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2013 IN REVIEW

Published December 29, 2013 by Tony

– Major World Events in 2013 –

Another year has passed, and although this 2013 fortunately will not go down in history as the year of the worst disasters, many important events have occurred, and it is appropriate to summarize them (news are not given in a chronological order).

Historical Events for Year 2013

Obama’s victory – re-elected to the White House
Election of Pope Francis, after Pope Benedict’s resignation
Hollande new French President
Samaras double voting and the government in Greece
Xi Jinping at the head of the Chinese Communist Party
Aung San Suu Kyi was elected in Burma and withdraw the Nobel
The robot Curiosity arrives on Mars
Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union as Lithuania takes over the presidency
Scientists successfully cloned human stem cells
Detroit files for bankruptcy
Iran Nuclear Deal
China Moon Rover Lands on Moon.
Death of Nelson Mandela

DISASTERS

Cyclone Cleopatra
Train accident in Lac-Mégantic
Train accident in Santiago de Compostela
Chelyabinsk Meteor
Earthquake in Bushehr
Earthquake in Ya’an
Typhoon Haiyan
Lao Airlines Flight 301
Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363
Boeing 777 crashes at San Francisco Airport
Boston Marathon’s Blasts
Hurricane Sandy

Golden Globes 2013
Best Drama: Argo , directed by Ben Affleck
Best Musical or Comedy: Les Misérables , directed by Tom Hooper

Grammy Awards 2013
Record of the Year : Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know
Song of the Year : Fun – We Are Young
Album of the Year : Mumford & Sons – Babel
Best Rock Album: The Black Keys – El Camino

Emmy Award 2013
Breaking Bad
Behind the Candelabra
The Colbert Report
Modern Family
The Voice

Oscars 2013


Argo by Ben Affleck
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

Sport Events
London Marathon
Moscow Athletics World Championships
Rugby League World Cup final
UEFA Champions League final
Aviva Premiership Rugby Final

Miss Universe 2013
María Gabriela Isler

Nobel Prizes in 2013


François Englert
Eugene Fama
Lars Peter Hansen
Peter Higgs
Martin Karplus
Michael Levitt
Alice Munro
James Rothman
Randy Schekman
Robert Shiller
Thomas Südhof
Arieh Warshel
European Union

Celestial Bodies discovered in 2013
2013 ET
C/2013 A1 Siding Spring
C/2013 F1 Boattini
Kepler- 62 c
Kepler- 62 and
Kepler- 69 c
Kepler- 78 b
S/2004 N 1

International Crisis


Syria and Lebanon, Sudan, Turkey/PKK, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sahel, Mali, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Central Asia, Iraq, Colombia, Philippines, Myanmar.

According to some ” TIME” ‘ s surveys , here’s a list of the top Arts & Entertainment events of the past 12 months.

Best Movies
Gravity
The Great Beauty / Big Beauty
American Hustle
her
The Grandmaster

Best Songs
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk
“The Wire ,” Haim
“Control,” Big Sean feat. Jay Electronica & Kendrick Lamar
“Ohm,” Yo La Tengo
“I Got a Boy,” Girls ‘ Generation

Best Books


Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
Tenth of December, George Saunders
The flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
Book of Ages, Jill Lepore
Command and Control, Erik Schlosser
The Bully Pulpit, Doris Kearns Goodwin

ITALIA’S GOT TALENT

Published March 18, 2013 by Tony

2013 ITALIA’S GOT TALENT

italia's got talent

Also this year the Italian version of “Talent show” is over. As you know, this TV show’s format is similar to “American Idol”, born years ago in England, and based on the discovery of new talent, in any discipline.
In this fourth edition of Italy’s Got Talent, started on January 12, last Saturday during the finals, the sixteen finalists have competed to let viewers choose the winner.
As in the past, the three judges have been Maria De Filippi, Gerry Scotti and Rudy Zerbi and the presenters Simon Annicchiarico and Belén Rodríguez (who participated despite being pregnant).
Among them were some who really deserved to win and I want to mention:


Walter Orfei Malachikhine, a sixteen year old boy belonging to the homonymous circus family, which struck the judges with his acrobatic numbers.

walter-orfei-malachikhine
Sara Venerucci and Danilo Decembrini, a pair of artistic skaters, three-time world champions.

Sara Venerucci and Danilo Decembrini
Daniele and Alessandro Suez, twelve and fifteen years, two brothers acrobAdomako Danielatic dancers who have conquered all with their skill.

daniele alessandro suez
Ripalta Bufo, a good 22-year old soprano from Puglia who has performed a difficult song from “La Traviata”.

Ripalta Bufo
Brothers Lo Tumulo (Daniele Sportelli and Elio Angelini), a comedy duo who made us laugh through a macabre comic sense, parodying and joking about death.

Lo Tumulo
The duo Los Hermanos Macana, consisting of two twin brothers (Enrique e Guillermo De Fazi) from Argentina, talented dancers of a “passionate” tango.

Los Hermanos Macana
Anyway, at televoting among the finalists Adomako Daniel has triumphed, a 21 year old native of Ghana, who has competed in a lyrical piece, a version of “At Last” by Etta James, giving a display of all the nuances of his particular voice.  He is assigned the expected prize of € 100,000. Daniel had already tried his luck at the X-Factor show, a few years ago, but was rejected.

DANIEL ADOMAKO
An important victory for the 21 year old guy from Brescia, who has always had to struggle, even with his father, to show his talent and desire to succeed. He impressed the audience by his celestial voice but by humility and kindness arising from a slight effeminacy.

Adomako Daniel

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Milan Fashion Week 2013

Published February 27, 2013 by Tony

At the “Milan Fashion Week Spring” 2013, on the catwalk, female and male models, by famous fashion brand’s griffe, have amazed everyone, and comes out a rather effeminate look for men and a pleasantly sensual one for women.

Salvatore Ferragamo   Versace

Versace   Versace

Emporio Armani Blumarine

Gucci   Gucci

John Richmond   versace

Even accessories have not gone unnoticed, as the bags that you see in these pictures:

Aigner  Aigner

Dolce & Gabbana  Gabriele Colangelo

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ITALIAN 2013 ELECTIONS

Published February 26, 2013 by Tony

2013 ELECTIONS RESULTS

Voting results are now complete.
With 124,000 votes, the political parties of the center-left, headed by Pier Luigi Bersani, has obtained an absolute majority in the Chamber of Deputies and thus a sort of “governance”, but having only reached a relative majority in the Senate, with 120 seats against 117  of the center-right parties, the alleged governance is at risk. In order to be able to govern with a degree of stability, the potential Prime Minister Bersani will need a senate majority too.
To complicate matters, there is the electoral success of the “M5S, Five Star Movement” led by Beppe Grillo, who won 108 seats in the House and 54 in the Senate. The M5S through a groundswell of antipolitical sentiment, for years criticized the activities of all political parties and considers all politicians not reliable and honest who should be “sent home”. For these reasons, Grillo does not support any political party and not even available to any kind of coalition.
The results show that the Italians do not agree with the policy pursued by Monti who comes out defeated by these elections, while aside from the resurgence of the center-left, Berlusconi and his party have maintained and reaffirmed their political strength.  Finally, the vote of “protest” given by thousands of people through the “Movement 5 stars”, must not been underestimated, as it is assumed that it will make feel its weight in parliament.
See the following tables for the percentages of the main parties divided for House and Senate.

             

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ELECTIONS 2013

Published February 24, 2013 by Tony

Was to be expected that in this Election there would be less turnout, and this absence may be regarded as a protest vote. Aside from Milan, where there was a turnout higher than that recorded during the 2008 election, in almost every city, at least until early afternoon, less people went to the ballot box. The largest decrease was recorded in Campania, where the turnout has fallen by 4 percentage points, from 14.84 in 2008 all’10, 80 today. Two points instead in Trentino Alto Adige (16.46 versus 18.37), Emilia Romagna (20.40 at 22:46) and south to Puglia to 11, 62% (was 13.21 in 2008), Basilicata to 9.71% (it was 11, 53%) and Calabria to 7.96% (compared to 10.26).
Among the various episodes that occurred at polling stations, the one that has done more headlines is the presence of some women this morning in Milan, who have waited for the arrival of Berlusconi and then undressed and protested. When the “Cavaliere” came inside the polling station to vote, the three girls are put ​bare breasts and began to shout “Enough Berlusconi, enough Berlusconi,” the same sentence they had written on their chest, and then asking Italians to “not to vote for someone who should be in prison.” The police struggled to stop and drag them away. It was later learned that they are called Inna Shevchenko, Oksana Shachko and Elvire duvelle-Charles, and activists of the Ukrainian group Femen.
Today Italians can vote up at 22, while tomorrow until 15.
We update tomorrow to know the outcome of these 2013 Italian Elections.