Aug 02, 2020
Genoa's New Bridge Puts Spotlight on How Italy Can Manage Recovery
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By Francesca Landini and James Mackenzie
MILAN (Reuters) - Just two years after part of Genoa's Morandi bridge collapsed killing 43 people, a new structure opens in the port city on Monday, in stark contrast to Italy's stalled infrastructure projects elsewhere.
The new kilometre-long bridge, designed by star architect Renzo Piano, replaces the old motorway viaduct which broke apart on Aug.14, 2018 in one of Italy's worst civil disasters in decades.
The accident laid bare years of mismanagement and poor maintenance and set off an acrimonious battle between the government and Atlantia's Autostrade per l'Italia, the private concession holder controlled by the powerful Benetton family which ran the bridge.
Several former and current executives of Autostrade and transport ministry officials have been placed under investigation by prosecutors and after months of wrangling, Atlantia is set to lose control of its lucrative subsidiary.
For the mayor of Genoa and state-appointed commissioner for bridge reconstruction, Marco Bucci, the case is both an example of decades-long failures in Italy's transport infrastructure and a demonstration of what the country is capable of accomplishing.
"There's a feeling of both regret for what happened and pride in the work that's been done," he told Reuters.
"We've worked and shown Italian excellence and demonstrated that it's possible to do these things."
For years, Italy's economy has suffocated under a mix of poor governance made worse by corruption and a thicket of vested interests and bureaucracy that have stifled innovation and fostered the kind of neglect that led to the bridge disaster.
Genoa itself, surrounded by rugged hills that constrain road transport, has seen a motorway bypass project held up for decades.
With the coronavirus crisis still unfolding and billions of euros set to come to Italy from Europe's newly agreed Recovery Fund, addressing such failures has gained a new urgency.
As well as the shocking human toll, the collapse of the Morandi bridge dealt a severe economic blow to Genoa, costing the city an estimated 6 million euros ($7.06 million) a day in lost revenues and additional costs, Bucci said, as it interrupted freight traffic for months.
Under heavy pressure to address the neglect which caused the disaster, the government pushed through an emergency decree to sweep aside red tape.
Between demolishing the remainder of the old structure in Feb. 2019 to opening the new bridge 18 months later, the speed of the project has been breakneck in a country with crumbling roads and tunnels and development plans gathering dust.
While the circumstances behind the bridge collapse were unique, a lot rides on repeating that momentum elsewhere.
As well as a sense of urgency and direction, trust and clear project goals, two things which have often been lacking in big infrastructure projects, were vital, said Roberto Carpaneto, head of RINA Consulting, part of Pergenova, the construction consortium led by Italian infrastructure groups Webuild (formerly Salini Impregilo) and Fincantieri.
"Being able to say what was going to happen, when and why allowed us to build this relation of trust," he said.
(Editing by Alexandra Hudson)
Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
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Leanna Bartlett Puts Tiny Waist On Display In Bubble Skirt Lavender Crop Top
Leanna Bartlett looked smoking hot in her most recent Instagram update. She amped up the cute factor in a purple crop top and a circle skirt that floated around her thighs. The pics sparked a frenzy among her fans who flocked to view the tantalizing image.
The Ukrainian model, who usually rocks much sexier outfits, wanted to know what her devotees thought about this particular look. As a brand ambassador for the Revolve clothing line, she paraded their white retro-chic skirt that hugged her curves in all the right places.
Clad in a lavender turtleneck crop top, Leanna remained snug while flaunting her tiny midriff. The knitted fabric clung to her prominent bust like a second skin and ended just below her bust. The short-sleeved garment covered her upper arms but left the rest of her skin bare.
Leanna teamed the top with a white miniskirt with an elasticated band. The broad elastic band provided a comfortable fit and cinched in her already minuscule waist. The rest of the cotton-like fabric then pleated out and ended mid-thigh in a trendy bubble hemline.
The social media star styled her hair in a low-slung middle-part ponytail that looked effortlessly elegant. She slipped on a shiny ring on her finger to complete her racy outfit.View this post on Instagram
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A post shared by Leanna Bartlett (@leannabartlett) on Aug 4, 2020 at 4:28pm PDT
The model shared two photos with her devotees. In the first photo, she sat on a vintage wire chair. The chair was covered in light purple, pink, and cream roses and added a pretty touch to the snaps. In the background, a store window showed a selection of floral dresses. Leanna tilted her head to the side and smiled directly at the camera.
The following image showed Leanna standing in front of the chair and a flower pot filled with the pastel blooms. She wore a pair of black aviator shades and stood at an angle. Leanna folded her manicured hands into the white pleats of the fabric.
Leanna’s devotees loved the snaps and showered her with compliments and praise.
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Another follower happened to have a link to the influencer’s photos.
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A third person loved the ensemble and complimented Leanna.
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Leanna has amassed a following of over 3.3 million people. Specifically, this photograph has racked up over 28,000 likes and 577 comments.