"La vita è bella...ma non oggi."
Food without wine is like a day without sunshine...and flirting in front of your better half.
Enjoy the issue, keep writing and Grazie!
Bologna - March 18, 2012 - Four sets of furious parents have pulled their children out of an Italian nursery school after it emerged that one of the teachers posed for model calendars as part of her extra curricular activities.
Michela Roth, a 38-year-old American who has lived in Italy for years and has children of her own, often poses for model shoots during the summer holidays when she returns to the US.
She has won several beauty contests, including Miss Mamma Italiana and Miss Culetto d'Oro (Miss Golden Ass), raising eyebrows and tempers in the tiny town of Castello di Serravalle near Bologna in northern Italy.
"She’s too beautiful and I don't want her teaching my son," one indignant parent told the local newspaper.
But Miss Roth insists that parents who object are simply jealous and old-fashioned.
On her Facebook page their are pictures of the mother of one at the beauty contest as well as her kick boxing in micro-shorts and small top, while she describes her status as 'complicated'.
"I'm always photographed in clothes, I'm never nude," she told the local newspaper. "For me, being a model is a second job, and I do it especially during the summer when the school is closed. But I love being a teacher, that's the main objective in my life. Those who know me can vouch for my professionalism both as a teacher and a model.
"The parents who have withdrawn their children are trying to convince other parents to do the same. I was expecting a bit of criticism, but I could never have imagined it coming to this."
An online poll conducted by the paper showed that the majority of readers were more sympathetic to the teacher than to the disgruntled parents (83 per cent vs 14 per cent), with three per cent who were unsure.
Look, Michela appears to be a very competent and ambitious woman. You can tell she likes to suck in life.
She understands teaching in Italy is one of the lowest paid professions. And, "mamma mia", why anyone chooses this profession willingly is beyond us. If you are someone who has to take a second job, what does it matter what the hell the job is.
Italian teachers today are a diverse and unattractive group of people from both sexes. However, they all share the same challenges:
- The work day is close to 10 hours long,
But "minchia", if you can just reach one child... eh, how does the rest of that hilarious saying go?
And why can't the dear mothers just keep quiet? "Per favore, Signore." They know perfectly well:
- They could get back into decent physical shape if they want. We've checked you out at the local schools. Just because you're married and have kids doesn't mean you have to look like you're in your eighth month of pregnancy.
So, here's to you, Michela! "Forza, bella! Vi amo!" Click here to view Michela's delightful credentials.
Vatican City - March 18, 2012 - The Pope has taken the unusual step of setting up an internal, criminal investigation to identify the source of damaging leaks of compromising Vatican documents.
The inquiry will seek to punish the insiders who leaked the papers, whom the Vatican hierarchy regard as "disloyal and cowardly".
Pope Benedict XVI had been hurt by the leaks, said Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Vatican's deputy secretary of state and third most powerful Vatican figure.
Documents leaked to the Italian press over the last few weeks have shed light on dark power struggles between senior cardinals, alleged corruption and nepotism in the running of the Vatican administration, and a mysterious prediction that the 84-year-old pontiff would die within a year, possibly as a result of an assassination attempt.
Msgr Becciu described whistle-blowers as "cowardly" and "deeply disloyal" and warned that they would face the full force of the law from Vatican prosecutors. They had abused the trust placed in them by leaking the documents, he said.
The investigation will be conducted by a tribunal and will probe all departments in the Vatican administration.
Msgr Becciu also defended the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, saying it was wrong to depict it as a hotbed of "plots and careerism".
The investigation will draw on an inquiry already opened by the Vatican's own police force, the Gendarmerie, into how the leaks happened.
The Pope also decided to launch a special commission into the affair, composed of cardinals whom he had chosen personally, in order to re-establish "trust" within the Holy See.
"TOP SECRET" For Pope's eyes only:
1. There could be life on other planets:
2. Vatican Post Office is remarkably efficient, fast and profitable:
3. Vatican Radio waves covers the world twice over:
4. Turn water to wine, taxes to donations:
Naples - March 19, 2012 - Police carried out arrest warrants for 60 people, including 16 tax magistrates, and seized around one billion Euros (1.33 billion USD) in assets in an operation targeting the Fabbrocino clan of the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra.
Prosecutors believe corruption led to dozens of tax disputes being settled against the State and frequently in favor of people linked to the Camorra.
Many of the people arrested have been detained in prison, while others have been put under house arrest, and others still have been forbidden from residing in Naples.
They are suspected of crimes including mafia association for money laundering and the corruption of legal proceedings.
The assets seized include company shares, bank accounts, properties, land and cars.
"Puttana della miseria", another great episode from "Alice in Naples Land".
And what punishment! A Napolitano knows well being forbidden from residing in Naples is much harsher than house arrest. That's like eating Chef Boyardee in a retirement home than Vermicelli with clams at the feast of San Gennaro.
And you can just imagine how the tax disputes were settled:
- "When I was audited many years ago the tax agent told me that he had never seen a Napolitano as honest, proud and precise in his affairs as me, and that I would never have to file a tax return ever again."
- "I took improper deductions on the tax returns I prepared because I was chosen as one of the organizers of the San Gennaro feast. And so, it was my sworn duty to be certain San Gennaro's blood would liquefy in public...and on cue.
- "I had post-traumatic stress syndrome from street combat service in Salerno, which led to the breakup of my social club, caused me emotional turmoil and flashbacks, and interfered with my talent to make wine."
- "After I moved from Salerno to Naples I asked someone in Naples about my Salerno income tax, and was told that the tax I owed Salerno was so small that it wasn't worth worrying about, so I just said "Si e vaffanculo!""