news agency – Mario Sechi http://mariosechi.net/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 18:20:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mariosechi.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-40-120x120.png news agency – Mario Sechi http://mariosechi.net/ 32 32 Demonstrations of European solidarity demand an end to the war in Ukraine https://mariosechi.net/demonstrations-of-european-solidarity-demand-an-end-to-the-war-in-ukraine/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 18:06:09 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/demonstrations-of-european-solidarity-demand-an-end-to-the-war-in-ukraine/ Several thousand people gathered on Saturday in Paris and other European cities – Copyright AFP Sameer Al-DOUMY Tens of thousands demonstrated in European cities on Saturday to support Ukraine and demand an end to the Russian invasion. Citizens around the world have been horrified by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack, which began on February 24 […]]]>

Several thousand people gathered on Saturday in Paris and other European cities – Copyright AFP Sameer Al-DOUMY

Tens of thousands demonstrated in European cities on Saturday to support Ukraine and demand an end to the Russian invasion.

Citizens around the world have been horrified by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack, which began on February 24 and appears to be entering a new phase with escalating shelling.

Several thousand people gathered in Paris on Saturday afternoon to say “no to war in Europe”, said an AFP correspondent.

“We will be here every weekend, in Paris or elsewhere, until Putin leaves, withdraws his tanks,” said Aline Le Bail-Kremer, a member of Stand With Ukraine, one of the groups that organized the demonstration.

“Despite the suffering, we will overcome,” said Nataliya, a Franco-Ukrainian woman who did not wish to give her surname to protect her son who is in Ukraine.

Some 25,000 protesters were expected at rallies in more than 100 cities in France, a French police source said.

One of the largest rallies to demand the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine on the 10th day of the invasion took place in Zurich, where organizers believed 40,000 people attended., Swiss news agency ATS reported.

Demonstrators in Switzerland’s biggest city called for “peace now”, while others carried signs saying: “Stop the war” and “Peace”.

Hundreds of people also traveled to London, including Ukrainians whose families were forced to flee Russian bombs.

“We must continue to remind everyone, we must remain united in support of our country,” Olena Marcyniuk, 36, said at a protest in Trafalgar Square, central London, with her 14-year-old children. months and nine years.

“Maybe somehow (we can) make Russia realize that the world is for Ukraine and they have to start acting to stop the war.”

She said much of her family had fled but her uncle remained in Kyiv to “fight for the city”.

– “No to Putin, no to NATO” –

In the center of Rome, trade unions and organizations gathered in a large “peace procession”, demonstrating against Putin but also against NATO.

“No base, no soldier, Italy out of NATO”, chanted pacifists preceded by a large flag in the colors of the rainbow.

“This is perhaps one of the first real demonstrations for peace,” Italian cartoonist, actor and writer Vauro Senesi told AFP.

“Here, nobody believes that we make peace with arms, that we make it by sending arms to one of the parties (Ukraine).”

More than a thousand people also demonstrated in the Croatian capital Zagreb with banners saying: “Stop the war, save Europe” and “Glory to Ukraine”.

In the Balkans, the invasion has rekindled dark memories of the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, which claimed more than 100,000 lives in a series of conflicts.

Last weekend, hundreds of thousands of people also turned out in yellow and blue across Europe, including Russia, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic.

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World news in brief https://mariosechi.net/world-news-in-brief/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 00:30:25 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/world-news-in-brief/ WCC renews call for release of Syrian archbishops ALMOST nine years after the kidnapping of two Syrian archbishops — the Eastern Orthodox Syrian Archbishop of Aleppo, Mar Yohanna Ibrahim, and the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, Monsignor Paul Yazigi (News, April 26, 2013) — the Ecumenical Council of the Churches reiterated its call for their […]]]>

WCC renews call for release of Syrian archbishops

ALMOST nine years after the kidnapping of two Syrian archbishops — the Eastern Orthodox Syrian Archbishop of Aleppo, Mar Yohanna Ibrahim, and the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, Monsignor Paul Yazigi (News, April 26, 2013) — the Ecumenical Council of the Churches reiterated its call for their release. The official Syrian news agency reported at the time that the two men had been apprehended by a terrorist group in the village of Kfar Dael, in northern Syria, while carrying out humanitarian work. The WCC’s acting general secretary, Rev. Prof. Ioan Sauca, said last week: “Day by day we have prayed and will continue to pray for the safe return of archbishops to their churches, communities and families. “.


Bequest not to ACNA congregation, court rules

£1.5 MILLION bequest set to go to St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Hillsboro in the Diocese of North Texas, part of the Episcopal Church in the USA, not the congregation of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) which is part of the Diocese of Fort Worth, the McLennan County Court ruled. After a schism in 2008, the ACNA congregation retained the original building and is also called St Mary’s Episcopal Church. The other St Mary’s received the bequest from the estate of Dr Hendley McDonald after his death in 2017, but this was disputed by the ACNA (News, January 22). The money, held in a joint bank account, has now grown to about $2 million, the Episcopal News Service reports; but will not be affected yet, pending the outcome of ACNA’s expected appeal.


Widowed pastor sentenced to eight years in China

A WIDOW mother who leads an independent house church, Pastor Hao Zhiwei, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for “fraud” by authorities in Ezhour, Hubei Province, China, Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported. last week. She had been in pretrial detention since 2019. China Aid reports that she was detained for preaching and collecting offerings without the approval of state-sanctioned associations.


Protest after Italian judge silenced the bells

Slovenian MEPs have called on the European Commission to ‘protect traditions’ after an Italian judge ruled that bells in Sant’Ulderico, Dolina, a town with a Slovenian community close to Italy’s border with Slovenia, should be removed . There had been complaints of “loud and excessive” ringtones. The parish priest, Father Klemen Zalar, quoted in The Guardian, said: “Fines have been imposed on Italian parishes if the bells are too loud, but they have never been confiscated before. This reaction was a little too heavy. The organizer of a petition against the bells, Mauro Zerial, counted 550 bells a day between Monday and Saturday, and 1,350 on Sunday.


Texas governor’s transgender order denounced

A DIRECTIVE from Texas Governor Greg Abbott asking state health agencies to investigate child abuse, medical procedures provided to transgender children has been condemned by Episcopalians. Her letter, sent on February 22, is attached to an opinion from the attorney general’s office which states that gender reassignment surgery, puberty-blocking drugs and other treatments, when administered to children, “may legally constitute child abuse” under existing law. The Episcopal Press Service reported last week that the Bishop of Texas, the Most Reverend Andrew Doyle, said the directive to doctors, nurses and teachers to report such “abuse” had “no force of law”. In a letter to the General Convention House of Representatives, its Speaker, the Reverend Gay Clark Jennings, called the statement “reprehensible. . . We must do all we can to protect the children Governor Abbott has targeted to advance his own policy position and, more broadly, to stop the wave of anti-transgender legislation sweeping the United States.

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Italian drug ring wine capers https://mariosechi.net/italian-drug-ring-wine-capers/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 18:04:32 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/italian-drug-ring-wine-capers/ Drugs and romance dominate this week’s news roundup, and you can get involved with any of them. © Bordeaux Tourism | What could be more romantic than a hotel in Bordeaux? You told us. There are often difficult aromas and flavors to place in wine, but cannabis and cocaine? That’s what Italian police discovered this […]]]>

Drugs and romance dominate this week’s news roundup, and you can get involved with any of them.

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There are often difficult aromas and flavors to place in wine, but cannabis and cocaine?

That’s what Italian police discovered this week and while there’s a certain element of ‘high’ crime to our front-page story, there’s a whole lot more; we also have problems with labelling, French romanticism and sophrology. No, we don’t really know what it is either, but we’ll find out. Continue reading…

Tank truck used for drug smuggling through Europe

A Piedmontese oil tanker is at the center of a five-year Italian investigation into a Turin-based drug trafficking ring that has seen the country’s Carabinieri police make 19 arrests and raid dozens of properties this week.

The tanker, which was filled with Piedmont wine (there was no indication in the reports as to the identity of the wine), was one of the tricks by which hashish and cocaine would be smuggled into the country. Investigators say the tanker would leave northern Italy with the wine on board and head for the southern Spanish city of Málaga, where a sealed metal coffin-shaped container filled with drugs would be submerged in wine for the return trip.

Police found 800 kg of hashish (compressed marijuana) and three kilograms of cocaine in the tanker truck. Another trick was to place the drugs inside hollow concrete counterweights of the type used on cranes.

The tanker would return to Italy before heading south – mainly to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where Cagliari-based carabinieri played a major role in seizing the drugs. Besides Piedmont and Sardinia, other later drug destinations included the Italian regions of Lombardy, Lazio and Abruzzo.

The system transported 1,500 to 2,000 kg of hashish every two months and three kilos per month of cocaine, imported from Spain,” Italian national newspaper La Repubblica said.About a quarter of this was destined for the Sardinian market. »

According to details announced in the Italian press this week, the drug money was laundered by the ringleaders of the Saint-Vincent casino in the Aosta Valley. The police operation was dubbed Operation El Dorado after a first seizure of cocaine destined for Sardinia at El Dorado airport in Bogotá, Colombia, in 2016.

Alsatian labels to show levels of sweetness

More Alsace wines will start showing residual sugar levels on their labels this year as a two-year law comes into effect with wines from the region of the 2021 vintage. The law, passed in 2020, requires all Alsatian labels to state whether they are dry (dry), demi-sec (demi-sec), demi-doux (moelleux), or douce (doux).

These terms correspond to EU legislation, according to which a dry wine is classified as having less than four grams per liter of sugar – or has up to nine grams per liter of sugar as long as the corresponding tartaric acid content is not is not less than two grams below the sugar level. In other words, a wine with 9 g/L of residual sugar is considered dry as long as it contains more than 7 g/L of tartaric acid equivalents.

A similar scale works for semi-dry wines that are rated between 4 and 12 g/L residual sugar, or up to 18 g/L residual sugar as long as the tartaric acid equivalent is not less than 10 g/L behind the sugar. level. The middle covers any wine up to 45 g/L and sweet wines are above.

Alsatian producers can choose how to display this information, either with the use of the single applicable word (Sweet, for example), or with the use of a sweetness scale.

“There is no rule on the size of the letters,” Raymond Lassablière of the Association des Vignerons d’Alsace (AVA) told vitisphere.com. “The only criterion is that the information must be clearly visible.”

“This standardized sweetness guide will not only help wine professionals create wine pairings, but give consumers confidence as they explore the breadth of what this region has to offer,” said Jenni Wagoner, director of wine pairings. group wines for London restaurants Zuma and Oblix, in a press release.

South Korea, the fastest growing Asian wine market

While the Chinese wine market is shrinking (falling 14% in value in 2021), South Korean wine imports are estimated to have increased by 76% last year, making it the “Asian wine market to fastest growing,” according to Hong Kong. wine writer Natalie Wang in Vino Joy News.

According to South Korea’s customs office and industry sources, the country imported more than $506 million worth of wine between January and November 2021, making it the first time the country’s wine imports exceeded the $500 million mark. South Korean wine imports have grown steadily over the past four years, with wine imports worth US$224 million in 2018 and US$332 million in 2020.

However, the news may not be as healthy, social or sustainable as one would hope. According to the local Yonhap news agency, IAccording to industry sources, the jump in 2021 is due to people “drinking at home alone instead of going to bars amid the coronavirus pandemic.”

The country’s imports seem to be a good mix of traditional and international wines. France represents the largest segment of imported wines with US$162 million, followed by the United States with US$81 million, Chile with US$68 million and Spain with US$38 million.

Castilla – La Mancha will fight the EU for health warnings

The regional government of Castilla – La Mancha in Spain has said it will “fight tooth and nail” to defend its wine producers as EU officials discuss cigarette-style health warnings on wine bottles. According to reports, Brussels is considering placing cancer warnings on all alcoholic beverages, potentially featuring graphic images similar to those found on cigarette packs in many countries around the world.

The European group Beating Cancer (BECA) already fueled controversy in the wine world in December when its report said there was “no safe level of alcohol consumption”. The report is expected to pave the way for increased restrictions and rules on alcohol promotion and communication initiatives.

Some commentators have indicated that Brussels could consider stronger health warnings on wine labels.

Much of the wine industry’s recent pushback has toed the line that studies linking alcohol consumption to cancer have often used neutral alcohol in labs. The European wine industry body CEEV had said that the EU Parliament’s proposal was “misleading and based on a single study harshly criticized by the scientific community for its methodological and analytical flaws”.

“Wine is not carcinogenic,” Castile-La Mancha government spokeswoman Blanca Fernández told the Europapress news agency. “It cannot be a direct equivalent of distilled beverages.”

Valencian winemakers were less combative, reacting with “bewilderment” and “surprise”, according to local Valencian newspaper, Levante.

The European Parliament will vote on the report of the BECA group in February.

Sophrology and wine tasting in Mâcon

Get ready for what could be a revolutionary – and in some cases, indispensable – addition to the standard wine tasting format. Before examining color, smelling bouquet, tasting wine, evaluating structure and length, we can now banish bad thoughts, take a few deep breaths and give ourselves a “body reading” to eliminate stress. and connect fully with our five senses.

This is a new tasting format set up and supervised by a sophrologist Isabelle Francès once a month at the Domaine des Deux Roches in Davayé in the Mâconnais in southern Burgundy. Since last December, a special tasting sees Francès take guests on a special tour of the cellar in which she invites participants to touch, listen, smell and see objects from the estate. Sophrology is defined as a “dynamic relaxation method”.

“I ask them to be aware of what is happening around them,” she told Terre et Vins last month. “So they can start to amplify their sight, their hearing, their sense of smell, their touch. For example, they feel the more subdued atmosphere of the barrel cellar, compared to the fermentation room and its stainless steel vats. breathing exercises, where you can close your eyes.”

Once ready, the stress of the day released and the senses prepared, tasters are invited to taste the wines in silence. Indeed, visitors are not encouraged to talk to each other until the end of the tasting. “I tell them the names of the wines and that’s it,” she says, before her guests embark on the actual tasting.

“We stop at the color”, says Frances, “that we take the time to observe; then we smell the aromas before taking a sip. The important thing is to take the time to pause between each step so that we can read what we are reading. feel and welcome the thoughts that are provoked.”

The sophrologist – who admits she’s not an oenologist – says her attendees regularly say they realize they haven’t paid enough attention or taken the time to appreciate the finer details of the wines they taste. they drink.

Don’t miss the appropriate amendment to the WSET wine tasting format soon.

The most romantic hotels in Bordeaux

French travel site generationvoyage.fr recently published its top eight most romantic hotels in Bordeaux and, while we recognize that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, see if you can spot a problem with the list:

  1. Hotel de Seze
  2. The Boutique Hotel Bordeaux
  3. Quinconces Hotel
  4. InterContinental Bordeaux – The Grand Hotel
  5. Singular Hotel
  6. The Palais Gallien Hotel & Spa
  7. Hotel
  8. Villas Foch Bordeaux

It’s true: all are in the city center of Bordeaux and none are in its vineyards. Granted, the “quays” of Bordeaux are steeped in wine merchant history, but surely that can’t beat a boutique hotel in the Sauternes vineyards?

Now, while romance doesn’t have to happen in a hotel room – legendary British writer Michael Broadbent has declared his ambition to make love “necessarily stealthily, and at night, in a famous vineyard” – we wondered if international Wine-Searcher readers could offer more wine-friendly recommendations – and not just limited to Bordeaux?

So, as Valentine’s Day approaches, share with us (subject to anonymity, if you wish) your favorite romantic vineyard or wine-related hotels anywhere in the world (not just Bordeaux). We’ll publish our selection of the best on February 13. Email your choices HERE.

To join the conversation, comment on our social media.

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Djokovic leaves Australia but debate continues in vaccine saga https://mariosechi.net/djokovic-leaves-australia-but-debate-continues-in-vaccine-saga/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 21:28:21 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/djokovic-leaves-australia-but-debate-continues-in-vaccine-saga/ By FELICIA FONSECA Australia have made their decision, but opinions remain divided around the world on Novak Djokovic and whether he should have been allowed to compete in the Australian Open despite not having been vaccinated against COVID-19. At a tennis center in Phoenix on Sunday, employee Stan Taylor said the lobby was abuzz with […]]]>

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Australia have made their decision, but opinions remain divided around the world on Novak Djokovic and whether he should have been allowed to compete in the Australian Open despite not having been vaccinated against COVID-19.

At a tennis center in Phoenix on Sunday, employee Stan Taylor said the lobby was abuzz with a single question as the players arrived: “What do you think of Novak Djokovic?”

There was no consensus on whether the No.1 male player had tried to game the system by seeking an exemption from Australia’s strict vaccination rules or had the right to defend his title at the Open. Eventually, the country’s immigration minister revoked his visa for reasons of public interest, and Djokovic was expelled Sunday.

Taylor said he knows Djokovic favored unconventional approaches his whole life, but he wanted to see the tennis star show leadership in the polarizing debate over the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I love watching him fight,” said Taylor, who lives in Phoenix and has followed the saga closely. “I saw him snatch victory from the mouth of defeat. …. So he loves the game, but that thing wasn’t something to talk about. He picked the wrong fight and he lost.

Djokovic received an exemption from vaccination rules to play at the Australian Open, based on a previous coronavirus infection. But upon his arrival, border officials declared the exemption invalid and decided to deport him, sparking a 10-day legal battle and ongoing political drama.

Djokovic has crushing the support of his country of origin, Serbia, whose president said Australia had embarrassed itself and urged his compatriot to return to where he would be welcome.

The tennis player has also been touted as a hero by some in the anti-vaccine movement. A protester held up a poster in support of the tennis star at a rally in the Netherlands on Sunday.

Others were quick to criticize. One of Italy’s greatest tennis players, Adriano Panatta, has called Djokovic’s expulsion from Australia “the most natural end to this affair”.

“I don’t see how Australia could have granted the visa. He made big mistakes, he created an international business when he could have done without it,” Panatta told Italian news agency LaPresse.

French tennis player Alize Cornet, meanwhile, expressed sympathy while reserving judgement.

“I know too little to judge the situation,” she posted on Twitter. “What I know is that Novak is always the first to defend the players. But none of us defended him. Be strong.”

British player Andy Murray said he hoped such a situation would not happen again in the next tournament.

At this point, Djokovic could still play in the next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open in May-June – if the virus rules don’t change by then. Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu confirmed earlier this month that Djokovic would qualify for a “health bubble” which allows unvaccinated players to train and play.

The same could be true for Wimbledon. England has allowed exemptions from various coronavirus regulations for visiting athletes, if they stay in their accommodation when not competing or training. The US Tennis Association, which administers the US Open, said it will follow all rules set by federal, state and local governments regarding vaccination status.

An appearance by Djokovic at these tournaments would certainly attract those who want to see great players in action, said Dillon McNamara, who runs a tennis academy in Las Vegas.

“I’m not a fan of Novak Djokovic at all… but I would have really liked to see him play,” he said, saying the Australian Open could have put measures in place to ensure safety of the tournament beyond the ban on the unvaccinated.

There may be only one thing that everyone can agree on. As Murray said, “It hasn’t been good for anyone.”

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Associated Press writer Joseph Wilson in Barcelona, ​​Spain; Howard Fendrich in Washington; Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia; Rob Harris and Sylvia Hui in London; Jerome Pugmire in Paris; and Frances D’Emilio in Rome contributed to this story.


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UN envoy visits Western Sahara camps in new peace drive – The Journal https://mariosechi.net/un-envoy-visits-western-sahara-camps-in-new-peace-drive-the-journal/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 18:28:46 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/un-envoy-visits-western-sahara-camps-in-new-peace-drive-the-journal/ UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara visited refugee camps in Algeria housing people displaced by fighting decades ago ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara on Saturday visited refugee camps in Algeria housing people displaced by fighting decades ago, in a renewed effort to find a diplomatic solution for the territory. […]]]>

UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara visited refugee camps in Algeria housing people displaced by fighting decades ago

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara on Saturday visited refugee camps in Algeria housing people displaced by fighting decades ago, in a renewed effort to find a diplomatic solution for the territory.

Staffan de Mistura’s visit to the Smara camps, broadcast on Algerian public television, was met with skepticism by supporters of the Polisario Front, which is demanding independence for Western Sahara. Morocco annexed the former Spanish colony in 1975.

Sahrawi independence activists are growing frustrated after decades of diplomatic stalemate, and some young people are taking up arms against Moroccan forces they see as occupiers.

The envoy began his first trip to the region last week in Morocco, and will visit the Algerian capital Algiers and Mauritania next week. Algeria supports the Polisario and severed diplomatic ties with Morocco in August over a dispute over the Western Sahara conflict.

After seeing from Mistura, Moroccan officials reiterated “the country’s commitment to the resumption of the political process conducted under the exclusive auspices of the UN”.

Morocco has proposed granting Western Sahara greater autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty, but the Polisario Front wants a self-determination referendum under UN supervision

“Sahrawis are not asking for the impossible,” Azza Ibrahim Babi, head of the Boujdour refugee camp, told Algerian news agency APS. “We are only asking for the organization of a referendum.”

She expressed doubts that de Mistura, an Italian diplomat and former UN envoy for Syria, could find the long-elusive solution. “We will continue the armed struggle.”

In 2020, the Polisario ended a 29-year ceasefire with Morocco after a border confrontation with the Moroccan army, a decision fueled by the impatience of young Sahrawis who have spent their lives waiting for the referendum promised by the UN.

Morocco scored a major diplomatic victory when then-President Donald Trump recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara in 2020 in return for normalizing relations between Morocco and Israel. The Moroccan government has tried to persuade other countries, especially in Europe, to follow its example.

FILE – A Sahrawi refugee picks up laundry in Boujdour refugee camp, Algeria, October 15, 2021. The UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara visited refugee camps in Algeria on Saturday January 15 2022, housing those displaced by fighting decades ago, in a renewed effort to find a diplomatic solution for the territory. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

FILE – A Sahrawi nomad feeds cattle on the outskirts of Boujdour refugee camp, Algeria, October 16, 2021. The UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara visited refugee camps in Algeria on Saturday January 15 2022, home to people displaced by fighting decades ago, in a renewed effort to find a diplomatic solution for the territory. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

FILE – A Sahrawi refugee boy stands in the shadows of Boujdour refugee camp, October 11, 2021. The UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara visited refugee camps in Algeria on Saturday January 15, 2022, housing those displaced by fighting decades ago, in a renewed effort to find a diplomatic solution for the territory. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

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Prayers in Italy for the abandoned Catholic mission in Afghanistan https://mariosechi.net/prayers-in-italy-for-the-abandoned-catholic-mission-in-afghanistan/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 07:13:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/prayers-in-italy-for-the-abandoned-catholic-mission-in-afghanistan/ [ad_1] An Italian missionary priest who was forced to flee Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US forces and the takeover of the country by the Taliban continues to pray for those left behind in the abandoned Catholic mission. “I send you my Christmas greetings with the same image and the same Gospel quote that I […]]]>


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An Italian missionary priest who was forced to flee Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US forces and the takeover of the country by the Taliban continues to pray for those left behind in the abandoned Catholic mission.

“I send you my Christmas greetings with the same image and the same Gospel quote that I used seven years ago, in 2014, when I was about to leave for Kabul. This year, having returned by force in Italy, I can repeat with the Magi: “We saw his star in the East!”. Merry Christmas! Pray for Afghanistan! ” said Father Giovanni Scalese, 66, reports the Fides news agency.

Father Scalese said the Barnabites had not forgotten the Afghan mission as he sent Christmas greetings to people in the Taliban-ruled country with special prayers.

The priest, a member of the Clerics Regular of Saint Paul (the Barnabites) and head of the Catholic mission in Afghanistan, returned to Rome on August 25.

The priest was accompanied by five Missionaries of Charity nuns and 14 orphaned and disabled children and young adults in their care.

Like the only Catholic parish in Afghanistan, the Sisters’ Center closed, the Chapel of Our Lady of Divine Providence, located at the Italian Embassy, ​​where the papal mission was located.

We thank the Lord for the success of the operation. And I also thank all those who have prayed for us these days. Continue to pray for Afghanistan and its people

The Catholic mission, known as Missio sui iuris, has existed for a century after it was launched in 1921 with the permission of Afghan King Amanullah. It came shortly after Italy became one of the first countries to recognize Afghanistan after gaining independence from Britain.

Pope Pius XI entrusted the mission to the Barnabites. This continued uninterrupted until this year thanks to an agreement between the Afghan and Italian governments and the Holy See. In 2002, Pope John Paul II elevated the Barnabite mission to the rank of papal mission, Missio sui iuris.

Pope Francis appointed Father Scalese to head the mission in 2014.

The priest said that even during those tumultuous days which led to his evacuation from Kabul to Rome, he continued to pray for Afghanistan.

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” Mission accomplished. I arrived this afternoon at Fiumicino airport with five nuns and 14 disabled children they were looking after in Kabul. We thank the Lord for the success of the operation. And I also thank all those who have prayed for us these days. Continue to pray for Afghanistan and its people, ”he said after arriving in Rome.

The Afghans, who were staff and family members of the Pro Bambini Association in Kabul, which ran a daycare center for disabled children, were welcomed by various religious congregations through the efforts of the Barnabites.

Efforts are underway to resettle the Afghan refugees, mostly family members from the Italian detachment in Kabul, who arrived separately in Rome.

In Afghanistan, the papal mission was limited to charitable and humanitarian activities, and the spiritual and pastoral responsibilities of Father Scalese were limited to foreigners. Due to sensitivities, the mission avoided any form of evangelism among the local population of the predominantly Muslim nation.

Before the Taliban takeover, there were around 10,000 to 12,000 Christians in Afghanistan, mostly converts to Islam. According to the US-based International Christian Concern (ICC), Christians mostly lived isolated lives, out of public view, to avoid persecution by extremist forces.

Denouncing Islam is seen as a disgrace both by conservative Afghan society and by radical groups like the Taliban. Converts can face dire consequences, including death, if their conversion is discovered.

The ICC has reported that many Christians have gone into hiding due to suspected threatening phone calls and door-to-door searches for Christians. Christian leaders called on the community to remain low-key in order to avoid Taliban targeting.

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In Italy, cops arrest man for emergency braking 100 trains https://mariosechi.net/in-italy-cops-arrest-man-for-emergency-braking-100-trains/ Sun, 12 Dec 2021 00:01:12 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/in-italy-cops-arrest-man-for-emergency-braking-100-trains/ [ad_1] A man faces criminal charges in Italy for allegedly pulling the emergency brakes on nearly 100 trains and causing all manner of commuter delays – apparently for his own amusement, according to media reports. The suspect, a 47-year-old Bulgarian, is being held in a Genoa prison and accused of interrupting a public service and […]]]>


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A man faces criminal charges in Italy for allegedly pulling the emergency brakes on nearly 100 trains and causing all manner of commuter delays – apparently for his own amusement, according to media reports.

The suspect, a 47-year-old Bulgarian, is being held in a Genoa prison and accused of interrupting a public service and resisting a public official, according to the Wanted in Rome website.

The red runner would often have waited for trains to speed through the tunnels, along lines in the Italian regions of Liguria, Piemonte and Lombardi, before striking.

It would then try to blend in by mingling with other hangers. His latest known violation took place last week on a train to Genoa.

Police were able to track down the suspect – whose name was not immediately known – thanks to surveillance cameras and testimonies from train drivers.

The suspect would shoot emergency breaks for his own amusement, according to a report.
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Apparently he’s just as mischievous in the air as he is on the slopes.

The same man managed to turn around last spring by causing a hubbub shortly after take off from Bergamo’s Orio al Serio International Airport, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The man was reportedly intoxicated and started screaming when he couldn’t find an emergency brake on the plane – possibly convinced he was on a train – which led to the pilot to change course and return to Bergamo, according to ANSA.

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Amnesty calls for COVID-19 investigation into Italian nursing homes – The Journal https://mariosechi.net/amnesty-calls-for-covid-19-investigation-into-italian-nursing-homes-the-journal/ Fri, 22 Oct 2021 07:10:35 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/amnesty-calls-for-covid-19-investigation-into-italian-nursing-homes-the-journal/ [ad_1] Amnesty International calls for an independent parliamentary inquiry into deaths from COVID-19 in Italian nursing homes and reports of reprisals against nursing home staff who denounced the dangerous conditions there ROME (AP) – Amnesty International calls for an independent parliamentary inquiry into deaths from COVID-19 in Italian nursing homes and reports of reprisals against […]]]>


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Amnesty International calls for an independent parliamentary inquiry into deaths from COVID-19 in Italian nursing homes and reports of reprisals against nursing home staff who denounced the dangerous conditions there

ROME (AP) – Amnesty International calls for an independent parliamentary inquiry into deaths from COVID-19 in Italian nursing homes and reports of reprisals against nursing home staff who denounced the dangerous conditions there low.

Amnesty based its findings on interviews with 34 health workers, as well as union leaders and lawyers. A third of workers “have expressed concerns about a climate of fear and reprisals in their workplace,” Amnesty said in a statement Friday.

Italian nursing homes, like those elsewhere in Europe, the United States and beyond, have recorded a significant share of deaths from COVID-19, and prosecutors in dozens of jurisdictions have opened criminal investigations for whether the deaths could have been prevented.

Italy was the first western country to be hit by the outbreak and quickly ran out of protective gear, face masks and hospital beds, especially in the hardest part of Lombardy affected. In the first wave of contagion, many residents of institutions for the elderly in Lombardy were not even taken to hospital because there was no room for them.

In addition to the heavy toll for residents of nursing homes, Amnesty said some employees who complained about the lack of protective equipment or raised other concerns about unsafe working conditions in the facilities said subject to disciplinary proceedings.

A case cited by Amnesty concerned the suspension of Pietro La Grassa, a union representative at the Pio Albergo Trivulzio retirement home in Milan, the largest in Italy.

Italian prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the Trivulzio house after La Grassa and a handful of doctors and employees sounded the alarm over the high number of deaths at the start of the epidemic. Some have alleged managers told them not to wear masks for fear of scaring residents, a charge denied by management.

Milan prosecutors recently decided to close their Trivulzio investigation without filing a complaint, Italian news agency ANSA reported on October 18. La Grassa was ordered to be reinstated in his functions by a court in Milan in December 2020.

Overall, the death toll among residents of elderly care facilities is not known, as residents were not tested at the start of the outbreak and suspected deaths from COVID-19 are not listed. not in the official count for Italy. Italy’s Higher Institute of Health found that at least 9,154 people died in nursing homes from February to May 2020, but this survey was based on partial responses to a voluntary survey by a quarter of the estimated 4,600 Italian nursing homes.

Amnesty’s call for a parliamentary inquiry follows a decision by lawmakers in July to drastically limit the scope of a parliamentary commission of inquiry into the pandemic to simply examine events prior to January 30, 2020, when the government declared a state of emergency and suspension of flights to and from China. As a result, the Italian investigation will not take into account the actual outbreak in Italy and how it was treated here, as the first locally transmitted case was only confirmed in northern Lombardy at the end of February.

As recently as last week, relatives of victims launched an online petition calling for Parliament to return to the original scope of an investigation into the causes of the outbreak here and the actions taken by the government and the World Health Organization to try to limit it.

Apart from that, consumer rights group Codacons collected data on behalf of relatives of people who died in nursing homes and passed the information on to prosecutors. If these cases ever go to trial, relatives could join the prosecution as injured parties in the civil part of the case.

In addition, a class action lawsuit against the government, the Ministry of Health and the region of Lombardy, filed on behalf of some 500 relatives of victims, has started in the civil court in Rome. The only other major criminal investigation is being led by prosecutors in the hard-hit Bergamo province looking at Italy’s preparedness and whether a delayed lockdown there has helped fuel the contagion.

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Tornado in Italy kills two | The Weather Channel – Articles de The Weather Channel https://mariosechi.net/tornado-in-italy-kills-two-the-weather-channel-articles-de-the-weather-channel/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/tornado-in-italy-kills-two-the-weather-channel-articles-de-the-weather-channel/ [ad_1] The wreckage of a car that was swept away by a tornado rests on a road on the southern Italian island of Pantelleria, Sicily, on Friday, September 10, 2021. A tornado swept through several cars on the Mediterranean island, killing two people and injuring several others, firefighters said. (Civil protection via AP) The victims […]]]>


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The wreckage of a car that was swept away by a tornado rests on a road on the southern Italian island of Pantelleria, Sicily, on Friday, September 10, 2021. A tornado swept through several cars on the Mediterranean island, killing two people and injuring several others, firefighters said.

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  • The victims were thrown from their cars.
  • Several others were injured.
  • The tornado hit a small Mediterranean island.

Two people died and several injured after a tornado on a small Italian Mediterranean island overturned cars and threw people from their vehicles, according to local firefighters.

In a tweet, firefighters said the tornado hit Pantelleria, southern Sicily, shortly before 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

“Electric poles have bent, roofs damaged and trees toppled,” firefighters said.

(FOLLOWING: In a New Jersey house as EF3 Tornado strikes)

The largely arid island is a popular vacation spot.

The dead have been identified as islanders, Italian news agency ANSA reported. One was a firefighter stationed there and the other an 86-year-old man. The victims were in separate cars that were part of a dozen vehicles that were thrown into the air by the force of the tornado, ANSA said.

At least one car landed on its roof while another ended up on its shattered front end.

Nine people were injured, two of them in critical condition, Pantelleria mayor Vincenzo Vittorio Campo told Sky TG24 TV. No one seemed to be missing on the island, the mayor said.

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Italian writer Roberto Calasso is dead https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-roberto-calasso-is-dead/ Thu, 29 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-roberto-calasso-is-dead/ [ad_1] The Italian Minister of Culture called him an “exceptional intellectual”. In his books, Roberto Calasso has dealt at length with Nietzsche and Baudelaire. Milan (AP) – Italian writer and publisher Roberto Calasso has died in Milan at the age of 80. This was announced by the Suhrkamp publishing house. According to the Italian Ansa […]]]>


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The Italian Minister of Culture called him an “exceptional intellectual”. In his books, Roberto Calasso has dealt at length with Nietzsche and Baudelaire.

Milan (AP) – Italian writer and publisher Roberto Calasso has died in Milan at the age of 80. This was announced by the Suhrkamp publishing house.

According to the Italian Ansa news agency, Calasso had been ill for some time. The Florence-born cultural essayist and philosopher celebrated his 80th birthday almost two months ago.

Calasso was also the managing director of Italian literary publisher Adelphi Edizioni. He was accepted there as a young student when the company was founded.

Among other things, Calasso treated the works of other authors in essays and books, such as the French poet and writer Charles Baudelaire or the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. In 1989 he received the Nietzsche Premio Internazionale Federico Nietzsche Prize for his Nietzsche edition. In 2008, he received the science award from the Aby Warburg Foundation. His lecture at the time was “Baudelaire and the cult of images”.

Calasso’s books and texts have been translated into many European languages. In Germany, he published “Der Traum Baudelaires”, “Die Glut” and, more recently in 2019, “The unspeakable today”. Adelphi Edizioni published the books “Bobi” and “Memè Scianca” shortly before his death.

The editorial thanked them on social networks for the many messages of affection after the announcement of Calasso’s death. “There is still a lot to say, but at times like these there is a lack of clarity and silence is preferred.” Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini spoke of the loss of a pillar of the Italian publishing industry and called Calasso an “extraordinary intellectual”.

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