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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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25-May-16 16:18. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Life expectancy for Italians falls

According to the report on the health of Italian people “Osservasalute 2015” Italy has an increasingly ageing population but life expectation dropped for the first time to 80.1 years for men and 84,7 for women. In 2014 life expectation was 80.3 for men and 85 for women. It is just a small change but significant because for the first time it represents a negative trend.

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25-May-16 16:15. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Prosecco now so popular vines are being stolen

The boom of prosecco in 2015, which saw a production of 355 million bottles, has been unexpectedly threatened by thieves, who have stolen newly-planted vines on the Venetian hills and those of Friuli Venezia-Giulia, where prosecco is produced.

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05-May-16 16:46. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Around 800 Italians named in Panama Papers Offshore Tax furore

About 800 Italians were named in the Panama Papers, the documents showing the names of companies and thousands of people implicated in secretive offshore tax regimes. This unprecedented leak of 11.5m files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca involved 143 politicians and Twelve national leaders, politicians' family members and close associates from around the world known to have been using offshore tax havens.

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14-Apr-16 16:58. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

London the biggest Italian City after Rome, Milan, Turin and Naples?

According to the Italian Consulate London has exceeded Buenos Aires becoming the foreign city with the highest number of Italian immigrants in the world. There are at least two hundered and fifty thousand Italians residing in London and in the south of the UK. The area known as “Little Italy” covered north and south of Clerkenwell Road. By 1850 there were over 1,000 Italians in the area. Now there isn't any more an Italian community living in Clerkenwell but Italians are in almost every neighbourhood in London, and Italian immigration in the UK is experiencing an annual growth of around 60%. According to the Consulate the number of Italians in the UK is even higher as for every Italian officially registered there might be some living and working in London without having officially changed their country of residence. Therefore, the London Italians might be double the number of the official figures: that is about half a million people.

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14-Apr-16 16:54. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Borghi under threat

The existence of Italian “borghi” (small municipalities) is threatened by a new regulation which forces hilltop villages to merge with larger municipalities. According to the mayors of the borghi the measure might cause the perishing of an important part of Italian culture and tradition, considering that rural villages are already menaced by rural poverty, which is causing for many of them to be abandoned, and natural disasters have in some cases made it impossible for the inhabitants to continue living there. From the Piedmont region in the north-west to Puglia in the south-east, 112 mayors of borghi declared war on the proposed legislation that will see all towns with a population of less than 5,000 people merged into larger municipalities.

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