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"...Michele Usuelli, a doctor and regional councillor for the small, leftwing party, Più Europa, pins much of the blame on politics and healthcare mismanagement. He said Lombardy’s fate began to be charted out in the late 1990s when the Italian government decentralised healthcare, giving regions more autonomy."

"At the same time, the privatisation of healthcare became more prevalent. Although other regions continued to mostly maintain the public health system, a succession of Lombardy governors, including Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia between 1995 and 2013, and Matteo Salvini’s far-right League since then, allowed the private and public systems to compete for funds based on efficiency."

"Even though Lombardy developed one of the most enviable healthcare systems in Italy, the strategy left private firms free to invest in areas of care that made more money, inevitably leading to a reduction of beds in the public system and leaving the region less equipped to meet all types of health needs."

Via Why was Lombardy hit harder than Italy's other regions?

#COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #Italy #Lombardy #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality #capitalism
 
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One of the artists I have learned most from and who was a major influence on me becoming a visual artist, is the Italian cartoonist Hugo Pratt. My finished black and white pieces seldom look like Pratt, but many of my sketches does. So I have made this evening drawing in the style of the old master.

#art #drawing #eveningdrawing #HugoPratt #comics #Italy #bd #mywork
 
Huh. I was just in Naples last October, and spent a considerable amount of time seeing local points of interest, historical sites, hiking Vesuvius, etc., but this is the first time I have heard of this site. Enjoy. :-)

Ruins of Liternum

"The Roman province of Campania was once one of the most prosperous regions in Italy, with important cities like Naples, Pompeii, and Cuma. On the shores of the Lake of Patria, near the eastern coast of Campania, the town of Liternum was founded in 194 BC."

"The ruins are now part of an archeological park, however, they are still mostly unknown to the public; overshadowed by more famous Roman ruins in the area."

#history #archaeology #Italy #Campania #Liternum #ScipioAfricanus
 
Congratulations, #Genoa!

Completion of new Genoa bridge seen as symbol of hope in Italy

"On the 14th day of each month, the relatives of some of those who died in the collapse of Genoa’s Morandi bridge tie flowers to railings close to the site of the disaster."

"'We live in different places and so haven’t always managed to get there every month', said Egle Possetti, whose sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew were among the 43 killed on 14 August 2018. 'But there’s a woman in Genoa who brings flowers on behalf of all of us'."

"Only March was skipped, owing to Italy going into the coronavirus lockdown, while on 14 April the woman who brings the flowers did so wearing a face mask."




#Italy #MorandiBridgeCollapse
 

Italy..... :( You are in many hearts today.


The world is watching and waiting for your recovery after this darkest hour. Bella ciao. Stay safe, all.

Bella ciao, iz Novog Sada, za podršku ljudima širom sveta

In the coming months, the Serbian National Theater will continue to produce a program "from home". As the first assignment, together with the Italian conductor who led the orchestra, the director of opera and Konstantin Blagojevic, who made the arrangement, recorded a version of the song Bella ciao, as a sign of support for people around the world. - [translation]
#serbia #bosnia #italy #COVID19 #pandemic #solidarity #music #musica #musique #bellaciao #italia
 
The U.S. might be here by next week...

#Italy #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic
COVID-19 death toll in Italy overtakes that of China
 
Peace and solidarity to my brothers and sisters in Italy, they have been hit especially hard.

Pace e solidarietà, fratelli e sorelle.

'A generation has died': Italian province struggles to bury its coronavirus dead

"Coffins awaiting burial are lining up in churches and the corpses of those who died at home are being kept in sealed-off rooms for days as funeral services struggle to cope in Bergamo, the Italian province hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic."

"As of Wednesday, Covid-19 had killed 2,978 across Italy, all buried or cremated without ceremony. Those who die in hospital do so alone, with their belongings left in bags beside coffins before being collected by funeral workers."

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#Italy #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic
 
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11 charts that explain the coronavirus pandemic


What symptoms are most common, which groups are most at risk, and more.

(Vox) 3-17-2020

The headline chart for me is the confirmed case count by country, normalised to days since 100 local cases.

The US, along with Spain, France, and Germany, are trending in line with Italy, only lagged by days.

Factoring in relative population gives the US slightly more breathing room, but at present trends, by absolute cases, it is ten days behind Italy. Factoring in relative size, about 5.5x the population (330m rather than 60m) buys about 2.5 doubling periods, which appear to be about 3 days, so an additional week.

The US has about 18 days to prepare for current conditions now being observed in Italy.

For France, Germany, and Spain: less than a week.

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/3/12/21172040/coronavirus-covid-19-virus-charts

#covid19 #coronavirus #epidemics #italy #spain #germany #france #unitedstates
 
I am guessing we are going to see & experience a lot of "new" things now...

Venice waters turn clear as Italy coronavirus lockdown cuts boat traffic

#Italy #Venice #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic
 
Italy is having a tough go of it. Best wishes to my Italian friends...

We should heed the warnings or we will reap the four winds.

Italy's coronavirus toll surges as worries grow over hospitals

"Italy recorded 368 more deaths from the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, its biggest one day rise, amid growing concern about the ability of its strained health system to cope with the relentless increase in new cases."

"With 24,747 cases and 1,809 deaths by Sunday - a rise of 368 or 25% in the death toll in just 24 hours - Italy’s experience has offered an alarming example for other European countries which have begun seeing sharp rises in cases over recent days."

#Italy #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare
 
I cannot vouch for the veracity of this letter, but I cannot find fault in it's logic or message.

TL;DR: "Take this shit seriously. Please."

Covid_19: Open letter from Italy to the international scientific community

#Italy #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #healthcare #epidemiology
Covid_19: Open letter from Italy to the international scientific community
 
Wikipedia lists bat-eating habits of some cultures on all continents. China is mentioned proportionately to how much they recently get blamed for it, but not as making^^^^^^ or having made bats into popular dishes (in contrast to wildlife in general, I guess):
Bat meat is not especially popular in China.[13][14] [15]It has been contested whether or not the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, suspected as having ties with the COVID-19 outbreak, sold bat meat,[16] [17]but bat meat has not been reported as a source of food in the city of Wuhan.[18][19] [20]International agencies pressured China to adopt legislation forbidding the hunting of bats and sale of bat meat following the early 2000s SARS outbreak where hundreds of people died, though no such legislation was passed. [1]All wildlife trade in China, including bat meat, was banned in January 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak originated in Wuhan.[21][22][23]
Curiously enough, Italy is described as the past sinner of Europe:
The consumption of bat meat in Europe has been scarce, not only because of repugnance, but also because of the size of European bats, which being all insectivores are also small. [10]In the past it has been recorded the custom of the peasants of Costozza (in the province of Vicenza, Italy) to eat bats, [24]especially horseshoe bats.[25] [10]After World War II the bats of Costozza's caves were almost extinct "for the ruthless hunting that the natives make of them, at the time of the grape, in order to assimilate them with the most tasty little birds." [26]In 1959 it was reported that "in some places [of Italy], for example in Liguria and Veneto regions, the bats are or were used as food." [27]The current Italian law no. 157/1992 includes bats in the so-called "particularly protected" wildlife and punishes the killing, capture, or detention of specimens with two to eight months of jail time or a fine of 774 to 2065 euros.
Further notable remark on the page:
One study in Madagascar predicted that the rate of childhood anemia would increase 29% if access to bushmeat, including bat meat, was restricted, predominantly affecting the poorest households who could not afford to purchase meat from domestic animals.
While this isn't my reason -- contribution to balance -- for quoting it, note how itself fails hygiene, the form given to the measure of the increase in childhood anemia to expect.

BTW, can someone point out any passage from an appropriate text by which to decide whether or not bats can be counted as halal, kosher or the like?

#bats #wildlife #virus #hygiene #food #china #italy
 
This does not sound good, and I am afraid the U.S. is wholly unprepared.

Doctor in Coronavirus-Stricken Italy: 'Every Ventilator Becomes Like Gold'

"Dr. Daniele Macchini, an Italian physician working to treat COVID-19 patients in Italy, has outlined the reality of the coronavirus outbreak in his hospital in a widely circulated Facebook post."

"The post by Macchini, an intensive care unit physician in Bergamo, near Milan, was published by the local Italian newspaper L'Eco Di Bergamo. It was then translated into English by epidemiologist and researcher Dr. Silvia Stringhini, from Geneva University's Institute of Global Health, and posted on Twitter."

"'I will therefore try to convey to people far from our reality what we are living in Bergamo in these days of COVID-19 pandemic. I understand the need not to create panic, but when the message of the danger of what is happening does not reach people I shudder', Macchini wrote."

"'Every ventilator becomes like gold: those in operating theaters that have now suspended their non-urgent activity become intensive care places that did not exist before', the doctor explained."

#Italy #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic
 
"Italy on Friday reported 49 more deaths from the new coronavirus, the highest single-day toll to date, bringing the total number of fatalities over the past two weeks to 197."

#Italy #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic
COVID-19: Italy coronavirus death toll rises to 197
 
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#music #italy
Torna a Surriento (Come Back to Sorrento)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm42AWUGkjc
One of my most favorite songs. This is not Caruso but it is a most beautiful version done by Beniamino Gigli, Orchestra Dino Olivieri

Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957) was an Italian tenor known for his performances in Verdi and Puccini operas
 
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#music #italy
Torna a Surriento (Come Back to Sorrento)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm42AWUGkjc
One of my most favorite songs. This is not Caruso but it is a most beautiful version done by Beniamino Gigli, Orchestra Dino Olivieri

Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957) was an Italian tenor known for his performances in Verdi and Puccini operas
 
"Six thousand tourists are being held on a cruise ship in Italy over fears that one of the passengers could be infected with the Chinese coronavirus."

"'Sanitary protocol' has been activated amid concerns over the health of an individual traveling on the ship operated by Italian firm Costa Cruises. The ship reached the Italian port of Civitavecchia on Thursday morning, where it had sailed from Palma in the Spanish island of Mallorca."

"Medics onboard had been alerted to a suspected case of the virus in a 54-year-old Chinese woman, who has been kept in isolation alongside her travel companion since Wednesday evening, Costa Cruises confirmed to CNBC."

#Italy #nCoV #coronavirus
 





Padova Jazz Festival 2018
Teatro Verdi - 23 novembre 2018
JAZZMEIA HORN
"A SOCIAL CALL"

JAZZMEIA HORN: voce
VICTOR GOULD: pianoforte
BARRY STEPHENSON: contrabbasso
HENRY CONERWAY III: batteria

Nata a Dallas nel 1991, Jazzmeia Horn è cresciuta in una famiglia molto religiosa. E infatti il suo primo approccio al canto è legato alla Chiesa, con il gospel. Nonostante il nome profetico (è proprio il suo), la scoperta del jazz per Jazzmeia arriva solamente negli anni della high school. Trasferitasi a New York nel 2009, sviluppa una vocalità che attira presto l’attenzione: sembra la perfetta incarnazione moderna delle grandi dive che hanno stabilito il canone della jazz song. Inizia quindi a essere convocata da leader del livello di Billy Harper, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Johnny O’Neal, Vincent Herring, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Wess, Ellis Marsalis, Winard Harper, Junior Mance.

Nel 2013 si aggiudica il primo posto nella Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition, mentre nel 2015 vince la vera lotteria per ogni aspirante musicista jazz: la Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. Questa affermazione le dà la possibilità di incidere A Social Call (Prestige, 2017): all’improvviso il suo talento viene rivelato alla scena internazionale.

#JazzmeiaHorn #Italy #jazz #music ... @Giacomo Bergami and @Giac o velho
 





Padova Jazz Festival 2018
Teatro Verdi - 23 novembre 2018
JAZZMEIA HORN
"A SOCIAL CALL"

JAZZMEIA HORN: voce
VICTOR GOULD: pianoforte
BARRY STEPHENSON: contrabbasso
HENRY CONERWAY III: batteria

Nata a Dallas nel 1991, Jazzmeia Horn è cresciuta in una famiglia molto religiosa. E infatti il suo primo approccio al canto è legato alla Chiesa, con il gospel. Nonostante il nome profetico (è proprio il suo), la scoperta del jazz per Jazzmeia arriva solamente negli anni della high school. Trasferitasi a New York nel 2009, sviluppa una vocalità che attira presto l’attenzione: sembra la perfetta incarnazione moderna delle grandi dive che hanno stabilito il canone della jazz song. Inizia quindi a essere convocata da leader del livello di Billy Harper, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Johnny O’Neal, Vincent Herring, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Wess, Ellis Marsalis, Winard Harper, Junior Mance.

Nel 2013 si aggiudica il primo posto nella Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition, mentre nel 2015 vince la vera lotteria per ogni aspirante musicista jazz: la Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. Questa affermazione le dà la possibilità di incidere A Social Call (Prestige, 2017): all’improvviso il suo talento viene rivelato alla scena internazionale.

#JazzmeiaHorn #Italy #jazz #music ... @Giacomo Bergami and @Giac o velho
 
Stairs of Basilica S. Maria Maggiore


by the #architect Carlo #Rainaldi #1675, #Rome, #Italy
 
Expect to see more in places which are not necessarily built on archipelagos.

Italy: Venice council flooded after 'NO' vote on climate change measures

"Oops. Awkward."

#ClimateCrisis #Italy #Venice
Italy: Venice council flooded after 'NO' vote on climate change measures
 

#Music - #PINKFLOYD #LIVE 1971-06-19 #Brescia, #Italy (Cymbaline, Fat Old Sun, Echoes, Embryo, Atom Heart Mother)
 

#Music - #PINKFLOYD #LIVE 1971-06-19 #Brescia, #Italy (Cymbaline, Fat Old Sun, Echoes, Embryo, Atom Heart Mother)
 
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I'm back at home safely in the Pacific Northwest... now dealing with some serious jet-lag. :-/

Pictured: A ceramic reminder of a wonderful adventure in Sicily -- the Sicilian Trinacria, the three-legged Gorgon, the symbol of Sicily.

#Italy #Sicily
 
One more post before I head to the airport this morning... I got to see this Caravaggio painting yesterday on display in Syracuse, "Burial of Saint Lucy". Exquisite.

#Italy #Sicily #Syracuse #Caravaggio

 
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Panorama of the Greek Theatre at Syracuse.

#Italy #Sicily #Syracuse
 
My favorite superhero: Archimedes of Syracuse

"Archimedes of Syracuse (c. 287 – c. 212 BC) was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity. Generally considered the greatest mathematician of antiquity and one of the greatest of all time, Archimedes anticipated modern calculus and analysis by applying concepts of infinitesimals and the method of exhaustion to derive and rigorously prove a range of geometrical theorems, including the area of a circle, the surface area and volume of a sphere, and the area under a parabola."

Props. Proper. Props.

#Italy #Sicily #Syracuse #Archimedes
 
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Panorama of Noto, Sicily -- excellent example of late baroque architecture, e.g. what happens when you rebuild Sicilian cities after earthquake destruction.

#Italy #Sicily #Noto
 
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Also seen today: The Roman Amphitheater ruins at the Syracuse Archaeological Park... phenomenal.

#Italy #Sicily #Syracuse
 
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I also loved seeing the Temple of Apollo in Siracusa. (My favorite Greek god!)

#Italy #Sicily #Syracuse
 
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I'm headed back home to Seattle early tomorrow morning, but here is something that really amazed me today on a day trip to Siracusa (e.g. "I've seen a lot in this world, but this is exceptionally rare...")...

The 5th century BC Greek columns of the Temple of Athena were incorporated into the later iterations of structure that eventually became the Cathedral At Siracusa:

"The origins of a temple on this site date to prehistory. The great Greek Temple of Athena was built in the 5th century BC. The temple was a Doric edifice with six columns on the short sides and 14 on the long sides. Plato and Athenaeus mention the temple, and the looting of its ornament is mentioned by Cicero, in 70 BC, as one of the crimes of the governor Verres."

"The present cathedral was constructed by Saint Bishop Zosimo of Syracuse in the 7th century. The battered Doric columns of the original temple were incorporated in the walls of the current church. They can be seen inside and out."

This stuff continues to amaze me. Serious.

#Italy #Sicily #Syracuse
 
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Panorama of Mt. Etna from Catania, Sicily.

#Italy #Sicily #Catania #Etna #photography
 
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Street art of Etna from Via Etena (the main street in Catania city center linking from Piazza Duomo to Mt. Etna), and a reality shot. :-)

#Italy #Sicily #Catania #Etna
 
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