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Pompeo said he asked the inspector general to be fired



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“I went to the President and explained to him that Inspector General Linick did not carry out the functions in the way we tried to do for him, which was in addition to the State Department, very consistent with what according to the law it was supposed to do,” he said in an interview with Post. “The type of activity he should be doing to make us better, to improve us.”

He did not elaborate on what specifically made him unhappy about Linick’s job performance.

Pompeo, in his first public comment on the matter, claimed that he did not know that Linick was investigating him at the time he recommended that IG be removed. According to the Post, he only knew about one case “involving national security matters.”

“It is unlikely that this decision, or my recommendation, more precisely, to the President, is based more on efforts to retaliate for any investigation that is taking place, or is in progress,” Pompeo said. “Because I really don’t know. I wasn’t briefed about it. I usually see this investigation in the form of a final draft 24 hours, 48 ​​hours, before the IG is ready to release it.”

“So it is absolutely impossible for this to be an act of retaliation. End of story,” he said.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Management Brian Bulatao also advised the Post that leakage from the Inspector General’s Office was instrumental in Linick’s removal, but said they had no evidence that the overturned IG was personally involved with the leak.

The Office of the Inspector General acts as an independent supervisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One of its core values ​​is “integrity” – “We maintain our independence and act with courage, honesty and professionalism. Our work is fact-based, objective, and supported by sufficient evidence that meets professional standards,” he said on the website.

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Trump told Congress on Friday about his intention to sack Linick. A senior State Department official told CNN that Pompeo had made a recommendation.

House Foreign Affairs Chair Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat, said on Monday that the ousted IG had almost completed an investigation into Pompeo’s decision to accelerate the sale of $ 8 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Then on Monday a congressional aide confirmed that Pompeo had refused to sit down for an interview with the inspector general’s office as part of the investigation.

A Democratic aide told CNN this weekend that IG had also investigated whether Pompeo made a staff member perform various personal tasks, including dropping off his dog.

Pompeo will not answer questions related to whether he asks government employees to carry out his duties for him, told the Post, “I will not answer a number of baseless accusations about all that.”

Zachary Cohen from CNN contributed to this report.

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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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