The 5 Star green lane that mends Sicily #TrazzEraOra

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The inauguration takes place tomorrow, 31 July starting at 11.30 in Caltavuturo. Luigi Di Maio will be with us too! Bring friends, relatives, and misbelievers!”

“It’s well known that the problem in Sicily is “traffic“. That’s been especially true for the last 4 months after a pillar supporting the Palermo - Catania motorway gave way and thus literally split the island into two. Straight away (well it’s a way of speaking) the government was to be seen in action. Minister Delrio went to inspect the scene and promised that in three months they would have resolved the problem and restored the functioning of Sicily’s main arterial road. However, nearly 4 months after the event, we are still at the starting point. And while the regional government and the national government are bouncing ideas around, probably trying to find the infrastructure option that allows them to cream off as much money as possible, - ooops - here they are now insisting on a project that involves the expropriation of land belonging to Tullio Giuffrè, who was a member of the Sicilian regional cabinet when it was led by Orlando, at a record cost of 236 thousand euro (including possible future interest payments), well above its real value. Meanwhile the 5 Star MoVement in Sicily has been the only political entity in Sicily that has taken real action.

VIDEO The M5S project approved by experts

Thanks to the provision of 300 thousand euro, obtained as a result of the M5S spokespersons in the Sicilian Regional Assembly cutting their salaries, tomorrow, only 37 days after the work began, the ribbon will be cut to inaugurate the route referred to as the “5 star short cut“. It was an old dirt road that has been “restored to life“ and sorted out with concrete, dranage systems, guard rails and trafic lights. It’s certainly not a definitive solution to the problem. But it does make it possible to achieve two objectives: to provide an exit route for the people living in the area of the Madonie mountains and to allow the people of Sicily to save 40 to 50 minutes when travelling between Catania and Palermo.
All this has been done while waiting for the establishment (whose representatives have not been invited to the inauguration) to do their duty and take steps to resolve the problem. In fact, the 5 Star MoVement has always been active in coming up with a “bypass” alternative to the A19 motorway thus cutting costs and time in relation to other ideas put forward by the road agency, ANAS. The project was initially welcomed by the Minister, Graziano Delrio, who received the national and regional spokespersons but he then took a step back and got the technical department to say that the project couldn't work. It was probably because there was no margin for speculation, so it couldn’t go well even though famous academics had said that the 5 Star MoVement’s project was valid, whereas the project put forward by the road agency ANAS was a shot in the dark and it’s not possible to estimate when it could be concluded. Perhaps because, first of all, they need to see how to begin it and when to begin it.
In the meantime, The MoVement is doing something practical for the people of Sicily.” M5S Sicily

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Committee of Enquiry into MPS in Tuscany

Yesterday morning, the regional councillors of the 5 Star MoVement, together with the 5 Star spokespersons Carlo Sibilia and Carlo Martelli and the M5S councillors for the city of Siena, held a press conference in the Sala Affreschi in the building of the regional council. The press conference presented the Committee of Enquiry into the Monte dei Paschi Foundation, the Monte dei Paschi Bank and the murky connections between these organisations and the Region of Tuscany. We announced this during the election campaign and we have set it up. For the first time ever, the regional council of Tuscany will have an enquiry into the disaster involving Monte dei Paschi di Siena and the murky connections, many of which still exist, between this finance group and the Region of Tuscany”

This Committee of Enquiry is an indication of justice for so many citizens, for small-scale shareholders and for employees of the MPS group that suffered the most from the collapse of the bank. In fact, this Committee of Enquiry is an investigation into the Democratic Party and the way that this political party has managed to destroy an element of Italian heritage. This is why I am asking the councillors of the Democratic Party not to be members of this Committee of Enquiry, as a way of ensuring transparency, given that they are in an organisation under investigation. In fact, there’s been an analagous request in the Senate where, up until now, the obstructionism carried out by the Democratic Party has blocked the start of the enquiry. Here we managed to get approval without needing to have a vote in the council thanks to the ability of the M5S council group to take advantage of an article in the regulations. Now we are concentrating on providing the utmost guarantee of success for the Committee of Enquiry, and we want to be sure that it is chaired by the right person.
In any other country in the world, the Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank would have already had a commissioner placed in charge of the administration. In the most recent shareholders meeting, the CEO, Profumo, candidly admitted having 28 billion “unrealisable”, that is credits that are unlikely to be paid back. In parallel with that it is by now a well known fact that in the accounts of the bank, derivatives are inappropriately camouflaged, thus the accounts are proved to be false. This fact alone would have triggered the appointment of a commissioner to take charge of the administration, as has happened for other smaller Italian banks. Why is the Monte dei Paschi di Siena experiencing this privilege? This Committee of Enquiry has the task of going beyond what has already been discovered and is about to be discovered in the investigations being carried out by the magistracy and it wants to find an answer to this question.” The M5S spokespersons in Tuscany

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Inauguration of the 5 Star Track #Trazzera5Stelle

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“The Minister Of Infrastructure has announced that if all goes well, work could start on the link road for the A19. If all goes well ... Meanwhile we’ve completed the “country track“ financed by giving back part of our salaries as regional councillors. We have donated 300 thousand euro for the creation of a short-cut that improves the access where an electricity pylon crashed and split Sicily into two.

VIDEO All together we are celebrating the “Trazzera 5 Stelle” {the 5 star track}!

The politics of doing things LATER is dead.We do the things right NOW!
The inauguration will take place on 31 July starting at 11.30 in Caltavuturo. Luigi Di Maio will be with us too! Bring friends, relatives, and unbelievers!” M5S Sicily

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Passaparola - The Ageing Society and the future of the elderly, by Prof Fabrizio Cumo

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30% of our population is over 65 years of age, but by 2050, 15% of the population in Europe, North America and Asia will be more than eighty years old. Obviously this phenomenon raises a number of challenging problems that society will have to overcome. The biggest of these is the increase in the economically inactive population and the overturning of the demographics pyramid, which will no longer have a large base at the bottom and a narrow point at the top, but is beginning to resemble an upside-down pyramid. This means that a sizeable portion of the population, already at 30% right now and destined to grow even more by 2050, will be economically inactive and will therefore have to rely pension subsidies in order to survive. These pension subsidies will have to be paid for somehow, and it will have to be by pension contributions paid in by the economically active population, which is declining progressively instead of increasing. Fabrizio Cumo, Lecturer at the La Sapienza University and Manager of the Ageing Society Project

"I wanted to say hello all the friends of Beppe Grillo’s Blog here in Rome. I am a lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture of the La Sapienza University in Rome. I am interested and involved in the topic of the Ageing Society in that I am also the Italian manager of a bilateral research project on the environment created by the Ageing Society, which is being jointly run by Italy and the Kingdom of Sweden. I have been overseeing the part of the project that is more within my field of expertise, in other words the created environment and how this environment be constructed in order to deal the problems of this society that is getting older, i.e. this Ageing Society.

The Ageing population, a global problem

Obviously this is not only an Italian problem. Clearly the problem of an ageing population is one that faces the entire western civilization as a whole. I wanted to mention some rather basic facts given that the United Nations says that by 2050 the average age of the global population will be 38 years. 60 years before 2050, in other words in 1990, the average age was 26 years so, within the space of just 60 years, the global population will have aged by around 12 years on average. This figure is even more dramatic if we look at it in the European context. As a matter of fact, Europe is the continent with the highest average age of all. In 1990 it already stood at 37 years as against the global average of 26 years. The UNO estimates that by 2050 the average age of people living on the European continent will be 47 years, compared to that of people living on the African continent, which will be only 31 years by 2050, with the other continents coming in somewhere in-between these two. But what does this mean? What it means the population ageing is indeed a global problem but that it obviously takes on more serious and complex significance within the European context and, to some extent, also the North American context.

We have to re-think the pensions system

Let’s remember that, at the moment, Italy is the Country with the world’s fourth-oldest population after Japan, Germany and Korea and therefore we are already a Country in which the population is ageing rather significantly. Currently, 30% of our population is over 65 years of age, but by 2050, 15% of the population in Europe, North America and Asia will be more than eighty years old. Obviously this phenomenon raises a number of challenging problems that our society will have to overcome. The biggest of these is the increase in the economically inactive population and the overturning of the demographics pyramid, which will no longer have a large base at the bottom and a narrow point at the top, but is beginning to resemble an upside-down pyramid. This means that a sizeable portion of the population, already at 30% right now and destined to grow even more 2050, will be economically inactive and will therefore have to rely pension subsidies in order to survive. These pension subsidies will have to be paid for somehow, and it will have to be by pension contributions paid in by the economically active population, which is declining progressively because, as we have seen, even the latest birth figures have certainly not been at all encouraging.

Assistance and healthcare for the elderly

In addition there is another serious problem, one that is positive on the one hand in that we are increasingly living longer, but on the other hand it does not go hand in hand with equally good health, so we will all be living longer, but that does not mean that we will all be better-off health-wise for more years, so we will live longer, but battered by ailments, but what does this mean? Well, it means spiralling additional assistance and welfare costs, which will affect both families and the local healthcare system. Consider that, at present, if we were to give a rather rough but realistic estimate of what it costs the family and the healthcare system to provide the necessary assistance for one individual, the figure would be somewhere between 30-thousand and 50-thousand Euro per year. This will certainly require a structural re-think on assistance.
Furthermore, here is another figure. Above all, here in Italy and in Europe, with populations that are skewed in favour of women, this pyramid will shift towards the female side, but why? Well, because women tend to outlive men, usually by some 20 years, we will find that because of what we have inherited from the previous working world, these individuals who live longer will have worked less and paid less in terms of pension contributions, however, they are the ones that will realistically have to be supported for longer by the welfare mechanism.

The challenge of an "Age Friendly" economy

These problems have to be addressed in a global rather than a sectoral manner, but what does this actually mean? Well, it means that now, or in any event in years past, each sector was responsible for dealing with its own problems, whereas now that the challenge has become global, we need to come up with interconnected solutions. We’re talking about health, about economics, about how to manage this ’Ageing Society economy, also known as the Silver Economy. We are obviously not only talking about health, but also about Welfare, about the Wellbeing of a Welfare State, about good integration and the constructed environment, in other words how the environment that surrounds us should become "Age Friendly". An environment that does not create problems for the elderly but should be envisaged right from all the way through to 2050, which is the shortest possible scenario. These solutions apply to a global challenge, to be rolled out not only throughout Italy but indeed, at the very least, throughout Europe." Fabrizio Cumo, Fabrizio Cumo, Lecturer at the La Sapienza University and Manager of the Ageing Society Project

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The PD’s little pigeon

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The political parties have not presented their accounts and according to the law, they cannot have public financing amounting to tens of millions by the end of July (no not yet abolished). Thus the PD changes the law and with two amendments from Teresa Piccione (the PD’s little pigeon), they can delay the erification of the accounts by a year. If the office of the president shells out the money to the political parties with fraudulent subterfuge, the M5S will drag them into court.

by M5S in Parliament

“In these last few days at the eend of July, there’s panic among the political parties: given that there’s the risk that their coffers will not see the arrival of the instalment of public financing, without which they are not able to operate. They are all racking their brains to find a useful stratagem to get round the law and illegitimately get this money all the same.
They are hungry and capable of doing anything. Here’s what they’ve done to get the money into their pockets.
On the basis of the fraudulent law pretending to abolish public financing for the political parties - (the law approved by Enrico Letta) - the accounts of the political parties have to be verified by an audit committee set up by the Lower House of Parliament. However, in June, the committee couldn’t operate because it lacked sufficient human resources and equipment to verify the accounts.
Thus the governing coalition decided to create a “little law” (put forward by Boccadutri) that allocated the resources to the committee so that it could finally verify the accounts and release the financing. But there’s limited time and the deadline - 31 July - is getting nearer - and so - in the midst of total silence - up pop two PD amendments put forward by Piccione {whose surname translates to “pigeon”} finding the magic solution to get hold of the booty: to delay by a year the checks carried out by the committee thus automatically releasing the instalment falling due. As well as this dirty trick, they even added another outrage: in a single go they are getting rid of the punishments that today exist in law - for anyone who alters accounts in order to get financing by illegal means.

VIDEO The M5S will expose the government on the issue of public financing of the political parties

However, that “liitle law” will first have to go through the Lower House and then through the Senate. There’s only one body that could intervene to hand out public financing to the political parties: the office of the president of the Lower House. And the M5s - the only one that doesn’t accept financing from the State - has already sprung into action to stem the schemes of the political parties that are continually having to put their snouts in the public trough in order to survive. The spokespersons Di Maio, Fraccaro, Mannino and Bottici in the Senate have sent a letter with a clear message: if you dare to give a single euro to the political parties we will drag you into court. One by one. From Boldrini to Grasso. We have already written to the office of the president of the Lower House of Parliament: if they dare to release the financing to the political parties with a sleight of hand we will drag them into court.”

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#NoBavaglio No gagging

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Use Twitter to send a photo of yourself to defend the freedom of information - using the hashtag #NoBavaglio {No gagging}

“In the last few days, there’s been discussion about reforming the code of criminal procedures and it seems that the government wants to restrict the publication of intercepted conversations.
Silvio Berlusconi had already tried that and now the Democratic party is trying again. The project sets out that when making an order for a suspect to be kept in prison, the magistrates cannnot include intercepted conversations that have no relevance to the criminal case, that will end up in an archive that can be accessed by a very few people. But what is serious is that there are to be severe penalties to gag the journalists that publish these convesations.

VIDEO The PD law against the freedom of information

The reason is very simple: up until now intercepted conversations have represented the most effective tools to discover cases of malpractice, corruption, exchange of bribes and kickbacks, but also to let the citizens know about political scandals like the one involving the Rolex and Lupi’s son, that meant the Minister had to resign. This is why our political class is not happy about intercepted conversations..
For a long time now, our position has been clear. We’ll just say that without the intercepted conversations, up until now, the citizens would never have got to know about these cases: - The Mose project in Venice
- Expo 2015 scandal in Milan
- The Lega Nord and public money
- Conniving going on in “Mafia Capitale” - in Rome
- Rolex and work going to Lupi’s son
- Politicians getting together to discuss how to get round the laws
- But above all blackmail and Matteo Renzi to get into power in Palazzo Chigi
It’s the great classic: “made in Italy” stuffed envelopes: massive infrastructure projects, entrepreneurs, tenders that get manoevred, corrupt politicians, the money of the citizens pocketed by the political parties, threats against those defending the rule of law and the operation of democracy, and invitations to create laws that are not appropriate. It’s the system, dear citizens. We are here to take this apart and we are saying here and now: we are ready to engage in the battle to defend the freedom of information!” M5S Justice Committee

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