Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ to be Released in Italy (EXCLUSIVE)

After being put on the shelf by Amazon, Woody Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York” is to be released in Italy in the fall via distributor Lucky Red, with other European territories also believed to have closed local distribution deals, a source familiar with the situation told Variety. Following Amazon’s decision to halt the […]

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Venice’s Bibione beach is the first in Italy to ban smoking

Ban to take effect at the end of May after years of trials and research into air pollution at the Veneto seaside resort

The Venetian seaside resort of Bibione will be the first Italian beach to go completely smoke-free, in a mission to safeguard the environment from discarded cigarette ends and protect visitors from secondhand smoke.

The decision comes after eight years of trials, as part of the Breathe the Sea Air project, which saw an initial smoking ban between the first row of umbrellas to the water’s edge. New measures, to be imposed by the end of May, will include designated smoking areas 300 to 400 metres away from the sea, at the edge of the beach. Details regarding fines and whether e-cigarettes are to be permitted will be published in May.

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120% Lino Eyes International Growth With Made in Italy Fund

MILAN — Italian label 120% Lino, which is focused on the production of men’s and women’s collections crafted from linen, is going through a re-branding phase aimed at boosting the company’s international business.
Founded in the Eighties by Italian entrepreneur Alberto Peretto, 120% Lino was acquired this fall by private equity Made in Italy Fund, which holds 70 percent of the brand. The remaining 30 percent is still in the hands of Peretto, who also oversees the label’s creative team.
“We decided to acquire 120% Lino because we were intrigued by the fact that it is deeply focused on a single material,” said 120% Lino chief executive officer Mauro Grange, who is among the partners of Made in Italy Fund, a private equity controlled by Q Group and Pambianco. “We also appreciated that the brand was already well-positioned on the international markets with its own retail network.”
Distributed in the affordable luxury segment, 120% Lino already operates two stores in Milan and five stores in Florida. “In the U.S., which accounts for 40 percent of the company’s business, the brand is extremely well-positioned and its perception is very high.”
According to Grange, the U.S. will continue to be a point of reference for the brand, which expects

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LVMH’s Institut des Métiers d’Excellence Strengthens Partnership With Italy

FLORENCE — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is strengthening its vocational training model as its Institut des Métiers d’Excellence has signed three partnerships in Italy.
The announcement was made at Palazzo Pucci, which houses IME’s Italian headquarters, during a ceremony that celebrated last year’s graduates and marked the official beginning of IME’s second academic year in Italy.
The three partnerships will focus on training future talents in artisanal and retail skills. A program teaching technical expertise in assembling women’s footwear has been introduced with the Politecnico Calzaturiero in Capriccio di Vigonza, near Padua. The course includes 500 hours of theoretical and laboratory classes and 400 hours of internship in a LVMH company, including Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Rossimoda.
Retail-wise, a “Master in Luxury, Customer Adviser” has been added to the offer, beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. Entirely in English, the 1,500-hour course has been developed by Venice’s Università Ca’ Foscari and its Challenge School division.
Both courses will be funded by Italy’s Veneto region, while the Emilia-Romagna region will fund a third, soon-to-be-launched program training men’s shoe artisans and developed by the Berluti Académie du Savoir-faire in Ferrara.
Each apprenticeship alternates between theoretical education at the schools and practical training at the LVMH

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Asia Bibi, Christian Woman Acquitted of Blasphemy in Pakistan, May Find Refuge in Anti-Mafia Safehouse in Italy

Asia Bibi was desperately thirsty when she took a cup of water from an open well while working as a laborer in a fruit tree grove in rural Pakistan in 2009. The illiterate mother of five was one of only a few Christians working in a predominately Muslim labor force who were frequently subjected to discrimination for their beliefs. When Bibi dipped her cup back into the well for another drink of water, the Muslim workers chastised her for contaminating the water meant for Muslims only, according to her memoir Blasphemy: Sentenced To Death Over A Cup of Water as told to French journalist Anne-Isabelle Tollet who co-authored the book. An argument ensued and someone cried “blasphemy,” accusing Bibi of “defiling the name of the Prophet Mohammed.”

She was beaten, arrested and sentenced to death by hanging. Nine years later, after global outrage and pleas for her release from presidents, prime ministers and popes, a Pakistani court acquitted her of the crime, citing lack of evidence that she actually said anything about the prophet. The court quoted Shakespeare’s King Lear in its belief that Bibi had “been more sinned against than sinning.”

But Bibi has not yet been set free out of fear for her safety and continued protests by Pakistan’s Tehreek-e Labbaik Islamist movement, which has called for Pakistan’s supreme court to review the acquittal. Days of rage and death threats ensued in Islamabad and Lahore, sending Bibi’s husband and children into hiding. Even her lawyer Saiful Mulook fled the country to escape death threats. He is now in the Netherlands pending an asylum request in that country.

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A ratings downgrade for Italy is now forecast to happen within days

A single move lower would take Italy's credit status to one notch above a "junk" rating.
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‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Joe Giudice to be deported back to Italy after prison sentence

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Joe Giudice will be deported back to his native Italy once he’s released from his 41-month prison sentence.

A judge in Pennsylvania’s York Immigration Court ruled Wednesday that Giudice will not return home to wife Teresa and their four children once he’s out…

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John Idol’s Daughter Ties the Knot in Italy

MILAN — Michael Kors’ chairman and chief executive officer John Idol’s Italian week reached a peak when last Saturday, his daughter Alexandra tied the knot at the luxury Villa d’Este hotel in Cernobbio, on Lake Como.
After signing the deal that saw Michael Kors Holdings adding Versace to its stable of brands for $ 2.1 billion and renaming itself Capri Holdings, the executive was seen celebrating his daughter’s marriage, joined by fellow fashion personalities.
Designers Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as Macy’s former chairman and ceo Terry Lundgren, Joel Horowitz and tycoon Silas Chou were among the guests in attendance.
Hilfiger posted an image portraying the group of guests on his personal Instagram account, captioning it: “The fashion rat pack.”

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