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Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologized for saying there was no slavery in Australia



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Speak on a press conference in Canberra Friday, Morrison said he was referring specifically to the fact that the first Australian colony in New South Wales was established without the widespread use of slave labor.

“My comments are not intended to be offensive, and if that happens, I am very sorry and apologize for that,” he said, adding that he was an enthusiastic advocate for the rights of Indigenous Australians.

“I’m just trying to emphasize that Australia, yes, we have problems in our history, we have recognized them, I have recognized them, and we need to overcome them.”

Morrison initially made a statement during a radio interview on Thursday, where he was discussing Black Lives Matter protests in the United States and around the world, and calls to remove the statue of the British explorer James Cook, whose arrival in Australia paved the way for the first European colony.

“My ancestors and my ancestors were in the First and Second Fleet (of convict settlers). It was a very brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia,” Morrison said in an interview Thursday.

While Australia was never very dependent on slavery, like South America, slavery practiced in this country for decades in the 19th and 20th centuries, in places like Queensland’s sugar plantations.
Others have pointed the practice of “blackbirding,” a process in which the Pacific Islands are taken from their homes, sometimes by force, to work in harsh conditions at low or no wages in Australia.
Morrison’s comments came after thousands of people took to the streets in Australian cities over the weekend in a rally of solidarity with the US Black Lives Matter protest and to call for better treatment of Australian Indigenous Peoples.

With more protests planned for the coming weeks, Morrison warned the public on Friday not to attend upcoming demonstrations in support of racial equality, saying the presence was against health advice because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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“This is not about this issue, this is about the health and well-being of the people and I will urge Australians to respect that by not attending these events,” Morrison said. “I don’t believe there should be double standards. Australians have made great sacrifices to bring us to where we are today.”

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On Thursday, the New South Wales Supreme Court issued an order banning the Sydney march scheduled for Saturday on health grounds and because of locking measures.

Another protest scheduled for Sydney on Friday, called “Stop Black Death in Detention: Solidarity with Long Bay Prisoners.” The organization’s current event page shows that more than a thousand people have signaled their intention to attend.

There are no orders to oppose Friday’s protests, but the social distance rules in the state limit the number of people allowed to gather outside the house at 10 o’clock. This limit is expected to increase to 20 from Saturday.

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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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