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A passenger is expelled from the plane for refusing to wear a mask

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A passenger is expelled from the plane for refusing to wear a mask

(CNN) – Tensions over wearing face masks caused a passenger to leave an American Airlines flight Wednesday when the airline imposed tighter security measures.

Passenger Brandon Straka was asked to get off a flight from New York to Dallas after he refused to wear face coverings as required by American Airlines policy, the airline confirmed in a statement.

This is the first known incident of this type since the airline announced plans to put on more masks.

Wearing faceplate on airplanes is not mandated by law, but airlines have instituted their own mask requirements for crew and passengers. This week, several major US airlines, including American Airlines, promised that they would take a hard line to enforce their policies.

American Airlines confirmed the incident on Flight 1263 from LaGuardia New York to Dallas / Fort Worth, saying that Straka refused to wear face coverings.

“After he refused to obey the instructions given by the flight crew, our team members asked him to get off the plane. He got off and the flight left the gate four minutes late at 12:34 pm ET,” the airline said in a statement.

Straka was re-ordered on the next flight after he agreed to abide by company policy, the airline said, and America contacted him for more information about the incident. Straka said he wore a mask provided by the company but took it off when he was on the plane and no one complained.

“This is crazy. Really crazy,” Straka said deeply Periscope post on social media. “We don’t even have a choice anymore.”

Straka told CNN in a telephone interview that the flight was about to leave when “one of the flight attendants came to me quite aggressively and said, ‘Sir, you must wear your mask.’ And I said, ‘Well, I don’t have that.’ ”

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Straka is a conservative personality who appeared on Fox News. He described himself on his website as a former liberal who encouraged people to leave the Democratic Party.

When asked about the mask, Straka said he was anti-mask for himself, but he saw it as a personal decision. Along with T-shirts and other items, Straka sells masks on his website.

The flight attendant said he needed to wear a mask to be on the plane, Straka said, and showed that it was legal.

“I’m just annoyed at the fact that there are no conversations. I said to him, ‘That’s actually not the law.'”

In a video posted on Twitter by a New York Times reporter who was on the plane, an argument about the mask policy was recorded.
The clip, which did not capture the entire argument and provided audio but there were no images from the speaker, included an exchange of medical conditions and a female voice was heard asking about medical documentation. Straka was also tweeted about that incident.

When asked by CNN if he has a medical condition, Straka declined to comment but said, “I find it difficult and expensive to wear a mask, yes.”

He said that he had never had a problem with not wearing a mask on a flight.

“I fly sometimes two or three times a week, and even during shutdown I fly a minimum of once every two weeks. I am quite accustomed to traveling and this really has never been a problem. Not once, even with this airline,” said Straka.

While US aviation officials have not mandated face masks for air travelers, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration said in congressional testimony on Wednesday that passengers were expected to wear masks when directed by flight attendants.

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FAA administrator Steve Dickson said in his testimony that air passengers must wear face coverings “for their own protection and to protect the people around them. Face cover is very important in situations where social distance is not possible.”

Pete Muntean and Gregory Wallace from CNN contributed to this report.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is “inconceivable”.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is "inconceivable".

President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger Isabelle Jonet considers food waste unacceptable and absurd, as every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

As World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled statistics released by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation was “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that over 1.2 million tons of food was wasted by families this year, followed by catering with over 237 thousand tons, trade and distribution with 214 thousand tons, primary production with over 101 thousand tons and food . industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, we let it go bad. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash,” the official said, speaking at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable in our day,” he lamented.

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese; Sporting wins too

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese;  Sporting wins too



Evanilson scored four goals in eight matches in the 2022/23 Portuguese Liga (Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP)

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After the draw in the last round Portuguese Championship, Porto won again. This Friday, the defending champions thrashed Braga 4-1 at the Dragau Stadium. Goals came from Evanilson, Eustaquio, Pepe and Galeno. Defender Pepe, against, got to the opponent.

Ex-Fluminense Evanilson opened the scoring in the 32nd minute of the opening stage. Eustaquio tried to make a cross and the Brazilian forward appeared on the second post to prop up his chest. Two minutes later, Pepe filed Eustaquio, who sent the ball into an empty net.

In the final stage, the Portuguese-Brazilian defender Pepe tried to cut off a low cross, but sent him into his own net. Pepe, the former Gremio who assisted, got it from Taremi after a beautiful move that extended the game in the 18th minute. In addition, the Brazilian Galeno closed the account in the north of Portugal.

– I am very happy to score again and, above all, for this victory. A match we knew would be difficult, against a strong opponent who was in good sequence, but in which we managed to impose our rhythm and win three points in front of our fans. Now it’s time to rest and get back to work, already thinking about the next challenge, which is also very important for us, – said Evanilson after the match.

SPORTING TOO WINS

Another great player to take the field this Friday is Sporting CP. In Lisbon, on José de Alvalade, the Lions beat Gil Vicente 3-1. For Rubén Amorim’s side, Morita, Pote Gonçalves and Rocinha scored. Fran Navarro scored in stoppage time.



Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

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Portuguese tennis player Gonçalo Oliveira in the doubles final of the Lisbon Belém Open

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Oliveira and Kolar defeated France’s Manuel Guinard and Venezuela’s Luis David Martínez in the semi-finals for first place in the series, in straight sets with partial scores of 6-1 and 6-2 after 58 minutes of play.

In the title match, they will take on the Ukrainian duo of Vladislav Manafov and Oleg Prikhodko, who eliminated Jivan Nedunchezhyan of India and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia 6-4 and 6-2 in the semi-finals.

For the 27-year-old Portuguese tennis player, this will be his 31st doubles final at the ATP Challenger Tour and third at the Lisboa Belém Open after reaching the final in 2017 with compatriot Frederico Gil and champion in 2020 with Dominican Roberto Cid Subervi.

In singles, Italian Marco Cecchinato, semi-finalist of Roland Garros in 2018, beat Spaniard Carlos Taberner 7-6 (7-2) and 6-4, scheduling a meeting in the semi-final with the “Reserve” Kazakh Timofey Skatov, responsible for eliminating Frenchman Benoit Pera, in three matches, with a score of 6-4, 2-6 and 7-5.

The other semi-final of the Lisbon tournament will be discussed between Austrian Filip Mizolich, who defeated Giulio Zeppieri 6-4 today, and Frenchman Luca van Assche, the executioner of compatriot Alexander Müller, who finished seventh. parts 6-4 and 7-5.

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