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Sicily
SICILY (/ˈsɪsᵻli/ _SISS-i-lee_ ; Italian : _Sicilia_ , Sicilian : _Sicìlia_) is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea . It is an autonomous region of Italy
Italy
, along with surrounding minor islands, officially referred to as _Regione Siciliana_ (in Italian , Sicilian Region). Sicily
Sicily
is located in the central Mediterranean Sea, south of the Italian Peninsula , from which it is separated by the narrow Strait of Messina
Messina
. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna , the tallest active volcano in Europe, and one of the most active in the world, currently 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high. The island has a typical Mediterranean climate . The earliest archaeological evidence of human activity on the island dates from as early as 12,000 BC
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Sicily (other)
Sicily
Sicily
is a region of Italy
Italy
comprising the island of the same name
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Sicilia (Roman Province)
SICILIA was the first province acquired by the Roman Republic
Roman Republic
. The western part of the island was brought under Roman control in 241 BC at the conclusion of the First Punic War with Carthage . A praetor was regularly assigned to the island from c.227 BC. The Kingdom of Syracuse under Hieron II remained an independent ally of Rome
Rome
until its defeat in 212 BC during the Second Punic War . Thereafter the province included the whole of the island of Sicily, the island of Malta
Malta
, and the smaller island groups (the Egadi islands , the Lipari islands, Ustica , and Pantelleria ). During the Roman Republic
Roman Republic
, the island was the main source of grain for the city of Rome
Rome
. Extraction was heavy, provoking armed uprisings known as the Servile Wars in the second century BC
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Sicilia!
SICILIA! is a 1999 Italian black-and-white film directed by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub . Sicilia! follows a man returning to visit his native Sicily
Sicily
, after living in Northern Italy
Italy
for many years. The film is an adaptation of Elio Vittorini 's anti-fascist novel Conversations in Sicily
Sicily
, which was first published in 1941. Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa 's documentary on Straub and Huillet, Où gît votre sourire enfoui? (alternately translated into English as Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? or Where Lies Your Hidden Smile?), was filmed while they were editing Sicilia!. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival
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Autonomous Regions With Special Statute
The REGIONS OF ITALY (Italian: regioni) are the first-level administrative divisions of Italy
Italy
, constituting its second NUTS administrative level . There are 20 regions, of which five are constitutionally given a broader amount of autonomy granted by special statutes. Each region, except for the Aosta Valley
Aosta Valley
, is divided into provinces . Regions are autonomous entities with powers defined in the Constitution
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Flag Of Sicily
The FLAG OF SICILY (Sicilian : Bannera dâ Sicilia; Italian : Bandiera siciliana) was first adopted in 1282, after the successful Sicilian Vespers revolt against the king Charles I of Sicily
Sicily
. OVERVIEWThe flag is characterized by the presence of the triskelion (trinacria ) in its middle, the (winged) head of Medusa
Medusa
( Gorgon
Gorgon
) and three wheat ears. The three bent legs allegedly represent the three points of the triangular shape of the island of Sicily, or the historical three valli of the island . The present design became the official public flag of the Autonomous Region of Sicily
Sicily
on 4 January 2000, after the passing of an apposite law which advocates its use on public buildings, schools, city halls, and all the other places in which Sicily
Sicily
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Italy
Coordinates : 43°N 12°E / 43°N 12°E / 43; 12 Italian Republic _Repubblica Italiana_ (Italian ) _ Flag Emblem ANTHEM: Il Canto degli Italiani _ (Italian ) "The Song of the Italians" Location of Italy (dark green) – in Europe (light green "> (light green) – Capital and largest city Rome 41°54′N 12°29′E / 41.900°N 12.483°E / 41.900; 12.483


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Palermo
PALERMO (Italian: (_ listen ), Sicilian : Palermu_, Latin : _Panormus_, from Greek : Πάνορμος, _Panormos_) is a city of Southern Italy , the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo . The city is noted for its history , culture , architecture and gastronomy , playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,700 years old. Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea . The city was founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians as _Ziz_ ('flower'). Palermo then became a possession of Carthage , before becoming part of the Roman Republic , the Roman Empire and eventually part of the Byzantine Empire , for over a thousand years. The Greeks named the city _Panormus_ meaning 'complete port'
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Rosario Crocetta
ROSARIO CROCETTA (born 8 February 1951) is an Italian politician who has been President of Sicily since 2012. He was the first openly gay mayor in Italy
Italy
when he became Mayor of Gela
Gela
in 2003. A prominent figure in the fight against the Mafia , in 2009 he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He became President of Sicily following the Sicilian regional elections of 2012 . CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Political career * 3 Fight against Mafia * 4 See also * 5 References BIOGRAPHYBorn in Gela
Gela
, Sicily
Sicily
, in 1951, Crocetta is the son of a water-worker and a seamstress. His older brother is former PCI senator Salvatore Crocetta . After having received his diploma he worked for ENI in Gela
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Democratic Party (Italy)
The DEMOCRATIC PARTY (Italian : Partito Democratico, PD) is a social-democratic political party in Italy
Italy
. The party's secretary is Matteo Renzi , who was elected in the 2013 leadership election and re-elected in the 2017 leadership election . Maurizio Martina serves as deputy secretary, while Matteo Orfini is the party's president. The PD was founded on 14 October 2007 upon the merger of various centre-left parties which had been part of The Olive Tree list and The Union coalition in the 2006 general election
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Demonym
A DEMONYM (/ˈdɛmənɪm/ ; δῆμος _dẽmos_ "people, tribe", ὄνομα _ónoma_ "name") is a word that identifies residents or natives of a particular place, which is derived from the name of that particular place. It is a neologism (i.e., a recently minted term); previously _GENTILIC_ was recorded in English dictionaries, e.g., the _ Oxford English Dictionary _ and _Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary_. Examples of demonyms include a _ Pakistani _ for a person from Pakistan , _Swahili _ for a person of the Swahili coast , the colloquial _Kiwi _ for a person from New Zealand , and a _Cochabambino_ for a person from the city of Cochabamba . Demonyms do not always clearly distinguish place of origin or ethnicity from place of residence or citizenship, and many demonyms overlap with the ethnonym for the ethnically dominant group of a region
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Time Zone
A TIME ZONE is a region of the globe that observes a uniform standard time for legal, commercial, and social purposes. Timezones tend to follow the boundaries of countries and their subdivisions because it is convenient for areas in close commercial or other communication to keep the same time. Most of the time zones on land are offset from Coordinated Universal Time(UTC) by a whole number of hours ( UTC−12to UTC+14), but a few zones are offset by 30 or 45 minutes (for example Newfoundland Standard Timeis UTC−03:30, NepalStandard Timeis UTC+05:45, and Indian Standard Timeis UTC+05:30). Some higher latitude and temperate zone countries use daylight saving time for part of the year, typically by adjusting local clock time by an hour. Many land time zones are skewed toward the west of the corresponding nautical time zones . This also creates a permanent daylight saving time effect
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Central European Time
TIME IN AFRICA UTC−01:00 Cape Verde Time UTC±00:00 Greenwich Mean Time UTC±00:00 UTC+01:00 Greenwich Mean Time Greenwich Mean Time +1 UTC+01:00 West Africa Time / Central European Time UTC+01:00 UTC+02:00 West Africa Time West Africa Summer Time UTC+02:00 Central Africa Time / South African Standard Time / Eastern European Time UTC+03:00 East Africa Time UTC+04:00 Mauritius Time / Seychelles Time Light colors indicate where standard time is observed all year; dark colors indicate where daylight savings is observed. NOTE: The islands of Cape Verde are to the west of the African mainland
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UTC+1
UTC+01:00 is a time offset that adds 1 hour to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time is used in: * Central European Time * West Africa Time
West Africa Time
* Western European Summer Time * British Summer Time * Irish Standard Time * Romance Standard Time (Microsoft Windows Control panel) * Swatch Internet Time * EVE Online
EVE Online
In ISO 8601 the associated time would be written as 2017-08-08T12:06:10+01:00
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Daylight Saving Time
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (abbreviated DST), also sometimes erroneously referred to as DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME, is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that evening daylight lasts longer, while sacrificing normal sunrise times. Typically, regions that use daylight saving time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time. American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin proposed a form of daylight time in 1784. He wrote an essay "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light" to the editor of _The Journal of Paris _, suggesting, somewhat jokingly, that Parisians could economize candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of the natural morning light instead. New Zealander George Hudson proposed the idea of daylight saving in 1895
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Central European Summer Time
CENTRAL EUROPEAN SUMMER TIME (CEST) is the standard clock time observed during the period of summer daylight-saving in those European countries which observe Central European Time (UTC+1 ) during the rest of the year. It corresponds to UTC+2 , which makes it the same as Central Africa Time ,