VATICAN CITY – Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, met with the US Ambassador and the Israeli Ambassador, in order to express the Holy See's condemnation of the upcoming unilateral land grab in the West Bank that will further jeopardize the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as fray an already delicate situation in the Middle East more widely, according to a Holy See press release.
ROME – The World Food Programme's (WFP) projections of the number of people to be pushed into food insecurity by COVID-19 has been updated, with new estimates based on real-time monitoring that the number of hungry people will increase by as much as 270 million before the end of 2020, an 82 per cent increase from before the pandemic took hold, according to a WFP press release.
PASSO STELVIO – The Italian National skiing programme was suspended and the 180 members of the team were stuck in the Livrio hotel waiting the results of their tests, after a swab test found three positives in the group, two of which were asymptomatic, and one of which recorded feverish symptoms and had to be immediately transported to the hospital in Sondalo, where he collapsed, according to a statement from the Italian Winter Sports Federation (Federsci). Amongst the group in lockdown are Sofia Goggia, Italian alpine ski racer Olympic gold medalist; Federica Brignone, the first Italian fe
ISOLE EOLIE – The Coast Guard of Lipari were alerted by biologists from a turtle recovery centre that a sperm whale about ten meters long was in difficulty in the waters of the Aeolian islands, with its fin wrapped in a fishing net, according to a Coast Guard press release with accompanying underwater footage. The fishing net recovered aboard the Coast Guard unit was confiscated as illegal fishing gear.
NEW YORK - Black votes matter because there is an imminent election. The chaos and riots in the streets are the result of the refusal of half of the country to accept the last Presidential election in 2016.
Black Lives Matter is the phrase used by those who know that Black votes matter, to remind African American voters that they are victims and they must vote a certain way. In one of his weekly gaffs Joe Biden explained the idea. “If you vote for Trump instead of me you ain’t Black.”
The art of writing and performing monologues has been part of the English Theatre in Rome’s yearly program for almost two decades, and the company has been in operation since 1996. It has become a regular in the summer season, curtesy of the vision of Director Gaby Ford, and offers emerging writers and performers the chance to take their monologues to the stage.
ROME – Syrians face an unprecedented hunger crisis as the prices of basic foods exceed prices at any point over the nine years of conflict, with over nine million Syrians now food insecure, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have revealed in a press release. The WFP urgently require 200 million dollars to continue to provide food assistance in Syria until the end of the year, and have stated that unless new funding is made available by August, they will be forced to drastically cut rations and outreach as of October 2020.
MONDRAGONE – A ‘red zone’ sealed off by police for four days after 49 people tested positive for coronavirus has led to a spike in tensions that risks ‘civil war’ between Bulgarian agricultural workers and Italian nationals. The Italian Interior Minister, Luciana Lamorgese, decided to send in approximately 100 soldiers from the Italian army in an attempt to coordinate public order and health efforts, according to the regional governor of Campania, Vincenzo De Luca.
ROME – Through a Memorandum of Understanding of the Jewish Community and the Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, some 19 copies of Jewish texts dating from the 16th century to the 20th century, that were raided by the Nazis from Jewish families in Rome between Sept 30 and Dec 4 in 1943, returned to the eternal city. A working group has been set up to aid in the recovery and return of further cultural heritage items to the MIBACT, according to a press release.