politics

At the British Museum in London to visit Pompei and Ercolano…

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These days I have been following the evolution of the remote search of Alessandro Sicuro, the Italian blogger who always follows very closely these events on the mismanagement of the Italian cultural and artistic heritage. I work with this agency (sure-com) for almost a year, I read this article today and I decided to publish it on my blog, because I would like these things to let everybody know. It ‘a shame that all this happen in a country that has an artistic capital cilturale so awesome and yet can not make it productive. And ‘as bad as the beautiful country Italy to borrow for free, and his goods to other countries more’ rich in her strenuous. But it is not strange that the British accept the fact that it happened is incomprehensible is: who are those directors who give freely of these priceless treasures of all Italians?!

Kathy Kiefer

now the article of Alessandro Sicuro: ↴
 

BRITISH MUSEUM

WHY DOES ITALY FAIL TO EXPLOIT THE ARTISTIC SOURCE OF THE HIGHEST GAIN IN OTHER COUNTRIES?

BECAUSE THE ITALIAN STATE LENT FREE HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS OF POMPEII AND HERCULANEUM TO BRITISH ENGLISH?

IF THE EDITORS AND MANAGERS OF THE BRITISH ARE SO GOOD AT MAKING SO MUCH MONEY, WHY NOT PROPOSE THE ONGOING MANAGEMENT OF THE ENTIRE CITY OF POMPEII AND WHY NOT OF ITALIAN MUSEUMS!?

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Following the publication on my blog of an article on Italian art, (http://wp.me/p2kXuA-1fn), and its untapped potential, compared to European museums, including the British Museum and the exhibition on Pompeii and Herculaneum. Reading rather disturbing things in the newspapers a few days ago, I went to the English capital to ensure State-of- the-art in person, and get a better understanding of the situation

The mystery on the critical conditions in which the world of Italian culture and art has become increasingly dense and dramatic, faced with the realization that there are neither the means nor a true political will and entrepreneurial skills to manage those riches, as well as safeguard and then exploit this huge artistic heritage that makes our country unique in the world. My hope then is to make a small contribution to this debate, to send a message that can help reflect on how “sviliamo our potential” and especially about our limits: often we find pleasure in self-referential rhetoric of “Italy, the most beautiful country in the world,” and our presumption leads us to not promote truly this wonderful heritage, which could be a source of employment for many young people and of income for the State and the community.

The question I asked myself when I read that the British Museum could do 11 million pounds from March thru September 2013, with little more than 200 historical artifacts of Pompeii and Herculaneum “provided for free by the Italian State,” is this:

– why for free?

– because they can make these profits and us not?!

In those same months in fact –exactly from March to September, as I said in a previous article– a huge crowd of people has visited and is continuing to visit the exhibition “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum”, at the British Museum in London. After being at the show, beautiful for that matter, I asked myself some questions that perhaps deserve research and in-depth replies – and it is for this reason that this article is being written.

The price of a ticket to the exhibition is of 15 £. The Museum is selling 500 tickets daily and sells out all the tickets …! along with an unspecified number of tickets booked.  Judging by the amount of people, tickets with reservations are at least 500 every hour, which means approximately 4000 tickets per day at least (that is constantly full, there are no doubts, I checked in person), I confirm that is already all sold out (guest from time).  Oh yes, because unlike Pompeii, you can purchase tickets on-line, giving way to individuals and tour operators put in ready-made tour packages for their clients this opportunity, which is not possible in Pompeii …

I did a bunch of accounts, (these days there is also needed).

That Italy lacks money and work, especially for young people. So why is it that Italy can submit material that is so valuable to the British to make a lavish profit without obtaining at least half?

We see the figures: look at the size of the gift made to British aristocrats, tickets cost £ 15, daily sales unit 4000, duration of the exhibition 180gg.

Then, £ 15 x4000x180 days = £ 10,800,000, which are obviously the proceeds from the sale of the catalogues and various gadgets connected to view (atleast the same digit).

Now, from the same interview in Corriere, we learn that the beautiful pieces on display in London were “provided for free by the Italian State” because it “would appear as the rag-a-muffin state initiative, would be really bizarre and demeaning to pay exhibits abroad”. Then however, anywhere, the Museum of Riace, complains about the lack of staff and funds, while France, not exactly in rags, has implemented the same operation with Abu Dhabi, by restoring the balance – and the Palace – Louvre, (remember that the Paris Museum collects as all Italian museums put together?!).

Many Italians and plus Myself would like to figure out who decided on this donation? There were perhaps of the palaces in Italy? In this country we have beautiful palaces, in excellent condition, as Florence (Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Pitti. Or Roma, scuderie del Quirinale, or in Caserta, in order not to make too many miles, in splendid Palaces, the Castello Sforzesco in Milan). How can anyone be reminded of anything like that?

We are waiting for answers, thanks …

Alessandro Sicuro

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BANKS / INVESTMENTS

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The importance of monitoring their investments and follow them constantly with a good consultant

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In a day and age when banks are merging or even closing down, it is hard to fathom an institution that gives customers a terrible time when it comes to investing their money and ultimately wanting to either withdraw or transfer their funds somewhere else where they could get a far better return on their investment.    I also feel this can be said of credit unions (a slightly different type of banking institution), where management might be sneaky and try to trap you into keeping your investment with them even if it’s in your best interest to move the investment elsewhere.

But you might ask (if you didn’t know already) what is a credit union?   One financial institution is non-profit and very much involved with the local community, while the other has to maximize their fees to please stockholders and other investors.

But can any banking or financial institution be totally trusted with any type of account that one could have or even fathom having?images           I have my doubts about this.    From personal experience I have been given bad information regarding an account and the investments that were started with my funds.     I had been led to believe that I could access the money if needed and move it somewhere where it could earn a greater return on the investment.    But in reality I am not able to even move the money until when it matures at different times.   Otherwise if I were to do anything now, I would get hit big on taxes…  That is what I am being told. And I don’t believe this is sound business advice.    I think that if you find a place where you get a better return on the investment you should be allowed to move the funds there without fear of any sort of penalty regardless of  what the original location might tell you.

AmericasCreditUnionsFor example, the credit union’s philosophy promotes thrifty saving that can improve the lives of its members. They are usually owned locally and consist of people from local employers, churches, schools, and communities. However, a commercial institution is far different, since their focus is state-wide and they commonly aim for national customers to achieve profitability and meet their goals.

They would have you believe that it’s good to belong to one because they offer many perks and they aim to please (not always true). You might find a better interest rate than at a commercial institution.

In addition, the differences also matter when it comes to the principles of each bank. It may be hard to find a free account today, but the community establishments seem unchanged and they offer more savings. It’s good to shop around, but its best to join one if you can.   Another difference is that you might find a lower interest rate with a credit union.

When a person is seeking to open an account at either type of institution it is always wise to shop around, do your homework to find out1d_pgvzB63n-f03q7RwM1Tl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBVaiQDB_Rd1H6kmuBWtceBJ which is the correct place for you depending on what services the institution offers.  And not just be taken in just because the bank is convenient for you or because someone you know might be happy with the bank.    As the saying goes ‘buyer beware.”   There are hidden charges or fees that you might not be told of when setting up an account or checking out bank charges and find out only when it is too late at either place of business that you have been ripped off  (in a manner of speaking).   And if you dare to confront the bank on the charges they try to back-peddle and inform you that you were informed at the time the account was set up which is not always the case.

Even if you have an account open that could be classified as a fund for retirement or other and the interest rate on them are low, they should be allowed to be transferred somewhere so that the return on the investment would be greater and the person not given grief over wanting to move the account before the investment has matured.    I know that for a fact that with a financial institution where I had trusted funds years ago based on the recommendation of someone rather knowledgeable (and has since passed away) and the particular institution is proving difficult in giving me access to the money which is rightfully mine so that an effective transfer to higher yield account somewhere else can be done.

1328885231_invest_1I would venture to say to take someone with you, such as a lawyer or a person you trust that is very savvy in the world of finance so that you would receive the best advice possible prior to making any rash decision or get backed in to a corner before making any final decision.   This way your money is protected and you are able to get the best return on your investment.   I am fortunate now, as I have someone trusted and extremely knowledgeable in this matter helping and guiding me.   I am more confident now than before that with this expertise/guidance that I have found, I will be much more successful than I ever dreamed of.

 

It is also becoming more and more apparent that many people that are involved in the banking and/or financial institutions today really image.1403178613have no business working there as they lack the proper scruples, training, knowledge and so much more.  Yes, there are some good, decent people in this industry, but on a whole far too many of them go into this profession and take advantage of the weak and vulnerable among us in order to make a profit and will stop at nothing to continue to exploit the least among us (including those that come from other countries and may not be able to fully understand the language or what they are being told).

 

Kathy Kiefer