03-Jun-13 12:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (12)

A levels - the Italian equivalent - Esame di maturita

Thousands of Italian students are about to take their final high school graduation exam, “Esame di maturità”. This important examination is taken at the end of 5 years of high school, usually at the age of 18 or 19. Admitted to the State Examinations are only students who, at the final vote, have achieved a score of at least 6 out of 10 in all subjects, including conduct. The current exam based on the allocation of points and with a different structure from previously, began with the school year 2008/2009.


20-May-13 12:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (251)

BYOP 2013 oversubscribed and a great success

Sunday 5th of May welcomed the second edition of BYOP, the secret Party for those born with a desire for adventure organised by Steffie Timanti at Villa Scalabrini. BYOP was inspired by the Scampagnata, crossed with the festival culture. Steffie felt as if there was something missing in the modern day festival experience, that is the sense of intimacy and community that BYOP stands for. This year’s edition raised £700 which will be donated to the Villa Scalabrini where about 220 people, about 50 of whom with Italian origins had taken part in BYOP.


16-Apr-13 16:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (376)

Emigration from Italy by 20-40 age group up by 30%

Is Italy going to be a country for elderly people? According to AIRE, the registry of Italians living abroad, emigration from Italy among the age group 20-40 increased by 30%. The preferred destination is Germany, followed by Switzerland and Great Britain. Italians living abroad up to the 31st of December 2012 amounted to 4,341,156, an increase of 132,179 over the previous year. 62.4% of immigrants in 2012 chose Europe as their final destination, followed by South, North and Central America and Asia, Oceania and Africa. 10,520 Italians have chosen Germany, followed by Switzerland (8,906), Great Britain (7,520), France (7,024), Argentina (6,404), USA (5,210), Brazil (4,506), Spain (3,748), Belgium (2,317) and Australia (1,683). A total of 2,320,645 Italians expatriated from the country since July 1, 1990, almost 600 thousand of them belonged to the age group 20-40 years old.


05-Dec-12 10:12. By Giulia Lombardo and Peter Ciccone | Comments (916)

Payday Loans in Italy and the UK

Payday loans are not so popular in Italy. Even though unemployment and the financial crisis increased the average of the Italian families’ debt by +33% from 2009 (Cgia data), people don’t even know what they are and Italians still prefer to borrow money from the banks or they choose illegal options.


26-Nov-12 14:38. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (39)

What's new in Italian ski resorts?

Some of the most popular ski destinations of Italy are undertaking an enhancement of the ski infrastructures and facilities. The ski resorts of the province of Lecco and Bergamo will be modernised and improved thanks to the allocation of 40 million Euros by the Lombardia region, the provinces of Bergamo and Lecco, and the mountain communities of Valle Brembana (Bg) e di Valsassina, Valvarrone, Val d'Esino e Riviera (Lc); the councils of Carona, Foppolo, Mezzoldo, Piazzatorre, Roncobello, Valleve, Valtorta (Bg), Barzio, Cassina Valsassina, Cremeno, Moggio (Lc) and the companies Brembo Super Ski Spa and Imprese Turistiche Barziesi spa.


15-Jun-12 11:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (39)

Steffie Timanti's BYOP raises funds for Villa Scalabrini

Saturday 9th of June 2012 - 80 young people (19 to 35 years old) attended the Secret 16 hr Field Party promoted by Steffie & Co. Byop (Bring Your Own Picnic & booze), the charity event for Villa Scalibrini Residential Home, raised 200 pounds which will be donated to the residential home.


11-Jun-12 13:34. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

Finchley win 2012 OGI

While London is preparing to kick off with the Olympics games, the Anglo- Italian community had their Olympics already. The 17th edition of the OGI, “Olimpiadi della gioventu Italiana” took place From the 2nFd to the 4th of June at Barnet Copthall stadium. In spite of the inclement weather, the traditional participating teams: Finchley, Southgate, AS Londra Sud, Stanmore & Hendon and St. Peters competed in the games in the usual friendly atmosphere of O.G.I. 500 youngsters aged between 9 and 21 took part in many track and field events as well as netball, football and swimming. The event was, as usual, a great opportunity to meet new friends and have a fantastic time.


21-May-12 14:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (40)

Teenagers are sedentary, obese and internet obseesed?

The annual survey “Abitudini e stili di vita degli adolescenti" (habits and life styles of adolescents) of the Italian Society of Paediatrics has released some new worrying data about Italian teenagers. According to the survey The new generation is increasingly sedentary, obese and internet obsessed. More than 60% of adolescents spend between 10 and 11 hours per day sitting, In the class room or on the sofa in front of the TV or browsing the internet. What has emerged from the survey is that 17.3 % of Italian teenagers watch television for more than 3 hours per day. Television, after years of decline, is in fact back in vogue together with the increasing use of the internet. Moreover, most of the young people (43,1%) are taken to school by their parents by car, so that they almost literary won’t move a step all day.


10-May-12 10:13. By Steffie Timanti | Comments (2)

Byop Secret 16 hr Field Party

Welcome Explorers and those born with a desire for adventure. We extend a hand and invite you to embrace our hospitality at B.Y.O.P on Saturday 9th June. It is with this humble pleasure of inviting you on behalf of the Villa Scalibrini Residential Home to embark upon a voyage of discovery, run through the fields and play with fireflies. We will dance in the field and Funktion One sound system until sunset to some of the best unsigned DJs alongside very special guests in the UK before relocating to a secret indoor venue in East London until Sunrise. Cast aside your mental barriers, explore the expansion of human consciousness with like-minded individuals and release your inner child. Expect a day full of surprises BYOP – Bring Your Own Picnic & booze!! Fun Games & much, much more!!! Be one of the first to experience one of the freshest new events of 2012! Profits will be donated to Charity..


18-Jan-12 09:41. By Backhill | Comments (0)

Think it's tough here? Italy's brain drain. It's who you know that matters.

Confimpresse Italia, a business association, estimates that 120,000 young Italians, of whom 70% were graduates, went abroad in 2008-09. Since then economic conditions have worsened and nearly one in three 15 to24 year olds are jobless. Many think the system of raccomandazione - where people get jobs through peronal contacts rather than merit - lies at theheart of the problem.


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