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Women reunite with dying sisters after Australia lifted travel bans



Women reunite with dying sisters after Australia lifted travel bans

CANBERRA, Australia – A woman tearfully hugged her sister who was dying in Australia after weeks of bureaucratic bickering over restrictions on pandemic travel.

Australia has refused Christine Archer’s permission to fly from New Zealand four times before her story caught the media’s attention.

His only sister, Gail Baker, was diagnosed with incurable ovarian cancer in late March after the two countries stopped international travel. Baker might have weeks to live.

Archer was finally allowed to fly to Sydney and only spent a week in hotel quarantine before being tested negative for the corona virus. International travelers are usually quarantined for two weeks.

Family friends drive retired nurses 490 kilometers (300 miles) from Sydney to the coastal city of the state of New South Wales in Bowraville.

Archer finally hugged his sister in the front yard of Baker’s house on Wednesday. It was their first reunion in six years.

“Words cannot explain my feelings, to be honest.” Archer told Australian Broadcasting Corp in an interview broadcast on Thursday.

“I am very happy that finally I was here and accompanied him. The last two weeks were the two hardest or longest weeks of my life,” Archer said.

Archer was surprised that his tenacity paid off. But he insisted that Australia made the right decision to allow him to stay with his sister in his last days.

“I wonder if the Australian government has mercy with their refusal,” Archer said.

“I honestly don’t know what they are thinking. I know this is a terrible time right now with a virus … but, I mean, there are some things that make you a little tolerant and I feel this is one of them,” he said.

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Australia had previously refused Christine Archer's request (right) to travel and meet her sister, Gail Baker (left).
Australia had previously refused Christine Archer’s request (right) to travel and meet her nearly extinct sister, Gail Baker (left).AuBC through AP

“I didn’t think I would see Gail again. That would be the worst thing in the world if that happened,” he added.

The Australian Department of the Interior is relying on Archer’s travel application after allowing the New Zealand Warriors rugby league team to move from Auckland to prepare for the Australian football competition to start again next week.

The department did not immediately respond on Thursday to a request for an explanation for a change of heart at the sisters’ reunion.

New Zealand has been largely successful in its goal of eliminating the virus. There have been no reported new infections over the past four days and most people who have contracted the virus have recovered. Around 1,500 people have been reported to have the virus including 21 dead.

Australia has the same success in slowing the spread of the virus even though New South Wales remains the country most severely affected. Australia hopes that New Zealand will become the first international destination with which regular passenger travel will continue because of the low risk of infection.

Australia has recorded 7,079 cases of the virus and 100 deaths. Australia’s population is five times bigger than New Zealand.

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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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