The Daily Populous

Wednesday July 14th, 2021 night edition

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Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said the ban was urgently adopted at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday and will take effect Aug. 1.

It applies to the lagoon basin near St. Mark’s Square and the Giudecca Canal, which is a major marine artery in Venice.

Before the coronavirus pandemic severely curtailed international travel, cruise ships discharging thousands of day-trippers overwhelmed Venice and its delicate marine environment.

Environmentalists and cultural heritage have battled for decades with business interests, since the cruise industry is a major source of revenue for the city.

The Italian government earlier this year had decided on a ban but without quickly setting a date for it to start.

The premier's office noted that permitted ships generally have about 200 passengers compared to the thousands that huge cruise vessels carry.

The Cabinet decree also establishes compensation mechanisms for navigation companies and others affected by the ban. »

Taliban fighters execute 22 Afghan commandos as they try to surrender

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After a fierce battle to hold the town, the commandos had run out of ammunition and were surrounded by the Taliban fighters, witnesses said.

The Taliban told CNN the videos showing the commandos being shot were fake and government propaganda to encourage people not to surrender.

The Afghan Ministry of Defense denied the Taliban was holding the commandos and told CNN they were killed. »

Tennessee fires top vaccine official as COVID-19 shows signs of new spread

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Tennessee fires top vaccine official as COVID-19 shows signs of new spread.

The termination comes as the virus shows new signs of spread in Tennessee, and the more-transmissible delta variant surfaces in greater numbers.

Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, who repeatedly has spread vaccine misinformation during legislative hearings, insisted the state was misinterpreting its legal authority. »

Escort services and strip clubs don't increase sex crimes

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The role of entertainment establishments (strip clubs, escort services, adult bookstores, and adult movie theaters) in communities is controversial.

The crime data includes hourly information on crimes observed by the police, including sex crimes.

The researchers find no negative effects on bordering precincts, indicating that sex crimes are not moving to other nearby areas. »