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Trump considers the synagogue ‘essential’ in the middle of a pandemic



President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump threatened to “override” governors if their states did not follow the new federal recommendations, but it was not clear what authority the President was referring to. Recommendations are voluntary.

“Some governors consider liquor shops and abortion clinics to be important, but leave churches and houses of worship. That is not true. So I am correcting this injustice and calling important houses of worship,” Trump said during an announcement at the White House. .

Trump said he called on the governor to “allow the church and place of worship to be opened now.”

“If there are questions, they must call me, but they will not succeed in that call,” Trump added.

“The governors need to do the right thing and leave these very important places of faith open now, this weekend. If they don’t, I will override the governor,” he continued.

Then in the briefing, the White House coronavirus taskforce coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany underlined that the reopening was at the discretion of the governor and religious leader.

“I think every leader in the religious community must get in touch with the local health department so they can communicate with their congregation. Of course, people who have significant comorbidities, we want them to be protected. I know the house of worship wants to protect them,” said Birx. “Maybe they can’t go this week if there are many Covid cases. Maybe they are waiting for another week. But there is social distance … in places of worship.”

McEnany, asked about Birx’s response, said the decision to reopen based on new federal guidelines was “up to the governor.”

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McEnany will not explain what authority Trump will use to “override” the governor’s decision to keep the place of worship closed.

New guidelines released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday recommended religious institutions provide soap and hand sanitizers, encourage the use of cloth masks and clean their facilities every day if they want to open while coronavirus is still spreading. These institutions should also promote social distance and consider limiting the distribution of objects such as books and hymns, the CDC said.

The guidelines also offer leeway for organizations to make their own decisions about what they should do to limit the spread of the virus, and the guidelines are explained by the CDC as “general considerations,” “suggestions” and “public health guidelines that are not binding for consideration.”

They did not mandate that houses of worship be opened on Memorial Day weekends.

A senior administration official told CNN that the guide was initially postponed because some officials believed that the proposal was too detailed and impossible to reach by the church and others. There was also talk of not giving any guidance at all about religious services, but Trump had a conversation with CDC officials and urged them to release something.

The White House coronavirus task force completed the guidelines at a meeting Thursday, the source said.

The president referred to a conversation with CDC officials on Thursday, telling participants and the press at a listening session with African-Americans, “I said, ‘You should turn it off.’

“I spoke with the CDC today about the church. We must open our church. We must open our country,” he said.

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When Trump has pressured regions and countries to reopen in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, he gave special weight to reopening places of worship.

He said in April that it would be “beautiful” for the church to be open and “packed” on Easter Sunday. He later said the date was aspirational.

By Easter Sunday, he advised religious leaders to wait for the country to be “healed” from the coronavirus pandemic before providing direct services.

But recently, the President regretted that digital religious services are not the same as personal services.

“People want to be in their churches. It’s nice to sit at home and watch something on a laptop, but it will never be the same as being in a church and with your friends. And they want it to be open, and I think it will happen … soon, “Trump said during a Thursday listening session.

Large groups, such as those in places of worship, have been linked to the coronavirus group. This month, two churches in northern California linked the spread of coronavirus among church members and pastors with Mother’s Day services. A church in Texas recently canceled its mass after one of its pastors died and five others later tested positive for the corona virus.

The Southern Baptist Convention said on Friday that it was “pleased” with Trump’s decision.

But the Interfaith Alliance and the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Friday that they oppose calls to open places of worship amid a pandemic.

CAIR said that American Muslim scholars and community leaders had determined that public religious activities would be limited because of a pandemic and that was not likely to change despite new guidelines.

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This story has been updated with additional developments Friday.

Konstantin Toropin, Kaitlan Collins, Nick Valencia, Maggie Fox, and Caroline Kelly contributed to this report.

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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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