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Are you looking for the hottest latin dance club in Fort Lauderdale?Blue Martini is Fort Lauderdale & best premier nightclub with live music entertainment, an outdoor patio bar, chic events best happy hour times!Enjoy local upscale nightlife in Fort Lauderdale.https://twitter.com/bluemartiniftl
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Importing or Exporting a Border Controlled Drug or Plant - The Law in Australia In the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) under Schedule 1, Regulation 307.3, it states: “A person commits an offence if: (a) the person imports or exports a substance; and (b) the substance is a border-controlled drug or border-controlled plant.”  This offence carries a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and/ or up to $420,000 (2000 penalty units).Regulation 307.2 contains the aggravated version of this offence, for when a person is found to be importing or exporting a marketable quantity of that prohibited drug or plant.Finally, the most serious consequences are found in Regulation 307.1, which state that those found to be importing or exporting a ‘commercial’ quantity of that drug or plant, will face a life sentence, and/ or $1575,0000 (7,500 penalty units).The seriousness of the charge that is made against you will depend on the quantity of the illicit drugs found.To be convicted for any of these charges, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt two things:  You imported or exported a substance; and The substance in question was a border-controlled drug or plant, and was of the quantity alleged.Conviction for Illicit Drug Importation Leads to a 30 Year SentenceMichael Ibrahim, the brother of notable former Kings Cross nightclub owner John Ibrahim, was recently sentenced to 30 years in jail for his part in an attempt to import illicit drugs into Australia.
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The show was praised by the critics and the fans for cross-generational appeal and witty dialogues.The fandom has been growing in numbers which led to its status of a cult classic.The show premiered its last episode years ago, and now after watching and re-watching all the episodes, you might want a few suggestions.So for all the Gilmore Girls fans, here are a few shows that you can watch for a similar vibe.The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselGenre – Comedy Drama, Period DramaIMDb Rating – 8.7 / 10Number of Episodes – 26Set in 1950s Manhattan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel centers around Miriam Midge Maisel, a sharp, funny, and energetic Jewish woman who is a cheerleader to her husband.Stumbling upon a nightclub stage one night, she discovers her comedic skills and decides to become a stand-up comedian.You can stream all the episodes of the three seasons on Amazon Prime Video.New GirlGenre – SitcomIMDb Rating – 7.7/10Number of Episodes – 146The story is about Jess, an offbeat young woman who moves into an apartment loft with three single men after her break up.She then starts to work with her mother-in-law there at her dance school as she was always extremely passionate about dancing.You can stream all the episodes of the first season on Hulu.ParenthoodGenre – Family Drama, Serial Drama, DramedyIMDb Rating – 8.2/10Number of Episodes – 103The show revolves around the three generations of the Braveman family who have managed to keep their foundation intact by burying their problems for the sake of their children.
Legendary architect Zaha Hadid designed the home for Vladislav Doronin, the billionaire developer who owns Aman Resorts and dated Naomi Campbell.
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As people seek out safe, hygienic, and private places to work and socialize, private members' clubs could win big in the current hospitality scene.
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This might be the creepiest game on Apple's platform so far.
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Here are some of the best films that are based on the incidents that took place during the Second World War.The Imitation GameYear of Release – 2014IMDb Rating – 8/10Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 90%Directed By – Morten TyldumThe Oscar-winning film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch is about British cryptanalyst Alan Turing who contributed as a war hero through his computer skills.He decrypted the Enigma code, which as Winston Churchill said, reduced the war by four years.Schindler’s ListYear of Release – 1993IMDb Rating – 8.9/10Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 97%Directed By – Steven SpielbergSchindler’s List is undoubtedly one of the best war films.The story is about Oscar Schindler, and industrialist who saves thousands of Polish Jews from being sent to Auschwitz.Letters From Iwo JimaYear of Release – 2006IMDb Rating – 7.9/10Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 91%Directed By – Clint EastwoodThis is the story of the battle of Iwo Jima that was fought between the United States and Japan.He tells his son that it is a game that comes with benefits and drawbacks.Certain actions are going to help win points while certain actions will take the points away or even disqualify the player.Inglourious BasterdsYear of Release – 2009IMDb Rating – 8.3 / 10Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 89%Directed By – Quentin TarantinoIn Nazi-occupied Germany, a group of American Jewish soldiers plan to assassinate the Nazi leaders, but they later discover that their plans coincide with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans of the same.CasablancaYear of Release – 1942IMDb Rating – 8.5/10Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 99%Directed By – Michael CurtizThe story is about an American expatriate Rick Blaine who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the Second World War.He discovers that Ilsa, his old love interest is in the town with her husband, Victor Laszlo, who is a Czech leader whom the Germans have been trying to find.
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Every Monday we’ll answer your questions on Covid-19 and health in a feature published online. You can submit a question here.This week, HuffPost UK reader Leanne asked: What is a super-spreader event? And how can I avoid them?‘Super-spreader’ is a non-scientific term, used to describe people who end up accidentally infecting significantly more people than would be expected – and in this case, we’re talking about people infecting others with Covid-19.A super-spreader event, then, is the circumstance in which this person spreads the virus around lots of people in one go. While you might expect a person with Covid-19 to pass it on to one or two people, in a super-spreader event they might pass it around to 10 or more.So far, super-spreader events have occurred in a range of places including meat packing plants, prisons, nightclubs and bars – basically any venue where people are in close proximity of one another, ventilation is poor and the virus gets the opportunity to spread like wildfire.Scientists want there to be less focus on the people who act as the source of the infection (the super-spreader, you might say) and more on the circumstances the spread has happened – so as not to lay blame. By shifting the focus, they say, this can help prevent situations from happening again.Submit a coronavirus health question to HuffPost UK.Household transmission seems to be the most likely way to catch Covid-19, but an analysis by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) found care homes, bars, religious settings and workplaces were associated with more clusters of cases. There have also been some incidences at weddings, sporting events and conferences where large numbers of people became ill.Quentin Leclerc, a PhD researcher in mathematical modelling of infectious disease, who was involved in the LSHTM analysis, says rather than focusing on the type of venue where the virus spreads (for example, a nightclub or wedding venue), we should focus on the environmental conditions that appear to help fuel such events.“A lot of people ask: what are the most high-risk settings or how do we rank them?” says Leclerc, “but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to talk about it this way. “What’s interesting is to say this is where we see super-spreading events, these are the characteristics of the settings, [so] these are the factors that facilitate super-spreading events, not the settings.”Being indoors, having people in close proximity, poor ventilation and environments that are relatively cold (such as food processing plants), seem to facilitate greater transmission of the virus, he points out. This is in comparison to, say, an outdoor venue that’s larger, where people can socially distance. This explains why choirs – where the close proximity of singers, act of singing, and close contact activities like hugging and kissing – are thought to have fuelled transmission, as well as factories and meat processing plants – where crowded and cold conditions are very common. Between four food factories in England and Wales, more than 450 workers tested positive for Covid-19 back in June. One plant, based in Anglesey, was responsible for 200 cases alone.Related... Coronavirus Is A Minefield. We’ll Help You Understand It. Another factor to consider is if the people in close proximity of the infected person have weakened immune systems or underlying health issues. If so, they may be more susceptible to the effects of the virus. This might go some way in explaining why the virus has had such devastating effects in care homes.Professor Rowland Kao, an expert in veterinary epidemiology and data science at the University of Edinburgh, says many examples of Covid-19 spreading are due to a person having more contact with others than on average.This might occur, for example, if an infected person repeatedly visits indoor locations with close proximity to others. “This was the driver behind the notorious super-spreading situation in Seoul in May, which resulted in the contact tracing of thousands of individuals and over a hundred cases,” he says.The event in question took place when a 29-year-old man went to five clubs and bars in Seoul, South Korea. The man later tested positive for Covid-19 and bars and clubs in Seoul were forced to shut. At least 101 cases were linked to the event and more than 7,000 people were tested to stop it spreading further.Prof Kao points out that 10% of people were thought to be responsible for 80% of new cases at the start of the pandemic. When lockdown happened, this curbed such spread, but with restrictions easing and normality returning somewhat, there are concerns this could, again, drive super-spreading events. So how can you avoid them? Leclerc says there’s a focus on the three Cs in Japan: avoiding closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places with lots of people nearby, and close contact settings such as close-range conversations. This is important to remember for anyone who wants to steer clear of a super-spreading event.Experts are still learning about Covid-19. The information in this story is what was known or available at the time of publication, but guidance could change as scientists discover more about the virus. To keep up to date with health advice and cases in your area, visit gov.uk/coronavirus and nhs.uk. Related... Can You Catch Covid-19 In A Swimming Pool? When Will Social Distancing End In The UK? What Should We Still Disinfect To Prevent Covid-19? Here's What Experts Say
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Black Panther is one of the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.It is a superhero film directed by Ryan Coogler and released in 2018.It is based on the Marvel comics and has gained massive popularity among the fans.Ryan Coogler is one of the finest directors in Hollywood’s film industry.The audience is waiting eagerly for the upcoming sequel to the Black Panther, which would be again directed by Ryan Coogler.Here we will discuss six exciting facts about the famous director Ryan Coogler.Ryan Coogler Played High School Football Against Marshawn LynchRyan Coogler was a student at St. Mary’s College and Sacramento State before he started studying the films at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.He was made captain of the football team of St. Mary, known as Panthers.This was the reason why Coogler had to cut his hair.Ryan Coogler Worked As A Juvenile Hall Counselor While Filming Fruitvale StationRyan Coogler was a very different director among all other directors in Hollywood.
Netflix often sees little value in long-running TV shows, which has led to some critically acclaimed series getting the boot early in their runs. We looked at 22 Netflix originals beloved by critics that were canceled, from "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" to "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Netflix doesn't love long-running TV shows, and sometimes that means great shows get the ax early. The streaming giant has canceled plenty of shows that upset fans but were panned by TV critics, such as "Everything Sucks!" and "Gypsy." But it's canceled ones that were critically acclaimed, too. Netflix often doesn't see the value in shows that exceed 30 episodes (usually two to three seasons) because they become too expensive and too difficult for new viewers to jump into, Deadline reported last year. That means shows like "American Vandal," "One Day at a Time," and more have been given the boot earlier than fans, and critics, would have hoped. On Tuesday, Netflix canceled the variety talk show "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj." Other Netflix critical darlings to get the ax recently are "The Kominsky Method" and "Dead to Me" after their upcoming third seasons and "Ozark," which was renewed for a fourth and final season after season three was its best reviewed yet.   We've rounded up 22 great TV shows that Netflix has canceled. We highlighted shows that received an average score over 85% on Rotten Tomatoes or whose final seasons were above 85%, and ranked them based on the average scores. We broke ties with audience scores and if those were the same, with the final season score. We limited the list to shows that ended with four seasons or fewer on Netflix, which didn't include "BoJack Horseman" and other shows. In the case of a show like "Lucifer," which Netflix revived for a fourth season after Fox canceled it, and has renewed for seasons five and six, we included it because it received just three new seasons on Netflix.  In the case of "Patriot Act," it aired six "volumes" but only lasted two years, so we counted it. It didn't have enough reviews for an average score on Rotten Tomatoes, so we ranked it based on just its season one critic score. To fans' and critics' delight, though, a couple of these shows have been revived elsewhere. "One Day at a Time," which Netflix canceled after three seasons, debuted its fourth season on the Pop network this year. "Tuca and Bertie" was revived for a second season by Adult Swim.  Below are 22 canceled Netflix shows that critics loved: SEE ALSO: 103 of Netflix's notable original TV shows, ranked from worst to best 22. "Ozark" — canceled after 4 seasons Average critic score: 81% Audience score: 91% Critic score for most recent season: 97% (season 3) Netflix description: "A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss. What critics said: "Season three is the best season of the series so far. The story line arc works pretty well, with seeds planted early on that bloom in the later episodes." — Boston Globe (season 3) 21. "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" — canceled after 4 seasons Average critic score: 84% (includes winter special) Audience score: 69% Critic score for most recent season: 90% (season 3) Netflix description: "Magic and mischief collide as half-human, half-witch Sabrina navigates between two worlds: mortal teen life and her family's legacy, the Church of Night." What critics said: "The character growth of Part 3 is simply put, delicious. The emotional payoffs of each journey keep the show from slipping into WTF!?! territory and firmly ground CAOS as a show with something to say outside of quippy one-liners." — TV Guide (season 3) 20. "The OA" — canceled after 2 seasons Average critic score: 84% Audience score: 84% Critic score for most recent season: 92% (season 2) Netflix description: "Seven years after vanishing from her home, a young woman returns with mysterious new abilities and recruits five strangers for a secret mission." What critics said: "The OA is kind of genius, while simultaneously being incredibly silly. And you know what? I love it! I love its goofy, loopy vibe." — Vox (season 2) 19. "Sense8" — canceled after 2 seasons Average critic score: 86% (includes finale movie) Audience score: 91% Critic score for most recent season: 93% (season 2) Netflix description: "From the creators of "The Matrix" and "Babylon 5" comes this tense series in which eight people can telepathically experience each other's lives." What critics said: "This nakedly political show somehow manages to be free-spirited, rather than dull or polemical; its good intentions often border on goofy naiveté in a way that's charming rather than grating." — The Atlantic (season 2) 18. "Marvel's Luke Cage" — canceled after 2 seasons Average critic score: 87% Audience score: 71% Critic score for most recent season: 85% (season 2) Netflix description: "A hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con fights to clear his name and save his neighborhood. He wasn't looking for a fight, but the people need a hero." What critics said: "It takes a season for Luke to find some sense of certainty, for better or for worse. The next step of his journey may be the most fascinating." — Indiewire (Season 2)   17. "Lucifer" — canceled after 6 seasons (3 on Netflix) Average critic score: 87% Audience score: 85% Critic score for most recent season: 100% (season 4) Netflix description: "Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective." What critics said: "The more I think about it, the more I stand by my belief that the majority of season four is among the very best episodes the Lucifer has to offer." — AV Club (season 4) 16. "Atypical" — canceled after 4 seasons Average critic score: 87% Audience score: 95% Critic score for most recent season: 100% (season 3) Netflix description: "When a teen on the autism spectrum decides to get a girlfriend, his bid for more independence puts his whole family on a path of self-discovery." What critics said: "Atypical is proving yet again why it remains the best half-hour on Netflix's slate." — Forbes (season 3) 15. "Santa Clarita Diet" — canceled after 3 seasons Average critic score: 89% Audience score: 91% Critic score for most recent season: 100% (season 3) Netflix description: "They're ordinary husband and wife realtors until she undergoes a dramatic change that sends them down a road of death and destruction. In a good way." What critics said: "While season three is the richest and most layered look at marriage and mortality yet, 'Santa Clarita Diet' remains gloriously easy watching." — Collider (Season 3) 14. "Easy" — canceled after 3 seasons Average critic score: 90% Audience score: 85% Critic score for most recent season: 100% (season 3) Netflix description: "Features eight vignettes that follow the complicated, loosely connected lives of young Chicagoans in their 20s and 30s as they tackle love, sex, and self-improvement." What critics said: "The final season fulfills the possibilities of the show's concept, informing it with humanist fury." — Slant Magazine (Season 3)   13. "Dead to Me" — canceled after 3 seasons Average critic score: 90% Audience score: 90% Critic score for most recent season: 95% (season 2) Netflix description: "A hotheaded widow searching for the hit-and-run driver who mowed down her husband befriends an eccentric optimist who isn't quite what she seems." What critics said: "Their manic lives and cascading calamities of their own creation provide a fantastic escape into a once-familiar world not long gone. Nobody wants their problems, but at least they're not boring." — Salon 12. "The Kominsky Method" — canceled after 3 seasons Average critic score: 90% Audience score: 93% Critic score for most recent season: 100% (season 2) Netflix description: "Acting coach Sandy Kominsky and best friend Norman Newlander keep each other laughing as they navigate the ups and downs of getting older." What critics said: "Douglas, a Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee, shines throughout ... Arkin, though, gets the richest material this season." — TV Insider (season 2) 11. "Glow" — canceled after 4 seasons Average critic score: 92% Audience score: 86% Critic score for most recent season: 86% (season 3) Netflix description: "In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A comedy by the team behind 'Orange Is the New Black.'" What critics said: "Season 3 is a wrestling match between cause and effect, countering every bit of happiness with a proportionally steep cost." — The Atlantic (season 3) 10. "Marvel's Daredevil" — canceled after 3 seasons Average critic score: 92% Audience score: 92% Critic score for most recent season: 97% (season 3) Netflix description: "Blinded as a young boy, Matt Murdock fights injustice by day as a lawyer and by night as the superhero Daredevil in Hell's Kitchen, New York City." What critics said: "What's clear is that [showrunner Erik] Oleson and his staff course-correct after an overcrowded second season, returning the focus to the people who live in this story." — RogerEbert.com (Season 3)   9. "Dark" — canceled after 3 seasons Average critic score: 93% Audience score: 95% Critic score for most recent season: 91% (season 3) Netflix description: "A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations." What critics said: "'Dark' has maintained that highwire act for three of the most thrilling sci-fi TV seasons ever made. To see it make it across the chasm with its ambitions and technique intact is certainly something worth remembering." — Indiewire (season 3)   8. "Love" — canceled after 3 seasons Average critic score: 94% Audience score: 86% Critic score for most recent season: 100% (season 3) Netflix description: "Rebellious Mickey and good-natured Gus navigate the thrills and agonies of modern relationships in this bold comedy cocreated by Judd Apatow." What critics said: "Love manages to close on its own terms, on an unconventionally hopeful note. But it also provides something that most of us seek but don't often find from our television shows: a couple of genuine surprises we didn't see coming." — Vulture (Season 3)   7. "Dear White People" — canceled after 4 seasons Average critic score: 95% Audience score: 52% Critic score for most recent season: 90% (season 3) Netflix description: "Students of color navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that's not nearly as 'post-racial' as it thinks." What critics said: "The college campus satire attempts to reconcile two complicated histories, and mostly succeeds." — New York Times (season 3) 6. "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" — canceled after 4 seasons Average critic score: 96% (includes interactive movie) Audience score: 83% Critic score for most recent season: 94% (season 4) Netflix description: "When a woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and lands in New York City, she must navigate a world she didn't think even existed anymore." What critics said: "Ellie Kemper's bold gameness has powered the show for so long that it's almost easy to take it for granted; even while she's failed to truly grow all that much over the years, her enthusiasm and dedication to the role remains engaging." — Indiewire 5. "Tuca and Bertie" — canceled after 1 season Average critic score: 98% Audience score: 68% Critic score for most recent season: 98% (season 1) Netflix description: "Free-spirited toucan Tuca and self-doubting song thrush Bertie are best friends — and birds — who guide each other through life's ups and downs." What critics said: "Tuca & Bertie handled a wide range of emotion in just one short season with the utmost humor and heart — and seeing it canceled before it even had a chance to grow is a blow to fans." — Polygon 4. "American Vandal" — canceled after 2 seasons Average critic score: 98% Audience score: 91% Critic score for most recent season: 98% (season 2) Netflix description: "A high school is rocked by an act of vandalism, but the top suspect pleads innocence and finds an ally in a filmmaker. A satirical true-crime mystery." What critics said: "It's better than anyone could have expected, but a little less than they might have hoped." — Slate (Season 2)   3. "One Day at a Time" — canceled after 3 seasons Average critic score (for first three seasons): 99% Audience score (first three seasons): 92% Critic score for most recent season (on Netflix): 100% (season 3) Netflix description: "In a reimagining of the TV classic, a newly single Latina mother raises her teen daughter and tween son with the 'help' of her old-school mom." What critics said: "The heartbeat of 'One Day at a Time' was its spirited insistence that beauty can thrive alongside pain. The series blended multicam-sitcom laughs with a fearless willingness to tackle heavy social issues." — The Atlantic (season 3)   2. "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" — canceled after 6 "volumes" in 2 years Critic score: 100% (volume 1) Audience score: 82% Netflix description: "Every Sunday, Hasan Minhaj brings an incisive and nuanced perspective to global news, politics and culture in his unique comedy series." What critics said: "What Patriot Act is doing very well in these early episodes is balancing the desire to tell cathartic jokes with the need to think, in a way that incorporates ideas about ethics and morality." — NPR (season 1) 1. "Mystery Science Theater 3000" — canceled after 2 seasons Average critic score: 100% Audience score: 91% Critic score for most recent season: 100% (season 2) Netflix description: "The cult hit returns! Captured by mad scientists, new host Jonah survives a blitz of cheesy B movies by riffing on them with his funny robot pals." What critics said: "The movies are a good selection for the most part. They were able to pick six movies that have very little to do with each other. A very nice variety, all things considered." — Den of Geek (season 2)  
On Sunday, Italy announced that it is shutting discos and nightclubs for three weeks as the number of coronavirus cases has increased, particularly among young people. It’s the first reimposition of restrictions in the country, which for so long was the center of the global pandemic, since the government began easing its lockdown in May.“We cannot nullify the sacrifices made in past months. Our priority must be that of opening schools in September, in full safety,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Facebook.Speranza on Saturday urged young people to be as cautious as possible, as “if they infect their parents and their grandparents, they risk creating real damage.” In addition to closing nightspots, the government is requiring that face masks be worn between 6 pm and 6 am in areas close to bars and pubs, and where gatherings are more likely.Italy had kept clubs open despite mounting criticism that they attracted large crowds, that social distancing was not being respected and masks were not being worn.But new cases in the past week were more than double the number three weeks ago.And to the country’s far-right politicians, the resurgent coronavirus crisis has provided fresh fodder for their anti-immigrant agenda. Now, the reimposition of restrictions on regular Italian life at the exact moment migrant boats have begun landing has enabled the far right to stoke the fears of Italians afraid of an imported coronavirus second wave.“The only problem related to the virus is not the boys who dance but those who disembark,” Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right Lega Party, said at a news conference last week, per HuffPost Italy. “The enemy is not the boy who goes to the beach, disco or restaurant, but the thousands of migrants who land on our shores.”“Another 100 landed tonight,” Massimo Casanova, a Lega member who owns a nightclub in the beach town of Milano Marittima, told HuffPost Italy. “What is the point of picking on companies? This government has no idea what it means to run a business.”In recent weeks, a steady stream of asylum-seekers have arrived in Italy, particularly from Tunisia, whose economy has been ravaged as a consequence of the pandemic. According to The Guardian, 1,277 migrants from Tunisia were intercepted by Italian authorities in the first six months of 2019. This year, that number rose to 6,628. More than 4,000 migrants were intercepted by Italian authorities in July alone.With more and more boats arriving from Tunisia every day, the Italian island of Lampedusa has reportedly run out of room to quarantine new migrants, and tensions have flared amid worries that the new arrivals could lead to a new spike in coronavirus cases. With little room on Lampedusa, migrants are being transferred to other quarantine centers, putting local mayors on a war footing. “I don’t understand why the premier doesn’t declare a state of emergency” on Lampedusa, the island’s mayor, Toto Martello, told the Giornale di Sicilia newspaper.Italian prosecutors are investigating two recent attacks against pro-migrant symbols in Lampedusa — a fire that burned hundreds of abandoned boats in the island’s “migrant boat graveyard,” and the vandalism of the Gateway to Europe monument, erected in 2008 as a memorial to migrants who died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean.However, Giusi Nicolini, Lampedusa’s former mayor who won the UNESCO Peace Prize in 2017 for her work with migrants, has stressed that there “is no emergency.”“They say we are overrun for political purposes,” Nicolini told the La Stampa newspaper.For politicians like Salvini, the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed 35,000 lives in Italy since February, is just the latest excuse to demonise immigrants. During his tenure as Italy’s interior minister from June 2018 to September 2019, he repeatedly denied ships carrying migrants access to the country’s ports. Italian prosecutors have sought to bring kidnapping charges against Salvini in three such cases, and the Italian parliament voted last month to lift Salvini’s immunity from prosecution. Yet Italian authorities have continued to turn their backs on migrants seeking assistance. In April, the government declared the country’s ports “unsafe” due to the coronavirus pandemic and said it would not authorize the landing of migrant boats — an unprecedented move.“For the entire duration of the health emergency, due to the outbreak of coronavirus, Italian ports cannot be classified as ‘safe places’ for the landing of people rescued from boats flying a foreign flag,” the government stated in an official decree.In July, humanitarian groups photographed an Italian coast guard ship ignoring a migrant boat that was adrift in the Mediterranean with about 60 people on board.While the rhetoric of politicians like Salvini has fanned the flames of division, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has been blasted over his silence on the arrivals. During mass landings and escapes from reception centers in the final week of July, Conte was criticized for simply claiming that “the situation is complex.” Meanwhile, humanitarian groups say there is little evidence that migrants are fueling the spread of coronavirus.“There is no correlation,” Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration, told Politico. “The far right will use whatever they find to create their anti-migrant message.”With reporting from HuffPost Italy and Reuters. Related... Is It Even Worth Booking A Holiday Abroad Right Now? Michelle Obama: Trump 'In Over His Head,' Is 'Wrong President For This Country' I’m Leaving Britain, In The Middle Of A Pandemic, Because Of Brexit
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