JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will splurge as much as half a million euros of taxpayers’ money on building a huge tent structure on its headquarters car park to accommodate its 2020 Governing Council jamboree after Qu Dongyu, the director general of sister agency FAO, refused to play host to the IFAD event again at FAO headquarters, UN sources say.

30 Oct 2019
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 ROME – The alleged murderers of Luca Sacchi have been arrested as investigators examine whether drug dealing played a role in the homicide on Wednesday, judicial sources report.

 Luca Sacchi was shot in the head on Wednesday evening and died in hospital.

 The man who fired the gun has been named as Valerio Del Grosso by Corrado Capiello, preliminary investigations magistrate of Rome.  He and his companion Paolo Pirino, both 21-year-old Romans, have been arrested and charged with homicide.

30 Oct 2019
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 PERUGIA – The centre-right has won the regional elections of Umbria on Sunday in a landmark change for the traditionally left-wing area.

 The new governor of Umbria, therefore, is Donatella Tesei, supported by the League, Fratelli d’Italia and Forza Italia.  She beat Vincenzo Bianconi, supported by the ruling Democratic Party and Five Star Movement, by 20 per cent.  According to political sources, the majority of votes in support of Tesei were cast for the League, led by Matteo Salvini.

28 Oct 2019
ISABELLA MASSAM

 ROME – Donald Olson’s new play Oscar and Walt was performed for the first time on Friday at John Cabot University.  Inspired by real events, it depicts a meeting between two unquestioned literary geniuses, Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman, imagining how they would have interacted in an energetic burst of humour, sadness and discussion of poetry.

 The action of the play – never moving from Whitman’s “den” – is limited to this meeting, its anticipation and its aftermath. 

26 Oct 2019
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – The 16th edition of the prize of the Taste Group of the Foreign Press Association in Italy will be held in Ascoli Piceno Nov. 23-24 attended by journalists of the Association, officials say.

The journalists and their companions will leave by bus at 8 a.m. on Nov. 23 from Rome and will stay at the historic Palazzo Guiderocchi and 100 Towers hotels under the leadership of Alfredo Tesio, the influential founder of the Taste Group which is dedicated to helping foreign journalists learn more about the gastronomic delights of Italy and its different regions.

10 Oct 2019
Gabriel Barrie

 ROME – The Italian Insider approaches its 10th anniversary amidst future uncertainty, but reflects on a decade of journalism from dozens of young reporters, many of them students or interns who are just setting out in the industry. A great number have gone on to work for national media outlets like ITN, the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail, and NME. They pay homage to their first taste in journalism as a defining and instructive experience.

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9 Oct 2019
JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME – WFP Executive Director David Beasley has told directors of the UN agency to drop a petition they began circulating in support of beleaguered Deputy Director Amir 'Pasha' Abdulla, telling them that it was an ‘abuse of power’ to intimidate staff into signing the dubious document.

9 Oct 2019
ISABELLA MASSAM

 ROME – At a conference held by the European and Gulf Information Centre (EGIC) emphasis was placed on the lack of clarity of European and American policy on non-state actors in the Mediterranean and Gulf region.  The conference's second panel, in particular, explained how in Europe and the USA, even within NATO, there is no consensus on how to react to non-state actors in the region, and how their treatment of such actors can and has led to unexpected difficulties.

3 Oct 2019
ISABELLA MASSAM

 ROME – A pioneering film about Italy's ruthless business world directed by a former oil company executive has just finished a month's shooting in Rome. 

 Upcoming film Governance will offer audiences a look into the dark world of oil companies in Italy, reports La Stampa.

 The film is directed by Michael Zampino, who spent 15 years as a manager in a major oil firm.  It was inspired by personal experience of the reality of life in the industry.

26 Sep 2019

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