Selected Works

Nonfiction
A look at life in little-known mountain towns of the Sicilian hinterlands.
A true account of the last years of an ancient Sicilian giant bluefin tuna trap.






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Out of Palermo

Sunken boat raised

June 30, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.

From The Guardian:
Italy has begun to salvage the bodies of people killed in the Mediterranean’s deadliest
modern shipwreck, in an operation that experts say is of historic scale.

The Italian navy has pulled the boat to the surface, more than 14 months after it sank in April 2015, killing about 800 people who were sailing (more…)

At least ten dead in latest shipwreck off Libya

June 30, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.

From La Repubblica:
A Zodiac rubber raft full of immigrants flipped over 20 miles from the Libyan coast today and ten women were drowned, while 107 survivors were saved by the coast guard. A new tragedy that happened the same day in which the sunken fishing boat that went down 18 April 2015 in the Strait of Sicily, (more…)

The non-profit rescue ship Aquarius makes two rescues

June 25, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.

The last two rescues were the ship's 14th and 15th.
From a gray rubber raft they saved 132 migrants: of them 1 were women and 31 children, 28 of whom were unaccompanied, the youngest ten years old. Most were from Guinea-Conakry, Ivory Coast and Mali. They spent between three days and and 2 weeks in a hangar on the (more…)

Thousands of immigrants rescued from Mediterranean in last two days

June 25, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.

From The Guardian:
Ship crews have pulled more than 2,000 refugees from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean, Italy’s coastguard has said, as people-smugglers stepped up operations during two consecutive days of good weather.

More than 7,100 people have now been rescued from international waters since Thursday, many of them on the dangerous journey from Libya.

(more…)

Bernie or Bust

June 25, 2016

Tags: Bernie, Sanders, vermont, candidate, democratic, socialist, Vermnt, vote, candidacy, president, voters, petition, don't go, don't give up, wait a minute, I won't vote for Hillary Clinton, or Trump

Bernie, get back in there and fight. I'm writing you in if you don't run. A lot of other people feel the same way. Click on the caption to see the petition.

lightning and crop-damaging hail after the fires

June 24, 2016

Tags: lightning, hail, crop damage, photo, awesome

Last night Palermo province was pounded by hail and thunderstorms. The hail destroyed vineyards in Corleone and peach orchards elsewhere.

115-degreeheat, rampant fires, sirocco wind prompt state of emergency: with update

June 16, 2016

Tags: heat, fires, palermo, record, temperatures

Tens of fires, temperatures above 115 degrees, the sirocco blowing red sand from the Sahara have forced authorities to close nursery schools, day care centers and parts of the Palermo-Messina freeway today. Because of high winds, firefighting airplanes cannot fly.
Update: a trusted Palermo source on Palermo in Bianco e Nero's Facebook page says the column of smoke on Monte Pellegrino means thefires are menacing Santa Rosalia's sanctuary. Fires have broken out in the city in the neighborhoods of Partanna Mondello, Addaura, Vergine Maria. The Rotoli cemetery may go up in flames. People who live near the Cathedral in downtown Palermo have been evacuated.

Unaccompanied refugee children face appalling risks

June 15, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.children, unaccompanied minors

More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe through Italy this year are travelling alone, the UN children’s agency, Unicef, said on Tuesday, warning of the “appalling” risks children face while escaping conflict and poverty.
Click on the photo caption to read the story in today's online The Guardian.

Palermo Cathedral Rooftop Walk

June 12, 2016

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Two people stroll the roof of the cathedral.
What a shot! Doesn't look real, but it is. Sometimes it pays to look up.

Nigerian criminals in league with Mafia

June 11, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.mafia

Along with the thousands of decent people who risk their lives to get to Europe by boat or raft come a small number of Nigerian criminals. In Palermo they congregate in the Ballaro market and co exist with the native Cosa Nostra in an uneasy relationship. Click on the caption to read the story in The Guardian.

More than 2500 rescued immigrants to land southern Italy by tomorrow morning.

June 10, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.

392 migrants landed at Palermo's Four Winds dock today: 464 men, 119 women, 9 children aboard the Doctors without Borders rescue ship Bourbon Argon, which also carried 4 pregnant women and several unaccompanied children.
More than 2500 rescued immigrants will land in southern Italy between today and tomorrow. The Fgs Frankfurt will land at 4 p.m. at Messina, Sicily 514 immigrants (more…)

Aquarius rescues hundreds in one morning.

June 8, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.

The NGO rescue ship Auarius this morning made two rescues of craft in distress in the Mediterranean Sea. The first craft carried 101 immigrants comprising 96 men and 5 women, according to the SOS Mediterranee website. The second craft in distress carried 138 people: 110 men and 28 women. The people taken aboard ship this morning were mostly from the (more…)

Video of last week's rescues

June 6, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.

Take a look at their faces. Video by Italian Navy.

96 people rescued off coast of Libya

June 3, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.

Today 96 immigrants were saved by the rescue ship Aquarius: 74 men including numerous minors and 22 women of whom 3 were pregnant, and two children under five. Numerous men were injured and were immediately treated by the onboard medical team of Doctors Without Borders. Today's mission makes a total of 2,002 people saved by the volunteers on the Aquarius.

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