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G7 Summit Meeting in Taormina….it can also become a G8

26th to 28th of May the G7 Summit Meeting will be held in Taormina. The seven most powerful leaders will meet and discuss politics. It can also be a G8 meeting as Putin who was suspended before from G meetings, is now allowed to come. The invited are: USA – Donald Trump, China- Schinzo Abe, Germany – Angela Merkel, France – depends who wins the election, United Kingdom – Theresa May, Italy – Paolo Gentiloni, Canada – Justin Trudeau….and now also Russia – Putin, if he decides to come.

The whole Taorminna area will be closed the G7/8 week from visitors and tourists, and the residents will get special passes to leave and reach their homes. All these country leaders will get the same size for their hotel suites between 120 – 200 m2, depending of what is requested. They hav estimated the presense of 7,000 journalists, 20,000 security agents and 5,000 extra workers. These numbers to match the last G7 meeting. Many protests are also calculated in the program and security work.

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26:e till 28:e maj kommer G7 Summit toppm?tet att h?llas i Taormina. De sju m?ktigaste ledarna kommer att tr?ffas och diskutera politik. Det kan ocks? vara ett G8-m?te d? Putin som avst?nts innan fr?n G m?ten, nu f?r komma. De inbjudna ?r: USA – Donald Trump, Kina- Schinzo Abe, Tyskland – Angela Merkel, Frankrike – beroende vem som vinner valet, Storbritannien – Theresa May, Italien – Paolo Gentiloni, Kanada – Justin Trudeau …. och nu ocks? Ryssland – Putin, om han best?mmer sig f?r att komma.

Hela Taorminna omr?det kommer att vara st?ngd G7/8 veckan fr?n bes?kare och turister, och de boende kommer att f? s?rskilda pass f?r att l?mna och n? sina hem. Alla dessa l?nders ledare kommer att f? samma storlek p? sina sviter mellan 120-200 m2, beroende p? vad som efterfr?gas. Det ber?knas komma cirka 7,000 journalister, 20,000 s?kerhetsagenter och 5,000 extra arbetare. Dessa siffror att matcha det senaste G7-m?tet. M?nga protester ber?knas i programmet och i s?kerhetsarbetet.

When the sky came down

We have had rains for about 10 days, with small sun pauses. But yesterday we had couple hours of 170 mm rain and thunder that created this disaster in the little village of Letojanni. Same damages in Giardini-Naxos, Taormina sea side and rocks fell also in Castelmola. This happens every year when the rain season comes. Last year it was worse as it rained for three days and even a bridge to Taormina fell 4 cm. The damages are high because the rain runs on the streets and the municipalities does not care to clean the sewers nor build 2-3 water systems so the water can run directly to the sea, instead on the roads into the small cities. They have money to do it, but they do not care. The small residential areas above these villages will not last more than 4-5 years and they will come down towards the cities below. Already some parts has started to tumble.

For example Letojanni is closed now for clean up and no one is allowed to enter the village. People complain to the police because they can not do their groceries. So I guess that summaries what the local mentality is all about. I have not more to add.

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Vi har haft regn under ca 10 dagar, med sm? sol pauser. Men ig?r hade vi par timmar 170 mm regn och ?ska som skapade denna katastrof i den lilla byn Letojanni. Samma skador i Giardini-Naxos, Taormina havsomr?de och klippor f?ll ocks? i Castelmola. Detta h?nder varje ?r n?r regnperioden kommer. F?rra ?ret var det v?rre eftersom det regnade i tre dagar och ?ven en bro till Taormina f?ll 4 cm. Skadorna ?r h?ga eftersom regnet rinner p? gatorna och kommunerna inte bryr sig om att reng?ra avloppen eller bygga 2-3 vattensystem s? att vattnet kan rinna direkt ut till havet, och regnet rinner i st?llet p? v?garna ner till de sm? st?derna. De har pengar att g?ra det, men de bryr sig inte. De sm? bostadsomr?dena ovanf?r dessa byar kommer inte att h?lla i mer ?n 4-5 ?r och de kommer rasa ner mot st?derna nedan. Redan har vissa delar har b?rjat rasa.

Till exempel Letojanni ?r st?ngd nu f?r sanering och ingen till?ts att komma in i byn. Folk klagar till polisen eftersom de inte kan handla matvaror. S? jag antar att detta sammanfattar vad den lokala mentaliteten handlar om. Jag har inget mer att till?gga.

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So what has happened in Sicily this weekend

So what has happened in Sicily this weekend.

– In Palermo some gas stations has sold petroleum to a very advantageous price. Couple of gas station owners are arrested for selling petroleum aimed for the agricultural sector in their gasstations for a very low price. And that kind of rumours walks fast here! A fast growing queue…

– In Licata 50 households has been without electricity for a long time since the copper got stolen from the electricity lines. The municipality is reported and no one knows when it will be fixed.

– In Enna the municipality voted to use the new anti-corruption bill for public offices. 46 politicians of 200 protested by calling in long term sickness. All of them has presented valid medical certificates.

– In Catania the police has found a commercial warehouse…filled with stolen goods.

So that is a little bit what happened in Sicily this weekend…and tomorrow is a new week…life goes on.

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S? vad har h?nt p? Sicilien i helgen.
I Palermo har vissa bensinstationer?s?lt bensin till ett mycket f?rdelaktigt pris. Ett par bensinstations?gare har arresteras f?r att ha s?lt bensin avsedd f?r jordbrukssektorn i sina bensinstationer f?r ett mycket l?gt pris. Och den typen av rykten g?r snabbt h?r! K?n blir l?ng…
I Licata har 50 hush?ll varit utan el under en l?ng tid eftersom kopparn blev stulen fr?n kraftledningarna. Kommunen har anm?lts och ingen vet n?r det kommer att ?terst?llas.
Enna kommunen r?stade f?r att anv?nda den nya antikorruption lagen f?r offentligt anst?llda. 46 politiker av 200 protesterade genom l?ngtidssjukskrivning. Alla av dem har presenterat giltiga l?karintyg.
I Catania har polisen hittat ett kommersiellt lagerfylld med st?ldgods.
S? det ?r lite vad som h?nde i Sicilien i helgen…och imorgon b?rjar en ny vecka…och livet g?r vidare.

Thoughts regarding Woman’s Day

Women’s day is big business in Italy and needs to be…all year around. As a woman from Sweden with a total different start in life and possibilities, comparing to my italian sisters who are not often so lucky, I make sure to have 365 days and consider that as a swedish woman with my knowledge and unique freedom has a duty to spread the knowledge which women who have worse. I am lucky being born in Sweden. Yes, I am and I am not ashamed to say it.
In Sicily still too many women are raised up with learnings that other women are not to be trusted, sisters are learnt to be servants to their brothers, mother in laws interfering in her children’s relations which leads to separations and is the cause number one in Italy for divorce. Mothers who work for a living and still do all the housework in a culture where a man still does not lift a finger, instead see this as a woman’s responsability. Italian female politicians more present in female magazines than actually spending time to make a difference. Naked women dancing in TV with older men hosting the show. Female TV shows that talks more about plastic surgery and get mothers in shape, than lifting up women who fights for a change. I do not go to cafes in Sicily where they have e.g. sugar bags with text like “Men who listens to women does not go to heaven”. Yes, you find texts like that at a cafe at piazza Duomo in Catania.
It is obvious that still few italian men will stand up for a change, so it is up to women to do it. Like our grandmothers did for us over hundred years ago. The text below is like the women was in ancient cultures; viking, indian, african…then something happened.
There are amazing italian women making a difference, also in Sicily. The time to give them a voice has arrived. It is thanks to them small changes starts to come…because going againts old religious traditions in Sicily is not easy. As a foreign woman I have passed difficult times with that issue too….but imagine the moments locals face. Congratulations to all the Italian and Sicilian women who make a difference! All love and strenght to you!?

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Kvinnodagen ?r big business i Italien och m?ste vara…?ret runt. Som en kvinna fr?n Sverige med en helt annan start i livet och m?jligheter, att j?mf?ra med mina italienska systrar som inte ?r lika lyckligt lottade, ser jag till att ha 365 dagar och anser att en svensk kvinna med min kunskap och unik frihet har en skyldighet att sprida den kunskap till kvinnor som har det s?mre. Jag ?r lyckligt lottad att vara f?dd i Sverige. Ja, jag ?r det och jag sk?ms inte f?r att s?ga det.
P? Sicilien l?rs fortfarande alltf?r ofta att andra kvinnor inte ?r att lita p?, systrar l?r sig att vara tj?nare till sina br?der, sv?rm?drar blandar sig i hennes barns relationer som leder till separationer och ?r orsaken nummer ett i Italien till skilsm?ssa. M?drar som arbetar f?r ett levande och fortfarande g?r allt hush?llsarbete i en kultur d?r en man fortfarande inte lyfter ett finger, ist?llet ser detta som kvinnans ansvar. Italienska kvinnliga politiker som ?r mer n?rvarande i kvinnliga tidningar ?n att faktiskt spendera tid att g?ra skillnad. Nakna kvinnor dansande i TV med ?ldre m?n som v?rdar. Kvinno-tv som samtalar mer om plastikkirurgi och f? mammor i form, ?n att lyfta upp kvinnor som k?mpar f?r en f?r?ndring. Jag g?r inte till kaf?er p? Sicilien d?r de har t.ex. sockerp?sar med texter som “M?n som lyssnar p? kvinnor kommer inte till himlen”. Ja, du hittar texter som dessa vid ett caf? p? Piazza Duomo i Catania.
Det ?r uppenbart att fortfarande f? italienska m?n kommer att st? upp f?r en f?r?ndring, s? det ?r upp till kvinnorna att g?ra det. Liksom v?ra morm?drar gjorde f?r oss mer ?n hundra ?r sedan. Texten ovan ?r som kvinnorna var i forntida kulturer; vikingar, indianer, afrikanska … sedan h?nde n?got hemskt.
Det finns fantastiska italienska kvinnor som g?r en skillnad, ?ven p? Sicilien. Tiden f?r att ge dem en r?st har anl?nt. Det ?r tack vare dem sm? f?r?ndringar b?rjar komma … att g? emot gamla religi?sa traditioner p? Sicilien ?r inte l?tt. Som utl?ndsk kvinna har jag ocks? f?tt erfara sv?ra tider med denna fr?gor…. men t?nk det lokalbefolkningen st?r inf?r. Grattis till alla italienska och sicilianska kvinnor som g?r skillnad! All k?rlek och styrka till er!

Mafia and Anti-Mafia the same thing?

The ex-president of Sicily, Lombardo, got convicted to a jail sentence some time ago, and he is in jail. The reason is mafia affairs, economic frauds against the public administration. So, even if he got convicted of mafia affairs he is still getting 6000 ?/net monthly from the new Sicilian government that so hard and openly makes PR to be Anti-Mafia and fighting mafia. The president for Sicilia, Crocetta, has been in the EU anti-mafia organisation.
And they still pay 6000? to a convicted mafia man?

Source: TG5, news in the local radio

Svenska

Den f?re detta presidenten i Sicilien, Lombardo, blev d?md till ett f?ngelsestraff f?r en tid sedan, och han ?r i f?ngelse. Anledningen ?r maffiaaff?rer, ekonomiska bedr?gerier mot den offentliga f?rvaltningen. S? ?ven om han blev d?md f?r maffia angel?genheter f?r han fortfarande ut 6000 ?/netto per m?nad fr?n den nya sicilianska regeringen som s? h?rt och ?ppet g?r PR f?r att vara antimaffia och sl?ss emot maffian. Presidenten f?r Sicilien, Crocetta, har ocks? varit i EU: s antimaffiaorganisation.
Och de betalar fortfarande 6000 ? till en d?md maffia man?

A quite silly campaign

Some here has started to blame Germany for the crises in Italy and of course a politician took the idea and created a political campaign of it saying Europeans, not germans. The? crises in Italy is blamed on the Euro and germans, also TV shows paradise programs about Germany that gives a quite wrong idea of it all. But the fact is also that Euro is a currency also in other countries where there ain’t crises the same way as in Italy. Then actually most sicilians are not EU friendly. Most sicilians says they would like an independency for Sicily, their own currency and be just sicilians.

Good luck?
Perhaps he will get score some votes for the blaming part at least…
Everytime I see this add I would like to call him and say “Get a haircut, grow up and find a job!”

Svenska

N?gra h?r har b?rjat skylla Tyskland f?r kriserna i Italien och naturligtvis har en politiker tagit id?n och skapat en politisk kampanj f?r den s?ger Europ?er, inte tyskar. Kriserna i Italien skylls p? euron och tyskarna, samt visar TV dessa paradisprogram om Tyskland som ger en helt fel uppfattning om det hela. Men faktum ?r ocks? att euron ?r en valuta ?ven i andra l?nder d?r det inte ?r kris p? samma s?tt som i Italien. Sedan ?r faktiskt de flesta sicilianare inte EU v?nliga. De flesta sicilianare s?ger att de vill ha en sj?lvst?ndighet f?r Sicilien, sin egen valuta och vara bara sicilianare.

Lycka till?
Kanske kommer han att kr?nga hem n?gra r?ster f?r skylla-p?-andra-delen ?tminstone
Varje g?ng jag ser denna kampanj vill jag ringa honom och s?ga klipp dig, v?x upp och hitta ett jobb!”

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Immigration is not a sudden situation in Sicily

I was quite upset by the swedish media many times before and have stop reading it, I just read some articles I see others post on Facebook. One that made me very upset these days was an article claiming that the immigration situation in Sicily is a sudden situation. After the catastrophe with hundreds of immigrants who drowned in the sea not much has happened. People die everyday in the sea.

Politicians have been here…and looked at the situation…and then gone home. It’s not a sudden influx of refugees. It has been like this for years. Year after year !
Mediterranean sea is known locally as? the sea of Dead”. When I lived in southern Sicily and drove home at night so often I saw groups walk on the way towards north or hide at the beach or the greenhouses in the area. They do not stay in Sicily, the goal is often France, Belgium and Sweden. Syrians often mention that they ‘re going to relatives in Germany (where they already transferred the money).
E.g. Malta does not let in a single boat, and they must face Italy already at sea and be collected by the Italian Coast Guard to e.g. Sicily. Here they are on the shore… those who have survived the pass over. Sicilian police have recently arrested a trafficker in Tunisia who made ??millions on “tickets to the other side.” In Sicily, they end up in a former U.S. military base, get 30 euros / day. If they get sent home, they receive a one payment of ? 500 in their pocket.

Svenska

Jag var ganska uppr?rd p? de svenska medierna m?nga g?nger tidigare och har slutat l?sa den, jag l?ser bara n?gra artiklar jag ser andra posta p? Facebook. En som gjorde mig mycket uppr?rd dessa dagar var en artikel som h?vdar att invandringssituationen p? Sicilien ?r en pl?tslig situation. Efter katastrofen med hundratals invandrare som drunknade i havet har inte mycket h?nt. Folk d?r varje dag i havet.

Politikerna har varit h?r…och sett p? situationen…och sedan g?tt hem. Det ?r inte en pl?tslig tillstr?mning av flyktingar. Det har varit s? h?r i ?r. ?r efter ?r!
Medelhavet kallas lokalt “De d?das hav”. N?r jag bodde p? s?dra Sicilien och k?rde hem p? natten s?g jag ofta grupper g?endes p? v?gen norrut eller g?mda p? stranden eller i v?xthusen i omr?det. De vill inte stanna p? Sicilien, m?let ?r ofta Frankrike, Belgien och Sverige. Syrierna n?mner ofta att de ska ?ka till sl?ktingar i Tyskland (dit de redan ?verf?rt pengar).
T.ex. Malta sl?pper inte in en enda b?t, och de m?ste v?nda mot Italien redan till havs och samlas in av den italienska kustbevakningen till t.ex. Sicilien. H?r ?r de p? stranden… de som har ?verlevt passet ?ver. Sicilianska polisen har nyligen grepit en m?nniskohandlare i Tunisien som tj?nat miljoner p? “biljetter till den andra sidan.” P? Sicilien hamnar de i en f?re detta amerikansk milit?rbas, f?r 30 ? / dag. Om de skickas hem, f?r de en eng?ngssumma p? ? 500 i fickan.

Renzi in Siracusa, Sicily

The prime minister Renzi visited a school in Sicily with big promises and cuddling words.?

Renzi visited the school Raiti. The he told the mayors of the province: I urge you not to resign and I guarantee that the government will be your companion on the road
“There are 2 billion Euros ready for school construction.” Then Prime Minister announced that next Wednesday they will present the plan. “The new government has an idea for the development of this area,” said Renzi.

So, today it seems that the new school support will be funded by new taxes. Italian families already pays for a school fee. And the famous plan did not show much action, just the tax.

Soource: La Sicilia 5/3-2014, TG3

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Statsministern Renzi bes?kte en skola p? Sicilien med stora l?ften och smekande ord.
Renzi bes?kte skolan Raiti. Han ber?ttade till borgm?starna i provinsen: Jag uppmanar er att inte avg? och jag garanterar att regeringen kommer att vara eran f?ljeslagare p? v?gen
Det finns 2 miljarder euro redo f?r skolsystemet.” Sedan meddelade statsministern att n?sta onsdag kommer de att presentera planen. Den nya regeringen har en id? f?r att utveckla detta omr?de,” sade Renzi.
S?, i dag verkar det som den nya skolst?det kommer att finansieras av nya skatter. Italienska familjer som redan betalar f?r en skolavgift. Och den ber?mda planen visade inte mycket handling, bara nya skatten.

My only socio-political opinion in Italy

I never thought that Italy’s problem is the politicians fault, for if a society works or does not work actually depends on the family structure. So says even the Italians; the people, politics, the law and the church.
If a society does not work, it’s because the family structure does not work. Everything in society depends on how children are raised for these children are then sitting in Parliament, government offices, banks, schools, healthcare etc.. If they can not take care of themselves, how will they then be able to take care of a country?
This is my only socio-political opinion in Italy…but I never say it straight to Italians, because they do not want to hear and there it is actually nothing that I care about. Have seen enough these five years.
It is the children who are the future, not the parents!

As the mother bird, she pushes her baby birds from the nest, to try their own wings and then they can fly by themselves.

Nuff’ said…

Svenska

Jag har aldrig tyckt att italiens problem ?r politikernas fel, f?r att om ett samh?llet fungerar eller inte fungerar beror faktiskt p? familjestrukturen. S? s?ger ?ven italienarna sj?lva; folket, politiken, lagen och kyrkan. Om ett samh?lle inte fungerar, beror det p? att familjestrukturen inte fungerar. Allt i samh?llet beror p? hur barnen uppfostras f?r de ?r dessa barn som sedan sitter i Parlamentet, myndigheternas kontor, banker, skolor, sjukv?rd osv. Om de inte kan ta hand om sig sj?lva, hur ska de sen kunna ta hand om ett land?
Detta ?r min enda samh?llspolitiska ?sikt i Italien…men detta s?ger jag aldrig till italienare, f?r de vill inte h?ra och det ?r faktiskt inget som jag bryr mig om. Har sett tillr?ckligt dessa fem ?r.
Det ?r barnen som ?r framtiden, inte f?r?ldrarna!

Som f?gelmamman. Hon puttar sina f?gelungar ut ur boet, att prova sina egna vingar och sedan kan de flyga sj?lva.

Nog sagt…

During the trip to Sweden…

…the sicilian ex-president Lombardo got convicted to a jail sentence of 6 years and 8 months for his personal affairs, mafia affairs.

Svenska

Under resan till Sverige d?mdes den sicilianska ex-president Lombardo till ett f?ngelsestraff p? 6 ?r och 8 m?nader f?r hans personliga aff?rer, maffia aff?rer.

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