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24-Sep-12 11:13. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Cinecitta "la fabricca dei sogni" to become an amusement park

Cinecittà, “la fabricca dei sogni” (The dream factory) is doomed and will be shut down and converted into CinnecitàWorld, an amusement park expected to attract 4 million visitors every year. The workers of the cinema industry have occupied Cinecitta studios to protest against the plan to build a five-star hotel, surrounded by beauty spas, restaurants, and parking lots in the site where most of the world famous Italian films have been produced.


24-Sep-12 11:08. By | Comments (4)

10,000 Fiat employees facing redundancy?

Italy has held its breath waiting for clarity on the future of the Fiat car industry which recent crisis represents a real danger of unemployment for at least 10,000 direct employees. Fiat’s crisis is related to the downward trend of the car market in Italy. In August, registrations of new cars, according to data released by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, fell by 20.23% to 56,447 units as against 70,764 a year ago. In July, the market had a decline of 21.39 per cent. Sales decreased by 20.54% for the Fiat group in August, with 16,689 cars sold against 21,000 in the same month last year.


14-Sep-12 11:52. By Giulia Lombardo and Giovanna Giacon | Comments (54)

Bruna Carnevale

St Peter's Church was packed to full capacity on 6th September 2012 with people paying their respects to Bruna Carnevale who sadly passed away aged 34 after a lengthy battle against her illness.


14-Sep-12 11:42. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (15)

Decreto Balduzzi

New provisions on healthcare have been introduced in Italy through the Balduzzi decree, recently approved by the Council of Ministers. Among the key points of the decree, primary assistance, will be guaranteed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the associations of general practitioners working together in the some structure. This is going to be possible thanks to the creation of new public polyclinics gathering together different experts and equipped with basic instrumentation in order to guarantee a round the clock service. The new general practitioners’ clinics will gather together different talents, will work in liaison with hospitals and they will make it possible to have some basic exams done at your GP’s instead of going to the hospital.


10-Sep-12 15:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Bradford Italians Betrayed By Rome?

Has Rome abandoned and betrayed Bedford’s Italians? According to the hundreds of Anglo-Italians who were expected to join the protest on Sunday the 9th of September, the closure of the Sportello consolare in Bedford, announced by the end of the month, is an unfair and unreasonable solution (as the main newspapers reported in England and in Italy). The protest on the 9th in Bedford is the latest attempt of the community to prevent the closure of the mini consulate, the “sportello consolare”. Bedford's Italians account for a fifth of the town’s population. The consulate service provided bureaucratic and diplomatic support for decades.


10-Sep-12 15:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

"Super pasta" with health benefits?

The university of Adelaide researchers are working with colleagues in Italy to produce a better quality pasta able to add an extra nutritional value to our diet. Super pasta! Here it comes! The super pasta will contain a range of potential health benefits for the consumer, such as reducing the risk of heart disease or colorectal cancer.


17-Jul-12 15:00. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (8)

Villa Scalabrini Scampaganata 2012

Despite rain, flooded fields and the European Football Championship, the 2012 Scampagnata at Villa Scalabrini Shenley was well attended. Thanks to the impressive organisational and improvisational skills of Chairman Marco Fiori and his committee of the Friends of Villa Scalabrini, the 2012 Scampagnata was a great success - both socially and financially. Persistent heavy overnight rain which had flooded large areas of the fields ruled out the usual entrance and parking facilities. Instead, people entered through the main access point to the Villa. The usual car entrance fee was waived and donations were gratefully accepted. Come rain or sun the annual Scampagnata is still the place to be on the last Sunday in June.


17-Jul-12 14:46. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

New Website for Welsh Italians is a newly launched website created by Bruna Chezzi. The site includes a visual history of Itlaians in Wales, a feature on the "first Italian adventurers" to Wales, Welsh Italian cookery lessons and much more. Enjoy!


06-Jul-12 16:34. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

New London Arandora Star Memorial Unveiled

New magnificent glass memorial to the London Italian victims of the Arandora Star tragedy unveiled at St Peter’s Church. After months of meticulous research, hard work and planning by the Trustees of The London Arandora Star,Il Console Generale Uberto Vanni D’Archirafi unveiled the new memorial located at St Peter’s Church following a Mass attended by, among others, Frank Dobson (MP), The Mayor of Islington Jilani Chowdhury, Deputy Mayor of Camden Jonathon Simpson, Councillor Sue Vincent, Commander Allan James of the Canadian High Commission and many families and friends of the victims. The Mass was celebrated by Padre Carmelo and Padre Vico, after which the Chairman of the Arandora Star London Trustees, Domenic Pini, gave a succinct, moving and diplomatically phrased summary of the tragedy.


15-Jun-12 10:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (16)

Help the Earthquake victims - how you can help

The Emilia Romagna region has already collected 1,1 million of Euros as a consequence of more than 3 thousands payments made by citizens entrepreneurs, banks and associations such as Arci (Associazione ricreativa e culturale italiana). Another 12,1 million of Euros came from the civil protection fund race operation through text messages sent to 45500 for the cost of two pounds each. Dividing the amount for the number of citizens this equates to at least one Italian citizen out of six making a solidarity offer.


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