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Graves were dug on the coast of Rio to protest the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Graves were dug on the coast of Rio to protest the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilians who are critical of their government’s ambiguous response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic dug 100 graves and placed black crosses on the sand of Rio’s Copacabana beach on Thursday in honor of nearly 40,000 people who have died so far.

The grave was dug overnight on the beach opposite the luxurious Copacabana Hotel in a protest by Rio de Paz non-governmental organization.

Brazil has become a major center of the coronavirus pandemic, with 39,680 deaths and more than 770,000 cases confirmed on Wednesday, the worst outbreak in the world after the United States.

Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has underestimated the gravity of the pandemic and encouraged local governments to take up quarantine measures, sending contradictory signals to Brazil about whether to use masks and practice social distance.

NGO activist Rio de Paz wears a protective device to dig graves on the Copacabana beach to symbolize the dead from coronavirus during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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“The president has not yet realized that this is one of the most dramatic crises in Brazilian history,” said organizer Antonio Carlos Costa, who criticized Bolsonaro for not showing solidarity with suffering.

“Families mourn thousands of people dead and there is unemployment and hunger,” he said.

Not everyone agreed with the protest.

A man runs past a hundred graves dug by NGO activist Rio de Paz on the Copacabana beach which symbolizes the dead from a coronavirus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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An angry man pulled a cross, shouting against symbolic tribute. Another man, who said his 25-year-old son died of COVID-19, went around replacing a fallen cross.

“This is really a tragedy,” said a passer-by by Marcia Lucia Dias. “It’s very scary to see a cross. But this really happened. Our authorities contradict themselves and we don’t know what to do. “

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

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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 Ptix.bm 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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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS ‘There will be room’

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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS 'There will be room'

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

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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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