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Protesters negotiated a post-curfew agreement with the NYPD



Protesters negotiated a post-curfew agreement with the NYPD

Give this man a diplomatic job at the United Nations.

A clever Brooklyn father starred in a one-person negotiating team among hundreds of fellow demonstrators and dozens of NYPD officers at Park Slope on Friday night – alone to end the tension, after a tense curfew.

“They arrested their people,” said Randy Williams, 38, after the extraordinary detente he struck by approaching a NYPD captain when he and his colleagues gathered near the Grand Army Plaza.

“For the first time in a very long time the police and the community gathered,” Williams told The Post.

The father of four children and the captain made a deal: the protesters would still not commit violence if the police did too.

And the captain, he said, agreed to let the protests continue past 8 pm. curfew, at least for a while.

“I told the captain a little after 8 o’clock, we didn’t want the same thing from the night before,” when police used sticks to conquer protesters in the South Bronx who did not disperse after curfew, Williams said.

“I don’t want any of my people, which means protesters and people from this community, to be hurt the same way,” said Williams, a music producer.

“I do not want no officers to be injured. I told him that we remained in check, we still did not commit violence and last night he did not examine the officer.

“He made me promise tonight that he will ensure that all his officers are under control, and we will be allowed to protest peacefully past curfew.

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“He won’t leave it on all night, but he’ll let us have a decent amount of time.”

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He added, “I explained to them that we appreciate them letting us check the curfew and we appreciate them keeping their people under surveillance and upholding their bargaining side.

“I ask them to let us come out peacefully and not get hurt and not be handcuffed.”

The protesters used extra time to sing “Happy Birthday” to Breonna Taylor, a black EMT who was accidentally shot dead by white officers at her home in Louisville, Kentucky in March.

Taylor will be 27 years old on Friday.

Before the protesters dispersed – peacefully, unharmed and not handcuffed, as promised, around 9:40 a.m. – Williams and several other protesters share mounds of fists with half a dozen officers who 90 minutes earlier had marched against them.

“Someone at some point has to step up and become a bigger person,” Williams said before leaving.

“Because I see so many people hurt, I want to be that man.”

He added, “I show that we can trust them. Not all bad. “

Additional reporting by Laura Italiano

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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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