DOMINIC THURLOW-WOOD

 

Rome – Following Pope Francis’ surprise announcement that the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, it has been revealed that Vatican representatives will meet with municipal and regional officials to discuss the funding and management of the special event.

 

Traditionally, Holy Years are announced every quarter of a century and with the previous one taking place in 2000 to honour the second millennium since the birth of Christ, it had been anticipated that the next would fall around 2025.

 

18 Mar 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 

Rome - Following consistent lobbying, UK Prime Minister, David Cameron has promised to grant British expatriates a lifetime vote if the Conservatives win the General Election in May.

Under current laws, there is a cap which prevents Britons from voting in UK elections if they have lived in another country for over 15 years. Harry Shindler, a veteran of the Second World War and the Italy based representative of the Italy Star Association, is one such expatriate and has been campaigning strongly in recent years for the abolition of the ’15 year rule.’

16 Mar 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME - FAO management ratcheted up pressure on staff unions last week-end, issuing written reprimands to union officials for organising a protest against job cuts, union sources said Monday.

Union leaders from the UGSS who organised a protest stoppage against threatened job cuts would have the reprimand placed on their personal files, management told them. The decision followed management at the UN agency in an unprcedented move docking the pay of staff who took part in the protest.

16 Mar 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 ROME - Catherine Maxwell, Professor of Victorian Literature, will deliver a talk entitled ‘Tracking Literary Scent Memory from Shakespeare to Michael Field’, at the Keats-Shelley House on March 26 at 6.30pm.

 Following undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Oxford, Catherine Maxwell has become one of the leading experts on Victorian literature and has been lecturing on the topic at Queen Mary, University of London since 1993.

16 Mar 2015
LORENZO SORBINI

ROME – The Mayor of Verona, Flavio Tosi, has officially launched his candidacy for the Veneto regional election following his ousting from the Northern League. Tosi will run against his former party’s candidate, Luca Zaia.

The showdown goes on in the North of Italy between the former colleagues, Tosi, Salvini and Zaia. At stake might be the legacy of the Northern League and the support of its faithful followers in the next regional election.

16 Mar 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

Rome - Cesare Battisti arrested and then later released, following the withdrawal of his right to asylum. 

13 Mar 2015
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME - Irate FAO staff staged a protest strike over threatened job cuts this week and management said salaries will be cut in reprisal, union sources said Friday.

"The last three days in FAO is an absolute havoc," one source told Insider, "all short term staff ( Taps and Professionals) are about to be terminated in few weeks. We went on strike and we were reprimanded after which a memo was issued that our salaries will be reduced as penalty."

13 Mar 2015
Hannah Cairns

ROME – The #emptymuseo initiative has created a window into Italy’s museums.

Archaeologist Darius Arya and journalist Erica Firpo have worked together to launch a new project via the photo-sharing network Instagram. The pair took inspiration from Dave Krugman’s #emptymet project, which gave internet users across the world the unique opportunity to see New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art after hours.

12 Mar 2015
Hannah Cairns

ROME - Economic growth and reduced emissions are both feasible.

The debate, titled Green Growth: Nuove strategie per lo sviluppo (‘New strategies for development’), held in Rome’s Villa Wolkonsky, the official residence of the British ambassador to Italy, Christopher Prentice, was moderated by Rachel Sanderson and involved a variety of speakers from both the public and private sectors. 

11 Mar 2015

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