ROME – British expatriates in the Eternal City climaxed a debate on Brexit by voting symbolically for the UK to remain in the European Union, accepting by majority the arguments elucidated by the ALLSI President David Petrie, though there was solid minority support, too, for his opponent, Torquil Dick-Erikson, of UKIP.
ROME – Embattled UN pension fund CEO Sergio Azivù flew into the Eternal City this week to reassure retired staffers owed up to eight months in pension arrears they will be paid soon, UN sources said.
Arzivu, a Mexican, set off a storm last year after trade unions discovered that he tried to revise the Memorandum of Understanding defining the fund’s relationship to the UN. The unions said the real goal of the proposed revision was to allow the central American honcho to take control of the fund’s massive investments.
ROME -- There’s been a new shipwreck in the Mediterranean. The boat, which was carrying over 500 migrants, got into difficulty just off the coast of Libya where two Italian Navy vessels went to the rescue. At this point reports say that around 500 people have been rescued, whilst seven bodies have also been recovered. They are currently searching for others who have not yet been found.
ROME -- Prince and Princess Akishino of Japan paid an Official Visit to Italy, in which they were welcomed by President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, during a trip to Rome recently.
ROME -- MPs are currently running an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to note that a number of discrimination cases brought before the Brescia Court of Appeal by British lecturers working in Italy have been extinguished through Italy’s Gelmini law.
ROME -- On June 9 The English Theatre of Rome will be presenting a free staged reading of new play “If Lear had a Lawyer” by Don Carroll, in collaboration with John Cabot University’s Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation and directed by Harriet Power and Robery Hedley.
ROME -- Italy and the United Arab Emirates have renewed their links with a large number of joint projects set for 2016-2017. They have around 30 collaboration projects, which focus particularly in the fields of economy and culture, and are being overseen by the Italy-Arab Emirates Association.
SAN GIULIANO -- A new multimedia museum is set to be opened on Wednesday, dedicated to the memory of the Molise earthquake, in which 27 children and a teacher died due to a poorly built school in 2002. The mayor of San Giuliano, Luigi Barbieri, describes it as “A work which has value in terms of reconstruction, because a population without memory is a population without a future.”
ROME -- Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has defended Maria Elena Boschi, the Minister of Constitutional Reforms in Italy, after she spoke out against a statement by ANPI, the National Partisan Association, which said that members would be voting ‘no’ in the upcoming referendum on Constitutional Reforms. Boschi retaliated on national television saying that “true” partisans will vote ‘yes’ which caused a storm in Italian politics as both sides struggle to come out on top.