“If Hong Kong's role in connecting China to the rest of the world no longer exists, it will be the end of Hong Kong,” said Dalù, a journalist whose brave defiance of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) on the airwaves resulted in him fleeing China and undergoing the legal process to obtain refugee status in Italy in 2019.
VENICE – After a night of freak weather events, high waters returned to Venice on Friday having reached 116 cm, met only twice in the past 20 years, which flooded St Mark’s Square and created problems for pedestrians without the wooden walkways installed during the usual flooding season, as shown in video footage released by La Repubblica. The rare event was caused by a disturbance out in the Atlantic, causing low pressure to pass over Veneto and coincided with a full moon that rose the tide to 85 cm.
ROME – Some 70,000 tourists were in the Italian capital on the first day without travel restrictions after the opening up of ‘Phase 3’, as visitors flocked to the eternal city from abroad on flights as well by train from northern cities such as Turin and Milan, reports Il Messaggero. The Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, posted on Facebook on Wednesday that “today's date is a very significant date, Italians will be able to move freely throughout the country, among all regions.”
ROME – On the first day of ‘Phase 3’, which allows Italians to travel freely throughout the country once more, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met with journalists and spoke about the next stage of the re-opening process in a televised address from the Plazzo Chigi. "We have to reckon with the economic and social emergency," said PM Conte on Wednesday, as he also apologised for delays in aid and stressed the importance of spending EU funds properly, "on which the credibility of Italy will depend.”
VERONA – The ‘Arena-Nicoscia’ gang, one of the many 'Ndrangheta affiliations, was dealt a blow of 23 arrests, with suspects held on multiple charges of mafia association, drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, and other corruption offenses such as the issuing false invoices for non-existent operations, according to judicial sources.