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Boy Scouts will need an achievement badge to become an Eagle Scout



Boy Scouts will need an achievement badge to become an Eagle Scout

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced on Monday that it will implement a special “badge of diversity and achievement inclusion” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement that will be needed to achieve Eagle Scout ranking going forward.

In a letter to the scouts’ families, the organization said it would need diversity and inclusion training for all BSA employees starting July 1, and a review of property names, events and badges, would be carried out “to build and improve the organization. a nearly 30-year ban [the] use of the Confederate flag. “

“Boy Scouts of America stands with black families and the black community because we believe that blacks live,” the letter said. “This is not a political problem; this is a matter of human rights and we all have an obligation to overcome it. “

BSA uses the term “murder” when discussing George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Their deaths sparked recent protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. The organization said all unnamed were equally important, adding that it heard “sadness, feeling[s] broken hearted, and join in[s] the country’s determination to do better. “

“Because our country considers racial injustice, we must all consider our roles and failures and commit to take meaningful action,” BSA said. “There is no place for racism – not in Scouting and not in our community. Racism will not be tolerated. “

The organization said the new badge of diversity and inclusion would be built on the components in the existing achievement badge that needed Scouts to learn about and engage with other groups and cultures. To ensure diversity and inclusion are “embedded at every level”, BSA will also review “every element of our program.”

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The change came nearly four months after the BSA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday morning, stopping hundreds of lawsuits faced after decades of sexual harassment claims in 110-year-old organizations for years.

Sexual harassment settlements are reported to have weighed heavily on Scouting finances, with countries passing a law last year so victims of old harassment can demand compensation.

On Monday, BSA said it’s not as brave as it should have been in the past, but says, as scouts, “we must always stand up for what is right.”

“I think this is a big problem as far as all these traditionally Christian-oriented organizations are trying to get their homes in connection with systematic racism,” Alvin Tillery Jr., a professor of political science at Northwestern University told NBC News. “This is a very fought organization and they must adopt a more progressive attitude because no one wants to deal with them.”

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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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