Lily Begg

ROME - Bans on gambling advertising have been launched by Di Maio as of Tuesday as part of the Dignity decree, in a bid to limit the strong public presence of betting agencies in Italy. The ban means that betting agencies will no longer be able to advertise on Serie A footballers’ shirts, or anywhere else in the media. Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said  “Enough with all these celebrity endorsements sponsoring betting websites,” as the ban is also to restrict Italian public figures from appearing on gambling adverts.

4 Jul 2018
Caitlin Bodfish

ROME - The Five Star Movement has introduced bee hives across Rome in a bid to monitor the air quality in the city.

4 Jul 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

SIENA – Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini sought to nullify alleged links between his far-right League party and criminal organisations, taking a dip in the swimming pool of a villa confiscated from the Mafia, inviting photographers to publicise what he hopes will be the start of his anti-Mafia legacy.

4 Jul 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – The Court of Cassation has given the green light for Italian authorities to seize funds from the right-wing League party “wherever they are found” after the party allegedly defrauded the State of up to 49 million euros, judicial sources said.

 The money, attributable to the Northern League, on bank accounts, booklets and deposits, regards a case in which former League leader and founder Umberto Bossi, the party treasurer Francesco Belsito and three other defendants were initially convicted on Sept. 24, 2017, only for the verdict to be overturned on appeal.

4 Jul 2018
Lily Begg

VATICAN CITY - The managing director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, the oldest Church choir in the world, reportedly has been suspended following an internal Holy See investigation into alleged financial mismanagement of the venerable institution's accounts, Vatican sources said Tuesday.

 The Fatto Quotidiano newspaper quoted sources as saying that investigators suspect "considerable sums" missing from the Pope’s Choir  accounts that signatures of officials of the Secretary of State have been forged in the account files.   

3 Jul 2018
Archie Farquharson

ROME – A third migrant boat sank whilst tackling the treacherous Mediterranean crossing, UN refugee agency, UNHCR Libya confirmed on Tuesday, adding as many as 114 lives to a soaring death toll.

 The unseaworthy, overcrowded rubber boat, rammed with desperate men, women and children had set off from Gars Garabulli, east of Tripoli, two days before the disastrous incident.

 There are “16 survivors of a boat carrying 130 persons, of which 114 are still missing at sea,” UNHCR Libya, announced, adding that they are “appalled by the loss of life.”

3 Jul 2018
Archie Farquharson

PREDAPPIO – For years, busloads of fanatical hard-right supporters have been making the ‘pilgrimage’ to the Capital of Fascism, tucked away amongst the tranquil, rolling hills of Romagna. The town of Predappio however, has had enough and is spearheading a tourism transformation to regain their region and share with visitors the diversity of this fascinating, picturesque territory.

3 Jul 2018
Caitlin Bodfish

ROME – The government will clamp down on those benefitting economically from moving business processes overseas, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio confirmed on Monday.

2 Jul 2018
Archie Farquharson

ROME – Francesco Molinari ended Italian golf’s 71-year wait for a PGA Tour title, shooting a final-day score of 62 to finish 21 under par at the Quicken Loans National in Maryland.

 The 35-year old saw off competition from Tiger Woods with a stunning decisive round on Sunday to finish eight shots ahead of his rivals and claim victory on the golfing world’s most prestigious circuit. Molinari became Italy’s first success story on US soil since Naples-born Toney Penna won at the Atlanta Open in 1947.

2 Jul 2018

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