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‘Italy still eager for trade with Iran’
TEHRAN - Chairman of Iran-Italy Joint Chamber of Commerce Ahmad Pourfallah has said that despite the U.S. sanctions Italian companies are still willing to engage in trade with Iran, IRNA reported on Sunday. According to Pourfallah, despite the U.S. pressures, small and medium-sized Italian enterprises have not cut their ties with Iran and Italy still holds the first place among Iran’s European trade partners. “In the post-sanctions era when the sanctions were removed from Iran’s economy, over 1000 business firms and more than 300 companies from Italy came to Iran,” Pourfallah stated. He noted that Italian companies are still looking to find ways to continue their economic ties with Iran, adding that every month four or five Italian companies visit Iran to hold trade talks. “The two sides had on the agenda to boost their mutual trade to $13 billion,” Pourfallah said. Mentioning the negative impact of the U.S. sanctions in the trade turnover between...
Iran-Italy co-production ‘Just Like My Son’ goes to Locarno filmfest.
Costanza Quatriglio’s ‘Just Like My Son’, the first sizeable Italian-Iranian co-production in more than 50 years, will be screened at the out-of-competition section of 2018 Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. ‘Just Like My Son’, an Italian-Belgian-Croatian-Iranian co-production, is Quatriglio’s debut feature shot in 2017 in Iran and Italy with an Italian, Iranian, Croatian crew and a multinational cast from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and a number of European countries. The Italian, Persian and English-language film is the first Italian feature jointly produced by Iran in more than 50 years. About 40 percent of the film was shot in Iranian cities of Varamin and Sangan. Just Like My Son’ has been inspired by true events, narrating the story of an Afghan teenage boy, Ismail, who escaped from the persecution of the Hazara ethnic minority of Afghanistan. Now a grown man, he lives in Italy, but everything changes when he discovers that his mother may still...
Europe’s Most Spectacular Bike Path Has Just Opened on Italy’s Lake Garda
The first stretch of Garda by Bike, the bicycle track positioned 50 meters above Lake Garda in northern Italy, has just opened. The track has attracted much attention because it is not only spectacular, but has also adopted ingenious engineering solutions. Harnesses, cables and even helicopters had to be used to hook the thin wooden and steel walkway to the rocky walls of the mountain at 50 meters above lake. Steel struts inserted six meters into the mountainside and protruding outward for 2.6 meters sustain the track.The two-kilometer stretch, which departs at Limone sul Garda, took two years to complete and cost €7 million. It included covering large sections of the mountainside with wire netting to prevent rockslides.Once completed (expected in 2021), the circular bike path will measure 140 km, and will traverse the regions of Trentino, Veneto and Lombardy, with the possibility to connect to two major bike routes,...
‘The Secret of Butterflies’ to vie at Italy’s Salento filmfest.
The 3D animated Iranian film ‘The Secret of Butterflies’ directed and produced by Ali Tanhaee will take part in the 15th Salento International Film Festival in Tricase, Italy.The 80-minute adventure/comedy animation narrates the story of an insect named ‘Brownie’ who embarks on a risky and adventurous journey to become a butterfly.The animated film had won two nominations for Best Film and Best Director awards at the 31st edition of International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Iranian city of Isfahan.The 15th edition of Salento International Film Festival, aimed at promoting international independent films as the most powerful form of cultural communication and link between cultures and peoples, will be held on 1-10 September 2018 in the historical Italian city of Tricase. ...
IF YOU BUY ONLY ONE $30,000 FERRARI BOOK THIS YEAR, MAKE IT THIS ONE, From 0 to 512 (pages) in 10 seconds
For $30,000, you aren’t going to be able to get a Ferrari, unless it’s the kind that fell off the back of a truck or is long past the collectible stage. However, for that same amount you are able to get a Ferrari coffee table book, which comes with its own chromed-out stand that invokes the cylinder heads and exhaust pipes of one of the automaker’s iconic V-12 engines.Penned by Italian writer and journalist Pino Allievi for Taschen, Ferrari, Art Edition is a 514-page book that uses Allievi’s words and hundreds of rare photos to tell and show the story of where the iconic Italian marque came from and where it is going.Allievi, who worked with Enzo Ferrari himself on the 1988 book Ferrari Racconta, worked closely with Ferrari on the project and it features exclusive content from the brand’s archives.Said to be a production that’s “unparalleled in its scale,” Ferrari...
Rouhani Wins Election
Hassan Rouhani will serve a second term as a solid majority of voters delivered the pragmatist incumbent a strong mandate in the Friday presidential vote that saw a turnout unseen in recent history. He got 23.5 million votes, leading by 8 million ballots from his nearest rival Ebrahim Raeisi, who got 15.7 million votes, indicating a 57% to 38% victory, according to Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli who spoke in a televised news conference on Saturday afternoon.   Polls opened on 8 a.m. local time and were supposed to close by 6 p.m. But long queues outside most polling stations prompted the election organizer (Interior Ministry) to extend the voting four times.   The counting started soon after midnight and the first partial results Saturday morning indicated that Rouhani was ahead by a wide margin. In a brief address after the final results were officially announced, the president said with his reelection “peace and...
The Resistance Now: Trump trip may include 'not welcome' protests
World to Trump: ‘Go back to your country!’ Trump’s first overseas trip – to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium, Italy and the Vatican – is expected to be besieged by protesters. People to attend a “Trump not welcome” protest in Brussels on Wednesday 24 May. Protesters say they are “united in saying ‘No!’ to Trump”, who they say has spent his past months “dividing and excluding people, denying climate change, intimidating the media [and] phasing out solidarity”. Trump is visiting the Belgian capital for the Nato summit; a day earlier he’ll be in Vatican City to meet the pope. Rome-based activists are planning a protest there too. ...
Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children
The government in Italy has ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni blamed a decrease in vaccinations in part on a "spread of anti-scientific theories". Italy has recorded nearly three times as many measles cases so far this year than for all of 2016. If children are not vaccinated by the age of six, the school starting age, their parents will be fined. Conspiracy theories about the health risks of certain vaccinations - largely based on one discredited paper - have circulated around the world, leading some parents to shun immunisation. In Italy, the number of two-year-olds vaccinated against measles has dropped from more than 90% to below 80%. This is well short of the World Health Organization's recommended coverage of 95% or more. Measles is highly contagious and can lead to death. Measles outbreak across Europe What's behind the 'anti-vax' movement? The long shadow...
Italy's ​Alitalia to enter administration after staff reject rescue deal
Alitalia has filed for administration for the second time in a decade, a move that could see the troubled Italian national carrier restructured, sold or finally wound up. The loss-making airline asked the Italian government to put it in administration on Tuesday following a vote by employees to reject a rescue plan, which would have seen shareholders invest a further €2bn (£1.7bn) but slash wages. The government is expected to appoint commissioners to assess whether Alitalia can be maintained in any capacity or liquidated. Flight schedules will continue unchanged in the meantime. It has ruled out renationalising Alitalia, which was privatised and relaunched in 2008 after filing for bankruptcy protection earlier that year. The Gulf airline Etihad, which owns 49% of Alitalia, said it would not invest any further “without the support of all stakeholders”. James Hogan, chief executive of Etihad, which took its stake in Alitalia during the last restructuring in 2014, said the airline required...
Hitler painting on show for first time at Italy museum
An oil painting by Adolf Hitler is to go on display for the first time at a museum in northern Italy. The small untitled work has been lent by a German private collector to the Museum of Salo, on the shores of Lake Garda, for an exhibition called the "Museum of Madness", Corriere della Sera reports. It shows two men, one at a table, with a dark corridor extending behind them. The exhibition's curator sees little artistic merit in the undated painting. "It's a piece of crap," says curator Vittorio Sgarbi. "It's a painting by a hopeless man, it could have been done by Kafka, it says a lot about his psyche: here you do not see greatness, you see misery." Hitler famously applied to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in the 1900s but was rejected twice. Despite being considered a mediocre artist, his work has fetched considerable sums at auction in recent years. Alongside Hitler's...
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