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Why Rome Will Be The Busiest, Rowdiest, Holiest Place Ever This Sunday

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ROME- What do get when you mix a rugby match and a marathon with the patron saint of Ireland and an Argentine Pope? Endless eternal city traffic jams, for sure. Holy chaos? Well, we'll see.

Here is the once-in-a-lifetime agenda for Rome this Sunday.

MARATHON

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There are an estimated 100,000 people -- including 14,000 runners -- who will come to the city to partake in the Rome Marathon, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. The route is set to start and end near the Colosseum, closing off many roads. Unlike other years, runners will not pass by St. Peter's. (see below!)

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BIG SOCCER MATCH

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The AS Roma soccer club will play Parma in a Serie A in an evening clash at the Olympic Stadium.

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Irish Invasion

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Meanwhile, squeezed between the marathon and the soccer match will be a major rugby contest: Italy hosts Ireland in an afternoon Six Nations showdown at the same Olympic Stadium. Oh, did we mention Sunday also happens to be St. Patrick’s Day?

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City planners in Rome were already bracing for all the above activity when the date for the papal conclave was set. Now that Pope Francis has been elected, it’s expected he will say the Angelus on Sunday morning in St. Peter's Square. His first official public appearance will draw huge crowds. But, at least the cardinals didn't choose an Irish pope -- then things might have gotten really rowdy!

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Joshimath, The Sinking Indian City Has Also Become A Hotbed Of Government Censorship

The Indian authorities' decision to hide factual reports on the land subsidence in Joshimath only furthers a sense of paranoia.

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Cracked road in Joshimath

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MUMBAI — Midway through the movie Don’t Look Up (2021), the outspoken PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) is bundled into a car, a bag over her head. The White House, we are told, wants her “off the grid”. She is taken to a warehouse – the sort of place where CIA and FBI agents seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in Hollywood movies – and charged with violating national security secrets.

The Hobson’s choice offered to her is to either face prosecution or suspend “all public media appearances and incendiary language relating to Comet Dibiasky”, an interstellar object on a collision course with earth. Exasperated, she acquiesces to the gag order.

Don’t Look Upis a satirical take on the collective apathy towards climate change; only, the slow burn of fossil fuel is replaced by the more imminent threat of a comet crashing into our planet. As a couple of scientists try to warn humanity about its potential extinction, they discover a media, an administration, and indeed, a society that is not just unwilling to face the truth but would even deny it.

This premise and the caricatured characters border on the farcical, with plot devices designed to produce absurd scenarios that would be inconceivable in the real world we inhabit. After all, would any government dealing with a natural disaster, issue an edict prohibiting researchers and scientists from talking about the event? Surely not. Right?

On January 11, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), one of the centers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), issued a preliminary report on the land subsidence issue occurring in Joshimath, the mountainside city in the Himalayas.

The word ‘subsidence’ entered the public lexicon at the turn of the year as disturbing images of cracked roads and tilted buildings began to emanate from Joshimath.

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