ROME - Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä set customer orientation of services as one of the strategic objectives of his Governmental Programme. To achieve this goal, Sipilä’s government decided to launch a basic income experiment during its term to find out whether the introduction of a basic income could make the social security system in Finland more inclusive and further increase the labour supply.
ROME - You wouldn’t expect a diary written about the uncertainty over whether Italy would enter Word War II to be interesting because we know that it did. However, Iris Origo’s ‘A Chill in the Air’, a diary of 1939 – 40, is gripping because it records her efforts to see through the conflicting reports, the fake news, propaganda and rumors.
Her sources ranged from the BBC, French German and Italian radios, peasant gossip and that of Fascist and non-Fascist aristocrats, to her godfather William Phillips, the US ambassador to Italy.
NAPLES - During a visit to Afragola Friday, Minister of Education Marco Bussetti’s response to the question of whether funding should be increased to narrow the gap between Italy’s schooling in the North and in the South, was met with considerable backlash.
Bussetti, member of the League, declared that it is not more funds, but more effort that schools in the south require. “More funds in the South? No, it takes the commitment of the South, you have to work hard,” he said.
SASSARI - The falling price of sheep and goat’s milk pushed farmers to further protests Sunday morning in the Sardinian province, from Cagliari to Nuoro, and Porto Torres. Over 100 protesters stopped for hours the refrigerated trucks carrying pig meat arriving from France and threw much of the load on the ground, asking for the intervention of the health authorities and denouncing “the poor condition of the goods destined for the local market." Their action was interrupted by the intervention of police forces.
SANREMO - After the victory of Mahmood, an Italian singer of Egyptian descent, at the prestigious annual Sanremo song contest, singer Martina Dell'Ombra commented "The Sanremo final is a clear political conspiracy," in a post on Facebook.
ROME – Italy and Wales shared two tries apiece at the Stadio Olimpico, but fly-half Dan Biggar’s kicking made all the difference as the visitors ran out 26-15 victors.
A much-improved Italian side proved competitive opponents for much of the 80 minutes, while Warren Gatland’s 10 changes from the team that beat France seemed to disrupt Wales’ rhythm.
Biggar kicked a penalty after 62 seconds, a terrible start for the Azzurri, and added nine more points without reply as Wales dominated possession and territory, capitalising on Italy’s weak scrum.
ROME - Throughout the course of history, religion has often been used to mark divisions and incite violent actions. This is especially true in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); a region that has witnessed, for years, the spread of sectarianism and the rise of jihadi violence. However, the Arab Gulf is now moving forward to overcome religious extremism.
ROME – France has recalled its ambassador to Italy, Christian Masset, in light of “groundless, unprecedented attacks by Italy,” the French Foreign Ministry has announced.
“Disagreeing is one thing, exploiting relations for electoral means is another,” the ministry added.
ROME - Pope Francis will attend the 42nd session of the annual Governing Council gathering of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The two-day event, taking place on Feb. 14-15, 2019, will include interactive sessions investigating investment opportunities, technical innovations and development challenges facing smallholder agriculture.