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De Blasio defended the police amid calls to cut the NYPD budget



De Blasio defended the police amid calls to cut the NYPD budget

Mayor Bill de Blasio rejected growing demands to cut the Police Department’s budget because the Big Apple financial crisis deepened and angered the NYPD’s handling of the protests after the curfew.

“I don’t believe it’s a good idea to reduce the agency budget that is here to keep us safe,” de Blasio said on Friday in his City Hall briefing.

“We have to explain that most working class, middle-class New Yorkers, every day, they want safety first,” he later told WNYC host Brian Lehrer.

“They linked it to the NYPD,” he added, “and they want the NYPD to be different and better.”

Civil rights activists and liberal councilors have demanded that any budget deal between de Blasio and Board Chair Corey Johnson cut at least $ 1 billion from the NYPD’s $ 6 billion annual budget.

Calls for “denuding” the police department have become calls for massive protests throughout the Big Apple in recent days as New Yorkers flock to the streets following the brutal death in George Floyd’s custody in Minnesota, complaining that years years of local reform have not produced any significant changes to the NYPD.

Even before the protests erupted, the top MPs in the City Council had asked the NYPD to make a list of budget cuts of at least $ 300 million – furious that the April de Blasioo budget proposal to deal with Gotham’s current deficit of $ 9 billion left most police untouched while cutting spending on popular social programs, such as summer youth work.

The monitoring has only increased in recent days because city police officers have repeatedly and aggressively disperse peaceful protests after curfew, although Mayor de Blasio promises, repeatedly, the marches will be permitted.

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Hizzoner and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea awkwardly tried to answer questions about the disconnect between City Hall statements and police actions by claiming that the reporters and photographers covering the protest would not observe “reality”.

When asked at a press conference on Friday, what are the rules when the NYPD will move to break the protests after curfew, de Blasio tried to argue with the premise of the question.

“I witnessed with my own eyes for days now not using violence in peaceful protests that I saw with my own eyes there,” he said.

And when other reporters offer his direct observation from the tactics used in the aggressive protest of the Bronx which was closed aggressively, Hizzoner claimed some protesters planned to commit violence and ignored journalists’ observations.

“I believe that you believe what you say,” he told reporters. “I also believe that the information submitted by Commissioner Shea is based on facts.”

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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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