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chef fabio viviani talks new web series, having a day named for him in chicago


siena tavern co-owner fabio viviani lived in the area for less than six years before he scored one of chicago's greatest honors -- having a day named for him. he joked that it also didn't take long for that recognition to go to his head."i was like, 'hello, what are we waiting for?,'" viviani told the tribune in a recent chat at siena tavern in river north. "no, no. it was a big honor for me, although i thought, you know, school closed, bank closed, we shoot fireworks. then i thought, you know what? it's not fourth of july. it's just fabio's day, so everybody go to school, banks are still open. there is no fireworks, but it's still a big, big, happy day for me."the 38-year-old italian chef probably wouldn't have time for a colossal celebration anyway. he's involved in the operation of mult






fabio fognini advances to 2nd round in brazil open


sao paulo — fifth-seeded fabio fognini of italy reached the second round of the brazil open on tuesday with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over qualifier marco cecchinato of italy.no. 7 federico delbonis of argentina also advanced in the clay-court tournament, beating jozef kovalik of slovakia 6-4, 7-6 (5).in a match between unseeded players, gerald melzer defeated victor estrella burgos 6-2, 7-6 (3).the four top-seeded players all had byes into the second round and did not play on tuesday. pablo carreno busta of spain is no. 1 followed by albert ramos-vinolas, pablo cuevas and joao sousa.






capello: the uefa youth league improves players - uefa youth league - news


a winner of seven league titles as a coach in italy and spain, as well as the 1994 uefa champions league with ac milan, fabio capello knows what it takes to be successful.related itemsuefa.com caught up with the 70-year-old after he spoke at a uefa youth league coaching forum to discover his views on the competition, which reaches its climax in nyon between 21 and 24 april.on the uefa youth league ..."travelling around europe, you improve your knowledge and face different kinds of sides; a different pace, a different style of football, a different mindset. these are very important moments to improve as a player. i would have liked the uefa youth league a lot [when i was coaching]. i played in international youth tournaments, but this is different because it is the best club academies."©uef






“mine” squanders its high-concept premise in an unengaging drama – the denver po


by alan zilberman, special to the washington posthigh-concept movies present a particular challenge to the filmmaker: since establishing the premise typically eats up the first 30 minutes of a story, screenwriters and directors must figure out a way to expand on their concept without losing audience interest.co-written and co-directed by italian filmmakers fabio guaglione and fabio resinaro, the wartime psychological thriller “mine,” is a classic example of a high-concept film that painstakingly sets up its unusual premise, only to squander it.mike (armie hammer) and tom (tom cullen) are marines in an unspecified north african country. when their scouting/sniper mission goes awry after mike’s hesitation to pull the trigger inadvertently gives away their position to the enemy, the two men m






fabio luisi brings danish national orchestra to davies hall stage


the danish national symphony orchestra came calling sunday evening at davies symphony hall, introducing the first of two concerts presented by the san francisco symphony’s great performers series.founded in 1925, the copenhagen-based ensemble hasn’t made frequent appearances in the bay area, and this program, part of a five-city california tour, attracted an enthusiastic audience. yet much of the interest centered on the orchestra’s newly appointed music director, fabio luisi, who is approaching the end of his six-year tenure as principal conductor of the metropolitan opera in new york.he didn’t disappoint. luisi, who also serves as general music director of the zurich opera, is a precise, energetic conductor, and he led his danish players in vibrant, dynamic performances throughout the pr






thiem into quarters in rio; favorite with nishikori out


rio de janeiro — second-seeded dominic thiem reached the quarterfinals of the rio open with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over dusan lajovic.thiem is now the clear favorite to win his eighth atp singles title after top-seeded kei nishikori was beaten in the first round by brazilian thomaz bellucci.thiem faces a quarterfinal against diego schwartzman, who advanced wednesday with a 6-4, 7-6 (1) win over fellow argentine federico delbonisno. 5 albert ramos-vinolas defeated fabio fognini 6-2, 6-3 to secure a quarterfinal spot. he will face nicolas kicker, who defeated arthur de greef 6-3, 6-3.






davis cup: defending champ argentina ko'ed by italy


buenos aires, argentina — defending champion argentina was knocked out of the davis cup in the first round by italy on monday.italy's fabio fognini defeated guido pella in the deciding singles 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.the match on outdoor clay was postponed from sunday because of rain and darkness.italy took a 2-0 lead after winning both singles on friday, but argentina e back by taking the doubles on urday, and the first reverse singles on sunday, when carlos berlocq defeated paolo lorenzi 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.argentina played without top player juan martin del potro, who made himself unavailable to focus on tournament play.italy will face belgium in the quarterfinals in april.






is making everything 'smart' a good idea?


it seems like everywhere you turn around today more and more things are becoming “smart.” not that it’s necessarily any more clever than it was previously, but now the item or service has been given the ability to connect in some way to the internet, and it makes it “smart,” be it your car, something in your home, or your watch. but is it wise to connect everything in such a way? we asked our writers, “is making everything ‘smart’ a good idea?”our opiniontrevor sums it up in three easy words: “no it’s not.” he explains that the more “smarter” things we have, the less we retain. while it makes us more efficient, “we lose our connection to people, situations, and reality.” he looks at how quickly society wants things now versus fifteen or thirty years ago and says “it’s because we automated






how will the change in internet privacy laws affect the www?


at this point we’ve been all around the topic of how our internet privacy will be affected after the change in the law last month. the house and the senate in the u.s. voted to give internet service providers the right to sell and share our web-bowsing data … without our consent. what we haven’t talked about, though, is what effect it will have on computing in the distant future. we asked our writers, “how will the change in internet privacy laws affect the www in the distant future?”our opinionour writers all have differing opinions on this matter.trevor“sadly” doesn’t think there will be much effect on the internet as a whole. “there will be a lo of talk, but not many end users will change anything.”fabio agrees. he thinks “everything will stay the same.”derrik notes that with the new la






how to get the most out of google calendar


“team meeting on tuesday,” “finish the project by friday” and “dinner with friends on saturday.” wasn’t your wedding anniversary this week. too? i’m sure you have a million things in your head, and if you try to remember them on your own, you’re going to forget more than half of them. google has an app for just about anything, and that naturally includes a calendar app. even though google calendar is perfect for keeping your events in order, are you sure that you’re getting the most out of it?1. add a world clockgoogle calendar has a labs section where they keep their experimental features. there you’ll find the world clock where you can easily see what time it is anywhere in the world. to add a world clock, click on the cog wheel and select settings.select the labs features and scroll all






former giro winner scarponi dies after being hit by a van


ancona, italy — michele scarponi, who won the giro d'italia in 2011, died after being hit by a van while training on saturday. he was 37.scarponi was training near his home of filottrano, near ancona, when he was hit by a van at a crossroad. he leaves behind a wife and twin sons.according to initial reports the astana cyclist died on the spot and was unable to be revived by emergency services which arrived promptly.team astana called it "a tragedy too big to be written" in a statement."we left a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation, he was a real mile stone and a landmark for everyone in the astana pro team," it added.scarponi was awarded the 2011 giro trophy after alberto contador was stripped of the title because of doping.he had been named as astana's lead






10 years to the day - peter crouch's perfect hat-trick


on this day 10 years ago, it was a sweet afternoon for peter crouch as his perfect hat-trick helped put arsenal to the sword at anfield. it was a crucial 4-1 victory for rafael benitez’s reds, who strengthened their champions league qualification hopes by moving two points ahead of the gunners into third spot.the opening goal arrived after just four minutes and it was beautifully orchestrated.jermaine pennant’s delightful backheel played in alvaro arbeloa down the right flank and his low cross was converted at the near post by crouch.the second came 10 minutes before the break and, this time, it was a classic header from the big man. fabio aurelio provided the perfect delivery with his trusty left peg from the wing and the no.15 sent a towering header beyond the reach of jens lehmann.aurel






venus williams beats no. 1 kerber in miami open quarters


key biscayne, fla. — venus williams whacked a winner on her fifth match point, then spun and threw a celebratory fist toward her father, who watched from the front row while munching popcorn.the taste of victory never gets old.venus and her dad have been coming together to key biscayne for 20 years, and she moved a step closer to her first title in the event since 2001 by beating top-ranked angelique kerber 7-5, 6-3 wednesday night in the miami open quarterfinals.it was williams' 15th career win against a no. 1 player, but her first since 2014.four-time key biscayne runner-up rafael nadal advanced to the men's semifinals by beating american jack sock 6-2, 6-3. nadal's opponent friday will be fabio fognini, who became the first unseeded player in 10 years to reach the men's semis at key bis






wayne rooney: man utd captain's agent in china to discuss potential move


media playback is not supported on this device goals from man utd record-breaker rooneywayne rooney's agent paul stretford is in china to see if he can negotiate a deal for the forward to leave manchester united. there are no guarantees of success and it is thought a deal remains highly unlikely before the chinese transfer window closes on 28 february.but the fact stretford has travelled to china is a clear indication united boss jose mourinho would let rooney, 31, go.and if he does not leave this month it seems certain he will go in the summer.rooney has fallen down the pecking order at united under mourinho.the england captain has been made aware of interest in him from the chinese super league for some time, although it is not known which clubs stretford has spoken to.beijing guoan, bel






chefs from oriole, monteverde, bad hunter and more to cook at chefs' playground


tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual chefs' playground, taking place 7-10 p.m. june 9 in griffin court, in the modern wing of the art institute of chicago.the party offers food and drink from an impressive lineup of chicago's culinary talent: more than two dozen chefs and bartenders, including diana davila boldin (mi tocaya), sarah grueneberg (monteverde), paul kahan (blackbird), bill kim (urbanbelly), genie kwon (oriole), jimmy papadopoulos (the bellemore), dan snowden (bad hunter), fabio viviani (siena tavern) and lee wolen (boka), will have stations at the event.tony mantuano (spiaggia) and fedele bauccio (bon appetit management company) repeat as the event hosts. tickets are $250; vip tickets, $375, include early admission and additional tastings. proceeds will benefit the acad






wayne rooney: man utd captain's agent in china to discuss potential move


rooney is united's record goalscorer and has won five premier league titles since joining them as an 18-year-oldwayne rooney's agent paul stretford is in china to see if he can negotiate a deal for the forward to leave manchester united. there are no guarantees of success and it is thought a deal remains highly unlikely before the chinese transfer window closes on 28 february.but the fact stretford has travelled to china is a clear indication united boss jose mourinho would let rooney, 31, go.and if he does not leave this month it seems certain he will go in the summer.rooney has fallen down the pecking order at united under mourinho.the england captain has been made aware of interest in him from the chinese super league for some time, although it is not known which clubs stretford has spo






wayne rooney: man utd captain's agent in china to discuss potential move


rooney is united's record goalscorer and has won five premier league titles since joining them as an 18-year-oldwayne rooney's agent paul stretford is in china to see if he can negotiate a deal for the forward to leave manchester united. there are no guarantees of success and it is thought a deal remains highly unlikely before the chinese transfer window closes on 28 february.but the fact stretford has travelled to china is a clear indication united boss jose mourinho would let rooney, 31, go.and if he does not leave this month it seems certain he will go in the summer.rooney has fallen down the pecking order at united under mourinho.the england captain has been made aware of interest in him from the chinese super league for some time, although it is not known which clubs stretford has spo






indonesia deports 2 french journalists from papua province


jakarta, indonesia — indonesia has deported two french journalists for committing visa violations while shooting a documentary film in indonesia's easternmost province of papua, an official said sunday.the journalists, jean frank pierre and basille marie longhamp, were sent home friday through mozes kilangin airport in timika, said immigration office spokesman agung sampurno.the pair were working on "the explorers," a project about nature, culture and other attractions at several locations in the indonesian province on the western part of new guinea. papua province, a former dutch colony, is known for biodiversity and large mining reserves as well as a simmering separatist movement among its indigenous people, and foreign journalists face restrictions while working there.sampurno said the






wayne rooney: man utd captain unlikely to join chinese super league this month


rooney is united's record goalscorer and has won five premier league titles since joining them as an 18-year-oldwayne rooney is unlikely to leave manchester united for china this month.the england captain's representatives spoke to chinese super league club tianjin quanjian, but coach fabio cannavaro said talks did not progress.it is understood the chances of a deal being finalised over the next week are slim and the expectation is that rooney will stay for the rest of the season.however, the 31-year-old's departure from old trafford looks certain in the summer after 13 years at the club.rooney's preference is understood to be to remain with united for the rest of his contract, which expires in 2019, but a lack of time on the pitch is forcing him to consider alternatives.manager jose mouri






wayne rooney: man utd captain unlikely to join chinese super league this month


rooney is united's record goalscorer and has won five premier league titles since joining them as an 18-year-oldwayne rooney is unlikely to leave manchester united for china this month.the england captain's representatives spoke to chinese super league club tianjin quanjian, but coach fabio cannavaro said talks did not progress.it is understood the chances of a deal being finalised over the next week are slim and the expectation is that rooney will stay for the rest of the season.however, the 31-year-old's departure from old trafford looks certain in the summer after 13 years at the club.rooney's preference is understood to be to remain with united for the rest of his contract, which expires in 2019, but a lack of time on the pitch is forcing him to consider alternatives.manager jose mouri






wayne rooney: man utd captain unlikely to join chinese super league this month


rooney is united's record goalscorer and has won five premier league titles since joining them as an 18-year-oldwayne rooney is unlikely to leave manchester united for china this month.the england captain's representatives spoke to chinese super league club tianjin quanjian, but coach fabio cannavaro said talks did not progress.it is understood the chances of a deal being finalised over the next week are slim and the expectation is that rooney will stay for the rest of the season.however, the 31-year-old's departure from old trafford looks certain in the summer after 13 years at the club.rooney's preference is understood to be to remain with united for the rest of his contract, which expires in 2019, but a lack of time on the pitch is forcing him to consider alternatives.manager jose mouri






rafael nadal returns to finals at key biscayne


rafael nadal was so eager to reach the miami open final that he ran out of his shoe. chasing a shot in the second set of friday's semifinal, nadal lost his right sneaker — and the point. but he quickly regained his footing and beat unseeded fabio fognini 6-1, 7-5. nadal is 0-4 in finals at key biscayne, losing in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014. he's playing in the tournament for the 13th time, making it his longest title drought at any event. “for me the most important thing is to be in the final,” nadal told the crowd. “that's great news for me.” nadal's opponent sunday will be the winner of friday night's match between roger federer and nick kyrgios. there will be a first-time key biscayne women's champion saturday when caroline wozniacki plays johanna konta. seeded fifth, nadal eliminated fo






beatrice rana, rising star pianist, has two bay area gigs scheduled


you need not travel all the way to italy to hear one of the world’s newest and most dazzling young pianists, a recent silver medalist in the international van cliburn piano competition who is from that mediterranean country.beatrice rana, at age 23, is one of the most promising newcomers among international pianists.  born in san marino, italy, to parents who are both pianists, she reportedly played her first scale on her mother’s lap at 6 months, began piano studies at age 4 and at age 9, made a debut with an orchestra playing bach’s concerto in f minor.  in 2011, she won the first prize and all the special jury awards at the montreal international piano competition, then in 2013, the silver and the audience appreciation award at the van cliburn, and in september 2015, the bbc named her a






wayne rooney: manchester united striker staying after links with china


media playback is not supported on this device goals from man utd record-breaker rooneyengland captain wayne rooney says he is staying at manchester united, after being linked with a move to china.the 31-year-old striker said he hoped to "play a full part" in the rest of the premier league club's season.united boss jose mourinho had refused to rule out the prospect of rooney's exit this month, although a deal before the chinese transfer window closes on 28 february was always unlikely."it's an exciting time at the club and i want to remain a part," said rooney.rooney's agent, paul stretford, had travelled to china to see if he could negotiate a deal, although it is not known which clubs he spoke to.two of the three clubs who looked the most likely options - beijing guoan and jiangsu suning






wayne rooney: manchester united striker staying after links with china


media playback is not supported on this device goals from man utd record-breaker rooneyengland captain wayne rooney says he is staying at manchester united, after being linked with a move to china.the 31-year-old striker said he hoped to "play a full part" in the rest of the premier league club's season.united boss jose mourinho had refused to rule out the prospect of rooney's exit this month, although a deal before the chinese transfer window closes on 28 february was always unlikely."it's an exciting time at the club and i want to remain a part," said rooney.rooney's agent, paul stretford, had travelled to china to see if he could negotiate a deal, although it is not known which clubs he spoke to.two of the three clubs who looked the most likely options - beijing guoan and jiangsu suning






portugal official was in frame for top eurozone job, pm says


lisbon, portugal (ap) — portugal’s prime minister said tuesday the country’s finance minister was recently asked whether he would be available to become the eurozone’s top official, replacing jeroen dijsselbloem.antonio costa said in an interview with lisbon’s radio renascenca that portugal rejected the approach because finance minister mario centeno is still guiding the country out of its recent financial crisis.costa did not say who approached portugal nor when, but he confirmed a report in portuguese weekly expresso last weekend that said centeno was a potential candidate to chair meetings of the 19-country eurozone’s finance ministers.portugal called last month for dijsselbloem to quit after he made what some saw as derogatory remarks about southern eu nations.most read stories3-course






night sun tarot


night sun tarot transports us to a mystic realm of deepest shadow and incandescent enlightenment. this tarot distills a potent multicultural brew, combining diverse metaphysical systems. each card is rich with elemental, astrological, planetary, cabalistic, and other occult symbols; the images draw on crowley's work as well as the rws. with night sun tarot, fabio listrani has created a unique and powerful synthesis, with edgy, intensely magical scenes that evoke art from g hic novels. not for the lazy or the faint of heart, this deck is ideal for courageous intermediate to a nced tarotistes, and for serious occultists. intuitive, elegant interface is easy for beginners and experts. gorgeous full screen, high-resolution card images. full support for all android devices running 4. 0. 3 or






danish national symphony debuts at segerstrom with deborah voigt


the danish national symphony orchestra rolled into costa mesa on friday night as part of a quick, five-city tour of california. on the podium was the ensemble’s newly appointed italian principal conductor, the widely traveled fabio luisi, perhaps best known as the soon-to-be-departing principal conductor of the metropolitan opera in new york.not often seen on these shores, the copenhagen-based orchestra was making its first appearance at segerstrom concert hall as well as its first appearance for the philharmonic society of orange county, started in 1954. the program offered a taste of danish music in the form of carl nielsen’s “helios overture” (from 1903), but nothing contemporary from the homeland. orange county’s own deborah voigt appeared at concerto time as the soloist in wagner’s “w






new york drug case opens window on dark period for honduras


new york (ap) — a case unfolding in a lower manhattan courtroom has caused political tremors in honduras, seeming to confirm long-held suspicions that corruption at the highest levels of government helped turn the central american country into a violent epicenter of the drug trade at the start of this decade.fabio porfirio lobo, the son of the honduran president in 2010-2013, is preparing to go before a federal judge for sentencing after pleading guilty to his role in a drug-trafficking ring involving members of honduras’ national police. but it is the details of the conspiracy that emerged in testimony and newly released court documents which have captivated people back home by tying his father and a brother of the current president directly to traffickers.political and civil society grou






davis cup: defending champ argentina ko'ed by italy


buenos aires, argentina — defending champion argentina was knocked out of the davis cup in the first round by italy on monday.italy's fabio fognini defeated guido pella from two sets down in the deciding singles 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in more than four hours.the match on outdoor clay was postponed from sunday because of rain and darkness.it's the 10th time since the challenge round was abolish in 1972 that a defending champion has lost in the first round. switzerland was the most recent in 2015.argentina was without top player juan martin del potro, who preferred to focus on tournament play. only pella and leonardo mayer remained from the team which won argentina's first davis cup title in december.but pella almost won it for them. up by two sets, his game lost its sting. he missed break






science fiction nightmares abound in anthology film galaxy of horrors


the genre fiends behind toronto’s little terrors are at it again, adding another anthology film to a series that kicked off with the horror-centric minutes past midnight. the new collection is called galaxy of horrors, and there’s a strong science fiction element in all of the shorts. check out the trailer below.the participating filmmakers are todd cobery, javier chillon, richard karpala, andrew desmond, benni diez, marinko spahic, dennis cabella, marcello ercole, fabio prati, and antonio padovan and ethan shaftel. after a limited theatrical release in early march, galaxy of horrors will hit vod on march 7, then blu-ray and dvd on may 2.recommended storiesminutes past midnight features the cuddly-wuddliest homicidal maniac of all timeall-female horror anthology xx looks scary in all the b






sports briefly: k.c. adds hammel to rotation


the kansas city royals moved aggressively to fill the hole in the club's starting rotation, agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with free agent jason hammel.the deal was first reported by fox sports late sunday night. it includes a guaranteed $16 million over two years, pending a physical this week, according to yahoo sports.hammel, 34, was 15-10 with a 3.83 era for the world series champion chicago cubs last season and has proved to be a workhorse with at least 30 appearances in each of the past three seasons.wnbatoliver leaves sparksfree-agent guard kristi toliver signed with the washington mystics, according to a person with knowledge of the move.toliver, who grew up in virginia and played collegiately at maryland, won a wnba title last season with the los angeles sparks.the deal comes






deep learning for customer service is overhyped: how one company did it faster a


image: istock p os/vladru in the ai era, many businesses are turning to chatbots and deep learning to enhance customer service. but it's not always the best approach. "there is too much hype surrounding deep learning, and it's not the right tool to solve all problems," said fabio cardenas, ceo of sundown ai. why? it's expensive, requires huge data sets, and often leads to bias, he said. instead of turning to deep learning, sundown ai, established in 2014, has mastered automated customer interactions using a combination of machine learning and policy g h algorithms. chloe is sundown ai's question-and-answer platform, using a nced natural language processing. it can be used in online chats, email, phone calls, or mobile apps. when a customer asks a question, chloe finds the answer, serves i