Buondì Motta, bufera sullo spot: la mamma viene uccisa da un asteroide

Un tavolo imbandito in giardino, una bambina sorridente che chiede una colazione adatta alla sua età e la madre che viene colpita da un asteroide dopo una battuta infelice. Lo spot della discordia è pronto per la colazione.


Molti utenti si sono scagliati contro la pubblicità, pubblicata da Motta anche sulla propria pagina Facebook, del celebre cornetto Buondì. “È orrenda, irreale. Far parlare con una frase così costruita la bambina e la madre incenerita da un asteroide non fa sorridere nessuno, anche se dotato di grande ironia”, scrive Irene. In molti hanno raccontato che i figli piccoli, davanti alla tv, sono rimasti colpiti dal finale ‘violento’ della pubblicità e che alcuni di loro si sono messi anche a piangere. “Quando avete pensato allo spot non vi è venuto in mente che una bambina che ha perso tragicamente la madre potrebbe sentirsi male di fronte a queste immagini?“. Dal tono meno perentorio Andrea, che strizzando l’occhio con un emoji domanda: “Avete pure pagato qualcuno per realizzarla?”.

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Not such a dolce vita: Italy ranked among worst countries for expat life

Not such a dolce vita: Italy ranked among worst countries for expat life
Expats typically find love, but not money, in Italy. Photo: jurapozzi/Depositphotos
The majority of foreigners living to Italy are disappointed with career prospects and salaries, according to a global survey looking at expat experiences.

Overall, Italy was ranked a lowly 60th out of 65 countries based on factors including quality of life, work abroad, and ease of settling in.

The typical foreigner in Italy, according to the results, moves for love or ‘just for Italy’, but struggles with limited career prospects and an ailing national economy.

For the 2017 Expat Insider survey, networking site InterNations quizzed 13,000 expats – defined as people living in a different country to the one they were born in or where they have nationality – living in 188 countries.

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Just over half of respondents in Italy (51 percent) said they were dissatisfied with their career prospects, while more than a third (36 percent) said their income was insufficient to cover their daily expenses. Almost half (47 percent) earned less in Italy than at home.

Overall however, exactly three quarters of respondents were happy with life in Italy – partly due to a high level of satisfaction with friendships and relationships.

The survey offered some insight into what it takes to settle in to Italian life, with language skills a key factor. Over 70 percent said they spoke the language fairly well, and almost the same proportion said it was important to learn the language to live in Italy.

It also revealed that the top nationalities of those who move to Italy are American, British, and German, while education was the most popular field of work.

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Whether or not love was the primary reason for moving, as in 17 percent of cases, romance seems to blossom in Italy, with a total of 57 percent of expats dating or married to an Italian – compared to a global average of just 35 percent of expats finding love with a local. A higher than average proportion said most of their friends were locals, rather than fellow expats.

Italy ranked 34th out of 65 for Quality of Life and 31st for Wellbeing – but was dragged down by its poor performance (64th) in the Working Life and Career categories as well as in Personal Finance (63rd).

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The same problems seemed to apply to Italians themselves who moved abroad, with 72 percent of Italian expats saying they moved in order to earn more and/or live somewhere with greater political and economic stability than at home. The same percentage said they earned more in their new country than in Italy, with Switzerland and Germany the most popular destinations.

But despite potential financial benefits to moving abroad, Italians were more likely than other nationalities to report trouble settling into their new country and to feel dissatisfied with their relationships, with 43 percent of them single and 51 percent struggling to make friends.

The only five countries which scored lower than Italy were Greece, Kuwait, Nigeria, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia, while Ukraine, Qatar, India, and Turkey rounded out the bottom ten but were all ranked higher than Italy. At the other end of the scale, Bahrain leapt from 16th place last year to take the top spot, followed by Costa Rica and Mexico.

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In A Case That Is ‘Almost Impossible,’ Girl Dies Of Malaria In Italy

An Anopheles mosquito — the only kind that can spread malaria — feeds on a human. On Monday, a 4-year-old girl died of the disease in Italy, where malaria was thought to have been eradicated.

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A 4-year-old girl has died of malaria in Italy, where the disease is thought to have been wiped out. Troubled health officials are looking for answers.

The girl was taken to the hospital Saturday in her Alpine hometown of Trento after she developed a high fever, according to the Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera. Lab tests confirmed she was infected with cerebral malaria, the deadliest kind. The girl had already fallen into a coma. She was transferred to a hospital specializing in tropical diseases in neighboring Brescia, where she died in the early morning hours Monday, reports the daily newspaper.

“This is the first time in 30 years of career that I have been involved in a case of native malaria in Trentino,” Dr. Claudio Paternoster, an infectious disease specialist at Trento’s Santa Chiara Hospital, told the newspaper.

Malaria was endemic throughout Italy until the first half of the 20th century, especially in coastal and marshy areas hospitable to the mosquitoes carrying the disease. But a campaign launched in 1947 to eradicate malaria, mainly through pesticides, proved to be successful.

The World Health Organization declared Italy malaria-free in 1970. Since then there have been cases of malaria reported, but almost all of them have been imported, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now health officials are trying to piece together how and where the girl may have been infected.

“It’s a mystery, almost impossible,” Paolo Bordon, general manager of the provincial health service, tells Corriere della Sera.

The child had never traveled abroad, but she had recently returned from a vacation in Bibione, a coastal resort northeast of Venice on the Adriatic Sea.

Corriere della Sera reports that the trip — in the first weeks of August — is compatible with the incubation period for malaria.

The BBC reports that the child had previously been treated for her diabetes at the Trento hospital, where two other children were recovering from malaria they had caught in Africa.

While patient-to-patient transmission of the disease is rare, it is possible. Yet Paternoster tells Corriere della Sera that the girl was treated in a different ward from the infected children and she did not have a blood transfusion.

Officials are also considering the “mosquito in a suitcase” theory, where an infected insect could have been brought over by a traveler.

Just one kind of mosquito — the Anopheles — (and only females at that) can transmit the disease, and it is not known to live in Italy. “(To) our knowledge, there are no vectors suitable for transmitting malaria in Trentino and Italy,” Paternoster told Corriere della Sera. But he says an investigation is underway to see if the mosquito is once again present in the region.

“It has been a hot summer and with climate change it is not possible to exclude the adaptation of some species,” Paternoster said.

But as NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff has reported, it can be tricky to definitively link climate change to the spread of vector-borne diseases, in part, because the life span of mosquitoes is so short and may only be made shorter in warmer weather.

Malaria is caused by a parasite that leads to flu-like symptoms. And every year, millions of people are sickened with the disease. Many recover, but small children are especially vulnerable.

Ninety percent of malaria cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where it kills about 3,000 children every day, according to UNICEF.

Europe was declared malaria-free in 2015.

This week the World Health Organization is hosting a meeting in Moscow to discuss keeping Europe malaria-free.

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Bocce | A PPCS’ Young Professional’s Event – Sept 23, 2017

Bocce Tournament

Each year, PPCS’ Young Professional Board hosts a Bocce Tournament on the Hill. At Milo’s Bocce Garden, individuals can come and partake in the Italian ball sport while also winning prizes and having fun. Each individual who participates receives a free drink ticket and the winning team takes home a grand prize. The proceeds from this event benefit PPCS’ mission and support the Young Professionals.

Interested in joining the YPB – Young Professional’s Board?
Visit the sign-up page.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
11:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Milo’s Bocce Garden on the Hill
5201 Wilson Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110

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