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Sick MTA workers cause cancellation of the subway during the coronavirus peak



Sick MTA workers cause cancellation of the subway during the coronavirus peak

The absence of workers at the height of the coronavirus crisis in New York City forced MTA to cancel 41 percent of the subway in one day, The Post has learned.

Internal data show that between March 26 and April 19, almost a quarter of all scheduled trains never ran – leaving many drivers waiting on the platform and forced into the subway that was fraught with danger.

“If you miss one run, it could mean up to 30 minutes more waiting for the driver. Getting above 40 minutes is not unheard of,” one transit source familiar with MTA scheduling told The Post.

More than 8,700 transit employees have been sidelined by the virus, MTA said.

The information flood began in earnest on Monday, March 16, the same day MTA instituted social distance rules for its employees.

That day, 1.3 percent of the 8,868 scheduled trains did not run because the conductor or operator did not appear.

The number of trains canceled due to “abandonment” by conductors or motorbikes has increased sevenfold a week later, prompting MTA to announce service reductions on March 24.

In fact, the agency technically continued to operate on a normal workday schedule until April 8, when it officially adopted the “important service” schedule, according to data obtained by The Post.

“We are having difficulty getting important services for quite a long time,” the source said. “Because staffing is very low, ‘essential services’ are more a framework than reality.”

Meanwhile, a large number of workers exclaim sick, with many positive tests for COVID-19, and others raising concerns about the lack of protective equipment they offer.

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The level of canceled trains surged to a peak of 41 percent on Saturday, April 4. This cancellation forced many foreigners into dangerous subways, even when passengers dropped off dramatically.

In the first two weeks of April, an average of 26 percent of train schedules were canceled per day due to missing workers, data showed.

The rate began to decline after that, and has been under 1 percent since April 28.

MTA said 123 employees had died of coronavirus, all but three from the city bus and subway divisions.

Requested for comment, MTA representatives said the initial service return was carried out “manually, in real-time for customers,” and “carried out in stages when they were available between April 3 and April 14.”

The spokesman said the high cancellation rate “did not always” cause subway density, some of which was caused by “unanticipated changes in travel patterns.”

MTA Chair Pat Foye acknowledged the detrimental impact of COVID-19 on services at an agency board meeting on Wednesday.

“Our employees have been hit by a virus, but we are happy to say that it seems we are turning,” said Foye, who himself was infected with a bug.

“I am pleased to say that cancellations have now dropped to less than half a percent.”

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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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