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27-Nov-13 15:54. By Simmi Ciccone | Comments (4)

Gennaro Contaldo visits Villa Scalabrini Xmas Fayre

The first ever Xmas Fayre held in the converted barn at Villa Scalabrini Shenley was a great success raising more than £3,500 for the Charity. Approximately 200 people visited the numerous stalls buying various goods including Vintage and Designer Clothing, specialised food products, crafts, jewellery and children's gifts.

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27-Nov-13 14:54. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Amici di Gropparello Dinner Dance

Amici di Gropparello dinner dance, held on the 19th of October 2013 was a “splendid and Successful” event, as Marco Badini (president of the association) told us. All the profit will be donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital and to the Stroke Unit and University college hospital. The dinner dance is held every year on the penultimate Saturday of October. This year’s dinner dance was dedicated to Egidio Badini, founder of the association who unfortunately passed away this year on the 19th of August.

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19-Nov-13 15:56. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (18)

American Italian Bill de Blasio becomes first democratic major of NYC

The American-Italian Bill de Blasio, the first democratic mayor of New York in 20 years, is very attached to his Italian origins. The New York Mayors’ election was followed with interest by the inhabitants of Sant Agata dei Goti (province of Benevento) the town from which de Blasio’s grandparents emigrated and where Bill still has some relatives.

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19-Nov-13 15:43. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Caffe Nero withdraws advert of leering Italian men

Playing with clichés can sometimes be fun but this time the chain Caffè Nero bit off more than it could chew! Caffè Nero, one of the most popular coffee chains in the UK has been forced by custumers’ protests to remove the advert in which a group of Italian men leered at a lady’s behind. It all began when Laura Palmer a 32 year old teacher spotted the print in Caffè Nero in Ashford, Kent, and decided to complain as in her opinion the image was inappropriate and promoted the sexual discrimination of women.

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05-Nov-13 13:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

Sophia Loren wins her 39 year fight against Italy's tax system

The actress Sophia Loren won her 39 year long fight against the Italian tax system. The Supreme court has finally put an end to a 39-year legal dispute between the Oscar-winning film star Sophia Loren, and the Italian tax authorities. According to Loren’s lawyer, Giovanni Desideri, as the main Italian newspapers reported, the Kafkaesque Italian case has finally come to an end.

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05-Nov-13 13:27. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

AS Roma set new Serie A Record

Roma has set the new Italian record in Serie A, after 10 successive victories, no other team in European football has made a better start to the 2013-14 season. Unfortunately Roma’s run towards their 11th successive league victory, the long-held record by Spurs, has come to an end after the draw with Torino. There were already rumours about the capital club reaching the turn of the year without having dropped a single point. But the dream of overtaking the European record held by Tottenham from the 1960/61 is now over. Spurs won their first 11 league matches that season, a record that stands to this day in the top five European leagues.

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21-Oct-13 17:37. By Jo Giacon | Comments (3)

Lizzie Giacon runs for Charity - fact!

When she was at school, Lizzie Giacon's P.E. classes consisted of a walk to the shops; her teachers knew they would never get her to run anywhere so some exercise was better than none. It is therefore all the more remarkable that she should decide many decades later to partake in a charity run. No gentle 5k jog, instead a 13.5 mile run with only three months training. In a show of solidarity her son, Marco; her daughters Francesca and Alessandra (also first-timers) and her son-in-law, Tom, also took part. The half marathon took place on a beautiful Sunday morning going past Westminster, along the Embankment to Buckingham Palace, into Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Along the way there was strong support lead by Lizzie's husband, Richard Evans (Backhill's former sports correspondent)

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21-Oct-13 17:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (77)

Alitalia on the brink again

Alitalia, the Italian airline, founded 67 years ago, is in danger of bankruptcy once again. The company is losing 700 thousand Euros per day and is in need of an investment of 500 million Euros in order not to fail. The Italian Government rescue plan foresees the intervention of state-owned postal service, “Poste Italiane” with a loan of 75 million Euros. The bailout plan has been criticized by Italian main business associations for lacking a long term strategy, and the hypothesis of a State aid intervention has been opposed by the European commission, because it might not be compatible with the EU law.

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15-Oct-13 11:09. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (78)

Lampedusa crisis - Italy calls for EU aid to deal with migrant issues

In the last two decades the island of Lampedusa, a tiny island between Sicily and Tunisia, has become the gateway to Europe for many immigrants every year. Many people die every year while trying to reach the Italian coast. According to the International Organisation for Migration at least 20,000 people have died since 1993 while attempting to reach the shores of Italy.

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08-Oct-13 10:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (217)

Italy has the largest percentage of elderly in Europe

According to ISTAT In Italy there are 147.2 elderly to every hundred young people. It is called "ageing index", and in Europe, only Germany has an index higher than the Italian one. Liguria region is confirmed as the oldest, while Campania, the youngest. 6% of the Italian population is aged over 80 and more than 20% of Italians are aged over 65.

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