not think its practice can gain a formal acceptance. The word by itself almost instinctively sounds to us as cheating!

However, I agree that there are several practical angles of the subject that make us review our certainties. One must consider that an important benefit from spreading the access to information (as, for instance, the Internet technology has permitted) is the possibility of gathering knowledge and using it when necessary. Paradoxically, the usage is condemned as plagiarism.

It seems to me that, in order to tackle the problem properly, we should include an educational perspective as a more effective strategy than treating the matter only from a regulation point of view. People must first discuss and recognize the practice of plagiarism. Only then they would be able to assess its potentiality as a crime.

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The Olympic Games will be hosted by a South American country for the very first time. After years of arduous efforts and planning, Brazil was finally declared able to host what is considered as the major international sporting event of the world.

As soon as the announcement was made, at the same time that we could see many people celebrating, supporting and welcoming this extraordinary sign of progress, we could also notice many other skeptical people expressing concerns about the event and the earnestness of its organization. For them, the better would be to keep one close eye on it in order to avoid lack of transparency and corruption on different levels.

Despite these highly controversial issues, the truth is that the competition for hosting an iconic sporting tournament, as the Olympics, became a political and economic battlefield between countries, very often with presidents and leaders of nations personally attending. The victory guarantees to the winner a tremendous boost to the economy and a spectrum of huge positive impacts. Aside the increased prestige and global influence in the international community, it means a great opportunity for businesses of all sizes and sectors.

One of the main reasons behind the International Olympic Committee decision on bringing the games to Brazil in 2016 is its successful history of hosting international sporting events - for instance, Pan American Games in 1963 and 2007, in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, respectively, with many thousands of competitors and spectators.

The concrete results of those events proved definitely Brazil's ability to carry out the demanding tasks involved in such significant competitions: political commitment and capacity to organize the infrastructure required, apart from other important qualities as natural taste for sports and numerous tourist attractions to seduce visitors.

Brazil and the host city, Rio de Janeiro, can benefit considerably from the Olympics in several ways. It is especially worth mentioning some major impacts on infrastructural investments and tourism (arrivals and receipts), not only during the games, but including the periods before and after the competitions. Thus, the impacts assessments should consider benefits from the construction phase of the project as improvements of venues, facilities and transport infrastructure that also will provide value for many years after the games, that is, the long-term legacy for future generations.

Additionally, one could expect significant effects on employment rates, with jobs creation in a range of areas - industries (that supply visitors, athletes, officials and media professionals needs) and services related to the increased tourism levels (hotels, restaurants and entertainment, for example).

With regard to specific matters more related to sports practice, there are other important benefits to be considered. For instance, the ambition for winning upgrades performances to meet the competition top levels and, consequently, stimulates investments on planning and technology development, among other substantial results.

The potential combination of all these effects is very complex to determine and assess through numbers, nevertheless the benefits are highly expected. Still, it may be too early to identify the sum of direct and indirect impacts from staging of the games, then we can only speculate on them. However, the fact is that Olympics are an amazing project full of opportunities from an economic, social and cultural point of view. Of course, it implies responsabilities and risks as well. After all, we live in the context of a global economy, where image and reputation are crucial questions. As a consequence, the whole world will be watching how our country deals with security, human rights and integration of civil society, just to mention some major issues.

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This issue has been treated in ways that stir up a lot of controversies, and consensus is difficult to reach in discussions with so many different views on the subject.

However, and more importantly, the limited opportunities given to the poorer segments of society to access higher education result from an unfair system of competition. Therefore, proposals are necessary to promote social equality.

Even though the measure is not the key to solve all the demanding cases, quota systems, at least, can bring justice to some students who, otherwise, could never attend such education. And this makes a difference.

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