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|LISBON Raphael Guerreiro World Cup Jersey , May 21 (Xinhua) -- The 18-day Flower Festival concluded on Sunday in Funchal, Capital of Portugal's Madeira Autonomous Region in the Atlantic Ocean, which attracted a record 77,000 visitors from both home and abroad.
The city center of Funchal decorated with various species of colorful flowers had been immersed in an air of festivity throughout the festival. Crowds of people flocked there to admire the beautiful flower carpets, flower walls and folk songs and dances.
On May 6 morning, hundreds of children, dressed in beautiful costumes and accompanied by their parent Rafa Silva World Cup Jersey , marched in the streets with flowers in their hands towards their destination Municipal Square. The children in a long queue built the Wall of Hope with flowers to wish for world peace. More than 1,000 doves were released into the air, a symbol also for peace.
The next day's afternoon, a grand parade of flowers, which attracted most of the visitors during the festival, was held at Avenue de Mar just next to the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of revellers, most of them girls and children Pepe World Cup Jersey , all dressed in costumes and crowns decorated with flowers, sang and danced all along the street.
A retired Dutch couple said that their son recommended Madeira after his March trip. "We choose to visit Madeira during the Flower Festival and really enjoy the happy time the festival is bringing to us," they told Xinhua.
Madeira Island is known as the Island of Flower with its sub-tropical climate best for growth of various species of flowers in the world. The Flower Festival, held annually between April and May is meant to celebrate the advent of the Spring season.
Besides the grand parade of flowers, concerts, traditional songs and dances and classic car show are also held during the festival which is dated back to 1954.
Eduardo Jusus, Secretary of Economy Nani World Cup Jersey , Tourism and Culture of Madeira Autonomous Region government, said that tourism industry, the pillar of the economy in the Madeira Island, accounts for about a quarter of its economic output.
He said the Funchal municipal government has invested some 420,000 euros for this year's Flower Festival and the hotel occupancy rate in Madeira reached more than 90 percent. The duration of the Flower Festival will be extended for one more week next year, he added.
Jusus said that there have not been quite a lot of Chinese travellers to visit Madeira so far and he hopes that the direct flight between Lisbon and Beijing due to open in July will bring more Chinese visitors to Madeira.
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ROME, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Over 40 people were convicted of corruption by an Italian court here on Thursday, at the end of an unprecedented trial against organized crime in the Italian capital.
Overall, some 46 defendants faced charges of corruption and mafia-related crimes for being part of a network that siphoned millions of euros of funds by rigging public contracts.
Some 41 of them were found guilty of corruption, and five acquitted. However, none of the defendants were convicted of mafia association.
The leader of the gang -- 59-year-old, one-eyed Jose Fonte World Cup Jersey , former neo-fascist Massimo Carminati -- was given 20 years in prison. His right-hand man Salvatore Buzzi -- a convicted murder, and later chief of leftist cooperatives operating in various social activities -- was sentenced to 19 years in jail.
The two men were the kingpins of the network, which involved not only common criminals and entrepreneurs, but also employees and officials in Rome's municipality, and local politicians from across the spectrum.
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Several officials and politicians in previous administrations were also given long prison terms, including former CEO of Rome's public waste management firm Franco Panzironi (10 years), former center-right councilor Luca Gramazio (11 years), former center-left speaker in the city hall Mirko Coratti (6 years), and former center-right councillor Giordano Tredicine (3 years).
Rome mayor Virginia Raggi awaited the verdict at the "bunker" courtroom of the Rebibbia prison in the eastern suburbs of the capital.
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Starting from Carminati and Buzzi, some 19 defendants in the trial faced the allegations of mafia association and other mafia-related crimes.
Indeed, the case has become known as the "Mafia Capital" scandal, and the trial has represented the biggest judiciary effort so far against organized crime in Rome.
Mafia-related charges, if proved in court, bring about severer sentences under a much tougher legislation, according to the Italian penal code.
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The judges disagreed, sending a blow to the prosecution office, and stating that Massimo Carminati was a "common" -- although habitual -- criminal.
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