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k Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 14, 2011 NEWSP ERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled bg:~r~io Z. Buttafuoeo ITALIAN BROKERAGE MOVES TO CHINA The-Ital Brokers Holding.SPA has taken quite a challenge to open an office in Beijing, China. Now, about 11~ years later things are beginning to work fairly well. The outlook began to look brighter when the Ital Brokers merged with an important financial institution in China creating the new ITAL BROKERS (form Genova) CINA (or China, Beijing). This new entity is involved in investments both in Italy and China, in insurance and maritime activities on the international markets. Thus the new corporation is fully involved in commercial and financial relations between Chinese investors and the Italian markets. The. new Italy/China Corporation epitomizes the strategic involvement in finan- cial investments, and services, offered by the economic system of the Popular Republic of China onto the geopoliti- cal mercantile entrepreneurs, with its capitals. It is significant to notice the Chinese interest also toward the food industry by promoting, no less, the introduction of Italian wines and various food products into the Chinese markets, as well as the manufacturing industrial technolo- gies of the Italian products, and of other outstanding qual- ity products with particular emphasis on the Mediterra- nean diet, which Italian authorities promote within the Chinese markets and consumers. China shows an interest in fishing in the high seas, the building of sound fishing boats (to be built in China). The Ital Brokers will take care of these projects. To the above described projects, it must be added the building, and launch of commercial satellites, the development of a mobile telephone system and communication for the Chinese Telecom market. China is also planning to enter the Italian Real Estate market, as well as in the French one. There are a lot more projects. Too many even to sim- ply outline at this time. Stay in touch! THE SUPER RICH, FROM EVERYWHERE, NOW LIVE IN THE SMALLEST ITALIAN IOWN! The town of Airole is a small municipality with only 490 inhabitants. It's located barely a few Km. from the Ligurian Sea, in the province of Imperia, the city of flowers, West of Genova, but very close to the Italian Riviera. It's a peaceful spot, in a natural suburban setting, with ski trails nearby, and only a few Km. from the French Riviera with its celebrated Cote d'Azul, in France. Thirty-five percent of its residentsare foreign- ers. The Pastor of the lone Church isn't Italian, but from India. The very rich "immigrants" are mostly from Ger- many and Holland. The foreign nations that are represented in the town are seventeen, of course quite rich! The arrivals of the "immigrants" began in the late 1960's. They started purchasing homes and became residents. Some relatives (of the immigrants) have joined to share the peaceful living, which is virtually crime free. Isn't it wonderful? (But you need to be filthy richY). AMERICAN CIGARETTES ARE THE MOST CANCERO- GENIC! Cigarettes made in the USA contain three times more cancer elements than other foreign-made cigarettes. The study was conducted with 126 smokers from New York, Australia, Canada and Great Britain. In the mouths of American smokers researchers detected a concentration of nitrosamine, specific of the tobacco that was three times higher than normal. DRUNKEN DRIVERS IN EUROPE ARE MOSTLY ITALIAN AND FRENCH! Traffic accident's caused by drunken driv- ers have sharply increased, up to 16.6 per 100,000 people. Drunken women drivers causing accidents have also sharply increased in number, as ascertained by the "Filippo Caracciolo Foundation," the study center of the ACI (auto- mobile club Italiano) in ten countries. The trend involves Belgium, Cyprus and Sweden. The worse accidents hap- pen at night. As the old saying goes, ff you drive, don't drink! Capito? On Sale Now! THE NORTH END Where It All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone SALE PRICE $19.95 Plus Shipping & Handling On Site at The Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani Riot Police, left to right: Hal Linden, Ron Glass, Max "Gaff, Steve Landesberg, Ron Carey and James Gregory, deliv- ered the laughter on "Barney Miller." HOW DO YOU SPELL THAT? The death of "Barney Milier" actor Steve Landesberg, who played Detective Dietrich, reminded me of my favorite line from the series. It took placebetween Sergeant Wojciehowicz, played by Max Gall, on how his last name was spelled. A suspect sitting across from the sergeant'.s desk says, "How do you spell Woj ciehowicz? And Wojciehowicz responds, "Just the way it sounds." FROM THE YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING DEPT. Chuck Turner asked a fed- eral judge on December 30 to give him back his City Council job. In his lawsuit, he says his rights were vio- lated when the Council voted to expel him. Turner's lawyer, Chester Darling said, "I consider him a sit- ting city councilor and the votes were void." Turner was convicted in October in federal court of taking a $1,000 bribe. His sentencing is scheduled for this month. Darling stated that the City Council "sub- jectively" bounced him for not meeting the Council's "personal standards." How- ever, former City Council president Michael Ross be- lieves the Council was on solid legal footing. Darling wants his client re-instated and given his back pay due him. He prob- ably believes in the tooth fairy too. E.B. IMMIGRATION STATION TO GO SOON An old broken relic of Boston's immigrant past is about to disappear from our view. The nearly 100-year- old building is being demol- ished as we read this. The old building once making history is now becoming history. It processed some 23,000 immigrants from 1920-1954. Last year, the Boston Landmarks Com- mission ruled the building not a historic landmark. The building, which opened in April 1920, is currently owned by Massport. Back in 1934, the infamous Charles Ponzi was detained there for months while awaiting his deportation. During WWII, Nazi and Italian P.O.W.s were held in the building. While many folks from East Boston consider the building historic, others just see it as an eyesore. CHANGES FOR THE NEW YEAR Recently, two members of the State Department of Mental Health Police Depart- ment in Boston transferred to other law enforcement agencies. Officer Chris Milano of Quincy is in train- ing for the Suffolk County Sheriff Office and Officer Andrew Cambria of Revere is now attending the State Police Academy down in Florida. Good luck to both officers. WIKLERSON SON EYES DISTRICT 7 SEAT Former State Senator Dianne Wilkerson's son, Cornell Mills is eyeing Chuck Turner's open Dis- trict 7 Council seat. Accord- ing to incoming State Rep- resentative Carlos Henri- quez, "He (Mills) under- stands the political land- scape in Boston and Dis- trict 7." Added former State Senator Bill Owens, "I have met him several times and he seems to be edu- cated, articulate and seems to have ~ood common sense." Mills is a licensed real estate broker. The pre- liminary on February 15 could be quite crowded and it appears that the final on March 15 could see Mills and Tito Jackson taking on each other because these two guys have the highest level of name recognition. IN 2010, BOSTON LOOKED LIKE TV'S "SOUTHLAND" As I read my Boston Globe on December 31, I noticed a page one-story on Boston's homicide numbers for 2010. The death toll rose nearly 50 percent since last year. With several hours to go before the New Year takes hold, 72 lives were lost .in Boston, many of them quite young and innocent As a special state police officer for over 25 years, I long ago recognized that the police are the second line of defense in a commu- nity of people. Primary sup- port systems include firstly families, community lead- ers and the religious com- munity. Police usually enter the picture to find the kill- ers, but to date only 27 of these murders have been solved. Folks had unrealistic hopes that when former Lowell Police Chief Ed Davis took over as police commis- sioner that he would bring new insight to decrease the violence that roars through the neighborhoods of this city. Reality is that neither the police nor elected politicians can undo the dysfunction that breeds the violence. I looked at the graphs on 2010 homicides and alone B-2, B-3 and C-I 1 (Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan) accounted for 76.3 percent of all Boston's murders. You can put police on every corner and it would be nothing but a show of force and good public rela- tions. In reality, the only way to stop the killings in our neighborhoods is for the neighborhood folks to be- come their own security. Leaders in the community need to be the eyes and ears of their communities. They also need to be the commu- nities' heart and soul. If the neighborhoods and the police aren't working to- gether as* a team, next year's murder rate won't be significantly any better than this year. THE PRADO NEEDS AN UPDATE When James Michael Curley came up with the "Prado" idea for the North End neighborhood during his third term in the midst of the Depression, it was welcomed by neighborhood folks because it brought the feel of one of those European public squares. During the fifties when I was a little kid from Saluta- tion Street, the park was al- ways used and not just in warm weather. In recent years, the area seems to have gone downhill. It has turned into a shortcut for tourists traveling back and forth between the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House. Even on great sum- mer days, you rarely see folks relaxing or eating lunch there. This place shouldn't just belong to tourists or pigeons. It is a place for the commu- nity to decompress in, a place for parents to take tod- dlers to and a place for the elderly to reflect on their lives in this great neighbor- hood. Whenever I go up to Old Montreal, I always find my way to the Plaza at Av- enue Jacques Cartier where a fountain flows and vendors sell food from their carts lined up along the place. It brings peace to those availing themselves of this special place. Even down at Federal Hill in Providence, there's a Eu- ropean like plaza where folks can stop, rest their weary feet and relax a bit. I think it is time for both City Hall and the neigh- borhood to work together on restoring this plaza in the North End. Curley's vision for this public space needs to be remembered and built on for the 21st century. 'I ,! ! ! I