of the year
YEAR 2001 IN SARDINIA - A YEAR OF "ISOLA SARDA" NEWSLETTERS
2001 has ended. Hurray for 2001! It's
time to take stock of the past twelve months. The "Isola Sarda"
Newsletter, a weekly summary of the most important events occurring in Sardinia,
can help us to remember how this past year, which is about to come to an end,
At the beginning of 2001, the news of the moment was the "Mad Cow"
epidemic. Luckily, this worrying phenomenon touched our Region only
marginally and notwithstanding thousands of inspections, only one case of
infection was verified. Unfortunately, however, our Island featured
prominently in the outbreak of another infection. Although harmless to
human beings, it affected the sheep farms very badly. Tens of thousands of heads
of sheep were slaughtered because of the so-called "Blue Tongue Syndrome"
and the entire breeding sector was brought to its knees. The vaccination
of the animals, which could have at least reduced the damage, will only just be
carried out with much delay during 2002.
From a meteorological point of view, Winter and Spring were rather wet.
The Island's 40 water basins gathered some rather positive statistics if
compared with those recorded during certain drought-ridden years in the past.
The real drawback, if these statistics are compared to seasonal averages, was
the Autumn period or rather what should have been Autumn and instead ended up
being a continuation of Summer. Never in living memory have an October and
November been so hot as in 2001, evidently a sign that seasonal patterns are
With regard to the economy, 2001 witnessed the continuing ascent of Tiscali,
which established itself as the national leader of the so-called "new
market" companies. At the same time, it expanded to become a European
company through the purchase of a number of companies on the Continent.
2001 will be remembered as the year of the "Parco Geominerario" [geo-mining
park]. The hard battle fought by the workers (and by Regional Councillor
Pinna), who locked themselves in the mines as a sign of protest, eventuated in
the clearance of some bureaucratic red tape and the final approval for the
go-ahead to this important park. It is hoped that this will represent a
new way of managing the economy in Sardinia and that it will clear the way to
the development of the Gennargentu National Park (put on hold by the Sardinians
themselves) and of other "Regional Parks".
What featured most prominently from April to December was news about the
important so-called "Continuita' Territoriale", that is to say the
long-held dream for Sardinians to be able to take advantage of reasonable fares
for their trips to the mainland. After a number of ups and downs and an
experiment that involved an international tender for the allocation of the
routes to the airlines, there were many controversies, appeals, discussions and
threats but in the end it was a cause for a New Year celebration. The
first discounted flights took off.
There were also positive moves with regard to maritime links. A new
operator entered into the market on the Cagliari-Civitavecchia and Olbia-Leghorn
and new ferries like the Tirrenia Lines "Bithia" on the Porto
Still on the subject of the economy, 2001 was going to be the year in which
Cagliari's "Porto Canale" project was definitely going to be launched.
The project was to be a massive one, which would have taken 20 years to
complete. Instead, the port had hardly any freight movements during the
year, even thought the first cargo ship did arrive in February.
The "Cartiera" factory in Arbatax is another ailing industrial centre.
The Piemonte-based "Nebiolo" group purchased it and a new start-up in
production is expected in 2002.
On the political front, elections were held in May and 27 representatives from
the Island were elected to the national parliament. Of these, 16 are from
an alliance of centre-right parties and eleven from the centre-right. The
centre-right alliance also had a majority win in the mayoral elections held in
the most important municipalities on the Island. In October the Regional
Council suffered a crisis and this led to Mario Floris' resignation and the
election of Mauro Pili, the Island's heir apparent to Silvio Berlusconi.
2001 was a negative year with regard to the protection of the natural
environment. It began in May with the decimation of flamingo nests caused
by stray dogs in the Molentargius pond and then in Summer, human beings carried
on with this vandalistic behaviour. We then witnessed the now usual
slaughter of dolphins carried out by fishermen without scruples. As well,
there was the theft of the very, very fine sand from the beaches of Is Aruttas
and the vandalism of natural monuments on the coast of Baunei. And last
but not least, there was the incredible tourist who tried to leave the beach in
Calasetta with a specimen of the Caretta Caretta sea turtle under his arm.
So as to remind us that it isn't only the tourists who behave badly, it was a
bunch of local hooligans who caused the death of young man of 22 by throwing
rocks at passing cars at Arzachena. Furthermore, we shouldn't forget
24-year-old Vittorio Greco, the young man who lost his life trying to save two
Galtellì boys who were having difficulties in the sea off the Golfo di Orosei.
The demolition of the Baia delle Ginestre in Teulada in June raised some
controversies. It led to the restoration of legality and a warning
was issued not indulge in anything similar in the future. However, it has
also led to unemployment in a depressed area and it has created an environmental
blot on the landscape because the rubble is still there on show for all to see.
There were still numerous forest fires this year but luckily, no one was killed
and the number of hectares destroyed wasn't particularly high.
In 2001 there was another increase in the acts of violence in the Barbagia area,
which included numerous criminal acts. Fortunately there were no
kidnappings during the year but there has been an increase in hold-ups, both of
private citizens and banks. The latter, in particular, were attacked on
numerous occasions with the so-called "excavator" system whereby the
robbers destroy the actual structure containing the automatic teller and go
escape with the entire "Bancomat" in tow.
Sardinian culture and its language in particular was the subject of debate
during the year. The "Lingua Sarda Unificata" (LSU) [Unified
Sardinian Language], a language primarily based on the Lugodorese was presented
as a possible candidate in the attempt to create a single language for the
entire Island. We don't know whether this proposal will have a large
following but the first objections have already been lodged, particularly from
the Campidano area, in defence of the other versions of the Sardinian language.
2001 was a year of mixed fortunes for Island sport. Soccer is the most
popular sport but for the Cagliari team it was a very negative year. It
began the year with great hopes of being promoted to the top championship league
only to find itself relegated to the insignificant placings in the middle of the
B League championship. The new championship began even worse and the
Cagliari team is now involved in a battle to avoid relegation to the C1 League
in the next championship round. In the C League, the Torres team managed a
good showing by coming close in the play-offs for promotion to the B League.
In the current championship, it started off badly but it is now in clear
recovery. The Dinamo Sassari basketball team was constantly in the lead in
the B1 League but it failed miserably in its effort go gain promotion to the
First Division. Rays of hope come from the Torres Women's Soccer Team.
The ladies from Sassari have won their umpteenth national championship shield.
Finally, it wasn't exactly a fantastic year for our Isola Sarda site. The
Internet has changed compared to the pioneer times when we first started our
activities. Today, there is greater interest in the ephemeral and the
futile, whilst our site always and only deals with the culture, the nature and
the people of Sardinia, which is certainly not the most fashionable of subjects.
Its content is made up of contributions of text and images sent in by the
visitors to the site. This year, however, we received less material
compared to previous years. The number of visitors remains high and the
messages from our migrants and fans of Sardinia encourage us to carry on.
The Newsletter too, yes the one you are reading at this moment represents for
many the only way they can keep informed about events on the Island, thanks to
Happy New Year to you all!
Isola Sarda Webmaster
RAIN - BOSA FEARS RIVER TEMO
Finally it's raining in Sardinia and rivers are running again. The almost
dry basins are swelling considerably and in some places, it's rained even too
much. In Planargia, the river Temo has broken its banks and some
tributaries, in places have flooded streets. In Bosa, the houses in the
centre of town, risk being invaded by the waters if the level doesn't subside.
To make matters worse, a very strong Mistral wind is slowing down the run-off to
PIRATE DRIVER KILLS 2 PEOPLE
Fabrizio Manca and Sandro Caria were killed by a hit-and-run car whilst crossing
Viale Monastir on the outskirts of Cagliari. The driver has since been
identified and arrested.
FROM THE MEDICAL WORLD
Two good pieces of news and one bad, from the island's medical world:
- A bone marrow transplant has been performed in Cagliari, on a patient
suffering with multiple sclerosis and leukaemia. This is the third such
operation to be executed, in the world.
- At the Brotzu Hospital in Cagliari, for the first time in Sardinia, a double
transplant of heart and liver, has been carried out.
- In Modena, a Sardinian surgeon Antonio Pinna, performed the first intestinal
transplant to be done in Italy. Pinna, after having operated in U.S.A.,
wished to return to Srdinia, but the University Polyclinic of Cagliari, closed
its doors in his face.
MORE WATER THAN LAST YEAR
Following the abundant rainfall of December, the 40 basins of Sardinia hold
about 100 million cubic meters more water, than last year, and the rainy season
is not yet over. We now await a relaxation in the water restrictions.
ARBOREA - THE TOMB OF THE JUDGES
Documented proof seems to confirm the theory that the remains of the judges of
Arborea be buried under the flooring of the Cathedral in Oristano.
Although it is now against the law to smoke in offices and public places, this
bad habit continues to flourish in Italy. In the Quartu Council office,
usher Daniele Piras, suffering from emphysema of the lungs, conducts his battle
against inveterate smokers.
LUNA POP DEVASTATE CAGLIARI BAR
Unknown and maltreated until a few months ago, the musical group Luna Pop,
heroes of Cagliari's New Year's Eve celebrations, (demanding a fee of 500
million lire), after having welcomed the new year on stage, ended the
festivities by devastating a bar in the centre of the city.
MAD COW TEST
In order to withstand global competition, the two most important milk producing
companies in Sardinina, the 3C of Arborea and the Coopla of Sassari, are ready
to merge so as to form a group with a turnover of 200 billion lire circa.
PORTOVESME - FEAR AT
A Dutch merchant ship carrying blende and galena, risked capsizing off
Portovesme. The cargo had shifted in the hold, endangering the stability
of the vessel.
In soccer Cagliari beat Genoa 3-0 and Torres won 3-2 in Sicily against Catania.
In basketball, Cagliari was beaten by Sassari who rises victoriously to first
category. In the A2 volley-ball, Cagliari beat Fano.
HAPPY ENDING FOR SPELAEOLOGISTS
Imprisoned for 60 hours in the valley of Sa Oche, Oliena, owing to flooding of
the entrance, the 5 young cave explorers were never in any serious danger.
There was certain controversy, owing to the high cost their rescue involved.
We, of Isola Sarda invite all excursionists to take care, though the unexpected
may always happen. We admire nature-lovers who wish to explore the
outdoors rather than lock themselves away in four walls of cement.
LIFE SENTENCE FOR LOTUS ELAN KILLERS
The two brothers frm Assemini who murdered Roberto Baldussi, received life
imprisonment and a 20-year sentence respectively. Their motive was to
steal Baldussi's red Lotus Elan.
BOMB FACTORY IN DOMUSNOVAS?
The company SEI, awaiting financing, wishes to open a plant for the production
of a plastic esplosive.
RESEARCH CENTRES REDUCED
Research centres of the CNR in Sardinia, though successful also on an
international scale, will however be reduced, four to one. 60 workers risk
losing their jobs.
VALENTINA UCCHEDDU STOPS JUMPING
Over the past 20years, Valentina Uccheddu has represented the island's sporting
panorama. After having participated in 3 Olympic Games, as many world
events and having established the Italian record in the Long Jump on various
occasions, she has decided to abandon competitive sports and turn to sports
PLAN for TUVIXEDDU BEGINS
After waiting 20 years, the Regional council has given the starting signal to
recuperate the important archeological area within the urban range of Cagliari.
An overhead roadway will be built, together with a residential centre for
circa 2000 inhabitants.
'ISOLA SARDA' SITE BECOMES A
The island's leading newspaper, the Unione Sarda, has launched two initiatives
concerning the web, namely: isardinelmondo.it and
vaisardegna.it. It pleases us greatly after 4 years since the birth of
Isola Sarda (http://isolasarda.com), even
others have decided to aim at spreading the Sard nature and culture, and not
only the commercial aspects tied to turism. Vaisardegna.it is very
similar to Isola Sarda, both in content and graphics, but we're not jealous.
Ours is a non-profit enterprise, having no support, and our goals are
necessarily limited. We are happy to be copied and it makes us understand
that the road we took 4 years ago, when Internet was not the mass phenomenon it
is today, was the right one. It is another reason for us to continue.
Furthermore, without there being any contact between the two editorials, in the
section Recen-siti of vaisardegna.it (http://recensiti.vaisardegna.it/layout3.asp?IDCategoria=1),
you will find a review precisely of our site. It is a review that
expresses flattering judgement and gathers the unique elements of our work, and
therefore, the internationalisation and spontaneous cooperation between the
users and the network.
HOOLIGAN KILLED BY LABOURER FROM LULA
Insulted and attacked by a group of hooligans at the Mestre station, Vito Serra,
a 50year old labourer from Lula, reacted to the aggression by fatally
stabbing 30year old Massimo Belmonte. The injured workman is at present in
hospital, under guard.
LILLI GRUBER'S FATHER DIES
In the attempt to climb a wall in his garden at Torre delle Stelle, the
giornalist's father fell onto the rocks. He died an hour later.
A SARDINIAN CARDINAL AFTER 123 YEARS
Monsignor Francesco Pompedda from Ozieri, is one of the 36 new cardinals
nominated by the Pope. Pompedda is at present a "Minister of Justice"
in the Vatican.
Thanks to the ready intervention of her girlfriends who received a goodbye
message on their mobile phone, a High School student from Nuoro was saved from
her suicide attempt by swallowing sleeping pills.
BSE SYNDROME ALSO IN SARDINIA
Although no cases of 'Mad Cow' disease have yet been proven on the island, the
consequences are being felt as with the rest of Europe. In Arborea, the
milk producing capital of Sardinia, there is alarm at the discovery in the
silos, of the law-forbidden fodder containing animal-flour arriving from
BAD PERIOD FOR NAVIGATION
*On board the Majestic, a Grimaldi ship connecting Genova with Pt.Torres, a fire
developed in a refrigerated truck, causing great concern to the 230 passengers,
who however, ran no risk.
*Another accident occurred outside the port of Livorno, when Tirrenia's
cargo ferry collided with a fishing vessel.
***** (news of 15th January not published in the previous newsletter) *****
PRISONERS IN GROTTO
Four Sard youths and one Bolivian girl were blocked inside a cave in the
Lanaittu valley (Oliena-Nuoro). The grotto was flooded after a heavy
downpour, making it impossible for them to emerge.
SARD EXPORT - RISING
According to the latest reports on exports from various Italian regions,
Sardinia registers an excellent percentage in increase (+58%), though it results
having the fifth-last place in total value.
MASTER PLAN MEETS MAYORS' APPROVAL
The mayors of Arzachena and Olbia are in favour of the design in regional laws
which abolishes the 14 Landscape Plans, opening the road to the new Master Plan.
SPORT : BAD - CAGLIARI, GOOD - TORRES
Gloomy period for Cagliari who lost to Terni (1-0) receiving even 2 expulsions.
Following the results of the last matches (only 2 points in the last 4), the
Bellotto team lost contact with the first places in classification.
Instead Torres, won 2-1 against Castel di Sangro and is now
in 5th place in classification in the C1 championship.
In Basketball, Cagliari trained by Carosi, won with Mestre, but remains in a
delicate spot in classification. The Bank of Sassari continues its run,
winning against Riva del Garda, but only after extra time.
MORE BAD WEATHER
After a brief period of fine weather at the beginning of the new year, it's
started raining again, especially in the North of Sardinia. There has been
flooding in Olbia with the Cedrino River breaking its banks.
CAGLIARI - TELEPHONES IN TILT
For the past 10 days, after copious rains at the end of the last year, hundreds
of Cagliaritani are
without telephone connection. Problems
for both subscribers and the Telecom.
The administrators of the Park, met with the provincial councils of Nuoro, the
regional council and also the environment minister. Together they decided
to declare themselves against the decree to form a protected oasis of
Gennargentu. The bonds on the Park's area, decided upon in 1998 and
suspended until today, are now active. The local administration, never
before having espressed their assent, are revolting against a measure from above,
regarding their territories and threaten to hand in their notice.
FOREST RANGER KILLED IN CARDEDU
Paolino Mulas, forest ranger of 47yrs old, was murdered in the countryside of
Cardedu (Nu). Whoever killed him, made Mulas kneel; he was then shot in
the neck. The motive for the barbaric crime is unknown.
Flooding in Sant'Anna Arresi and the land surrounding the swamps of Porto Pino,
also the fraction of Gutturu Saidu. Chia, the Iglesiente and Bosa
have registered the biggest problems caused by heavy rainfall and river
overflows. The temperature fell half way through the week and also
Sardinia is swept by the cold wave covering Southern Italy. Snow has
fallen on all the high points of the island and the ski establishments of Bruncu
Spina are in full operation.
ORISTANO - STUDENTS' HOUSE
Never completed in 30 years, the students' house in Oristano, lies half in ruins.
The Court of Cassation is investigating the wasted billions. For the first
time, a dossier has been discovered, revealing mysteries costing 1,400million
lire, while the Council now wishes to spend another 2 billion.
MAYOR DELOGU - HANDS IN NOTICE
Cagliari's Mayor, Mariano Delogu has retired from office, in order to
participate in the coming elections for the Senate of the Republic.
ANOTHER 20 YEARS FOR MATTEO BOE
The ex-fugitive is considered the boss of the gang which kidnapped the Roman
builder Giulio De Angelis, in 1988 on the Costa Smeralda.
3 SARDS - COMMUTING BANDITS
Only hours after a hold-up, three Sardinian bandits were immobilized. They
flew between Sardinia and Romagna and the Marche, where they held-up small post
offices. Pietro Addis, 48yrs, Nuorese, was the 'look-out', Antonio Loi,
42yrs of Sorradile and Massimiliano Marongiu, 23yrs, of Goni, must all answer to
robbery and offences against public property. All three men are previous
ORTACESUS: REGIONAL KENNELS
"Dogs' Town" has been born in Ortacesus. It will house strays
from the whole of the island. This is the first "health" kennel
in Sardinia. Our 4-legged friends will find refuge and care from the
sick-bay to the operating theatre, from the ward for treating parassites to the
kitchen, from rehabilitation areas to the sterilization ward.
Edition number 19 of "Jazz in Sardinia", will offer Cagliari seven
appointments from 21 February to 2 April in the Piccolo Auditorium. There
will be Afro-American stars, from James Carter to Carmen Lundy, from Al Foster,
who will open the review, to Gonzalo Rubalcaba. The South-american
guitarist / singer Joao Bosco will be performing and for the Italian music,
ART: THE INGRAO COLLECTION
In the Council Gallery of the Public Gardens in Cagliari, completely restored
for the occasion, there was the inauguration exposition of masterpieces in
paintings of 1900, taken from the Ingrao collection, the Roman collector who
died two years ago.
For the first time in the history of the city's stadium, violent disputes took
place between the Cagliari "ultras" and the police force. What
triggered the fighting was the rivality between the Cagliari - Treviso fans,
though the problems began at the ticket office during check-ups. Some 17
policemen were injured and about 15 people are being questioned.
FAMILY'S MIRACULOUS ESCAPE
In the centre of Sennori, a 2-story building crumbled only minutes after its
occupants fled. One of the children in the family noticed the crack in the
wall and gave the alarm.
FLORIS AGAINST AMATO ON ELECTION DAY
The Sardinian Regional President, Mario Foris, together with his 'Polo'
colleagues who administer the region by special statute (Sicily and Friuli), are
busy in a dispute with the Government over fixing the date of the coming council
elections. Following example, also our president is trying to create
problems for the Government. The Opposition invites Floris to mind his
impelling regional business.
LORENZI - FALSE KIDNAPPING
Fourteen months reclusion for simulated offence: Justice has presented the bill
to Stefano Lorenzi, the protagonist in the kidnapping farce of last October.
5000 YEAR OLD VASE
During the diggings in Masainas, a neolithic vase was found, dating circa five
thousand years ago. The decoration representing the Goddess Turriga, is
clearly visible in one clay fragment.
NO REPRIEVE FOR MESINA
The Tribunal of Asti refused the request presented by the defensors of Sardinia's
most famous bandit, Graziano Mesina. They begged reprieve of life
imprisonment. Now, the only hope for "Grazianeddu" is to be
LURAS WANTED A LYNCHING
Four bandits attempted to hold-up a jeweller's in centre Luras, but warned by a
boy who noted the scene, the Carabinieri succeeded in surrounding the building,
forcing the bandits to surrender and after, protecting them from a furious crowd.
SANTADI: AN ENGLISH COUNCILLOR OF ARTS
The council of Santadi has nominated the 45 year old Londoner, Jeff Grosch, as
Councillor of Arts. He and his wife from Santadi moved to the Sulcis, 14
years ago, in love with the "land of no winter".
CAMPANIA'S RUBBISH IN SARDINIA?
Provocation in bad taste comes from leaders on the Sorrentina coast, in urgent
trouble over their rubbish disposal. They suggest "using ferries to
transport the garbage to be disposed of in Cagliari.
KINSELLA GIVES NOTICE TO TISCALI
James Kinsella gave in his notice yesterday from the position of administrator,
delegated by the society born after its fusion with the Dutch World Online.
His reason being through various differences of opinion with the president,
CAGLIARI - WATER RESTRICTIONS CONTINUE
Notwithstanding the heavy rainfalls of the past two months, Cagliari still
suffers water restrictions and the city's supply is still interrupted every day
at 3pm. The Flumendosa basin which provides Cagliari with water, although
rising, is still far from its full capacity, not to speak of the numerous
leakages in the network of pipes.
BRONZE CRUCIFIX ON MT.TUTTAVISTA
The Council of Galtelli has decided to erect the 12mt.tall bronze statue of
Christ, created by the Prof.of Sculpture, Pedro Terron Manrique of the
Universidad Complutense of Madrid.
SAILING - WORLD
At the end of June, the Golfo degli Angeli will be host to the sixth world
sailing championship, for '60 foot' trimarans. Unofficially, Cagliari is
candidate number 1.
CANAL PORT - FIRST MERCHANT SHIP
After 27 years in construction, Cagliari's canal port received its first
merchant ship, a French vessel, 275mts long, carrying foodstuffs.
PILI UNDER ESCORT
Graffiti threatening Mauro Pili with death, have alarmed Police and political
circles to the point of speaking of terrorism. However, pre-election
campaigns are in full swing.
CAGLIARI IN MASKS
To the rhythm of the "ratantira", the Carneval celebrations are under
way in the streets of the historical centre in Cagliari.
Cagliari tied 1-1 with Salernitana in a home match. Now it's only 4
lengths from the promotion zone and must confront 3 difficult matches. It
is a criticaland decisive moment for the Bellotto team, who might have to
abandon all hope of returning to the A series. Also Torres, beaten by
Avellino 2-1, is having a bad run, but for the Sassaresi, their aim was not a
promotion into B.
CAPOTERRA - SHOOTING AGAINST POACHERS
Two Forest Rangers from Capoterra, intent on their anti-poaching service in the
St. Lucia area, were injured by a road-pirate car carrying two people. The
Rangers opened fire and hit the car.
MAD COW - ANIMAL FLOUR FOUND IN SARDINIAN CATTLE-FARMS
The local health authority (Aziende Sanitarie Locali - ASL) has targeted a barn
in Quartu and a sheep pen in Pula. During an inspection at Quartu,
residues of animal bones and tissue were found. The packaging, however,
listed only vegetable ingredients.
RUN OVER BY CARNEVALE FLOAT
Three boys were seriously injured last Thursday at Calangianus during a Fat
Thursday pageant. On passing through the Piazza, one of the floats took a
bad turn by mistake and veered against a wall.
INQUIRY INTO THE S.A.R.A.S. GAS PLANT
The Magistrature in Cagliari is undertaking an inquiry into S.A.R.A.S.'
operations. It appears that production waste residues from a gasification
plant utilised for the cogeneration of electrical energy from the refinery in
Sarroch were found. These are highly pollutant materials and it's not
clear where and how these would be disposed of.
SARA PALMAS - ITALIAN FEMALE CHAMPION
During the peak indoor athletics championships in Turin, the female athlete from
Nuoro won the Italian title in the 1,500 metres and at the same time,
established a new Sardinian record (4'15.90 compared to the previous record of
Out of 64 rides, eleven stars were targeted successfully. The leader of
the race (the Componidori) manages to hit his target with his carved wooden
stick (su stoccu) but not before having fallen on some bales of hay which,
according to the tradition, represents premonitions which certainly aren't good.
The live telecast of the Sartiglia was transmitted via satellite by the regional
channel, Videolina. A ceremony was also held to celebrate the Sister City
partnership between Oristano and the Spanish City of Ciutadella de Minorca where
an event similar to the Sartiglia is also held.
The Cagliari team, beaten in Verona by the Chievo team 2-1, is sadly distancing
itself from the top of the placings list thereby disappointing the fans and the
team's President, Cellino, who had replaced coach Bellotto. Giuseppe
Materazzi now sits in Bellotto's place on the Cagliari bench.
Sassari won the Cagliari-Sassari basketball derby in the B1 Series. In the
A2 Series volley, Cagliari beats Piacenza and goes to third place on the
POLAR TEMPERATURES ON THE WHOLE ISLAND
Winter is about to end but is firing its last bullets. The other night at
Illorai, in the heart of the Goceano, the temperature fell to -10°.
CLUBBED TO DEATH
Rosa Asole, 66yr old pensioner from Santa Maria Coghinas, was found dead
yesterday morning in her home where she lived alone. Her lover, 73yr
old Luciano Pinna from Cabras confessed to the murder. Motive: The woman
wanted him to marry her.
ROME: WHITE SMOKE FOR GEO-MINERAL PARK
After a long tug-of-war between mayors, provinces, ministeries and Region, the
Minister Bordon signs the outline for the order to make ready 38 billion lire.
There is still a long way to go, but this week a decided step forward has
certainly been taken.
RUINAS: MAN-HUNT FOR KILLER
After killing 36yr old Pierpaolo Meloni and wounding 46yr old Dino Secci, the
presumed murderer Mario Lostia, has gone into hiding. The Carabinieri have
begun a man-hunt in the surrounding countryside.
SEUI: ARMED HOLD-UP
After holding-up the Post Office in Seui, the robbers escaped in a car, shooting
at random with a rifle to clear the way in the town's centre streets.
Fortunately, no victims, but much fear among passers-by.
Notwithstanding the change in tecnique, Cagliari continues to disappoint us and
seems to have abandoned all vain desire for promotion. An exciting finale
when she tied with Piacenza at St.Elia - no goals.
ASSESSOR'S LIFE THREATENED
The regional urbanistic assessor Sergio Milia, has received death-threatening
letters. Among the accusations, apart from his wishing to fill-in the Sard
coastline with cement, under the name of Berlusconi, is also that of his being a
''colonizer''. In Sassari, the right-wing and the left-wing agree: '' It's
an episode not to be under-estimated.''
CARNIVAL COSTUME CATCHES FIRE
A 12yr old girl from Mamoiada had a dramatic conclusion to her carnival
celebrations when her dress caught fire as she entered the piazza in masquerade.
More than 30% of her body was badly burned. She is now in grave condition
in the '' Serious Burns'' ward of the hospital in Genova.
CAGLIARI - ALARM IN COURT HOUSE
It is suspected that the excavations for the underground parking in Via Amat,
are threatening the foundations o;f the Court House in Cagliari. Various
cracks in the walls have been noticed, in the ceilings and on the floors of the
fourth and fifth levels of the new wing.
CAR HITS TREE - YOUTH KILLED
A frightful accident in Viale Colombo in Cagliari last night, shortly before
1am. A man was killed and another gravely injured when their car crashed into a
tree in front of the Hotel Mediterraneo.
PROJECTS FOR CAGLIARI SOCCER
Massimo Cellino, president of Cagliari Soccer, has declared that within two
years he shall build a new stadium, smaller and more compact than the present
one and quote the society on the Stock Exchange - or else, hand in his
EMPLOYMENT OFFICES TO CAGLIARI
Local employment offices will now be under the control of the Regional
Government. This is within the scope of the new powers and
jurisdiction negotiated with the Government and approved at the last sitting of
the Council of Ministers.
A wave of Federalism which also endows Sardinia with the "regional and
local administrative police", as well as the vast sector of services to the
people and the community, namely the safeguard of health, social services,
education, vocational training, cultural assets and activities, entertainment
PINNA'S PROTEST HAS ENDED - HE LIVED IN A MINE TUNNEL FOR 4 MONTHS
Regional Councillor, Giampiero Pinna, has ended his protest after having spent
four months in the mine at Pozzo Sella. "Having won the geo-mining
park, the battle will continue in the Institutions," he said.
CAGLIARI AND ORISTANO MOVING TO THE JAZZ BEAT
As well as the "Jazz in Sardinia" Festival which is being held
successfully at the "Piccolo Auditorium" in Cagliari, other dates with
the "greats" of Afro-American music are coming very soon. The
most awaited star is the pianist, Herbie Hancock, who will be on the stage of
the "Teatro Municipale" in Cagliari on the 24th.
The Cagliari team was beaten (1-0) by the Monza team which was playing with ten
men. Its classification continues to be even more critical, the dream of a
promotion has vanished, the fans infuriated. The La Torres team beats the
Messina team convincingly, repeating the success it had in the first round and
again sees the possibility of competing in the play-offs.
Sassari won the Cagliari-Sassari basketball derby in the B1 Series.
MYSTERY OF THE NINETY-YEAR-OLD FROM AGLIENTU RESOLVED
Silvana Djordjevic, a 25-year-old gipsy ended up in a cell yesterday accused of
having killed Raimondo Tiveddu, a pensioner, by stabbing him about ten times
with a knife. It is alleged that the woman had lured the old man with the
intention of robbing him but then supposedly killed him, maybe because she was
caught in the act.
HE KISSED THE LITTLE GIRLS AS THEY WERE COMING OUT OF SCHOOL
Sexual abuse of minors. This grave accusation hangs over the head of
27-year-old Cristian Piludu from Selargius. He has been in Buoncammino
since yesterday, accused of having "molested" four little girls, 11 to
14 years old, between October and January at Quartu, Cagliari and Monserrato.
ESCAPES TO SEE THE WORLD AT 77 YEARS OF AGE
He had won the Lotto and abandoned the sheep pen. tziu Antoni was found in
Tuscany whilst roaming around the countryside, without a Lira in his pocket but
with his desire to travel still intact.
ESCAPES FROM BUONCAMMINO
IMPERSONATING AN ATTORNEY
It was the first time anyone had broken out of the Cagliari prison. A
Macedonian prisoner managed to escape yesterday, unarmed and without threatening
anyone, thereby gaining three hours of unexpected freedom. He was in fact
caught by the guards in piazza Matteotti from where he had hoped to make his way
out of Cagliari.
FIRE IN CHURCH SPARES THE FAITHFUL - THE BISHOP: "EXTRAORDINARY INCIDENT"
Officially it is not being declared a miracle but what happened in the church of
San Giuseppe in the Rione Italia Parish in Nuoro is somewhat extraordinary.
A fire, which was caused by a short-circuit in the electrical board, suddenly
burned itself out without causing any harm to the technicians and without
burning the inflammable material which was nearby. Ten people witnessed
the incident. The Bishop, Pietro Meloni spoke of a "Grace from God".
THEY CAME FROM BOLOGNA TO KILL: LIFE SENTENCE TO THE TWO PIRAS BROTHERS
A life sentence has been confirmed for the two brothers from Siurgus Donigala,
Gianni and Antonio Piras. On the night of 26 May 1998, they killed their
fellow town resident with eight gunshots. The Cagliari Court of Assizes on
Appeal issued a sentence, which confirms the original judgement of Murder in the
First Degree in its entirety.
"SU CURREU DE S'UNESCO". THE SARDINIAN LANGUAGE PRESENTS ITSELF
TO THE WORLD
The elegant monthly magazine published by the United Nations organisation is
produced in 32 different languages, the latest version of which is in the
"CASAR" IN DIRE STRAITS ASKS REGIONAL GOVERNMENT FOR ASSISTANCE
CASA could re-evaluate its decision to stop processing tomatoes. The
General Manager has given a glimmer of hope but has indicated that the final
decision depends on some kind of intervention by the Regional Government.
In the meantime, the farmers are becoming more and more concerned.
MARCELLO FOIS IN THE CATALAN LANGUAGE
Marcello Fois' book, "Sempre Caro" has been translated into Catalan
and was launched last week in Barcelona during a cultural exhibition.
The Cagliari team doesn't know how to win any more. In a home game with
the Sampdoria team it drew 1-1 and now finds itself in eleventh place.
However, enthusiasm surrounds the Torres team, which wins 2-1 away from home
against the Viterbo team. During the D Series games, we continue to see
scuffles in the dressing rooms between the teams from Campania and Sardinia.
This week the incidents occurred in Tempio Pausania (SS).
CAGLIARI NO LONGER LOVES ITS TEAM
During the current season, the red and blue team is beating all the negative
records as far as attendances at the stadium are concerned. Until now, the
average number of spectators at each match has been 3,891, to which 5,333
subscribers must be added. This means that an average of 9,224 spectators
are present at each match in the Sant'Elia Stadium.
BLUE TONGUE - HOTBEDS ALSO
FOUND IN THE CAGLIARI AREA
Alarm all over the Island. The Regional Government decides today regarding
the introduction of an extensive inoculation program. Two million, four h
undred thousand doses are already available. These drugs will enable the
sheep to be inoculated all over the Island before the Blue Tongue epidemic
breaks out again with the arrival of warmer temperatures and with greater
virulence compared to last autumn.
THE DESERT IS PUSHING FORWARD IN THE CAMPIDANO AREA
There is little rain, the woods catch fire and thus, more than half of the
Island could become a desert. The Regional Agency for Development
and Technical Assistance in Agriculture (ERSAT) and the Regional
Agrimeteorological Service (SAR) have given the alarm. Researchers have
discovered that 60% of Sardinia runs a potential medium-high risk of
desertification. The Campidano and Nurra areas and the Ozieri
Plain are on top of the list. That is without the inclusion of that three
percent of land (the coastal areas and the Carloforte and Sant' Antioco Islands
as well as the Teulada Peninsula) where the risk factor is in fact very, very
high. It appears that it would only need the smallest of variations in
order to compromise the equilibrium of these areas completely.
THE LITTLE CHURCH IN DECIMOPUTZU DEVASTATED
Vandals broke into the little country Church of San Basilio in Decimoputzu,
devastating it. After a few hours, they felt remorse and abandoned a
statue of the Madonna, some pieces of bas-relief and unconsecrated hosts in
front of a church in Serramanna.
TWO WINS OF TEN BILLION LIRE IN SARDINIA
The two fa
bulous coupons in the "Superenalotto" were bought in Monserrato and
TWO FRENCH FERRIES ON THE CAGLIARI-CIVITAVECCHIA ROUTE
Two fast ferries belonging to the French shipping company "Sardinia Ferries"
will be operational from June 9 on the Cagliari-Civitavecchia route. For
Tirrenia it means the end of a monopoly which has lasted nearly fifty years.
SOCCER-THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES TEMPIO TEAM
The Tempio Public Prosecutor's Office is also about to open an investigation.
The ex-President of the Baracca Lugo team has alleged that one of the players on
the team from the Romagna Region purposely committed a penalty foul in order to
advantage the Tempio team. This allegedly occurred in the qualification
play-offs two years ago and the ex-President claims it was done in order to
force him to sell the Club.
SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED - BOMB
She threw a Molotov bomb at a rival family's apartment at Sant'Elia.
The young girl has been charged for having caused a catastrophe. Her
relatives injured one of the Police Officers in charge of the arrest.
AIAS - EX-CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT DEPUTY CONVICTED
The AIAS (Italian Association for Assistance to Spastics) scan
dal concluded with four convictions for misappropriation. The Tribunal in
Cagliari yesterday convicted Bruno Randazzo (ex-DC Deputy and current President
of the Sardinian Christian Democrat Party). According to the charges,
there were forty billion Lire invested in suspect activities.
Cagliari is left far behind and Sassari is high on a pedestal, both in Soccer
and Basketball. In Volleyball, however, it is doing well. The team
is making its way to the play-offs for the A1 Series. Cagliari also lost
in Pistoia even though they played with eight men and had to put up with
scandalous refereeing. The Torres team beats the Palermo team 3-0.
Palermo is on top of the winners list so the win has caused the Torres fans to
dream of a promotion to the B Series championship, something which has never
been achieved by the Club from Sassari. Just for a change and for the
umpteenth time, one of the D Series teams from the Campania Region was involved
in an act of violence and incivility yet again this week.
THE MOGORO MYSTERY
Giorgio Serra, a young man from Mogoro, disappeared from his home. After a
few days of searching, a disconcerting truth emerges. The young man is
dead. His body was cut into pieces and taken to the consortium garbage
dump in Oristano. The motives for his death are not yet known but Bernardino
Atzeni has been arrested and charged for having concealed the corpse.
Investigations continue in order to establish the truth.
SANTA MARGHERITA - THE STOWAWAYS DISEMBARK
Thirty-four Tunisians abandoned on the beach at Perd'e sali by two motorboat
operators who have ended up in the prison at Buoncammino.
However, the motorboat operators had not taken the strong Scirocco wind into
account. Consequently, 36 North African stowaways, mostly Tunisians,
disembarked at 5 o'clock yesterday morning on the coast of Santa Margherita di
CARBONIA - SENTENCE OF 19 YEARS REQUESTED FOR EX-MAYOR ACCUSED OF BRIBERY
Hefty sentences have been requested for the seven prominent defendants involved
in the "Tangentopoli" case in Carbonia. The Public Prosecutor
has requested a 19-year sentence for ex-Mayor, Ugo Piano, and lesser sentences
for Italo Cannas (Dc), ex-Town Councillor; Salvatore Ortu, ex-Council Inspector;
the lawyer, Licinio Mastino; ex-Council Inspector, Gianni Murgioni; ex-Area
Secretary of Cisl (Italian Confederation of Workers' Unions) Antonello Dessì
and ex-Socialist Senator, Paolo Fogu.
You will have noticed that we are not including many items of news regarding the
episodes of power play, which have transpired over the last few months and
concern the forthcoming elections on May 13. It is a theatre of the absurd,
which we find difficult to comprehend and you probably find yourself in the same
situation. Therefore, we are purposely omitting any reference to these
DESULO - FUGITIVE EXCAPES FROM CARABINIERI GUNFIRE
He escaped capture under fire from the elite Carabinieri group, the
"Cacciatori di Sardegna". It appears that the fugitive is 32
year old, Marco Antonio Deiana from Desulo who is under investigation for his
involvement in the bloody hold-up two years ago at the piazza Garibaldi branch
of the Banca di Sassari in Cagliari.
CROSS-COUNTRY GRAND PRIX FIDAL 2001 - ALÀ DEI SARDI
- KENYAN, KOSGEI - THREE TIME WINNER
Kenyan, Paul Kosgei has won at Alà dei Sardi for the third consecutive year.
The international meet has now become one of the most important events on the
The Cagliari team has achieved two consecutive victories. At home with 2-0
against the Ravenna team which at the moment, is last on the list and yesterday,
in Cosenza they won 3-1 against the strong local team. Brilliant
performances but already too late to aspire for a promotion to the next level.
The Torres team joined the other teams in the C Series championship in a rest
day yesterday but will be playing an important match against the Savoia team
tonight. Both the Sardinian B1 Series basketball teams were beaten.
CAGLIARI - WORK HAS BEGUN ON THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE GRANITE PAVEMENT IN VIA
The section of Via Roma, the main street in the centre of Cagliari, which runs
along the port area, will be disrupted for at least eight months from May 7.
In fact, work will begin on the refurbishment of the large slabs of granite
right after the May 1 Festival. In the meantime, the refurbishment of the little
ancient piazza in the Marina district has just been completed and other work is
being carried out on the pavements in the district.
GREAT SPANISH ART ON SHOW IN VILLANOVAFORRU
Villanovaforru is attempting to repeat Marmilla's achievement last year when
200,000 people visited their dinosaur exhibition in the space of a few months.
The town, which is 40 kilometres from Cagliari, will exhibit etchings,
engravings, lithographs and sculptures created by Picasso, Mirò, Dali and Goya
"STING" IN CAGLIARI - WILL THE AMPHITHEATRE BE BIG ENOUGH?
The concert is scheduled for July 19. Perplexity regarding the small
number of seats available.
The ex-singer from Police returns to Sardinia after seven years. In
September 1994 he performed in front of 20,000 fans at the Acquedotto in
IN LOVE WITH SHARON STONE
Carloforte resident Agostino Pomata has been arrested by the Los Angeles Police
in front of Sharon Stone's home. He told the Officers that he wanted to
marry the Hollywood star. He has been admitted as a patient in a clinic.
AT 92 YEARS OF AGE HE USES A COMPUTER AND WRITES POETRY
Antonio Corongiu of Nuragus is now 92 years old. At 90 years of age he
felt the need to use the computer to write more than one hundred poems in the
CAGLIARI - THE CANAL PORT A
DUTY FREE ZONE FOR GOODS DESTINED FOR NON-EEC COUNTRIES
The Minister for Regional Affairs, Agazio Loiero's signature finally put an end
to a wait, which has lasted many years - the Duty Free Zone for Cagliari.
The decree, which deals with the canal port, will have advantageous spin-offs
for container traffic. The ships arriving from non-EEC countries will be
able to call at the island capital without going through Customs. However,
there is one condition. The goods transhipped via the dock at Macchiareddu
must not be destined for countries belonging to the EEC.
CAGLIARI - LAND OFFICE HEIST SCORES 7 BILLION LIRE
Thieves carry out sensational heist at the Land Office in the Financial Centre
in via Vesalio. Three hundred thousand Revenue Stamps collected for
cadastral registrations to the value of seven billion Lire were stolen.
All the Stamps have supposedly been rendered null and void with the Tax Agency's
stamp but evidently, there is someone who knows how to bring those stamps back
STILL NO VOTE IN TROUBLED TOWNS
On the Island there is a triangle where democracy has disappeared. The
State has withdrawn its presence in Lula, Oniferi and Onanì. Here the
people don't vote and the concept of freedom is being threatened. The
polling booths in Lula are deserted for the eighteenth time in nine long years.
For Oniferi and Onanì it's the second time that the seats remain closed.
Consensus is not being organised and neither lists nor candidates are being
presented. It is where stonewalling is a common tactic and where a
silencer is placed on dissent, first with threatening letters and then with
rounds of gunfire.
PLANET-INTERKOM PURCHASED BY TISCALI FOR 150 BILLION LIRE
New acquisition by Tiscali. The company, headed up by Renato Soru, has
bought the German Internet provider, Planet-Interkom for a total exchange value
of 150 billion Lire.
ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND TOURISTS IN THE RAIN BUT EASTER IS SUNNY
Throngs of people arrive in Sardinia regardless of the inclement weather in the
period leading up to Easter.
The tourists arrived on the Island in aeroplanes and ferries, activating the
entire hospitality industry.
Everything on the Emerald Coast is booked out and Alghero was also crowded for
the Holy Week rites. The German tourists chose the South, whilst in the
Nuoro area there was snow.
Cagliari continues to do well in the B Series, winning at home against Venezia,
which is now on top of the winners list.
The Torres team remains in the top placings even though it only drew (2-2) in
the home game against the Nocera team.
The Volley Cagliari team scored an important win in the match against the Latina
team. The win is valid for the promotion to the A1 Series. Now they
will have to face the challenge of the play-off away from home.
DRUGS VALUED AT TWO BILLION LIRE - COUPLE ARRESTED AT DISEMBARCATION
The Carabinieri stationed at Quartu stopped them whilst still in their car which
was loaded with cocaine. They were driving off the ferry, which had just
come in from Civitavecchia.
The drugs were found during a search of the vehicle. The couple was then
handcuffed. Value of the drugs: two billion Lire.
AIRLINES - DISCOUNT
FARES ON FLIGHTS TO THE ISLAND AVAILABLE WITHIN TWO MONTHS
The tender documents containing the offers for discounted fares have been opened.
These fares will apply to Sardinians who fly from Cagliari, Alghero and Olbia to
Rome and Milan. Airlines included on the list of tenderers are Alitalia,
Meridiana, Volare and Air One. The Commission now has two months to
decide. If no appeals are lodged by the middle of June, the winners of the
tender will be announced at the beginning of the summer season and the new
regime of discounted fares will be put in place. The winners of the
individual sectors will have to guarantee fares, which vary from £65,800 to £82,400
OLBIA - "ALEX THE RUSSIAN" CAUGHT
Alexander Zhucov, was arrested at Olbia Airport as he was heading for his villa
on the Emerald Coast on Easter Saturday. The petroleum industry
"boss" is accused of being involved in an illegal activity, which
involves the colossal international traffic of weapons destined for the Balkans.
Part of the arsenal, which included 30,000 Kalashnikov rifles and was seized in
1999 in the Otranto Canal, is apparently stored in custody in a military
ammunition depot in La Maddalena.
TOURISM - GO-AHEAD TO SPEND 22 BILLION IN THREE YEARS
22 billion have been allocated for the re-launch of tourism activity to the
A plan, developed by the Tourism Council, allocates 13 billion Lire to the
provincial tourism bodies, and 9 billion major events, i.e., Sant'Efisio,
Sartiglia and Redentore Festivals, and £500,000 for the computerisation of the
local tourism bodies, which will have a further billion for the following two
MAYOR QUENCHES TOWN'S THIRST BUT IS CONVICTED FOR UNAUTHORISED CONSTRUCTION
The Mayor of Montresta, a small town in the Marghine mountains, found himself
being jailed for ten days for having ordered the construction of some "illegal"
wells which were an essential element in the provision of water to the town.
The town's leading citizen, Giovanni Cadeddu, declares himself a victim of the
bureaucracy of incompetence.
FOSSILS OF A DEER WHICH LIVED ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARS AGO FOUND ON THE BEACH
The fossil remains of a deer, which lived one hundred thousand years ago, were
found on a beach off the coast of Gonnesa. They were discovered by
palaeontologist, Gian Luigi Pillola and are waiting to be examined
scientifically. Years ago, the bones of a "dwarf elephant" were
found in the same area.
SCIOLA'S TERRACOTTAS - EXHIBITION IN PAVIA
Pinuccio Sciola's famous terracotta figurines will be on exhibit until May 6 in
Pavia. The exhibition called "Genti de bidda mia" (People
from my town) will be held in the ancient Sala dell'Annunziata.
ITALY-ENGLAND EXHIBITION IN CAGLIARI
Female photographers, painters and engraving artists. Two years ago, they
left Sardinia and landed in England where they were immediately defined as
"The Mutants". In 1999, Rosanna D'Alessandro, Caterina Lai, Anna
Marceddu, Anna Maria Pillosu, Anna Saba, Maria Spissu Nilson e Gabriella Viana,
prepared an exhibition which, with only a few images, could illustrate social
research findings surrounding the theme of cultural, economic, linguistic
The exhibition entitled, "Ritorno al presente" (Return to the Present)
will be open to the public from now until May 6 at the "Cittadella dei
Musei" in Cagliari.
Entry is free and exhibition times are from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 5.00
p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
SASSARI - FIRE IN ILLEGALLY
Tragedy nearly struck in a school illegally occupied by about fifty people in
the Rizzeddu District. It is believed that the fire was caused by a short
circuit in the building's electrical system. The operators from the Fire
Department saved twenty homeless families.
CAGLIARI - DISCOVERY OF AREA OF THE BRAIN AFFECTED BY COCAINE
The researchers at the Centro Nazionale Ricerche (National Research Centre)
Centre for Neuropharmacology in Cagliari have made a discovery destined to
revolutionise research in general. They have identified that part of the
brain, called the shell of the nucleus accumbens, affected by drugs like cocaine
and ecstasy. The announcement was made by Professor Gaetano Di Chiara, Dean of
the Faculty of Pharmacy and leader of the research team at the Centro Nazionale
OGLIASTRA - SIX POLICEMEN AMBUSHED
Six policemen from the police station in Lanusei escaped an ambush whilst
retrieving two stolen cars in the Elini countryside. The bandits blocked
the policemen's road. The policemen quickly jumped out of their cars and
began shooting in order to take cover. The outlaws decided to vanish
without responding to the policemen's fire.
"SA DIE" RETURNS TO SARDINIA - THEATRE AND CONCERT IN CAGLIARI
"Sa Die de sa Sardigna" was also celebrated on May1, together with the
"Festival of Saint Efisio". Celebrations were also held in
Cagliari, Sassari, Nuoro, Oristano, Sanluri, Santa Teresa and Bono. Events
in the regional capital included a theatrical performance in piazza Indipendenza
and a concert at the Bastione.
UNABLE TO FIND VIRGINS FOR THE FESTIVAL OF SAN GIOVANNI
Virginity remains a fundamental requirement for aspiring "traccheras"
in the Festival of San Giovanni. The organising committee of the Festival
held in July in Quartu has for the last few years, been forced to recruit little
girls. They are the only ones who can give a guarantee of virginity.
The Festival, which dates back centuries, will be held again on July 28 in the
little church of Sant'Andrea.
AGREEMENT - SARDINIA-CORSICA
An agreement has been signed between the Universities of Sardinia and Malta.
The agreement refers to a joint project, which will tackle the fire problem.
The joint project entails a scientific research study on the causes of the fires,
wind patterns, the characteristics of the terrain where underbrush occurs and
CAGLIARI - SALGADO EXHIBITION
Salgado is to exhibit two hundred photos where he shows his humanist vision of
reality. The exhibition entitled, "La Mano dell'Uomo" will be
held in the Ghetto di Cagliari (via Santa Croce) Workers and opens today.
Not the machines but whomever controls them, whether they are computers or
simple mixers of sand and cement. With his photography, he plays with
facial expressions, muscles, poverty and lives in many cases much unhappier than
ours but less neurotic. The exhibition is not to be missed by those who
would like an intelligent outing in the historic centre of Cagliari. Until
June 30, from 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
In the C Series, the Torres team beat the Vis Pesaro all'Acquedotto (3-1),
maintaining their hopes alive for a chance to be contenders for promotion to the
B Series. In the B Series, Cagliari was beaten in a home game by Empoli
(2-3), disappointing the team's fans yet again.
SANT'EFISIO ENTERS THE THIRD
On May 1, faith and folklore combined in the streets of Cagliari to present a
show, which is unique in the world. Everything was done according to
tradition. Attending the golden coach holding the "Holy Martyr"
were the oxen. The "miliziani" (militia) provided an armed guard
and an emotional "Alter Nos" (delegate of the Mayor) acted out the
ancient script to perfection. The following day, at Nora, there was the
procession on the sea.
NUORO - CIPE PASSES RESPONSIBILITY FOR NEWSPRINT MANUFACTURER "ARBATAX"
TO "NEBIOLO" GROUP BASED IN PIEMONTE
The "Nuova Cartiera di Arbatax" has been resurrected. Yesterday
in Rome, the Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), assigned the
financing of a special project contract to the value of over 40 billion Lire out
of the 75 billion Lire envisaged by the finance provider. The contract was
granted to Nebiolo Printech, a company based in Piemonte, which is to regenerate
the factory and re-employing the majority of its former employees. The
news was welcomed with enthusiasm both by the labour unions and in political
The committee charged with the responsibility of analysing and evaluating offers
received in the international tender for the provision of discounted airline
services has met for the first time. However, the envelopes will be opened
on May 14. According to indiscretions, it is believed that Air One has
offered a discount of 25% on the contribution that the Government will assign to
the winner of the tender. At the same time, it is believed
that Meridiana has offered 16% and Alitalia and Volare 4%.
DISCOUNTS MAY MEAN LESS DESTINATIONS
Discounted fares and relevant destinations will be in place by June.
However, Sardinians may also get a nasty surprise. The airlines are ready
to abandon (or reduce) services to and from the Island which were not included
in the international tender for the provision of air transport in the area.
Services mainly at risk are those to and from Verona, Turin, Bologna and Pisa.
72 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER - OPERATES SUPERMARKET FOR DRUGS
Assunta Ghisu, a seemingly homely, 72 year-old pensioner, was arrested yesterday
in Giba for possession and trafficking in drugs. She had transformed her
house into a drug emporium.
THE "MONUMENTS WEEK-END" IS A SUCCESS
The re-opening of the "Castle of San Michele" to the public saw
thousands of people from Cagliari participating in a weekend of culture and
history amongst the city's monuments. The visitors appreciated the
exhibitions held at the "Lazzaretto" and the "Ghetto degli Ebrei
but young people were interested in the "Torri Pisane".
CRIME IN IGLESIAS - CARS IN FLAMES - ONE OF THE VICTIMS KILLS HIM
He was killed for having set fire to a car. It is believed that this is
the machination to a crime committed very close to Iglesias, in the dam at Punta
Gennarta. 49 year-old Antonello Grassi from Iglesias is in jail under
suspicion of having murdered 23 year-old, Silvano Deias. On December 21
last year, the young man had set fire to Grassi's car, which he had parked in
front of his house.
CAGLIARI - MASSIMINO IS THE FIRST KING OF THE "PALIO DI SANT'EFISIO"
Massimo Coghe, the jockey from Norbello who won the Palio in Siena three times,
is the first King of the "Palio di Sant'Efisio". He ran the
winning sprint at the Hippodrome in Cagliari in front of a crowd of ten thousand
people. The event was a great success.
The Torres team lost a game in Ascoli, which it would have deserved to win.
With this defeat, it must say a definite good-bye to any dreams it may have had
for a promotion to the B Series championship.
The Dinamo basketball team suffered two crushing defeats against the Cefalù
team, which was deemed to be the favourite on paper. The Dinamo team will
now be downgraded out of the B1 Series championship.
ELECTIONS IN SARDINIA
Elections were also held in Sardinia for the renewal of the National Parliament
and a certain number of mayoral positions. In the national elections,
Sardinia confirmed the advancement of the parties of the centre-right to the
detriment of the centre-left. In the first round, the mayoral positions
were won by the candidates of the centre-right in Cagliari and Quartu S'Elena
and the candidate from the centre-left won in Monserrato whilst in Olbia (not
yet confirmed), Carbonia, Porto Torres, Capoterra and Assemini, they will go to
a second ballot.
FLAMINGOS FLEE FROM MOLENTARGIUS
An ecological disaster has occurred in the Molentargius marshes, one of the few
wetlands in Europe where flamingos go to nest. Hundreds of birds have
abandoned the marshes and the nests because of attacks from a pack of stray dogs.
The strays were subsequently caught but by then the damage had been done.
Many of the flamingos, which had left the Molentargius marshes, found refuge in
another one of Cagliari's marshes, at Santa Gilla.
MEMBERS OF THE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT UNLOAD RUBBISH AT MONTECITORIO
A group of Sardinian militants for independence unloaded a van full of rubbish
in the piazza at Montecitorio in Rome. The men, members of "Sardigna
Natzione", tried to take some large boxes marked with the symbol for
radioactivity into the Chamber of Deputies but were stopped by the Police and
Carabinieri. According to the explanation provided to the Officers and
curious passers-by, the reason for the demonstration was to protest against the
importation of waste-products into Sardinia, which had been produced elsewhere
and were, in many cases, toxic and dangerous.
ANOTHER YEAR AND THE PAPER MILL WILL RE-COMMENCE PRODUCTION
Having received the go-ahead from CIPE (Centre for International Private
Enterprise), the paper mill in Arbatax is ready to turn on its machinery again.
At the end of summer, technicians and other employees will begin work on the
re-activation of the production process, which has been stationary for the last
GESTURI - WOMAN TIED TO THE BED WITH WIRE AND MURDERED
A brutal homicide in an armed hold-up has occurred in Gesturi. 83 year-old
pensioner, Vittoria Cau was attacked and killed with a blow to the head.
Before being murdered the woman had been tied to the bed with some wire.
SOCCER - SASSARI WOMENS' TEAM - ITALIAN CHAMPIONS
Celebrations in Sassari for the girls of the Torres team, which won the 'A'
Series trophy two days before the end of the championship. It is the third
trophy in the history of the red and blue team and their second consecutive one
after their win last year.
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE IN SARDINIAN VIA THE INTERNET
Christians in Sardinia are invited to translate the Bible into their own
language. The project is featured on the Web at http://tiscalinet.it/sufueddu
(or www.sufueddu.org). The venture began
six months ago in the weekly Oristano Diocesan magazine "Vita Nostra".
It is now being extended to the hundreds of passionate devotees of "Sa
Limba" who have been pressing for some time now for the Church to become an
active protagonist in the project.
ELECTIONS IN SARDINIA - 16
SEATS TO THE CENTRE-RIGHT ("POLO") AND 11 TO THE CENTRE-LEFT
Sardinia has elected 27 parliamentarians: 16 seats to the "Polo" Party
and 11 to the "Ulivo" Party. Another two Sardinians, Oliviero
Diliberto of the Italian Communists' Party (PDCI) and Gabriella Pinto of the
"Forza Italia" Party (FI), who ran for election in the Emilia Romagna
and Lombardy Regions respectively, will have a seat in Montecitorio.
THE SARDINIAN SEA CONTINUES TO BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IN ITALY
Italian environmentalist association, "Legambiente", has compiled the
annual classification of the most beautiful coastlines of Italy. All the
first-class beaches have been published in their new "Guida Blu".
As always, Sardinia holds the record. The Mediterranean island gained full
marks for the unique characteristics of its coast and was crowned "Queen".
The Touring Club defined 483 municipalities as "Seaside Resorts".
Of these, 205 were selected by Legambiente and its local representative bodies
because they combine the benefits of quality tourism with a marine and coastal
environment, the conservation of which is maintained at an optimum level.
Furthermore, ten locations have been classified as "Queen of Summer"
with a maximum ranking of 5 "Sails". Included in this group are
Villasimius and Orosei in Sardinia. Legambiente and the Touring Club have
classified 25 beaches as being near to perfection with a ranking of 4 "Sails".
Amongst these are Maddalena, Alghero and Bosa.
Sardinia is the region
with the greatest number of beaches ranked at 4 and 5 "Sails".
From the 35 beaches selected, 9 are in Sardinia.
RED BRIBES IN CARBONIA - THREE CONVICTIONS
This is the outcome of the trial held in the case of the "Tangentopoli
Rossa", i.e., illegal contributions to the ex-Communist Party in Carbonia,
which ended yesterday.
Both ex-Mayor, Ugo Piano of the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS) and ex-Deputy
Mayor, Giovanni Murgioni, of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI) were sentenced to
four years in prison and ex-Town Councillor, Salvatore Ortu of the Italian
Socialist Party (PSI) to five years and six months.
FONNI AND MAMOIADA - HUNT FOR THE FUGITIVES
A massive Police operation has been carried out in the Nuoro area in the search
for dangerous fugitives. They are previous offenders implicated in a
series of homicides and robberies. Nearly one hundred Police officers
combed the countryside surrounding the two towns in the Barbagia area inch by
inch. In any event, the investigators are maintaining a very strict
silence regarding the results of the operation.
NUORO - MORANDI'S LIGHTS - THIRTY SAMPLES OF HIS WORK ON SHOW
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Nuoro is hosting an exhibition called "A
crystalline Purity" which includes thirty of Giorgio Morandi's works.
The exhibition will continue until July 1.
THE "VESPA" - A PIECE OF ITALIAN HISTORY ON SHOW
The "Emmezeta" Shopping Mall in San Sperate is holding a large and
impressive exhibition dedicated to the "Vespa" and its legend.
The show includes many vintage scale models, a large number of photographs and a
few "life-sized Vespa" scooters. These are all a reminder of how
we used to drive in the "Fifties". The exhibition is being held
until the end of May.
ELECTIONS - THE FINAL ACT
A second ballot was held in those Comunes where no one candidate had achieved a
majority in the elections two weeks ago. The centre-right prevailed in
Olbia and Porto Torres whilst Carbonia, Assemini and Capoterra will have a Mayor
from the centre-left.
G8 RISKS ISOLATING SARDINIA
The fear of upheaval during the "G8 Summit", which will be held in
Genoa at the end of July, also risks having a negative impact on Sardinia during
one of the busiest periods of the tourist season. In order to protect
members of the G8 from the protests of the so-called "People of
Seattle", the main city in the Liguria region will in fact be completely
isolated from July 18 to 23. As far as Sardinia is concerned, the
consequences will be that the entire transport system will be disrupted.
Alternative solutions are being examined, like the transfer of the berthing
arrangements for the ferries to the commercial area or other ports like Savona
or La Spezia.
OPEN WINERIES - SPRINGTIME IN A GLASS
Coming from Tempio and Serdiana and passing through Cabras and Jerzu, last
Sunday thousands of people participated in the "Wineries Open Day
Festival". It was an event for oenophilists, simple connoisseurs and
those who believe they can link the taste of a well-balanced red wine to the
image of an ancient basilica. Wine tastings were held in Canonau and
Vermentino, Carignano, Nuragus and Vernaccia.
NUORO - COURT HEARING IN THE STREET
A hearing involving an elderly man had to be organised in the street in front of
the courthouse in Nuoro because of a faulty elevator. Realising that the
pensioner could not face the steep stairs which separated him from the courtroom,
the judge, the prosecutor and the man's lawyer made their way over to the open
area in front of the building. They then interrogated the man whilst he
sat in a car which belonged to one of his daughters.
TWO MEN FROM ORGOSOLO MASTERMINDED KIDNAPPING
The Public Prosecutor began his closing statement in the trial for the
kidnapping of Silvia Melis. In a surprise move and in front the judges in
the Courts at Lanusei, he proceeded to accuse Antonio Maria Marini and
Pasqualino Rubanu from Orgosolo of having organised the abduction of the young
woman from Tortoli. It has also been alleged that "Zia Gra"
alias Grazia Marine played a "fundamental" role in the crime.
TWENTY-YEAR-OLD MODEL - DRUG COURIER
Maria Elena Caria, a twenty-year-old model from Cagliari, was arrested at Olbia
Airport by the Carabinieri from the Operations Division in Cagliari. She
had just arrived from Milan and was carrying twenty kilos of hashish in her
WELSHMAN, JOE CALZAGHE, GIVES HIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BELT TO HIS GRANDFATHER
There is a man in Bancali, a suburb on the outskirts of Sassari, who received a
surprise gift last Sunday. It is the World Boxing Championship Belt in the
WBO Super Middleweight Category. It was brought to him from Wales by his
grandson, Joe Calzaghe.
TABLE TENNIS - CAGLIARI DERBY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP SHIELD
The derby match between the Marcozzi team from Cagliari and the Cagliari team
will be the decider in the 2001 Table Tennis Championship. The challenge
tournament will begin on June 2. The return match is scheduled for June 9
and if necessary, a play off will be held on June 16. The great favourite
is the Marcozzi team, which is the outgoing champion, and has already won three
Italian titles (1990, 1992 and 2000).
THREE CONVICTIONS FOR THE
KIDNAPPING OF SILVIA MELIS
After a trial, which lasted a year and six hours of deliberation, the Judges in
the Court in Lanusei issued their verdict against the four accused of the
kidnapping of Silvia Melis. There were three convictions and one acquittal.
The most serious conviction was that of Antonio Maria Marini who was sentenced
to thirty years in jail. Pasqualino Rubano was sentenced to twenty-six
years and Grazia Marine to twenty-five years and six months.
FAKE INVALIDS - 58 ARE BEING INVESTIGATED
The maxi-investigation of fake invalids is finally reaching the halls of justice.
Nine years after the commencement of the investigation, the Public Prosecutor's
Office has in fact requested that the 58 people under investigation be committed
for trial. Amongst those committed there are doctors, recipients of the
pensions and the brains of the operation, who having received bribes, organised
for pensions to be paid to people who were not entitled to them.
THIRTY MILLION ITALIAN HOLIDAYMAKERS - SARDINIA IS ALWAYS AMONGST THE MOST
More than 30 million Italians, five million more than last year, are intending
to go on vacation this Summer. Most of them (67.5%) will choose Italy,
where the most sought-after destinations are in the Emilia Romagna and Sardinia
regions. These statistics are highlighted in the 2001 report prepared and
presented yesterday in Rome by Unioncamere-ISNART (Italian Institute of Tourism
Research) and international market research company, ACNielsen C.R.A.
Other sought-after regions in Italy also include Tuscany, Lazio and Sicily.
DOMUSNOVAS - IN FIVE HUNDRED AGAINST THE BOMBS
Five hundred people participated in a protest march, organised by the various
"No to Bombs" co-ordinating committees in Domusnovas, demanding jobs,
peace and solidarity. At the same time, they were protesting against a
project that will see the allocation of public funds to SEI Esplosivi
Industriali Spa of Brescia for the manufacture of aeronautical bombs. The
manufacture of these bombs is due to commence shortly in the Sulcis area.
SUBMARINE WHICH SANK IN THE GULF OF CAGLIARI FILMED
The wreck of the Italian submarine "Malachite", which sank in 1943
after being hit by an enemy torpedo, has been discovered in the Gulf of Cagliari
at a depth of 120 metres. Some deep-sea divers from Cagliari made the
exceptional find, which has also been documented on film.
The Series B Championship concluded last Sunday with yet another Cagliari defeat,
this time against Genoa. This last Championship was without doubt one of
the most disappointing ever. The red and blue team had been at the top
positions on the list only for the first few days of play. It then
produced mediocre performances only to find itself in mediocre positions on the
list. Some satisfaction, however, was gained from the so-called
"minor" sports. In table tennis, the Marcozzi team from Cagliari
won the tricolour shield when it beat another team from Cagliari. In
women's soccer, the Torres team, first won the shield and then scored the
Italian Cup. In water polo, the Rari Nantes Cagliari team is topping the
list in the A2 Championship.
A MILLION MICE IN CAGLIARI
The alarm has sounded. There are mice in Cagliari. The historical
parts of Cagliari (Castello, Marina and Stampace) to the residential districts
(Monte Urpinu and San Benedetto) are literally being "invaded".
There are supposedly one million mice in the city. In order to keep the
problem under control; a national average of four mice per inhabitant is
considered the norm. However, in Cagliari, the average is nearly double.
The blame has been placed on the sewerage and the road works but also on the
lack of preventative measures. The areas worst hit are Marina and Stampace.
CAGLIARI - BRAWL IN PIAZZA YENNE
Last Friday, a violent brawl broke out in Piazza Yenne in Cagliari. The
Piazza is highly patronised all year round but during these hot Summer evenings
in particular. What appeared to be an outright duel was fought out between
two groups, with broken chairs, kicking, punching and the breaking of bottles on
the adversaries' heads.
ART SHOW AT THE "CENTRO PIRANDELLO" IN CAGLIARI, UNESCO EXHIBITION AT
"Specchio Delle Mie Brame" [Mirror of my Desires] is the name of the
series of self-portraits by Josephine Sassu. A selection of her works will
be on exhibit until June 22 at the "Centro Pirandello" in Cagliari.
The UNESCO Club of Cagliari in conjunction with "Progetto Sardegna -
L'Isola dei Sardi" have organised a craft show which features fine lined of
the sea and traditional embroidery from Teulada. Hosted by Litos at Tuerra
(at Km 71 of the coast road for Chia) at Teulada.
USE OF MOBILE PHONES AND
INTERNET ON THE INCREASE IN ITALY
There is a strong growth in access to the Internet in homes and a considerable
increase in the use of mobile phones. This is the snapshot of the Italian
family and its use of means of communication presented by ISTAT (Italian
National Statistical Institute) in its Annual Report. The report
highlights how the number of families with one or more mobile phones has
increased from 27% to 65% in the last three years. ISTAT adds that the
number of families with two mobile phones has grown from 17% to 31% whilst those
with three has gone from 2% to 8%. The same applies to the Internet.
Whilst 2% of families were connected to the Net in 1997, by 2000 the numbers
PISANU - MINISTER IN NEW GOVERNMENT
Giuseppe Pisanu is the only Sardinian Minister in the Government. He has
been assigned the new portfolio called the "Department for the
Implementation of the Government's Programme". Since he had been a
very faithful Berlusconi follower for many years, the newly-elected Council
President felt he couldn't exclude him from a Ministerial appointment and thus
he created a Government Department especially for him.
FURTEI, GOLD MINE BOMBED
A bomb exploded on one of the windowsills of the Town Hall in Furtei, causing
minimal damage. Responsibility for the terrorist attack was later claimed
via a fax, which contained the following message, "Furtei does not want the
mines, no to gold mining in Sardinia".
LITTLE BOY SUFFERS FROM LARON SYNDROME - FATHER'S APPEAL
Giuseppe Marongiu is a five-year-old boy from Lanusei. He suffers from a
very rare illness called Laron Syndrome, which doesn't allow the growth hormone
to carry out its natural function. The pharmaceutical company that has
been experimenting with the only drug capable of helping the boy to grow has
stopped manufacturing it because it's not profitable. The boy's parents
have launched an appeal to the drug manufacturer, asking them not to stop.
CORAL DIVER HELPS HIS FRIEND AND IS STRUCK DOWN BY EMBOLISM
Sixty-six-year-old coral worker from Alassio lost his life struck down by an
embolism yesterday in the Saint Antioch Sea just outside Capo Sperone. His
shipmates attempted to rescue him but it was useless. By the time the
patrol boat from the Harbour Master's Office arrived it was too late, the man
AUCTION - EX-TOWN HALL MAIN ENTRANCE DOOR RIDDLED WITH BULLET HOLES
The bullet holes are the object of a cult following. Thus the main
entrance door of the ex-Town Hall at Orgosolo is much sought-after by buyers.
"There will not be an auction," says the Mayor. "If a good
offer is made, then we will see."
A HOTEL IN TEULADA KNOCKED
DOWN BY SCRAPERS
The "Baia delle Ginestre" Hotel, built in violation of urban planning
regulations, has been knocked down by the scrapers. Tourists are up in
arms, having already booked their holidays and so are the employees of the
hotel who have lost their jobs. The World Wildlife Fund and the Italian
environmental organisation, Legambiente are referring to the incident as "tourists
and employees being used as hostages to property".
NEW FERRY IN OPERATION
Shipping company, "Tirrenia" has also lost its monopoly on the
Cagliari-Civitavecchia route. The thrice weekly, Sardinia Ferries service
was launched yesterday. Sardinia Ferries' General Manager, Euan Lonmon has
announced discounts and special fares on the ferry, "Sardinia Nova"
during the Summer season.
NUORO - HOSPITALS AND HOMES THREATENED BY FIRE
The inferno reaches the city. Hectares of forest on the Biscollai hillside
in Nuoro (common target for fire-bugs every Summer) have gone up in smoke. The
flames had managed to reach the "San Francesco" and "Zonchello"
hospitals, the "Satta" technical school and nearby homes.
LITTLE BOY FALLS FROM A YACHT AND DROWNS
Tragedy hits a family from the Piedmont region whilst on an outing. A
little boy, barely three-years-old and momentarily away from his parents' care,
fell from a yacht and drowned. The accident occurred late yesterday
morning in the Maddalena Arcipelago.
BINGO TO TAKE OFF IN SARDINIA TOO
Gambling fever has also arrived in Sardinia. It is anticipated that Bingo
will commence within the year with four halls in Cagliari and one hall each in
Assemini, Oristano, Nuoro, Sassari, Alghero and Olbia. It is anticipated
that the game of "Tombola" (as it is called in Italy) will also be
very successful in Italy just as it has proven to be in other European countries,
involving not only avid gamblers but also entire families.
A SHOT IS FIRED - TRAGEDY AT
THE ELMAS BASE
Emanuele Lutzu, an aviator from Aggius, was killed during a discharge of bullets
fired accidentally by one of his fellow soldiers, 20 year-old Fabio Casula from
Villamar. The tragedy occurred in one of the rooms in the guards' quarters
at the Military Airport of the 30th Squadron. The young men, who were due
to be discharged from National Service at the end of the month, were in the
process of taking a souvenir "good-bye" photo. One of them
inserted the cartridge and the gun went off.
THIS IS THE NEW MASTER PLAN
The Managers of the "Starwood Hotel Group" have presented the second
version of the Master Plan to the Arzachena and Olbia town planning
administrators and have obtained near to unanimous approval. The Plan
consists of an overall investment of over two billion Lire for the construction
of hotels, serviced holiday apartments and a new golf course. It will take
twenty years to complete the project and will create 15,000 jobs. The
proposal will be presented to the Regional Government by the end of the month.
DRINKS DIESEL FUEL AND IS POISONED TO DEATH
Matteo Manconi, barely two years old, from Nurallao, died in hospital after four
days of agony. He had swallowed what was in fact a small quantity of fuel.
The accident occurred in a matter of seconds whilst the little boy was playing.
After four days of intense medical care, the child died.
A FIRE CUTS THE "CARLO FELICE" IN TWO - TRAFFIC STOPS - CARS LINED UP
A violent fire cut the Carlo Felice highway and the railway line at Bornova in
two. The flames burned nearly 400 hectares of land, requiring the
intervention of seven aircraft and hundreds of people on the ground. A
Fire Brigade helicopter was forced to land on the highway in order to assist a
patient in an ambulance blocked by the traffic.
OROSEI - MAN DROWNS WHILE TRYING TO SAVE TWO YOUNG BROTHERS
24-year-old Vittorio Greco from Rome and holidaying at Cala Gonone lost his life
in the sea at Osala near Orosei. He had braved the waves in order to save
two young brothers (12 and 15-years-old) from Galtellì. The victim did
not hesitate to dive into the sea, together with some other bathers and the
boys' father but he did not manage to return to shore.
TWO ROUTES EACH FOR ALITALIA
Two routes go to Alitalia, two go to Meridiana, one goes to Volare, one is not
allocated and no routes have been allocated to Airone. First of all,
Alitalia has managed to score the most sought after route, which is the
lucrative Cagliari-Rome route and it will also service the Alghero- Rome sector.
Meridiana will have the exclusive rights to services from Olbia Airport to Rome
and also to Milan.
Volare will have to relinquish the Cagliari-Rome route but will have exclusive
rights to the Cagliari-Milan sector.
SARDINIA CONTINUES TO BURN
Every Summer and this Summer is no different, forest fires in Sardinia are have
become common and therefore a terrible daily occurrence. We won't be
telling you about all the fires in our Isola Sarda Newsletter but we will report
the most serious ones. This week, the Pinus Village, which is ten
kilometres from Pula, was evacuated by the Fire Department because the flames
were threatening it. Also, three hotels (two at the Lotzorai Marina and
one a few kilometres from Villagrande) were evacuated by the Carabinieri as a
precautionary measure. The worst fire flared up on the South Coast on the
road to Chia, just a few metres from the Domusdemaria turnoff. There was
panic in Nuoro. Scores of brushfires in the countryside surrounding Nuoro
made up a single front from Orani to Ottana, from Oniferi to Orotelli and to
"FORESTA" - THE SARDINIAN TEST TUBE JENNET
There are only three hundred specimens of the grey donkey left in Sardinia.
However, the species will not become extinct. The birth of a grey jennet
called "Foresta" last May via the "rent-a-uterus" technique
will ensure its survival. It's the first case of assisted reproduction
carried out successfully at the "Istituto di Incremento Ippico" [the
Institute for Equine Development] in Ozieri.
SARDINIAN SEAS PASS THE TEST
"Legambiente's Goletta" [the Italian environmental body's green
schooner] has concluded its circumnavigation of the Sardinian coastline where it
carried out an examination of the quality of its waters. Apart from some
sporadic cases where a slight presence of coli bacillus was found at Foce del
Tirso and the Lido di Capoterra, they found Sardinian seas to be in perfect
"ANTI-GLOBAL" GROUPS PROTEST AT PORTO TORRES WHARVES
There were at least a thousand people. They had come from all over
Sardinia to send a message to Genoa. They had come to ask the Government
not to take away their right to give voice to their dissent. They had come
to ask permission to enter the "Forbidden City" in which the
manipulators of planetary power will meet to decide the major strategies that
will condition everyone's lives. In Genoa to propose a possible "New
World". There were no incidents or any tense moments. The
Sardinian "no-globals" marched slowly from the Piazza at the old
"Mercato Civico" to the Port area, reasserting their identity as a
civilised and non-violent movement.
A "LEPPA" WORTHY OF A "GUINESS" RECORD
Messrs. Tedde and Decandia from Oschiri have made the biggest jack-knife in the
world. It is 5.5 metres long. The huge "resolza" [local
style of knife] is on show at the Marina di Portisco in the Costa Smeralda.
23-HOUR ODYSSEY ON THE SHIP BOUND FOR CAGLIARI
It was an odyssey for the 620 passengers who boarded the Tirrenia vessel at
Civitavecchia bound for Cagliari at 6.00 p.m. on Thursday. Because of the
bad weather, the ship sailed at 10.30 p.m. and arrived at its destination at
5.00 p.m. the following day.
IDEA - THE THERMAL BATHS AT MOLENTARGIUS
The labour unions would like to launch thermal spa resort in the Cagliari
saltpans. The proposal originates from discussions held at a conference
organised by CGIL, CISL and UIL [Italian Federation of Trade Unions].
Enhancing the value of the lagoon area as a tourism destination would provide an
excellent opportunity to create employment.
PUNIC CITADEL DISCOVERED AT ARCHEOLOGICAL DIGS
The first part of a Punic settlement dating back to the 5th Century BC has been
found a short distance from the historical centre of Olbia. For the
archaeologists involved in the digs in the Gallurian city, it is the most
important discovery to date.
SEX, CHAT AND SARDINIA
The word "Sardegna" is fourth on the list of most "clicked"
words by Italians on the Altavista search engine. The words
"sex", "porno" and "chat" are more popular but
they are practically unbeatable. Altavista's Internet Observer function
that monitors the "keywords" most used by Italian Web "surfers"
each month researched the data for the list.
CULTURE - THE SARDINIAN LANGUAGE SURVIVES THANKS TO ITS GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION
Did you know that currently there are six thousand languages? It would
seem an enormous number but in reality, the phenomenon is purely a virtual one.
Since it is true that there are six thousand languages in the world it is
likewise true that fifteen of these (fifteen out of six thousand) are spoken by
50% of people on the planet.
OLBIA - CATTLE FARMERS' RAGE EXPLODES
A few hundred farmers, coming from all parts of Sardinia, held a demonstration
in the port area at Olbia, causing disruption and delays in freighter operations.
The demonstration already announced last week, stems from the grave crisis
gripping the beef market. The marketing of this commodity has been
hindered for some months due to severe public health restrictions adopted
against the "Blue Tongue Virus" and BSE (Mad Cow Disease).
SEVERE SENTENCES TO ARMED ROBBERS ALSO SUSPECTED OF SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES
Judges in the Tempio courts have passed heavy sentences for the failed jewellery
heist in Luras last February. The head of the band of thieves, Michele De
Roma, was condemned to seven years and four months in prison. At the same
time, the other three leaders, Giovanni Nurra, Salvatore Pais and Riccardo
Sotgia, were given prison sentences of five years and four months. All
four were found to be guilty of armed hold-up and the unlawful possession of war
arms. Investigations into their suspected subversive activities are still
"GOLETTA VERDE" IN SARDINIA
The Italian Environmental Association's [Legambiente] "Goletta Verde"
[Green Schooner] is making its way towards the South of Sardinia and as usual,
controversy follows. After its initial presentation at Alghero, where it
was reported that the general condition of Sardinian waters is good,
Legambiente's schooner arrived in Bosa. Today, the officials on the schooner
took a stand against the delays in the effective functioning of the Island
reserves. Cited in particular was their disapproval of an application made
by the Commune of Cabras that a "moratorium" be placed on restrictions
that exist in the protected areas of the Sinis Peninsula and the Mal di Ventre
RELEASE OF ONE BILLION LIRE OF "C.I.P.E." FUNDS
One billion Lire have been allocated for investments in tourism, agriculture and
infrastructure. Fifteen projects are to be funded, creating 4,000 new jobs.
The C.I.P.E. [Center for International Private Enterprise] has given the
go-ahead to the planned projects proposed in advance by the Regional Government.
LAUNCH OF NEW FERRY FOR PORTO TORRES
The name of the first of the twin-sister ships is "Bithia" (the other's
name will be "Janas"). At normal speed they will enable a
passenger to travel the Genoa-Porto Torres route in 7.5 hours, compared to the 9
hours it takes at present. The "Bithia", which was built in the
Fincantieri shipyard at Castellammare di Stabia, was handed over officially
yesterday to Tirrenia Navigazione's top management. After the "Janas"
is delivered in February next year and will subsequently go into service, the
"Bithia" will be able to make the crossing from Liguria to Sardinia
with maximum speeds of over 31 knots. The "Bithia", which is 214
metres long and over 26 metres wide, is capable of transporting a maximum of
2,800 passengers and crew, as well as 900 cars. On board there are 320
cabins, which sleep up to 1,200 people, together with seating accommodation for
more than 1,000. To complete the package, there are two restaurants (one
of which is self-service), a party lounge with dance floor, a bar, shops and a
IRISH COUPLE DIE WHILST ON HOLIDAY
An Irish tourist couple's holiday in Alghero has ended in tragedy. Barbara
Mary Revees and her husband, Shane Gerard O'Brien, 25 and 32-years-old drowned
yesterday afternoon. Inexplicably, the incident occurred in the Hotel
Oasis pool in front of about ten people who were sunbathing in the area
surrounding it. Because of the mysterious nature of the deaths, an
investigation is being carried out to determine whether it was suicide or
through natural causes.
DISCOVERED IN A SHEEP PEN - HAMMER USED IN EUTHANASIA
Euthanasia was practiced in Sardinia until the second half of the 19th Century.
It was accepted, approved of and in fact, requested as a matter of course.
The custom has once again come to light in Gallura with the discovery of one of
the instruments of death, all evidence of the existence of which had been lost.
Pier Giacomo Pala, the creator and curator of the Ethnographic Museum in Luras
found the hammer in a sheep pen.
SORU COMPANY FOREGOES UMTS
Tiscali S.p.A. has foregone its involvement with UMTS [Universal Mobile
Telecommunications System]. The announcement was made in conjunction with
Hutchison Wampoa. The Cagliari-based provider is not intending to exercise
its option to bring its investment up to 25% ownership of Hi3g (formerly Andala),
making it one of the four consortiums to obtain licences in Italy.
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SWALLOWED BY A WELL FULL OF SLUDGE
Two factory workers from Porto Torres have died. The fumes emitted from
meat-slaughter waste killed them. The tragedy occurred in an animal feed
mill in the industrial area of the city. The Technical Manager of the
processing plant, who had intervened in an effort to rescue the men, has been
admitted to hospital and his condition is critical.
FOREST FIRES - UP-DATE
In the final report drawn up by the Corpo Forestale [State Forest Ranger Corps]
regarding the damages caused by forest fires since January, Sardinia is at the
top of the list of "red-hot" Regions. No less than 6,371
hectares of land went up in smoke in Sardinia in the period from 1 January to 22
July. Calabria (3,252 hectares) and Sicily (3,100 hectares) follow.
Compared to the same period in 2000, the number of forest fires in Italy has
decreased by 21%, whilst the overall area affected by fires has decreased by
MONTE ARCOSU - ALSO AFFECTED BY FIRE
UTA - The arsonists are not relinquishing their hold and carry on with their
terrorist acts. Last week in Guttureddu, within the World Wildlife Fund's
Oasis Nature Reserve at Monte Arcosu, no less than ten hectares of Mediterranean
scrub made up of, above all, juniper and arbutus trees, went up in smoke.
There was a considerable deployment of men and vehicles from the Forest Ranger
Corps, the Government Forestry body, the "Compagnia Barracellare" [Sardinia's
unique Municipal Guards] and the Civil Protection unit.
TAX EVASION - BLITZ BY THE "GUARDIA DI FINANZA"
A campaign has been launched by the Guardia di Finanza [Italy's financial police]
to counteract the illegal "black payment" of rents phenomenon.
It concerns investment properties situated in the principal seaside locations on
the coast of the Province of Oristano. It has also been confirmed that
numerous owners of investment properties have fallen into the net. These
people had rented out the properties but subsequently did not proceed to
register the contracts with the Ufficio Entrate [Revenue Office] of the
Ministero delle Finanze [Ministry of Finance].
CAGLIARI STANDS AS CANDIDATE TO HOST THE MEDITERRANEAN GAMES
Cagliari has officially presented its candidature for the 2009 Mediterranean
Games to the CONI [Italian National Olympic Committee]. All the
preliminary research must be ready by October. The objective is the Games
and the world spotlight is on the city. Cagliari will have to beat its
fellow contenders: Palermo, Catania, Genoa, Grosseto, Latina, Naples, Pescara,
Rimini, Trieste and Venice.
EASTERN-BLOCK BEAUTIES FORCED TO PROSTITUTE THEMSELVES IN NIGHT-CLUBS
Following a raid by the Police in the North of Sardinia, fourteen nightclubs
were "sealed off" and 18 managers were arrested. Sexual favours
were being offered for Lit.150,000 and a bottle of champagne.
FIUME SANTO GOES TO THE SPANISH
Endesa, the main electricity provider in Spain, has won the tender for
Elettrogen, the first ENEL "genco" [power generating company] to make
its debut on the market. The Spanish will pay pretty much "through
the nose" for their entry ticket into the Italian market. It will
cost them Lit.7,150 billion for the 5,500 MW produced by the eight power plants
in Fiume Santo, Monfalcone, Ostiglia, Tavazzano and Trapani, together with the
hydro-electric plants at Terni, Crotone, and Catanzaro. All in all, the
Fiume Santo plant guarantees an output of 880 MW.
WITH BLACK ARM BANDS AS A SIGN OF MOURNING
There were at least 250 people in front of the Prefettura [Prefecture] in Piazza
d'Italia in Cagliari. They had congregated spontaneously to express their
dissent against the recent incidents in Genoa. They were also there to
remember 23 year-old Carlo Giuliani who died on the first day of violent clashes
between demonstrators and law enforcement officers. Relaxed, calm and
nearly silent, they congregated to say no to any kind of violence and repression
and to reiterate their dissent against poverty in the world.
GALTELLI' - A PLAQUE IN THE PIAZZA IN MEMORY OF VITTORIO GRECO
His heroic gesture two weeks ago had touched everyone. On July 7 last, 24
year-old Vittorio Greco from Rome did not hesitate one second when he dived into
the sea at Osalla, attempting to save the life of two young boys from Galtelli'
and he lost his life in the process. The Galtelli' Town Council decided
unanimously to dedicate a moment of silence and prayer to the young victim.
Furthermore, it was also decided that a plaque in memory of the young man will
be put up in the town's main Piazza.
"OUR CHILDREN WILL NOT SPEAK LOGUDORESE!"
The group of experts commissioned by the Regional Government has concluded its
project and has produced a report, which would align the Sardinian language to
its Lugodorese variant. However, Limba enthusiasts living in the Campidano
area do not like the idea. The issue re-emerged during the crowded launch
of the book "Limba, Lingua e Language" written by Sardinia's most
authoritative experts in the field.
S.O.S. FROM SAHARIAN BOY FOUND AT PORTO PINO
The Western Saharian boy's message had been attached to a coloured balloon,
which eventually deflated and landed on the beach at Porto Pino. That cry
for help launched to the wind was picked up by one of his contemporaries,
Federico Gessa of Sant'Anna Arresi whilst he was playing on the beach.
Inside the balloon there was a small, rolled-up piece of paper with a message
written in Spanish. The author of the message had released it to the wind
whilst in Catalogna, Spain on a short vacation with a few friends. Those
carefree days did not however stop him from thinking about his predicament.
He lives in a refugee camp, hoping to one day be able to live freely in his
homeland, Western Sahara that has been occupied by the «Marruecos» (Moroccans)
for more than twenty-six years.
«THE "CARABINIERI" ARE S..T» - SINGER CHARGED
He thought he could involve the crowd. However, the young people left
indignantly when he announced from the stage that "it was those s
t Carabinieri who killed people during the G8 in Genoa". Amongst the
spectators who did not appreciate the Kenze Neke's band artist's statement,
there was also the Maresciallo dei Carabinieri [senior Officer in the Corps] who
joined him up on the stage, took his particulars and charged him for
"vilipendio" [disrespect for a public institution].
HOSPITAL IN A TUB FOR TURTLES IN BAD SHAPE
CABRAS - Due to the increasing number of turtles from the sea off the Sinis
Peninsula that need to be cared for by a veterinarian, it would now seem a real
necessity to provide them with a specialised care centre. These splendid
specimens are not necessarily in need of medical assistance because they have
been injured or badly treated but more so because they are found to be in a very
poor state of health.
Management of the marine reserve "Penisola del Sinis-Isola di Mal di
Ventre" has submitted a number of projects to the Ministry for the
Environment. Amongst these projects is a proposal for the construction of
a Care Centre for the sea turtles.
STANDARDISATION OF "SA LIMBA"
The committee of experts nominated by the Sardinian regional government has
prepared a set of proposals called "Limba Sarda Unificada (LSU)".
The package summarises the basic set of rules for the standardisation of the
Sardinian language, i.e., spelling, phonetics, morphology and lexicon. The
Office of the Department of Public Education publication is a 50-page document.
The LSU is a language of reference, the model of a language, based on the
analysis of local variants of the Sardinian language and on the classification
of its fundamental exceptions. Finally, it is also based on the selection,
case by case, of a model that is, overall, amply representative of and
compatible with local versions.
SARDINIA «OCCUPIED» BY HOLIDAYMAKERS
Olbia has set records. More than 120,000 people arrived at the Isola
Bianca Terminal wharves and the Costa Smeralda airport during the first week-end
in August. It's impossible to find even one vacancy, at least until
Ferragosto [15 August]. At the same time, it's "all sold out"
departing from the Gallura ports where the traffic is normal in any case.
It's a sheer boom for the tourism industry on the South-Eastern coast of
Sardinia - from Villasimius to Muravera - where, for the last few days, a 100%
occupancy rate has been registered in hotels, camping grounds, farm house
accommodation and investment properties.
BEACH RESORTS BOOM ON THE ISLAND - VISITORS INCREASE BY 200%
Compared to 2000, the first two Summer months have shown a definitive increase
in the number of visitors to Sardinia's beaches. The number of arrivals on
Sardinia's coastline has shown particular growth (more than 20%).
Following behind are Emilia Romagna and Campania where they have increased by
more than 15%. A net downturn, however, has been noted for Sicily where
the result is minus 15%.
NULVI (SS) - WOODEN CROSS AND FOUR 18TH CENTURY CANDELABRAS STOLEN
Sacrilegious thieves at work in the parish of the Assunta [Madonna of the
Assumption]. Some precious candelabras and an antique wooden Christ from a
crucifix, all of which date back to the 18th century, mysteriously disappeared
recently. The items were part of the rich artistic heritage of the
Church, which is dedicated to the holy patron of Nulvi. The figure of
Christ was literally extracted from its cross, which stood on the pulpit of the
GO-AHEAD GIVEN TO LAW: BIRTH OF SARDINIAN CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY
The Regional Government has approved the proposal for a constitutional law. The
law will enable the Region to set up the Sardinian Constituent Assembly, which
will be responsible for the drafting of the new Statute. The law will now
go to Parliament.
ORISTANO: LONELINESS BECOMES A TRAGEDY FOR A PENSIONER
He had been dead for three months but no one was aware of it. Carlo Pinna,
73-year-old pensioner, was found dead in his home at Oristano. He had died
in the silence of his loneliness.
SENSORS IN THE GROTTOES IN SEARCH OF THE MONK SEAL
It seemed like it had disappeared from Italian waters but last September a Monk
Seal was sighted in the protected marine area at Capo Carbonara. Since
then the area is under strict surveillance by ICRAM [Central Institute for
Scientific and Technological Research Applied to the Sea attached to the
Ministry for the Environment]. A few weeks ago, ICRAM undertook a project, which
will hopefully single out all the grottoes that could house specimens of this
rare animal. Inside the grottoes they will place Infra Red sensors that
will signal the animal's
TISCALI GOES SHOPPING IN EUROPE
Tiscali will purchase Spanish Internet Service Provider, "Inicia
Comunicaciones" from the "Grupo PRISA" publishing group for a sum
of 8.2 million Euro in cash. The Cagliari company has also purchased
"Yukom Sa", one of the leading ISPs and portals in Belgium from
British Communication PIC (BT) and the Banque Bruxelles Lambert (BBL) and
another ISP from British company, Tiny.
EPIDEMIC RESURFACES BETWEEN SINISCOLA AND POSADA
SINISCOLA. At least eight cases of «Blue tongue» have been reported at
Siniscola, one of which was recorded at Posada. The alarm was given after
a number of tests were made amongst the goat-farms in the area. Farmers
immediately raised voices of complaint about the situation. In fact, it
seems that the hotbeds of the epidemic have originated from farms located in
swamplands. Furthermore, three of the reported cases are said to be a
repetition of episodes in locations already recorded last year. Therefore,
the 2000 disinfestation was a waste of time.
MOLOTOV BOMBS - A FACTORY ON FIRE
A few nights ago there was a serious bomb attack on the buildings that belong to
the Azienda Italiana Depuratori in Quartucciu. The company's General
Manager, Maria Grazia Massimino is also the leading Sardinian businesswoman.
Persons unknown hurled some incendiary bombs into the company's factory building
and in three hours machinery and vehicles were destroyed.
MAMOIADA - FORTY COUPLES COMPETE IN THE REGIONAL "MORRA" TOURNAMENT
Forty couples participated in the Regional Morra Tournament of the Madonna del
Carmine of Mamoiada recently. They competed in teams of four in
elimination games for sixteen to the finals, which were held that same morning
over the two hours that were available.
First prize, which consisted of the trophy and one million Lire went to Cottu
and Mazzette, the couple from Ollolai.
INFANTRYMEN FROM THE
"BRIGATA SASSARY" DEPART FROM ALGHERO
The first 70 infantrymen from the "Brigata Sassari" departed from
Alghero Airport headed for Macedonia as part of the NATO "Essential Harvest"
The "Sassari" contingent will be made up of a total of nearly 500
soldiers out of the 700 men Italy has placed at NATO's disposal. Amongst
the departing volunteers, more than 80% have already had experience in the
NUORO - THREE THOUSAND COSTUMES FOR THE "SAGRA DEL REDENTORE"
[Festival of Christ the Redeemer] CELEBRATING THE FESTIVAL'S CENTENARY.
As a celebration of its Centenary this year and under the auspices of the
Regional Government, a vast program of events has been arranged. It
consists of cultural, musical and folkloric shows, comprehensive
socio-productive and sporting displays which from July to late September, will
include about a hundred different activities and big shows. In any event,
29 August remains the highlight of the Festival. This year we will return
to "su connottu" [the old ways]. In fact, the Mass will be
celebrated on the stone altar at the foot of the statue and the Archbishop of
Cagliari, Ottorino Alberti will officiate. Furthermore, Cardinal Mario
Francesco Pompedda will celebrate the Pontifical Mass together with the
Sardinian Bishops at 6.00 p.m. in the Municipal Amphitheatre.
The Euro-Mediterranean Festival of Street Theatre is scheduled for 3-6 September.
Groups of performers from Switzerland, Germany, France and Norway as well as
from the Continent will participate. A Piano Competition will be held from
15-19 September in the Auditorium of the "Museo Regionale del Costume e
Delle Tradizioni Popolari" [Museum of Local Costumes and Traditions], which
promises to be of huge interest due to the participation of prestigious artists
from all of Italy.
PALAU - THE FLAMES SURROUND THE ENTIRE TOWN
There was fear for the worst for three hours amongst the stately homes at
"Stazzo Pulcheddu". Crazy with fear, many tourists hurriedly abandoned
the village in their cars.
CARBONIA-CORONEL - TWO CITIES EVOLVED FROM THE MINES GAIN SISTER-CITY STATUS
After nine months, the battle of the 486 unemployed interim workers
["lavoratori socialmente utili"] from the "Parco Geominerario"
[Geo-mining Park] continues and so does the occupation of the Villamarina Tunnel
and the Pozzo Sella. The activities continue with a schedule of cultural
events, which includes amongst other, the participation of Chilean band, "Inti-Illimani"
and the inauguration of a Sister-City program between Carbonia and the Chilean
city of Coronel where the local miners have been occupying a coal mine for the
last three months.
TOURISTS REPORTED TO THE POLICE - NATURAL ARCH BECOMES SOUVENIR
BAUNEI - Now it's becoming a bad habit, a lousy way of ending a vacation with a
souvenir from Sardinia. Here we go again: yet another tourist - actually,
this time there were five, including a woman and two children - here to
vandalise the Island's natural assets. Since the foray against the famous
Cala Girgolu turtle, the plunder of sand at Budelli, the chipped red rocks at
Arbatax there have been various other acts of vandalism. This time the
"arch" [natural rock formation], classified as a national monument, on
the sea at Cala Goloritze' in the Baunei area, has been carved up. The men
from the Harbour Office have reported the predator-tourists from Como to the
Police. A search of the tourists' rubber dinghy berthed in the Port at
Cala Gonone revealed quartzite crystals and other minerals eradicated from the
famous arch-shaped rock, which is a symbol, pretty much an icon of Ogliastra
THE TOWERS OF STINTINO IN DANGER
In the past they even resisted attacks from the Saracens but today, the Towers
of Stintino, amongst which the Pelosa Tower, are at risk of collapsing under
attacks from a new type of pirate. It is both Italians and foreigners who
take it in turn to ransack the ancient guard posts as if it was a beach holiday
pastime. They climb up the towers to reach the top and forage in the
inside halls, searching for those fragments of history, the destruction of which
they are inadvertently (one would hope) contributing. The effects of this
game are devastating. The masses of stone are not bearing up to the
constant battering and the walls are developing cracks ever-increasing in size.
The town's Mayor is helpless. In fact, the monument, which is symbolic of
the small area, stands on State property. So at this point, another game
begins. Whose responsibility is to rectify the problem?
CAGLIARI - ARMED HOLD-UP WITH FIVE HOSTAGES
Two masked armed-bandits broke into the vault of the via Torino branch of the
Banco di Sardegna and completely "cleaned out" the safe after having
immobilised the Manageress, a clerk and three customers. They stole forty
S'ISTRUMPA - MEMORIES AND PASSION
The 13th National Championship of "S'Istrumpa", the ancient art of
wrestling amongst shepherds, was held yesterday at Ollolai. It was
officially declared a sport some years ago.
DRY SPELL NOW KILLING OFF MOUFLONS
NUORO - The prolonged dry spell that has hit the central areas of Sardinia and
Ogliastra in particular, is endangering the lives of the mouflons.
According to reports from the Gennargentu Branch of the World Wildlife Fund,
about ten animals have been found dead to date but these numbers are destined to
grow. The environmental association has appealed for help from the Army
and Fire Fighters, asking them to utilise their helicopters for the carriage of
water to the mouflons.
DOLPHINS MUTILATED BY FISHERMEN GO TO DIE ON THE BEACHES
Four dolphins in four days beached themselves to die after having been severely
mutilated along the South-East coast of the "Golfo degli Angeli", in
the Cagliari area. Upon examination, the technicians and experts from the
"Centro Studi Cetacei" [Centre for Cetacean Studies] found that all
the animals (of the "Stenella" [striped dolphin] species) had the same
mutilations to their fins and abdomen. It is believed that the mammals
could have fallen into fishermen's nets and that the fishermen deliberately
caused the mutilations in order to free themselves of the cetaceans. The
tactic is often used to distance these groups of dolphins away from the nets as
they could jeopardise a fishing expedition.
RIOT ON THE BEACH AGAINST A TOURIST
SANT'ANTIOCO: Evolution of the species - first the butcher of the rock turtle
and now a poor turtle gets kidnapped on arrival, injured and exhausted at the
beach at Turri. The perpetrator was slinking away nonchalantly with the
animal wrapped in a towel but he was stopped by scandalised sunbathers.
The young specimen of a "caretta caretta" [Loggerhead Sea Turtle] had
a mutilated fin with obvious traces of scarring from an old injury but was then
able to go back into the sea.
READY FOR THE HARVEST
"Camp Italy" is just about fully occupied. There are now 550
young men from the Brigata Sassari mustered at the Italian base in the former
military airport at Petrovec, which is about 20 kilometres from the capital,
Skopje. 150 Turkish soldiers have joined them. Together and under
the Italian contingent's command, they will participate in "Operation
Essential Harvest", the collection of arms from the Albanian guerrillas
that NATO is carrying out in Macedonia.
AIR TRANSPORT - MORE TIME WASTED BEFORE FINAL IMPLEMENTATION OF DISCOUNTED
It seems we will have to wait another six weeks before the Lazio "TAR"
[Regional Administrative Tribunal] releases its decision. The meeting,
which will involve comparisons between the airlines interested in the operation
of flights to Sardinia, has been set for 11 October. The administrative
judges have summoned Alitalia, Meridiana, Volare and Air One, the airline
excluded from the tender, to participate in the debate. The Tribunal has
also decided to re-examine the request for the allocation of the Alghero-Milan
route, which is currently allocated to Volare but for which no offer had been
made by any of the airlines.
CAR SINKS INTO VILLASMUS HARBOUR
25-year-old Andrea Tola from Monserrato lost control of his car in the Port area
at Villasmus. The car flew into the harbour and the driver drowned.
According to an initial reconstruction made by the Carabinieri, the young man
had made an error of judgement whilst driving. His four friends, who were
passengers in the car, managed to escape through the car doors. Andrea
Tola, however, plunged into the harbour, trapped inside the driver's compartment.
TRAGEDY IN SORSO - "I KILLED MY SON"
A violent argument between father and son degenerated into a tragedy at Sorso.
The dead man, Mauro Sias, 29, was a labourer currently working in Treviso.
His father, 51-year-old Peppino Sias confessed to having stabbed his son and
then having abandoned the body on a footpath. However, the investigators suspect
that it was the deceased's brother, Marco, who delivered the one and only fatal
blow, straight to the heart. The two brothers had occasion to quarrel
MALE, SARDINIAN AND CENTENARIAN
Even in Sardinia there are those who are searching for the longevity gene.
This is not surprising because this is the "island of centenarians",
the area in the world that has the greatest number of people who are over one
hundred years of age. Of particular interest is the fact that the men are
not disadvantaged when it comes to this fight against time. Whilst the
general average is six women against one man, in Sardinia there are certain
areas where true equal opportunity prevails.
'BLUE TONGUE" - LIT.10 BILLION ALLOCATED FOR VACCINATIONS
With the allocation of funds, the go-ahead has been given for vaccinations.
The decision was made yesterday by the Regional Council, which re-commenced its
activities after the summer break. Regional Health Inspector, Giorgio
Oppi, announced that today he would call a meeting of all Sardinian ASL [Azienda
Sanitaria Locale = local medical care unit] management to discuss the allocation
of the Lit.10b for the breeders.
JUDGE DECLARES FORESTS AT MONTE ARCOSU "NO GO ZONE" FOR FIRE-BUG
An extraordinary decision was handed down against the arsonist who allegedly
started a fire within the WWF Natural Oasis at Monte Arcosu on 28 July this year.
The GIP [Judge for Preliminary Investigations] handed down an injunction at a
cautionary level. Francesco Garau, 37, from Capoterra, "is prohibited
from living in the Gutturu Mannu-Monte Arcosu mountain region". The
injunction handed down by the Cagliari GIP is only the second one of its kind in
Italy. The first, regarding the huge fire at Monte Ortobene, dates back to
FERRY TRIP CANCELLED - 535 TOURISTS ON BREAD AND WATER ON A "FREIGHTER"
GOLFO ARANCI. It was supposed to be a return home with the wind in their
sails. However, an odyssey began for 535 tourists on 31 August at the port
of Golfo Aranci. Bad weather stopped the fast ship "Sardinia
Express" from departing for Civitavecchia and it was only the next morning
that the holidaymakers were able to embark.on the "Logudoro", however,
a cargo ship with very little food and water. The CODACONS [Coordinamento
delle Associazioni per la Difesa dell'Ambiente e dei Diritti degli Utenti e dei
Consumatori = Italian Consumer Association] will be available to all those who
will want to be reimbursed for damaged.
SPORT: CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN AGAIN
Come September and soccer championships begin again in categories B and C1 in
which the Cagliari and Torres teams will participate respectively.
Cagliari was eliminated from the Coppa Italia championship whilst the Torres
team progresses into the next heat. In the championship, Cagliari begins
with an insignificant home game draw and Torres with a defeat.
ALGHERO HAS BEEN A CITY FOR 500 YEARS
Alghero celebrates 500 years of "city" status. It was 28 August
1501 during an official ceremony that King Ferdinand the Catholic, Isabella's
husband, referred to Alghero explicitly and a number of times as a "ciutat"
[city], rather than "vila" [town] or "Iloch" [place],
thereby effectively dismissing these classifications, which were previously in
THE SAND PREDATORS HAVE LANDED
Yachtsmen landing from a rubber dinghy filled up some bags and left again in a
flash. These last few days of summer are becoming a boom time for vandals
who are not afraid of either the strict control measures or the heavy fines.
Kilos of the precious quartz grains are disappearing from Is Aruttas every day.
TAVOLARA - FAMILY OF DOLPHINS GROWS: 10-DAY-OLD PUPPY SIGHTED
Another happy event has been recorded amongst the dolphins that inhabit the
Sardinian coastline. A puppy that joined the family about ten days ago was
sighted near Tavolara. Events of this nature reinforce the fact that the
ideal conditions of the sea around Sardinia favour these cetaceans and their
editorial staff and members of Isola Sarda would like to take this opportunity
to extend our sincerest condolences to all those who have lost a member of their
family or friend/s in the terrible tragedy in New York. Please rest
assured that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this very sad time for all
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MOROCCAN NATIONAL MURDERED ON THE BEACH
SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA - One dead and two injured as a result of a brawl, which
degenerated into the use of knives. The incident occurred during the night
amongst a group of non-European Union nationals and was evidently due to the
non-payment of a debt.
A BUOY IN THE "LAGO DEL COGHINAS" MONITORS POLLUTION
OSCHIRI - Lake Coghinas, the most important water resource in the Sassari
province, will no longer be an unknown entity when it comes to the supply of
water to Sassari, the Anglona area, Porto Torres, Alghero and all the other
built up areas it services. In fact, the Sassari provincial administration
is now installing an oceanographic buoy in the lake. The equipment will
check water quality every three hours by means of probe that travels to various
depths. It will analyse the samples of water collected and the results
will then be transmitted to the provincial data collection centre at Alghero.
COLLISION IN THE AIR AVOIDED BY JUST 5 KILOMETRES
It was just 2.5 miles, less than five kilometres. The distance seems
substantial but for two aircraft it is just a few seconds of flight time.
This was the small amount of air space over Civitavecchia separating the
Meridiana aircraft travelling from Olbia to Fiumicino and the English airline,
British Midland, aircraft that didn't follow instructions from the Air Traffic
Control Tower last week. "It was just short of a collision",
said some of the 164 passengers who were on board the aircraft that belongs to
the Aga Khan's airline. Meridiana's response from Olbia was to deny that
there was ever any danger and ENAV [Italian Agency for Civil Air Traffic
Control] confirms this claim. However, a parliamentary inquiry has been
called for, in order to investigate matter further.
STATE RAILWAYS - LIT.842
BILLION IN FUNDING FOR UP-GRADE
The Regional seven-year plan (2001-2007), an infrastructure development program
aimed at the modernisation of the Sardinian railway system includes projects to
the value of Lit.842.8 billion. These projects will be carried out on the
Main Line of the Sardinian railway system, its technology, on functional
improvements to some stations (Oristano, Macomer, Olbia, Villamassargia and
Siliqua) and the up-grade of the metropolitan Cagliari-Decimomannu service.
Off the Main Line, the secondary line between Campeda and Bonovra (with a double
track, one of which is already fitted out) has been active since July. At
the same time, work is being carried out on the infrastructure and technology
development of the network, whilst focusing on the Sassari-Porto Torres sector
and the Chilivani secondary line in particular. Another important project
is the doubling up of the Decimomannu-San Gavino track, the completion of which
is planned for the year 2007. Finally, work is being done on plan to
modernise and consequently speed up the Cagliari-Oristano service.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING - LIT.20 BILLION EARMARKED FOR NEW PROJECTS
More than Lit.200 billion of EEC funds will be utilised within the year for
vocational training programs. These are funds from the Regional
Operational Plan and are destined above all to the professional development of
Sardinia's workers and to fight unemployment.
THE SARDINIAN DEER PROLIFERATES IN CORSICA
Sardinian deer are "repopulating" Corsica. It is actually the
Corsican Red Deer and Its scientific name is Cervus Elaphus Corsicanus.
Previously extinct on Sardinia's twin island, they are now frolicking again in
the Corsican Regional Nature Park. The specimens were originally imported
from Sardinia. The deer repopulation project has been successful and the
colony is currently made up of more than 200 deer. Smaller than the
European species, it is a deer that can only be found on the two Islands.
Its males weigh 120-130 Kgs., compared to the average weight of 220-280 Kgs.
typical of the European species and it is only 95-1,000 cm. tall (height at
withers), compared to its cousins on the Continent that measure from 120-130 cm.
(fino al garrese). In the late "Sixties" it had been included in
the World-Wide Endangered Species List of animals in danger of extinction.
Sought after for the precious horns in the male and hunted down because of
scarcity of food during World War II and as a sport afterwards, it had
disappeared from Corsica. In Sardinia it survived and now the biggest
colonies are in the Cagliari area. The WWF's objective in Sardinia now is
to bring back the deer to the Gennargentu area.
SHORT-LIVED KIDNAPPING - 5 ARRESTED IN THE "VALLE DELLA LUNA"
The Court in Tempio sentenced five young male "jugglers" (by
profession) to a year in jail. They were accused of having illegally
confined and beaten a young girl last Sunday. When they were arrested, the
young men justified their actions by stating that it was "because she had
stolen money from us". Yesterday, justice was served rapidly for the
crime, which occurred in the "Valle della Luna" [Valley of the Moon],
near the Capo Testa promontory in the Santa Teresa area.
All five had been arrested on Sunday night and locked up in the "La
Rotonda" prison at Tempio for having beaten up and illegally detained a
22-year-old woman from Porto Torres. The woman was subsequently freed by
the Carabinieri from Santa Teresa and taken to the hospital at Tempio in a state
of confusion. It is presumed that the woman had been drugged and should be
released from hospital within two weeks.
7,000 AERIAL PHOTOS FOR THE PREVENTION OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING ACTIVITIES
When it comes to attempts at carrying out illegal activities and indiscriminate
construction of unauthorised buildings, the Sardinian coastline is under
control. A monitoring and action program set up by the WWF in conjunction
with the Guardia di Finanza [Ministry of Finance Police] enables them to keep
watch around the clock. Now, even the public will be able to participate
through a dedicated Internet site that will report the state of conservation of
the 1,800 Kms. of Sardinian coastline by means of a detailed map.
It has taken three years and 7,000 aerial photographs to complete the project.
INJURED SHARK IN THE SEA AT POETTO (CA)
CAGLIARI - A slender cobalt blue shark nearly 1,600cm long, was sighted and then
caught. The specimen which belongs to the "Carcharhinidae"
family and its scientific name is "Prionaca Glauca", is commonly known
as the "blue shark'.
A group of bathers sighted what they first thought was a dolphin. The
behaviour of the animal, however, was very different to that of the harmless
mammal and it was only later discovered that the shark was injured and trying to
beach itself. It would plunge into the water, only to come back up again
very quickly to the surface. It repeatedly swam in a near-circular
fashion, unable to get closer to the shore and at the same time, unable to get
away. The large fish was caught by a small craft.
PORTO TORRES - "IT'S A THIRD-WORLD PASSENGER TERMINAL"
Some Regional Councillors have lodged a complaint about the poor state of the
Port facilities in Porto Torres. Tirrenia and Grimaldi passenger ships
regularly utilise these facilities when berthing these ships in the port.
The complaint has been lodged in the form of an inquiry presented to the
President of the Regional Council and Councillors responsible for Tourism and
Transport. The inquiry has been lodged in the hope that an appropriate
welcoming facility for arriving passengers complete with toilets and an
information booth will be built as soon as possible.
Cagliari fared very badly and the Torres team's performance was mediocre.
Both teams were engaged in home games. The Bari team (1-2) beat Cagliari
and the Torres team drew with Catania (1-1).
HUNTER MURDERED DURING
VILLAGRANDE STRISAILI - Francesco Giamattei, a 62-year-old hunter from
Benevento, was murdered recently in the countryside between Villagrande and
Talana by two bandits who wanted to steal his rifle. The man, wounded in
the thigh, bled to death.
AN "AFFAIR OF THE HEART" RESOLVED WITH TWENTY KNIFE WOUNDS
ITTIRI - They had gone out together to resolve an argument that had suddenly
erupted between them regarding a beautiful girl. However, jealousy was
already gnawing away at Stefano Diana's brain. The 25-year-old labourer
from Pozzomaggiore confronted Mario Simula (a plumber from Ittiri), already
aware of what the outcome of their encounter would be. He had taken a
large kitchen knife with him and when Mario Simula became distracted, Diana took
advantage of the situation. He butchered Simula to death. The Carabinieri
went to pick Diana up at his house at 8 o'clock the next morning. He was
still asleep but the proof of the ferocious crime committed a few hours earlier
was under his bed.
NEW TRIAL IN THE SILVIA MELIS KIDNAPPING CASE BEGINS
PALERMO - A new trial regarding the Silvia Melis kidnapping case has commenced
in the Palermo courthouse. The woman was abducted in Tortolì on February
19, 1997 and released in the Orgosolo countryside after nine months in captivity.
This new trial will deal with certain episodes that occurred during the frantic
process of liberation of the Employment Consultant from Tortolì. On trial
are former editor-entrepreneur, Nicola Grauso, the former Editor of the daily
newspaper "L'Unione Sarda", Antonangelo Liori and lawyer, Luigi Garau.
They are accused of extortion and aggravated attempted extortion of a ransom
from engineer, Tito Melis and the slander of Judges, Carlo Piana and Mauro Mura
from the Cagliari district Public Prosecutor's Office.
TWO ANCIENT ROMAN TOMBS DISCOVERED IN CAGLIARI
Much to everyone's astonishment, two Ancient Roman sarcophagi of rare beauty
have been found. One of the two tombs is still perfectly sealed. The
discovery was made during the excavation of the courtyard of what used to be the
Scala di Ferro Hotel and is now destined to become the new premises of the
«THESE ARE THE REMAINS OF NUR, THE ANCESTOR OF THE SARDINIANS»
The suggested hypothesis is certainly fascinating. In the Sardinia of the
Middle-Late Pleistocene Era, approximately 250-300 thousand years ago, there
lived a contemporary of Homo Erectus, who right at that time was evolving
towards Neanderthal Man on the European Continent.
It all boils down to two bones: a sturdy tibia from a cervid, which has
been extinct for thousands of years and a small bone a few centimetres long.
The former has some parallel incisions at its upper region that, according to
Professors Sergio Ginesu and Jean Marie Cordy, can only be attributed to human
intervention. These same researchers claim that the latter bone is the
complete phalanx of the thumb of a human being at least two thousand or maybe
even three thousand years old.
SARDINIAN OIL FOR SAINT FRANCIS
The most important Regional authorities, the Archbishops and Bishops, 80 Mayors
and more than three thousand faithful were in Assisi on October 3 and 4.
They were there to offer the oil for the votive lamp, which burns perennially on
the tomb of the Patron Saint of Italy as a sign of appreciation and devotion.
As part of a system of rotation, which involves all the Regions of Italy, this
year it was Sardinia's turn to participate in this ceremony, which is considered
to be much more than just symbolic.
The Provincial leaders of the Island also sent their messages of support.
Sardinia has been a "Franciscan" stronghold since 1230 when the first
followers of "Il Poverello" [the poor man] of Assisi arrived in
Cagliari to set up a number of monasteries that were subsequently built all over
Sardinia. The Order's female presence dates back to the early Thirteenth
Century when the Poor Clares founded convents in Cagliari, Sassari, Oristano,
Alghero, Tempio and Ozieri. At the same time, the first groups of lay
Franciscans [Brothers and Sisters of Penance] who are now known as the Third
Today, there are no less than 150 of these Franciscan brotherhoods and seven
female institutes of apostolic life on the Island.
A SAFE HAVEN FOR WHALES AND DOLPHINS FROM FRANCE TO CAPO FALCONE
Mediterranean whales finally have a home, a safe one. The Parliament has
voted for the ratification of an international agreement that declares the
nearly 90 thousand square kilometres between the Ligurian Sea and the upper
Tirrhenian Sea as the first marine park sanctuary for the protection of
The project originated from an agreement between Italy, France and the
Principality of Monaco for the protection of large marine mammals. It is
located within the limits of a line extending from the western tip of the Giens
peninsula in France towards the northern coast of Sardinia at Capo Falcone and
Capo Ferro and reaching the Western coast of Italy at Fosso Chiarone in Tuscany.
In order to protect whales, sperm whales and dolphins effectively, all
competitions involving fast motor-boats and fishing with the "spadare"
[driftnet fishing] will be banned in Italian waters.
MAL DI VENTRE ISLAND - NO MAN'S LAND - STOLEN, ANCIENT ROMAN COLUMN
CABRAS - Mal di Ventre Island has been raided by vandals yet again. During
a guided visit to the Island, visitors were able to ascertain the considerable
damage sustained by the archaeological heritage that exists on this strip of
land emerging from the sea.
This time, the hooligans of the moment chose to attack the granite perimeter
wall that surrounds the central tower of the Nuraghic village, built on the
mid-Eastern side of the Island, near the «Cala dei Pastori» [Shepherds' Cove].
Even the last section of a column belonging to a huge Ancient Roman «domus»,
which someone had already tried to remove in the past, was stolen and presumably
taken away to someone's garden.
Furthermore, the devastation didn't even spare the rocks on the Island.
One of the rock formations known as «I Fidanzatini» [The Young Betrotheds] was
FACSIMILE OF THE MOUFFLON - SOON IT WILL BE SET FREE ON THE ISLAND
The news comes from London, from the press room of "Nature Biotechnology",
the most prestigious biotechnology publication in the world. "A group
of European scientists have succeeded in cloning the first descendant of a
mouflon." The leader of the team, which conducted the research
project in laboratories that are still to be identified, is a Sardinian
researcher. The mouflon is also Sardinian since it originates from two
specimens that were found dead in an internal area of the Island.
A "COSTA SMERALDA" ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPT - ANDREUCCI TRIUMPHS
PORTO CERVO - Paolo Andreucci has won the 20th Costa Smeralda Rally and now sets
his sights on the Italian Championship. His most dangerous rivals were
betrayed by the dirt roads in the Gallura area and have had to set aside their
dreams of participating on a national level.
Cagliari and Torres continue to play a disappointing championship, especially
when you consider the expectations of a promotion for the two Sardinian teams.
Even if their respective championships are still in the early stages, it seems
that the objectives for both the teams are reduced to being able to remain in
each of the existing categories. In their most recent championship games,
Cagliari tied (0-0) in Naples and Torres tied (1-1) also away from home in
FLORIS RESIGNS BUT PILI AS
HIS SUCCESSOR STILL UNCERTAIN
CAGLIARI - The President of the Regional Government, Mario Floris, has resigned,
creating a crisis situation for which there doesn't seem to be a solution.
There are so many unpredictable escape routes and at the same time numerous
likely scenarios. Mauro Pili, the leader of "Forza Italia" in
the opposition party immediately took action in order to create some order in
the situation. However, the Centre-Right nurtures some grave doubts and
other possibilities are not being discounted. One of these possibilities
could be not to accept Floris' resignation and to make an attempt to increase
the majority in Parliament.
GOODBYE TO YOUNG WOMAN WHO DIED IN ACCIDENT AT LINATE AIRPORT
A large crowd of Nuoro residents gave a farewell to Antonella Sanna. The
young Engineering Graduate in Business Management died in the tragic accident
that occurred at the Airport in Linate recently. She was one of the
passengers on board the Scandinavian Airlines plane about to depart for
Copenhagen. From there, she had planned to travel on by train to Oslo
where she was employed as an Area Manager by a Swedish multinational.
QUESTION TIME IN PARLIAMENT: WHY DOESN'T THE GOVERNMENT GIVE THE GO-AHEAD TO
ROME - Does the Minister for Infrastructure intend to enact the law that
will bring about "Continuita' Territoriale" [extension of discounted
flights to/from Sardinia] on the Olbia-Rome and Olbia-Milan routes, which are
not subject to an appeal lodged with the TAR [Regional Administrative Tribunal]?
Or is he intending to wait for the Tribunal's decision on the Air One appeal
regarding the other three routes? Members of the Chamber of Deputies
Carboni, Duca and Tidei posed this question to the Minister, Pietro Lunardi, in
Parliament. They pointed out that the more than Lit.150 billion allocated
with the ratification of the act (No. 144 of 1999) are still available.
After a very lengthy and complex procedure, six routes (Alghero, Cagliari and
Olbia to Milan and Rome) were put through the tender process. The
Committee that examined the offers allocated five of these routes. However,
Air One lodged an appeal regarding three of the routes (Cagliari-Milan,
Cagliari-Rome and Alghero-Rome). The three members of the Chamber of
Deputies also pointed out that "Act No. 144/99 specifies that it is up to
the Minister to decide the date when these new arrangements will be put into
effect", and that, "Sardinia has been waiting for this law for over 50
PERSISTENT HEAT, NOT ONLY ON THE ISLAND. RECORD SUMMER TEMPERATURES IN
ROME - Isn't October the month in which the first cold snaps announce the coming
of Winter? It could be. However, until now it has appeared to be a
continuation of Summer, both in Sardinia and the rest of Italy, with
temperatures around 30°C. According to Vincenzo Ferrara, a climatologist
with ENEA [National Agency for Energy and the Environment], this phenomenon
originates from a meteorological anomaly, which lies in any case within the more
generalised tendency to global warming of the planet.
The "meteorological anomaly" is a persistent low-pressure trough over
the North Atlantic, which is "pumping" hot air over the Mediterranean.
In the area where this mass of hot air clashes with the colder air present in
Central Europe, there is rain and temperatures more in line with seasonal
averages. It's an unusual heat for the month of October, with temperatures
7-9°C above average for this time of the year. A maximum temperature of
33.9°C was experienced in Benetutti in the Sassari province last Saturday.
The SAR [Synthetic Aperture Radar] stations registered unusually high
temperatures more common during late Summer in a number of areas on the Island
on Sunday as well.
THE "GEO-MINING PARK" DREAM BECOMES REALITY
After a year of general protests and the occupation of the sites at Monteponi
(Pozzo Sella), Montevecchio and Villasalto, the Ministers for the Protection of
the Environment (Mattioli), Productive Activities (Antonio Marzano) and
Education and Research (Letizia Moratti) all signed the decree, which would give
the go-ahead to the setting up of the Geo-Mining Park. The financing for
the project had already been approved by the Parliament in its Budget 2000.
Those who had fought long and hard for the Park's establishment met the news
that the heads of the three Government Departments responsible for the project
had finally signed the decree with satisfaction.
Now that the Park has been given the definite go-ahead, other arrangements will
have to be made, including the election of a Provisional Committee that will
manage the Park.
VALLEDORIA RE-LAUNCHES ITS ARTICHOKE
Maybe not everyone knows that the artichoke from Valledoria, the choice
"Spinoso Sardo" variety is one of the most valued and sought-after.
And many of the consumers in the Northern part of Italy, where this product is
mostly sold, don't know that such a tasty and perfumed artichoke comes from the
Bassa Valle del Coghinas in the Sassari province. Its vast plantations
have become one of the most typical sights of this valley and Valledoria has
always been synonymous with the artichoke. The thriving plain, which was
saved from the floods by the land reclamation works carried out between the
Twenties and Thirties, currently produces nearly 30 million artichoke heads,
with a turnover of Lit.20 billion.
CORSICA-SARDINIA. STRATEGIC ALLIANCE AIMED AT GAINING MORE INFLUENCE IN
SASSARI - The catch phrase is "insular alliance". It's a
strategy with which Sardinia and Corsica can gain more influence in the European
Union and within the international bodies where the economic fate of the two
islands is decided. They are twin islands that share a number of problems,
in particular their isolation and also their physical distance from the rest of
Europe. These were the themes for discussion that featured in the second
conference between Sardinia, Corsica and Europe, which was held at Villa Mimosa
GAVOI CELEBRATES THE LIT.10 BILLION WIN
Lady Luck has finally discovered the heart of Sardinia and brought good fortune
to the wretched Barbagia area with a Superenalotto win of no less than Lit.10.48
billion plus .some loose change, a winning sum never achieved in the entire
Nuoro province before yesterday. The stroke of luck this time befell the
punters who play their numbers at the Superenalotto kiosk in the "G 3"
Bar in via Roma, right in the centre of the town of Gavoi. The small town
(population 3,000) is situated on Highway 128. It is famous as the capital
of the "Fiore Sardo" Pecorino cheese and for the incredibly beautiful
Lake Gusana, which is situated in its territory.
ENORMOUS BRONZE CRUCIFIX ON THE TUTTAVISTA BY HELICOPTER
GALTELLÌ. Yesterday, after nearly ten months of being temporarily located
in the local sports stadium, the Tuttavista Crucifix, a bronze work of art by
the Spanish academic, Pedro Angel Terron Manrique, is finally on top of the
mountain overlooking the Baronia. To carry it up there, it took the Army's
biggest helicopter in service.
ASSISI INVADED BY THOUSANDS OF SARDINIANS
For two days, Sardinian was spoken in Assisi and Santa Maria degli Arcangeli.
Sardinia, from which all its Bishops came, responded to the national celebration
with the usual enthusiasm and great faith towards the Saint of Assisi. The
participation was made up of such large numbers that it even surprised the
Umbrian friars who are quite used to supervising the annual celebrations, which
feature a different region each year.
THE SARDINIANS ARE IGNORING VIAGRA FOR NOW
The Sardinians are not very familiar with Viagra. For whatever the reason,
however, this is the statistical data that emerges from a research project
carried out by Pfizer (the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the product).
It states that the male population of the Island is the least likely to resort
to "chemical palliatives" in order to alleviate an erectile
dysfunction. On top of the list for consumption are the regions of the
central North, beginning with Tuscany and Latium. The Southern regions are
at the bottom of the list, with Sardinia 15th, Sicily 14th and Basilicata, which
in 20th place, seems to ignore that the product actually exists or perhaps
doesn't need it at all.
FISHING, SARDINIANS PREFER GILT-HEAD BREAMS
Sardinians are on top of the list in Italy for the consumption of Gilt-head
Breams. On average, an Island family will buy nearly 2.5 kilos a year,
compared to the 900gr. Purchased in the regions in the North of Italy.
Speaking in general terms and on a national level, Sardinians are amongst the
most important connoisseurs of fresh fish. This statistical data stems
from the research project «Piscis - Qualitative and Quantitative Research on
Sardinian Fish Products», carried out by the Federcoopesca [National Federation
of Fishing Co-ops]. Getting back to the results of the research, one can deduce
that the average monthly expenditure on fish per family is Lit.27, 000, a larger
amount than the regions in the North and equivalent to those in the Mezzogiorno
Above all, Sardinians consume farmed fish (Bream and Bass in particular) but the
consumption of mussels and molluscs like polyps, squid and cuttlefish is also
The research also highlighted that families are least likely to consume the
rarer fish varieties like mullet and white bream, whilst the consumption of fish
soup products is very, very low.
Fish products are only purchased occasionally, above all in the inland and
mountain Comunes. For example, the findings showed that the Nuoro and
Gallura areas have the lowest consumption of fish products caught off the
Sardinian coast. These are two areas of Sardinia where animal farming is
widespread and therefore the consumption of meat is high.
MAYBE THE MEGA-DAM PROJECT WILL GO AHEAD
Maybe the large dam at Monte Nieddu-Is Canargius, destined to resolve water
deficit problems for Sarroch, Pula, Villa San Pietro, Domusdemaria, Capoterra
and part of the Sulcis, will not remain a dream. Even though the hope of
having the project finalised by the end of 2001 has vanished, the Regional
Government has come to an agreement with the Ministry of Infrastructure to go
ahead anyway. Now they will have to take action on these undertakings,
something that is never easy.
It appears to be a year of suffering for Island soccer fans. Cagliari and
Torres continue to lose badly and find themselves right at the bottom of their
respective championship categories (B e C1), with the real threat of having to
be relegated to the lower divisions.
29 th October
"CONTINUITA' TERRITORIALE" BECOMES LAW
It is fait accompli. Sardinians will now be able to enjoy air-travel at
super-discounted rates. It took years of hard work, including political
and technical meetings and planning conferences but the final signature was
secured this week. The Minister for Infrastructures and Transport, Pietro
Lunardi announced that he had signed the relevant documentation and the Law had
finally been passed. October 28 is the prescribed deadline for the launch
of the discounted fares but it is a deadline that will be difficult to meet.
The technical aspects of the launch are the Airlines' responsibility and even if
the October 28 deadline may not be met, since all the relevant details have not
been outlined, including the schedules, it will not be delayed too much. The Law,
signed by Lunardi is made up of three files, which state in conclusion that
there is a requirement to provide a public transport service on the
Cagliari-Rome, Cagliari-Milan, Olbia-Rome, Olbia-Milan and Alghero-Rome routes.
Unfortunately the Alghero-Milan sector has been excluded from these provisions.
The Ministerial document outlines the rules governing the allocation of these
routes. Alitalia will be subsidised by Lit.27 billion for the
Cagliari-Rome route; Volare Airlines will be allocated Lit.11.970 billion for
the Cagliari-Rome sector; Meridiana will receive Lit.415,000,000 for the
Olbia-Rome sector and Lit.12.3 billion for the Olbia-Milan sector and lastly,
Alitalia will be subsidised with Lit.
11.700 billion for the Alghero-Rome sector.
NEW ERUPTION OF VIOLENCE IN THE BARBAGIA AREA
NUORO - The latest criminal activities in Barbagia and Ogliastra - four
homicides in two weeks - could make one think that it may be the beginning of a
new wave of violence. But in reality these episodes are a sign that in
these areas, not much has changed compared to the recent past. Even though
the truce was relatively short, it could in fact have been assumed there was
one, since there was a considerable decrease in the crime rate. This, above all,
because it was a reality in the areas in which, until a few years ago, the
average crime rate was constantly high. One of the towns that had
benefited from this new and positive state of affairs was in fact Orune, which
had registered a substantial decrease in the number of
homicides. The murder of Damiano Pirrolu re-opens an old chapter, also
because it appears that it wasn't at all unexpected. The man was killed
according to a ritual repeated a thousand times in the past. The novelty,
however, seems to be Oliena, which for years had never appeared in newspaper
<<YES TO NATURE PARKS BUT WITH THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE>>
For the Minister, Altero Matteoli, who was in Sardinia last week, there are no
doubts. "The parks will go ahead with the support and consent of the
people. If there is disapproval on their part, there is no point in
planning on paper." "Citizens should be made fully aware of the
characteristics of nature parks by their mayors," he pointed out.
"The parks cannot just come out of the blue." It is an obvious
inference to the
Gennargentu park, the implementation of which has been delayed due to the lack
of approval from the mayors of the towns concerned. During the press conference,
Matteoli advised that a second instalment of
Lit.52 billion (Lit.120 billion in total) have been transferred to the Regional
Government for the works involved in the reclamation of the di Molentargius
system. With regard to the proposed transfer of the salt-pans from the
Monopolio di Stato [Government Monopoly System] to the Regional Government, the
Minister promised he would take it up with his colleague at the Ministry of
"MERIDIANA" BECOMES LOST IN THE FOG
MILAN - The weekly magazine "Panorama" reports that on Sunday, October
14, the first fog-bound day after the MD87 tragedy, another aircraft became
"lost" on the runway at Linate Airport. According to the article,
last Sunday a Meridiana flight bound for Olbia was due to take off at 7.30 p.m.
but the control tower couldn't locate it. The pilots, also disorientated
because of the lack of signage, requested the assistance of a "follow
me", i.e., the small van fitted with neon lights that guides the planes in
their movements on the ground. In Linate there is only one van and when it
was finally available, it took quite a while to locate the aircraft.
THE MANIAC HAS STRUCK AGAIN
TEMPIO - The maniac, who has been terrorising women for the last year, turned up
again last week in the main town centre. The elusive stranger attacked a
mother on her way home with an 18-month-old girl in a
baby-stroller. A tragedy was just barely avoided. The stroller was
blocked at the very last moment whilst careering down a steep descent. The
mother was injured whilst trying to save the little girl.
USE OF INTERNET - SARDINIAN COMPANIES LAST ON THE LIST
The Internet is a little understood reality for businesses in the South of Italy.
At a conference, "What is there beyond the bridge?" held in Crotone,
it emerged that only 13% of businesses in the South have access to the Internet,
compared to the national average of 30%. In any event, the statistics from
Rome down are highly irregular if examined from Region to Region. On top
of the list for access to the Internet is Puglia with 17%, followed by Sicily
with 16%, Abruzzo and Molise with 15% and Campania with 11%. At the tail
end are Calabria with 9% and Sardinia, which witnessed the birth of Tiscali, the
Internet phenomenon par excellence, with 7%.
LOCAL SPECIALTY PRODUCTS FROM SARDINIA IN LONDON
"Made in Sardinia" products have set out to conquer London.
Londoners and people from all over the U.K. will be able to appreciate Sardinian
products at the second international exhibition organised by the marketing
consortium, Partnership International Sardinia (PIS), from October 22, 2001.
There are ceramics, items in cork and wood made by artisans, the filigree of the
jewellers, the precious textiles, the shawls and the cork suits made by Island
tailors. All this accompanied by red wine tasting, sampling of pecorino cheese
and other gastronomical specialties from Sardinia. The exhibition will be held
at the Millennium Hotel in Gloucester, which is in the Kensington area.
CINEMA - MADONNA ARRIVES IN SARDINIA
We at Isola Sarda usually avoid telling you about all the stars (or those who
presume to be such) who come to Sardinia to spend their vacations. This
time we are dealing with something a little different. In fact, Madonna (yes,
the pop star!) arrived in Sardinia to appear in some scenes of the remake of the
film, "Travolti da un Insolito Destino Nell'Azzurro Mare D'agosto" [Released
as "Swept Away" in English-speaking countries in 1975. TN]. The
director of the remake of the Lina Wertmuller film will be Madonna's husband.
Ms. Wertmuller filmed the original version at Cala Gonone and on a beach in the
Baronia area in 1974, however, any involvement on her part in the remake has
been excluded. The stars of the original version of the film were Mariangela
Melato and Giancarlo Giannini.
NEWSLETTER CELEBRATES ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY
Isola Sarda launched its weekly series of Newsletters on November 5, 2000. Now,
a year later, the production of this service is still active and currently
reaches over 860 subscribers. The production of the Newsletter entails a
great deal of effort on the part of volunteers within an association that is
totally lacking in funding and relies solely on donations made by kind friends
who are connected to it via the Internet. Notwithstanding, we have decided
to continue providing this service because we have come to the conclusion that
for certain groups of people, it's the ONLY means of maintaining contact with
Sardinia. In fact, the Newsletter is translated into English and offers a
selection of news items regarding the most important events of the week.
The Site Editor wishes to extend his personal thanks to the translators who have
made this important source of information possible.
GOVERNMENT GIVES GO-AHEAD: PAPER MILL SOLD TO NEBIOLO
ARBATAX - The much awaited extraordinary meeting of the Comitato di Sorveglianza
[Monitoring Committee] responsible for the "Nuova Cartiera" in Arbatax
has been held. The outcome of the meeting was more than a positive one.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the all clear was given for the sale of the
factory to the Nebiolo Printech group, which is based in the Piedmont Region.
Nebiolo are impatiently awaiting the handover of the keys to the plant, which is
due to occur once the Ministerial procedure is completed.
The re-opening of the factory will provide an important boost to the local
economy. All the 140 factory employees currently up for redeployment will
be re-employed by the end of next year.
FIRST CASE OF "MAD COW" IN SARDINIA
The technical experts at the Cagliari "Istituto Zooprofilattico" [Institute
for Preventive Medicine in Animals] were not wrong. The cow, butchered in
a private facility in the Nurri area, was affected by Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy (BSE). Thus, Sardinia has been affected directly by a
sickness that everyone, above all the cattle farmers, hoped would remain on the
other side of the Tirrhenian Sea. Although, to tell the truth, a number of
factions have always maintained that the likelihood of Sardinia remaining
unscathed was remote.
ISLAND ECONOMY THE MOST DINAMIC IN THE SOUTH OF ITALY
ROME - According to analysts at the "Curella" Foundation and the
Di.S.Te. [Department of Territorial Studies], the forecast for economic growth
in the South of Italy for the current year is 2.1%, compared to 1.5% recorded in
the central Northern Regions. However, the arrival of the negative phase
has only been postponed. It is anticipated that in 2002, the growth rate
in the South will only reach 1%. Sardinia's situation stands out in this
scenario in chiaroscuro. According to statistics provided by the
Foundation, Sardinia's productivity index is the highest amongst the Southern
Italian Regions at 60 points compared to the 42 points recorded in the second
semester of 2000, which had placed it second-last on the list.
YOUNG MAN DISAPPEARS - IT WAS AN ACCIDENT
MURAVERA - The mystery of the disappearance of Michele De Michelis has been
solved but with a tragic ending. The 27-year-old university student from
Muravera had not been heard from for 8 days. The young man lost his life
in a road accident along Highway 125. Evidently, the accident theory had not
been taken into great consideration by the investigators who had focussed their
THE STATE WILL BUY SANTA MARIA
The Italian Minister for the Environment, Altero Matteoli, has made his decision.
The State will exercise its right of pre-emption when it purchases Isola di
Santa Maria located in the Maddalena Archipelago in order
to convert it to State Land. The Tribunal at Tempio will auction the
100-hectare island on December 11, 2001. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
maintains that the Government's decision should also extend to the Isola di Mal
di Ventre, which is about to be sold to private parties.
SARDINIA WILL HAVE AN "EAR" THAT SPIES ON THE STARS
The Sardinia Radio Telescope project was launched last week. It features
the installation of a highly sophisticated antenna in San Basilio at Pranu
Sanguni. The massive apparatus (64 metres in diameter) will have to
satisfy the needs of both the Italian and international astronomy and space
travel communities. It will be made up of more than one thousand "active"
metallic panels and distortions (due to wind, temperature and gravity) will be
corrected in real time.
SARDINIA AT THE "SAGRA DEL NOVELLO"
There are about 20 Sardinian producers (of 1,200,000 bottles) but only half of
them will participate in the "Salone Nazionale del Vino Novello" [National
Exhibition of "Novello" Wine] in Vicenza on Monday, November 5, 2001.
The wine will be placed on the market officially the following day.
Originating in the Beaujolais Region of France in the 1950s, the Novello
became popular in Italy in the 1970s and soon became a market phenomenon, its
consumption growing rapidly in the last few years. What have also grown are the
prestige and the number of bottles of Sardinian Novello that reach the
marketplace. This is also thanks to the use of Cannonau, Carignano,
Cagnulari, and Bovale grapes, which are very different to those utilised in
other parts of Italy.
100 METRE FALL
DORGALI - Gianluca Borella, 35, from Lomazzo, in the Como province, lost his
life in a fall of about 100 metres whilst climbing one of the many rock faces
especially fitted out for "free climbers" at Monte Oddeu in the
Oddoene Valley. The young man had been in Sardinia for a few days,
intending to fulfil a long-standing wish. He had dreamed of climbing some
of the passages between Cala Gonone and Dorgali to which most of those who
dedicate themselves to the (not too easy) discipline of free climbing aspire.
<<HALLOWEEN, FEAST FOR SATANISTS>>
The Sardinian Church has joined others in "keeping a decisive
distance from the Halloween festivities. Halloween originated as the Pagan
New Year of the Celtics and now it is celebrated with the same significance by
spiritualist and satanist groups." Don Ottavio Utzeri, who is in
charge of the Centro di Ascolto Ricerca Informazione Sulle Sette (CARIS) [Centre
for Research on Sects], doesn't mince words when he rejects the "feast of
the pumpkins". "Furthermore," he adds, "it must be
emphasised that it is a feast of Anglo-Saxon origin and has nothing to do with
our tradition." Rather, "it is just an excuse to
generate sales for businesses, to the very young in particular."
CAGLIARI WINS AGAIN
Cagliari won for the first time away from home at Cittadella Padova (2-0).
Consequently, it is no longer at the bottom of the Championship ladder in
Category B. Torres too remains near the bottom of the C1 Championship
List. It lost 2-1 at Sora.
Antiplagio" [the Anti-Coercion Info Line] has been our welcome guest ever
since our site first appeared in 1997. It is an Association that has the
defence of the ordinary citizen against being swindled by charlatans as its
goal. This week, our site features the new "2001 Report on Magic and
the Esoteric" http://www.isolasarda.com/antiplagio.htm.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite all our readers to contribute
new items of interest, featuring topics that deal with Sardinia's culture,
tradition, its towns or its natural beauty.
Webmaster, Isola Sarda
*** P R E S S R E V I E W ***
(Selection of news items appearing in the main Sardinian daily newspapers and
MERIDIANA ANNOUNCES 150 SACKINGS
OLBIA - One hundred and fifty employees, including pilots, flight attendants and
ground staff to be sacked. One out of every ten Meridiana employees will
probably be sent home as a result of the airline's loss of the route between
Cagliari and Milan, which the tender process has allocated to Volare. The
announcement was made in a letter to the Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile (ENAC)
[Civil Aviation Authority], which was forwarded yesterday to the Unions involved.
The blow was not unexpected but this goes beyond anything that may have been
imagined. Extreme anxiety exists as a result.
"TOO MANY DIFFICULTIES, I NEED MORE TIME"
CAGLIARI - «Political difficulties are involved». Mauro Pili requested
and obtained a 5-day delay (until Tuesday, 13) from the Regional Council to the
announcement of the Local Council Committee. Alleanza Nazionale (AN) is
standing firm with its external support but a ray of hope has filtered through
from the majority party. Political manoeuvres involving PPS and Amadu are
being carried out in an effort to finally form a local Council Committee.
Offering AN more of the bureaucratic positions within the Government is also
A NEW STYLE OF HOLD-UP - WITH SCRAPER
SASSARI - The criminals' theory is that it's a lot less risky to be armed with
bucket and scraper and take the entire teller away, rather than carry out an
armed hold-up . at the teller's desk. This practice has become nearly
fashionable. Take an excavator and a Bancomat [ATM] and there you have it!
It's a modus operandi that has been well and truly tested. The risks are
reduced to a minimum, there are no "Vigilantes" [security guards]
shooting at you and a scraper or an excavator making its way down a main street
is not something that would alarm either the ordinary citizen or the Police.
These particulars have obviously all been taken into consideration by these
criminals. Not to mention furthermore that even from a legal standpoint,
there are fewer repercussions after attacking a bank with a crane than with a
Kalashnikov. In the first instance, it is classified as theft, no matter
how violent it may be perceived it is still theft. In the second, however,
it is armed robbery, a crime that attracts an extra six years in prison.
EDENS OF ROCK - 65 BILLION LIRE ARRIVE
IGLESIAS - The birth of the Sardinian Historical and Environmental has been
ratified by the Minister for the Environment, Altero Matteoli who originates
from Tuscany. The Law approving the creation of the Park had already been
passed on October 16, 2001. The ratification confirms that there are Lit.
65 billion (Euro 33,569,000) available from the Government and stipulates the
setting up of a Provisional Management Committee under the chairmanship of
Regional Councillor for the Environment, Emilio Pani.
The Park will now begin its journey to completion under the guidance of the
Provisional Committee sanctioned by Ministerial Decree. The Committee will
have 120 days to prepare the preliminary documents. The responsibility for
the task now transfers over to Sardinia.
PENSIONER RUN OVER AFTER A THEFT
SASSARI - Bruno Marogna, (76) a pensioner from Sassari was knocked over by a car
on the «131» [State Highway], near Predda Niedda, whilst running away
aimlessly in order to escape capture by the security guards who had seen him
stealing from the shelves and had ordered him to stop.
It was a desperate dash. Then the sudden decision to climb over the
guardrail and venture into the unlikely prospect of crossing the «SS 131» at a
time, 7.15 p.m. when the traffic is very intense.
USE OF PASTURE LAND AT CAPO TEULADA, AGREEMENT REACHED
TEULADA. "The use of pastures by shepherds from the Sulcis within the
firing ground in Teulada will go ahead, satisfying both the shepherds and the
soldiers." This was stated by Felice Floris, President of the
"Associazione inteprovinciale pastori sardi" [Interprovincial
Association of Sardinian Shepherds] at the conclusion of the meeting held in the
Army's firing range with the Commander of the First Cuirassier Regiment.
THE PROTEST OF THE SHEPHERDS ON HORSEBACK IN FRONT OF THE REGIONAL GOVERNMENT
CAGLIARI - That's all that was needed. After the tractors, the trucks and
the sheep then came the horses. About ten shepherds and sheep farmers from
the "Cuiles [Sardinian name for sheep pen] Movement" staged a unique
type of protest by turning up in via Roma in front of the Regional Council
building on horseback last week. They had decided to lodge their protest
with the Council and go on a hunger strike because their flocks had been hit and
consequently decimated by catarrhal fever, otherwise known as "Blue Tongue
TRAMATZA HAS THE FIRST RACING CIRCUIT ON THE ISLAND
ORISTANO - Centrally located and in a position easily accessible from all over
the Island, a 1.3 km.-long circuit is available for car, motorbike and go-kart
enthusiasts. The first car race, an inter-Regional Formula Challenge will
be held on Sunday, November 25, 2001.
Apart from the racing circuit, the area is progressing with the construction of
an indoor pool, a congress centre housing six meeting rooms, two restaurants and
a luncheonette, two cafes and two markets catering for tourists.
WORLD MUSIC WILL RECORD IN A RESIDENCE
CANNIGIONE - The road is that of the Isuledda, between Cannigione and Palau,
after first having passed through Capo d'Orso. Hidden there is a
"residence" [holiday home], called "Li Capanni", the name of
a place in the Galluria area. The founder of and vocalist in the "Genesis"
group and currently the prime representative of "World Music", Peter
Gabriel, has bought it. It is there that he will set up a recording
studio. Gabriel knows Sardinia and he knows the Gallura area. The
"Tenores di Bitti" entered his musical circuit years ago.
Torres lifts both morale and its position on the list with a beautiful home win
against Aquila (3-1). Cagliari flounders with a draw (1-1) at home against
Ternana. Villacidrese's triumphal march continues in Serie D.
TOWN COUNCIL READY TO GO AHEAD
At the third attempt, after the other two in 1999, Mauro Pili has made it.
His Council has obtained the Regional Council's vote of confidence. The
crisis in government, sparked by Mario Floris' resignation due to the defectors,
has been resolved regardless of the "Centre-Right's" internal
THE ALGERIA-SARDINIA GASDUCT WILL GO AHEAD
The Council of Ministers has approved a Bill made under delegate powers.
The Bill, originally proposed by Antonio Marzano, the Minister for Productive
Activities [formerly Ministry for Foreign Trade], will relaunch the new gas
pipeline project from Algeria to Italy, via Sardinia. In fact, during the
2-year period 2003-2004, Article 15 of the legislation has allocated a total of
225 million euro for the development of the international infrastructure
necessary for the supply of natural gas.
A further 175 million euro will be invested during the 3-year period 2002-2004.
Article 15 of the legislation states that the objective of the Government is
"the development of the gas system the reliability of the supplies and the
growth of the energy market".
THE FURY OF THE SEA LASHES OUT ON THE "POETTO"
On Monday, November 12, blustering wind, at times up to 180 km per hour,
throughout the night and until the early dawn, causing considerable damage
mainly in the coastal areas where very rough seas made it difficult for the
ships to navigate in the Tirrhenian Sea. The Poetto beach was literally
lashed by the wind and the sea storm; a force-7 sea that swept over the beach
with waves even two metres high and changing its normal appearance dramatically.
Scores of plastic chairs usually stacked on top of each other at the rear of the
little kiosks situated along the seafront were later found a number of metres
away. The small coffee bars, a customary meeting place for thousands of
people during the Spring-Summer period and on Winter mornings, were totally
flooded. In Genoa, three passenger ships arriving from Sardinia with
hundreds of people on board remained blocked by a vicious storm for nearly ten
hours in front of the port. The same thing happed a few days later in
Olbia after a violent downpour. Because of the damages caused by the bad
weather, the Regional Government has initiated the procedure to declare a
"state of natural disaster".
MERIDIANA LODGES APPEAL AGAINST VOLARE
Meridiana is lodging an appeal with the Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale (TAR)
[Regional Administrative Court] against the decision to allocate the
Cagliari-Milan route to Volare. In the meantime, discussions have been
held at the Sassari branch of Confindustria [Italian Employers' Federation] with
regard to procedures to be implemented in the case of the 150 sackings announced
by the airline as a result of its loss of the Cagliari-Milan route. The
loss is of a very serious nature for Meridiana, so much so that no one has
pointed the finger at the airline, which on October 30 announced that it will
have to "ground" 80 aircrew (pilots and flight attendants) and 70
employees in the other sectors of the business.
The airline does not wish to give the impression that it is against "territorial
continuity", i.e., the system whereby Sardinians will be able to fly at
discounted fares. However, the numbers don't lie. A loss of 70
billion cannot be sustained without doing something about it. Better to
lose the route altogether. Meridiana believes that their offer was not
evaluated effectively during the tender process, since the margin in Volare's
favour is considered to be minimal.
PILOT OF THE "DORNIER" SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS
In the course of abbreviated proceedings, Alessandro Del Buono, the pilot in
charge of the Dornier aircraft, which fell into the sea in Genoa on February 25,
1999, has been sentenced to two years and eight months in jail. Three
passengers and a female flight attendant died in the accident, which involved a
Minerva Airlines aircraft. Captain Del Bono was accused of causing a
culpable disaster, multiple culpable homicide and multiple culpable damages.
The incident involving the Dornier 328, which was arriving in from Cagliari with
27 passengers on board, occurred at 12.36 p.m. According to the charges,
it had been caused by pilot error when he attempted to land too high and fast,
thereby crashing into the sea.
TOO MANY POISONS IN PORTOSCUSO
CAGLIARI - A controversial inquiry by the Cagliari Public Prosecutor's Office
could drive away the "Ghost of Porto Marghera" from the Portoscuso
industrial area and clear the way for judicial proceedings, which could produce
unpredictable results such as the names and faces of the guilty parties.
The data on the concentration of heavy metals in grapes and wines is, to say the
least, alarming and now there is a law to punish those who create pollution.
An environmental reform plan and work has been carried out on the chimneys of
the metal processing plants in order to reduce dust emissions into the air.
Notwithstanding these measures, statistics show that since 1993, the percentages
of cadmium and lead present in the wine production cycle have increased to
alarming proportions. The chemical analysis, which has been carried out
and forwarded to the Public Prosecutor's Office, refer only to the musts and
wines produced in 2000. There is no data available on tomatoes, vegetables
"BRIGATA SASSARI" RETURNS TO ALBANIA
The "Brigata Sassari" is about to set out for Albania again. On
December 3, the «sassarini» will depart for Durres where the leader of the
legendary Brigade will take on the command of COMMZ-W (Western communications
area). They will take over from the «Pozzuolo del Friuli» Brigade as
part of "Mission-Joint guardian" - another important mission for the
«Sassari». The command centre will be set up in Durres, whilst
operational detachments are planned for other cities in the North of Albania.
The COMMZ-W's duties will be to guarantee good road conditions for the
humanitarian convoys travelling along the heavily damaged main arterial routes,
which lead North towards Kosovo and South towards Macedonia.
SIX MONTHS OF TV ADVERTISING DESIGNED TO BRING BACK THE CONSUMPTION OF MEAT AND
ELIMINATE THE PSYCOSIS
Twenty thousand brochures to inform consumers about the characteristics and
unadulterated state of Sardinian meat, as well as a six-month advertising
campaign on the main local television and radio channels, in order to relaunch
the market affected by the hysteria caused by the "Mad Cow" and
"Blue Tongue" epidemics. This is what is envisaged by the
campaign initiated by the Regional Council's Department of Agriculture to
promote Island produce and will cost 400 million Lire. The initiative will
also assist the agriculture and livestock industry, which employs 70 thousand
people and represents 43% of the Island's gross domestic product. Nearly
18 thousand sheep-farms and more than 8 thousand cattle-farms are involved.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the situation gradually became worse until
last April when the consumption of beef decreased by 47% compared to last year.
Now the situation has returned to normal.
«AT THIS POINT, "TISCALI" IS A EUROPEAN COMPANY»
MILAN - Tiscali will close 2001 with revenues of 800 million euro below target,
whilst forecasting a turnover of more than a billion euro in 2002. Renato
Soru, the founder of the Sardinian company, made this statement whilst
presenting the results for the third trimester of 2001. It is an
assessment of a downward trend that nevertheless doesn't dampen the enthusiasm
of the Internet company. It has been very active in Europe in the last two
years, buying out a number of providers.
Furthermore, with regard to the last trimester of the current year, the company
confirms that it will balance the operating profit before depreciation [EBITDA],
whilst it expects to reach a breakeven point at the cash-flow level in 2002.
«We are not only an Italian company but a European organisation," stated
Renato Soru. From the beginning of next year, we will proceed with the
integration of technologies across the board but we already have a good level of
integration with twenty companies in fifteen countries.
In this regard, Soru also pointed out that the international company acquisition
program might not yet have been completed.
QUARTU - THE COUNCIL SAYS «NO» TO "LOGUDORESE"
Quartu has also said no to the proposal for a unified language made by the group
of experts engaged by Pasquale Onida, the former Regional Councillor responsible
for Cultural Affairs. Last Tuesday night, the Council unanimously approved
the motion proposed by the Opposition in favour of the preservation of the
Sardinian language in the Campidanese version.
Quartucciu too seems to be intending to do the same thing. Therefore, the
Regional Council's official proposal to introduce a unified language influenced
nearly exclusively by the Logudorese version has encountered its first refusals.
CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY FORMED
SCANO MONTIFERRO - The Mayor of Scano, Franco Frascaro, has officially
inaugurated the "Regional Academy Montiferru" within the Multimedia
Centre in Montiferru. Rather, he has given it the go ahead to the Cisco
Networking Academy, which consists of a new vocational training program,
designed to develop Network professionals who specialise in the construction and
management of World Area Networks (WAN) and Local Area Networks (LAN).
SURVEY AMONGST STUDENTS - THEY LIKE FISH AS MUCH AS HAMBURGERS
Young people in Cagliari prefer fish above all else. The city's students'
favourite dishes are lobster and friend squid, followed by roasted gilthead and
bass, fish fingers and main meals with an octopus base are on top of the list.
This statistic appears even more significant when you consider that lobster
shares the top places on the list with roast chicken. Also, hamburgers
considered to be a delicacy by children are in third place, right alongside the
The other types of food appearing in the list of top ten favourites are chicken
schnitzels, the beef steak and boiled cod.
BLACK DAY FOR SARDINIAN SOCCER
In Serie B, Cagliari plays better than the Salernitana in Salerno. It has
the advantage of having a greater number of players for 25 minutes but it loses
1-0 and is now at the bottom of the list. The Torres team in Serie C1
loses in Chieti 2-0 against the home team and is still in danger of relegation.
Volley Cagliari also loses in Serie B of the Volleyball Championship.
COUNCIL'S SYNERGY PLAN
Berlusconi has delegated the task of preparing a new agreement between the State
and Sardinia to the President of the Regional Council, Pili and the Minister for
Government Program Implementation, Pisanu. In the meantime, the first
Council meeting, chaired by Pili, was held yesterday. He gave the Council
a report on the outcome of the meeting he had yesterday with Berlusconi at
Palazzo Chigi and gave advance notice of a forthcoming meeting to be held in
Sardinia between the Regional Authorities and representatives from the Italian,
French and Algerian Governments. The purpose of the meeting will be to lay
out the plans for the construction of a methane pipeline, which will be laid out
from Algeria to France and Italy via Corsica.
"MELIS" EXTORTION CASE: HEARING IN PALERMO FOR GRAUSO AND LIORI
The trial, which originated from the second inquiry into the kidnapping of
Silvia Melis, has begun in the Court in Palermo. Silvia Melis had been
abducted in Tortoli on February 19, 1997 and set free in the countryside between
Orgosolo and Nuoro after nine months in captivity.
The criminal proceedings are being carried out in Palermo due to existing
territorial jurisdiction originating from Judge Luigi Lombardini's initial
involvement in the case. The Judge committed suicide in August 1998 after
having been interrogated by the Sicilian Anti-Mafia Task Force.
The Court has to examine lawyer, Luigi Garau, editor, Nicola Grauso and former
editor of "Unione Sarda", Antonangelo Liori's involvement. They
are accused of having committed aggravated extortion towards Tito Melis and
slander against the Cagliari District Prosecutor, Carlo Piana and Assistant
Prosecutor, Mauro Mura.
DISCOUNTED FARES, "VOLARE" IS READY
«Volare», the airline that won exclusive rights to the Cagliari-Milan route in
the international tender, has announced that it is ready to introduce discounted
services from December 16. Tore Amadu, the newly elected Regional
Councillor responsible for Transport, has also asked for a "good will
gesture" from the other airlines. With the aim of finalising the
Cagliari-Milan schedules, Volare has asked for an expeditious allocation of
slots, both at Cagliari and Milan in order to enable them to promptly advise
passengers of the new timetables. However, the risk of the appeal
regarding the international section of the Tender being lodged with the Regional
Administrative Court [TAR] by Meridiana is still pending. The loss of this
route has forced the Aga Khan's airline to dismiss 10 per cent of its staff.
And Meridiana employees have immediately embarked on a tough dispute procedure
designed to defend their jobs.
ATTACKS - ISLAND ON TOP OF THE LIST ACCORDING TO "SUDGEST" REPORT
Sardinia also appears amongst the list of Regions where, since the end of the
great war against the Mafia, Mafia-style attacks or acts of intimidation against
local Mayors and Councillors have not ended. From 1993 to mid-1999, the
four Regions of traditional Mafia presence (Campania, Calabria, Puglia and
Sicily) together with Sardinia recorded no less than 830 attacks and 886
episodes of intimidation.
COLD STORAGE TRUCKS BLOCKED
During the week, about seventy sheep farmers belonging to the "Cuiles"
protest movement blocked traffic on the Olbia-Sassari road at Oschiri.
Their aim was to block the cold storage trucks loaded with meat coming in from
the mainland, from France and Germany, which had just been unloaded at the
Gallurian ports. The sheep-farmers are protesting against the embargo
placed on Sardinia meat and the delay in measures being taken to resolve the
many problems caused by the "Blue Tongue" epidemic. The blockade
created some difficulties for the numerous commuters who travel daily on the
Sassari-Olbia road but there were only a few complaints.
BUDDUSÒ: THE TOWNSFOLK WERE MISSING IN THE PIAZZA
The pacifist demonstration held last Saturday night at Buddusò rose like a cry
in the wilderness. It consisted of a Mass and was followed by a procession,
the purpose of which was to say no to the wave of violence made up of a whole
series of acts of intimidation that have stricken the town in the Coceano area.
Representatives from all the town's political institutions were present.
The Mayor Giovanni Satta led majority and minority parties and setting aside
political ideologies; they participated side by side in the demonstration.
The religious institutions and representatives from the Police Force did not
fail to attend but there were very few townsfolk present.
NUORO: 25 KILOS OF EXPLOSIVES RECOVERED, RECORD IN THE LAST 10 YEARS
Nearly 25 kilos of explosives - 142 sticks of gelignite - have been found by the
Nuoro Carabinieri at Ozzastru, in the Nuoro area. It is the most important
recovery of explosives carried out in the Nuoro province in the last ten years.
Together with the gelignite, two metres of slow burning fuse and some detonators
were also recovered. According to the investigators, the explosive
materials were found hidden in a rocky gorge in very good condition and ready to
SOCCER: FIRST HOME WIN FOR CAGLIARI TEAM
A sudden inspiration on Emiliano Melis' part and Mauro Esposito's penalty shot.
They beat Ancona and overcame Sant'Elia. Cagliari is again victorious
after months of competition spoiled by the excesses of the Ultras [fan club].
Fifteen people were arrested during the clashes between the Police and the
Cagliari Ultras before the game between the Sardinian team and Ancona, which
ended 2-0 for the home team. The Police and Carabinieri had to intervene
to prevent a fierce group of red and blue supporters from attacking the Ancona
fans who last year, had picked on the Cagliari fans. The DIGOS [Special
Operations and General Information Division of Public Security Police] and the
Cagliari flying squad are detaining 15 people at Police Headquarters charged
with wilful damage, above all for the damages caused to Police vehicles.
At the end of the game, the Ancona fans were escorted to Elmas Airport where
they spent the night at a stopover guarded by Police and Carabinieri.
With regard to the Torres team, they sparked general curiosity during the week
by entering the splendid Franciscan Monastery dedicated to Saint Peter of Sorres
at Borutta for a training retreat. However, as far as soccer results are
concerned, better not to broach the subject.
THE "ZECCHINO D'ORO' ARRIVES IN QUARTUCCIU WITH "THE HICCUP"
BOLOGNA. «The Hiccup», performed by 6-year-old Matteo Bellu from Quartucciu
(Cagliari), won the 44th "Zecchino d'Oro" [children's song competition]
with 154 votes. The finals were broadcast live as usual by RAI UNO [main
national channel] from the "'Antoniano" in Bologna. Seven
Italian songs and an equal number of foreign ones participated in the
competition. This year the foreign songs were from Argentina, China,
Guinea Bissau, India, Ireland, Lithuania and Papua New Guinea.
PANARIELLO'S SHOW IN CAGLIARI
The curtain came down on "Torno sabato" ("cyclone"
Panariello's mega-TV show) to the music of «Non potho reposare» [I cannot rest],
the magnificent love song in "Limba" performed as a duet by the
capable Andrea Parodi and long-limbed Anna Oxa. The show went to air live
on RAI UNO on Saturday, November 24 from Pavilion "E" at the
"Fiera" in front of 1,500 lucky spectators. Panariello's was a
variety show of Barnum & Bailey Circus-like proportions. The comedian
from Tuscany appeared last night dressed in traditional Sardinian costume and a
"berrita" [traditional peaked cap] on his head. He had decided
to present the entire first part of the program as a tribute to Sardinia.
It began with the appearance of the Neoneli "Coro a Tenores" through
to the grand entrance by Benito Urgu dressed in traditional leggings and velvet
who continued on into the program with some magnetically charming and convincing
It's a" circus" that, between first-class guests like international
pop stars Sting, Mariah Carey and Italian singer Laura Pausini, prize draws and
presentations, (hundreds of millions of Lire have been distributed amongst the
studio audience and those watching at home), has accumulated audience ratings of
TEN THOUSAND LIRE TAX ON PLANE AND SHIP TICKETS
From December 1, travel agents in the Gallura area will charge a ten thousand
Lire tax for every plane or ship ticket issued. "It's a reimbursement
for expenses incurred", the agents explain. "Since the airlines
have reduced our commissions, it's the only way not to go bankrupt and as a
result, dismiss hundreds of people."
LETTERS TO THE THREE WISE MEN IN SARDINIAN FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COMPETITION
The 'Iscrie una litera a sos tres res' Competition organised by Cagliari
publisher "Papiros". The project is aimed at elementary school
children from all over Sardinia who have to write a letter to the Three Wise Men
in Sardinian, expressing their opinions on the world of today and their dreams
for a better world. Amongst the aims of the competition is that of
stimulating the students' creativity through the recovery of a language that
risks being lost. The best 20 compositions will be awarded prizes during a
function to be held on January 6, 2002 and will then be published in a book,
together with the others.
THE SARDINIAN SEA AND CULTURE FASCINATE THE ENGLISH
"Sardinia's Ancient Mysteries" was the full-page banner title,
which appeared in "The Times" London newspaper on November 12 last.
Since it was the first day of the "World Travel Market", the newspaper
devoted an ample feature on the mysteries of the Sardinian Nuraghi [prehistoric
towers] sites, beginning with the Reggia of Barumini. The land of the
Nuraghi, its history and its culture fascinates the English in particular
because they seem to be choosing a cultural holiday more and more often.
It is a tendency confirmed by the number of British tour operators who have
approached the Island tourism operators manning the exhibition stand organised
by ESIT [Sardinian Tourism Industry Body] with enquiries. This is what has
emerged from what those in the know consider to be one of the main tourism trade
shows in the world. It is comparable to the ITB in Berlin and the BIT in
Milan, both as far as volume of participation and the importance of the
specialised operators in attendance are concerned. Since 1996, the trend
relating to the influx of tourists from the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland
into Sardinia has been a positive one. Every year we are registering a
constant increase of nearly 10% and we have gone from 20,000 arrivals in 1996 to
28,357 arrivals in 2000.
THOUSAND BILLION FOR THE EMERALD COAST
PORTO CERVO - The Emerald Coast, Karim's (Khan) "Paradise Lost", will
change hands yet again for one thousand billion Lire. However, we shouldn't
worry, there are no Italian funds involved. The American flag will
continue to fly on the towers of the Hotel Cala di Volpe and on the rooves of
the luxurious bungalows at the "Pitrizza". Starwood is selling
and SGI Capital (SGIC) is buying. At the same time, the forty hectares
adjacent to the property known as "La Certosa", which belongs to
Silvio Berlusconi [aka "Il Cavaliere], have been purchased (at a cost of
six billion Lire or 15,000 Lire per square metre) by the "Cavaliere"
himself. He aims to guarantee himself life-long privacy.
"CONTINUITY" - THE REGIONAL GOVERNMENT WILL PROMOTE AN AGREEMENT
BETWEEN MERIDIANA AND VOLARE
The President of the Region, Mauro Pili stated that, "The Regional
Government will make every effort to determine and facilitate whatever steps
need to be taken in order to avoid that the airlines' current difficulties have
a negative impact on employment levels." The statement was made
during a meeting held at Villa Devoto with Meridiana's top management, which was
scheduled between a meeting with the various Union Secretaries of CGIL-CISL and
UIL and another with the Council for Integrated Territorial Planning.
During the meeting with Meridiana, the President of the Region gave advance
notice of a forthcoming meeting with Volare, the purpose of which will be to
examine the feasibility of a commercial agreement between the two airlines
SULCIS COAL RE-LAUNCHED BY ITALIAN-AMERICAN ALLIANCE
NURAXI FIGUS - The plan for the gasification of Sulcis coal, originally rejected
by the banks as not being profitable enough, is again on the launching pad.
Dusting off the old idea are two new organisations. American company,
Mission Energy and Italian oil company ERG are proposing to create a joint
venture with the ATI-Sulcis consortium for the realisation of the 2,000 billion
One must keep in mind that at this time coal is an energy source not to be
disregarded. Therefore, its gasification not only has environmental
aspects to its credit but it also acts as a deterrent to the rise in the cost of
RECOMMENDATION - MORE THAN 100 YEARS IN JAIL
LANUSEI - It was a criminal organisation that utilised Mafia-style violence and
intimidation as the means for imposing their strategies. The "brains"
of the operation was Maria Ausilia Piroddi, former Secretary of the Ogliastra
CGIL [Union]. The second in charge, the man who controlled the military
structure, was Adriano Pischedda, entrepreneur and former President of the Forza
Italia Club in Barisardo. The Cagliari Public Prosecutor's Office has no
doubts. In the late Nineties, Piroddi and Pischedda created the first
Sardinian Mafia-style operation at Ogliastra. This is exactly why they
should be convicted. And so should all the members of that "group"
who, according to the Prosecutor, terrorised an entire community with threats,
bombs and gunfire. For two years they prevented people from exercising
their right to choose freely, effectively putting a stop to a civilised life in
THALASSAEMIA - SARDINIA PENALISED
The Sardinian Microcythemic Hospital's candidature in the assignment of the role
of "Italian Referral Centre for the Cure and Prevention of Thalassaemia"
seems dangerously in question. In fact, it seems that the Ministry of
Health seems to be leaning towards the selection of the Heaematological
Institute of Pesaro, to which it would allocate dedicated funding totalling 60
Should the Government's decision become concrete reality, it would create severe
negative repercussions for the other institutions and health centres in Italy.
It would be quite a blow for the Cagliari Regional Institute for Microcythemias
in particular as it has been carrying out highly qualified research in this
field for the last few decades.
BOAT ADRIFT - A MYSTERY
There is a mystery in the sea off Castelsardo. An 11 metre sailing boat
flying the French flag was salvaged whilst going adrift. The jib was torn,
its ends wound around the motor's propeller. There was no sign of the
helmsman, a 49-year-old man, who was probably also the owner of the boat.
It is feared that he may have fallen overboard during his voyage and was lost at
sea since there was no sight of him for the remainder of the day and into the
SAND FOR POETTO BEACH ABOUT TO ARRIVE
Last week a dredger began to suck up sand from a marine quarry. The
300,000 square metres of sand are destined for the famous Poetto Beach in
Cagliari. The special ship arrived from Venice to save the coast of the
Poetto, which risks disappearing because of man's negligence and erosion caused
by the sea and the wind.
UE FUNDS - ONLY SMALL CHANGE UTILISED
The details of the disaster are included in the five lines contained in the
table that summarises expenditure undertaken by POR, the Regional program, which
is based on European [EEC] funding. The latest "Community Support
Framework" with which Sardinia could recover, risks being wasted. Up
to June 30 this year, expenditure totalled 192 billion Lire out of the 7,536
available or 2.56 per cent of the total.
The possibility is becoming more and more obvious that Sardinia could lose a
good opportunity to utilise Community funding, which would guarantee economic
and social development, allowing it to catch up with and close the gap between
it and the more advanced Regions.
COUNCILLORS INCREASE THEIR OWN SALARIES
With no less than 33 votes for and two against, the Assembly in via Roma decided
on a salary increase. Anyone who doesn't register absences and manages to
attend regularly, will receive an even more "interesting" amount of
compensation: 3.5 million Lire per month for a Town Councillor and an
increase of one hundred thousand Lire for those who also occupy a seat on the
Provincial bench. These are the rates that have been altered upwards and
approved (nearly) unanimously. One could bet that from now on, Council and
Provincial Government meetings will be much more crowded. It is a
substantial increase of no less than 70%.
A SKELETON NEARLY TWO METRES LONG AT FORDONGIANUS
An archaeological find of inestimable importance and most probably the only one
of its kind in Sardinia. A few days ago, a burial chamber and a nearly
intact skeleton about two metres long were found. It is a discovery, which
will undoubtedly leave a mark on studies of Sardinian history.
The tomb and the skeleton were found in the archaeological site surrounding the
Romanic church of San Lussorio, right after having carried out some
restructuring work on the "cumbessias" [typical pilgrim houses]
situated in front of the church. The burial chamber was found in the first
instance, a tomb that dates back to around the VII-VIII Century AD. It was
situated at a lower level compared to the religious building and probably at the
same depth as the Paleochristian crypt underneath the church. It is a type
of tomb, which was very common in the Fenician period and was introduced into
Sardinia by the Carthaginians. Considering the height of the body, which
as mentioned before was nearly two metres (190cm to be exact), it was
immediately clear that the discovery represented something sensational.
One of the first theories put forward by the archaeologists is that because of
the body's height, it could be a soldier.
TEMPIO - TENT THEATRE DESTROYED
The "Palatenda" in Tempio, has been bombed. Its entrance was
damaged in the process. The huge show-tent, is a large modular structure
in which the Rites of "Carrasciali Timpiesu" are celebrated. The
bomb - a powerful explosive device, presumably made up of dozens of sticks of
gelignite, the same type as those used in the quarries - was arranged around one
of the anchorage pylons in front of the main entrance.
70,000 CUBIC METRES KNOCKED DOWN AT PISCINA REI
COSTA REI - In executing the decree issued on February 28 last by the Cagliari
Court of Appeal, SAITUR's legal representative demolished the buildings that
were part of the unauthorised division into plots of the same name. It's a
matter of a total of 70,663 cubic metres.
The complex had been built in Piscina Rei, behind the pond of the same name and
in an area that is subject to an encumbrance guaranteeing integrated
conservation according to regulations contained in the Territorial Environmental
Plan No. 13. The demolition brings to an end the attempt on the part of
the Comune of Muravera under whose jurisdiction the complex fell, to purchase
the buildings and allocate them to public interest activities. The
representatives of the ecological associations, who for years have been waging
legal battles for the protection of the coastal areas against speculative
construction, are now satisfied.
ORISTANO - NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICEMAN
Oristano too will have a neighbourhood policeman. This new type of role
will commence on December 1, on an experimental basis, for a period of one year.
The aim is to bring the local residents closer to the Authorities, thereby
rendering life in the neighbourhoods more peaceful. The neighbourhood
policeman will initially watch over the Historical Centre and districts that
present higher risk and develop preventative measures to fight petty crime.
Cagliari loses 1-0 away from home in Como whilst Torres wins 2-0, moving away
from the dangerous lower spots on the league table. The Porto Torres team
did very well in the B2 basketball championship, now finding itself in second
place. In the B1 Series, the Banco di Sardegna Sassari team has also done
well this year and has remained one of the favourites.
WINS APPEAL: ENTIRE PROCESS BEGINS AGAIN
"Continuità territoriale" [Territorial Continuity] or rather, the
prospect of Sardinians travelling by air at heavily discounted fares seemed to
be within reach but it now becomes a pipedream again. The Consiglio di
Stato [highest administrative court] has granted the Appeal lodged by AirOne
against its exclusion from the international tender by the Technical Committee
and confirmed by the Regional Administrative Tribunal (TAR) in Lazio.
Therefore AirOne, which had been excluded in favour of Alitalia, Meridiana and
Volare, re-enters the race. It seems that the release date of the
discounted fares on the routes from Sardinian ports to Milan and Rome set by
Minister Lunardi will be postponed until after December 31.
The routes have been allocated to Alitalia, Meridiana and Volare the last of
which snatched long-standing historical route Cagliari-Milan away from the
Olbia-based airline. From that moment on, the appeals began to be lodged
thick and fast.
DISCOUNTED AIR FARES - REGIONAL GOVERNMENT ASKS FOR SPEEDY RESOLUTION
After decisions are made, unfailingly, the controversy begins. Whilst
commuters and migrants organise a vociferous protest, ENAC's [Italian Civil
Aviation Authority] decision to tackle the problem with a two-pronged approach,
has unleashed a fiery political debate, as well as angry reactions from
Sardinian residents. ENAC plans to go ahead with the discounted fares on
the uncontested routes and to re-examine the results of the tender process for
the others. The Regional Councillor responsible for Transport has
indicated he is hoping for an urgent convocation of a meeting of the Committee,
which will have to re-examine the airlines' proposals for the routes that link
Cagliari and Alghero to Rome and Milan. And so, the never-ending struggle
for the introduction of "Continuità Territoriale" continues, between
Utopia and a semblance of reality.
BLUE TONGUE - VACCINATION PLAN TO BEGIN IN EARLY JANUARY
They will start vaccinating from January 2. The Councillor responsible for
Health has issued an order for preventative treatment against Blue Tongue, which
will be carried out on sheep, goats, cattle and buffalo. The vaccination
program should be completed by April 30 but could take longer for the sheep and
goats. In the meantime, the Faculty of Veterinary Science warns that the
vaccination program will not give the hoped for results and complains that the
Regional Government has never contributed to the research.
SHEEP'S MILK - PRODUCTION HAS DECREASED BY 30%
Sardinia has recorded a bad start to its dairy sales campaign for 2001-2002.
The initial data for a little over a month since the re-opening of the dairies
indicate a downward trend of more than 30% in the production of milk. The
size of the decrease does not augur well for the remainder of the sales campaign.
SOGEAAL TO BREAK ITS AGREEMENT WITH RYANAIR
ALGHERO - The Company that manages Alghero Airport is no longer in a position to
honour the agreement made with Irish airline, Ryanair, which has guaranteed a
daily flight from Alghero to London since June 2000. The agreement will
probably be cancelled in the next few days.
THE NEW CALANGIANESE ECONOMIC MIRACLE
The economy of Calangianus is traditionally tied to the production of cork,
which during the forthcoming Christmas period will be celebrated with the
popping of corks from millions of bottles. During the last few Christmas
periods, however, there have also been toys that are "Made in Calangianus"
on the market. These are the small coloured magnetic bars called Geomag,
manufactured by Plastwood with which one can create a variety of constructions
like the Eiffel Tower, pyramids, skyscrapers, etc. It's a game that doesn't
only captivate children.
It's all thanks to three local entrepreneurs, Giovanni, Edoardo and Enrico
Tusacciu. The machines that produce 50 thousand little magnetic bars per
day have never stopped since September 1, generating a turnover of 120 million
Lire per day. These days, a steady stream of people comes to visit the
business - Chinese, Austrians, Israelis, Spaniards, Swiss and Germans - all
talking about Calangianus.
FOUND - 15 THOUSAND TRAPS ABANDONED BY POACHERS
15 thousand items consisting of traps and springes were gathered in the space of
a week by about fifty environmental volunteers who arrived from every part of
Italy. The collection of items gathered by the "Lega per l'abolizione
della caccia" [League for the Abolition of Hunting] confirms that poaching
and bird catching practices are still alive and well. Naturally this is
not surprising. The valleys around Capoterra, where the items were
collected, have always been a safe haven for poachers in search of easy prey.
All types of animals end up in the traps, not only the thrushes, which can be
caught legally during the hunting season, but also the tiny redbreasts, which
are protected during this period.
REGIONAL COUNCIL ALLOCATES 15 BILLION LIRE TO TOURIST SPOTS
The Sardinian Regional Council has approved a series of initiatives designed to
develop tourism-oriented ports on the Island. Overall, 10 billion Lire
have been allocated in 2001, to which should be added another 5 billion Lire
already pledged, also in 2001, for the benefit of the San Teodoro tourism
facilities. The new initiatives are aimed at the ports of Calasetta, Cala
Gonne, Golfo Aranci, Teulada, Alghero and Buggerru.
In the majority of cases it is a matter of completing projects already initiated
by previous modernisation programs. However, in Cala Gonone's case, the
project would entail the expansion of its port facilities because it is
currently too small to cater for the requirements of its high volume of tourism
traffic and requires adequate facilities, first of which are maritime services.
DAWN OF TERROR IN THREE APARTMENT BUILDINGS
SASSARI - The flames shot up very high, to the point of licking against the
fifth floor of an apartment building in the heart of the Monte Rosello district.
The penetrating smell of gas wafted around the area whilst the residents of the
large condominium were leaving their apartments in great haste.
For a few hours the fear was real and the tension high. It was all due to
a large overflowing gas cylinder, which had suddenly caught fire because of a
leak from a valve caused by a faulty washer.
FIRST SNOW FALLS IN THE NUORO AREA - TRAFFIC PROBLEMS
More than twenty centimetres of snow fell during the night at Fonni in the Nuoro
area. The entire Gennargentu massif turned white after the first snowfall
of the season. When they awoke, Nuoro residents too found Mount Ortobene
covered with snow. However, in the city very little snow fell and it
melted straight away.
Yet another disappointing tie (2-2) at home for Cagliari against the Pistoia
team, which is also in danger of being relegated to a minor league. A
beautiful victory for Torres in the C1 Championship, however. They played
the Fermana team away from home and won 0-1.
CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT ISOLASARDA!
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ISLAND HOSPITALS LAST ON THE LIST FOR SAFETY
Sicily and Sardinia - safety zero. The hospitals on the two large Islands remain
on the bottom of the list of hospitals compiled by "Cittadinanzattiva-Tribunale
per i diritti del malato" [Patients' Rights Movement]. All except the
Brotzu Hospital in Cagliari, where the local Tribunal for Patients' Rights
intervened on its behalf. In 2001, "Cittadinanzattiva" mobilised
70 monitoring groups, scattered all over Italy. Thereby, they were able to
monitor an equal number of hospitals and through personal observation or by
interviewing staff, were able to gather a considerable amount of information.
That information contained the necessary data that would enable them to evaluate
235 basic indicators and 24 complex factors, representative of the typical
aspects of safety. From a safety aspect, the worst two hospitals are the
ones in Alghero and San Cataldo (in the Province of Caltanissetta). Not
one Sardinian hospital appears in the first twelve of the top band (the good
ones). The ho
spital in Bosa appears in the next category, which is made up of 21 locations.
UNEMPLOYMENT - ONLY THREE OTHER REGIONS WORSE OFF
Punctual as always, ISTAT [Italian National Statistical Institute] has released
its annual statistical publication, which covers the Italian situation for the
previous year. Sardinia has received grim confirmation that it is one of
the Regions with the highest level of unemployment. 20.6% of its active
population is out of work. The only Regions worse off are Calabria (26 per
cent), Sicily (24 per cent) and Campania (23.7 per cent). The Alto Adige
Region has the lowest level of unemployment at 2.1%.
ALARMING INCREASE IN ROBBERIES ON THE ISLAND
BENETUTTI - The ferocity of the rogues who do not hesitate to beat up elderly,
weak and defenceless people in a cowardly manner is on the increase. After
the Torpè (Nuoro) case where an 85-year-old man was bashed and robbed of his
weapons, there has been another such episode of violence. This time it
occurred in Benetutti (Sassari). Two or maybe three delinquents entered a
house where two 80-year-old sisters live and immediately attacked one of them,
pushing her to the ground and ordering her to "hand over everything you've
WHERE'S THE AGREEMENT ON THE PAPER MILL?
ARBATAX - Varying news items continue to follow each other day by day.
Nevertheless it seems there is only one certainty in the tiring case of the
Arbatax paper mill: that the word "end" has yet to be written.
In fact, one day there is talk that it is probably merely a postponement to the
project going ahead. Whilst the next day, new complications arise with the
Department of Treasury relating to the CIPE [Interdepartmental Committee for
Economic Planning] resolution regarding the approval of the Plan Contract for
the paper mill area.
"SARDINIA FERRIES" BRING FORWARD DISCOUNTS TO SARDINIANS
CAGLIARI - "Sardinia-Corsica Ferries" has announced that for the next
few months (until March) it will offer discounted fares on the new Golfo
Aranci-Livorno route to Sardinians. The proposal is worthy of particular
attention, both because it effectively brings forward the concept of
"Continuità Territoriale" by sea, on which the Region is planning to
aim after having achieved "Continuity" by air and because the company
introducing these discounted fares is a Sardinia/Corsica joint venture.
ISLAND SWEPT BY ICY WIND
The bad weather did not spare Sardinia: low temperatures, snowfalls in the Nuoro
area and a Grecale [Mediterranean wind coming from Greece] windstorm in the Gulf
of Asinara and in the Sassari area. During the night, the Mercury in the
thermometers in the towns around the Gennargentu and the Limbara, even went down
to -2°C. There were abundant snowfalls in the areas above 800 metres: the
mantle of snow was 20 centimetres deep and more than 30 centimetres on Mount
Spada, where tourism operators are preparing ski facilities. In the
coastal areas, temperatures varied from 5° to 10°.
BAD WEATHER - MN MAJESTIC DEPARTS WITH 24 HOUR DELAY
Motor vessel "Majestic's" odyssey ended after nearly 24 hours.
Having set sail from Genoa, the ship was due to arrive at Porto Torres at 7.30
a.m. where she was unable to dock because of the strong Grecale wind that at
times reached a maximum of 55 knots. The wind in the North of Sardinia had
at times reached a maximum of 142 kms per hour). It eased considerably
during the night and the ship, travelling at minimum speed in the opposite
direction to the motion of the waves between Asinara and Corsica, managed to
enter the industrial port at 7.00 p.m.
IT COULD BE THE END OF THE LONG DRY SPELL
The cold snap caught pretty much everyone unawares in the city. The change
from the heat of last week to the intense cold last week-end was rather
traumatic. The sudden drop in temperature brought the snow to the
mountains of the Gerrei and the other high ground around the Cagliari area.
According to the Sardinian Regional Agrometeorological Service, the intense cold
and the snowfalls will continue over the next few days and it is hoped that
there will be a gradual accumulation of water for the replenishment of the
artificial basins and dams. It is no coincidence that the snow was
received favourably by operators in the agricultural sector because of the
reserve of water that is building up after the long dry spell. A period
that, particularly in the lower parts of the Campidano and in the
Sulcis-Iglesiente area, had caused the water collection basins to dry out and
forced them to keep the taps closed for half a day every day for some months.
EVERY YEAR MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND SARDINIANS CONTINUE TO EMIGRATE FOR WORK
They have a sense of belonging to the land, a profound attachment to the customs
and traditions of their birthplace and a need to preserve their cultural
identity. These are the typical features of Island emigrants. These
facts emerged from the Regional Congress of the "Italian Association for
the Protection of Emigrants and their Families" (AITEF), assembled together
to discuss the federation's role with regard to "Emigration and
It is a phenomenon that affects overseas countries in particular as they are
also principal destinations for the more than one thousand Sardinians who every
year decide to leave the Island in search of permanent employment.
GERMAN AND BRITISH TOURIST NUMBERS INCREASE
CAGLIARI - According to data released by ESIT [Sardinian Tourism Industries
Authority], 2001 will close with a considerable increase in British and German
tourist arrivals. 2002 is looking very good and not even the current
international crisis seems to be able to stop this trend.
Germany has confirmed Sardinia as one of its most sought after destinations and
the German tourism operators have made it their top product sold. The
increase in numbers of German tourists who have chosen to visit Sardinia this
year touches peaks of 26%. And if in 2000, Spain was on top of the
Germans' list of preferred destinations, in 2001 Italy has jumped up to first
place with Sardinia as the main attraction.
SARDINIAN ANTHEM - THE IDEA APPEALS TO THE CAGLIARI PROVINCE
They all sang it standing up as if it was a solemn and special moment.
Probably the most famous song of the Sardinian feeling, the anthem is "Procurade
'e moderare" by Francesco Ignazio Mannu.
Promoted by the "Sardista" Group within the Provincial Government, a
conference was held on Giovanni Maria Angloy, one of the noble fathers of the
Island, the individual and his work and celebrating the 250th anniversary of his
birth. A motion was presented and passed, which will be transformed into
an appeal to be sent to the Regional Council. The appeal requests the
institution of Mannu's ode as the Island's official anthem.
CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT ISOLASARDA!
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ALITALIA LEFT WITH ONLY CAGLIARI-ROME
ROME - Yesterday, the Minister for Transport, Pietro Lunardi, signed the
ministerial decree, which ratifies the result of the new tender for the
provision of discounted air fares on the Cagliari-Rome, Cagliari-Milan,
Alghero-Rome and Alghero-Milan routes. The first one went to Alitalia (that
extraordinarily, however, is excluded from Alghero), the other three went to
AirOne, which was excluded from the first tender and then re-admitted by the
Consiglio di Stato [highest administrative court] that had granted its appeal.
Volare, which had been awarded the Cagliari-Milan route in the first tender,
claims it's an "obscene decision" and announces it will lodge an
appeal in order to stop the new allocation.
Still on the Cagliari-Milan route, as well as Volare's appeal, Meridiana's
appeal to the TAR [Regional Administrative Tribunal] is also pending.
Since so much time has been wasted on the new tender, the latest deadline for
the introduction of the new fares and routes has been moved to 31 January 2002
but only for AirOne. Alitalia and Meridiana (the airlines responsible for
the links from Olbia to Rome e Milan), however, must be in a position to go
ahead by 31 December 2001. Under the guidelines of "Continuità
Territoriale", travelling to Rome when departing from Cagliari, Olbia or
Alghero will cost Lit.65,800. The trip to Milan from any of the three
Sardinian ports will cost a little more: Lit.82,400. The discounted fares
are obviously also applicable to trips from the mainland to Sardinia. They
will be available to residents as well as for Sardinian migrants, the disabled,
young people aged from 2 to 25 years of age, university students to 27 years of
age and senior citizens over 70 years of age.
Normal full fares applicable are: Lit.138,900 one-way for Olbia-Rome;
Lit.164,350 on the Cagliari-Rome, Alghero-Rome and Olbia-Milan routes;
Lit.214,400 for Cagliari-Milan and Alghero-Milan.
PIRODDI WAS NOT THE "BRAINS" OF A MAFIA GANG
LANUSEI - The noxious weed of Mafia activity has not yet spread to Sardinia.
This is the judgement delivered by the judges at the Court in Nuoro, which has
shattered the District Prosecutor's theory, according to which a disturbing
change in criminal activity had occurred between 1996 and 1998.
Therefore, it wasn't the Mafia. And in that case, Maria Ausilia Piroddi,
former Secretary of CGIL [labour union] from Tortolì, wasn't and could not have
been the "brains" of a criminal organisation, which was aiming at
conquering political power through the use of bombs and gunfire. If Maria
Ausilia Piroddi managed to get through the first trial for Mafia activities
unscathed, the same can't be said for Adriano Pischedda, the entrepreneur from
Barisardo who was found guilty of two attacks and sentenced to ten years in jail.
TRAGIC LOSS FOR SARDINIAN WOMEN'S SOCCER
SASSARI - They were catapulted out of the van on which they were travelling.
The driver of the vehicle, Francesco Carta and a 21-year-old girl, Claudia
Atzeni from Balnei, died on the spot. Another girl, 15-year-old Giorgia
Fiacco from Tortolì, died the following day in the hospital in Sassari.
The other two girls travelling on the same vehicle suffered slight injuries.
The girls, part of the Tortolì C League Women's Soccer Team, were travelling
towards Alghero, where they were due to play a game against the «Monte Rosello»
team. Giorgia Fiacco's heart now beats in the body of a thirteen-year-old
from Palermo. The transplant was carried out in the Paediatric Cardiac
Surgery ward in a hospital in the Sicilian capital.
TOBACCO MANUFACTURER CLOSES DOWN
CAGLIARI - The death knell has sounded for one of the oldest factories on the
Island. The machinery for the production of cigarettes in the Manifattura
Tabacchi factory in Cagliari has been deactivated and its employees have hoisted
a banner at half-mast, actually ratifying the funeral rites for the factory.
At the same time, it criticised politicians and local institutions and denounced
the fact that this would mean the beginning of a period of uncertainty for 180
employees who, until midday on Saturday, had operated the machinery that
produced "Nazionali" brand cigarettes.
The "Manifattura" is a factory that represented much more than a
production site for the city. Founded in the middle of the Eighteenth
Century, in the early Nineteenth Century it symbolised the place of redemption
for the female cigar pieceworkers. They were the first in Italy to
organise themselves against working conditions not easily imaginable today and
went out on strike demanding to better those conditions. Afterwards, the
"Manifattura" factory became one of the most representative focal
points of productivity for the city, providing jobs to thousands of male and
female workers during the last century. Now the
"Manifattura" is definitely closing, together with another 14 plants
that belong to ETI, Ente Tabacchi Italiano [Italian Tobacco Authority], the
former State Monopoly body. Only five plants will remain operational of
which only one will be located in the South of Italy, in Lecce. The
cigarette depot will remain at Macchiareddu in Sardinia. The fixtures and
s will be discarded or dismantled and sold to Eastern Bloc countries where the
cigarette market is constantly on the rise.
FIRE CREATES PANIC IN SARROCH
A large fire broke out in the refinery last week and in the space of a few
moments there was general alarm. The tall flames and dense smoke could be
sighted from very far away. It was thanks to the prompt intervention by
the internal fire fighters that a tragedy was averted. Many were
frightened but fortunately no one was injured or intoxicated by the smoke.
The damages were only slight and limited to the destruction of some pumps and
tubes. Some crude oil had leaked from a defective duct at around 7.00 a.m.
when the night shift was getting ready to go off duty.
THE "MONSTER": SEARCH WARRANTS ISSUED FOR TUSCANY AND SARDINIA
The Police carried out some searches today in the Florence provincial precinct
and in the Nuoro area as part of the framework of the investigation into the
"Monster of Florence" and the so-called "Sardinian trail".
The investigators were searching for some useful new clues regarding the crimes
committed in 1974 and 1981, which, together with the one committed in 1968 have
yet to be solved.
The Police carried out checks regarding certain Sardinian individuals who,
however, are not under suspicion.
The investigators had abandoned the "Sardinian trail" in the late
In 1997, however, it was taken up again vigorously because of the link between
Pacciani and Francesco Vinci who was Barbara Locci's lover and the first one
arrested in 1982 during the inquiry into the "Monster".
Vinci was released from jail the following year because the maniac had killed
"KUILES" PROTEST: THEY WALL UP THE ENTRANCE TO THE BANK
SASSARI - They "walled up" the entrance to the "Bank of the
It was a demonstrative action, which had a great spectacular effect. It
was carried out with incredible ability and at breakneck speed. A wall
built with small blocks, more than a metre high and "put up" by a very
enthusiastic team of .desperadoes. They were just country people, farmers
and shepherds who briefly took on the role of bricklayers so as to denounce
their terrible financial situation, in the strongest possible way. And to
do this, they chose Sardinia's financial symbol, the "Banco di
THE CHILDREN OF THE SECOND MILLENNIUM COME OUT OF THEIR SHELLS - AN AWAKENING
THAT LEADS US TO HOPE
These children of the "flower children" of the 1968 protest days have
already won. It needed Letizia Moratti and her umpteenth proposal for the
reform of education to make the children of the second millennium come out of
their shells. It is a rage, which was born on the quiet not even a month
ago and exploded in the last few days in the form of large demonstrations that
consisted of protest marches, which made thousands of students pour out into the
streets of Sardinia and all of Italy. Some wrongly assumed that this new
generation only fed itself on mobile phones, SMS, mopeds and Nike but their
rebellion managed to involve everyone, regardless of the group to which they
belonged. Unfortunately, it was actually in Cagliari that some clashes
occurred and were instigated by some well-known groups of Ultras [fanatics] who
sneaked into the students' demonstrations to create disorder.
CAGLIARI - THIRD MAN INVOLVED IN 1999 ROBBERY CONVICTED
Andrea Floris has been convicted for having taken part in the robbery at the
Banca di Sassari in piazza Garibaldi in the centre of Cagliari on 6 September
1999. Floris will have to serve fourteen years in prison (two of which he
has already served). And he will also have to make a payment on account of
Lit.100 million, as partial compensation for the lengthy and complicated medical
treatment still being undertaken by the Assistant Director of the bank, Giuseppe
D'Agostino who has taken out a civil suit against Floris. Contrary to what
occurred to Pietro Floris (sentenced to 16 years) and Carmelino Soru (12 years),
who were caught red-handed with their weapons in hand, Andrea Floris was
apprehended and arrested at Villamar two days after the robbery, which yielded
MAJOR WORKS EVEN IN SARDINIA
CAGLIARI - Sardinia will become the "Euro Mediterranean Logistical Platform".
The decision is contained in an Interdepartmental Committee resolution, which
has included Sardinia amongst other important national strategic projects.
The Interdepartmental Committee for Economic Planning has allocated
Lit.770billion for the development of maritime transport intermodality in
REMOTE-CONTROLLED BOMB USED IN EXECUTION
ASSEMINI - Two months ago he escaped death because the bomb wasn't powerful
enough to blow up the car. However, his rivals in drug trafficking had
sworn that he would die. Last night 50-year-old Giuseppe Loddi from
Cagliari died further to an attack on his life, which was carried out in front
of a primary school in corso Europa, just 100 metres from the Carabinieri
ORGOSOLO DEDICATES A PIAZZA TO DON MUNTONI
They were emotional moments when the Mayor, Pasquale Mereu unveiled the plaque
in memory of, Don Graziano Muntoni, the Catholic priest slayed on Christmas Eve
morning three years ago. It was an inexplicable ferocious crime, which
still remains unsolved. Therefore, Orgosolo doesn't want to forget.
It doesn't want to forget that man who had worked above all with children.
SARDINIAN FISH WILL HAVE «DOC» CERTIFICATION
CAGLIARI - Six enterprises that operate in the field of mariculture have taken
the initiative to apply for the DOC [Certification of Controlled Origin]
trademark for Island fish. They will form a cooperative at the beginning
of January 2002 after which the Regional Government will give its support to the
application. The cooperative plans to enter into the emerging markets,
into the organised distribution markets in Sardinia and above all the markets on
the mainland, which require volumes of production unattainable by a single
Cagliari lost the mid-week match at Empoli 2-1, precipitating down to the
second-last place in the B Series Championship. The change of coach
(Sonetti has arrived) augured well on Sunday when Cagliari beat Genoa 2-1.