ROME – On Dec.20, Europe’s 28 Ministers of Environment met in Brussels, to discuss the plan for reducing emissions prepared by the Commission, to comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Well, it is now clear that we have lost the battle in keeping the planet as we have known it.
HELSINKI -- In the various international rankings, Finland regularly conquers top positions despite its relatively small number of inhabitants. It also claims to be the only country in the world apart from the Vatican with a regular radio programme in Latin. Now the axe of saving, or globalization, is going to make the Nordic country lose this not negligible characteristic.
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis issued a heartfelt Christmas Day appeal for peace in Jerusalem and the Holy Land Monday, calling for “peaceful co-existence of two States” in an Urbi et Orbi address that clearly rejected U.S. President Trump’s call for Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.
CATANIA – A Sicilian ambulance worker has been arrested on charges of murdering three elderly patients in his care in order to charge their families money for funerals, according to the public prosecutors of Paternò.
ROME - The giant Christmas tree erected in Piazza Venezia is officially dead, confirmed Rome’s Environmental Department this week. For the second year running, the pine tree erected next to the colossal Altare Della Patria, in one of the busiest squares in Rome, has been subject to international ridicule.
CANBERRA - The Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses of Child Sexual Abuse has undertaken the important tasks of investigating the extent of child sexual abuse in institutions in Australia and of providing a hearing for the victims of child sexual abuse - many of whom have suffered significantly.
ZOHR - Italian oil refinery company ENI has produced its first gas from the largest gas field ever found in the Mediterranean, the group officially announced Wednesday. The gas group, owned 30 percent by the Italian State, has had rapid success in the region, reportedly finding 850 billion cubic metres of gas in Zohr, Egypt, under the seabed close to the Suez Canal opening.
ALESSANDRIA - In the year of their 160th anniversary, the renowned hat maker Borsalino faces liquidation. The Alessandrian court rejected the second bankruptcy agreement request from the company Monday. The luxury brand was seeking court protection from creditors, according to news sources.
The designer has been a favourite with celebrities and politicians for decades, attracting fans such as Humphrey Bogart, who wore Borsalino in ‘Casablanca,’ Rihanna, Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway,