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WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, JACKIE ROBINSON?

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, JACKIE ROBINSON?

Contributed by F. Anthony D’Alessandro Children who are perfecting baseball skills on steamy sugarcane plantations or inner city lots, as well as African-American and other youthful enthusiasts speaking Korean, Japanese, and Spanish, have the opportunity to realize their diamond dreams because of Jackie Robinson’s courage. Robinson’s sacrifices single handedly opened our national pastime (baseball) to […]

Reopened in Palermo the American Consulate

Reopened in Palermo the American Consulate

On Monday, April 3, Shawn Baxter, the Cultural Attache responsible for Social Affairs, reopened the headquarters of the American Consulate together with Palermo’s Honorary Consul, Barbara Cucinella, and the city’s Mayor, Leoluca Orlando. Numerous professionals, artists, scholars and American researchers who live, study and work in Sicily were present.  “The relationship between Sicily and the United […]

LESSONS ON HOW TO RECLAIM A CITY: ADDIOPIZZO

LESSONS  ON  HOW  TO  RECLAIM  A  CITY:   ADDIOPIZZO

As I stood under the tree in front of Teatro Massimo, the opera house in Palermo, listening to Stefano explaining the origins of Addiopizzo (Goodbye  Protection Racket), I couldn’t help but be fascinated and in awe of this young musician who had voluntarily taken on such a brave and laudable cause.    Well-travelled, multi-lingual and with […]

Times of Sicily Mag Hot off the Press

Times of Sicily Mag Hot off the Press

After 5 years of an increasing and continuing online presence, the Times of Sicily is now proud to say that it is launching its first paper magazine.  It is hoped that Edition 0 2016/17 will be the first of our annual releases, representing a variety of content, from the fields of art, ancestry, current affairs, […]

John Peter Sloan takes a bet on Sicily

John Peter Sloan takes a bet on Sicily

John Peter Sloan takes a bet on Sicily and opens a school of English in Menfi. Sloan, that most famous of English teachers, who has revolutionised teaching methods for both children and adults, has decided to transfer to the province of Agrigento. John Peter Sloan, the popular actor and writer of dozens of English textbooks, […]

How to have an authentic experience in Sicily

How to have an authentic experience in Sicily

When people come to Sicily for a holiday they seldom venture out of the major cities and tourist towns which is an unfortunate as visitors really only get to see a tiny part of the island. The main tourist sites are important but the authentic face of the island really only comes out in the […]

FAVARA: Bringing it back to Life

FAVARA:  Bringing it back to Life

Favara, near Agrigento, up until recently was only ever known for its drastic unemployment, urban architectural eysores and mass emigration and it was certainly never included in any tourist itinerary to Sicily.   That was until Florinda Saieva and Andrea Bartoli, two local professionals, decided to put it permanently on the map. Both lovers of contemporary […]

THE STARGAZING SHEPHERD

THE STARGAZING SHEPHERD

As we drove up – unannounced – Lorenzo Reina, the sculptor/shepherd from the Fattoria dell’Arte Rocca Reina, was getting ready to puff sulphur over his grapevines.   We were given a friendly welcome.   After a short time spent chatting about his life-long project of successfully combining his love of art with the running of a working […]

Back to Basics in Basicò

Back to Basics in Basicò

  “If two hundred people leave Basicò every ten years, and there are no births or relatively few, it will be a ghost town in a short period of time,” says Antonino (Nino) Casimo, now seven months the mayor of Basicò. “The place could die. Isn’t that sad?” Located between between the towns of Milazzo […]

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