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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 (8)

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 (9)

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.


11-Jun-12 13:51. By Trustees of The Arandora Star London Memorial Trust | Comments (349)

Inauguration of new memorial to London victims of Arandora Star

The Trustees of The Arandora Star London Memorial Trust will inaugurate a new memorial to the London Italian Victims who died on 2 July 1940. To commemorate the dedication Mass will be celebrated on 2 July 2012 at 6.45pm at St Peter’s Italian Church, Clerkenwell Followed by The inauguration and dedication which will be carried out by The Ambassador of Italy, Alain Giorgio Maria Economides


25-May-12 15:01. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (25)

Race Night at Villa Scalabrini raises over £5k

Once again the Anglo-Italian community showed what can be done as a fun Race Night held at the recently revamped barn at Villa Scalabrini in Shenley which raised £5,250 towards essential repairs to the Oratorio at Volpi, near Pellegrino Parmense. The generosity of people in both their time and donations was staggering. Approximately 150 people attended the night, paying £10 each for which they received a three course meal comprising a starter of prosciutto and mozzarella di bufola crostini, followed by a tris of pasta (cooked by chefs for the night Stefano Mazzi, Fabiano and Giancarlo Negri) and finished off by fresh strawberries with lemon curd dessert - yes, all this for just £10!


25-May-12 14:56. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

On Sunday the 20th of May a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the middle of the night, about 35 km (22miles) north of the city of Bologna. The quake - the worst to hit the country since the Aquila tremor, which killed 300 people in central Italy in 2009 - was felt in numerous towns and main cities in Northern Italy, including Bologna, Ferrara, Verona, Mantova, Milano and Venezia.


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