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1/2018 - ATLANTIS

The first issue of Atlantis in 2018 (spring), dedicates the Dossier to the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 with all the implications that it has entrenched in relations between European States. In the next issues we will continue with other events with the history that occurred in the years ending in eight.
In this issue, the column on Mondo and Diseases with the Asperger Syndrome continues.
The country Focus, signed by Domenico Letizia, is dedicated to Israel.
Among the Italian Excellencies in and for the World, space at the Costa degli Aranci and the Riviera Borgo degli Angeli Consortium in the province of Catanzaro (Calabria), the creativity of the architect Magda Piscicelli with her female fashion brand Luce Majori, Enrico Monti and his tailor made in Venice, Agnese Lunardelli and the fine wood furniture of the family business and, lasta but not least, the formidable medical-health offer of the Nursing Home Giovanni XXIII of Monastier di Treviso.

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In this issue

In this issue - ATLANTIS

 

 

Serenella Antoniazzi. She is coauthor of “red - I do not want to fail”, theater play in one act.

Mattia Bernardo Bagnoli, Journalist and Writer.

Leonardo Leso, Retired General, former Italian Chief of Security on UN in New York.

Domenico letizia. Writer and human rights activist. 

Francesco Ippoliti. Retired General.

 

Domenico Letizia. Writer and human rights activist.

 

Paolo Macrì. Historical.

 

Riccardo Palmerini. Coordinator of the Master in Tourism in Religious and Cultural Heritage at the ISSR “Santa Maria di Monte Berico” in Vicenza. Visiting professor in Design and Innovation at the IAE Toulouse 1 Capitole. Founder and president of the Cultural Association “La stanza delle idee” (“The room of ideas”) - Art and Culture for the Peoples; Professional member of the Italian Association of Marketing and the American Marketing Association. Member of the scientific committee for the development of programs between culture and technology for the Metropolitan Strategic Plan of Bologna.

 

Stefania Schipani. Istat Researcher. Graduated in International Political Sciences. Specialized in Environmental Economics, she collaborates with the University of Tor Vergata. She is President of the “Rifareleuropa” Research Center and Vice President of “Filitalia International.”

 

Luca Tatarelli. Journalist.  Editor in Chief  

www.reportdifesa.it review.

 

Romano Toppan. Graduated in Philosophy and Theology at a Pontifical University in Rome, in Psychology at the University of Padua and Master in Economics of Tourism at the Bocconi University in Milan. He was Professor of Human Resource Management and Development at the University of Verona. 

 

Riccardo Zorzi. Researcher.

 

 

Appointments in the World

Appointments in the World - ATLANTIS

 

Where will the elections be held in 2018?

This year there will be several electoral appointments both in Italy and outside the national borders.

 

Italy: June 10, 2018 there will be regional elections in Lombardy and Lazio.

 

Cyprus: the favorite conservative president Nikos Anastasiadis will have to contend with the ballot against the left independent Stavros Malas ..

 

Sweden: 9 September 2018. The government is currently under Social Democrats and, according to the latest polls, the current Prime Minister Stefan Lofven is likely to be re-elected.

 

Other European countries where presidential elections will be held are Montenegro and Georgia. In the first case the polls will open next April 7, while in the former Soviet republic the vote will be in October.

 

Mexico: 1 July. The government moderates have long been in the Central American country, but in recent times the left seems to have recovered with the elections, which will be much more uncertain than in the past.

 

In South America 2018 will be a year of great electoral appointments. On October 7th there will be a delicate vote in Brazil.

On May 27th, presidential elections will also be held in Colombia.

 

Anticipate in the first quarter of 2018 elections in Venezuela, a country marked by violence and a deep economic crisis. The vote will then be there by April, they were scheduled for October.

 

As for the African continent in 2018, it will vote in Cameroon, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Madagascar and also in that Zimbabwe where Mugabe has just decided to take a step back after 37 years.

In theory the hope is that in the 2018 we can see the vote in Libya.

Finally, in Asia, in 2018, it will vote in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Malaysia, Bhutan, Cambodia and Pakistan.

 

Dossier: 1648

Dossier: 1648 - ATLANTIS

 

The Peace of Westphalia

Name with which we collectively indicate the two treaties that in 1648 ended the Thirty Years War, negotiated (starting from 1644) respectively between the Empire, Sweden and Protestant nations in Osnabrück (seat of the Protestant delegations) and between France and the Empire in Münster (seat of Catholic delegations).

 

The content of the agreements

The Peace of Westphalia marked the decadence of Spain, increased the power of Sweden and France and recognized the independence of the United Provinces from Spain and the Swiss Confederation from the Empire; ratified the end of the religious wars in Europe, widening the scope of freedom of conscience. On the political level, by loosening the bonds between feudal lords and the imperial Crown, it weakened the social-political system of the Holy Roman Empire, centered on Hapsburg preponderance in Germany. France obtained recognition of the possession of the bishoprics of Metz, Toul and Verdun; in Alsace it substituted its own jurisdiction to the Austrian one, obtaining the border of the Rhine and the weakening of the Empire; in Italy it had the dominion of Pinerolo. Sweden was given the Old Pomeranian, while the rest of the region went to the new elector of Brandenburg, Frederick William. Finally, after an almost secular struggle, Spain accepted the secession of the United Provinces (formerly the Spanish Netherlands).

 

The internal organization of the empire

According to the Westphalia agreements, Bavaria obtained the Upper Palatinate and the confirmation of the electorate; in the Lower Palatinate another electorate was established, attributed to the successor of Frederick V (1596-1632): the number of electors thus rose to 8, divided between 5 lay people and 3 ecclesiastics (5 Catholics, 2 Lutherans and 1 Calvinist). Switzerland was recognized as a state independent of the Empire. Finally, in Germany the member states of the Empire obtained true autonomy of government in their respective domains and the faculty of contracting particular alliances; the emperor also needed the consent of the empire’s diet to make war and peace, to raise militias, to impose taxes.

 

Religious problems

For Germany, the Paci di Westphalia recognized the return of property to the Church according to the situation of 1624; extended the concessions established by the Peace of Augsburg for the Lutherans to the Calvinists; they confirmed the principle cuius regio eius religio (“the religion is that of the one to which the region belongs”) recognizing the right to go into exile to the dissidents, whose goods could be confiscated only after three years; equalized the civil rights of all confessions.

 

Open questions

The Phaeacs of Westphalia disappointed the Savoy (who nevertheless had Alba, Turin and other lands of the Monferrato), the Gonzagas, Venice and the pope, whose nuncio did not sign the treaty, considered detrimental to Catholic interests.

 

Holy Roman Empire

Empire that was established in Europe in the Middle Ages starting from the symbolic date of December 25th, 800, when Charlemagne received the crown in St. Peter’s from Pope Leo III. In addition to a territorial reality - which in the Carolingian age (800-887) included France, Italy except Southern Italy, Germany, northern Spain (or the Spanish brand) and the mixed-language area between France and Germany - the empire he also designated the (theoretical) governing power over the whole of Christendom. Starting from Otto I of Saxony (962), from the territorial point of view it was reduced to the Italian and German kingdoms, but progressively extending its influence on the new Eastern Slavic States (Poland, Bohemia) and Hungary. Despite the ecclesiastical reform promoted by the Emperor Henry III (1039-56), the close union between ecclesiastical institutions and political structures was the basis of the outbreak (1075) of the struggle of investiture between emperor and pope, at the time of Henry IV and Gregory VII. The Worms concordat between Henry V and Callisto II (1122) marked the weakening of imperial power in Germany and Italy.

With the Swabian dynasty (1137-1254), in particular with Frederick I Barbarossa, the German chancellery began to define the empire as “sacred” (see fig.), Referring to the use of late-ancient Roman imperial terminology, also favored by the contemporary rediscovery of Roman law in its Justinian codification. Moreover, with the Swabians, the empire sought to assume political-administrative traits that would put it on the same level as the nascent European monarchies, but this program failed due to the competing opposition of the papacy, the Italian communes and, in Germany, the great feudalism. Thus, at the fall of the Swabians (death of Corrado IV, 1254), the ‘great interregnum’ lasted until the ephemeral attempt to restore Henry VII of Luxembourg, crowned emperor in 1312. In this period, European politics was now dominated by the new monarchical powers, which were taking the upper hand over the same papacy. When Henry VII died (1313), the imperial crown passed to Ludovico il Bavaro, to then return, on the death of these, to the house of Luxembourg with Charles IV (1346-78), who moved more to the east (in Bohemia) the territorial nucleus of imperial power, thus prefiguring the central-eastern location of the empire that would later become stable under the house of Habsburg. The S. was in fact reduced to the Kingdom of Germany, elective, and the Kingdom of Italy, increasingly nominal for the emergence of the lords and then the principalities, and for the papal policy of alternative alliances. With the golden bull of Charles IV (1356), which regulated the imperial election by seven great electors, the empire became a federation of states and the emperor the honorary leader of the many Germanic States, subjected to the control of the voters.

After the Council of Constance (1414-18) the emperor was but a German monarch whose strength depended solely on the fortunes of the Habsburgs and, from the 15th century, the title of emperor became de facto hereditary of the Habsburgs even if, formally , the imperial election was maintained. Maximilian I tried to centralize the powers (Diet of Worms, 1495), but the attempt failed for the institution (Diet of Augsburg, 1500), on a project of the bishop of Mainz Bertoldo of Hennebert, of a council of regency with representatives of the principles and the cities. Just when the empire of Charles V, by inheritance and political events, seemed to constitute a promise of vast unitary monarchy, the religious unity of St. was torn by the Reformation and the wars between German Protestant princes and emperor, which ended in 1555 with the peace of Augsburg. The division of the inheritance of Charles V reconfirmed the imperial crown in the German sphere, but religious conflicts and the Thirty Years War led to the final disintegration of the imperial family; after the Peace of Westphalia (1648), with the recognition of the full sovereignty of the States, the S. appeared as a confederation, but deprived of its own army and of a true political direction, of German princes under the presidency, formally elective, but in fact hereditary, of the Habsburgs of Austria.

It was completely compromised by the detachment, for the Treaty of Presburg (1805), of Bavaria, Baden, Württemberg and other minor States which constituted the Confederation of the Rhine (1806) under French protection. In the face of Napoleon’s declaration that he no longer recognizes his existence, Francis II renounced (6 August 1806) to the crown of the Holy Roman Empire. (Treccani) 

 

 

Dossier: Henry A. Kissinger

Dossier: Henry A. Kissinger - ATLANTIS

 

The World Order of Henry A. Kissinger and the Peace of Westphalia

Last year, the last work by Henry A. Kissinger, published in the United States in 2014, appeared in Italy World Order. The text represents a synthesis of the statesman’s thinking, which updates and re-elaborates the positions expressed in previous publications, to which he adds analysis and indications, the result of conceptual reworking carried out on the thrust of the most recent international crises. The author’s approach remains firmly anchored to the realist paradigm and to a systemic vision of international relations, which still constitute today, according to the thought of numerous twentieth-century scholars, the most useful conceptual tools for the interpretation of complex state and international interactions from birth of the Westphalian system. Of this approach Henry Kissinger was considered a real champion (...). Kissinger, in his World Order, does not differ analytically from the historicalist interpretation of international relations used for the preparation of his 1994 Diplomacy, but this approach adds an important series of reflections on the importance of a “structure” in able to guarantee the balance between legitimacy and power exercised by the subjects involved in the structure of the order to be maintained. In other words, Kissinger points out the ideological necessity of a “world order” to guarantee a prospect of stability in international relations, except for being forced to take historical evidence of the absence of a “truly global” world order.

In this regard, Kissinger indicates the historical and cultural limitations of the concept of the Westphalian order, born in seventeenth-century Europe and highlights the need to understand the roots of other “order” concepts: the Chinese one, the Islamic culture one, the north one. American, that of the cultures of the Far East and that of the states belonging to the European Union, born from the overcoming of national sovereignties. Kissinger’s reasoning continues with the identification not only of a “world order”, but also a declination of “international orders”, different in terms of breadth and levels, the result of cultural “world order” concepts, different for each cultural sphere “ civilization “of reference and, finally, a” regional order “circumscribed to a limited number of subjects insistent in a limited geographical area of ​​the globe. Kissinger reconstructs the historical precedents of the European international order, analyzing the birth, evolution and crisis, indicating the most important steps: the Thirty Years War, the Peace of Westphalia, the French Revolution, the Vienna Congress, the WWI. He does not limit himself to reformulating a purely historiographical narrative path, but enriches the review of analytical results, giving unprecedented relief to the consequences of some long-term phenomena on the evolution of the Westphalian world order, such as, for example, the uninterrupted territorial expansion. of Russia between 1552 and 1917. The results of the reconstruction are dealt with problematically and Kissinger hopes for the European Union a future of greater cohesion and of strengthening relations with the Atlantic community in the perspective of a decisive European contribution to the definition and maintenance of of a balance of the global order.

Remarkable attention paid by the author to the “disorder”, which characterizes the political and cultural dynamics of Islamism and of the state organizations of the Middle East. Kissinger takes up the historical peculiarities of Islam and its expansion, not failing to underline the differences between the outcomes of Western Westfalian ideology and the historical repercussions of this mentality on the political reorganization of the provinces of the Ottoman Empire starting from the Treaty of Sèvres. The analysis of the Middle Eastern dynamics proposed by the statesman deepens the historical roots and political and international dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian crises, the so-called “Arab Spring” and the “Syrian catastrophe”, with particular attention to the philosophical interpretations formulated by the Muslim Hasan Brothers al-Banna and Sayyd Qutb. Kissinger translates the devastating tensions within the Muslim world between Shia and Sunna in terms of international politics and does not fail to underline the profound schizophrenia of Saudi Arabia, allied with the West but divided by the centuries-old tension of two families, the rulers Al Saud and the ulalists Aal Al-Sheick, who have been fighting for over two hundred years for the political and religious definition of the Arabian peninsula.

The consequences of the perennial inter-Islamic conflict between Sunnis and Shiites are assessed by the author as the major element of regional dis-equilibrium, potentially capable of upsetting the global balance.

potentially able to upset global balances. The focus is on a particular aspect of this opposition, that of the cultural, religious and political roots of the concept of world order in the Islamic republic of Iran. Kissinger’s considerations analyze the dialectic of Iranian-US relations and, in particular, the reflections on bilateral relations between the two countries with respect to the ten-year issue of Iranian nuclear, mediated by the UN P5 group and the IAEA, whose recent solution it seems to stimulate Middle Eastern chaos, rather than to contribute to a peaceful reorganization.

The subsequent analytical effort is aimed at the multiple aspects of the geopolitical dimension of Asia. Kissinger considers the different conceptions of power in Asia and in Europe and analyzes the evolution of international relations of the main Asian countries (Japan, India and China), offering many food for thought on an Asian “regional order” in a long-term perspective . The statesman also notes the artificiality of the Western concept of “Asia”, which includes fifty states, three world economic powers and at least two countries spread over vast archipelagos, freed from European and Japanese colonialism during the twentieth century at the cost of bloody conflicts.

As for the United States, Kissinger claims the fundamental role played in defining and building the world order of our day. The reflections on the exceptional American contribution stem from the cultural openness and democratic principles of the emancipated North American British colonies to consider the alleged universality of US values ​​as a real moral imperative for the reorganization of global chaos. Kissinger continues by analyzing the evolution of US foreign policy from the initial continental closure to full affirmation as a world power. Turning from the so-called “Monroe doctrine” to the geopolitical realism of Teddy Roosevelt and Wilson’s moral universalism, the author states that the United States has established itself as a global power already at the end of the First World War. It is during the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in August 1941, however, that the United States from “world consciousness” become the true architects of the new global order. The formulation of the Atlantic paper by Churchill and Roosevelt, according to Kissinger, constitutes the apogee of Wilsonian idealistic vision and, at the same time, its overcoming. Roosevelt, in fact, would have pushed beyond Wilson to enunciate the principles on which to found international peace, giving rise to the dynamics, structures and tensions of the protagonists of the following decades. In particular, Kissinger believes that the twelve presidents of the United States, succeeding the government of the country after the Second World War, have all trusted American exceptionalism, believing that they can apply American principles globally. The idealism of this alleged exceptionality of the role of the United States in the world has been translated into foreign policy actions of different scope, responding to the socio-cultural and economic changes in the country. The correspondence between the historical experience, the traditions of the ruling class and the convictions of the population has changed over time, giving shape to different strategies.

Kissinger quickly examines the choices of the Truman administration at the beginning of the Cold War and during the Korean War, those of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson during the Vietnam War and the positions taken by Richard Nixon for the reorganization of the world order and for the definition of a renewed American foreign policy towards China, flying over the extraordinary personal contribution provided. The statesman goes on analyzing Gerald Ford’s contribution to overcoming the trauma of the interrupted presidency of Nixon and hints at the challenges faced by that of Carter, to dwell instead on the extraordinary circumstances that have combined the idealism, rhetoric and strategic vision of Ronald Reagan in a diplomatic action capable of a perfect synthesis between power and legitimacy, capable of bringing the weakness of the Soviet system beyond the critical point, favoring its collapse and ending the cold war. The quick indications of the mandates of George Bush, senior, and Bill Clinton serve to Kissinger to introduce the theme of military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, wanted by George H.W. Bush after the events of September 11, 2001, on which the statesman does not fail to point out the problematic aspects and, above all, the results he believes are all too similar to those of the American withdrawal from Vietnam.Kissinger, in the final part of his work, deals with the problems posed by nuclear proliferation and the unpublished ones of the dimension of cyberspace, the result of an invasive and revolutionary technological revolution. Just cyberspace adds to the dimensions of the earth, maritime, area and space a strategic area, in which it is impossible to discriminate with certainty the limits of offensive and defensive actions, and with respect to which the concept of opponent or “enemy” is elusive, being able to apply indiscriminately to a hostile government or to a single individual, who represents only himself. Being that of the cybernetic space a new space-time dimension, parallel and underlying those known but still not sufficiently defined, Kissinger notes with considerable clarity that the degree of asymmetry introduced by cybernetic and virtual technologies, to the detriment of world order, requires a structure, through which the subjects of international relations can compensate for the destabilizing potential of cybernetic attacks and promote equilibrium in this environment that is still little known and devoid of certain rules.

Further reflections are directed to the consequences of the digital revolution on individual abilities to retrieve and process information, fearing a near future in which policy-makers may lose analytical skills and, above all, a perspective view of international issues, trusting on the immense capacity for recovery of data and information elements from the Internet. In other words, Kissinger fears the establishment of a mentality that does not try to anticipate the problems but limits himself to trying to solve them with decisions taken out of their context, considering them as isolated events and not part of a historical continuum. In this sense, the statesman seems to grasp the limits of the current use of technological resources and, above all, the risks of a real anthropological change, which could result in the reduction of analytical and critical abilities of individuals, inducing a change in human consciousness. and in the western concept of truth.

Kissinger, after examining the risks of foreign policy in the digital age, concludes with a series of observations on the prospects of world order in our time, noting the crisis of the Western universalistic model, of which many countries of culture different from the Euro-Atlantic one they appreciate the results and some values ​​(such as that of technological and scientific research), without fully sharing its application. In particular, the author examines three fragilities of the current international perspective: the crisis of the state political model, due to the progressive erosion of sovereignty; the contrast between the political and economic organization of the world, incapable of governing the growth of countries and the economic crises resulting from globalization; the absence of an effective mechanism for consultations between the great powers, despite the existence of numerous international structures, of which they are part.

In closing, Kissinger indicates in the search for a coherent strategy the only solution for the reconstruction of the international system. The challenge that awaits current and future political subjects is not so much to avoid the next conflicts, but to prevent the different cultural concepts of “international order” to evolve by giving up all forms of dialogue, but above all to reestablish the order from the regional level, with a view to reviewing the concept of “balance of power” at the global level. In this vision of future commitments, Kissinger still assigns a fundamental role to the United States, both philosophically and politically. However, it emphasizes that a “genuine global order” can only be achieved if the subjects belonging to it acquire a second global, structural and political culture, while preserving their own peculiar values, the basis of their identity and their point of reference. departure of any effective foreign policy action. 

 

 

Country Focus: Israel

Country Focus: Israel - ATLANTIS

Israel: the startup 

nation par excellence

 

 

 

Domenico Letizia

 

 

 

 

 

The economic and commercial potential offered by the state of Israel deserve considerable attention and analysis. Already back in 2005, the virtualities of the Jewish state became public knowledge. According to the World Bank in the first half of 2005, foreign entrepreneurs invested 3 billion dollars in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and the total foreign investments on the stock exchange reached 56 billion dollars at the end of March. A success. These data are decisive for understanding the current economic reality of Israeli current affairs. In 2004, state GDP increased by 4.2%. Thanks to the stability to which the governor of the Bank of Israel David Klein contributed in his time, inflation disappeared and a new sector intimately linked to globalization was gaining ground in the country. The leading sector of the Israeli economy which became established was that of “high tech”. Israel has, over the years, developed a huge advantage in this sector both for the civil effects from military electronics, and for the arrival of immigrants from Russia who brought valuable researchers and scientists, specialized for example in computer science and theoretical mathematics. Towards the end of 2004, numerous foreign investors appeared and the Bank of Israel declared that foreign investment increased by 10%. 91% of these investments were made on the Tel Aviv stock market. The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange which followed the trend in New York in 2004 from December 2004 was detached from the US, having achieved a significantly significant jump in the index. After this premise, let’s come to the present. Thanks to a strong innovation policy, Israel is considered one of the world’s leading countries for the development of new technologies. Just consider that over 73 Israeli companies are currently listed on NASDQ. The strategies adopted by the institutions of Jerusalem have placed Israel in first place among the countries that invest most in Research and Development, surpassing countries like Sweden, Finland and Japan, with incentives for research and development which represent 4.1% of GDP, positioning itself second only to South Korea. The ecosystem in which local start-ups operate, also facilitates the possibilities of fund raising by local and foreign Venture Capiltals. In fact, almost all the major foreign companies in the field of high technology have made direct investments in Israel, acquiring local start-ups, some of these have also set up on-site Research and Development centers, such as Intel, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Google, Facebook and others. Moreover, there are numerous hi-tech Israeli companies acquired by foreign companies, as part of their market strategy. The factors that have favored the scientific and technological development of the country are to be found in the targeted investment strategies of the country in the sectors considered strategic; deep synergies between academic research and industrial research; complete internationalization of research programs; strong presence of both Israeli and foreign venture capital funds, especially Americans; legislation that aims to encourage Israeli companies to invest in R & D projects, guaranteeing the co-participation of the State with the related commercial risks; transfer of know-how from the military industries experimenting with new technologies, subsequently applied to civil uses; immigration flows from the countries of the former Soviet Union, which have increased the number of skilled labor force. A particularly strategic sector for the country, considering the particular geo-political situation, is that of Cyber ​​Security. Israel’s commitment in this area stems from “the awareness that cyber security is not a fashion, but something that is decisive in our reality, and that will be for at least the next ten years”, said the Israeli Ambassador in Italy Ofer Sachs. During a conference on cyber security, in October 2017, the Ambassador intervened, saying: “Israeli companies are the most affected in the world. Over 99% of attacks are very simple, yet we focus on that small percentage that remains. The challenge that the Israeli government has decided to face is to move from understanding to action, investing resources “. The first recipients of these resources were the private sector and universities. Cybernetic domination seems to be increasingly crucial for international relations: “The world is already changing, and there may be a cybernetic 11 September around the corner that must be considered as a real possibility”. To deal with this new reality, the Israeli government has decided to promote further the Cyber ​​and IT Security sector with the aim of positioning Israel as a point of reference in these issues and transforming Israel into the global capital of the sector. Concerning the Italy-Israel cooperation in ICT it is important to remember the Bilateral Summit between the two countries, held in Rome on December 2, 2013, where an intergovernmental agreement was signed precisely on Cyber ​​Security. Following the 2013 Agreement, on 21 July 2015, MAECI together with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and Tel Aviv University signed the CYBERLAB Agreement, developing research and innovation through the creation of an Italian-Israeli laboratory at the of Modena University of Modena and Reggio Emilia for joint research and applications for information security. The Modena laboratory interfaces with the industrial fabric and provides small and medium-sized companies, especially in the banking sector, with IT applications for security. Also linked to the world of scientific research are numerous investments in the field of biotechnology and medicine. The majority of investors in this market are Venture Capital companies that represent the main investors. This implies a situation in which most of the investments are short-term and consequently most of the Israeli companies are small in size. Israel is home to some of the world’s leading biotechnology research institutes, renowned for their skills and excellence in areas such as autoimmune diseases, cancer and neurology. It is not surprising, therefore, that the growth of biotech and medical device industries in Israel during the last decade has been enormous. Venture Capital investments in Israeli life sciences companies have grown significantly since the late 1990s. The number of investments in this type of company has maintained a growing trend in recent years. According to official published data, currently about 500 local companies operate in the field of medical equipment, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. The entire sector is based on deep synergies between academic and industrial research and, as such, is the recipient of a careful government support policy. The available data reveal, in fact, that over 40% of the Israeli companies that today operate at a high level in this sector began their activity within one of the technological incubators promoted by the OCS Office of the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Labor. Similarly, about 35% of the funds earmarked for civil research are specifically reserved for the development of the biotechnology and Life Science sectors. Given the particular geographical location, another strong point of the state of Israel are technologies for desalination, water saving applied and advanced research on solar energy. New sector of Israeli interest is related to the treatment of pollutants in water and soil. Another factor that continues to animate the competitiveness of Israeli products is the appreciation of the local currency, Shekel. The European Union is Israel’s first commercial partner. The share of Israeli exports to Europe decreased from 31.5% in 2014 to 29.1% in 2015, to increase in 2016 to 29.5%. These small fluctuations were the result of an attempt by Israel to diversify over the last few years the destination of exports to Asian markets, especially China and India and South Americans, to be less dependent on Europe. The European Union therefore remains the first target market for Israeli exports, followed by the United States (25.9%) and Asia (22.3%). Imports of Israel from the EU in 2016 increased (43.4%) compared to 2015 (37.8%) and 2014 (34.7%). The main suppliers of Israel are the United States, China, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Italy is confirmed as the third European supplier and the eighth partner in the world, with a 4% share of total imports. The state of Israel is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, the country of start-ups. Within a few decades, Israel, a country with just over seven million inhabitants, has become a startup nation, if not a startup nation par excellence. In the small Middle Eastern state, innovation is everyday: unmanned cars; glasses that read faces, labels, newspapers and banknotes to the blind; nano particles that break down the use of anticryptogamics in agriculture, medical and scientific research and much more. Pragmatism, cultural heritage, tenacity, ambition, the will to chase the risk, the absence of formalism and government support, have encouraged research and innovation and the creation of important synergies between the business world and the scientific world /academic. For young entrepreneurs interested in creativity and contemporary enterprise, the Israeli state is the perfect laboratory to experiment. Moreover, thanks to the recent discoveries of offshore natural gas fields and the beginning of their intelligent and pragmatic exploitation, Israel has undertaken a serious policy aimed at reducing energy dependency from abroad, increasing its importance and encouraging new policies. for energy diversification. The exploitation of natural gas could offer opportunities for Italian companies, as well as policies for the diversification of energy sources, in particular those that are eco-sustainable and renewable. Among the latest wonders born from the state of Israel in the energy field deserves attention the highest solar tower in the world, in the Negev desert, which will come into operation during 2018. The Asylim thermodynamic solar power plant, largely already built, provides 50,000 solar panels arranged around a 250 meter high tower. It is an alternative system to produce energy from the sun compared to traditional photovoltaics, where the panels directly transform light into current. The advantage of thermodynamic compared to photovoltaics is that the fluid maintains the temperature for a long time, and can operate the system even when the sun has set. The Ashalim power plant is built by the US company Bright Source Energy, the same company that built the largest thermodynamic solar power plant in the world in the California desert, Ivanpah. This has 170,000 heliostats, but the central tower is 140 meters high. 

 

 

 

Deseases in the World: Asperger’s Syndrome

Deseases in the World: Asperger’s Syndrome - ATLANTIS

 

Asperger’s Syndrome: Guidelines for Diagnosis

 

Ami Klin, Ph.D. e Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut

 

 

Asperger’s syndrome is a serious developmental disorder characterized by the presence of important difficulties in social interaction and by unusual and limited patterns of interests and behavior. Many similarities have been found with autism without mental retardation (called “High Functioning Autism”), but the question of whether Asperger’s syndrome and high-level autism are really different conditions has not yet been resolved. To some extent, the answer depends on how doctors and researchers use the diagnostic concept, since until recently there was no “official” definition of Asperger’s syndrome. The lack of a consensual definition has generated great confusion: since the researchers could not interpret the results of other researchers, doctors felt free to use this label by attaching their own right or false interpretations of the “true” meaning of Asperger’s syndrome. Parents were therefore often confronted with a diagnosis that no one understood well and, worse still, of which no one knew what to do. The scholastic environment was not aware of this condition and the insurance companies could not reimburse the services performed on the basis of an “unofficial” diagnosis. There was no printed information that would give both parents and physicians guidelines on the meaning and consequences of Asperger’s syndrome, including the type of diagnostic assessment and the type of therapies and interventions justified.

This situation has changed a bit since Asperger’s syndrome was made “official” in the DSM-IV (APA, 1994), following an international examination involving more than a thousand children and adolescents with autism and related disorders (Volkmar et al., 1994). These tests (field trials) showed that it was legitimate to include Asperger syndrome in a diagnostic category different from autism, in the group that includes pervasive developmental disorders. Relevant is that a consensual definition has been reached on this disorder, which should act as a frame of reference for all those who use this diagnosis. However, the problems are far from being solved: despite some new research directions, the knowledge of Asperger’s syndrome remains very limited. For example, we do not know how widespread it is, nor how relevant the relationship between males and females is, nor how strong the impact of genetic bonds is in increasing the odds of finding the same conditions between kinship.

Scientific research, and the consequent provision of services, is naturally only beginning. Parents are urged to be cautious and to use a critical approach to the information received. Basically, no type of diagnostic label summarizes the characteristics of a person. It is indeed necessary to take into account both the strengths and weaknesses of the person, thus providing an individualized intervention that responds to these needs (assessed and monitored in an appropriate manner). In spite of this journey, we are still trying to define this strange inability to learn social skills, to establish how many people it is and to decide what we can do for those who are affected. The following guidelines summarize part of the information currently available on these issues.

Autism is the most widely recognized pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Other diagnoses, with shapes slightly similar to those found in autism, have been studied in a less intense way, making their validity more questionable. One of these conditions, called Asperger’s syndrome, was originally described by Hans Asperger (1944, see Frith’s translation, 1991), which provided an account of some cases, whose clinical forms resembled Kanner’s description (1943) of autism (problems with social interaction and communication and limited and characteristic patterns of interests). The description of Asperger differed however from that of Kanner, as the language was delayed less frequently, the motor type deficits were more common, the beginning of the manifestation of the disorder occurred later, and all the initial cases described concerned only the male sex. Furthermore, Asperger suggested that some similar problems could be observed in other family members, particularly in the fathers.

For many years, this syndrome has remained fundamentally unknown in English literature. A retrospective look and a series of case analyzes made by Lorna Wing (1981), then increased interest in this condition, determines then the interest in this condition, determining an ever-increasing use of this term in clinical practice and a continuous increase in the number of case reports and research studies. The clinical features of the syndrome usually described include: a) lack of empathy; b) unilateral social interaction, inappropriate and without malice, little ability to form friendships and consequent social isolation; c) monotonous and pedantic language; d) poor non-verbal communication; e) profound interest in limited issues such as time, the facts of television broadcasts, railway timetables or geographical maps that, memorized mechanically, reflect little understanding and also give an impression of eccentricity; f) awkward, clumsy and bizarre postures.

Although Asperger originally described the presence of this condition only in men, there are currently also cases of people with this syndrome. However, males are far more likely to be affected. Although it appears that most of the children affected by this condition are located in the normal parameters of intelligence, in some of them there was a slight delay.

The apparent beginning of the condition, or at least the awareness of it, probably takes place a little later than autism. It is possible that this is due to the fact that language properties and cognitive abilities are better. The condition tends to be very stable over time and the highest observed intellectual abilities suggest, over the long term, a better outcome than typically observed in autism.

Several similar diagnostic concepts, taken from adult psychiatry, from neuropsychology, from neurology and from other disciplines, have a strong commonality with the phenomenological aspects of Asperger’s syndrome. For example, Wolff and others described a group of individuals who had an abnormal pattern of behavior, characterized by social isolation, rigid thinking, and unusual communication habits and styles. This condition was called schizoid personality disorder in childhood. Unfortunately, no account of the development of the condition was provided, thus making it difficult to ascertain the extent to which the individuals described would also have an autistic symptomatology in the first years of life. In general, due to the fact that Asperger’s syndrome is seen as a personality trait that does not change, it is difficult to fully appreciate its developmental aspects, which could prove to be of great value for the differential diagnosis.

In neuropsychology a large part of the research has been dedicated to the concept of Rourke (1989) on non-verbal learning disorder syndrome (NLD). The main contribution of this line of research was the attempt to trace the implications on the social and emotional development of the child with a singular neuropsychological profile of skills and deficits, which seems to have a detrimental impact on both socialization skills and interactive styles. communicative of the person. The neuropsychological characteristics of individuals with non-verbal learning disability profile include deficits in tactile perception, in psychomotor coordination,in the visuospatial organization, in the resolution of non-verbal problems and in the appreciation of the absurd and the sense of humor. Individuals with non-verbal learning disabilities also show well-developed verbal and verbal memory skills, but have difficulty adapting to new and complex situations, too much attachment to stereotyped behaviors in such situations, as well as mechanical arithmetic deficits compared to reading of single words, little pragmatics, monotonous speech, and significant difficulties in social perception and judgment and in social interaction skills. There are considerable difficulties in appreciating subtle and fairly obvious non-verbal aspects of communication, which often result in contempt and rejection from other people. As a result, individuals with non-verbal learning disabilities manifest a strong tendency to withdraw socially and are at risk of developing serious mood disorders.

Many of the clinical aspects of non-verbal learning disability have also been described in the neurological literature as a form of learning disability of the right hemisphere (Denckla, 1983; Voeller, 1986). Children with this condition show profound disorders in interpretation and affective expression and other basic interpersonal skills. Finally, a further term in the literature, semantic-pragmatic disorder (Bishop, 1989), also reports aspects of the non-verbal learning disorder and Asperger’s syndrome.

At the moment, it is not clear whether these concepts describe different entities or if, what is most likely, they give different perspectives of a heterogeneous group, but in overlap, of disturbances that have at least some aspects in common. An important goal of current research is to seek a convergence between the various specific reports of the different disciplines, in order to use different methodologies in the effort to validate the concept, defined in a behavioral way, of Asperger’s syndrome. However, to improve the comparability of studies, it is of great importance to establish consensual and rigorous guidelines for the diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, in particular with respect to similarities with other related conditions.

As defined in the DSM-IV (APA, 1994), the provisional criteria for Asperger syndrome follow the same structure of the autism criteria, in fact overlapping to a certain level. The symptomatology is defined in terms of criteria of debut, social and emotional criteria and criteria of limited interests, with the addition of two common but not necessary features, which include motor deficits and occasional special abilities. A final criterion includes the necessary exclusion of other conditions, especially autism or a form of autism “below the threshold” (or “autistic-type”, the pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified). It is interesting to note that the definition of Asperger’s syndrome in DSM-IV has as its reference point autism, so some of the criteria involve the absence of abnormalities in some areas of functionality that are instead affected in autism. The following table summarizes the criteria for “Asperger syndrome” in the DSM-IV, with the term “Asperger’s Disorder” (APA, 1994):

A

Qualitative compromise in social interaction, as manifested by at least 2 of the following:

1) marked impairment in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as direct gaze, the facial expression, body postures and gestures to regulate social interaction

2) inability to develop relationships with peers appropriate to the level of development

3) lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people (eg. Not showing, bringing, or pointing to other people about their objects of interest)

4) lack of social or emotional reciprocity.

B 

Modalities of behavior, interests, and restricted, repetitive and stereotypical activities, as evidenced by at least one of the following:

1) Absorbing dedication to one or more types of stereotyped and restricted interests, which are anomalous or in terms of intensity or focus

2) Absolutely rigid submission to unnecessary habits or specific rituals

3) Stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (eg, slamming or twisting the hands or fingers or complex movements of the whole body)

4) Persistent excessive interest in parts of objects.

C 

The abnormality causes clinically significant impairment of the social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

D 

There is no clinically meaningful language delay (eg, at the age of 2 years, single words are used, communicative sentences are used at the age of 3).

E

And there is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or the development of age-appropriate self skills, adaptive behavior (other than in social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood.

F 

The criteria for another specific Generalized Developmental Disorder or for Schizophrenia are not met.

 

According to the DSM-IV, the anamnesis of the individual must manifest “a lack of any clinically significant delay” in language acquisition, cognitive development and adaptation behavior (except in social interaction). This is in contrast to the typical reports of autistic children who have significant deficits and abnormalities in these areas before the age of three.

Although this criterion coincides with Asperger’s account, Wing (1981) noted the presence of deficits in the use of language for communication, as well as more specific inability of language in some of his case studies. At present, it is not known whether the lack of delays in the established areas is a differential factor between Asperger’s syndrome and autism or, alternatively, it is simply a reflection of the highest developmental level associated with the use of the term syndrome of Asperger.

Other common descriptions of the early years of individuals with Asperger’s syndrome include a certain precociousness in learning language (“he was talking before he walked”), and being fascinated by letters and numbers; in fact, sometimes the young child may even be able to decode words, but with little or no understanding (“hyperlexia”). The child can also establish ways of attachment with family members, but present inappropriate methods of approach with classmates or other people. Instead of withdrawing or standing aside as it happens in autism, the child may rather try to make contact with other children by hugging them or shouting and then being perplexed by their answers. These behaviors can occasionally be detected in high-level autistic children, albeit less frequently.

Although the social criteria for Asperger syndrome and autism are identical, the first condition usually involves fewer symptoms and is generally presented differently than the latter. Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome are often socially isolated, but they are not unaware of the presence of others, even if their approaches may be inappropriate and strange. For example, they can hire an interlocutor, often an adult, in one-sided conversations characterized by an interminable, pedantic and sometimes open-minded, often unusual and limited way of speaking. Furthermore, although individuals with Asperger syndrome often describe themselves as solitary, they frequently show great interest in making friends and meeting people. These desires are invariably hampered by their clumsy approaches and insensitivity to other people’s feelings, their intentions, and non-verbal and implicit communications (for example, signs of boredom, haste to leave and need for privacy). Being chronically frustrated by their repeated failures to relate with others and make friends, some of these individuals develop symptoms of depression that may require treatment and medication.

Regarding the emotional aspect of the social transaction, individuals with Asperger’s syndrome may react inappropriately in the context of an emotional interaction, or even err in interpreting its value, often showing a sense of insensitivity, formality or indifference towards the emotional expression of the other person. Despite this, they may be able to correctly describe, in a cognitive and often formal way, other people’s emotions, expectations and social conventions, while they are unable to act towards this knowledge in an intuitive and spontaneous way, for this reason of “timing” in the interaction. This weak intuition and this difficulty in adapting spontaneously, are accompanied by a marked link to formal rules of behavior and rigid social conventions. This behavior is largely responsible for the impression of social naivety and behavioral rigidity, which is very common among these individuals.

As with most of the behavioral aspects used to describe Asperger’s syndrome, some of these characteristics are present in individuals with high-functioning autism, although most likely to a lesser degree.

According to the DSM-IV, the anamnesis of the individual “must” in language acquisition, cognitive development and adaptation behavior (except in social interaction). These are in contrast to the typical reports of the autistic children who have significant deficits and abnormalities in these areas before the age of three.

Although this criterion coincides with Asperger’s account, Wing (1981) noted the presence of deficits in the use of language for communication, as well as more. In this case, it is not possible to consider the absence of deleteration in the established areas of a syndrome between Asperger’s syndrome and autism, alternatively it is simply a reflection of the highest developmental level associated with the use of the term syndrome of Asperger.

And to be fascinated by letters and numbers with other precociousness in learning language (“he was talking before he walked”) in fact, sometimes the young child may be able to decode words, but with little or no understanding (“hyperlexia”). But can also be seen as an alternative to methods of approach with classmates or other people. Or to be lost to the other person. These behaviors can be detected in high-level autistic children, albeit less frequently.

Although the social criteria for Asperger syndrome is identical, the first condition Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome are often socially isolated, but they are not unaware of the presence of others. For example, they can hire an interlocutor, often an adult, in one-sided conversations characterized by an interminable, pedantic and sometimes open-minded, often unusual and limited way of speaking. Also, individuals with Asperger syndrome often describe themselves as solitary, they frequently show great interest in making friends and meeting people. These desires are invariably hampered by their clumsy approaches and insensitivity to other people’s feelings, their intentions, and non-verbal and implicit communications (for example, signs of boredom, haste to leave and need for privacy). Being chronically frustrated by their repeated failures to others and requiring them to be treated.

Asperger’s syndrome may react inappropriately in the context of an emotional interaction, sometimes showing a sense of insensitivity, formality or indifference towards the emotional expression of the other person . Other people’s emotions, expectations and social conventions, other people’s emotions, expectations and social conventions, while they are unable to act towards this knowledge in an intuitive and spontaneous way, for this reason “in the interaction. This weak intuition and this difficulty in adapting spontaneously, are accompanied by a strict link to formal rules of behavior and rigid social conventions. This behavior is largely responsible for the social and behavioral problems.

Asperger’s syndrome, some of these characteristics are present in individuals with high-functioning autism, although most likely to be less.

Although, in the DSM-IV, the definition of the criteria that determine Asperger’s syndrome and autism is identical, and requires the presence of at least one of the symptoms on the provided list (see list above), it seems that in this group the most frequently observed symptom concerns the thought continuously addressed to a narrow pattern of interests. Unlike autism, where other symptoms of this area can be very pronounced, individuals with Asperger’s syndrome are not usually affected, with the exception of the preoccupation with an unusual and limited topic that absorbs all their attention and on which they are documented. acquiring large amounts of data, which are then too often exhibited at the first opportunity for social interaction. Although the choice of the subject is changed from time to time (for example every one or two years), it often dominates the content of social exchange as well as the activities of individuals with Asperger’s syndrome, plunging the whole family into the topic chosen for long periods of time. Although this symptom is not easily recognizable in infancy (because among children there are very frequent strong interests for this or that topic), it is possible that it will become apparent later, when interests turn to bizarre and restricted topics. This behavior is peculiar, in the sense that often individuals affected by this syndrome learn enormous amounts of facts on very narrow subjects (eg snakes, names of stars, maps, TV programs or railway timetables).

In addition to the criteria specified and considered necessary for diagnosis, there is a further symptom associated with the diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome which is not considered essential for diagnosis: the delay in achieving the basic motor development stages and the presence of a “motor awkwardness”. Individuals with Asperger’s syndrome may have delays in acquiring motor skills, such as pedaling, catching a ball, opening a can, climbing a ladder, and so on. Often they are visibly clumsy individuals characterized by a rigid gait, bizarre postures, weak manipulative skills and significant deficits in oculomotor coordination. Despite these characteristics are in clear contrast with the motor development pattern characteristic of autistic children, for whom the scope of motor skills is often a relative strength, they reflect in part what can be observed in individuals with older autism . In spite of this, similarity in later age could also be the result of other underlying factors, for example the psychomotor deficit in the case of Asperger’s syndrome and the weak image of one’s own body and of oneself in the case of autism. This highlights the importance of describing these symptoms in terms of development. 

 

 

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Venezuela, Caudillismo reigns since Bolivar’s age

Luca Tatarelli

  

The figure of the strong man, of the maximo lider, fits the story and to Venezuelan politics. As well as the South American one. A story that after the death of the Liberator, Simon Bolivar, born Venezuelan, father of the liberation struggle from Spain comes told through the figure of José Antonio Páez, another hero independence that became President and started one series of changes of power from one “caudillo” to another. And this period political took, in fact, the name of “caudillismo”.

For over two centuries, in South America, the figure of the strong man it is part of the culture, born right at the time of the struggle for independence. The figure of Bolivar that, before but also today, is considered more than a local Giuseppe Garibaldi has made epoch.

Sung and narrated as a hero of the Latin American nation. In short, the South Americans love the man in uniform, the military leader.

They love what proves to have charisma and who knows how to dose the populism with the highest level politics. A kind of cult of the personality that still persists today. And then if you put a healthy dose of socialism, the game is done. The people are conquered.

A game that in Venezuela has worked well with Hugo Chávez who has known to touch the strings of the poorer population, antagonizing instead the middle and upper class. As well as the Italian community present for years in the country. He was elected head of state, aiming first on strength and then on populism.

It was precisely this populism, the cult of personality (a lot dear to many leftist leaders in various parts of the world), the use of “magic” words that allowed him to keep the power for two terms, from 1999 until death, on March 5, 2013.

To him, among other things, in the name of the Liberator you have to change the name to the country, from Venezuela to “Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”. A way to remember a father of the Fatherland.

Chavez led a foreign policy all centered in the anti more unbridled Americanism.

Starting from the economy. It was he who wanted an integration of the Latin American countries with the ALBA (Alianza Bolivariana para América Latina Y de el Caribe) set up in opposition to the FTAA (Free Trade Area of ​​the Americas) desired by the United States.

It was always him who made arrangements with Cuba that provided, for example, the exchange between the Venezuelan oil supply a advantageous prices and support of Cuban medical expertise as part of the plans to improve the health conditions of the Venezuela and other South American countries.

And it was always Chavez who has close political-economic relations with Iran and Bolivia by Evo Morales, another “caudillo”.

All this and more has been inherited by a driver from bus, Nicolas Maduro. One of his “dolphins”. Maduro from 14 April 2013, after a brief interim appointment as President, he officially taken possession of the office.

He has a curriculum of trade unionist and as a politician he has always been behind to Chavez who appointed him Foreign Minister. In 2011 Chavez lo he has designated as his successor in case he died. A choice also dictated by the fact that Maduro was loved to the left of the Party Chavista.

Strong of this investiture, for Maduro the furrow was traced ,. IS so he continued to follow the “caudillist” footsteps of his mentor. Has increased the clashes with the United States, accusing them of “Imperialism”.

Maduro also used the hard hand with the opposition, makingincarcerate exponents of opposing parties. And the street clashes in the past months they have seen at the center of the internal political struggle i citizens, with dead and wounded in the streets of Caracas and other cities and countries of the “Bolivarian” state. On April 22, Maduro re-proposes to lead the country on occasion of the presidential elections.

In addition to a large number of candidates who would like to block the road to his election (who knows what result) have fallen into field the super powers of the area. Which, with Colombia and Peru in head, consider the election appointment as a kind of celebration of chavismo and not in compliance with the normal rules democratic. In short: the confirmation of the cult of Hugo and Nicolas.

Maduro and the Chavistas can not let go now, with the risk that the Venezuelan caudillism loses consensus and therefore up at the last they will try all the cards to stay in power.

It will be enough, as Chavez did, to increase some public salary, be supported by friendly countries, including the usual Cuba, or those that they are part of the ALBA to stay in the saddle.

Evil, many observers highlight, however, afflicts the Venezuelan average: to have lived thanks to oil revenues beyond their own possibility.

But black gold no longer guarantees these resources. In 1998, the year before the arrival of Hugo Chávez in power, the US imported 1.37 million barrels a day, with Venezuela third country supplier of raw.

In January, the Americans lowered the purchase of oil Venezuelan up to 390 thousand barrels per day (-71.5% compared to 20 years ago). And in fact the South American country has fallen to seventh place behind it to the same Colombia and Nigeria.

A loss of money that threatens to expose all errors of Chavismo and, perhaps after two centuries, to bring down the myth of man strong. 

 

 

Italian Excellence in the World

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A suitable dress for Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Venice is unique, Venice is beautiful, Venice is the perfect city but Venice for the writer is a diabolical trap. Because the cliché is always around the corner, pure banality and we do not talk about stereotypical geography. Venetia - as an argument, style and descriptive object - is as above. Fortunately, there are miraculous antidotes from improvisation, good taste and the philological solidity of the interpreter. This is the case of Magda Piscicelli Majori. Architect, Venetian imported (but comes from the nearby Portogruaro land of Ippolito Nievo even if his family has arrived tested from farther). His architectural practice is right at the foot of the San Pantalon Bridge. Large and bright, it anticipates the taste of Magda inspired mostly by the charm of light and color. Yes, because there are passions that grow before and then can not be held back.

 

The Luce Majori fashion collection

“The first idea of ​​the design typical of my collections - reveals Magda Piscicelli Majori - is from 2010 but has remained closed in the drawer until 2014. After all, as a child I could not draw and color, color and draw. I enrolled in the Venice IUAV, transferring myself to the lagoon city and I graduated in 1991. I enrolled in the order the following year.I have always been professionally involved in historical building, in particular the points of view of the restoration interior design In the vast majority of cases, I worked in the historic center of Venice and partly in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Porto Piccolo in the Gulf of Trieste.

Then the passion of fashion has resurfaced.

“I started with the creation of fabrics, with drawings inspired by the city that I love Venice, naturally - Magda resumes - but I found myself faced with the first obstacle for a creative: production, and the first problem was the identification of quality suppliers. In the end, skimming among three people, I came to get what I wanted “

The brand is Luce Maori

“The brand is Luce Majori, also because it is the family name that I have also personally obtained, after a number of bureaucratic upsets”.

 

Let’s talk about concrete things: how do you make a fashion collection?

“The first phase consists in drawing a pound hand on a squared sheet, following the electronic acquisition through a special program, transforming the file into a PDF and transmitting it to the textile manufacturing company that sends the tests on the tong. transport and delivery, the rolls of cloth that then serve a tailor-made level for the packaging of garments “.

 

Is the supplier company secret?

“Let’s say he is in Treviso, Donna Montello”.

 

Yet.

“We move on to the packaging stage and the prototype garments are made, the so-called siftering is carried out before the final garment is produced, at which point there is the development of size.We have produced garments from size 40 to size 46”.

 

The first collection is from 2014.

“Yes, it gave me a lot of satisfaction”.

 

Prices?

“In the shop the price with VAT is multiplied by 2.5 / 3 times to wait for the needs of the retailer.I have not particularly taken care of the price policy at least until now.A gown costs the buyer about 350 euros”.

 

The future?

“Continue to go along with my passion, not forgetting my traditional work as an architect, but I think that the two activities are not at all opposed”.

 

It is always a culture of beauty and well-being of the person.

“Exact”.

A commercial strategy?

“Surely retrace positive experiences already made to participate as pre show at the Arab Fashion Awards, which took place last September at Palazzo Contarini Polignac in Venice, because the history of the brand is important but also the care in production is important”.

 

Strength points?

“I am strong at the limit of stubbornness”.

 

Those of weakness?

“I am a creative and non-entrepreneur, and I have to face my natural propensity for privacy”.

The keystone?

“Probably in the correct identification of the distribution and commercial channel, I am working with friends and marketing and communication experts”.

 

His market?

“The world with an exceptional showcase and inspirer like Venice”. 

 

 

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Sartoria Monti, tailor made clothes made in Veneto because style is the man

 

The Terraglio or Terajo, as they say in local parlance, is the practically straight road that connects Venice to Treviso and crosses the towns of Mogliano Veneto and Preganziol. Not far away is Villa Condulmer, on which Venetian patrician plant, now offering its excellent service the homonymous five-star hotel, which hosted famous people like Ronald Reagan, on the occasion of the Venetian G8 in 1986. A few meters from the Villa and the prestigious Golf Club 18-hole executive field, is the company’s headquarters tailoring led by Enrico Monti manager. Enrico is tall and slim. One would say: naturally elegant. Almost obvious that he devoted himself to making elegant men and women.

“But it is necessary that they like - said Monti - because it is neither necessary nor sufficient to be well off to want to be elegant. Elegance is perhaps not innate, but it is certainly a choice”.

The passion for fabrics has certainly been handed down from the previous generations and more precisely from 1911 when Bruno Monti (grandfather of Enrico) created Tessitura Monti, a historic company of fabrics for shirts.

“With the same commitment - urges Enrico Monti - we specialize in the creation of tailored suits and shirts, with particular attention to the quality of manpower. Now I will say something that might seem a bit ‘racist but it is not at all: our employees are exclusively Italian because they preserve a craft knowledge that is completely unique and unrepeatable otherwise.

In fact, one of the signs that stand out at the entrance, reads “Perfectum”, a brand that hides innovation and technology: “In 2010 Perfectum was born, with the acquisition of a technology born in France, we have available Body Scanner able to record the measurements of the body of our customers with all the details necessary to create a shirt or a suit perfectly modeled on the characteristics of the client. But ... - it adds - in this case it is necessary to intervene a perfectly qualified individual and who knows the tailoring profession”.

 

So, even if the idea is to travel the road of innovation, the intention is not to abandon the master road of craftsmanship.

“The goal is not the quantity, but the quality - continues Monti - in fact, in 2014 the company was recognized as one of the best eight Italian artisan companies”.

 

The international clientele.

“We certainly can not think of going to look for the customer abroad - Monti argues - the company is a stone’s throw from Venice, immersed in the green of the Venetian countryside and ten minutes from the Venice and Treviso airports. I think it is strategically correct to think of attracting the customer here, offering the possibility of staying in a hotel, a walk in the nearby Venice and maybe a few holes in golf. And maybe retain it by recording its measures to make every year dresses (male and female) and shirts that can be sent to every head of the world “.

 

In the location where we are, the shirting shop is operative while in the historic center of Treviso, there is the shop with “tailor-made tailoring” because the acquired or potential customer realizes the almost maniacal care (above all highly professional) with the what the garments are made of.

“The research and attention to detail, from the classic dress to the ceremony dress make the head of Santoria Monti a unique item, dedicated entirely not only to the physicality of the client, but also to his personality, his style - he continues - we also make use of Neapolitan tailors in the office that satisfy even the most demanding customer, from the horsehair Milan with which the paintings are made, to the Faro silk for the buttonholes and the hand stitching “.

 

The manager / tailor Enrico Monti does not say it, but he who grew up in the frames of his grandfather and father, is very proud to also play the part of consultant if not “arbiter elegantiarum” in favor of his client.

“We also take care of footwear - it is full of enthusiasm, showing all the enthusiasm it has towards its activity - that from the upper to the sole are anatomically customized”.

 

So, no stock and everything on demand?

“In fact, we create two essential collections per year (Autumn and Spring) to give our customers the opportunity to have a clear idea of ​​the finished garment with new fabrics - he adds - our fabrics come from the best national and foreign woolen mills, from Loro Piana to Drapers, from Barberis Canonico to Dourmeuil. Obviously for the shirts our fabrics come from Tessitura Monti”.

 

Last but not least: the place where we are located, that is the headquarters of the Enrico Monti Tailor and the Perfectum company, has been the recording studio of one of the most important Italian record brands for 25 years. Here have passed, among other Italian and international musicians and singers, Vasco Rossi, Zucchero, Gino Paoli, the Rolling Stones, etc.

From fabrics to music, to tailoring is a story of love and passion. From art to craftsmanship, from elegance to the taste of beauty, it is Italian culture (including business) for the world. 

 

 

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Lunardelli, Fifty years brought with style

 

 

You leave the A4 Venezia Trieste motorway at the toll booth of Meolo or Noventa di Piave (Venice) and near there in the Industrial Zone of Fossalta di Piave, there is the usual Italian SME jewel signed Nord Est: Lunardelli Est 1967.

 

The company

Lunardelli Angelo snc was founded in 1967 in Fossalta di Piave (Venice) and specializes in the production of wooden windows and furniture.

It was led by its founder until 2008, when it was the definitive generational transition that led the company’s three sons, Agnese, Giampaolo and Sebastiano, who continue the work of their father every day with the same tenacity and passion.

From simple woodworking, the company grows rapidly. The Lunardelli are not satisfied with their product. Thus, through the professionalism of the designers, the passion of the artisans, the most advanced technologies and the best materials, the company becomes able to realize any desire for personalization taking care of every detail, from the development of the idea to installation. By itself a functional element of closure and protection from the inside, it also becomes an emotional element of openness and relation to the outside, a link between man and the environment, a means to stimulate the contemplation of the landscape and therefore a lifestyle more sustainable.

 

Agnese Lunardelli

Today, who represents the company not only as an administrator but as a leader of the family group is Agnese who was born in San Donà di Piave, where she completed her high school studies, married and mother of two daughters.

Agnese like her little sister Maria Grazia from her kindergarten attended her father’s carpentry: “We stacked the pieces of wood that came out of a plane, we made packages, or we polished, very simple things, but I’ve always been inside the shop. learned to know wood and love it. “Today he appreciates larch, the one on which Venice was founded, but also works teak, mahogany and tries to face the progress of the use of plastic materials. innovation.

“The company has always invested in research and innovation, equipping itself with cutting-edge machining departments and acquiring the ISO 9001 certification”.

 

Choices and growth

The secret of the choices lies in having looked for a proper field (which is that of the highest quality)

“Among the first works of the company - he says - there are the wooden frames of the Palazzo dell’Adriatica Navigazione della Serenissima, one of the most important public shipping companies in the seventies. Palazzo Grassi has called us to create a project to restore and restore its windows, a conservative work for a year that has brought back all the fixtures. The Ca ‘Foscari University turned to us, both for the restoration and for the new construction; and again the restyling of the spectacular headquarters of the Marciana National Library, in Piazzetta San Marco “.

Signed Lunardelli are the doors and windows of the Danieli and Bauer hotels, as well as private homes, owned by high-sounding names that demand privacy but which in the city are known as the renovated, extremely peaceful patriciate. We now make windows that have held for air, water and wind, re-proposing the shapes and the particular workings of the palaces of centuries ago. We try to give their meaning back to the aesthetic level, providing them with requirements that allow protection. To do a wonderful hand job like ours requires school and experience, the workforce of Est 1967 is very specialized, the workers learn the trade as children and in the nineties they were extinct, then we left with the training “.

 

The crisis

“In 2014 I suffered a client failure and a blank arrangement. It seemed to us that the world was falling on us. In the North East we record the record of people who took their lives for the crisis. We had about thirty employees, some were fired, reluctantly I had to send home half of them. It was painful, the employees are part of my family, of our body. Now, a few years later, with a lot of dedication and sacrifice, we are raising our heads a little at a time. We miss the whole slice of the Italian market, but I do not work anymore if there are no guarantees, I do not want to risk “. A story, that of raising oneself, which has deep roots of tenacity and moral values. Like those of his father Angelo Lunardelli, son of sharecroppers, who at 16 already aspires to be independent, 18 loses three fingers of his left hand, recognizes his disability and sees a state work assigned “where he advised him to do the least possible “, and to whom he renounces after a few months because, he said,” I feel harnessed. “At the age of 28 he manages to set up his own business.” My mother, Regina, was her first employee “.

 

Lunardelli in the World

Many companies of window and door frames in the wood industry have fallen, failed, “before there was the national competition, now it’s worldwide, but we can make the difference, also because I believe we can give the right value to things, listening to the wishes of the buyers and trying to interpret them, I’m not just doing windows, I’m an entrepreneur trying to fulfill the dreams of others “.

Here then the opening of the Showrooms in Russia in Moscow of collaborations with international designers and the continuous travel on the example of the Polo venues (and not only).

 

The commitment to representation

He is active in Confindustria Venezia, as president of the SMEs. In 2011, as chairman of the wood section, she managed to set up a 150-square-meter stand at the World Wide in Moscow to organize the presence of Made in Venice: “we created a naturally modern Venetian context. With us the windows, the Bevilacqua weaving that still uses the wooden frames, the Abate Zanetti, excellence of Murano glass and other beautiful realities. Thanks to this fair we managed to make lots of contacts and going up and already with the planes we arrived in Texas and we created work opportunities. “With the project ‘Cultural Alchemies’ has favored the meeting between contemporary art and local businesses that have agreed to open the doors of the company, allowing young artists to work and produce with them.From 2016, he is President of IVE Immobiliare Veneziana srl, a participant of the City of Venice.It has also created the group of women entrepreneurs “ I’m proud of because a woman has so many difficulties. Women can be mothers and entrepreneurs, sensitivity can make the difference in a world that needs to be regenerated “. But always attached to the values ​​of Metalmezzadria. 

 

 

Italian Excellence in the World

Italian Excellence in the World - ATLANTIS

Private Hospital 

John XXIII of Monastier

 

State-of-the-art technology and high-level medical professionals the peculiarities of a clinic of excellence at European level

 

 

The Hospital Giovanni XXIII of Monastier, is a private polyspecialistic structure, affiliated with the national health service and among the most renowned in Veneto.

"Giovanni XXIII" Nursing Home of MonastierNata in the '30s is a national reference center for orthopedics with the section of Prosthetic Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery and Spinal Surgery: it is in first place in Veneto for prosthetic interventions and the fourth in the national classification (source CNE Ministry of Health).

The structure also houses the Medical Rehabilitation Department, the Surgery Department, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Urology, Ophthalmology, a multidisciplinary Day Surgery, the Diagnostic Imaging Service, the Analysis Laboratory and numerous multi-specialized clinics.

During 2017 the "Giovanni XXIII" Nursing Home of Monastier carried out 10,289 total hospitalizations with an increase of 4.48% compared to 2016.

The pride of the structure, which has 170 beds (of which 129 are accredited with the Veneto Region, 19 extra region, and 22 only authorized), is the continuous research to an increasingly advanced and latest generation diagnostic instrumentation. 

Such as the DIAGNOSTICA PER IMMAGINI directed by Dr. Francesco Di Toma, which constitutes a center of excellence at the national level. Through the use of latest generation tools such as CAD Stream, the most powerful computer on the market today that allows you to identify, in a few seconds, the presence or absence of neoplastic lesions in the breast; the Mammograph with Tomosynthesis, the 128-layer CT scan, the 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance. All instruments with which it is possible to obtain extremely precise diagnoses, limiting patients' radiation exposure to a minimum. Important is then the PATENTED RESERVE FOR WOMEN for the prevention of breast cancer that is divided into two levels that take place over a day. In this way, women can reduce the waiting time they would have to face in order to individually undergo each performance.

 

The first level includes: 

medical examination, 

• 3D mammography with Tomosynthesis, 

• ultrasound.

 

The second level, which can also immediately follow the first if the need to carry out further investigations emerges, includes: 

breast resonance with contrast (this is a diagnostic test, that is, gives a 99% diagnostic confidence), 

• biopsies performed in Tomosynthesis, ultrasound or resonance; the method of sampling varies according to the pathology, normally the most practiced is the ultrasound.

 

Make radiological diagnosis by preserving the patient from unnecessary X-rays. Thanks to MULTITOM, a brand new robotic X-ray scanner is possible thanks to MULTITOM for an accurate examination and better diagnostic yield with a minimum dose of radiation, greater graphic performance and exclusive 3D reconstruction. These are the characteristics of the new technology that uniquely combines patient care (pediatric, geriatric, orthopedic, trauma) and efficiency in the use of the system.

The machine moves and rotates around the patient, minimizing the positioning difficulties and the transfers of the same. Advanced technology offers a high combination of resource utilization; all in one room, you can perform a multitude of radiological examinations (X-ray, 3D tomography, fluoroscopy, angiography, interventional v. pain therapy).

You can easily define the standard protocols, at minimum dosage, to obtain constant and precise results with excellent image quality.

To meet the needs of patients who fear to undergo magnetic resonance imaging inside the tunnel, the Nursing Home has MRI - OPEN MAGNETIC RESONANCE. A technology of the latest generation that reduces fear and anxiety and allows direct assistance from a companion. The examination is thus easier to perform on certain categories of patients such as children, the elderly and overweight people, and on subjects suffering from claustrophobia.

The CARDIOVASCULAR SERVICE including Cardiology, Angiology, Vascular Surgery and Sports Medicine is active in the Nursing Home Giovanni XXIII of Monastier di Treviso. A department that has become the point of reference for many of the most important sports clubs in the area such as Treviso Basketball, Reyer Basket Venice or Venezia Football Club, and Imoco Volley, but also, being equipped with suitable equipment, for sports clubs of disabled players.

A point of reference for the community is the ANALYSIS LABORATORY of the John XXIII Nursing Home which combines the advantages of a complex structure, thanks to the rich technological equipment and the preparation of its doctors, to those of an agile facility that can take care of its clients individually, without limiting itself to providing simple reports but suggesting and carrying out further in-depth studies if the need arises.

The Analysis Laboratory of the John XXIII Nursing Home is characterized by an extremely wide diagnostic offer and, thanks also to the collaboration with external centers, is able to carry out any type of analysis. Every year more than 188,000 Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Immunometry and Microbiology services are carried out, which uses cultural, microscopic and immunological techniques and the Cytopistopathology that collaborates with the Radiology of the Nursing Home to perform the exams through needle aspiration. The radiologist's support, in fact, allows to make targeted samples based on the characteristics of the single gland or lymph node, making the evaluation much more precise and reliable than the traditional technique. "In this regard - said Matteo Geretto, Head of the Career Communication and Development Area - soon the patients will have at their clinic, the first in Europe, the STEREOTASSI an instrument that allows the doctor to perform breast biopsies to the patient in prone mode and therefore in absolute relaxation ".

In close collaboration with the Urology department, the LABORATORY FOR ANTIGENE PROSTATIC SPECIFIC (PSA) is one of the few in Veneto to measure the dosage of tPSA, fPSA and 2proPSA.

In the prevention and treatment of PROSTATE CANCER, the Monastier structure can boast the exceptional and virtuous collaboration between laboratory analysis, diagnostic imaging and UROLOGICAL SURGERY, which has for many years been equipped with ROBOT "DA VINCI".

 

The "Da Vinci" robot is a very advanced type of surgery that minimizes post-operative complications in the short term, such as bleeding and hemorrhage, but also definitive complications such as incontinence and impotence.

In the analysis laboratory it is also possible to extract platelet concentrates (Platelet Rich Plasma - PRP) for the Therapy with Platelet Growth Factors, used in the Orthopedics Operative Unit to treat patients with degenerative diseases of the joints.

In this context is inserted the path for the diagnosis and treatment of OSTEOPOROSIS which is inspired by the international guidelines.

In the course of a single day, a venous sample is first taken to exclude the secondary forms of osteoporosis and to obtain indications for a correct differential diagnosis of the main conditions predisposing to osteoporosis; then the Bone Densitometry (DXA) is performed with Morphometry and in the afternoon the medical examination.

Inside the "Giovanni XXIII" Clinic of Monastier it is possible to carry out the VIRTUAL COLONSCOPY, a non-invasive examination that allows to study the colon wall by simulating the traditional colonoscopy but without the introduction of probes, which can be painful and annoying.

NEW DENTISTRY CLINIC has been operative for several weeks. There are 8 dental chairs, one of which is structured for people with disabilities; a Dental Surgery Clinic and an Area Reserved for Children.

A point of excellence at the Veneto level, "The largest regional dental clinic located within a hospital - said the coordinator Angelo Iannacci". Very important especially for those patients who, suffering from serious pathologies, want to undergo dental treatment in safety with the means and structures suitable for every type of need ".

And another important project took shape in these weeks in the "Giovanni XXIII" Monastier Nursing Home: The new operating room that with the other 3 completes the NEW OPERATING BLOCK and the STERILIZATION BLOCK. Thanks to this intervention now the Nursing Home has 7 rooms able to perform any type of surgery.

The Monastier Nursing Home will therefore be the first private hospital clinic in Veneto to directly provide for sterilization through an area of about 740 square meters connected through pneumatic channels with all the surgical rooms and outpatient clinics. "The peculiarity of the project lies in the different channels of passage of the material to be sterilized - said the coordinator of the Luca Florian project - which will guarantee 100% sterilization of the material". In fact, a channel for the passage of the dirty material and another separate channel for the exclusive use of the sterilized material have been provided.

"Those who think about the good of people can not help but think about the good of the environment in which they live". Said Matteo Geretto Head of Communication and Development of "Giovanni XXIII".

Also for this reason the Monastier Nursing Home has invested heavily in the trigeneration and geothermal plants that have been built within the structure. "Last generation plants of this kind - said the technical expert Michele Bettini and the surveyor Matteo Sozza of the technical office of Sogedin" will guarantee patients even healthier environments in which to stay for treatment while ensuring a very low atmospheric pollution and therefore greater protection and care for the environment in which we live ".

Inside the structure there are also medical professionals working in polyclinics in various fields and specializations such as: Allergology, Anesthesia, Angiology and Cardiology, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Dermatology, Diabetology, Dietology, Endocrinology, Digestive Endoscopy, Hepatology , Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Holter, Speech Therapy, Rehabilitative Medicine, Sports Medicine, Neurology and Neuropsychiatry, Ophthalmology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Pneumology, Clinical Psychology, Rheumatology, Vascular rehabilitation and Urology. 

 

Italian Excellence in the World

Italian Excellence in the World - ATLANTIS

“Costa degli aranci”, a corner of paradise on Ionian coast of Calabria

 Stefania Schipani

There is a path that runs along the Ionian coast from Catanzaro Lido towards the South that deserves not only a trip, but many more. In fact, the tourist who approaches these places falls in love with it and returns to it. Always. Because Calabria is a territory to be discovered.

Left (unfortunately or fortunately) for a long time at the edge of mass tourism, the Ionian Calabrian side now sees a new renaissance of the entrepreneurial tourism initiative and opens itself to the innovation and valorization of the territories with a much more modern approach.

The "raw material" really does not lack, because places, beaches, luxuriant vegetation, cultural and archaeological heritage are an inestimable asset.

 

The coast, the territory, the landscape and the beaches

Particular attention can be paid to a small part of that part of the Ionian coast called Costa degli Aranci which develops in the province of Catanzaro along the sea for about 70 km from Botricello to Guardavalle Marina. Of all this beautiful bay, let's concentrate on our journey on the Gulf of Squillace and the beautiful resorts that start from Squillace Lido and arrive in Badolato Marina: about 25 kilometers of spectacular sea, white beaches that alternate with rocks and dream coves and that the "new" tourist maybe not even expects to find in this corner of Calabria still very little appreciated.

The whole area is full of artistic and monumental testimonies that overlook the coastal beauty.

From the height of the medieval village of Squillace which, at 344 meters above sea level, dominates the gulf, we descend towards the Archaeological Park of Scolacium, ancient center of the Bruzio and birthplace of Flavio Magno Aurelio Cassiodoro, senator and scholarly end, scholar and historian born around 485 and lived under the Roman-barbarian reign of the Ostrogoths and under the Eastern Roman Empire.

Among the remains of the ancient Roman colony is the monumental Basilica of Santa Maria della Roccella, built in the eleventh century. from the Normans and repeatedly remodeled, which is one of the largest Templar churches in Italy. The archaeological site surrounded by a large olive grove overlooking the sea, is a fascinating backdrop to cultural festivals of the highest level lit by the bright moon of warm summer evenings.

After passing the mouth of the river Alessi you arrive from here to the beach of Copanello, one of the most beautiful seaside resorts of the Ionian and Calabria, an area blessed with a clear and clean sea, with a predominantly sandy bottom, rich in abundant marine life thanks to the considerable amount of plankton present in these waters and suitable both for snorkeling and for a quiet swim. The spectacular Rotonda sul mare is truly legendary, the theater of vip summers during the sweet life of the seventies and the famous Cassiodoro tanks used by the ancient Romans for the breeding of moray eels.

From the mighty Stalettì promontory we continue on our journey towards Caminia, where the magnificent granite cliffs overlooking the crystalline sea form small and colorful sea caves and natural pools and alternate with hidden beaches, some of which, like the famous "Spiaggetta" reachable only by sea, or the Torre del Palombaro and the Grotta di San Gregorio.

Caminia di Stalettì is one of the most beautiful places to spend your holidays in Costa degli Aranci: a long beach of clear sand surrounded by the unspoilt nature of the bay, where the crystal clear waters break against the beautiful gray granite cliff that can only be reached from the sea.

An advice? Arrive at the beach equipped with glasses or mask to dive into a wonderful underwater world to explore. In addition, if you have the chance, we suggest you try night diving in these underwater paradises. Know also that on this side the sun is very strong, which is why we suggest you use protective creams.

Rocks, beaches and rocks lead us to the beach of Pietragrande, so called for the vigorous and high rock, often used as a trampoline by the more experienced, which stands a short distance from the shore characterizing the seascape.

Going beyond the white beaches of "Cala Lunga" in Montauro-Montepaone, you arrive at the most populous town of this stretch of coast called "La perla dello Jonio”.

The white sandy beach a few hundred meters deep has welcoming bathing establishments equipped with various services and excellent restaurants where you can also taste typical fish products, including veal fish.

The initiative and the initiative of municipal governance has qualified a lot the beautiful promenade that favors pleasant walks throughout the year and that was also equipped with a very nice amphitheater placed right on the beach where summer shows are held by the sea .

In 2015, in 2016 and 2017, Soverato obtained the Green Flag for the "child-friendly" beaches awarded by the Italian Pediatricians and in 2017 it was awarded the Blue Flag, the authoritative European award assigned by the FEE, Foundation for Environmental Education.

The city, destroyed and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1783, also develops into two other areas: the hill, from which to enjoy the wonderful view of the Costa degli Aranci, and the ancient core of the Old Soverato, where you can discover the rich history of this enchanting town where you can find the archaeological remains of the civilizations that succeeded one another from the Sicilian period, to the Greco-Roman, Norman, Swabian, Angevin, Aragonese up to the Borgias and to the Turkish incursions.

About 14 km of beaches take us to the last stop of this enchanting route to the seaside resort of Calabria, Badolato Marina.

Between the tourist port and a small promontory, there is the beach of Badolato, a graceful bay of white and thin sand, bathed by transparent waters and bordered by the rich oleander vegetation. The cultural charm of the medieval village of Badolo is important. The medieval walls erected in the thirteenth century and the remains of the fortified castle create a unique setting from which to admire the landscape. Also worth visiting is the church of Sant'Andrea Avellino of the century. XI, the medieval church of Santa Caterina and the Franciscan convent of Santa Maria degli Angeli, from 1603. The perfect way to end the holidays in Costa degli Aranci.

 

The economy of places

More than two words deserve the food and wine peculiarities of the places. Thanks to the traditions handed down from generation to generation, even today, you can taste the typical local products prepared with local skill, such as homemade bread cooked in a traditional wood-burning oven; sausages such as soppressata, prepared and cured using traditional and natural methods; good wine with slow fermentation harvested with ancient method; the preserves of various kinds (in oil, pickled, salted, etc.) of the products of the earth such as olives, tomatoes, artichokes, capers, aubergines; but one of the products that most excelling in agriculture is extra virgin olive oil, which is still being completed today by means of a milling coherent with its traditions and territory.

 

The economic trend 

of Calabrian tourism

Recently Il Sole 24 Ore, Confindustria's business newspaper has devoted ample space to the numbers of the Calabrian tourist season 2017. "Calabria has the newest hotel park in Italy and the largest rooms compared to the national average", underlined Vittorio Caminiti President of Federalberghi Calabria. The region has a high number of companies in continuous growth, 767 hotels (+ 18.5% in the last 5 years), 40.402 rooms, 85.862 beds (+ 50.7%, second after Basilicata). More capacious 5-star accommodation facilities (+ 15.1% of new rooms) and increasing 4-star hotels (+ 14%) which together account for 43.8% of hotels, a figure higher than the national average (36, 7%).

And yet "The recent report on tourism developed by Unicredit and Touring Club shows that 54.4% of the beds are offered by hotels, 34.9% from campsites and tourist villages, 3.5% from agritourisms, equally as bed and breakfast and 2.2% from rented accommodation ".

The flow of vacationers has not stopped even in the face of the most discouraging conditions: of three regional airports, only Lamezia Terme operates at full capacity, although on several fronts the governor Mario Oliverio pushes "on accessibility to intercept the tourist demand and determine the growth of the region ". According to Assaeroporti data, international travelers, who fly only on Lamezia, have increased by 60% compared to a year ago, a percentage 6 times higher than the national average (9.6%). Charter activity increased by 3.4%.

 

Investments and exports

Demonstrate interest in the coast, the villages, nature and food and wine even the Americans: the well-known food entrepreneur Lidia Bastianich is the ambassador of Calabria for the US and South American market. In June, he visited the region, tasting the dishes of starred and emerging chefs, who with their new vision of the territory and excellent raw materials (seven thousand organic companies in the region) are helping to decree its success. At the forefront Caterina Ceraudo, best Woman Chef 2017 for the Michelin Guide, Luca and Antonio Abbruzzino, Nino Rossi, Antonio Biafora, Riccardo Sculli. And there are others in the grass.

Therefore, it is not only the sea that is the only tourist attraction and the journey towards the South continues.

 

The local administration 

and its projects

Aligned on the positions of private operators full of enthusiasm but above all of competence, the young mayors and local councilors who made the slogan "Make system" have made a flag (like the Blue in Soverato assigned by Legambiente in 2017). "A system that can not ignore the attraction of capital for investments in infrastructure and in the construction of plants for a cutting-edge tourist reception - underlines Emanuele Amoruso, Councilor for Tourism of the Municipality of Soverato - which are not just hotels, campsites, restaurants but also darsene for the diportistica, golf courses, cycle paths, etc. ".

"The problems are not lacking - the Mayor echoes, Francesco Alecci - also because a city of just over 10,000 inhabitants that in the summer multiplies its guests, it has many, but the commitment to the development of tourism economy is a priority . We do not hide behind a finger. We know that we must aim for a permanent seasonal extension and the search for quality foreign tourism. However, one can not think of promotion without having an offering up to it. So we have to focus on national and international transport (Air and trains AV) and local more efficient and less expensive, the training of tourism personnel, the redevelopment of an offer that must keep up with the times ".

The colleague Mayor of Isca Francesco Mirachi aligns: "And there is not only the sea. Even the traditions and related folklore events are a fantastic attraction not to mention our food and wine and craft products. We must not think that the villages are less charming than the parts of the city that extend along the coast ".

For example, in the far (but not too long) 1986, an almost provocative proposal by a librarian turned into a phenomenon that made the tour of mediatic Italy: Everything started from the observation that the village of Badolato Superiore was moving towards a substantial abandonment between depopulation (often in favor of the most recent marine village) and economic impoverishment. The idea of ​​"selling" the beautiful village, initially for many grotesque, unleashed an unpredictable curiosity that led the mayor in the most famous television broadcast of the moment, that of Raffaella Carrà. But it was only the peak of a phenomenon that had never before seen Badolato in the center of mass media attention. A village that seemed to resign itself on the road of decline, depopulation and anonymity, suddenly found it at the center of national attention, in the unbelief of all its inhabitants. Television and newspaper interviews came from all over the world, there was the interest, between myth and reality, of magnates, financial and industrial groups, authors and writers and many tourists who, in one way or another, coming into contact with the reality of a village increasingly depopulated, they ended up loving it its being always itself, its perpetuating itself with the characteristic alleys, the tall and ancient houses, the women with their simple clothes and rich in tradition, the rural simplicity. So, in the long run, emptied the effect of novelty and surprise the real "sale" concerned the many private properties that, differently intended for abandonment, were bought and renovated with taste by the many "forasteri" that, in love with Badolato Superiore, they love to come back frequently, repopulating our village and its alleys.

 

Promotion: entrepreneurs create 

"RIVIERA E BORGHI DEGLI ANGELI", 

for a brand and local tourist district

It is from Badolato that the most incisive push seems to be coming, where the planning activity continues, without interruption, - started operationally already at the end of Summer 2014, - and of tourist promotion of the territory and of the "RIVIERA E BORGHI DEGLI" holiday packages ANGELI ", the brand of associated tourism entrepreneurs online. The last few years have seen the network of local tour operators engaged in an intense organizational work for the creation of a brand with a promotional activity on digital platforms and participation in national and international trade fairs and events, such as: BIT Milan, TTG Rimini, BMT Napoli, AUREA Paola (CS), Salone del Gusto in Turin and ITB Berlin, WTM London, Lugano Tourism Fair. The launch of the idea-design of the single territorial brand, proposed at the Union of Municipalities "Versante Ionico" with the start of a path of discussion and training, is gradually leading to the construction of a territorial partnership between private individuals and aims to define a tourist district with the synergies of public bodies for the re-launching and development of the territory.

In fact, there is a need for a network project for a territorial brand able to organize and offer a serious international web-identity, homogeneously permeated of the landscape and naturalistic beauties and of the historical-artistic-cultural and enogastronomic heritage of the lower Ionian area. Calabria. Calabria, today reported worldwide as a tourist destination, can become a concrete destination for new trends in international tourism, which privilege experiences, nature, the relationship with places, the meeting with people and their experience of traditions , customs and culture, the suggestion of the historical identity placed as an alternative to the classic "commercial" holiday in a tourist village with the offer of the classic services (however important in the variegated regional tourism offer, more and more integrated and diversified ").

"For some time - say the leaders of" RIVIERA AND BORGHI DEGLI ANGELI ", and especially the President Francesco Leto - we are expressing the urgency to build a quality, integrated and diversified tourism offer, with innovative formulas of ecotourism and tourism experiential, cultural and enogastronomic, able to find its right and recognized space above all in the regional tourism offer and, in parallel, in the varied international tourism market with the gradual goal of transforming the territory of the lower Ionian that goes from the Vallata dello Stilaro-Antica Kaulon up to Squillace-Antica Scolacium-San Floro in an accredited, desirable and reliable tourist destination. We propose a model, which can not fail to be based on the peculiarities of the area of ​​reference, its four natural dimensions (coastline with crystal clear sea and long and white beaches, hills with medieval villages and Mediterranean crops, mountains with forests and interesting nature trails, rivers, lakes, canyons, waterfalls and unique places), also passing by its historical-cultural identity ".

"The association - continues Leto - is present in the territory of the lower Ionian calabrian, and is trying to put in place a network project with its own micro-system of local tourism services, self-organizing from the bottom, in partnership with public bodies . Our association aspires to share its experience in the territory of "RIVIERA AND BORGHI DEGLI ANGELI" embracing the coast and the hinterland of the Calabrian low ionio from Monasterace, Stilo and Bivongi up to Squillace, Roccelletta di Borgia and San Floro, passing through Soverato. Our project is configured as a model of slow and diffused receptivity, of "Albergo Albergo Diffuso" and with "authentic" holiday packages designed to lengthen the classic seaside tourist season with innovative formulas of ecotourism and experiential, cultural and gastronomic tourism. . And from here the idea-planning to start with structured and targeted local marketing campaigns of international scope to support the promotion of the territorial tourism brand “.

All this has been discussed in several public round tables. In fact, the promoters of the meetings state: "The aim is to increase the penetration capacity of the participating companies in the national and international cultural tourism market through the high qualification of the product through appropriate communication and dissemination with the aim of promoting the territory, its natural, landscape and environmental resources, enhancing the local eno-gastronomic riches, the ancient medieval villages descending into the rites of the rural civilization, the beauty of the coasts and the sea. It is in this context of the highest historical, environmental and cultural value that the business network will have to grow collectively increasing the innovative capacity and competitiveness on the market on the basis of a common program, collaborating in forms and areas related to the exercise of its activities. , or exchanging information or services of a cultural, commercial, innovative technological and digital nature. The network will have to develop actions and strategies in the following areas of Tourism: cultural; religious; food and wine, mountain and marine; senior and elderly; social and responsible; sportswear; bathing; ecotourism; scholastic and for young people; congress; training and tutoring, etc .. in all seasons of the year. The objective is also to sign memorandums of understanding with public and private bodies, foundations, research centers, hotel schools, etc. operating in the sectors of interest identified by the network both in Italy and abroad and operating in public-private partnerships (PPP) to increase quality and efficiency of services, attract capital, stimulate innovation and favor processes of territorial growth, subscribe Agreements and Twinning with other networks, villages and cities in Italy and abroad for exchange and exchange of visits and cultural and tourist "experiences" and common projects to be developed in partnership also on the European planning front ".

"Making a system", in short, was and remains the key word towards involving all the protagonists of economic development in building the network and building relationships based on a logic of co-planning and mutual commitment. 

 

 

Sports and Uniform

Sports and Uniform - ATLANTIS

 

Sports and Uniform

 Leonardo Leso

 The war has always required men exceptional physical and psychological performance: muscle strength, endurance and speed in running, agility in jumping obstacles, skill in fighting, fencing, throwing and throwing javelins , but also the discipline, the determination, the courage, the resistance, the cunning, the intelligence and the concentration were the best qualities of the warrior of the past and are still, at least in part, those of the modern soldier. Consider, for example, the weight of arms and armor, shields and helmets used by Spartan hoplites, an infantry that was unparalleled in ancient Greece. In fact, he managed to march with his heavy equipment for whole days and then fought with great vigor and momentum. The psycho-physical preparation of those warriors started as teenagers and was a very hard gym for their physique and their character. Sparta was said to have no walls because its protection consisted of the breasts of its hoplites. Military and therefore sporting practice was then an inevitable need for defense and represented a fundamental part of the education of young people. In fact, Olimpia’s games were not only an opportunity for truce and exchange between the different Greek city-states, but also a non-bloody competition, during which the athletes competed for the primacy with techniques and tactics very similar to those of the combat. The most classic Olympic competition takes its name from the Battle of Marathon where the Athenians defeated the Persian invaders in 490 BC.

Sport and war then: athletes-soldiers and soldiers-athletes, a combination often recognizable even today. As my friend Colonel of the Carabinieri Ferdinando Fedi writes in his book “The mirror and the sword”, the Duke of Wellington, for example, claimed that the battle of Waterloo had been won on the playgrounds of Eton, a famous school that gave the utmost importance to sports practices. England, educating its youth in sport, had in fact taken great advantage in training its troops in the course of the Napoleonic wars. But not only England can boast this union between the military and the athletes, between the world in uniform and the sporting one. In France gymnastics was introduced by the Spanish captain Francisco Amoros Y Ondeana. In Finland the promoter was an Italian, Gioacchino Otta, lieutenant of the Napoleonic army, fencing and physical education teacher. In Italy, a few years later, the “Reale Società Ginnastica» was founded, presided over by Captain of Bersaglieri Ernesto Ricardi di Netro.

The new Italian Army thus promoted various sports, including gymnastics, horse riding, fencing, shooting and swimming. An emblematic example are precisely our Bersaglieri who have made their mark of distinction, almost a style of life. It is therefore no accident that a military man was the winner of the first Italian Olympic medal in 1900, during the first modern Olympics in Paris, on the occasion of the Universal Exposition. The Lieutenant Gian Giorgio Trissino of the Genoa Cavalleria was in fact the first in the jump with obstacles with a horse, however prepared by Captain Federigo Caprilli, recognized worldwide as the founder of modern equitation.

The Armed Forces and the Police have become over time the nursery of military athletes and military athletes, promoting the development of various Olympic sports, including skiing and modern pentathlon, also because they are linked to specific operational and military needs. In Bardonecchia, in 1905, the first ski school was established with the Norwegian instructor Smith, who trained Alpini, Bersaglieri and Fanti, followed by the Carabinieri and the Guardia di Finanza with their own schools and specialized centers. The Army, among other things, promoted the general use of skis. In fact, one of his team won the first winter Olympic gold medal in 1936 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The Italian riding was represented for a long time, before and after the Second World War, only by military champions such as Colonel Alessandro Bettoni Cazzago and brothers Piero and Raimondo D›Inzeo, the first Cavalry Officer and the second of the Carabinieri. The same Bettoni who, among other things, from Commander of the Savoy Cavalry, in 1942 in Russia to Isbuscensky, had led his Regiment in the last glorious charge of cavalry of the Second World War.

I therefore think it is right to remember how much Italian sport owes to military sports groups and police bodies. The priority of the military institutions is obviously to promote their image for the purpose of enlisting, but the result of this commitment, also economic, is a strong and concrete support to different sports that otherwise would be neglected. In addition to this, I believe that the military discipline, combined with the sporting one, is one of the reasons for the many and prestigious sporting successes achieved by Italy on an international level. I remember only as an example that in the last Rio Olympics, out of 28 medals won by Italy, as many as 26 were conquered by uniformed athletes. I also point out a recent and happy initiative by the Defense, which constituted the Paralympic Sports Group, forming it with soldiers who have suffered invalidating injuries in the performance of their duties and who, thanks to their efforts, have already achieved important results in various international competitions.

I can finally testify for the direct knowledge I have of the environment of the Special Forces and, in particular, of the Carabinieri paratroops and their very special department, the Special Intervention Group, which even the men of these truly special units can be considered professional sportsmen. Not exalted supermen, but serious people, balanced, trained, motivated and able to operate effectively in all dimensions, environments and situations, especially those at the highest risk. To be always up to the task both in peace and in war, even with the highest level of stress, the only secret is a serious training, done day and night, on land and in the sky, at sea and in the mountains , in the jungle and in the desert. They are in fact paratroopers, divers, rock climbers, skiers, shooters and much more. Their exceptional performance in the various sectors is therefore nothing more than the result of their daily commitment and careful and scrupulous preparation, just as is the case with sports champions.

Precisely these are the reasons for which the Italian Armed Forces and Police have the highest moral values ​​of sport, the same as those who wear a uniform with honor. 

 

 

Comunicazione: Fake News

Comunicazione: Fake News - ATLANTIS

  

Soft Power in the World

An article by Danilo Taino entitled Il disinformazione, a double-edged sword, was published in Corriere della Sera on 8 February 2018.

This is the text: A few days ago, the China Daily, an English-language daily official in Beijing, wrote an article titled “The West trapped in hysteria by sharp power”. The definition sharp power was introduced in the political conversation by Jessica Ludwig and Christopher Walker in an article on Foreign Affairs: with it we mean “dishonest power”, essentially what manifests itself through what are today called fake news. It is a subspecies of soft power. But while this is the power that a country builds through its non-military or economic qualities - from culture to creativity - with sharp power we mean the invention and the organized manipulation of information to ennoble oneself or discredit others. China and Russia are accused of this activity.

However, it is interesting to note that Beijing and Moscow are struggling to improve their credibility despite the energy they put into the business. According to the Soft Power 30 index of 2017 developed by the consulting firm Portland and the Center on Public Diplomacy of the University of Southern California, the country that is most attractive in the world for its soft qualities is France, which last year thanks at the election of Emmanuel Macron he overtook Donald Trump’s America, which fell to third place compared to the previous year. At the number two position the United Kingdom remained (despite Brexit or thanks to it), at four Germany, at five Canada. Italy is at number 13 on the ranking and it can be seen that in the first 19 places there are only countries of full democracy whose governments do not (or should not have) disinformation departments and do not have media that manipulate the news.

In the ranking of soft power China is in place 25 and Russia to 26, out of 30. This despite that for a decade Beijing invests every year ten billion dollars to support its reputation (according to George Washington University’s David Shambaugh) and the Russia uses numerous sites and televisions for propaganda purposes. One can therefore think that the organized use of disinformation does not produce good results. Or that it is precisely it that prevents those who use it from being recognized as a positive force in the world.

 

From this issue, Atlantis dedicates its attention to a historical Buffalo, underlining that fake news has certainly not been born at the time of social networks. But they are as old as the world.

The fire in the American factory that would have occurred on March 8, 1908, and in which over 100 textile workers would have perished, is a hoax. Anyone who refers to the imaginary Cotton factory in New York and its equally imaginary owner Mister Johnson narrates an evocative and obviously very dramatic episode, but never happened and without the most trivial findings (see also “La prova” at the bottom of the page).

One of the peculiar characteristics of hoaxes is their persistence; many people believe in it stubbornly, in a fideistic and a priori way, since the hoaxes leverage in the first place (like all interesting stories) on emotions.

According to the legend, therefore, a few days before March 8, 1908, the workers of a textile industry in New York called “Cotton” (which means “cotton”: a name invented even with little imagination) went on strike to protest against the inhumane working conditions to which they were subjected. The strike continued for days until, on March 8, the owner of the factory, named Johnson, closed the workers inside, blocking all exits. The plant was devastated by a fire and the prisoner workers did a terrifying end. According to a version of the story that borders on the ridiculous and resounding of ancient witch hunts, it was Johnson himself who set fire to his factory.

A serious accident at a textile factory - in fact - took place in New York on March 25, 1911, three years and a few days later. And this disaster has little to do with women’s emancipation and above all has nothing to do with women’s day. The dead in the disaster were 146, women and men, all immigrant workers, mostly Italians and Jews of European origin. They died because a fire broke out, the main exits of the factory were closed, and there were no emergency exits.

The fire of the Triangle factory in America is by no means a symbol of the denied equality between the sexes.

However, the Triangle factory building is still standing, near Washington Square Park.

The Museum of the City of New York, located on the Upper East Side, at 1220 Fifth Avenue houses a section where all the fires that unfortunately devastated the city are remembered: that of the Triangle factory in 1911, that of 1876 (in a Brooklyn theater, which caused 300 deaths), that of 1835 (the Great Fire, which destroyed 700 buildings) and the previous one of 1776 (which left thousands of people homeless). There is no trace of the 1908 Cotton factory. 

 

 

Comunicazione: the Ambiguity of Social Network

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Social reality or social mask?

Serenella Antoniazzi 

“Shall I find you on Facebook?” “Yes sure, write me on messenger and, if you have time, look to the photos from last trip to the beach I posted, are fantastic!” How many times have we repeated this phrase to a friend; How many times have we airing joys and disappointments? With what ease we’ll post photos that reveal the intimacy more care: breastfeeding a child, the table spread, the freshly baked cake, dedication to a Valentine’s Day card, the death of a loved one. Share on a virtual album precious moments of our lives has become a daily habit. We do not reject to publish pictures of our children; We cover the face to children with funny shaped veneers bunnies and kittens and expose them to everyone on the net. We think so to protect them from perverts and pedophiles, a visible body and face hidden by a virtual pet that hides an innocent and pure smile. 

In the name of privacy a photograph taken from the speed camera when, first, we do also offer to wolves intimate and private shots which must be well protected. Why?  The Facebook name originates from a list of names, complete with photograph, which some US universities distribute at the beginning of each school year to help members to socialize each other.  A social network launched on 4 February 2004, where to catch up with old friends, chatting with distant relatives, share unforgettable moments at the same time regardless of the distance. An instrument of joy that becomes ruthless in the hands of teenagers but of adults who act as such too. Used shamelessly to deride, degrade and marginalize a school friend, a colleague, even a complete stranger. On Facebook the herd takes aim at the intended victim, owls to single out, push to close inside the house and then deal the final blow by posting a photo, a comment or a video denigrating or embarrassing. Stolen or extorted by threats, kicks and punches moments; outrageous sentences with references mild but clear, without having to prove anything about the truth of what is stated. When announced tragedies then occur, all people stop and comment angrily; also the same people who, having read the comment accompanying the photos, laughed and not only they did nothing, they also have clicked “I like” leaving a mark without worrying about the consequences and the impact on the person laughed at. By what right we use a tool created to socialize as a weapon to strike, sometimes to the death, a person who do not like? By what right we use Facebook, list of names with photos, to slender for free who can not read the posts because it excluded from the diary (habit you can see more often than you think, especially when to write it are new, supposedly, paladins of truth and justice)? 

Everyone should see all to prevent the cowards of backstab and would take stricter rules to limit new “executioner” of social networks that act with impunity without constraints and without the courage of a true comparison.

 

“A man is not quite himself when he speaks in the first person. Give him a mask, and will tell you the truth." (Oscar Wilde)

 

And show the world the worst sides of people. 

 

 

Comunication: Between the lines of the World

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Cities of the future or future of the cities?

Riccardo Palmerini 

Smart cities, smart communities, smart civilization, Internet Of Things.

We want to see where does technology takes us, or do we want that technology will take us where we want to go, so to live better, to get better (which means to live in a more human, natural, spontaneous and free, albeit with advanced tools)?

The tool must have to adapt to a natural lifestyle, while each technology tends to lead our lifestyle in one direction all its own.

We talk about digital natives and analog generations as if mind, heart and body were different depending on the level of technology with which you compare.

While it is true that each generation adapts to a new environment not as mutation but as an experience, than generations that came before, thought and heart of men have the need to run free, outside the strict confines of a program governed by mathematics.

The technology must be support to help clean up air, water and land, to harvest them sustainably for a humanity growing numerically (which is so unbalanced and prevalent in areas that are technologically lagging behind).

Sustainability

The keyword for the future society is sustainability. Is etymologically derived from support (SU-S TENÈRE) which means keep up, bring it over himself.

The transformation of society has not transformed the needs of mankind; in particular has not changed the basic needs. Eat, drink, sleep, work and rest, socialize and enjoy free time to dedcate to themselves and to the micro cosmos composed of family and friends.

As the evolution of urban spaces, containers of smaller and larger society’s particles, can reduce people’s lives to the concept of well being, to live well? What are the questions you should ask local administrators in order to find answers and solutions? There are dimensions that allow easier access to possible solutions? Small is better than large or vice versa?

In my opinion there is only one answer: sustainability.

Sustainability means planning an environment where you realize the autopoiesis by favorable elements: urbanization should promote energy efficiency and environmental protection, which encourage cheaper spending but also economic development; economic development facilitates social welfare and is also reflected in the delivery of services that safeguard timeslots that people can use for better lifestile. The availability of time and favourable predisposition to wellbeing encourages consumption, in turn geared towards affordable but also qualitative products, therefore, in good proportion, processed seasonally produced into the area. Which promotes again the occupation, land conservation (primary good for economy and social welfare). Similarly, the circularity of the interventions, with services that reach private forms of welfare, economic value and interest to the market, a region develops its own nature aimed not at the exploitation of resources (natural but also human) but at resource development.

This is not mere philosophy.

All this is realized in the most natural way possible, namely through careful and constant activity of design.

A concept that I repeat very often during the course of my lectures or interventions is the rediscovered sense of design. The etymology is not Anglo-Saxon, but Latin is derived from “de-signum, de-signare” and expresses “give meaning to things”. As Donald Norman has well expressed in his text “the coffee pot of the nasochist”, if design starts from the shape, the result can be the opposite than functional.

Make design means thinking about possible solutions; the more you’re skilled (and dare I say visionary) in carrying out this task, the greater number of problems may be resolt and even prevent.

The concept requires so indispensably the ability to look ahead, as far forward as possible. In everything, we must acquire, such as essential tools, all the lessons of history. Reinventing must be an exercise for be better, not due to rethink it from scratch.

Learn, if well done, involves the ability to rethink. Personally I’m a fan of Edward De Bono and lateral thinking. Apply these concepts to the design automatically means knowing how to break the mould. Get out of the box does not mean define urban and social context in a schizophrenic way. Means to use creativity, where creativity is the ability to solve a problem when no longer is able to do so, when existing solutions are no longer enough. But it also means doing so with the least possible expenditure of resources, whether natural, social, economic, or even just mental.

Think about the theme of industrial technology: production with innovative systems goes to reduce costs and human resources, by excluding them, in fact, from a large part of production cycles. Instead of optimizing the time because they find their spaces of life beyond work, exclude them from the work itself. Yet, when it comes to human labor, we talk about being occupied. The work, therefore, keeps us occupied and this also in order to reward ourselves, allowing us to reach a satisfactory goal.

We work to “enjoy the fruits of our labor.”

Working the land to eat and to feed the animals that provide us with food and, by their presence, help to maintain the eco-system. We build cars to move more quickly and have more time to observe: then, it happens that the paths of the many (too many) cars are such that they don’t make us look more nothing but other cars and sometimes are even slower, especially on short trips. Time spent travelling is not used as a resource to enrich themselves humanly and culturally, socially.

Washing machines are built to spend less time and effort to wash clothes, but they multiply beyond duty: and once again, the time saved is not used as a resource.

We produce gardens for alibi, thinking that the few plants are sufficient to absorb the pollution; their structure does not make them places of relaxation, to stay well at least for a while.

Rethinking the future of cities means valuing the peculiarities of each urban agglomeration, enhancing the role in a wide spatial vision; each finger has its own unique footprint but the identity is recognized throughout the body. The goal is not so tend to more or less artificial unions or the abolition of local identities, but to enhance them as prints and parts of a territorial identity that speak of culture, history, economics, innovation and, above all, society of people who work yes, but above all, live together and are doing well, enriching each other, supported by an appropriate and decisive context.

We speak then of Smart Life, Smart Feel, Smart Soul and IFP, Internet For People: Internet for people, not of things.

 

 

 

Travel tips for Italians

Travel tips for Italians - ATLANTIS

Travel tips for Italians

Before leaving for abroad

• Know

• Inform

• Make

 

Inform yourself

The www.viaggiaresicuri.it site, edited by the Crisis Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with ACI, provides information as current as possible on all countries of the world.

In the country’s page where you plan to go in the foreground A NOTICE PARTICULAR with an update on the current situation, in particular on specific security issues, weather, epidemics, etc.

Besides the Notice Particular is available the FACT SHEET, which provides updated information about the country in general, with instructions for safety, health outcomes, indications for economic operators, traffic and useful addresses.

Remember to also check www.viaggiaresicuri.it shortly before your departure because security situations of foreign and regulations and administrative measures countries can change rapidly: is data that we continually upgrade.

You can acquire the information through daily active Crisis Telefonica Operative Central Unit (with voice timetable night service):

• Italy 06-491115

• from abroad + 39-06-491115

 

Inform

Before leaving, you can also record your trip on www.dovesiamonelmondo.it site stating your general, the itinerary of the trip and a mobile phone number. By recording the trip, the estimate will more accurately Crisis Unit the number of Italians in crisis areas, identify the identity and schedule servicing when sopraggiunga a severe emergency situation.

All the data are automatically deleted two days after your return, and are used only in case of emergency to facilitate action by the Crisis Unit in case of need.

As well as via the Internet, you can also register with your mobile phone by sending an SMS with a question mark? or with the word HELP to the number 320 2043424, or by phone at 011-2219018 and following the instructions.

 

Make

I strongly encourage anyone who is about to travel abroad temporarily, in their own interest, to obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), for travel to EU countries, or, for travel outside the EU, a ‘health insurance with adequate ceiling, to cover not only the cost of medical care and treatment carried out at hospitals and health facilities, but also the possible plane transfer to another country or repatriation of the sick, in severe cases even for means of aero-ambulance.

In case of organized tourist trips, we suggest you carefully check the contents of health insurance included in travel packages and, in the absence of adequate safeguards, we strongly recommend taking out individual health insurance policies.

And ‘well known that in many countries the local medical and health standards are different from those in Europe, and often private facilities have very high costs for each type of assistance, care or benefit provided. In recent years, the Directorate General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies (DGIT) has seen the rise of reported cases of Italians in difficult situations abroad for medical and health reasons.

Remember that the diplomatic-consular missions, while providing the necessary assistance, can not sustain nor grant direct payments to a private nature; only in the most serious and urgent cases, they may grant to nationals not residing in the consular district and who find themselves in situations of hardship loans with restitution promise, which must, however, be repaid to the State upon return to Italy.

To obtain general information on assistance healthcare abroad, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Health, particularly noting “If I start service to ...” that allows you to have information on the right or not to health care during a stay or residence in any country of the world. 

 

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