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Rio Tinto: Miner apologizes for blowing up a 46,000-year-old holy native site in Western Australia



Rio Tinto: Miner apologizes for blowing up a 46,000-year-old holy native site in Western Australia

The site, at Juukan Gorge, in the resource-rich Pilbara region of the state of Western Australia, features two cave systems that contain artifacts that indicate tens of thousands of years of continuous human occupation.

Grinding stones, bones sharpened into tools and 4,000-year-old braid hair are among the nearly 7,000 relics that have been found on site, according to CNN’s 7News affiliate.
Rio Tinto is one of the largest mining companies in the world and has a large operation in Australia. The iron ore mine make more than half of it from his income.

The May 24 demolition continued despite seven years of fighting by local land guards, Puutu Kunti Kurrama and the Pinikura People, to protect the site.

“We pay homage to Puutu Kunti Kurrama and the Pinikura People (PKKP),” Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore CEO Chris Salisbury said in a statement released Sunday.

“We are sorry for the hardships we caused. Our relationship with PKKP is very meaningful for Rio Tinto, who has worked together for years,” the statement said.

“We will continue to work with PKKP to learn from what has happened and strengthen our partnership. As a matter of urgency, we are reviewing the plans of all the other sites in the Juukan Gorge area.”

According to 7News, a spokesman for Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura Aboriginal Corporation Burchell Hayes said Rio Tinto was informed of the importance of the site last October.

“The high significance of this site was subsequently forwarded to Rio Tinto by PKKPAC recently in March,” Hayes said.

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He said the group only learned about Rio Tinto’s intentions on May 15. CNN Business contacted Rio Tinto to comment on Hayes’s statement and was directed back to the company’s statement.

Federal Customary Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt said “the destruction should not have happened,” adding that he had personally spoken to the traditional owner of the land.

“It’s very important this doesn’t happen again,” said Wyatt, a native of Australia.

“The State Government of Western Australia needs to ensure that the legislation process and their agreement protect our Indigenous cultural heritage. It seems quite clear, that in this case, the law has failed.”

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the country’s first leader who apologized to generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly taken by their parents by white Australians last century, said “the arrogance of the Rio Tinto company has robbed all Australians. “

“Juvenile Gorge refuge [are] “nine times older than Stonehenge, 23 times older than the Colosseum and 75 times older than Machu Picchu,” he wrote on his official Twitter account.

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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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