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Rev. Raphael G. Warnock comforts Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks, during Brooks'  public viewing at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday, June 22 in Atlanta.

Democratic Senators on Monday gave their strongest indication but they could block the GOP police reform bill from coming to the floor, a risky move that could prevent remedial measures from being imposed this year over their party’s concerns that the GOP bill is too weak.

Democrats demand a clear commitment from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that they will be able to vote on amendments on the floor. But McConnell has so far said he would be willing to have an “open” process on the floor but has not yet determined which amendments will be considered. Democrats are expected to continue discussing their strategy on Tuesday.

After the caucus appeal Monday afternoon, Senate Democrats felt disappointed about the prospect of a way forward on the bill offered by Senator Tim Scott, saying much more needed to be changed and argued McConnell had failed to commit to voting on the floor amendments. Many predicted the bill would be blocked because Republicans needed at least seven Democratic votes to break the filibuster.

Senator Mazie Hirono, a Hawaiian Democrat, said Scott’s bill “did not do what we were supposed to do that carried out honest police reform.”

“The time to speak is before the bill touches the floor … if you really want to do serious work on a serious problem, you must have a discussion now,” he said.

Senate Minority Minority Dick Durbin declined to discuss his party’s strategy, but he pointed to a Democratic decision to block McConnell’s initial $ 2 trillion stimulus plan in March. After that, the two sides reached a Democratic-backed agreement after changes were made to the historic rescue package.

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“We have faced similar offers in the past – under the CARES Act – and I think the best thing that happened was that we did not accept the offer and demanded a bipartisan approach to it,” Durbin said.

In addition, key groups also began to urge their opposition to the plan, including the influential NAACP, which urged senators to block the bill at a procedural vote on Wednesday.

Also on Monday, both Reverend Al Sharpton and Benjamin Crump – lawyers representing the family of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed while in Minneapolis detention when an officer knelt on his neck – announced their opposition to Scott’s plans.

“The Black Community is bored with lip service and is surprised that this $ 7 billion package can be considered a law,” Crump said.

Many Democrats will not say whether they will choose not to proceed to the bill, even when they are not sure how they will get a “yes” vote on Wednesday.

  • New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a lead author of the Democratic Bill, would not say Monday if he would choose to advance the Scott Bill. “We are having a lot of conversations,” Booker said. “I think there are many things at this time that show that the process we are aiming for is not a good process … Houses go through processes. They go through committees, they do many things. It is a normal and orderly ordering process. Not that. We have a lot of conversation about that now and we’ll see where it ends. “
  • Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut added: “There has been no outreach from McConnell.”
  • Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, is very critical of the Scott Bill, called the Justice Act. “Where is justice in the Justice Act?” He said. Asked if Democrats could turn it on the floor according to their wishes, Menendez said: “If you get committed up front. Nothing.”
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One Democrat in a difficult re-election, Senator Doug Jones from Alabama, said he was likely to vote to proceed to the bill. But when asked about the lack of progress in talks with McConnell, Jones said: “There never was. We will see where he goes.”

Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia and voted, said: “I don’t know (how I would vote.) Everything is still open.”

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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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