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19-Feb-16 14:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Ancient statues covered during Rome visit by Iran's President

Polemics arose in Italy regarding the covering of ancient statues during the visit of the Iranian president in Rome. The Italian president, Matteo Renzi and the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani met at the Capitoline Museum for a joint press conference. The meeting was part of the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani state visit in Rome to discuss various international business deals, after economic sanctions against Iran were lifted. To welcome the Iranian president the nude statues on view in the museum had been encased in white boxes, reportedly to avoid offending the Iranian president. This initiative has been widely criticised by the press.

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19-Feb-16 14:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Minister calls for army to be deployed to Naples to combat Mafia

According to the Italian interior minister, Angelino Alfano the Italian army should be deployed to Naples to combat an explosion of drug-related mafia violence. Sending troops to Naples would be a help for the police, allowing more officers to concentrate on fighting the mafia. Alfano reported that everywhere else in Italy crimes are decreasing, but in Naples the number of murders are on the increase. He told La Repubblica that such a high demand for drugs has allowed the Camorra today to have a degree of power that it has never had before in its history.

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05-Feb-16 16:26. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Scientists under investigation for Olive Grove crisis

Nine scientists and the public official in charge of containing the epidemic of the Xylella bacterium, ravaging the groves across the Puglia region, are under investigation for a possible role in enabling an outbreak of the disease affecting olive trees.

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05-Feb-16 16:11. By | Comments (2)

Italy moving away from austerity?

Italy, the country with the second highest debt in the eurozone after Greece, has moved away from austerity with a series of economic reforms designed to boost growth. Matteo Renzi's government approved the 2016 budget, containing measures aimed at encouraging growth by easing the heavy tax burden on Italians. Around €30 billion will be spent on measures aimed at reviving investments after a dangerous fall during the crisis. Taxes on primary residences worth 3.6 billion euros, as well as levies on municipal services and farm buildings, will be cut. Companies that buy new machinery will also benefit of tax credits. Reductions to the high social-security levies, that make Italy’s labour costs one of the highest in Europe, will also be extended for another year.

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05-Feb-16 16:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Record boom in food exports from Italy

The new year starts with great satisfaction for the made in Italy food products. In spite of the economical crisis and the embargo to Russia, which eliminates a big market, Christmas 2015 saw a record boom of Italian food exportation. Italian products triumphed on foreign tables during the holidays thanks to exports of wines, sparkling wines, brandy and liqueurs, panettone, cheeses, and pasta.

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24-Dec-15 12:17. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

600 attend Growing Up Italian in the UK Christmas Party

There was a massive attendance for the the Christmas party and the Bazaar organised by the Facebook group “Growing up Italian in the UK” on the 6h December 2015 at Villa Scalabrini. The event was packed as 600 people came from all over the UK as far away as from Manchester. Thanks to people's generosity over 3000 pounds were raised for Villa Scalabrini. It was a great success for the first gathering event of the “Growing up Italian in the UK” Facebook group, and it left everyone looking forward to the next chance to meet again.

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24-Dec-15 12:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Catholic Jubilee security increased

The Catholic Jubilee has begun. Rome is expecting millions of pilgrims in a situation where the lord mayor has not been replaced and there have been many scandals regarding the administration of the capital city.

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24-Dec-15 12:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

Lombardy burqa ban

In the aftermaths of the Islamic terrorist attacks, Lombardy, one of the most populous and wealthier regions in Italy, has decided in favour of a ban on wearing the Islamic veil and burqa in hospitals and local government offices. The measure is considered an extension of the Italian law which already prohibits helmets, clothing or any other items that make identification difficult.

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07-Dec-15 11:00. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

Is eating Parma ham dangerous?

Is Parma ham good for our health or should we give up sandwiches and antipasto all at once? The meat terror spread as the Health Organization (WHO) report has recently put cured meats, such as ham, sausage and salami on the list of carcinogens. “Ham panic” reached Italy, but Italian food and farming groups promptly responded that Italian meat is the healthiest in the world, and the agricultural association Coldiretti credited the country's diet for one of the highest life expectancies in the world (80 years for men and 85 for women).

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07-Dec-15 10:58. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Has your Olive Oil been doctored?

Olive oil is a key ingredient of the Mediterranean diet. The best quality, extra virgin, which comes from the first press of olives, can cost between 30 – 40 percent more than its lower quality. An Oil to be labelled extra virgin should meet some EU quality criteria, which take into account, for example, its degree of acidity. In June 2015, “Il Test” magazine analysed 20 bottles of extra virgin olive oil and found that 9 oils did not meet the European extra virgin standards, due to various defects. Seven well-known olive oil brands – Carapelli, Bertolli, Santa Sabina, Coricelli, Sasso, Primadonna and Antica Badia – are under exam by the anti-fraud police squad in Turin, because they might have been selling an inferior quality virgin olive oil as "extra virgin" olive oil. The companies involved all denied the allegations, as was reported by the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica”.

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