ROME – Sant'Egidio, the lay Catholic association dedicated to social causes, registered their alarm on Monday, on Africa Day, over the reduction in aid due to the coronavirus crisis at a time when it is needed more than ever, and expressed their concern that during a pandemic, "we must also deal with Africa, which at this moment is suffering more than the other continents due to the effects of the economic crisis linked to COVID-19,” read a press statement.
AGRIGENTO – A reported 400 migrants landed on the Sicilian beach in Palma di Montechiaro on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., with video taken by beach-goers showing an inflatable vessel moving along the coast, pushing up against the rocks, and migrants hurrying to disembark. Later that Sunday afternoon, another vessel, this time carrying 52 migrants, landed in Linosa, the tiny volcanic island in the Mediterranean.
VATICAN CITY – Swiss holding companies worth hundreds of millions of euros and created through the Lateran Pact, have been dismantled, closed, and their assets transferred into the oldest Vatican holdings in Switzerland, the ‘Profima Société Immobilière et de Participations of Geneva’, established in 1929 on behalf of Pope Pius XI, reports Corriere Della Sera.
FLORENCE – The 21 virtual exhibitions of the Uffizi have produced more than 3.8 million views since the Uffizi Gallery closed on March 8, amounting to 55,000 per day, with a 360-degree virtual tour of the museum's new Venetian halls proving to be particularly popular, according to a museum press release.
ROME – Lombardy is the only region in Italy to have registered an increase in coronavirus positive cases on Thursday, and after M5S deputy Riccardo Ricciardi gave a speech in the Chamber of Deputies attacking those opposing the measures of the Italian government, and sardonically said they should propose Lombardy as a model, a near brawl occurred in amongst the parliamentarians, with much shouting, gesticulating, and reports of a punch having been thrown, with televised video footage showing the tussling politicians. The President of the Chamber, Roberto Fico, was forced to suspend the sess
ROME – The China ambassador to Italy, Li Junhua, has said that China respects the US-Italy alliance, and that it should not be an obstacle to the Italy China partnership, and further said that China were not warrior Wolves, but rather Kungfu pandas, in response to a question about aggressive Chinese diplomacy during an interview with Corriere della Sera. The idea of ‘Kung Fu Panda diplomacy' was termed by Wang Peng in 2017 in China Daily, following the 19th National Congress of the CCP which restyled China as a benign influence on the international stage without hegemonic ambitions.
ROME – COVID-19 isn’t the only thing that has been raging in Italy, though it is tragically the main story. On another front, a battle has been fulminating for weeks about the hair and make-up of the RAI UNO’s China correspondent, Giovanna Botteri. Botteri suddenly became a household name as she started reporting every evening from Beijing about the pandemic and its effects throughout Asia.
ROME – Coronavirus may push an additional 10 million of the world’s children into acute malnutrition, accounting for a potential increase by 20 per cent, according to estimates from The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Malnourished children, especially those under five years of age, are at risk due to the pandemic and its socio-economic fallout, and although the WFP is ready to scale up its response it has put out an urgent request of 300 million dollars to do so.
ROME – The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) wants to settle the Serie A in August and will look to table the notion on Wednesday to create play-offs to decide the championship, a solution aimed at resolving the health protocol difficulties and the lack of time available to complete the 127 games as originally planned, reports La Repubblica. The government ‘Rilancia Italia’ decree means that tournaments can be changed in order to end them, and there is speculation that the playoffs will be based on table rankings from March 9, according to Calcio Today.