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21-May-12 14:32. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Venitian wins seat in London local electians

The Venetian Lazaro Petragnoli (Labour party), has out-matched his opponents in the last municipal elections for the city council of Camden. The neo municipal advisor gained 1,800 votes, more than double those of his opponents, the Conservative Nigel Rumble and the Liberal Democrat Chris Richards. Petragnoli has been living in London with his family since 2003 when he decided to follow his wife, academic professor, to London. Petragnoli has always been involved in politics. Previously while still in Italy he was a member of the DS party, then when he came to London in 2003 he joined the Labour party.


10-May-12 10:30. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

Youngsters organise BYOP VS fundraiser

Steffie Timanti is organising a Bring Your Own Picnic Music Festival for 18-30 year old Young Italians on 9th June 2012. Tickets are selling fast for this charity event which will raise funds for Villa Scalabrini. For more details see the features under Gioventu and Events. Backhill wishes this event every success - it's great to see our young people getting involved in the community.


09-May-12 14:24. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

£95,000 donated by MGF to 30.6.11

Since formation in 2009 to 30th June 2011 The Trustees of the Mazzini Garibaldi Foundation have approved grants in excess of £95,000 supporting a number of activities and projects benefitting, predominantly, the Italian Community in the UK. Information about the objectives of the Charity and how to apply for funding can be found at


09-May-12 12:49. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Dramatic fall in health of Italians?

According to the last “Rapporto Osservatorio salute 2011” the general health of the Italian population has dramatically become worse. In spite of the population’s heath being quite good because of the Mediterranean diet and the healthy lifestyle, in the last few years Italians have been eating less healthy food, taking more anti depression drugs and spending less money on the prevention of diseases.


01-May-12 13:31. By Peter Ciccone/Victor Menozzi | Comments (0)

Arandora Star London Fundraiser Dinner Dance

Power failures and dinner by mobile phone powered lights couldn't dampen a great night which raised £2,850 towards the cost of the new Arandora Star Memorial in London. The event was organised by The Associazione Valceno, the guest of honour was The Italian Consol Umberto Vanni d'Archirafi and The Arandora Star Trustees are very grateful to Adriano Morini, Tony Franchi and all the comittee of the Associazone Valceno for all their hard work.


01-May-12 13:03. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (1)

Invincible Juve?

With 3 games to go Juventus could become the third side to go through a whole season undefeated in Serie A and the first to do so over a 38 game campaign. AC Milan in 1991/92 and Perugia (who failed to become Champions) in 1978/79 have previously gone unbeaten throughout a season. Lecce, Atalanta and Cagliari are the remaining opponents as Juve, with a 3 point lead over AC Milan, seek to clinch the Scudetto.


20-Apr-12 17:16. By Giulia Lombardo and Francesca Timanti | Comments (0)

100th birthday celebration for Villa Scalabrini Resident

On Tuesday the 17th of April Katerina Ferrigno, Known also as kay Ferrigno, celebrated her 100th birthday at Villa Scalabrini. On this special day Kay received the Queen’s congratulations and shared an Italian cake with her family, friends, and the helpers of Villa Scalabrini. Roberta Vanni D’archirafi, wife of the consul and member of “Il circolo” was also present at the birthday party.


16-Apr-12 10:34. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Are Italians the biggest gamblers in Europe?

According to a study of “Libera, associazione antimafia”, Italy has the biggest gambling turnover in Europe, amounting to over 76 billion euro a year legally, plus 10 billion euro illegally.


16-Apr-12 10:27. By | Comments (2)

Italy ranked 74 in terms of gender equality

Italian decision-makers have been told they need to get more women into the workplace by voices from the International Monetary Fund to Mario Draghi, governor of the European Central Bank and former head of the Bank of Italy. The employment rate of women in Italy is 46 per cent, the lowest in the European Union after Malta. In terms of gender equality, Italy ranks 74th, below Bangladesh, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2011 Global Gender Gap report. In the upper echelons, the split is even starker. Men make up 92 per cent of the boards of Italian companies, according to the national statistics office.


03-Apr-12 17:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Ryanair the most popular airline in Italy?

“Ryanair” has become the biggest airline company in Italy! In the last year the Irish company has overtaken “Alitalia” with 28 million passengers in 2011, against the 25 million of Alitalia. However, Alitalia is poised to bolster its position in its home market through the planned acquisition of smaller Italian carriers Wind Jet and Blue Panorama. If the recently announced deals are completed, Alitalia stands to increase its total market share to about 27%, cementing its position as Italy’s leading passenger carrier. The acquisitions will also result in increased low-cost competition in Italy as Alitalia expands its presence in the budget sector through the new subsidiary companies.


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