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The head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division wrote in a harsh letter Friday to Los Angeles officials that he was worried that the mayor and regional health director were taking “an arbitrary approach and a hand-in-hand to continue living at home requirements . ” . “

The letter from Eric Dreiband, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, came in response to comments from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who stated in last week’s “Good Morning America” ​​interview that the city “will never be fully open until we have healing” for coronavirus, which has claimed more than 3,600 lives in California.

“I think we all have to admit that we don’t move beyond Covid-19, we learn to live with it,” Garcetti said.

Dreiband also noted a recent statement by the Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, who said last week that “with all certainty” the form of restrictions on staying at home will remain in force for 10 million county residents “over the next three months.” Ferrer later clarified his statement, saying “while Safer at Home’s orders will remain in place for the next few months, restrictions will be gradually relaxed.”

Earlier this month, California began to reopen the country’s economy, allowing several retail stores, manufacturers and the logistics business to return on May 8. At least 43 of the 58 states are permitted to open further, allowing retail shopping and additional meals at restaurants. Los Angeles, however, where more than 2,000 deaths related to coronavirus have been recorded, have moved more slowly.

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DOJ Warning: Dreiband warned in his letter to Garcetti and Ferrer that ongoing restrictions might be “arbitrary and illegal”.

“Your recent public statement indicates that you are suggesting the possibility of a long-term closure of residents in the City and County of Los Angeles, regardless of legal justification for such restrictions. Any such approach can be arbitrary and break the law, “he said.

While local officials can impose restrictions on citizens to protect their safety during emergencies, Dreiband warns that “The constitution and federal laws prohibit arbitrary and unreasonable acts.”

“Simply put, there are no pandemic exceptions to the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights,” he said.

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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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