June 8, 1992 |
Penn's Landing was turned into a piece of Italy yesterday in celebration of the National Day of the Republic of Italy. The event, which began in the afternoon and stretched into the evening, featured music from opera to folk tunes, as well as dancing, theater and Italian food.
August 20, 2009 |
Switzerland has expanded at Italy's expense because of melting glaciers in the high Alps. The Swiss government yesterday approved shifting the border up to 164 yards into Italian territory in some areas. The Italian Embassy in Bern said the change already had been approved by Rome. The changes were made after the Swiss Federal Office of Topography found that the watershed which determined the border in 1942 had moved because of melting glaciers and snowfields. Topographer Daniel Gutknecht said Switzerland had become "a little bit" larger but added, "We won't be correcting the atlas.
February 21, 1992 |
Stefania Belmondo of Italy won the gold medal in the women's 30-kilomter freestyle cross-country race at the Winter Olympics today. Lyubov Egorova of the Unified Team took the silver medal, while Elena Valbe, also of the Unified Team, took the bronze. Belmondo won the gold in a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes, 30.1 seconds. Egorova was 21.9 seconds behind the Italian. In bobsledding, Wolfgang Hoppe overcame a nagging injury and piloted Germany to the first-day lead today in the four-man competition.
November 10, 2011 |
ROME - With markets tumbling around the globe, Italy's president promised emphatically yesterday that Silvio Berlusconi will step down soon as premier and lavished honors on a leading economist who instantly became Berlusconi's presumed successor. Across the Ionian Sea, the debt crisis in Greece deepened with the breakdown of talks aimed at creating a power-sharing government to prevent the country from slipping into bankruptcy. The collapse came just minutes after the prime minister delivered a farewell speech to the nation.
February 16, 2004 |
Italy yesterday mourned cyclist Marco Pantani as a tragic "lost hero" one day after he was found dead in a hotel room in the Adriatic resort city of Rimini. Pantani, 34, is the last cyclist other than Lance Armstrong to win the Tour de France. While several bottles of medicine and tranquilizers were found in the room, prosecutors ruled out suicide pending an autopsy scheduled for today. The coroner who examined Pantani initially said cardiac arrest was the probable cause, news reports said.
February 28, 1990 |
The Boston Celtics announced yesterday that guard Brian Shaw, who left the team to play in Italy after an excellent rookie season last year, had agreed to a multiyear contract that would bring him back to Boston next season. Shaw, 24, whose contract with Il Messagerro Roma in Italy is valued at about $1 million, leads the team with 25.1 points and 9.4 assists a game. "Playing in Italy this past year has been an interesting and educational experience, but playing in the NBA is the dream of every basketball player," Shaw, the Celtics' top draft pick in 1988, said in a statement.
January 24, 1988 |
It was a brilliant winter day, crisp and clear and not too cold. The sun glinted on snow-capped mountains far in the distance and gave a golden tinge to the earthy browns and russets of the forested hills closer at hand as I drove along the satisfying curves of a country road in southern Umbria. The air was so clear that it seemed to magnify everything in sight and every so often, it would carry the scent of wood smoke from a farmhouse hearth. Suddenly, I rounded a bend and slammed on the brakes so that I could take in an eerie panorama.
July 4, 2006 |
According to German captain Michael Ballack, his national team's chances in a World Cup semifinal match against Italy at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany, today are, well, nonexistent. "We really stand no chance," he said yesterday. "They beat us clearly and dominated us. " Ballack was being facetious. But the fact is, whether wearing the national colors in a friendly in March or playing as Bayern Munich against AC Milan in a recent Champions League game, the Germans were short of answers in identical 4-1 losses to Italy.
November 14, 2011 |
ROME - Economist Mario Monti accepted the monumental task yesterday of trying to form a new government that can rescue Italy from financial ruin, expressing confidence that the nation can beat the crisis if its people pull together. His selection came a day after Silvio Berlusconi reluctantly resigned as premier, bowing out after world markets pummeled Italy's borrowing ability, reflecting a loss of faith in the 75-year-old media mogul's leadership. Berlusconi quit after the Italian parliament approved new reform measures demanded by the European Union and central bank officials - but even those are not considered enough to right Italy's ailing economy.
May 21, 2012 |
ROME - An earthquake struck the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring dozens, leaving thousands homeless and damaging historic buildings as well as warehouses and factories, officials said. The earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said had a magnitude of 6.0, crumbled church roofs and Renaissance-era towers, according to Italian television reports. Large cracks riddled apartment blocks in dozens of small towns. And Italy's national Civil Protection Department said that at least 3,000 had been left homeless.