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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Palermo Missed Out On A Great Player - Oddo

Bayern Munich full back Massimo Oddo talked to Mediagol about his team-mate Ernesto Sosa, who had been close to joining Palermo, until problems with his passport halted the move. According to the World Cup winner, the Rosanero have missed out on a major player.

"Sosa is a player of absolute value," he said," he showed his talent when he played in Argentina, where he allowed his team to make a jump in quality with excellent performances, obtaining great results, and then he arrived here, in a great team like ours. Source
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Fiat Cuts Profit Forecasts; No 2008 Dividend Planned

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Fiat SpA, poised to take a 35 percent stake in Chrysler LLC, cut its earnings forecast and said it won’t pay a dividend after fourth-quarter profit plunged as the recession hurt sales of its Punto cars and Iveco trucks.

Fiat, Italy’s biggest manufacturer, dropped 15 percent in Milan trading, a record decline, on concern the company may have to raise capital after debt rose. Net income fell to 163 million euros ($212 million) in the quarter from 570 million euros a year earlier, the Turin-based company said in a statement. Source

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Italy tries to streamline bureaucracy

ROME: Italy, known for its unwieldy bureaucracy, is announcing ambitious plans to digitize government, school and law enforcement services over the next three years.

Premier Silvio Berlusconi unveiled the "E-Government 2012" measures Wednesday.

He said Italy is lagging far behind its European counterparts in reducing paperwork and bureaucracy by going online. As a result, public administration continues to run inefficiently. Continued

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On Facebook, Sicilian Mafia Is a Hot Topic

ROME — Your college roommate is on Facebook. So are your cousins and colleagues and friends. But guess who else may find Facebook a great way to stay in touch?

Some people in Sicily who know a few things about networking.

In recent weeks, the Italian authorities have begun investigating Facebook discussion groups devoted to convicted Mafiosi, concerned that some members might be more than fans.

At the same time, a campaign calling on Facebook to remove pro-Mafia pages has been gaining momentum, while thousands of Facebook members have joined new anti-Mafia groups. Continued

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Giusy Ferreri - Novembre Video

New video by Giusy Ferreri - Novembre

Giusy Ferreri is an Italian singer and songwriter. She originates from Palermo, Italy. In 2008, she came second place in the first Italian edition of the talent show X Factor


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