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14-Oct-15 12:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Milan Fashion Week 2015

Autumn has just started but in the fashion industry it's already spring! As every year Milan fashion week sets the new trends for the new season, which opened under a very good sign, as Italy's national chamber of fashion has forecast a five percent rise in sales this year, up to 64.5 billion Euros. The proposals this year were soft and asymmetric lines. The patterns were flowered with various kinds of vegetation. Versace showed military camouflage for city dwellers, and stripes, but there were also other geometric forms. Colours were romantic, such as the Emporio Armani's pink but more than anything the colours were all warm, gold, sand yellow, brass as in the Antonio Marras' collection. The classic black and white remains a must in all the collections.

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25-Sep-15 14:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

A "Godfather's" funeral

A very luxurious funeral was celebrated in Rome to pay homage to Vittorio Casamonica, mafia boss dealing with extortion in the south east outskirts of Rome. The coffin was transported in a black carriage drawn by black horses through the city of Rome. In the meantime a helicopter passed over the city spreading red rose petals on the crowd which applauded. The coffin was then transferred into a Rolls-Royce as if in an American film on mafia. To underline this similarity the music from the famous film “The godfather” was played. The funeral was held in the same church which refused to accept the funeral of Giorgio Welby, who appealed for euthanasia to put finish to his suffering.

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25-Sep-15 14:51. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

72nd Venice Film Festival Highlights

The 72nd edition of the Venice film festival, directed by Alberto Barbera, has for the first time since 2009 four Italian directors competing for the golden lion: Bellocchio, Guadagnino, Messina e Gaudino. Is it a sign of a flourishing Italian film industry? “Let's not deceive ourselves”, reportedly said Alberto Barbera, according to whom quantity doesn't mean quality and even though there were three Italian films at the last edition of Cannes film festival, Italy didn't bring back home any awards.

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25-Sep-15 14:49. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Campania's Land of Fires - Illegal Burning of Toxic Waste

Part of the Campania region is sadly known as the “Land of Fires” for the frequent illegal burning of toxic waste. Last year, firefighters extinguished 2,531 fires in the area. The region has had chronic problems with illegal landfills and the regulations regarding waste disposal have been ignored. The local mafia, the camorra, became a big player of the lucrative waste disposal business in the 1980s and since then toxic waste has been buried illegally in the Campania region for decades. The problem is not only the pollution caused by toxic waste, but also that the unhealthy air conditions caused high levels of cancer in the area, way above the national average.

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11-Aug-15 15:00. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (137)

"Land of Fires" - Campania's toxic waste problems

Part of the Campania region is sadly known as the “Land of Fires” for the frequent illegal burning of toxic waste. Last year, firefighters extinguished 2,531 fires in the area. The region has had chronic problems with illegal landfills and the regulations regarding waste disposal have been ignored. The local mafia, the camorra, became a big player of the lucrative waste disposal business in the 1980s and since then toxic waste has been buried illegally in the Campania region for decades.

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21-Jul-15 10:43. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (126)

The Italian Community Business Directory

It is an exciting time for the Italian community! Not only because Italians represent the second largest community in the UK, coming only after the Polish, but also because Italian businesses are expanding abroad. There are so many Italians living abroad that some advice on where to live, how to settle down, become familiar with the new place, places to visit and things to do, is always appreciated. Dealing with red tape can also be complicated and finding information online is a great help. “The Italian community”, the free Italian business directory, created just 15 months ago, has already 1.3k of members and 50k of social media users interested in Italian networking sites and Italian businesses.

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21-Jul-15 10:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (69)

EU threat to quality of Italian Cheeses

The European Commission has sent an official letter to Italy asking for it to abolish the national law banning the use of milk powder, condensed milk and reconstituted milk in the manufacture of dairy products. According to the EU, Italy must conform to the European regulations that allow these ingredients, because the current Italian law prohibiting these milk surrogates represents a restriction on the free movement of goods.

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01-Jul-15 11:22. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (141)

Prisoners working at Expo 2015

100 prisoners have been chosen to work for the six months at Expo 2015. The project aimes at the reintergration of the prisoners and has been made possible thanks to an agreement signed in 2009 between the Ministry of Justice and Milano Expo. The programme foresees the participation of one hundred prison inmates from various prisons in Lombardy, working different shifts in logistic and hospitality services, helping both Expo staff and visitors. Numerous foreign convicts have been involved also because 35% of the convicts in Lombardy are non-Italian. Also women prisoners are involved, in respect of their presence in the overall prison population, that is 7-8%.

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01-Jul-15 11:13. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (56)

Italian Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's latest achievement

The Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti completed her space mission “Futura” and landed in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in the Soyuz spacecraft together with NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov. Not only is the Italian Samantha Cristoforetti the seventh ESA astronaut and the first female ESA astronaut to complete a long-duration mission in space, but she has also set new records for the longest single time in space for an ESA astronaut and for female astronauts in general. Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has been on the International Space station for almost 200 days, breaking the record of 195 days set by NASA’s Sunita Williams back in 2007.

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01-Jul-15 11:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (62)

The Extraordinary Italian Taste Logo

Milan Expo celebrates the "The Extraordinary Italian Taste" presenting the first logo certifying the “made in Italy” in the world. In the new logo the words "The Extraordinary Italian Taste" accompanies an Italian flag with three waves symbolysing the concept of growth and developement. The shape of the flag gives also the impression that someone has taken a bite of it, to suggest the impossibility of resisting Italian food. The brand was created by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Ministry of Economical development to certify the quality of Italian products in the world.

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