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02-Jun-14 13:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

Italy's 2014 World Cup Squad Finalised

Brazil 2014 World Cup is about to kick off. The opening match in Manaus for Italy and for England will be on the 14th of June, when the two teams will face each other at 6pm local time. What can we say, may the best team win! The favourite team for the world cup is Brazil. Neither Italy nor England are amongst the favourites, but England has a youthful squad lacking international experience but technically skilled, and Italy has often surprised us. Fingers crossed! Let’s have a look at the squad the Italian coach Cesare Prandelli has set up for Brazil 2014.

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23-May-14 16:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (13)

Online video released to discourage people from emigrating to Italy

On the eve of the European elections the final rush to scrape votes together has begun. The most debated has been so far the video to discourage immigrants from coming to Italy, realized by the Northern League (Lega Nord), the party created in the early 1990s around the idea of a secession of a part of Northern Italy. The Northern League (Lega Nord) decided to go back to its anti-immigration roots proposing an online video, in which some immigrants encourage fellow countrymen not to come to Italy.

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23-May-14 16:04. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (105)

Italy up 6 places to 11 best country to be a mum

Italy has climbed six places in Save the Children's 15th annual State of the World's Mothers Report, a world ranking of the best countries in which to be a mum, and has also been praised for an increase in the number of women politicians. Over the past year there was in fact a 10 percent increase in the number of women in politics. The report looked at health, educational and economic factors in 178 nations to determine which are the safest and happiest places for mothers to live in. This year Italy just missed the top 10 by one place, coming 11th in Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. Quite a good result if we consider that Italy was at the 17th place last year.

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16-May-14 13:51. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (113)

Shootings at Fiorentina Napoli Cup Final

The recent Italian cup final Napoli – Fiorentina was delayed due to episodes of violence near the “Olympic stadium” in Rome. Rival supporters threw firecrackers and other objects at each other before the game and also pistols were fired. The match was due to kick off at 7pm on Saturday the 4th of May but it was delayed by 45 minutes.

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07-May-14 16:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (41)

Italian English - a new language?

A few days ago an English friend of mine, who is learning Italian, asked me, “how do you say baby-sitter in Italian?”. I laughed and said, “baby-sitter” rolling my “r” and emphasizing the double “t”. There are so many English words that now are part of everyday Italian, that my friend and I usually play this game: if he uses an English word while speaking in Italian, I correct his pronunciation to make it sound more Italian, explaining to him that if he goes to Italy he can use some English words, but he must pronounce them with the right Italian accent, in order to be understood.

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23-Apr-14 13:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (41)

Violent anti austerity demonstrations in Rome

On the 13th of April a demonstration against Renzi’s austerity policies was organized in Rome 15,000 people protested against the high housing costs and alarming unemployment rate. The demonstration started peacefully but then broke out into violence causing an afternoon of guerrilla in the capital. After throwing objects, bottles and firecrackers at police armoured vehicles, demonstrators were contrasted by the police.

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08-Apr-14 18:15. By Salvatore Mancuso and Daniela Malpeli | Comments (43)

£25,000 raised at Associazione Parmense Gala Dinner

On Saturday the 15th of March 2014 the Associazione Parmense celebrated their second Bi-Annual Gala Dinner and Dance at London Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace London W2 2TY.During the event a cheque of £25,000 was presented to Padre Carmelo di Giovanni.

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08-Apr-14 18:09. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (107)

Sardinia to become Swiss?

After Venice manifested the desire to break away from Rome with an unofficial referendum, a movement in Sardinia expresses the wish that the island could belong to Switzerland. So they proposed an online petition for the island to be sold to Switzerland. As a matter of fact in Italy it has become more difficult to tell what is a joke, and what is serious, as much of the news coming from the “Bel paese” must sound like a joke to the rest of the planet, but it is not!

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03-Apr-14 11:10. By editor | Comments (152)

Prime Minister Renzi in London

A mayor becoming prime minister - wouldn't happen here quipped Boris Johnson as he welcomed Prime Minister Renzi to London. The beautiful setting of Lancaster House hosted the celebration of 150 years since the famous visit to London by Giuseppe Garibaldi.

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03-Apr-14 10:36. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (177)

Trullis under threat from proposed new motorway?

A war broke out in Cisternino, Puglia, val Itria after the socialist mayor Donato Baccaro re-launched the project for building a motorway to connect Cisternino and Ostuni. The “strada dei colli” would mean 20 km of concrete through the Murge woods where the famous Trulli are . The city council tried to build the highway in 2009 with 4 billion of European funds. A local owner and the WWF filed an appeal. The regional administrative court and the Council of State upheld the appeal. Now the city council has re-launched the project flanked by the construction company Technital.

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