“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.
ANACAPRI – Villa San Michele have invited visitors back after three months of lockdown due to the Corona virus epidemic in Italy. The opening of the beautiful house museum in a small town at the top of the island of Capri, which is meant to contribute to get the tourism season started on the island. As of June 12, visitors will have a unique chance to experience Capri without mass tourism this summer. In accordance the new regulations, it is mandatory to book a visit and wear masks that cover mouth and nose. The booking service will open June 8.
BRINDISI – Enel, the Italian energy company operating in over 30 countries worldwide, have begun the process of decarbonisation with the announcement the closure of one of the four coal-fired groups, the Federico II plant, in the region of Apulia, which will close in 2021, according to a WWF press release.
“WWF Italia is pleased to learn that the Ministry of Economic Development has given a favourable opinion on the early closure of Group 2 of the Federico II coal-fired thermoelectric power plant in Brindisi starting from January 1, 2021,” read the press release.
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.
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has spoken out for peace and justice in the United States following the killing of George Floyd, whose death sparked millions to take to the streets in protest against police brutality and systemic oppression, honouring the black Americans recently killed: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. “I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd,” Francis said.
VALLETTA – Four private vessels are stranded outside Maltese territorial waters with 400 rescued people on board, in what have effectively become offshore detention centers, as chaos in the Mediterranean reaches “unprecedented levels,” according to an SOS Mediterranee press release. The survivors, some of which have fled extreme violence and abuse in Libya, have been held on board these four boats for more than a month in legal limbo as international law remains unobserved.