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PGA Tour reinforces ‘historic’



PGA Tour reinforces 'historic'

On Monday, PGA Tour officials, players and caddies will meet at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, to begin preparations for the Charles Schwab Challenge.

This will be the first PGA Tour event since the Players Championship was canceled on March 12 as a result of the spread of COVID-19. And when the match starts with the opening round on Thursday, it will be 90 days since the last tournament round is played.

Suffice it to say: It’s been a long time. For golf and for sports.

The PGA tour resumed its season before the NBA and NHL continued and before Major League Baseball was even about to start. When the competition starts Thursday, it will mark the first mainstream sport in America (with apologies to NASCAR and UFC) to take place since the world was paralyzed by the pandemic.

Because the PGA Tour rearranged its schedule in April after the cancellation caused by the corona virus crisis, the Charles Schwab Challenge was set to lead among the first four events announced – all of which were played without spectators and under very strict safety regulations which included testing for all “important” personnel on the grounds.

“This will be historic,” said Michael Tothe, director of the Charles Schwab Challenge tournament, last week.

“We are happy to be part of the first four,” said Steve Wilmot, director of the RBC Heritage tournament, who finished second in the bat. “This will be unique.”

Nathan Grube, director of the Travelers Championship, the third event on the schedule, said, “We all want to do it the right way. We all have an awareness of the responsibility to do this right, to help bring the Tour back, to do it in a safe and hopefully event after we can learn from us. “

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What will the results look like without an audience?

“When a TV camera turns on, it won’t look different, but without an audience, it will really be quiet here,” Tothe said. “There will be no buzz that you normally have with 25,000 fans every day. It will be strange. “

These first four events will likely feel like a championship with a talent club.

We felt a bit of it with two charity events played last month – a skin game at the Seminole Golf Club involving Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, and the match between Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at the Medals .

But it was an exhibition that each involved only four players and a limited TV production crew.

For the first four full field events on the revised PGA Tour schedule – this week at Colonial, then the RBC Heritage, Travelers Championship, and Rocket Mortgage Championship – the curiosity factor is significant.

And that curiosity is not limited to the audience watching TV, but for the players who will compete in the midst of what will surely be a frightening silence and for tournament organizers who have struggled to arrange their events in a way they have never done before. must before.

“When we learned that we were moving to June back in early April, I thought our stress levels were very high, because there were many things that needed to be done so we didn’t have an answer,” Tothe said. .

This is a unique time when several people have answers to many questions. That is why Tothe and fellow tournament directors of the first four events leaned against each other as they tiptoed into this new territory.

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“More than anything, it’s fun to ask people to talk to,” Wilmot said. “We are all different. We all have different places, different markets, facilities, sponsors, partners. ‘

RBC is the most different of the four, because the golf course intertwines with the resort community and is filled with houses, where there will be spectators watching golf from the deck and backyard.

“There are no houses to rent on the golf course,” Wilmot said. “Everything is rented out. There are people who rent a house during the week for their family vacation and suddenly they will leave, ‘Oh, there is a PGA Tour event in my backyard.’

What Wilmot, Grube and Langwell have that Tothe will not be able to see how the event is before their event is over.

“That will be a big advantage for us,” Grube said.

“The tour has told us, ‘We will not know certain things until we pass through the Colonial,'” Wilmot said. “And I’m sure Nathan was told,” We won’t know certain things before we go through two events before you. “All other tournaments will learn from us all.”

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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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