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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY12, 2010 NEWS S R I E F S (FROM rr~ NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by Or~io Z. ITALY AND CHINA: A NEW JOINT VENTURE. The Pirelli Corporation, the giant Italian tire maker which is credited for creating the "belted tire", has further consolidated its presence in China by investing 50 million euro in the en- vironment field in which Italy has gained a significant po- sition over the past ten years. Pirelli President Marco Tronchetti Provera, while in China a few weeks ago (2009), explained that the factory to be built will be managed by a joint venture with the Chinese group Hixih, a partner with Pirelli since 2005, in the production of tires; it will be built at Yanzhou, in the province of Shandong (Northern China) where the Italian company already owns two factories for the production of tires. The Pirelli president also explained that over the next three years the investment will reach 50 million euro, and with growth of the market, and also demand, the new production line may well produce 100,000 pieces. We have also learned that the new initiative has been supported by both the Italian and Chinese Ministries of Environment. One particular protocol, signed in Beijing by an official of the Italian Ministry of Environment by the City of Beijing and by the Pirelli Company, calls for the installation of special filters in all cars to prevent pollution. TAX DODGING IN ITALY: THE CONTINUING SAGA. The Italian Revenue Agency has recently announced ten bil- lion euro never reported was discovered by the Fiscal Agents (Guardia di Finanza). Also, 2.8 billion euro was returned to the State coffers, while 6,000 people were investigated and much closer attention placed on wealthy taxpayers. How- ever, one problem still persists: the hiding of capital in fis- cal paradises abroad. With regard to the latter, specialized fiscal officials and agents will focus their attention in in- vestigating the disappearance of capital which amount, for the first eight months of 2009, to over ten billion euro ($14 billion). The frequent discovery of tax dodgers in Italy is due to an increase of tax evaders, particularly by the rich crowd. ITALY RESPONDS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO SEEK A REFUGE. Recently a new law has been added to the books. Now anyone who tries to sneak into Italy commits a crime. This law became effective in August (2009) when the two branches of the Italian Parliament approved the final version of the bill. It contains a variety of causes. One concerns cases of "arranged marriages", another deals specifically with child abuse of all kinds, another with the confiscation of property of illegal origin, and to the extension of clandes- tine residence to a period of 180 days as ascertained in the centers of identification, and expulsion from the Italian land. The only clandestine who will not be expelled will be those who come to work in homes as domestics. These people can remain but only if their employer pays a "una tantum" sum of 500 euro. This law also deals with those who offend a public official. In short, the new immigrants, especially the illegal aliens, are warned to never use insulting phrases at any of the highest officials of the State, e.g., never call ... Berlusconi a ... salame! DEADLINE STOPPER: on Eagle Wings, BC Wins Beanpot 4-3/ by Bob DeCristoforo It really was an exciting struck again on a goal by Beanpot final, but what do Barry Almeida. Let's see, you expect when the final- Score Be-4, BU-1. Over, no ists are BC and BU. There was even a vision of Wash- ington DC when BU Coach Jack Parker, down 4-3, pulled netminder Kieran Millan for an extra skater with a little under two minutes to go. Yes, the BU Terrier still has bite, but this year the Beanpot, deservingly so, goes to Be. Kevin Shattenkirk put BU ahead at 13:36 of the first period much to the delight of the "Red and White" fan- atics. Boson College struck back big time, early and of- ten in period two. At 1:01 Freshman Steve Whitney tied it up. Senior Carl Sneep put the Eagles ahead at 12:33 and freshman Chris Kreider's spectacular goal, assisted by Jimmy Hayes made it 3-1 sending the "new" Garden to new heights! At 4:22 of the third period BC wayl With 9:00 on the clock Dave Warsofsky (BU) made it 4-2, and at 17:14 Colby Cohen (BU) made it 4-3! Momentum has certainly shifted, but BC goaltender John Muse didn't. The final Be-4, BU-3. Goaltender Muse was named Beanpot MVP. Eagles take home the 58th Beanpot Championship. In the Consolation game Tyler McNeely and Greg Costa gave Northeastern a 2-0 lead, and the Huskies never looked back. Harvard's Coner Morrison did cut the lead to 2-1 halfway through the game, but period three was all Northeastern and all Wade Macleod, who scored two goals. Northeastern wins 4-1. Last week I thought the Beanpot was losing some of its magic, this week the magic is back the Beanpot now resides at Be. Go Eagles! 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 QUOTE OF THE WEEK "Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism." Howard Zinn, noted '60s professor at B.U. who passed away recently at age 87 SAY GOOD-BYE TO VIVA VIAGRA Reacting to scrutiny from the Food and Drug Adminis- tration, Pfizer like other drug companies are toning down those E.D. commercials. Gone are those middle-aged bikers singing "Viva Viagra" which will be replaced by an old guy talking with his doctor. Doesn't sound very exciting to me and I liked that "Viva Viagra" tune. QUINN SCHOLARSHIP DINNER, APRIL 10 Back on April 4, 1970, the first annual scholarship in honor of Michael Quinn was held at Memorial Hall on Green Street in Charles- town. This year the 41st scholarship dinner will be held at the Malden Irish American Club on the Medford-Malden border on West Street in Malden. This year's dinner will be salut- ing Sean G. Smith, a 2009 graduate of Boston Latin School and a member of Boston University's Class of 2013. He is the son of Mary Anne Regan. This year's featured speaker will be Brigadier General Lew Craparotta, ADC, Marine Division. Renan Fitzpatrick is get- ting, as he says, for an evening of saluting Sean and his family, and perpetu- ating Michael's noble cour- age and character, will con- tinue the tradition of Quinn Scholars". For more infor- mation and tickets, you can call Renan Fitzpatrick at 617-242-5493. HAPPY 30th ANNIVERSARY TO PATTY SUPREY Happy 30th anniversary to Charlestown's Patty Suprey for being the City of Boston's first female basketball player to score 1,000 points. Recently, she was inducted into the Boston State/UMass Boston's Women's Basket- ball Hall of Fame. HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS FUNDRAISER Homes For Our Troops hosted a community fund- raiser at Florian Hall re- cently. Homes For Our Troops is a national non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c) (3) out- fit founded in 2004. It assists severely injured service- men and servicewomen and their immediately families by raising funds to coordi- nate the process of build- ing a home that allows for the ability to live life more independently. The Florian Hall event was well attended and featured the music of "Dukes of Disco" DJ Dru Errico. For more information on Homes for Our Troops, you can con- tact Christine McGuiggan at 617-335-3285, Jeanine Mclnnis at 617-875-4280 or Dan Mclnnis at 617-875- 4270. GREEN HILL AVENUE??? Former Reebok head honcho Paul Fireman and other Hub executives are helping to launch a I0- year effort to turn Blue Hill Avenue "green." Local busi- ness leaders, Mayor Tom Menino and the cast of WGBH-TWs "This Old House" joined together to launch the creation of the Partner- ship for Greening Blue Hill Avenue. The $250,000 ini- tiative aims to train 200 young people to work as certified technicians who will weatherize 1,000 homes in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury. The aim of the program is creating jobs, "greening" homes and increasing neighborhood health and wellness. DON'T FORGET "CHARLESTOWN LIVE" "Charlestown Live," the TV show all about Charlestown airs every Thursday at 6:30pm on Comcast, Chan- nel 9. Reruns air Saturday at 8pm and Monday at 10:30am. It is MUST pro- gramming for Charlestown residents. PROF. HOWARD ZINN, RIP Yeah, that's right. This aging conservative baby boomer remembers radical history professor Howard Zinn from Boston University in a positive way. Back in my college days, in the middle of the Vietnam War, I wasn't afraid to listen to all sides before making up my own mind. 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