21-Jun-12 12:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Three thousand Vespa enthusiast celebrate Vespa World Day

Just a few days ago more than three thousand enthusiasts representing 780 Clubs from all over the world gathered in London (02 exhibition centre, Greenwich) to celebrate “Vespa” the world’s most famous scooter. 87 Italian clubs and 117 international clubs spread all over the world joined the Vespa world day. The world rally in London celebrated also the 60th anniversary of the UK’s first “Vespa Club”. The formation of associations began in Italy practically together with the launch of the Vespa, in 1946. Nowadays the phenomenon continues to grow, with 40 National Vespa Clubs now belonging to the “Vespa World Club”, and more than 780 registered local Vespa Clubs, for a total of more than 40,000 members around the world.


21-Jun-12 12:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Bandiera blu 2012 awards listed as almost 50% of Italians expected not to go on holiday this year

It’s a hard time for Italy. Almost one Italian out of two won’t go on holiday this year. This is what has been estimated by “Codacons”, which has also foreseen an increased expenditure of 15% for the luckiest who can still afford a holiday. In the meanwhile 246 beaches distributed in 131 municipalities have been awarded the “Bandiera blu”, the award allocated by the nongovernmental and no profit organization FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) to the resorts and beaches which respect the quality criteria for water services and environmental management. The Liguria region holds the first place again but there are 7 new entries. some are already famous localities such as Anacapri, Palau, Ventotene, Sanremo, some others are less known such as Petacciato in Molise, Monopoli in Puglia e Melissa in Campania. Moreover, the isle of Vulcano has been awarded the “bandiera blu” as well as the Lipari Island, already a “bandiera blu” holder.


11-Jun-12 13:26. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Pasta sales fall - Ragu Napoletano health benefits?

Is austerity affecting spaghetti? Apparently, yes! Pasta sales in Italy have dropped over the past year to Euros 2.7 billion from 3.1 billion in 2009. This means that pasta makers have to try harder to keep their customers loyal with discounts and special offers. The surprising data is that while the consume decreased in Italy, pasta sales have grown worldwide steadily over the past three years to reach 22.3 billion last year, according to Euromonitor research


31-May-12 14:01. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (11)

Ban football for 3 years - Italy football scandal

In the last years Italian football has been marked by one scandal after another. Following after “Calciopoli” in 2006, an illegal betting ring involving some of the biggest clubs and most powerful men in football in connection with the Camorra, the Neapolitan mafia, the new big scandal exploded last week after an investigation on match-fixing in 2010-11 Serie A championship, including games between Lazio and Genoa and Lecce and Lazio. Lazio Capitan Stefano Mauri, suspected of being one of a group of players who took €600,000 (£480,000) in bribes last season to fix the result of a match between Lazio and Lecce has been arrested together with the former Genoa midfielder Omar Milanetto and 12 other people.


31-May-12 13:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (20)

Let's become a bilingual family

“Let’s become a bilingual family” is the European project carried out by the “Università la Sapienza di Roma” to encourage bilingualism in the family context. This research project, founded by the lifelong learning programme of the European commission, started in 2010 and will last for two years. 125 families from 5 different European countries joined the research programme. In Italy 39 families took part in the project and 31 are still involved. All the families have been provided with a tutor, a guide, materials and activities to use together and online.


28-May-12 09:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Politecnico of Milan plans to make English its official language

The “Politecnico of Milan” university is planning to switch its official language to English for Master and Phd programs in 2014. “Il politecnico” is the country's largest university, ranked amongst the world's top 50 higher education facilities. The choice of teaching in English instead of Italian will represent a significant change in the Italian educational system which could be followed by many other universities in the next decade. The reasons to support this radical change are to increase the competitiveness of the university in the global scene, attract international students and make the graduated more employable on the international market.


21-May-12 14:16. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Donate an Organ through Facebook

If you are an internet user of Facebook, the social network with 900 million members, you might have noticed that there is a new option available in the UK: Organ donor. In the UK and USA all the internet users of Facebook can access through the option “important event” to the register of the organ donors and enrol. Even if they don’t enrol they can inform their relatives and friends on their preferences on the matter through the social network just by updating their status on their internet profile. This option is not available in other countries yet.


21-May-12 14:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (61)

Electric Scooter developed in Italy used by Swiss Postal Services

Is Italy a country of wastes and contradictions? As far as ecology is concerned Italy seems to do well in terms of new inventions but not so well in terms of using them! In 2010 Italy appeared as a nation on the forefront of sustainable mobility presenting, at the Industrial Fair of Hanover, the first totally electric scooter designed for delivery. Since then the Electric scooter Oxygen has become quite popular abroad while it’s almost unknown and unutilised in Italy!


09-May-12 12:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Violence against women on the increase in Italy

The data of violence on women in Italy are quite alarming: 127 women have been killed by their lovers, brothers, husbands in 2010; 137, in 2011 and 54 in 2012, for an average of one woman killed every two days. Just a few days ago a group of protesters, in front of the Parliament, exposed 54 posters with the details of each woman violently killed by a man this year in Italy. The protesters asked for more attention from the media on violence on women and their aim was to encourage the politicians to face the problem with actions on prevention and legislation.


01-May-12 13:12. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

The 5 Orders of Knighthood for services to Italy

There are five orders of Knighthood awarded in recognition of service to the Italian Republic. The degrees of knighthood are Knight (Cavaliere abbreviated Cav.), Officer (Ufficiale abbreviated Uff.), Commander (Commendatore abbreviated Comm.), Grand Officer (Gr. Uff.), Knight Grand Cross (Cav. Gr. Croce) and Knight Grand Cross with cordon. The Investiture takes place biannually on June the 2nd, the anniversary of the foundation of the Republic and on the 27th of December, anniversary of the promulgation of the Italian constitution. However those awarded for autonomous decision of the President, termination of service or given to foreigners can be made at any time.


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