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  • Reports: Passenger tries to steer bus off road in Sicily

    06/20/2017 10:50:23 AM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    AP ^ | June 20, 2017 | AP
    ROME (AP) — Italian news reports say a young Sudanese bus passenger grabbed the steering wheel and tried to pull the vehicle off the road in Sicily before off-duty soldiers on board intervened. The ANSA news agency says there were moments of fear among the other passengers aboard the bus, which was heading from Trapani to Palermo on Tuesday. A motive hasn't been ascertained, but Palermo prosecutors are investigating.
  • Sicilian Bishops' AL Guidelines Authorize Communion for Adulterous Couples [Catholic Caucus]

    06/15/2017 7:50:07 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 15, 2017 | Andrew Guernsey
    Sicilian Bishops' AL Guidelines Authorize Communion for Adulterous Couples On June 4, the Sicilian Bishop Conference, encompassing the 17 dioceses of the island of Sicily, followed their neighboring bishops in Malta by promulgating pastoral guidelines on Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia that authorize Holy Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried without annulment (ie. in a state of public and permanent adultery). The Sicilian guidelines also bear resemblance in their drafting to those of the diocese of Catania. The guidelines significantly admit that Familiaris Consortio required (using the past tense) such couples to practice chastity, but that this requirement has been "expanded"...
  • 28 MAY 2017: END OF A NIGHTMARE: SHIP CARRYING 1,500 MIGRANTS PULLS INTO A MEDITERRANEAN PORT AFTER

    05/29/2017 8:41:40 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 97 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | May 28, 2017 | Updated: 18:12 EDT, 28 May 2017 | Ian Drury
    Crammed on to a ship with a normal capacity of 600, almost 1,500 migrants arrive in Italy after being rescued from rickety vessels in the Mediterranean. Their nightmare ended as they landed in Naples yesterday after being forced to endure an extra two days on board because of the G7 summit in Sicily. The nearest port to where they were picked up was on the island, but the vessel was not allowed to dock there because of the tight security in place for the meeting of world leaders. ** Last week a leaked intelligence report said 6.6million are waiting to...
  • The Sweet History of Cassata, a Cake With a Complicated Past

    04/23/2017 8:07:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Eater ^ | Daniela Galarza
    Get to know this ricotta-filled Easter tradition“Of course I know it — cassata Siciliana, my mom used to make it,” says Cecelia Maiogan, a Chicago-area resident who grew up in a small town outside of Palermo on the Northern shore of Sicily. “From the time I was seven or eight, around Easter, she would send me on foot to town to go buy the candied fruit that we used to decorate it with,” Maiogan says, “and as a treat for my errand I got to have a small piece of the fruit. I remember really liking that, the sliver of...
  • Mafia godfathers can't be church godfathers, bishop rules [Sicily]

    03/18/2017 10:02:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 17 March 2017 16:56 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A bishop in Sicily has banned known mafia criminals from acting as godfathers at baptisms in churches in his diocese. Michele Pennisi, bishop of Monreale, near Palermo, said Friday he had issued a decree to that effect in a bid to challenge any notion that the bosses of organized crime have a paternalistic side to them. “The mafia has always taken the term ‘Godfather’ from the Church to give its bosses an air of religious respectability, whereas in fact the two worlds are completely incompatible,” the bishop told AFP. Pennisi’s diocese includes Corleone, a vendetta-haunted village inland from Palermo which...
  • Fabled 'Atlantis Alloy' Recovered in Greater Numbers From Ancient Shipwreck

    03/01/2017 3:42:58 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 50 replies
    More ingots of orichalcum, the ancient metal that was purported to be mined at the mythical island of Atlantis, have emerged from the seas of Sicily.
  • Sicily’s Superior Cannoli: A Guide for Connoisseurs—and Skeptics

    02/08/2017 12:57:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Wall Streetv Journal ^ | Charlotte Druckman
    On a trip to Sicily, birthplace of the Italian sweet, a recent cannoli-convert learns what separates the mediocre from the mouth-watering, and where to find the bestSOMEWHERE ON the coastal road between the Sicilian towns of Marzamemi and Siracusa, from behind the wheel, our guide pointed out the giant reeds growing above the Ionian sea. “Those are the canna they used to make the cannoli with,” Salvatore Coppola explained. From the back seat of the car, in unison, my mother and I made the same face, the one where we purse our lips together while curling the upper halves....
  • 'Ethnicity: Italian or Sicilian?' UK schools provoke row with online form

    11/05/2016 5:07:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    The Italian Ambassador to the UK has intervened after parents complained about the distinction made between Italy, Sicily and Naples in school district questionnaires. When selecting their ethnicity from a drop-down menu on school district websites, Italians in the UK faced a surprising choice. They were asked to define themselves as either 'Italian', 'Italian - Sicilian', 'Italian - Neapolitan' or 'Italian - Other'. Complaints initially came from parents in Bradford, north England, but it became clear this was not an isolated case, and that several school districts in England and Wales differentiated between northern and southern Italians. The Italian Embassy...
  • Sicilian public sector workers skipped work for massages and basketball

    10/05/2016 7:19:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 5 October 2016 12:56 CEST+02:00
    Almost a third of the workers for the local authority in a Sicilian town have been charged with aggravated fraud, after an investigation revealed they were skipping work in favor of activities such as shopping and massages. A total of 59 employees of the city authorities in Milazzo, one of Sicily’s major cities, were found to be leaving the office after clocking in, in order to undertake personal errands, Il Corriere reported. The prosecution said that the workers would also clock in for absent colleagues using their swipe cards, meaning some weren’t present for their entire shift. The investigation had...
  • 'Godfather' Town Corleone Loses Government Over 'Mafia Infiltration'

    08/17/2016 12:57:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | AUG 12 2016 | CLAUDIO LAVANGA
    It is the birthplace of both "Godfather" character Don Corleone and real-life Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano. Now Corleone — a town perched on a hilltop in the idyllic Sicilian countryside — has had its local government disbanded for "Mafia infiltration." It will instead be run directly by Italy's Interior Ministry. Thursday's decision came at the end of an investigation triggered by the discovery that a local politician had allowed Mafia affiliates to use a sports center as a mob meeting point. "I am not surprised we came to this point," said Calogero Parisi, the head of Cooperativa Lavoro e Non...
  • Italian government: Corleone's City Hall is Mafia-infested

    08/10/2016 3:15:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 10, 2016 3:25 PM EDT
    The Italian government believes Mafiosi have infiltrated the local administration of Corleone, the Sicilian town which inspired the fictional crime clan’s name in “The Godfather” novel and movie. Premier Matteo Renzi’s Cabinet on Wednesday dissolved Corleone’s municipal government and put its City Hall under temporary control of the interior ministry. …
  • Migrants Burn Down Lampedusa Refugee Welcome Center

    05/18/2016 2:56:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | May 17, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph. D.
    A group of Tunisian migrants set fire to the main pavilion in a Lampedusa refugee welcome center Tuesday night, causing severe damage, after learning they would be repatriated to their home country, according to reports. The fire enveloped the first aid and reception center of Imbriacola in Lampedusa, which presently houses some 530 asylum-seekers, though no injuries have been reported. This is not the first time that migrants have set the pavilion ablaze. Similar acts of arson occurred in 2009 and then in 2011. After hours battling the fire, which was set around 10:30pm, teams of firefighters stationed on the...
  • Was Viking ruler Rollo Danish or Norwegian?

    03/03/2016 8:11:39 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 74 replies
    The Local ^ | Published: 02 Mar 2016 11:49 GMT+01:00 | The Local
    Norwegian researches opened a tomb containing the remains of descendants of Viking leader Rollo in Normandy, France on Monday with the aim of putting an end to a centuries-long debate: was Rollo Danish or Norwegian? Norwegian researchers opened a tomb containing the remains of descendants of Viking leader Rollo in Normandy, France on Monday with the aim of putting an end to a centuries-long debate: was Rollo Danish or Norwegian? “We have worked on investigating this for about seven years, so to finally obtain material that we can test for DNA is huge,” historian Sturla Ellingvåg told NTB. Rollo was...
  • U.S. and allies ready to help arm Libyan forces against Islamic State

    05/16/2016 12:39:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    they are considering arming and training the new unity government in Libya so it can fight the spread of terrorist groups in the country and counter the smuggling of migrants to Europe. In a joint communique following a lengthy meeting on ways to rein in chaos in Libya, the diplomats said they would support Libya’s request to be exempted from a United Nations embargo that was put in place five years ago to keep arms out of the hands of Islamist militants and rival militias locked in a power struggle. Other parts of the embargo would be reinforced, the communique...
  • Migrants Rescued Off Sicily Are Not Syrians: UN

    05/14/2016 8:24:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 14 May 2016
    There were hardly any Syrian migrants among the 800 people rescued off Sicily, contrary to earlier reports from Italy’s coastguard, the UN and the International Organization for Migration have confirmed. The coastguard had said Thursday that half of the 342 migrants they had picked up were Syrians, sparking concern that the flow of Syrians previously attempting to cross into Europe via Turkey and Greece was shifting to Italian shores. Around 50,000 Syrians arrived in Italy between mid-2013 and early 2014, after which Greece became the route of choice, the IOM said.
  • 3600-year-old Swedish Axes Were Made With Copper From Cyprus

    05/12/2016 8:35:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 11, 2016 | Philippe Bohstrom
    Bronze tools found in Sweden dating from 3,600 years ago were made using copper from the Mediterranean, archaeologists have shown. They now also believe that rock carvings of ships found in Bohuslan, Sweden were visual documentation of trade between ancient Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Most of the copper circulating in Bronze Age Europe apparently originated from Sicily, Sardinia, the Iberian peninsula - and Cyprus, going by isotope analysis... The precious copper was exchanged for Nordic amber, which was as cherished as gold in Mycenaean Greece and in the prehistoric Middle East... The ancient Cypriot copper industry produced relatively pure stuff,...
  • The Mafia Declares WAR On All Muslims In Sicily And Promises To Drive Them Off Of The Island

    04/25/2016 5:12:06 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 56 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 4/24/2016 | Walid Shoebat
    For years, it was rumored that Cosa Nostra, N’drangheta, and other Sicilian and Calabrian gangs were involved in helping Muslim “migrants” travel to Sicily and then Italy for a fee. Now with the manufactured “refugee crisis,” Sicily has been completely overrun by African and Pakistani Muslims- who are now forming their own gangs and attacking the locals. The worst is in Palermo, one of the “mafia centers” of Sicily. This story focuses on one particular Gambian man, who seems to have been randomly targeted by a petty “soldier.” However, it misses the bigger picture- this in an invasion and the...
  • Sicilian Cosa Nostra 'declares war' on refugees

    04/23/2016 6:05:05 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/23/16
    Mafia bosses have 'declared war' against migrants on the holiday paradise of Sicily as one thousand new arrivals pour on to the island every week. The feared Cosa Nostra are desperate to maintain supremacy after African crime gangs arrived with the migrants - and they are engaged in a deadly turf war. An innocent Gambian man was shot through the head by an assassin in broad daylight sparking fears of a wider bloodbath. Mayor Leoluca Orlando told MailOnline: 'Palermo is no longer an Italian town. It is no longer European. You can walk in the city and feel like you’re...
  • EXCLUSIVE - 'Welcome to the NEW Lesbos': Now Sicily is flooded with 2,000 migrants EVERY DAY...

    04/14/2016 9:37:11 AM PDT · by Gritty · 26 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | April 14, 2016 | Jake Wallis Simons
    Thousands of migrants are pouring into Sicily by sea every day, sparking fears that the ancient Mediterranean isle has become ‘the new Lesbos’. Arrivals to the island have increased by 90 per cent in the first three months of the year. In the last three days alone, more than 6,000 migrants have arrived... ...nearly 20,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea since January, compared to just 10,000 during the same period in 2015. Almost 90 per cent landed in Sicily. Donald Tusk, the European Council president, called the crisis a 'never-ending story'... Last night, the migrants were rescued just...
  • 10 Sicilian Foods You Can’t Miss

    02/15/2016 2:20:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Paste Magazine ^ | January 27, 2016 | Ali Wunderman
    Sicily may be part of Italy, but so much of its history, culture, and cuisine are entirely unique from the rest of the country. Treat yourself with a visit to Sicily and your taste buds will be thanking you for the Mediterranean-Adriatic flavor combination found nowhere else in the world. Arancine Translating literally to 'little orange,' arancine are a culinary win all around. They're none too complicated, simply rice balls coated in breadcrumbs and fried, sometimes with a little butter or bolognese thrown into the mix. Heat one of these babies up and bada bing bada boom, you've got yourself...