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They bought a $ 1 home in Italy, then Covid-19 attacked



They bought a $ 1 home in Italy, then Covid-19 attacked

(CNN) – When Italian cities began offering homes for sale for a little more than $ 1, they inspired legions of dreamers to bet moving to a remote corner of Italy.

Although spending a few thousand extra dollars to renovate the property is usually part of the deal, it is sweetened by the prospect of new life in a beautiful place in a beautiful country.

And then the corona virus attacks, plunging the world into a crisis, with Italy among the worst affected countries.

So what happens when you are quarantined in a destroyed house in a remote village where you can barely speak the language and can’t go home to your loved ones? Does life quickly become a nightmare?

Perhaps surprisingly given the difficulties that followed, the answer seems to be no.

CNN spoke to several people who bought several Italian houses that were offered cheaply by cities that wanted to reverse the downward trend in population.

We find they feel excited and excited to complete renovating their property and making their Italian dream come true.

Apart from the unexpected turn of events, it seems that being stuck in Italy has not been a negative experience.

And the viral crisis has made them better appreciate the beauty of Italian rural villages – such that some are looking to invest in cheaper properties.

Lost track

Mussomeli is located on a hilltop in Sicily.

Salvatore Catalano, Comune Mussolemi

Miami-based artist Alvaro Solorzano is currently trapped in Mussomeli, a beautiful city on the southern island of Sicily where last year he bought two cheap properties – one of which cost only one euro, or a little more than a dollar.

In March he arrived with his wife, son and daughter boyfriend to start renovating the house. The other three returned to Miami and Solorzano would follow them a few weeks later, but then the flight was canceled.

“I forgot the time. We came here together and I ended up living alone in Mussomeli, without furniture, only a bed and TV, and no one to talk to,” he told CNN. “That’s the most difficult thing. If my wife or my son were with me, it would be different.”


One of the Solorzano properties in Mussomeli.

Solorzano had lived in the B&B, but when it was closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, he was forced to move to two of his dilapidated properties, which were almost habitable.

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Since then, he has spent time watching TV, learning Italian, going to the supermarket (“the most beautiful part of the day”) and talking on the phone with his family. Little by little, he took advantage of the situation by repairing and painting the walls of the house.

“I do small things but it helps me use the time, so when my son and his girlfriend return home they will be ready,” he said. “Luckily the hardware store in the city is always open and I’m very glad we bought two properties and not just one euro house because we don’t have water or electricity.”

Local hero

Mussomeli city of Italy

Alvaro Solorzano from Miami said the locals had made his forced stay in Mussomeli a pleasant experience.

Maurizio Di Maria, Comune Mussomeli

Despite initial difficulties, he said his new neighbors helped him throughout the trials.

“The first two nights were terrible,” he said. “It was cold, I slept with my jacket on my pajamas but then the neighbors were great. I can’t complain. They gave me a heater and even offered blankets, which I have, but I can use their internet.”

“They kept checking on me, bringing me lots of food for Easter which took me three days to eat. I don’t know what I would have done without them.”

easter cake

Solorzano was brought an Easter cake by his neighbor.

Mussomeli, surrounded by honeysuckle and eucalyptus trees, boasts one of the most amazing fortresses in Italy, known as the Enchanted Castle, which clings like a spider on a pointed stone.

Lush green agricultural land is filled with old sulfur mines, holy sites, Roman necropolis and traces of primitive settlements.

The name of the city means “Bukit Madu” in Latin.

But for Solorzano, the most beautiful places in this place are the friendly inhabitants.

“They are amazing, I know everyone by name,” he said. “There is Mario, the man who delivers bread. I have no words to describe how grateful I am to have them and do not know how I can pay them for everything they do.”

Initially strict restrictions had abated in Italy, allowing him to take a walk, but at first it was difficult, he admitted, because there was nothing that could be done. “It’s terrible, just staying at home, I feel like I’m in prison sometimes.”

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Royal property


Solorzano said he now knew everyone by his name.

Now he is happy to be able to chat with the locals and walk to Mussomeli’s point of view, where he can sit on a bench and enjoy the fresh air and panoramic views of the mountains.

As a painter, Solorzano said he would love to do some art, but because of the lock he could not find a palette or canvas.

Mussomeli city of Italy

Solorzano wants to buy another property in Mussomeli.

Maurizio Di Maria, Comune Mussomeli

“I worked hard to try to return home, but the flight I recently ordered has also been canceled so I really don’t know when I will return to America,” he said. “I want to go back before Father’s Day in June. I’ve missed so many celebrations that I can do with my family.”

The Sicilian Quarantine Solorzano made him love Mussomeli even more. The ordeal, rather than killing enthusiasm for the one-euro adventure of his home, has sparked a desire to buy the third abandoned building.

“I like this city and its people, even if they don’t know you, they help you. It’s like being in another world. You don’t get this in the United States.”

Caught in Tuscany

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The Brazilian racer, Douglas Roque, is pictured here with his cousin, trapped in Tuscany during an Italian lockdown.

Douglas Roque

Brazilian businessman Douglas Roque is another dilapidated home buyer whose enthusiasm to start a new life has been damaged by coronavirus.

Roque was at Fabbriche in Vergemoli, Tuscany, overseeing the renovation of a one-euro farmhouse when the lockout occurred and his flight back home was canceled.

Together with his Brazilian-Italian friend Alberto Da Lio, both from Sao Paulo, both are also in the city to oversee the potential of buying the entire area left for other Brazilian buyers.

If they could not stay in the Da Lio family home near Venice, with the hotels in Vergemoli closed and the residences left completely uninhabitable, they would have nowhere to go, Roque said.

Fabbriche di Vergemoli is a group of hamlets scattered in the Apuan Alps protected forest registered at UNESCO. The area was filled with ruins of abandoned miners who were flooded with vegetation. Many areas can be reached just on foot.

Roque’s dilapidated three-story field, which is furnished with a forgotten chest of wine and old wine casks, is located in the Dogana neighborhood, where a stream of pure water flows under a beautiful ancient bridge.

“I will start a restyle and then everything is blocked,” Roque said. “It was terrible, our return flight was canceled and we had a problem with the Brazilian consulate.

“I came here in February to pursue a renovation of my house, all the documents are finished, I am ready to go but cannot continue. And my family is in Brazil, where the virus cases have increased. I am worried for them and they are worried for me. ”

A piece of perfection

the village of douglas roque

Roque also tried to buy other houses in the villages for fellow Brazilians.

Courtesy of Douglas Roque

The two friends also had to deal with the consequences of a prolonged stay: the complexity of monthly credit card limits and changes in seasonal clothing when they arrived in winter and now it was almost spring (fortunately, they found some lighter holes at Da Lio’s).

While he waits for global air traffic to continue, Roque wants to set foot again in Vergemoli as soon as Italian authorities lift restrictions on movement between regions – a move expected in early June.

“So far I have tried working on my project online, contacting construction companies and establishing relationships with buyers, friends and other Brazilian relatives who are interested in buying property in Vergemoli but cannot travel now. I hope to finish everything soon.”

Roque said he chose Vergemoli from all places in Italy to buy a one-euro house because, in spite of everything that happened, it remained a dream destination.

“Tuscany is a remarkable area and the historic and artistic cities are nearby. It’s the perfect place.”

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The beginning of Part 1 will arrive in Portuguese in MANGA Plus – JBox



Imagem: O próprio Chainsaw Man.

past too it’s a spade! From July 13 first 3 chapters from the first part Chainsaw will be available from translation into Portuguese No MANGAPlusfree app to read manga from Shueisha.

Apparently, not all 97 chapters of this first phase will be available, but only these first 3. The series will also not be split into two parts on the website/app. Even if it is a new phase, it will be published as usual. on the page of the man with the chainsawso the first chapter of part 2 will be #98.

Translation and editing work done comediansalso responsible for other platform projects with pt-br version (cases One piece, spy x family, Tokyo Ghoul Re e Jiu-Jitsu Kaisen). The information came from a project manager for a company in Brazil.

Unfortunately, the series is not among those that can be read completely free in english app — so even with the most recent readings, fans will have to resort to printed versions or alternative means to learn about the entire series. MANGA Plus does not allow, at least for now, subscriptions for fans in Brazil.

It is worth remembering that the second part of the manga, which will begin July 13, will also be available in Portuguese. Until the long-awaited sequel, Tatsuki Fujimoto launched one-shots on the Shueisha platform look back e Goodbye Eriin addition to working with mangaka Toda Oto (To take off the flash).

Story Chainsaw approaches Denji, a poor man capable of anything for money, even hunting demons with his dog, Honor. He is an ordinary boy mired in debt, but one day everything changes when he is betrayed by a man he trusted. Now possessing demonic powers, Denji becomes the Chainsaw Man (“The Chainsaw Man”).

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Fujimoto first part in Shonen jump from 2018 to December 2020, 11 volumes have been compiled to date. OUR Panini publishes manga in Brazil – check out our review first volume.

The work will be adapted into anime by the MAPPA studio and will have watching and duplicating Crunchyroll.

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Portuguese missionary denounces ‘daily persecution and massacre’ in Congo



Portuguese missionary denounces 'daily persecution and massacre' in Congo

“There are persecutions and massacres every day” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the international community turns a blind eye to this, says Father Marcelo de Oliveira, a Portuguese missionary in the African country.

The chief administrator of Komboni Province Missionaries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo speaks in an interview Renaissancethat attacks are permanent in an area of ​​the country where “cobalt is a source of wealth.”

“There are persecutions and massacres every day, there are people who are tortured, people who are forced to leave their homes and forced to flee,” condemns a priest who has lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for 15 years.

The eastern provinces of the DRC, notably North Kivu and neighboring Ituri, have “lived for decades in a state of constant instability due to the presence of various armed groups.

Born in Mortagua, Viseu district, the missionary says that in the Congo “no one escapes persecution.” “Catholics, Protestants and sects are treated equally”, given that “the religious question does not affect the situation at all”.

The priest says that “the Church is being persecuted, but to be a Christian means to be persecuted.” “The Catholic Church, which has great weight in public life, which has a large number of Catholics, which, by vocation, denounces, tells the truth and strives to defend the rights of the people, of course, is not appreciated by the simple,” he emphasizes.

The world “crossed its arms” on the problems in Africa

The priest admits that the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, is ready to fight corruption, but says that, on the one hand, the government is involved in the situation, and on the other hand, it is powerless to resolve it.

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“The complicity is there to keep getting what they get from the stuff they sell and ship out of the country anyway,” he explains.

On the other hand, Marcelo’s father accuses the international community of doing nothing for the suffering people of the Congo and trying to “keep capitalizing on the wealth of the country” by sending “weapons to be able to keep up the unrest and thus keep on stealing easily” . .

“The Congo is a very rich country, and it is a bit strange that such a rich country is at the same time so poor. There is gold, diamonds, copper, cobalt, soil that could give twice a year, it’s hard to understand,” the missionary laments, and then accuses: “there are interests from outside (the international community) to be able to continue to benefit from everything rich, and so they keep sending weapons to keep the mess going and thus easily keep stealing.”

The missionary ensures that “when there is a problem in Africa, everyone folds their hands” and gives an example of the reluctance to find a cure for malaria, which “kills a huge number of people every day”, and now with Covid-19. 19 pandemic “the whole world plunged into disaster.”

The priest assures that “there are more people who die in Africa from malaria than those who die from Covid”, and rhetorically asks: “Who created a medicine to treat poor Africans? The problem of malaria after all this time?”

Marcelo’s father replies, “No one, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter. Since we cannot profit from what we do, it is not important to make medicine, it is not important to help a country that will not repay us, ”he laments.

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Pope ‘deeply wishes’ to visit Congo

In this interview with RenaissanceFather Marcelo Oliveira assures that “the population still expects that soon” the Pope will visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He believes that “for people living in conditions of constant attacks, persecution, the visit of the Pope would be a moment of encouragement.”

First of all, because Francis planned a visit to the city of Goma in the eastern part of the country, “where he will be with some victims of violence, and, of course, these people may be a little disappointed.”

“However, the population continues to expect that he will be able to come to us soon,” he assures.

The priest confirms that the Pope “deeply desires to be and come” to the Congo to “know the reality” and acknowledges that “the celebration planned for this Sunday with the Congolese community at St. Parolina in Kinshasa “is a sign of such a will.”

“The Pope deeply desires to be and come, because I believe he has heard so much about the reality of the suffering of the Congolese people, and therefore he has a deep desire to be able to come,” he assures.

Francis’ trip to South Sudan and the Congo, scheduled for July 2-7, has been rescheduled for a new date to be fixed due to the Pope’s health.

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Wabi2b enters the Portuguese market to revolutionize commerce



Wabi2b enters the Portuguese market to revolutionize commerce

BUT Wabi2b, a digital ecosystem that helps digitize and modernize brick-and-mortar commerce, has entered the European market with Portugal. The goal is to “revolutionize traditional retail and the HORECA channel” by allowing distributors and Cash & Carries to sell directly to traditional retailers in Portugal.

The company’s statement explains that the Wabi2b online store allows retailers to access multiple suppliers in the same store, view their entire portfolio of products, compare prices, place all their orders at the same time, and use the platform. exclusive promotions and discounts.


From the supplier’s point of view, Wabi2b gives you the opportunity to choose the geographical area of ​​sales, the cost and minimum cost of delivery, the portfolio of products they represent, prices and deliveries, and the order payment procedure.

According to Wabi2b Portugal CEO Hugo Duarte, “The Wabi2b ecosystem is set to revolutionize traditional trading and business management practices. With this platform, consumer goods companies, suppliers and point of sale will connect for the first time in a single digital environment whose transactions will be carried out, which will reduce costs, waste, increase transparency, facilitate inventory control and better understand the business. performance”.


In this first phase, Wabi2b already has over 1,700 registered stores in Lisbon, and in June it also launched in Porto.


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