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2009-08-13 15:25:00

An Italian man who has been homeless since the Abruzzo earthquake in April said Thursday he believes Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should take him in. Antonio Bernardini, 53, who lived first in a temporary camp and then in a hotel, told the Italian news agency ANSA he would be willing to accept temporary shelter in either Berlusconi's villa on Sardinia or his Roman palazzo. Bernardini, who lived in the center of L'Aquila, said he would be willing to provide advice on reconstruction of the...

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2009-04-08 07:10:00

The devastating earthquakes in central Italy this week have tragically revealed the architectural vulnerability of many of its buildings.  Though Italy is home to some of the world's most earthquake-prone regions, experts in earthquake safety say that most of its buildings are lagging far behind modern safety standards. Entire cities were leveled on Monday and local authorities were rendered powerless to help their citizens as apartment buildings, hospitals, hotels, schools and even...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'