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26-Sep-13 14:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (221)

Alarming suicide rates in Italy

Despite the perfect weather, lovely food and friendly people in the bel paese 4 thousand people every year take their own lives. The majority of the cases are among men of 40 to 45 years old but the phenomenon is increasing also in the 25 to 65 year old working group. Many cases are reported also among adolescents and the elderly. The even sadder news is that, more than a half of these people could have been helped, but as a matter of fact there aren’t enough prevention politics and resources dedicated to the problem.


09-Sep-13 15:06. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (151)

Padre Carmelo recovering from heart attack

Backhill is pleased to report that Padre Carmelo is recovering after his recent heart attack whilst on holiday in Sardegna. Backhill and its' supporters and followers wish Padre Carmelo a speedy recovery


09-Sep-13 14:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (132)

Tiramisu recipe to be legally protected

The original recipe of Tiramisù, the world famous dessert that sounds like an invitation “lift me up”, is now going to be protected. After a long battle between the Governors of Veneto and Piedmont over the paternity of the pudding, Luca Zaira, the Governor of the Veneto region, is trying to win a European Union certification for the pudding made with the same exact ingredients used when it was invented in a restaurant in Treviso, near Venice, in 1970.


09-Sep-13 14:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (336)

Growth forecast for Italian Wine Production 2013

Finally some good news: in 2013 Italian wine production will grow by 8%. In the last two years the high temperatures have reduced the harvest to its lowest rate in the last sixty years. Expectations for wine production are very encouraging this year, showing an increase of 5% in Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany; +10% in Sicily and Sardinia; +15% in Campania, Apulia and Trentino Alto Adige; +20% in Abruzzo. Only Friuli Venezia Giulia will see a decrease of 5% in its wine production.


29-Jul-13 13:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (349)

First convictions for the Costa Concordia sinking

First convictions for the 32 deaths in the partial sinking of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship wrecked near to the island of Giglio on January the 13th 2012, causing the death of 32 of the 4,229 passengers. The preliminary hearing judge of Grosseto Pietro Molino has confirmed all five guilty pleas for the co-defendants of captain Francesco Schiettino: Ciro Ambrosio, Silvia Coronica, Jacob Rusli Bin, Roberto Ferrarini and Manrico Giampedroni, all charged with multiple murder and culpable negligence. But the penalties imposed, up to 2 years and 10 months have been considered by the plaintiffs' lawyers inadequate to the crime committed and compared to penalties for building permit violations.


29-Jul-13 13:05. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (76)

China imports Brunello di Montalcino

BrunellBrunello di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino riserva and Rosso di Montalcino are about to land in China. The 200 years old prestigious Italian winery run by the Monti-Santi family is going to take to China a fine selection of its wines in cooperation with one of China’s leading wine import companies, ASC. All the wine lovers in the world know Brunello di Montalcino. The international classic is not a novelty for China where it is already known amongst the finest wines of the world in a market dominated by French wines. Chinese wine lovers have refined taste and the number of people who drink, collect and cherish prestigious wines is constantly growing in China.


17-Jul-13 16:29. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (160)

Ciro (Giri/Geri) Ciccone RIP

Jill,Lisa and Peter would like to thank everybody who helped celebrate Giri's life and thank those, who by prayers and expressions of condolence,have been a real source of support. For those who were unable please view the Eulogy of Giri's life.


09-Jul-13 18:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (135)

Margherita Hack RIP

Margherita Hack, icon and reference figure for worldwide Astronomy, known as “the lady of the stars”, died at the age of 91. Margherita Hack was not only a scientist but also a prominent figure of Italian culture. She has always proclaimed her strong atheism and actively participated in the Italian political life. In 2006 she was elected to the Chamber of deputies with the Italian communist party but she left the assignment to go back to Astronomy.


25-Jun-13 11:45. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (139)

2013 Procession and Sagra set to be really special

It’s a special year for the Italian community as St. Peter’s Church celebrates its 150th anniversary. A wide range of events have already been held to celebrate this special occasion. One of the most important is going to be the annual procession and Sagra on the 21st of July. We spoke with Peter Bertoncini about the preparation of the floats and the novelties of this year. Peter told us that being this year St. Peter’s anniversary the floats will be inspired by the statues and the paintings in the Church.


21-Jun-13 14:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (150)

55% of Italians can't afford a holiday!

According to Codacons 55% of Italians will be forced to give up holidays for economical reasons. And who is going on holiday will have to shorten them to 10 days in total, while the average expenditure will be 97 € per day. This year about 33 million citizens will stay at home during the hot Italian Summer. The number of people who can’t afford a holiday has grown this year of about 6 million. The average duration of the holiday will be between 7 and 10 days (about 50% of the total), while 35% will opt for a vacation of 14/15 days. Only 15% of those leaving will spend more than 15 days away from home.


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