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Some Bay Area businesses are confused amid the reopening of coronavirus



Some Bay Area businesses are confused amid the reopening of coronavirus

Jason Tripp has a distillery in the city that was once a surfer-friendly city in San Mateo County. Since mid-March, he has been selling vodka, gin and rum crafts, as well as commodities in high demand – hand sanitizers – to local storefront customers.

It all ended May 5, when the city police chief sent an email to Tripp asking him to turn it off.

Tripp has since vocally described himself as the victim of an arbitrary government fatwa, trying to tell his story to anyone who will listen. He sent a message about his situation to the Los Angeles Times tip line, and ABC San Francisco affiliation, KGO-TV, aired a story about his fate last week.

“Why is it okay to go to the store and buy alcohol but it’s not good to stay outside and buy from a shop window?” he said Wednesday, speaking from his shop.

The Tripp situation, and the situation of other Bay Area business owners, was not resolved on Wednesday when San Mateo and other Bay Area counties announced their intention to relax some orders in an effort to get closer to the country. Tripp is not sure whether the new order means he can reopen.

A regional spokesman did not help clarify the issue.

“I think we will delay answering specifically about the new order until it is announced later this week,” said Preston Merchant, a county spokesman.

In mid-March, seven Bay Area districts worked in unison to deliver the first and most stringent orders in the country, designed to protect the population from the rapidly spreading corona virus. Orders vary slightly from one region to another, the only material differences are geographical borders and names.

However, over the past few weeks, the uniformity has been stirred into a mixture of geographical interpretations, orders and enforcement decisions – from the district level to the city and even the block level.

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For example, on April 27, Bay Area regional health officials announced together that they were extending home orders until the end of May.

However, it soon became clear that each health worker and regional advisor interpreted the orders and extensions differently.

For example, in Santa Clara District, officials decided residents could play tennis with direct household members. But across San Franciscoquito Creek which is narrow and now dry, residents in San Mateo County are banned.

“We spent hours discussing it, far more time than the value of the subject,” Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County public health officer, in an email. “Although I have never considered tennis as a high-risk activity, the Bay Area Health Officers group decided to use a rubric that prohibits sports that share equipment. That means there is no tennis. “

Since then Morrow has lifted the restrictions, as long as certain thresholds are met (for example, only household members can play together, and singles from different households cannot share the ball).

Morrow also restricted San Mateo County residents from traveling more than 10 miles for recreation – a limit that is not imposed elsewhere. He said it was mostly to prevent people from flocking to the beach in numbers at risk, and to provide law enforcement with concrete metrics to enforce orders.

“The county seaside area is an attraction for tens of thousands of people, many who come from long distances,” said Morrow, who owns a beachfront home in Half Moon Bay. “Beaches can be a big problem with uncontrolled gatherings as we have seen in other regions of the state and country.”

Based on data from sheriff County San Mateo, at least 370 written warnings, 1,088 verbal warnings and 604 parking quotes were issued along the district coast between April 20 and May 3 for violations of orders to stay at the district house. Nothing was recorded between May 4 and May 11, the last period on the sheriff’s website.

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May 5 email to Tripp from Pacifica Police Chief William Glasgo was not included in the warning.

Tripp Distillery is an award-winning craft refinery in a converted garage on the Palmetto Avenue alley.

In every way, it looks like the product of a 48-year-old man who found a way to turn a hobby into sustainable income – more as a “way of life” rather than setting an office for a future IPO.

Boxes and equipment were scattered, the floors were sticky, and recipe streaks and cocktail mixes filled the wall space.

On Wednesday morning, a little soaked after a “long night of quality control,” Tripp explained he had to lay off four part-time employees last week; its biggest buyers, including the San Jose Sharks NHL, have either closed or, in the case of restaurants, cannot sell their products at home and have therefore stopped buying.

And now he can’t sell from a storefront – a ban which he thinks is confusing and confusing, given that customers can enter a BevMo or Safeway store and buy alcohol from a shelf – he doesn’t have money to pay anyone.

He pointed to a tweet from the distillery in Half Moon Bay that was still operating – selling craft spirits and hand sanitizers to local customers.

Call to Half Moon Bay Distillery not returned. However, a message out of the company and its website shows that sales in the store continue.

Daniel Steidle, a spokesman for the Pacifica Police Department, confirmed that the city had interpreted regional orders to ban refineries and breweries from storefront sales – unless they included restaurants.

“One of the differences between our breweries and our distilleries [order] of the others in this county is that they don’t operate as restaurants, “Steidle said in an email.

According to the Half Moon Bay Distillery website, liquor is the only product sold.

Confusion also reigns in the dog care universe. Many maintenance services have been closed to order in the Bay Area county, but pet care vans are regularly seen in the region.

Jimmy Yeung, owner of Wagmore Mobile Pet Spa, said he had seen other vans. He, however, remains parked in the Mountain View County Santa Clara lot, serving clients on site.

“I know the command says dog care is not important,” he said, “but because it affects their health, how could it not happen?”

He said he didn’t think the relaxation of orders in San Mateo County, which would allow dog care, would affect him a lot – even though most of his clients lived in the county, in Menlo Park and Atherton.

He said that because Santa Clara County was still limiting care, maybe he could get caught up in the confusion of jurisdiction that crossed the county line into the groom.

“That’s too risky,” he said.

However, even though he currently operates in the “gray area,” he has more business than before.

“I’ve refused a job,” he said. “Too much.”

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Computer exam | The PLATO mission is looking for another “Earth”. And there is a Portuguese name associated



The PLATO observatory will have 26 telescopic cameras to detect planets like ours in size, density and distance from a star orbiting thousands of sun-like stars. Portugal is actively engaged in science, development and processing of observations of this mission and will be able to name one of the cameras that are part of the mission.

The IA has now opened a vote to choose a Portuguese name, which will then be the identification of one of the cameras “during the existence of the mission in space, as a way to honor the astronomers who prepared the science that the PLATO mission will allow to advance,” can be read on the institute’s online page.

Taking into account the criteria that it must be a person who was born somewhere within the current boundaries of the territory, who contributed to astronomy in our country, especially in the study of stars and planetary systems, and who cannot be a living person, the IA proposes the following personalities:

– Teodoro de Almeida (1722-1804)

– José Monteiro da Rocha (1734-1819)

– Campos Rodriguez (1836-1919)

– Francisco de Miranda da Costa Lobo (1864-1945)

– Manuel de Barros (1908-1971)

See a brief biography of each of these personalities here and take the opportunity to vote.

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Switzerland hosts Portuguese cinema in Locarno



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The film “Nasao Valente” by Carlos Conceisan is part of Film Festival in Locarnoin Switzerland in August, in an edition containing other Portuguese and co-produced works, out of competition.

According to the schedule for the 75th edition, released this Wednesday, the international feature film competition is hosting “Nacao Valente,” a feature film by Carlos Conceicao that, according to producer Terratreme Filmes, is about “the end of Portuguese colonialism, the independence of Angola.” and the Trauma of Colonial War.

The film features actors such as João Arraes, Anabela Moreira, Gustavo Sumpta and Leonor Silveira and was co-produced with France and Angola, where Carlos Conceição was born in 1979.

Carlos Conceição is the author of films such as Versailles presented in Locarno in 2013, Bad Bunny (2017), Serpentario (2019) and A Thread of Scarlet Spit (2020).

At the Locarno Film Festival, which will be held from 3 to 13 August, other Portuguese films will also be presented out of competition, namely “Where is this street? Or without before and after”, Joao Pedro Rodriguez and Joao Rui Guerra da Mata, also producer of Terratreme.

In Locarno, where they have already received awards, the two directors will present the premiere of a documentary filmed in Lisbon, revisiting the scenes of Paulo Rocha’s Os Verdes Anos (1963) with actress Isabelle Ruth.

Also out of competition and in the program dedicated to the first works will be “Objetos de Luz”, a visual reflection on the importance of light in cinematic creativity, signed by director of photography Acasio de Almeida and Marie Carré, producer of Bando à Part.

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The “Pardi di domani” competition for short and medium films features the animated film “L’ombre des papillons” by Moroccan director Sophia El Hyari, co-produced by France, Qatar, Morocco and Portugal. Cola Animation.

Day of Despair (1992), a film by Manoel de Oliveira about the last days of the life of the writer Camilo Castelo Branco, will be screened in Locarno in the Film History(s) section.

On the eve of the Locarno festival, in Piazza Grande, the animated film “No Dogs and Italians” directed by Alain Ughetto, recently awarded in Annecy, a Portuguese co-production with Ocidental Filmes, will be screened. .

Giona A. Nazzaro, second year as Artistic Director of the Locarno Festival, described this year’s program as “broad, varied and comprehensive”.


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Portuguese heritage at the Jewish cemetery in Hamburg



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Built in 1611 with over 1,500 graves recorded, according to some sources, the cemetery was officially closed almost a century and a half ago and is today a heavily visited site and the oldest in the city and northern Europe. You pass the gate that protects it, and the visitor is immediately enveloped in tall and scattered trees, which give shade and freshness to the tombstones inscribed in Portuguese, others in Hebrew, many covered with a veil of soot and moss, some fallen vertically.

Fleeing from Portugal due to the Inquisition at the end of the 16th century, the new Christians were well received in Hamburg, where they found a place to live without hiding their religion and Jewish rituals. Located then in one of the most noble districts of the city, the name of the Königstraße, Rua dos Reisis a reflection of this.

The land was acquired by the Portuguese merchants André Falero, Rui Cardoso and Alvaro Dinis, who won the sovereign’s favor and thus managed to ensure that “the Portuguese people could bury their dead,” the Sephardic Jews, according to the little book. Stone Archive – 400th Anniversary of the Jewish Cemetery in Königstraße. Through their actions, they have left to posterity an extraordinary legacy in which to find part of the history of Portugal and Hamburg, which certainly contributed to the fact that this city is today the most Portuguese in Germany, with countless traces of our presence, starting with the “Portuguese Quarter”, crowded with restaurants , to the old school ship Sagres anchored in port, from the ubiquitous custard tarts to the only bust of Vasco da Gama to be found abroad.

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Later, the cemetery was expanded through the acquisition of adjacent land by Ashkenazi and German Jews, where members of illustrious families such as the poet Heinrich Heine or the philosopher Mendelssohn were buried.

The cemetery withstood the passage of time, wars and Nazi bombardments. Just as he resisted the theft and anti-Semitic vandalism that hit him several times, apparently on some of the tombstones, broken or damaged.

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