LEAF ARBUTHNOT

ROME – Italian police seized undisclosed substances from suites in which Jamaican sprinters Sherone Simpson and Asafa Powell were staying after testing positive for banned stimulants.

Police officer Antonio Pisapia told the Associated Press that muscle supplements and drugs had been confiscated following a raid at the hotel Fra I Pini in Lignano Sabbiadoro. The room in which Canadian trainer Christopher Xuereb was staying was also searched.

16 Jul 2013
LEAF ARBUTHNOT

ROME – Italy has come under yet more criticism over its controversial Gelmini law following the "extinguishing" of a judicial award made to three lecturers in reimbursement of lost wages.

On 7 December 2011, Robert Coates, Dermot Costello and Bettie Mims were granted some 300,000 euros in compensation for arrears in wages by a Brescia court, in application of a judgement previously made by the EU Court of Justice. 

15 Jul 2013
LAUREN MOUAT

ROME-President Napolitano has expressed outrage after a Northern League MP compared minister Cecile Kyenge to an orangutan. Ms Kyenge, an Italian citizen born in the Democratic Republic of Congo who is Italy's first black minister, has endured a barrage of racist remarks since her appointment as integration minister in April.

15 Jul 2013
LAUREN MOUAT

 ROME -- UN World Food Programme's Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, left Saturday on a 10 day trip to review hunger challenges in four African countries. Her tour will take her to Zimbabwe, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, where the WFP is helping battle under-nutrition and food insecurity through local initiatives.

 

12 Jul 2013
INSIDER NEWSDESK

VENICE –- Fourteen people, including Giovanni Mazzacurati, have been arrested in an investigation into alleged corruption relating to Venice’s multi-billion euro ‘Moses’ water barrier.

The arrests took place at dawn this morning in locations ranging from Veneto and Lazio to Tuscany and Campania. According to the Venice police, a total of around 100 people were placed under official investigation.

12 Jul 2013
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME -- A bionic former Mailman may receive a "conduct card" from the foreign press circle in the Eternal City for evidently poaching on the turf of a respected female colleague, club sources say.

 The Snail was at pains to defend its energetic Rome correspondent, Nicholas Pisa, as he then was, when it erroneously ran a report on its website under his byline claiming that Amanda Knox had been found guilty by a Perugia court of murdering British student Kercher.

12 Jul 2013
LEAF ARBUTHNOT

ROME -- Britain could consider suspending the Erasmus scheme for Italy in retaliation for discrimination against UK lecturers, Minister for Europe David Lidington said Friday.

12 Jul 2013
LEAF ARBUTHNOT

ROME – A ceremony planned to mark the opening of an assembly plant for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been cancelled amid a parliamentary row about the sky-high cost of the defence program.

Lockheed Martin Corp, the aeronautics company responsible for making the planes, announced that the inauguration had been scrapped at the behest of the Italian defence ministry. Joe LaMarca, spokesman for Lockheed, said that workers at the plant in Cameri would build the first aircraft despite the cancelled inauguration.

12 Jul 2013
LEAF ARBUTHNOT

ROME –- The deportation of the wife and child of a well known Kazakh dissident has caused a storm amid accusations it was carried out by Italian authorities as a favour to the Kazakh president.

On May 29, a group of around 50 police officers dressed in black stormed a villa in the residential area of Casal Palocco in Rome. They ransacked the house in search of Mukhtar Ablyazov, wanted by the ex Soviet state for alleged embezzlement of over six billion dollars from the bank BTA, of which he was former chairman.

10 Jul 2013

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