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 VALPOLICELLA – There’s no shortage of wine, but supply problems in the paper, card, wood and glass sectors have led to a serious lack of bottles, labels and shipping containers to transport it in, wine producers in the Veneto region have said.

 "Since September we have not been able to fully load in time,” said Pierangelo Tommasi, of the Tommasi Family Estates vineyard based in Valpolicella. "We have noticed that for [exports to] Asia and North America, there is a physical shortage of containers and cargo here is delayed by over a month.”

7 Dec 2021
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 LONDON – The United Kingdom’s decision to impose further restrictions in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant has been met with criticism from the tourism industry, while scientists say it is too little, too late, said La Repubblica Sunday.

 For both British and Italian airlines and hotels, it is a "devastating blow" to the tourism sector - one of the industries worst affected by pandemic restrictions that had been cautiously on the way to recovery.

6 Dec 2021
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  BOLOGNA – After four years of competitions, hundreds of selection events and over 3500 participants from five continents, the results of the world final of Gelato Festival World Masters are in. The best gelato flavour in the world is Hungarian, ‘Frutta di Pistacchio’ by Ádám Fazekas of Fazekas Cukrászda in Budapest, a creamy salted pistachio gelato with a Tonka bean spiced raspberry coulis and a pistachio crumble.

7 Dec 2021
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 JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s government has been rocked by a chorus of protest over its decision to drop its former officially endorsed candidate to head the ILO, Prof. Mthunzi Mdwaba, after Pretoria spent over half a million dollars on his campaign to become director general the Geneva-based organization. Pundits are demanding that the decision be reversed to prevent the field being open for the rival African candidate, Gilbert Houngbo, the IFAD president from tiny Togo.

6 Dec 2021
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 CONEGLIANO A spacious, tree-lined avenue leads into the open courtyard in front of the large and imposing building that houses the Cerletti Campus, Italy's oldest and most prestigious wine academy, situated on the outskirts of Conegliano in the Province of Treviso and gateway to the land of Prosecco DOCG.

6 Dec 2021