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Trump cannot divert military funds to the border wall, the federal appeals court said



Trump cannot divert military funds to the border wall, the federal appeals court said

In decision 2-1The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said that a $ 2.5 billion Congressional transfer was circumvented, which held the authority to obtain appropriate money.

The legal battle over Defense Department funds stems from Trump’s national emergency declaration on the US-Mexico border last year. Trump extended this declaration last February, even as border arrests began to decline.

“The Executive Branch does not have an independent constitutional authority to authorize the transfer of funds,” wrote Chief Circuit Judge Sidney Thomas for the majority. “The Panel notes that the US Constitution Allocation Clause exclusively gives the wallet strength to Congress. The Panel believes that the transfer of funds violates the Allocation Clause, and therefore, violates the law.”

While Friday’s ruling was a victory for environmental groups and states challenging the use of military funds, a permanent Supreme Court, issued last year that allowed the funds to be used, remains in force today.

The American Civil Liberties Union praised Friday’s decision. “President Trump’s xenophobic walls have leveled protected land, tarnished cultural sites, and destroyed wildlife,” said Dror Ladin, staff attorney for the ACLU National Security Project. “No damage has been done, but we will return to the Supreme Court to finally stop this destructive wall.”

In his three years as president, Trump has faced a number of legal challenges over his border walls and his efforts to increase efforts with additional funding from other government accounts.

Even so, the President has been touting the progress of his border wall. The administration called Trump’s first trip in 2020 to the border this week a celebration of the completion of the 200-mile new wall system.

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“My government has done more than any administration in history to secure our southern border. Our borders have never been safer,” he told officials. The government says it will build 450 miles by the end of this year.

Last summer, the Supreme Court paved the way for the Trump administration to use $ 2.5 billion from the Pentagon to build sections of the wall along the southwestern border.

The decision allows the Department of Defense money to be spent now while court battles are played out whether the government has the authority to divert funds that are not appropriate for the wall. The Supreme Court voted 5-4, along ideological lines, to allow funds to be used while appeals were appealed.

The Department of Justice and Homeland Security did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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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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