DanteDΓ¬ (DanteDay) it was established yesterday (17 January 2020) and will commemorate the 700 years of the Italian literary genius.

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The Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Dario Franceschini proposed the day for the commemoration of Dante and yesterday (17 January 2020) has been approved by the Council of Ministers. The day chosen is March 25, which is considered by many to be the day on which the long journey to the afterlife begins.

The proposal of the national day dedicated to Dante Alighieri as well as being the subject of several parliamentary acts had collected the adhesion of intellectuals and scholars and prestigious cultural institutions from the Accademia della Crusca, to the SocietΓ  Dantesca, to the Dante Alighieri Society, to the Association of the Italianists to the Italian Society for the study of medieval thought.
These are the words of Minister Franceschini:

“Every year on March 25, the date that scholars recognize as the beginning of the journey into the afterlife of the Divine Comedy, Dantedi ‘will be celebrated. A day to remember Dante’s genius throughout Italy and throughout the world with many initiatives that will see a strong involvement of schools, students and cultural institutions Β». Β«A year after the celebrations of the 700 years since Dante’s death – added Franceschini – there are already many projects under consideration by the Committee for the celebrations chaired by prof. Carlo Ossola. Dante – concluded Franceschini – remembers many things that hold us together: Dante is the unity of the country, Dante is the Italian language, Dante is the very idea of ​​Italy “.

Oscar nominations 2020

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Like every year, the Oscar nominations capture everyone’s attention and interest, especially to consider which is actually the best film. Although from an theoretical point of view the Oscar should represent the best film, it often represents the most successful film, which is not necessarily the best.

This year the most successful film was Joker and in fact Joaquin Phonenix was nominated for 11 nominations. If the film is really the best there would be much to debate. I honestly don’t like it, although I haven’t seen it. Already the idea of ​​going to see the film of one character extrapolated from another makes me lose my curiosity.

Nominations are also often given as career awards. There would be many famous actors who could receive it because they still lack the statuette. Among these is certainly Bred Pitt. But there are also many other names, such as Tom Cruise who, however, this year is not among the candidates for the Oscar and who next year could certainly win the statuette with his new film and sequel TOPGUN2.

While in the United States the winners of the statuettes are expected, in Italy Checco Zalone conquers the cinemas with his Tolo Tolo. And another film that is very controversial is the one about Bettino Craxi, which offers a rehabilitated image of the politician, who has always been considered a condemned man, despite being exiled to Tunisia to escape the condemnation of Italian justice.

 

This is a partial list of all the Oscar nominations, the main ones.

For more info https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/92nd_Academy_Awards

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari – Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and James Mangold
The Irishman – Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Jojo Rabbit – Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi
Joker – Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Little Women – Amy Pascal
Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach and David Heyman
1917 – Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, and Callum McDougal
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, and Quentin Tarantino
Parasite – Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho

 

Best Director

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Todd Phillips – Joker
Sam Mendes – 1917
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite

 

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory as Salvador Mallo
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Rick Dalton
Adam Driver – Marriage Story as Charlie Barber
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker as Arthur Fleck / Joker
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

 

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet as Harriet Tubman
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story as Nicole Barber
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women as Josephine “Jo” March
Charlize Theron – Bombshell as Megyn Kelly
RenΓ©e Zellweger – Judy as Judy Garland

 

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood as Fred Rogers
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes as Pope Benedict XVI
Al Pacino – The Irishman as Jimmy Hoffa
Joe Pesci – The Irishman as Russell Bufalino
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Cliff Booth

 

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell as Barbara “Bobi” Jewell
Laura Dern – Marriage Story as Nora Fanshaw
Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit as Rosie Betzler
Florence Pugh – Little Women as Amy March
Margot Robbie – Bombshell as Kayla Pospisil

 

Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Dean DeBlois, Bonnie Arnold, and Brad Lewis
I Lost My Body – Jeremy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice
Klaus – Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh and Marisa RomΓ‘n
Missing Link – Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight
Toy Story 4 – Josh Cooley, Jonas Rivera, and Mark Nielsen

 

Best International Feature Film

Corpus Christi (Poland) in Polish – Directed by Jan Komasa
Honeyland (North Macedonia) in Turkish[a] – Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
Les MisΓ©rables (France) in French – Directed by Ladj Ly
Pain and Glory (Spain) in Spanish – Directed by Pedro AlmodΓ³var
Parasite (South Korea) in Korean – Directed by Bong Joon-ho

 

Best Documentary Feature

American Factory – Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
The Cave – Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod, and Sigrid DyekjΓ¦r
The Edge of Democracy – Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris, and Tiago Pavan
For Sama – Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts
Honeyland – Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev

 

Best Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence – Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) – Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
Life Overtakes Me – John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
St. Louis Superman – Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
Walk Run Cha-Cha – Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

The criticisms of the foreign minister (M5S) Luigi Di Maio

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In recent days the Italian foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio, is being borbarded by criticism from all over the country. The question is very simple: the moment of conflict in the Middle Eastern countries.

Although Di Maio has been foreign minister for just 5 months, he is trying to assert his decisions but is criticized every day because the strategic importance of Libya is fundamental for Italy. Although many people speak of economic interests, especially those of Gas, it is also of fundamental importance for the balance of migration, which constantly spills illegal immigrants on the Italian coasts.

It is a painful moment for the government and for Di Maio who have to face various still unresolved issues. In fact, some measures taken are still at the starting point, such as the cut of parliamentarians, who despite the decree having been voted on in the Senate, the request for annulment has been made and in the coming months we will vote in the referendum.

Other important issues are the electoral law, which has been under discussion for a long time and on which no solution has yet been found.
In addition, the electoral law is continuously changed between proportional and majority.

The final issue on the discussion table is that of the withdrawal of motorway concessions for the Benetton family company.
The intention of the revocation began with the tragedy in Genoa with the collapse of the Morandi bridge, in which the Atlantia company had the demerit of not having carried out the right maintenance checks.

The ‘il fatto quotidiano’ (newspaper very close to the “Movimento Cinque stelle”) even criticized Di Maio insinuating that he could step down from both the role of minister and that of leader of the Movement. Although there are storms of criticism, the government does not seem to risk falling.

The government could risk falling if Salvini manages to win the regional elections in Emilia Romagna.

The banana of the artist Maurizio Cattalan

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The work of art of the famous artist Maurizio Cattalan

In 2019 the Italian and Paduan artist Maurizio Cattelan realizes “comedian”, an artistic performance that revolves around a banana hanging on the wall with adhesive tape.
This work has gone around the world, commented above all on social media, where people have delighted in criticism. Indeed, it is truly unusual to see such a work, and one must ask whether this “simplistic” work was successful only because it was created by a well-known artist.

In Italy, as in the rest of the world, people are indulged in making fun of the work by making a similar one with sausages, salami or similar things. The work was even more successful precisely because the mass media like TV talked about it ironically about the work. We hope not to witness some strange works like this year last year.

 

The war of the United States

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There are many pretexts to start a war. Most of the time it is a reason to get hold of oil. Other times instead for interests of other raw materials. But it can also happen that the reasons are more (serious) as for example those of nuclear weapons. Iran has been repeatedly warned of nuclear weapons, the construction of which has often been kept in the dark about public opinion.

A few days ago the US killed the Iranian general Soleimani who raised fears of a new conflict that could involve many world countries. any suspected that the drone that killed the general left from the US military base in Sicily, but the Italian defense ministry denied today.

In the modern era, the most technological countries have unimaginable weapons for countries of “modest” size. In the future, nuclear wars are likely to be fought from an IT point of view, attacking the vital servers of the systems and cities to be affected.

2019 was the hottest year in the past 200 years.

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Illustration of Pawel Kuzysnki

2019 was the hottest year in the past 200 years. It is no coincidence that Magazine Time voted Greta Thunberg as the person of the year. So among the intentions for the new year there is certainly that of spreading green initiatives. Something is being done but very slowly. In Italy, the government has introduced incentives for the purchase of electric cars. I have lived in Italy for many year and when I was a child I witnessed dozens of snows a year. This year I still don’t see a snowflake. It is hoped that it was only a bad year, although the evidence of climate change, albeit minimal, is certain.

Among the Italian political initiatives there is also that of the recognition of electric kick scooter as vehicles equivalent to bicycles. Electric kick scooters are in fact increasingly used by an increasing number of people.

Liu Yifei e Mulan are enjoying success.

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LiuYifei: chinese actress

The new trailer of the movie remake “Mulan” is enjoying success, receiving reviews and positive comments on all social media, except in Hong Kong, where protesters call for a boycott of the vision of the film that will be released in theaters on March 27th 2020.
Hong Kong citizens oppose the Chinese actress who at the beginning of this year held the Kong Kong police, accused of brutality by protesters.

The film is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan and is a live action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film of the same name. The film stars Liu Yifei as the eponymous character, alongside Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles.

Plans for a live-action Mulan remake began in 2010, however the project never came to fruition. In March 2015, a new attempt was announced and Caro was hired to direct in February 2017. Liu was cast in the title role in November 2017, following a casting call of 1,000 actresses and the rest of the cast joined over the following year. Filming began in August 2018 and lasted through November, taking place in New Zealand and China.

Mulan is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on March 27, 2020.

The domination of the Chinese economy and its future.

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The Chinese are scattered all over the world. The population of China is 1.3 billion inhabitants.
And the trend is one of continuous demographic growth, one of the problems that has characterized China for decades.Β  It is shocking to think that China has more than 1/7 of the world population. Probably many people do not know it but the population of India is equal to that of China and even more population growth.

In the past, the law of the one child was applied in China to prevent the sharp increase in the population, but often this provision created abuses of human rights.
The one-child policy was abolished by the Chinese Supreme Court in 2013

But what differentiates China is the economic power that has been dominating the world for some decades now.

Curbing the expansion of China is difficult but it is necessary to take serious countermeasures to avoid that in the future there will not be a boundless power on the whole world. Trump understood this, and took drastic measures by inserting duties on Chinese products. But it also imposed duties on other Italian, French and other European nations products.

Among the most recent initiatives there is the introduction of 5G, where China seems to have already geared up for the spread of the new fast connection.

Made in china is famous all over the world for being the brand of eco-friendly products or technological products. Many things are produced in China because the cost of labor is very low.
According to data from Expatistan.com, the cost of living in Shanghai is 5% lower than in Rome, 6% higher than in Madrid, 45% lower than in London, 41% lower that of New York, 26% lower than that of Los Angeles, 45% more expensive than that of Bangkok and 77% more expensive than that of Hanoi.

The cost of living in China depends on the city (for example, Beijing and Shanghai are much more expensive than second-tier cities such as Chengdu or Kunming, which in turn are much more expensive than smaller cities and the countryside) and lifestyle

The Chinese people are often seen as a hard-working people, at the extreme of slavery. In fact, in many cities neighborhoods are built with buildings that are organized to accommodate workers even at night. It is a sad reality. It is no coincidence that there is an urban legend according to which the Chinese are put in boxes when they die. I have never seen a dead Chinese or his funeral.

China’s GDP is the second highest on the planet, behind only the United States and ahead of Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. Despite the trade tensions with the United States, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) estimates forecast growth for 2020 as well as for this year.

Even the longer-term prospects indicate a progressive slowdown in growth, more in line with the expansion rates of a mature economy. For the Fund, in fact, growth should gradually slow down to 5.5% in 2024 as “the economy is moving towards a more sustainable growth path”.
However, headline inflation is expected to rise to 2.3% in 2019 due to rising food prices.

Although the Tokyo stock exchange is the best known, the importance of the Chinese stock exchange is not to be underestimated because any crisis could affect the world economy.

To date, there has never been a profound economic crisis like those that occurred in the United States, such as that of 2008, which affected the entire planet. Imagining the consequences of a possible crisis is difficult.

1st December: World AIDS Day

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“Let us give publicity to HIV-AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness, like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and to say somebody has died because of HIV,” Mr. Mandela said that morning. “And people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary.” NELSON MANDELA

This year’s slogan of the UNAIDS World AIDS Day is “Community makes the difference”: a celebration of the communities with which activism and volunteering have made a concrete contribution to the cause, assisting HIV-positive people and fighting for assistance dignified health care, to raise awareness of HIV and prevent new infections.

Without organized communities and associations, 24 million people could not count today on insured medical care and the availability of antiretroviral drugs. About 6% of all HIV funding, according to UNAIDS, goes to communities that promote human rights, which challenge discrimination, criminalization and stigma

World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

As of 2017, AIDS has killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide, and an estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Thanks to recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment in many regions of the world, the death rate from AIDS epidemic has decreased since its peak in 2005 (1 million in 2016, compared to 1.9 million in 2005).

https://www.worldaidsday.org

Arsenal has exonerated Spanish coach Unai Emery

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The leadership of the Arsenal London soccer team has exonerated the Spanish coach Unai Emery, in charge for two seasons and successor of the French Arsene Wenger.

The reason for the exemption is obviously the lack of qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League. But also the disastrous start in the championship, with 19 points from the first place and only in 8 positions.

Emery will be temporarily replaced by former Swedish footballer Freddie Ljungberg, former assistant of the first team.

The London club’s announcement mentions: “we announce today that the decision was made to relieve our coach Unai Emery and his staff. Our sincere thanks go to Unai and her colleagues, we wish them nothing but a future success. The decision was made because the results and performance were not at the required level. We asked Freddie Ljungberg to take on the responsibility of the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward. The search for a new head coach is ongoing and we will make a further announcement at the end of this process “.