1° July – Day of foundation of the Special Administrative Region HONG KONG

Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War, and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under a principle of “one country, two systems“.

Originally a sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages, the territory has become one of the world’s most significant financial centres and commercial ports. It is the world’s tenth-largest exporter and ninth-largest importer. Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterised by low taxation and free trade, and its currency, the Hong Kong dollar, is the eighth most traded currency in the world. Hong Kong is home to the second-highest number of billionaires of any city in the world, the highest number of billionaires of any city in Asia, and the largest concentration of ultra high-net-worth individuals of any city in the world. Although the city has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, severe income inequality exists among its residents.[28]

Hong Kong is a highly developed territory and ranks fourth on the UN Human Development Index. The city also has the largest number of skyscrapers of any city in the world, and its residents have some of the highest life expectancies in the world.The dense space also led to a developed transportation network with public transport rates exceeding 90 percent. Hong Kong is ranked sixth in the Global Financial Centres Index and is ranked fourth in Asia after Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.

Due to China’s large population and area, the administrative divisions of China have consisted of several levels since ancient times. The constitution of China provides for three de jure levels of government. Currently, however, there are five practical (de facto) levels of local government: the provincial (province, autonomous region, municipality, and special administrative region), prefecture, county, township, and village.Since the 17th century, provincial boundaries in China have remained largely static. Major changes since then have been the reorganization of provinces in the northeast after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and the formation of autonomous regions, based on Soviet ethnic policies. The provinces serve an important cultural role in China, as people tend to identify with their native province.

8th June 2020: Word Ocean Day

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World Oceans Day is an international day that takes place annually on the 8th of June. The concept was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. World Oceans Day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008. The International day supports the implementation of worldwide Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and fosters public interest in the management of the ocean and its resources.

The day in 2020 is dedicated to “Innovation for a sustainable ocean”. There are many initiatives all or almost via the web for the known restrictions worldwide due to Covid-19. The conference “Conference on the Ocean” scheduled in Lisbon from 2 to 6 June will not take place for this reason the United Nations has decided to do a virtual event in the presence of different personalities linked to the seas and oceans. And the instructions from the Secretary General Antonio Guterres which will end with a concert dedicated to the oceans with the involvement of musicians from all over the world.

 

Many schools have already closed due to the coronavirus

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The period of May is perhaps one of the most beautiful, or even most decisive, months. When I was a student, the month of May was the decisive month for fixing school questions, classwork and insufficiencies. Those who had arranged everything could already enjoy the luxury of going on vacation in late May or at the very beginning of June, thus anticipating the summer holidays.

This year, due to the coronavirus, the Italian schools are already closed, and those who will have to face the exams will have to do it with all possible precautions and with the marks of the first quarter. Even in most European states, schools have remained closed, because it is one of the places where the virus is transmitted, especially because children are totally asymptomatic. The Italian government has already set some guidelines to face the new school year, which will begin in September. According to the current situation, all students will be obliged to wear a mask.
But further restrictions may apply if epidemiological evidence worsens in the coming days and months. Italy has almost reopened everything, but in many cities nightlife and night parties are resumed, which are currently prohibited. Hopefully the exponential contagion will not resume.

TV deludes us to keep us company

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Often watching TV is almost inevitable, because it is the only means of distraction during lunch or dinner, and above all it is a company for those who live only at home. In recent years, some channels have introduced the so-called TV marathons (siticom or talkshow) which I assume are a purely American invention. But how well does TV really do us? I believe that TV does well when it distracts us in the right measure from our daily thoughts.

The internet is also a distraction. But it is different. For those who are thirsty for knowledge, the web is a form of addiction because one can always find something that enriches one’s knowledge. For those who are thirsty for trash, TV is the greatest danger, because nowadays almost all transmissions are transformed into trash.

You have to check the calendar (or your agenda) a few times a week

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Always looking at your agenda makes you mad … You always have to find the right balance. Never, as at this moment, is this Peanuts maxim true. In fact, in the time of the Coronavirus people had to reinvent their day, often out of the ordinary. Always looking at the calendar automates too much our creativity or inventiveness in doing things, often making us mechanical and devoid of any interest in details about things …

May is Here

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Today is May 1st, labor day in many countries around the world. Difficult to talk on this day when many workers risk their work due to the crisis for the Coronavirus. I will just hope that every state takes the right steps to deal with the epidemic.

 

Goodbye April

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This could often have been very long for many people, forced not only to suffer the bad weather of the season but also to stay home because of the coronavirus. Finally May begins, which I consider the true month of spring and perhaps a few times even in early summer. But in this month in many countries there is also the (partial) end of the lockdown and some activities can be resumed, such as that of simply walking through the streets of the city, respecting the safety distances.

NEW SINGLE: Tommaso Paradiso – Ma lo vuoi capire?

 

April is a prolific month for Tommaso Paradiso because after the single released a few days ago, in which he sings with Elisa in the song “andrà tutto bene“, dedicated to the hope for the coronavirus, another single comes out: “ma lo vuoi capire?” . The single was released today 17th April, and all radio stations are broadcast by the song, which at the moment, however, is without video clip. This song will probably accompany us until the beginning of summer ..

 

LYRIC

Mi diverto
solitamente dopo le 18
la mattina invece, be
la mattina è quello che è
sono a letto
che cerco il pensiero giusto
per mettermi le scarpe
e muovermi nel mondo

Cos’è
che hai?
perchè scappi via così in fretta

Oh, ma lo vuoi capire?
che senza di te
pure il vino buono sa di aranciata
e che la notte non sa di niente
non prende gusto
neanche il suono del piano
il rumore dei pini
l’odore del sole

Oh, ma lo vuoi capire?
si o no
che senza di te
trascino male anche la spesa
che la marcia non entra
e la chiave non gira
e che questa sera
è solo un’altra sera
che piove, che piove, che piove
un’altra sera
che piove, che piove, che piove
oh no?

2020-03-10
Sono incerto
non so se sia alba o tramonto
scendere le scale o
o rimanere sdraiato in salotto
cos’è
che hai?
Perchè non mi guardi neanche

Oh, ma lo vuoi capire
che senza di te
pure il vino buono sa di aranciata
e che la notte non sa di niente
non prende gusto
neanche il suono del piano
il rumore dei pini
l’odore del sole

Oh, ma lo vuoi capire
si o no
che senza di te
trascino male anche la spesa
che la marcia non entra
e la chiave non gira
e che questa sera
è solo un’altra sera
che piove, che piove, che piove
un’altra sera
che piove, che piove, che piove

E se torni ci guardiamo pure un film
di quelli che fanno piangere
e se ti va poi ci spariamo pure un drink

Oh, ma lo vuoi capire
che senza di te
pure il vino buono sa di aranciata
e che la notte non sa di niente
non prende gusto
neanche il suono del piano
il rumore dei pini
l’odore del sole

Oh, ma lo vuoi capire
si o no
che senza di te
trascino male anche la spesa
che la marcia non entra
e la chiave non gira
e che questa sera
è solo un’altra sera
che piove, che piove, che piove
un’altra sera
che piove, che piove, che piove

Alienation in network traffic

Illustration of Pawel Kucysnki

 

On normal days, outside the emergency, social networks and our smartphones are a superlfuous means of communication. While in this period they represent one of the few (if not the only) means by which not to remain alone. But one must always be cautious in using social media. The image of the artist Pawel Kuczysnki represents his alienation in the traffic, as if we were on a happy island but in reality we are only in the traffic.

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

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International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is a United Nations international observance designated in 2007 to be marked on 25 March every year.

The day honours and remembers those who suffered and died as a consequence of the transatlantic slave trade, which has been called “the worst violation of human rights in history”, in which over 400 years more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims.

It was first observed in 2008 with the theme “Breaking the Silence, Lest We Forget”. The theme of 2015 was “Women and Slavery”. The International Day also “aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today”.

With 2015 marking the start of the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent, a permanent memorial was unveiled at the UN headquarters in New York, entitled “The Ark of Return” and designed by Haitian-American architect Rodney Leon, who also designed the African Burial Ground National Monument.