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Nick Gates vowing to bring ‘blue-collar’ toughness to Giants



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Certain things are off limits no matter how physical it gets in the trenches of an NFL game.

But there were no penalty flags — just a scolding from Mom — whenever Nick Gates, his older brother by six years and two older cousins started roughhousing at their Las Vegas home.

Those childhood scuffles growing up in a “blue-collar family” where construction is the family business were the training ground for the undrafted third-year pro who Giants general manager Dave Gettleman keeps teasing as a potential answer to the uncertainty at center.

“My toughness comes from that,” Gates, 24, told The Post. “We used to go at it and I had to hold my own. I was the youngest [for a long time], so everybody kind of picked on me. You have to be tough when you are the youngest. Playing football or wrestling, one of us gets mad and it starts off from there.”

Gettleman mentioned Gates’ “bright future” without prompt in all three interviews he conducted from April 13-25.

“The thing you love about Nick is just how tough he is, because it’s a fist fight in there,” Gettleman said. “History tells you that the toughness of your team is really, really indicated by the toughness of your offensive line.”

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About 2,500 miles away, Gates — such an infrequent social-media user that his Twitter bio still identifies him as playing for the University of Nebraska — heard the praise. He quickly tuned it out to focus on improving under new Giants offensive line coach Marc Colombo, who followed offensive coordinator Jason Garrett from the Cowboys.

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“Colombo is a really good coach,” Gates said. “I like that he played [in the NFL] for 10 years. He understands that sometimes, when it gets tough, you just have to get the block — and that’s kind of how it happens. He loves teaching technique.”

A typical day for Gates right now includes two hours of virtual instruction, followed by three hours training at Phase 1 Sports facility in Las Vegas, which remains open only to professional athletes during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 6-foot-5, 307-pound Gates is in a group with Giants teammate Will Hernandez and a couple Raiders offensive linemen, taking his turn snapping to quarterback Derek Carr between lifting and running.

“It makes it a lot easier going to work out every day when you have those guys there to push you,” Gates said. “There’s a back-and-forth — I feed off their brain, then they ask me questions — that helps.”

Gates started 35 games at tackle at Nebraska but became a do-it-all backup for the Giants last season. After spending his rookie season on injured reserve (foot), Gates played in 16 games with two starts at tackle and one at guard, and practiced as a third-string center for the first time in his career at any level.

Now the Giants have a vacancy because center Jon Halapio is a free agent recovering from Achilles tendon surgery. Gates will compete against fellow returning backup Spencer Pulley, rookie Shane Lemieux and possibly a re-signed Halapio.

“I don’t mind it at all,” Gates said of changing positions. “If that’s where the team needs help, I’m ready to step up. The mental aspect is really the main load of center. It’s mostly a help position, but you have to point out where everybody goes and make sure everybody is on the same page. We’ll see when I get live reps with guys lined up three inches from me.”

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Gates finally outgrew his older brother — a football player at Dickinson State — around his 18th birthday. When his younger brother by seven years finally was old enough to mix it up, Gates showed him no mercy.

“Everything runs downhill, right?” he cracked.

Sounds like a center’s mentality.

“It’s like a light switch. Once you are on the field, you have to turn it on,” Gates said. “Fletcher Cox, Aaron Donald, don’t care who you are. They are not going to take it easy. You have to bear down.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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