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13-Dec-16 13:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Brits love Panettone

Pantettone has beaten traditional Christmas pudding! One month before Christmas stocks of Panettone imported from Italy were already sold out. The British passion for Italian food is not a novelty. Since a few years ago Italian products could only be found in small shops or in specialised delicatessens while now Pantettone can be found also in some supermarkets. Panettone can cost as much as 30 pounds, even so sales have increased by 56% in 2016.

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13-Dec-16 13:05. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italian Government post Renzi resignation

Outgoing Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was given a mandate to form a new government by Italy’s head of state. The former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned after a 59%-41% defeat in the constitutional reform referendum held on the 4th of December. Although the constitutional amendment was defeated, the Italicum election law remains in force even if it currently covers just the lower house. According to president Mattarella the electoral law must be made consistent for the Lower House and the Senate. The Constitutional Court is set to rule on the Italicum law on January 24.

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13-Dec-16 12:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Mantua provides the best quality of life

Mantua, already the Italian cultural capital in 2016, has overtaken Trento as the Italian city with the best quality of life. Trento was on top of the chart since 2011. It was revealed by a research by “Italia oggi” and Rome university “La sapienza”. Trento is now at the second place followed by Pordenone, while Bolzano drops from second to eighth position. Crotone, in the Calbria region, is in the last position preceded by Siracusa in the one hundred-fourth place. In the case of Crotone there are elements of discontinuity in relation to other southern-Italian cities, as the standard of living is acceptable and it is not let down by criminality. What brings the city down seems to be lack of business activities, work, the social and personal unease, environment, financial and education services, healthcare, and low quality free time activities. The penultimate city in the list before Crotone is the Sicilian city of Syracuse

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07-Nov-16 12:06. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

Chestnut Shortage?

The Italian farmers' organization Coldiretti declared that a combination of unfavourable weather and the attack of parasites has led to a huge drop in the chestnut production this year, hitting a historic low. This year only 20 million kg of chestnuts are expected to be produced. The average production in the early 2000's was around 60 million and a century ago the amount was 82 million.

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07-Nov-16 12:04. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Olive grove to block new gas pipeline?

An Italian olive grove near the town of Melendugno, in the Puglia region, stands in the way of a pipeline destined to bring gas from central Asia to the EU. This pipeline designed to bring gas from central Asia and help wean the European Union off its dependence on Russian energy is going to cause the removal of 10,000 olive trees to allow a trench to be dug for the pipeline. The trees will be replanted later on.

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11-Oct-16 16:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

Italy's first fertility day

The Italian health minister Beatrice Lorenzini introduced the first “Fertility day” a state-sponsored event informing people about family planning and health issues which may harm female and male fertility. The campaign was accompanied by twelve posters which provoked harsh criticism on behalf of the public. The campaign and the overall initiative caused polemics due to the posters considered offensive by most of the general public and some politicians. Italians are having increasingly less children. The lowest birth rate since Italy united as one country in 1861 was recorded last year. The data is alarming because since the 1960s, Italy's birth rate has halved to 488,000 babies born in 2015.

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16-Sep-16 14:36. By Backhill | Comments (4)

Tony Grieco RIP

A tribute to Antonio Salvatore Carmine "Tony" Grieco who sadly recently passed away. Amongst numerous community activities in London and Liverpool Tony was a key member of the editorial team of the original Backhill magazine. A memorial mass in honour of Tony will be held at St Anne's Church, 23 Prescot Road, Ormskirk, L39 4TG on Friday 30th September at 7.00pm

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28-Jun-16 13:11. By editor | Comments (13)

Classics at The Villa raises more than £9k for Villa Scalabrini

On the 22nd of May 2016 several thousand people gathered together in a bubbly Italian atmosphere for “Classics at the Villa”, a charity event at Villa Scalabrini Shenley, displaying fine and rare cars, accompanied by traditional Italian food and drink. The event was organised by Marco Fiori, Giuliano Fuoco, Paolo Pettenati and Paolo Arrigo, four Italians passionate about great cars and bikes. This year it exhibited over 120 cars accompanied by the band Ratpack playing Italo-American songs and opera was performed thanks to the Accordionist Romano Viazzani and the soprano Anna Greco.

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28-Jun-16 13:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Commitato assistenza scuole italiana crisis

COASIT (Commitato assistenza scuole italiana) is facing severe fund cuts from the Italian government. COASIT was established on the 15 of June 1977 with the aim of keeping alive the feeling of belonging to Italy for the Italians living in the UK. Even though the new generations are perfectly integrated and speak English as their mother tongue, knowing the Italian language is an added value to the personal history of every Italian immigrants’ descendent. In this regard, COASIT proved to be an essential point of reference, but things are becoming increasingly difficult. The amount of the financial contribution received from the Italian government for the calendar year 2016 is around half of that requested and budgeted for. Unfortunately no greater amount of funding is to be expected for 2017.

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28-Jun-16 13:02. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Rome's first female mayor

Virginia Raggi has been elected as Rome's first female mayor, a triumph for the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), the anti-establishment party founded by the comedian Beppe Grillo. M5S candidates have in the past been elected as mayors of a handful of medium-sized towns, but never in big cities. The Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) defeat in Rome had been expected after widespread criticism of its management of Rome over the past three years, with its mayor forced to resign in 2015 for a scandal over his expenses. It was a landslide victory. Raggi had two-thirds of the votes cast in a run-off contest with Roberto Giachetti of PD.

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