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  • 'Italy's Ginger Gene Spread From Sicily'

    07/18/2014 1:53:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Over the centuries, they’ve been scorned, persecuted and marginalized. But it was an example of modern-day disdain towards redheads that prompted an Italian photographer’s mission to safeguard their diversity, The Local has learned. Let’s face it, redheads get a tough time, especially in the early years of their life. I should know, because I am one. But more on that later. Marina Rosso, a 29-year-old fine art photographer and researcher from Udine, is not a redhead as the English translation of her surname might suggest. But after hearing in 2011 that flame-haired men were being rejected from the world’s largest...
  • NYPD Detective’s Murder Solved After Just 105 Years

    06/23/2014 4:57:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Caroline Bankoff
    Exciting news for New York history buffs, ghosts, and the very, very old: The Italian police have announced that they finally solved the murder of Joe Petrosino. But first, a brief explainer for everyone else: Petrosino was an NYPD detective who specialized in fighting organized crime. In March 1909, he was sent to Sicily to investigate the Sicilian Mafia's ties to its counterparts in the United States. Though a newspaper leaked the details of his trip, Petrosino decided to go anyway, which is how he ended up getting shot to death as he waited for an informant in Palermo. Though...
  • 'Sicilian Space Program' Launches Cannolo Into Stratosphere

    03/21/2014 3:50:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Naomi O'Leary
    Sicilian amateur scientists have launched a model cannolo, a cream-stuffed pastry roll symbolic of the Italian island, into the stratosphere, capturing bizarre images of the dessert flying far above the earth. The 'Sicilian Space Program', which cost a rough total of 350 euros, had symbolic importance as well as being a scientific feat, the three natives of the island town of Enna behind it told Reuters. "Sicily has always been a place of negative connotations, mafia and unemployment. We wanted to lift up Sicily in our own way," said filmmaker Fabio Leone, 34, who recorded the project with Antonella Barbera,...
  • It's raining volcanic ash and rocks in Sicily. [video only]

    11/26/2013 1:15:20 AM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 11-26-2013 | TuriBSides
    Mount Etna has erupted and is dropping volcanic ash on nearby towns in Sicily.
  • Mount Etna eruption lights up Sicilian sky

    10/28/2013 8:58:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 October 2013 | unattributed
    An eruption by Europe's most active volcano has sent a tower of sparks and fire into the sky around it. The plume of ash rising from Mount Etna can be seen across much of eastern Sicily. Its eruptions are not infrequent, but the last major one occurred in 1992. The nearest airport and airspace were forced to close temporarily but none of the villages on the slopes of the mountain have been forced to evacuate so far.
  • Roman villa found in Sicily

    02/23/2006 8:42:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 331+ views
    Gruppo Ansa ^ | February 20 2006
    A Roman villa dating back to the III Century AD has been found near Catania in Sicily... The villa, which is thought to cover about 2,500 square metres, may be the same one discovered by a famous Italian archaeologist, Paolo Orsi, at the beginning of the last century. Orsi found traces of a mosaic floor but no excavation followed his preliminary dig and the site is believed to have been covered up again by subsequent earth movements and vegetation.
  • Gay Governor Rosario Crocetta Brings Sicilian Mobsters To Their Knees

    08/05/2013 5:14:48 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/05/13 | Friends of Ours
    The toughest guy in Sicily is a gay man. Nine months ago Rosario Crocetta was elected as Sicily's governor on an anti-Mafia platform, and his fearless campaign against the degenerate mobsters has so impressed an otherwise conservative electorate that his sexuality has become an irrelevancy as reported by Anthony Faiola for The Washington Post: "'Having Crocetta in Sicily is like having an openly gay man elected governor in Alabama,' said Ivan Scalfarotto, a member of the national parliament and a Milan-based gay rights advocate. 'But the most telling point is that his sexuality became a small detail for voters. This...
  • The Invasion of Sicily 1943: Victory as a Strategic Mistake?

    07/10/2013 12:48:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 92 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Austin Bay
    Seventy years ago this week, U.S. and British Commonwealth troops began Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. Foreshadowing D-Day 1944, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower served as overall Allied commander. Like D-Day, Allied airborne soldiers led the Husky assault by parachuting (on the night of July 9, 1943) into olive groves and rock-strewn fields along the island's southeastern shores. On July 10, seven divisions -- three U.S., three British and the 1st Canadian Infantry Division -- launched an amphibious attack on a 100-mile long front. Despite several successful Axis air attacks on ships and a brazen Italian tank attack on U.S. positions...
  • Pope's First Official Visit Is to Lampedusa, Tiny Sicilian Island Flooded by African Migrants

    07/04/2013 6:38:43 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 5 July 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    This is the second part of Lampedusa, Italy. The island of Lampedusa, the southernmost appendix of Italy in the Mediterranean, has the bad luck of being geographically too close for comfort to the Muslim world. Its history is testament to this. In 813 AD, despite a 10-year truce signed in 805 by the Emir Ibrahim ibn al-Aghlab with Byzantine Sicily's governor Constantine, the Arabs, who had not kept another previous truce established in 728 and many others since, proceeded to break this one too and, after attacking Sardinia and Corsica, sacked and devastated minor Italian islands including Lampedusa. The...
  • Abandoned Anchors From Punic Wars Found Near Sicily

    07/03/2013 9:18:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | Wednesday, July 03, 2013 | from Discovery News
    More than 30 ancient anchors have been discovered near the small Sicilian island of Pantelleria. Leonardo Abelli of the University of Sassari says that the anchors were abandoned by the Carthaginians during the First Punic War more than 2,000 years ago. The Romans had captured the strategically located island with a fleet of more than 300 ships. “The Carthaginian ships that were stationing near Patelleria had no other choice than hiding near the northern coast and trying to escape. To do so, they cut the anchors free and left them in the sea. They also abandoned part of their cargo...
  • Lampedusa, Italy. Part I: What Happened in 2011

    07/03/2013 4:00:27 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 3 July 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    During the "Arab Spring", the tiny island of Lampedusa, off the coast of Sicily, due to its unfortunate vicinity to North Africa saw the arrival of over 60,000 migrants mostly from Tunisia and Libya in a period of a few months in the early 2011. We know that the use of words like "invasion" or "flooding" is considered racist by the liberal media, but how else is it possible to describe this situation? Lampedusa has a total population of just over 6,000 people only when you also include the inhabitants of the nearby island of Linosa, with which it forms...
  • Sicily Bishop Forbids Church Funerals for Mobsters

    06/25/2013 7:31:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Religion News Service via The State ^ | 6/24/13 | Alessandro Speciale
    ROME — A bishop in Sicily has issued an unprecedented decree that says convicted mobsters will be denied a church funeral. The measure was announced June 22 by Bishop Antonino Raspanti, during a meeting with Italy’s justice minister, Anna Maria Cancellieri. Churches in the Diocese of Acireale will refuse to celebrate funerals for mobsters who have been convicted with a final sentence in Italy’s three-tier court system, and who have shown no sign of repentance before death, according to the decree. Raspanti recognized that his act has a “high symbolic value,” saying he aims to “increase attention to this issue...
  • US moving 200 marines to Sicily for Libya protection

    05/16/2013 10:55:27 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 2:41PM BST 15 May 2013 | AFP
    Italy has announced the United States was transferring 200 marines and two planes to its base at Sigonella in Sicily to deploy in Libya in case US diplomats come under attack as they did last year. Speaking in parliament after leftist MPs complained they had not been told about the deployment, Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said the transfer was "in accordance with bilateral agreements" between Italy and the United States. "This is a reinforcement for the security of US personnel in Libya or for possible evacuations," she told parliament, adding that 75 marines would arrive first followed by 125 more...
  • Canadian mobsters killed in 'old-fashioned' Sicilian mafia hit

    05/10/2013 2:47:33 PM PDT · by MarkBsnr · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 10 May 2013 | Tom Kington
    Two senior members of the Canadian mafia have been murdered in Sicily and their bodies incinerated, victims of what police suspect is a vicious turf war in Canada which has spilled over into the Cosa Nostra's Italian heartland. After an anonymous tip-off, the bodies of Juan Ramon Paz Fernandez and Fernando Pimentel were discovered near a rubbish dump in the countryside outside Palermo on Thursday. Police described the double killing as an "old-fashioned" gangland hit. Spanish-born Fernandez, 57, a notoriously tough enforcer for Montreal's Rizzuto clan, was expelled from Canada last year for the third time after serving a 10-year...
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Skeletons in Cave Reveal Mediterranean Secrets

    12/12/2012 8:25:47 AM PST · by Renfield · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11-28-2012 | Marcello A. Mannino, et al
    Skeletal remains in an island cave in Favignana, Italy, reveal that modern humans first settled in Sicily around the time of the last ice age and despite living on Mediterranean islands, ate little seafood. The research is published November 28 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Marcello Mannino and colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany. Genetic analysis of the bones discovered in caves on the Egadi islands provides some of the first mitochondrial DNA data available for early humans from the Mediterranean region, a crucial piece of evidence in ancestry analysis. This analysis reveals...
  • Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now

    10/30/2012 6:54:22 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/30/12 | Ed Morrisey
    Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now POSTED AT 9:31 AM ON OCTOBER 30, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY Retired Admiral James A. Lyons likely pulled few punches as commander in chief of the US Pacific Fleet during his career … and he hasn’t started pulling punches now, either. In a blistering column at The Washington Times, the former commander blasts the lack of action from the US when the administration learned our consulate in Benghazi had come under attack, writing that “courage was lacking” that might have saved at least some of the four American...
  • What is eaten in one week

    12/29/2007 6:49:59 PM PST · by Coleus · 69 replies · 2,193+ views
    blog ^ | Nov 27th, 2007
    Italy: The Manzo family of SicilyFood expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11 Germany: The Melander family of BargteheideFood expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07 United States: The Revis family of North Carolina (I really hope most Americanfamilies eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less junk food than this family.)Food expenditure for one week $341.98 Mexico: The Casales family of CuernavacaFood expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09 Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-JeziornaFood expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27 Egypt: The Ahmed family of CairoFood expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian...
  • EU: [Italian premier Mario] Monti plans 'Greek-style' takeover of Sicily to avert default

    07/19/2012 2:38:10 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/18/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Italian premier Mario Monti is mulling emergency action to take direct control of Sicily’s regional government before the island spirals into a full-blown financial crisis, fearing contagion to the rest of Italy. A woman begging in the street in Sicily. Regional councillor Andrea Vecchio has warned the island has run out of money Mr Monti held an “urgent” meeting with the country’s president Giorgio Napolitano on Wednesday to grapple with the constitutional issue after it emerged that the region faces a deficit of up to €7bn (£5.49bn) this year and is in danger of default without sweeping cuts. Sicily’s regional...
  • Italy's Monti says serious worry Sicily region may default

    07/17/2012 11:11:26 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/17/2012 | Unattributed
    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Tuesday he expected the governor of Sicily to resign following a growing financial crisis that has pushed the autonomous region close to default. Monti said in a statement there were "grave concerns" that the island could default and he said he had written to the governor Raffaele Lombardo seeking confirmation that he would resign by the end of the month.
  • We Will Regret Having Qatar as an Ally Qatar a U.S. Ally? Think Again

    02/27/2012 2:36:20 PM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies · 2+ views
    After 9/11, it became commonplace to ridicule the status of Saudi Arabia as an “ally.” For decades, American leaders cuddled up to the Saudi Royal Family as it spent billions of dollars to export radical Islam around the globe. Today, the U.S. is eager to have our “ally,” Qatar, take a leading role in the region while it does the exact same thing. Qatar is home to Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the most influential Sunni theologian and top Muslim Brotherhood cleric. He uses his popular show on Al-Jazeera, also based in Qatar, to rally support for Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and...
  • Continuity down through the ages: Proof of a thousand years' use of a Sicilian farmland estate

    06/05/2012 4:15:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | Australian Science Fund
    Archaeological excavations have provided the first substantiation that a farmland estate in Sicily boasts a history which reaches back over a thousand years. Numerous finds demonstrate the continuous use of the land complex as a nexus of settlement and economic and religious life between the 5th and 16th century. The findings are the result of two projects of the Austrian Science Fund FWF which comprise the first in-depth archaeological exploration of Sicily's Byzantine period... While the ancient era saw the island dominated first by the Greeks and later the Roman Empire, in the High Middle Ages it was the centre...
  • VIDEO: Mafia Horror In Southern Italy: Bomb At School Named For Anti-Mafia Hero Kills Two Students

    05/19/2012 4:35:50 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/19/12 | Friends of Ours
    A bomb at a vocational school in the port city of Brindisi on the Adriatic coast in Southern Italy has killed two students and injured another five as classes were preparing to start this morning as reported by David Batty for The Guardian. The school was named in honor of the wife of anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone after both were slain almost exactly twenty years ago as reported by Nick Squires for The Telegraph: "the prosecutor, his wife and their three bodyguards were killed on May 23 1992, when the Sicilian Mafia planted half a tonne of explosives on the...
  • Roman Shipwreck Discovered Near Aeolian Islands

    07/02/2010 5:59:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | July 2010 | unattributed
    The wreck of a Roman ship from the first century AD which is still whole and has over 500 wide-mouthed amphorae onboard has been discovered to the south of the island of Panarea... [announced] by the Regional Councillor for Cultural Heritage, Gaetano Armao, and by the Superintendent, Sebastiano Tusa. ''From the first surveys,'' said Tusa, ''we can establish that it is a merchant shipping measuring around 25 metres, in perfect condition, which transported fruit and vegetables from Sicily to the markets in the north. The style of the amphorae is in fact typical of the 'workshops' of the island and...
  • Italy Investigates Public Officials For Mob Ties

    12/02/2011 5:20:07 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/02/11 | Friends of Ours
    In an unusual move an Italian magistrate has publicly announced a wide-ranging investigation to target public officials who have become dirty tools for the country's Mafia groups as reported by Michael Day for The Independent: "organised crime was continuing to spread through Italy 'like a cancer' thanks to the 'white-collar mafia' of acquiescent public officials and politicians." Magistrate Ilda Boccassini's bold announcement follows the arrests earlier this week of a cop, a judge and a politician for allegedly servicing the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia. * * * The 'Ndrangheta has become Italy's most powerful Mafia group due to its obscene...
  • Minister: China wants to build U.S. roads, rails

    12/02/2011 9:09:40 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 16 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | December 2, 2011 | Joe Mcdonald
    China wants to convert some of its mountain of U.S. government debt into investment in renovating American roads and subways, the commerce minister said Friday. Speaking to a business group, Chen Deming said China wants closer co-operation with the United States in infrastructure, clean energy and technology. Such investments would tie China more closely to Western economies and might help defuse fears Beijing will use its $3.2-trillion in foreign reserves -- some $1.15-trillion of that in Treasury and other U.S. government debt -- as a political weapon. “We hope to achieve cooperation in the area of infrastructure,” Chen told members...
  • An excavation is no camping trip [huge ancient Greek commercial area on Sicily]

    11/19/2011 1:22:08 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Eurekalert (University of Bonn) ^ | Monday, November 14, 2011 | Dr. Gabriel Zuchtriegel
    Led by Professor Dr. Martin Bentz, Bonn archeologists began unearthing one of Greek antiquity's largest craftsmen's quarters in the Greek colonial city of Selinunte (7th-3rd century B.C.) on the island of Sicily during two excavation campaigns in September 2010 and in the fall of 2011. The project is conducted in collaboration with the Italian authorities and the German Archaeological Institute. Its goal is to study an area of daily life in ancient cities that has hitherto received little attention... Concentration in a certain city district applied primarily to potteries in Selinunte, which were massed on the edge of the settlement...
  • Mt Etna erupting live....now. (Sicily)

    07/09/2011 7:59:22 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 80 replies
    Radio Studio Webcams ^ | 07/09/11 | self
    Mt Etna showing life.....a paroxysm response.
  • Italy revives Sicily bridge plan [ Straits of Messina bridge, 2009 ]

    07/05/2011 8:15:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, March 6, 2009 | unattributed
    Italy's government has revived plans to build a controversial bridge linking the island of Sicily to the mainland. The Messina bridge, whose centre span of 3.3km (two miles) would make it the longest in the world, has been a pet project of Italy's Silvio Berlusconi. His 2001-2006 government backed it, before the succeeding administration scrapped it. It is part of a massive 17.8bn-euro (£15.9bn) public works programme to create new jobs and boost the economy. The programme was announced on Friday after being approved by the cabinet and various government departments. Funding for the programme is a mix of public...
  • Buongiorno Italia

    05/30/2011 7:10:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 30, 2011 | Bruce Bialosky
    Regular readers of this column know that this is my favorite time of year. Baseball has started, tax season is over and my wife and I are traveling. This year we spent time in Italy and Istanbul. You meet the most interesting people when you travel. It's not because the people who surround you on a daily basis are boring; it's because no matter how exciting their lives may be, they are still so familiar. Radio personality Dennis Prager and I discussed this not too long ago. He mentioned that my column was building a real following, to which I...
  • Sicilian Peoples: The Sicanians

    05/29/2011 10:12:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Best of Sicily ^ | 2004 | Vincenzo Salerno
    Little is known of the Sicans' literature or mythology. Developed some time before 1200 BC, the Phoenician alphabet was used in some form in early Etruscan and Greek, and also influenced the writing systems of Hebrew and Aramaic. The only known alphabet of the Sicanians was essentially Phoenician. It would not be inappropriate to postulate that an identifiably "Sicanian" culture existed in many parts of Sicily by 1600 BC; it certainly existed before the presumed date of arrival of the Elymians and Sicels a few centuries later... It is difficult to overlook the frequency with which Greek and Roman...
  • Geology Picture of This Week, January 9-15, 2011: New action from Mount Etna

    01/13/2011 9:01:12 PM PST · by cogitator · 3 replies
    Flickr ^ | 01/12/2011 | Flickr
    Etna Eruption 2011 A few days into the new year, Sicily's entertaining Mt. Etna kicked off a new eruptive phase. Picture below, and below that, link to video. Click image for BIG full-size. Etna eruption video (YouTube)
  • Ancient Shipwreck Points to Site of Major Roman Battle

    10/19/2010 8:17:39 AM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 18, 2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    The remains of a sunken warship recently found in the Mediterranean Sea may confirm the site of a major ancient battle in which Rome trounced Carthage. The year was 241 B.C. and the players were the ascending Roman republic and the declining Carthaginian Empire, which was centered on the northernmost tip of Africa. The two powers were fighting for dominance in the Mediterranean in a series of conflicts called the Punic Wars. Archaeologists think the newly discovered remnants of the warship date from the final battle of the first Punic War, which allowed Rome to expand farther into the Western...
  • Pope Benedict's Sicily visit draws another 'miracle' turnout

    10/06/2010 11:23:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | October 5, 2010
    Vatican City, Oct 4, 2010 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Contrary to preliminary reports from Sicily on Sunday, the crowds attending papal events in the island's capital city were "never before seen in Italy." According to an official from Holy See's Press Office who was on the ground at the event, this is just the latest occurrence in a continuous "crescendo" of "miracle" turnouts for Pope Benedict XVI.The Holy Father visited Sicily for just 10 hours on Sunday, but according to press office figures, he was seen by nearly 300,000 people. Three major events marked the day's schedule, two...
  • Mafia cash in on lucrative EU wind farm handouts, especially in Sicily

    09/05/2010 5:09:53 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 13 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 05 Sep 2010 | Nick Squires and Nick Meo
    "It has been a matter of policy in the wind farm industry to make the financing of it both opaque and complicated," said Mr Etherington. "In all countries across Europe the customer is not told how much they are paying for it, and the whole financing of the industry is coming out of subsidy on electricity generation." .....Recent research by Kroll, the international corporate security firm, has discovered examples all over Europe of so-called "clean energy" schemes being used to to line criminals' pockets rather than save the planet. Some involve windmills that stand derelict or are simply never built,...
  • VIDEO: Sicilians Commemorate Murdered Judge

    07/19/2010 4:01:08 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 15 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 07/19/10 | Friends of Ours
    In Palermo, Sicily hundreds of Italians gathered today "to commemorate murdered anti-Mafia judge Paolo Borsellino 18 years after his death" as reported by David Willey for BBC News: "He was killed by a car bomb in one the most brutal attacks on Italian justice. * * * After several trials, the truth about who organised the murder of Borsellino, and fellow judge Giovanni Falcone the same year, remains elusive."
  • Rome: The Time Is Ripe for Blood Oranges

    03/29/2010 2:55:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 455+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    Nothing heralds the arrival of spring in Rome like the first whiff of a blood orange. Vendors cut open the succulent citrus fruits to show off the crimson flesh to shoppers at the Testaccio market near the Aventine hill (Piazza Testaccio, open Mon-Sat, 7am to 1pm) and the Biological Market in Trastevere (Via Cardinale Merry del Val, open the second Sunday of every month). Coffee bars throughout Rome serve freshly squeezed blood orange juice, spremuta, with a touch of sugar. For an exceptional spremuta, swing by Caffè delle Arance, Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, 2 (arance means oranges in Italian)....
  • Italy releases Palestinian hijacker (of 'Achille Lauro)

    04/30/2009 1:37:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 1,647+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/30/09 | ap
    One of the Palestinians who hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship and killed an American Jewish passenger in 1985 has been released after more than 23 years in jail, officials said Thursday. Youssef Magied al-Molqui left prison in Palermo, Sicily, on Wednesday and was transferred to a holding center for immigrants in nearby Trapani while officials work to expel him, police in the Sicilian capital said.
  • Italy: Two dead migrants found on people - smuggling boat

    04/05/2009 7:46:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 306+ views
    ADNKRONOS.com (AKI) ^ | April 3, 2009 | n/a
    Palermo, 3 April (AKI) SNIPPET: "Over 36,000 boat people arrived on the southern Italian coast last year - a 75 per cent increase over the number of arrivals in 2007 - according to the Italian government and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR)."
  • Repairs begin on undersea cable

    12/21/2008 6:41:36 PM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 864+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 01:00 GMT, Monday, 22 December 2008 | na
    A French crew has begun to repair two undersea cables in the Mediterranean that were severed on Friday, disrupting internet and phone communications. A robot submarine will locate the ends of the cables on the sea bed and bring them to the surface to be re-connected. They were cut somewhere between Sicily and Tunisia, probably by an anchor. Egypt says it has been able to restore most of its communications by re-routing services, but other parts of the Middle East remain badly affected. Experts have warned that it may be days before the fault is fixed and that the knock-on...
  • Woman calls police after hubby, 82, takes Viagra

    12/04/2008 6:02:33 PM PST · by egannacht · 80 replies · 1,742+ views
    An 82-year-old Italian man who took a Viagra pill scared his wife so much she called the police. Giovanni di Stefano, from Palermo, was so excited his wife thought he would have a heart attack and dialled 999. "The police didn't do anything but their presence had the desired effect. He lost interest in his love life pretty quickly," said a family friend. Terrified wife Carla, 69, told police: "He is 82-years-old and so I thought so much love could have lethal consequences."
  • Huge necropolis unearthed in Sicily [ Himera , 6th-5th c BC ]

    11/15/2008 5:04:05 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 1,019+ views
    ANSA.it ^ | November 11, 2008 | unattributed
    Archaeologists working at the ancient Greek city of Himera in northern Sicily have uncovered what they now believe to be the largest Greek necropolis on the island... Hundreds of graves have already been uncovered but archaeologists believe there are thousands more waiting to be found in the burial ground of the city, which rose to prominence more than 2,500 years ago. "The necropolis is of an extraordinary beauty and notable dimensions," Sicily's regional councillor for culture, Antonello Antinoro, said Tuesday. "Preliminary estimates indicate the presence of around 10,000 tombs, which gives the site a good claim to being one...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, June 22-28, 2008: Current Etna eruption (great images)

    06/23/2008 1:58:52 PM PDT · by cogitator · 12 replies · 164+ views
    I can't post any of the pictures that I want to, but they're remarkable. 13 June 2008: Strong Activity at the Fissure in Valle del Bove Here's another site from Volcano Discovery on the May 2008 eruptions that's similar. From: Etna eruption May 2008 Here's a couple of context images. The first shows where the Valle del Bove is. The second is from space, and the Valle del Bove is the broad dark-brown area to the right (east) of the summit craters.
  • Lightning Bolts appear above volcano in Chile + Etna volcano rumbles back to life in Sicily

    05/13/2008 9:23:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 88 replies · 453+ views
    Yahoo News and AFP ^ | May 10, 2008
    Lightning bolts appear above and around the Chaiten volcano as seen from Chana, some 30 kms (19 miles) north of the volcano, as it began its first eruption in thousands of years, in southern Chile May 2, 2008. Cases of electrical storms breaking out directly above erupting volcanos are well documented, although scientists differ on what causes them. Picture taken May 2, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez (CHILE) The Etna volcano in Sicily rumbled back to life on Tuesday with a "seismic event" followed by a burst of ash, volcanologists said three days after minor eruptions shook the cone. A "seismic...
  • Liberation Day

    04/17/2008 5:49:47 PM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 1 replies · 75+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 04/17/2008 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    "An American army officer, played by James Garner, tells his British paramour, played by Julie Andrews, "You American haters bore me to tears. ... I've dealt with Europeans all my life. I know all about us parvenus from the States who come over here and race around your old cathedral towns with our cameras and Coca-Cola bottles ... and act like we own the world. ... I've had Germans and Italians tell me how politically ingenuous we are. ... But we haven't managed a Hitler or a Mussolini yet. I've had Frenchmen call me a savage because I only took...
  • New cable cut compounds net woes (Third cut cable since Wednesday)

    02/02/2008 9:52:15 AM PST · by devane617 · 38 replies · 872+ views
    BBC World News ^ | 02/02/2008
    New cable cut compounds net woes A submarine cable in the Middle East has been snapped, adding to global net problems caused by breaks in two lines under the Mediterranean on Wednesday. The Falcon cable, owned by a firm which operates another damaged cable, led to a "critical" telecom breakdown, according to one local official. The cause of the latest break has not been confirmed but a repair ship has been deployed, said owner Flag Telecom. The earlier break disrupted service in Egypt, the Middle East and India. "The situation is critical for us in terms of congestion," Omar Sultan,...
  • Sicilian businessmen fight Mafia

    09/04/2007 2:27:36 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 4 replies · 462+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 09/03/2007 | Christian Fraser
    The Sicilian Mafia, the Cosa Nostra, is facing a revolt by local businessmen who refuse to pay protection money. Until now almost every business in the Sicilian capital, Palermo, has paid off the Mafia or faced retribution.
  • Mom cuts off 61-year-old son's allowance (for staying out too late)

    08/02/2007 6:37:49 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 9 replies · 381+ views
    A Sicilian mother took away her 61-year-old son's house keys, cut off his allowance and hauled him to the police station because he stayed out late. Tired of her son's misbehaviour, the pensioner in the central Sicilian city of Caltagirone turned to the police to "convince this blockhead" to behave properly, La Sicilia, one of Sicily's leading newspapers, reported. The son responded by saying his mother did not give him a big enough weekly allowance and did not know how to cook. "My son does not respect me. He doesn't tell me where he's going in the evenings and returns...
  • Archaeologist Uncover Possible Medieval Mosque In Sicily

    07/30/2007 8:41:07 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 1,335+ views
    Physorg.com ^ | 7-30-2007 | North Illinois University
    Archaeologist uncover possible medieval mosque in Sicily The Normans are believed to have built the medieval castle of Salemi. It fell into ruin during the mid-20th century and was closed after a devastating earthquake in 1968. The castle is shown here prior to recent exterior renovations. Photo by Michael Kolb" Earlier this summer, while standing in an archaeological pit adjacent to an ancient hilltop castle in west-central Sicily, Northern Illinois University graduate student Bill Balco could literally reach out and touch the centuries—even the millennia. The dig site, about 7-by-10 meters near the castle entrance, reveals a crossroads of cultures...
  • Which is the true face of 12,000 years BC?(face of a stone age woman revealed)

    02/27/2007 7:57:14 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies · 1,994+ views
    Scotman ^ | 02/28/07 | NICK PISA
    Which is the true face of 12,000 years BC? NICK PISA IN ROME "TRAVEL back through time and space to the edge of man's beginnings... discover a savage world whose only law was lust!" ran the tagline for One Million Years BC, the "caveman" film starring Raquel Welch. One can only hope that ancient ideals of feminine beauty were somewhat different, after scientists revealed for the first time what Stone Age women really looked like. Thea, who lived more than 14,000 years ago, was reconstructed by sculptors working with anthropologists using computer technology. Experts have recreated the faces of men...