Italian journal – Mario Sechi http://mariosechi.net/ Mon, 09 May 2022 22:29:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mariosechi.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-40-120x120.png Italian journal – Mario Sechi http://mariosechi.net/ 32 32 Accuser testifies in Mario Batali sexual misconduct trial https://mariosechi.net/accuser-testifies-in-mario-batali-sexual-misconduct-trial/ Mon, 09 May 2022 16:22:11 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/accuser-testifies-in-mario-batali-sexual-misconduct-trial/ FILE – Chef Mario Batali leaves Boston City Court on May 24, 2019, after pleading not guilty to an allegation that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File) DEVELOPMENT… The story will be updated as new information can be verified. Updated 4 times BOSTON — […]]]>

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BOSTON — Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct trial opened Monday in a Boston court with his accuser recounting how she was “shocked, surprised and alarmed” as the celebrity chef kissed and aggressively groped her while taking selfies in a restaurant in 2017.

The 32-year-old Boston-area software company employee said she felt confused and helpless to do anything to stop Batali.

“Everything was happening so fast and it was basically happening all the time,” the woman testified at the trial, which resumes Tuesday in Boston City Court. “Just a lot of touching.”

She said she felt embarrassed until she saw other women coming forward to share similar encounters with Batali.

“It happened to me and it’s my life,” the woman replied when asked by prosecutors why she came forward. “I want to be able to take control of what happened, say what it is and that everyone is responsible for their actions.”

But Batali’s attorney, Anthony Fuller, sought to discredit her, arguing the attack never happened.

He said the accuser had a financial incentive to lie because she was seeking more than $50,000 in damages from Batali in a separate civil lawsuit pending in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston.

“She’s not telling the truth,” Fuller said. “This is made for money and for fun.”

During cross-examination, he produced financial statements showing that the woman had eaten at Eataly, the Italian market in which Batali once had a stake, weeks after the encounter and continued to frequent the Boston bar where the alleged assault took place.

“Are you going to the restaurant of the guy you think brutally assaulted you?” he said. “That does not make sense.”

The woman said she did not remember going to Eataly and maintained that she was not speaking for financial gain. She also strongly pushed back at Fuller for asking why none of the many photos taken with Batali that night showed the alleged assault.

The woman said the photos were all taken relatively close and did not show Batali, who she said was visibly drunk, grabbing her private parts, touching her face and even putting his tongue in her ear. She said he also invited her to his hotel room afterward, which she declined.

“I’ve never been touched like this before,” the woman said. “Squeeze my vagina to get closer to him, like it’s a normal way to grab someone.

But Fuller argued that the accuser was not a credible witness. He focused on his recent admission of trying to avoid jury service by claiming to be clairvoyant. She was also accused in that case of violating the judge’s orders to keep an open mind and not discuss the case with others. In court on Monday, however, she argued she could predict major events before they happened “to a certain extent”.

Monday’s trial opened after Batali – in a surprise move – waived his right to a jury trial and instead opted to let a judge decide his fate.

Batali, who pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in 2019, could face up to 2.5 years in prison and be required to register as a sex offender if convicted.

Batali is among a number of high-profile men who have faced public judgment during the #MeToo social movement against sexual abuse and harassment in recent years.

The 61-year-old was once a Food Network staple on shows like “Molto Mario” and “Iron Chef America.” But the high-flying career of the personality wearing a ponytail and an orange crocodile crumbled amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Four women accused him of inappropriate touching in 2017, after which he quit the day-to-day operations of his restaurant empire and quit the since-absent ABC cooking show “The Chew.”

Batali issued an apology, acknowledging that the allegations “fit” the way he acted.

“I made a lot of mistakes,” he said in an email newsletter at the time. “My behavior was wrong and there is no excuse. I take full responsibility.”

Last year, Batali, his business partner and their New York restaurant business agreed to pay $600,000 to resolve a four-year investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office into allegations which Batali and other staff allegedly sexually harassed employees.

In Boston, he opened downtown Eataly and Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca in the city’s Seaport District. Batali has since been bought out of his stake in Eataly and the Babbo restaurant has closed.

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Ukraine war puts EU ‘at crossroads’ on anniversary https://mariosechi.net/ukraine-war-puts-eu-at-crossroads-on-anniversary/ Sun, 08 May 2022 05:36:41 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/ukraine-war-puts-eu-at-crossroads-on-anniversary/ Analysts say the EU still has a long way to go to become a strategically autonomous goliath – Copyright AFP ISAAC LAWRENCE Marc BURLEIGH As the EU prepares to celebrate its birthday on Monday, it is transforming into a more muscular global player, a transformation accelerated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “(The) war in Ukraine […]]]>

Analysts say the EU still has a long way to go to become a strategically autonomous goliath – Copyright AFP ISAAC LAWRENCE

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As the EU prepares to celebrate its birthday on Monday, it is transforming into a more muscular global player, a transformation accelerated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“(The) war in Ukraine fundamentally challenges our European peace architecture,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.

This can be seen in the evolution of the EU.

What began seven decades ago as a trading bloc linking formerly warring nations is now a political juggernaut funneling arms to kyiv and imposing unprecedented sanctions on Russia.

The EU is also challenging an assertive China, and it has learned the bitter lessons of Brexit and four years of Donald Trump in the US.

But analysts say he still has a long way to go to become the strategically autonomous goliath championed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who currently holds the EU presidency.

“Fundamentally, for Europe to turn into a geopolitical player, it requires more than a few political or institutional fixes,” said Luuk van Middelaar, a Dutch political theorist who served in the former European Council president’s cabinet. Herman Van Rumpuy.

The EU has indeed “crossed a Rubicon” by deciding to fund 1.5 billion euros ($1.6 billion) in arms deliveries to Ukraine, he said, a turnaround” striking” of its pacifist history.

Yet it has an ill-defined common strategy vis-à-vis its close neighbours, whether it be Russia or the “grey zone of countries” aspiring to join it, including Ukraine, he said. -he declares.

– “Pragmatic federalism” –

Newly re-elected Macron is expected to pursue his agenda more vigorously, backed by other leaders this week and a bloc-wide citizen consultation for fundamental changes to the EU’s underlying treaties.

The EU needs a “pragmatic federalism” that would see member states lose their ability to veto decisions passed by a super majority, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi told MPs on Tuesday.

If there is a treaty revision, it must be adopted “with courage and confidence”, he said.

Current EU institutions and processes are “inadequate” to deal with the fallout from the war in Ukraine, he added.

Fabian Zuleeg, director of the European Policy Centre, told AFP: “We are at a crossroads, for me that is indisputable.”

When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, “everything changed”, he said.

“A lot of taboos have fallen and countries are doing things they never thought they would do,” Zuleeg said.

Not only has the EU’s foreign and security policy been affected, but also its agriculture, migration, industrial policies and other areas, he added.

“We can decide to use this as a moment when the European Union will have the type of decision-making processes, the type of competences, the type of laws that it needs.

“Or we try to go the route of individual countries doing things on their own, which I think is going to fail.”

Treaty change was an option, he said. Another was for EU countries to band together and exclude dissenting member states from their decisions.

Zuleeg said some decisions would still have to be made together, and where that was not possible groups could work in smaller intergovernmental formats.

– Abandon the vetoes? –

The European Parliament has endorsed a rewriting of the Treaties, brandishing more than 300 recommended changes formulated by the citizens’ consultation of the Conference on the Future of Europe, broken down into 49 proposals.

One idea is qualified majority voting put forward by Macron and Draghi to streamline decision-making.

Another is more powers for the European Commission in areas jealously guarded by national governments, such as defence.

EU officials said the list of proposals – which will be formally handed over to Macron on Monday – would be assessed, but it was too early to say whether any of those retained would require a treaty overhaul.

An EU diplomat said: “More than 90% of the proposals can be implemented below the treaty change threshold”.

Other EU countries that support the treaty change are Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Analysts, however, warned that those against – small EU states that would regret losing their veto power – would likely remain silent initially.

If a majority of EU member states decided that a treaty change was necessary, there could be a vote in the European Council which would lead to negotiations.

“We should be able to get a simple majority in the Council for this,” said another European diplomat.

Any resulting text would require ratification or approval by all 27 EU countries.

Attempts have been made before to reform the EU, not always with success.

In 1992, Danish voters rejected the Maastricht Treaty, the founding text of the modern EU, only to approve it a year later after their government negotiated waivers in sensitive policy areas.

In 2005, voters in France and the Netherlands rejected a treaty that would have introduced a formal EU constitution.

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Sons of Italy donates $4,000 to area charities | Local News https://mariosechi.net/sons-of-italy-donates-4000-to-area-charities-local-news/ Fri, 06 May 2022 13:03:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/sons-of-italy-donates-4000-to-area-charities-local-news/ Country united states of americaUS Virgin IslandsU.S. Minor Outlying IslandsCanadaMexico, United Mexican StatesBahamas, Commonwealth ofCuba, Republic ofDominican RepublicHaiti, Republic ofJamaicaAfghanistanAlbania, People’s Socialist Republic ofAlgeria, People’s Democratic Republic ofAmerican SamoaAndorra, Principality ofAngola, Republic ofAnguillaAntarctica (the territory south of 60 degrees S)Antigua and BarbudaArgentina, Argentine RepublicArmeniaArubaAustralia, Commonwealth ofAustria, Republic ofAzerbaijan, Republic ofBahrain, Kingdom ofBangladesh, People’s Republic ofBarbadosBelarusBelgium, […]]]>

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Israel hits out at Russia over Lavrov’s remarks on Nazism https://mariosechi.net/israel-hits-out-at-russia-over-lavrovs-remarks-on-nazism/ Mon, 02 May 2022 09:39:39 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/israel-hits-out-at-russia-over-lavrovs-remarks-on-nazism/ Israel has denounced Russia for its foreign minister’s “unforgivable” comments on Nazism and anti-Semitism – including claims that Adolf Hitler was Jewish. Israel, which summoned the Russian ambassador in response, said the remarks blamed Jews for their own murder during the Holocaust. It was a sharp deterioration in ties between the two countries at a […]]]>

Israel has denounced Russia for its foreign minister’s “unforgivable” comments on Nazism and anti-Semitism – including claims that Adolf Hitler was Jewish.

Israel, which summoned the Russian ambassador in response, said the remarks blamed Jews for their own murder during the Holocaust.

It was a sharp deterioration in ties between the two countries at a time when Israel sought to establish a neutral stance between Russia and Ukraine and to remain in Russia’s rightful place for its security needs in the Middle East.

Asked about Russia’s efforts to “denazify” Ukraine in an interview with an Italian news channel, Sergei Lavrov explained that Ukraine may still have Nazi elements even though some personalities, including the country’s president , were Jewish.

“Hitler also had Jewish background, so that doesn’t mean anything,” he said, speaking to the station in Russian, dubbed with an Italian translation.

In some of the harshest remarks since the start of the war in Ukraine, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called Mr Lavrov’s statement “unforgivable and outrageous and a horrific historical error”.

“Jews did not kill themselves in the Holocaust,” Mr. Lapid said.

“The lowest level of racism against Jews is blaming Jews themselves for anti-Semitism.”

Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, called the remarks “absurd, delusional, dangerous and deserving of condemnation.”

“Lavrov propagates Holocaust inversion – turning victims into criminals based on the promotion of a completely unfounded claim that Hitler was of Jewish descent,” he said in a statement.

“It is equally serious to call Ukrainians in general, and President (Volodymyr) Zelensky in particular, Nazis. This, among other things, is a complete distortion of history and an affront to the victims of Nazism.

Nazism figured prominently in Russia’s war aims and narrative as it fights in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s relatives were killed in the Holocaust (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

In his attempt to legitimize the war with Russian citizens, President Vladimir Putin described the battle as a struggle against the Nazis in Ukraine, even though the country has a democratically elected government and a Jewish president whose relatives were killed during the war. ‘Holocaust.

Ukraine also condemned Mr. Lavrov’s remarks.

“In trying to rewrite history, Moscow is simply looking for arguments to justify the massacres of Ukrainians,” tweeted Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak.

World War II, in which the Soviet Union lost around 27 million people and helped defeat Nazi Germany, is one of the pillars of Russia’s national identity.

Repeatedly reaching for the historical narrative that places Russia as a savior against the forces of evil has helped the Kremlin rally Russians around the war.

For Israel, the Holocaust is central to its national ethos and it has positioned itself at the center of global efforts to remember the Holocaust and combat anti-Semitism.

But these objectives sometimes clash with its other national interests.

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People walk along a bridge lit by a billboard showing a yellow Star of David, like the one Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany, on the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day in Ramat Gan, Israel on April 28 (Oded Balilty/AP)

Russia has a military presence in neighboring Syria, and Israel, which carries out frequent strikes on enemy targets in the country, relies on Russia for security coordination there.

This has forced Israel to be cautious in its criticism of the war in Ukraine.

While it has sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine and expressed support for its people, Israel has been measured in its criticism of Russia and has not adhered to international sanctions against it.

This paved the way for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to attempt to mediate between the parties, an effort that appears to have stalled as Israel grapples with its own internal turmoil.

The Holocaust and the constant manipulation of its history during the conflict have already sparked outrage in Israel.

In a speech to Israeli lawmakers in March, Mr. Zelensky compared Russia’s invasion of his country to the actions of Nazi Germany, accusing Mr. Putin of trying to implement a “final solution” against the ‘Ukraine.

The comparisons drew furious condemnation from Yad Vashem, which said Mr Zelensky was trivializing the Holocaust.

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PSG Link is ‘fake news’, says Spurs boss Conte https://mariosechi.net/psg-link-is-fake-news-says-spurs-boss-conte/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 16:39:23 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/psg-link-is-fake-news-says-spurs-boss-conte/ Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has slammed ‘fake news’ reports that he is a candidate to take charge of Paris Saint-Germain. Conte has been linked with the French champions this week after reports emerged their current boss Mauricio Pochettino, himself a former Spurs manager, is set to leave at the end of the season. The […]]]>

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has slammed ‘fake news’ reports that he is a candidate to take charge of Paris Saint-Germain. Conte has been linked with the French champions this week after reports emerged their current boss Mauricio Pochettino, himself a former Spurs manager, is set to leave at the end of the season. The Italian has 12 months left on his contract with Tottenham and has refused to commit his long-term future at the Premier League club since replacing sacked Nuno Espirito Santo in November. Asked about the PSG link on Friday, Conte insisted there was no truth to the claims. “Obviously I think it’s good that other clubs appreciate my work. It’s one thing. But the truth is that I don’t like it when people try (to make up) news – just to talk , only to create problems,” Conte told reporters. “It’s not fair, not fair for me, for the clubs involved and for my players. I repeat, this kind of situation makes me smile. “But I think people who want to say something about this should also show respect to everyone involved in this situation, and not make up fake news and tell a lot of lies.” In this situation, who works in football – players or managers – know full well that at this stage of the season a lot of fake news starts to come out.” Conte doesn’t want talk of his future to be a distraction for Tottenham players as they are battling for Champions League qualification. Ahead of Sunday’s clash with Leicester, Tottenham are two points behind north London rivals Arsenal with five games remaining. “At the moment, our fans, me , the players, the club, the fans, we have to focus, we have to focus on an important target for us,” Conte said. “We are living this dream. champions. It’s fair to point out that we are fighting for a goal that was not in our minds at the start of the season.

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Trial begins in Sweden in trachea artery stem cell transplant case – The Journal https://mariosechi.net/trial-begins-in-sweden-in-trachea-artery-stem-cell-transplant-case-the-journal/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 09:41:32 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/trial-begins-in-sweden-in-trachea-artery-stem-cell-transplant-case-the-journal/ A surgeon who made headlines in 2011 for performing the world’s first stem cell trachea transplants at Sweden’s biggest hospital is on trial for aggravated assault on three of his patients STOCKHOLM (AP) — An Italian surgeon who made headlines in 2011 for performing the world’s first stem cell trachea transplants at Sweden’s largest hospital […]]]>

A surgeon who made headlines in 2011 for performing the world’s first stem cell trachea transplants at Sweden’s biggest hospital is on trial for aggravated assault on three of his patients

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An Italian surgeon who made headlines in 2011 for performing the world’s first stem cell trachea transplants at Sweden’s largest hospital went on trial Wednesday charged with aggravated assault against three of his patients.

Stem cell scientist Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, who was once considered a leading figure in regenerative medicine, is credited with creating the world’s first trachea partially made from a patient’s own stem cells.

In December 2018, Sweden decided to reopen a previously dropped investigation into three cases. Additional written evidence was obtained and further interviews were held with people in Sweden, Belgium, Great Britain, the United States and Spain.

The former surgeon appeared in Solna District Court on Wednesday, but is expected to give evidence first on Friday. His lawyer, Björn Hurtig, believes Macchiarini’s former employer, Sweden’s prestigious Karolinska Institute, should be held accountable, Swedish broadcaster SVT said.

Macchiarini was fired from the Karolinska Institute in March 2016 for violating medical ethics after being accused of falsifying his CV and misrepresenting his work.

When Macchiarini’s first trachea transplant was reported in the medical journal Lancet in 2008, it was hailed as a breakthrough in regenerative medicine. Macchiarini’s new airway – partly made from the patient’s own stem cells – was meant to herald a new era where new organs could be made in the lab.

Despite an independent commission in Sweden finding numerous problems with Macchiarini’s work, the Lancet has so far refused to withdraw the study.

Macchiarini previously disputed the charges, saying they were false.

He operated on 20 Macchiarini patients to provide them with an artificial trachea – from countries including Spain, Russia, Iceland, Britain and the United States. ‘ terms.

In 2019, an Italian court sentenced Macchiarini to 16 months in prison for forgery and abuse of office.

Benita Alexander, the former girlfriend of surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, arrives for Macchiarini’s trial at the Solna District Court in Solna, Sweden, Wednesday, April 27, 2022. A former surgeon who made headlines in 2011 for performing the first stem-cell trachea transplants in Sweden’s largest hospital is charged with aggravated assault against three of his patients. Italian stem cell scientist Dr. Paolo Macchiarini was once considered a leading figure in regenerative medicine and is credited with creating the world’s first trachea partially made from a patient’s own stem cells. (Christine Olsson/TT News Agency via AP)

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Trio back on Earth after charter trip to space station https://mariosechi.net/trio-back-on-earth-after-charter-trip-to-space-station/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 17:29:54 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/trio-back-on-earth-after-charter-trip-to-space-station/ Three wealthy businessmen have returned from the International Space Station with their astronaut escort, concluding an expensive trip that marked Nasa’s debut as a B&B host. Back in a SpaceX capsule, they landed in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida to wrap up a 17-day tour that cost them $55m (£43m) each. The trip […]]]>

Three wealthy businessmen have returned from the International Space Station with their astronaut escort, concluding an expensive trip that marked Nasa’s debut as a B&B host.

Back in a SpaceX capsule, they landed in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida to wrap up a 17-day tour that cost them $55m (£43m) each.

The trip was supposed to last just over a week, but bad weather kept visitors in orbit almost twice as long as expected.

Before leaving the space station on Sunday evening, the group thanked its seven hosts, including three NASA astronauts whose own mission is nearing its end.

It was the first time NASA had opened its space hatches to tourists after avoiding the practice honed over decades by Russia.

Last fall, a Russian film crew flew in, followed by a Japanese fashion mogul and his assistant. In each case, an active duty cosmonaut traveled with them.

The latest guests were accompanied by a former NASA astronaut now working for Axiom Space, the Houston company in charge of the flight, making it the first completely private trip to the space station.

After hosting longer than expected, NASA was eager to make room for the next crew. SpaceX will attempt to launch three NASA astronauts and an Italian to the space station on Wednesday.

They will replace the three Americans and a German up there since November who will return to Earth in their own SpaceX capsule.

The pace is incredibly fast by NASA standards. “It’s absolutely exciting,” NASA flight director Zeb Scoville said.

Axiom took care of the travel logistics for its three paying clients: American real estate magnate Larry Connor; Mark Pathy, Canadian Private Equity CEO; and Israeli investor Eytan Stibbe from Tel Aviv.

Their chaperone was Michael Lopez-Alegria, an Axiom vice president who flew into space four times as a NASA astronaut.

Mr Lopez-Alegria said it was “an incredible adventure that we have been on, even longer and more exciting than we thought”.

Axiom partnered with SpaceX for the journey, which began with an April 8 liftoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. It was SpaceX’s second private flight, just months after a billionaire’s orbital jaunt with the contest winners.

In space, visitors experimented and looked at Earth.

“It opened my eyes in so many ways,” Mr. Pathy said, “that I think will have such a lasting impact on my life.”

The experience was particularly personal for Mr. Stibbe. He served as a fighter pilot under Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 2003.

Mr. Stibbe stole copies of the surviving pages of Mr. Ramon’s space diary, as well as artwork and music created by Mr. Ramon’s children. He celebrated Passover with matzah bread that he took away and gefilte fish offered by the Russians at the station.

Axiom’s second flight is scheduled for early next year as the company plans to have its own space station by 2030.

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Filomena “Fannie” Perrino Obituary – Poughkeepsie Journal https://mariosechi.net/filomena-fannie-perrino-obituary-poughkeepsie-journal/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 23:25:16 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/filomena-fannie-perrino-obituary-poughkeepsie-journal/ Filomena “Fannie” Perrino Somerby, SC – Filomena Perrino, known as Fannie, died in Somerby, Mount Pleasant, SC on April 18, 2022 at the age of 101. Born in Capodrise, Italy on December 23, 1920 (or possibly the 24th as her mother baked Christmas cookies, as she remembered) she married her late husband, John, on 11/11 […]]]>

Filomena “Fannie” Perrino

Somerby, SC – Filomena Perrino, known as Fannie, died in Somerby, Mount Pleasant, SC on April 18, 2022 at the age of 101. Born in Capodrise, Italy on December 23, 1920 (or possibly the 24th as her mother baked Christmas cookies, as she remembered) she married her late husband, John, on 11/11 1945 at 11 a.m. . They celebrated 55 years of loving marriage and four children before he passed.

Fannie arrived on Ellis Island in 1928. She then worked as a seamstress adding beadwork to Broadway costumes, then worked at Marstelle Bridals in the Bronx embellishing wedding dresses. Her fashion sense was impeccable, adhering to the Italian tradition of “fare bella figura”, always at her best. Fannie’s creativity also shone through in her love of storytelling, sharing stories about the mischievous Italian leprechaun, the mazzamuriello, who lived in his attic in Italy, the fable of one eye, two eyes and three eyes, and many more. other stories. She made her family smile and laugh. She was a fantastic cook and always made sure everyone was well fed. She volunteered at St. Denis Catholic Church, where she was an active part of the community and served as a hostess.

Fannie will be lovingly welcomed into the kingdom of God by her husband, John Perrino; daughters, Marie Gonzalez and Annette Aviles; as well as his brothers, Paul and Tony Cirillo. She is survived by her daughter, Joann, and her husband, Bart Gravino, of Huger, SC; his son, John, and his wife, Ellen Perrino, of Hedgesville, WV; his sister, Rose Golino, of Bronx, NY; his son-in-law Stan Aviles, of Huger, SC; his son-in-law Joe Gonzalez of Centerport, NY; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Christian Burial Mass will be offered on Wednesday April 27, 2022 at 12 noon at St. Denis Church, 602 Beekman Road, Hopewell Junction followed by interment at St. Denis Cemetery.

Please visit Fannie’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.

Posted on April 23, 2022

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Thursday Sports in Brief | review review https://mariosechi.net/thursday-sports-in-brief-review-review/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 07:36:02 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/thursday-sports-in-brief-review-review/ By The Associated Press NFL NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL tells a judge there are multiple reasons why a lawsuit brought against it by three black coaches who allege racist hiring practices should fail. In the letter released Thursday ahead of an initial hearing before a federal judge in Manhattan, the league said it […]]]>

By The Associated Press

NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL tells a judge there are multiple reasons why a lawsuit brought against it by three black coaches who allege racist hiring practices should fail.

In the letter released Thursday ahead of an initial hearing before a federal judge in Manhattan, the league said it would either ask that the claims of coach Brian Flores and two other coaches be forced into arbitration or dismissed without trial. because they lack legal basis. .

The letter was jointly prepared by attorneys for the coaches and the NFL to advise the judge of each side’s positions ahead of the May 2 hearing.

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Senior candidates will have more opportunities to be selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the next three years.

The hall’s board of directors on Thursday approved several changes to the bylaws governing the selection of Hall of Fame inductees. In the past, only one player who was no longer in the Modern Era category could be elected to the Sanctuary each year. But for the 2023-2025 promotions, a maximum of three per year may be chosen by the selection committee.

A large backlog of senior applicants – players whose careers ended more than 25 years ago – led to the review.

NBA

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton is expected to miss at least two weeks after injuring his left knee Wednesday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series with the Chicago Bulls.

The Bucks announced Thursday night that the three-time All-Star underwent an MRI earlier in the day and will deliver their next status update on him in “about two weeks.”

That probably knocks him out at least for the rest of the Bucks-Bulls series, which is tied 1-1. If the series lasts seven games, it will end on May 1.

MLB

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended an additional week, through April 29, by Major League Baseball and the players’ association.

The decision on the extension was made on Thursday, a person familiar with the matter said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcements were allowed.

Bauer was placed on seven-day paid leave on July 2 under the joint MLB-union policy on domestic violence and sexual assault after a Southern California woman said that he had choked her unconscious, repeatedly punched her, and had anal sex with her without her consent. during two sexual encounters early last year.

NHL

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL returns to Europe this fall for its first games outside North America since the pandemic began.

The league announced Thursday that the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators will play two games in Prague in October and the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets will play two games in Tampere, Finland in November as part of of the 2022 World Series.

The Sharks and Predators will complete their respective training camps in Europe.

BOXING

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities were investigating Thursday after former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was videotaped punching another passenger on a plane at San Francisco International Airport.

The video shows Tyson leaning over the back of his seat repeatedly punching the unidentified man in the head, drawing blood. The footage was first shared by TMZ, which said it was recorded on a Jet Blue plane bound for Florida.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a bottle of water at him while he was in his seat,” representatives for Tyson said in a statement. email to the Associated Press.

CAR RACE

IMOLA, Italy (AP) — Carlos Sainz Jr. signed a new contract with Ferrari on Thursday through 2024, ahead of the Italian team’s home Formula One race this weekend.

Sainz joined Ferrari from McLaren in 2021 on a two-year contract.

Ferrari leads the constructors’ championship after two wins for Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc in the first three races. Sainz, who has never won an F1 race, finished second in Bahrain and third in Saudi Arabia, but the Spanish driver crashed out at the last grand prix in Australia.

FOOTBALL

WASHINGTON (AP) — FedEx Field in Landover, Md., dropped a bid Thursday to host 2026 World Cup games, and the Washington area merged its campaign with M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The joint bid would have a fan festival on the District of Columbia’s National Mall.

FedEx Field, opened in 1997, was among the oldest facilities that originally bid in 2017. It hosted matches during the 1999 Women’s World Cup. DC’s RFK Stadium was the site of matches during the 1994 Men’s World Cup and is to be demolished.

Seventeen US stadiums in 16 regions remain in contention for the World Cup. Three cities in Canada and Mexico are candidates.

LONDON (AP) — The crowded field to buy Chelsea now includes 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams and seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.

Long-time Arsenal fan Hamilton has seized the opportunity to invest in his London rival as three bidders attempt to buy the Premier League club from sanctioned Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

Williams and Hamilton are part of a consortium that is offering an investment from Josh Harris and David Blitzer, owners of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers who are expected to sell their stake in Premier League club Crystal Palace to buy Chelsea.

The reigning world and European champions could be sold for 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) – a record in global sport – given the interest in the west London club.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Haley and Hanna Cavinder are about to expose 4 million Miami women’s basketball fans.

The Cavinder sisters — identical twin 5-foot-6 guards who averaged a combined 34.2 points per game over their three seasons at Fresno State and built a huge social network post-pandemic — announced Thursday night that they were transferred to Miami for their senior seasons.

Their notable stats: 3,040 combined points in 89 games, 400,000 Instagram followers each, and 4 million more on their shared TikTok account which mostly features them dancing side by side.

Miami confirmed the move and announced that the sisters had officially signed with the Hurricanes.

LAW COURTS

DETROIT (AP) — Thirteen victims of Larry Nassar’s sexual assault are asking the FBI for $10 million each, claiming a botched investigation by agents led to more abuse by the sports doctor, the sports doctor said Thursday. lawyers.

It’s an effort to hold the government accountable for assaults that occurred after July 2015. The Justice Department’s inspector general found the FBI made fundamental errors when it learned of the allegations against Nassar that year. .

Nassar was a sports physician at Michigan State University as well as a physician at USA Gymnastics. He is serving decades in prison for assaulting female athletes, including Olympic medal-winning gymnasts.

OBITUARY

Daryle Lamonica, the deep-throwing quarterback who won the AFL Player of the Year award and led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl appearance, has died. He was 80 years old.

The Fresno County Sheriff said Lamonica died at her home in Fresno Thursday morning. Death is considered to be of natural cause.

In his six seasons as a starter for the Raiders, Lamonica was one of the game’s most prolific passers, leading pro football with 145 TD assists – 24 more than second place Fran Tarkenton. His 16,006 passing yards ranked third from 1967 to 1972.

Lamonica was an All-Pro again in 1969 when he led the AFL with 3,302 passing yards and 34 touchdowns. The 34 touchdowns still stand as the franchise’s single-season record more than half a century later.

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Lancia Stratos: a rallying legend that lives on https://mariosechi.net/lancia-stratos-a-rallying-legend-that-lives-on/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/lancia-stratos-a-rallying-legend-that-lives-on/ In the 70s and 80s, the rally was at its peak, with many manufacturers trying their luck to stay on the top step of the podium. Amidst all this hype, a relatively smaller automaker began to emerge among the ranks of the giants and made a name for itself. It’s the Italian car manufacturer Lancia, […]]]>

In the 70s and 80s, the rally was at its peak, with many manufacturers trying their luck to stay on the top step of the podium. Amidst all this hype, a relatively smaller automaker began to emerge among the ranks of the giants and made a name for itself. It’s the Italian car manufacturer Lancia, which started quite well with Fulvia and ruled the rally championship world for years.

The most important car in the Lancia portfolio to date is the Stratos. It debuted in 1971 and was primarily intended for Group 4 rally competition. It was the first rally car to be designed and built from scratch and took a lot of effort and multiple collaborations to achieve. she becomes an all-time legend. Let’s take a look at the technical specifications of the Lancia Stratos and an overview of its restoration in today’s world.

A short story

Lancia initially hired Pininfarina to design the Stratos, but things took an interesting turn when Bertone decided to design a Stratos himself and drive it into the Lancia factory. The company gave him the task of designing their legendary car, with the help of Gandini, a well-known designer responsible for Lamborghini Miura and Countach. The next task was the powertrain; which Ferrari was hesitant to supply, but eventually agreed and handed over 500 Dino engines for the Stratos. What happened next is history, and Lancia Stratos etched its name on the rallying wall of fame with more than a dozen victories in various championships.

Technical specifications Lancia Stratos

Rally cars are purpose-built vehicles with rugged bodies, powerful engines, high-performance transmissions and durable suspensions. All of these things combined ensure that the driver has everything they need to win the challenge, and Lancia Stratos is no exception.

Here are some of the technical details of the Lancia Stratos that made it so successful.

Engine

The engine of the Lancia Stratos was a naturally aspirated Ferrari-Fiat 236 L Dino V6 2.4 liter engine. It featured a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration, a 65oh V-cylinder arrangement, with two valves per cylinder. This engine produced 275 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque.

The Ferrari engine was made of lightweight cast iron alloy and was placed just behind the passenger compartment in a “mid-engine” style positioning with a transverse layout. This has helped to optimize weight distribution and lower the center of gravity. Being a rear-wheel-drive car, a mid-engined configuration also precluded the need for an extended driveshaft, further reducing weight and improving the Stratos’ performance.

The engine also featured wet sump lubrication to meet extreme performance needs, and a setup of three Weber 40 IDF 28 carburettors to feed the starved engine. A water-based coolant maintained the optimum temperature, while the four crankshaft bearings helped the six cylinders fire continuously at 9:1 compression. It also had a timing belt specifically designed to meet the performance requirements of the Dino V6 engine.

Performance figures

Maximum speed: 230 km/h

Maximum power: 320 hp (for the 24-valve version)

Torque: 256 lb-ft

0-100 time: 6 seconds

Quarter mile standing: 13.5 seconds

Transmission

The Stratos’ powerful V6 engine was mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with optimized gear ratios. A dry single-disc clutch makes quick shifts easier and smoother to meet the demands of the track.

Upper gear ratio: 0.99

Final Drive Ratio: 3.82

Suspension and steering

A hardcore rally car must endure the grudge of rough tracks and unforgiving terrain, and Lancia knew it had to design and equip the Stratos with tough suspension and steering to meet the challenge.

Stratos has a very heavy-duty suspension setup, with hydraulic shock absorbers and coil springs up front and an anti-roll bar with coil springs in the rear. All other components, such as the bushings, spacers and A-arm, have also been improved. Stratos also had hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering for precise response and to keep oversteer or understeer to a minimum.

Frame

Stratos had a tubular frame design, an all-new chassis built from the ground up with two ideas in mind – stiffness and lightness. A steel-aluminum alloy has been used to make the frame and careful attention has been paid to its setup, to avoid any excessive body roll or steering conundrums. An integrated roll bar has also been added to the Stratos to ensure the safety of the diver and navigator in the event of an accident. The lightweight construction worked perfectly as the Stratos weighed only 980 kg (2160 lb), with an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 5.2 kg/hp (11.4 lb/hp).

Restoration of a Lancia Stratos

Restoring a classic rally car that has seen the punishment of the tracks is no easy task. It is a multi-step process that must be performed according to a specified pattern and requires specific equipment and expertise to get everything right.

1) Strip the parts | Dismantling

The first step in restoring a classic car is to strip it down to the bare bones. Remove all body parts/panels, engine, suspension, exhaust, wheels and interior, bringing the car back to the metal body.

2) Rust and corrosion treatment | Acid soak

An older car will likely have corrosion of metal parts. The first step would be to perform a physical abrasion and get rid of all debris and contaminants. Then immerse the frame and metal parts in an acid bath for a specified time.

3) Body conditioning | Preparation for painting

After the chassis and all parts have been acid treated, the body is prepared for priming and painting by etching the body and dipping it in electrolyte for a negative charge. Primer and paint are applied in three layers, which irreversibly bind to the negatively charged body. All fiberboards are also painted separately.

4) Parts Restoration | and interior panels

All mechanical and cosmetic parts are also restored side by side. In particular, the engine, suspension, transmission and interior panels are given a thorough overhaul. Every part is stripped down to the nuts and bolts, acid treated and silicone powder coated (suspension and steering only). These are then assembled and the interior upholstery, seats and carpets are also completely redone.

5) Assembly

With the integrated roll cage installed and all parts carefully checked, the engine and transmission are installed, along with the exhaust system. Next, the suspension and steering assembly is installed. The last part includes the installation of the interior panels and the wheels with the tires. All lubricants and fluids are checked before a test is performed.

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