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The New York transit agent launched a UV light pilot program in an attempt to kill Covid-19



Black light experiment shows how quickly a virus spreads

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said late Tuesday that they would use “150 two-headed mobile devices” from Denver-based PURO Lighting to determine the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of UVC lighting technology, the agency said in a press release.

UVC, which is one of the three types of light in the UV spectrum, is proven to eliminate Covid-19 and is most powerful against viruses and bacteria, said PURO Lighting. PURO noted that their lamps also have UVA and UVB as well for full spectrum disinfection.

The first phase will be launched on subway and bus and on transit facilities at the beginning of next week, said MTA, and if successful will expand to Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad trains in the second phase. Two train lines serve the suburbs of New York.

The lights will be used overnight to be turned off in the subway and periods where transit is not functioning.

“This is the first pilot of its kind when it comes to transportation agents around the world and we are proud to be part of it,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye. “For almost three months, MTA has worked nonstop to disinfect our entire subway and bus fleet, but we always promise that we will explore any and all new approaches available to us as well. The launch of the UVC pilot represents a promising promise the next step in our ongoing effort to identify technologies that can make our customers and employees as safe as possible. “

For the first time in 115 years of its history, New York City deliberately shut down its entire subway system overnight from May 6 to clean all its cars.

A doctor will check the efficiency of the lamp

MTA states that UVC rays are “an efficient, proven, and effective technology for removing viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19” and has been proven to kill viruses in operating rooms in hospitals, emergency care clinics, universities, and stations firefighters. The first phase will focus on rolling stock cars, stations and yard areas, MTA said, as well as work facilities, crew space and other shared areas.

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The disinfectant lighting lamps use high intensity, full spectrum UV lamps that can be mounted on the ceiling or wall, according to a press release from PURO Lighting. Photographs from MTA show the units mounted on poles in the middle of the car. This unit sterilizes surface and air pathogens and removes up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, according to PURO Lighting.

MTA also noted that the agency requested Dr. David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiology Research at Columbia University, to examine the efficiency of lamps. This week, Dr. Brenner reported his tests showed UVC rays eliminating Covid-19, and were working to conduct additional testing for peer-reviewed publications, MTA said.

MTA began working with PURO in mid-March to test the capabilities of light technology as part of an effort to find an efficient cleaning solution for the subway. The agency has also been looking for ways to use antimicrobials to disinfect and prevent the growth of the virus for a longer period of time. Foye said in interview with PIX11 on Friday that they continued research with antimicrobials, which were “very promising,” and they expected “some positive news in the short term.”

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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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