BRESCIA - An Italian man who shot dead an alleged burglar in the street outside his brother’s house has received a sentence of 9 years and 4 months in prison, according to the prosecutors of Brescia.
ROME - The Minister for Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, has condemned Ryanair over their threats to pilots and crew planning to strike next week in a meeting of the Italian Banking Association Wednesday. When asked of his opinion on the planned protest, Calenda commented that “I think we should intervene, you cannot stay in the market and take advantage and not respect the rules.”
ROME - Civil defence workers toiled Wednesday to help the 1,000 people evacuated from northeastern provinces as their homes flooded. Residents in Lentigione and Colorno in the Emilia Romagna region were lifted to safety after the banks of River Enza burst, sending waves of water into residential and commercial areas.
Videos from the Vigili del Fuoco, Italy’s civilian protection agency, show residents standing on their roofs and being carried away to safety from the foods by rafts. A helicopter was also used as part of the rescue team.
BARI - The Judge of the State Council, Francesco Bellomo, has defended himself against allegations of advising female students to wear skimpy outfits to court and of sexually assaulting one of his pupils. The Judge works as a professor at a private school training future magistrates and has been accused of telling students to wear miniskirts and stiletto heels to the courtrooms and announce that they were unmarried.
ROME - Truly representative of the spirit of Christmas is volunteers giving up their hours on a chilly December weekend to raise money for the needy. The Joel Nafuma Refugee Centre (JNRC) hosted their annual Christmas market inside the brightly-lit gothic St Paul’s Within the Walls Saturday.
SKOPJE - Protest groups have called for the suspension of plans for 17 hydropower plants in Macedonia over fears of environmental destruction. The Standing Committee of the Bern Convention has recommended to the Macedonian government that plans for the large plants be halted until a full risk assessment can be made.
ROME - This week, the F Word contemporary art exhibition will come to the Carrozzerie n.o.t. performance theatre.
CERNOBBIO - The convention “La sfida del turismo in Lombardia” (The challenge of tourism in Lombardy) was recently held in this northern town. The convention was organized by Intesa Sanpaolo to present the results of a survey carried out by the Group’s Regional Governance Centre of Lombardy and Research Department on a sample of Lombardy hotels. The aim of the initiative was to highlight the characteristics and needs of tourist companies in Lombardy in order to assess their requirements and actually contribute to their development.
ROME - The Euro-Gulf Information Centre began their historical lecture series this month with a talk on the Italian scholar of Libyan history, Leone Caetani, by Dr Benedict Koehler, which explored the dazzling insights of this giant of Islamic scholarship in the West from over 100 years ago, The Italian Insider spoke to the EGIC President, Dr Mitchell Belfer, about modern Italian Libyan relations and how the history of imperialism and the imposition of rationalism should affect the way we view the two Mediterranean countries today: