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The previous Italy's thread got locked ( probably had grown too huge in size by now, I'd suppose).....So I'm starting a new one (hoping that's ok)



Cucchi wouldn't have died without fractures - expert

'Finally heard that beating caused death' says sister Ilaria


Redazione ANSA Rome
14 June 201914:37 News

We must not appease Iran, insist experts at EGIC

14 June 2019


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'I am afraid': Amanda Knox breaks down at Italy forum


Amanda Knox told an Italian legal forum Saturday she feared "harassment" and "new accusations" four years after she was acquitted of the gruesome killing of her British housemate



The Local
15 June 2019
14:52 CEST+02:00
'I am afraid': Amanda Knox breaks down at Italy forum
Acquitted murder suspect Amanda Knox broke down at the "Trial by Media" session at the Criminal Justice Festival in the northern city of Modena. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

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Italy adopts decree that could fine migrant rescuers up to €50,000


New bill would fine NGOs bringing migrants on shore without permission but UN says it penalises rescues at sea


Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo

Sat 15 Jun 2019 16.06 BST



The Sea-Watch rescue ship sails in the waters off Libya earlier this year. Sea-Watch refused to take migrants back to Tripoli in Libya earlier this week
Photograph: Fabian Heinz/AP



Truly unbelievable imo...But not really...With Interior affairs minister Salvini everything  and anything is possible









Franco Zeffirelli was a master charmer - no wonder we all fell for his Romeo and Juliet


His take on Shakespeare’s tragedy tapped the zeitgeist, but Zeffirelli’s whole body of work pulsated with an irresistible camp and romanticism


Sat 15 Jun 2019 17.47 BST Last modified on Sat 15 Jun 2019 18.19 BST

Franco Zeffirelli with a self-penned book, at home in Rome, 3 April 2014
Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA
The movie I personally really love  by him is "Brother Sun , Sister Moon" (in Italian "Fratello Sole, Sorella Luna") on the life of St. Francis of Assisi  ( I watched it 30 times at least)...I do recommend it to all those who never had the chance of seeing it.....A  real masterpiece imho.....
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8 hours ago, yota691 said:

Go for it....Thanks Umb...



Thanks Yota for reading




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What if Italy's immigrants disappeared?


16 May 2019

Screenshot 2019-05-16 at 19.58.30

Matteo Salvini electoral billboard for the Nat'l elections of 4 March, 2018

No matter how many "Italians first" (Prima gli Italiani) t-shirts and mugs they sell, the fact is Italy needs its immigrants






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Matteo Salvini seeks closer Washington ties as EU tensions rise


Politician aims to establish Italy as America’s ‘most important’ European partner


Angela Giuffrida in Rome

Mon 17 Jun 2019 13.31 BST

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Second fascist attack in 3 days at the same spot

Fresh Cinema America attack by 'rightists' in Rome

Ex-girlfriend of association chief targeted


Redazione ANSA Rome
19 June 201917:38 News









Forza Nuova sparks outrage with Duce promotional poster


19 June 2019










Italian universities leap in new world rankings


19 June 2019

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We must compete on equal footing in EU says Conte

Premier calls for European rules to be overhauled

Redazione ANSA Brussels
20 June 201915:47 News









Cinema America President threatened to keep quiet


20 June 2019




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Infringement-procedure negotiations are complicated says Conte

Details of talks are confidential says premier

Redazione ANSA Brussels
21 June 201914:01 News








Wave hello to Italy's first surf park, one of the world's biggest


The sea isn't visible even from the roof of Milan's towering cathedral, but enthusiasts can now ride waves near the Italian city at one of the world's biggest surf parks


22 June 2019
09:49 CEST+02:00



Wakeparadise, which opens to the public on Saturday, is the first such park in Italy and joins a growing list of artificial lagoons in Australia, Dubai, Malaysia, Spain and the United States.


The Snowdonia Surf Park in Wales boasts the world's longest artificial wave on its 300-metre (980-feet) lagoon, using a plough and pulley system to create its waves.


But Milan boasts "the largest floating surf pool in the world," says park president, Ludovico Vanoli.


Set in Peschiera Borromeo, in a picturesque artificial lake surrounded by trees, it offers 10-metre wide wave, with a maximum height of 1.6 metres.


The project, which cost 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million), is also environmentally conscious -- the wave machine uses renewable energy, while the park bans plastic.


Purists have criticised the creation of lagoons that commercialise the sport and remove the element of unpredictability oceans bring, which they argue undermines its free spirit.


But others appreciate the chance to train all year round.



'Super wave'

Vanoli, a keen surfer himself, agrees the experience "cannot be compared to the ocean".


"No artificial wave structure can offer the emotion and feeling of the sea", he said.

But "we can give novices the opportunity to approach this sport in a simple, immediate and safe way".


And for those already professional at paddling and cresting, the centre gives them "the chance to surf in their lunch break, or after work... or when the sea is flat," he said.

The force and waveform can be adjusted to match the surfer's abilities.


Once wetsuits are donned and boards waxed, there are three types of waves available: a gentle one for beginners, a slightly more vertical, medium wave for those with some experience, and a powerful breaker.


Fifteen pumps inject 22,000 litres of lake water per second into the pool.


"It's fantastic, a super wave... so big. I surfed it a couple of times and I'm still getting my bearings. But it's really fun," surfer Andrew Holzner says.



'Good for beginners'

Laura Haustein, a 21-year-old German, said it was certainly "a good option for beginners, and a good way to improve".


"There's a constant wave, the pressure is always the same. The wave's clean, there's no shock," she said, her board tucked under her arm.


Surfers, who can use their own board or rent one, will pay 45 euros an hour to ride the waves, or can book the whole pool for private use for 420 euros an hour.


The site, which is open to anyone over 12 years old, offers training courses too.


There are some 80,000 surfers in Italy, with 35 percent living in Lombardy -- the northern region that includes Milan -- and 60 percent are beginners, according to Wakeparadise.


The park also hopes to attract tourists keen for a break from the dusty streets of Italy's economic and fashion heartland.


Interest is certainly on the rise in the sport, which will make its debut appearance in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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Homeless man acquitted of American student murder


24 June 2019










US 'Deal of the Century' monetises peace in Palestine


22 June 2019



ROME - Sharp critics against the Trump administration’s ‘Deal of the Century’, an economic plan expected to be officially unveiled during the US-led international economic conference in Bahrain on June 25-26, echoed Friday at the Foreign Press Association as representatives of the Palestinian community in Italy discussed the plan and denounced what they called an “extermination of the Palestinian people’s rights”............









End to Sea Watch migrants standoff? Germany offers help


21 June 2019








Milan-Cortina get Winter Olympics beating Stockholm

IOC decision gives Italy 2nd winter games in 20 yrs, after Turin

Redazione ANSA Lausanne
24 June 201918:55 News









Heat wave hits Italy, could exceed record wave of 2003

Elderly advised to stay inside, drink more

Redazione ANSA Rome
24 June 201915:16 News












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Italian mafia boss escapes prison in Uruguay


Italian mafia boss Rocco Morabito has fled prison in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo, where he was awaiting extradition to Italy, the interior ministry announced on Monday


24 June 2019
17:14 CEST+02:00



Morabito and three other inmates "escaped through a hole in the roof of the building" late Sunday and robbed the occupants of a nearby farmhouse, the ministry said in a statement.


The statement said Morabito -- a top 'Ndrangheta figure arrested in Uruguay in 2017 after decades on the run -- was awaiting extradition for "international drug trafficking". 


Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini reacted angrily to the "disconcerting and serious" news.


"I make two commitments, first to shed full light on how he escaped, asking for an immediate explanation from the Montevideo government. Then we will continue the hunt for Morabito, wherever he is," he said. 


Long-time fugitive Morabito -- dubbed "the king of cocaine" -- was one of Italy's most-wanted men when he was arrested in a downtown Montevideo hotel. His lawyer told reporters at the time he was staying there while looking for a new apartment after splitting from his wife.


Registering for new accommodation would have helped expose Morabito, who had been on the run for 23 years. He had been living since 2004 in Punta del Este, a playground for South America's rich about 90 minutes drive northeast of Montevideo.


He eventually settled in a country estate with a Tuscan-style farmhouse some 40 kilometres from Punta del Este.


Officials said at the time that he had acquired Uruguayan residence after entering the country with a false Brazilian passport in the name of Francisco Capeletto.


Morabito, a capo with the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, Italy's most feared organized crime gang, was originally arrested on charges of falsifying identity papers, but has been awaiting extradition on the more serious charges since September 2017.


The three other men who escaped with Morabito were awaiting extradition to Brazil and Argentina, including one on charges of homicide.


Morabito arrived in Milan from his hometown of Africo in Italy's poor southern region of Calabria at the age of 23, and quickly carved out a reputation as the city's "king of cocaine".


Nicknamed 'U Tamunga' in reference to a German military vehicle, the Dkw Munga, the young Morabito became a charismatic figure in Milan who frequented bars and parties, according to Italian press reports.


He quickly came to the attention of Italian anti-mafia investigators and they regularly tracked him delivering suitcases filled with millions of lira to Colombian drug traffickers in a Milan piazza.


Police finally moved in on his birthday as he made what would be his last delivery, in October 1994, but the capo managed to escape.


The following year he was sentenced in absentia to 28 years' imprisonment for mafia association and drug trafficking. Later the sentence was extended to 30 years.

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13 minutes ago, Sage449 said:

Umbertino,  what's your thoughts on the Amanda Knox theories? 



Thanks for asking, Sage....The matter is complicated...


Following the investigations and testimonials, it does look complex...There are still a few contradictions....


I still today do not know if Amanda and her then Italian BF (Raffaele Sollecito) are complete strangers to the murder or did instead play a part , even if small...


Only one guy went to jail so far, Rudy Guede  (from Ivory Coast, Africa) who never admitted anything on the murder....


My ( and others as well) theory is that there was a party going on with lots of alcohol and things went out of hand unfortunately...Those people were all young anyway and they loved partying....

As I said...Most likely something went wrong but I can't tell the single accountabilities of each character  involved in this tragedy...Meredith Kercher  died, though....




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Thanks umbertino - appreciate it. Yes, very unfortunate someone died, and the circumstances are muddled and added faux pas during the investigation. I don't understand even with the possibility of partying that anyone would want to stab another to the extent Ms Kercher was injured and ultimately killed. I get the forced sex, people do stupid things under the influence. The rest boggles the mind. 

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2 minutes ago, Sage449 said:

Thanks umbertino - appreciate it. Yes, very unfortunate someone died, and the circumstances are muddled and added faux pas during the investigation. I don't understand even with the possibility of partying that anyone would want to stab another to the extent Ms Kercher was injured. I get the forced sex, people do stupid things under the influence. The rest boggles the mind. 



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Sea Watch ignores stop order, Salvini blasts 'hostile act'

Migrant rescue ship in front of Lampedusa

Redazione ANSA Palermo
26 June 201917:07 News



Good...That is the human and ethical thing to do..


That's also a consequence of what happened in the article below








Salvini’s triumph, ECHR rules against Sea Watch

26 June 2019



Unbelievable....This decision is frankly obscene

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Number of asylum seekers sent back to Italy triples in five years


EU countries sending growing numbers back to country of arrival in bloc


Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo

Thu 27 Jun 2019 14.55 BST






Sea Watch blocked after trying to enter Lampedusa port

'They ordered us to turn off engines' says NGO spokesperson


Redazione ANSA Lampedusa
27 June 201916:07 News










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Heatwave: Two dead in Italy from suspected heatstroke


At least two people are reported dead from suspected heatstroke as Italy put seven cities on red alert for extreme heat


The Local
27 June 2019
17:04 CEST+02:00



The fatalities, both elderly men, were found on Thursday: one in a park near the central train station in Milan, and the other in the countryside near near Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche.


The victim in Milan is reported to have been homeless, while the man in Le Marche was reported missing yesterday afternoon. He is thought to have collapsed while going for a walk.


The Ministry of Health has issued its maximum red alert for seven Italian cities – Rome, Florence, Turin, Perugia, Rieti, Brescia and Bolzano (umb's note: only 35 miles from Trento, my hometown which is boiling right now...) – while Milan, Venice, Bologna, Naples, Bari, Verona, Viterbo, Latina and Frosinone will join them on heatwave watch on Friday.


While the heat will begin to ease by the weekend in most parts of Italy, Rome, Viterbo, Latina and Frosinone remain on red alert until at least Saturday.


In the capital, the Civil Protection Department was handing out water near tourist hotspots the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Anagnina metro station, where tour buses banned from entering the city centre drop off their passengers.


Ondate #calore, a partire dalle ore 12 distribuzione da parte della #ProtezioneCivile capitolina di bottigliette di #acqua in alcune zone della città =>

— Roma (@Roma) June 27, 2019

Over-75s, children under three and people with health problems are especially vulnerable as temperatures surge to around 40 degrees C in several parts of Italy. But even those in good health are at risk of heatstroke, dehydration and sunburn.


The health ministry is urging people to take precautions and check on people living alone, as well as urging them not to call the emergency services unless it's essential to avoid an overload on ambulances and hospitals.


The Italian Red Cross has set up a 24-hour hotline that people can call for free for advice and assistance: 800 065 510.


During Italy's heatwave of 2015, so many people died that it lowered the country's average life expectancy that year. And in 2003, Europe's worst heatwave in decades killed 18,000 people in Italy alone.








How expensive is Italy compared to other EU countries?


What's cheaper in Italy than in other European countries, and what is more expensive? We took a look at the data to find out



Jessica Phelan
27 June 2019
11:42 CEST+02:00

EU statistics agency Eurostat compares everything from the price of groceries to utility bills to get a snapshot of how much living in each country in Europe really costs.


Here's what its consumer price level comparison has to tell us about Italy.



What costs more in Italy?

Even though Italy is one of Europe's biggest food producers, buying groceries here is more expensive than the EU average: 13 percent higher, in fact, making it cheaper than Ireland, Sweden or France but pricier than Germany, the Netherlands, Spain or the UK.


According to the latest national statistics available, the average Italian household spends €457 a month on groceries, the equivalent of nearly 18 percent of their total expenditure.


But at least inflation is relatively low: food prices increased by just 0.4 percent between May 2018 and May 2019.


It'll also cost you more to kit out your house: home furnishings cost 11.9 percent higher than average and are more expensive in Italy than any of the 28 EU countries except Luxembourg – so if you're moving here, it might be worth considering shipping some of your homewares with you.


The cost of communications – phone and internet services and equipment, the post – is 10.4 percent higher in Italy than the EU average, which makes it slightly more expensive than the UK and significantly more expensive than France. But it remains cheaper than Sweden, the Netherlands or Spain.


Even so, communications is one of the few areas of spending in Italy where prices are actually falling: they cost 9.4 percent less in May 2019 than they did in the same month a year before, a far bigger decrease than in any other category.


Internet companies in particular have struggled to attract customers more than in other EU countries: just 79 percent of households in Italy have a broadband connection, compared to 85 percent across Europe.


Disappointingly for those looking to travel or eat out in Italy – i.e. everyone – bills for restaurants, bars and hotels here are 4 percent higher than the EU average.


It's noticeably cheaper to dine or stay in Greece or Spain, and only marginally more expensive in the UK (7 percent above average), though most northern European countries are significantly pricier.


Prices for restaurants and hotels have increased by 1.1 percent in the past year, according to Italy's national statistics office. But the in-depth picture probably varies widely because of the sheer number of establishments in Italy: yes, there are plenty of pricier places, but it's not hard to find great-value options, especially when it comes to eating out.


Buying a car, motorbike or bicycle in Italy will cost you 2.4 percent more than the EU average. When it comes to personal transport, you're better off going to Germany, the UK, Sweden or Spain (though you'll save money compared to France, Ireland or the Netherlands). 


It's perhaps surprising when you consider that Italy has almost the highest rate of car ownership in the EU, with 625.1 cars per 1,000 residents compared to the European average of 507.3. But many people in Italy feel obliged to buy their own vehicle regardless of cost when public transport is limited or unreliable.


The other things that will cost you slightly more in Italy than most other EU countries are clothing and footwear (1.1 percent above average), and recreation and leisure such as books, cinema tickets, TVs, pets and package holidays (+1.7 percent).



What costs less in Italy?

Moving to Italy isn't all bad news for your wallet. Though it might be for your liver and lungs: alcohol, tobacco and narcotics are 5.1 percent cheaper in Italy than the EU average, which puts it in between Greece (-3.8 percent) and Germany (-5.3 percent).


And it's much cheaper than expensive Ireland or the UK, where prices are 77.8 and 56.7 percent higher than average respectively.


But booze and smokes are getting more expensive in Italy: they're are among the consumer products with the highest rate of inflation, at 2.1 percent in the past year.


In better news, housing will also cost you less here. The cost of buying or renting property in Italy, as well as maintaining it and paying the utility bills, is 8.8 percent lower in Italy than the EU average. That makes Italy cheaper in this respect than even Spain, which beats it in almost every other category, and tallies with the fact that Italy is the only country in the EU where house prices are actually falling (-1.1 percent in 2017).


But overall, housing expenses in Italy are rising. Inflation is at 3.3 percent on housing and utilities, making it the fastest-increasing cost in Italians' household budget.


Travellers will be happy to hear that Italy is one of the cheapest places in the EU to take transport. Catching a train, bus, plane or boat is 22.7 percent cheaper in Italy than average, making it slightly cheaper than Spain and a fraction more expensive than Greece. Almost every western European country is pricier, especially the UK (26.6 percent above average) and Netherlands (+34.3 percent).


Anyone who's ever waited for a bus in Rome will tell you, though, that you get what you pay for. Public transport in Italy is cheap and it shows, though trains (mostly) offer better service and often at bargain prices.



What do you think?

In my own experience as Brit in Rome, I find anything bought from a pharmacy here, whether medicine or cosmetics, significantly pricier than in the UK. Public transport is a fraction of what I'd pay in London, though usually for a fraction of the service – the one exception being regional trains, where I'd take Trenitalia over Thameslink any day.


Groceries aren't dirt cheap, but nor are they overpriced – and you often get a great price-quality ratio, especially if you shop at markets. My internet and phone contracts offer worse value for money than I could get in the UK, but eating and drinking out is almost always cheaper.


And I'm surprised to hear that clothes and footwear are more expensive in Italy than other EU countries, because I'm always amazed by how cheaply I can find well-made leather shoes here.



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Keanu Reeves supports Rome cinema collective attacked by far right


Actors and directors, from Richard Gere to Spike Lee, condemn violence that targeted Cinema America


Guardian film

Fri 28 Jun 2019 12.11 BST Last modified on Fri 28 Jun 2019 13.15 BST

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