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 ROME -- A mushrooming purge of dead wood at the FAO by the new Chinese management has escalated with the axeing of the unpopular Inspector General for the UN agency, Thierry Rajaobelina (of WIPO shenanigans fame) who had been on extended sick leave because of a "stroke," for which he had never presented a medical certificate, FAO sources said. 
17 Aug 2019
JAN FILIPOWICZ

 ROME -- The Food and Agriculture Organization confirmed this week the departure of its former Human Resources director Fernando Servan following his investigation and summary dismissal amid charges of sexual harassment, abuse of power and corruption in one of the highest level 'Me Too' scandals to rock the United Nations, FAO sources said.

16 Aug 2019
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ROME - Technology company Leonardo announced the sale of five helicopters valued at nearly 30 million euros while at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), held August 13-15 in São Paulo, Brazil.

 Three AW109 Trekker light twins, one AW109 GrandNew and one AW169 intermediate twins will join other 170 Leonardo helicopters flying in Brazil and over 220 units in South America, expanding the 40% market share that global leader Leonardo enjoys in the in the VIP multiengine segment.

16 Aug 2019
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ROME - The parents of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in Egypt in 2016, launched Monday an online petition demanding that Italian Ambassador to Cairo Gianpaolo Cantini immediately return to Italy.

 Cantini had left Egypt following Regeni’s brutal death, but has been back to his post in Cairo for two years.

13 Aug 2019
JAN FILIPOWICZ
ROME -- FAO Human Resources Director Fernando Servan, dubbed a 'sex predator' by NGO Hear their Cries, was fired last week after being suspended following a probe into alleged sexual harassment, abuse of power and corruption, FAO sources said Saturday.
 Peruvian Servan, who began his career in Rome as a cab driver and went on to be head of publications at FAO before being appointed HR supremo by Brazilian FAO DG José Graziano da Silva, was dismissed on Thursday, the sources told the Insider.
10 Aug 2019