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Dominic Cummings may have broken the lock rule, police said



Cummings defends trip across England that broke lockdown

The Durham police found after an investigation that Cummings’s 26-mile trip to Barnard Palace “might be a minor violation of regulations that would require police intervention.”

No further police action will be taken against Cummings, and police say they do not consider him to have committed an offense by driving some 260 miles from London to Durham to move his family while they isolate themselves.

But Thursday’s announcement from the police gave another twist to the scandal that threatened to derail Johnson’s response to the pandemic.

Cummings and the Prime Minister have repeatedly insisted that he did nothing wrong by driving from London to Durham in late March, or by visiting Barnard Castle in mid-April on his way back to London.

Cummings claimed on Monday that he was driving for half an hour into the city just to test his eyesight and check whether he could indeed drive safely – a claim that was greeted with skepticism by critics and some lawmakers.

At that time, Johnson urged Britons to “stay home,” and government guidance allowed people to leave home once a day to exercise but not go to other locations to do it.

Johnson’s reaction to the police announcement showed he would not back down in favor of Cummings. “Police have made it clear that they did not take action against Cummings because his own isolation and going to Durham did not violate regulations,” a Downing Street spokesman said on Thursday.

“The Prime Minister says he believes Mr. Cummings is behaving naturally and lawfully, given all the circumstances, and he considers this matter closed.”

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But a growing group of lawmakers called on Cummings – seen by many as the architect of many government policies – to resign, accusing Johnson of undermining his own public health message amid the pandemic.

“Boris Johnson’s unwillingness or inability to do the right thing has made the government appear unreliable and unprincipled,” Labor Party leader Keir Starmer said on Thursday. “At worst, he undermines public health advice that makes us all safe, just to keep an assistant at work. The health of our country takes precedence.”

On Wednesday, Johnson said he understood the “anger” that might be felt by the public over Cummings’ actions, adding: “But I think what they want now is for us to focus on them and their needs rather than on political ding dong about one advisor maybe or maybe are not done. “

CNN, Sarah Dean and Luke McGee contributed reporting.

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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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