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Mediaset Italia: The Italian TV to Make Us Feel at Home
It happens every day: foreign communities in USA feel different, people want to stick to their culture, or simply new immigrants miss home.
If you can observe American-born people who are strangely attached to memories they get from their parents, there are also young people who feel far from home, and with the desire to maintain connections with the land they came from. Italians are the perfect example.
A lot of young women and men come from Italy to the USA every year. In the Mediterranean peninsula they call this migration “brains escape”, because they are not poor people looking for fortune like in the past. Most of them are qualified persons looking for a real job opportunity or a fruitful experience abroad. Generally they are 30-something, with educational qualification, and a lot of energy.
This people usually arrive in the United States and hate everything they left behind: from music to system, from culture to way of life. That is OK, you can exclude Italian weather and – of course – Italian food.
It takes not long, however, for Italians to progressively miss their country, and they tend – more than other communities – to reunite each other to feel more at home.
Television is a great way to remain closer to your own origins: you can be always well-informed on politics, society, culture, and you can have the typical entertainment you enjoyed in Italy. Mediaset Italia is one of the Italian TC channels you can watch in the USA via Dish online submission. Every day you can follow newscasts, Italian TV series like the comedy “Un ciclone in famiglia” or the crime drama “Distretto di polizia”, and a selection of the best TV shows, from quiz to legal.
For the ones who miss Italian cooking and want to replicate traditional recipes, there are two daily cooking show, “Cotto e mangiato” and “Ricette all’italiana”.
This is a perfect way to feel more comfortable and at home, even when you live abroad.
Oh No! It's Bike Week
The rumble started. It wasn't the ocean. It wasn't a thunderstorm. "OH NO IT'S BIKE
WEEK!" The time of the year when thousands of bikers invade our quiet little town of
Daytona Beach, Florida, to party, ride everywhere, and basically, force we residents to deviate
from our otherwise, calm and peaceful little lives. For the next week, day and night, night and
day, it will continue. Gradually increasing, growing larger with each and every passing day.
There are more myths and misconceptions about Dallas than any other city. Myths like cattle
drives down Main Street, cowboys on horseback, shoot outs in the street, and JR Ewing are
only some of the things people believe about the area. The truth is there are no cattle drives
through the center of town, except, however, in Fort Worth (about 30 miles away), they do
run a few Longhorns through town as a tourist attraction. There are no cowboys, or even
people wearing Stetson hats, in downtown Dallas.
Bozeman is nestled in the Gallatin Valley of South Central Montana, which for thousands of
years was a sacred healing place known as the Valley of the Flowers to many Native
American tribes including the Blackfeet, Sioux and Nez Perce. Today it is home to a broad
spectrum of people from professors, artists and ranchers to outdoorsmen, students and active
retirees. The population is diverse but predominated by descendents of European settlers from
Germany, Norway, Ireland and Holland.
Unlike many countries, the United States does not have a domestic government-run radio service. However, some radio stations in the U.S. are “non-commercial,” which means they do not run advertisements and are operated on a non-profit basis. Most are on the FM band and the stations from 88.1 to 91.9 mHz are reserved for non-commercial use. There are several types of non-commercial radio stations:
Public radio stations are typically run by a university or a local non-profit
organization. The stations usually broadcast radio programs from National Public Radio, a
network that distributes high-quality news programs and other offerings. The stations also
usually air programs from two other networks, Public Radio International and American
Tattoos and Tattooing
While tattoos are growing in popularity among young Americans, tattooing is still a controversial subject in America today.
According to Wikipedia, "A tattoo is a mark made by inserting pigment into the skin; in
technical terms, tattooing is dermal pigmentation." Tattoos are a permanent form of body
modification which involve pain and require care and special attention. Tattoo removal is
possible but much more expensive and painful than getting a tattoo in the first place. As a
person ages, their skin loses its elasticity which can change the original tattoo into one that is
less defined and less attractive. However, with the invention of new inks made from vegetable
oil, tattoos done today last much longer than they did twenty years ago. Also, many new laws
on the sanitation of tattoo shops have minimized the risk of infection.
In the USA we relish stupid crook stories. We always are reading about them in the newspapers. You know, stories about cat burglars who rob jewels from their own grandmother's house and leave behind a thank you note that says, "You always told me these diamonds belonged to my mom." That makes it easy for even stupid cops to find them.
What stupid crook stories do for me, instead, is make me think of frosted strawberries. In the
United States, people often borrow something from a neighbor. Sometimes it's something like
a pick axe, but usually it's just a stick of butter or a cup of sugar...
Terri Elders, LCSW
In 1996 actor Cuba Gooding won an Academy Award for playing a football star in the comedy movie “Jerry McGuire.” His signature phrase from that film, “Show me the money,” has become a popular tag line, and serves to reinforce the stereotype of Americans as opportunistic capitalists who are self-serving to the core.
But Americans who have served overseas with Peace Corps report that one of most puzzling
concepts for their overseas counterparts to grasp is why they have chosen to volunteer in the
first place. Their colleagues ask them if they are simply unable to find work back home, or if
they are seeking a spouse. Some puzzle over words such as “altruism” and ideas such as “a
call to service.”
Networking for Immigrants
Networking is a phenomenon known all over the world but it is especially well-established in the United States. Whether you are looking for a job, trying to develop your own business, or seeking to grow the client base for your employing company you will not get too far without networking.
Recent statistics from the Federal Bureau of Labor indicate that 70 percent of all jobs are
found in United States through networking. If you ask any entrepreneur in the USA he/she
will confirm that about 90% of clients are found through networking too. This makes sense
because you are more likely to do business with or employ a person who was recommended
to you by someone you trust, i.e. someone from your “network”, rather than take a risk of
dealing with a stranger.
Is the Grass Really Greener?
An Examination of the Gender Gap
Since the swinging 60’s it has been illegal for an employer to “discriminate between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex in such for equal work” (Equal Pay Act, 1963). In the following year, the Civil Rights Act prohibited “employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin”. In the four decades since these milestones in human rights, has the gender gap closed for earnings and career choice?
The Gender Earnings Gap
Mistaken For Black J. LaVelle Ingram, Ph.D.
I once counseled a young man from England who was biracial; he looked like your average
fair-skinned African-American. If he were sitting quietly you couldn’t distinguish him from
any other 20 something “Black” man in America. The problem was that African-Americans
also couldn’t distinguish him from one of their own, and often seemed to take offense when
he spoke differently and behaved differently from them. He reported reactions ranging from
amusement to hostility when he didn’t dance like African-Americans or listen to the kind of
music they liked or eat the kind of food that they ate. The conflict was not a minimal one,
especially when my client found himself ostracized by the larger black community because of
Cheerleading Sandi Phillips
Cheerleading styles vary greatly between the high school, college and professional levels. Teams that cheer for professional sports team such as basketball and football generally perform dance routines and do not include tumbling and gymnastics. Some of the most well known teams are the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders for football and the Los Angeles Laker Girls for basketball.
College teams not only cheer at some sporting events to help fans show support for the
teams, they may also compete as co-ed or all female teams and are judged on their routines
performed to music. College level cheer competitions incorporate difficult gymnastic skills as
well as stunting; making pyramids and throwing team members into the air and catching
them. Two premier college teams are the University of Michigan and the University of
Louisville in Kentucky.
Teen Pregnancy Gail Metcalf
There is very good education in our schools now about teen sex, the precautions and devices
to prevent pregnancy and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). But no prevention method is
100% safe. And it is important to know that teen legal rights to engage in all types of sexual
activity is regulated by state. In some states teens are forbidden to have sexual intercourse,
including homosexual intercourse under a specified age. Every state attempts to regulate teen
sex through statutory rape laws. These laws are intended to preserve community standards and
morality. In a few states, some morality laws are still in place to prevent sex between
Hollywood Sue Mazzone
Hollywood is the movie capital of the world. The American public has assured the film industry of that distinction by their weekly treks to the movie theater, and their purchase and rental of videos and DVDs. Nowhere in the world do people watch more movies than in America. It is estimated that the average American views one movie a week, whereas in Europe, the frequency is about once a month.
Americans work hard and
play hard, and one reason they attend movies is for entertainment. The other
reason Americans like to attend movies is that the stories on the screen
illuminate truths about life on earth. They tell the truth about a fictional
situation, or in some cases, the truth about our shared history, parts of
history that are not taught in elementary school or even in high school (Dances
with Wolves). We no longer sit around the campfire telling our healing
stories and cautionary tales, and movies now serve that purpose.
Office Politics Marianne Powers
Every office in America has office politics, which is the way people influence
decisions in a company from outside the designated chain of command. The chain
of command seen in most offices requires changes to come down from the top or
laboriously up from the bottom. A worker with an idea has to convince his boss
and his boss has to convince his boss and so on until the idea, possibly now
diluted or distorted, reaches the level where decisions are made. Failure to
follow the chain of command can get a worker fired in a hurry.
Salt Water Fishing Craig Banks
Saltwater fishing can be of interest to both visitors as well as residents of the USA. Here in
the USA, fishing has been a traditional pastime and is often a family oriented hobby. My
fishing began when my father and older brother took me many years ago. Since age 6, I have
been addicted to the sport.
I’d like to introduce you to a man named Mr. Distance. He is close friends with Mrs. I Miss You as well as distantly related to a boy named Presents From Foreign-Lands. You could say Mr. Distance is my archenemy, and we have been acquainted since I was young. Who, might you ask, introduced this man to me? My father.
My dad is the best dad in the world, because he is my dad. If you ask me what he looks like,
I’ll say, around 5 feet 10 inches tall, Asian, wears glasses, and rounding a little around the
midsection (to put it nicely). But I probably wouldn’t tell you about the things I guard in my
little safe box called Memory. I probably wouldn’t tell you about his hearing problem in his
right ear, his annoying tuft of hair that always likes to stay unruly, his nose that looks like his
sisters, his smile that is like his dad, his favorite black Brook’s Brother’s polos, his gray
suit from Hugo Boss or his transition lenses glasses that make him look kind of like an alien.
Immigrants and Attitudes
Since 9/11, anti-immigration sentiments not only have risen for obvious reasons, but they
have really multiplied in the last couple of years. There are over 17 anti-immigrant
organizations, and their arguments for rejection of immigrants, amnesty or comprehensible
immigration reform are often economic: stealing jobs, the heavy use of the welfare systems,
overload of the education system and not paying their taxes. The national identity and unity
forums complain about immigrants isolating themselves into their own communities, not
replacing their culture of origin with the American way of life and refusing to learn the
Home Schooling: An Alternative Education Option
Lee Ann Rubsam
Home schooling has been a part of American heritage since the days of the country’s
founding. The first immigrants, as well as the pioneers who moved westward in later years,
home schooled their children by necessity until they were able to establish community
schools. Fourteen of the forty-three United States presidents were home schooled, including
George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson. Inventors
Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, Generals Douglas MacArthur and George
Patton, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and composer Irving Berlin were all
home schooled for at least part of their educational careers.
Yard and Garage Sales
Yard, garage, tag, moving and apartment sales all refer to essentially the same thing: a private individual selling personal belongings from their own home. The goods for sale are typically displayed outside, either in the yard, garage, or driveway. Items may also be displayed inside the house or apartment if no outside space is available. Sellers advertise by posting small signs on neighboring streets, directing buyers to the seller's home. Sometimes the signs also describe what sort of items will be available for purchase.
York: A Key City in the Keystone State
The history of the United States has repeatedly included mention of York, Pennsylvania. Beginning in 1750, as thousands of settlers traveled south from Pennsylvania to the Shenandoah Valley, they passed through York. One of those settlers, Daniel Boone, carried a rifle designed by a gunsmith with a shop in York.
During the Revolutionary War an important dinner took place at a home inhabited by General
Horatio Gates. Some of the dinner guests that night were statesmen, men who had had to flee
British-occupied Philadelphia. Like Gates, some of those statesmen entertained thoughts of
replacing General George Washington with a different officer.
Child Abuse Juanita Harris
Every year there are three million reports of child abuse in America. When a parent or caretaker acts, or fails to act in a way that presents imminent risk of serious harm to a child it is considered abuse. This includes causing or not preventing serious physical or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and death. Most of the States recognize four types of abuse: emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
In the year 2004 there were 872,000 proven cases of abuse in America. The majority of
those cases involved neglect. When you neglect a child, you are failing to provide him or her
with the basic needs & supervision to live a healthy and happy life. 1,490 children died as a
result of physical abuse or neglect in 2004, and more than one third of these deaths were
recognized as a direct result of neglect. The majority of child fatalities involved children
younger than four-years-old. Studies show that in most cases the abuser was the child's
Poverty in America Jeannine Pitas
For most people in the world- including some in other developed countries- the US is the
paragon of an affluent society, the proverbial Promised Land where millionaires abound and
where even the lower classes are comfortable. This is the image commonly portrayed by
Hollywood movies, in which every family lives in a suburban subdivision or plush apartment
and owns at least one luxury car. On the superficial level, this picture appears accurate
enough. After all, how many other countries have our gigantic supermarkets stocked with
every imaginable delicacy from sushi to tahini, our superhighways crowded with every kind
of vehicle, our whole communities of spacious, beautiful houses with perfectly manicured
lawns? How many other countries have our tradition of social mobility and our treasure of
rags-to-riches tales? Any way you look at it, our country is one of the most affluent in the
Teen Self Esteem Jay LaRico
Low self-esteem is a critical issue facing teens in America. It has been proven that low self-esteem affects learning and can lead to such problems as delinquency, unhealthy relationships, eating disorders, drugs and suicide.
Errand and Concierge Services Angel Wilder
Come midnight, everyone gets to start over with 1,440 minutes in their daily bank account of time. What they do with those minutes is up to them. Like money, people’s minutes can be spent wisely or spent frivolously. With Americans having an ever increasing load of tasks and errands that need to be done, it seems as if they are trying to squeeze every last minute into the day by multi-tasking. From time to time people have seen the multi-tasker out there who is trying to drive while eating breakfast, talking to a client on the cell phone, reading notes for the morning meeting, and making sure his or her hair is in place.
So how do people spend their time wisely when there is a ceiling of 1,440 minutes and they
cannot store any extra time for another day? They buy more time from errand and concierge
Hiring a Nanny For Your Child Steve Lampert
Finding a reliable nanny is a primary concern for working mothers in the United States.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 5.6 million working moms in the United States, and approximately 51 percent of women who gave birth to their first child returned to work within four months.
In record numbers, families are turning to nannies as a solution for their childcare needs.
Hiring a nanny is a serious commitment, and many U.S. parents use a mutual “nanny
contract” to lay out clearly the terms and conditions of employment before the hiring process
Home Exchange Helen Bergstein
Although airfare and the costs of car travel have been lowered by competition in recent years, accommodations continue to be a stumbling block for many would-be travelers. Hotel rooms can add up to hundreds of dollars a night in some of the most desirable locations. Home exchange, though, lets couples, families, and singles from all walks of life travel the world and meet exciting people without spending a cent on accommodations. Thanks to the influence of the Internet, arranging this type of travel is as simple as joining a home swapping community and exchanging emails with would-be partners.
Home exchange simply means that you agree to exchange your primary or secondary/vacation
home with someone else's for an agreed period of time. No money changes hands, and you
get a clean place to stay that is miles ahead of any hotel room.
Negotiating a Business Deal Erin Flynn
As a manager, do you know what it
takes to negotiate a successful deal? Can you build an honest and direct
relationship with the other party? Anne Warfield, President of Impression
Management Professional, a Minnesota-based consulting firm, shares her
Building Your Own House Bill E. Fullington
It is the American dream to own a home of your own. Most people that are really interested
in getting the home of their dreams build their own. Building your own home or having a
home built for you is definitely an adventurous, but most rewarding task. As with any project
or new career that you're interested in exploring, the more education you have and knowledge
you obtain before inception, the more rewards and less risk will be involved.
Life In The USA needs sections and articles on matters as diverse as cheerleading, tailgate
barbecues, folk art, yard sales, the phenomenon of soccer moms, reality TV, body piercing,
outlet malls, celebrity chefs: any area of American life that could use some explaining to
someone coming from another country or culture. Many of the existing sections need revision
and significant expansion. We need articles explaining the part business and civic
associations, service clubs, charities, and other organizations play in American life, and also
articles about specific American regions.
Please see our Submission
Guidelines and Benefits for Contributors page.
Life In The USA needs sections and articles on matters as diverse as cheerleading, tailgate barbecues, folk art, yard sales, the phenomenon of soccer moms, reality TV, body piercing, outlet malls, celebrity chefs: any area of American life that could use some explaining to someone coming from another country or culture. Many of the existing sections need revision and significant expansion. We need articles explaining the part business and civic associations, service clubs, charities, and other organizations play in American life, and also articles about specific American regions.
Please see our Submission Guidelines and Benefits for Contributors page.
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