INSIDER NEWSDESK

Rome - Unions representing striking employees at the FAO, announced on Friday that they had re-opened negotiations with senior management. Discussions to address employees’ grievances will be held over the coming months.

 As negotiations restarted on Friday morning, employees who had been on strike since Monday, returned to work at the troubled UN agency. The UGSS union representing general service staff had extended their strike into Thursday with many professional staff backed by AP in FAO, joining their colleagues in protest at “autocratic” management.

30 Mar 2015
DOMINIC THURLOW-WOOD

Rome - After a hiatus lasting almost two years, the world of Formula 1 once again reverberated to the sound of a Ferrari taking the chequered flag on Sunday. In only his second race for the Italian giant, Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes duo, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

30 Mar 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK
Rome - The Italian supreme court acquitted Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito Friday of charges of murdering of British student Meredith Kercher, ending a six year judicial drama that gripped the world.
 The court of cassation upheld the appeal by the American and Italian students though Knox was convicted of slander and sentenced to a three year prison term.
"FInally it is finished," commented Sollecito's sister Vanessa. 
27 Mar 2015
LORENZO SORBINI

ROME - The Italian pavilion for the 56th International Exhibition of Art at the Venice Biennale, the ‘Codice Italia,’ directed by Okwui Enwezor was presented at an exclusive event in Rome on Thursday.

 The special pavilion was unveiled by Minister Dario Franceschini, Paolo Baratta, the President of the Venice Biennale, the Director-General and DGAAP Commissioner of the Italian Pavilion- Federica Galloni and the curator of the Pavilion Vincenzo Trione.

27 Mar 2015
Insider reporters

Rome – Irate FAO professional staff staged a walk-out protest Thursday in solidarity with general service staff who were on strike for a fourth day against "autocratic" management at the UN agency , union officials said.

 UGSS general service staff decided to extend for another day their agitation initially planned for Monday to Wednesday while professional staff were walking off the job from 12:30 to 1.30 pm.

26 Mar 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 Rome - The renowned director Abel Ferrara has attacked IFC Films and production company Wild Bunch over creating an edited version of his new film Welcome to New York. The controversial film was inspired by the Dominique Strauss Kahn case and stars Gerard Depardieu in the lead role.

26 Mar 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – The Saudia Arabian Ambassador to Italy, H.E. Dott. Rayed Khalid A. Krimly, this month inaugurated the new Saudi Cultural centre in Rome which will be a showcase in the Eternal City of the many positive and scholarly aspects of Islamic culture.

 The Saudi Cultural attaché, Dott. Fahad bin Hamad Al Maghlooth, and other senior officials and guests and press representatives accompanied the Ambassador on a tour of the library and offices at the new centre in the Parioli area of Rome.

24 Mar 2015
LORENZO SORBINI

ROME - Less than six weeks before the official opening of Expo 2015 in Milan the majority of construction sites are still ‘work in progress,’ facing delays, technical issues and unfulfilled promises, which are putting the overall universal exposition at stake, Expo sources say.

The arrest of seven managers, in a corruption probe by the administration of an external commissioner - Raffaele Cantone - has not helped nor accelerated the completion of the international showcase event in Milan that will begin on May 1.

24 Mar 2015
PAUL HOWARD

 

Rome - As some of you may be aware, I support international clients, high net worth individuals and staff from UN organizations living in Rome on a daily basis by offering holistic financial advice.  Whilst not a tax advisor, I work closely with those who are and offer compliant financial solutions in Italy.  

 

24 Mar 2015
Desmond O'Grady
 Rome - Venice is not only sinking but also shrinking. Contrary to most cities, its population has more than halved in the last 150 years. But the tourist influx keeps mounting like a tsunami.

It is something precious which needs to be preserved not as a museum but as a vital city which can be a model for others.

24 Mar 2015