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Robert De Niro Molise ‘Governor for a Day’ campaign launched

Sunday, November 13th, 2016


Campobasso – A native of Italy’s southern Molise region on Friday launched a campaign called Robert De Niro, Molise Governor For a Day. The invitation came from Gabriele Di Nucci, secretary of the Association of Molisans in Rome, in response to the Hollywood star’s statement yesterday on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show that he might emigrate to Molise in the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency. De Niro’s great-grandparents, Giovanni Di Niro and Angelina Mercurio, emigrated to the United States from the medieval hilltop village of Ferrazzano in 1887. “We will invite De Niro to be our governor for a day via a committee set up for the purpose,” Di Nucci said. “Media-wise, that day would be worth more than the 53 years the Molise region has been in existence,” he added. (ANSA)

Earthquake decree sent to president to be signed

Sunday, November 13th, 2016


Rome – Premier Matteo Renzi’s government has sent its new decree with measures to tackle the emergency caused by the recent earthquakes in central Italy to President Sergio Mattarella to be signed, government sources said on Friday. It features measures for agriculture, schools, culture and heritage and also aims to streamline bureaucracy for the effort to reconstruct the affected areas and make buildings safe. The emergency started with the August 24 6.0-magnitude quake that killed 298 people. Two more quakes shook the area on October 26, one measuring 5.4 in magnitude and the other 5.9. On October 30, a 6.5-magnitude quake struck near Norcia, the biggest since 1980. The quakes have caused extensive damage, razing to the ground villages and destroying priceless artworks and Medioeval churches as well as the area’s economy. The civil protection department is currently assisting thousands of homeless people. Mattarella said Friday that all the artworks and historic buildings destroyed must be restored. The decree gives the green light to operations to install temporary prefab residential units for the homeless. The initiative regards the towns of Amatrice, Arquata, Accumoli, Acquasanta Terme and Pescara del Tronto. ANSA

Quake: UN chief praises rescue efforts

Friday, August 26th, 2016

New York – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised national authorities’ “swift and robust” rescue efforts after yesterday’s devastating earthquake in central Italy. The UN chief spoke with Italian President Sergio Mattarella by phone to offer his condolences and the solidarity of the United Nations, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. “The Secretary-General praises the swift and robust efforts put forth by the Italian government to rescue and assist those affected by the earthquake,” Dujarric said.  “The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is in close contact to offer assistance,” he said, adding that Italy hasn’t requested UN assistance thus far. (ANSA)

Seaside resorts almost full for Ferragosto holiday

Monday, August 15th, 2016


Rome – The week of Ferragosto, or national holiday for the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary on August 15, promises to be a bumper week for seaside tourism with beach resorts up and down the country almost fully booked, the confederation of artisans and small and medium-sized enterprises CNA said Friday. In Liguria and Sardinia 98% of umbrellas and sun loungers were booked for Ferragosto, in Basilicata, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Puglia, Sicily and Tuscany 95%, in Campania and Veneto 90% and in Abruzzo, Calabria, Lazio, the Marches and Molise 85%, a CNA study found. (ANSA)

Mediterranean diet not as healthy as it used to be

Monday, August 15th, 2016


Rome – The Mediterranean diet is no longer as healthy as it was 70 years ago, a new Italian study has shown. The contemporary version has been contaminated with meat, processed foods, saturated fats, and sugar, according to the study that involved 52 women aged over 80 and who are in good health, self-sufficient, and in full possession of their cognitive powers, and 52 women and men aged 50-60. Researchers found that on a daily basis, contemporary Mediterranean eaters consume 49.6 grams of animal protein against 28.3 grams in the traditional diet, 37.8 grams of animal fat against 20.1 grams, 25 grams of saturated fats against 15.8 grams, and 305 milligrams of cholesterol against 258.5 milligrams in the diet of yesteryear. The authors of the article published on Clinical Nutrition ESPEN – an official publication of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) – called for a return to tradition and natural, unprocessed foods that are more nutritious and less expensive. (ANSA)

Kitchen restored in Pompeii’s Fullonica of Stephanus

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Naples – Pompeii museum curators have restored the furnishings of a kitchen located in a public laundry in ancient Pompeii in a bid to show what it looked like before Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The so-called Fullonica of Stephanus was first excavated in 1912 and the kitchen furnishing were identified through an inventory from the original dig, which documents what was found where. The Fullonica had great masonry vats with running water for rinsing, stone basins for dyeing, washing, and removing stains, and a press to make dried fabrics shine. (ANSA)

Mayor Raggi unveils her Rome program

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016


Rome – Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi on Monday unveiled her 40-page program for Rome, the city she was elected to lead last June. Raggi’s program envisages an overhaul of the public transport system that includes a new industrial plan for perennially troubled ATAC public transport company, intelligent traffic lights, and more telecommuting; an extraordinary allocation for school renovations and safety; rewriting the capital’s statute to include the “right to water”; and setting up a web portal where citizens can upload their ideas, suggestions and petitions. The program also calls for including TARI trash collection tax on utilities bills to prevent widespread dodging, a “targeted spending review” of the city’s various departments, and building an archaeological park on the Appian Way. (ANSA)

New entrance for Roman Forum

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Rome – Rome Archaeology Superintendent Francesco Prosperetti on Wednesday said tourists will be able to access the Roman Forum through a new entrance from the Capitol as of July 21. The new entryway will be inaugurated together with “the reopening to the public of Carcer Tullianum”, the prison inside the Forum where Saint Peter and Saint Paul were jailed which was shut down a year ago, the superintendent said. The project is part of the “Superintendency’s new strategy to make the Forum and Palatine Hill increasingly welcoming” to tourists, he noted. Prosperetti added that new entrances have been planned over the next few months to access, among others, the imperial palaces (Clivus Palatinus) as part of a project to increase itineraries within the central archaeological area. (ANSA)

Villa Giulia’s nymphaeum restored by mysterious donors

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Rome – A group of mysterious benefactors from the Far East have restored to its previous splendour a part of the 16th-century Villa Giulia that formerly attracted the likes of Giorgio Vasari, Michelangelo and other intellectuals of the period. The “small miracle” was carried out at the Renaissance villa ordered built by Pope Julius III that now houses the Museo Nazionale Etrusco. The most important artists of the time took part in its design and construction between 1550 and 1555. For the past few weeks, visitors have been surprised by the restored nymphaeum, the heart of the splendid gardens with a fountain designed and sculpted by Vasari and Bartolomeo Ammannati, caryatids holding up the Travertine marble balcony and a mosaic dedicated to Triton. “Everything began in 2014,” ANSA was told by Alfonsina Russo, superintendent for archaeology, architecture and landscape of the metropolitan area of Rome, Viterbo and southern Etruria, which until a ministry reform a few months ago was headquartered in Villa Giulia. “I had long been seeking help for the nymphaeum,” she said. The nymphaeum was originally created as a sort of “theatre of water” for actors and musicians. Russo added that the funders had not even wanted to be thanked in an official inauguration.(ANSA)

Christo calls Floating Piers success

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Brescia – Bulgarian-born US artist Christo said Wednesday that his recent installation at Lake Iseo entitled ‘The Floating Piers’ was a success. “We always work on two or three projects at the same time because we never know when we will receive the permit,” he added during the 2016 assembly of the Brescia industrial association (AIB), held at the Santa Giulia auditorium. Christo’s works “are liked by the young”, said Franco Gussalli Beretta, head of the Gardone Valtrompia weapons manufacturer and financial partner of the installation across Lake Iseo. “It was an open, digital, Pop Art and experiential work. Christo also had a very concrete and pragmatic approach. We managed to work together: the artist alongside the institutions that gave us the permits and the entrepreneurs.” AIB chief Marco Bonometti said that “Christo’s work teaches us to dare”. “We need to believe in the young and remember that AIB is a gym, and that without business there is no culture,” he added. (ANSA)