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Italy Levies Post-Quake “Solidarity” Tax On Gasoline


ROME - The Italian government has issued a decree raising the excise tax on petrol by 0.02 euros per liter in order to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake that struck Tuesday in the northern part of the country, Corriere della Sera reports.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti did not rule out also raising the value added tax in order to fund reconstruction efforts. Help has also come from the European Union.

The Italian government also decreed that a minute of silence be observed June 4 for the victims of yesterday's quake. The 5.8-magnitude event is believed to have killed 17 people.

The governor of Emilia-Romagna, the region hit by the earthquake, welcomed the tax contribution and said "Italians will understand" that the rise is necessary. But a consumer group called Codacons said the hike was ill-advised, La Repubblica reports. The organization said the rise represented 29 euros a year for a car driver, and that a "domino effect" on prices of other goods was to be expected from such a measure.

Later in the day, Development Minister Corrado Passera asked petrol companies to lower their profit margins in order to compensate the hike.

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How Parenthood Reinvented My Sex Life — Confessions Of A Swinging Mom

Between breastfeeding, playdates, postpartum fatigue, birthday fatigues and the countless other aspects of mother- and fatherhood, a Cuban couple tries to find new ways to explore something that is often lost in the middle of the parenting storm: sex.

red tinted photo of feet on a bed

Parenting v. intimacy, a delicate balance

Silvana Heredia

HAVANA — It was Summer, 2015. Nine months later, our daughter would be born. It wasn't planned, but I was sure I wouldn't end my first pregnancy. I was 22 years old, had a degree, my dream job and my own house — something unthinkable at that age in Cuba — plus a three-year relationship, and the summer heat.

I remember those months as the most fun, crazy and experimental of my pre-motherhood life. It was the time of my first kiss with a girl, and our first threesome.

Every weekend, we went to the Cuban art factory and ended up at the CornerCafé until 7:00 a.m. That September morning, we were very drunk, and in that second-floor room of my house, it was unbearably hot. The sex was otherworldly. A few days later, the symptoms began.

She arrived when and how she wished. That's how rebellious she is.

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