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Italy coronavirus: Covid-19 ‘tsunami’ engulfed a whole generation. Now their family wants an answer

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Simple white plastic crosses mark each grave. Signed on each cross is a piece of paper bearing the family name, sometimes with the initials, sometimes with the first name. There is no date of birth. There is no date of death. Grave workers have placed a single plastic flower in each grave.

Herein lies those who surrender to the coronavirus in Milan, but whose bodies cannot yet be claimed.

An official at the funeral, who asked that his name not be used, told me that most of them were old and in nursing homes. Many, he continued, do not have a family. In some cases, the victim’s family cannot claim the body because it was locked.

With the gorges fully filled, and more and more dying every day at the peak of the plague, the authorities at the Italian coronavirus hotspot have little choice but to bury unclaimed dead like this. If their families come forward to claim the corpse after the epidemic is over, their bodies will be dug up and buried again.

Those who are laid here die alone. Then again, with coronavirus, almost everyone dies alone.

Carla Porfirio really wants to be with her mother at the last moment.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, he visited his mother Michela, 85, who has Alzheimer’s disease, every day at the extensive Palazzolo-Don Gnocchi Institute nursing home in Milan.

When a nursing home suddenly stopped relatives from visiting their loved ones when the virus spread, Porfirio said he called every day to ask about his mother. Every day the staff convinced him that Michela was fine.

Porfirio worried that he was not told when his mother became ill. When he called home on Sunday 5 April, he was told that Michela had been given oxygen and given morphine.

He died the next day.

Carla Porfirio's 85-year-old mother died in a nursing home in Italy.

“What is very tragic for those of us who lost their loved ones,” Porfirio told CNN, his voice breaking with emotion, is that “we cannot get close to them in their last days when they suffer. They need their hands. loved. “

At the height of the raging pandemic in northern Italy, the regional government of Lombardy asked nursing homes to provide space for uncritical Covid-19 patients, to ease the huge burden on hospitals.

Porfirio said the Palazzolo-Don Gnocchi nursing home put one patient in the same room as his mother and two other elderly women.

When Porfirio protested, he said a staff member told him that the house had no choice; it’s running out of space.

The Palazzolo-Don Gnocchi Institute told CNN in a statement that “starting with the detection of the first case … at the Palazzolo Institute, the Don Gnocchi Foundation began the procedure of isolation, mapping, and swab testing on contacts exposed to the risk of transmission. … All positive cases Covid-19 is handled in accordance with the protocol provided by the authorities, and in coordination with the authorities themselves. “

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The agency did not respond to Carla Porfirio’s claim about her mother’s care.

The Italian government is investigating a series of health violations in nursing homes across the country during the Covid-19 crisis.

The Palazzolo-Don Gnocchi Institute believes the investigation will show that their work is feasible.

“We are sure that the brief report submitted by the Foundation’s attorney at the Milan Public Prosecutors Office and documents which were later obtained by the judiciary will confirm the truth of the Foundation’s work in the context of this health emergency,” he said.

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The Lombardy regional government told CNN that they did not give interviews about “the problem of nursing homes,” because of ongoing investigations.

At least 15 facilities have been closed and their patients moved after inspection by the Italian Police health force – Nuclei Antisofisticazione e Sanita (NAS) – found that many failed to follow the coronavirus protocol, including providing adequate protective equipment for staff and special quarantine areas. for suspected coronavirus patients.

Sixty-one people have been referred to judicial authorities. Another 157 people have been fined a total of more than $ 78,500 (72,000 euros).

Like many people who have lost loved ones in nursing homes due to coronavirus, Carla Porfirio is angry.

“This is uncivilized,” he said. “We are in 2020 and this is still happening? The pictures are like the Spanish flu epidemic 100 years ago. And are we in the same condition?” he asked.

Asking for answers

Not long ago, Alessandro Azzoni said that his mother, 75-year-old Marisa was physically strong and responsive, despite suffering from Alzheimer’s. He regularly took her for walks, for ice cream, dancing in the park.

Now Marisa is in critical condition, at life support, in a Milan hospital after being transferred from the Pio Albergo Trivulzio nursing home.

The Pio Albergo Trivulzio nursing home also received Covid-19 patients, and the virus spread.

Azzoni presented the diagram on his telephone at his mother’s nursing home, based on information from doctors and nurses who were said to be working at home. Most of the maps are red in color, showing wards which now hold 19 patients.

The house is being investigated for various homicide complaints filed by staff and relatives of patients who say it failed to protect residents and medical workers against infections.

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Milan Public Prosecutor Mauro Clerici said last month he was looking for “more than 100 deaths,” at home during the Covid-19 epidemic.

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Clerici said the investigation would focus on “what crimes might have been committed in accordance with existing laws as applied to the pandemic.”

No arrests were made and no one was charged in this case.

A spokesman for the nursing home Pio Albergo Trivulzio declined to comment out of respect for investigators, saying that they needed to “work freely and without any pressure.”

Last month, a spokesman for the house told CNN that “rules on masks were followed,” adding that the number of deaths in the first quarter of 2020 was in line with those in the same period last year.

Azzoni, who founded the group demanding a criminal investigation into what happened at Pio Albergo Trivulzio, described it as “a massacre.”

With the investigation, he said, “We have the opportunity to completely change things, to bring people back to the center.”

The Lombardy region accounted for about half of Italy 32,169 people died from the virus.

The main nursing home of Nembro, where in just a few weeks many of its inhabitants died from the virus.

One of the hardest hit communities in Lombardy is the city of Nembro, at the foot of the Alps.

Of the 87 residents in the main nursing home of Nembro, the Nembro Nursing Home Foundation, 34 died of the virus.

While law enforcement will not comment on whether the house is being investigated, its director, Barbara Codalli, told CNN there were no allegations of making a mistake on the house which, he said, had never taken a Covid patient.

As soon as staff realized that the virus had spread to the house, Codalli said: “We decided to close the structure to the family and to close child care, even if we did not know at the time what was really happening, but with the feeling that something unusual was being happen. ”

“We started using PPE, masks, it wasn’t easy because finding them was difficult, we found them at unreasonable prices,” he added.

When northern Italy was damaged by a coronavirus, a problem arose in the south

But still, the house was overwhelmed by a virus, which, according to Codalli, severely beat its staff, killed its president and one of its doctors.

He blamed the provincial health authority for being late in testing nursing home residents.

The regional government of Lombardy, which oversees health authorities, will not comment citing ongoing investigations.

Barbara Codalli notes that when the first case becomes clear in the third week of February, it takes weeks for the swabs to be done.

“The first swabs were made on April 10,” he said, “regardless of what some people claim on television.”

The Mayor of Nembro, Claudio Cancelli, confirmed to CNN that the first swabs, from the most severe patients at home, were taken starting on April 10; he said that testing of all remaining staff and patients only began on April 23.

Fresh tombs at Nembro cemetery. The city is suffering from one of the highest per capita fatalities in Italy as a result of coronavirus. The caretaker and funeral worker are busy.

At Nembro, we looked for death notices – but only found the last two notices. We called the funeral home to ask where we could find more. The caretaker explained that the city of Nembro had deleted everything except the latest, to avoid moral damage in the city.

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Mayor Cancelli confirmed that the death notification had been removed, but denied that there was an official order to do so in order to increase the morale of the residents. He insisted the decision was based on common sense, adding that if it improved morale, he was satisfied with it.

A series of notices from early March were found next to Nembro’s funeral which showed that in only three days – 7 to 9 March – five elderly men and women had died.

The funeral was finally held again at Nembro when the lockdown in Italy died down.

‘The tsunami overwhelmed us’

Giacomo Boffelli, 84, died on March 11. Friends and family were finally able to say goodbye two months later, at a simple ceremony near the entrance to the city cemetery.

His daughter, Nicoletta, read a statement. “We have never left you. We will never do it, because you will always be in our hearts.”

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Giacomo’s widow, Margherita, sat and listened, the mask covering her nose and mouth wet from tears.

After the ceremony, when Giacomo’s ashes were placed in the family grave, Nicoletta told me: “The woman who worked here at the funeral said that all these parts were empty before, and now they are full.”

Indeed fresh images mark the graves of people who have just died. Undertaker and grave digger are the busiest people in Nembro now.

“It’s as if the tsunami hit us, especially the oldest people,” Nicoletta said.

Spring has arrived in Lombardy. In the cities and towns of the region, people roam outside to enjoy the weather and their first signs of freedom, as the lockdown subsides.

But unlike other parts of Italy where coronavirus victims are lighter, in Lombardy a little sadness hangs in the air.

Beppe Severgnini, a daily columnist for Corriere della Sera, who lives in the devastated city of Crema, explained: “Very sad. Every time I open the death news page from a local newspaper, I find so many people I know have died. An entire generation is being annihilated.”

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Teodoro Obiang meets the Portuguese he saved from death | NEWS | DV

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Teodoro Obiang was received on Tuesday (28.06) at the headquarters of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), where, not to mention the process of abolition of the death penalty in his country, he promised to comply with all the necessary recommendations of the membership. by organization. .

“We are ready, we are organizing to fulfill all the conditions that all CPSG member countries demand,” the President of Equatorial Guinea said in press statements without the right to ask questions.

Accompanied by Zacarias da Costa, executive secretary of the CPLP, Obiang assured that Portuguese, considered a foreign language in Equatorial Guinea, is on the rise, mainly because many young people are already learning the language in schools.

“Portuguese will become the language spoken throughout the country,” he promised.

The President of Equatorial Guinea is in Portugal as one of the senior government officials invited to the United Nations Oceans Conference, which is taking place in Lisbon until 1 July.

The presidential delegation of Equatorial Guinea includes First Lady Constance Mangue, Foreign Minister Simeon Oyono Esono, and Mozambique Murade Muraga, former CPLP Executive Secretary, who serves as Obiang’s Special Adviser for the Portuguese Language.

Jorge Trabulo Marquez spent 38 days canoeing in the Atlantic Ocean.

The head of state of Equatorial Guinea held several bilateral meetings, including with the President of the UN General Assembly, Adullah Shahid; was at the International Craft Fair (FIA), this Wednesday will be received by his Portuguese colleague Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and will visit the Sanctuary of Fatima.

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“Obiang understood and set me free”

At the hotel where he was staying in Lisbon, Obiang received Portuguese journalist Jorge Trabulo Marques, who spent 47 years in prison in Malabo after 38 days of trying to cross the Atlantic by canoe from Sao Tome. . . .

Marquez says he was 30 years old at the time and it was Obiang, then supreme commander of the armed forces, who saved him from death.

“At that time, I was considered a spy because it was hard to believe that a European would sit in a canoe,” Jorge Trabulo Marquez told DW Africa.

“I was taken to Black Beach Maximum Security Prison and sentenced to hang. Five days later, while I was walking, the phone rang and it was Commander Obiang, the nephew of President Macias, who called me to his office to give the president a writ of execution.”

President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang receives journalist Jorge Trabulo Marquez in Lisbon.

Meeting between President Teodoro Obiang and journalist Jorge Trabulo Marquez on Tuesday (28.06)

But Obiang, then 33, went against the execution order for his uncle Macias Nguema.

“Thank God he was understanding, he was generous, he took my word for it and set me free. I was here today to thank him for life because I saw death before me. Every night I heard piercing cries; terror prison. Whoever entered alive, came out in a tomb.”

At this meeting, the journalist expressed his gratitude by offering a picture painted with a portrait of a man who saved his life in a country where the Castilian language prevails and where the death penalty has not yet been completely abolished.

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Musician DJ Narciso is the only Portuguese name in the first group of artists at Poland’s Unsound festival, which will take place in Krakow in October, the organization announced today.

The Portuguese DJ Narciso appears in the dance program of the festival, reminiscent of the organization that is part of the Príncipe publishing house from Lisbon.

Narciso created RS Produções in Río de Mouro, municipality of Sintra, in the middle of the last decade, which he shares with Nuno Beats, DJ Nulo, DJ Lima and Farucox.

This year he released the EP “NXE” with London’s Endgame by Chinese publisher SVBKVLT. According to a biography available on Bandcamp at the time of launch, DJ Narciso is “bringing together a new wave of artists from Kuduro from Lisbon, [sendo] one of the youngest members of Príncipe who helped redefine the genre.”

One of the most influential European festivals, which annually collects names from various musical fields and commissions works by contemporary authors, Unsound will present projects in Krakow in its 20th edition, such as the premiere of Osmium, which features Hildur Guðnadóttir. , Slater of Sam Blanket and James Ginsburg, who will play with singer Rulli Shabara on instruments made especially for the occasion, according to a statement from the event.

Polish cellist and composer Resina will join Frenchman Aho San in the Ego Death project, also curated by Unsound.

The Contemporary Spółdzielnia ensemble, in turn, will present “Vitriolum”, in which musicians interpret works on 3D-printed instruments “based on Carpathian flutes and ancient double reeds.”

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From October 9 to 16, Unsound will also host Oren Ambarchi, Johan Bertling and Andreas Verlin as Ghosted, as well as Japanese solo artist Phew and more.

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Portuguese deep tech fund raises over €32m for blue economy projects

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Portuguese deep tech fund raises over €32m for blue economy projects

The fund’s first investment in the blue economy and climate action is in Fuelsave, a German cleantech company.

Faber, a Portuguese emerging technology venture capital firm, announces that its Faber Blue Pioneers I fund exceeded its initial target of €30 million to close at €32 million.

Southern Europe’s first venture capital fund focused on “deep tech” for ocean sustainability and climate change has already made its first investment in Fuelsave, a German cleantech company.

Announced late last year, Faber Blue Pioneers I is funded by institutional investors with an impact strategy such as the European Investment Fund (FEI) and Portugal Blue, Sociedade Francisco Manuel dos Santos (through its part of Movendo Capital), Builders Initiative (the philanthropic arm of Builders Vision, impact platform founded by Lucas Walton, dedicated to creating a more humane and healthy planet and with an investment strategy in the oceans), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Champalimaux Foundation, as well as entrepreneurs Peter Reeve, co-founder of SolarCity, CEO of Aqualink and president of Sofar Ocean Technologies, and Pedro Bizarro , co-founder and chief scientist of Feedzai.

Thus, the fund completes its first closure with a core of investors who are in full agreement with the thesis of the fund, with sustainable and investment programs on a global scale in this area, accompanied by successful entrepreneurs who want to support and contribute to the sustainability of the oceans and climate action, which Faber hopes to leverage with additional investors to join the fund’s closed end by the end of 2022.

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Faber combines a dedicated focus on early stage deep tech startups (pre-seed and seed) with thematic funds, teams and dedicated advisors who actively work with entrepreneurs to build global artificial intelligence (AI) and climate companies. and ocean data and technology.

The goal of the fund is to invest in a portfolio of 20-25 early stage companies that develop innovative high-tech solutions with global ambitions in areas such as blue biotechnology, food innovation, ocean clean-up technologies or the decarbonization of many industries. with a clear contribution to the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals 13 and 14.

The fund is managed by a dedicated investment team led by Rita Souza and Carlos Esteban (Partners) and Bruno Ferreira (Venture Partner) with extensive experience in investment, entrepreneurship and technology. The team will work closely with a network of experts, including strategic adviser Thiago Pitta e Cunha (CEO of the Oceano Azul Foundation) and scientific advisors Susana Moreira and Joana Moreira da Silva (science and innovation researchers at Ciimar), as well as with other scientists and industry representatives. experts.

At the time of the first closing, the specialized investment group (based between Lisbon and Barcelona) analyzed more than 600 start-ups from all over Europe, with a particular focus on those starting in the Iberian Peninsula or elsewhere. geographically and who are looking for a suitable partner to expand their activities in Portugal and thus take advantage of the conditions that the country offers to launch high-tech and innovative projects in the blue economy.

The fund’s first investment was in Fuelsave, a German cleantech company focused on the decarbonization of the marine industry, and Faber already has additional investments nearing completion and to be completed over the next few weeks.

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“We are proud to announce Faber Blue Pioneers I’s first major plan above the original goal with a remarkable group of investors who share our strong belief that science and entrepreneurs can accelerate innovation and have a positive impact on ocean and climate resilience. action. We are also very pleased to welcome Fuelsave to the fund’s portfolio as we believe its team will pave the way for the decarbonization of the maritime industry,” says Alexandre Barbosa, Managing Partner of Faber.

Faber is the first Iberian partner of 1000 Ocean Startups, a global coalition of incubators, accelerators, venture capital funds and other platforms dedicated to accelerating innovation with a positive impact on the oceans and supporting at least 1000 startups that are transforming the sustainability of the oceans, oceans and making a significant contribution to the Goal. United Nations in the field of sustainable development 14.

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