Italian Cycle – Classic Italian Cycles http://classicitaliancycles.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:08:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://classicitaliancycles.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3-141x136.png Italian Cycle – Classic Italian Cycles http://classicitaliancycles.com/ 32 32 Bank Pulse: Bank lending rates expected to rise this year https://classicitaliancycles.com/bank-pulse-bank-lending-rates-expected-to-rise-this-year/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 20:00:19 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/bank-pulse-bank-lending-rates-expected-to-rise-this-year/ As the European Central Bank takes its time phasing out asset purchases and isn’t expected to start raising rates until next year, market rates have risen. Bund and 10-year swap rates ended 2021 up around 50 basis points. As a result, the Eurozone is probably very close to the absolute bottom of bank interest rates […]]]>

As the European Central Bank takes its time phasing out asset purchases and isn’t expected to start raising rates until next year, market rates have risen. Bund and 10-year swap rates ended 2021 up around 50 basis points. As a result, the Eurozone is probably very close to the absolute bottom of bank interest rates as well. However, this is not yet visible in the rates for bank loans to businesses. Eurozone average corporate bank rates continued to decline in November (the latest month for which data is available) to 1.38%, 11bp lower than at the start of 2021. Still, the trough in rate is most visible in the rates charged to households.

The average rate charged by eurozone banks to households hit a historic low of 1.81% in June last year, and has been rising slightly ever since. The November reading shows an average rate of 1.84%. Admittedly, it even takes two decimal places to register this increase. But digging a little deeper, it appears that this small upward drift across the euro zone is mainly due to slightly more pronounced increases in mortgage rates in Germany and Italy. Average German and Italian mortgage rates increased by 17 bps and 19 bps respectively in 2021 (see chart).

Average household borrowing rates (%)

Zooming in even further, in Germany most of the increase in mortgage rates occurred in the 10+ segment. In Italy, rates have increased the most on the 5-10 year segment, but not (yet) on the popular 10+ year segment. The upward trend in Belgian bank rates was driven as much by mortgage rates as by a sustained upward drift in consumer credit rates, after a sharp drop in May 2020. Mortgage rates in other major euro area economies continued to fall in 2021, although they tended to stabilize towards the end of 2021. Bank rates on consumer credit and other types of credit, although volatile, tended to move sideways in 2021 (with the notable exception of Belgium).

Going forward, the announced slowdown in ECB asset purchases and the anticipation of ECB rate hikes next year should work their way into the upward pressure on bank rates. But the upward pressure also comes from another side. Several national supervisors have announced increases in countercyclical buffers (CCyB), mainly to cool buoyant real estate markets. The German Bafin intends to set a countercyclical cushion of 0.75% for all domestic exposures and a cushion of 2.0% specifically for assets covered by real estate by February 2023. The French High Council for Financial Stability (HCSF) and the Irish central bank have not previously raised the CCyB, but both have indicated they plan to do so this year if the economic recovery continues as expected. Meanwhile, the Dutch central bank has launched a consultation on its intention to raise the CCyB to 2.0% throughout the cycle. Any increase in the countercyclical buffer would put upward pressure on bank rates, particularly mortgage rates. To be clear, this would be a feature of macroprudential policy, not a bug. And while countercyclical buffer increases typically don’t take effect immediately after announcement, banks can expect to update their prices quickly. After all, CCyB applies to all outstanding loans, not just new production after CCyB comes into force.
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“We hope the Supercoppa Italiana will only win the start of a long cycle under Simone Inzaghi” https://classicitaliancycles.com/we-hope-the-supercoppa-italiana-will-only-win-the-start-of-a-long-cycle-under-simone-inzaghi/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 00:46:38 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/we-hope-the-supercoppa-italiana-will-only-win-the-start-of-a-long-cycle-under-simone-inzaghi/ Inter assistant coach Massimiliano Farris hopes the side are just beginning to take off under Simone Inzaghi with their Supercoppa Italiana win over Juventus. Speaking at a press conference after the match, as reported by FCInterNews, Inzaghi’s longtime assistant stressed that everyone hopes the coach can guide the team to great things in the future. […]]]>

Inter assistant coach Massimiliano Farris hopes the side are just beginning to take off under Simone Inzaghi with their Supercoppa Italiana win over Juventus.

Speaking at a press conference after the match, as reported by FCInterNews, Inzaghi’s longtime assistant stressed that everyone hopes the coach can guide the team to great things in the future.

Inzaghi has now got his hands on his first silverware as Nerazzurri manager, justifying an excellent first half of the season by beating the Bianconeri to win the Supercoppa.

The dramatic late win capped a solid performance in line with the way Inter have played for much of the season, and it showed just how much good work has already been done since the former’s arrival. Lazio boss at the club last summer.

However, as Farris has made clear, the hope is that this is just the beginning, as the team has a lot more trophies to fight for moving forward.

“We hope this is just the beginning,” he said. “All eyes were on us from the start, but Simone did very well.”

“We brought our own ideas to the team we’ve been working on for years,” he continued, “It wasn’t easy to come into the Italian champions and succeed immediately.”

The assistant coach added that “we have turned the situation around with Juventus, and now we have to continue.”

On how the team achieved what it has already done, Farris said that “there is no secret, other than unity and team spirit.”

“To beat Juvents, you have to be confident and perform at a very high level,” he added. “Their team had great players with experience and titles, we won it at the last moment but we deserved it.”

“It doesn’t matter who is playing from the start and who comes as a substitute,” he added. “It’s a wonderful group.”

On the team’s tactics, he said that “on Sunday we won thanks to goals from two defenders, Atalanta can also score with defenders or wingers”.

“One of the secrets is the hard work and mobility of our midfielders,” he explained, “the attention from defenders who push.”

He explained that “Skriniar and Bastoni are also very good at carrying the ball forward, it’s something that can add balance and quality to our game.”


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IAG takes interest in ITA Airways, hinders Lufthansa https://classicitaliancycles.com/iag-takes-interest-in-ita-airways-hinders-lufthansa/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:33:42 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/iag-takes-interest-in-ita-airways-hinders-lufthansa/ The successor of Alitalia is arousing the interest of large European conglomerates: in addition to Lufthansa’s intention to acquire part of the company, IAG is also seeking to gain a foothold in the competitive and significant Italian market. According to Il Messagero reports, in recent months informal contacts have taken place with ITA President Alfredo […]]]>

The successor of Alitalia is arousing the interest of large European conglomerates: in addition to Lufthansa’s intention to acquire part of the company, IAG is also seeking to gain a foothold in the competitive and significant Italian market.

According to Il Messagero reports, in recent months informal contacts have taken place with ITA President Alfredo Altavilla. IAG sees the possibility of entering the competition for the Italian domestic market, which is dominated by foreign low-cost airlines.

IAG has something to get involved with: Vueling and BA Euroflyer could be some of the brands with which it would land on the peninsula, beyond the know-how of the LCC model that the group has learned very well. Although there is no official confirmation of the group’s interest, an investment in the airline would make a lot of sense for both parties.

ITA is clear that it has no margin or funds to become a player of local, intra-European or intercontinental importance. The long-haul routes announced are ad hoc and aim to meet pent-up demand after these nearly two years of pandemic. Whether the roads are profitable or simply sustainable in the medium to long term is an uncertainty that ITA will not be able to afford.

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The Federation recognizes that for the moment, “there are still inefficiencies in the network which can only be resolved by synergies with a solid partner of adequate size”. Therefore, neither Lufthansa nor IAG will be excluded from the competition to become that partner that will bring ITA to a scale that will allow it to survive, and thus cut the cycle of its predecessors. If it’s possible.

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VinFast VF 8 and VF 9 electric SUV prices announced at CES 2022 https://classicitaliancycles.com/vinfast-vf-8-and-vf-9-electric-suv-prices-announced-at-ces-2022/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:12:39 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/vinfast-vf-8-and-vf-9-electric-suv-prices-announced-at-ces-2022/ At CES 2022 this week, VinFast made several important announcements. First, he said he would stop building gasoline cars by the end of this year. Going forward, it will focus its research and development efforts on developing battery-powered electric powertrains for all of its vehicles. The company says the move will make VinFast one of […]]]>

At CES 2022 this week, VinFast made several important announcements. First, he said he would stop building gasoline cars by the end of this year. Going forward, it will focus its research and development efforts on developing battery-powered electric powertrains for all of its vehicles. The company says the move will make VinFast one of the first automakers in the world to completely switch to pure electric vehicle construction and confirm its position as a leader in the electric vehicle revolution.

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VF 8. Image courtesy of VinFast

Second, he confirmed the prices of the two electric SUVs he intends to start selling in the United States this year. The VF 8 is a 5 passenger vehicle the size of a Ford Edge. It will be priced at $ 41,000 in America and € 36,133 in Europe. Details are sketchy at this time, but the company says the car will have 402 hp (299 kW) and 472 lb-ft (640 NM). 0 to 60 times will be approximately 5.5 seconds and the range based on the European emission test cycle would be 316 miles. The EPA range will be approximately 20% lower.

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VF 9. Image courtesy of VinFast

The VF 9 is a larger vehicle with 3-row seats for 6 or 7 passengers. It has the same powertrain but with a bigger battery, as its range is said to be 422 miles, again measured by the European test cycle. Acceleration to 60 mph is a bit slower at 6.5 seconds. Prices start at $ 56,000 in the US and £ 49,280 in Europe.

If you’re confused by the model designations, that’s understandable. VF 8 was known as VF e35 and VF 9 as VF e36. If you look at the top photo above, you’ll see the 5 electric cars VinFast expects to present this year. The VF 5, VF 6, and VF 7 are segment A, B, and C vehicles not intended for sale in the United States.

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VF 5. Image courtesy of VinFast

VinFast VF-6

VF 6. Image courtesy of VinFast

Both US-bound cars are attractively styled – Italian design studios Pininfarina and Torino contributed – and thoroughly modern inside with the expected touchscreens and the like. Motor trend attended CES 2022 and reports that the cars on display were locked so they could not sit inside.

VF 8 and VF 9 will have level 2+ autonomous driving capability in Eco and Plus versions with level 3 or level 4 technology available for Premium level cars. Both will come with “Smart Home, Mobile Office, In-car Shopping, In-car Entertainment, and many other advanced and convenient features that create an exhilarating experience for every trip and everyday life,” the company said.

“VinFast envisions a sustainable future for people and the planet through green, clean and safe mobility. It’s a future built on smart services, an exceptional customer experience and a deep concern for the planet and future generations. VinFast is committed to delivering innovative vehicle design, quality and technology, as well as excellent customer service. We aspire to even greater achievements – to be one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric vehicles while inspiring our customers to be limitless together and join the electric vehicle revolution, creating a sustainable future for all ”, said Le Thi Thu Thuy, Vice President of Vingroup and CEO of VinFast Global in a Press release.

Battery rental plan

Also at CES 2022, VinFast announced a battery rental program that will give customers two choices. Flexible comes with a minimum subscription fee for 300 miles (500 km) per month with an additional charge per mile thereafter. The Fixed Lease allows unlimited driving. The company claims that either option will cost about the same as buying gasoline to travel the same distance, which is a bit odd given that electricity is generally cheaper, but the advantage is that VinFast will perform any required battery maintenance and replace the battery at its expense if it loses 30% or more of its capacity. It is not clear from the press release how the leasing programs affect the list prices of cars.

American factory coming soon

Finally, the company has announced plans to start selling cars made in the United States by the end of 2024 and to build its own assembly complex and battery manufacturing plant in America to support its vehicle projects. electric. Tells it Reuters, “We’ve gone, I think, from over 50 sites to about three sites. She said a decision on the location of the plant will be made this year and the plant will also manufacture electric buses.

Is there an electric car from VinFast in your future? The company hopes so. Like all new ventures, it will stumble and stumble early on, but it certainly appears to be fully engaged in the electric vehicle revolution. This is a good thing.

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Recycled glass tiles win Wallpaper * Design Awards https://classicitaliancycles.com/recycled-glass-tiles-win-wallpaper-design-awards/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 07:08:51 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/recycled-glass-tiles-win-wallpaper-design-awards/ Studio Plastique’s glass tiles win the Best Domestic Design: Wallpaper * Design Awards 2022 Recycled glass tiles from Studio Plastique, Snøhetta and Fornace Brioni win the award for best home design in our Wallpaper * Design Awards 2022 – meet the winners and explore the shortlist ‘Forite’ tiles, by Studio Plastique, Snøhetta and Fornace Brioni […]]]>

Studio Plastique’s glass tiles win the Best Domestic Design: Wallpaper * Design Awards 2022

Recycled glass tiles from Studio Plastique, Snøhetta and Fornace Brioni win the award for best home design in our Wallpaper * Design Awards 2022 – meet the winners and explore the shortlist

‘Forite’ tiles, by Studio Plastique, Snøhetta and Fornace Brioni

Having first explored the idea of ​​recycling the silica found in kitchen appliances with their Common Sands 2018 project, Brussels designers Archibald Godts and Theresa Bastek, from Studio Plastique, have created an eye-catching collection of recycled glass tiles in collaboration with the main Norwegian studio Snøhetta and Italian ceramic tile manufacturer Fornace Brioni. Working together, they developed a process to recycle glass components from discarded ovens and microwaves. These architectural tiles, called “Forite” and available in two different sizes, each have a unique pattern, embracing “the variance and complexity already built into the recycled material”. Their near terrazzo quality includes both opaque and transparent elements, which means they can be used either as classic surface tiles or as room dividers. “The project creates new value for an abundant but untapped material group,” says Studio Plastique.

Main characteristics: a range of terrazzo type glass tiles made from recycled glass from ovens and microwaves
Materials: electronic waste glass

‘Reflect’ kitchen, by Jean Nouvel and Reform

The Reform kitchen, playful and practical, is the result of a collaboration between the Danish brand Reform and the French architect Jean Nouvel. Adding a touch of art deco inspiration to Reform’s sculptural minimalism, it features stainless steel elements and black or untreated metal kitchen fronts. A series of inconspicuous vertical ridges play on Nouvel’s ability to capture light, helping to create different colors and reflections. Grooves in metal are a shiny foil for stainless steel or Fenix ​​dark laminate countertops, which become elegant and bright expanses. The kitchen comes to life with intricate details that were finalized through a long creative process, in part hampered by the pandemic. “The kitchen is minimalist, yet super expressionist – I think that’s what Jean Nouvel does so well,” says Jeppe Christensen, founder and CEO of Reform. “It inspires us to live a life of expression, without drowning everything else. “

Main characteristics: a dazzling kitchen that translates modern minimalism into a welcoming and functional space
Materials: stainless steel, anodized aluminum, Fenix ​​laminate

‘Beosound Emerge’ loudspeaker, by Layer, for Bang & Olufsen

A compact yet surprisingly powerful loudspeaker, “Emerge” is designed to accommodate your everyday life and sit on a shelf, perhaps next to books or other items. It is available in two versions, a Black Anthracite model with pleated plastic, and a Gold Tone model with Kvadrat fabric and oak panels. “It was not designed to look like a book,” admits Benjamin Hubert de Layer, “although it was of course designed to be placed on a shelf. The tapered shape facilitates cooling. Beneath the sleek skin is a masterfully assembled set of components, including three small drivers, carefully packaged to handle heat and sound projections, and arranged to create a full 180-degree audio experience that enhances clarity no matter what. the environment.

Main characteristics: an elegant speaker system that disappears into the design of the house
Materials: precision-cut microblasted aluminum, Kvadrat fabric; oak panels

“Custom” refrigerator, by Samsung

Customizable home appliances are still scarce in kitchen design, but Seoul-based giant Samsung has made customization a key feature of its portfolio of high-end home appliances, of which the ‘bespoke’ refrigerator is without no doubt the star. The refrigerator is both a technically skillful household appliance and an aesthetically-oriented design, as customizable as a piece of furniture and utterly functional. Available in one or two door modules in different heights, it comes with folding shelves and optional wine racks inside, while its exterior panels can be finished in 14 different colors (including lavender, sky blue , beige, peach, navy, white and black), which you can mix and match, as well as four finishes. “This is a modular design that allows users to separate and combine products and replace door panels, effectively extending the life cycle of the device,” said Harry Choi, senior vice president of design at Samsung.

Main characteristics: a fridge-freezer system with modular units and a wide variety of colored front panels

Collection of CruxGG kitchen utensils, by Ghetto Gastro and Crux

This CruxGG collection of kitchen essentials was created by culinary collective Ghetto Gastro and Bronx-based cookware specialist Crux to celebrate their hometown. Its first edition in 2020 was a sold-out success and has now been updated and expanded to include eight products, including a rotary waffle maker, touchscreen and basket fryers, smokeless and searing grills, a grill- bread and toaster oven, as well as a programmable 14-cup coffee maker. Sleek designs are available in ‘Snow’ or ‘Smoke’ colourways, both featuring accents in signature CruxGG Red. Not only do they look great, but they also do good: five percent of the range’s proceeds go directly to a collective of nonprofits working to end food insecurity in poor communities. served from the Bronx.

Main characteristics: Affordable and chic cookware that celebrates the Bronx and gives back to its community
Materials: titanium coating, tempered glass, BPA free plastic

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“Around the World in 80 Days” Review – The Hollywood Reporter https://classicitaliancycles.com/around-the-world-in-80-days-review-the-hollywood-reporter/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 19:02:14 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/around-the-world-in-80-days-review-the-hollywood-reporter/ I understand why it can be difficult for contemporary audiences to identify with Jules Verne’s 1873 novel Around the world in 80 days, a saga of wealthy individuals so isolated from the realities of their time that they come up with travel challenges that benefit only themselves at a price that could cure world hunger, […]]]>

I understand why it can be difficult for contemporary audiences to identify with Jules Verne’s 1873 novel Around the world in 80 days, a saga of wealthy individuals so isolated from the realities of their time that they come up with travel challenges that benefit only themselves at a price that could cure world hunger, expecting every humanity kneels.

One thing I recognize about the efforts of Jeff Bezos, Rupert Murdoch, Scrooge McDuck, and Elon Musk is that at some point our technological advancements stopped looking outward. We have all the knowledge in the world about thin plates in our pockets, but we stopped going to the moon 50 years ago. We had planes that went from New York to London in 3.5 hours, but we stopped using them. We’re joking about a California bullet train instead of building a California bullet train. Even before the added stresses of COVID security (to say nothing of post 9/11 security), we had made fast, comfortable and accessible trips as fantastic as traveling to the center of the earth or to the depths of the Earth. ocean.

Around the world in 80 days

The bottom line

Not enough fun to justify the whole trip.

Broadcasting date : 8 p.m. Sunday January 2

To throw: David Tennant, Ibrahim Koma, Léonie Benesch

Created by: Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson, based on Jules Verne’s book


As I said, whatever modern reader to identify with in Around the world in 80 days?

The new eight-episode adaptation, produced through an alliance of European TV entities and airing in the US on PBS under the Masterpiece banner, captures some of the bittersweet undercurrents of Phileas’ life and quest. Fogg. Creators Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson, as well as director Steve Barron, sometimes come up with ideas for getting the context of the book – a familiar title probably best known to current audiences from previous adaptations rather than the book itself. – feels relevant, but they have lost all sense of what should be a narrative with propelling momentum. It’s a story with a literal clock ticking in the title and yet this adaptation is largely devoid of adventure or fun and doesn’t work well enough as a serious drama to make up for.

For those who, in fact, don’t remember the plot of Around the world in 80 days from previous adaptations, it’s the story of Phileas Fogg (David Tennant), an austere elitist with no sense of the purpose of life. Every day at 10 am sharp, Fogg goes to the calcified Reform Club and discusses the day’s news with his fellow aristocrats; every day he eats the same calcified breakfast of boiled beef and brown Windsor soup; and every day he returns to his cave house and calcified butler and the cycle repeats.

Like the British Empire itself, Fogg is in a rut, so when he reads a newspaper article suggesting that, thanks to the opening of a railway line across India, it is now theoretically possible to go around the world in 80 days, that stings something in his British reserve.

Fogg’s interest in history and the simple concept of this increasingly connected world have led his even more snootier pal Bellamy (Peter Sullivan) to come up with a bet than Fogg, so ingrained in his habits that he comes to worth leaving London, will not be the only one to make this trip. The terms of the bet rise to 20,000 pounds and Fogg leaves, accompanied by a mysterious new valet in Passepartout of Ibrahim Koma and Abigail Fix (Leonie Benesch), the author of the original report who hopes to make a name on letters about the trip.

Already, Verne readers will notice some key changes. Passepartout became a black Frenchman with a shady past and barely substantiated reasons for joining Fogg. Fix, a detective and the main obstacle to Fogg’s progress in the book, has become an underrated woman trying to carve out her place in a sexist but changing world.

Some of the places the trio visit along the way – Hong Kong, a monolithic “India”, an equally monolithic “American border” – remain untouched, but almost none of the escapades to those places remain the same. Much for the best, in fact, since Verne’s judgments are often a colonialist nightmare seen through the eyes of today. Yes, Fogg learns valuable lessons as he goes, but the first representations of the different populations he meets are, to put it mildly, from their time.

In this account, these escapades to Hong Kong and India become comments on the British occupation presence in both countries. Fogg’s travels across the United States now completely wipe out Native Americans and focus on post-Civil War rupture. The opening episode in Paris is part Wretched and gone Jackal’s Day. I don’t think any of the updates are particularly enlightened in their revised reflection on circa 1870-something globalism, but reducing the amount of avoidable racism and xenophobia is ideal.

The problem is, these individual vignettes are rarely propulsive on their own. There is an episode where the characters are stranded on a desert island and argue. In another, they sit on a train for almost an hour facing a haughty Italian. In the Hong Kong episode, they go to an outdoor party. Even the much-vaunted hot-air balloon ride that is probably the defining image of the story is pretty but strangely boring.

It’s very hard to understand, to get into Around the world in 80 days, why this fine wire was fitted for eight hours – and it’s even harder to see why after looking. It’s only at the end, rushing to resolve the bet and possibly setting up a sequel based on another Verne tome, that things get exciting. At the very least an adaptation of Around the world in 80 days should be beautiful to look at, but there’s a particular claustrophobia in the mix of generic locations and CG backgrounds here.

What kept me mostly going was Fogg’s interpretation of Tennant as a sad man characterized by his ongoing sadness. The character’s eccentricities have been handled in different ways over the years, and in this one he’s likely a long-term depressive, a man reduced by personal trauma to a steadily shrinking world, despite his wealth and hiding place. cultural. Tennant does get to play out episodes of insanity when Fogg is drunk or accidentally high, but his main frame is one of confused melancholy; if you still don’t understand why Fogg indulges in this game, I’m not sure he does either.

Renovating Fix’s character as proto-Nelly Bly (the real Nelly Bly toured the world in 72 days in 1889, which frankly should have been turned into a TV series instead) was a good choice and Benesch has a brave charm, however no real chemistry with Koma in their slow-developing, but totally inevitable romance. Koma is generally good, although Passepartout, a handy device on the page – he knows many languages ​​and has an assortment of Swiss Army Knife skills – is an inconsistently expanded character.

Ultimately I would recommend this Around the world in 80 days mostly for Tennant’s mustache and his take on the central character, and I doubt “The Saddest Fogg Ever!” is likely to get cheated on me.


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Italy relaxes isolation rules for COVID-19 contacts https://classicitaliancycles.com/italy-relaxes-isolation-rules-for-covid-19-contacts/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 22:29:00 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/italy-relaxes-isolation-rules-for-covid-19-contacts/ People wearing face masks walk the streets as the Lazio region makes face masks mandatory outdoors in all areas as cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) increase and Christmas draws near, in Rome, Italy, December 23, 2021. REUTERS / Yara Nardi Register now for FREE and unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ROME, December 29 (Reuters) – […]]]>

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ROME, December 29 (Reuters) – Italy on Wednesday lifted self-isolation rules for those who come in contact with someone who tests positive for the coronavirus provided they have received a booster, have recently recovered or have been vaccinated.

The move comes after health experts urged the government to rethink its policies as the spread of the highly contagious variant of Omicron could cripple the country by forcing millions to stay at home. Read more

Under Italian measures, isolation will no longer be required for those who have had a positive contact but received a booster dose, been vaccinated or recovered from the disease in the past 120 days, according to a statement of the Cabinet.

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They will need to wear a more protective Ffp2 mask (equivalent to KN95 or N95 in other areas) for 10 days and, only if they show symptoms, get tested within five days of contact with the positive person.

“I think it is reasonable to apply different rules to citizens who followed the government’s directions, taking two doses and then the booster,” said Under Secretary of Health Andrea Costa.

The government has further tightened restrictions on unvaccinated people.

From January 10, other activities – including outdoor restaurants, hotels and ski lifts – will only be open to those vaccinated and those who have recently recovered from the disease. The same rules will apply for public transport.

Daily coronavirus cases have skyrocketed in Italy this week, peaking at a record 98,030 on Wednesday, with an increase in the number of hospital patients. Read more

The rules for the holiday period had already been tightened. Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s administration has banned concerts and outdoor events, closing nightclubs until January 31. read more

Italy has also imposed restrictions on travelers, including those from within the European Union who must now take a coronavirus test before departure.

The Italian vaccination campaign was found to be effective with almost 80% of them having completed an initial round of vaccination and around 30% having received a third injection.

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Lady Gaga’s craziest claims about her transformation into a “House of Gucci” https://classicitaliancycles.com/lady-gagas-craziest-claims-about-her-transformation-into-a-house-of-gucci/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 09:53:34 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/lady-gagas-craziest-claims-about-her-transformation-into-a-house-of-gucci/ If there’s one thing Lady Gaga is going to do, it’s promote her latest project. Pop culture enthusiasts may recall the publicity surrounding the 2018 release of A star is born, in which the singer-turned-actor repeated the same anecdote about Bradley Cooper who tried his luck so many times it spawned YouTube compilations of the […]]]>

If there’s one thing Lady Gaga is going to do, it’s promote her latest project. Pop culture enthusiasts may recall the publicity surrounding the 2018 release of A star is born, in which the singer-turned-actor repeated the same anecdote about Bradley Cooper who tried his luck so many times it spawned YouTube compilations of the estimate. Actor chops aside, her ability to stick in the press for weeks is reason enough to cast her in a movie, as she proves once again with her deliciously absurd Gucci PR house tour. This time around, Gaga is making headlines with outrageous and exaggerated claims about how she prepared to don Patrizia Reggiani’s Gucci heels.

Also starring Adam Driver as Reggiani’s heartless husband and heir to the fashion empire, Maurizio Gucci, Gucci House was posted on Thanksgiving weekend with mixed reviews. It is adapted from Sara Gay Forden’s 2001 book detailing the true story of the Gucci assassination, plotted by Reggiani, his jealous ex-wife.

The most generous reading of Gucci House is like high camp, with accents borrowed from Mario Bros., a wedding montage of George Michael’s ‘Faith’, one of the strangest and most over the top sex scenes ever to be seen in the film, and Jared Leto in prosthetic books over and over screaming the punchline, “Boof!” Fashion is of course divine and very 80’s. Less favorable reviews, however, condemned him as lagging behind, overworked, and tonal inconsistency. (For the record, this writer loved it and topped his Christmas tree with a photo of Lady Gaga as Patrizia.) But it all serves to make Gaga’s mad efforts for the role all the more fun.

A committed actor, Gaga would have remained in the character of Vengeful Patrizia for a year and a half, speaking with that infamous “Italian” accent for nine months. She claims she couldn’t make the accent with her platinum blonde hair, so she dyed her hair black as part of the makeover, even though her costume for the movie consisted of 10 different costumes. custom wigs.

This extreme level of dedication is not necessarily worthy of a title per se — the Gucci House Co-stars Al Pacino and Jared Leto are also famous for staying in character once the cameras stop rolling. But apparently each week of the film’s press cycle (which seemed as endless as the film itself) brought a new claim to Gaga’s intense dedication to her craft, ranging from funny to downright alarming.

On the dumber end of the spectrum, for example, Gaga said Hollywood journalist that she loaded with carbohydrates from pasta and bread to play Patrizia. She has also watched videos of panthers hunting their prey, for reasons that are not entirely clear but have something to do with channeling seduction into the film’s revenge plot. herself complaints writing an 80-page biography of her real-life counterpart to study while filming, but never met or interviewed the real Patrizia Reggiani, who is alive and well and released from prison in 2016.

Other aspects of Gaga’s process were of far more concern than indulging in an extra serving of spaghetti carbonara. From his interview with THR, Gaga’s immersion in the darkness of Patrizia’s psyche had physical consequences, often causing her to vomit from “anxiety, fatigue, trauma, exhaustion, commitment and love.” “. While filming a scene with Salma Hayek, Gaga said she used a memory-based acting technique to relate her character’s trauma to her own personal trauma, with such a compelling effect that she has frightened director Ridley Scott and his co-star by throwing a candle across the room.

While filming a scene with Salma Hayek, Gaga said she used a memory-based acting technique to relate her character’s trauma to her own personal trauma, with such a compelling effect that she has frightened director Ridley Scott and his co-star by throwing a candle across the room.

More recently, the singer caused a stir by telling Variety that she had a psychiatric nurse on set with her towards the end of filming for the sake of her own safety and sanity. She insisted that she did not wish to glorify her extreme techniques, saying, “I don’t think an actor should push himself to this limit.” His immersion in the character even made him lose touch with reality, as Gaga explained. British Vogue: “I had some psychological difficulties at one point towards the end of the shoot. I was either in my hotel room, living and speaking like Reggiani, or on set, living and speaking like her. I remember one day I went out to Italy with a hat to take a walk. I hadn’t taken a walk for about two months and panicked. I thought I was on a movie set.

All of this is consistent with the Grammy Award-winning pop star’s flair for melodrama. After all, we’re talking about the woman who showed up at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in a dress made entirely from raw beef, kicked off her 2017 Super Bowl halftime show by diving off the stadium roof, and had four costumes. different. changes on the red carpet at the 2019 Met Gala. The list goes on. And hey, nobody can say that it doesn’t work for her. Gaga is anything but a lock on her second Oscar nomination for this year’s Best Actress.



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Arsenal consider hijacking £ 14million transfer from Tottenham in January as Edu prepares risky Barcelona deal https://classicitaliancycles.com/arsenal-consider-hijacking-14million-transfer-from-tottenham-in-january-as-edu-prepares-risky-barcelona-deal/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 13:45:26 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/arsenal-consider-hijacking-14million-transfer-from-tottenham-in-january-as-edu-prepares-risky-barcelona-deal/ Welcome to our Soccer.London Daily news from the Arsenal Way. Maybe not the first, we’ve certainly done transfer roundups before, and European roundups, so I guess in a way it’s not that new at all. Either way, we thought we were stepping into the soccer world in a wide and roundabout way for you and […]]]>

Welcome to our Soccer.London Daily news from the Arsenal Way.

Maybe not the first, we’ve certainly done transfer roundups before, and European roundups, so I guess in a way it’s not that new at all.

Either way, we thought we were stepping into the soccer world in a wide and roundabout way for you and having fun with some of the stories and legends that tour daily.

Mourinho plans raid on Arsenal

AS Roma are in talks to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan ahead of the January transfer window, according to ESPN.

The report claims the 24-year-old, valued at £ 10.8million by Transfer market, is open to this decision and the sporting director of the Italian team, Tiago Pinto, has contacted Arsenal.

ESPN add that Jose Mourinho’s side want a loan with an option to buy, in talks about a potential four-year deal.

Our point of view: Personally, I rate Maitland-Niles and think he’s a good player who should be used more by Arteta – he’s definitely not the first midfielder I think is due to leave the Emirates in January.

The Englishman’s contract in the Emirates expires in June 2023 so, ideally for Arsenal, a direct buy or sell option seems the best choice if it is not in Arteta’s plans.

Arteta joins £ 14million race for the youngster

Arsenal have joined Tottenham, Newcastle, Brentford and West Ham in the race for Nottingham Forest starlet Brennan Johnson, according to under the sun.

The report claims Thomas Frank’s team have been following the 20-year-old for some time and may soon pull the trigger first, placing a bid of £ 14million.

Johnson, who sees his contract with Forest expire at the end of next season, has been at the heart of Steve Cooper’s relaunch for promotion to the Premier League, starting 19 of the club’s last 20 outings in the league.

Our point of view: While I think it could be a good move for Arsenal as they seemingly look to keep the youth production chain in the first team, I’m concerned the Gunners are caught in a cycle.

Buying prospects are good, but I think Arteta will have to start recruiting world-class talent soon if he is looking to take his project to the next level.

Arsenal need to figure out how to progress and maybe a deal for Johnson is in the works at the moment, but Edu needs to recruit world-class talent as well.

Gunner pistol for Coutinho

Edu is looking to bring Phillipe Coutinho to Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the season, according to Spanish media Sport, via four four two.

The report claims the 29-year-old could return to the Premier League in early 2022 after averaging just 38 minutes per game this season in 16 appearances.



Philippe Coutinho is linked with a January move to Arsenal. (Photo by Eric Alonso / Getty Images)

Our point of view: I’m not sure how I feel about this potential move. Ultimately you sign Coutinho because he will start the matches and Martin Odegaard has blocked him for the time being.

Likewise, Emile Smith Rowe has been excellent so I think bringing the Brazilian to north London would only be worth it if it meant Odegaard and Smith Rowe’s opportunities weren’t hampered by his arrival.

That said, if Arteta was able to revive Coutinho to the same level he reached at Liverpool … Pwoah, what a deal that would be.

Follow our trend writer The Arsenal Way Jake stokes on Twitter to join the discussion and give us your feedback in the comments section below.



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Infantino says he has majority support for biennial World Cup https://classicitaliancycles.com/infantino-says-he-has-majority-support-for-biennial-world-cup/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 07:35:00 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/infantino-says-he-has-majority-support-for-biennial-world-cup/ Fifa President Gianni Infantino believes he has majority support for his two-year World Cup plan, after national soccer leaders were told the change would create an additional $ 4.4 billion in revenue for the World Cup. global body. Fifa has organized a “world summit” of leaders of national football federations to discuss its proposal to […]]]>

Fifa President Gianni Infantino believes he has majority support for his two-year World Cup plan, after national soccer leaders were told the change would create an additional $ 4.4 billion in revenue for the World Cup. global body.

Fifa has organized a “world summit” of leaders of national football federations to discuss its proposal to increase the frequency of the World Cup from four to two years.

The financial data is part of a comprehensive feasibility study, of which Fifa presented a summary on Monday with a full 700-page report due for release.

The optimistic conclusions contrast sharply with the analysis advanced by the critics of the proposals.

There has been opposition from European clubs, top leagues and UEFA’s European governing body, whose president Aleksander Ceferin has threatened to boycott any further tournaments.

No vote is yet due for the plan, but Infantino has said a majority is in place for the idea but needs to be addressed as part of the broader overhaul of the international match schedule.

“If I were to vote tomorrow, the majority would probably vote for a World Cup every two years,” Infantino said at a post-summit press conference.

“But that’s not the point, we are looking at the whole schedule and how we can improve football and how much we can involve with a new way of organizing the future of football,” he added.

‘OPEN AND FLEXIBLE’

Infantino did not say when a vote would take place or if it would be on the agenda for the FIFA congress in Doha on March 31.

“It is about making the right decisions for football at the end of the day and we will take the time it takes to arrive at that decision. I will not commit to anything at the congress. Everything is open and flexible,” did he declare. noted.

“We are continuing the dialogue, the analysis, we hope we can move forward, one way or another, or a middle way, we will see,” he said.

A compromise solution was proposed by Concacaf President Victor Montagliani, who heads the confederation for North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Montagliani told Reuters earlier this month that an additional tournament could be a revamped version of the old Confederations Cup rather than a full World Cup with a separate qualifying process.

Last month, a report commissioned by the World Leagues Forum said Fifa’s proposal, coupled with changes to the Club World Cup, could cost major domestic football leagues and UEFA around $ 8 billion. euros ($ 9 billion) per season in lost television rights and on game day. and trade agreements.

UEFA released a report on Friday that it had commissioned from consultancy firm Oliver & Ohlbaum which warned that changes to the international calendar would cause the revenues of European national federations to drop to between € 2.5 billion and € 3 billion (3 , $ 38 billion) over four years. cycle.

“THE FEAR-BASED OPPOSITION”

Delegates to Monday’s summit learned that a report by Italian firm Open Economics found that revenues from domestic leagues and UEFA competitions had not been affected by national teams and international club competitions.

A Nielsen report predicted that the two-year World Cup plan would see revenue drop from an expected $ 7 billion – for a 48-team tournament – to $ 11.4 billion over a four-year cycle thanks to the increased ticket revenues, media rights and sponsorship revenues.

Fifa officials told delegates that $ 3.5 billion in additional revenue would go to a new “Member Association Solidarity Fund,” with each national federation allocating around $ 16 million over a four-year period, while that additional funds would also be paid to the Fifa Forward program. for development projects.

Fifa said the funds would help narrow the income gap between developed and less developed football markets.

Along with UEFA, the South American Confederation Conmebol opposed the proposal.

Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s global football development manager, said he hopes the debate will change in the coming weeks.

“We are faced with opposition but what I regret is that 90% of this opposition is made up of emotions and not facts and not analyzes, we have to overcome this fear because most of the emotions that we face are based on fear, ”he said.


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